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VIETNAM

Introduction

Fascinating, vibrant, colourful, exotic – Vietnam is all this and more. It is unique in one sense, but reassuringly familiar in another – something due in no small part to the incredibly friendly people you are likely to encounter wherever you go.

 

Rather than visiting iconic sights, Vietnam is very much about experiences. Whether it’s looking across the rice field over a sea of conical hats, cruising amongst the limestone karsts in Halong Bay, exploring imperial tombs and palaces, visiting colourful hill tribes, relaxing on tropical beaches or savouring the delicious local cuisine – these are all alluring snapshots of Vietnam.

 

What also endures from Vietnam experience is meeting the local people. Whether it’s the playful children, the engaging fisherman, the smiling fruit vendor or the aging war veteran, these are the faces of Vietnam – faces that you will never forget.

HIGHLIGHTS

OVERVIEW:
Presidential Palace Hanoi 850x500

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade.

 

There are many sites of interest including; Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse,   Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex (which is particularly popular with groups of Vietnamese who come  to pay their respects to ‘Uncle Ho’).

OVERVIEW:
Cabin Dragon Legend, Bai Tu Long Bay, Vietnam 850x500

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade.

 

There are many sites of interest including; Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse,   Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex (which is particularly popular with groups of Vietnamese who come  to pay their respects to ‘Uncle Ho’).

OVERVIEW:
Hue Citadel Vietnam

Hue, the former capital (1802-1945) of Vietnam, is in central Vietnam and was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty (17th to the 19th century) emperors.

It is home to the Perfume River and a vast 19th-century Citadel, and the Imperial City.  After the hustle and bustle of Hanoi or Hue it is a very peaceful experience to walk through the Citadel’s expansive grounds. With many palaces and shrines (including the Forbidden Purple City, once the emperor’s home) to explore it’s worth taking your time.  Our expert guides will be on-hand to help you understand and discover.

OVERVIEW:
Mekong River Sunset

The Delta is a 39,000 square kilomtere area at the very Southern tip of Vietnam, where the Mekong river fans out into many smaller channels (distributaries) before finally flowing into the South China Sea.  Settlement of this area dates back to the 4th Century BC.

 

The floating markets can be accessed from the town of Can Tho another alternative is a cruise along the Mekong River combining Vietnam with Cambodia.

OVERVIEW:
Halong-Bay-Vietnam-850x500

Hạ Long Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands (karsts) topped by forest.

A two or three night stay on-board a traditional junk (purpose built for travellers) offers a relaxing and rewarding way of discovering the Bay’s natural beauty as well as sampling some of Vietnam’s wonderful cuisine.

OVERVIEW:
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon, is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It’s also known for its French colonial architecture, including Notre-Dame Basilica and the neoclassical Saigon Central Post Office.  Food is also a highlight of any visit to Ho Chi Minh, in fine restaurants and from stalls which line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Ben Thanh Market.

 

Other prominent sites of interest; Cu Chi Tunnels, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum.

SAMPLE ACCOMMODATION

Luxury

Top class design and the finest facilities. Usually located in a spectacular setting it may be an exclusive hotel in a meticulously restored historic building, or recognised as the leading property of an international chain.

Hotel des Arts HCMC Lounge 850x500

Hotel Des Artes

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Boutique

A perfect alternative to the big brand hotels:
exclusive and independently-owned properties with a smaller number of rooms and highly personalised services.

MK Premier Boutique Hanoi 850x500

MK Premiuer Boutique Hotel

Hanoi, Vietnam

First Class

High quality with an excellent room standard, a full range of facilities and first-rate service; may be a new property or regularly refurbished with attention to ongoing maintenance.

Moonlight Hotel Hue Room 850x500

Moonlight Hotel

Hue, Vietnam

Tourist-superior and tourist class accommodation is also available. For more information on the accommodation we offer, please contact us on contact@asiatravelcentre.com or phone 1300 323 194

Country Information

Visa and Health Information

Australian passport holders require a visa to visit Vietnam. This is best applied for on-line and it can also be obtained from a Vietnamese Embassy prior to arrival.

 

Malaria is considered low risk in Vietnam.    You are advised to keep your basic immunisations up to date for common diseases like Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid as well as Influenza and Diphtheria.  Japanese encephalitis may also be a risk for some travellers. There is no official requirement for vaccinations.

 

We advise you to consult a Travel Doctor specialist prior to departure to assess these risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans.

The Best Time to Go

Vietnam’s climate is complicated. The country is dominated by the south or south-westerly monsoon from May to September and the northeast monsoon from October to April.

 

High Season – July and August  

With the exception of the far not Vietnam is hot and with the summer monsoon bringing downpours. Holiday plans should be booked well in advance and prices are significantly higher particularly along the coast.

 

Shoulder Season – December to March

North of Nha Trang can get cool weather. Expect cold conditions in the very far north. In the south, clear skies and sunshine are the norm. During the Tet festival (Vietnamese Luna New Year) a huge part of the local population are on the move so prices are higher and you should book your travel plans well in advance to secure accommodation.

 

Low Season – April to June and September to November

Typhoons can lash the central and northern coastline until November but for many travellers this is the best time to tour the whole nation.

 

Weather by Region

Southern Vietnam: The dry season is from December to April and the rains from May to November.

Central Highlands:  Follows the same pattern as Southern Vietnam though it is cooler at night.

Central Coast: The dry season is generally from February to May and the wet season from September to January.

North Vietnam: Generally warm and sunny from October to December. Winter is from January to April.  Summer is between May and August and is hot and wet.

 

Vietnam
Flight Information

We have access to a wide range of airfares and have excellent relationships with our key airline partners. Our two main airline partners in Asia are Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines. With hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore respectively both airlines are well positioned to provide a quality service from Australia to all major destinations in Asia.

 

Irrespective of whether you book directly with us or with your preferred travel agent, we’ll want to know the details of all of your fights. Flight times regularly change and, if or when they do, we want to make sure your transfers and other arrangements are amended accordingly.

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We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.

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