Enriched in the vibrant culture, exotic scents and fragrant flavours, Vietnam is a country of ineffable beauty. Sleepy ancient towns and striking modern vistas create contrasting landscapes, surrounded by hills of lush green rice fields and over 3400km of uninterrupted coastline.
With two thriving cities, Vietnam is emerging as a MICE destination. Throughout the year, sunshine and warm temperatures travel through the length of the country with the cooler dry weather during the off-peak season. Increases in flights and ever-growing skylines have grown Vietnam’s capacity for business travel.
The capital of Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon, is a deep forest of skyscrapers and distinct culture. Here groups are spoilt for choice of luxury 5-star hotels from the leading Marriott Renaissance Riverside Hotel to the landmark Caravelle Saigon, which offers flexible meeting rooms and outdoor spaces, for up to 600. French inspired Sofitel Saigon Plaza spoils guests with a rooftop pool and award-winning restaurant, whilst the Reverie Saigon combines panoramic river views with opulent elegance from its glamorous address.
Stepping out into the city, an overwhelming showcase of modernised architecture and unchanged traditions offer an alluring selection of incentive activities. A tour of Ho Chi Minh City invites its guests on a journey of two worlds. Among the lit up skylines are spectacular 18th-century treasures including the Saigon Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Nearby incense-filled temples, such as the atmospheric Jade Emperor Pagoda, offer an insight into Vietnam’s Buddhist and Taoist traditions. Of course, groups will not be able to resist the sweet aromatic fragrance of Vietnamese cuisine, found in a number of top restaurants that cater for groups or traditional markets including the famous Binh Tay Market.
The option of a varied programme is found in the striking rural landscapes of Vietnam. Fishing villages and coastal towns that have stayed the same for thousands of years, invite guests to explore their traditions offering cooking classes, cultural tours and craft workshops. Among the vast strips of sands, undiscovered coves and luxury beaches are a haven for relaxation or snorkelling in clear waters.
Within two hours of Ho Chi Minh City is the Mekong Delta. A floating world of rice paddies and bustling markets drift among the veins of the Mekong waters to the sound of vibrant birdsong. An unmissable experience is to cruise along the many rivers and canals with an opportunity to taste some of Vietnam’s best seafood.