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Reviewed on 12 Mar 2021
Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020
One of the most characterful and charismatic destinations in South East Asia, book a hotel in Vietnam, now one of the region’s holiday hotspots. Boasting vibrant cities, idyllic beaches, rolling countryside and great cuisine, this enchanting country has something for everyone. Sample mouth-watering street eats in Hanoi, soak up the sun on Phu Quoc Island, explore Vietnam’s culture and history in charming Hoi An or cycling the country’s iconic National Highway 1 and explore Vietnam’s hills, villages and open roads.
Hanoi – Book a hotel in Vietnam’s dynamic capital; a city on the move. Visit Hoa Lo Prison or the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh to learn more about the country’s recent past, wander the atmospheric streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter or take a street food tour and sample Vietnamese cuisine at its best.
Ho Chi Minh City – Book a Ho Chi Minh City hotel; a high octane metropolis where the old and new collide. Incense infused temples and narrow back streets sit side by side with glass skyscrapers and designer malls. Get beneath the surface of Ho Chi Minh City with a trip to the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, pick up a bargain at Ben Thanh Market or learn about Vietnamese culture at the Khanh Van Nam Vien Pagoda.
Phu Quoc Island – With over half of the island’s landmass covered by a national park, Phu Quoc is a great destination for hiking, wildlife watching and jungle expeditions. The island also boasts some of the best beaches in Vietnam, with white sand and palm trees as far as the eye can see.
Hoi An – Book a hotel in one of Vietnam’s most characterful towns; Hoi An boasts a wealth of historic buildings and a laid back atmosphere. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is best explored by bike, motorbike or kayak.
Many of Vietnam’s most famous landmarks come from country’s recent past. If you’re interested in the Vietnam War, a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City is a must. The expansive network spreads out beneath the city and gives a fascinating glimpse into life in wartime Vietnam. If you’d like to see an older side of Vietnam, head to the Imperial City of Hue. A walled fortress and palace, the Imperial City was built in the early 19th century by the first of Vietnam’s emperors. Other important sights include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi and the Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue.
No visit to Vietnam would be complete without a visit to Halong Bay. Located close to the Chinese border, the bay is dotted with over 1,600 limestone islands and islets. Explore the bay by kayak for the best views and the chance to get up close to the towering karsts. For shopping, nightlife and street food head to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, to experience traditional culture explore Hoi An, cycle through the villages, hills and plains of Highway 1 or head to Mui Ne and get your adrenaline pumping with a bit of sand dune surfing.