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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.
Suggested itineraries in Vietnam
Nights: 11 | from £3,135
Exclusive street food tour in colonial Hanoi, Cruise the dramatic karst scenery of Halong Bay with a complimentary bottle of wine and Private cooking class experiencing the colourful Hoi An markets
Nights: 11 | from £3,185
Spend 12 days exploring Vietnam's famous cities, unspoiled waters, sacred temples, gorgeous beaches and sampling it's incredible cuisine with expert guides.
Life along the Mekong
Nights: 20 | from £7,470
Explore the awe-inspiring the Angkor Archaeological Park, Ho Chi Minh City and gentle temple-studded Luang Prabang in Laos during your Indochina adventure.
Vietnam Cycling Tour
Nights: 12 | from £3,225
Experience Vietnam in 11 days through the eyes of a local on a unique two-wheeled adventure through serene countrysides and bustling cities.
Highlights of Vietnam
Nights: 11 | from £2,125
Enjoy Hanoi cuisine as you wander this beautiful city, cruise through Halong Bay, and finish your 11 day tour in historic Ho Chi Min City.
Indochina in - Depth
Nights: 23 | from £4,980
A spellbinding 23 night tour into Indochina taking in the highlights of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, including Angkor Wat and a cruise on the Mekong.
Luxury Small Group Journeys - Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat
Nights: 13 | from £4,835
Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat, visiting Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Angkor Wat And Bangkok
Luxury Cambodia and Vietnam
Nights: 7 | from £5,545
Experience Cambodia and Vietnam with a touch of A&K luxury from ancient temples and sleepy villages to bustling cities on this 7 night itinerary.
Culinary Tour of Vietnam
Nights: 11 |
A culinary adventure to Vietnam discovering floating markets, Hanoi's world-famous coffee shops and insider tours in Ho Chi Minh City over 11 nights.
Vietnam Culture and Beach
Nights: 10 | from £2,295
See Vietnam's spectacular cities and less-visited regions, including the Imperial Citadel and The Forbidden Purple City of Hue and the beautiful beach of Lang Co.
Save from £340pp
Book a 7 night stay or more at Angsana Lang Co before 30th April 2015 and receive discounted rates and a complimentary room upgrade, dependent upon availability. Prices from £1,119pp when staying a Deluxe Room on a B&B basis, including international flights and airport transfers. Valid for travel from now until 22nd December 2015, excluding 19th - 24th February. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Book a seven night stay at Evason Ana Mandara and pay for only five nights plus complimentary Half Board for two. Prices from £569pp when staying a Garden View Villa and includes airport transfers. Excludes international flights. Valid for travel 17th April to 31st October 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Book an eight night stay at Banyan Tree Lang Co before 30 April 2015 and receive two free nights plus discounted rates and a complimentary villa upgrade, dependent on availability. Prices from £2,090pp when staying a Deluxe Pool Villa, including international flights and airport transfers on a B&B basis. Valid for travel from now until 22 December 2015. Book by 30th April 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Orient & Indian Subcontinent
Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Agnew, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget.
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.
Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi (via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore)
Approximately 13 hours
GMT + 7 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificates if arriving from an endemic area