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Essential Vietnam (South to North) Holiday

Essential Vietnam (South to North)

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Sail the Mekong and take a cookery class in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hanoi

Includes return Economy airfares

12 days from £2,229pp including flights and hotels

Unlock the mysteries of Vietnam’s captivating culture on this alluring journey covering the very best of this welcoming country. more »
Travel south to north, from the steamy streets of Ho Chi Minh City to the colonial charm of heady Hanoi, with the spellbinding scenery of Halong Bay and relaxed waterways of the Mekong in between.

What's included

  • International & internal flights
  • 8 nights in 4* hotels
  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Mekong Delta cruise
  • Cooking class & Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour
  • Half day walking tour of ancient Hoi An
  • Afternoon Hanoi Street Eats Tour
  • 1 night Halong Bay Cruise
  • Hanoi city tour
  • All transfers
12 days from £2,229pp
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What to expect

  • Sail the Mekong and take a cookery class in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Check out the crumbling colonial buildings in photogenic Hoi An
  • Slurp on freshly cooked pho in Hanoi, some of the tastiest street food in all Asia
  • Admire the stunning karst landscape of shimmering Halong Bay on an overnight cruise

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Need to know

  • Arrives: Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport (SGN)
  • Time difference: GMT+7
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
  • Language: Vietnamese
  • Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)
  • Flying time from UK: around 20 hours
  • Plug type: 2 round pins or 2 flat pins
  • Voltage: 220V

Your itinerary

Day 1

Fly from the UK to Ho Chi Minh.

Days 2-4

Ho Chi Minh City

Stay in the midst of Ho Chi Minh’s grand mansions, colourful markets and historical buildings and feel the French colonial influence in everything from Notre Dame Cathedral to the freshly baked baguettes for sale on every street. You’ll find plenty to fill your time here, exploring the vibrant city sights and the surrounding countryside. Cruise the maze of waterways that make up Mekong Delta on a relaxing boat cruise, visiting quaint fishing villages and rice paddies along the way. Learn how to create Vietnam’s aromatic cuisine at home on a cooking class, then explore the Cu Chi tunnel network and learn about its fascinating history.

Duxton Ho Chi Minh City
Includes the Le Jarai Mekong Delta tour by boat; a cooking class & Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour

Days 5-6

Hoi An

Board your flight to Hoi An, where the narrow winding streets are lined with beautiful old buildings, ornate pagodas and grand houses. It’s an atmospheric town, filled with graceful architecture, eclectic restaurants and upmarket lounge bars as well as friendly local cafes and bespoke tailors. Explore the photogenic Ancient Quarter on a walking tour, visiting the beautifully decorated Chinese Assembly Halls and the Japanese Covered Bridge, guarded by wooden monkeys on one side and dogs on the other.

Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort
Includes a walking tour of Hoi An

Day 7

Hanoi

Fly north to Hanoi and spend the rest of the day discovering the sizzling street food in the Old Quarter. This culinary adventure is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Vietnam’s aromatic cuisine and sample the delicious dishes. Sip on locally brewed beer, slurp on steaming noodles and try out a tasty Vietnamese barbecue. Finish off with a refreshing ice-cream for desert in one of the city’s popular ice-cream parlours – what a treat!

Silk Path
Includes an afternoon Hanoi Street Eats Tour

Day 8

Halong Bay

Board a traditional junkboat for an overnight cruise in picturesque Halong Bay, whose two thousand-odd limestone pinnacles rise majestically from emerald green waters. Tuck into a fresh seafood lunch and explore the various caves and rock formations that fringe the bay. Take some time in the afternoon for a refreshing dip, or jump in a kayak for a closer view of the towering peaks. Halong Bay is a real highlight of Vietnam and a memory you will treasure for a lifetime.

night aboard a luxury Halong Bay Junkboat

Days 9-10

Hanoi

Return to Hanoi and enjoy a city tour, visiting the exquisite temples, landscaped gardens, and historic monuments of this intriguing city. Start off with the 11th century Temple of Literature, built in honour of Cofunicus, then continue on to the Vietnamese Women’s Museum followed by the beating heart of the city, the Old Quarter. Here you’ll find the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake where you can cross the bright red bridge to Jade Island, home to a colourful temple and an unusual embalmed turtle.

Silk Path
Includes a Hanoi city tour

Days 11-12

Depart Hanoi and return to the UK.

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