Vietnam has shone through, having previously been overshadowed
by popular beach destinations such as Malaysia and Thailand. Vietnam surpasses in offering a diverse
range of great places to see and quality places to go while
enjoying a luxury holiday here. Similarly to its neighbouring South
East Asian countries, you can experience buzzing cities and
pristine beaches, not to mention verdant landscapes and
Any one of the cities you fly in to will greet you with the
harmonies of city life, ceaseless traffic and strong aromas of
street food. The buzz of a Vietnamese city is almost unbeatable,
and we strongly advise spending at least a day or two in either.
Hanoi is vibrant and exciting with motorbikes
and scooters weaving in and around as you wander around in awe. The
energetic feel to the city is best enjoyed with a tour on a cyclo
(Vietnam's answer to an un-motorised Tuk Tuk), or a complete foodie
tour exploring all the street markets and meeting locals. Ho Chi Minh (formerly known as Saigon) is also
alive with activity and great for sightseeing on foot or by cyclo.
Ho chi Minh himself is even available to visit, in a mausoleum of
course. American War museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site is also
housed here and gives an insight into the country's history.
For a quieter pace of life, Vietnam's beaches are simple
stunning, if we say so ourselves. The portfolio includes the
southern beaches of Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Phan Thiet as well as the
Vietnamese paradise island Con Dao. Aside from un-spoilt beaches,
places like Hoi An are famous for their tailors and fine cafes and
restaurants. Halong bay in the North offers a little something
different than cities and beaches with it its stunning limestone
islets and emerald green waters. Sail the waters in a traditional
Vietnamese junk boat and have a totally fresh experience soaking up
the true beauty of Vietnam, eating fine food, exploring caves and
most likely taking a LOT of pictures.
The south is rich in agriculture in the lush landscapes along
the Mekong Delta with rice fields and fresh fruit
farms. Food is a rite of passage in Vietnam and with the freshness
of local ingredient, a French flare and Asian flavours, the cuisine
is almost unbeatable.
The 20th century saw Vietnam successively fighting off the
French, the Americans and the Chinese, and it is now one of the
most appealing luxury holiday destinations in South-East Asia,
welcoming a new invasion - tourists, this time - with open arms.
Any visit to Vietnam will benefit from a well-planned itinerary
because geographically, the country is a long, narrow strip of
land, and there's a huge number places worth visiting but spread
across the nation, and that's where we come in.
Original Travel members have travelled the country, and know the
best places to stay and visit, so can tailor a luxury holiday
itinerary to your exact specifications. Must sees should include
the Mekong Delta in the south; more than 2,000 miles of coastline,
endowed with some beautiful beaches and slick hotels; and cities
such as Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), with their
temples, historic buildings and French colonial architecture. We
have visited them all and can give informed recommendations on
where to stay, and arrange expert guides where required.