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Boutique hotels in Vietnam (3)

It’s hard to do justice to this wonderful, exotic country. There’s simply too much to see and do, from navigating busy street markets, to explore ancient, regal ruins to lazing on golden sands. One of the new powerhouses of Asia, Vietnam is now a forward-thinking, vibrant nation with so much to offer travelers, regardless of age. 

Where to go
Explore thousands of years of history in the ruins around the ancient cities of Saigon and Hanoi. Go on a food tour and discover how the colonial French and the indigenous Viet cuisine created something truly special.  Try water sports in one of the many secluded bays, without the crowds of many other Asian resorts. Work on your tan, hike through the jungle, cycle through busy streets or simply kick back in your villa with a good book - it’s all on offer here. 

Food & Drink
Vietnamese cuisine is world famous and no wonder, it’s a potent tangy blend of fresh vegetables, spices, noodles, chicken, pork and beef. The delicious Banh Mi - a white baguette with pork, chilli and coriander deserves its lofty place in the pantheon of sandwiches. To eat superlatively in Vietnam, we recommend Nineteen11 (1 Trang Tien), a Hanoi institution that serves the best of both Vietnamese and French and boasts a huge wine cellar. Over in Halong Bay, Bien Mo Floating Restaurant (35 Ben Tau, Bay Chay) serves incredibly fresh seafood involving crab, lobster and prawns. 

Nightlife
As a developing tourist destination, the nightlife in Vietnam is on the up and up. In Hanoi, Minh’s Jazz Club (1 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District) is the pride and joy of jazz-mad Mr Minh and a great place for cocktails and enjoying some tunes in the balmy night. In Saigon, the Saigon Outcast (188 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng) is an open, arty space, good for cold drinks with groups of friends.

Where to stay
Our tip for Vietnam is Banyan Tree Lang Co on the country’s central coast. Luxurious pool or beachside villas at this boutique hotel retreat recall Vietnam’s royal past while three restaurants serve both western and local dishes in sensational comfort.  

How to get there 
Vietnam Airlines, Thai and Korean Air flies to Nha Trang from London a couple of times a week.

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MIA RESORT NHA TRANG

nha trang, vietnam

Set amidst manicured gardens in Nha Trang, Vietnam, the condos, villas, suites and brand new 5 bedroom villas at Mia are dotted around the estate all with the space and privacy couples,  families and friends look for in a luxury holiday experience.
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BANYAN TREE LANG CO

thua thien hue province, vietnam

Set between the majestic Truong Son mountain range and the gently lapping waves of Lang Co bay in Central Vietnam, Banyan Tree Lang Co is a slice of traditional Vietnamese luxury. Spaced for seclusion throughout the tranquil gardens of the hotel, each of the 60 villas recalls the glories of past dynasties.

ANANTARA HOI AN RESORT

hoi an, vietnam

Anantara Hoi An Resort in Vietnam is a small luxury hotel on the banks of the Thu Bon River in the historic port town of Hoi An within easy reach of a beach. Families, couples and single travellers will love the choice of the split level rooms & suites, the selection of dining options, spa and excellent service.

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