Rob O'Leary

Vietnam Travel Expert

Vietnam has always been a seductive destination. From the thrum of new Hanoi and the French imperial grandeur of Dalat to the serenity of life on the misty Mekong Delta. On a luxury holiday in Vietnam (land of aromatic Pho, condensed-milk coffee, and much-prized chocolate), you can coast along on the Cai Rang floating market, peddle among the rice paddies of Cai Lay, or zip around Ho Chi Minh by vintage Vespa. It’s the ultimate ‘do it your way’ destination.

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Vietnam Highlights

Take a coastline of powdery sand beaches, add the world’s most sensational cuisine, and then throw a dollop of elegant French culture into the mix, and the result is a country that’s simply waiting to wow you.

AN ADVENTURE TO VIETNAM

Vietnam is a place where the beauty is as complex as the history. Zip through the bright green rice paddies of the beautiful Ninh Binh countryside by bike, soar above the fishing boats and relaxed turquoise waters of Halong Bay by private helicopter, or take an army Jeep to explore the compact war-time tunnels of Cu Chi. You’ll leave richer than you arrived after a break in Vietnam.

SET SAIL IN HALONG BAY

There’s no wonder this fairy-tale like landscape is a World Heritage Site. A harmony of mystic and beauty, this special region of Vietnam consists of over 2,000 islands sprouting from breathtaking emerald waters. Jump on-board a junk boat and glide over these iconic waters for a couple nights to experience the hypnotic effects.

HOI AN

Hoi An is Vietnam’s most enchanting coastal town. Thanks to its beautiful Chinese temples, picturesque riverside restaurants, and unhurried dreamy atmosphere. After a leisurely bike ride through the old town and its lush rice paddies, we’ll arrange for you to take to the seas with a local fisherman before learning how to master grilled fish in banana leaf. Take a romantic stroll around the ancient town bathed in the glow of the monthly light festival before indulging in a private dinner at Aubergine49, where chef Nguyen Nhu Thinh will floor you with his ‘eur-asian’ fusion cuisine. 

TASTE STREET FOOD IN HANOI

Whether you’re dining on tangy bun cha noodles as you watch some of the city’s 4 million scooters buzz by or reflecting on the past at the Martyrs’ Monument, Vietnam’s vibrant capital, Hanoi, will always find a way to keep you occupied. Shop the high-end Opera House area before meeting a personal shopper who will be happy to get you kitted out in bespoke clothing from the best tailors or dressmakers in town. 

Follow your stomach on a foodie tour around Hanoi and get a real taste of what the Vietnamese capital is all about. Food writer Daniel Hoyer will take you around Cho Hom Market, where you can indulge in nem cuon (fresh spring rolls) appetisers before heading to Truc Bach lake for the local pho cuon (grilled beef and rice noodle roll). This tasty tour will also allow you to take in the stacked buildings of the Old Quarter, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum that’s kept pristine in honour of the eponymous Vietnamese politician, and serene gardens of Temple of Literature before finishing with an exotic dinner in the acclaimed Spices Garden.

GO UNDERGROUND IN HO CHI MINH

A dynamic and energetic city, Ho Chi Minh (also referred to as Saigon) nonetheless offers a unique chance to look to the past. Hop on the restored army Jeep we’ll have waiting for you and take an exclusive tour around the storied and complex Cu Chi tunnels – used during the Vietnam War. Or take a bike journey through Cai Lay where we can arrange for the locals to prepare some Mekong Delta specialities, such as underground grilled mud chicken and candied coconut strips

Hue temples

HISTORIC ANCIENT HUE

On the waters of the pretty Perfume River sits the imperial city of Hue, waiting to win you over with its tranquil ambiance, ancient citadels, and classical monuments. Our guides would love to take you across the former royal capital, stopping off at the tombs of ancient emperors, including Tu Duc Tomb in the middle of a pine forest. End your day with a private dining experience at Kim Long, where the light, elegant, and imperial dishes that define Hue are just as impressive as its secluded woodland location and regal interiors.

Water scene of Ha Long Bay

LAN HA BAY CRUISE

Head south from Ha Long Bay on the Ylang luxury cruise boat to see the splendour of Lan Ha Bay – just as easy on the eye but the crowds haven’t added it to their itineraries. Drift around its famous limestone outcrops and remote beaches and try to catch snaps of the local wildlife including seals and three species of dolphins as you head towards an authentic floating market in the fishing village of Cát Bà Island. End your day with a gourmet, multi-course dinner before retiring to your luxurious suite atop the water. 

Vietnam Highlights

Take a coastline of powdery sand beaches, add the world’s most sensational cuisine, and then throw a dollop of elegant French culture into the mix, and the result is a country that’s simply waiting to wow you.

THE BEST HOTELS IN VIETNAM

Vietnam is dancing its way to the top of our ‘best in luxury accommodations’ list quicker than we can book tickets. There is something for everyone in Vietnam, from the boutique gems hidden in the faded yellow colonial buildings of Hoi An to quaint cottages tucked into the refreshing mist of the northern rice terraces. Thanks to the copious amounts of swoon-worthy lodging choices, both couples and families can revel in excitement for a holiday that’s completely personalised.

FOOD, FAMILY AND HISTORY IN VIETNAM'S NORTH

Hanoi is the staple city in northern Vietnam. A collision of the old and new, sometimes chaotic and always frenzied, Hanoi is the introduction to all Vietnam stands for – food, family, and history. The elegance of Hanoi is most evident from the Sofitel Legend Metropole, where visitors can surround themselves in heritage and tradition in the heart of the French Quarter.

A FEAST FOR THE SENSES

Without heading to an island down south, central Vietnam is the place to be for quality time under the sun and on the sand. Across the water from Nha Trang sits Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, a sliver of paradise comprised of wooden villas and romantic décor. Regardless of whether your cabin opens up to the beach or the pool, we think it’s a no-brainer.

A SOJOURN IN SAIGON

If urban luxury exists, it exists in Saigon city, and in the form of the Park Hyatt hotel. With the largest population in Vietnam, it’s important to have a place to retreat to after days exploring this bursting metropolis. At the Park Hyatt, you can look forward to warm welcomes, luxurious touches, and bespoke services.

  • Population Population 89,700,000
  • Capital Capital Hanoi
  • Currency Currency Dong
  • Language Language Vietnamese
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT + 7 | ET + 12
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Hop on the back of a Vespa and take a thrilling street food tour around Saigon tasting local delights as you go"

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