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Vietnam holidays offer a melting pot of peaceful natural attractions, buzzing cities, a rich history and world-famous cuisine. Vietnam shares a border with China in the north and Cambodia in the south, giving you a blend of cultures and attractions, as well as making Vietnam multi-centre holidays a popular choice. 

In the beautiful north of Vietnam is Hanoi, centre of the French Indochina administration and home to well-preserved colonial architecture. Colourful fronts, sweeping arches and towering pillars adorn the buildings in the Old Quarter, which are interspersed with trees and greenery. 

Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is nestled on the east coast and is packed with character and history. This laid-back riverside town is best explored on foot or by bike, allowing you to admire the French, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese influences on its architecture and culture. For a more frenetic city experience, visit Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon). This thriving city blends a modern, western feel with a rich history of the Vietnam War and French colonial days. 

Vietnam holidays: A natural beauty

Vietnam is a country teeming with natural beauty. The country snakes in an s-shape along the South China Sea, finishing in the Gulf of Thailand and giving it swathes of powdery white sands, as well as fresh mountain scenery inland. 

Take one of our Vietnam tours from the north to the south and contrast the subtle differences in its many cultures, cuisines and landscapes. Visit Halong Bay in the northeast and witness the limestone karsts emerging from the water, before heading further south to cycle through the rice paddies and countryside surrounding the historic town of Hue

The relatively untouched island of Phu Quoc is ideal for adventurers. Immerse yourself in the fresh mountain scenery, swim in crystal-clear waterfalls and visit pearl and pepper farms. Alternatively, enjoy a Vietnam beach holiday on the palm-fringed coast in Nha Trang. This sun-kissed town is perfect for Vietnam family holidays with world-famous scuba diving, child-friendly hotels and restaurants, and over 300 days of sunshine per year. 

 

Destination Highlights

  • Bask on glorious stretches of pristine white sands along the coast; enjoying exquisite freshly caught seafood from the comfort of your lounger
  • Immerse yourself in vibrant floating markets, peaceful canals and rural villages on a riverboat stay in Vietnam
  • Cruise Halong Bay and take in the picturesque limestone karsts that rise from the emerald waters
  • Drive a Vespa scooter through lively local streets filled with welcoming locals and markets selling authentic Vietnamese cuisine

Great sample itineraries


Vietnam shares borders with China, Laos and Cambodia, bringing with it a blend of cultures. Explore the changes in ingredients, styles and language as you tour Vietnam with expert guides. Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for your Vietnam holidays.

Vespa tour

Hanoi To Ho Chi Minh Motorbike Tour

  • 16 Days
  • Guide Price £4,299 PP
This unique tour of Vietnam will appeal if your adventurous side demands that you really connect with the country, and...
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Luxury holidays
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Vietname Tour North To South

  • 10 Days
  • Guide Price £2,899 PP
Travel from north to south as you discover the unique culture and endless beauty of Vietnam Explore French and Chinese...
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City holidays
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Ho Chi Minh And Phu Quoc Holiday

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £2,599 PP
Phu Quoc is one of Vietnam’s up and coming must-visit beach escapes. The island itself is located just off of...
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City holidays
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Holidays To Hanoi And Hoi An

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £1,999 PP
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, offers a captivating mix of old and new Asia, where the medieval and modern co-exist....
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Multi centre holidays

Explore Vietnam

Time Zone

GMT+7

Flight Time

Approx. 12 hours direct from LHR.

Currency

Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Visa Information

The Vietnamese government have officially extended visa exemption for all British passport holders until 30 June 2021 for tourist stays of up to 15 days on single entry itineraries only. Please contact the Embassy of Vietnam if you require additional country and/or visa information.

Health Info

All travellers should be up to date with routine immunisations. It’s important to contact your GP to check for the latest recommendations.

Fishing at dusk on the Mekong River

Mekong Delta One Day Tour From Ho Chi Minh

Known as the ‘rice bowl of Vietnam’, the fertile green landscapes along the great Mekong River are punctuated with paddy...
  • APPROX. 4 HRS

Vietnam is home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites throughout the country as well as many other landmarks, attractions and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Below is just a small selection which we recommend when visiting Vietnam all of which can be incorporated into a tailor-made itinerary for your trip, just contact our Destination Specialists for a quote.

Halong Bay at dusk

Cruise on Halong Bay

Just one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Vietnam, your trip is not complete until you have taken an overnight cruise in a traditional junk boat on Halong Bay.The thousands of limestone islets create a very unique and interesting landscape like no other.

Spring rolls made in a cooking class

Cooking Classes

With food being such a core part of Vietnamese life it's no surprise that activities related to the local cuisine are so readily available. Cooking classes, street food stalls and food markets throughout Vietnam will all add to your experience of this country.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Found in the capital of Hanoi at Ba Dinh Square, for ten months of the year this is home to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh, the President of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969. The well respected and the most popular leader among the people of Vietnam, his body is preserved in a glass case for public viewing while surrounded by armed guards. Many Vietnamese nationals and tourists visit daily and the attraction is especially busy around the birthday of Ho Chi Minh on the 19th May.

Hoi An lanterns

Hoi An

In central Vietnam on the Thu Bon River is the ancient town of Hoi An. Most of the quaint buildings are still the original wooden structures and colourful lanterns line the streets bringing light to the town by night. The Japanese Covered Bridge, Silk Village and shopping should not be missed and the best way to explore is on two wheels on a hired bike.

