Why we like Vietnam
A holiday to Vietnam is all about variety. Vietnam combines culture, friendly people and beautiful landscapes, making a holiday to Vietnam an increasingly popular option. Added to this, there are now direct flights from the UK to Vietnam and once you're there its increasingly efficient infrastructure makes it easy to travel around. Vietnam also offers fabulous hotels which reflect the culture and architecture of each region and some superb beach resorts to unwind at the end of your trip. The food, even in the simplest of restaurants, is divine.
What to expect on your Vietnam holiday
There are five major regions in Vietnam. The northern highlands, which form a ring around the second region, the Red River Delta, the Truongson Mountain range, the central coastal strip and finally the Mekong Delta. Do remember that with over 1,800 miles of coastline, you will find very different weather patterns from north to south at different times of the year. Choose carefully - our Vietnam travel experts can advise you on the best time of year to visit the areas you're interested in.
The further north you travel, the more authentic feel Vietnam has, with thousands of bicycles, women wearing the traditional ao dai and delicious street food for which the area is famous. It is also in the north that the French influence is most noticeable, particularly in the architecture of old Hanoi.
Some ideas for a Vietnam holiday
- Cruise the waters of Halong Bay.
- Take a rickshaw ride through the French colonial quarter of Hanoi.
- Wander around the UNESCO town of Hoi An, a perfectly preserved example of a 17th century trading port.
- Explore the myriad of waterways and villages that make up the Mekong Delta.
- Trek in the northern hills and visit the minority tribes.
- End with a few days on the beach.
Beyond the ordinary
Charter a private boat with a group of your friends or family on a Mekong cruise.
OUR VIETNAM EXPERTISE
Paul has travelled all over Vietnam during his 20 years with Steppes. His favourite part remains the tribal areas of the north which few foreigners ever reach. Charles and Clare, while more recent arrivals to our South East Asian team, have both travelled extensively in Vietnam and can use their expertise to put together the ideal Vietnamese holiday for you.
During your visit, try a bowl of the popular ‘Pho’ pronounced fur which is eaten at all times of the day, every day. Made up of rice noodles in a broth flavoured with plenty of fresh herbs and meat, each Pho you try will be slightly different depending on its city of origin.
Vietnam is relatively safe, with only incidents of theft being the worst menace to travellers. We advise keeping an eye on your belongings when out and about in busy crowds, and leaving any valuables behind.
Yes, when visiting temples it is important to remember to cover up bare shoulders and legs. It is also appropriate to remove footwear before entering so bringing a bag to carry your shoes is always a good idea.
The street food in Vietnam is some of the best in the world and a trip to this country should include trying some of the local cuisine. Eating at stalls which are busy and popular with the locals is our best tip, along with making sure food is fresh and has not been sitting around all day in the heat.
Yes. While there are many places to have a suit made the best tailors are still found in Hoi An. It is worthwhile taking something to be copied also - a quick and easy way of recreating your favourite item.
Crossing for the first time is pretty breathtaking, ideally take your guide's lead until you get the hang of it. Basically follow the crowd as zebra crossings and pedestrian lights don't really exist. It will feel as though you're walking into oncoming traffic but the numerous cars, motorbikes and bicycles will avoid you.