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Vietnam’s landscapes resemble scenes from a fantasy story. Surreal seascapes of limestone islands rise from the waters, and brightly coloured French Colonial buildings add to the charm of this fascinating land. Discover this captivating country on one of our enchanting tours to Vietnam.
Float lazily past spectacular limestone karst islands aboard a junk in Ha Long Bay, soak up the sounds of Hanoi’s bustling streets and lose yourself in Ho Chi Minh City’s (formerly Saigon) Old French Quarter. Here, especially, the memories of the Vietnam War still lie close to the surface. Explore the underground tunnels that formed a hidden city of sleeping quarters, hideouts and supply routes beneath the city, or honour the memory of the fallen in a cemetery of thousands of war victims.
Take a trip into the Marble Mountains or treat your taste buds as you feast on the incredibly varied flavours of local cuisine from restaurants and street vendors. Delve into the essence of local Hanoi life at the colourful Dong Xuan Market, as traditional Vietnamese market buying and selling practises unfold around you. Feel the warm welcome of Vietnamese people, whose lively energy is contagious.
Leave the bustle of Ho Chi Minh and head out to discover the calmer pace of life in the Vietnamese countryside Journey south into the Mekong Delta’s scenic landscape of rice paddies, orchard and colourful market towns. Board a boat to explore the maze of its rivers, canals and streams, and to watch local vessels loaded with coconuts and fruit float past on their way to market. Alternatively, head inland into terraced hillsides of rice paddies and forests teeming with over 9,000 different species of animal and bird. Here you’ll discover a timeless world of pagodas and monasteries, former Royal capitals and peerless sunsets.
Take one of Newmarket Holiday’s cruises in Vietnam and witness breath-taking highlights and spectacular sights, with our expert guide by your side.
Vietnam is full of fascinating sights and experiences, from buzzing cities steeped in history to unspoilt beaches and striking natural landscapes. A holiday to Vietnam is truly magical. There are plenty of things to do in this enchanting land, but here are some of our mustn’t-miss experiences.
Vietnam is a foodie paradise – its cuisine renowned for freshness and punchy flavours. Contrasting textures and flavours make Vietnamese cuisine stand out – with a brilliant balance of aromatics, spices, and sweet and sourness.
Tastes and flavours change from region to region. Each region in Vietnam has its own distinct specialities and signature dishes, with many restaurants and street vendors serving up fresh and locally sourced cuisine.
You’ll find stir-fries and noodle-based soups in the north, heavily influenced by its Chinese neighbours. While in Hanoi, opt for Vietnam’s national dish – pho. It’s the best place to savour an authentic taste of this noodle soup dish.
Further south, you’ll get a sweeter and spicier taste. The tropical climate here means more fruits and vegetables are available. Try banh mi, the famous Vietnamese baguette sandwich, influenced by its French colonial past. Don’t be fooled though, this sandwich is very Vietnamese –often liberally garnished with fresh coriander, chilli sauce and lightly pickled vegetables. And, if you’re a really adventurous eater, there’s always the option to try some of Vietnam’s most unusual eats – fried crickets, snake meat or whole grilled frogs, anyone?