Vietnam tours are best experienced privately so you can take in the vivid daily life. This unique vacation takes in the bustling cities of Hanoi and Saigon as well as an exhilarating boat ride through the famous Halong Bay! Also on your itinerary are the heritage cities Hue and Hoi An, famed for the cultural and culinary experiences they offer. Before you return, relive your journey with a final sampling of Vietnamese flavors, on a special dinner arranged for you with our best compliments!
Hanoi has served as an erstwhile capital city and the seat of government for over a thousand years. Explore exotic ancient monuments and remnants of colonial imperialism as well as affable merchants at Hanoi’s night markets and at bustling street food stalls.
Hanoi Tour With Cyclos Ride Delve into Hanoi’s colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. Start at the historic mausoleum and former house of Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh. Visit the beautifully designed lotus-shaped Buddhist temple of One Pillar Pagoda. If you wish to gain an overview of Hanoian culture and ancient architecture then you will be in for a treat at the Temple of Literature, whilst the Museum of Ethnology offers fascinating insights into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. You can observe the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter with a thrilling one hour cyclo ride, where many local people go about their daily lives. To complete this culturally rich day, enjoy a performance at the mystical Water Puppet Theater, which brings to life a traditional artform describing daily life and the legends of Vietnam’s history. (Full Day; Time of day: Morning; Duration: 9 hrs; Private activity & transfer; Fitness level: Easy. Please note that the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every afternoon on weekdays except Monday and Friday when it is closed all day; between September to December, it is closed everyday.)
Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkins is a dazzling world. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can witness the dense cluster of over 3,000 limestone islands as they rise spectacularly from the ocean. Geologically an extension, Lan Ha Bay is just as beautiful as Halong Bay but a lot more isolated.
Activities Aboard Stellar Cruise, Halong Bay: One Night And Two Days Day One – Embark on the Stellar Cruise at Tuan Chau marina. Sip on welcome drinks and set sail soaking in the vibrant atmosphere. Freshen up in your cozy cabins, and relish a leisurely lunch with stunning views of the dramatic limestone islands. Set out to explore the expansive and beautiful Surprising Cave and afterwards, you can swim and snorkel around the Titop island. After a nap onboard, gather on the top deck for a sociable sunset party. A lavish Vietnamese dinner later, retire for the night in your plush beds. Alternately, you can join the crew to fish for squids at night. Day Two – Rise and shine with Tai Chi classes on the sundeck. After a wholesome local breakfast, sail past numerous islets before anchoring at Luon Cave. Explore the island kayaking or take the guided bamboo boats. Lunch is served after a cooking demonstration of spring rolls. Recount your experience returning to shore and bid farewell! (Full Day; Best time to travel: March – December; Duration: 2D/1N; Shared Activity & Private Transfer; Meals Included: All meals. Please bring swimwear, sunglasses and sunscreen.)
Hidden World Cruise On Halong Bay: 2D/1N The Ginger Cruise offers an intimate sailing experience on the idyllic La Han Bay, Vietnam. Day 01: Set sail around noon with a welcome drink in hand, soaking in the sight of the bay around you. Gather for lunch, and watch the beautiful scenery pass by. Enjoy various facilities available onboard – swim in the rooftop pool as you pass by towering limestone karsts or check into the spa for a unique massage out at sea! Bask on the sundeck that offers panoramic views of limestone pillars and lush islets around. Stop by at Cat Ba Island, the largest in this archipelago, and explore the island on bikes or electric cars, absorbing the lifestyle of the islanders. Learn about local cuisine during an interactive cooking class onboard. As night falls, enjoy a fine selection of drinks under a starlit sky. After a hearty dinner, watch a cinema with aperitifs by your side, or join the staff to fish for squids before retiring to your suite! Day 02: Wake up early for Tai Chi sessions on the sundeck, followed by morning beverages and pastries. Cruise to Tra Bau and discover the scenic emerald-green bay on kayaks and bamboo rafts. Enjoy the magnificent setting of tree-topped islands amid shimmering waters. After breakfast onboard, reminisce about your experience as you head to shore and bid farewell! (2D/1N; Private Transfer; Meals included: Full board; Fitness level: Moderate. Please note that this ship cruises only in Lan Ha Bay and does not include visits to Halong Bay or any caves.)
