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In Vietnam a surprising variety of landscapes combines with a deep spirituality to create unique emotions.

Explore this amazing country, once called Indochina, discovering the beautiful ricefields and the lush jungle with a tour in untouched nature, or let yourself be conquered by the unique warmth of the local people tasting local cuisine, whose main ingredient is rice

The coastal areas, such as Halong Bay, as well as the interior of the country (don’t miss a visit to the Mỹ Son archeological site) offer amazing landscapes where peace and tranquility create a stark contrast with the vibrant and loud life of the two main cities: Ho Chi Minh (once known as Saigon) and Hanoi. Your visit should also include Hue, the city of the imperial tombs, and Hoi An, the town of canals and lanterns.

Meeting and discovering the local population is also very important in your trip: in Vietnam there are more than 54 ethnic groups, the most important one being the Viet. Each has its own territory, language, habits and costumes. You can meet ethnic minorities in Sapa, which is also famous for its spectacular rice terraces

The great variety among the landscapes and cultures offers the chance to arrange any kind of tours and holidays to discover Vietnam, its icons, and the nearby Laos and Cambogia.

There are holidays for the whole family with moments of relax on the beautiful Vietnamese beaches. Furthermore, Vietnam is quickly becoming an extremely desired and exclusive destination, the ideal place for a luxury vacation discovering local recipes, the colonial heritage and the surprising nature from exclusive “junks to marvellous resorts.

Let our travel experts guide you in the exploration of Vietnam, your tailormade tour and trip will be a life-changing experience!

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  • Hanoi: what to do

    Are you going on holiday in beautiful Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, and need some hints on where to eat? Here is a miniguide to the best bars and restaurants that will make your trip just unforgettable! Do you need a caffeine fix ? Are you looking for a real Vietnamese coffee experience while on holiday?  Have a cup at Cong Caphe (152D Trieu Viet Vuong, 32 Dien Bien Phu, Hanoi, Vietnam) where nostalgia of the old days meets an original design and friendly service while enjoying your dream Vietnam tour.
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  • 5 icons of Vietnam

    The “iconic conic” Vietnamese bamboo hat is among the most known accessories of the culture of Vietnam. The first proofs of its use date back to over 2,000 years ago. A very beautiful version of the classic hat is the “nón bài thơ” from the Huế area, which includes poems and designs all over the surface.
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  • Vietnamese cuisine: what to eat in Vietnam

    Vietnamese cuisine is a fusion of different influences, from China, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and French gastronomy because of its colonial past. The culinary variety is so wide as to include 500 typical dishes. The main ingredient is rice, an important food product whose crops shape the country's landscapes. Are you leaving for Vietnam and do not know how to untangle yourself in its rich gastronomic tradition? Here is our guide of the dishes you shouldn't miss. 
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  • What to see in Hanoi

    Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is an excellent starting point for discovering the thousand-year-old charm and culture of this South East Asian country. A city between ancient and modern, it offers a rich architectural heritage. The roots of Vietnamese culture and history can be found in the Old Quarter, a maze of streets with merchants selling all kinds of goods.

    The city is located on the banks of the Red River and is also called the "city of lakes" because of the lakes that dot it. Between flea markets, small temples and pagodas, street food stalls, interesting museums and monuments that testify the history of Vietnam, Hanoi is an exciting city to visit for the Western traveler.
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  • What to see in Ho Chi Minh City

    Once known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a metropolis in the south of Vietnam and an unmissable stop on a tour of the country along with the capital Hanoi. In this city, where tradition and modernity mingle, between skyscrapers and buildings dating back to the colonial period, one is left breathless among market stalls, museums that tell the story of the country, boutiques and cosmopolitan atmospheres.

    After being the capital of the State of Vietnam between 1949 and 1955 and of South Vietnam until 1975, today Ho Chi Minh City is the most populous city in the country.

