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Vietnam is one of Imagine Asia’s favourite countries and the perfect destination for first timers and South East Asia veterans alike. Here are our favourite Vietnamese experiences in no particular order:
This famous oriental boat is Chinese in origin and design, but across the years it has been used throughout Asia for extensive sea-bound voyages.
Vietnamese cuisine is world-famous for its bold, aromatic and fresh flavours. Simple in design yet complex in taste, there are so many wonderful dishes to try on your travels through Vietnam. We’ve picked a few of our favourites to whet your appetite…
The beauty of Vietnam’s coastline is that it stretches for 2000 miles and offers such a huge variety of beaches – there is something for everyone. Here's the lowdown on our top places to go and why…
There are so many wonderful drinks to try on your travels through Vietnam but here we’ve picked a few of our favourites.
Graceful, atmospheric and just plain stunning, this cosmopolitan melting pot deserves its status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This classic itinerary takes in historic and scenic highlights of Vietnam, from the dramatic peaks of Sapa to the lush rice paddies of the Mekong Delta. The combination of culture and adventure makes this a great option for both couples and families.
Asia Specialist Holly takes a look at two of Vietnam’s most significant cities, Hanoi and Saigon…
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City & Con Dao
Best for: Imagine Favourites, Luxury, Culture History
Take in some of the key cultural highlights of Vietnam, staying at some of the best hotels the country has to offer, and finishing the trip with some wonderful relaxation time on a tropical island. Ideal for those who want to explore in style.
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Your journey will begin in the charming capital Hanoi, before taking you cruising around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.Continue to Vietnam's central coast where you can spend time alternating between lying on a sandy beach and exploring the historic town of Hoi An. Ho Chi Minh City awaits you in the south, with a buzzing atmosphere and great foodie scene. Your journey will conclude over on the island paradise of Con Dao, staying in a resort sheltered by forested green hills, set along a mile of sandy beach with stunning views of the ocean.
Days 1 - 3 : Hanoi, Vietnam
Stay at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi for 2 nights
Start your trip in Hanoi, Vietnam’s charming capital city, located in the north of the country. Whisk through the airport with a VIP service, and travel into the city centre where you will stay for two nights at the famous Sofitel Legend Metropole, while enjoy everything that the city has to offer.
Spend a day taking in the sites of Hanoi, accompanied by a private guide. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex to see the huge mausoleum which contains the body of the former ruler, Ho Chi Minh’s old house and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. Wander through the delightfully pretty Temple of Literature and visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum to learn about Vietnam’s diverse ethnic minorities. You can also take a stroll through the atmospheric Old Quarter, stopping off for a cup of tea at a traditional tea shop. Finish the day with a Water Puppet show, a art form unique to northern Vietnam.
Day 3 - 4 : Halong Bay, Northern Vietnam
Stay at Heritage Line - Violet for 1 night
From Hanoi it is a four-hour road transfer out to the spectacular Halong Bay. Spend the night on board a traditional yet luxurious junk boat, admiring the incredible limestone karst scenery. Activities include visiting dramatic caves, scenic view points and floating villages or pearl farms. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is truly breathtaking, and definitely a ‘must-do’ for any first-time visitor to Vietnam.
Day 4 : Domestic flight from Hanoi to Danang
Days 4 - 7 : Danang Coast, Vietnam
Stay at The Four Seasons Nam Hai Hoi An for 3 nights
Return to Hanoi and take a short domestic flight down to Danang, then a 45-minute drive towards the historic town of Hoi An. Spend three nights at the superb Four Seasons Nam Hai, offering luxurious villas and excellent service. The hotel is located on a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach.
Whilst it may be tempting to simply sit back and enjoy the hotel’s wonderful pools or beach, there is also plenty to see and do in the area. The hotel is only a short drive from the town of Hoi An, which has a number of historic sites and great bars and restaurants. You may also wish to spend an adrenaline-filled morning exploring the lush countryside on the back of a vintage Vespa, or take in a beautiful sunset from a cruise on the Thu Bon River.
Day 7 : Domestic flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
Days 7 - 10 : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Stay at Park Hyatt Saigon for 3 nights
Travel back to Danang and take a domestic flight down to Ho Chi Minh City in the south of Vietnam. This buzzing metropolis has a vibrant atmosphere and fascinating mix of architecture. There is also a fantastic foodie scene, and so this is a great opportunity to try some slightly more adventurous dishes such as frogs legs and snails. Why not take a food tour, and travel like a local, journeying through the city on the back of a Vespa, stopping off at restaurants along the way.
Take a private speedboat up the Saigon River to visit the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels. These underground tunnels were used by the Viet Cong during the America-Vietnam War to move undetected and carry out guerrilla attacks. Learn about the history and tactics used during the war, and should you wish, even take the chance to crawl through one of the tunnels yourself.
You may also wish to spend some time back in Ho Chi Minh City visiting some of the historically significant sites, such as the Archbishop’s Palace, Gia Long Palace and a private home which was one of the bases for planning the Tet Offensive. It is also possible to venture into the Mekong Delta for the day to catch a glimpse of rural life in the country’s ‘rice bowl’.
Day 10 : Domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao
Days 10 - 15 : Con Dao Archipelago, Southern Vietnam
Stay at Six Senses Con Dao for 5 nights
After 10 days of adventure, it is time for some well-earned relaxation. From Ho Chi Minh City take a domestic flight to Con Son, the largest island in the Con Dao Archipelago. Spend five nights at the wonderful Six Senses Con Dao, a luxurious retreat located on a secluded sandy beach. Enjoy fabulous restaurants, attentive service, and a range of activities including watersports, trekking, snorkelling and diving.
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When to go
Given that Vietnam is a long country, the weather patterns can vary greatly. In general, the best months to go if you are visiting north, central and south Vietnam are from January/February to March/April. In winter, northern Vietnam can get quite cold, and mountainous areas such as Sapa can experience regular mists, although it is usually fairly dry. In June and July this region can get very hot. Central Vietnam is at its best from January to April, and although there is a higher chance of rain from April to September, this is still a good time to travel. The central coast experiences heavy rain from September to November/December. Southern Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, is always hot and humid, with the best weather between November to March. This area can get very wet in summer months, with regular flooding.
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From $8192 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfasts
Private transfers and domestic flights
Entry fees and a selection of experiences
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.