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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Vietnam’s charismatic capital, on the Red River, may be expanding and modernizing at an extraordinary pace, but it’s a great city to explore on foot. Surrounded by parks and tranquil lakes, the core is a medieval Old Quarter – one of the m...
Hanoi Street Food Tour
Hanoi’s five stars don’t have a monopoly on fine dining. In fact, some of the most authentic and delicious dishes in the city are served in the open-air kitchens of the old quarter. Join our popular ‘Street Food Tour’ for a trip around the...
Rising in majestic fashion from the northern shore of Vietnam, the karst limestone formations of Halong Bay create a unique, spellbinding landscape. Around 2,000 islands, islets, outcrops and towering mountains, draped in vegetation and ri...
A thriving port before it was eclipsed by nearby Da Nang, Hoi An’s Old Quarter preserves a unique cultural legacy spanning more than three-hundred years of colonial trade. Wandering its grid of 17th-century streets, you’ll pass some fine e...
Cookery Classes in Hoi An
Should you feel inspired to find out more about the town’s distinctive culinary traditions, sign up for our highly recommended cookery classes, staged in one of Hoi An’s most famous restaurants. The day begins with a guided shopping trip a...
Hanoi to Sapa Victoria Express
The most relaxed way to reach Sapa is to take an overnight train – ideally the luxurious Victoria Express from Hanoi, whose wood-lined Pullman carriages and dining car recall the elegance of the colonial era. A range of other luxury trains...
Cu Chi Tunnels
During the Vietnam War, among the tactics used by Vietcong guerrillas to evade capture, was the digging of extensive tunnel networks, protected by hidden entrances. One of the largest of these secret underworlds survives at Cu Chi village,...
The Mekong Delta
The Delta of the Mekong River begins a couple of hours’ drive south of Ho Chi Minh City, and extends west over 15,000 sq miles (39,000 sq km) to the Gulf of Thailand. Known as ‘Vietnam’s Rice Bowl’, it’s one of the most intensively farmed,...
Cycling in the Mekong Delta
The flat countryside of the Delta makes perfect pedaling terrain, and bicycles afford an enjoyable way to immerse yourself deep in the bucolic life of rural Vietnam. We offer a choice of different guided trips, starting from various hubs (...
Suggested tours to Vietnam
Tailor-made Tour 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...
Tailor-made Tour 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...
Tailor-made Tour 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...
Tailor-made Tour 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 capi...
Group Tour 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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