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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…
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Best for: Culture History, Family, Highlights
Located in Hanoi's atmospheric French Quarter, the award-winning Sofitel Legend Metropole is a famous heritage property that has hosted many iconic guests over the years. This is a luxurious retreat from the city's hustle and bustle.
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The Sofitel Legend Metropole is a celebrated five-star hotel in Hanoi, boasting a rich history. This legendary landmark is renowned for its world-class service, as well as being the location of Indochina’s first ever film screening, and even where Charlie Chaplin had his honeymoon. The property radiates charm and luxury and is one of Vietnam’s most exclusive hotels.
Superbly positioned just steps from the magnificent Opera House, the Sofitel Legend Metropole is built in a grand French colonial style, with a classical white façade, green shutters, original wrought iron, wood panelling and a lush courtyard lawn. Proudly sitting close to the south-east of Hoan Kiem Lake, the hotel is just a short stroll to the Old Quarter, where you can enjoy boutique shopping, delicious authentic restaurants and handicraft stalls.
This large hotel has 364 rooms, and is grand and imposing without losing its welcoming feel or coming across as pretentious. Retaining the hotel’s original fin-de-siècle grandeur, the rooms are suites are split between two wings, the elegant neo-classical Opera Wing and the classical French Metropole Wing. A Club Floor with breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and butler service is also available.
The Metropole is home to some of Hanoi’s top restaurants, with sumptuous modern Italian cuisine at Angelina, classic Vietnamese dishes at Spices Garden, and French brasserie fare at Le Beaulieu, which is over 100 years old. Le Club is the delightful 1920s-style bar where you can enjoy signature cocktails. Bamboo Bar serves ice-cream, fruit juices and light snacks throughout the day, and La Terrasse emulates a traditional Parisian café. Guests can take a dip in the heated outdoor pool situated in the courtyard garden, or enjoy a pampering treatment in the lavish three-storey spa. The So Fit Fitness Centre is well-equipped and runs exercise classes. The Sofitel Legend Metropole is the perfect choice for couples or families looking for an extravagant and historic, yet warm and welcoming stay in Hanoi.
When to go
The driest time to visit Hanoi is from September to February, although it can actually get pretty cool in December and January, with temperatures sometimes as low as 10 degrees Celsius. February to April sees the weather get warmer, and also an increase in rain showers. The wettest months are from May to September, particularly July and August, and these months can also get very hot; potentially around 40 degrees Celsius.
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Things to do
Explore Hanoi Rural Life by Bicycle
Head off the beaten track and take to two wheels to explore the rural villages along the banks of the Red River close to Hanoi. Cycle through lush countryside, stopping off to learn about day-to-day life including local cultures and beliefs.
Experience Hanoi with a food blogger
Visit Hanoi's secret corners and seek out Vietnamese specialities with your own expert guide. This is a fantastic introduction to Vietnamese cuisine, but also a wonderful way to explore Hanoi's more historic lanes and markets.
A Day in Charming & Historic Hanoi - Full Day Tour Including Water Puppet Show
Spend a day exploring the cultural highlights of Hanoi with a private guide. Visit the city's most important sites, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature and Old Quarter, before ending the day with a water puppet theatre performance.
Hoa Lu & Trang An
Spend the day exploring the picturesque Ninh Binh province, including a cycling tour around the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and the beautiful surrounding countryside, and taking a boat trip through the breathtaking Trang An Valley.
Hanoi Street Food Tour
Spend half a day weaving through Hanoi's bustling markets and side streets, stopping off to sample an array of mouthwatering dishes along the way. You will be accompanied by a local foodie guide to ensure you make the most of the experience.
Experience Hanoi Like a Local - Full Day Tour
Head away from the tourist sites to spend the day exploring Hanoi from a local point of view. Visit bustling markets, stroll through winding alleyways and enjoy lunch with a local family to learn about day-to-day life in Vietnam's capital.
Hanoi Evening Vespa Tour
Experience Hanoi by night, travelling through the streets on the back on a vintage Vespa, stopping off to enjoy delicious streetfood along the way. Finish the evening at a famous jazz club where you can listen to fantastic live music.
The Memory of War - Half Day Tour
Spend half a day visiting key sites dedicated to the memory of the America-Vietnam War, including the Hanoi Military Museum, the notorious Hoa Lo Prison and the B52 Victory Museum. You will also meet with a veteran to hear his personal battle stories.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City & Con Dao
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.
Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Central Coast & Ho Chi Minh City
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.