Vietnam

Overview

Vietnam is one of our favourite playgrounds in South East Asia. Look forward to faded colonial grandeur and stylish luxury retreats, green jungles and translucent bays, fragrant food and smiling locals.

This thin snake of land – nestled between Laos and Cambodia to the west and a long lick of the South China Sea to the east – has a spectacular coastline, dotted with delightful beaches and scuba diving spots.

Inland there are brilliant green rice paddies, and offshore you’ve got huge, towering limestone islands. Its cities are alive with energy and buzz to a soundtrack of a million scooters. The food is fresh, tangy and delicious. Vietnam is a delightful cultural destination: charming people, French Colonial architecture (not to mention great coffee and fresh baguettes), and the general aura of elegance with a little chaos thrown in.

Capital Hanoi, is your gateway to the limestone karst dotted Halong Bay and the picturesque hills of Sapa.  The city’s French Colonial past is resplendent in the large mansions, relaxed cafes around Hoan Kiem Lake and the tree-lined boulevards. Chug your way through the mountains overnight on the Victoria Express, greeted by rolling green hills and sleekly-sliced rice terraces. Cruising on the Bay is best enjoyed overnight on your private junk, where your captain picks the quietest spot for you to kayak amongst the caves and visit the residents of the sea – away from the tourist throngs.

Central Vietnam‘s coast is famed for its picturesque beaches and its historical small towns.  Wander along Hoi An’s quaint streets for authentic streetfood, tailor an outfit in amazing turnaround time and relax by the luxurious pools dotting the coast. Drive further inland to explore ancient palaces and temples along the Perfume River, where Hue was once the centre of political intrigue, intellectual excellence and spiritual guidance in Vietnam. For the ultimate in down time, look to Nha Trang, a quiet seaside city with pristine waters and long sandy beaches, in barefoot luxury at the rustic Six Senses resort.

City of a million motorcycles, Ho Chi Minh City‘s local charm remains intact in its timeless alleys, ancient pagodas, teeming markets and grinning street-side merchants hawking silk, spices, baskets and Vietnam’s beautiful crafted lacquer-ware. Venture out of the city to the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a complex and dense maze of over 250 kilometres of secret underground passages used by the Viet Cong in the 1960s. While along the old Rue Catinat and in the surrounding wide avenues the French history is ever-evident in the Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House, Post Office and the Reunification Palace.

There are so many ways to enjoy Vietnam and so much to gain as a visitor: journey from Hanoi to Saigon, take a boat trip on the Mekong Delta, marvel at the limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, or venture to the Tonkinese Alps to meet with indigenous hill tribes. Whatever your interests and length of stay, the Lightfoot Travel team can provide you with expert impartial advice and a tailor-made Vietnam itinerary.

Vietnam Regions

Ha Long Bay

To lay your eyes on these wondrous green mountains emerging from the ocean’s depths is something you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Ha Long Bay is the jade jewel in the crown of Vietnam’s…

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Hue, Hoi An & Danang

Three is a magic number, especially when talking about Hue, Hoi An and Danang – a trio of world-class holiday destinations in Central Vietnam.

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Ho Chi Minh

Welcome to Vietnam’s high-octane southern metropolis. From tantalizing street food, striking historical landmarks, bountiful shopping options and a dazzling nightlife, Ho Chi Minh City is …

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Hanoi and Mai Chau

The old capital of Vietnam is full of excitement and intrigue. It is a city that has managed to preserve much of its history and colonial character, while still offering the dynamic hustle a…

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Mekong Delta

Venture south to the part of Vietnam they call the ‘Rice Basket’ and discover the idyllic Mekong Delta with its lush subtropical landscapes and the meet villagers, fishermen and farmers …

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Sapa

Sapa is an essential stop for anyone keen to witness the striking beauty of Vietnam’s northern regions. It’s blend of colourful tribal culture, colonial charm and mountain scenery make i…

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Nha Trang

If turquoise water and white sand beaches stretching as far as the eye can see is what you’re after, then Vietnam's coastal city of Nha Trang is the place for you. The coastline here is as…

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Phu Quoc & Con Dao

Pristine beaches, dense jungle and wilderness and a deep sense of serenity await you on the Vietnam’s two most beautiful islands, Phu Quoc and Con Dao.

