Utterly compelling, this long and slender country situated in the far eastern corner of Indochina, has an incredible heritage, breath taking natural beauty and some stunning colonial architecture that makes it a hard destination to beat. Get here quick though, as Vietnam is modernising rapidly with a much improved infrastructure, new hotels and ever changing city skylines. It is a remarkable destination just waiting to be discovered. At Big Time Holiday we know where to go and what to do. Call us today to plan your memorable visit to this fantastic country.
Top Ten things to see and do in Vietnam
- Halong Bay. Take an overnight trip on a traditional junk, and see the awe-inspiring sight of thousands of limestone islands rising majestically from the sea.
- Cyclo-Ride in Hanoi – this quintessential Vietnamese mode of transport gives you a close-up view of local frenetic street life and some impressive French colonial architecture such as the Opera House.
- Red River Delta – slow the pace down and take a trip into the countryside up north and experience a lifestyle little changed in centuries.
- Trek around Sapa – This small market town perched on a plateau in the northern mountains facing Fan Si Pan, Vietnams highest peak, is the base for trekking and exploring ethnic minority hill tribe villages.
- Hue – The former capital’s historic citadel, mausoleums and gardens are enough to impress even the most jaded traveller.
- Hoi An – Enchanting Unesco World Heritage listed town, beautifully preserved buildings and narrow streets with some great beaches nearby.
- Cu Chi Tunnels – look out for ‘booby traps’ that local guides reveal at this fascinating tunnel complex a short trip from Ho Chi Minh City.
- The Mekong Delta – Putter down the final stages of the mighty Mekong river system, through classic Vietnamese scenery, rice paddies and all.
- Chill out on Phu Quoc – unspoilt coconut palm fringed beaches on this lesser known island in the south of the country.
- Bia Hoi (local lager-like draft beer) – these local bars can be found in the back lanes of the old quarter in Hanoi as well as Hoi An – they are fun, friendly, cheap and great way to mingle with the locals.
When to go?
The best time for touring the whole country is Spring (Apr-Jun) and Autumn (Sep-Nov). The north of the country becomes cold in the winter months between Dec-Mar while the south remains warm and clear. The summer months bring the monsoon rains and are hot and humid.
Food & Drink
Vietnamese food is simply amazing and rivals anything in South East Asia. From street food to Michelin starred restaurants and a plethora of international cuisine there is something that everyone is sure to like. The French colonial legacy has left behind great bread and fine selection of wines.
Yes, Indian citizens require a visa for travel to Vietnam, entry visas are not available upon arrival.
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