Vietnam tours from New Zealand in a destination that is rich in history and culture blended from diverse influences that have presided over the country and its people. From the 2000 years of domination by the Chinese to the more modern influences of French colonialism and the turbulent independence movement of the mid 20th Century, Vietnam is now being embraced by the world for its magnificent natural beauty, friendly and inquisitive people and its delicious food. Full of UNESCO and World Heritage listed sights, Vietnam is a treasure trove of memories. Its geography, man made monuments and structures are supplemented by the positive attitude of the Vietnamese people themselves, creating an inspiring and captivating atmosphere for visitors.
Vietnam holiday packages from NZ: come and explore with an outstanding natural beauty where some of the best beaches in south-east Asia can be found. The larger towns and cities retain much of the colonial charm and beauty in the architecture, parks and boulevards left as a cultural legacy by the French. The people of Vietnam are gentle, happy and welcoming to visitors. Travel to Vietnam from New Zealand has rapidly grown due to country’s ease of traveling and natural beauty that attract travelers from all ages and styles.
Vietnam is located in a sub tropical climatic zone with the weather pattern roughly split into three different zones. The north has a distinct summer and winter with the high humidity monsoon/wet season lasting from May to October. The centre of the country experiences a long dry season lasting from January to the end of September before having its compact wet season. The south has a tropical weather pattern with two distinct seasons, wet and dry with the high humidity monsoon lasting from May to November. During the wet season in the south, the rainfall is usually a daily, heavy but short lived downpour in the afternoon. The best times to visit Vietnam are in the months of November through to March. April, May, September and October are also popular, though Vietnam can be at its most attractive during the monsoon due to lush growth of the vegetation.
Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and is often referred to as the ‘Paris of the Orient’. Filled with lakes, tree lined boulevards and French designed villas, this romantic city cuts a distinctly different style of life to that in Saigon. A must see sight in Hanoi is the Old Quarter, comprised of trading streets where traditional and modern goods are traded from centuries old “tunnel houses” and narrow streets are abuzz with colour and activity.
The former capital of what was South Vietnam, Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City as it is officially known, is at the forefront of the modernisation and expansion that Vietnam is undergoing. By Vietnamese standards, Saigon is a modern city thriving on the fast paced lifestyle that comes with the commercial gains. Despite this, there are still many historical sights and locations to see and visit in and around Saigon including the Mekong Delta to the south and the famous Cu Chi Tunnels to the west.
Hue is bisected by the Perfume River, given its name by the smell created from the fallen flowers which drift down the river each year. Hue became the capital and cultural centre of Vietnam last century and was home to Vietnam’s last Emperor Dynasty and as such contains the must see UNESCO listed Citadel and Royal Tombs. Hoi An, once a major trading port of South East Asia from the end of the 16th century to the early 19th century, Hoi An was populated and influenced architecturally by Japanese, French, Chinese and Vietnamese designs.
Built by the French as a hill station retreat from the Saigon heat, this small town nestled in the Central Highlands is a favourite destination for the romantics and is also known as the favourite honeymoon destination amongst the local Vietnamese. Being surrounded by lakes, valleys and waterfalls, this small colonial designed town has a real alpine feel.
Nha Trang has traditionally relied on its vast fishing industry which is evident in the lifestyle of the local people. Taking advantage of some of the best coastline and weather in Vietnam, Nha Trang is developing into one of its main resort towns. Boasting perfect weather for fishing and some of the clearest water in Vietnam, a cruise, snorkel and seafood lunch out on the bay amongst the islands off Nha Trang is a must.
A favourite destination for those who have ventured there, the old French hill station of Sapa is set amongst the picturesque Hoang Lien Son mountain range, which is the highest in Vietnam. Inhabited by the Black Hmong ethnic minority and surrounded by many other colourful hill-tribe minorities, Sapa is a perfect location to appreciate the lifestyle of these friendly people, especially at the markets.
The World Heritage listed Halong Bay is often referred to as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Vietnam. According to legend, the 1000’s of islands were formed by a dragon and its efforts form some of the most stunning scenery in Vietnam. No itinerary would be complete without at least spending a four hour cruise on the Bay of Tonkin and, if time permits, staying overnight onboard a traditional Junk boat anchored amongst the bizarre rock sculptures watching sunset and sunrise.
Known as the Rice Basket of Vietnam, the Delta is an important region both economically and culturally for the country as it is the world’s largest exporting region of rice. Home to 15 million Vietnamese, this is a world of waterways, backwaters and canals, always influenced by the whims of the river system. The Delta is an ideal place to experience the life of a local Vietnamese farmer in one of our home stays.
New Zealander’s currently require a Visa to enter Vietnam. We usually add the visa fee to our packages so you dont have to looking to apply through the embassy. For Cambodia and Laos: NZ passport holders will receive a 30 day tourist visa upon arrival at any border pass. For Burma: New Zealander require to apply their visa before departure, we advice to do it with the embassy and or through the official government website for an E-visa. Contact our team and we will sort out everything in advance for you.