VIETNAM

STUNNING LANDSCAPES, EXQUISITE CUISINE, CHARMING PEOPLE, DYNAMIC CITIES

Why Vietnam

Vietnam is all the buzz these days with stunning and diverse landscapes, exquisite and unique cuisine, friendly high spirited people and dynamic fast paced cities. A long and thin country bordering China to the North and Cambodia and Laos to the West, Vietnam packs a stunning variety of nature, culture and cuisine. From trekking though beautiful rice terraces and remote ethnic regions in the north to lounging on pristine beaches and swimming in turquoise waters in the south, visitors are overwhelmed with choice when planning a trip to the country.

Wherever visitors choose to go to in Vietnam today, they can except world class service, comfortable accommodation, friendly people, unique delicious food, and most of all memorable experiences that last a life time.

Modern Vietnam offers visitors an immense variety of choice. In the far flung north, Sapa offers world class trekking amidst terraced rice fields and ethnic encounters with diverse hill tribes. In Hanoi, the countries capital, wonder the streets of the old quarter and discover a fascinating city that elegantly combines traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French colonial flair. To the east, embark on a cruise through the natural wonders of Halong Bay, an awe inspiring landscape of limestone islands rising from the sea like mystical dragons.

In central Vietnam, explore the former imperial capital of Hue, its sprawling citadel and the tombs of Emperors standing along the banks of the Perfume River. Continue south to the ancient town of Hoi an, a melting pot of history and cultures, reflected in its varied architectural styles, from wooden Chinese shop houses and temples to colorful colonial buildings.

In the South Central Highlands, discover Dalat, a former French Summer retreat, surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls known for its temperate climate and some of the best mountain biking and hiking opportunities in Vietnam. In Southern Vietnam, let your senses be overwhelmed by Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the high octane commercial capital of the country. Navigate the head spinning motorbike traffic, sample gastronomic delights from amongst myriad food stalls and wonder the streets witnessing the mix of old and new in this ever-changing city.

For a calmer pace of life, head to the Mekong Delta, Vietnamese primary breadbasket (or more aptly ricebasket), a lush agricultural region carved out by a maze of small canals and rivers dotted with villages and floating markets. Off the coast of Vietnam, laze on the white sand beaches on the island of Phu Quoc or truly get off the radar with a trip to the pristine islands of Con Dao.

The ancient origins of Vietnam’s literature, language and culture, and the country itself, began in the north along the fringes of the Red River Delta. Long controlled and influenced by the Chinese, it enjoyed nine centuries of independence, until, in the 19th century, the French colonial period began. In 1887, Vietnam became a part of French Indochina. This was a period that deeply shaped the culture, cuisine and attitudes of the country and led to an important architectural legacy. At the end of World War II Vietnam declared its independence, however, France continued its control until soundly defeated by Ho Chi Minh’s Communist forces in 1954.

Shortly thereafter, based on the Geneva Accord, Vietnam was divided into two parts; the Communist North and the anti-Communist South. US economic and military aid to South Vietnam began to grow and serious conflict was on the horizon. In March, 1965, the first American troops landed in South Vietnam, and the bloody conflict called the Vietnam War began. After tens of thousands died on both sides, and billions in military expenditures, this sad, tragic war finally ended in 1973. Two years later the remains of the South’s army fell, and Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, was renamed Ho Chi Minh City, and North and South joined together as one to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

For the next few decades, Vietnam, demoralized by the effects of war, remained economically stagnant. The country closed itself off from the outside world; foreign visitors found it difficult to get visas and those who were successful found that travelling in the country was severely limited.

But this all began to change in the 90s when the communist government embarked on a massive economic reform program known as Đổi Mới (renovation) introducing capitalist elements to its economic policy and opening up the country’s borders and trade to foreign investment. Today, Vietnam has become one of the fastest growing and most exciting countries in Asia. The countries young dynamic population looks towards the future whilst embracing the world and welcoming foreign travelers with open arms

Top Tours in Vietnam

CULINARY VIETNAM

This trip is designed to stimulate the senses by introducing visitors to the delicate aromas and spices that make Vietnamese food such a delectable experience....

Vietnam Highlights

Bagan Myanmar Tours
Halong Bay
Hill Tribes of Sapa
ethnic minority ladies
Ancient Town of Hoi An
Southern Islands
go local tours
Buzzing Hanoi
Backwaters of the Mekong Delta

Destinations

SAPA & NORTHERN VIETNAM

In the far flung north, the charming mountain town of Sapa and it surroundings offer world class trekking amidst terraced rice fields and ethnic encounters with diverse hill tribes. The regions rugged scenery and cultural diversity will capture the imagination of even the most jaded travelers. Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam is also to be found here.

  • Sapa
  • Mai Chau
  • Dien Bien Phu
  • Lau Cai
  • Ha Giang
  • Babe Lake

HANOI & HALONG BAY

In Hanoi, the countries capital, wonder the streets of the old quarter and discover a fascinating city that elegantly combines traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French colonial flair. To the east, embark on a cruise through the natural wonders of Halong Bay, an awe inspiring landscape of limestone islands rising from the sea like mystical dragons.

  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Cat Ba Island

CENTRAL VIETNAM

In central Vietnam, explore the former imperial capital of Hue, its sprawling citadel and the tombs of Emperors standing along the banks of the Perfume River. Continue south to the ancient town of Hoi an, a melting pot of history and cultures, reflected in its varied architectural styles, from wooden Chinese shop houses and temples to colorful colonial buildings.

  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Danang
  • Ho Chi Minh Trail
  • Phong Nha Caves

SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

In the South Central Highlands, discover Dalat, a former French Summer retreat, surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls known for its temperate climate and some of the best mountain biking and hiking opportunities in Vietnam.

HO CHI MINH CITY

In Southern Vietnam, let your senses be overwhelmed by Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the high octane commercial capital of the country. Navigate the head spinning motorbike traffic, sample gastronomic delights from amongst myriad food stalls and wonder the streets witnessing the mix of old and new in this ever-changing city.

MEKONG DELTA

For a calmer pace of life, head to the Mekong Delta, Vietnamese primary breadbasket (or more aptly ricebasket), a lush agricultural region carved out by a maze of small canals and rivers dotted with villages and floating markets

  • Can Tho
  • Vinh Long
  • Cu Chi Tunnels

ISLANDS AND BEACHES IN VIETNAM

Off the coast of Vietnam, laze on the white sand beaches on the island of Phu Quoc or truly get off the radar with a trip to the pristine islands of Con Dao.

  • Phu Quoc Island
  • Con Dao Island
  • Nga Trang
  • Mui Ne Beach
  • Phantiet
  • Danang – China Beach

Itinerary Ideas

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