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Vietnam may not be the first place you think of when you picture the perfect winter sun holiday. But, its postcard-worthy beaches, unique cuisine and compelling culture make it a country worth putting on your radar! Here are 5 reasons why Vietnam is the best place to escape to this winter.

1) You're guaranteed good weather

There really isn't a right or wrong time to visit Vietnam. While the weather in the north can get quite chilly from June to August, the rest of the country enjoys a warm and relatively dry climate throughout most of the year. If it's sunshine and clear blue skies you seek, book a trip to the country's southern beaches anytime from November to April. You won't be disappointed!

 

2) The beaches are a dream

Picture soft, white sand and clear turquoise sea and you have one of Vietnam’s beaches. The country’s long coastline has made way for an array of beautiful beach resorts, restaurants and bars that help you truly sit back and relax. Here, they serve everything from the freshest seafood straight from the boat to Mojitos and your favourite home comforts – pizza included!

If you fancy it, many beach resorts such as Phan Thiet also offer the chance to try adrenaline-pumping water sports such as kitesurfing and paragliding. And with beaches spanning up to 15km, there’s plenty of room to find the perfect secluded sunbathing spot to top up that winter tan.

 

3) Its cities are chaotic but compelling

Anyone who's stepped foot in one of Vietnam's hectic and haphazard cities will know how difficult they are to forget. Buzzing motorbikes swarm every street in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, and everything (not just the traffic!) moves at a million miles an hour. With their fascinating museums and astounding architecture, it's simply impossible not to get sucked into the whirlpool of commotion and culture.

 

4) Vietnamese food is divine

When it comes to South-East Asian cuisine, Vietnam is fast becoming a serious contender for the top spot. Balancing salty, sweet, sour and hot flavours, Vietnamese cuisine is an amalgamation of the country’s French colonial past and its neighbouring Asian countries, while still retaining its own identity.

Pho is Vietnam’s most famed culinary celebrity, a soup dish usually consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat. But street food stalls are also dominated by the more humble Banh Mi: a Vietnamese-style baguette filled with egg, pickled vegetables or meat.

 

5) It's a sightseer's paradise

Vietnam has no shortage of spectacular sights to see. From the outstanding natural beauty of Ha Long Bay’s limestone peaks to the Mekong Delta's maze of rivers, swamps and islands, Vietnam is a treat for the senses. Hire a canoe and drift past floating markets and villages, surrounded by shimmering rice paddies and the occasional bathing buffalo. Or, hop on a bike and ride through picturesque village roads, waving at the friendly locals.

And then there are the exquisite temples, lush rice fields and mountainous landscape. Whichever direction the country pulls you, it promises a winter sun holiday that will be hard to forget.

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Start planning your escape today! Browse our selection of holidays to Vietnam here or give us a call on 0844 815 0005.

 

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