Vietnam North to South
Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Phu Quoc
From its energetic cities to the rural tranquillity of its emerald green mountains Vietnam is an intriguing destination full of contrasts. At the crossroads of tradition and modernity, an eclectic mix of old and new, this country will reveal astonishing finds to every type of traveller.
- Take in the intoxicating mix of the medieval and the modern the incredible Hanoi. Marvel at its dazzling Parisian architecture and stroll through the webbed streets for a relaxing afternoon.
- Experience the scenic drive through the Red River Delta.
- Laze on a boat cruising down Halong Bay - the perfect position to see the marvellous 'islands' rising from the emerald waters of the gulf.
- Take the luxurious Livitrans to reach the imperial city of Hue in style where you can either wind around its dizzying streets or brush up on your history by visiting the Demilitarised Zone.
- Explore the atmospheric Hoi An on foot - a highlight of Vietnam for many because of its beguiling riverside location paired with impressively grand architecture and slow pace.
- On to the metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City where the throng of traffic is dizzying. Wander its timeless alleys and visit its bustling markets. Explore Ho Chi Minh's past and uncover its secrets by visiting its many churches, temples and government buildings.
- Relax on the unsullied beaches of Phu Quoc.
14 day stay in Vietnam exploring the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and ending with a relaxing beach break at on of Vietnam's unsullied beaches
Begin your journey by flying into Hanoi - the country’s capital and one of Asia's most fascinating cities with its unique blend of western and oriental charm.
Wander through the 36 streets in the Old Quarter where you can rummage for souvenirs and witness the artisans working on their specialty crafts. Pay homage to the late political leader Hồ Chí Minh at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and learn why Vietnam is such a culturally diverse country at the Museum of Ethnology. With more time to spare we suggest a visit to Tam Coc - a series of limestone rock formations jutting out from a sea of rice paddies that is one of the areas lesser visited sights.
From Hanoi it’s a scenic 3 hour drive through the Red River Delta to the famed Halong Bay where we suggest you take an overnight cruise which will take you to mystical scenery of limestone islands, surrounded by colourful floating villages jutting out of the emerald sea.
Overnight: Halong Bay
Return to Hanoi in time to board Livitrans; considered one of the most luxurious trains in Vietnam that will take you overnight to the imperial city of Hue.
Overnight: Livitrans train
Visit the Forbidden City - a sprawling complex of palaces, temples, pavilions and galleries – before enjoying a romantic boat ride along the Perfume River. If you have an interest in the Vietnam War then Hue is a good base for a day trip out to the Demilitarised Zone, a buffer site between North and South Vietnam that saw intense fighting during the war.
Continue by road to Hoi An; en route your guide and driver will take you over the beautiful Hai Van Pass - Vietnam's geographical and psychological boundary between north and south that often lies shrouded in clouds.
Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday and can be easily explored on foot. Cross the Japanese covered bridge, stroll through the cultural halls, enjoy a traditional music performance or visit Hoi An’s tailors - renowned for their high workmanship and a great place to extend your wardrobe. If, by now you are in need of a beach then, just a few kilometres out of town, Cua Dai’s golden sands provide a nice place to unwind over fresh seafood.
Overnight: Hoi An
A short flight will take you to Ho Chi Minh City; Vietnam’s largest city and undisputed commerce capital. It is a dynamic city yet the old charm lives on among the tree lined boulevards, quaint wooden shops, old temples and colonial architecture. A tour of the Opera House, Le Loi Street, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and War Remnants Museum on a Vespa scooter provides an exciting introduction before taking a day trip out to the Cu Chi Tunnels. This network of 200 kilometres of tunnels, used by the Vietcong, offers a fascinating insight into life during the Vietnam War.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
If you enjoy the beach we suggest you add on a few nights here to treat yourself at your choice of unsullied beaches in Phu Quoc – just a short flight south of the city.
Overnight: Phu Quoc