You can’t make anyone relax on their holiday. But resorts like The Anam certainly give it a decent go.

Founded by the French in 1919, Ba Na Hills is located in the Truong Son Mountains west of Danang and once had more than 200 villas. Now only a few ruins remain.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a secluded luxury resort on the East Sea. Only accessible by a 20-minute boat ride, as you approach the resort you slowly fall off the map. The ride is a buffer between you and the rest of the world.

After a restful night aboard the Victoria Express, we arrive at Lao Cai Station as night fades into day. We are welcomed by our driver and start the one-hour journey to Sapa as the sun comes up. Even though it’s early, it’s a lovely way to start a relaxing weekend getaway in this former hill station.

Surrounded by mountains, rivers and rice fields, and located 22km by road from the centre of Phong Nha, Chay Lap Farmstay has the benefit of location; it’s next to the entrance of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, 3km away from Dark Cave, 4km away from Mooc Stream and just 6km away from Paradise Cave.

With so many good accommodation options and places to see within a short distance of Ho Chi Minh City, it can be difficult deciding on where to go. Perennial favourites like Phu Quoc, Dalat and Hoi An are a quick hop away by plane. Vung Tau is a short drive these days or 80 minutes by boat. Likewise, it doesn’t take long to get to the Mekong Delta cities of Ben Tre and Can Tho further south.

Little Cat Ba opened three-and-a-half years ago, aiming to provide idyllic island accommodation to guests who appreciate something more quaint, with a personal touch.

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