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Vietnam Holidays

Stretching from the rugged mountainous regions of the north, the peaks of which line the Chinese border, to the languorous landscapes of the sultry Mekong Delta, Vietnam is a nation of great diversity and cultural interest.

The long sweeping coastline of the South China Sea and internal frontiers shared with neighbours Laos and Cambodia have resulted in a nation blessed with a variety of different landscapes, climates and cultures which, in turn, have influenced its people, food and history. The result is that holidays to Vietnam offer plenty, can appeal to a range of different interests and can take place the year round. From the craggy peaks of the north and the natural beauty of Ha Long Bay, to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta in the south, there is so much to see and do.

In the north, Vietnam holiday destinations include Hanoi, an elegant old French colonial city of tree-lined boulevards and crumbling buildings as well as the colourful minority villages around Sapa. In central Vietnam, holidays centre on 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 Vietnam holidays that are tailored exactly to your requirements.

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Your holiday in Vietnam

Your holiday in Vietnam

As Vietnam holiday specialists, all of our Vietnam tours are designed to both incorporate your interests and also meet your individual requirements. From the cities you visit and time of year you travel to the places you wish to see and the hotels you stay at, our Vietnam tailor-made holidays are custom-made especially for you. Our website itineraries are an ideal starting point when considering the overall layout of a tailor-made tour to Vietnam, however, an enquiry can also be made by speaking to one of our experienced travel specialists who will be able to guide you through the myriad of available options. All Pettitts Travel holidays to Vietnam include hotels, car transfers, domestic flights, sightseeing with local guides and entrance fees. International flights can also be included as can multi-day cruises on the Mekong River or Ha Long Bay. When in Vietnam, you will have a private car and driver at your disposal as well as private local English speaking guides. From luxury Vietnam holidays to more intrepid adventures and everything in between, you will also have support and assistance of our partners in Vietnam and our UK office.

The itineraries on our website have been designed to demonstrate different routes and provide inspiration for possible holidays to Vietnam. These tours can be altered, adapted or adjusted to meet your specific needs or requirements. Incorporating the highlights of the country in two weeks, Vietnam – Land of the Ascending Dragon is ideal for the first time visitor whilst The Best of Indochina combines Vietnam’s key sights with those of neighbouring Cambodia and Laos. Discover Rural North Vietnam and Ha Giang and the North East of Vietnam explore the mountain regions to the north of capital Hanoi whilst Central Vietnam and the Ho Chi Minh Trail focuses on the areas close to Hue and Hoi An with an emphasis on the events of the Vietnam War. Images of South Vietnam combines cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City with the picturesque scenery of the Central Highlands. If Vietnamese food is the reason for your travels see A Culinary Journey through Vietnam or explore our varied selection of Vietnam river cruises.

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

flag of Vietnam Capital: Hanoi

Main Language: Vietnamese

Time Zone: GMT + 7

Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Where to go in Vietnam

Where to go in Vietnam

From bustling cities and remote hill villages to jungle-clad rivers and sandy beaches, there are a whole host of different places to visit in Vietnam. Northern Vietnam is home to both the nation’s capital Hanoi and arguably its most recognisable location, Ha Long Bay. Hanoi, with its tree-lined streets, 19th century buildings and spacious parks is set between the terraced hills of Sapa and the dramatic coastal scenery of Ha Long. Further south, the cultural and historic sites of central Vietnam such as the former imperial city of Hue and picturesque riverside town of Hoi An have retained much of their charm and provide a stopping off point for the luxurious resorts that line China Beach. The southern tip of Vietnam is dominated by Ho Chi Minh City and the riverine landscapes of the Mekong Delta. Bustling and cosmopolitan, lively Ho Chi Minh is the face of modern Vietnam. It is also a base from which to visit the idyllic islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc, the pretty towns of the delta or neighbouring Cambodia.

Best beaches in Vietnam

With a number of palm-fringed islands and a long coastline that stretches from the Chinese border to the Gulf of Thailand, Vietnam has a host of excellent beaches and coastal resorts each with their own character and style. Consequently, the best beach holiday destination in Vietnam depends on the type of beach that you are looking for and also the time of year you plan to visit since weather conditions can vary considerably across the country. The main beach areas are found between central and southern Vietnam – in the central region most resorts line China Beach, a long stretch of coastline between the towns of Danang and Hoi An whilst, further south, the golden sand beaches of Nha Trang, Mui Ne and Phan Thiet offer beautiful surroundings, palm-fringed coastlines and a range of different accommodation options. For the ultimate beach escape, the beautiful Con Dao Islands and the picturesque island of Phu Quoc, both sited off the southern coast of Vietnam, provide turquoise seas, pristine beaches and have regular air links with the mainland.

Best beaches in Vietnam


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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