Holidays to Vietnam involve a sensory overload of wide-awake cities, buzzing beaches and soaring mountains.
Much like its sweet-and-sour cuisine, Vietnam is a country of contrasts. This narrow slither of southeast Asia stretches from China in the north, to Thailand in the south. And it’s a bit of a natural beauty. The dramatic landscapes are a medley of vertigo-inducing mountains, bright-green rice fields and powdery beaches.
The vista-filled north
The big name in Northern Vietnam is colonial capital, Hanoi. Though more laid-back than its big sister, Ho Chi Minh City, this place won’t go down quietly. Its DNA is a mix of Asia and France, so it’s got a European feel with a lively Old Quarter. But that’s not the only draw. Trips to other-worldly villages like Sapa and world-famous Halong Bay are also high on the list.
The sun-kissed south
From one picture-perfect scene to the next, most of southern Vietnam is dream beach territory. Take Phu Quoc Island, for instance – this well-kept secret is home to sands so fine and waters so clear, that it easily matches its Thai equivalents. And when it comes to bright lights, it’s all about Ho Chi Minh City. This chaotic city is abuzz with cloud-high skyscapers, timeless markets and mesmerising traffic.
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Vietnam - Phu Quoc
Anchored just off the southwest coast of Vietnam, Phu Quoc has – until recently – been a well-kept secret among backpackers and locals alike. These days, it’s set to become the next big thing in Vietnamese beach resorts. And, as we’re the first UK airline to fly there, you’re in prime position to enjoy its desert-island style sands, forest-cloaked hills and first-rate diving.