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Vietnam Holidays 2016

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Vivacious Vietnam

Boasting a gorgeous coastline, towering peaks, vibrant cities and an infectious culture – Vietnam holidays never fail to live up to reputation. This vast country stretches from the southern reaches of Southeast Asia to the very north, changing in culture, history and natural landscapes but always retaining its alluring South China Sea coastline. Along the way you’ll encounter vibrant and historical cities like Ho Chi Minh CityHoi An and Hanoi, exposing visitors to Vietnam’s wonderful cultural ethos, While charming towns and villages will give you an even greater insight into traditional Vietnamese life as well as strong reminders of the infamous Vietnam War.

Away from the hustle and bustle, you’ll discover a country of immense natural beauty, one of the most memorable aspects of anybody’s holidays to Vietnam. You’ll find countless things to do in the great outdoors, whether floating along the sea through the mesmerising Ha Long Bay, Surfing sand dunes in the southern coast or trekking through the stunning highlands around Dalat.

Captivating Culture

The major cities of Vietnam effortlessly retain their authenticity and Asian charm, and jetting into one of these destinations is the perfect way to start your holiday in Vietnam. The capital of Hanoi is awash with untouched culture and enthralling history, boasting the imposing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the pretty Hoan Kiem Lake as well as countless impressive and attractive pagodas. Alongside this bygone façade, you’ll discover a modernising city, full of luxury hotels and tourism amenities. Likewise in the south, Ho Chi Minh City is a city of immense history, with sites like the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace, yet beyond this is a forward-thinking city.

While hustle and bustle is rife in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, you’ll find a relaxed but equally cultural ethos to the ancient settlements of Hoi An and Hue. The former is an incredibly infectious place, with a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage old town adorned with temples, old shop houses and cobbled streets, while the latter is home to the impressive and expansive Emperors’ Tombs. Meanwhile on the coast, Haiphong is the country’s largest port, home to lively markets and informative museums, as well as being the jump-off point for tours to Ha Long Bay.

A Country of Sheer Beauty

Nobody can spend their Vietnam holiday without paying a visit to the world-famous natural wonder that is Ha Long Bay. Characterised by immense karst formations jutting out of the sea, this maze of rock and water is stuff of myth, legend and majesty. You’ll find some equally attractive ocean-based prospects in and around Southern Vietnam, with a number of offshore islands and beach resorts dotted around the region. hais one of the most attractive resorts, boasting great beaches, fantastic surf and tasty seafood, while Phu Quoc Island presents that Robinson Crusoe fantasy we all crave, presenting golden sands, clear waters and great water sports.

If you crave some exploration in Vietnam’s great outdoors, heading inland towards the mountainous areas of the country will satisfy these urges. The charming highlands town of Dalat presents some great trekking opportunities to those holidaymakers that have packed their walking boots, as well as possessing one of the country’s most impressive botanical gardens. Easily the gem of Vietnam’s trekking destinations is the mountain town of Sapa. Located in the far north of the country on the border with China, Sapa is famed for its rugged scenery, cultural diversity and beautiful rice fields – a true trekker’s paradise.

Vietnam Activity Breaks

Attractions

Vietnam’s landscapes are rich and diverse, ranging from emerald mountainsides and valleys, to sweeping beaches, dense forests and rich national parks. The mountains near Bac Ha and Sapa are home to some tribal villages that you can explore, or you can delve into the cave systems of Phong Nha. The Cat Tien National Park is a stunning sweep of natural

Activities

The striking landscape spreading across the country just calls out to explorers, and there are endless activities you can try. Hiking routes are found across the national parks and mountains, where you can also mountain climb and cycle.

Eating Out

In Vietnam’s more rural areas, you will find some regional specialties that are characteristic to each particular district. Many regional restaurants offer dishes made with locally grown produce, so you will discover many new recipes if you are exploring the countryside areas. The seaside villages and beach resorts specialise in fresh seafood, which you can often enjoy whilst looking out over the shoreline or even with the sand between your toes.

Vietnam Couples Holidays

Attractions

Vietnam boasts some truly phenomenal stretches of coast and with over 3400 kilometres of shoreline, there are plenty of beaches to choose from. Many of the country’s bays are rugged and isolated, which is ideal for a romantic stay. One of the best ways of exploring the country is to travel across its rivers, which you can do so on a river cruise.

Activities

Beautiful deserted landscapes can be enjoyed across the country’s surrounding islands, such as the Con Dao Islands, which boast striking reefs and coves. One of the most unique experiences for exploring is to take an elephant ride, which will see you travelling across natural landscapes, through waterways and into forests.

Eating Out

The Vietnamese are famed for their cuisine, and there is no better place to try some authentic local food. Each region offers its own special signature dishes, from the rural restaurants that cook with fresh ingredients that are sometimes bought to order, to the slick city restaurants serving modern fusion cuisine. Romantic meals can be enjoyed at the beachside, on pretty terraces looking out over the sea.

Couples Hotels

You will find plenty of privacy in the Ana Mandara Hue, which boasts villas scattered across its 2.8 hectares of landscaped gardens. Found within moments of the beach, couples can enjoy a magical stay here, whether it is spent lazing by the pool, soaking up the sun on the sands, or indulging in some local cuisine in the restaurant.

Vietnam Cultural Holidays

Attractions

An eye opening experience awaits in Cu Chi, home to the Cu Chi Tunnels. This underground network spreads across 250 kilometres, and has examples of how people used to live here. The country’s 1000 year old capital city, Hanoi is where you will find a wealth of cultural attractions, from its ancient temples and statues, to pagodas and museums.

Activities

Hanoi in particular is home to a large choice of museums, from the Vietnamese Women’s Museum to the Fine Arts Museum. You will find exhibitions based around the army, history, art and the revolution to name a few. Temples found across the city date back far into ancient times, such as the Temple of Literature, which was founded in 1070.

Eating Out

Vietnam’s culture is largely centred around its cuisine, and sampling some authentic local dishes is one of the best ways of exploring the country’s gastronomic identity. Different regions offer varying local specialties, and you can also find French influenced food such as pastries and baguettes, which were introduced by the colonials.

Vietnam Family Holidays

Attractions

Vietnam boasts a stunning coastline that stretches across 3400 kilometres, so there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy its sparkling golden sands and vibrant blue seas. The natural landscape boasts majestic sights such as the Cao Bang Mountains and the Cat Tien National Park, which are ideal destinations for those who love the outdoors.

Activities

If you’d prefer to visit the bright lights of the country’s cities, then Vietnam’s 1000 year old capital Hanoi, certainly delivers. Shoppers will be delighted with everything, from silks and handicrafts offered across the bustling markets. Families will be enthralled by the Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park, which takes visitors on a cultural trip across the history of Vietnam through watery rides and attractions.

Eating Out

At the heart of the Vietnamese culture is its food, and there is plenty of opportunity to try some authentic cuisine during your stay here. Most regions have their own speciality dishes, and you will find everything from local beachside seafood shacks and street side diners, to upscale restaurants offering modern fusion dishes.

Family Hotels

Sitting in Southern Vietnam, the Anoasis Beach Resort is found in a tranquil oasis, where families will enjoy a peaceful break. Children will love time spent at the Kid’s Club and playground, whilst the adults laze by the outdoor pool or try their hand at tennis, badminton, jet skiing, cycling or beach volleyball.

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