Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh
This north-to-south itinerary showcases the best of Vietnam. Bookended by Vietnam’s largest cities, the capital Hanoi and frenetic Ho Chi Minh City in the south, you’ll also drop in to historic Hue, the merchant port of Hoi An and spectacular Halong Bay for a night aboard a traditional cruise boat.
The journey begins in the capital Hanoi, a city of lakes and distinct districts that reflect the diverse influences that have shaped the city over the centuries. Admire the faded glory of the architecture and wide boulevards of the French Quarter, or delve into the cafes, markets, trinket shops and art galleries of the narrow Old Quarter lanes. Grab an iced coffee sua dua from a streetside stall and watch Vietnamese life unfold around you.
From Hanoi 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 from the comfort of a Chinese-style junk boat, where you spend a relaxing night onboard.
In Central Vietnam visit Hue, seat of the Nguyen Dynasty. Hop on a dragon boat for a ride down the Perfume River and be sure to visit the Emperors’ extravagant mausoleums.
Next stop is Hoi An where buildings reflecting the multitude of foreign influences on this once-great trading port line the riverfront and vibrant blue fishing boats bob in the harbour.
Your final destination is Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s economic powerhouse and home to nine million people, and yet surprisingly
accessible. Head out of town to the Cu Chi Tunnels to get an understanding of recent history and the American-Vietnamese War.
To see the best of Vietnam in ten days, you can’t beat this itinerary to Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, which we affectionately call the famous five Hs. Packed with contrast you’ll get an insight into every aspect of Vietnamese culture: the history, landscape, cuisine and wonderful people.
This is a self guided package which includes 8 nights hotel€commodation, 1 night on a Halong Bay Cruise (with private ensuite room), all transport between destinations, transfers and all excursions outlined above. There is also breakfast everyday, one dinner and lunch included as well as the detailed InsideVietnam Info Pack.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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