Multi Centre Holidays to Vietnam
10 night multi centre holiday Including an overnight cruise in Halong Bay
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Vietnam Multi Centre Itinerary
The 'Classical' multi centre holiday to Vietnam includes time in Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and this example shows how a 10 night holiday would look.
There are many variations of course which I would be happy to discuss with you, especially if you would like some time relaxing on a beach or to explore the Mekong in more depth. And you can also fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia to visit the temples of Angkor Wat.
To keep the costs down, I would suggest Vietnam Airlines who fly to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City 3 times per week each from Heathrow, and also have a premium economy class on those routes. Both classes provide excellent value for money, especially as they are the only carrier from the UK to fly direct.
This is the classical 10 night multi centre Vietnam itinerary:
- 3 nights in Hanoi
- 1 night in Halong Bay
- 3 nights in Hoi An
- 3 nights in Ho Chi Minh City
- OPTIONAL: beach extension in one of Vietnam's many beach resorts
- OPTIONAL: Can Tho, Mekong Delta (2 nights recommended)
- OPTIONAL: Siem Reap, Cambodia (3 nights recommended)
Total: 10 nights plus optional extensions
Here is the main itinerary in more detail...
Hanoi (3 nights)
London Heathrow (12:00) - Hanoi (05:45 next day)
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and at it's heart are the bustling narrow narrow lanes of the old quarter. But there are also many peaceful areas too, especially the serene Ho Hoan Kiem Lake, and the many temples such as the 1000 year old Temple of Literature.
I would suggest a 3 night stay in Hanoi which gives you 2 full days to explore. Or, if you are going to Halong Bay as a day trip rather than overnight, then you could make Hanoi a 4 night stay.
Meal Plan:   Bed & Breakfast
Budget Choice   Calypso Grand
Luxury Choice   Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake
Halong Bay (1 night)
Halong Bay is one of the highlights of your trip to Vietnam, and one of the natural wonders of Asia. This World Heritage listed site has over 2000 limestone islets in the emerald bay, and makes for a spectacular sight.
You can visit on a day trip from Hanoi, with cruises normally lasting around 3-4 hours. However given the travelling time and for the full experience, I would recommend an overnight cruise. This gives you much more time to enjoy the stunning scenery, beautiful sunsets and sunrises (hopefully!), and good food and wine on board. Many of the boats are traditional wooden junks, but with all the modern comforts.
Travelling Time:   Approximately 3-4 hours road transfer from Hanoi, with a stop half way
Meal Plan:   Full Board
Hoi An (3 nights)
Hanoi (15:55) - Da Nang (17:15)
N.B. there are several flights throughout the day, and if you are not coming back from Halong Bay then you may wish to take an earlier flight
Hoi An is a charming coastal town that is most famous for its silk making, but is full of old colonial houses, art galleries, and craft shops. In fact readers of Wanderlust recently voted Hoi An as the best city on earth to visit, and it's certainly worth spending some time here.
It's especially atmospheric at dusk when the lanterns come on and you wander through the streets and along the riverside looking for a place to eat.
Hoi An is by the coast, and so you could use this stop as an extended beach stay with the odd trip into the town. Alternatively stay in the town itself where most of the sites would be within walking distance.
Travelling Time:   Transfer time from Da Nang Airport approximately 45 minutes
Meal Plan:   Bed & Breakfast
Budget Choice   Ancient House Resort
Luxury Choice   Anantara Hoi An
Ho Chi Minh City (3 nights)
Da Nang (12:10) - Ho Chi Minh City (13:30)
This is the cultural capital of Vietnam with a huge amount of street cafes, restaurants and shops, but along side the modern skyscrapers are the old street markets, temples filled with incense and old buildings such as Notre Dame Cathedral.
A 3 night stay in Saigon is typical, with half a day or so doing a city tour, a day at the Cu Chi tunnels and a day in the Mekong Delta. A city tour would normally take you to see the main sites such as the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the War Remnants Museum, plus bustling Chinatown and past ancient pagodas.
Another option is to stay a night or two in the Mekong Delta itself, for example in Can Tho where boat trips go to the floating markets.
Travelling Time:   Transfer time from Saigon Airport to hotels is approximately 30 minutes
Meal Plan:   Bed & Breakfast
Budget Choice   Duxton Hotel
Luxury Choice   Caravelle
Back to London
Ho Chi Minh City (00:35) - London Heathrow (06:45)
Transfer back to the airport for a late evening check in, and arrive in London early the following morning.
Alternatively, continue to one of Vietnam's beach resorts.
Here's how you can tailor your multi centre Vietnam holiday exactly the way you'd like
Prices start from around £2000 per person for mid range hotels, however please give us a call with your preferred dates and we will work out an exact price.
The Weather in Vietnam - when to go?
The weather in Vietnam changes considerably depending upon the time of year, and will be big influence on not just when, but where you go. Here is the summary for the major places of interest.
|Hanoi||Hoi An||Nha Trang||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Jan||Very good||Very good||Very good||Very good|
|Feb||Very good||Very good||Very good||Very good|
|Mar||Very good||Very good||Very good||Very good|
|Apr||Very good||Very good||Very good||Very good|
|May||Wet||Very good||Very good||Wet|
|Jun||Wet||Very good||Very good||Wet|
|Jul||Wet||Very good||Very good||Wet|
|Dec||Very good||Wet||OK||Very good|
As you can see, by far the best time to visit Vietnam is from January to April. If you wish to travel in December and add a beach resort, then the further south the better.
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