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  • A woman on a bicycle riding through Bac Son Rice Field

Historically, travellers may have unwittingly overlooked Vietnam for its neighbour across the Gulf of Thailand, but with its mesh of bustling cities, hill tribe communities and beautiful coastlines, this resilient country is turning the tables.

Historically, travellers may have unwittingly overlooked Vietnam for its neighbour across the Gulf of Thailand, but with its mesh of bustling cities, hill tribe communities and beautiful coastlines, this resilient country is turning the tables.

Much of the country enjoys a languid mood, but life in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is wonderfully disordered. Scooter mad locals bundle as much as possible atop their two wheels, the streets swarming with life as people buy, sell and barter. Everything here moves quickly, but few visitors leave town without first educating themselves at the Cu Chi Tunnels; a stark contrast to cruising down the Mekong Delta past mangroves and rice paddy workers in conical straw hats.

Hanoi is bigger, cooler and greener, acting as a base from which to explore the UNESCO Halong Bay, where cruising the still waters provides some calm after the storm. Then there are the beaches, their golden sands seeming a world away from the cities while never being too far.

Aerial view of boats at Hạ Long Bay
Vegetable seller at a Vietnamese Market
A large bouquet of flowers on a bicycle
Aerial view of boats at Hạ Long Bay
Vegetable seller at a Vietnamese Market
A large bouquet of flowers on a bicycle

In pursuit of…

A woman looking out to sea while in a resort pool
...the new dragon of Asia

Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan. Linked by their rapidly growing economies, together they make up the four dragons of Asia. A turbulent past may have hindered Vietnam’s edge in this arena, but with a confluence of cultures evident in its architecture, ever-changing landscapes from lime karsts to ribbed rice paddies, a cuisine scene that has made it into the dictionary and a new generation ready to revive the old traditions (water puppetry is something to behold), it’s firmly put its hat in the ring. Rising from the ashes stronger than ever, Vietnam is ready to join the ‘flight’.

Graham Greene, novelist
“They say whatever you’re looking for, you will find here. They say you come to Vietnam and you understand a lot in a few minutes, but the rest has got to be lived… You can hardly remember your name, or what you came to escape from.”

A sense of place

Get to know our favourite spots in Vietnam, from the no-fuss lifestyle in the south’s riverside communities to the beauty of the north that goes far deeper than its vistas.

  • Aerial view of boats at Hạ Long Bay
    Northern Vietnam

    Epitomised by its panoramas, the northern territory’s beauty not only lies in its landscapes but in its cultures. This is where local life is put on full display from the winding streets of Hanoi to the rice paddy villages of Sapa. Although stepping away to cruise the beauty of Halong Bay isn’t to be put on hold.

  • Lighting up giant sticks of incense at Thien Hau Pagoda in Saigon
    Central Vietnam

    Look one way and there’s the Imperial Palace, look another and you’re pulled into the Royal Cuisine scene. Here is for the history buffs and foodie fanatics who want to revel in the ancient times of the Nguyen Dynasty, and savour the flavours of the country with a local chef.

  • Wooden boats at a dock on the Mekong River
    Southern Vietnam

    Combining the best of all worlds, Vietnam’s south seems to have it all. There’s essential learning in Ho Chi Minh to be done, a laid-back riverside life to be experienced cruising along the Mekong Delta, and the ultimate detox experience to be had on the mystic Con Dao islands.


Its essence...



    • Ha Long Bay white small cruise boat on the water
      Cruise Halong Bays’ waters and cook up a storm.

      Aboard a traditional junk, sail the waters where Lan Ha Bay and its main island of Cat Ba are the main attractions, relaxing and soaking in the scenery. Then, lunch comes in the form of a live cooking class in the junk’s nearly 360-degree light-filled restaurant.

    • A woman preparing food at a food cart that is full of different foods
      Zip around Saigon’s foodie spots on a vintage Vespa.

      Experience the city’s nightlife like the locals do, taking in a food-crawl of some of the best joints in town. The tour puts Chinatown and Districts 3 and 4 on the map before finishing off in a local coffee shop where live music wafts through the open windows.

    • A white bicycle parked up on a concrete road next to green fields
      Cycle Hoi An’s countryside and cook with a local family.

      Once kitted out with helmets and handle bars are in hand, set off to explore the hidden passageways and winding streets of Hoi An before continuing to the villages of Quang Nam. Here, a family welcomes with a lesson on how to make banh beo and stories from the elders.

    • A white house at waters edge between two cliffs
      Visit the Cu Chi tunnels by speedboat.

      A vital part of the country’s history, a speedboat is the mode of transport to Cu Chi. Glide over the Mekong Delta taking a peak through the window of river life before moving onto the tunnels. Here a veteran waits, ready to tell the stories of his time in the area in an eye-opening light.

Destination essentials
  • Apr - May
  • Sep - Oct
  • Jan - Aug
  • Nov - Apr
  • Feb - Mar
  • 11hrs 40min
    LHR - HAN
  • 12hrs
    LGW - SGN
  • 17hrs 20min
    LHR - SGN - DAD
  • +7hrs
Time difference
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  • Vietnamese
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