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Vietnam Holidays

There is so much to see in Vietnam, from the rugged mountains of the north and the natural beauty of Ha Long Bay, to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta in the south. Explore Hanoi, an elegant old French colonial city of tree-lined boulevards and crumbling buildings or head north to the colourful minority villages around Sapa. In central Vietnam discover the old imperial city of Hue and delightful Hoi An with its cobbled streets and colourful markets. To the south lies Ho Chi Minh City and at the tip of the country is the verdant Mekong Delta – a land of houseboats, floating markets and the starting point for cruises on the mighty Mekong River. Vietnam is also home to some of the region’s finest beaches with two tropical islands, Phu Quoc and Con Dao, offering the ultimate retreat. As a Vietnam specialist, our knowledge and experience allow us to create unique holidays to Vietnam that are tailored exactly to your requirements.

Places to visit in Vietnam

Much like the country’s varying climates, Vietnam’s three regions offer very distinct experiences. In the north travel by local train into the heart of Sapa to visit the neighbouring hill tribe villages, sail Halong Bay by junk boat passing thousands of limestone islets and marvel at Hanoi’s historical sites and charming French colonial architecture. In central Vietnam visit Hue’s ancient citadel, amble along Hoi An’s lantern-lined cobbled streets, see the little-visited caves at Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park or explore Vietnam War era forts and battlefields as well as sections of the Ho Chi Minh trail. In the south of Vietnam take your pick from a variety of beach retreats such as Nha Trang or tropical islands, sample some of Asia’s best street food in Ho Chi Minh City and traverse the watery landscapes of the Mekong Delta, the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam.

When to Visit Vietnam

Given that the country is stretched across three separate temperate and tropical zones, the climates in the north, central and south of Vietnam can vary remarkably. Although it can be a bit cooler in the north between November and April this is often a popular time to travel as the whole country sees the least amount of rain. In general the rainy season runs from May to November, however, on the whole, it will only rain for few hours each day yet during this time certain locations in central Vietnam will have dry and hot weather. For those visiting all three regions during one holiday, even though you might experience rain at some point be prepared for hot and sometimes humid weather throughout the country wherever you go.

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This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country. Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

Essential Information

Capital: Hanoi

Main Language: Vietnamese

Time Zone: GMT + 7

Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos Holiday Review

It is the fifth major trip that you have organised on our behalf, all of which have been a great success. However on this occasion you have excelled yourself. It was an excellent mix of destinations and experiences. Each was unique in itself and we find it difficult to identify which was the highlight of the trip. They all were!

AW - Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos - February 2016

Accommodation in Vietnam

The general standard of accommodation across the country is high, so no matter your budget, Vietnam will cater for you. Eco lodges, homestays or simple local hotels with basic facilities are typical in rural and remote parts of Vietnam where the focus is on experiencing the location rather than where you are staying. In contrast, cities and towns offer a whole range of accommodation with a selection of impressive high-end luxury and boutique hotels similar to the rest of Southeast Asia. Vietnam is known for its breadth of cruises and vessels vary in size, standard and style. At Ha Long Bay cruises take place in small to medium-sized junk boats whilst in the Mekong Delta smaller sampan-style boats are used for exploring the narrow tributaries and larger cruise boats for extended upstream expeditions to Cambodia. Throughout the coast between Central and South Vietnam you will find many beautiful boutique spa hotels perfect for a luxury beach holiday.

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