Vietnam Destination

by Van Bui

Welcome to Vietnam

Vietnam never ceases to amaze with its stunning nature and charming cultural heritages

Sense the Timeless Charm of Vietnam

Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Vietnam always prides itself on being a geographically, historically and culturally diverse country. Vietnam entices both domestic and international tourists with the staggering landscape of hills and mountains covered with tropical evergreen rainforests, ranging from the misty Northern mountainous area to the majestic Central Highlands. Highlighted by the ancient Hanoi Capital with its 1,000 years of history in the north and the bustling, dynamic Ho Chi Minh City with a complex of modern French-colonial architectures in the south, Vietnam is also blessed with over 3,000 km of stunning coastline which forms world-class beaches famed for clear water, infinite stretches of powdery sand and tropical islands like Nha Trang, Danang, and Phu Quoc.

Hidden behind the splendor of these hotspots are fishing village full of floating houses and multi-shaped rafts in the morning veil of mist on Halong Bay; hospitable cyclo drivers roaming along the narrow streets of Hoi An Ancient Town and the bucolic, peaceful countrysides of Mekong Delta where the farmers work hard in the rice fields with buffaloes and plows.

Undoubtedly, Vietnam will meet each interest of each traveler and leave an abiding impression in their minds.

Why you will love it

Country Facts

Capital City Hanoi
Time Zone UTC +7
International Dial Code +84
Currency Vietnamese Dong
Population 96.3 million (April 2018)
Religion Folk, Buddhism, Catholicism

Key Cities in Vietnam

Vietnam is home to a wealth of cities that have been well-known nationwide and worldwide. Each of these cities is an astonishing mix of contrasts. You can sense the bustle and hustle of metropolitan areas where there are numerous World Heritage Sites, rejuvenate your mind and soul in the rural areas brim with fantastic panoramas and immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of off the beaten track places at the same time.

Hanoi

A Chaotic & Charming Capital

Hanoi

Take time to enjoy the unique blend of colonial and pre-colonial architecture, historical and cultural museums,
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Halong

Journey to the Natural Heritage

Halong Bay

Ha Long Bay features thousands of islands, each topped with thick jungle vegetation, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars...
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Sapa

A Town in Cloud

Hanoi

Take time to enjoy the unique blend of colonial and pre-colonial architecture, historical and cultural museums,
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Hue

The Charming Ancient Capital of Vietnam

Hue

Emperors built lavish mausoleums all around the outskirts, many of which can be visited by taking scenic boat rides...
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Hoi An

Enchanting Town & Beautiful Beaches

Hoi An

The heart of the city is still the Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shops. It is sometimes called the “Venice of Vietnam”
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Nha Trang

The Diving Capital

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most popular seaside resort town located along the second most beautiful bays in the country. It features beautiful beaches with fine and clean sand...
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Phu Quoc

A Paradise On Earth

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is what Phuket would be if it hadn’t been overrun by development. The island features pristine tropical forests, undamaged coral reefs...
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Saigon

An Oasis In The Hustle & Bustle

Saigon

Ho Chi Minh city is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy.
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& Many Other Cities

Discover more cities which are less popular but their splendor still amaze you from the green beauty of the national parks, nature reserves to the mountains, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and grottoes. The thrills offered are endless and span a wide range including: hiking, trekking, biking, kayaking, climbing, rafting, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, camping, yachting and more.

In the North

In the Center

In the South

Vietnam's Tourist Attractions

The slogan of Vietnam Tourism, “Vietnam Timeless Charm” was created with the aim of attracting discerning travelers who wish to experience its defining characteristics: thrills, nature, cultural heritage, festivals, pristine beaches, luxury holidays, scenery and essence. Here is the list of tourist attractions you should visit to discover the beauty of Vietnam

Luxury Experiences in Vietnam

If you are seeking ultra-luxury experiences to include in your own extraordinary journey in Vietnam, discover our selection of exclusive perks which are the deluxe resorts combining contemporary elegance with traditional Vietnamese architectural styles, the five-star all-inclusive cruises with butler and limo services in our most picturesque bays and a wide range of luxurious transportation like private helicopter, yacht, and catamaran. These services will help you enjoy the exclusivity and the ultimate in sophistication and privacy.

