Vietnam

Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia and is rich not only in the culture and history, but rich in tropical landscape and beautiful beaches. Visitors are enchanted by the scenes of paddy fields and lush green mountains or the city buzz of Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. Coastlines have emerald green islands surrounded by azure waters, and whether you choose to relax in the private villa, on a beach or take a trip on a Junk Boat, there is something for every visitor to this lustrous land.

Ho Chi Minh – Ho Chi Minh City is a high-octane city of commerce and culture – From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets, Ho Chi Minh is a city of energy and discovery.Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before negotiating chic designer malls beneath sleek 21st-century skyscrapers.

Northeast Vietnam – For most visitors, the northeast is all about Halong Bay. The sublime seascape at this World Heritage site is undoubtedly one of Vietnam’s most enchanting experiences. Halong Bay is geology gone wild – with hundreds and thousands of limestone pinnacles protruding from the waters. North of Halong Bay is the less-visited Bai Tu Long Bay, where nature’s spectacular show continues all the way to the Chinese border. To the south of Halong Bay is Cat Ba Island, a ‘lost world’ landscape with hiking, biking or just hanging around the order of the day.

Hue, Hoi An and Central Vietnam – The geographic heart of the nation, central Vietnam is packed with historical sights and cultural interest, and blessed with ravishing beaches and outstanding national parks. Marvel at Hue and its imperial citadel, royal tombs and excellent street food. Savour the unique heritage grace of riverside jewel Hoi An, and tour the military sites of the Demilitarised Zone. Danang is fast emerging as one of the nation’s most dynamic cities. Also emerging as a must-visit destination is the extraordinary Phong Nha region, home to three gargantuan cave systems (including the world’s largest cave), and a fascinating war history concealed amid stunning scenery. Enjoy well-earned downtime on the golden sands of An Bang beach or learn to cook central Vietnamese cuisine, the nation’s most complex.

Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital races to make up for time lost to the ravages of war and a government that as recently as the 1990s kept the outside world at bay. Its streets surge with scooters vying for right of way amid the din of constantly blaring horns, and all around layers of history reveal periods of French and Chinese occupation – offering a glimpse into the resilience of ambitious, proud Hanoians. Hanoi is undergoing a rapid transformation. You can dine on the wild and wonderful at every corner, sample market wares, uncover an evolving arts scene, then sleep soundly in a little luxury for very little cost.

Amanoi

Amanoi

Amanoi, Vietnam

Amanoi is a stunning meditative retreat on the coast of Nui Chua National Park, one of Vietnam’s largest natural conservation sites. Hugged by rolling, evergreen-covered hills, t...

  • Bedrooms: 1-5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 1-5
  • Location: East coast
From £527per night
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L’Alyana Ninh Van Bay in Nha Trang

L’Alyana Ninh Van Bay in Nha Trang

L’Alyana Ninh Van Bay in Nha Trang, Vietnam

L’Alyana Ninh Van Bay in Nha Trang offers a range of beautiful villas. Guests can soak up the surrounding environment of tropical forests and mountains studded with massive gran...

  • Bedrooms: 1-2
  • Maximum Guests: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1-2
  • Location: Ninh Van Bay
From £335per night
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Sanctuary Resort Ho Tram

Sanctuary Resort Ho Tram

Sanctuary Resort Ho Tram, Vietnam

Sanctuary Resort Ho Tram is a stunning and luxurious all-villa resort consisting of 27 villas, including 7 beachfront villas and 20 riverfront villas. The villas comprise of either...

  • Bedrooms: 3-4
  • Maximum Guests: 13
  • Bathrooms: 3-4
  • Location: Ho Tram, east coast
From £578per night
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Six Senses Con Dao

Six Senses Con Dao

Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

Six Senses Con Dao, the first five-star resort in the archipelago, is contemporary in design and comprises 50 private pool villas reflecting the essence of a traditional fishing vi...

  • Bedrooms: 1-4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 1-4
  • Location: Con Dao
From £478per night
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Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a breathtaking resort set on its own secluded picturesque bay.  A sweeping beach and lofty mountains create the atmosphere of a private island. Contemp...

  • Bedrooms: 1-3
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 1-3
  • Location: Nha Trang
From £574per night
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The Nam Hai

The Nam Hai

The Nam Hai, Vietnam

The Nam Hai, Hoi An is a luxury award-winning resort located on a 35-hectare land area on Ha M...

  • Bedrooms: 1-3
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 1-3
  • Location: Hoi An, mid east coast

Getting There

There are many ways clients can travel to various destinations in Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines fly from London Heathrow 6 times a week directly to Vietnam. Alternatively, clients can opt to fly via Dubai, with Emirates now flying from over 6 UK regional airports to Dubai with onward connections to Vietnam.

 

Capital: Hanoi
Flying time: 12 hours
Language: Vietnamese
Country Size: 127,881 square miles
Time Difference from UK: +7 hours Winter / + 6 hours Summer
Currency: Vietnamese dong but US$ is widely accepted
Voltage: 220 volts
Driving: Right hand side of the road
Airport: There are a multitude of regional airports in Vietnam but No Bai International Airport serves the capital Hanoi
Entry Requirements: All British passport holders travelling for tourism can enter Vietnam for a maximum of 15 days without a visa, subject to change. Visitors still need a visa to enter Vietnam for periods of longer than 15 days.
Drink the water: It is advisable to only drink bottled water
Health and Safety: No inoculations are needed to travel to Vietnam but it is always advisable to speak to your doctor and pack insect repellent.

There is not really a right or wrong time to visit Vietnam as during most months of the year visitors will experience both sunshine and rain in varying quantities. Welcome to a country with 2000 + miles of coastline and three different weather systems.

Whilst Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the countries length. At times there has been snow (yes white snow!) in the mountainous far north whilst the beaches in the south enjoyed 32 °C and sunshine.

North Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay) – Hanoi and North Vietnam has a distinct winter and summer season. The cool but mostly dry winter lasts from November to April when temperatures average 17-22°C with the coldest months being January – March. Summer lasts from May to October when it is hot and humid and the region experiences its highest rainfall. July to September are often the wettest months of the year. During these months severe weather can prevent junks sailing in Halong Bay although such weather is rare.

South Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, The Mekong Delta & Phu Quoc) – With temperatures remaining constant year round the climate of the south is split into two simple seasons, wet and dry. The dry season begins in November and ends in April/early May with late February to May being slightly hotter and with higher humidity. The wet season lasts from May to early November with the months from June to August receiving the highest rainfall of the year. Throughout much of the wet season rainfall is generally heavy but short lasting, often occurring in a mid-afternoon heavy downpour. The average temperatures in the south range between 25-35°C year round. In the far south, the beaches of Phu Quoc enjoy a monsoon climate with two seasons; wet (late-July to late October) and dry (November to July). Visits to Phu Quoc can be made year-round although the best time is during the dry season (outside of October the chances of sunny days remain high).

Central Vietnam (Hoi An, Danang, Hue & Nha Trang) – Hoi An, Hue & Danang in the centre of Vietnam have hot and dry weather from mid-January to late August, with temperatures often reaching the mid-30’s °C. During the winter months the rainfall increases with October and November achieving peak levels, occasionally in the form of typhoons. Hue is often cooler than Hoi An, especially early in the year. In addition, with each sitting on opposite sides of a small mountain range the weather can often differ between the two greatly on any given day. At the far south of Central Vietnam, Nha Trang benefits from a longer dry season (typically January to September), with high temperatures and little rain . The rainy season runs from October to early December with almost half the annual rainfall falling in October and November.