A coastline of >3200kms, Vietnam offers not only fantastic value for money, luxury beach escapes with a culture of warmth through the rustic charm of the Mekong through to the rice field laden terraces and mountains of the highlands both in the south and the north.
Vietnamese customs have a long history and are rooted in a reverence for the land, sea, and people. Confucian principles, which place a high value on wisdom and experience, form the foundation of society. Vietnamese culture promotes youth, education, advancement, with a strong regard for their elders and family life. It is deeply engrained in the rivers, paddies, mountains, and seas of the country. Consequently, food is the heart of this country.
Best Time To Travel
Visit here in at the first or last 3 months of each year to enjoy cooler temperatures in the south, while winter in the north. Summer season is May – September allowing perfected beach days and rice planting starts in May, enjoy the green terraces of the rice (north) by Juyl/August. Wet afternoons and evenings will happen during the summer that helps cool things down.
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HOW TO GET THERE
Vietnam has excellent connections worldwide with direct flights (Vietnam Airlines) available from North America (San Francisco); European hubs of Paris, London and Frankfurt and all cities via middle eastern gateway cities of Doha and Dubai. You can easily connect from neighboring Asian gateways of Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. Australians have excellent direct connections from Melbourne and Sydney.
Where to sleep
Vietnam is home to some great accommodation options for all types of travellers. There are also several remarkable luxury resorts throughout the country and its islands. There are excellent mid-range hotels everywhere, and they all have excellent amenities and knowledgeable employees. To add some variety, take a look at local homestays, lodges and camps as well.
What to expect
Travellers frequently choose Vietnam as one of the best value for money destinations in South East Asia. Families traveling together will find surprising activities for all. The knowledgeable guides and drivers greatly enhance all tours and travelling off the beaten path is worthwhile. The best combination of culture, cuisine, nature, adventure and relaxation can be found there.
DISCOVER THE CUISINE
Vietnamese food is often a highlight with dishes ranging as you traverse from north to south. Worldwide hits include Phở, Banh Mi and of course hotpot (Lẩu) and numerous varieties of rolls using beef, pork, chicken or tofu accompanied with each's own condiments (usually based on fish sauce). Vegetarians will also enjoy the options across the country.
Vietnam City Guides
The long S shaped country allows for travel all year round with beautiful mountain landscapes through to remote rice field terraces and crystal blue ocean seascapes.
Vietnam's capital is offically 'Ha Noi'. It is the second-largest city in Vietnam by population after Ho Chi Minh and is situated along the banks of the Red River. An old city, Ha Noi is connected to notable North Vietnamese locations like Halong Bay, Sapa, Ninh Binh, and Hai Phong.
The names of Hanoi's 36 streets, such as Hang Mam, Hang Non, Hang Duong, and Hang Muoi, etc., indicate the principal items handled in this city. The bustle is packed in the old town, which is a very distinctive aspect of the city.
Founded over 1000 years ago, Vietnam’s capital city is rich in history, with the streets of its rambling Old Quarter dating back to the 14th century. Wandering these tree-lined lanes past crumbling colonial facades will transport you back in time. However, today's Hanoi is about much more than the past. The ancient city is being invigorated with modern cafes, world-class restaurants, and cool art galleries. When the sun goes down, you have your pick of watering holes, from sophisticated rooftop bars to buzzing bia hơi.
Authentic Local Style:
Cha Ca La Vong - Located on a narrow street in the old quarter, this restaurant takes its name from its one dish wonder: fried river fish soaked in tumeric and served with vermicelli. English is rarely heard and you don’t have to bother thinking about what you want; instead you receive what they have, which has remained the same for decades.
Pho Thin - Good for an express meal where you sit on shared tables, hear the bustle of chopsticks smacking as guests savour each bowls of noodle made from borth that is passed down from generations. Located on 13 Lo Duc, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi.
Bep Prime - This restaurant is filled with beautiful art and rises up three spacious stories. Choose from a wide variety of Vietnamese dishes including roasted duck, noodle dishes, fish, and seafood. Bep Prime’s interpretations of Vietnamese classics make for a truly memorable dining experience in the capital city.
Dining with a view
Cau Go - Situated on the sixth floor overlooking the watery oasis of Hoàn Kiem lake, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of Hanoi while inside, its interior gives off an eclectic French Colonial feeling. Hint: request an outdoor table for a lovely patio view of Turtle Tower and Hanoi’s glittering lakeside.
