Welcome to an Asian destination well and truly on the rise - get there fast before it changes! Vietnam offers some of Southeast Asia's most awe-inspiring landscapes, most interesting locals, the best food, awesome road trips, and a complex history that will shake you to your core. This is Southeast Asia at its most compelling, and it comes with only one warning: One visit, no matter the length, is never enough. You'll want to return to Vietnam again and again.
Best time to visit Vietnam?
The best time for tourists to visit Vietnam is from January to May - this is when you'll have the least chance of encountering monsoons, which fall in the southwest from May to September, and in the northeast from October to April. To get the best experience and views of Sapa. Ha Long Bay and stunning Tam Coc, head to the country between December and May.
What's the best way of getting around Vietnam?
Vietnam is a long, thin country, so we recommend you start in either Hanoi (in the north, near China and Laos) or Ho Chi Minh City (in the south, near Cambodia and the Mekong Delta) and tour the length of it from north to south or vice versa, stopping at highlights such as Hue and Hoi an along the way. Highway 1 runs the length of Vietnam making air-conditioned coaches the best option for most budget travelers. Long distance ones are fitted with sleeper berths, and prices are reasonable.
There is also a railway that runs the length of Vietnam. The trains tend to be comfortable and offer great views.
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 hill tribe excursion and sail into the photographic possibilities of beautiful Halong Bay.
Vietnam has much to offer tourists and holiday makers. To find out more about visiting Vietnam visit the Vietnamese governments tourist site here