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Vietnam is a compelling combination of rural splendour, stunning coastline and the bustling activity of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The cities offer the visitor an intriguing juxtaposition of fading French colonial chic, exotic Eastern elegance and modern sky scrapers.
The country offers a wealth of culture, nightlife, cuisine, blends of architecture and ancient temples and pagodas. Enjoy the frenetic pace of the capital of Hanoi (or Saigon) with its constant buzz of scooters, and numerous cafes and street food vendors. While Ho Chi Minh City’s grand tree-fringed boulevards are a reminder of the country’s historical influences.
Traditional Vietnamese food is delicious – fragrant ‘pho’ soup, noodles, fried chicken, beef and delicate vegetables are seasoned with spices. The French left their mark on the cuisine with cafes serving baguettes, croissants and other familiar pastry delights. Local beers are also worth a sample.
The country’s islands are perfect for diving and snorkelling with stunning coral and marine species teeming in the sparkling South China Sea. Nha Trang is an ideal romantic retreat offering fabulous luxury accommodation on a stunning crescent beach, while majestic limestone karsts tower above the location of Halong Bay.
British Airways, Thai Airways International and EVA Air from London Heathrow to Bangkok, with onward connecting flights to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Flights with Emirates (via Dubai) from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Flights with Vietnam Airlines from London Gatwick are also available.
14 hours 45 mins From London Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh.
British Airways (Club World) upgrades to Bangkok start from as little as £900 per person, each way.
Capital : Hanoi
Language : Vietnamese. Also English, French, Chinese and Russian spoken
Time Difference : +7 hours
Currency : Dong (exchange rate approx VND 32,843= £1)
Voltage : 220 volts
Foreign and Commonwealth and Visa Info: For up-to-date country information visit www.fco.gov.uk
Vietnam Tourist Office: For resort information visit www.vietnamtourism.com