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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:
Cambodia and Vietnam complement each other beautifully: Cambodia has a more laid back charm while Vietnam is the beating heart of Indochina, with fast paced ancient cities. Even in 10 days, you can combine Cambodia and Vietnam with ease, but we’d recommend a little longer to do these wonderful countries justice. You can even cruise between the two along the historic Mekong River.
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.
Having emerged as one of South-East Asia’s hottest destinations, a holiday through Vietnam is loaded with ancient cities, gorgeous beaches, exquisite countryside, and mouth-watering national cuisine. Defined by its French colonial past, Vietnam exudes history and soul; from capital Hanoi with its Parisian grace and belle époque architecture and Ho Chi Minh City with its stark contrast of old and new, to the remote villages of the Mekong Delta, and the exquisite Halong Bay - one of the world’s New Natural Seven Wonders.
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Vietnam offers limitless cultural delights, pristine sandy stretches and remote tropical islands. With cool mountains in the north and steamy cityscapes and beaches further south, and the fast-paced buzz of Ho Chi Minh contrasting with the laid back life of the river folk of the Mekong Delta, this fascinating country is diverse in every sense of the word.
Its two metropolises both deserve visiting. Head to capital, Hanoi, known as ‘the ‘Paris of the Orient', for a fusion of grandiose colonial architecture, stately villas, and buzzing street life. Cultural stops include the Old Quarter, the French Quarter, the Presidential Palace, Hanoi Opera House, and the world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. Chaotic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, also offers French finesse, historical attractions and bustling markets. What sets Ho Chi Minh apart though is its abundance of river-view hotels – and of course its gastronomic delights including pho (noodle soup).
To capture the true spirit of Vietnam, venture to mountainous Sa Pa for remote villages occupied by hill tribes, visit The Citadel and The Forbidden City in the former imperial city of Hue, and roam the historic streets of Hoi An where you can take a countryside bicycle tour to experience its rural treasures.
Beach lovers are spoilt for choice. Unwind on the perfect sands of Nha Trang, dive the offshore coral reefs at Phu Quoc Island, and immerse yourself in luxury at Con Dao Island, home to Six Senses - Vietnam’s most luxurious five-star resort. Hoi An demands another mention here for its postcard-perfect white sand beaches that ensure that you are never far from a bamboo seafood restaurant.
For watery wonders, take an overnight cruise aboard a traditional junk boat. Meander through waterways to see the stunning Mekong Delta and the unique Halong Bay - this spectacular seascape dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets is one of the world’s New Natural Seven Wonders. Alternatively, travel along the Saigon River by speedboat to the Cu Chi Tunnels, to discover the tunnel system made famous by Cu Chi freedom fighters.
Here, our Asia Specialist Chloe tells us why she thinks lesser-known Ninh Binh, two hours south of Hanoi, is the jewel in Vietnam’s crown…
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Did you know?
The five points of the gold star on the Vietnamese national flag represent the farmers, workers, intellectuals, youth and soldiers of the country.
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Nearly half of the Vietnamese population have the surname Nguyen, it was the family name of an important Vietnamese royal dynasty.