From Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh: A Vietnam Journey
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From Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh: A Vietnam Journey

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If you're looking for a place to feel like royalty, then a Vietnam holiday is definitely for you. With its beautiful, regally accented towns and stunning palaces, Vietnam is the cultural trip of a lifetime and offers the luxury that you know you deserve. This itinerary will take you from Hanoi to Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon - you'll also enjoy an amazing cruise through renowned Ha Long Bay, legends tell that it was created by a dragon!

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers between the hotels and airport
  • 2 nights at the 5 star Apricot Hotel
  • 1 night on the 5 star Azalea Cruise
  • 7 nights at the 5 star La Siesta Hoi An Resort and Spa
  • 4 nights at the 5 star Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Day 1-2
Fly from UK to Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome to Vietnam, the home of culture, authenticity and true South East Asian beauty - the next two weeks are going to be 14 nights to remember! After arriving in Hanoi, you will be greeted by your private chauffeur, who will handle your luggage for you. There's no need for you to lift a finger, and you better get used to it! You will then be escorted to the 5-star Apricot Hotel. You'll be treated to fantastic panoramic views of the city and Hoen Kiem Lake from the rooftop pool and bar, take in Vietnamese city-life as you refresh yourself with a cocktail!

Day 2-4
Hanoi: Fabulous Pho

The hustle and bustle of Hanoi is complimented by luscious tropical palms and greenery by day and bright lights by night, a beautiful backdrop to the beginning of your Vietnam adventure. Whilst you're here, it would be crazy not to discover the rich history that this city holds. Start at the fantastic One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda steeped in folklore, before adding a UNESCO site to your list - the Thang Long Royal Citadel is breath-taking with its gorgeous golden exterior!

Get lost in the labyrinth of alleyways lovingly referred to as 36 Streets, you'll adore the cute street names, which ones can you spot? Perhaps Sugar, Tin or Paper (yes, these are really street names!)? You can delight at all of these amazing locations, and so many more besides them on your dream Vietnam holiday or honeymoon - your Luxtripper travel expert can even arrange for you to have a guide if you desire a true insider's perspective of this fabulous country.

It would be a crime to visit Vietnam and not savour some of what is perhaps its most famous dish - pho! If you're a foodie, then this is an unmissable treat that you simply cannot leave without trying. Slurp up noodles as steam rises from the bowl of broth in front of you, this is a truly satisfying meal. Of course, you can find this all over Vietnam, but in you won't be able to resist following your nose and caving to the tempting aromas that Hanoi teases you with! 

Day 4
Road transfer from Hanoi to Halong Pier

It's time to leave the city and get your feet off the ground - no, you're not back in the air yet, the next stop on your itinerary is far more exciting! Catch your private transfer to the pier at Halong and step onto the luxurious Azalea Cruise Ship! Your home for the next evening will take you on a journey down Ha Long Bay, the stunning, world-famous UNESCO site. 

Day 4-5
Luxury Ha Long Bay Cruise

This amazing cruise will take you on a mystifying journey through the home of one of Vietnam's greatest legends; the locals say that Ha Long Bay was created by a dragon, whose breaths of fire carved the rugged limestone cliffs. You'll feel like you're in Avatar as you float over the glittering turquoise waters, see the best of this renowned bay from the comfort of the majestic Azalea Cruise ship. Feast your eyes on Vietnam's enchanting natural beauty and let the gentle breezes tousle your hair as you enjoy a romantic meal on the ship's deck!

Take the opportunity to hop in a kayak and explore the caves that weave through the dragon-formed cliff faces - lean over the side and let your fingers trail through the cool, sparkling water of this legendary bay. Try your hand at tai chi, the breathtakingly exotic views of Ha Long Bay make for a perfectly peaceful atmosphere that's ideal for finding your zen.

Day 5
Fly from Ha Long Bay to Da Nang

It's time to step off of your relaxing Azalea Cruise and back onto dry land! You'll be escorted to the domestic airport, where you'll catch a quick flight to the next stop on your amazing itinerary. Your dream Vietnam holiday continues in Hoi An, but first you'll land in Da Nang, with its pristine golden sand beaches and dazzling clear blue sea. 

You'll be spending a week in this gorgeous city, so it's important that you have the most comfortable accommodation possible - meet La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa , where luxury hospitality is an art. This tranquil escape nestled amidst emerald rice fields and village lanes that quaintly twist and turn is perfect for your Vietnam honeymoon. Once you've been shown to your room, traditional but simultaneously fashionable, take a walk through the vibrant and colourful gardens and discover the hotel's temple! 

