Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos

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Best of Vietnam

8 Nights: from US$1287 Trip Code: BV0001

Bookended by Vietnam's largest cities, Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south, this fully tailorable itinerary covers the country's finest destinations – from the ancient town of Hoi An to the beaches of Danang and the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay. Read more >

Your journey begins in the nation's capital, Hanoi. Admire the faded glory of the architecture and wide boulevards of the French Quarter, or delve into the cafés, markets, trinket shops and art galleries of the narrow Old Quarter lanes. At first glance the never-ending flow of motorbike traffic may seem intense, but you'll soon realise that happy-go-lucky Hanoians are not in a rush, so grab an iced coffee from a streetside stall and watch Vietnamese life unfold around you.

From Hanoi you'll head out to Halong Bay, where two thousand limestone islands rise dramatically from the Gulf of Tonkin. The best way to view this UNESCO World Heritage site is to get out onto the water, and tonight you'll sleep in style aboard a Chinese-style junk boat. You may choose to board some of the smaller sightseeing boats for a visit to a floating fishing village or Sung Sot Cave; or alternatively you may prefer to relax with a book on the junk's sundeck. We wouldn't blame you!

Your next stop is Hoi An, a once-great trading port whose streets reflect the diverse influences that have shaped it over the centuries. This is the perfect place to potter about on foot or explore by bicycle. Visit a tailor to order a made-to-measure silk dress, try the fresh seafood, or shop for souvenirs at dusk among the lantern-lit streets. For those who fancy an afternoon on the sand, Cua Dai Beach is just four kilometres from the town.

Your final destination is Ho Chi Minh City, still colloquially known as Saigon. This is Vietnam's biggest city, the country's economic powerhouse and home to nine million people. From Ho Chi Minh City we include a half day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels to get an understanding of Vietnam's more recent and turbulent history.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Eight nights' hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast every day, one lunch and one evening meal
  • One-night Halong Bay cruise (private en suite cabin)
  • All airport transfers
  • Guided transfers and excursions as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary

What's NOT included:

  • International airfares
  • Any necessary visas
  • Any meals not detailed in the day-by-day itinerary
  • Any excursions or transfers not detailed, or referred to as optional in the day-by-day itinerary

What, where, when and how...

Best of Vietnam - 9 Days - Accommodation

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