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Beach Resorts and Spa Retreats

Vietnam has over 3,000 km of coastline featuring many beach resorts such as Danang, Phan Thiet and Nha Trang as well as the island of Phu Quoc. Luxury beachfront resorts will ensure your stay is more comfortable than you could ever imagine and spa inclusive resorts are also available if you are looking to indulge that little bit further.

Ci Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

Just outside of Ho Chi Minh City is the complex of underground tunnels known as Cu Chi which were constructed by the local people during the Vietnamese War to protect themselves. They lived their whole lives for many years in the tunnels and today part of them are open to the public be explored during your visit.

Best time to visit Vietnam

December to February is generally agreed to be the best time to visit Vietnam. Temperatures remain fairly mild (between 20°C and 30°C) and there is minimal rain. You can also enjoy around 10 hours of sunshine per day. Make sure to plan your Vietnam holiday around its two monsoon seasons. May to September brings the monsoon to the southwest, while the northeast has a monsoon from October to April.

 

Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
32° C
14 mm
Hanoi
20° C
16 mm
Hoi An
25° C
97 mm
Phan Thiet
29° C
5 mm
Phu Quoc
30° C
29 mm
Nha Trang
28° C
42 mm

Average Weather in February

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
33° C
4 mm
Hanoi
21° C
30 mm
Hoi An
26° C
39 mm
Phan Thiet
29° C
3 mm
Phu Quoc
30° C
18 mm
Nha Trang
15° C
29 mm

Average Weather in March

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
34° C
12 mm
Hanoi
23° C
38 mm
Hoi An
28° C
30 mm
Phan Thiet
30° C
5 mm
Phu Quoc
31° C
84 mm
Nha Trang
30° C
24 mm

Average Weather in April

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
34° C
4 mm
Hanoi
28° C
87 mm
Hoi An
31° C
31 mm
Phan Thiet
32° C
33 mm
Phu Quoc
32° C
142 mm
Nha Trang
32° C
43 mm

Average Weather in May

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
33° C
220 mm
Hanoi
32° C
196 mm
Hoi An
33° C
54 mm
Phan Thiet
32° C
168 mm
Phu Quoc
31° C
319 mm
Nha Trang
33° C
56 mm

Average Weather in June

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
32° C
331 mm
Hanoi
33° C
241 mm
Hoi An
34° C
89 mm
Phan Thiet
32° C
178 mm
Phu Quoc
31° C
405 mm
Nha Trang
33° C
45 mm

Average Weather in July

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
31° C
313 mm
Hanoi
33° C
309 mm
Hoi An
34° C
72 mm
Phan Thiet
32° C
210 mm
Phu Quoc
30° C
464 mm
Nha Trang
33° C
38 mm

Average Weather in August

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
32° C
267 mm
Hanoi
32° C
334 mm
Hoi An
34° C
113 mm
Phan Thiet
32° C
174 mm
Phu Quoc
30° C
620 mm
Nha Trang
33° C
49 mm

Average Weather in September

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
31° C
334 mm
Hanoi
31° C
253 mm
Hoi An
31° C
327 mm
Phan Thiet
30° C
207 mm
Phu Quoc
30° C
463 mm
Nha Trang
32° C
139 mm

Average Weather in October

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
31° C
268 mm
Hanoi
29° C
117 mm
Hoi An
29° C
532 mm
Phan Thiet
30° C
210 mm
Phu Quoc
30° C
303 mm
Nha Trang
30° C
292 mm

Average Weather in November

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
30° C
115 mm
Hanoi
26° C
40 mm
Hoi An
27° C
388 mm
Phan Thiet
30° C
72 mm
Phu Quoc
30° C
175 mm
Nha Trang
29° C
278 mm

Average Weather in December

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
31° C
56 mm
Hanoi
22° C
20 mm
Hoi An
25° C
214 mm
Phan Thiet
30° C
27 mm
Phu Quoc
30° C
55 mm
Nha Trang
28° C
157 mm
a woman in a red shirt

“Spend some time immersing yourself in the local culture, and you will gain a much deeper understanding of the Vietnamese people. Book a homestay, visit different temples, and try to head out to meet local people in some ethnic minority villages. The north, such as in Sapa, is particularly good for this.”

 

Karen
Destination Executive
Isla, Destination Executive

“Don’t miss out on the opportunity to relax and enjoy the white sands, crystal-clear water and fresh seafood served to you on your chair at the beach. Check out An Bang Beach or Cua Dai Beach, which are both in Hoi An, or Doc Let Beach on the Hon Khoi Peninsula or Con Dao Islands in southern Vietnam.”

 

Isla
Destination Executive

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Vietnam holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

Full Moon Festival

Held on the 14th day of every lunar month, the Full Moon Festival fills Hoi An’s streets with colourful lanterns and poetry readings. The old town’s public spaces host traditional Bai Choi opera, while the Hoai River becomes the home of flower lanterns set afloat as a wish is made. 

 

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Vietnam holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.

 

Pho

Now famous around the world, pho is a simple staple of any Vietnam holiday. It’s packed full of flavours and healthy ingredients, and the steamy broth contains fresh rice noodles and a sprinkling of fresh herbs, as well as chicken or beef. 

 

Bánh Mì

Banh mi, or bánh mì,  is a popular dish consisting of a light, crispy baguette with a variety of different fillings. Banh mi is the Vietnamese word for bread, and fillings include ground pork in a sweet and sticky sauce, marinated grilled pork, sardines, meatballs or vegetarian marinated tofu. 

 

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