Take a 16-night adventure of a lifetime across the dynamic land of Vietnam
Hugging the easternmost tip of the Indochina Peninsula, Vietnam is an exquisite destination. A country fringed with miles of shock-white coastline, crumbling historic temples and some of the most phenomenal scenery on the planet, it’s no wonder this captivating country tops travel wish lists worldwide.
Your journey begins with two nights in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, a city that displays a stunning crossover of Sino Vietnamese and French colonial influences. Hanoi is often referred to as 'the Paris of the Orient', owing to its wide, tree-lined boulevards and peppering of lakes and parks. Next, you'll take in the wonder of Halong Bay, a stunning landscape of more than 1,500 limestone islands that is an unforgettable experience and then head north by train to the wonderful city of Sapa.
Next, we head south to explore Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Further south you will find the city of Can Tho on the Mekong Delta and a whole different way of life. The trip will finish in the wonderful and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (still known as Saigon) to complete a truly memorable exploration of one of the most fascinating countries in the world.
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Old-fashioned in atmosphere, Hanoi has sidewalk cafes, pavement barbers, less traffic than Saigon, less frenetic rushing about, less noise, simply less people. Wide tree-lined bicycle-filled boulevards, elegant colonial French mansions, the grandeur and solemnity of Ho Chi Minh's monumental M...
Since being designated a World Heritage site in 1994, much has been made of Halong Bay’s mystical landscape of limestone islets. The natural beauty of the Bay is one of the highlights of any visit to Vietnam. There are many ways to experience the ethereal beauty of Halong Bay. Cruising the karsts aboard a luxury Chinese-style junk is hard to beat and take in the natural splendour of this region. The luxury junk trips take in the well-known caves and islands around the Bay in comfortable surroundings. The memories will stay with you forever. February to April is often cool and drizzly, and the ensuing fog can make visibility low, but also adds an ethereal air. From May to September tropical storms are frequent, and year-round, tourist boats sometimes need to alter their itineraries, depending on the weather.
The town of Sapa lies at the altitude of about 1,600m. The climate is moderate, cool in summer, foggy and cold in winter with occasional snowfall. Sapa is home to a great diversity of ethnic minority people. It is likely that, Sapa was first inhabited by highland minorities of H’mong and Yao group and later came the Tay, Zay, and a small number of Xa Pho to form the 5 main ethnic groups which takes about 85% of the district’s population today and a very small number of them live in Sapa town, most of them live in small villages and hamlets scattering in valleys and mountains throughout the district. For stunning scenery, you must get out to the Tram Ton Pass 15km from Sapa. At 1900m is the highest in Vietnam and connects Sapa to Lai Chau. All around you are surrounded by almost vertical rice terraces and stunning mountain peaks with regular mists hovering on them. The 100m high Thac Bac waterfall on the same route is spectacular.
Over the last few years, Hoi An has become a very popular tourist destination in Vietnam. The UN listed the historic trading town of Hoi An as a World Heritage site in 1999. The reason for this listing is due to the fact that the town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a 15th to 19th century Southeast Asian trading port. Hoi An has a distinct Chinese atmosphere with low, tile-roofed houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets still remains almost intact. All the houses were made of rare wood, decorated with lacquered boards and panels engraved with Chinese characters. Pillars were also carved with ornamental designs. Tourists can visit the relics of the Sa Huynh and Cham cultures. They can also enjoy the beautiful scenery of the romantic Hoi An River, Cua Dai Beach, and Cham Island.
Life in Can Tho revolves around the Hau River, with floating markets being one of the city's iconic attractions. If the markets prove too chaotic, visit the monks at the Quang Duc Pagoda, the biggest Buddhist Temple in the area. One of the city's most unique attractions is Hot Pot Alley, a street lined with restaurants specialising in Can Tho Hot Pot, a spicy local dish that highlights the region's exceptional produce.
Ho Chi Minh City may not have the charm and elegance of Vietnams capital, Hanoi, but there is something invigorating and intoxicating about the bustling streets and waterside activity. Dramatic high-rise buildings dominate the shabby French colonial ones that are tucked away at their feet, whil...
Close to all the major office headquarters, large banks, and important embassies, The Lapis Hotel is a luxury space and perfect location for business travelers. Take advantage of our modern and fully equipped conference centre, with several meeting rooms, extensive facilities, and in-house restau...
Indochina Sails is a leading cruise operator working under Vietnam’s leading Huong Hai Tourism Group. Luxury hospitality is the cornerstone of their mission, as they provide guests with an unforgettable experience from their bedroom furnishings to staff service. Their internationally recognized cruises have taken Ha Long Bay holidays to new heights, as they work both for and with their customers to provide the journey of a lifetime. With a combined experience of over 20 years hosting guests on the waters of Ha Long Bay, Indochina Sails has developed a floating hospitality service unparalleled in most aspects. Their dedicated teams know Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay like the back of their hands; therefore, customers get to experience the best of what these world-renowned waters have to offer.
Golden-age charm abounds onboard the Victoria Express Train - a nostalgic revival of the romance of railway travel. Each cabin features air conditioning, individual reading lighting, amenities kits, slippers and luggage storage facilities, alongside a large window, so you can watch the scenic landscapes roll by as daylight begins to break. This journey is most-commonly used between Hanoi and Sapa.
Oozing French-Indochine grandeur, this high-altitude five-star resort offers breath-taking views of the Hoang Lien Mountains from atop its own hill. Luxurious and secluded, it’s a stunning base for exploring Sapa’s magnificent mountains, fields and valleys. Perched on its own picturesque hill overlooking the marvellous Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range, Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa is an exceptional blend of local culture, French Indochina architecture and vibrant Sapa touches amidst the charms of Northwest Vietnam. Its refined style boasts French colonial design with 152 super rooms and breath-taking views of spectacular mountains and glistening rice terraces. Surrender to the allure of mountain life at Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa!
Steps away from the ocean, a new fresh experience by the serene Co Co riverbank awaits you at the central coast; the land of heritage. This hotel offers a wide range of features and benefits that come with their 86 rooms and villas, a spectacular riverside view, a gastronomic experience in Nypa restaurant. Sense Spa, in the centre, is a destination for those who seek relaxation, rejuvenation and beauty treatments. You can also find their sea-salt infinity pool the best place for spend your time with an icy cold cocktail by the Nypa Café.
The stylish and spacious Victoria Can Tho Resort is all about its location, set on the banks of the Hau River, a tributary of the mighty Mekong. Built around the swimming pool, the resort’s 92 rooms in a graceful three-story horseshoe-shaped building blend an elegant meeting of Eastern grace and sophisticated Western colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. The resort faces the Hau River, just a 5-minute complimentary shuttle boat ride away from the centre of Can Tho with its many restaurants, museums, temples and pagodas within walking distance.
The resort is 30 minutes from Can Tho International Airport and 7 km away from the famed floating market of Cai Rang. Extensive waterways make it easy to explore the Mekong Delta. The city of Can Tho is 3 hours away by car from Ho Chi Minh City. A dedicated Mekong Coach is available to transport Victoria guest’s northeast to Ho Chi Minh City and northwest to Chau Doc, near the border with Cambodia.
Located in one of the busiest hubs of Ho Chi Minh City, on the fashionable and trendy Le Thanh Ton Street, Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel is in walking distance to all of the city’s most renowned icons. With modern décor and a team that are celebrated for being kind, helpful and...