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Vietnam Highlights

Modern Vietnam is shaped by recent conflict and long tradition, by China in the East and France in the West. Experience Vietnam’s energy and serenity, its tolerance, its charm, its natural beauty. Vietnam. A country unique in the world…


Cat Tien National Park
Buon Ma Thuot is the largest city in Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, an unexplored area with great adventure and trekking potential. The abundance of untouched forests, stunning landscapes, national parks and hill tribe villages are still off the tourist trails.

Situated between Hoi An and Hue, Da Nang is among the most dynamic of Vietnam’s modern cities.

Known best for the sophistication of its nightlife, Da Nang is also home to the excellent Cham Museum, showcasing the art and artefacts of the Cham people. The extraordinary Dragon Bridge, opened in 2013, is already a major attraction. A fantastic light show illuminating the bridge, the dragon breathes fire and spurts water into the night.


Da Lat is set in the cool, pine clad Langbian Plateau, in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. A temperate enclave within a tropical climate, Da Lat’s mist filled valleys remain home to the elegantly weathered villas of the colonial French.

Ho Chih Minh

At the heart of the Red River delta, the Vietnamese capital Hanoi combines French colonial charm with the excitement and dynamism of modern Asia. The cold, Stalinist grandeur of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum looms above graceful French colonial architecture, elegant lakes and parks, broad, tree lined boulevards, while all around a sea of leaf hats and bicycles supply the bustling markets and shops with fruit and vegetables.

Halong Bay

According to legend, the 3,000 limestone formations dotting Ha Long Bay are pearls, placed by a celestial dragon at the command of the Jade Emperor to halt an invasion. Enchanted by the beauty of her creation, the dragon is said to have brought her children there to live, Ha Long meaning ‘dragon descending.’

The ‘pearls’ of Ha Long are in fact limestone karsts, rising dramatically from the emerald waters of the bay. These formations, home to tiny fishing villages, are pierced with caves and grottos. Shrouded in mist, when viewed from one of the many junks that cruise the waters, the islands of Ha Long Bay become magical.


The ancient seat of the Nguyen dynasty, until 1945 Hue was the Imperial Capital of Vietnam. In the shadow of Ngu Binh Mountain, and straddling the Song Huong (Perfume) River, Hue is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Imperial Enclosure, fully restored contains the Thai Hoa Palace, immense decorated pillars framing a dazzling interior of red and gold lacquer. Although much of the ancient citadel, echoing in style Beijing’s Forbidden City lies neglected, the scale of the complex is awe inspiring.  Between overgrown lakes, crumbling ruins tumble through grassed over gardens to the pavilions and temples, courtyards, sepulchres and lotus ponds of Hue’s Royal Tombs on the banks of the Perfume River.

Hoi An

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Hoi An, formerly Faifo, is a miraculously well preserved port on the South China Sea. Dating from the 15th Century, held by Chinese and Japanese merchants to be geographically auspicious, Hoi An quickly grew to prominence in the trade of ceramics between East and West. A picturesque town, with influences from Europe and the Middle East as well as Asia reflected in its colourful shop houses, pagodas, communal living arrangements, the winding, traffic free streets of Hoi An are best experienced on foot.

Mekong Delta

Rising from the Plateau of Tibet, the mighty Mekong River flows down through South East Asia, dividing into the countless tributaries and waterways of ‘The Rice Bowl of Vietnam’, the rice fields of the Mekong Delta.

Delta cruises originate from Can Tho, the region’s largest city. Floating markets bustle with trade, each boat’s prow decorated with painted eyes to ward off river monsters. Cycle paths along the banks weave between fish farms, rice fields, orchards. Coconut palms fringe the waterways, shade rural homestays opening a window on delta life and culture. Producers of shrimp, coconut, sugarcane and fruit supply the excellent restaurants of Can Tho, provide the opportunity to experience traditional production methods. The sacred mountain of Nui Sam near Chau Doc, at the delta’s northern reaches, gives sweeping views across the border into Cambodia.

Mui Ne


Phan Tiet is a bustling fishing port on the South China Sea, 200 km north of Ho Chi Minh City and famous for its traditional, circular boats. The town’s perfect, golden beaches are served by boutique and Western style hotels, fine dining, and a choice of two international standard golf courses.

Nearby Mui Ne is a more established beach resort, best known for its cool offshore breezes and dramatic, wind sculpted dunes of red and white.  Mui Ne is also synonymous with the staple of Vietnamese cuisine, nuoc mam (fish sauce).

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a place of fascinating contrasts. The city’s cathedral, a jewel of French High Gothic stands in counterpoint to the nearby Cham ruins of Po Ngar, both remaining daily places of worship. A pristine 6km beach is lapped by the clear, turquoise waters of the South China Sea. Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular, Nha Trang’s many islands host to a wide variety of marine life. A sophisticated night life revolves around the modern beach resort area, the restaurants and bars a heady mix of tradition and colonial chic.

Phu Quoc

Off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand, the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc is one of Asia’s best kept secrets. Until recently best known for its black pepper and fish sauce, Phu Quoc’s clear waters, lush primary forest and isolated beaches await you.

Ho Chih Minh

Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam’s largest city by population, and the country’s commercial centre. A modern, vibrant Asian hub, HCMC embraces its often difficult past to cast up fascinating contrasts. Among the dazzling 21st Century skyscrapers, old Saigon’s boutique charm lives on among the broad, tree lined boulevards, traditional wooden shop houses standing cheek by jowl with Buddhist temples, colourful street markets, faded French colonial grandeur. The Central Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel, and the Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral mark one aspect of the recent past, the Ho Chi Minh War Remnants museum and Cu Chi tunnels, a short distance outside the city, another more sobering.


Set in Vietnam’s mountainous North West bordering Laos and China, Sapa has the edgy feel of a frontier town. Established by the French in 1922 as a hill station, Sapa’s cool breezes and breathtaking views are today once more enjoyed by the region’s ethnic tribes, the Tay, the Red Dao, the Black and the Flower H’mong. The hill tribes descend in a riot of colour from remote farms, villages, tumbling green rice terraces to Sapa’s weekly market. Combine boutique hotel accommodation with rural home stay to experience local skills such as hand weaving, and traditional tribal cuisine. Trek to neighbouring villages, the buffalo market, to the summit of Vietnam’s highest peak, Fan Si Pan.