When it comes to natural beauty, nowhere has Vietnam beat — this where you’ll find landscapes like out of a dream, from breathtaking beaches to rolling countrysides, from the “Roof of Indochina” Fansipan Mountain to the unbelievably beautiful Con Dao island. A spa hotel ensures you’ll get the most of your experience in this tranquil and culturally rich location. Some with a private beach, most with sprawling pools and hot tubs, and all with first-rate spa centers, these establishments take wellness seriously and act as a perfect complement to a replenishing stay.
Where to stay at a spa hotel in Vietnam? Top locations at a glance:
Middle Vietnam: World’s-best Da Nang & more beautiful coastline
Ho-Chi-Minh-City & Southern Vietnam: Discovery in the big city & coastal dreamscapes
Those looking to strike the perfect balance between the excitement of a city break and a slow-paced, wellness-oriented holiday should head to a spa hotel in Ho-Chi-Minh-City, or Saigon as it is commonly referred. Whether right in the center, looking out over the cityscape from a skyscraper, or in a quieter part of town, sitting pretty in a converted Taoist temple, Saigon itself offers nonstop excitement — this is Vietnam’s commercial hub and an energy of discovery emanates. A spa hotel is the perfect place to wind down from a day spent in the thick of it. Outside of the city on Southern Vietnam’s serene coastline and islands, settle in at a sprawling resort in the beautiful countryside or at a spa hotel right on the pristine beach. In the slow-paced Mekong Delta, life exists on the water and the rolling farmland is a sight to behold. Down on the beach of Mui Ne, practice your kiting skills in the company of nonstop sunshine and a long history of fishing. Try your hand at kitesurfing, go for a bike ride along the sandy coast, or while away a day or two with a glass of Bia hơi (unpasteurized beer originating in Northern Vietnam). Con Dao is a tiny archipelago off the coast of Southern Vietnam — not many visitors make it there, but if you do, you’re in for a treat. This paradise of hidden beaches and dreamy hotels is a prime location for much-needed self-rejuvenation.
Hanoi & Northern Vietnam: Lively capital city & otherworldly landscapes
There are three main airports in Vietnam, Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi (HAN), Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Saigon (SGN), and Da Nang International Airport (DAD), to which you can fly from most places in Europe. It is not recommended that you rent a car and drive yourself around Vietnam; this should be left to the locals. If are set on renting a car, know that it will be very expensive and difficult to manage. Instead, there are agencies which rent out cars with drivers. Train travel is also possible and quite affordable.
Good to know: Visa
Note that you will need to get a tourist visa to enter Vietnam — this 30-day visa begins on the day of issuance, so you should make sure to get it as close to your travel date as possible.
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