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Vietnam Holidays

Vietnam holidays offer a melting pot of peaceful natural attractions, buzzing cities, a rich history and world-famous cuisine. Vietnam shares a border with China in the north and Cambodia in the south, giving you a blend of cultures and attractions, as well as making Vietnam multi-centre holidays a popular choice. 

In the beautiful north of Vietnam is Hanoi, centre of the French Indochina administration and home to well-preserved colonial architecture. Colourful fronts, sweeping arches and towering pillars adorn the buildings in the Old Quarter, which are interspersed with trees and greenery. 

Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is nestled on the east coast and is packed with character and history. This laid-back riverside town is best explored on foot or by bike, allowing you to admire the French, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese influences on its architecture and culture. For a more frenetic city experience, visit Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon). This thriving city blends a modern, western feel with a rich history of the Vietnam War and French colonial days. 

Vietnam holidays: A natural beauty

Vietnam is a country teeming with natural beauty. The country snakes in an s-shape along the South China Sea, finishing in the Gulf of Thailand and giving it swathes of powdery white sands, as well as fresh mountain scenery inland. 

Take one of our Vietnam tours from the north to the south and contrast the subtle differences in its many cultures, cuisines and landscapes. Visit Halong Bay in the northeast and witness the limestone karsts emerging from the water, before heading further south to cycle through the rice paddies and countryside surrounding the historic town of Hue

The relatively untouched island of Phu Quoc is ideal for adventurers. Immerse yourself in the fresh mountain scenery, swim in crystal-clear waterfalls and visit pearl and pepper farms. Alternatively, enjoy a Vietnam beach holiday on the palm-fringed coast in Nha Trang. This sun-kissed town is perfect for Vietnam family holidays with world-famous scuba diving, child-friendly hotels and restaurants, and over 300 days of sunshine per year. 

 

Destination Highlights
  • Bask on glorious stretches of pristine white sands along the coast; enjoying exquisite freshly caught seafood from the comfort of your lounger
  • Immerse yourself in vibrant floating markets, peaceful canals and rural villages on a riverboat stay in Vietnam
  • Cruise Halong Bay and take in the picturesque limestone karsts that rise from the emerald waters
  • Drive a Vespa scooter through lively local streets filled with welcoming locals and markets selling authentic Vietnamese cuisine

Time Zone

GMT+7

Flight Time

Indirect flights available from Ireland.

Currency

Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Visa Information

Irish citizens need to obtain a visa for Vietnam

Health Information

All travellers should be up to date with routine immunisations. It’s important to contact your GP to check for the latest recommendations.

Vietnam is home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites throughout the country as well as many other landmarks, attractions and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Below is just a small selection which we recommend when visiting Vietnam all of which can be incorporated into a tailor-made itinerary for your trip, just contact our Destination Specialists for a quote.

  • Halong Bay at dusk

    Cruise on Halong Bay

    Just one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Vietnam your trip is not complete until you have taken an overnight cruise in a traditional junk boat on Halong Bay.The thousands of limestone islets create a very unique and interesting landscape like no other.

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    Cooking Classes

    With food being such a core part of Vietnamese life its no surprise that activities related to the local cuisine are so readily available. Cooking classes, street food stalls and food markets throughout Vietnam will all add to your experience of this country.

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    Found in the capital of Hanoi at Ba Dinh Square for ten months of the year this is home to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh, once the President of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969. The well respected and the most popular leader among the people of Vietnam his body is preserved in a glass case for public viewing while surrounded by arms guards. Many Vietnamese nationals and tourist visit daily and the attraction is especially busy around the birthday of Ho Chi Minh on 19 May.

  • Hoi An lanterns

    Hoi An

    In central Vietnam is the ancient town of Hoi An, on the river of Thu Bon most of the quaint buildings are still the original wooden structures and colourful lanterns line the streets bringing light to the town by night. The Japanese Covered Bridge, Silk Village and shopping should not be missed and the best way to explore is on two wheels on a hired bike.

  • Phu Quoc Beach

    Beach Resort and Spa Retreats

    Vietnam has over 3'000 km of coastline featuring many beach resort including Danang, Phan Thiet and Nha Trang as well as islands such as Phu Quoc. Luxury beachfront resorts will ensure your stay in more comfortable than you could ever imagine and spa inclusive resort are also available if you are looking to indulge that little bit further.

  • Ci Chi Tunnels

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    Just outside of Ho Chi Minh City is Cu Chi where a complex of tunnels were constructed in the Vietnamese War by the local people to protect themselves. They lived their whole lives for many years in the tunnels and part of them are open to be explored during your visit.

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December to February is generally agreed to be the best time to visit Vietnam. Temperatures remain fairly mild (between 20°C and 30°C) and there is minimal rain. You can also enjoy around 10 hours of sunshine per day. Make sure to plan your Vietnam holiday around its two monsoon seasons. May to September brings the monsoon to the southwest, while the northeast has a monsoon from October to April.

