Why travel to Vietnam
Few countries in the world elicit such a consistently passionate response among travellers as Vietnam. Blessed with beautiful natural landscapes, a wealth of evocative historic monuments and great cultural diversity, the nation has emerged from decades of war, political oppression and poverty to become a destination that bewitches even the most jaded of holidaymakers.
While the capital, Hanoi, in the north, retains the gentility of former colonial times, go-ahead Ho Chi Minh City, in the south, showcases the nation’s more upbeat, modern face. Between the two lie a chain of former Imperial capitals, replete with ancient temples and palaces, as well as colonial ports whose boulevards are lined with 18th and 19th-century French villas.
Trips along the Mekong Delta in the far south or into the mountains of the Tonkinese Alps in the north bring you face to face with a more timeless vision of Vietnam, where buffalo plod down dirt tracks, women in conical straw hats work the rice fields, stilted villages rise from vast floodplains and local markets are thronged with hill people dressed in elaborate traditional costumes.
Poverty is far from absent in this rural hinterland, but it’s most definitely on the wane. Since the spectacularly successful Doi Moi reforms of the 1980s, the economy has surged forward at dizzying speeds. Vietnam is now officially the fastest growing country in Asia, with a growth rate of 7 percent.
For visitors, this dramatic transformation is most discernible in the country’s new beach resorts and bijoux historic towns, where hotels offering first-world standards of comfort and service have mushroomed amid the coconut groves. Travelling between them, whether on a colonial-style cruiser or local sampan, you cannot fail to be impressed by the understated warmth and gentleness of the Vietnamese people themselves – a testament to this beautiful country’s capacity for rejuvenation, given the traumas it has lived through over the past half-century or so.
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14 days from £ 3430 per person
As its name suggests, our ‘Classic’ itinerary covers all of the country’s big-hitting sights in a seamless fortnight of exotic, luxury travel. Starting in the north at Hanoi and a boat cruise around the surreal landforms of Halong Bay, you’ll work y...
19 days from £ 4195 per person
Vietnam’s minority people form the principal focus of this 19-day journey, which offers an ideal second visit to the country, or a more adventurous alternative for anyone looking to experience its traditional aspects. Running south to north, the rou...
19 days from £ 3680 per person
Covering the country in greater depth, our popular ‘Discover Vietnam’ itinerary offers what we regard as the optimal three-week all-rounder. It starts in the north at Hanoi and works south to Ho Chi Minh City – similar to our ‘Classic’ route, but li...
14 days from £ 3595 per person
Experience the full spectrum of Vietnamese cuisine first hand, from trips to markets, sampling street food and home cooked meals, cooking in first class restaurants with Master Chefs and dining with royalty. Your culinary journey begins in the capit...
12 days from £ 1258 per person
On this introductory group tour of Vietnam, one Southeast Asia’s most diverse and enjoyable countries, you start in Hanoi, the capital city, and explore buildings and shaded boulevards that echo its French colonial past. Visit scenic Halong Bay, a W...
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