Vietnam travel guide and tourist hotels
Rapidly emerging as Southeast Asia’s new favourite, Vietnam surprises its visitors with its plucky character, depth of culture and numerous intriguing sights and landscapes. But its changing fast and you should travel to Vietnam before the rest of the tourist troup catch on.
Plan and book your trip and tours with this comprehensive 150-page Vietnam travel guide.
Like no other seascape in the Pacific, Halong Bay is an ethereal theatre of karst islands often shrouded in mist, best explored on a faux Chinese Junk…click and read more
Quaint and tumble down, this colourful relic of a 16th Century trading port is a charming experience, authentically preserved and historically interesting…click and read more
Vietnam’s most popular beach resort town, with endless beaches and a comfortable, laid back atmosphere; great fun, great diving, great for chilling… click and read more
Good value is the word for Vietnam hotels, most of them new, clean and cheap, with a few luxury choices to boot. Here are 800 great rates from Agoda… click, search and book here.
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The Vietnamese are open for business and ready to please, with a tourism industry that is rapidly growing and steadily filling in the gaps of its modest travel infrastructure. The new generation are oblivious to past hostilities and put on a smile and smattering of English with their good value accommodation, and some very plush hotels. Most rooms are new and clean, though the Vietnam travel experience is still a bit of an adventure, yet to be diluted by tourist comforts. It’s rapidly evolving, but good cuisine and cheap tours add to the satisfaction of this emerging travel guide favourite. Choose here from more than 800 hotels with great rates from Agoda.
Vietnam is so long and elongated that any visit is usually divided into North and South. Hanoi is the capital and one of Southeast Asia’s oldest, with 1,000 years of history and a bustling centre. It’s a good base to visit the stunning Ha Long Bay, full of karst islands, and other day trips with arresting scenery. Trekkers head north to Sapa, a highland town full of colourful hilltribes. Central Vietnam is home to Hue, the charming and sleepy former royal seat, with its citadel and mausoleums. Further south is the quaint, historic port town of Hoi An, along with the nearby Champa ruins at My Son.
Southern Vietnam, is quite different in culture and climate, with the more cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and its vestiges of French colonial rule. It’s the launching point for exploring the lush Mekhong Delta, or setting off in search of deserted beaches on Phu Quoc Island. More popular are the coastal towns of Mui Ne Beach and Nha Trang, north of Saigon, with endless beaches and a laid back authentic character. To truly seek out a peaceful experience retreat to the hill station of Dalat for a few days. Vietnamese food is also worthwhile, along with shopping for original art.
Mui Ne: the unsung kiting capital of Asia
The sport of kiteboarding is becoming increasingly popular in Vietnam - little wonder considering the conditions and facilities along its endless coast. There are numerous beautiful bays that offer winds and waves ideal for this extreme pastime. Due to its tropical weather and pristine beaches, Vietnam boasts superb conditions almost all year round and all at very affordable prices. …more