 

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Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
32ºC
14mm
Hanoi
20ºC
16mm
Hoi An
25ºC
97mm
Phan Thiet
29ºC
5mm
Phu Quoc
30ºC
29mm
Nha Trang
28ºC
42mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
33ºC
4mm
Hanoi
21ºC
30mm
Hoi An
26ºC
39mm
Phan Thiet
29ºC
3mm
Phu Quoc
30ºC
18mm
Nha Trang
15ºC
29mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
34ºC
12mm
Hanoi
23ºC
38mm
Hoi An
28ºC
30mm
Phan Thiet
30ºC
5mm
Phu Quoc
31ºC
84mm
Nha Trang
30ºC
24mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
34ºC
4mm
Hanoi
28ºC
87mm
Hoi An
31ºC
31mm
Phan Thiet
32ºC
33mm
Phu Quoc
32ºC
142mm
Nha Trang
32ºC
43mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
33ºC
220mm
Hanoi
32ºC
196mm
Hoi An
33ºC
54mm
Phan Thiet
32ºC
168mm
Phu Quoc
31ºC
319mm
Nha Trang
33ºC
56mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
32ºC
331mm
Hanoi
33ºC
241mm
Hoi An
34ºC
89mm
Phan Thiet
32ºC
178mm
Phu Quoc
31ºC
405mm
Nha Trang
33ºC
45mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
31ºC
313mm
Hanoi
33ºC
309mm
Hoi An
34ºC
72mm
Phan Thiet
32ºC
210mm
Phu Quoc
30ºC
464mm
Nha Trang
33ºC
38mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
32ºC
267mm
Hanoi
32ºC
334mm
Hoi An
34ºC
113mm
Phan Thiet
32ºC
174mm
Phu Quoc
30ºC
620mm
Nha Trang
33ºC
49mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
31ºC
334mm
Hanoi
31ºC
253mm
Hoi An
31ºC
327mm
Phan Thiet
30ºC
207mm
Phu Quoc
30ºC
463mm
Nha Trang
32ºC
139mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
31ºC
268mm
Hanoi
29ºC
117mm
Hoi An
29ºC
532mm
Phan Thiet
30ºC
210mm
Phu Quoc
30ºC
303mm
Nha Trang
30ºC
292mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
30ºC
115mm
Hanoi
26ºC
40mm
Hoi An
27ºC
388mm
Phan Thiet
30ºC
72mm
Phu Quoc
30ºC
175mm
Nha Trang
29ºC
278mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Ho Chi Minh City
31ºC
56mm
Hanoi
22ºC
20mm
Hoi An
25ºC
214mm
Phan Thiet
30ºC
27mm
Phu Quoc
30ºC
55mm
Nha Trang
28ºC
157mm
  • Isla, Destination Executive

    Isla

    Destination Executive

    “Spend some time immersing yourself in the local culture, and you will gain a much deeper understanding of the Vietnamese people. Book a homestay, visit different temples, and try to head out to meet local people in some ethnic minority villages. The north, such as in Sapa, is particularly good for this.”

     

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    Karen

    Destination Executive

    “Don’t miss out on the opportunity to relax and enjoy the white sands, crystal-clear water and fresh seafood served to you on your chair at the beach. Check out An Bang Beach or Cua Dai Beach, which are both in Hoi An, or Doc Let Beach on the Hon Khoi Peninsula or Con Dao Islands in southern Vietnam.”

     

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Vietnam holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

  • Full Moon Festival

    Held on the 14th day of every lunar month, the Full Moon Festival fills Hoi An’s streets with colourful lanterns and poetry readings. The old town’s public spaces host traditional Bai Choi opera, while the Hoai River becomes the home of flower lanterns set afloat as a wish is made. 

     

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Vietnam holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.

 

  • Pho

    Now famous around the world, pho is a simple staple of any Vietnam holiday. It’s packed full of flavours and healthy ingredients, and the steamy broth contains fresh rice noodles and a sprinkling of fresh herbs, as well as chicken or beef. 

     

  • Bánh Mì

    Banh mi, or bánh mì,  is a popular dish consisting of a light, crispy baguette with a variety of different fillings. Banh mi is the Vietnamese word for bread, and fillings include ground pork in a sweet and sticky sauce, marinated grilled pork, sardines, meatballs or vegetarian marinated tofu. 

     

Our Vietnam destinations

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Halong Bay

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Phu Quoc

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Dragon Bridge

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Da Nang

Da Nang
Hoi An lanterns

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Hoi An

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Beach

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Phan Thiet

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Hue

Hue
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Nha Trang

Nha Trang

Frequently Asked Questions

Direct flights to Vietnam currently take around 12 hours. There are currently direct flights from London Heathrow to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam Airlines. There are other indirect flights available with Thai Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines as well as other international carriers, durations will vary depending on where you travel via. 

There are various organised tours that include the 100 mile journey from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, by road this takes around 4 hours.  

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