Vietnam is a land full of undeniable natural beauty and riveting cultural experiences, from its forest-clad mountains, lantern-lit townships, white-sand beaches, bustling metropolises, to its seascape of rising limestone islands, you will find plenty of things to see and do here. Live in the moment and escape the norm on a luxury holiday in Vietnam.
Vietnam has undergone radical changes in recent years, and its booming economy is now racing towards modernity. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Ho Chi Minh City, a cosmopolitan melange of fast-paced motos, lavish shopping centres, upscale hotels, bustling markets, vaunted restaurants, and moving museums.
Then there's the impressive capital of Hanoi, where you can stroll through its historic Old Quarter, visit the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel, and duck into the fascinating mausoleum of the country's revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh. However, it's hard to escape the allure of the striking landscape: from the great mountains of the west, to the shimmering South China Sea, and the thriving deltas of the Red River and the Mekong, there's wonder to spare in this nation.
Adventure enthusiasts can wander through the atmospheric cave systems in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, leisure seekers can go on a luxury cruise in the remarkable Halong Bay, and beach buffs can stretch out on the pristine white sands of Nha Trang.
Whatever you do, you have to spend some time exploring Vietnam's cuisine, as this country has a superstar reputation when it comes to food. Discover countless street-food tours and top cooking schools where you can take classes, and learn how to make delicate spring rolls, fragrant phở soup, and bánh mì sandwiches.
For sightseeing and trekking outdoors, especially in the mountains of Sapa, October to March brings ideal weather for exploring, with daytime averages of 18-25°C. For Halong Bay, look to visit between November to April, when the days are 17-22°C.
If you're eager for a tropical beach holiday, you'll find southern destinations, like Phu Quoc, average 25-30°C throughout the year. During the popular summer months from May to September, all of Vietnam sees consistently good weather, especially in the central regions of Nha Trang and Hoi An.
Whether you are travelling to Vietnam for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly holiday, your experience will be taken to new heights thanks to the delicious cuisine that this country is celebrated for. Enjoy private meals delivered straight to your villa or on the beach with a romantic candle-lit ambience.
As well as local delights, international menus range from hearty Italian seafood to Thai treats and Mediterranean dishes with stunning sea views. You'll also be able to enjoy culinary events showcasing the skills of Michelin-starred chefs.
British nationals won't need a visa to visit Vietnam when staying for a maximum of 15 days. As a precaution, you may want to travel with a photocopy of your passport along with the original. Find more advice at GOV.UK with information on passports, visas and travel.