Exploring Vietnam is a unique experience, sure to fulfill the wanderlust of any traveler and especially on your Honeymoon! On your 14 day custom romantic adventure you will have the opportunity to visit and admire Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc Island. Wander through centuries of rich history, marvel at the pristine beauty of the landscapes and immerse yourself in the traditional culture. This trip will guide you on an off the beaten path exploration through the eyes of locals and offers a sample of some of the best Vietnamese cuisines. From cruising on Ha Long Bay to riding on the back of vespas, you will experience it all!
Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival at the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, you will be greeted by a local representative and transferred directly to your hotel, for a smooth and easy start to your adventure. Check into your room, get settled and spend the rest of the evening as you wish! (This service is on a private basis.)
Vietnam's capital is rich in a culture touched by French and Chinese influences over its 1,000-year-long history. One can spend days in the Old Quarter, where fashion houses, art galleries and coffee shops make up the city's most charismatic district. Hanoi features hundreds of serene lakes, great for people watching and strolling an afternoon away. Take an evening to dine at a modern, cosmopolitan restaurant and enjoy a night on the town, but don't forget to take an evening to enjoy the thriving street food scene, one of the city's primary attractions.
Make the most of today with an exploration of Vietnam’s capital city...from the back of a motorbike! Your first stop of the day will be at the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam, dating back to the 11th century. It is a popular attraction, as is Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his simple stilt house where he lived and worked. The informative museum there is dedicated to his memory. From there, your guide will take your to visit the bustling Old Quarter, with its unique and eclectic mix of architectural styles - traditional ‘tube’ houses, religious buildings, colonial houses, vernacular dwellings and modern concrete edifices.
No exploration of Hanoi is truly fulfilled without a motorbike experience. This tour will also incorporate a local ‘Street Life’ adventure, taken place on the back of a motorbike. You will spend a couple of hours wandering around the back streets in and nearby the Old Quarter. A street food brunch will be included, offering you the chance to take your pick from traditional Hanoi Pho (beef noodle soup), Nom (green papaya salad with seasoned beef), Banh Goi (pillow-shaped rice pastry with minced pork and mushroom), Banh Cuon (hot rice paper with pork and fried onion) or Bun Cha (fresh noodle with grilled pork). If you are hungry, try two or three varieties – the dishes are more of snacks, rather than a meal...and the more, the better!
Later, you will have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, after breakfast, you will leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you’ll board your boat, a wooden junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure, that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area and then to one of the most well-known grottoes and caves, and then kayak (optional) around the area. Weather permitting, you will be able to swim from the boat and enjoy the clear emerald water. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood, and you’ll sleep in a cabin with an en suite toilet and shower.
Seemingly infinite, the towering islands of Ha Long Bay form a landscape that is other worldly. Named a World Heritage site in 1994, Ha Long Bay offers some of the most beautiful scenes in all of Asia, whether you are lounging on a beach, exploring the inside of a hidden cave or cruising along the water in your traditional Chinese junk style boat. Located just a few hours outside of Hanoi, you can easily trade in the crowded streets of the city, to sail between the striking karst formations instead. Ha Long Bay means "Bay of the Descending Dragons" and mythology says the islands were created from the jewels and jade dropped from the mouth of dragons sent by the Gods. No wonder it's so magical!
You’ll wake in fresh air of the bay with a swim and/or a Tai Chi session on the large sundeck (beginners welcome!). After a light breakfast pastry and tea or coffee, you’ll dock to visit one of the most famous caves in the Bay, Me Cung Cave. This cave has been recognized by archaeologists as one of the vestiges of the pre-Halong new Stone Age culture that existed nearly 10,000 years ago. After a narrow crack only allowing one person through at a time, many partitions appear. These chambers are somewhat small and narrow, but very refined and with many stalagmites and stalactites bearing beautiful forms. By the end of the walk, the panoramic view of Ha Long bay is well deserved.
You’ll return to the junk for a brunch while cruising back to dock around noon whereupon you’ll leave for Hanoi, and connect with your flight to Hue.
Upon arrival in Hue, you will be met and transferred to your comfortable accommodations.
