Vietnam is one of South-East Asia’s increasingly popular destinations, and a visit here promises lively golden-sand beaches and romantic hideaways, plus colourful towns and cities steeped in history; spend a day in just one of them and you’ll see striking French colonial-style mansions, golden temples and Buddhist pagodas all just minutes apart. Throw in towering skyscrapers and charming markets and you have some of the most exciting and magical places on the continent.
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Discover a fascinating and immense network of underground tunnels and passages on this half day tour from Ho Chi Minh City. These tunnels date back to the Vietnam War and were built to hide Viet Cong soldiers from US soldiers, with space for up to 10,000 people. They are an important reminder of the difficulty endured by the Vietnamese people and their resilience in the face of it.
Price:Private price from £43 per person
Halong Bay off Vietnam’s north coast is a World Heritage Area of Natural Beauty, locally known as ‘Dragon Descending to the Sea’. Make your way over from Hanoi by boat, and set off on a breathtaking four-hour cruise of the bay. You’ll see fantastic limestone islets dotting the emerald waters, many containing superb natural grottos such as Dau Go and Thien Cung.
Price:Private price from £148 per person
Included/Excluded: Includes lunch and transfers.
Spend an hour being guided through the streets of Old Hanoi on a cyclo once the sun has gone down before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show at the Thang Long Theatre. This fascinating art form dates back to rural festivals in North Vietnam during the 11th Century, and is performed in a pool of water by a group of puppeteers. Enjoy a post-show dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant.
Price:Private price from £71 per person
Included/Excluded: Includes: Tour guide, puppet show tickets, dinner / Excludes: Any extra food or drinks throughout the evening.
Enjoy a tour of Vietnam's buzzing capital and you'll see the huge granite mausoleum of former leader Ho Chi Minh, whose body remains embalmed on display and receives thousands of visitors every day. The beautiful One Pillar Pagoda is nearby; it’s one of Vietnam’s most important temples, built in the 11th Century and rising up out of the water like a lotus on just a single pillar. The tour ends with a visit to the Temple of Literature, built in 1076 as the original university in Vietnam.
Price:Private price from £33 per person
Included/Excluded:Includes: Transport / Excludes: Food and drink.
Transport details:Car or van
Other information:Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed Mon and Fri and Oct to Nov.
A good way to see both these neighbouring cities is this full-day tour. You’ll start by visiting Hoi An in the morning before going for lunch at a local restaurant in Danang. From there, enjoy the Museum of Cham Sculpture near the Han River before relaxing on golden Non Nuoc Beach. The Marble Mountains are a stone’s throw away, and you'll go inside them to discover fascinating temples, altars and sacred sites before heading back to Hoi An.
Price:Private price from £67 per person
Included/Excluded:Includes: Lunch and transport.
Transport details:Car or van