Scratch the surface of Hanoi staying at the Sofitel Metropole, a great base for exploring this fascinating city. We can arrange a private guide to escort you around Hanoi, explaining its rich history, visiting the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and the Ethnology Museum and enjoy a show at the Water Puppet Theatre in the evening.
Journey to Halong Bay, a UNESCO world heritage site, to board a luxury junk and set sail for the three thousand islands surrounded by clear waters and limestone cliffs. You will have the opportunity to go trekking onshore, swim at Soi Sim Island, watch the sun rise through the mist whilst participating in a Tai Chi class on the sun deck or simply take in the beautiful scenery.
Fly to Hue, an important part of Vietnam’s history. Float down the Perfume River in a dragon boat to explore the citadel and Imperial tombs to understand the majesty and elegance of the Imperial Dynasty. Head onto Hoi An and discover this ancient Japanese, Chinese and European port of trade with a rich history and culture. During your stay you can visit the elegant pagodas, Japanese covered bridge and bustling riverfront markets where you can have clothes tailored for you. The Life Resort is a charming boutique property in a great location in town or there are also larger and more luxurious hotels on the beach close by.
Fly down to Nha Trang where you will be whisked away to the amazing Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, a true retreat that can only be accessed by boat. Here you can relax by your private pool, indulge in a spa treatment and be pampered with delicious cuisine and fantastic service. For the more active, you can dive in the turquoise waters and take boat trips to local fishing villages.
For a final culture fix spend a couple of nights in the melting pot of Saigon, where you can visit the Old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Presidential Palace and explore the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Park Hyatt Saigon is the number one address in town and in the perfect location for wandering out to see the sights.
When to travel
Vietnam is a long country resulting in varied weather patterns. The best time to visit the country as a whole is from January to May with the least rain in both the cultural areas and on the beach. Outside of these months it is possible to still visit and you will get some rain in the north and south from May to November and on the central coast from September to January. Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year falls in late January or early February and is best avoided as many businesses close.
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Location and directions
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang & Saigon
Sofitel Metropole is located at 15 Ngo Quyen Street in District 1 in downtown Hanoi, next to the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake. From there head to Halong bay for a night aboard Halong Violet. Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is 170 kilometres from Hanoi. Next to La Residence Hotel & Spa which is located on Le Loi Street on the river banks of the Perfume River in Hue City centre. Hue Imperial City is located in central Vietnam, 660km from Hanoi. Then to Hoi An and the Life Resort, located along the scenic Thu Bon River, Life Resort is a short stroll from Hoi An Old Town. From there to Six Senses Ninh Van Bay which is situated on the dramatic Ninh Van Bay with its impressive rock formations overlooking the East Vietnam Sea, white sand beach and towering mountains behind. Close to Nha Trang on the east coast of Vietnam, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is accessible only by water. The final destination is Park Hyatt Saigon which is situated at Lam Son Square in Ho Chi Minh City centre.
How to get there
15-hour international flight (one change) to Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport. Sofitel Metropole is 50-minutes from the airport.