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On a tour to Vietnam, a country of immense beauty and diverse culture, nature and history awaits you.

Discover UNESCO-protected nature and architecture, modern towns and cities and beautiful, exotic beaches.

Check out all our tours to Vietnam below.

If you have any questions, please call our travel consultants on 01279 704 137.

Vietnam Vietnam

Vietnam Tours

On a tour to Vietnam, a country of immense beauty and diverse culture, nature and history awaits you.

Discover UNESCO-protected nature and architecture, modern towns and cities and beautiful, exotic beaches.

Check out all our tours to Vietnam below.

If you have any questions, please call our travel consultants on 01279 704 137.

Why should you holiday in Vietnam?

Vietnam is exotic, vibrant, historic and modern at the same time. It is a country of immense beauty, and there are few other places in the world where you will experience as much diversity when it comes to culture, history and nature.

From the mountainous north, to the beautiful coastline of Central Vietnam, to the fertile plains of the Mekong Delta in the south, Vietnam is truly a diverse country. No matter whether you choose a tour in the north or south, or from north to south, you are guaranteed to enjoy experiences of your lifetime.

Our holidays in Vietnam

Read more about what you can experience on our holidays in Vietnam below.

Hanoi

All our tours start in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, one of Asia’s most atmospheric cities.

Hanoi is a city of contrasts, giving you a wonderful blend of history and modern hustle and bustle, where beautiful colonial buildings and historic temples lie side by side modern buildings.

Sights you can see on a tour of the city include:

  • The Temple of Literature, which is one of the few remaining examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Built in the 12th century by students of Confucius, the temple was Vietnam’s first university, where powerful officials were educated in accordance with Confucian teachings.
  • On a small island in Lake Hoan Kiem is the Ngoc Son Temple. You get to the temple by crossing the Huc Bridge, which means “the place touched by the rays of the morning sun”. Here you learn how the lake got its name and about the legend of the emperor, the magic sword and the giant tortoise.
  • The Ho Chi Minh Complex was built in honour of the Republic of Vietnam’s first president, Ho Chi Minh, who lived and worked in Hanoi for most of his life.
  • Thang Long, an imperial citadel and a political power centre for 13 centuries. Today, the Citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Go for a ride in a “cyclo”, a traditional bicycle taxi, through the 36 streets of the old quarter, named after the goods sold there. Several of the streets still follow this tradition, including Bamboo Street and Tin Street.

Boat ride in Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s most distinctive areas of natural beauty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and definitely on the list of Vietnam’s biggest attractions.

In the 1,500 km² bay, green-clad limestone cliffs protrude from the sea, which varies from deep blue to jade green depending on the season.

The Vietnamese associate the area with legends about dragons. According to the legends, the dragons in the area dropped jewels and jade out of their mouths, which fell into the bay, forming the cliffs we know today.

The colonial town of Hoi An

By the coast in central Vietnam, you will find the beautiful and charming town of Hoi An.

The town was one of the most important ports in this part of South-east Asia from the 17th to the 19th century, and today Hoi An is also one of the best-preserved historical towns in Asia, partly because it escaped the bombing during the Vietnam War.

The most interesting part of the town is the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building style in the area testifies to Japanese, Chinese and Indian influences. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the 200-year-old Tam Ky house, which was originally built by a Vietnamese family and where you can find Japanese and Chinese influences today.

Ho Chi Minh City and its environs

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city, often still referred to by its old name, Saigon.

The city is a mix of modern high rise buildings and colonial buildings, and on a tour of the city you will see:

  • The Central Post Office, which was designed by the world-famous French architect Gustav Eiffel, who is probably best known for designing the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • The iconic and beautiful church Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1863 and 1880 by the French colonists.
  • The War Remnant Museum and the Reunification Palace, where the Vietnam War ended on 30 April 1975.

There are also interesting attractions in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City.

On a half-day excursion from Ho Chi Minh City, you can experience the Cu Chi Tunnels, a labyrinth of tunnels linking underground command centres, schools, accommodation, schools and training facilities, and serving as a staging ground for the Viet Cong’s surgical strikes against the Americans.

On a full day excursion, you can experience the Mekong Delta from a boat. The Mekong Delta is a lush area that covers an area just shy of 40,000 m2, much of which is under water. From its source, the Mekong River runs 4,500 km through six countries to the delta at the coast south of Ho Chi Minh City. On the boat trip, you can visit some of the local craftsmen and producers – at a coconut plantation, for example.

Other highlights of Vietnam

Vietnam offers myriad exciting sights and attractions, north and south, including:

  • Vietnamese cuisine. Try one of the many street kitchens or attend cookery school and learn how to make the delicious Vietnamese specialities.
  • Visit Nam Cat Tien National Park, an important area for many Asian animal species. If you are lucky, you might spot some of the timid inhabitants of the park, such as deer, monkeys and birds, or the more rare leopards, elephants and bears.
  • In northern Vietnam, on the border with China, lies Sapa in a lush, mountainous area. Magnificent scenery and stunning views of Fansipan, Vietnam’s highest mountain, await you here. Go for a hike in the scenic area and experience the beautiful rice terraces at close quarters.
  • Vietnam’s picturesque valley, Mai Chau, where you will discover amazing rice fields, limestone mountains and villages with ethnic minorities such as the h’mong, thai and dzao. Discover unspoilt countryside and villages that live according to a traditional way of life.
  • Round off your tour with a beach holiday on one of Vietnam’s beautiful beaches, such as in Phan Thiet, one of Vietnam’s best beach areas. It is possible to end several of our tours with a beach holiday in Phan Thiet, Phu Quoc, Nha Trang or Hoi An, for example. See the options under the individual tours.

Combine with a tour to Cambodia or Cambodia & Laos

One of our tours combines Vietnam and Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and another combines Vietnam with Cambodia and Laos, which together make up the former Indochina.

Cambodia

Cambodia offers legendary ruins and a hospitable people.

In Phnom Penh, you will find Cambodia’s largest city and capital, where you can, among other things, gain an insight into the dramatic history of the country at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and at the “Killing Fields”, Choeung Ek, where 17,000 people were murdered and buried in mass graves.

Siem Reap, a town in north-western Cambodia which is the gateway to some of Cambodia’s biggest sights and attractions.

I The town itself offers interesting markets, cookery schools and the Cambodian circus. North of Siem Reap, you can experience the Angkor complex, one of the most important archaeological sites in South-east Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Angkor complex consists of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. Angkor Thom dates back to the 12th century, when it was established by King Jayavarman, and in its heyday is said to have been inhabited by between 750,0000 and a million people.

The highlight of the Angkor complex is the Angkor Wat temple complex, Cambodia’s biggest attraction. It was the most splendid of all the temples of the Khmer Empire, and an architectural masterpiece, which is said to have taken 300,000 men and 6,000 elephants 37 years to build. Angkor Wat is an absolute must-see in Cambodia.

Laos

Laos is the third destination on the tour to Indochina. It is a fascinating destination, where you will experience a relaxed atmosphere that encapsulates Buddhist culture and traditions.

In the northern part of Laos, you will visit the former royal city of Luang Prabang. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city consists of a unique blend of traditional architecture and French colonial charm.

Get up early to catch hundreds of monks walking through the city streets to collect alms, visit Wat Xieng Thing, a traditional temple building covered with leaf gold, or climb to the top of Phousi Hill and enjoy a phenomenal view of Luang Prabang.

Want to know more about our tours?

All our tours are package holidays, including flights, hotels and excursions.

To learn more about the different package holidays to Vietnam, click on “Read more” further up the page, where you will find information about what to expect on the tour, prices and much more besides.

Any questions?

You can read more about the practical issues regarding Vietnam by looking at our practical info page.

If you have any further questions about Vietnam, how to book or about our other tours in Southeast or East Asia, you are very welcome to contact us.

We look forward to sending you on a holiday of a lifetime.

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The weather in Vietnam month by month

Vietnam is a large, elongated country with significant geographical climate differences depending on where you are. The weather is generally unpredictable, so it’s always a good idea to carry an umbrella or rain jacket with you.

Vietnam has two monsoons: the south-west monsoon and the north-east monsoon, which have an impact on the weather. The south-west monsoon lasts from April to September and is characterised by wet, warm weather. The north-east monsoon lasts from October to April and is not as wet but colder.

