"Vietnam’s booming popularity as a holiday destination should come as no surprise."

Touring in Vietnam

Vietnam’s booming popularity as a holiday destination should come as no surprise. This is a country that packs a lot in, offering dramatic natural landscapes, fantastic food, stunning beaches, vibrant cities and a fascinating history. Although most Vietnamese have moved on from the ‘American War’, as it’s known here, there is still a discernible distinction between the traditional North and the more westernised South.

Highlights of northern Vietnam include the exhilarating capital, Hanoi, along with the rice terraces and hilltribes of Sapa, close to the Chinese border. No tour is complete without a junk boat cruise around spectacular Ha Long Bay, one of the world’s true natural wonders, while the enchanting riverside town of Hoi An is the perfect stepping stone to the balmier south. Buzzing Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is developing at breakneck speed into a modern Asian metropolis, while the lush Mekong Delta is Vietnam at its most iconic. The conical hats, the rice terraces and the teetering mopeds piled high with goods and livestock aren’t just for show; life for many Vietnamese remains rooted in rural tradition, and travelling around this multi-faceted country offers an invigorating taste of authentic Asia.


Touring Highlights of Vietnam

  • Ha Long Bay is a magnificent sight, a scattered archipelago of jagged limestone islands that rear out of the often mist-shrouded waters. A cruise around the bay in a traditional junk boat is an absolute must.
  • The serene riverside town of Hoi An is the highlight of central Vietnam, filled with rickety old merchant houses, and it looks particularly beautiful when lit up at night by colourful lanterns.
  • Explore the busy streets of old Hanoi, where each neighbourhood is devoted to a different trade and motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, teetering under an improbable pyramid of passengers, furniture and even livestock!
  • Venture into the Mekong Delta, deep in the steamy tropical south, a water-logged landscape of paddy fields, floating markets and workers driving water buffalo through the mud.
  • Ho Chi Minh City, still commonly referred to as Saigon, is Vietnam’s most westernised city, where traditional life exists in the shadow of skyscrapers and shopping malls. Take a trip out to the claustrophobic Cu Chi Tunnels to learn more about the Viet Cong and the ‘American War’.

Tour Types in Vietnam