A country steeped in drama and excitement from its craggy coastline to lush interior, a country that has survived wars, invasions and colonisation with grace, grit and good humour; a country which embraces the future and yet never forgets its past. It is a nation of colours, from the vivid green of the rice terraces to the white sand of the beaches and the deep turquoise of the sea which edges it. It has much to flaunt from temples and pagodas to scenery.
- Explore the busy, bustling, historical Old Quarter in Hanoi.
- Cruise amongst the towering limestone cliffs and traditional Vietnamese floating villages of Halong Bay.
- Trek amongst the rural rice terraces of Sapa.
- Learn about the deep history of the Cu Chi tunnels used during the Vietnam War
- Enjoy a cycle tour around mystifying My son temple
- Venture deep in to the caves of Hang Son Doong
- Cruise down the Mekong Delta and visit some floating markets
- Learn how to make a lantern at a workshop in the UNESCO awarded town of Hoi An
- Try your hand at Vietnamese cookery
- Visit magnificent Truc Lam Pagoda in the beach resort of Da Lat
North Vietnam: November to April sees the cooler drier weather, and May to October the heat and rains.
Central Coast: Wet season is from late September to December. With a long dry season from January to early September.
South Vietnam: The wet season is May to October. November to April are the best times to travel.
Central Highlands: Similar to the south, but with cooler temperatures.
Best time to go
There really is no best or worst time to visit Vietnam as it totally depends on where you are visiting. However, the official peak season is from September to April.
- Capital – Hanoi
- Currency – Dong
- Point of Entry – Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
- Airlines – Vietnam Airlines
- Flying Time – 11 hrs 35 mins
- Time Zone – GMT + 6 hrs
- Visa – Required-must be obtained in advance
- Have a minimum of 3 days in Hoi An as this will give you enough time to get a new tailormade suit or dress made from scratch!
- Take lots of $1 USD, the locals love them as tips
- National Dish - When visiting you must try Pho.
- Restaurant the Locals Love - Banh Cuon Viet where you can get Vietnamese steamed rice rolls cooked in front of you. If you’re brave, you can try to make one yourself.
- Meal Worth The Splurge - Dinner at the historic Sofitel Metropole hotel. Or at Maison 1888 in the Intercontinental Danang Hotel.
- Don’t Forget - To bargain is an essential part of life in Vietnam so give it a try.
- Don’t Miss - A city tour by motorbike.
- Hidden Gem - The caves in Halong Bay for outstanding beauty.
- Things to do to see Local Life - Visit the Cu Chi tunnels with an ex war veteran or visit the country side to see the farming communities.
- Perfect Souvenir - Lacquerer or tailored clothes made to measure.
13 Day Culinary Delights of Vietnam
From £3,350 per person based on 2 people sharing
Duration: 13 days
Vietnamese cuisine is regarded as one of the world's best, but few realise the variations that are found in the different regions of this vibrant country. Just like the country's geographical divisions, the food can also be separated into South, Central, and Northern style. The experts at Cl...
14 Day Classic Vietnam
From £2,593 per person based on two adults sharing
Duration: 12 days
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14 Day Mekong Adventure
From £2,898 per person based on two adults sharing a room
Duration: 14 days
The main highlight of this itinerary is the 7 day cruise along the Mekong between Siem Reap in Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Once the seat of the ancient Khmer Empire, Cambodia is home to a myriad of temples, relics from bygone eras and a colourful culture. These highlights are complimen...
15 Day Vietnam Beaches & Culture
From £3,225 per person based on per person sharing
Duration: 15 days
Destination overviewBoth Vietnam’s history and culture are completely unique to the rest of South-East Asia. With its modern history overshadowed by the Vietnamese war it offers a wealth of places of interest. From the striking scenery of Halong Bay and its white sand beaches to its traditiona...
16 Day Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights
From £3,815 per person based on two adults sharing
Duration: 16 days
From the bustling Vietnamese cities, markets and countryside to the ancient relics and temples of Cambodia, there's much to see and discover on a holiday to Vietnam and Cambodia. Easily combined, the two countries offer stunning sights, a vibrant culture and delicious cuisine amidst fun ac...
