Central Vietnam

The central region of Vietnam is a laid-back part of the country which allows for some relaxation to be mixed in with an exploration of the historical heart of the country. No visit should miss delightful Hoi An, a trading port with a fascinating past and a charming character. It is one of our favourite places in Southeast Asia.

Hoi An

On any Vietnam holiday Hoi An is a great place to take it easy for a day or two between the energetic cities of Hanoi and Saigon. This historical town was a busy trading port between the 15th and 19th centuries and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The old town is small enough to explore on foot and you will discover many important sights that reflect Hoi An’s multinational nature. These include a traditional merchant’s home, the Japanese covered bridge, a Chinese temple and the local market. However a lot of the fun of being in Hoi An is just to stroll around the pretty streets or visit the sandy beach.

Hue

The city of Hué was the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Their seat of power was the citadel which contains a Forbidden City modelled on the one in Beijing and it may be reached by riding on a traditional cyclo. The citadel sits on the banks of the Perfume River which is said to get its name from the fragrant flowers that fall into the water.

Hué also has many other historical sights including the tombs of the emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, as well as Thien Mu Pagoda, said to be the tallest in Vietnam.

Dalat

Dalat is a hill station in central Vietnam famous for its mild climate. It was popular with the colonial French and today is a favourite destination for honeymooners. While in Dalat you can enjoy some of the natural scenery including Elephant Waterfall and  Xuan Huong Lake. Other activities include an open-air train ride, learning about traditional garding methods at a local village and visiting a family-run silk factory.

Beaches of Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a seaside town popular for its pristine beaches. It is a well-developed resort offering a variety of accommodation, dining and entertainment options. While here you can go snorkelling, scuba diving or take a boat ride around the nearby islands. Nha Trang is easily accessible by a short flight from Saigon or Danang (Hoi An) and it's a great place to spend a few days relaxing at the end of your Vietnam holiday.


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