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Boats in Hoi An, Vietnam

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14 nights Vietnam Tailor Made Trip including Beach stay

This is the classic Vietnam trip which can be done with or without private guides. Starting in Hanoi, you then have a night on Halong Bay before heading down to Hoi An (highly recommended) and Ho Chi Minh City where you can visit and stay on the Mekong Delta. Finally relax for a few days on the beach on the tropical island of Phu Quoc.

Most of the stops are for at least 2 nights which means you don't feel like you're travelling all the time. However if you have less time than this itinerary allows then we'd tweak it to fit your dates. 

If you have more time, there are a number of possible extensions to this trip, for example a 7 night Mekong cruise to Siem Reap which is the nearest town for visiting Angkor Wat. It's also possible to just fly there from Ho Chi Minh City and then afterwards perhaps visit the charming city of Luang Prabang in Laos.

Hanoi
 
2 nights

First, fly to Hanoi in the north, the capital of Vietnam, and the gateway to Halong Bay cruises. At its heart are the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, with little shops, temples, food stalls, and lots of scooters! 

A great way to spend half an hour is to take a cycle-rickshaw ride, and afterwards walk to scenic Hoan Kiem Lake where you'll find the much photographed red Huc Bridge which connects to Jade Island and the Temple of the Jade Mountain.

Hanoi
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Bed & Breakfast
Halong Bay
 
1 night on board junk boat

A trip to Halong Bay is included on almost every Vietnam tour that visits Hanoi. However it does take a good few hours to arrive, so if the tour only includes a day cruise then it might feel like a long day with lots of travelling. 

A much better way to experience Halong Bay is to spend a night on board. You'll see the sunset (hopefully!) amid some of the most stunning scenery in Asia. Naturally these cost more, but the experience is definitely worth it. A few select tours even have two nights on board, which is very relaxing after the hustle and bustle of Hanoi.

Halong Bay
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Full Board
Hoi An
 
3 nights

Flying down to the centre of Vietnam into Da Nang, the number one place here is the ancient city of Hoi An. In fact, it was recently voted the number one city in the world! 

It becomes very atmospheric at dusk. As the sun goes down the lanterns lining the little streets start to shine, and the perfect place to have a drink is on the first floor of one of the little cafes overlooking the river. There are lots of shops and although it has become more touristy as travellers have discovered its delights, you should have a look in the silk shops as it's a wonderful place to buy quality silk products.

Hoi An
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Bed & Breakfast
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
 
2 nights

Next, fly down to Hoi Chi Minh City (Saigon) which by contrast to Hanoi is a much more modern city. A highlight is the Chi Chi tunnels which is part of a network of tunnels used in the Vietnam war, and tours there will aim to show you the history and harsh realities of living in them from the sleeping quarters to the kitchens, meeting areas, hospitals and even schools. 

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Bed & Breakfast
Mekong Delta
 
2 nights

A cruise along the Mekong Delta is another great experience, watching daily rural life along the river and making stops at temples, markets and more. There's also a chance to visit the Floating Markets.

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Bed & Breakfast
Phu Quoc
 
4 nights - flexible

There are several beach resorts you could go to relax, but perhaps the pick is Phu Quoc, an island off the coast of South Vietnam with forests and white sand beaches, temples, pagodas, and a lively market. You can go on lovely walks past caves and waterfalls. 

At the end of your stay transfer to the airport for your flight home, usually via Ho Chi Minh City.

As an alternative, Nha Trang is an established resort on the mainland, while Mui Ne is perfect if you enjoy water sports due to the excellent waves. Or, you could combine Vietnam with some of Thailand's beaches and make a Vietnam tour + Thailand beach combination holiday.

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Bed & Breakfast

Guide Prices

Assume a guide price of between £3,500 and £4,500 per person, but there are many factors that may change this.

What's Included?
  • All flights, international and domestic
  • All transfers
  • All accommodation
  • Daily breakfast plus lunch and dinner on the cruise

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I change things in the itinerary? 
A. Yes, you can change almost anything on a tailor made trip to suit your interests and budget. We only offer a selection of handpicked hotels in each place rather than hundreds.

Q. Do you offer guided tours? 
A. Yes, you can choose an itinerary such as the one featured and incorporate private guides where appropriate, even if just for half a day. Or if you prefer the convenience of a fully escorted tour, we offer dozens of trips of different durations and places to visit.

Q. Do I need a visa to enter Vietnam? 
A. Not any more - unless you are staying for 45 days or more.

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