Vietnam: The definition of natural beauty. Fall into the ebb and flow of this electric country, where exotic scenery appears around every corner.
An immensely long country, Vietnam stretches for more than 2000 km. From the French colonial rule through to the war of the sixties, it has undergone extensive change. Visitors can see the underground tunnels of the Viet Cong and explore the cultural sites that add unique flavour, from the citadel of Hue to the historic streets of Hoi An. There’s a frenetic energy pulsing through Vietnam’s two major cities. Whether it’s Ho Chi Minh’s vibrant metropolitan allure or the colonial charm of Hanoi, you’ll feel compelled to hit the streets and explore.
Cruising its rivers and waters promises unique experiences from a traditional Junk trip around beautiful Halong Bay to exploring the massive picturesque area of the Mekong Delta dotted by rice paddies, fish farms and fruit orchards. When it comes to the food, it's some of the most delicate and carefully balanced in the world. Throughout this country you’ll feast on regional dishes that combine staple ingredients like lime, chilli and the abundant rice noodle. Slurp down a bowl of the iconic noodle soup, pho, for the definitive taste of a nation. Sink your toes into the soft sands of a beach resort and indulge yourself in some serious rest and relaxation. For tropical beaches and remote hideaway islands, Vietnam leaves you spoilt for choice with an expansive coastline and a wide choice of oceanside destinations. The months between October and March offer the best weather for travelling. Even outside these months, when monsoon patterns fluctuate between the north and south, rains are short and the temperature still warm. Tourism came late to Vietnam, but it’s now one of Asia's booming destinations with fantastic resorts and many stylish hotel and accommodation options. I love piecing together tailor-made Vietnamese adventures as there are so many combinations to suit even the pickiest of travellers.
Here's what you could get up to in Vietnam:
3 nights at the 5-star Hotel de L’Opera located in the centre close to the Opera House and within walking distance to most attractions
Chow down a breakfast of noodles, before wandering on a walk through the original streets of the Old Quarter, where you can catch the locals playing a game of chess
Sample Hanoi Street Food by Night and a local cooking class
Village discovery by bike and visit the Hoan Kiem Lake
2 nights Paradise Peak cruise on a Classic Junk, which includes:
Visit Tung Sau Pearl Farm
Kayaking from the boat
Ti Top Island
Visit Sung Sot Cave
Trong Cave area and Trinh Nu Cave
Cua Van Floating village
Ninh Van Bay
6 nights in a uniquely designed pool villa at the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang where white sand beaches, majestic mountains and impressive rock formations frame postcard-worthy views of the East Vietnam Sea.
Ho Chi Minh City
Three nights at the distinctive 5-star Hotel des Arts, to experience a journey back in time to the classical charm of French Indochina mixed with a sense of timeless chic while luxuriating in all the comforts of the 21st century.
See the Cu Chi Tunnels
Embark on a Mekong Delta Tour
Experience Saigon street food by night
A Ho Chi Minh Discovery tour
Why crawl through the interweb looking for deals, when you can give me a call and be crawling through the Viet Cong tunnels instead?
Vietnam is a region steeped in history, alongside towering mountain ranges, shimmering waters and market stalls full of colourful chillis and sweet jackfruit. What more could you want from a holiday?