The Essence of Vietnam

Discover the Best of Vietnam

Vietnam captivates with its rich culture, history, and diverse landscapes. From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the serene beauty of Sapa and the lush Mekong Delta, it’s a land of endless discovery.

Embark on a journey with us through Vietnam which unveils a tapestry of culture, history, and landscapes. Beginning in Hanoi, where the Old Quarter’s maze of streets echoes with centuries of history, punctuated by colonial architecture and bustling markets.  

Venture north to Sapa, nestled within mist-shrouded mountains and terraced rice fields. Encounter the rich traditions of local hill tribes and their colourful attire mirroring the vibrant landscapes. 

In central Vietnam, the ancient city of Hue beckons with its imperial citadel, a testament to the country’s royal legacy. Marvel at the intricate architecture of the Forbidden Purple City and cruise along the Perfume River, adorned with pagodas and tombs. Hoi An enchants with its well-preserved Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through lantern-lit streets, adorned with centuries-old houses and charming boutiques. Delve into Vietnamese cuisine with a cooking class or simply soak in the ambiance by the Thu Bon River. 

Continue your journey in Can Tho, where the Mekong Delta’s verdant landscapes unfold. Cruise along its winding waterways, glimpsing floating markets and rice paddies, immersing yourself in the rhythm of delta life. Your adventure concludes in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, where the energy of modern Vietnam pulses through its bustling streets. Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, a testament to the country’s resilience, and indulge in the city’s dynamic culinary scene.  

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KEY FACTS
PEAK TIME

November – April  

PRICE

From £8,950 $11,154 pp excl. flights

IDEAL LENGTH

14 Days

FLIGHT TIME

12 hours from London
22 hours from NYC

CURRENCY

Vietnamese đồng

LANGUAGE

Vietnamese

Where you'll go

Hanoi

Sapa

Hue

Hoi An

Can Tho

Ho Chi Minh City

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Vietnamese Myths & Legends

According to ancient Vietnamese folklore, Vietnamese people are descendants of dragons.

The Itinerary Highlights

Walking Tour of Hanoi

Explore Hanoi’s charm on a guided walking tour through Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. With your expert guide, delve into local culture, hearing tales of ancient legends like Emperor Ly Thai To’s mystical sword. Experience the vibrant street life, pausing to taste authentic Vietnamese street food as you navigate the bustling city streets while gaining a deeper understanding of Hanoi’s rich history and culture. 

Cycling and hiking in the Nam Cang Valley

Traverse the breathtaking landscapes of the Nam Cang Valley on hiking and cycling adventures. Amidst towering mountains and lush forests, explore hidden trails and encounter remote hill tribes, immersing yourself in their rich culture. Feel the adrenaline as you bike through rugged terrain and hike along serene paths, all while surrounded by the untouched beauty of northern Vietnam’s wilderness. 

A Visit to Tha Om Ancient House

One evening, visit Tha Om Ancient House, situated in Kim Long Village. Marvel at its harmonious blend of architecture and Feng Shui principles. Owned by a descendant of the Mandarin royal family and renowned for his architectural expertise, enjoy a personalised tour followed by a delightful home-cooked meal prepared by the family within the tranquil setting of the Ancient House. 

Kayaking in the Coco Palm Forest

Navigate tranquil waterways amidst towering palms, immersing yourself in the beauty of this unique ecosystem which offers an intimate encounter with Nipa palms and indigenous birds like the elusive Kingfisher. Encounter a myriad of wildlife as you paddle through winding channels which lead you to Duy Vinh Village, where local weavers share the ancient craft of sedge-mat weaving 

Can Tho Floating Market

Embark on an early morning adventure to experience the vibrant energy of Phong Dien and Cai Rang floating markets. Pause for a refreshing fruit drink, tea, or coffee, then meander through nearby villages and land markets. Observe the trading poles on boats and engage with local traders, sampling freshly prepared fruits and exchanging stories. 

Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels  

Delve into the labyrinth of underground passages crafted by guerilla fighters during the Vietnam War. Opt to crawl through sections for a firsthand encounter or listen to captivating narratives above ground. Gain insights into the strategic significance of these tunnels while unravelling the history of wartime resistance as you journey into the heart of Vietnam’s resilience and ingenuity amidst conflict. 

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Accommodation

Where to stay

Nothing but the best. On this suggested Vietnam itinerary these are our handpicked, tried-and-tested choices.

The Metropole, Hanoi

The Metropole in Hanoi stands as a timeless symbol of elegance and heritage. Nestled in the heart of the city's historic French Quarter, this iconic hotel exudes colonial charm and modern luxury.

With a storied history dating back to 1901, it has welcomed illustrious guests and witnessed pivotal moments in Vietnamese history. Impeccably restored, its opulent rooms and suites offer a blend of classic refinement and contemporary comforts. Indulge in exquisite dining experiences, from French haute cuisine to authentic Vietnamese flavours.

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Topas Ecolodge, Sapa  

Topas Ecolodge, within the verdant hills of Sapa, offers a serene escape into nature's embrace. Set amidst lush landscapes and traditional hill tribe villages, the lodge blends harmoniously with its surroundings.

Expect cozy bungalows boasting panoramic mountain views, providing a tranquil retreat. Explore the region's rich cultural tapestry with guided treks to nearby ethnic minority communities or rejuvenate in the infinity pool overlooking the breathtaking scenery. With a commitment to sustainability and locally sourced cuisine, Topas Ecolodge offers a truly authentic and environmentally conscious experience in the heart of northern Vietnam's wilderness.

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Azerai Can Tho, Can Tho

With its serene ambiance, impeccable service and stunning surroundings, Azerai Can Tho offers an unforgettable experience.

Set on a private islet in the Hau River, this fabulous resort combines a tranquil, picturesque setting with elegant accommodations that sing with Vietnamese touches. Guests can indulge in delectable local cuisine, relax by the infinity pool or rejuvenate at the spa. The resort also offers unique activities, including boat trips to the floating markets and cycling expeditions through the countryside.

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Park Hyatt, Saigon

In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon embodies timeless elegance and sophistication. This luxurious hotel...

In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon embodies timeless elegance and sophistication. This luxurious hotel seamlessly blends French colonial architecture with contemporary design, offering a tranquil oasis amidst the vibrant energy of the city with spacious and stylish rooms and suites, featuring modern amenities and luxurious touches. Immerse yourself in the hotel's opulent facilities, including a lavish spa, exquisite dining options, and a picturesque outdoor pool. This hotel in its central location is the perfect place to relax and escape the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City.

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La Siesta, Hoi An

Just moments away from Hoi An's historic Old Town, La Siesta Resort & Spa embodies the essence of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Set amidst...

Just moments away from Hoi An's historic Old Town, La Siesta Resort & Spa embodies the essence of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Set amidst serene green rice fields and quaint village lanes, the hotel offers a diverse array of accommodations across three wings, from chic guestrooms to luxurious suites and duplexes. Unwind in several pools, including an infinity pool seamlessly blending with the surrounding rice fields, or indulge in pampering treatments at the award-winning spa. Food enthusiasts can delight in Hoi An's culinary delights at the Red Bean restaurant, serving traditional Vietnamese cuisine with an Asian twist, or enjoy classic European and international dishes at The Temple Restaurant & Lounge.

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