Six Senses Con Dao
On Con Son Island in the Con Dao Archipelago, this resort is private and remote, highlighting the Six Senses' philosophy of barefoot luxury, yet it is just a 45 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City. The design of the award winning and naturally sustainable villas, keeps them sheltered by the fore...
Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa
Located in the gorgeous central highlands of Vietnam, Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa is an award winning property that offers its guests a comfortable peaceful sanctuary to unwind and relax. The facility has a quaint charm, as well as a unique history and French influence. As well a...
This brand new beach-front resort boasts understated elegance and charm, and is set on a serene white sand beach on the coast between Da Nang and Hoi An. Guests can enjoy impressive views of the Son Tra peninsula as they enjoy the many luxurious amenities that the hotel has to offer.
Fusion Maia Resort
This spa-inclusive, five-star resort on the beach at My Khe aims to refresh and relax you during your stay. All villas and suites have their own private pool. The spa has 16 treatment rooms, Jacuzzi, pool, sauna, steam room and yoga room. It is within easy reach of the ancient town of Hoi An where g...
InterContinental Sun Peninsula Resort
Designed by the renowned Bill Bensley, Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is a remarkable getaway destination with exquisite beachfront villas and private pools. Located in the magnificent rolling hills of the famous Son Tra Peninsula, Danang Sun Peninsula Resort provides its guests with stunning vie...
Au Co Cruise Boat
Exploring Vietnam's Halong Bay, the 56 metre Au Co features luxury accommodation across four spacious decks. The most luxurious of cruisers in the bay, the boat was designed by French architects to combine the traditional Vietnamese and French motifs. Come aboard on a three day voyage of discove...
Ginger Junk Cruise Boat
Picture relaxing on a lounger on a luxury cruising junk with views over the scenic Halong Bay - and you’ll only be warming up to the real experience on the Ginger Junk. This custom-designed junk launched in 2006 was built following traditional codes giving it an authentic feel with all the mod...
Violet Junk Cruise Boat
The Violet is a traditional Vietnamese junk boat which has been completely refurbished in classic Indochinese style to offer every luxury to it’s passengers. Offering a boutique dining room, library and lounge, spa and gym along with six luxury cabins, guests are afforded every luxury on board...
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
In French-colonial style, this award-winning city hotel is right where it needs to be - slap in the centre of this bustling metropolis. Ideal for sightseeing and shopping as well as the place to relax and refresh either at the beginning or at the end of a Vietnam holiday, it has a fully serviced spa...
Movenpick Hotel Hanoi
Situated close to the city centre, the hotel is designed in a charming French- Indochina style. It boasts a fine selection of suites and rooms, and the facilities include a gym, wellness studio and the Mangosteen Restaurant - home to the renowned Sum Vay buffet.
Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake
The stunning InterContinental sits over the tranquil waters of historic West Lake next to the 800-year-old Kim Lien (Golden Lotus) Pagoda. Boasting a great position - it is situated downtown but just 10 minutes from the central business district and offers plenty of shopping, temples and attractions...
Ho Chi Minh City
Park Hyatt Saigon
Right in the middle of the shopping and business area and close to all the main tourist attractions, this hotel is sharp, sleek and modern. All of its rooms have every facility from air conditioning to internet access, while the hotel also offers a spa, an outdoor swimming pool, fully equipped gym a...
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
A mix of modern French and Vietnamese design in a peaceful location close enough to all the of main city sights. This hotel has been recently renovated and rooms have a contemporary design. An outdoor pool, an excellent spa and all the services that you would expect from a luxury 5 star hotel
A mix of old style French colonial architecture and ambience with up-to-the-minute facilities and comfort, this is arguably Ho Chi Minh City's most famous hotel. In two buildings, the old and the new 24 storey tower, it is situated in the city centre close to all amenities. As well as a number o...
Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon
Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon is a centrally located hotel that offers its guests first-class amenities and spectacular views. Amenities include an unforgettable rooftop pool that provides visitors with a sophisticated way to relax and unwind. The property is only a stone throw away...
Anantara Resort Hoi An
On the banks of the Thu Bon river and a short walk from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An, this charming boutique property borrows from its cultural heritage of Dutch, French, Chinese and Japanese traders. The hotel's own ferry takes guest to the nearby Cui Dai beach while any number of b...
The Nam Hai
This stunning all-villa resort is located on pristine Hoi An Beach and in one of the most beautiful areas of Vietnam, close to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hoi An, My Son and Hue. The Nam Hai's architecture and interior design presents a dramatic play on wind and water inspired by ancient ...
Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa
The hotel honours Cham history and is built along the lines of a traditional fishing village with small streets, traditional houses and water features throughout. The property boasts ample space with many activities to keep occupied, including water sports for guests of all ages.
Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort and Spa
On the outskirts of town, this exquisite boutique resort is a mere 10 minutes from all that Hue has to offer, and yet cocoons its guests in peace and tranquillity. Set in landscaped tropical gardens the resort is designed along the lines of a traditional Vietnamese village with all the rooms, bungal...
La Residence Hotel and Spa
A former Governor's residence, this beautifully-restored hotel retains its colonial elegance but adds every modern luxury. Many of the rooms and suites have beautiful views over the fabled Perfume River, while guests can also spy the Imperial Citadel from the rooms and grounds. There is so much ...
Angsana Lang Co
Nestled in the foothills of the crescent shaped Truong Son (Annamite) mountains, this spectacular resort looks out over a magnificent 3 km sandy beach on a crescent bay. This idyllic haven is perfect for those that just want to unwind, relax and indulge.
Alma Oasis Long Hai
This idyllic beach retreat, positioned on a gentle hill slope, leads down to a tranquil golden sand beach and is the perfect getaway destination from Saigon. The resort embraces its local surroundings and culture, offering charming Vietnamese hospitality to create an authentic experience. The s...
Amanoi, Cam Ranh
Upon arrival at Amanoi, guests will immediately understand why Amanresorts chose this location for their recent Vietnamese debut. Situated on a mountainous promontory in the breathtakingly beautiful Nui Chua National Park, this resort offers the last word in luxury living whilst also acting as a win...
Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa
Enjoy a refreshing stay at the Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa, and relish the property’s panoramic views and stunning outdoor pool. Benefit from the remarkable fitness centre or test your culinary skills at the hotel’s remarkable cooking school.
Evason Ana Mandara
Nestled right into the stunning Nha Trang coastline you will find Evason Ana Mandara, the only beachfront resort in the area. Boasting 17 private villas with 74 accommodations, each beautifully furnished and featuring classic Vietnamese touches, this is the place to come to indulge in some barefoot ...
Fusion Resort Nha Trang
The new Fusion Resort Nha Trang is a superb beach resort situated on a stretch of pristine coastline along the south-central coast of Vietnam. An intimate resort with fresh open spaces overlooking the crystal clear waters welcomes guests to a choice of 72 luxurious suites and pool villas. Spa lovers...
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Accessed only by speedboat across the bay from the mainland, the resort is almost hidden behind the rocks, crags and trees of the island. There are 58 villas - some on the beach, some on the mountainside, some crafted from the rocks, some with private spa suites, some with their own pools and all wi...
Banyan Tree Lang Co
Resting on powdery golden-sands fringed by the shores of Lang Co, Banyan Tree Lang Co is the quintessential Vietnamese retreat. Famed for it's natural unspoilt beauty and surrounded by diverse terrain, creates a stunning and unforgettable landscape. Banyan Tree Lang Co is a luxury tropical beach...
7 Nights at Fusion MaiaFrom £1,979 per person sharing
Enjoy 7 nights for the price of 6 at Fusion Maia Resort, Vietnam. This spa-inclusive, five-star resort on the beach at My Khe aims to refresh and relax you during your stay. All villas and suites have their own private pool making it a truly luxurious resort. Experience serious luxury from just...