This once turbulent land is steeped in history and culture making it one of Asia's most compelling destinations. Vietnam's wonderful diversity and exceptional beauty are key to the appeal be it the verdant landscapes of green paddy fields and soaring limestone peaks; attractive coastal resorts and tranquil rivers; fascinating hill tribe villages and vibrant cities; or the fragrant food and colourful local traditions.
Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, may be relatively small but it oozes energy and charm. Home to elaborate temples and pagodas, elegant tree-lined boulevards, inner city lakes and French colonial buildings, it’s an ideal starting point for a journey through this compelling nation.
Straddling the Perfume River, Hue is Vietnam’s former imperial capital and today a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perfectly picturesque with palaces and pagodas the old city is one of Vietnam’s most important cultural and historical sites.
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam at its most dizzying. Whilst the number of gleaming skyscrapers within this fast-mover may be growing, time-honoured traditions remain intact and there’s a variety of delightful districts to explore. A tour to the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels is highly recommended.
When you’ve had your fill of engaging cities but aren’t quite ready to hit the beach, head north to Sa Pa for stunning vistas, colourful markets and intriguing ethnic hill tribes. Perhaps take a memorable cruise around the surreal UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay or soak up the Mekong Delta’s scenic watery landscapes.
As beaches go, Vietnam pretty much has it covered with over 2,000 miles of coastline sprinkled with secluded coves, sublime islands, sun-baked white sands and clear waters. Resorts on the central coast include Hue, Danang and the ancient trading town of Hoi An, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and has glorious beaches just 10 minutes drive away. The alluring south eastern coast is home to Nha Trang, Ninh Van Bay, Phan Thiet and Ho Tram, while close to the Cambodian border are the idyllic islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc.
- History and culture
- Diverse landscapes
- Stunning natural scenery
- UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Tempting tours and cruises
- Beautiful beaches
- Fantastic value for money