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.
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.
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’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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.