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Beaches, mountains, culture: Vietnam has it all

A Vietnam vacation reveals a country with a fascinating past, exquisite scenery and friendly locals who keep ancient traditions alive.

From the mountainous rice terraces of the north to the awe-inspiring limestone karsts of Halong Bay, Vietnam’s natural landscapes are a major part of its enduring appeal.

But its rich culture and history add another dimension to a Vietnam vacation, meaning that you’re never short of unforgettable places to explore. Vietnam’s locals are incredibly welcoming, visibly keen to share their country’s beauty. You’ll soon see why, as you trek through pristine scenery, sample mouthwatering Vietnamese street food and discover the secrets of ancient cities where French colonial architecture still mingles with buildings centuries older.

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vietnam highlights

  • Cruise Halong Bay

    Sharp limestone karsts jut dramatically out of the waters of Halong Bay, best viewed in the soft light of dawn from the deck of a traditional junk boat on a cruise around these iconic rock formations.

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  • Learn a craft in Hue

    Take a break from exploring the former imperial capital’s historic treasures by sitting quietly at the Healing the Wounded Heart factory, where deaf and mute workers will share the secrets of their crafts.

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  • Hoi An on foot

    Discover Hoi An’s lesser known gems with a walk around its historic streets. From trendy wine bars to artisan tailors, this old port town is full of surprises.

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  • Nha Trang private cruise

    The South China Sea provides the perfect backdrop to an indulgent banquet of Thailand’s finest fresh seafood on the deck of your very own private boat.

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  • Try Pho in Saigon

    Savour the flavours of authentic Vietnamese noodle soup as you sit back with a steaming bowl of Pho and watch the world go by in one of Saigon’s superb restaurants.

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  • Meet the hilltribes in Sapa

    The friendly faces of local hilltribe women greet you as you walk across picturesque rice terraces, feeling the cool mountain breeze against your skin.

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  • Visit a monastery in Dalat

    A hundred monks and nuns live in the peaceful monastery in Dalat, a charming colonial hill station in a cooler area that more closely resembles the French Alps than southeast Asia.

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  • Floating market in the Mekong Delta

    Colourful merchant boats characterise Cai Rang, the biggest floating market on the Mekong Delta, where you can mingle with the locals, who make an early start to stock up on the market’s array of food.

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  • Hanoi’s Old Quarter

    Sample Vietnamese snacks on a walk through the historic streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where clues to the area’s past lie in the street names, which tell of the shop types that dominated in days gone by.

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  • Sampan Journey in Ninh Binh

    Discover hidden valleys and fertile rice paddies by hopping aboard a sampan - a small wooden rowing boat - for a river journey around the area’s distinctive limestone karsts, known as “Dry Halong Bay”.

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Vietnam reviews verified by Reevoo

Sights / Places to go
9.1
Cuisine
9.0
Overall Rating
9.1
Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 8 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10

CAROL

Arlington, VA Friends
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Ha Long Bay, even in the rain, is stupendously beautiful.

Da Lat is like a breath of fresh air after the heat and humidity of Saigon.

Hoi An is charming and lots of fun for shopping and eating.

Can Tho in the Mekong Delta really impressed me as a city which is modern, progressive and a hub for the region.

Hue is awesome for history and architecture.

Hanoi is impressive as capital city of vibrant country poised on the brink of an economic boom--not what I expected of a communist country.

The Vietnamese people we met were pleasant, welcoming, accommodating--so much so that any language barriers we encountered were easily surmountable.
I love Vietnamese cuisine, but after 14 days of it I was ready for a steak and potatoes-type meal.
Confirmed traveler: January 30 2016
Published on: February 02 2016
10 out of 10

TREVLYN

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Couple
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We absolutely love Vietnam and the Culinary tour as well. It was full of surprises
I know we are the exception to this rule, but we do not especially enjoy seeing war-time displays. These are not the reasons we travel.
Confirmed traveler: December 09 2015
Published on: January 27 2016
10 out of 10

JAMES

McKinney, Texas Couple
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Reviewer left no comment
Nope
Confirmed traveler: November 16 2015
Published on: December 14 2015