Best of Vietnam Tours

Each Vietnam tour is designed with a combination of natural, historical, cultural and culinary experiences, allowing travelers to take in the quintessence of each destination. Especially, our tours can satisfy your every interest whether you want to tour around the Hanoi Old Quarter from the back of a Vespa Scooter, or chat about the Imperial City of Hue with the writer Nguyen Dac Xuan, or join a cooking class with the famous chef Duc Tran in Hoi An Ancient Town, or experience a leisurely buffalo cart ride and farming life on Mekong Delta rice fields.

Weather & Best time to Travel

Vietnam has the humid tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons: wet and dry
The wet season, characterized by the significant amount of precipitation, often falls on the period from April to October while the dry season lasts from November to March with cooler, drier days. However, the climate varies by region, which means that the duration and the signs of each season will vary in each geographic location. Therefore, if the weather isn’t great in one area, it may be perfect in another and vice versa.

North Vietnam 
In January, North Vietnam is blessed with the prime of winter which brings the driest days of the year with almost no rain. You can tour around Hanoi and other cities in the sunshine without feeling tired as temperatures will remain quite cool (avg. 15 – 18 °C). However, in the northern mountainous areas, the weather is truly chilly, especially at night, so don’t forget to prepare warm clothes. Besides, the foggy haze is not unusual in Halong Bay, Cat Ba island and other beaches, which hinders you from enjoying the scenery. 

Central Vietnam 
As you head to Central Vietnam, the weather gets warmer and warmer. In Hue, Da Nang, and Nha Trang, the wet season is about to draw to an end with temperatures varying between 20 and 23°C. Da Lat and the Central Highlands also no longer have prolonging rains but the weather is cooler in the early morning and at night.

South Vietnam 
Meanwhile, January is one of the most ideal months to visit Ho Chi Minh City and the Southern provinces. It is in the middle of the dry season with clear blue skies and little rain across the region. You can immerse yourself in the sunshine and water activities within the islands and coastal areas such as Phu Quoc, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, etc

 

North Vietnam
In March, the weather in the North has gone through the severe and unpredictable phase. Although it remains cool, temperatures start to rise higher than in the first 2 months of the year with sudden rains falling in small precipitation (avg temp: 19°C). Also, the warmer climate makes it best for trekking in the mountains.

Central Vietnam 
Many Central coast cities including Da Nang, Nha Trang, Hue, Hoi An turn into beach paradises in this period with constant sunshine, warm water and pristine scenery (avg temp: 28°C). Luckily, Dalat and the Central Highlands are also at an excellent mode.

South Vietnam 
Temperatures in the south are also higher than in the previous months but this has not been the peak hot month of the year yet. Southern islands and beaches like Phan Thiet, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc, Con Dao are still the ideal places to go for high blue sky and sunny beaches. You can continue diving around Con Dao island with the clear visibility averaging from 20 – 30 metres.

North Vietnam
In March, the weather in the North has gone through the severe and unpredictable phase. Although it remains cool, temperatures start to rise higher than in the first 2 months of the year with sudden rains falling in small precipitation (avg temp: 19°C). Also, the warmer climate makes it best for trekking in the mountains.

Central Vietnam
Many Central coast cities including Da Nang, Nha Trang, Hue, Hoi An turn into beach paradises in this period with constant sunshine, warm water and pristine scenery (avg temp: 28°C). Luckily, Dalat and the Central Highlands are also at an excellent mode.

South Vietnam
Temperatures in the south are also higher than in the previous months but this has not been the peak hot month of the year yet. Southern islands and beaches like Phan Thiet, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc, Con Dao are still the ideal places to go for high blue sky and sunny beaches. You can continue diving around Con Dao island with the clear visibility averaging from 20 – 30 metres.

North Vietnam
April is the last month of spring, wrapping up the festive season of Lunar New Year as well as the winter in North Vietnam. From this month onward, the average temperature throughout the region rises, with a few rainy days towards the end of the month (avg temp: 24°C). The far mountainous areas including Sapa, Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai are in excellent condition for trekking and exploring.