T.U.N.G - Nestled in the heart of Hanoi and just a few steps away from St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Hoan Kiem lake, T.U.N.G stands for “Twisted, Unique, Natural and Gastronomique” and not only represents the establishment’s philosophy in providing an unparalleled culinary experience using fresh local ingredients but also a testament to the innovation and creativity.
Hang Gai (Silk Street) - Easily one of the most famous places for shopping. Here, you can get high quality, modern, traditional and fashionable silk material. Along with silk and tailor shops, Hang Gai Street has several souvenir shops where you can buy notebooks, postcards, lamps as well. Additionally, it has noticeable art galleries such as Green Palm Gallery and Thang Long Art Gallery.
The weekend Night Market - held during three days of every week, i.e. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Old Quarter district is a place from where the market runs through on three days from19:00 onwards. Stalls and shops start from Hang Dao Street and run through north to the edge of Dong Xuan Market. Various areas or streets of market decorate with illuminated lights at night while shoppers get carried away with clothes, accessories, shoes, sunglasses and an array of food items. Hint: Don't forget to bargain with a smile.
Hang Dau Street - commonly in Hanoi, all shops in the whole market shops sell only one thing; here it's shoes! Hundreds of shoe-sellers holding an abundant choice in shoes. All footwear contain brand names, which made at factories of Vietnam that have rejected due to minor imperfections. So, you can make a great purchase of branded products in affordable prices.
Bat Trang Ceramic Village - A paradise for the handicraft lovers as one can easily find the finest ceramic and pottery goods while roaming at this village. There a varied number of gift shops located around the village which is famous for the beautifully crafted tea sets along with a modernist Pottery Museum.
Central Vietnam is renowned for its ancient preserved landmarks, a friendly population, and tranquil natural beauty. The central coast will entice you with the lure of ancient history and sunny beach days.
Stroll around the Old Town of Hoi An, where the timber frame shophouses still have the same appearance as they did decades ago. At night, the streets are illuminated by colourful lanterns. Or visit Hue, where imperial citadels, tombs, and temples are dotted along the serene Perfume River, to learn about the last days of the Nguyen Dynasty. Modern Danang City provides a sample of some of Vietnam's most opulent resorts and premier golf courses in between some of the best beaches while Phong Nha's spectacular caves are just a couple of hours away.
Hue continued to serve as the nation's capital until 1945, when the Emperor Bao Dai announced his resignation as the kingdom was split in half. Hue is situated almost halfway between Saigon, which is in the south, and Hanoi, which is in the northwest (540 kilometers) (644km). Hue is the location of the King Mausoleum Complex since it served as the Old Capital of the final dynasty in Vietnam. The reputation of Hue as a political, ecclesiastical, and cultural hub is a result of its history.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site has been established for Hue and its surroundings. As a result, tourism has grown and given visitors several opportunities to learn valuable lessons from these historic buildings and the Royal Family.
How to Get There:
1 hour long flights from both Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city.
Short scenic drives connects Da Nang and Hoi An to the south and Dong Ha and Dong Hoi to the north.
Tip: Take the drive and stop at Ba Na Hills for the cable car taking you to Golden Hands Bridge.
Trains also connect the north and south, therefore, many trains pass through and stop in Hue Railway Station.
When to go: Visit Hue all year round: For autumn between August - mid October for cooler weather. Summer is from April - September it's ideal for combining your visit to the anceint capital with a relax beach break in Lang Co.
Authentic Local Style:
Bun Bo Hanh - If you were to have just one dish in Hue, then it should probably be bun bo. It’s a popular noodle soup made with rice vermicelli, thin slices of beef, and hefty chunks of beef shank. The broth is prepared by simmering pork and beef bones with lemongrass seasoned with fermented shrimp paste, annatto, sugar, and chili oil. It’s then typically garnished with chopped green onion, slivers of raw onion, and cilantro.
Hang Me Me - This family of steamed rice cakes collectively known as “banh hue”. Offering sampler platters with banh beo, banh nam, and banh loc - all steamed and served with condiments fused with fish sauce, lime, palm sugar and chilli.
Tai Phu - Nem lui is another dish associated with Hue consisting of marinated beef or pork kebabs wrapped around lemongrass stalks or bamboo skewers and then grilled over charcoal. Served with thin rice paper, rice vermicelli, lettuce, cucumber slices, and fresh herbs along with a bowl of peanut sauce made with fermented beans, sesame seeds, shrimp paste, garlic, chili, and shallots.
