Unrivalled cultural diversity, magnificent natural wonders and a bounty of history and heritage – this is only the start of what can be discovered on a luxury holiday to Vietnam. This country of contrasts has become one of southeast Asia’s most popular cultural hubs, with everything from expanding urban cities to old-world hilltop villages dotted across the region. The culture may be complex, but it’s worth taking the time to unravel.
From what to do to where to stay, find out why Vietnam should be on your travel checklist for 2019 with our luxury guide.
Explore Hoi An
Formerly a major trading port, Hoi An is now one of the Vietnam’s most atmospheric areas. The ancient core of this riverside village is infused with Chinese, European and Japanese architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town comprises of art galleries, restaurants and tailors along narrow streets, which are adorned with hanging lanterns to light the way. While the Japanese Covered Bridge is perhaps the most popular attraction, there are several noteworthy sights to see, so be sure to indulge in a helping of the region’s freshly prepared cuisine to fuel your exploration.
Sail from Ha Long Bay
Defined by towering limestone pillars rising from the water, the seascape spectacle of Ha Long Bay attracts many travellers to the water’s edge. With over 1,600 mostly uninhabited islands lingering in the emerald water, the best way to explore is with a cruise around the bay. With hundreds of boats available, step on board and explore everything from solitary floating villages to hidden caves and deep grottoes, immersed in the archaic limestone rocks. Venture to Dau Go Cave, one of the most popular in the bay, and uncover unique rock formations illuminated by natural and artificial lighting for an out-of-the-ordinary experience.
Cruise through Mekong Delta
Buffalo wallowing in the rice paddies, local children cycling to school and fruit-laden boats cruising along winding rivers – the Mekong Delta is a destination like no other in Vietnam. For an immersive experience into the region’s agricultural heart, paddle through one of the floating markets, embellished with brightly coloured fruits and flowers, or visit one of the many timeless villages, witnessing how local people continue to lead a traditional life in this naturally astounding setting.
Where to stay in Vietnam
If you’re looking for luxury in Vietnam, it isn’t hard to find. If you desire to be at the heart of the action, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is superbly located within the downtown area of the city, only a short walk from the Old Quarter. Spend your day exploring the local sights before retiring to Le Spa du Metropole for a revitalising hammam and sauna. Alternatively, Six Senses’ two luxurious Vietnamese properties allow you to withdraw from the rush of Vietnams hotspots. Accessible only by boat, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay comprises a stretch of white sands and a beautiful coral reef, in addition to sublime, split-level water villas and a selection of mesmerising dining settings. Further off shore, Six Senses Con Dao’s secluded setting only helps you appreciate the authentic fishing village-inspired design of the resort. From scuba-diving to cooking classes, and of course a legendary Six Senses Spa, this innovative resort exudes genuine Vietnamese flair.
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