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From Hanoi down to Ho Chi Minh City – and further south to the Mekong Delta – Vietnam is rapidly rushing into an era of exponential development, while at the same time preserving natural wonder, ancient tradition and a personable, genuine warmth to foreigners, something not found in many other countries around the world. With many wonderful things to do and see, it's no wonder Vietnam is a top travel destination.

While hotels, resorts, shopping centers, national events, tours, classy restaurants, an active nightlife and other forms of entertainment and accommodation spring up day by day, rice paddies, salt fields and farms are still tended by hand. Generations of families pass down delicious local recipes to their children; nearly 1,000-year-old temples stand to this day; and despite a war and unspeakable travesties, an open heart and a propensity for kindness still stand as trademarks of the Vietnamese persona.

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Vietnam is slowly being ushered into the 21st century with a new subway system set to be built by 2020 in Ho Chi Minh City – formerly known as Saigon – along with a number of malls, cinemas, skyscrapers and apartment complexes springing up throughout the country. As transportation becomes more streamlined, beautiful beaches, intricate pagodas, fascinating museums, mountainous highlands, regional cuisines and tribal villages open up to curious travellers willing to venture into the unknown. Start exploring this multifaceted and dynamic country today!

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Best Things to See in Vietnam: Our list of all the must-visits in Vietam (cultural, historical, natural, etc.)

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Best Hotels and Resorts in Vietnam: We list our favourite hotels in the country, including some stunning beach resorts, modern business hotels and charming boutique stays.

Best Restaurants in Vietnam: Whether you are looking for authentic Vietnamese cuisine or international restaurants, you will never stopped being amazed by the talent of Vietnamese chefs.

Where to Shop and Buy Souvenirs in Vietnam: The country is a paradise for shoppers, and we give you our tips and insights to finding the best bargains and deals.

Vietnam Travel Information & Practicalities: All the things you need to know when traveling to or living in Vietnam.

The Best Tours to Discover Vietnam: Experience the country differently with our selection of great travel tours. There is a different one for everyone's need.

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10 Most Beautiful Beaches In Vietnam The beauty and tranquility of the beaches in Vietnam is one of Asia's best kept secrets. Vietnam boasts more than 3,400 kilometres of coast, with beachfront resorts dotted all over its long expanses of soft sand. There are deep blue coves, lagoons surrounded on all ...
Saigon: What to Do in 24 Hours? You are traveling to Saigon for less than 24 hours and you want to know what to do in just 1 day? Luckily for you, most of the major attractions, spas, hotels and restaurants of Ho Chi Minh City are located in the district 1, ...
How to Rent A Cheap Room in Saigon? What if I told you that, with a couple of top tips, you could rent a great room in Saigon for $150 US per month all inclusive? Maybe you wouldn’t believe me. Right? You’re shaking your head right now. But with my 3 million per ...
10 Great Places to Shop in Saigon Shopping is, whether unfortunately or not, an indispensable part of life. How can you eat if you don’t buy the food first? How can you buy the food if you have nothing to wear out of the house? We need shoes for work, food for ...
Top 7 Souvenirs to Buy in Vietnam The top 7 souvenirs to buy in Vietnam, whether you are on holidays or on a business trip. Apart from the joy of discovering a new culture, taking photos and tasting the exotic flavors of Vietnam, shopping might bring you more opportunities to get in ...
Things you should know before travelling to Vietnam Drink lots of water. Make sure to hydrate throughout the day while taking in the sights. Eat everything. Vietnamese food is delicious and you will want to try it all. Go ahead and buy a kilo of those strange looking purple fruit, but be aware ...
Best Time to Visit Vietnam Planning your holidays in Vietnam, you might wonder when it is the best time to visit the country. The answer is quite simple: anytime is the best time! No, but seriously. I think it depends on how you would like to spend your holidays in ...
Saigon Nightlife: The Best Bars and Clubs Backpacker Nightlife in Saigon: Backpackers usually stay and drink in the Pham Ngu Lao district area, along Bui Vien street. Similar to Khao San Road in Bangkok, you will not find a lot of stylish places but they are inexpensive and great for meeting new ...
Top 7 Honeymoon Spots in Vietnam We list the best of the best for honeymoon destinations in Vietnam. Any of the luxury resorts below are also great to celebrate wedding anniversaries or vow renewals. The term “honeymoon” sprouted sometime in the 1500s, and meant the wavering affection (honey) of a married ...

From Hanoi to Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City, we list all the best hotels, resorts, and residences where visitors can find comfort, cultural beauty and unique experiences. We also give you the chance to book your hotel directly with us and to benefit from special deals and promotions.

Vietnam has endless ways of entertaining and fascinating visitors. We break down all the top things to do when travelling to Vietnam, including spa sessions, gaming centers/casinos, water sports and much more. You can plan with us all your activities and visits by reading our updated listings for each of the country's most popular destinations.

For both tourists and locals, Vietnam is still a mysterious country with many hidden gems to discover. We list the top places and sights to visit, from temples to museums to markets to mountains.

In Vietnam, you will never find a shortage of coffee shops in all shapes and sizes. But there are also countless bars, lounges, tea houses and smoothie stalls that feature all manners of beverages – we help you find something that suits your palate.

A culinary Mecca for some, Vietnam is host to delicious foods at every price point, from savory street phos to Michelin-worthy fine dining. The best way to experience Vietnam’s eating culture is to try everything you can.

Finding the right school or hospital can be a daunting task, especially with such a strong language barrier. In this section we list Vietnam’s best education centers, recruiters, medical facilities and more to help you navigate the necessities of living life in Vietnam.

If there ever was a place to spend, Vietnam is it. From super-malls to street stalls, Vietnam is a treasure trove just waiting to be uncovered. We help you find the best tailors, souvenir shops, markets and more.

  • Citadels, Karsts and Cycle

    8: 00 am Our journey begins with a 2 hour drive from the hectic capital of Hanoi to the province of Ninh Binh, approximately 100kms.   10: 30 am  Our first destination is Hoa Lu, the location of the capital of Vietnam during the Dinh Dynasty (968-980) and early Le Dynasty (980-1009), the ancient citadel once covered 300 hectares of ...

  • Hanoi Highlights

    8: 00 – 8.30 Am Start the city tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honor of Confucius by King Ly Thai Tong in 1070, an university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or “mandarins”. The University remained here until ...

  • Bassac Cruises

    Welcome on-board the Bassac, three authentic wooden cabin cruisers that will take you to discover life on the river in the heart of the Mekong Delta. You will spend the night on the river in a caring and relaxed atmosphere. Built according to local tradition without compromising on safety or comfort, the Bassac are just the right size to navigate ...