Core to any Indo-China journey, Vietnam provides a diverse and inviting mix of culture, colonial relics and ancient treasures – not to mention its wondrous beaches and deliciously fresh and healthy cuisine! The lengthy east coast provides a wealth of sandy beaches to explore, with its climate and culture influenced by its geographical position. Those arriving in the north, to the capital and popular gateway city of Hanoi, will instantly recognise and embrace the French Colonial style within the downtown area. Located close to Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Old Quarter, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is a firm favourite with visiting dignitaries, since it expertly provides European luxury whilst still exuding Vietnamese hospitality. Enjoy the lively pavement bazaars before visiting Ho Chi Minh Museum or Mausoleum, which offer a great insight into the eventful history and cultural influences gained by its geographical location - sharing borders with China, Laos and Cambodia.
For those travellers with less time to tour this diverse country, a flight to Da Nang enables visitors to see the stunning Marble Mountains and Buddhist shrines, along with enjoying some of Vietnam’s most stunning and isolated beaches – such as China Beach. Further south, one could fly to Nha Trang, which is a popular resort, home to sacred Long Son Pagoda, an important Buddhist temple for pilgrims, and crystal-clear waters which are perfect for water sports and diving. Equally as alluring, is the ancient 15th century port of Hoi An that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting wooden and lacquered architecture, cultural relics, temples, pagodas and a wealth of trading history, all within its narrow streets. Oozing with charm and ambience, one can delight in the Old Quarter that, for one night each month, is beautifully adorned with softly glowing, colourful lanterns.