Vietnam Culture and Beach

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Best time to go: February to August

9 Nights | from £2,295pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the diverse cultural and architectural heritage of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Squeeze into the Cu Chi Tunnels, former subterranean base of the Viet Cong
  • Slow the pace at the beautiful, mountain-backed beach of Lang Co
  • Discover the imperial tombs and fortified citadel of the old capital, Hue
  • Wander the charming streets of Hoi An, lined with historic merchants' houses


Day 1 London/Ho Chi Minh City
Pack more in to your time in Vietnam by boarding an overnight flight from the UK to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy a quick private transfer to your hotel and relax in the heart of the vibrant city formerly known as Saigon. Discover its intriguing blend of French colonial buildings, venerable pagodas and modern constructions with a tour of the architectural highlights – the rambling and largely empty 1960s Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and curiously, the central post office – a grand, almost baroque monument. For a real sense of city life, stroll along Dong Khoi street – the bustling artery of central Saigon –from the cathedral towards the Saigon River, peering right at the gingerbread-house Hotel de Ville en route.
Pullman Saigon | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City
Delve beneath the surface of Vietnam's history – both literally and figuratively – with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a huge subterranean network that stretched almost to the Cambodian border, occupied by thousands of local people (many Viet Cong) during the war. Squeeze into the tunnels for truly unique – and claustrophobic – insights and chat with 'Uncle Nam', a local guide and war veteran who lived in the tunnels for 12 years during the 'American War'. Back in Ho Chi Minh City, stroll through Chinatown in the Cholon district to admire the vivid ceramic friezes at the Thien Hau Pagoda, and browse the stalls at lively Bin Tay Market.
Pullman Saigon | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City/Danang/Lang Co
Head north with a flight to Danang on Vietnam's central coast before the short drive to Lang Co, to relax on its palm-shaded beach alongside a sheltered lagoon. Your base for the next few nights is the luxurious Angsana Lang Co, sandwiched between the verdant Truong Song mountains and a tempting stretch of white sand.
Angsana Lang Co | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Hue/Lang Co
Explore the World Heritage site of Hue, the fascinating old capital of the Nguyen emperors in the 19th and early 20th century. Roam the walled Imperial Citadel and the remains of its Forbidden Purple City, cloistered home of the emperor and his court, then admire the grandest of the imperial mausoleums, the tomb of Tu Duc. Dong Ba Market is the place to try the gamut of Vietnamese flavours, with countless stalls cooking up excellent local dishes among the exotic fruits, vegetables and seafood.
Angsana Lang Co | Meals: Breakfast

Days 6-9 Lang Co
Tempting though it is to simply soak up the beautiful surroundings and relax at the resort, there are ample delights to explore nearby. Venture south on a day-long journey taking in the Cham Museum in Danang, housing beautiful sculptures dating back up to 14 centuries;the curious Marble Mountains, five hills riddled with caves; and Hoi An, a charming trading port with an elegant 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and historic Chinese merchants' houses, where locals rear silkworms to produce beautiful textiles.
Angsana Lang Co | Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Lang Co/Danang/Ho Chi Minh City/London
Tear yourself away from the beautiful views for the transfer to Danang airport and on to Ho Chi Minh City for your International flight back to the UK.

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 10 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,295 per person, based on two sharing including international flights.

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Best time to be there

Regional climate differences mean that there is no best time; try September to December to avoid the humidity in the north, December to April to miss the rains in the south and December to March is perfect for trips to the Central highlands. Catch the Trung Thu Moon festival in September or October for traditional lion and dragon dances.

Fly to

Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi (via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore)

flying time

Approximately 13 hours

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificates if arriving from an endemic area

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