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If you're looking for the perfect mix of culture, adventure and downtime on the beach, consider a holiday in Vietnam. This exotic and beguiling land is filled with important historical sites, mystical temples and breathtaking scenery.
Visit the ancient capital of Hanoi, with its old-fashioned buildings, or head to Ho Chi Minh City for shopping, late nights and neon lights.
When all the discovery tires you out, make your way to one of Vietnam's stunning beaches, where you'll find soft sands, palm trees and teeming coral reefs.
Venture into the rural areas of the country and see outstanding natural beauty in the form of jungles, grottoes and caves. To really make the most of holidays to Vietnam, we recommend a multi-centre itinerary that mixes cities with countryside and beach. We can tailor make your perfect adventure to this unique destination - just ask.
The best months to holiday in Vietnam are December to February in the South, while March and April is the best time in the North.
Many Vietnam holidays start with a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, the country's largest city. Formerly known as Saigon, it's modern and cosmopolitan, but you can still see plenty of traces of its French Colonial days. Capital Hanoi is more old-fashioned – it's here that you'll discover beautiful temples, serene lakes and traditional buildings. Head to the History Museum and you'll find artefacts dating back as far as the 1st century. When it comes to natural beauty, Vietnam spoils you for choice: take a boat trip in the Mekong Delta and discover paddy fields, swamps and lush forests, kayak through Halong Bay and get close to the surreal limestone formations and grottoes, or venture into the enormous Cuc Phuong, Vietnam's largest national park. When you're done with exploration, flop on one of Vietnam's gorgeous, sandy beaches – and cool off in clear, blue seas.
Eating out on Vietnam holidays is a real treat. The local cuisine mixes French and Chinese influences, with fresh seafood a prominent feature on most menus. Sample local delicacies in open-air restaurants, or tuck into gourmet dishes in luxury hotels.
Nightlife in Vietnam varies, depending on where you stay. In Ho Chi Minh City, you'll find a host of modern bars, clubs and music venues. Beach resorts such as Nha Trang also have a good choice of places to party. Hanoi also has bars and clubs, but don't miss one of the city's traditional puppet spectaculars.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
Please check the Foreign Commonwealth Office website to find VISA information on travelling to Vietnam.