Day 5-12
Hoi An and Hue

The well-preserved city of Hoi An is situated close to Vietnam's Imperial City, Hue, the home of an amalgam of magnificent structures. You can't miss the Thien Mu Pagoda on your visit to Hue - quite literally! This Buddhist pagoda is seven stories high, and is the tallest religious building in the country. From here, you should definitely see the Imperial Citadel. This colourful fortress is the heart of Hue, and impressively still stands despite a chequered history. Make sure you get a thorough exploration before feasting your eyes on the fine art in the Lang An Palace!

Vietnamese food has a long history, and is now hitting the Western world with it's distinctive flavours! Spend a day learning to master the taste of Vietnam for yourself at a cooking class; learn to craft your own delicious spring rolls, steaming bowls of pho, and perhaps even one of Hoi An's specialities, 'cao lau', delicious thick noodles topped with crunchy pork-rind croutons. Of course, you'll get to enjoy your creations afterwards - the best part of any cooking experience!

Day 12
Fly from Da Nang to Ho Chin Minh

Step forwards in time from the old capital and its pretty French architecture into a slightly more present-day setting - it's time for you to experience the thriving and electric metropolis that is Ho Chi Minh! Formerly known as Saigon, this more modern city is home to many an awe-inspiring building, and holds a history rich with the tales of the Vietnam War. This vibrant city may be a less provincial location, but Ho Chi Minh also boasts the beauty of Vietnam - access all this and more as you spend you final four nights at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza!

This dazzling and ultra-chic hotel is located on a peaceful, tree-lined boulevard just moments away from the commercial centre, offering you plenty of opportunity to visit renowned landmarks from Notre Dame Cathedral to Reunification Palace.

Day 12-16
Ho Chi Minh

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh, home to a harmonious and diverse assortment of sleek skyscrapers and preserved colonial buildings and war relics. This electric city is bursting with energy, but there is still plenty of opportunity for you to find peace. For a boat trip just as beautiful as your cruise in Ha Long Bay, head to the Mekong Delta; as you bob slowly down the river, you'll find yourself being absorbed by a feeling of complete tranquility. The delta is dotted with pretty lily pads, you'll love watching as the view changes gradually from majestic mountainsides to luscious emerald rice paddy fields, like a magical slideshow of Vietnam's beauty displayed just for you. Perhaps you'll even spot a local rowing past wearing a traditional 'non la' hat! This is a truly romantic and intimate date for loved-up honeymooners, a peaceful chance for you to be alone together.

There are so many fabulous things to do in Ho Chi Minh, discover the underground labyrinth of the Cu Chi Tunnels, as well as an amalgam of beautiful Sino-French buildings. Reunification Palace is a real slice of Vietnam's history - a huge North Vietnamese tank rumbled past in 1975, signifying the end of the war. Take a short walk from here to the awesome Notre Dame Cathedral and the Hotel de Ville de Saigon, now officially Ho Chi Minh City Hall. Another must visit destination on your exploration is the Jade Emperor Temple, let the sweet fragrance of the incense that hangs in the air sooth your soul.

Make sure you stop off to explore Ben Thanh market - if you haven't done any souvenir shopping yet, then now is the perfect time! As you discover this city, you'll find yourself tempted by the smells of Banh Mi, give into the cravings and tummy rumbles and bite into one of these generously filled, crusty Vietnamese baguettes... super satisfying and delicious!

Day 16
Fly from Vietnam to UK

Time flies when you're having fun... your dream Vietnam holiday has come to an end, it's time for you to return home. The luxury VIP treatment will continue up to the last second - your private chauffeur will escort you to the airport and will assist you with your luggage, letting you remain in your holiday state of relaxation. Your flight home is the perfect time to reflect on your romantic and exciting Vietnam itinerary, and also to start thinking about where else you need to tick off your bucket-list! Our luxury travel experts will be ready and waiting to create your next perfect, unique holiday...

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers between the hotels and airport
  • 2 nights at the 5 star Apricot Hotel
  • 1 night on the 5 star Azalea Cruise
  • 7 nights at the 5 star La Siesta Hoi An Resort and Spa
  • 4 nights at the 5 star Sofitel Saigon Plaza
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