Vietnam Yacht Charter Guide
Vietnam is a vibrant and tropical mix of lifestyle and landscape. From floating villages to bustling cities, traditional rice paddies to dense forests, Vietnam has layer upon layer of fascinating sights
A former French colony with strong Chinese influence, the southeast Asian country of Vietnam has a unique culture that is inherently polite, welcoming and friendly. The country’s development in recent years has been significantly faster than the traditional pace of life. Buddhist Pagodas retain their ancient spots, but now find themselves nestled alongside modern architecture, thriving businesses and thoroughly modern society. Boasting a tropical landscape and some of the world’s friendliest people, Vietnam is an incredible locale for a luxury yacht charter. Vibrant cities play off the stunning rice paddies and lush forests of Vietnam.
Vietnam’s diverse cultural mix is a surprise to many visitors. The French left their mark with an impressive infrastructure and architecture, and the wide tree-lined boulevards of Vietnam’s cities are still host to many delectable French cafes. In an interesting juxtaposition, Chinese and Confucius influences are also found, making Vietnam a true melting pot of cultures, religions and lifestyles.
As one would expect, Vietnam’s cuisine has also benefited from these many influences and the country is renowned as an epicurean hot spot. In the north, Chinese flavours are more common and spices spark-up the cuisine in the south. Herbs and complex techniques typify the cooking style.
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling urban center and a reminder of Vietnam’s prominent position close to the epicenter of east Asian power and prosperity. Visit the various museums, which pay tribute to Vietnam’s turbulent past, or marvel over the incredible architecture of the various religious sites, such as the Central Mosque, the Saigon Cathedral or the many beautiful Buddhist pagodas. There are many markets with stall holders selling indigenous crafts which reflect the centuries-old mercantile trades but if you’re searching for souvenirs be sure you’re buying something locally made and ethically priced – much of what’s on display is mass-produced in China.
Ha Long Bay, known as the ‘Bay of Descending Dragons’ is famous for its unearthly scenery of towering limestone rocks and emerald waters. Explore the bay from the comfort of your superyacht or the tender, and ask a local to tell you some of the legends. If you don’t have scuba diving equipment aboard, there are many tour operators and rental companies in the area and, believe us, it’s well worth a dip!
Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a protected area in north-central Vietnam and borders the Hin Namno Reserve in Laos. Hiring a local guide, one can venture deep into the countryside, where you’ll find untouched jungle, underground rivers and a vast network of caves.
Nha Trang is one of Vietnam’s most impressive beaches. Situated at the foot of the city, this white-sand beach has stunning turquoise waters and a backdrop of towering skyscrapers. For a more private stretch of sand, head to Doc Let beach where the shallow waters are ideal for younger charter guests to try out the yacht’s water toys.
The French left their mark here with impressive infrastructure and architecture that you would not expect to find during a Vietnam yacht charter.
Cities with wide boulevards and delectable French cafes sit in interesting juxtaposition to the Chinese and Confucius influences also found. Explore the beautiful temples and pagodas found throughout. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling urban center with incredible history. Visit the various museums, which pay tribute to Vietnam’s turbulent past, or marvel over the incredible architecture of the various religious sites, such as the Central Mosque, the Siagon Cathedral or the various beautiful pagodas, which pay tribute to various gods and goddesses, such as the Phung Son Tu Pagoda, honoring the god of happiness and virtue.
Ha, Long Bay is famous for its unearthly scenery. The “Bay of Descending Dragons” must be seen to be believed. Cruise the bay during your Vietnam yacht charter to catch a glimpse of its magic. Also worth a visit, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park located on the central coast of Vietnam. Explore deep into the countryside, observing stunning rice paddies and untouched jungles. The rugged beauty of the landscape offers caves and peaks.Nha Trang is one of Vietnam’s most impressive beaches.
Situated at the foot of the city, this white-sand beach with stunning turquoise waters sits under towering skyscrapers. Lounge in the sun on the sand lined with resorts as the city buzzes with life behind you. Or enjoy the driven white sand and shallow waters of Doc Let beach. Isolated and serene, here you can relax without the hustle and bustle during your Vietnam luxury yacht charter.
- Vietnam has some outstanding spas – from marble temples offering both traditional and modern treatments, to simple family-run massage salons.
- Spend a day perusing the markets of Ho Chi Minh City
- The tropical oceanic waters off Mui Ne will keep kite surfers entertained!
- Discover the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
- When visiting Nha Trang beach, dive at Evason Ana Mandara
- Check out My Son Sanctuary, a Jungle Book-esque UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient Hindu ruins
- If you’re wanting to spend time ashore pre or post charter, you’ll find high-end international names such as the Anantara Resort and the Four Seasons in Hoi An
- Cruise the UNESCO World Heritage site Ha Long Bay
- Discover the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
- Traverse the underground Cu Chi Tunnels of Ho Chi Minh City
- Dine at Evason Ana Mandara on Nha Trang beach
- Spend a day perusing the markets of Ho Chi Minh City for local delights
Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Vietnam’s most iconic destinations. Praised for its stunning natural beauty, the spectacular karst rock formations are home to many floating villages. For a culture hit with a historical focus, visit the underground labyrinth of passageways just outside Ho Chi Minh City, once home to soldiers during the Vietnam war.