Vietnam is a Southeast Asian destination that’s rapidly growing in popularity among Western holidaymakers. This beautiful country really is a feast for all the senses, with food to delight your tastebuds and unspoilt landscapes to gaze upon. Soaring mountains, rice paddies and soft sandy beaches are all in abundance as you feel yourself unwinding to the gentle lapping of the sea.
In the cities, the pace of life is more frenetic, but there’s no shortage of calm, peaceful spots too. The country is also rich in history, and is a place of strong contrasts. Where else could you see French colonial architecture just metres from Buddhist temples?
Ho Chi Minh City in the south is the place with the most hectic pace of life, and is also home to the Cu Chi tunnel network used in the Vietnam war. In northern Vietnam, Hanoi is also a bustling city, with towering skyscrapers and shiny shopping malls, although it’s a little more relaxed than Ho Chi Minh. There are timeless markets too, as well as a European-style old quarter – a relic from the days of French rule.
Hue and Hoi An offer a calmer base, and are prized for their ancient buildings that are UNESCO recognised. Most of Hue’s hotels are positioned south of the Perfume River, and a boat trip on the water makes a great way to see the historic sites, including the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). Hoi An is also located by a river, and features a network of Venetian-style canals too.
Whether you want to stay in one of Vietnam’s cities or position yourself close to a warm, sunny beach, there is ample accommodation to choose from. Cheap hotels in Vietnam include a great range of 3-star properties with all the facilities you might expect, while 5-star hotels in Vietnam may also have a spa on-site as well as elegant dining options, swimming pools and other top-end features.
Away from the cities, there are several beachside resorts that cater to those in search of a relaxing break. The resorts near Da Nang for example offer calm, warm waters that are ideal for kayaking, while Con Dao comprises a collection of islands off the south coast. A national park covers most of this, and includes protected sea turtle breeding and nesting areas.
If a trip here floats your boat, why not have a look at the choice of Vietnam hotels we offer in this Southeast Asian gem?