Central Vietnam
The Central coastal areas like Da Nang, Nha Trang, Hue, Hoi An remain ideal for swimming and other water-based activities with sunny days and blue skies
(avg temp: 28°C). Dalat and the Central Highlands are also enjoying the good weather. 

South Vietnam
In South Vietnam, it’s not different much from summer with average temperature 30-33°C despite the increasing rainfall. Within this month, Phu Quoc, Con Dao, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne still remain amongst the best of Vietnam’s beach choices.

North Vietnam
May is the month right before hot, sticky summer hits North Vietnam. The sun shines, nice breezes blow and temperature rises slightly to 30 °C; however, you can barely feel the heat in early May. The rain happens more frequently but also end quickly. May is still a good month to explore Mu Cang Chai and Sapa while the east of Ha Giang starts to experience more rains.

Central Vietnam
The Central beaches of Hue, Dan Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang are also enjoying the perfect days with sunshine and blue skies
(avg temp: 30°C). In Dalat and the Central Highlands, rainfall is on the increase but you can expect plenty of dry days to discover the splendid landscapes.

South Vietnam
South Vietnam slowly begins to slip towards its wet season as the rains seemingly appear more frequently, which helps bring down the steamy heat of the past months. Rain tends to fall in the afternoon in short, heavy downpours.

North Vietnam
The North is fully into summer mode with high temperatures and frequent rains, even severe storms (avg temp: 30°C). In the northern mountainous region, there is a real threat of landslides and flash floods during the heavy rains, so trekking or hiking is not suggested at that time.

Central Vietnam
Central Vietnam has now hit peak temperatures with the intense amount of sunlight and clear, blue skies, suitable for some photoshoots. The beaches of Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang and Nha Trang are at their best (avg temp: 30 °C) whilst precipitation is still on the increase in Dalat and the Central Highlands. The weather in June also facilitates enjoying the annual International Firework Competition in Da Nang city.

South Vietnam
The South is now in the middle of the wet season with slightly heavier rains coupled with dry and bright daylight hours (avg temp: 28 °C). June marks the start of “green turtle” hatching season on the endless blue beaches of Con Dao island.

North Vietnam
North Vietnam remains in summer mode meaning you can expect the hot weather but you need to be alert to heavy downpours with strong winds and thunders. In fact, July is one of the wettest months of the year in Hanoi and Halong Bay. Besides, floods and landslides in northwest mountains can happen after long, heavy rains, might pose certain threats for your trekking journey.

Central Vietnam
July is also a great time to visit the cities of the central coastal provinces including Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue and Nha Trang with plenty of sunshine and blue skies expected throughout the month. Temperatures remain high but the unusual rains sometimes appear, helping temper the hot weather
(avg temp: 31°C). Meanwhile, the high rainfall in Dalat and the Central Highlands hinders extensive trekking and adventure activities.

South Vietnam
In south Vietnam, the wet season just hits its peak with daily downpours, especially in the Mekong Delta; however, you can still expect some dry and bright daylight hours (avg temp: 29°C). The Southern Islands are the good places to enjoy the cool ocean, sunny skies and savory seafood.

North Vietnam
In the north, the temperature is still high but not as severe as in two previous months as the occasional rains accompanied with thunders and lightning can cool down (avg temp: 30°C). Rainy season still goes on northwest mountainous areas; therefore, trekking or hiking is off the cards throughout the month.

Central Vietnam
The central beaches of Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang, and Nha Trang still see the good weather within the month but the rain seems to back off towards the end of the month. On the contrary, Dalat and the Central Highlands are now very wet, making adventure activities unadvisable. 

South Vietnam
The south is now firmly into its wet season when the rains will be slightly heavier than in previous months (avg temp: 29°C). In the Mekong Delta, August marks the start of the flooding season caused by the Mekong River. You can also observe green turtle hatchlings emerging from the beaches on Con Dao.

North Vietnam
In northern Vietnam, September is the ending of summer with the temperature dropping significantly and the rainfall becoming less frequent than the months of June to August. In the far north, the weather is starting to improve, making trekking an option again. Northwest Vietnam in general and Mu Cang Chai in particular become a picturesque paradise with its gorgeous golden rice terraces, ready to harvest.

