Many trips to Vietnam whizz from north to south, ticking off the main sites along the way, but there is much to see in the north alone. The scenery is lush, varied and breathtaking, and there are plenty of wonderful places to stay. You'll pick up the pace by exploring the surrounding landscapes before returning back to base to relax by a lovely swimming pool or choose from rejuvenating wellness experiences.
Of course, no trip to Vietnam would be complete without a bit of hustle and bustle, so there is time to enjoy the capital, Hanoi, at the end of the trip, with its vibrant history, culture, and epic food.
- Experiencing typical day-to-day life. From farmers harvesting rice and hill-tribe weavers in the countryside to flower sellers selling their wares from their bicycles in Hanoi
- Discovering the far reaches of Halong Bay on a 3-day/2-night cruise
- Taking in the fresh air, relaxing by the pool, and enjoying great hospitality at a range of lovely accommodation
The itinerary works particularly well in the spring and autumn when the weather is good in the north. Though it might suit second-time visitors to Vietnam who’ve already seen the main sites, we would also recommend it for first-time visitors looking to veer a little off the beaten track without missing the essence of what the country is about.
As with all of our suggested itineraries, the holiday can be adapted to your tastes, your terms, and your timescale.