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Vietnam Itineraries

Vietnam Properties

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Amanoi

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Situated on the coast within Nui Chua National Park northeast of Ho Chi Minh City near Nha Trang, newly opened Amano’i is a luxury beachside resort overlooking one of Vietnam’s most stun…

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Anantara Hoi An Resort

Hue, Hoi An & Danang, Vietnam

Located along the scenic Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort’s French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influences are reflected in its distinct ambience and atmosphere in the resort – only…

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Angsana Lang Co

Hue, Hoi An & Danang, Vietnam

Nestled between the Truong Son Mountain Range on one side and never-ending blue sea on the other, Angsana Lang Co is the ideal starting ground to explore the lovely towns of Hue and Hoi An. …

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Au Co Junk

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Au Co is one of the most luxurious junks in Halong Bay offering a once in a lifetime experience. The three-day journey takes passengers on an unforgettable voyage of discovery in the spectac…

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Azerai Can Tho

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

*NEW FOR 2018*   Can Tho is the fourth largest city in Vietnam and the largest on the Mekong Delta. Azerai Cam Tho covers an area of over eight hectares with 60 rooms. The rooms …

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Bhaya Cruise

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay is a legendary world just waiting to be explored. Bhaya Cruises cleverly combine oriental style with contemporary luxury to provide a unique and unforgettable experience as you jo…

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Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Hue, Hoi An & Danang, Vietnam

Situated just outside the storybook village of Hoi An, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai personifies the understated charm and magnificent culture of Vietnam's Central Coast. This award-win…

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Fusion Maia

Hue, Hoi An & Danang, Vietnam

Set on China Beach in Da Nang in Central Vietnam, 20 minutes from the heritage town of Hoi An, this luxury boutique resort provides the perfect balance of healthy living and indulgent luxuri…

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Fusion Resort Nha Trang

Nha Trang, Vietnam

This luxury boutique resort is set on dazzling white sand beach surrounded by over 14 hectares of rolling lawns. It is located near Nha Trang on the east coast of Vietnam. Fusion Nha Trang i…

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InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

Hue, Hoi An & Danang, Vietnam

This luxury resort and spa is perched on a lush hillside overlooking a dazzling private bay, a 30-minute drive from Da Nang International Airport in Vietnam. Designed by renowned architect, …

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La Residence Hue

Hue, Hoi An & Danang, Vietnam

This charming boutique hotel on the banks of the idyllic Perfume River overlooks the former Imperial Citadel. Built in 1930 as the French Governor’s official residence, the luxury hotel ha…

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La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc & Con Dao, Vietnam

On a stretch of white sandy beach, amid lush tropical gardens, overlooking the turquoise waters of the sea, La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc offers a unique welcome, far away from the demands of e…

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Park Hyatt Saigon

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Centrally located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, this nine-storey French colonial building boasts the most luxurious rooms in this bustling city. The hotel is a landmark in Saigon and …

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Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc & Con Dao, Vietnam

Situated on the enchanting Long Beach, this award-winning luxury boutique resort is the ultimate tropical paradise. Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island is sophisticated and ultra-stylish, with a …

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Six Senses Con Dao

Phu Quoc & Con Dao, Vietnam

The Six Senses Con Dao is a luxurious all-villa getaway situated in one of Vietnam’s most pristine and under-the-radar locations. Just a short flight from the hustle and bustle of Saigon a…

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Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay

Nha Trang, Vietnam

With its impressive rock formations overlooking the South China Sea, powder white sand beach of Ninh Van Bay below and towering mountains behind, the beautifully crafted villas at Six Senses…

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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Hanoi and Mai Chau, Vietnam

Dating back to 1900s, the Sofitel Metropole has seen Hanoi through the ages, offering all its distinguished travellers the warmth of Vietnamese hospitality in luxurious European quarters. …

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The Aqua Mekong

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Journey along the fascinating waterways of the Mekong River aboard the new Aqua Mekong. This stunning 62-metre ship, designed by David Hodkinson and Luc Lejeune from Saigon-based Noor to res…

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Topas Eco Lodge Spa

Sapa, Vietnam

Tucked beneath the misty mountains of Sapa Valley in Northern Vietnam, Topas Eco Lodge sits above two majestic cone formed hills. Based on sustainable principles, the lodge aims to have a m…

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Victoria Hoi An Resort & Spa

Hue, Hoi An & Danang, Vietnam

Located on stunning Hoi An Beach, just outside Hoi An Old Town, Victoria Hoi An is styled ilke a small fishing village. Traditional architecture is reflected in its village houses with clay …

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Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Sapa, Vietnam

Set amongst Sapa’s pristine environment and unparalleled scenery of Mount Fansipan, Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa has been tailored to ensure its guests experience something different and…

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Villa Song Saigon

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Within the heart of the colourful metropolis of Ho Chi Minh lies a haven of tranquillity waiting to be discovered. A 15 minute boat ride from the central pier, Villa Song Saigon has been re…

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