You absolutely must visit Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi during your trip. 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.
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.