Vietnam     

If you haven't already traveled to Vietnam you must.  It's an exciting country rich in natural and cultural attractions and lovely people.  Despite having been occupied for centuries by foreigners, its traditions have survived. And, while it is no longer two separate countries, both the North and the South still have clear distinctions. Travel in Vietnam is simplified by the its narrowness and the fact that each "half" has equally important destinations. Throughout Vietnam you'll find delicious cuisine, picturesque scenery, exceptional museums, and superb handicrafts and art.  It's an extraordinarily beautiful country and one not to be missed.  

 

Important Destinations

Halong Bay - A World Heritage Site; tranquile with towering limestone karsts, inlets and caves

Hanoi - The capital city with a colonial look and feel; low key; lots of shady boulevards and cafes

Ho Chi Minh City - Formerly Saigon; the largest city and economic center; a bustling metropolis

Hoi An - An old, well-preserved port city with cobblestone streets, good tailors, and handicrafts

Hue - Once home of the emperors; on the Perfume River; famous for Imperial cuisine and sites 

Sapa - A village in the northern mountains; gateway to visiting hill tribes

 

Best Times to Visit

The weather in Vietnam is the determinant in deciding when to visit.  With both frost and sub-tropical temperatures possible, due to the country's geographic diversity, the greater issues are the monsoons which occur in winter and summer.  To avoid some of the crowds and have reasonable weather, we recommend visiting in the months of:

  • April
  • May
  • September
  • October