Vietnam Travel Guide

A holiday in Vietnam is likely to start in either the northerly capital Hanoi, home to a fascinating jumble of architectural styles and truly scrumptious streetfood, or buzzing Ho Chi Minh City in the south.

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Where to travel in Vietnam

If you've flown into Hanoi, you'll be well placed to explore rural territory such as Ha Giang in the far north, or the closer Mai Chau with its eco-focused lodges only an hour from the city. Join in with traditional rural life in Ninh Binh, or hike the well-signposted trails of Cuc Phuong National Park. Visit the Halong coastline to explore famously eye-catching limestone karsts on board a traditional junk, before heading south to the imperial city of Hue with its stately citadel and out-of-town cave complexes, before driving along the stunning Hai Van pass to picturesque Hoi An, a very popular highlight of many Vietnam tours.

South of Hoi An, your exit point from the country is likely to be by air from Ho Chi Minh City, unless you would like to travel through the laid back Mekong Delta, and even further by boat up the Mekong River to Cambodia.

Before you think about leaving, though, you might want to pause at one of Vietnam’s gorgeous beaches — we especially love Nha Trang and the Mui Ne Peninsula in the south. The lovely island of Phu Quoc is quite developed, but still boasts plenty of space away from the main hotels, and Con Dao is ideal for a classic tropical island honeymoon.

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Population: 89.7 million
Capital: Hanoi
Currency: Dong
Language: Vietnamese
Religion:  Buddhism

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