North Vietnam (Hanoi – Sapa – Ha Long Bay):
North Vietnam is where you will find the capital Hanoi, the mountainous area of Sapa and Ha Long Bay, among other places. The area, which lies in the subtropical climate belt, generally has two seasons:

The dry season which falls roughly between November and March in Hanoi and Sapa, while in Ha Long Bay, it starts in October. December, January and February are North Vietnam’s coldest and driest months. Sapa can get quite chilly in the winter months, so it’s a good idea to bring some warm clothes with you if you’re heading there.

The rainy season falls roughly between April and October in Hanoi and Sapa, and a month shorter in Ha Long Bay. July and August are the wettest months, and Sapa is the area that gets most rain.

Weather statistics for Hanoi: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature  19 19 23 26 31 32 32 32 31 28 24 21
Average minimum temperature  15 15 18 21 24 25 26 26 25 22 19 15
Rainfall mm  10 30 50 100 150 190 210 200 160 100 60 30
Weather statistics for Sapa (Lao Cai): JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature  13 14 18 21 24 24 24 24 23 20 17 15
Average minimum temperature 7 8 11 13 16 18 18 18 16 13 11 8
Rainfall mm 14 38 56 117 219 219 301 339 243 116 59 24
Weather statistics for Ha Long Bay: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature  20 21 23 27 30 30 31 32 31 28 24 21
Average minimum temperature 14 15 18 21 24 24 25 25 24 21 18 15
Rainfall mm 3 22 53 57 175 172 201 265 190 54 12 23

Central Vietnam (Hué – Hoi An – Da Nang):
In Central Vietnam, you will find the cities of Hué, Hoi An and Da Nang. As in North Vietnam, the area generally has two seasons:

The dry season falls roughly between January and August, with May to August being the hottest months of the year.

The rainy season falls roughly between September and December, when the north-east monsoon brings a lot of rain. During the rainy season months, more than 200 mm of rain falls.

February to April are the most pleasant months to visit Central Vietnam, as the rain is at its lowest and seasonal temperatures are pleasant. However, most visitors come to the area in December and January for the Christmas holidays.

Please note that there is a risk of typhoons in the central part of Vietnam from August to November.

Weather statistics for Hoi An: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 24 26 28 31 33 35 34 33 31 29 27 25
Average minimum temperature 19 20 22 24 25 26 26 25 24 23 20 20
Rainfall mm 92 32 30 34 56 99 90 104 297 526 363 206

Southern Central Vietnam (Nha Trang):
Between Central and South Vietnam, you will find the beach resort Nha Trang, among other places. Nha Trang is situated a little more northerly in South Vietnam and so has a different dry and rainy season.

The dry season falls roughly between January and August.

The rainy season falls roughly between September and December.. Most rain falls in October and November.

Please note that there is a possibility of typhoons in Nha Trang between September and January.

Weather statistics for Nha Trang: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 26 27 28 29 32 30 31 31 30 28 27 26
Average minimum temperature 21 21 22 23 25 24 25 25 24 24 22 21
Rainfall mm 40 10 20 40 50 50 30 40 150 240 240 170

South Vietnam (Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh City – Phu Quoc:
In the southern part of Vietnam, you will find the metropolis Ho Chi Minh City, the beach resort of Phan Thiet and the island of Phu Quoc. The areas have the following seasons:

The dry season falls roughly between December and April. Temperatures are generally reasonably stable all year round, but the hottest months are April and May.

The rainy season is roughly between May and October: More rain falls during this period due to the south-west monsoon, which means wet, yet hot weather. The rain typically falls in the afternoon. Rainfall reaches its highest levels from June to September. In Ho Chi Minh City, the rain is at its peak between June and September, while Phan Thiet is wettest between September and November.

Weather statistics for Ho Chi Minh City: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 32 33 34 34 34 32 32 32 31 31 31 31
Average minimum temperature 22 23 24 26 26 25 24 25 25 24 23 22
Rainfall mm 10  10  10  40  140  180  190  170  190  160  120  40
Weather statistics for Phan Thiet: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 28 29 30 32 32 31 31 31 30 30 29 29
Average minimum temperature 21 22 23 25 25 24 24 24 24 23 23 22
Rainfall mm 40 15 27 59 153 190 192 197 223 253 202 120
Weather statistics for Phu Quoc: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 31 31 32 34 33 32 31 31 31 31 30 30
Average minimum temperature 22 22 23 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 23 22
Rainfall mm 40 36 80 130 193 266 290 398 296 276 212 104
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