Vietnam holidays

Vietnam holidays

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Thinking about holidays to Vietnam? Get ready for a country of contrasts. From chaotic megacities to hill tribe villages, scenic beaches to lush jungles, you’ll uncover a captivating patchwork of tradition and modernity, amidst breathtaking natural beauty. So, if you’re chasing adventure and tranquillity in equal measure, Vietnam holidays are for you!

Best things to do in Vietnam

Dive into the buzz of Ho Chi Minh City, wander through Hanoi’s vibrant streets, get lost in Sapa’s dreamy villages, and cruise around the famous Halong Bay. Explore ornate temples, hectic cities, and those quirky streets with trains zipping by. Plus, six UNESCO sites to tick off your list. Adventure's calling - are you in? Discover the best things to do in Vietnam.

Cultural hotspots

  • Hanoi: Historical sites and a vibrant street food scene make the capital, Hanoi, a must-visit.
  • My Son Sanctuary: Explore 20 of the most beautiful Cham Hindu temple ruins in the midst of the jungle.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: This vibrant city pulses with cloud-piercing skyscrapers and chaotic markets.
  • Cao Dai Temple: A captivating temple and colourful three-storey celebration of Vietnam’s home-grown religion.

Outdoorsy adventure 

  • Cruise through the floating villages of Halong Bay.
  • Spot elephants, tigers and bears in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
  • Speed down mountain rollercoasters and abseil down waterfalls in Da Lat.

Top attractions in Vietnam

  • Snap some killer pics on the 500-foot Golden Bridge in Da Nang's Ba Na Hills. It's literally held up by giant stone hands - talk about Insta-worthy!
  • Go on a trek through Sapa's hills for the ultimate photo op. Think lush valleys, rice terraces, and adorable villages.

Family-friendly things to do in Vietnam

Vietnam family holidays offer so many things to see and do. Cool off at Dam Sen Water Park, explore the Crazy House in Dalat, ride Phu Quoc Cable Car, and watch a traditional puppet show at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi.

Food & Drink in Vietnam

Explore Vietnam’s culinary scene from street vendors to 5-star restaurants. Learn about coffee-making at Buon Ma Thuot's World Coffee Museum, haggle at Cai Rang floating market, savour dim sum at Tan Sanh Hoat Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh, enjoy fusion cuisine at The LOG, and relish Michelin-starred dishes at Ănăn Saigon. Don't miss traditional dishes like Goi cuon – rice paper rolls stuffed with veg, vermicelli noodles, and prawns or pork.

Nightlife in Vietnam

Vietnam's nightlife is buzzing with energy in cities and coastal spots. Sip cocktails at Chill Skybar in Ho Chi Minh City, catch a show at the Hanoi Opera House, enjoy craft beers at Louisiane Brewhouse in Nha Trang, watch sports at Hoi An’s 3 Dragons Sports Bar, and grab late-night street food until 11:30pm at Halong Bay’s Night Market.

Travel tips for Vietnam

  • Be typhoon smart: Keep an eye on the weather between May and November. If a big storm's brewing, head inland.
  • Get your jabs: Don't forget to update your vaccinations, grab anti-malarials, and pack mosquito repellent.
  • Respect religious spaces: Cover up your arms and legs when visiting temples and churches. 
  • Shop responsibly: It’s illegal to take antiques out of the country, so stick to modern souvenirs and craft pieces. And don’t buy anything made from shell, horn, bone, teeth or feathers.

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Map of Vietnam

23°C - 27°C

When planning a trip, aim for November to April, the dry season. That's when the weather's sweet, sunny, and just right, with temps hanging around 20°C to 30°C.

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12-14 hours

Flights from London to Hanoi vary depending on the specific route and any layovers. On average, a direct flight takes approximately 14 hours and 30 minutes.

Vietnam is best for...

Culture vultures: Temples, ancient ruins and homegrown religions make Vietnam an absolute marvel of culture. 

Nature lovers: Trek through lush jungles, abseil down waterfalls, swim through rock pools and spot elephants, tigers and bears in the protected nature parks.

The foodies: From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, the bustling streets come alive with the sizzling sounds and mouth watering aromas of local vendors cooking up delicious dishes right by the roadside.

Fast facts for Vietnam

Language: The most commonly spoken language in Vietnam is Vietnamese. French is also spoken as a second language. And while you’ll find English spoken in the cities, or amongst those who work in tourism, it is helpful to learn a few Vietnamese phrases. 

Currency: The official currency is the Vietnamese đồng (VND). 

Local time: Vietnam is 7 hours ahead of GMT. 

Fly to: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (IATA: SGN; ICAO: VVTS). Once you land in Vietnam, you can grab a pre-booked shuttle, flag a taxi, or catch a bus (though it could take up to an hour to reach the city centre).

Flight time from UK: 12-14 hours

Getting around Vietnam

Trains: Take Vietnam’s famous Reunification Express train between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Hanoi. It stops at various scenic spots along the coast, making it a great way to explore.

Buses: Buses connect almost everywhere in Vietnam, with frequent and affordable routes.

Cycling: Discover Vietnam’s backroads by cycling and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Boats: Explore Vietnam’s islands or the mighty Mekong River by boat. It’s a great way to experience the country.

Events in Vietnam

Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnamese New Year): Dive into Tet's lively traditions with parades, shows, family gatherings, and feasts. Locals fill the streets with noise to scare off evil spirits!

Perfume Pagoda Festival: Join Buddhists in Hanoi for processions, prayers, and offerings after the new year.

Hoi An Lantern Festival: Enjoy lanterns floating on the Bon River, alongside music and dance, every month on the night of the full moon.

Vietnam safety and security

For up-to-date advice on travelling to Vietnam, please visit the FCDO website.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found on Vietnam’s tourism website.

Do I need a visa?
Before you travel, check the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Vietnam weather

Vietnam’s climate varies significantly from north to south due to its long shape. 

Northern Vietnam (Hanoi, Sa Pa):

- Winter (December to February): Cool temperatures (average around 17°C in Hanoi) with occasional freezing nights in the northernmost areas.

- Spring (March to April): Gradually warming up, occasional sunshine.

- Rainy Season (May to October): Hot and humid weather with afternoon or evening downpours.

Southern Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City):

- Hot and humid climate.

- Southwest monsoon (May to October) brings heavy rainfall.

- Dry season (October to April) with occasional rains along the east coast.

Places similar to Vietnam to visit

What are the top beaches in Vietnam?

- Nha Trang Beach: Soft sand, clear water, and plenty of action from dawn till dusk.

- An Bang Beach: This one's for the chill seekers, with beach bars and that perfect golden sand.

- Phu Quoc Island: Paradise alert! Think endless beaches, sparkling water, and total relaxation.

- My Khe Beach: Surfers, this beach is for you! Catch some waves or just soak up the sun on this gorgeous stretch of sand.

- Doc Let Beach: Need some peace and quiet? Head here for powdery sand, crystal-clear water, and swaying palm trees.

When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

Plan your trip to Vietnam from November to April for sunny weather and temperatures between 20℃ and 30℃. If you’re on a budget, visit during the wet season from May to October for lower prices and fewer crowds.

What plug will I need when visiting Vietnam?
  • Type A: Two flat vertical pins (typically used with devices at 110-120V).
  • Type C: Two round pins (typically used with devices at 230V).
  • Type F: Two round pins and a grounding pin (also for 230V devices).