All photography by Christian Berg
Back on the first of February, Vietnam’s Prime Minister told the nation that safety would be our first priority over the months ahead. Safety became a rallying point for the people. Many government workers and volunteers poured their energy into setting up and manning hospitals, testing and quarantine centres. Everyone came together to follow health guidelines and observe social distancing rules. Because of this, Vietnam recorded only 35 COVID-19 fatalities among its 90 million citizens. This system of decisive action and emphasis on value for life is still in place in Vietnam, and the country is ready to respond whenever another health crisis happens.
After months of staying at home, many of us are craving a real adventure, a new outlook, something to shake off the cobwebs. Vietnam offers exactly that and more, with raw, real, and untrammeled destinations straight out of a dream. Whether you’re itching to conquer mountain trails and passes, ready to bliss out in a sea of blue water and soft sand, or eager to learn about a new culture up close, Vietnam will satisfy your cravings for beauty and novelty. Of course, the Vietnamese people are still as warm and friendly as ever, and we can’t wait to welcome you back.
Not ready to mix and mingle just yet? We understand. The good news is you don’t have to choose between keeping distance and exploring new landscapes in the post-COVID era. Vietnam’s lesser-known destinations are perfect for those who enjoy quality time in nature; while its striking luxury resorts present many enticing options for socially distanced holidays with loved ones. Travelling alone? Vietnam’s sustainable stays — think ethnic-inspired lodges and eco-glamping sites — will give you all the space you need while helping local communities and the planet.
If you’re feeling a little low on energy, you just might find the cure within our unspoiled national parks and gorgeous tropical islands. Even better, check yourself in for a healing holiday in Vietnam’s highly praised wellness retreats. How does some mindful movement over a yoga weekend sound? Or a rejuvenating weekend in the hills bathing in mineral hot springs? Or perhaps a spa-inclusive getaway on an island away from it all? Whatever wellbeing means to you, Vietnam is the perfect place to reset and restore.
After the rollercoaster of 2020, the last thing anyone needs is more stress. While you still have to think about tickets and hotels (unless you win one of our travel giveaways, that is) financial stress is less of an issue when planning a trip to Vietnam, as the country offers excellent value for every budget. Here, a world-class bánh mì breakfast goes for a dollar, you can sleep in the mountains in beautiful homestay for 15 dollars, and an hour-long massage will put you back less than 20 dollars. Of course, if you’re in the mood to indulge Vietnam offers that too, but it’s nice to know Vietnam’s most rewarding pleasures are available for everyone to enjoy.