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Vietnam

Vietnam

Blessed with compelling natural beauty, beguiling people, fascinating history and fabulous cuisine Vietnam will scintilate your senses and capture your heart.

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North to South Vietnam

16 day Tour

  • Discover the historic and cultural attractions of Hanoi, Hue and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Sail through the scenic delights of Ha Long Bay for two nights on a luxury cruise boat
  • Take in many of Vietnam's UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Royal Citadel of Hue and Trang An
  • Explore the Mekong Delta by boat and bike
  • Enjoy culinary delights and the chance to try cooking the local cuisine

Flight inclusive from £3245, Land only from £2275

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Introduction

During the 20th Century, Vietnam’s story was one of intense conflict and division leading to poverty and international isolation. But, following a series of economic and political reforms, Vietnam has risen almost Phoenix-like in the last 20 years achieving peace, stability and impressive economic growth. In turn, this has seen travellers returning to the country in numbers to enjoy its compelling natural beauty, beguiling people, fascinating history and fabulous cuisine.

From top to bottom, Vietnam is a sensory overload. Whether it’s the frenetic traffic of downtown Hanoi, the atmospheric architecture of the port of Hoi An, the languid waters of the Mekong carrying all manner of life, the mystical beauty of Halong Bay or the energetic, resilient locals sharing their delicious Vietnamese food – it’s an utterly captivating experience.

To discover the joys of Vietnam for yourself then look no further than our North to South Vietnam tour. Staying in comfortable accommodation throughout, we’ll take you from Hanoi in the north to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in the south via the impressive citadel of Imperial Hue, the tempting food stalls of Hoi An's street markets, a two-night cruise of Halong Bay and a boat trip on the mighty Mekong. You can also explore the villages and temples that line the Mekong on our luxurious Classic Mekong River Cruise, Saigon to Angkor Wat.



Key Facts

  • Capital city: Hanoi
  • Arrival airport: Hanoi International Airport
  • Population: 93.4 million (2014)
  • Area of country: 127,881 sqmi / 331,210 km2
  • Currency: Dông
  • Time difference: GMT + 7 hours
  • Popular dishe/s: Spring rolls. Nuoc mam (fish sauce). Bun cha (pork, noodles, rolls and salad).
  • Popular drink/s: Vietnamese coffee. Bia hoi (a refreshing beer made daily).
  • Power supply: 220v, 50hz AC
  • Sockets: 2 flat pins, 2 round pins, and 3 square pins are used, depending on area.
  • Official language: Vietnamese
  • Religion: Buddhism
  • Visa: British nationals visiting Vietnam for up to 15 days do not require a visa.
  • FCDO link: FCDO travel advice


Climate

When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

Whilst Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the long length of the country - 1,000 miles from far north to southern tip. It is therefore best to divide the country into four different regions when considering when to visit.

In the mountains of the far north, close to Sapa, the dry season lasts from October to late March and the wet season from April to September. It can also get very cold in December and January, especially at night. Renowned for its trekking opportunities, the best conditions for walking or trekking holidays in this region are from September to November and from March to May. Daytime temperatures range from 15-28°C, and night-time temperatures from 10-18°C.

Hanoi and North Vietnam have a distinct winter and summer season. The cool but mostly dry winter lasts from November to April when temperatures average 17-22°C with the coldest months being January - March. Summer lasts from May to October when it is hot and humid and the region experiences its highest rainfall. July to September are often the wettest months of the year.

Central Vietnam enjoys dry weather from mid-January to late August, with temperatures often reaching the mid-30's °C. During the winter months the rainfall increases with October and November achieving peak levels, sometimes in the form of typhoons.

The weather in the south of the country is split into a wet and dry season. The dry season begins in November and ends in April/early May with late February to May being slightly hotter and with higher humidity. The wet season lasts from May to early November with the months from June to August receiving the highest rainfall of the year. Throughout much of the wet season rainfall is generally heavy but short lasting, often occurring in a mid-afternoon heavy downpour. The average temperatures in the south range between a very pleasant 25 - 35°C all year round.

On our North to South Vietnam tour you will experience some of these variations in climate although the group tour dates have been arranged to enjoy the best weather conditions possible. If you'd like to travel to Vietnam outside of these dates, call us on 01453 844400 and talk to one of our Vietnam travel experts about planning your own private itinerary.

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