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Highlights of Vietnam
Best time to go: January to April
8 Nights | from £1,895pp
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- Discover what makes Hanoi tick on a sumptuous street food adventure
- Sail amid the magnificent limestone outcrops of Halong Bay
- Cycle between the silk shops and merchants' houses of charming Hoi An
- Take one of the world's most scenic drives to Hue, Vietnam's cultural capital
- Find colonial gems and poignant war history in dynamic Ho Chi Minh City
Day 1 London/Hanoi
Maximise your time by flying overnight from London to Hanoi.
Day 2 Hanoi
It's all happening in Hanoi: the capital of Vietnam is an eclectic mix of Asian and European influences with wide tree-lined avenues, moped-buzzing roads, shimmering lakes, sizzling noddle stands and over 600 temples. It is modern Vietnam in a nutshell, and the ideal introduction.
Silk Path Hotel Hanoi | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Hanoi
Today explore the city with a sightseeing tour. Visit icons such as Ho Chi Minh’s stilted house surround by picturesque banyans and frangipani, One Pillar Pagoda and Quoc Tu Giam, a Confucian temple otherwise known as Temple of Literature. After lunch at a local restaurant, marvel at folk art, sculptures, engravings and lacquer ware by contemporary artists at the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Art.
Silk Path Hotel Hanoi | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Hanoi/Halong Bay
Halong Bay is the tranquil antidote to the fun frenzy of Hanoi. Head to this UNESCO-listed inlet for an overnight float amid its emerald waters, echoing caves, hidden bays and limestone outcrops. At the end of the day, tuck into a sumptuous seafood dinner as the sun sets on the serene scene.
Indochina Sails | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Halong/Hoi An
Carry on cruising, gliding between some of Halong Bay's most beautiful spots. Explore a beautiful nearby cave before cruising back to the port. When it's time to disembark, head to the airport for a short flight to Danang, gateway to the long, sandy beaches and cultural highlights of central Vietnam.
Boutique Hoi An Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Hoi An
No town in Vietnam is as well-preserved as Hoi An: its jumble of tea shops, Japanese merchant houses and Chinese temples feels like a step back in time. Equally intoxicating are its colourful markets, abuzz with traders touting their wares –pay a visit with a local guide, who'll enable you to interact with the sellers. Finish with a boat trip on Thu Bon River which connects Hoi An with Cua Dai Beach.
Boutique Hoi An Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City
It's only a short flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's largest and perhaps most moving metropolis. With a guide, visit the Reunification Hall and the History Museum, with its excellent collection of artefacts illustrating the evolution of Vietnamese culture, or alternatively the War Remnants Museum. Stop at the Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of the city before finishing at the Central Post Office, designed and constructed by Gustav Eiffel.
Fusion Suites | Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City
Delve into Vietnam’s history with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. This vast subterranean network, which once stretched for nearly 340km, was originally constructed by the Viet Minh in the 1940s, but used to great effect by the Viet Cong –whole communities lived in these unbelievably narrow passages.
Fusion Suites | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (at local restaurant)
Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City
With a head full of memories, head to the airport for your flight back home. Alternatively, continue your time in Vietnam with one of our extension trips to the Mekong Delta or Ky Son.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 9-day suggested holiday will cost from £1,895 per person at low season, based on two sharing, including international and domestic flights, transfers, touring and meals as stated.
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Our office in Ho Chi Minh City is managed by a local team of experienced and passionate travel professionals with an intimate knowledge of Vietnam, enabling them to provide clients with great insight into this fascinating destination, and ensuring a seamless experience every step of the A&K journey. With their long standing personal connections and networks they're also there to help you uncover local secrets and experiences, and to open doors to people and places normally beyond the reach of the ordinary traveller.
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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.
Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi (via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore)
Approximately 13 hours
GMT + 7 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificates if arriving from an endemic area