Central Vietnam
Wet weather is on the increase in central provinces where rain is expected to become more frequent. Temperatures drop a little and storms seem to occur towards the end of the month (avg temp: 28°C). Dalat and the Central Highlands are now very wet, holding back trekking and adventure activities.

South Vietnam
In the south, rainfall is less and less while the Mekong Delta enters in its flooding season. However, you can also still expect plenty of dry and bright daylight hours (avg temp: 28°C).

North Vietnam
Autumn officially arrives in North Vietnam when October begins. Things continue to improve as the weather has cooled off for the most part due to mild temperature and cool breezes, the skies are clearer, and leaves are changing colors to yellow. October also sees the end of the wet season, giving way to drier days. The beauty of the northwest and Mu Cang Chai in October is in its prime with endless golden rice fields, suitable for your trekking tours.

Central Vietnam
In the Central provinces such as Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An and Nha Trang, the rain becomes the norm, even severe storms frequently take place. However, rain does not dilute the beauty of this region, for example, Hue drizzle has become a source of inspiration for many poets and artists. On the contrary, the heavy rains in Dalat and the Central Highlands gradually break towards the end of the month, which facilitates outdoor activity returning.

South Vietnam
In the south, the temperature remains steady, ranging from 24 to 31°C with significantly less rain compared with previous summer months. The beaches of Phan Thiet, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc, Con Dao start to recover with the slight sunshine, especially at the end of the month.

North Vietnam
The drier, cooler weather has surely returned to northern cities, making November one of the best months to visit. Temperatures drop even further down and the rain becomes infrequent and light (avg temp: 24°C). The weather in mountainous regions of Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, and Ha Giang is dry and clear, allowing you to experience some of the best trekking conditions of the year. 

Central Vietnam
The rainfall in the central Vietnam is at its peak and heavy storms can occur throughout the region. In particular, Hoi An is prone to flooding in November; however, people still visit the ancient town for a hot cup of coffee in the rain. Meanwhile, in Dalat and the Central Highlands, it is a different story with clear skies and a little rainfall.

South Vietnam
South Vietnam welcomes back the summer with some of the best weather of the year characterised by sunny days, clear skies and low humidity (avg temp: 27°C). The beaches of Phan Thiet, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc, Con Dao are enjoying plenty of sunshine and dry weather, suitable for all kinds of water activities.

North Vietnam
December, with bright skies and chilly breezes, is the beginning of winter in north Vietnam as well as one of the driest months in Hanoi and the north. The rain is expected in the small amount and temperatures remain moderate throughout the region (avg temp: 19°C). The far northern mountains of Mu Cang Chai, Sapa and Ha Giang are still in good conditions; however, temperature can drop down more deeply at night.

Central Vietnam
In central Vietnam, the rain has significantly dropped although storms are still a possibility especially early in December, returning the beaches of Da Nang, Nha Trang, Hoi An to their original beauties. Throughout the region, temperatures are close to their lowest for the year (avg temp: 24°C). Dalat remains perfect with dry, clear days despite cold evenings.

South Vietnam
If you want to stay away from the winter in North Vietnam, head south for some
beaches of Phan Thiet, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc, Con Dao that are immersed in warm sunshine, clear skies and little rain. Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City remains cooler with less humidity (avg temp: 26°C).

Discover Vietnamese Culture

The diversity in regions, along with the long-lasting history has created the copiousness of Vietnam’s tangible and intangible cultural heritages. Vietnam boasts its rich spiritual life with a grand panoply of belief systems including Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Tam Giao; a series of unique festivals of 54 ethnic communities; a blend of splendid Colonial-influenced style and sophisticated traditional Vietnamese architecture evident in any historic temples or monasteries; traditional folk art resurged in literature and performances such as music, dance and puppetry; and the delectable flavors of authentic Vietnamese cuisine

Suggested Itineraries in Vietnam

Explore our Vietnam suggested itineraries before planning your trip. Outstandingly, the itineraries are created and shared by knowledgeable local travel experts who have experienced by themselves and can be easily customized depending on your personal tastes and preferences.

Vietnam's Hand-picked List

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