why travel solo to vietnam?
Ancient architecture, stirring landscapes and modern cities make Vietnam a destination of compelling beauty.
Vietnam: a nation where the foreign influences of China and France have become familiar, in a distinctly Southeast Asian fashion. Whether you perceive it in the architecture of the cities, or taste it in a bite of banh mi, that sense of cultural richness is always there. Its cuisine, of course is world renowned: steaming bowls of pho noodles, fresh Vietnamese rolls, spicy salads – it’s almost worth visiting Vietnam for its cuisine alone.
Its landscapes offer just as much to savour. From the limestone karsts of Halong Bay to the serene shores of the South China Sea, Vietnam brims with natural vitality. Terraced rice paddies, white-sand beaches, rugged mountains and tropical rivers; everywhere you turn in Vietnam, there’s a scene of beauty to be observed.
And its cities? There’s the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh, the enchanting Old Quarter of Hanoi, the lovely lanterns of Hoi An, to name but a few. All cities which we visit on our bestselling Vietnam adventures.
What's the weather like?
While the weather varies from north to south Vietnam, the average summer temperature is 30C (86F), while winter averages vary between 17 – 22C (63 – 72C).
Average temp in high season
What’s the national language?
What’s the currency?
Vietnam’s timezone is GMT+7
Top three activities
1. Explore Vietnam’s caves
2. Kayak across Halong Bay
3. Hike through Pu Luong Nature Reserve
Top five dishes to try
1. Banh mi
2. Goi cuon: fresh spring rolls
3. Thit nuong: noodle salad
4. Xoi ga: sticky rice and meat served on banana leaf
5. Pho noodle broth
Top places to visit in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City
A whirlwind of a city, Ho Chi Minh has to be experienced. A cultural and commercial hub that houses high-end restaurants to street food stalls, luxury hotels to basic digs, ancient temples to modern skyscrapers, it can often feel like a city of extremes. Explore both Vietnam’s past and present through Ho Chi Minh City.
In northern Vietnam, near the Chinese border, lies a natural wonder consisting of a vast expanse of water and islands. Towering limestone islands are topped with rainforests, while the water itself is vivid emerald green.
For anyone that likes their holiday with a historical edge, Hoi An is a must. It’s known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, while its mixed cultural heritage is displayed through architecture that spans eras and cultural styles.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam with a cultural history of Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. It’s one of the most ancient capitals in the world and still displays colonial buildings and ancient temples. With a rich gastronomical history too, it’s a city that will tickle your tastebuds.
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