Singapore & Vietnam
Travel 01 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
Book by 31 Mar 2019
Saving £485 per person
- 3 nts Park Hotel Clarke Quay, Singapore - Room only
- 2 nts Saigon Prince Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City - Breakfast
- 7 nts Ho Tram Beach Boutique Resort & Spa, Ho Tram & