Learn More About Vietnam
Vietnam is a fantastic country to explore, with so much rich culture, fascinating ancient and more modern history, and scenic contrasts.
Weather wise it is split into three sections, each with their own climate pattern. The north, essentially Hanoi/ Halong Bay can be cold and misty particularly in the months of November to early February, so you need to pack accordingly. It starts to warm up from mid February onwards, and the spring months are generally very pleasant, as is September. July & August can be hot and humid.
The Central area, Danang /Hoi An is more temperate, although the period November to early February can be cooler than maybe expected – good for sightseeing, maybe not ideal for the beach. The temperatures start to climb from February onwards and the period March to September is generally bright and sunny and the seas calm. Some typhoons might be experienced in the months September to December. This area has the Hai Van mountains, and those resorts just south, like Danang & Hoi An, tend to get warmer quicker and have less rainfall than the resort areas north of the range such as Lang Co which hold the winter climate longer so are generally good April to September only.
Saigon and the surrounding area is hot and humid year round, and is at its most popular in our winter months.
It is the one area of Vietnam that can be sold year round if warmth is the consideration, as even in the summer months when you have slightly more rain, this is usually in hard showers rather than persistent. As with all of our arrangements, the following are just a few ideas. They can all be easily adapted to suit your personal requirements.
Vietnam Highlights - North to South
3 nights in the capital, Hanoi, with an extra night to visit Halong Bay to stay overnight on a traditional junk. Then fly south for just over an hour to Danang and stay 5 nights in one of the super beach front hotels, also making time to visit atmospheric Hoi An which is just a short drive away from most of the hotels.
You can also visit Hue on a day trip. A long day, but well worth it for those wanting to see one of the most charming cities in the region. Continue south by one hour flight, arriving in Saigon and stay 3 nights. Incredible city, so exciting, great buildings and super shopping. A must on any tour of the region.
Visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels and if time allows continue south to experience the totally authentic Mekong Delta for at least a night, two nights if we can encourage you to take an overnight cruise on the river.
3 nights in Saigon, 2 nights in the Mekong Delta with overnight cruise and then take the road transfer to Phan Thiet, where you have the lively resort of Mui Ne (can be popular with Russians in the winter months) or the the much quieter Ke Ga where you have the wonderfully romantic hide and chic retreat of Princess D’Annam.
With regular flights several times weekly from Hong Kong direct to Danang. Why not consider 3 nights in Hong Kong first before flying onto Danang and then maybe end in Saigon for a few more days.
Vietnam Plus Ideas
There are regular flights into Saigon and Hanoi from all of the major cities in the regions, such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong, so multi-centre touring holidays are easy to arrange. Emirates also fly daily into Saigon, so a combination with Dubai is an interesting option. There are now flights several days weekly from Hong Kong to Danang and we are sure more will follow quickly from other points. We can also easily combine Vietnam with both Cambodia and/or Laos.
Vietnam – Some Touring Suggestions
Hotels in Vietnam
All price guides are Per Person Sharing Double Room (Entry level), based on travel between May and/or June when prices are generally at their lowest and include promotional offers.
Supplements will probably apply at other times, particularly mid-summer in the Med, and for rooms and/or transfers arranged for single travellers.
For example Caribbean and Indian Ocean prices for winter can be approximately double the May - June level and about 50% more in Asia.
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