IIn a nutshell: Curvaceous Vietnam, wedged between the warm waters of the East Sea and the forested Annamite Mountains that border Laos, offers adventures on land, river and sea. You’ll discover ancient ruins, floating markets, hill tribe communities, beach havens and island paradises, with plenty of opportunities to get active, from forest-trekking and paddy field walks to kitesurfing. Add in the romantic charms of Hanoi and Hoi An, the full-on experience of Ho Chi Minh City, and one of the world’s most tantalizing cuisines, from street food to haute cuisine, and it’s easy to see why Vietnam has such a wide appeal, from family holidays to luxurious romantic sojourns.

Language: Vietnamese, but staff in hotels and tourist areas tend to also speak English.

Currency: Vietnamese Dong, with US dollars accepted in many places.

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When To Go To Vietnam?

Vietnam’s high season is November through to April, and the months of July and August, but temperatures vary within the country. Humidity soars in the south from April. It can be cool in the north between December and March. Typhoons may strike different latitudes of Vietnam between June and November. Although Tet, Vietnamese lunar New Year (late January or early February) is a wonderful time to visit Vietnam, prices soar and hotel and transport is hard to come by.

Festivals/Events in Vietnam

Food & Drink in Vietnam

Top 5 things to do in Vietnam

Sail through Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long

Explore Hanoi’s Old Town and French Quarter

Cruise along the Mekong Delta

Discover the subterranean splendour of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Soak up the romantic atmosphere of Hoi An

For more ideas, see Top 10 things to do in Vietnam

Ultimate Luxury Experience in Vietnam

Ultimate Family Experience in Vietnam

For more ideas on family travel adventures, read 12 Great Family Destinations

What to pack on a trip to Vietnam

Health & Safety in Vietnam

Travel Tips for Vietnam

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Claire Boobbyer is a freelance travel writer whose heart is split between Latin America and the Far East. She writes mainly about Cuba, Vietnam, and Laos for the international press. See www.claireboobbyer.com, or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @claireboobbyer

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