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 vacation 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

No other country in the world blends a luxury vacation with the authenticity of local culture like Vietnam. There are golden pagodas, limestone towers, and elaborate temples, spread throughout a country that’s home to intoxicating cities and a myriad of landscapes. Test out your cooking skills in the UNESCO city of Hoi An, unwind on the shores of Nha Trang, wander through rice paddies in Sapa, or better yet, do all three.

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.

TASTE STREET FOOD IN HANOI

Do as the locals do and embark on an exciting street food tour through Hanoi, where you’ll meander through markets, meet friendly vendors, and try new and flavorful foods. Dodge cruising mopeds and try the likes of bang tom, banh xeo, and pho tiu, all with a knowledgeable guide by your side. Pro tip: come hungry.

GO UNDERGROUND IN HO CHI MINH

The remnants of the Vietnam War, while having ended in the 1970’s, are still prevalent throughout the country, especially in the southern most city of Ho Chi Minh. The ingenuity and courage of the Vietnamese is especially evident on a tour of the subway tunnels and rooms. This system was critically important for the safety of soldiers and civilians, which is why a private and customisable tour is an absolute must for inquisitive minds and history buffs.

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 accommodationss’ 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 vacation that’s completely personalized.

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 Subwaypole, 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 subwaypolis. 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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