Why should you travel to Vietnam with us?

From Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh in the south, welcome to one of the world’s most colourful countries.

Long, geographically diverse and steeped in complex war-time history, our luxury holidays to Vietnam cook up a storm of culture and cuisine. From Hanoi and Hoi An, running wild with tantalising street food vendors, to the balmy beaches and dramatic scenery of Halong Bay, this is a chance to immerse yourself in one of the world’s most characterful destinations. Our guides, like Phi and Quang, will take you underground to the iconic Cui Chi tunnels ahead of local farm visits to learn the ropes of Vietnamese agriculture. We’ve handpicked a host of lavish hotels and tropical retreats for your arrival, from cottages in the midst of the Mekong to stylish hotels along Hanoi’s most charming street.

Key facts

  • Population Population 89,700,000
  • Capital Capital Hanoi
  • Currency Currency Dong
  • Language Language Vietnamese
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT + 7 | ET + 12
  • Best time Best time Jan - Apr

Example Itineraries

These are simply suggestions for the kind of holiday you might have. Yours will be tailored, altered, and refined until it matches you completely.

Hanoi, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh: Discover Vietnam with the Family

Here at Black Tomato, we can't get enough of Vietnam. Why - you ask? Well, this fascinating country has it all, from mist-shrouded mountain lakes and faded colonial grandeur to jungles and glorious scuba diving. But bey...

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Cambodia & Vietnam: Lively Cities and Quieter Isles

South East Asia has always been a beguiling place. Sweltering afternoons baking in the sun, the heady scent of exotic spices and local cuisine drifting through the narrow alleys of historic cities, the deep sense of cult...

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Ultimate Vietnam: A Luxury Holiday from Top to Tail

Looking to discover a new destination with a little-added luxury? Then let us introduce you to Vietnam: a land of jungles, beaches and incredible natural beauty on the South China Sea.  From the ancient monuments of Han...

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What to see & do in Vietnam

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Hanoi, Vietnam

AN ADVENTURE TO VIETNAM

Vietnam is a place where natural beauty and ancient history live side by side. Zip through verdant rice paddies in the b...

Vietnam is a place where natural beauty and ancient history live side by side. Zip through verdant rice paddies in the beautiful Ninh Binh countryside by bike, soar above the colourful fishing boats and turquoise waters of Halong Bay via private helicopter, or take an army Jeep to Cu Chi to explore the compact war-time tunnels. 

 

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

SET SAIL IN HALONG BAY

There’s no wonder this magical landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shrouded in mystery and beauty, this special...

There’s no wonder this magical landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shrouded in mystery 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 of nights to discover the scattered islands, fishing villages and green grottos.

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Biking in Hoi An

BIKE THROUGH HOI AN

Beautiful Chinese temples, picturesque riverside restaurants, and unhurried dreamy atmosphere; Hoi An is Vietnam’s mos...

Beautiful Chinese temples, picturesque riverside restaurants, and unhurried dreamy atmosphere; Hoi An is Vietnam’s most enchanting coastal town. 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 a 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. 

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Tomb Khai Dinh, Vietnam

HISTORIC HUE

On the waters of the pretty Perfume River sits the imperial city of Hue, waiting to win you over with its tranquil ambia...

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 best guides will take you across the former royal capital, stopping off at the tombs of ancient emperors, including that of Khai Dinh on the outskirts of Hue. 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.

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La Han Bay, Vietnam

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 e...

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. 

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Top Locations in Vietnam

If we were asked to choose our top three places in Vietnam, we’d go for these.
Street food in Hanoi

Hanoi

The best street food scene in Vietnam. 

Blaring horns, sizzling street food and partygoers dancing into the night; these are the scenes one can expect while visiting Vietnam’s bustling capital. However, to really get under Hanoi’s skin, we’ve got the perfect man for the job. Meet American food writer and chef, Daniel Hoyer. Led on a tasty tour of the city, you’ll sample a range of flavours from nem cuon appetisers (fresh spring rolls) at Cho Hom Market to pho cuon (grilled beef and rice noodle roll) at Truc Bach Lake. After some traditional pho at his favourite restaurant, it’s time to sit back at Hanoi’s liveliest jazz club.

Hoi An

Hoi An

Where history is woven through with handmade silk.

An ancient riverside town scattered with narrow alleys, traditional houses and some of Asia’s most skilled tailors – it’s hard to leave Hoi An without a brimming suitcase of custom-made garments. We’ve entrusted Quang Le, one of our top guides in Hoi An to show you the ways of the local farmers on a day trip to a Vietnamese herb farm nearby. Here you’ll bicycle through rich countryside, get your hands dirty in the vegetable garden and learn traditional rice grinding methods.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh

Head underground to the Cu Chi Tunnels. 

Discovering the hidden secrets of Ho Chi Minh, otherwise known as Saigon, is a memory we keep playing over in our heads. A city steeped in history and renowned for its focal role in the Vietnam War, your guide Phi will whisk you off to Cu Chi Tunnels to gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s 20th-century conflicts. A network of 200km tunnels with countless trap doors and booby traps, you’ll crawl underground to see just where the Viet Cong soldiers stored their weapons.

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