Vietnam is the backbone of eastern Indochina and boasts over 2,000 kilometres of coastline from north to south. With mountains rising to over 3,000 metres and neighbours including China, Laos and Cambodia, Vietnam is located in a honey pot of rich and traditional culture, complimented by scenery that is as diverse as its people and history.
Vietnam today is a country filled with a fascinating blend of ancient and modern sights and a mix of Western and Oriental values. Through all of its turmoil and violence, the people of Vietnam have remained incredibly welcoming and friendly and are proud of their heritage.
It is over twenty five years since hostilities ceased and the once slow and tentative steps of tourism have now become a constant flow as Vietnam continues to open her doors to economic
WHEN IN VIETNAM WHY NOT…?
Get away from it all and spend a few days on Whale Island. Escape to the rustic resort of Whale Island with its simple traditional bungalows, tropical gardens and hammocks slung between coconut palms. Complete with a coral reef, life couldn't get better than this.
Escape to Le Domain de Tam Hai, an island getaway 45km from Hoi An. Get that Robinson Crusoe feeling on the island of Tam Hai which has only 12 villas, separated by private gardens, a glorious beach and facilities for diving and fishing.
Go down south and relax on tropical Phu Quoc and enjoy the clear waters. Only just making its way on to the tourist map, the island of Phu Quoc, off the south coast of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand, has clear water, undiscovered beaches, a forested interior and a range of small resorts to suit every budget.
Relax in a beachside spa at the Life Resort at Quy Nhon or experience unadulterated luxury on a remote hideaway, the Six Senses. The Life Resort has put Quy Nhon on the map, once just a staging post en route from Nha Trang to Hoi An. It has a private beach, stylish, relaxed atmosphere and range of spa treatments - a real sanctuary. The coastal drive from Quy Nhon to Nha Trang is spectacular, passing miles and miles of unspoilt beaches. Those who want the ultimate pampering experience, and have the budget to match, should escape to the 6* Evason Hideaway and Six Senses Spa in a secluded bay which can only be reached by boat from Nha
Spend an overnight cruising through the Mekong Delta on board the Bassac. Join the Bassac at Cai Be and cruise the Mekong Delta to Tra On with time spent at the early morning floating market at Cai Rang.
Discover the Central Highlands of Pleiku and Buon Ma Thuot. The Central Highlands have not experienced the same level of development as other regions of Vietnam. Here you can spend time with the ethnic minorities who live there, such as the Jarai, ride an elephant through the lush landscape and paddle a traditional pirogue.
Join a cookery class in Hoi An. Vietnamese cuisine has some of the most delicate textures and flavours so spend half a day learning how they do it. First of all you are taken to the market to purchase the food required for the meal you are to help prepare. You will then join a local chef to learn the art - and it is art - of Vietnamese cooking. Then the best part - you get to eat it!
Home stay in Mekong Delta. Discover life in the Mekong by travelling around the waterways by boat and then spend a night with a local family in simple accommodation and experience Vietnamese hospitality at its best.