Vietnam has shone through, having previously been overshadowed by popular beach destinations such as Malaysia and Thailand. Vietnam surpasses in offering a diverse range of great places to see and quality places to go while enjoying a luxury holiday here. Similarly to its neighbouring South East Asian countries, you can experience buzzing cities and pristine beaches, not to mention verdant landscapes and mountains.
Any one of the cities you fly in to will greet you with the harmonies of city life, ceaseless traffic and strong aromas of street food. The buzz of a Vietnamese city is almost unbeatable, and we strongly advise spending at least a day or two in either. Hanoi is vibrant and exciting with motorbikes and scooters weaving in and around as you wander around in awe. The energetic feel to the city is best enjoyed with a tour on a cyclo (Vietnam's answer to an un-motorised Tuk Tuk), or a complete foodie tour exploring all the street markets and meeting locals. Ho Chi Minh (formerly known as Saigon) is also alive with activity and great for sightseeing on foot or by cyclo. Ho chi Minh himself is even available to visit, in a mausoleum of course. American War museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site is also housed here and gives an insight into the country's history.
For a quieter pace of life, Vietnam's beaches are simple stunning, if we say so ourselves. The portfolio includes the southern beaches of Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Phan Thiet as well as the Vietnamese paradise island Con Dao. Aside from un-spoilt beaches, places like Hoi An are famous for their tailors and fine cafes and restaurants. Halong bay in the North offers a little something different than cities and beaches with it its stunning limestone islets and emerald green waters. Sail the waters in a traditional Vietnamese junk boat and have a totally fresh experience soaking up the true beauty of Vietnam, eating fine food, exploring caves and most likely taking a LOT of pictures.
The south is rich in agriculture in the lush landscapes along the Mekong Delta with rice fields and fresh fruit farms. Food is a rite of passage in Vietnam and with the freshness of local ingredient, a French flare and Asian flavours, the cuisine is almost unbeatable.
The 20th century saw Vietnam successively fighting off the French, the Americans and the Chinese, and it is now one of the most appealing luxury holiday destinations in South-East Asia, welcoming a new invasion - tourists, this time - with open arms. Any visit to Vietnam will benefit from a well-planned itinerary because geographically, the country is a long, narrow strip of land, and there's a huge number places worth visiting but spread across the nation, and that's where we come in.
Original Travel members have travelled the country, and know the best places to stay and visit, so can tailor a luxury holiday itinerary to your exact specifications. Must sees should include the Mekong Delta in the south; more than 2,000 miles of coastline, endowed with some beautiful beaches and slick hotels; and cities such as Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), with their temples, historic buildings and French colonial architecture. We have visited them all and can give informed recommendations on where to stay, and arrange expert guides where required.