Holidays to Vietnam provide an insight into this rapidly developing destination. A colourful and diverse country, Vietnam features beautiful karst landscapes in Halong Bay, stepped rice paddies in the north, historic colonial towns, glorious beaches and the languid region of the Mekong delta. The cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are steamy and frenetic, and easy to be caught up in.
There are numerous opportunities to explore the ancient and more recent history of Vietnam via French colonial buildings or landmarks like the Cu Chi Tunnels, and to meet the locals who, regardless of who you are or where you come from, welcome you with open arms.
Lastly, there is the remarkable cuisine; full of historical influences, it remains some of the most delicious food you can experience in the Far East.
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Flying time from London 14.5 hours
Official language(s) Vietnamese
Time difference +7 GMT
Visa requirements Required for UK passport holders
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Halong Bay is an area of great natural beauty, with waters studded with thousands of islets covered in green foliage, sheer cliffs and caves. Spend the night on a luxurious traditional junk boat and soak up the atmosphere.
Cruise up the Mekong river
After exploring the Mekong delta, cruise up the mighty Mekong river to Cambodia, all the way to Ankor Wat. It’s a luxurious way to see these iconic temples, and glimpse local village life as you float on by.
Escape to Xa Linh
A village inhabited by the Hmong hill tribe, Xa Linh is located 1,000 metres above sea level in the Mai Chau region. Walk through the serene countryside, dotted with fruit trees and wildlife, and gain an insight into this historic culture.
Set in the cool central highlands, Dalat is a former French hill station with a somewhat faded elegance, offering respite from the heat and hustle of nearby Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The town is surrounded by pine-covered hills and waterfalls, with picturesque churches and beautiful colonial French buildings dotted along the hillsides. The Bao Dai Summer Palace is a highlight, an art deco building offering a glimpse into the retreat of Vietnam’s last emperor.
Take the Victoria Express
With its elegant carriages, the Victoria Express train recalls a more romantic era, passing through the exotic landscapes of northern Vietnam. The train departs six times a week between Hanoi and Lao Cai (Sapa), and takes approximately 8.5 hours.
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