Vietnam Holidays

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.

    Why visit Vietnam?
  • History and culture
  • Diverse landscapes
  • Stunning natural scenery
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Tempting tours and cruises
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Fantastic value for money


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Where to stay in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

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Hoi An

Hoi An

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Phan Thiet

Phan Thiet

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Halong Bay

Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay

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Essential facts about Vietnam
Local Time

GMT +7 hours

Currency

Vietnamese Dong

Travel information

Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi are approximately 11.5 hours from the UK. Recommended airlines flying non-stop to Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City: Vietnam Airlines Additional airlines also fly indirectly from the UK to Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City: Emirates (via Dubai), Etihad Airways (via Abu Dhabi); EVA Air (via Bangkok); Malaysia Airlines (via Kuala Lumpur); Qatar Airways (via Doha); Singapore Airlines (via Singapore) & Thai Airways (via Bangkok).

Best time to go

Travel to Vietnam is possible all year, although the seasons do vary across the country and you may encounter some rain, whatever the time of year. Northern Vietnam (eg Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sa Pa) is perhaps at its best between September-December when the weather is generally warm and sunny. March to August is ideal for the central region (Hue, Hoi An, Danang) and to avoid the heaviest rains in Southern Vietnam December to April is best.

Visa information

British Citizens visiting Vietnam for stays of up to 15 days and arriving up to 30 June 2021 do not require a visa. For stays of over 15 days or if you plan to re-enter Vietnam a second time within 30 days of your first departure you will need to obtain a tourist visa.

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