Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

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Previously known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City changed its name after Vietnam unified following the Vietnam War. This is the place to learn more about Vietnam’s recent past, with many museums, monument and sites like the Cu Chi Tunnels, where North Vietnamese soldiers hid during the War.

Beyond history, Ho Chi Minh City is now one of Vietnam’s most innovative cities and a centre of commerce. This is the place to see the Vietnam of the past and the future, with ancient temples mingling with 21st-century skyscrapers.

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  • Hanoi

    Hanoi

    Vietnam’s capital is a riot of blaring horns, stunning architecture and delicious street food...Read more
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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

    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

    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 Ho Chi Minh City

Our recommended experiences and activities

Go with the flow in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

Go with the flow in Ho Chi Minh City

In a city of nine million people, get a local perspective by hopping on the back of a motorbike. These tours offer a whirlwind sample of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic sites, tasty street food and some of its 24 unique districts.

Experience the war at Cu Chi tunnels
Ho Chi Minh City

Experience the war at Cu Chi tunnels

The remarkable, if not slightly claustrophobic, network of tunnels at Cu Chi serves as a reminder of the brave and innovative resistance made by the Viet Cong. Fancy firing an AK-47? You can do that here too at the site’s accompanying firing ranges.

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