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There is a lot to discover in Vietnam

A bit about Vietnam

Vietnam is a long, thin country that borders China, Cambodia and Laos, as well as having a long stretch of coast down its eastern side. There are wonderful places to explore dotting the full length of the country and as these as scattered throughout the nation it's best if you plan a tour in Vietnam or arrange a multi-centre holiday, rather than booking a single-centre trip.

It really is a country of contrasts - the cities are bustling and vibrant, and life seems to move at a frenetic pace; there are areas of outstanding natural beauty, where time appears to have stood still and nature is the star of the show; and there are charming rural communities, where you can get an impression of how Vietnam has been for centuries.

Vietnam has also blended a host of influences into its culture, with the French having left their legacy during the colonial era, the Chinese having introduced key aspects of their culture, particularly in the north of the nation, while Hindu and Indian influences left their mark on the south of Vietnam - it is a truly wonderful country to travel around and discover for yourself.

Uncover cultural cities

It is worth visiting a couple of Vietnam's fantastic cities, if only to see the contrasts that these in themselves present.

Ho Chi Minh City in the heart of the Mekong Delta is a must-visit. Simply wandering around its bustling streets, down narrow alleys and through thriving marketplaces is an experience. There are ancient pagodas and temples dotted throughout the metropolis, while its more modern districts are home to towering skyscrapers and sleek shopping malls.

In Hanoi, meanwhile, you will clearly see the French legacy in the form of wide boulevards, vast mansions and charming parks. The Old Quarter remains true to its Vietnamese roots, however, with traditional crafts still practised in its ramshackle stores and over 600 pagodas dotted throughout this part of the city.

Move on to Hue, and you'll discover yet another facet of Vietnamese culture. Here, imperial palaces, elaborate tombs of former kings and peaceful Buddhist temples harmoniously coexist side-by-side, with the languid Perfume River running through the heart of the city.

Visit areas of outstanding natural beauty

The wonderful thing about Vietnam is that it has so much more to offer than just fantastic cities. The Mekong Delta, which is crisscrossed by backwaters and home to countless sleepy villages is a delight to discover after the fast-paced energy of the city. Take a boat trip between some of the communities here to see how those in rural Vietnam live.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, which is dotted with hundreds of limestone columns and islands, looks almost otherworldly. The vibrant green of the trees and plants on top of towers of grey-white limestone is striking and seeing the scene from the deck of a traditional boat is the only way to fully appreciate its beauty.

Cao Bang, meanwhile, with its incredible karst mountains is another must if you want to see yet another of Vietnam's natural treasures. This region of the country is truly breathtaking, with forests, mountains and odd rock formations all coming together to create a wonderful panorama.

In Cat Tien National Park, you can go hiking or cycling in the verdant rainforest, looking out for exotic creatures like leopards, monkeys and a host of colourful birds and insects. It is the perfect stop on a tour of Vietnam if you're hoping to get back to nature.

Tours in Vietnam

The only way to properly explore on a holiday in Vietnam is to book a tour; otherwise you will miss out on so much of this wonderful country. A multi-centre or twin-centre holiday in Vietnam will allow you to take in a couple of its thriving cities, visit the spectacular natural attractions and even get to grips with its more recent history and the divisive war with the USA.

You will only scratch the surface of this incredible nation and its myriad of converging cultures on your first visit, which makes it all the more appealing as a holiday destination - you can return time and again and never have the same experience twice.

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Places of interest in Vietnam

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

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