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Vietnam

Vietnam Holidays

The ultimate Asian experience in the most fascinating location, Vietnam holidays are as diverse as the landscape. Combining hidden beaches, floating markets and ancient temples, few destinations will compel you quite like this one.

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Untouched hybrid landscapes

When it comes to Vietnam's colourful backdrop, nothing quite compares. And by that we mean, breathtaking scenery with an off-the-beaten-track feel. Home to sun-lit rice fields, soaring mountains and peaceful bays, Vietnam is a landscape of extremes.

This captivating country is also home to its fair share of world heritage sites including the famous Ha Long Bay, which is adored by many for its emerald-coloured waters, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which is home to over 300 caves and Phu Quoc's where you'll find stunning white-sand beaches and coral reefs.

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  • Vietnam Dong
  • Vietnamese
  • Approx 94.44 million
  • GMT +7

From street food to authentic restaurants

Food is a huge part of Vietnam's culture, and the more authentic the better. The colours alone will are enough to tempt you, whether it's vegetable-laden soups like the iconic Pho or melt-in-the-mouth spring rolls known as Pho Cuon – you're in for an appetising trip.

If you want to truly immerse yourself in the cuisine, head to the streets. With stalls on almost every corner, all you have to do is pull up a stool and you could be gauging on everything from the freshest seafood to the quirkiest fruits and the tastiest dipping sauces.

A sit-down meal won't break the bank either – in fact, there are plenty of local restaurants which are extremely affordable. As well as popular local dishes, you'll also find restaurants serving up tastes from all over the world including French favourites and Indian specialities.

A country worth exploring

As a multi-ethnic state, Vietnam is intriguing to say the least. Although there are some apparent Chinese and French influences, the country still has a number of distinct differences. From motorbike-jammed roads to an abundance of coffee shops and countless market stalls – you'll get a real sense of culture just by walking the streets.

Like the rest of Southeast Asia, the locals are a huge part of the country's culture. As soon as you arrive, you'll be struck by one thing, smiling locals. Known for their outstanding hospitality, the locals here are always happy to help and seem genuinely interested in getting to know you.

Bustling cities meet laid-back beaches

Vietnam offers a mix of stunning shorelines and lively cities – so, depending on your preferences it's all about picking the right resort. Most of the best beaches are situated in the south of the island due its drier weather, and one spot that stands out is Phu Quoc. This resort is perfect for those looking for a peaceful beach escape and has even been described as the country's hidden gem.

When it comes to sand spots they don't get much better than those on Phu Quoc Island, with some even comparing to the beaches belonging to its Thai neighbour. With its 10 kilometres of white sand and glistening sapphire waters, Nha Trang is another hotspot for beach-goers.

If you're looking for more than far-stretching sands on your Vietnam holiday, there are also plenty of cities to explore. As the country's largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City is one of Vietnam's most exciting spots. The city is full of attractions – so get ready to delve into the country's interesting past with a visit to Ho Chi Minh City Museum, learn about different religions as you explore Thien Hau Temple or test out your bartering skills with a trip to Ben Thanh Market.

A turbulent past

Vietnam's war-torn history has left a lasting mark on the country with everything from museums, historical buildings and underground tunnels at your feet. That said – the country's past is one of the many reasons people come here from all over the world.

Among the main attractions are the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground passages and War Remnants Museum where you'll find a mix of weapons, shatterproof vehicles and touching photographs. Both of these attractions can be found in bustling Ho Chi Minh City.

When you're not delving into the Vietnam War there are also thousands of temples to discover. All reflect the country's diverse range of religions and can be found in most of the big cities. As the country's cultural and religious centre, Hue is worth a visit as many of its monuments have made it onto the UNESCO World Heritage list.