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Destinations in Vietnam
Secluded beaches, rare wildlife and untouched natural beauty make this archipelago off the south coast of Vietnam one of the country’s best kept secrets.
Vietnam’s third-largest city is an intoxicating mix of non-stop city life and tranquil bleached-sand beaches.
Known as Saigon to the locals, this Southern Vietnamese city showcases a mix of vibrant Asian culture and colonial European elegance. Sweeping, tree-lined boulevards of boutiques run in to the street-stall-lined thoroughfares of a foodie’s paradise.
Hoi An will charm your pants off, but that’s fine – this is the tailoring capital of Vietnam, so it’s easy to find another pair.
There’s more to Vietnam’s leading seaside resort than a sweeping stretch of sand. Nha Trang, on the south-central coast, is a buzzing town that offers a compact window on the country for those overwhelmed by the scale of nearby Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi.
Ninh Thuận Province in Vietnam is as-yet uncharted by tourists; laze on the often-deserted beaches or explore the ancient ruins of capital city Phan Rang–Tháp Chàm.
Untouched and authentic Phan Thiet sits at the gateway to the stunning Mui Ne Cape, four hours from Ho Chi Minh City (and so worth the journey).
Vietnam’s the kind of place where you can happily flop down on a glittering beach or strap yourself in for all manners of hillside and aquatic adventures. Nha Trang’s mountain-backed bays are the jumping-off point for diving adventures; in Mui Ne, set your surfboard to the waves, or tackle the startling red-sand dunes. Pick up Ben Thanh market bargains or boutique buys in sartorial capital Ho Chi Minh, or measure up for tailor-made togs in Hoi An’s Yaly Couture; Tran Phu Street and Luong Van Can Street stock gorgeous silks and graceful ao dais. Salute the sunrise at the jungle-set temple ruins of My Son; putter past paddy fields on a two-wheeled tour of the Mekong Delta; or go bar-hopping between the soaring skyscrapers of beachside Danang.
Where The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
Cuisine Asian Fusion
What's the inspiration for your cooking?
Simply the enjoyment of being around different ingredients and being in a kitchen with my chefs.
Favourite ingredient right now?
Herbs from our garden, eggplants and duck.
Best breakfast? The Nam Hai’s, of course.
Where do you like to eat out?
A little place around the corner from where I live called Son – good food and good feng shui.
Vietnam’s sea-plucked produce, French heritage and remarkable street food make it a strong contender for one of the best places to eat in South East Asia. Fragrant pho, bulging banh xeo crêpes and fresh banh mi sandwiches are a good start, but for the tastiest banana flower salads or charcoal-smoked bun cha, make a beeline for the roadside stall with the biggest crowd and briskest service. Nobu graduate Martin Brito mans the culinary reigns at ambitious Blanchy’s Tash; you’ll want to order everything on the menu at Bobby Chin (the tea-smoked duck and sticky coconut rice pudding are memorable). Strong, dense and aromatic, Vietnamese coffee is the stuff of barista worship; hot or iced, don’t skimp on the generous glug of sweet condensed milk for an instant afternoon pick-me-up.
Discovering Vietnam is like lingering over a bowl of flavour-packed pho: every ingredient that makes up this colourful country should be savoured. From the pristine beaches of the pretty coastal towns to the ancient temples and vibrant street-life of the cultured capital city, there's something to suit all tastes (especially if you pick the right tailor).