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Stefanie Studley
Vietnam Travel Specialist

There’s no escaping history with a Vietnam holiday. Here the ancient and modern collide, creating cities with a clear heritage and strong sense of cultural identity, but which too are also filled with all the amenities and connected-ness of any other major Asian city. The entirety of Vietnam is littered with remnants of its fascinating, and at times turbulent, history – from relics from ancient dynasties to reminders of more recent strife. In Ho Chi Minh, it’s just a short journey to Cu Chi to discover the underground world once hand-dug and lived in by the Viet Cong. Then visits to Hanoi are dominated by the impressive Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City.

For visitors, one of the top attractions is Halong Bay. On Vietnam’s northern coast, over 2,000 islands project from the surface of the sea. Legend has it that Halong Bay, or the ‘bay of the descending dragon’ was carved by the tail and feet of a fleeing dragon, creating large valleys and crevasses which filled with water. One of the most impressive ways to explore the bay is to step aboard a traditional wooden junk boat. Let the scarlet sails unfurl as you cruise through emerald green waters, passing trees clinging to towering limestone cliffs and stopping to take a dip. Staying overnight on a junk allows you to explore the bay by kayak and discover hidden caves packed with stalactites and stalagmites before being lulled to sleep by the gentle sway of the boat.

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Hoi An
Top Destination
Hoi An
The charming town of Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage site and as an important old trading port the influences of all those passing through can be seen along its narrow streets and laid back atmosphere. This is the place to get a tailor-made suit made in just 24 hours.
Hanoi
Top Destination
Hanoi
Hanoi owes much of its character to the French colonial period which can be seen in its architecture and café culture. The Old Quarter is particularly attractive and a great place to tour by “cyclo” whilst sampling a wide variety of street food.
Halong Bay
Top Destination
Halong Bay
The Halong Bay is home to over 3,000 limestone islands which rise majestically out of the sea. Board a junk boat and cruise between the islands, stopping to visit floating islands or kayak on the calm waters. In the evenings enjoy a cocktail on the deck whilst admiring the sunset.
Hue
Top Destination
Hue
One of Vietnam’s main cultural, religious and educational centres, the city of Hue’s main attractions are the splendid tombs of the Nguyen emperors. It was also the site of one of the most intense battles during the American War and bullet holes can still be seen in the walls of many of the temples.
Sapa
Michael Voss's Recommendation
Sapa
In northwest Vietnam, Sapa is a former hill station built in 1922. The area provides stunning views and walking trails, and is home to the H’mong and Dzao hill tribes and you will be able to learn about their traditional cultures.
Mekong Delta
Michael Voss's Recommendation
Mekong Delta
Vietnam’s bread-basket, the Mekong Delta is a rich agricultural heartland filled with paddy fields. Here you can cruise through the delta on a traditional wooden rice barge enjoying views of the rice fields, sugar cane, forests and rural life.

Popular Destinations in Vietnam

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   Hoi An
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   Hanoi
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   Halong Bay
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   Hue



Specialist Recommendations

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   Sapa
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   Mekong Delta


Regent Vietnam Specialist


Stefanie Studley
Take a tour of Hue to really get to grips with Vietnam’s fascinating past. From here you can head out to discover the mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and take a cruise back to town down the Perfume River, spotting the bunkers and fortifications left behind from the war. The town’s Imperial Citadel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site -  is a must-see too, where only 10 of the original 160 buildings remain.

Stefanie's Tips
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If you can't get enough of Vietnamese food, take a half-day cooking class at Red Bridge culinary school.
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Voyage through the emerald waters of Halong Bay and spend a night aboard the elegant junk-inspired Paradise boat.
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Visit the Cu Chi tunnels to experience first-hand the lengths that the Vietcong went to in fighting for their country.




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