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Vietnam is one of South-East Asia’s increasingly popular destinations, and a visit here promises lively golden-sand beaches and romantic hideaways, plus colourful towns and cities steeped in history; spend a day in just one of them and you’ll see striking French colonial-style mansions, golden temples and Buddhist pagodas all just minutes apart. Throw in towering skyscrapers and charming markets and you have some of the most exciting and magical places on the continent. We can help you arrange your life time holidays in Vietnam or plan or plan the logistics of a more intrepid holidays in not only Vietnam but also also in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.
The northern Vietnam is dominated by the Red River plains that bisect Hanoi, and the Lo and Chay rivers. To the north and west of Hanoi are green hilly areas; particularly well known as Sapa Hillstation, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Lai Chau and Dien Bien Phu. They are home to many colorful tribal groups , steep terraced rice fileds and waterfals. East of Hanoi, Halong Bay features a stunning formation of more than 3,000 limestone islands jutting sharply out of the East Sea.
The central Vietnam is packed with historic sights and cultural interest, and blessed with ravishing beaches and outstanding national parks. With improving highways, and upgraded international airports at Hue and Danang, access to this compelling and diverse part of Vietnam has never been easier. The ancient capital of Hue is famous for its Imperial Citadel, royal tombs and excellent street food while Hoi An is boasts the unique heritage grace of riverside jewel. The biggest urben center in central Vietnam is Da Nang, one of the nation’s most dynamic cities. Also emerging as a must-visit destination is the extraordinary Phong Nha region, home to three gargantuan cave systems and a fascinating war history concealed amid stunning scenery.
The southern Vietnam is famous for the Mekong River. Its fertile plain that governs the geography and consequently the rice industry. Among the plains, in the middle of the thin country and to the southwest are mountainous areas, known as the highlands, where farmers grow rubber, tea and coffee.

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The north of Vietnam has cold dry winters from December to February, where overnight temperatures can dip to 4°C . The summer months (May to August) are typically very hot and humid. The best time to visit northern Vietnam is during spring (March to April) and autumn (September to November), when days are generally warm and sunny.

The centre of Vietnam is often battered with typhoons during its wet season. It’s difficult to predict when these heavy rains and hurricane-like winds can hit coastal cities like Hoi An, but generally typhoon seasons runs from August to November. The rainy season usually subsides in February, when you can expect warmer temperatures and more sunshine. While travellers will experience pleasant weather in Central Vietnam any time between February and August, sunny 30°C days are the norm in July and August. The south of Vietnam experiences warm, pleasant temperatures year-round, making travel good at any time.

The dry season generally runs from December to May and a rainy season runs from June through November. While flooding can occur, rain usually comes in short bursts and rarely impacts travel. In fact, the monsoon season is often the best time for photography as dramatic thunderheads float across the Mekong Delta and rice fields turn a vibrant emerald-green. Some, however, might find temperatures unbearable from March to May, when the mercury regularly reaches 40°C .

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The number of direct flights to Vietnam’s three main international airports – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang – have increased steadily in recent years. However, the majority of visitors take the cheaper option of an indirect flight routed through Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong; a stay in one of these cities can be factored into your schedule, often at no extra cost. You may well save even more by taking a bargain-basement flight to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, and a separate ticket through one of the region’s low-cost carriers, such as Jetstar, Tiger Airways and Air Asia, for the Vietnam leg.
Vietnam Airlines flies direct from London to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi (both around 12 hours) but there are no direct flights from Ireland. You may save money by flying with a Middle Eastern or Southeast Asian carrier such as Qatar, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Emirates or Cathay Pacific from London via the airline’s home city.
No direct flights exist between Vietnam and North America for the time being. In 2004 United Airlines became the first American carrier to resume direct flights to Vietnam since 1975, but this service was discontinued in 2016. To reach Vietnam from North America, you'll have to catch one of the many flights to a regional hub, such as Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong, and continue on from there.
Note that some routings require an overnight stay in another city such as Bangkok, Taipei, Hong Kong or Seoul, and often a hotel room will be included in your fare – ask the airline and shop around since travel agents’ policies on this vary.
Direct flights between Australia and Vietnam are in surprisingly poor supply, with Vietnam Airlines operating routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne and Sydney (both 8-9 hours). The alternative is to fly to another Asian gateway, such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Hong Kong, and then either get connecting flights or travel overland to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. You can do this with AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Jetstar, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways.
There are no direct flights from New Zealand; AirAsia fly from Aukland to Kuala Lumpur and thence to Vietnam, but you'll often get cheap-as routings via Australia too. As for flag carriers, decent low-season fares can be found with Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
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Today, the war remnants in Vietnam have become tourist attractions rather than eyesores. The vestiges of a more remote past, from Champa ruins and Hue's imperial city to the elegant colonial streets of Hanoi, are a major lure, as are the glorious natural attractions – from a coastline of powder-soft beaches to the impressive forested mountains. 

Northern Vietnam’s signature city is Hanoi, an appealing place full of the old ­villas and facades of the French colonial era which give it a unique ambience. The surrounding, pancake-flat Red River Delta is bordered on the east by the Gulf of Tonkin, within which is the fabled limestone seascape of Halong Bay. Beyond the delta’s plains, cooler mountain regions, populated by hill tribes, ascend towards Laos in the  west and China to the north.

 The country narrows through a chain of increasingly tropical provinces washed by the warm waters of the East Sea. In the old Imperial City of Hue, a sense of the past pervades, carried over into the nearby town of Hoi An. In the lands of the ancient Champa kingdom further south are decaying temples that testify to the conquest by the Viet people from the north. And all along the serpentine coast are stretches of white beach lapped by aquamarine waters.

 Beyond the resort of Dalat in the picturesque southern highlands is Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s vibrant commercial centre. The far south is dominated by the Mekong Delta, an extensive area of farms and orchards and numerous waterways best explored by boat. Offshore are the newly tourist islands of Phu Quoc and, further east, the Con Dao archipelago.

 

Vietnam Festivals

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Festivals in Vietnam offer visitors the best opportunity for getting up close and personal with the myths, customs and fun-loving spirit of this proud nation. Despite undergoing modern developments, Vietnam is still a predominantly traditional country, with thousands of pagodas and shrines dedicated to Buddha as well as various deities and iconic figures. There are also plenty of cultural events that are only celebrated during certain times of the year, so we’ve compiled a list of the best festivals in Vietnam, and while they’re celebrated just about anywhere in the country, we’ve included some suggestions on the best places.

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