From the shimmering rice terraces and lofty peaks of Sapa in the north, down to the rich soils and swaying palms of the Mekong Delta in the south, Vietnam is a country of epic beauty and unique heritage.

You can’t experience the Vietnam of today without confronting its harrowing past – this is a country that has emerged from the ashes of war to become one of Asia’s most enchanting destinations and it is easy to see why.

The sublime sight of Halong Bay, miles of beautiful coast and sandy beaches, the imperial heritage, vibrant cities such as Saigon and Hanoi, and friendly locals truly earn Vietnam its ‘compelling’ status.

green mountain beside body of water during daytime

four wooden boat on teal sea

Sapa is a magical town in the remote north-western corner of Vietnam. When the mist descends across the valley this setting becomes even more staggering. A prime location for trekking and to experience an authentic Vietnam, you can tour the iconic rice paddies, visit small villages and meet ethnic tribes.

aerial view of city at daytime
One of the best Vietnam holiday experiences is a cruise along the Mekong River, a magnificent way to experience local life as you float past the farms and even floating market places.

It is also a wonderful way to experience the gorgeous colours of the sunset.

Why not learn the lifelong skill of cooking authentic food right at the source? Across the whole of Vietnam, you will find cooking classes that teach you about the native spices and ingredients, before helping you to turn them into a tasty dish – some the top chefs have spent time learning how to cook Vietnamese cuisine, and this could be your chance to learn to cook like a pro.

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