Thanks to its natural beauty, buzzing cities and distinct daytrips, it’s impossible to run out of things to see and do in Vietnam.
An activity that’s at the top of the list is to visit the breathtakingly beautiful Halong Bay – this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered to be one of Vietnam’s most stunning spots and rightly so. Hundreds of boats offer cruise trips here every day where you can meander around the striking limestone towers that rise from the tranquil waters.
A trip to Vietnam wouldn’t be complete without a pit-stop in one of its chaotic yet one-of-a-kind cities. Both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are buzzing with traffic like you’ve never seen before, while this may sound off-putting it’s what makes exploring the city life here so unique. Amongst the hustle and bustle you can do a spot of retail therapy in the modern shopping malls, admire the sky-high buildings and bag yourself a bargain in the timeless markets. Not to mention there’s a number of museums where you can undercover the country’s monumental history too.
Speaking of history, the smaller central cities Hoi An and Hue are also worth paying a visit, particularly if you love to soak up different cultures. You can spot Hoi An city from a mile off thanks to its kaleidoscope of colour from its pretty lanterns that light up the streets. Head here in the evening to enjoy its night markets and riverside restaurants at their best. As for Hue, located on the banks of the beautifully named Perfume River, this charming city is home to a huge amount of history. Many people head here to explore the ancient tombs of former emperors or to admire the rambling ancient architecture.
Vietnam's next big thing
Most of Vietnam’s All Inclusive hotels can be found on Phu Quoc – a tropical island located just off the south-west coast of the country in the Gulf of Thailand. It was once a well-kept secret, however holidaymakers are slowly but surely discovering its beauty and it is now set to be the next big thing in terms of Vietnamese holiday resorts. You can expect beside the beach settings, unbeatable views and endless activities.
Holidaying here will show you a seaside like you’ve never seen before, particularly on its headliner beach – Long Beach. With the clue in the name, this is a 12-mile sweep of some of the whitest sands you’ll ever see. Although it’s no longer a secret, there’s still footprint-free parts of sand that are so peaceful you’ll feel like they’ve been reserved especially for you.
Another stretch of shoreline here that’s just as picture-perfect, yet much quieter is Starfish Beach. Its name came from the fact that local sea life and tons of red starfish are known to sunbathe along the surf here. Here you have the opportunity to dine like never before in one of its floating restaurants sitting on stilts above the water.
If you’d rather mix in a bit of culture while soaking up the sun, then Dinh Cau Beach is for you. Along the edge of the sand, perching on a rocky mound you’ll find a temple that you can explore. This age-old sight was thought to of been built by fishermen in the 1930s as a gesture of good will to honour the goddess of the sea. This sandy stretch is also a great spot to watch the sunset.
For a beach trip that’s a little different, head to Pineapple Island in style on the Guinness World Record winning cable car. From Phu Quoc catch the longest, non-stop cable car in the world and admire the spectacular 360-degree views of the turquoise waters before arriving onto the officially named Hon Thom Island for a fun-filled day of beaches, restaurants and exploring its fishing village.
The best of both worlds
Not only does Phu Quoc island give you Vietnam’s seaside at its best it’s also a place where you’ll witness natural beauty like no other. We’re talking scenic mountains, pea-green rice terraces and landscapes so spectacular they’ll make your jaw drop. Head away from the coastline and you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a whole new world when you see that a ginormous 90% of the island is covered in forest.
Over 31,000 hectares of the forest is dedicated to Phu Quoc National Park – one of the top places to visit in Vietnam. Head off the beaten track by scooter or foot and explore the mangroves, streams and mountains. With over 50% of the island protected by the government, it means there’s plenty of undisturbed coves, coral reefs and rainforests that you can visit too. Other walking trails can be found in the forest surrounding Ganh Dau Beach, here you might be lucky to come across monkeys and flying squirrels in the trees.
Vietnam All Inclusive holidays aren’t just about the sensational beach-front hotels and endless activities on your doorstep, they also provide a fantastic opportunity to try the local Vietnamese cuisine. Most All Inclusive Vietnam hotels have round-the-world buffets as standard, as well as a dedicated area serving up the finest local delicacies. Expect to see barbequed meats, rice dishes and the staple steaming bowl of noodles. With Vietnam being well-known for its seafood, many hotels come with a la carte seafood restaurants serving up locally-caught fish.
Whilst out and about in Vietnam you’re never too far from a street stall where you can sample the local food, straight after its been cooked right in front of you. It’s definitely worth trying the favourite bánh mì – this is a French-style baguette, stuffed with greens, pâté, pork and a freshly-fried egg on top, something you’ll struggle to find anywhere else.
Imagine overlooking the beauty of Vietnam's most picturesque beach — at the Novotel Phu Quoc hotel you can. This All Inclusive hotspot is perched on the shore of Long Beach just a short distance from Duong Dong town. There's a couple of pools to choose from, including a beachfront number. As for the food, there's tons of local Vietnamese dishes to try including their speciality, seaweed. Entertainment-wise there's a beachside bar, live musicians and a long list of sports.
If you're looking for those Instagram-worthy pictures, look no further than the Sol Beach House. Soak up the sun its stylish outdoor pool whilst admiring ocean views like no other as the beach is just footsteps away. Offering bikes free of charge, you can head out and explore Phu Quoc Island or try your hand at one of the many water sports on Long Beach. You've also got a fantastic selection of dining options to choose from.