The heart of imperial Vietnam's history, Hue is Vietnam's cultural capital. It's architecture calls back to a time when the Nguyen Dynasty built temples, pagodas and palaces across its landscapes. A calm, noble city lives on today, showcasing beautiful buildings that survived bombings during the American War. The easy-going local crowd enjoys a night out, and routinely interacts with foreigners. With a tradition for maintaining authentic recipes, Hue's chefs might be the best example of pure Vietnamese food that dates back to the country's imperial years.
Your morning will begin with a cruise along the Perfume River to visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda. From there, you’ll drive to the Royal Tombs of Emperor Minh Mang and, in the afternoon, Emperor Khai Dinh.
For lunch, you’ll sit down in the pleasant surroundings and comfortable atmosphere of a garden house. The owner will prepare and serve a traditional meal based on the distinctive characteristics of classic Hue cuisine.
After breakfast, your guide will arrive to take you on a tour of Hue’s ancient citadel, once the seat of the Emperors of the powerful Nguyen Dynasty that ruled Vietnam from approximately 1800 to 1945. You’ll begin with a stroll around the area between the Citadel’s massive walls and the defensive moat, now filled with lotus flowers. You’ll then enter via the Noon Gate to wander around the Thai Hoa Palace, the Pavilion housing the Nine Urns of the Nguyen rulers, and the remains of the Royal Palaces, followed by a visit to the Museum of Antiquities.
After your tour, you'll be met and driven to Danang. On the way, you'll cross the Hai Van mountain pass. The views from the top are excellent – you should be able to see Lang Co beach and village, and the lagoon far below, with Danang spread out before you to the south.
Upon arriving in Danang enjoy a brief look at the remarkable Hindu statuary in the Cham Museum, before continuing to Hoi An. After lunch, you will have a guided visit to the Ancient Town of Hoi An.
There is a good reason we encourage first time travelers to Vietnam to visit Hoi An. After the hustle and bustle of the big cities, travel in Hoi An will feel easier. There is little modern motor traffic, and its shops and restaurants are mainly tailored for tourists. A romantic cafe culture lives on in French colonial buildings, along with a thriving art scene, can keep you busy (and shopping) for days. Hoi An is also a great base from which to enjoy a couple of beach days, or venture inland to meet with local farmers for a more authentic local experience.
This morning, you will embark on a Farming & Fishing Life Tour, which provides you with a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your tour guide, you will start the day cycling slowly along country roads and witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand. Keep an eye out for the rice paddy fields, water buffaloes, bamboo bridges and local farmers on their daily work, that you will pass along the way. You will stop to visit a beautiful organic vegetable village, where you will help water and plant vegetables, hoeing the soil with a local farmer in a rice paddy field. Have your camera ready, because these are memories you will want to capture!
Next, you will board an eco-tour boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of net fishing, catching fish in a traditional ‘Thung Chai’ basket boat. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat along the waterways of coconut palm paradise. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both Vietnamese farming and fishing communities. After enjoying a fresh seafood lunch, you will be taken back to the hotel, where you can enjoy the rest of the day as you wish.
*Please note that the clothing and footwear used for today's activities are likely to get wet and dirty throughout the day. We suggest bringing a spare clothes and comfortable shoes. (This service is on a group basis.)
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Hoi An and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
In the evening, you’ll be picked up at your hotel for a Vespa evening tour. Your first stop is to Café zoom to "watch the world go by" and enjoy a cocktail and appetizer (inclusive) before adventuring into a favorite local eating spot. You’ll experience the nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Then the tour will continue on to a hidden Vietnamese-style coffee shop where you'll be able to enjoy live Vietnamese music.
The tour will start with a ride to part Chinatown and then heading to District 4 through busy streets and alleys to see the night life of locals and enjoy street sea- food and cold drinks, places that foreigner won't be found. Leaving district 4 to district 3 the tour pass through downtown district 1 to take in the sights on the way to Banh Xeo, specialty of Saigon, and southern food with the locals.
While much of Vietnam is set in its traditions, and content to live life at a slower pace, HCMC is where the nation's urban warriors congregate to work hard and play harder. The city that some still call Saigon has been the driving force leading Vietnam into the 21st century, and the result is a whirlpool of activity that one cannot help but be swept into. Remnants of Vietnam's history pockmark the city, creating a charming contrast of old and new.
Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Phu Quoc. Upon arrival in Phu Quoc, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, has a wide variety of beaches, some regarded as the best in Vietnam. Tropical jungle runs directly into beaches running for miles up and down the coast of this island. It’s recently been ‘discovered’ however there remains plenty of opportunities to explore untouched landscapes and get off the grid.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Phu Quoc and transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your accommodations to check in and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)
Sadly this is your departure day. At the appropriate time, you will be picked up and transferred to the airport in time for your outbound flight home. We hope you enjoyed your experience and we wish you a pleasant flight home!
The Silk Path Hotel is the newest addition to Hanoi's top class hotel scene. A four star, boutique establishment that is a symphony of comfort. The Silk Path is an oasis of quiet elegance in the midst the inner city's rush and bustle. It's a short stroll from the modern purveyors of fine silk in Hang Gai, the fascinating maze of streets in the old city, the villas of the French Quarter, the shaded green waters of Hoan Kiem lake at the city's center, boutiques and galleries in the lanes and alleys that lead into the precinct of St Joseph's Cathedral. The Silk Path's 106 guest rooms epitomize and restate that this hotel is truly a symphony of comfort. The superb Presidential Suite on the eighth floor, with panoramic views over the city, is a concerto of tasteful design. Other Deluxe and Executive rooms are adagios of perfectly appointed, stay awhile indulgence with the most up to date, gleaming facilities any guest could expect.
For your Ha Long excursion, you'll board the Aphrodite Cruise, one of the best wooden boat on the Bay. It’s a wooden junk based on the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with two barge sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure. The boat has 17 cabins, can accommodate a maximum of 24 people, so you're likely to be joining other travellers for the cruise. The most beautiful of all the goddesses was Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. She was often called the “sea-born” goddess, because she was formed one evening from the foam of the crystal waters of Paphos in the fragrant island of Cyprus, where its waves beat upon a rocky shore. Together with the mythology history, we bring the breath of ocean and the authentic culture of local fish farm in Halong Bay to your truly experience on board with Aphrodite Cruises which featured luxury boutique concept and also cruise its own route away from the crowd to untouched areas of the bay. With its golden sails, polished woodwork and refined traditional decor, private waiting lounge, and longer cruising loops, Aphrodite Cruises truly offer an unforgettable ambiance of relaxed elegance.
Built in 1901 by a French businessman, the Morin Hotel is the oldest hotel in Hue City, Vietnam. A rare survivor of many wars, this is more than a hotel, it's a part of the history of Hue city over the last 100 years. Now lovingly restored to its century-old glory, Hotel Saigon Morin is once again ready to live up to it's reputation as the choice of celebrities, intrepid adventures and businessmen. The Hotel offers everything a discerning traveller would expect form a world-class hotel without sacrificing the old world charm that made the Morin Hotel legendary.
Come explore the rich heritage of Vietnamese cuisine and culture at this 4 star boutique hotel. Hoi An Resort is located ideally on Hoi An beach, just 5 minutes from Hoi An center and thirty five minutes from the airport. At Hoi An Resort guests have a choice of the modern living where they can unwind by the pool surrounded by tropical gardens or villas directly on the beach facing the sea with large terraces for a private time. Each room at this hotel offers views of the sea with private balconies and some of the rooms have direct access to the beach from a private terrace.
As a 4-star standard hotel, Eden Saigon is located right in the center of business, shopping, commercial and entertainment of Ho Chi Minh City and only a 5 minute walk from the Ben Thanh Market. From the very beginning, the Hotel targets the customers for business and leisure purposes. With the advantage of convenient transportation system, Eden Saigon Hotel also offers the luxury guest rooms, hospitable services as well as the completely furnished business facilities. The hotel also has massage area and fitness center with an outdoor swimming pool and bar with views of the city.
Mango Bay is an unusually low density resort, of 40 bungalows, spread along one kilometer of beach, amid twenty hectares of largely endemic forest and gardens. The resort lies on Phu Quoc, an island in the Gulf of Thailand, the size of Singapore, adjacent to Cambodia, and belonging to Vietnam. Development has been led by a passion for the environment, intelligent use of materials, and strong support for the island culture.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.