Vietnam Uncovered

Hanoi, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho & Phu Quoc

From £4000 Per person in low season
From £4300 Per person in high season

based on 20 nights inc. flights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes from the UK

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily Breakfast

Price based on two people.

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Given that Vietnam is a long country, the weather patterns can vary greatly. In general, the best months to go if you are visiting north, central and south Vietnam are from January/February to March/April. In winter, northern Vietnam can get quite cold, and mountainous areas such as Sapa can experience regular mists, although it is usually fairly dry. In June and July this region can get very hot. Central Vietnam is at its best from January to April, and although there is a higher chance of rain from April to September, this is still a good time to travel. The central coast experiences heavy rain from September to November/December. Southern Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, is always hot and humid, with the best weather between November to March. This area can get very wet in summer months, with regular flooding.       

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

Let your excitement wander as you explore this captivating country. From the tantalising street food and serene temples of sought-after Hanoi, to the azure blue waters and lush forests of remote Phu Quoc island. This trip has the right balance of renowned locations to the lesser known rural areas of Vietnam and is ideal for those travellers who have time to play with. Our specialists have handpicked the most knowledgeable guides and enthralling experiences for you.

  1. Fly to Hanoi

  2. Days 1-4: Hanoi

    Begin your journey in the bustling capital of Hanoi. As you wander down the energetic streets you will see how this city has kept its traditional charm whilst embracing the modern world, which is apparent through the fascinating architecture. We will arrange a private guide on your first full day to take you on an all-encompassing tour of Hanoi, with highlights to include learning about the ethnic minorities at the Ethnology Museum and meandering through the pristine courtyards of the Temple of Literature, a historic monument.  Of course, no stay in Hanoi is complete without sampling the delectable street food on offer; let your senses guide you through the bustling Old Quarter, surrounded by sizzling street food vendors and inviting bars offering Vietnamese iced coffee – made up of two espresso shots and condensed milk, a much needed energy boost after a day of exploring in the heat of Hanoi! Whilst you are there, you will finish your day with one of Hanoi’s famed Water Puppet shows. These extravagant plays act out stories of rural Vietnamese life and the beautifully intricate puppets are considered an art form in northern Vietnam.

    Accommodation: La Siesta Classic Ma May (3 nights)

  3. Days 4-6: Mai Chau & Pu Luong

    Today you will leave bustling Hanoi and be privately transferred by road through staggeringly beautiful rolling hills and paddy fields to the town of Mai Chau in north-west Vietnam. On the way you will encounter the rural village of Pu Bin, home to Thai and Muong ethnic minorities. This colourfully dressed community will show you their traditional way of living and you may even be invited to a family lunch! Your base for the next two nights will be at the undeniable beautiful Mau Chau Eco Lodge, encompassed by lush forests and a patchwork of rice paddies. You will hike through the many tribal villages scattered through this region or cycle through the narrow and winding pathways surrounding a sea of green rice paddies.  Enjoy the end of your day in pure tranquillity with a dip in the natural pool at the eco lodge.

    Accommodation: Mai Chau Ecolodge (2 nights)

  4. Days 6-8: Ninh Binh

    This morning after breakfast you will venture further afield as you are transferred by road to Ninh Binh, known as “Halong Bay on Land” and it’s easy to see why. This playground for adventurers is made up of striking limestone formations and mountains that pepper the tranquil countryside. You will spend two nights at the peaceful boutique hotel Tam Coq Garden, which is nestled in this idyllic haven.  On your full day here, we’ll arrange for one one of the local rowers to take you through the wetlands on a traditional boat. Watching the rowers is fascinating as they have developed a technique to use their feet to operate the oars, making this an impressive and rather entertaining sight! We recommend experiencing this in the lesser known Van Long Nature Reserve. There are some rare bird species that have been spotted here so bring your binoculars! 

    Accommodation: Tam Coc Garden (2 nights)

  5. Days 8-9: Halong Bay

    Today you will visit Halong Bay, the land of formidable limestone formations rising out of the ocean, this UNESCO World Heritage site will be the scenic highlight of your trip. You will meander through these majestic rock outcrops by kayak or climb to the top of one of the islands for an aerial view of this other worldly landscape. You will spend the night onboard the Heritage Line Jasmine, a traditional junk boat and enjoy a sumptuous dinner with views of the golden glow of Halong Bay as the sun sets.

    Accommodation: Heritage Line - Jasmine (1 night)

  6. Days 9-11: Hue

    This morning after a breakfast with a view of Halong Bay, your driver will take you to Hanoi in time to catch your flight to the city of Hue. Delve into the culture of this fascinating city, teeming with exquisite temples, elegant palaces and ancient tombs. On your one full day here, you will have a highly knowledgeable private guide to explore the most intriguing cultural and historic sites; wander through the immaculate gardens along the Perfume River to the tomb of the Emperor Minh Mang, with its elaborate architecture and sublime forest setting. Marvel at the Forbidden Purple City within the Imperial Citadel. You will board an extravagant dragon boat down the Perfume River and your senses will be tantalised as you float past aromatic flowers and foliage. After each day exploring this city you will relax and indulge at Azerai La Residence hotel, overlooking the Perfume River.

