With world-class cuisine, bright city lights and a postcard-pretty coastline, holidays to Vietnam are a real hit on the senses.
Good morning, Vietnam
When it comes to tourism, Vietnam was a late bloomer. Countries like Thailand and India have hogged the spotlight for decades, but now people are starting to catch on. Holiday-wise, it’s got all angles covered, from top-rated food to all-action cities and chilled-out beaches.
Pick ‘n’ mix scenery
White sands, cloud-hugging mountains, pea-green rice terraces – it’s impossible to cubbyhole Vietnam’s charms. This place is knee-deep in jaw-dropping landscapes. Go from cruising craggy, limestone peaks in Halong Bay to hiking through hilltop villages in Sapa. Plus, it’s spot on for sunbathers, thanks to a string of take-it-easy tropical islands, like Phu Quoc.
Big city life
Mother Nature didn’t do all the work here. The country’s also got plenty of history to flaunt, too. Places like Hoi An and Hue have been given the UNESCO stamp of approval for their ancient builds. Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi dole out an equal share of old and new. You’ve got modern shopping malls, time-warp markets and crazy traffic that’ll stop you in your tracks.
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Duong Dong’s top of the pile when comes to tourism in Phu Quoc. It’s the island’s capital, and balances its love affair with fishing with a handful of swanky beach resorts. Bluey-green boats bump together along the riverbanks, and a web of marketplaces twists and turns all the way to the seafront. Rainbow-like temples pop up along the way, and the beaches themselves are up there with the best on the island.
Ganh Dau Beach
Protected by two mountains, Ganh Dau Beach is one of the best sunbathing spots on Phu Quoc Island. A white stretch of sand sidles up to tropical jungle, and the calm waters are perfect for snorkellers. Ganh Dau Beach is a peaceful place to stay, but there are plenty of things to do nearby if you fancy upping the tempo. In the evenings, it’s all about watching the sun set with your toes snuggled into the sand.