The ultimate guide to luxury travel in Vietnam
Known for its history and cultural diversity, Vietnam is a nation overflowing with natural wonders and we encourage travellers to witness and experience this remarkable country at least once in their lifetimes.
From undulating hills and unspoiled beaches to luscious jungles and modern cities, this South East Asian country stretches along the eastern coast of the Indochinese Peninsula and promises its visitors a truly unforgettable visit.
Incredibly easy to explore, the majority of travelling will typically take place in tourist coaches or private transfers with chauffeur-driven cars — the majority of hotels will offer this luxurious option. An alternative option would be to travel via train, where you can access popular destinations quickly and at a more affordable rate.
To help you experience a truly luxurious escape in this awe-inspiring country, we have create the perfect guide to Vietnam for you to use — no expenses spared. But do note that if you are a US citizen and are hoping to visit this beautiful country, ensure that you meet the specific requirements — you will need to apply for a Vietnam e visa in order to succesfully pass through security checks at the airport.
Where to stay
With a seemingly endless amount of luxury hotels all across Vietnam, the choice may seem impossible. Thankfully, we have chosen a few of the very best hotels that will surely live up to your impeccable expectations.
The Anantara Quy Nhon Villas is on the outskirts of the peaceful town of Qui Nhon and offers its guests a perfect sense of intimacy. Beautifully nestled along the beach, this boutique hotel allows a relationship between guests and nature to flourish — the glorious villas featuring open-air showers and private plunge pools will have you thinking that you were swept to paradise.
Naturally, the Four Seasons Resort Hoi An (The Nam Hai) will undoubtedly impress. With 100 villas perfectly placed along the beach, two delectable restaurants, a variety of pools and an overindulgent spa, you will most likely wish to extend your stay.
With exceptional service, an exquisite spa where multiple treatments and hydrotherapy rooms offered, and a variety of incredible facilities, the Amanoi is an ideal hotel to experience during your stay in Vietnam.
Where to eat
Although Vietnamese food is rarely on the radar, it is one of Asia’s greatest culinary secrets. Focusing on the freshest ingredients, dishes achieve an incomparable combination of textures and flavours.
With an array of exquisite restaurants throughout the country and over 500 traditions dishes to indulge in, it is fair to say that Vietnam is a paradise for food-lovers.
Located in Ho Chi Minh City, the superb Xu Restaurant Lounge offers a combination of traditional and modern Vietnamese cuisine. Using new techniques to simplify complex dishes and draw out intense flavours, guests will undoubtedly enjoy their courses.
Perhaps the best local restaurant in Hué, the Kim Long Fine Dining restaurant located in the Garden House at Ancient Hué — collection of original Royal ancient houses — is truly one of a kind. Serving delicate sweet and spicy flavours, along with an abundance of fresh produce and seafood, this restaurant offers the very best of Vietnamese food.
What to do
When visiting Vietnam, one must ensure that they witness the beauty of the rice fields of Sapa. This town in the Northwest region of Vietnam is located at an altitude of 1600 metres and is widely known for its trekking opportunities — if you are one to enjoy such ventures, then place this on your list of things to do and you will thank us later.
Similarly, you can experience rural beauty by cruising in Ha Long Bay, where you will find emerald waters and over 1600 jungle-covered islands and islets.
Those wanting to experience an urban jungle can do so by visiting Ho Chi Minh City, otherwise known as Saigon. Undoubtedly the country’s largest city with a population of 7.5 million people, Ho Chi Minh City is the perfect opportunity to see Vietnam’s modern skyline.
In Saigon, you can see remnants of the war in the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum, as well as classic French architecture such as the Central Post Office and Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception — you are bound to see an insightful find on nearly every street of the city.
If the bright lights of the city are far too dizzying, then take a step back in time by visiting the imperial city of Hué. Here you will see the remnants of the last royal dynasty in Vietnamese history by visiting this major tourist attraction.
As we have explained, Vietnam offers an eye-opening experience into a culturally diverse world, and we believe that it is truly worth witnessing — so what are you waiting for?
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