Lac Thien - If you’ve had banh xeo in Hoi An or Saigon and enjoyed it, then chances are you’re going to like banh khoai too. It’s basically a much crunchier version of banh xeo. Like the aforementioned, banh khoai is a rice flour and turmeric crepe typically filled with pork, shrimp, scallions, and beansprouts. Like many fried Vietnamese dishes, it’s served with a side of leafy fresh greens, herbs, and perhaps a few slices of star fruit or young banana, along with hoi sin dipping sauce.
Southern Vietnam provides both dynamic metropolitan bustle and tranquil countryside, from island getaways to nonstop action.
Start your journey at the sensory overload that is Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), a city where generations of traders coexist with contemporary skyscrapers housing multi national companies. Beyond the city boundaries, you'll find the lazy Mekong Delta, where agriculture stretches out as far as the eye can see and life revolves around the water. Mui Ne, a nearby beach town with a laid-back atmosphere and a reputation as Vietnam's kite-surfing capital, draws tourists. Offshore, islands with pristine coastlines and unspoiled landscapes like Phu Quoc and Con Dao will welcome you.
Phú Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island and is a relatively unknown tropical paradise where you can immerse yourself in wild nature, deserted palm tree-lined beaches, and forested mountains with the latest in luxury accomodation. More than half of the island’s northern region is protected as a national park and was declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 2010.
Phú Quoc is quintessentially tropical beach paradise – crystal clear waters, white sand and swaying palm trees. The picturesque beach takes its name from the Vietnamese word for “starfish” as the waters used to be full of white starfish at sunset. The south of the beach is often crowded with tourists, but the north is much quieter (and cleaner), and is ideal for snorkelling, swimming and strolling along the shoreline.
How to Get There: One hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City or 2 hours from Hanoi, there are connections across the country to the island. Alternatively, a trip to Rach Giá (4 hours from HCMC) is the best way to go to Phu Quc Island if you intend to visit without flying. Fast ferries run out of Rch Giá, with destinations all throughout Phu Quoc.
When to go: The best time to visit Hoi An is during the cooler but dry months – February and March being the most ideal. Temperature during these months would be a cool 20-26C. April through to September sees the warmest weather, ideal for the beach.
Mango Bay - A rustic chic hideaway with a restaurant that overlooks the ocean. Fresh catch seafood is on the menu and a menu of tropical cocktails to pair.
Sailing Club Phu Quoc - Is where the party is at. Weekly events at the islands premiere luxury beach club with a menu that meets east with west for either lunch, dinner and cocktails.
Ocsen Beach Bar and Club - A fun beach club dotted with bright orange bean bags often filled with the hip and the fashionable. The music is hip and upbeat, playing host to many international DJ events and parties.
Crab House - A must-visit in Phu Quoc. Home to Southern-style American seafood with a local Vietnamese twist similar to Viet-cajun seafood, think generous portions of beautifully seasoned fresh crawfish and crab tossed with corn and beans served in a metal bowl. A few minutes away from Phu Quoc’s famous night market.
Xin Chao Seafood Restaurant - Stunning views of the sea and sunset is the background as you select live seafood. Efficient English-speaking staff, good value-for-money, clean and ambient partnered with good local seafood delights is what brings in locals and internationals guests alike. Choose your food, your way: steamed, fried or grilled with onions and butter or cheese.
Aura Seafood & Bar - A contemporary and modern seafood restaurant for high end fusion food with a fantastic wine list to match.
Tip: Reservations required here.
Bittersweet - Phu Quoc’s first (and only) speakeasy has become the go-to amongst both locals and tourists. Slow sultry beats, ambient lighting and sleek interiors sets the scene for guests to sample a cocktail menu that respects and celebrates locally sourced ingredients.
Duong Dong Market - The largest and busiest local market of Phu Quoc and best known for unique local food, such as Phu Quoc Mushroom and Island Fish Sauce, along with dried seafood, tropical fruits and fishing equipment. There are also several booths selling souvenir, handicrafts and T-shirts.
Dinh Cau Night Market - Plenty of souvenirs to bring home and a wide range of seafood and one of the cleanest wet markets in Asia. After an eventful day of swimming and strolling around the island, a walk around Dinh Cau Market, combined with some beers and seafood is just what needed.
Long Beach Village - A perfect shopping location for many due to its accessibility. From simple trinkets and souvenirs to diving accessories, the village offers a huge selection of products and souvenirs as well as a healthy number of food vendor to satiate ones hunger till late night.
Ngoc Hien Pearl Farm - Phu Quoc is home to many pearl farms, and Ngoc Hien is the very first 100% Australian owned company of the island. The farm offers a wide variety of pearl jewelleries from reasonable prices to luxury and customized accessories. Pearl lovers also should not miss experience the production process and collection of treasures taken from under the sea.
