Vietnam’s narrow waist arguably packs in the biggest concentration of must-see attractions in the country. From myriad leisure options that encompass championship golf courses and perhaps the finest stretch of sand in the region to a wealth of historical and natural draws, the slender strip of land is popular with a broad spectrum of travelers, from budget to high end.

Those who want to delve into Vietnam’s rich and often tumultuous past will find plenty of stimulation here. The region is home to three Unesco World Heritage sites – imperial Hue, the ancient port of Hoi An and the ancient Cham ruins of My Son. A darker chapter in the country’s twisting saga can also be investigated in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the old border between North and South Vietnam that witnessed some of the fiercest fighting of the American War.

It is Central Vietnam’s lightness of touch that is its greatest appeal however. Natural beauty abounds at the cool heights of Bach Ma National Park, Ba Na Hill Station and Hai Van Pass, while China Beach, which runs all the way south from Danang to Hoi An, is fully deserving of its worldwide fame.

While modern Danang is the region’s main entrepot, Hoi An is the main highlight of the region for many tourists. As well as boasting some of Vietnam’s best-preserved architecture, the ancient town offers tremendous shopping, a lively restaurant scene and some of the country’s most exquisite indigenous cuisine. Its proximity to China Beach and bucolic countryside ideal for exploring via bicycle just adds to its allure.

FEATURED TRIP

FLAVOURS OF VIETNAM (10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS)

Take a gastronomic adventure through Vietnam. Spend ten days immersed in the country’s culinary scene, sampling everything from tasty street food to gourmet fusion dishes. Learn the secrets behind these mouthwatering morsels with visits to fresh markets and hands-on cooking classes.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Be a farmer for a day. Join a local family at their farm, ploughing the fields and picking rice for a better understanding of Vietnam’s agriculture
  • Join hands-on cooking classes. Grab an apron and step into the kitchen, learning to prepare Vietnamese dishes from villagers and famous chefs
  • Sample local specialties. Try food from each of Vietnam’s distinctive regions and at popular local stalls for an authentic taste of the country

FULL DAY TOUR: EXPLORING OLD HUE BY BICYCLE

Discover the hidden back roads of the city on this captivating Hue cycling tour. Meander country roads passing craft villages, countless shrines and pagodas. Meet with local artisans, visit traditional garden houses and pedal along the Perfume River, while experiencing Hue from a different perspective.

FULL DAY ‘INSIDER’ TOUR

This full day tour will give you a wonderful insight into the culture and life of Vietnamese people. Travel beyond Nha Trang’s modern skyline and beaches to explore countryside villages and meet friendly residents. Cruise down a photogenic river, dine in a traditional house and experience what life is truly like in rural Vietnam.

HALF DAY TOUR: HOI AN COUNTRYSIDE BY VINTAGE VESPA

Step off the beaten track with an exciting Vespa tour trough Hoi An’s countryside. Get a taste of authentic Vietnamese life while passing farms and villages, stopping to chat with the locals and visit cottage industries. Snap photos of vibrant landscapes and enjoy lunch amid the tranquil rice paddies.

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