    Accommodation: AZERAI - La Residence Hue (2 nights)

  7. Days 11-13: Hoi An

    Continuing on, your next stop will be the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An. You’ll come to expect scenic drives connecting each of your stops and this drive is no exception, as you pass vibrant green rice paddie fields and lush hills. Your base for the next two nights will be the Ancient House Village Resort, tucked away in an idyllic setting but just within reach of the bustling Old Town of Hoi An. Hoi An’s rich heritage is presented through the well-preserved Japanese Houses and Chinese tea-warehouses. As you amble down the colourful streets, often with delicate paper lanterns draped across them, you will see how much of the architecture has remained traditional and untouched. Spend an afternoon cooking up a storm and producing some iconic Vietnamese dishes, such Banh Xeo, Hoi An’s famous “sizzling” pancake, guided by an expert chef.  Hoi An is famed for its array of tailors, who will create you an outfit from scratch in a remarkably short space of time. Experience the surrounding countryside of Hoi An in style as you head out on the back of a Vespa and back in time for a traditional Vietnamese dinner as the sun sets over Hoi An.

    Accommodation: Hoi An Ancient House Village Resort & Spa (2 nights)

  8. Days 13-16: Saigon

    Leaving Hoi An, it’s a short drive to Danang where you will catch a flight down to Ho Chi Minh City. This city is an energetic modern metropolis, yet as you traverse the streets you will see a scattering of colonial buildings and ancient temples. You will be based at the Silverland Yen Hotel, just moments from the buzzing food scene of Hoi Chi Minh. You will have a memorable night out here as you sip a cocktail on a trendy rooftop, overlooking the dazzling lights of the city, or enjoy a sophisticated jazz bar.  Ho Chi Minh is the gateway into further afield exploration. Your guide will enlighten you on the tactics used during the America-Vietnam war in the notorious Cu Chui Tunnels, and you’ll have the opportunity to delve into this network of underground tunnels.

    Accommodation: Silverland Yen Hotel (3 nights)

  9. Days 16-17: Mekong Delta

    Today you will head two and half hours by road to Cai Be and then board the Bassac Boat and explore the vibrant Mekong Delta. As you leave Cai Be and drift down the Delta you will watch a sea of gleaming green paddy fields, villagers selling their goods on the stalls lining the waterways and children cycling home from school. You will spend the night aboard the same boat and enjoy sundowners as you watch the bronze glow of the sunset.  

    The following morning you will continue to Can Tho, the commercial hub of the delta. Here you will transfer to a local, smaller boat so that you can explore the Cai Rang, the largest floating market in the Mekong Delta. This is a colourful and visually striking market and for any keen photographers its there are endless photo opportunities, so we recommend you get here early in the morning to avoid the crowds of tourists bustling in. There is a bridge here that serves as a great vantage point so you can watch the local women selling exotic fruits and produce, weaving around the mass of tiny wooden canoes. After your action-packed morning, your driver will be waiting to take you to the airport for your onward domestic flight.

    Accommodation: Bassac Boat (1 night)

  10. Days 17-21: Phu Quoc

    After this incredibly diverse and eventful trip, you will sink into tranquillity on the idyllic island of Phu Quoc, staying La Veranda, which has a tropical beach location. The next five days are at your own pace and leisure. Snorkel along the coral reefs and lose yourself in the tranquillity of the ocean, enjoy a delectable seafood lunch on the island of Gam Ghi that has been freshly prepared by your very own personal chef or trek through the lush forests of the national park, spotting wildlife along the way. The choice is yours. 

     

    Accommodation: La Veranda (4 nights)

  11. Fly home from Phu Quoc

Experiences

  • Hanoi Evening Vespa Tour

    Experience Hanoi by night, travelling through the streets on the back on a vintage Vespa, stopping off to enjoy delicious streetfood along the way. Finish the evening at a famous jazz club where you can listen to fantastic live music.

  • Hue Culinary Experience

    Not only famous for its exquisite history, Hue is also famed for its culinary delicacies and fragrant cuisine. This tour teaches you all about dishes such as Banh Beo and Banh Nam.

  • My Son Tour

    My Son is one of the foremost Hindu temple sites in Southeast Asia. A 1.5-hour drive from Hoi An will bring you to My Son UNESCO site, where there are 20 monuments still standing today. The temples are set in a verdant valley surrounded by hills.

  • Uncover Hidden Hanoi

    Explore Hanoi as a local through the small alleyways, local markets ending with a meal in a restaurant that transports you back to the 1970s.

  • Water Puppet Show at Dao Thuc

    Completely unique to Vietnam, water puppetry is a wonderful example of this country’s vibrant cultural heritage. During this exclusive experience, you will meet one of the country's best puppet artisans and enjoy a private 30-minute show.

Location

Hanoi, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho & Phu Quoc

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