Andrew headed for Vietnam in 2009

Prince Andrew is to visit Vietnam next year.

The Duke of York will make the trip in September, with the aim of bolstering friendly and co-operative relations between the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung announced the visit earlier this week, saying the trip would be used to help improve the economic, trade and investment links between the countries.

The prince will meet with Vietnamese State President Nguyen Minh Triet, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem.

He will also attend celebrations to make the 35th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between the countries.

Earlier this month, the prince was spotted enjoying the company of several women at a series of parties on the French Riviera.

The 48-year-old royal had extended a trip to St. Tropez after ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and the couple’s daughters, Princesses Beatrice, 20 and Eugenie, 18, flew back to Britain.

Following their departure, he spent time with glamorous women – including Libyan model Nadia Boenja and London-based fashion designer Beata Bohman – at a number of social gatherings at the exclusive French resort.