once the preserve only of the intitiated bold traveller, vietnam is now a must-do destination on the world tourist horizonWith its numerous national parks, white sand beaches, colourful villages, pagodas, ancient monuments, forests and islands, Vietnam is a land of often surprising beauty, offering true cultural depth and a rich history, increasingly combined in the tourist areas with all the facilities the modern traveller could wish for.

Vietnam’s people are its greatest asset, gregarious, friendly and eager to meet visitors. In the bustling cities, the often-chaotic streets contrast ox carts with limousines, ancient rituals with sophisticated technology, and are ruled by the moped. 

By contrast, life in rural areas has little changed since medieval times. Water buffalo still plough the fields and peasants wearing traditional conical hats plant and harvest the rice. Everywhere, small picturesque villages work in concert to create and sell handicrafts of all kinds.   

Visitors to the north will arrive in the Capital city of Hanoi, birthplace of the Vietnamese nation in ancient times, with its well preserved and picturesque French colonial boulevards nestled in its centre, sitting in curious harmony beside the pagodas, temples and bustling craft markets that attest to the long history of the city's home upon the banks of the Red river delta.

Explore all the delights of the Northern Provinces, trekking the forests, lakes, waterfalls and cool mountains, meeting with the friendly and colourfully diverse ethnic groups that inhabit the hillsides of Sapa and Ba Be, or cruise in luxurious wonderment through the serenely beautiful scenery of Ha Long Bay, its myriad limestone structures arising almost mythically from the sea, with its caves and coves inviting the visitor to swim, snorkel or kayak amongst its strange and thought-provoking forms. 

Travel south to the Perfume River and the Forbidden Purple City of the historic citadel of Hue, visiting its lovely Garden houses and Emperors’ tombs. Further south, Hoi An offers the charmingly sedate prospect of an historic small port town with quaint old wooden houses dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and its famous ornate Japanese bridge. 

This area, and central Vietnam in general, is former Cham country, whose Hindu civilisation, contemporaneous with the better-known Khmer empire at Angkor in Cambodia, inhabited these parts and built the nearby complex at My Son. Cua Dai beach and offshore islands may sparklingly tempt you to linger awhile.

From here down to the Mekong delta is almost interrupted beach territory. For the beach experience with all contemporary western trappings head for Nha Trang and its offshore islands, busy, lively and modern. Further south Mui Ne cape’s lovely beach and dunes offers a tranquil break from the Jet-skis, whilst still providing a range of other water sports. 

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is Vietnam's largest city and the hub of Vietnamese business, a thoroughly modern cityscape, and the usual airport gateway for visitors to the south. In contrast to Hanoi, while still retaining some of its French flavour, the modern towers of Vietnam’s exploding economic growth predominate. 

Here you can find designer shopping, explore its museums and temples, or escape entirely, slipping leisurely through the slow waterways and orchards of the Mekong delta to experience its floating markets, or get beyond the mainland to the isles of Phu Quoc and the Con Dao archipelago.

Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Golfing
Destinations: Mui Ne, Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 7
Guideline price: US$ 1331     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This superlative 7 day golf adventure takes you to play three of the country’s very finest and most beautiful golf courses, all of which enjoy high international repute. An ideal short template which can be adapted within a longer vacation in Vietnam, or combined with a wider golfing sojourn in other Southeast Asian countries.

Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Adventure, Heritage, Beach, Trekking, Wildlife
Destinations: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Con Dao Archipelago
Duration: 15
Guideline price: US$ 3008     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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A delightful tour suited to those who want to leave conventional tourism aside and really connect with the culture and environment of Vietnam, visiting the usually unvisited villages of the northern and central highlands and culminating with a visit to Con Dao Island. Travellers wishing to model a tour on this template should be aware that, in some village locations, the local river will provide your only bathing and washing opportunities.
Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Luxury
Destinations: Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 14
Guideline price: US$ 2547     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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An insightful tour into the long heritage of traditional Vietnamese and oriental therapies, combined with a stay at one of Vietnam’s most prestigious beach destinations, the Six senses Quy Nhon Life Wellness Resort, where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in Southeast Asia’s most revered and indulgent Spa treatments. The tour includes sightseeing visits to Hanoi, Hue, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City and culminates with a cruise of the culturally fascinating Mekong Delta.
Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Heritage, Luxury
Destinations: Hanoi, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 12
Guideline price: US$ 4096     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This twelve day luxury tour revives the memory of the French colonial heyday in Vietnam, with overnight stays in some of the iconic hotels of the era, exploring the legacy of the French presence in Indochina and the Vietnamese sights that in turn inspired the colonisers. The tour includes visits to Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, the historical imperial city of Hue, Saigon and Dalat.
Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Adventure, Diving
Destinations: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Sapa and beyond, Nha Trang
Duration: 14
Guideline price: US$ 2168     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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Designed for those seeking to escape the tourist hotels and connect in an active way with the peoples and landscapes of Vietnam, this 14 day adventure sojourn of Vietnam visits the street life Capital city, followed by a cruise of Ha Long Bay for some sea-kayaking, and the mountainous landscape of Sapa for a spell of mountain biking, before heading south to Nha Trang and Whale Island for some snorkelling or Scuba diving.
Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Adventure, Wildlife
Destinations: Hanoi, Sapa and beyond, Hue, Ha Long Bay
Duration: 12
Guideline price: US$ 2097     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 12 day tour explores some of Vietnam’s precious national parks, from Ba Be Lake in the north, to the island haven of Cat Ba, set amid the stunning vistas of Ha Long Bay, then on to Cuc Phuong and its Primate Rescue Centre, before culminating in the delightful forest trails of Bach Ma.

Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Biking
Destinations: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Mui Ne
Duration: 14
Guideline price: US$ 2502     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 14 day cycling tour begins with a relaxing cruise of the natural wonder of Ha Long Bay before heading down to historic Hue for seven days of cycling the coastal fringe of central Vietnam, enjoying its off the beaten track rural charm and peaceful ocean views, with stays at Hoi An, Quang Ngai, Quy Nhon and Nha Trang, on your route to Mui Ne and a relaxing beach break to unwind from your exertions.
Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Biking
Destinations: Hanoi, Sapa and beyond, Dien Bien Phu
Duration: 8
Guideline price: US$ 1545     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 8 day scenic cycling tour takes you high into the northern mountains for a pedal powered exploration of its mountain scenery, shapely hillside paddy fields and colourful ethnic diversity, travelling from Sapa over Heaven’s Gate to Pa So, through the Nam Na River Valley to Muong Lay and onward to Dien Bien Phu, the site of the historic victory over the French occupying forces at the culmination of the first Indochina War.
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