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Although Vietnam is a relatively small country, its climates are mixed due to differences in latitude from North to South. Therefore, ideal times of travel vary throughout the country. Culturally, Vietnam is also quite diverse due to century old immigration patterns as well as the division of the country during the period surrounding the Vietnam War, making for exciting and varied experiences.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep….at the Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, central Vietnam’s best resort
  • Experience…stargazing from the astronomical observatory at Six Senses Con Dao
  • Splurge….on a few nights at the Amano’i, just south of Nha Trang in Vihn Hy
  • Eat….at Mango MangoMango Rooms or Mai Fish
  • Drink…the local beers wherever you go (Bia Hue, Bia Hanoi, Bia Saigon and so on)
  • Savor…a Vietnamese cupping massage
  • Visit…the historic towns of Hoi An and Hue and see remnants of the Vietnam War
  • See….what daily life is like in Hoi An on a farming and fishing tour
  • Shop…at Yaly Couture, Hoi An’s best tailor
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations and itineraries

Need to Know: Visa

Please note that Vietnam requires a Visa that may take between two weeks to a month to acquire the appropriate paperwork, so booking your trip in advance is advisable.

Lay of the Land

“I had seen the flowers on her dress beside the canals in the north, she was indigenous like an herb, and I never wanted to go home.”
~Graham Greene, The Quiet American

Central Vietnam
The most popular destinations in central Vietnam are the ancient city of Hue and the coastal cities of Danang and Hoi An. The major airport in the region is Danang and most guests spend time in Hue, which is 65 miles away, or Hoi An, an 18 mile drive. Hue is best known for its ancient citadel and history as the imperial capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945 while Hoi An is known for its wide beaches and old town. If possible, travelers should include a stop in Central Vietnam to their itinerary not only for the history, but also for beach time with the best weather in the spring and early summer. Danang is about an hour and 15 minute flight from Hanoi.

South Vietnam
Located just an hour flight from Saigon, Nha Trang is a popular beach destination in the South of Vietnam. The most popular resorts are around an hour or so from the airport and focus mainly on relaxation, hiking and experiencing the charm of the small fishing villages nearby. Travelers should beware that drives often take longer than expected as the infrastructure is still being built. The best time to visit is in the late spring and summer. Nha Trang is about an hour and 45 minute flight from Hanoi and an hour from Ho Chi Minh.

Northern Vietnam
The state of North Vietnam existed as the Democratic Republic of Vietnam from 1945, when Ho Chi Minh declared independence from France, to 1976, when North and South Vietnam reunified into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Vestiges of the past remain throughout the region, which includes such popular destinations as Hanoi, Halong Bay and the mountainous region of Sapa, as well as lesser-known provinces that are suitable for more intrepid travelers. Halong Bay can be visited year-round, with the exception of the rainy season, June and July, when visibility is limited and the jellyfish population is higher than usual.

Islands
Just off the coast of Southern Vietnam are the islands of Con Dao, one of which is home to the Six Senses Con Dao. Flights take about 45 minutes from Saigon. The islands offer natural beauty and are a more remote alternative to the other popular resorts like the Four Seasons Nam Hai and Amano’i.

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