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Vietnam travel guides

Vietnam combines colonial elegance and rustic charm to offer a rich travel experience made all the more special by its charming people. With cities to explore, temples to admire and beautiful countryside to roam, there is plenty to see and do here. Our Vietnam travel guides bring you both the must-see highlights and the hidden gems, as well as where to sample the most incredible food.

Honeymoons in Vietnam can include both luxurious beach resorts and cultural exploration, while families can enjoy a variety of activities for all ages whilst learning about the country’s fascinating heritage.

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Ideas for how to explore Vietnam

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for Vietnam. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

  • Beach, Nha Trang

    Vietnam's best beach resorts

    Bounded by the warm South China Sea, Vietnam’s sandy beaches are equal to any in the region. Add to this a range of sophisticated beach resorts and the scene is set for a quiet break in understated comfort. Vietnam specialist Mark picks his best of the bunch.

  • Fruit seller in the Mekong Delta

    What to do in Vietnam: our highlights guide

    Visit a floating market on the Mekong Delta, try your hand at woodcut painting in Hanoi, or explore Saigon by vintage sidecar. Our guide will help immerse you in the sights, people and landscapes of Vietnam.

  • Halong Bay, Vietnam

    Luxury holidays in Vietnam

    Vietnam is home to a range of properties that you can include in your luxury holiday. From boutique hotels with their French colonial architecture, to desert island hideaways only accessible by boat.

  • Mekong River Delta, Vietnam

    Vietnam family holidays

    As a year-round destination you won't have to worry about taking the kids out of school to visit Vietnam. It's mostly malaria free and there are lots of activities on offer for all the family. You'll also be greeted with a warm welcome from the Vietnamese themselves.

  • Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue

    Vietnam’s imperial city: our highlights of Hue

    Indochina specialist Georgina shares her suggestions for how to experience Vietnam’s regal city, Hue. Where to sample the freshest spring rolls, how to get hands-on in one of the many art studios, and which historical sites to visit to unearth Hue’s place in Vietnam’s imperialism and modern wars.

  • Pho bo (Vietnamese beef noodles), a classic dish eaten throughout Vietnam

    A food journey through Vietnam: bun cha to banh mi

    Vietnam’s cuisine varies from being more salty in the north to spicier in the south. Country Specialist, Lauren, selects some of her top dishes and where to try them such as Vietnam’s national dish pho, bun cha in Hanoi and cau lau noodles in Hoi An.

  • Halong Bay, Vietnam

    Our top 9 experiences in Vietnam

    A frequent visitor to the region, Southeast Asia specialist Will selects his top nine experiences from his travels across Vietnam. In a whistle-stop look across the country, picks include Saigon by Vespa, Mai Chau’s rice paddies and a secluded beach escape.

  • Fertilising the rice field, Vietnam

    Hidden Vietnam

    When our Southeast Asia Regional Sales Manager visited Vietnam he discovered a hidden side of the country, working with the locals planting rice and exploring a secret weapons house used during the Vietnam War.

  • The red sand dunes near Mui Ne are a popular spot for weddings, Vietnam

    Honeymoons in Vietnam

    The mighty Mekong River, fascinating hill tribes of the north, the epic scenery in Halong Bay... these are just a few of the reasons our country specialists recommend a honeymoon in Vietnam. Plan your perfect trip with us.

  • Phong Nha cave

    In focus: Phong Nha’s caving wonderland

    Vietnam’s Phong Nha region is a honeycomb of record-breaking-size caverns, cathedral-like grottoes and subterrane rivers. Indochina specialist Georgia hones in on the best ways to explore the caves, from leisurely cruises to multi-day jungle treks.

  • Views on boat to Chiang Rai

    Crossing the border: multi-country trips through Southeast Asia

    The typography of Southeast Asia allows you to travel across borders, on trips that cover not just multiple countries, but a variety of experiences, cultures and landscapes. Our Southeast Asia specialists give their take on five of the most interesting pairings.

  • Sunset upon return to Indochina Sails Junk, Halong Bay, Vietnam

    Indochina cruises

    Southeast Asia specialist Mark shares his cruising in Indochina highlights. Picking his favourite ways to travel down the Mekong through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as taking in the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, and the local culture and landscapes along the Red River and on Lake Tonle Sap.

  • Sunrise on the Mekong, Khong Jiam

    Cruising in Southeast Asia

    Travel by river, lake or sea in Southeast Asia to explore places which would otherwise be inaccessible. Cruising in Southeast Asia offers the chance to relax and observe everyday life, the scenery and wildlife.

  • Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Asia's best city & beach combinations

    Twin a beach stay with time in a city and you’ve got a trip of real contrasts. Asia’s mix of high-rise metropolises and swathes of beach lends itself to some particularly intriguing combinations. Our Hidden Beaches specialists have chosen their top coastal locations to pair with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

  • Hanoi,Vietnam

    Choosing the right Indochina experiences for you

    Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos may come under one umbrella as Indochina, but each one has its own idiosyncrasies. Our specialists have collated some of the region’s experiences to help you choose where to go, whether you’re interested in the Khmer architecture of Phnom Penh or sitting down to lunch with a Laotian family.

  • Young monks studying the bas reilief, Angkor Wat

    UNESCO sites of Indochina

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was set up to protect culturally important sites from around the world. Here, we focus on eight sites in Indochina.

  • Lady of the Akha tribe, Laos

    French Indochina

    Known collectively as French Indochina, or more commonly as Indochina, the countries of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos offer a diverse range of attractions from exquisite temples to delicious regional cuisine.

  • Thai street food

    Southeast Asian cuisine

    Trade routes, historic connections, colonialism and common sources of ingredients have left many strong links between the dishes found throughout Southeast Asia. We investigate the very distinct national variations that have evolved in this region.

  • Gibbon at Khao Yai

    National parks of Southeast Asia

    Southeast Asia has some of the oldest national parks in existence containing some wonderful wildlife, much of it unique. We look at some of the most popular parks as well as activities you can do.

  • Khmer man resting at Angkor Wat

    Ancient civilisations: The Khmer Empire

    Discover the culture and history of a country on a tailor-made trip, with visits to explore famous sites and others not quite so well known but equally impressive.