Hoi An pays testament to its remarkable history as a major port town, booming with grand architecture of old Japanese merchant houses, pale yellow houses draped in bougainvillea, shopfronts lit with glowing silk lanterns, and ageing tea warehouses.
Walking Tour Of Ancient Hoi An Discover the magnificent Ancient Quarter of Hoi An on a walking tour. Glance into the city’s illustrious past as a trading port as you meander through narrow pedestrianized narrow streets, brimming with well-preserved buildings and unique cuisine. Visit the restored 17th century Chua Ong Pagoda, which was dedicated to ancient Chinese General, or head to the Chinese Assembly Halls of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, which boasts outstandingly ornate wood carvings. Explore the 200 year old Tam Ky ancestral house, the delightful 400 year old Japanese covered bridge, and other historic merchant houses whose architecture have been influenced by the Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese. Soak up the atmosphere in the quarter’s colorful market, which offers an array of silks that you can get stitched into stunning garments within a day or two! Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. (Half Day; Total Duration: 3 hrs; Timings: 0900 – 1200 hrs or 1400 – 1700 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness level: Moderate as some walking is involved. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.)
The ancient Imperial Capital of Hue, lies at the mouth of the Perfume River and is considered the fulcrum of Vietnam’s two rice baskets – the Red River Delta and the Mekong River Delta.
Imperial Vietnam By The Banks Of The Perfume River Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s rich imperial heritage on this tour of historic Hué. The town is dotted with ancient pagodas, royal tombs, and the remains of an imperial stronghold. Set off after breakfast to visit Hué’s iconic, 17th century monument of Thien Mu Pagoda, whose narrow, seven-storied structure stands atop a hill by the Perfume River. Afterwards, you could either explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hué Monuments centered on the Imperial Citadel, or the royal tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. At the Imperial Citadel, be dazzled by the regal architecture and royal gardens. Set amid a forested area, the Royal Tomb is equally spectacular. In the afternoon, drive down to the charming little village of Duong No, which was home to the young Ho Chi Minh. Walk over to the ornate Thanh Toan Covered Bridge spanning the Perfume River, featuring traditional Asian design and a timber arch dotted with ceramic elements and elaborate calligraphy. (Best Time to Travel : Oct – Mar;Times : 9 AM – 3 PM;Duration – 5 hours;Private Activity;Fitness level: Easy).
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), still often referred to as Saigon, was a Khmer seaport in the 17th century before becoming a French colony. Rapid and thrilling and, even with the maddening traffic as cyclo drivers speed under vast neon billboards, you can immerse yourselves in variety at HCMC.
Saigon Opera House & AO Show (2 Hours) Discover the iconic opera of Ho Chi Minh City! In the late evening, set out to discover the unique history and architecture of the 19th century Saigon Opera House, which was built by famous French architect Eugene Ferret. Witness a live performance inside the theatre to truly appreciate this historic venue. Before the A O Show begins, step backstage to witness an exclusive presentation of instruments used in the performance and/or meet one of the actors. Gain unique insights into the history and inspiration for the performance. An intricate blend of bamboo cirque, acrobatics, live music and visual drama, the show itself is a beautiful depiction of life in urban and rural Vietnam. Enjoy traditional live music and plenty of action, supported by exquisite stage design and lighting to make it an unforgettable experience! (Show Timings – 6:00pm – 7:00pm or 8:00pm – 9:00pm)
Highlights Of Ho Chi Minh City Explore Saigon, a city that never sleeps! With its vibrant, exciting energy and brimming with people, you’ll quickly notice how modernity has collided with its rich history. The best way to explore Saigon is by foot, as you wander along and witness quaint yet sure French colonial buildings on Dong Khoi Street, also known as Rue Catinat. Witness many other historic landmarks, including the Opera House, the former Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) and the spectacular Presidential Palace. Visit the central Post Office, not to send your postcards home but to witness a magnificent feat of architecture. Want to make a wish? Visit Thien Hau Temple in District 5, where it is the local custom to attach your dreams to an incense coil. Kindly note that it is not possible to visit inside the Notre Dame during church services.
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