Rob O'Leary

Vietnam Travel Expert

There’s something that draws us to Vietnam time and time again. Maybe it’s to see the illuminated lanterns in Hoi An once more or to catch another glimpse of the floating villages in Halong Bay. Maybe it’s the ongoing search for the best bowl of pho or to walk beside water buffalo in the hills of Mai Chau again. One thing we know we keep returning for? The massive collection of hotels and resorts on offer, ensuring each visit is a one of a kind holiday.   

Rob O'Leary

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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.
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 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. 

 

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 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.

Biking in Hoi An

BIKE THROUGH HOI AN

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. 

Street food tour in Hanoi

STREET FOOD TOUR IN HANOI

Follow your stomach on a foodie tour around Hanoi and get a real taste of what the Vietnamese capital is all about. Accompanied by food writer Daniel Hoyer, you’ll visit Cho Hom Market to indulge in nem cuon appetisers (fresh spring rolls) before heading to Truc Bach Lake for the local dish of pho cuon (grilled beef and rice noodle roll). This tasty tour will also take you to the stacked buildings of the Old Quarter, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the serene gardens of Temple of Literature. You’ll then finish the day with an exotic dinner in the acclaimed Spices Garden.

Cu Chi tunnels, Vietnam

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 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

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 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.

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 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.
Hotels in Vietnam

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, solo travellers, couples and families can revel in excitement for a holiday that’s completely personalised.

Hanoi hotels

FOOD, FAMILY AND HISTORY IN HANOI

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.

Nha Trang, Six Senses

PARADISE AT NINH VAN BAY

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, lies a paradise comprised of wooden villas and romantic decor. Regardless of whether your cabin opens up to the beach or the pool, we think it’s a no-brainer.

Ho Chi Minh hotels

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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