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Vietnam’s capital is a riot of blaring horns, stunning architecture and delicious street food. Head to the original streets of the Old Quarter, where market traders have been selling their wares for more than 1,000 years, before exploring the city’s historical heritage, influenced by Chinese and French occupations and the scars of the American War.

Make sure to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, dedicated to the man who fought for a unified Vietnam, before lapping up the city’s coffee culture and street food stalls.

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  • Ho Chi Minh City

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Previously known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City changed its name after Vietnam unified following the Vietnam War...Read more
  • Sapa

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  • Hoi An

    Hoi An

    Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most attractive cities, due in part to the preservation of historic buildings in its Old Town (Hoi An avoided being bombed in the Vietnam War)...Read more
  • Halong Bay

    Halong Bay

    Halong Bay is a World Heritage Site and Vietnam’s most popular tourist destination...Read more
  • Mekong Delta

    Mekong Delta

    The Mekong Delta is Vietnam’s breadbasket, with 70% of the country’s fruit and 50% of its rice grown here...Read more
  • Phu Quoc

    Phu Quoc

    Phu Quoc is an idyllic island that offers beaches, diving and kayaking to those looking to escape the bustle of Vietnam’s cities...Read more
  • Hue


    Charming Hue was once the capital of the Nguyen dynasty and is a great place to explore the history of Imperial Vietnam...Read more
  • Dalat


    Dive into a bit of adventure with a guided canyoning experience at the Elephant and Pongour Waterfalls near to the city of Dalat in Vietnam’s central highlands...Read more
  • Con Dao Islands

    Con Dao Islands

    This remote archipelago off the southern coast is Vietnam’s premier spot for viewing sea life...Read more
  • Phong Nha Caves

    Phong Nha Caves

    Home to the largest and third largest cave in the world, Phong Nha is a wonder of ancient karst and underground worlds...Read more
  • Fansipan Mountain

    Fansipan Mountain

    At 3,143m, Fansipan is the highest mountain in the Indochinese Peninsula...Read more

Vietnam north to south

Cities, Mekong Delta and Halong Bay
Approx. 10 days
Hanoi (2 days) → Halong Bay (1) → Hoi An (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (2) → Mekong Delta (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1)
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Classic Vietnam

Historical cities and rural waterways
Approx. 12 days
Hanoi (2 days) → Halong Bay (2) → Hue (2) → Hoi An (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1) → Mekong Delta (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1)
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Culture, cities and beach resorts

Vietnam’s cultural highlights plus a beach break
Approx. 14 days
Hanoi (2 days) → Halong Bay (2) → Hue (2) → Hoi An (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1) → Mekong Delta (2) → Phu Quoc (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1)
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Things to do in Hanoi

Our recommended experiences and activities

Motorbike the Northwest Loop

Motorbike the Northwest Loop

This one-week journey winds through mountains cut by deep valleys, past isolated ethnic villages, rice paddies and jaw dropping vistas. Aside from Sapa, be prepared for no English speakers, Western food or high-end lodgings on this motorbike adventure.

Sample authentic street food in Hanoi

Sample authentic street food in Hanoi

Weave your way through the Vespas of Vietnam’s capital to Hanoi’s Old Quarter; a hub of history and culture and the perfect place to enjoy Southeast Asian cuisine at its most authentic with a dish of pho and glass of refreshing Bia Hoi beer.

Explore Hanoi’s coffee culture

Explore Hanoi’s coffee culture

Vietnam is renowned for its excellent coffee and nowhere brews it better than Hanoi. Try hot filter coffee sweetened with condensed milk for a true taste of Vietnam.

Where to go in Vietnam

Our recommended places

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