Vietnam is an exciting country situated in the South East of Asia. Blessed with stunning landscapes, an interesting culture and fantastic cuisine, it is easy to see why Vietnam is on so many travellers’ bucket lists. Whether you visit Hanoi in the North or the City of Ho Chi Minh in the South, your trip to Vietnam will be unforgettable.
Vietnam has 9 international airports distributed throughout the country. However, the two most popular airports are Tan Son Nhat (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City and Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi. On average, a return flight from London to Vietnam will cost around £450 with prices being at their highest during the summer. On average, it takes around 11 hours to fly from London to Hanoi and closer to 12 hours to fly to Ho Minh Chi City. The only airline that offers direct flights between London and Vietnam is Vietnam Airlines.
Ho Chi Minh City
Formerly called Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a lively city of culture and commerce. There are a number of interesting cultural sights to visit while on holiday in the city such as the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Ho Chi Minh City Museum. The Jade Emperor Pagoda was built in the early 20th Century in honour of Ngoc Hoang and is a beautiful building filled with an interesting collection of statues. Housed in a former government building, Ho Chi Minh City Museum has a number of exhibitions which explore Vietnam’s turbulent history.
Vietnam’s capital is a truly fascinating location and serves as a great introduction to the country. In this city of contrasts the exoticism of the past exists in harmony with modernity. Home to beautiful pagodas, lakes and markets, there is so much to see and do in Hanoi. There are a number of fantastic galleries and museums to visit in the city, two of the best are the National Museum of Vietnamese History and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. No trip to Hanoi is complete without a walk around the Hanoi’s vibrant and slightly chaotic Old Quarter. Here you will find a number of stalls selling local crafts and some of the most authentic and affordable eating places in the city.
While in the north of Vietnam, be sure to check out Halong Bay. The bay is studded with beautiful geological features including limestone karsts and there are thousands of little islands just off the coast. One of the best ways to explore the bay and surrounding islands is to take a cruise trip. These can be booked online, at the travel agents or even the hotel can arrange one for you. One of the most popular islands to visit is Cat Ba. This island is the home of the endangered Cat Ba langur and has a beautiful national park where you can see some of Vietnam’s most exciting flora and fauna such as mangroves and Cat Ba langurs.