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Vietnam

Vietnam
Tailor-made Vietnam Holidays

Come to Vietnam if you like your natural wonders served with a side of urban chaos. Its hundred-mile-per-hour cities will make your head spin with their blend of frantic capitalist development and colonial, war-tinged history, yet the lime-green rice paddies ploughed by farmers in conical hats will soothe your soul. Then there are the jungle-covered national parks begging to be hiked, tropical beaches for basking on and forested mountains in the north, which offer the perfect antidote to the incessant whirl of city life.

You’ll be drawn to Vietnam’s trademark attractions, the limestone karsts of Halong Bay and floating Mekong Delta markets, but it’s the ever-industrious people who’ll guide you through these diverse landscapes and leave the biggest impression. It could be the smiling street vendor who hands you a bowl of steaming Pho while you perch on a pavement-side stool in Hanoi, the highland farmer who’ll show you around his coffee farm or the tailor in Hoi An just waiting to sew you a custom-made suit.

To really delve beneath the country’s surface, talk to our specialists and local guides, they can help you select the best Vietnam tours, destinations and accommodation that the country has to offer.

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Things to do in Vietnam

A Local's Tour of Hanoi

A local’s tour of Hanoi

by Siobhan Henderson
Culture
History
Trips to take
Hanoi
Cruising the Mekong Delta by Sampan

Cruising the Mekong Delta by sampan

by Nghia Huu Pham
Adventure
Community
Culture
Food & Drink
Trips to take
Ho Chi Minh City

Exploring Lak Lake’s ancient M'nong culture

by Siobhan Henderson
Community
Places to stay
Scenery
Unwind
Buon Ma Thuot
A cookery class at Moon Garden Homestay

A Cookery Class at Moon Garden homestay

by Siobhan Henderson
Food & Drink
History
Trips to take
Hanoi

Kayaks and karsts: cruising Lan Ha Bay

by Ian Anderson
Active
Community
Scenery
Trips to take
Lan Ha
KOTO Cookery Class Hanoi

The KOTO social enterprise cooking class

by Siobhan Henderson
Community
Food & Drink
Trips to take
Hanoi
Ao Dai Photography Tour Ho Chi Minh City

The Ao Dai photography tour in HCMC

by Phuong Anh Hoang Nguyen
Active
Culture
Trips to take
Ho Chi Minh City
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Holiday plans

Vietnam itinerary ideas

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Pam, who's travelled extensively in Vietnam. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember – the vespa rider who’ll whizz you round HCMC on a unique foodie tour, the guide who’ll take you fishing with locals at Chuon Lagoon and the ranger who’ll guide you to golden-cheeked gibbons to hear their dawn duets.

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Across Vietnam

Places to go in Vietnam

At a glance

Vietnam Travel guide

Time difference: GMT +7

Flight time: London + 11-12 hours

Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Language: Vietnamese

Electricity: 110 or 220 voltage

Telephone code: +84

Tipping: Isn’t expected in Vietnam and taxi drivers run strictly to the meter, just watch out for the rigged ones. However, if you receive exceptional service from a personal tour guide or waiter, particularly at a high-end restaurant, tip them 10 percent. When you’re visiting a spa, pay up to 20 percent directly to your masseuse if you’re pleased with the treatment.

Etiquette: Dress conservatively, particularly in temples and remove your shoes before entering a Vietnamese home. Haggling is expected in markets but always keep your cool because causing a public scene is considered losing face. Public displays of affection are also frowned upon in Vietnam. Be careful not to point your feet at any religious sites or touch someone’s head, which is considered the most sacred part of the body.

Religions: Vietnam is officially an atheist state and religious groups must register with the socialist republic government. Despite this, roughly a quarter of the population identifies with a religion and many people practise Vietnamese folk traditions. Exact figures vary but the most popular spiritual beliefs are Buddhism, Christianity and Caodaism, followed by the Hoa Hao faith.

Visas: You can look up the latest advice on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam/entry-requirements. Please be aware that this information can change at short notice.

Vaccinations: Health facilities, hygiene and disease vary world-wide and you may choose to take the necessary vaccinations before you depart. You can find out more about Vietnam on the NHS’s Fit For Travel website.