Asia

Vietnam

vital statistics
  • Hanoi
  • 90 million
  • Vietnamese
  • Vietnamese dong
about Vietnam

Spend a couple of days lazing on the remote Con Dao islands off the country’s southern coast before traipsing into the highlands of Vietnam’s north, discovering French colonial towns like Sapa from where you can trek to the villages of hill tribes. If you didn’t know better you might even think you were in two entirely different countries.

Many people start their Vietnamese adventure in the capital Hanoi, one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful cities. Spend some time exploring the streets of the Old Town and join the locals in a spot of tai chi by Hoan Kiem lake. From here, it’s time to decide whether you head further north – for those encounters with H’mong and Tay tribespeople – or take to the water of Halong Bay, where limestone karsts erupt from the turquoise sea.

Be sure to enjoy a spot of old world charm (and bargain hunting) in Hoi An, on the central coast, and organise a home stay with a family on the Mekong Delta.

Wherever you wander through this diverse country you’ll be overwhelmed by the culture, history and beauty, and all the while you’ll be slurping down steaming bowls of pho (noodle soup) and getting buzzed on Vietnamese coffee.

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PHONG DIEN, VIETNAM

Forget crowded supermarket aisles and checkout queues. At the Phong Dien...

Forget crowded supermarket aisles and checkout queues. At the Phong Dien floating market...

NHA TRANG, VIETNAM

An early wake-up in the Russian holiday hotspot of Nha Trang isn't...

An early wake-up in the Russian holiday hotspot of Nha Trang isn't necessarily a bad...

QUOC TRIEU RESTAURANT, VIETNAM

Step 1) Find a glass bottle. ...

Step 1) Find a glass bottle. ...

DALAT, VIETNAM

Get set for a kooky kip at the Crazy House in Dalat, the charming...

Get set for a kooky kip at the Crazy House in Dalat, the charming French-inspired...

QUANG BINH PROVINCE, VIETNAM

Imagine a cave so big it could house an entire New York City block of...

Imagine a cave so big it could house an entire New York City block of 40-storey...

CAO BANG, VIETNAM

Vietnam’s answer to Iguazu Falls is located in Cao Bang, in the country’s...

Vietnam’s answer to Iguazu Falls is located in Cao Bang, in the country’s far...

PHU QUOC ISLAND, VIETNAM

Join a squid fishing fleet on the idyllic island of Phu Quoc and try your...

Join a squid fishing fleet on the idyllic island of Phu Quoc and try your hand at catching...

HOI AN, VIETNAM

Reaching Out Arts & Crafts is a high-quality, fair-trade artisan market...

Reaching Out Arts & Crafts is a high-quality, fair-trade artisan market located in Hoi...