    Here are our tips on what to see in Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City during a trip to Vietnam.
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  • Waht to see in Hue

    Welcome to Hue, the imperial city and one of the most interesting destinations during a trip to Vietnam ! Hue was the ancient capital of Vietnam during the reign of the 13 emperors of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 to 1945 and still retains traces of this important past. This city, where the Song Huong River flows, the "river of perfumes", houses the imperial tombs and the fortified citadel of the Nguyen dynasty: two attractions not to be missed during your stay. To visit Hue, remember to stay there for at least two days. The city can be easily visited by renting a bicycle or a scooter, admiring the landscape flowing next to you.
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  • What to see in Hoi An

    30 km from Danang, here is Hoi An, an evocative town to be included in every Vietnam tour. Hoi An certainly deserves a visit for its beautiful architecture, for its old town center, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, local crafts, canals and the tradition of lanterns. Once known to foreign merchants as Faifo, today Hoi An is a small town by Asian standards, to be visited entirely on foot or by bicycle. It has many foreign, colonial and Japanese influences (famous is the Japanese Bridge that connected the town to the Japanese settlement in Vietnam) because in the past it was an important point of exchange and commerce. So here are the attractions not to be missed in Hoi An.
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  • What to see in Sapa

    Some of the main attractions of a trip to Vietnam are the famous terraced rice fields, spectacular crops that shape the landscape of Indochina. Surely one of the privileged places to see them in Vietnam is Sapa, which is why we suggest you include it on your itinerary. An important location as a local trading center, Sapa is also inhabited by numerous ethnic minorities with whom to get in touch, including Hmong, Dao, Giay, Pho Lu and Tay. Sapa is located in the northwestern part of Vietnam and was founded by the French at the beginning of the twentieth century. Born as a holiday resort, today it is characterized by a beautiful natural landscape (even if modified by tourism), between mountains, valleys and scenic crops.
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  • Halong Bay

    One of the main natural tourist attractions of Vietnam is Halong Bay, known for its caves, limestone islets and rock formations that emerge from the water. Tourists enjoy taking cruises here onboard the typical local junks. Halong Bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin, in the province of Quang Ninh and is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
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  • The most beautiful beaches in Vietnam

    Did you know that Vietnam is not only about verdant ricefields, temples and pagodas? Vietnam also boasts beautiful tropical beaches, where to relax after an intense sightseeing itinerary. If you have chosen to book a Vietnam tailormade tour with a seaside extension, you have plenty of opportunities, since this country features breathtaking natural landscapes!
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Travel experts

  • Maggie Ho

    Maggie

    Travel and tourism expert in Vietnam, traveller

  • Uyen Le Phuong

    Uyen

    I’m really proud to be born in Vietnam, a beautiful land with ...

  • Richard Rigamonti

    Richard

    Travel expert for over 30 years in the world of tourism

  • Mai Hoa

    Mai

    Discover Indochina with my tour programs

  • Roberto Tartaglia

    Roberto

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Why visit Vietnam

Welcome to Vietnam, a marvelous a country in South East Asia with Hanoi as a capital city, famous for the green ricefields and the warmth of its population. It borders the South Sea of China east and south and the Gulf of Siam for a short stretch. The north of the country is occupied by table mountains and the delta of the Red River, while the south hosts Day Trurong Sun mountains and the Mekong delta. The Vietnamese territory is mainly characterized by hills and mountains with thick vegetation. Its main rivers are Mekong and Red River. The climate is monsoonal, with high humidity levels, dry winters and rainy summers. In the summer the southern area is often hit by typhoons.

If you decide to take a trip across this country, once known as Indochina, you will find that both coastal and interior areas offer amazing landscapes and a strong diversity in flora and fauna. In the north, especially in the mountains, there are hardwood forests and coniferous forests, while tropical forests are populated by elephant, deer, tiger, leopard, monkey, crocodile and snake. Furthermore, Vietnam offers plenty of protected areas and national parks, boasting six biosphere reserves: a real paradise for travelers who want to connect with nature.

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