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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
Best for: Culture History, Highlights, Spectacular scenery
This easy-going itinerary takes in key highlights of Vietnam, including the charming capital of Hanoi, the iconic Halong Bay, the historic town of Hoi An and the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, offering plenty of time to experience each area.
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This diverse itinerary will take you from Vietnam's ancient capital Hanoi and the spectacular Halong Bay in the north, through the cultural treasures Hoi An along the central coast to the vibrant and cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City in the south. A perfect overview for the first time visitor, and suitable for both couples and families.
Days 1 - 3 : Hanoi, Vietnam
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Start your trip in Hanoi, one of the most appealing capital cities in Southeast Asia. Spend half a day exploring the key cultural sites, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex, with its imposing mausoleum and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. Visit the picturesque Temple of Literature, and stop off at the West Lake to see the Tran Quoc Pagoda and nearby Quan Thanh, a Taoist temple from the Ly Dynasty.
We also recommend taking some time to stroll through Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter, packed with restaurants, bars and shops. Why not enjoy a guided food tour, stopping off to sample local delicacies along the way.
Day 3 - 4 : Halong Bay, Vietnam
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From Hanoi, travel out to Halong Bay, around a four-hour drive away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for its incredible limestone karst scenery, dramatically jutting out of the emerald waters of the bay.
Spend the night on board a traditional junk boat. Journey through the bay, stopping off to visit mysterious caves, panoramic view points and floating villages or pearl farms, or simply sit back and take in the breathtaking vistas.
Day 4 : Domestic flight from Hanoi to Danang
Days 4 - 7 : Hoi An, Vietnam
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After travelling back to Hanoi, take a short domestic flight to Danang, located on the central coast of Vietnam. From the airport it is around a 45-minute drive to Hoi An, where you will stay for the next three nights.
Take a walking tour of Hoi An, stopping off to visit significant historic sites such as the Japanese Bridge, venture out into the countryside on the back of a Vespa to catch a glimpse of rural life, or why not try your hand at Vietnamese cuisine with a cooking class; there are plenty of fantastic activities to choose from.
We also recommend heading out of Hoi An to visit the ancient ruins of My Son. The complex was the capital of the Champa Kingdom, which existed from the 4th to the 13th century. Your guide will explain about the history of the Cham, and it is possible to visit a small museum which has some interesting displays.
Day 7 : Domestic flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
Days 7 - 10 : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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From Hoi An head back to Danang for a domestic flight down to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. The atmosphere here is very different to Hanoi, with much more of a modern buzz. The architecture is also different, with skyscrapers sitting side by side with Colonial buildings.
Ho Chi Minh City is close to the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels. Take a tour of the site which stands above the intricate network of tunnels below, and should you wish, it is also possible to crawl through one of the tunnels yourself. If you are interested in war history, back in Saigon it also possible to visit historically significant sites such as the Reunification Palace which played an important role during the America-Vietnam war.
We also recommend travelling even further afield to spend a day in the Mekong Delta. This area is known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, and there are also plenty of other industries here including brick-making and candy factories. Learn about local life in the delta, travelling by motorized-cart, bicycle and sampan rowing boat.
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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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Entry fees and a selection of experiences
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