Luxury Vietnam Travel
Luxury Vietnam Travel
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Vietnam is pure exoticism. Whatever the mind conjures for a trip to southeast Asia – buzzing cities, atmospheric temples, delectable street food, idyllic white-sand beaches – it’s all here in Vietnam…and here in abundance.
In recent years Vietnam has exploded as an upmarket tourist destination. Once primarily a fixture on the southeast Asia backpacker circuit, it has lately seen a catalogue of high-end hotel openings, coupled with an emerging wealth of keen and knowledgeable guides, drivers, experience hosts, restauranteurs, hoteliers…all passionate about their home, and passionate to present it at its finest.
Many of course will have complex associations with Vietnam. You may have grown up in a time when Vietnam featured heavily on the nightly news – rarely if ever in a good light. The Vietnam of the past however bears no relation to the Vietnam of the present. Today it is fast becoming Asia’s next great ‘tiger economy’; its cities are vibrant hives of entrepreneurial activity, pulsating day and night, with a work-hard, play-hard mentality clear to see.
This stands in stark contrast to rural Vietnam. Head out of the cities to find stillness and tranquillity amongst emerald green rice terraces, karst hill ranges, and tropical backwaters. In northern Vietnamese rural destinations such as Sapa, Pu Luong, and Mai Chau you’ll also find a kaleidoscopic patchwork of hilltribe villages, each with distinct dress and dialect, often displaying a lifestyle which has experienced little change for centuries.
As to the future of Vietnam – it’s among the most dynamic and rapidly-developing nations on the planet, and continues to excite and surprise us here at UTC. All we can say is “go now” – Vietnam certainly won’t be waiting around for you.
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Suggested Itineraries for Vietnam
Our specialists have spent years travelling and operating in Vietnam, and using their experience have created a series of sample itineraries, providing inspiration for your tailor-made trip. The routes offered below highlight Vietnam’s key destinations and experiences and also showcase how it can be combined with near neighbours Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.
Hanoi, Lan Ha Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City9 NightsFrom $2,434 PPTake in Vietnam’s highlights over nine nights from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, including an overnig...
Hanoi, Lan Ha Bay, Pu Luong, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City14 NightsFrom $3,869 PPCover all bases on this complete tour of Vietnam, taking in cities, rural scenes, cultural immersion...
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Nha Trang11 NightsFrom $3,619 PPAn epic Vietnamese honeymoon combining exotic culture, thrilling outdoor adventure, and lush tropica...
Hanoi, Lan Ha Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap11 NightsFrom $3,469 PPThis thrilling 11-night tour captures the very best of Vietnam with an extension to the mesmerizing ...
Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap10 NightsFrom $3,738 PPTravel from Vietnam through to Cambodia on a stylish river cruise, building up to a big finish at th...
Hanoi, Lan Ha Bay, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang14 NightsFrom $4,861 PPThis complete tour showcases the very best of former Indochina - Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Privat...
Best Hotels in Vietnam
Vietnam has an outstanding array of upmarket accommodation, both in key cities and in isolated locations way off the beaten path. We’ve picked out some our personal favourites below.
Luke our Asia Specialist
When is the best time to travel to Vietnam?
As a long, thin, coastal country Vietnam experiences quite a range of different microclimates, so picking a ‘best’ time to travel is not straightforward. As with the rest of the Tropics, generally the cooler months from October through to May are best. However, Vietnam’s central destinations – Hue, Danang, Hoi An – experience their rainiest time of year in the late months of the year (October, November, December), and the north – Hanoi, Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Sapa – can be surprisingly cold in January and early February. All things considered, for a complete tip-to-toe trip we’d recommend any time from late February through to early May.
Is Vietnam a good destination for families?
A hard yes to this! Vietnam’s core destinations are not just alluring but inviting too. The Vietnamese are outstanding hosts, and flexible to the needs of families: guides can be hand-picked to complement young or older children, while hotel and restaurant staff will always be keen to make a fuss and ensure you get the best care throughout. Each of the principal destinations has sightseeing tours or activities catering directly for adventurous young explorers: cycling tours in Hue, village walks in the Mekong Delta, cooking classes in Hoi An – cherished family memories guaranteed. Vietnam’s unique climate really comes to fore for families too: it’s the only destination in Asia which can work for any school holidays year-round – basing trips around the central coast in summer, southern beaches in winter, and top-to-toe tours in spring or early autumn.
How about for honeymooners – should we consider Bali or Thailand instead?
This debate will rage ad infinitum and will never reach its conclusion, but what we can absolutely confirm is that Vietnam will go toe-to-toe with any honeymoon destination on the planet. We find that most honeymooners are looking for a blend of adventure and opulence, and Vietnam certainly won’t disappoint in this respect. There are scores of fabulous accommodation choices: in the cities chic boutique bases for urban exploration, or out on the coast exclusive tropical escapes ticking all the usual honeymoon boxes – secluded beaches, plunge pool villas, butler service, and extensive spa menus. We can complement this with as much or as little guided touring as you wish – made honeymoon-friendly of course: adrenaline-filled rural adventures, exclusive fine dining experience, or private cruise charters can all be folded into one action-packed itinerary.
Is Vietnam a good beach destination?
Absolutely yes. Vietnam’s central coast contains several fine white sand beaches, including legendary former GI playground China Beach just south of Danang, and Cua Dai and An Bang beaches just outside Hoi An. Further south is Nha Trang, a busy resort city which has some good hotels within town or even better luxury retreats found in isolated coves further up and down the coast. Next stop south is Mui Ne, quieter and more laidback than Nha Trang, and a great base for adventure activities. Arguably though Vietnam’s most idyllic escapes are its offshore islands: rapidly-developing Phu Quoc, or sparsely-populated formal French penal colony Con Dao.
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