Vietnam a country with much to offer the visitor with so many sights to see from sandy beaches to stunning scenery with bundles of culture and experiences to remember for a lifetime. This country is open to every budget offering experiences from the backpacker up to the 5-star luxury hunters.
You are never too young or too old to visit Vietnam and the choice of itineraries are endless. Often twinned with Cambodia it really is a great choice of destination for a holiday to remember.
Beaches of Vietnam
Whilst Thailand is the favourite of most for a beach fly and flop holiday, Vietnam gives it a run for its money. Offering golden sand beaches and small remote islands to relax and recuperate. some of our favourites are:
Palm Island, just two hours from Nha Trang. Perfect for snorkelling with its crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and stunning sunsets.
Mui Ne you can find just 4 hours from Ho Chi Minh City which offers stunning beaches and red sand dunes perfect for sand biking or sand surfing.
Ho Tram is about 2 hours Ho Chi Minh City, and is the perfect fly flop destination as there is not much to do, apart from chillout.
Nha Trang is probably one of the most popular beaches in Vietnam and one that features on many itineraries.
Things to see in Vietnam
Trekking is one of the best ways to see this stunning land with many good base points to stay and explore the area around you. Here are our favourites to sights to consider:
Sapa – Situated in the Vietnamese highlands offering stunning scenery and many trekking options to consider. A couple of nights stay is a must when visiting Vietnam.
Ha Long Bay in the North on the Chinese border is a must as the Bay is dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets. One of the natural wonders of the world and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
Hoi An is one of those pretty seaside resorts packed with history and charm, a trading port for many years connecting Europe and Asia.
Chi Chi Tunnels which is a war museum of the Viet tunnels used by the Viet Cong-era soldiers. We doubt you will walk them all as there are over 120kms of tunnels built since 1948.
My Son Hindu Sanctuary another World UNESCO site and located in the Southern part of Vietnam.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang you will find in the north-central part of Vietnam and is another UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts over 2000sqkm or limestone and dates back 464 million years.
The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne are north of Pang Theit and are an impressive sight with colours ranging from white, Red and gold sands.
Ho Chi Minh City perched on the banks of the Saigon river it is the largest city of Vietnam although not the capital which is Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh offers the visitor a vibrant experience of Vietnam with its flash bars and restaurants, luxury hotels and designer shops. It rivals any of its other Asian cities such as Singapore or Bangkok. But look below the glitz and there are many inhabitants living in poverty so expect a high number of beggars and children selling anything from sweets to lottery tickets to make some money.
Hanoi the romantic city of Vietnam with its pagodas and dynastic temples and beautiful French boulevards with the introduction of some high-rise office buildings. Hanoi is the perfect stay for those wishing to explore the north of the country, in particular, Ha Long Bay
These are just a few of the destinations on offer to you when visiting Vietnam but email us now and we will tailor-make your perfect holiday. We have access to many independent tour operators that can let you experience Vietnam at your pace with as little or as many of the sights on offer.
Best time to visit Vietnam
Vietnam has quite complex weather patterns for the north-central and the south of the country. The north of the country and Hanoi have high rainfall and humidity in the months of May to October. The cooler months tend to be November to April when it is the coolest and driest time of the year. In the far North the months of December and January are particularly cold.
The southern part of Vietnam benefits from dry weather in the months of December to late April and often May, with the warmest months being March-May. The monsoons arrive from May to October and can often affect transport in this area.
If you want to visit the whole country the best times of year to benefit from the best weather in autumn (Sept–Dec) and spring (March and April) that way you should still be able to enjoy the sights and relax at the beach.