Vietnam Travel Destination


Vietnam is the heart of Indochina and remains one of the most fascinating tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, with its warm and welcoming people, endless miles of coastline and beaches, fascinating and lively cities from Hanoi down to Ho Chi Minh, bustling markets and colorful ethnic minorities in the highlands, and plenty of natural wonders like the UNESCO Heritage famed Halong Bay and the paddies and waterways of the bustling Mekong Delta. Throw in a few bowls of tasty pho noodle soup, freshly baked French baguettes, and a café on every corner serving up some of the world’s best brew, and you can see why there is ample reason to come here and linger awhile. Kept Secrets will head you in the right direction and give you the expertise to navigate this large and exciting country.

Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital, full of artists, colonial relics, a charming Old Quarter, and some of the most vibrant and wonderful street life to be found on the planet. From practitioners doing Tai Chi in the early morning mist at Hoan Quiem Lake to water puppet performances and Uncle Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, Hanoi is a city of picture postcards. From preserved temples and pagodas to upmarket nouvelle fashion, no chance of ever getting bored in Hanoi.

Just three hours from Hanoi is Halong Bay, the world renowned UNESCO site where thousands of limestone karst pinnacles rise out of the sea, creating an unforgettable landscape. Kept Secrets will get you on a restored private junk trip here, to cruise the best spots in the bay, enjoying kayaking, caves, floating villages, and beaches while being pampered aboard a beautiful traditional boat.

Also while in the north, take the time to visit Sapa, the mountain resort in the clouds surrounded by hanging verdant rice terraces. The area is populated by ethnic hill tribes like the Hmong and Yao, with fascinating colorful markets and great photo opportunities at every turn. The overnight luxury sleeper train ride from Hanoi is another highlight of any Sapa visit, and adventure enthusiasts can contemplate a climb of Vietnam’s highest peak, Fansipan, which towers over Sapa at 3100 meters.

Hoi An is the top draw in Central Vietnam, a city noted for its unique cuisine and whose entire center is a UNESCO site. The best silk in the country comes from Hoi An, and tailors here can turn out a suit or any clothing at fantastic value. Kept Secrets will get you to the top boutiques and to all of the hidden treasures of this mesmerizing town.

Hue is a cultural masterpiece, known for its temples, pagodas, royal tombs, and restored citadel. There is plenty of regal dining and pampering accommodation here, set next to the backdrop of the scenic Perfume River.

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) is the commercial center of Vietnam, but still has many remnants of the past, with magnificent colonial architecture to be found throughout the city. In HCM you can visit the enlightening War Museum, make a trip out to the famed Cu Chi tunnels, the labyrinthine underground passages used by the Viet Cong, as well as enjoying the new Vietnam, shopping and eating at the bustling Ben Thanh Market or in Cholon, which is Saigon’s Chinatown. While here, you can take a trip along the Mekong Delta, where you can explore traditional floating markets or see cottage industries at work. If you need some time off to laze on the beach, either the coastal resort of Nha Trang or the charming island of Phu Quoc are extremely pleasant escapes. Whatever your choice, Kept Secrets will ensure a smooth itinerary, with a private Portuguese speaking guide to ensure no request goes unheeded.