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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, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Central Coast & Ho Chi Minh City
Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury, Beach
Vietnam is the ideal honeymoon destination for those seeking adventure, culture, spectacular scenery, and of course, romance. This itinerary will take you to some of the country’s key cultural highlights, but also leave time for well-earned relaxation.
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This unforgettable honeymoon will take you through the ancient landscapes of Vietnam, visiting fascinating historical sites and taking in some of the most breathtaking vistas in Southeast Asia. You will also have plenty of time to relax on one of the central coast's gorgeous beaches.
Days 1 - 3 : Hanoi, Vietnam
Stay at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi for 2 nights
Your honeymoon will start in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city located in the north of the country. This charming city is ideal for gentle strolls along the tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, but there is also plenty of culture to explore.
Spend an afternoon visiting some of the city’s most interesting historical sites. Take a walk through the Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you can see the imposing mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s stilted house, and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. Wander around the picturesque Temple of Literature, and stop off at the Tran Quoc Pagoda and Taoist Temple of Quan Thanh.
It is also worth heading into the city’s charismatic Old Quarter, a winding labyrinth of shops, bars and restaurants. A guide will be able to take you to all the best hidden gems, where you can sample local delicacies and soak up the bustling atmosphere.
Days 3 - 5 : Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Stay at Tam Coc Garden for 2 nights
From Hanoi it is only a two-and-a-half hour drive to Ninh Binh Province, and yet the scenery and environment are remarkably different. Ninh Binh offers gorgeous countryside with dramatic limestone mountains dotting the countryside.
Spend your time here venturing into mysterious caves on foot and by boat, cycling through the picturesque scenery, trekking through the national park or along the surrounding hills, and stopping off to visit ancient ruins.
You will stay for two nights at the charming Tam Coc Gardens. This boutique haven is surrounded by beautiful countryside and lush rice paddies. The laid-back feel, friendly staff and delicious local cuisine make this a lovely option for couples and honeymooners.
Day 5 - 6 : Halong Bay, Vietnam
Stay at Heritage Line - Violet for 1 night
Set off early for a four to hour drive to the iconic Halong Bay. Whilst Vietnam is a large country, with so much to offer, Halong Bay is arguably the nation’s most recognisable site and a must-see for any first-time visitors. Soaring limestone karsts rise out of the emerald waters of the bay, and the islands conceal secret caves, peaceful lagoons and hidden beaches.
Spend the night on board a traditional junk boat which will take you through the bay, stopping off for off-board excursions and activities. Whilst there are a number of boats to choose from depending on budget and preferred style, for honeymooners and couples we recommend the wonderful Halong Violet. This opulent boat only has six cabins, providing an intimate and personalised cruise experience.
Day 6 : Domestic flight from Hanoi to Danang
Days 6 - 10 : Danang Coast, Vietnam
Stay at Naman Retreat for 4 nights
Travel four hours by road back to Hanoi to catch your domestic flight down to Danang. From here it is only a short 20-minute drive to the delightful Naman Retreat, which will be your home for the next five nights. The hotel is located on a lovely stretch of sandy beach, and also boasts an inviting beachfront pool.
If you can drag yourself away from the beach, pool and spa, there is also plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. It is definitely worth taking a day to stroll through the streets of Hoi An, which has a number of historically interesting buildings as well as some fantastic restaurants, bars and shops. Hoi An is also renowned for its tailor shops, where the skilled staff can create an outfit from scratch, sometimes in just 24 hours.
It is also possible to explore the scenic countryside by bicycle or by jeep, travelling through local villages and catching a glimpse of day to day life in rural Vietnam. Stop off to learn about local industries including wood carving and boat building.
Day 10 : Domestic flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
Days 10 - 12 : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Stay at Hotel des Arts Saigon for 2 nights
Travel back to Danang for your domestic flight down to Ho Chi Minh City. This vibrant metropolis is a fantastic way to end your trip in style, with buzzing rooftop bars and an eclectic foodie scene. Travel like a local and hop on the back of a Vespa to explore the lively streets, stopping off to sample mouthwatering streetfood along the way.
For those interested in learning about modern Vietnamese history, head to the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels. These underground tunnels were once part of a vast network used by the Viet Cong to conceal themselves from the American and southern Vietnamese armies, and organise surprise guerrilla attacks.
Ho Chi Minh City is also the gateway to the Mekong Delta. It is possible to head into the country’s ‘rice bowl’ and spend a day exploring the lush countryside by boat and bicycle, learning about local industries and life along the river and its tributaries.
Need an expert opinion?
Our Asia travel specialists have travelled all around Vietnam, and can give you honest opinions from their first-hand experience to help design the most amazing holiday. Call 020 3141 2850 and we will start designing a holiday tailored specifically to you.
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 $4277 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.