Reasons to Visit
There is so much more to do in Vietnam than just the odd city tour and museum. Kite making in Hue, a fisherman eco-tour in Hoi An, an educational talk in Hanoi, cycling through the rice terraces of Sapa - there are many wonderful ways to see the country, experience its culture and meet its people.
Famous for the Vietnam War, you can of course visit the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi tunnels in Saigon. However, the country's history has many other facets to be explored such as the old merchant town of Hoi An or the imperial city of Hue. The imprints of the former foreign rules of the Chinese and French are present wherever you go from iconic buildings to everyday life; past and present existing in harmony.
Vietnam offers great value for money from every angle. From hotels to transport to food, your US dollars or Vietnamese Dong will go far!
Vietnamese food is renowned for its freshness, bold flavours and presentation. It is an integral part of the local culture and each region has its own unique and wonderful dishes. This part of Southeast Asia is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to eat. And if you want to learn the art of Vietnamese cooking yourself, there are also a number of fantastic cooking courses for you to enjoy.
The people of Vietnam are among the friendliest you will ever meet. They are also extremely resilient having survived foreign invasions by the Chinese and French, as well as famine and war with their cultural identity remaining intact. You only have to witness the National Flag Raising ceremony in Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi to witness a nation united not simply by patriotism, but by a very strong sense of community and respect.
From the UNESCO site of Halong Bay with its thousands of limestone outcrops to the Tonkinese Alps and lush green rice terraces of Sapa, Vietnam offers an abundance of stunning scenery and landscapes. Besides natural assets, there are plenty of other man-made photo opportunities such as the colourful floating markets of the Mekong Delta and the bustling streets of the Old Quarter in Hanoi.
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House boat on the Mekong Delta.
Whether shrouded in mist or bathed in sunshine, the sheer island mountains of Halong Bay are one of Asia’s finest landscapes. You can explore the bay by traditional junk or colonial-style cruiser.
Hoi An is an ideal spot to stop for a few days, shopping in the market or having a silk dress or suit fitted. There are many restaurants, old houses, craft shops and art galleries.
A beautifully crafted wooden boat, the R/V Bassac offers comfortable twin cabins with en suite bathrooms, a sun deck and a superb restaurant with bar.
Board the Victoria hotel’s 'junk' for a luxurious breakfast cruising down the Mekong to the Cai Rang floating market where a mass of boats converge to trade.
The tour is flexible and you choose any other sites that you may wish to visit by discussing the options with your guide. Attractions include the Fine Arts Museum, the Old Quarter and the Army Museum as well as the vast West Lake.
From colonial Hanoi and dramatic Halong Bay, the mercantile history of Hoi An and the grace of Hue on the Perfume River to the colourful tribes of the Tonkinese Alps, vibrant Saigon and the Mekong Delta, our Vietnam travel specialists use their personal experience of the country to plan your tailor-made tour in detail and create a truly individual Vietnam holiday.
The stunning scenery of this beautiful country is one of its chief attractions, whether admiring the colonial charm of Hanoi, drifting through astonishing limestone islands on a Halong Bay cruise or following the Mekong from Cambodia to the South China Sea. Holidays in Vietnam allow visitors to discover the influence of many other cultures on the national character; Chinese, Khmer and French civilisations have all left their mark. The monumental architecture of the Cham civilisation contrasts with the elegant French boulevards of Saigon. A historical legacy of a different kind can be found in the confines of Cu Chi Tunnels, home to an extraordinary community of guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War.
An old Vietnamese proverb says that “Eating is much but accommodating is little”, which neatly summarises the spirit of this hospitable, traditional and deeply reverential nation. A Vietnam holiday would not be complete without trying local specialities such as the famous pho noodles, which are served in many styles according to northern or southern tastes. A characteristic of Vietnamese life is the frenetic activity of its industrious inhabitants – from the farmer in his pith helmet and duck-laden bicycle to the businessman on the back of a xe om (scooter taxi), there is always something happening. Our Vietnam travel specialists can recommend the best stops for your Vietnam tour itinerary based on the things you’re interested in seeing. With hundreds of miles of amazing coastline and wonderful hospitality, a Vietnam holiday will prove irresistible.
12 Days from £2,475pp
Explore the essential highlights of Vietnam including Hanoi, Halong Bay, central Vietnam and Saigon.
8 Days from £2,525pp
8 days discovering the beauty of north Vietnam, explore the charms of Hanoi, cruise Halong Bay and trek through stunning scenery in the Tonkinese Alps. A perfect trip for those with limited time or already based in Southeast Asia.
15 Days from £2,750pp
This trip takes in the highlights of Central Vietnam and is ideal for a second time visitor, or for those looking for a shorter yet adventurous trip to the region. Starting in Hoi An you then follow the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the ethnic villages of the central highlands around Kon Tum and Buon Ma Thuot. Continuing south, you explore the former French hill retreat of Dalat before finishing in vibrant cosmopolitan Saigon.
Our escorted small group tours are different from our tailor-made holidays in that travel is always in small groups with the services of an experienced guide throughout the trip.
13 1/2 hours (Hanoi, via Paris)
Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines & Thai Airways
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