Xin Chao Hanoi!
Hanoi is a capital city crammed with character. Motorbikes zip through tangled streets, food hawkers serve up steaming bowls of pho and fruit stalls spill onto shady boulevards. You’ll stay near the heart of the atmospheric Old Quarter and we’ll arrange a unique introduction to Hanoi and the Vietnamese language with a local guide who’ll double as your tutor. It’s a great way to get to know the city like a local.
Drift Between Limestone Peaks
A turquoise bay peppered with tropical outcrops, Bai Tu Long Bay is every bit as beautiful as neighbouring Halong, but with less crowds. Rich in stunning views, you’ll drift between emerald karst islets and laze on tiny beaches. You’ll stay aboard a traditional Chinese junk boat rocked to sleep by the rhythm of the water.
Back to Hanoi
Today is free for you to explore Hanoi. If you’re feeling energetic, you could wake up early to visit Hoan Kiem Lake. Just after sunrise, hundreds of locals gather at the lake for their morning workout. There are men and women doing Tai Chi, playing badminton tournaments, walking, jogging, and stretching. It’s a really inspiring way to start your free day in Vietnam.
Classic Hoi An
Watch lanterns twinkle along the river and meet the local tailors in Hoi An, Vietnam’s most atmospheric town. A jumble of crumbling Chinese shop houses, artist studios and riverside restaurants, it’s crammed with charm. The pace is slow and the food is scrumptious. In recent years, Hoi An has become something of a national treasure with its day dreamy, timeless atmosphere.
During your stay you will help support a local not-for-profit organisation in Hoi An as well as learning some new skills. The Lifestart Foundation helps disadvantaged Vietnamese people and their families become self-sufficient through vocational training and offers support to create a better life for themselves. You will take part in a class to learn how to make a traditional miniature lantern.
Scooting through Saigon
Scoot through Saigon on a vintage Vespa, searching for hidden street food hotspots. Zip through the backstreets after dark, sample the best traditional snacks in the city and listen to live music as you sip on Vietnamese coffee. It’s a night tour and foodie adventure rolled into one. After all, Ho Chi Minh is a city that comes alive as night falls. You’ll stay in a comfy hotel near the central market.
A Taste of Life on the Mekong
Get a real glimpse of delta life as you leave the big city behind you and twist through the tiny waterways of the Mekong. Spend a night in the home of a local Vietnamese family and cycle along waterside paths. It’s the perfect way to learn how to cook those delicious delta specialities! Spend the night in Can Tho and the next morning rise early to discover the frenetic floating market at Cai Rang.
A peek at your accommodation
A Peek at Our In Style Option
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If you choose to travel In Style, you’ll be upgraded at various destinations throughout this itinerary. In Hanoi you will stay in a boutique hotel located towards the outskirts of the Old Quarter. Once you get to Hoi An, your comfortable resort is located on the river with a pleasant garden and refreshing swimming pool. Your time in Ho Chi Minh City will be made all the more comfortable as your hotel here has a roof top swimming pool where you can escape from the heat of the city.
Prices from: £ 1,538 - per person - In Style Option