Swimming pool at Maia resort, Quy Nhon, Vietnam

Luxury Vietnam

Trip code
LXV001

The absolute best hotels in the absolute best destinations, this trip is the gold standard for travel to Vietnam.

Combining four of Vietnam’s most classic destinations with one more unusual pick, this itinerary beautifully balances excitement (Vespa tours! Seaplane flights!) with relaxation (Luxury trains! Beach spas!) for the ultimate experience of Vietnam. If you’re after la crème de la crème, this is it.

Pricing

Price based on 5* accommodation
From
£5,010
pp
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Key facts

13 days / 12 nights
Get beneath the surface of Vietnamese culture with a river cruise to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a bespoke tailoring experience in Hoi An, and city tours in Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City
See some of the country’s most impressive landscapes on a seaplane flight over Lan Ha Bay and a luxury train ride through the countryside from Danang to Quy Nhon
Learn about local dining culture on a street-food tour of Hanoi and a craft beer tasting tour by Vespa
Get those legs moving on a cycling tour of the Hoi An countryside
Relax and regroup on a three-day cruise on Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay’s quieter sibling
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DAY 11-13 HO CHI MINH CITY DAY 5-7 DAY 3-4 LAN HA BAY DAY 1-2 HANOI HOI AN DAY 8-10 QUY NHON
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MAP CENTER DAY 3-4 LAN HA BAY DAY 1-2 HANOI DAY 11-13 HO CHI MINH CITY DAY 5-7 HOI AN DAY 8-10 QUY NHON

Transport in detail

Most transfers will be by private car with a driver, but you’ll also have two domestic flights (from Hanoi to Danang and from Quy Nhon to Ho Chi Minh City) and a luxury train ride from Danang to Quy Nhon.

What's great

This itinerary includes all of Vietnam’s biggest hitters, including our favourite historical and contemporary destinations

We’ve included a range of immersive experiences with expert guides to help you get under the skin of Vietnamese culture

Experience one of Vietnam’s best up-and-coming beach destinations at Quy Nhon, accessed by luxury train ride

Things to consider

Quy Nhon is best visited from February to August, but if you’re travelling out of season we can recommend a variety of other great destinations

The beach resort is very remote, which means you’ll have to pay resort prices for dining as there are no restaurants nearby

Other than Quy Nhon, the destinations on this itinerary are firmly on the tourist radar

The experience

Day 1-2

Hanoi

With its higgledy-piggledy alleyways stuffed with mouthwatering street food and after-hours fun, Hanoi’s Old Quarter is the beating heart of the city. Head out from here on a tour tailored to your interests — perhaps uncovering local history in the guild streets, visiting the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, reliving the Vietnam War at former Hoa Lo Prison (AKA the “Hanoi Hilton”) or exploring the role of women in Vietnam’s culture and society at the excellent Women’s Museum. Then, head out with your guide for an education in Hanoian food culture, all washed down with a bia hoi (or several). You’ve only got one full day in the capital, so we thought we’d better make it count!

Pagoda at Hanoi, Vietnam

Highlights

Stay in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and soak up the atmosphere of old Vietnam

Take a guided tour of one of Hanoi’s museums to learn about Vietnamese history from a new perspective

Get a delicious introduction to northern Vietnamese cuisine on a street-food tour of the capital

Vietnamese dishes laid out on plate with chopsticks and dipping sauce

Day 3-4

Lan Ha Bay

After an action-packed introduction to Hanoi, your next two days slow the pace right down — but not before an exciting private seaplane flight over Lan Ha Bay: Halong’s more secluded sibling. Most visitors only get to experience this landscape from sea level but it’s a completely different story from above, with thousands of karst islets spread out for miles across the glittering sea. Once you’re back on the ground, it’s time to board your luxurious cruise and head out into Lan Ha Bay. From this perspective those same limestone pinnacles tower over passing boats, offering numerous opportunities for adventures by kayak through floating villages, or on foot or bike on the many islands.

View from bathroom on Lan Ha Bay cruise boat

Highlights

See Lan Ha Bay in all its glory as you soar overhead in a seaplane

Indulge your adventurous side with opportunities for hiking, swimming and kayaking

Watch the sunset from the top deck of your overnight cruise

Aerial view of Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

The finer detail

  • Breakfast every day

  • Four lunches: two onboard the cruise; one during the Hoi An bicycle tour; one onboard the Vietage train

  • Four dinners: one during the street-food tour; two onboard the cruise; one during the craft beer tour

  • Seven half-day experiences: a city tour of Hanoi; a bespoke tailoring experience in Hoi An; a tour of Hoi An with a conservation expert; a bicycle tour of the Hoi An countryside; a luxury train from Danang to Quy Nhon; a trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels by private speedboat; a half-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City

  • Two evening experiences: a street-food tour of Hanoi and a craft beer tour by Vespa

  • A 25-minute seaplane flight over Lan Ha Bay

  • A two-night cruise on Lan Ha Bay

  • All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences

  • All internal transport & accommodation

Day 1
Car transfer Hanoi Airport to hotel (30 minutes)

Day 3
Car transfer from Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay (2 hours)

Day 5
Car transfer from Lan Ha Bay to Hanoi Airport (2 hours)
Flight from Hanoi to Danang (1.5 hours)
Car transfer from Danang to Hoi An (45 minutes)

Day 8
Car transfer from Hoi An to Danang Station (45 minutes)
Train from Danang to Quy Nhon (6.5 hours)
Car transfer from station to hotel (45 minutes)

Day 11
Car transfer from hotel to airport (45 minutes)
Flight Quy Nhon to Ho Chi Minh City (1.5 hours)
Car transfer from airport to hotel (30 minutes)

Day 13
Car transfer from hotel to airport (30 minutes)

  • International flights

  • Meals not mentioned

  • Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences

  • Tips for guides & porters