The Green Boutique Phu Quoc - A must visit for ladies, skincare and body care products are all high quality homemade from organic receiving positive praise from our guests from all over the world.
Each of these experiences have been designed or tested by our team and have the best reviews from past travellers.
The Essence of Buddism
Escape the crowds with a visit to a Pagoda dating back to the 17th C to see antique scriptures before heading to the countryside to see another with resemblance to those in Thailand. Enroute back to the city, stop at the Dharma Institute to unravel ancient practices before a vegetarian lunch and evening of philanthropic cuisine to test your senses!
Vintage Cu Chi & Royale High Tea
Take a speedboat via the Mekong to the Cu Chi District. Past by riverside homes and take a voyeuristic peek into the world of modern Saigonese living in the city contrasting to those in rural Mekong areas. Explore the Cu Chi tunnels to explore before returning to the city. Reserve your appetite as you arrive to Villa Royale – a iconic teahouse and antique store situated in the expat enclave. Indulge in a high tea while learning about the curated items for sale within.
The Water Puppets of Dao Thuc Village
Originating from the 10th century, water puppetry is an ancient art that has been around for over 300 years in Dao Thuc village. This charming village located short drive outside of Hanoi hosts a puppet making workshop to learn how this traditional art survives our modern world. As the puppeteers weave their skills through the water, become beguiled in the folklore and storytelling of this unique craft of old Vietnam.
A Private Gala @The Japanese Bridge
For special groups and events, we block the roads, sectioned off to the general public and host a magical evening under the lanterns of Hoi An. Arrive at dusk to an enchanted privatized area where a delectable buffet dinner awaits.
Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience of al fresco dining side by one of Vietnam’s most iconic sites, this experience is designated for groups of 20 or more - perfect for corporate retreats and special groups.
Discover The Primates of Son Tra
Visit Son Tra Nature Reserve, a renowned Da Nang treasure that is home to the largest population of red-shanked douc langurs in South East Asia. Spend a morning (or an afternoon) exploring this gorgeous coastal rainforest, learning about its flora and fauna, and scouting for douc langurs.
Every visit aids in preserving both the ecosystem and these endangered species while funding the Nature Education Centre that teaches local children to be the defenders of Da Nang's natural resources in the future.
Mythology Meets Magic
Inspired by Vietnamese folklore, this exclusive show will take you on a unique journey, where mysteries, excitement and delightful entertainment will be the norm.
Our renowned international magician shares the myth of Vietnam as guests witness unexplainable magic unfold - a show not to be missed, spots are limited to only 10 and truly exclusive. Perfectly paired with a dinner afterward at one of our recommended restaurants.
Not far from Hoi An, the Cua Dai Estuary is where local fishermen and soldiers (during the war) found shelter. These days, it continually offers great shelter from the wind for fishing boats.
The coracle sampan (or basket boat) is uniquely Vietnamese and the most common mode of transportation through the area. When guests fish and assist the fishermen at work, the basket boat provides for an exhilarating experience.
Hanoi's Heart & Soul
With our top northern food-friend, take a circular walk around the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, exploring the entire Old Quarter’s history and its people through your taste buds.
Hidden alleys unfold an experience that offers an ‘insider’s perspective of the best and tastiest places that could be curated while explaining the who, where, why and how behind each gem of an eatery. It’s ideal for cultural travelers wanting to learn in depth about the old town.
Adventure & Romancing in Dalat
A short drive north from the quaint French town of Dalat, we safari by jeep to Lang Biang mountain located in Lac Duong district. Lang Biang Mountain tells the mythical legend about a passionate love story that united hill tribes into one.
Complete the day with a thrilling visit to Datana Adventure park for the zipline and alpine coaster ride before heading back to town for a romantic reward. One for nature lovers, idyllic to visit year round.
A Sample Itinerary
An exciting sample itinerary ready to be tailored for every traveller’s need. Contact our team to design a trip dedicated to your own personal interests or use the following as a guide to what can be achieved in this destination.
While Vietnam is often a repeat destination for many, we've come up with a 'Grand Tour of Vietnam' (for first timers) that covers the top highlights within up to 30 days - feel free to edit and cut down based on the time you have.
Beach Rest and Relaxation
Day 27 to Day 30:
Enjoy this time at your resort and the activities on offer including non motorized water sports, spa and massage.
For the adventurous, consider the optional tours:
- Snorkeling the islands
- Sunset cocktail cruise
- Fish sauce and pearl farming tour
- Vinpearl Safari
- Phu Quoc Hon Thom Cable Car & Aquatopia Water Park