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Spirit of Vietnam - Insight Vacations

Vietnam

Cuddled up beside Laos and Cambodia, lining the South China Sea is Vietnam, a southeast Asian country well known for its bustling cities, cultured cuisine and iconic bicycles. With an estimated 90.5 million inhabitants and almost 3,500km of coastline, this slimline country boasts sensational beaches, dynamic landscapes and compelling history to entertain the most avid of travellers.

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Imagine a scene of bustling street food and rich culture all tied up with centuries-old architecture, and you’re likely thinking of the country’s capital, Hanoi, which lies in the northern highlands. Pass through the bustling streets to the soundtrack of scooters as you wander through the original streets of the Old Quarter to enjoy charming colonial architecture, beautiful bakeries, tempting boutique shops and galleries.

If you venture south, be sure to take in the sights and smells of Ho Chi Minh. This high-energy city will leave you buzzing after soaking up the temples and designer malls on offer, so relax with a cup of traditional Vietnamese coffee and immerse yourself in its street-side café culture. Move north and visit Hoi An, swelling with history and architecture, or Hue, a picturesque city steeped in charm, sitting comfortably on the Perfume River.

Although traditional Vietnamese music differs with the latitude, don’t go home before treating your ears to a few tunes, whether it’s at the theatre or while you enjoy a bowl of bánh cuốn on the sidewalk – street food in Vietnam is without a doubt the home to fantastic flavour.

Travel Director recommendation

Food for thought

Try to learn a few phrases to use on your vacation. It's amazing how far a 'hello' or 'thank you' will go with the locals - your Travel Director will be around to help if you get stuck.
Tour Director - Gigi Smith

Gigi Smith-Bromage

Travel Director, Western Europe

Factfile

Know before you go
  • Spring

    Feb-Apr

    Sun

    Av temp: 18˚C64˚F

  • Summer

    May-Aug

    Rain

    Av temp: 32˚C89˚F

  • Autumn

    Sep-Nov

    Sun

    Av temp: 25˚C77˚F

  • Winter

    Dec-Feb

    Sun

    Av temp: 17˚C62˚F

  • Time difference

    GMT +7

  • Currency

    Vietnamese dong

When to go: The best time to visit Vietnam is spring (Feb-Apr) and autumn (Aug-Oct). The temperatures are more moderate and rainfall is lighter. In spring, March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant, though still cool in the far north.