- As you travel from north to south, discover Vietnam's major cities and landmarks, staying in charming hotels along the way
- Experience the contrasting atmospheres of bustling Hanoi, nostalgic Hue and iconic Ho Chi Minh City
- Sail on a private junk boat through Halong Bay, and on a Bassac Cruise in the Mekong Delta
- Private guides, unique experiences and a local Concierge service: all reasons to travel with us
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VIETNAM AS A COUPLE
How to get about - Travel around in private cars with drivers, planes, junk and wooden boats and bicycles, depending on the character and environment of each place you stop at. The same goes for your hotels, which we have carefully selected for their character, elegance, service and that little something extra that makes a hotel a great place to stay. And, of course, feel free to contact our local Concierge for any assistance during your trip.
THINGS TO DOSip a cocktail at the trendy bar of the Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi - Watch the sun set over Halong Bay from a traditional junk boat - Learn tai chi on the shores of a lake or on the beach - Enjoy pho in a local diner or a lobster with your feet in the sand - Discover Vietnam through a journalist's story - Visit iconic pagodas with a guide - Enjoy a soothing soy milk bath - Walk across Eiffel's Trang Tien Bridge in Hue - Relax on Lang Co beach - Burn incense at the Quan Am Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City - Buy fruit and aromatic herbs from the floating markets of the Mekong Delta.
Flight to Hanoi
Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
Early check-in and a private transfer to your beautiful hotel for a two-night stay. Built in the French colonial era, it ranks as one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. Beyond its legend, which has been kept alive by famous visitors who have stayed here, the hotel is a reflection of the capital, where the notable colonial style is now woven into fabric of the city. Highlights - Relaxing in the spa - Enjoying the afternoon 'chocolate buffet' - Sipping a cocktail at the bar. The hotel restaurants serve up beautiful French cuisine and Asian flavours, or you could always use our local Concierge service to book one of the best restaurants in the main town if you prefer. Included in the itinerary - Spending the afternoon with a local expert guide, including a trip to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, documenting the history and cultures of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam, followed by a walking tour of the colonial district. With the city's tree-lined avenues and small streets, it feels like a little provincial France on Hanoi's Red River. On the way, stop off at the Ngoc Son Taoist Temple (15th century) in the middle of Hoan Kiem lake.
Included in the itinerary - A day in the life of a local. Accompanied by an expert guide, discover the customs and traditions of the country as you get in among its inhabitants (you'll go unnoticed... almost). The day begins early, at around 6:00 am, with an introduction to tai chi by the lake or in a park. This will get you in the mood and work up your appetite to try the traditional Vietnamese breakfast of Pho, which is beef broth topped with rice noodles, slices of beef, basil and lemon. It's then time to head to the market for ingredients to prepare and eat a real Vietnamese meal, under the guidance of a chef, before moving on to the cultural part of the day with a visit to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam, and the Quan Thanh Temple, which is a wonderful example of the art of wood sculpture. Optional - Meeting with a journalist.
Hanoi - Halong Bay
Next up is Halong Bay, where nearly 2,000 karst islands, topped with thick jungle vegetation, make up a stunning landscape which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immediately embark on a three-day, two-night cruise in a traditional wooden junk boat and head for Bai Tu Long Bay, which is next to Halong Bay, but less crowded. On your trip, head to the fishing village of Cap La and enjoy kayaking around the small beach of Tra San. Dinner and overnight stay on board.
Halong Bay in a private junk boat
Included in the itinerary - Sail on to Cong Dam. Spend the morning exploring the surroundings by kayak, followed by a barbecue lunch on the sand. In the afternoon, meet the residents of Cong Dam to experience life in a floating fishing village. The junk boat then heads to Cong Do Island. Dinner and overnight stay on board.
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue
Sail back to Halong and discover Thien Canh Son Cave. After an early lunch, it's time to leave the junk boat and return to Hanoi. On the way, stop at the splendid But Thap Temple (17th century), which may just be Vietnam's most beautiful religious building. At the end of the day, catch a flight to Hue and spend two nights in a beautiful Art Deco hotel overlooking the Perfume River and the renowned Flag Tower of Hanoi. The breakfasts are hearty and the swimming pool is huge.
Included in the itinerary - Tour of Hue with a private guide. The ancient capital of the Nguyen Dynasty is a wonder. The impressive citadel, located on the banks of the Perfume River, was home to the Purple Forbidden City, which was the Emperor's legendary residence. Although it was severely damaged during the Tet offensive during the Vietnam War (1968), it has nevertheless retained a lot of its original features. The French Quarter, with its leafy, wide avenues and Third Republic buildings, speaks to another era. Nowadays, it's a busy commercial hub. Located 15 miles from Hue, Tam Giang Lagoon is an unspoiled natural wonder where you can sail a small boat to immerse yourself into the daily life of the residents and the work of fishermen. You'll also see many fishing techniques used on the Hoi An river including cast nets, meshes and traps. In recent years, shrimp cultivation has begun to take off here.
Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An
Private transfer to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass. This famous road is called the 'Ocean Cloud Pass' for a reason; it offers impressive views of luscious mountains and beyond. Stop off at two great locations on the way: Lang Co beach and the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang. The Chams were a civilisation that flourished along the coasts of what is now central and southern Vietnam, and whose ancient culture was strongly influenced by India, as illustrated by a magnificent collection of religious statues (8th-13th centuries). In Hoi An, spend two nights in an elegant historic building with French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influences. The amenities are first class and the garden on the banks of the Thu Bon River is just beautiful. The hotel is emblematic of everything has historically made Hoi An such a charming place. The restaurant is top notch and one of the best in the area.
Enjoy the hotel's swimming pool or spa, opt for a bike ride in and around the city, or a relaxing break on the beach. Hoi An, which is located along one of the coastal routes of the silk trade, is a wonderful blend of traditional houses, bustling markets and colourful stalls. The yellow facades and turquoise shutters of the houses are reflected in the river where many sampans cross. Don't miss a trip to the Phuc Kien and Quang Dong temples, Tan Ky, Phung Hung and Tran ancient merchant houses, or the Japanese covered bridge. Included in the itinerary - Dinner at the house of a local in the small agricultural village of Tra Que, just one mile from Hoi An. A family welcomes you into their home for a meal, where you'll sample Vietnamese cuisine and immerse yourself in local life.
Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City
Private transfer to Da Nang airport and flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight stay in an elegant hotel that stands out for its refined decor, friendly service and rooftop swimming pool next to the lounge bar, with wonderful views of Ho Chi Minh City. The area turns into an open-air disco on Friday and Saturday evenings. The breakfast in particular is delicious. The city's iconic sites: Giac Lam Pagoda (18th century), Ho Chi Minh City Hall (1902-1908), the Central Post Office (1886-1891), Notre Dame Cathedral (1880), and the large Ben Thanh marketplace (1912). However, you're not a real Saigonese if you haven't travelled around the city on a scooter. So, in your itinerary we have included the opportunity to become Saigonese for the night with an expert guide. Climb on behind the driver and head to Cholon and districts Four, Three and One. Stop off for a 'banh xeo' (Vietnamese tortilla) and a drink (don't worry, the driver will stay as sober as a judge). The permanent buzz of Vietnam's largest city is not a myth: it's as bustling at night as it is during the day.
Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta
Included in the itinerary - Discovery of the Mekong Delta on board a wooden cruise ship on the Bassac River. Embark from Cai Be and sail along the Tien Giang River. The meals served in the lazarette are surprisingly delicious. On the Mang Thit River, where traditional villages and shipyards line the banks, sail among rice and sand barges and visit a village and its surrounding rice paddies. Spend the night on the boat, in a cabin to rival a Swiss chalet.
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Wellness and ultimate comfort in Nha Trang - Amanoi Resort
We can't even begin to explain the charm of this hotel. Just take the path that leads to Vinh Hy Bay through Nui Chua National Park, a well-preserved environment with intense shades of green that extends along the clear waters of the China Sea. Climb the flight of steps that leads to the main pavilion to find a sprawling garden, below which there is a glimmering crescent of white sand: the property's beach. The buildings strike a subtle balance between traditional Vietnamese architecture and contemporary details. The rooms, the restaurant, the large swimming pool; this is where city life and nature come together perfectly. This is particularly evident in the spa, where the treatments, technical facilities (with rooms overlooking the mountains) and staff harmoniously combine high-quality well-being with the serenity of the forest and the sea.
With a few extra days - The island of Phu Quoc
If you are looking to extend your trip with a break at the beach, then look no further. From Ho Chi Minh City, you can reach the sandy beaches of Phu Quoc, the emerald island on the Cambodian border. This is a peaceful haven to explore by bike or scooter, hopping between jungle, beach and village. We've found a charming hotel here: La Veranda Resort. With its French colonial mansion and lush vegetation, the hotel is like an old Caribbean home; traditional tiles, fans and dark wood add stylish notes. A particular highlight is the restaurant, starting with its decor: enjoy garden lunches on a beautiful lawn bordered by palm trees and the beach, and candlelit dinners on the beach. The seafood barbecues are mouth-wateringly good. The spa offers locally-produced essential oils, including jojoba, green tea, grapefruit and ylang-ylang.
Highlights - Fishing boats fishing for squid at night - The pristine white sandy beach - A relaxing breakfast in the cool breeze of the private terraces and balconies
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