Vietnam is an incredible, but often overlooked destination. Vietnamese history is long and complex and is heavily influenced by the Chinese, Buddhism, French colonialism and more. However, it’s impossible to discuss this country without mentioning the impact of the Vietnam War. The Americans devastated entire regions, leaving very few communities behind. You can learn more about this in local museums across the country.
The speed at which the country has rallied post-war is nothing short of incredible. The locals in major cities such as Saigon (officially Ho Chi Minh City) and Hanoi have embraced a new modern lifestyle that’s far from the rice paddies in the countryside, and created new buzzing hubs for tourists and residents alike.
Hanoi is the capital. At times, the streets are so busy you can wait up to 10 minutes at a crossing (if you can find one!). A trip here might seem a little overwhelming, but it’s worth experiencing the hustle and bustle, and soaking up its history, before you head out to the countryside. This way you can truly appreciate the contrast between the two areas.
A must-do for many is to experience Halong Bay from the deck of a junk ship, the traditional way to travel. This trip will help you understand more about Vietnamese culture, as well as the glittering limestone islands that surround you. For those looking to steer clear of the tourist masses, we know a few operators who take a slightly alternative, but no less spectacular, route… (We’re not giving it away here!)
With over 3200km of coastline, Vietnam is a haven for beach lovers. Our favourite places to lay down our towels include Phu Quoc Island, Quy Nhon & Mui Ne. If you’re feeling adventurous, explore the caves and the hills of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and sleep overnight in a cave, surrounded by nothing but nature – a once in a lifetime experience for cavers and hikers alike.
Vietnam is one of those destinations that has it all: From the bright lights of Saigon to the ancient alleys of Hoi An; from the rice paddies of Sapa to the waterways of the mighty Mekong Delta – there is somewhere here for everyone.
We love Vietnam for its contradictions. Some parts are noisy and outrageous, others are calm and reserved. Some parts are centuries old, others are almost brand-new. Because of this, you never really know what to expect from a trip here – there’s a surprise around every corner.
During your stay, indulge in the hedonistic, rebellious, modern way of life in the city, then retreat to the calm shoreline or tranquil farmlands and embrace the simple life. Not many other places offer such diversity, so make the most of it during your stay.
Plan your trip to Vietnam today.