From the emerald rice fields and scenic highlands of Sapa in the north to the lush pastures and riverside gardens of the Mekong Delta in the south, Vietnam is a land of incredible natural and cultural diversity. The cities and towns are defined by a graceful blend of old French colonial beauty, faded imperial relics and a contemporary culture. Hanoi, the cultural heart and capital of the nation is home to a vibrant Old Quarter, well-preserved French district and a captivating culinary scene while Hue, the former imperial city on the central coast offers a glimpse into the lives of Vietnam's former ruling family. The old port town Hoi An is endlessly charming with its colorful mix of Chinese, Japanese and European influences and meandering lanes lined with chic eateries and boutiques. Further south, the bustling commercial center of Ho Chi Minh City enjoys a lively cosmopolitan vibe with bustling markets, traditional temples and broad French boulevards.
Listen to the Luxury Travel Insider Podcast where we discuss why Vietnam should be on the top of your travel list with Sarah Groen of Bell & Bly Travel and two of our favorite A&K Southeast Asia Insiders – Duong, an expert in art, design and architecture, and Chef Duc, a Vietnamese culinary master.
- Exploring trendy boutiques, designer craft stores and social enterprises that are putting the spotlight on Vietnamese artisans
- Trekking to ethnic communities and terraced rice fields in Vietnam’s northern highlands
- An immersion in traditional lifestyle, culture and cuisine with the owner of an historic garden estate in Hue
- Weaving in and out of markets, rice farms and lush forests on an exhilarating motorbike or scooter adventure
- A private escape to Con Dao island, home to some of Vietnam's finest beaches