9 days, 8 nights
This immersive nine-day tour takes us from north to south, travelling through Vietnam by bus, boat, train, cyclo, bicycle and, of course, on foot. The adventure starts in Hanoi, with a cyclo tour of the capital and a stroll through the Old Quarter. In Son Tay, we delve into local life with an overnight stay at a homestay, an early morning Tai Chi session and time spent helping farmers. We then head to iconic Halong Bay for an overnight cruise among the bay’s dramatic limestone karsts, before flying to historic Hue. Highlights include the Citadel, Imperial City and Tu Duc’s Tomb, watching locals make incense sticks and conical hats and cycling past lush rice paddies and rural villages.
We waste no time starting our exploration of the vibrant capital city’s amazing sights and sounds. Upon arrival we transfer to the city to check-in to our overnight accommodation (the official check-in time is 2 pm). After lunch, we take a cyclo-tour and a short stroll to view the blend of old and new architecture. Centuries-old buildings with South-East Asian, French and Chinese influences dot the metropolis and these contrast with the futuristic modern glass and steel skyscrapers. We then take a short walk around serene Hoan Kiem Lake, an oasis of greenery in the lively metropolis. We then head to the Old Quarter, a network of narrow streets and cobbled squares peppered with small temples, lively markets and traditional shop houses. After working up a thirst, we sample some bia hoi, a light and refreshing locally-brewed beer, ahead of dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Absorb rural experiences and gain an insight into authentic Vietnamese life in Son Tay town on the outskirts of Hanoi. After breakfast and the hotel check-out, we transfer to this destination 42 km outside of the metropolis. We follow a route alongside the Red River, which weaves through the sprawling suburbs until we reach a more serene environment. Upon arrival, we can participate in a range of activities, including a morning tai chi session with locals, or a bike ride through the lush countryside to view quaint villages in an environment far removed from the frenetic activity of the capital. Another fun option is to join some farmers and help them tend to their crops and livestock. Alternatively, head to the kitchen and learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese cuisine. After a long day of informative and enlightening pursuits, we relax with a ginger-based foot treatment, ahead of sinking into a soft bed at a homestay in a traditional wooden house in this sleepy town.
Absorb the stunning natural beauty of Ha Long Bay on an overnight cruise. This UNESCO listed destination is often referred to as Vietnam’s ‘eighth wonder of the world.’ It features 3,000 limestone karsts, cliffs and coves and islands that reach up to 100 metres in height, with sheer vertical cliffs on all sides. The evolution of the area has taken millions of years to be shaped by a tropical wet climate and pounding from wind and waves. Cruises across the Bay take in islands named after their unique shapes such as Turtle Island, Chicken Island and Human Head Island. After an early-morning breakfast, we drive from Son Tay to our departure dock and board a boutique boat and spend the day and night exploring this fascinating natural phenomenon. Activities include swimming and kayaking, exploring caves, fishing and learning to cook Vietnamese cuisine. Alternatively, you can kick back and relax on the sun deck, soak up the sublime surroundings and enjoy a sundowner cocktail or two. Dinner and overnight are on board.
Early-risers can wake at dawn to enjoy the sunrise as we cruise back on our return journey through mystical Ha Long Bay. A hearty breakfast is enjoyed on the boat as we pass more of this UNESCO listed destination’s intriguing karst rock formations and dramatic limestone islets created over millions of years. Passage across the Bay takes in islands named after their unique shapes such as Turtle Island, Chicken Island and Human Head Island. Besides admiring this amazing topography, passengers can take advantage of a wealth of activities, including fishing and informative talks from the crew about the sites we pass by on our navigation. The vessel is due back at the dock by late morning and we disembark and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Hanoi to catch the afternoon flight to Hue. Upon arrival, we will check-in to the hotel and have dinner, with the rest of the evening free at leisure to explore this historic city. Overnight at hotel in Hue
Take a step back in time discovering historic Hue, an old imperial capital that came to prominence in the 8th century when it was the Nguyen Dynasty’s seat of power. Thirteen Nguyen Dynasty emperors have ruled from the Citadel modelled on Beijing’s Forbidden City. Surrounded by a moat, this fortress contains several layers of inner and outer courtyards. After a hearty breakfast, we start our day of exploration of this site, as well as Tu Duc’s tomb, an expansive vault designed by the emperor and built between 1864 and 1867. We then meet local artisans and learn about the processes behind incense stick and conical hat making. After a delicious local lunch served in the garden of a private house, we jump on our bicycles and ride through a lush landscape of verdant rice paddies, picturesque villages and ornate temples, ahead of our return to our overnight accommodation to spend the evening at leisure. Dinner is to your own account Overnight at hotel in Hue
Soak up stunning ocean views along the iconic Hai Van Pass – a 25 km-long stretch that is Vietnam’s highest road – on the way to charming Hoi An. After breakfast, we depart and drive through quaint red-tiled villages, with spectacular vistas that sweep across the sprawling green landscape to the sea. We stop in the coastal city of Danang to visit the Cham Museum to admire the varied collection of ancient sculptures. On arrival in the UNESCO listed destination of Hoi An, we check-in to a small boutique hotel. In the afternoon, we take a walking tour of this historic location which served as a prosperous seaport from the 16th to 18th centuries. We delve into local life at the colourful local market and visit renowned landmarks such as The Old House of Tan Ky, the Fukien Assembly Hall and the 400-year-old Japanese Bridge. Lunch and dinner are to your own account. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Today sees us head to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. After breakfast, we wave goodbye to Central Vietnam and take a morning flight from Danang Airport to this vibrant metropolis. Upon arrival, we check-in to our overnight accommodation and start our exploration with a panoramic tour that takes in the most iconic attractions. This includes Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the exterior of the Reunification Palace, the Opera House and City Hall. Officially called the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, this ornate religious structure was built by the French between 1863 and 1880 and it features two bell towers that reach a height of 58 metres. The Central Post Office is a stylish colonial building that dates back to 1886 and it features a blend of classic Gothic, French colonial and Renaissance architecture. Lunch is to your own account. In the evening, we enjoy a delicious dinner of Vietnamese delicacies hosted by a local family. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Delve into Vietnam’s war-torn history with a trip to Chu Chi Tunnels, an intricate network of underground tunnels that formed an integral part of the resistance during the Vietnam War. The tunnels are situated 75 km outside of Ho Chi Minh City and they feature a 120 km subterranean labyrinth with trapdoors, kitchens, hospitals, command centres, storage facilities and living space that served as the Viet Cong’s base during the conflict. We then visit a local house to learn about the art of making rice paper, ahead of lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we return to Ho Chi Minh City and take a half-day tour of Cho Lon Quarter, which sits on the banks of the Saigon River. We will stop for some souvenir shopping at lively Binh Tay Market before heading to Thien Hau Pagoda and talking a walk through bustling Chinatown. Dinner is at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Today our jam-packed nine-day adventure comes to an end. After breakfast, you have the day at leisure to soak up more of Ho Chi Minh City’s sights and sounds. You can hit the markets for some last-minute shopping, feast on food at the many street-side stalls, get your caffeine fix with a Vietnamese coffee, or visit some more of the city’s main attractions. Options include a visit to the War Remnants Museum’s collection of photographs, documents, uniforms and other items that date back to the Vietnam War. Another choice is to pay respects to the Jade Emperor, one of Taoism’s most important gods at the Jade Emerald Pagoda. Alternatively, get your culture fix at a water puppet show before transferring to the airport for the onward flight. Please note: The hotel check-out is 12 noon and meals are to your own account.
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9 days, 8 nights
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