Holidays to Vietnam
On the east coast of Southeast Asia, visit the main cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, both renowned for their vibrant food scenes and fascinating history. Spend a few days in the enigmatic, lantern-strewn streets of Hoi An – a Unesco World Heritage Site – or book a river cruise down the Mekong River, while adventurers will love trekking through the colourful hill tribe villages of the north.
Spend a few days in the enigmatic, lantern-strewn streets of Hoi An, a Unesco World Heritage Site
Where to go
Many routes fly directly into Ho Chi Minh City in the south – a fascinating, fast-paced city best seen from the back of a rickshaw. Pick up handmade silk lanterns from the city’s bustling Ben Thanh market or explore the Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Vietnamese during the war with America.
Then, hop on a slow train up to Hoi An and discover incense-filled temples and bustling street markets, before venturing north to Hanoi to eat your way around its incredible food scene. Finish with a cruise around Halong Bay, where hundreds of spectacular limestone islands rise like jungle-clad beacons from its emerald-green waters.
When to go
Long and thin, Vietnam runs the gamut of climates – from crisp, cool winters to balmy, humid summers. The best time to visit is between November and February when days are warm and rainfall is minimal. Lunar New Year, known as Tet, is Vietnam’s biggest holiday, and falls between January and February.