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Vietnam's appeal is diverse, from the rugged northern highlands to the intriguing history of Hanoi and the cosmopolitan buzz of Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam is a verdant, fertile country where emerald green fields are tended by rice farmers in conical hats. It is also Indochina's power house. Despite a chequered history, in the last 30 years of peace Vietnam has developed a busy, optimistic energy and now has one of the highest economic growth rates in the world. The cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are very different: Hanoi has wide, tree-lined avenues –a legacy of French colonialism –and is a treasure-trove of ancient and modern history, while in contrast Ho Chi Minh has a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere and fantastic art, food and nightlife. History lovers will enjoy the central city of Hue;the former capital is surrounded by greenery and lakes and bears the remains of much of the country's history, and a few hours south is Hoi An –a charming UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site with beautiful beaches. Vietnam's rural beauty is renowned: venture to the northern highlands for mountain views and an opportunity to spend time with local tribes, cruise around the majestic limestone pinnacles of Halong Bay or visit the floating markets in the lush Mekong Delta. Should you prefer to relax, the east coast has an impressive selection of glorious beaches.

Vietnam with A&K
Our Vietnam holidays leave a major impression on our guests. How do we know? Well the torrent of feedback isn't just letters; we've also received poems, including an 18-verse epic from the Osterman family. As well as charting their diverse tour from cycle rides and helicopter flights to imperial feasts and tropical beaches, it deserves special mention for rhyming 'rubber plantation' with 'amazing vacation'.

Although less lyrical, other A&K guests' correspondence has been full of praise, particularly for our guide Pedro, who added an impromptu, superbly informative tour of Haiphong into an itinerary running ahead of schedule, and for Minh Chau, whose brilliantly clear historical explanations brought the country vividly to life for one client's young grandsons. They described their experiences as 'life altering'.

Positive feedback is always welcome, but we're not surprised. Although Vietnam has been a feature of our South East Asian portfolio for several years, we set up our own operation there in 2012 precisely to deliver our premium service standards on the ground. The guides are part of a crack regional team with excellent contacts, huge experience and the best vehicle fleet available.

Travel to Vietnam with Abercrombie & Kent and we'll show you a beguiling mix of French colonial splendour, dreamy landscapes and the extraordinary legacy of recent military conflict - we've even arranged for our clients to meet 'Uncle Nam', a war veteran who lived in the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. You'll experience Hanoi's wide avenues and temples, as well as getting an expert introduction to its thrilling food; or float across the emerald water of Halong Bay among vast limestone pinnacles, and flop on the beaches around Danang.

And you're just starting. Our guides can take you to historic Hoi An and the imperial capital of Hue on the Perfume River, as well as the frenetic streets of Ho Chi Minh, and the southwest's verdant and vast Mekong Delta with its floating markets. There's another poem just waiting to be written.



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Vietnam

Nights: 11 | from £2,461pp

Vietnam has it all: UNESCO-listed bays, sumptuous street food, ancient culture, poignant modern history and some fabulous hotels. Spend 12 days making... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made Private set departure

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Life along the Mekong

Nights: 15 | from £7,470pp

A comprehensive tour that follows the Mekong River, taking in key landmarks and world-famous temples, but which also offers an intriguing insight into... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Voyages & Cruising

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Vietnam Cycling Tour

Nights: 13 | from £3,225pp

Sync to the rhythm of life in Vietnam, where days pass in turns of a bicycle wheel. Discover the sights of Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An at pedalling pace, and... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Highlights of Vietnam

Nights: 11 | from £2,125pp

Explore vibrant Vietnam from north to south, taking in its heady cities, sensational street food, peaceful bays and beaches, cultural powerhouses and... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Wings Over Indochina

Nights: 15 | from £20,276pp

Experience the sights and sounds of Southeast Asia, from sailing magical Ha Long Bay and sharing a sunrise over Angkor Wat to exploring evocative Ho Chi... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Special Interest

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Park Hyatt Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City

The 252-room Park Hyatt Saigon is centrally located at Lam Son Square, in downtown Saigon. The colonial styled rooms feature lavish bedding, rich fabrics,...Find out more

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Six Senses Con Dao

Ho Chi Minh

Occupying a one kilometre space of white sandy beach and surrounded by vivid mountain landscapes, Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao is the ultimate Vietnamese...Find out more

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Honeymoons

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Sofitel Legend Metropole

Hanoi  

The beautiful French-colonial style Sofitel Metropole is located in the heart of Hanoi only minutes walk from the vibrant Old Quarter of town. Sofitel...Find out more

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The Nam Hai

Hoi An  

Boasting a spectacular location, the Nam Hai is a unique contemporary resort set amid lush landscaping on the tranquil beachfront of the China Sea, and...Find out more

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Beach

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Angsana Lang Co, Vietnam

Vietnam

Prices from £1,475pp saving up to £250 for 7 nights
Book a minimum 5 night stay at Angsana Lang Co by 31st March 2016 and receive discounted rates. Prices from £1,475pp for 7 nights in a Premier Room on a B&B basis, including international flights, airport transfers and complimentary upgrade from a Deluxe Room. Valid for travel 1st January - 31st December 2016. Blackout dates apply. Room upgrade subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Beach

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Banyan Tree Lang Co, Vietnam

Vietnam

Prices from £2,325pp saving up to £1,050pp for 8 nights
Book a minimum 5 night stay at Banyan Tree Lang Co by 31st March 2016 and receive discounted rates and complimentary nights. Prices from £2,325pp based on two sharing a Beach Pool Villa on a B&B basis, includes international flights, airport transfers and complimentary upgrade from a Lagoon Pool Villa. Valid for travel 1st January - 31st December 2016. Blackout dates apply. Room upgrade subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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Best time to be there

Regional climate differences mean that there is no best time; try September to December to avoid the humidity in the north, December to April to miss the rains in the south and December to March is perfect for trips to the Central highlands. Catch the Trung Thu Moon festival in September or October for traditional lion and dragon dances.

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Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi (via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore)

flying time

Approximately 13 hours

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

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Required for UK passport holders

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Yellow fever certificates if arriving from an endemic area

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