Feasts and Flavors on a Holiday in Vietnam

Wherever your holiday in Vietnam takes you, you’ll enjoy the country’s amazing cuisine. Bowls of steaming pho, the staple soupy noodle dish, fragrant with herbs, cinnamon, and star anise make a hearty meal. Banh mi the Vietnamese-French fusion sandwich is great for breakfast. And a glass of strong, sweet Vietnamese coffee is welcome just about any time. Like the experienced chef that knows her ingredients and prepares a meal with the right balance of flavors, Enchanting Travels destination experts can curate a personalized tour that caters exclusively to your appetite.

Known for its great street food, fast-paced and modern Ho Chi Minh City is also famous for two architectural wonders from the colonial era: Saigon Central Post Office and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Walk the narrow streets of the bustling Old Quarter of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, before heading across the city to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex. Stop at a restaurant to eat the city’s iconic dish, cha ca La Vong. At Hanoi’s popular Thang Long theatre, watch puppets emerge from the water to act out a traditional Vietnamese folktale, accompanied by musicians on a variety of instruments.

Beyond the tourist trails, there are many less-visited places in this once strife-torn country. You could call on the erstwhile Imperial City of Hue, the underground tunnels of Cu Chi district, Cat Tien National Park, or the enormous cave of Hang Son Doong.

It’s thrilling to set sail on Ha Long Bay in an upcycled traditional Chinese junk, fitted with all manner of amenities. As you cruise this scenic, dense archipelago of 1,600 limestone karsts covered in thick vegetation, you’ll spot natural caves and hidden bays. Take in another kind of boat ride too: down the Mekong Delta, where women wearing the trademark conical bamboo hats tend rice fields, and the lush countryside glides by.


Best Time to Visit Vietnam

Halong Bay Vietnam Tour
Private tours of Vietnam at their best: Halong Bay at sunset

Vietnam has a tropical climate and the temperatures range between 22 ̊C and 30 ̊C. However, there is no bad travel time to undertake a tour of Vietnam. Our destination experts share an overview on when to visit the various parts of Vietnam.

Best time to visit Vietnam

Top Ten Things to do in Vietnam

Water Puppet Shows, Perfume River and the mighty Mekong – Vietnam is brimming with treasures large and small. Experience the best of Vietnam’s fascinating culture and bounteous nature. Follow the link to discover our top ten Vietnam attractions.

Things to do in Vietnam

Top Travel Tips for Your Vietnam Tour

What should you consider while planning your Vietnam tour? What should you pack for your Vietnam tour? What currency is accepted in the country? Find answers to all your questions from our destination experts.

Vietnam Travel Tips

Safety in Vietnam

While the country is becoming increasingly popular with tourists from all over the world, it is wise to keep in mind that Vietnam is still a developing nation. Generally, traveling in Vietnam is quite safe. However, here are some tips to keep in mind for a seamless and stress-free vacation.

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Culture in Vietnam

Vietnam Culture
Vietnam has an exciting culture to offer

Discover an incredible inheritance steeped in traditions, and warm, hospitable people, during our authentic Vietnam tours. Chinese influence is easily discernible in the historic city of Hanoi. In central Vietnam, imperialism has left in mark, and the art and architecture of Hue are an ode to bygone eras. The lantern-lit streets of Hoi An will have you meander past remnants from colonial settlements of yore.

On your Vietnam tour of the South, which is dominated by the country’s colonial history, expect a brush with fast-paced modern life, and a charmed existence in the beautiful waterways of the mighty Mekong. The people are wonderfully polite and their customs are deeply rooted in Confucianism and Taoism – they respect their family and elders and have an aversion to conflict.

Vietnamese, the local language, is very hard to learn as it comes with six different tonal variations that differ from region to region. English is spoken in cities such as Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Hoi An and Hue.

Top Vietnam Travel Tips – Culture:

  • Don’t be taken aback by the sheer number of motorbikes – Vietnam has an estimated 10 million of them plying on the roads everyday, and most of these are in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
  • It’s a good idea to learn a few words from the local language before your Vietnam trip. Just hello – xin chào – and thank you – cảm ơn bạn, will help. And always smile!

Cuisine of Vietnam

Vietnamese Cuisine
Check out the national dish of Pho – a delicious dish for gourmet guests in Vietnam!

In Vietnam, you will have the opportunity to experience many culinary delights, as the cuisine is considered one of the world’s healthiest – and, in our opinion, delectable.

On your Vietnam tour, you will notice that there is more Chinese influence in the north, and you can savor noodles and soupy broths. In central Vietnam, such as in Hue, meals are very elaborate, and many side dishes are served with the mains. A Ho Chi Minh City tour offers you some delicious options. In fact, Forbes magazine ranks this city as one of the top 10 street food destinations in the world! French colonial influence is evident from the many European-style coffee shops in Ho Chi Minh City, where stuffed baguettes are popular.

Your private Vietnam tours will take you deep into the South, where people prefer their food spicier, and rice-based dishes are common.

Try some delicious Vietnamese food:

  • Pho: noodle soup served with fresh vegetables and meat
  • Cao lầu: a dish made with noodles, pork and leafy greens. In Hoi An it is specially made with water drawn from a 100-year-old well!
  • Bún chả: grilled pork served with vermicelli rice
  • Bánh khoai: pan-fried stuffed crepes made of rice flour
  • Bánh xèo: fried pancakes served with lettuce and herbs

Top Vietnam Travel Tip – Cuisine:

You’ll find that fish sauce is practically inescapable during your Vietnam tour, as almost every dish will come with a liberal dose of fish sauce!

Vietnam's History

Your Vietnam tour will ensure you aware of the country’s rich history, which is as diverse as the country’s natural beauty. There is evidence of humans settling here from as early as 500,000 BC! The Chinese introduced Confucianism and Mahayana Buddhism during their 1000-year rule, although many years of war and strife followed.

During your many Vietnam tours, you will see beautiful boulevards in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) – an effect of French colonisation in the 16th century. After the second World War, Ho Chi Minh signed a treaty with the French to unite the nation but foreign intervention worsened the situation. After many massacres and global anti-war protests, the USA withdrew its troops.

Late in the 20th century, after the fight between the north and south had ended, the government introduced economic reforms and today, Vietnam is a booming economy. Despite many trials, the people have retained their warm spirit and simple lives, and Vietnam tours are an important source of revenue.


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