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Vietnam Travel Guide

Holidays to Vietnam promise spell-binding scenery and cultural richness. Vietnam is a very compelling country, renowned for the generosity and warmth of the local people and the exceptional beauty of the natural environment. The country has also been left with a vivid legacy from different cultures, evident in the character of its towns, as well as in the architecture and food. Vietnam has an extensive coastline, at over 1,000 miles in length there are dozens of pristine beaches, coastal villages, bustling towns and exotic cities to be explored.

Most holidays to Vietnam begin in Hanoi, at the heart of the northern Red River Delta. Hanoi is a city of lakes, leafy boulevards and open parks with a French colonial feel. Travel back in time in the vibrant Old Quarter. In keeping with age-old customs, each street was dedicated to a specific industry, some of the traditional goods, like cotton, jewellery, herbs, and silk are still being sold alongside more modern commodities and services. Temples, pagodas and monuments reflect the historic character of Vietnam. There’s no better spot to grab a street-side stool and sample local delicacies. Head to Hoàn Kiếm Lake first-thing to watch locals practicing yoga and tai-chi as the sun rises. Although a city of historical importance, and the social and cultural centre of Vietnam, it is a surprisingly modest and charming place, far slower and less developed than Ho Chi Minh City in the south.

Ho Chi Minh City, on the edge of the Mekong Delta is better known by its former name of Saigon. It is the industrial capital and most populated city in Vietnam.  A visit to Ho Chi Minh City is recommended for holidaymakers who enjoy a cosmopolitan and energetic atmosphere. The city has still managed to hold onto its Asian character; restaurants, hotels and bars line busy sidewalks alongside noodle stands, markets and street vendors vying for business. The hustle and bustle of the stall owners, exotic merchandise such as barbequed dog, writhing snakes and tropical fruit makes this a unique cultural experience not to be missed. 

Holidays To Vietnam – Things To Do

Vietnam is a country of outstanding beauty, interspersed with fascinating areas of cultural significance and villages, towns and bustling cities waiting to be explored. Our Vietnam travel experts had a difficult time choosing our top things to do in Vietnam, there are so many amazing options it’s difficult to narrow them down. After much debate and deliberation here are our recommendations for some of the best things to do on a visit to this enchanting country.

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay is one of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam. The towering limestone pillars and scattered islands of Halong Bay are an iconic sight, one everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. The tranquil emerald waters are best explored by junk boat. Explore the Sung Sot Grotto located on Bon Ho Island in the heart of Halong Bay. The 10,000 metres of cavern features thousands of stalactites and stalagmites and a series of paths and signposts will guide you through this amazing cave.

If you love seafood, you will love Phan Thiet, a busy coastal town famous for its nuoc mam (fish sauce). Venture off the beaten track to discover fishing villages where life remains unchanged by the modern world. Then try the catch of the day in the waterfront thatched-roof restaurants of Mui Ne Bay.

Hoi An is an atmospheric and well-preserved town boasting French colonial buildings, ancient teahouses and beaming paper lanterns – everything is characterised by light, colour and romance. Cycling is the best way to explore the charming streets of Hoi An. Browse the vibrant markets, before heading on to relax on the beautiful beaches on the outskirts of the city.

Dalat was originally developed as a resort by the French, who were attracted to the cool mountain air and temperate climate of the area to escape the heat and humidity of the coast. Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” the town is dotted with elegant French-colonial villas; the Summer Palace is also worth visiting but the main attractions are undoubtedly the many lakes and waterfalls in the surrounding countryside.

Take a day trip to Hue, the evocative capital of the Nguyen emperors where you can witness the age-old glories of Vietnam’s imperial past. The vast, 19th-century Citadel at Hue is surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the palaces and shrines of the Imperial City, and the splendid Forbidden Purple City, which was once the emperor’s home.

Best Time To Visit Vietnam

You can plan a holiday to Vietnam at any time of year. Its tropical monsoon climate is dictated by two separate rainy seasons, affecting different parts of the country at different times. Between April and September, the south-west monsoon brings warm and wet weather to Southern Vietnam including Ho Chi Minh City, and the areas around the Mekong Delta. The south-west monsoon is particularly hot, wet and humid during June and July. The best time to visit Southern Vietnam is between October and March. 

Hanoi and North Vietnam have a distinct winter and summer season. The northeast monsoon, though not necessarily very rainy, runs from October to late March or early April and brings cool weather to Northern Vietnam. The far north of Vietnam can become particularly cool in December and January. During Summer, which lasts from May to October, North Vietnam is hot and humid and the region experiences its highest rainfall. The best time to visit North Vietnam depends on your own preference between the cool of winter and the humidity of summer.

Central Vietnam, including Hoi An, Danang, Hue, and Dalat experiences hot, dry weather between January and August, which makes it a good time to visit this region. Expect high levels of rainfall in September, October and November.

Vietnam Holiday Deals

The Travelmood team includes several destination experts who can create a bespoke itinerary for your holiday to Vietnam. Our travel experts have all visited Vietnam, and have personal experience of the resorts, accommodation, attractions and tours that they recommend. As well as creating custom holiday itineraries, we have a great selection of holiday packages to Vietnam choose from. Why not call us today and get your Vietnam vacation started!