Since the late 90s, Vietnam has become an enormously popular tourist destination, thanks in no small part to its diverse culture and beautiful landscape.No holidays to Vietnam are complete without a trip to the country’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City. Situated on the Saigon River, this heaving metropolis is the thriving commercial hub of the country and home to an intoxicating mix of traditional culture, prosperous trade, gleaming skyscrapers and powerful remnants of the city’s past.Moving away from these colourful but sometimes claustrophobic surrounds, head off into the countryside to explore some of the country’s stunning natural beauty.A visit to Halong Bay is a must. Meaning ‘descending dragon’ in Vietnamese and steeped in local mythology and history, the bay is surrounded by clusters of limestone islands that create an enormous aquatic maze that’s breathtaking to see first-hand.
Of course, whilst you’re in Vietnam you’ll want to sample some authentic cuisine. The Vietnamese diet is considered one of the healthiest in the world and is famed for its use of fresh ingredients and sharp flavours. Street vendors aplenty will be on hand wherever you go to offer up much-loved classics as well as regional twists on all the favourites.Elsewhere, make sure you pay a visit to the beautiful Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam and home to perfect beaches, quaint villages and wild scenery that’s both challenging and rewarding to explore. The coastal resort of Mui Ne, also famed for its beaches, is the ideal spot to take some down time after a jungle trek or stint in the city.Holidays to Vietnam are perfect for anybody wanting to explore an exciting and unusual country that’s rich with culture, history and gorgeous landscapes. Book with Carlton Leisure and you can start soaking up its unique atmosphere from just £487.