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Vietnam Travel Guide

Full of old-world charm and vibrant colour, Vietnam is the heart of Indochina, where Chinese culture clashes with the Southeast Asian tropics. With towering rice terraces and karst mountains, awesome beaches and caves in Halong Bay, spell binding cities and towns from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, tantalizing food and a heavy history, there's no end to the diversity Vietnam offers travellers. 
languages icon LANGUAGES
Vietnamese is the official language,
but English is widely spoken too.
currency icon CURRENCY
Vietnamese Dong (VND)
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Indochina Time Zone
UTC + 07:00

Top places to visit in Vietnam

Hanoi 
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Ho Chi Minh
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Hoi An
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Vietnam on a Shoestring

An affordable tour of the best of Vietnam, this journey takes you from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi via Nha Trang's beaches and nightlife, charming UNESCO site Hoi An, historical Hue and jaw-dropping Ha Long Bay. 
12 days
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Best of Vietnam

From the intensity of Ho Chi Minh City's streets to spectacular rice terraces, travel the length of Vietnam and savour its natural, cultural, and historical delights. Meet the Hmong people and other minority villagers on a hilltribe excursion and sail into the photographic possibilities of beautiful Halong Bay.
15 days
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Explore Vietnam

Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s mesmerizing culture and momentous history on a journey from the emerald mountains of the north to the sun-drenched beaches of the south. Discover a plethora of UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the imperial city of Hue and mystical Ha Long Bay. Glimpse rural life on a hike through idyllic Mai Chau Valley; enjoy a cyclo ride through the heart of bustling Hanoi; and descend into the famed Cu Chi tunnels, where Viet Cong guerillas lived during the Vietnam War.
13 days
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FAQ - Travel in Vietnam

When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

The best time to visit Vietnam is from January to May. During this period, you'll have the least chance of encountering monsoons, which fall in the southwest (around Ho Chi Minh)  from May to September, and in the northeast from October to April (around Hanoi and Sapa). To get the best experience and views of Sapa. Ha Long Bay and stunning Tam Coc, which are all in the north, head to the country between December and May. 

Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?

If you're an Australian citizen looking to travel to Vietnam, you'll need a visa. These are easily obtainable on arrival into the country - you just need to submit an application at www.vietnamvisa.govt.vn before you go, allowing plenty of time for it to be processed. You'll then be allowed to travel in and out of Vietnam for a maximum of 30 days. You can talk to one of our Travel Experts for more help or information.

What's the best way of getting around Vietnam?

Since Vietnam is so long and thin, it's best to start in the northernmost city Hanoi (near China), or the southernmost city of Ho Chi Minh (near Cambodia and the Mekong Delta) and work your way up or down. Highway 1 runs the length of the country, so air-conditioned coaches are your best bet, alongside our adventure tours. You could also hop on the train, which covers all major cities, and we can even help you book domestic flights if you're super short on time and want to cover long distances in an hour. 

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