Vietnam has a rich and fascinating history, energy and thrill that will excite all of your senses and picture-perfect scenery that will truly blow you away. There’s a diverse range of cultures, captivating natural wonders, and exploration opportunities here. The country is filled to the brim with exciting contrasts: from street food to fine dining, bustling markets to mega malls and ancient monuments set among towering skyscrapers. Brightsun Travel offers luxury holidays to Vietnam, tempting you to explore this diverse country.
Vietnam is renowned for its mouth-watering cuisine and most dishes are made with fresh local ingredients, vegetables and herbs so the food here is not only delicious but also really healthy. Must try signature dishes include noodle soup, spring rolls, barbequed meat, and roasted duck noodles. Foodies will be in paradise at Vietnam! Brightsun Travel has the best knowledge of the country’s greatest hotels and we are more than happy to help you find and book cheap holidays to Vietnam.
The Mekong Delta is a wonderful region in Vietnam where the Mekong River flows into the sea, with backwaters, floating markets, and warm friendly locals. Other highlights of Vietnam include the breath-taking Halong Bay which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the dynamic cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi which offer a mix of contemporary attractions and historic gems. The secluded island of Phu Quoc is also a must-visit; it’s one of South East Asia’s most beautiful islands, boasting crystal clear waters.
17 Pham Dinh Ho Street, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi, Vietnam
22-24 Thi Sach St., Ben Nghe Ward, Dist. Ho Chi Minh City
17 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
360 Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
175-177-179 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Vietnam’s capital Hanoi is one of the country’s largest cities, so there’s plenty to do and see here. It’s bustling with street vendors on almost every corner and come evening, cocktail bars and nightclubs are open way into the night. Meals, luxury accommodation and souvenirs are all relatively cheap in Hanoi, so if you have champagne taste but are on a lemonade budget, then this is a perfectly suited destination to you, especially as Brightsun Travel offers cheap holidays to Hanoi, saving you more money.
Hanoi has a fascinating history worth delving into. The city’s Old Quarter is over 1,000 years old, which makes it Vietnam’s oldest surviving neighbourhood. It’s home to wall remains of the Hanoi Citadel, the Red River, many small pagodas, temples, and colonial buildings and the famous Hoan Kiem Lake, a symbolic landmark of Vietnam. Hanoi has many other historical attractions including the Museum of the Revolution, the legendary Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the Hoa Lo Prison.
There are so many other exciting activities on offer in Hanoi; visitors can watch a performance at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, discover the best views of the city at the Lotte Tower Observation Deck, visit the Temple of Literature or wander a little further outside the city to the Sapa Mountains to discover colourful hill tribes. We also recommend a day trip to Halong Bay whilst in Hanoi. This breath-taking bay boasts dramatic limestone karsts, emerald waters and lush rainforests.
Ho Chi Minh City offers the ultimate blend of past and present, with colonial style buildings, street markets, and historic temples set aside boutique shopping malls, gourmet restaurants, and towering structures with roof-top bars. This Vietnamese city is vibrant, fast-paced, and thriving with colourful cultures and it’s also one of Asia’s most eye-opening destinations. Brightsun Travel offers cheap holidays to Ho Chi Minh City, taking you to the heart of this dynamic travel destination.
The War Remnants Museum is an exceptionally moving experience in HCMC, allowing an insight into the Vietnam War. It’s one of Vietnam’s most visited museums with exhibits showcasing the catastrophic event. A short drive from the city is the Chu Chi tunnels; this ancient tunnel complex was built underground during the Vietnam War and it’s now a popular tourist attraction where visitors can sample meals that underground soldiers once ate, discover the army’s underground routes, and fire a M16 rifle.
Ho Chi Minh City boasts some of Vietnam’s finest architectural masterpieces including the Notre-Dame Cathedral which was built in the late 1880s with neo-Romanesque styles, the striking Saigon Central Post Office which features French-colonial style architecture and the beautiful Taoist Jade Emperor Pagoda. There are also plenty of bustling markets in the city, selling pretty much everything that you can buy and bargaining is a big part of the city’s culture, so you’ll be able to barter for the best price!
Currency: You’ll be spending Vietnamese dong.
Language: Vietnamese is the national language, but English is widely spoken.
Local Time: Seven hours ahead of GMT.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 11 hours.
Tourist Information: Visit the official Vietnam tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.
Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to Vietnam, British citizens need a valid passport - no visa is required for trips of up to 15 days. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for Vietnam.
A: No, a visa is not required for trips of up to 15 days.
A: It’s relatively budget-friendly.
A: February to March is the best time as it’s warm and dry.
Visitors in Ho Chi Minh can explore centuries-old pagodas, shop at the city’s numerous markets, and visit hot spots like the Ben Thanh Market and Reunification Palace. Nature lovers can take a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels or explore one of Ho Chi Minh City’s many parks and gardens. Foodies will find plenty to tantalize their taste buds with an array of local specialties, while art aficionados can take in some of Vietnam’s best galleries and exhibitions. No matter what you’re looking for, Ho Chi Minh City has something for you.
Hanoi is a bustling city rich in culture and history. Visitors to the city can explore its many attractions such as the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, and the Old Quarter. The city’s vibrant night markets offer great shopping opportunities, while there are plenty of restaurants serving traditional Vietnamese cuisine. There are also numerous museums and galleries to visit. For those looking for a more active holiday, Hanoi has plenty of things to do such as kayaking on Ho Tay Lake, biking around West Lake, or trekking in the national parks. Other activities include visiting cultural festivals, exploring caves, and taking part in cooking classes.
Vietnam has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: wet and dry. The wettest months are September, October, and November when heavy rains can cause flooding in some areas. December to March is considered the dry season, with average temperatures between 21-27°C (70-80°F). The hottest months are May, June, July, and August when temperatures typically range from 28 to 35°C (82-95°F).
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