Singles Holidays to Vietnam

Exquisite seafood, a unique heritage, secluded cove beaches, immense natural beauty and relaxing spa treatments are all part of what makes Vietnam such an appealing travel destination. For your singles holiday, Vietnam offers plenty to do from trekking through the green hills that surround Sapa and Bac Ha to kitesurfing and motorbiking.

The limestone islands that emerge from the tropical oceanic waters and the mysterious caves such as those in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, all add to the charm of this deliciously exotic holiday destination.

Many travellers believe that Vietnam boasts the best food in South East Asia and it is certainly renowned for its exceptional cuisine; from street food to fine dining, beach restaurants to cooking schools. The food is a delicious fusion of influences including Chinese, Mongolian and Cambodian with a subtlety that perfectly reflects the beauty of this place.

Owing to its vast expanse of land which stretches over 2000 miles of coastline, Vietnam experiences a varying weather climate. The beauty of this is that there is no bad time to visit, as when one climate zone is wet and cold another is dry and warm.
 
From a weather perspective Vietnam is often split into three distinct climatic regions, owing to their terrains and geographical locations.
 
North Vietnam experiences cooler winters than its southern counterpart with temperatures falling to around 15 degrees Celsius between the months of November to April. Summers are hot, dry and long lasting from May to October, where temperatures can often reach in excess of 40 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit the North, such as Hanoi and Halong Bay is from September to December when the humidity is much lower.
 
Central Vietnam enjoys somewhat of a mix of the north and south's weather, experiencing a rainy season in summer. December to March is the best time to visit with warm days and balmy evenings, whilst June to October tend to be very hot and dry, with soaring temperatures. 
 
The areas of Ho Chi Minh city in the South has a tropical climate where conditions are often humid and hot for much of the year, with temperatures averaging 25-30 degrees Celsius all year round. December to April are the driest months with the least rainfall, with this time of year being the best time to visit.

Throw yourself into a land deeply rooted in history and culture having survived wars and invasions, with its lush interior and long stretching coastline Vietnam has a lot to offer, here are some of our top picks:

Ha Long Bay

If there’s one bucket list item that needs to be ticked off it's Ha Long Bay – one of the worlds most stunning natural wonders – dotted with 1600 towering limestone islands which scatter the emerald waters of the sea. The best way to absorb this magnificent sight is via a junk boat tour or through expeditions on a sea kayak. Either way it is most definitely a sight to behold and no trip to Vietnam would be complete without a visit.

Hoi an

Step back in time to the ancient town of Hoi an – a UNESCO world heritage site – with a mix of architecture spanning many eras, from colourful French colonial buildings, to wooden Chinese structures and Japanese pagodas, all underpinned by a canal which sweeps through the quaint and photographic town centre. Whilst there, be sure to make time to get yourself a bespoke tailor made suit, the workmanship is second to none with Hoi an well-known for its tailoring

Da nang

As Vietnams third largest city, Da nang has lots on offer from its century old pagodas and French colonial architecture, right through to its pristine beaches and tranquil waters. Not to be missed are the Marble Mountains, a group of hills comprised of marble and limestone where you can enjoy spectacular views.

Culture

Be prepared for the Vietnamese’s friendliness to win you over! Getting to know the people of Vietnam is the single most rewarding thing you can do whilst holidaying there. Their warmth and generosity will keep you returning holiday after holiday.

Etiquette

In Vietnamese society, it is important for people to respect their elders, on greeting people the oldest member of any group should always be greeting and served first.

When dining out use the chopsticks provided, making sure you rest them on your plate or on the table between eating your course. Hold your bowl close to your face when eating and when you’ve finished your meal, place your chopsticks on your plate or rice bowl.

On greeting someone in Vietnam shake their hand on saying hello and saying goodbye, whilst bowing your head slightly to show your respect. Say  “xin chao” (pounced ‘seen chow’) in addition to their name and title on initial greetings.

Vietnam is well accustomed to westerners so shorts and skirts are not frowned upon. Though be sure to cover up if you are heading to any religious sites or away from touristy areas, off the beaten track.

Tipping: Tipping is not expected in Vietnam, so don’t feel obliged to tip whilst eating or drinking out.

Greetings & Language

If you’re looking to socialise or greet your fellow Vietnamese whilst away on holiday, here are a few handy phrases to help you on your travels.

To say hello, it’s ‘Xin chao’ (pronounced ‘sin chow’) and goodbye is ‘Tam Biet’.

Thank you is ‘Xin Cam’ (pronounced ‘sin gahm un’).

Whilst, I'd like to eat is ‘Toi muon an’ (pronounced ‘thoy moowan un’) and I'd like to drink is Toi muon uong (pronounced ‘thoy moowan oowanh’).

Vietnam - Hanoi & Hoi An


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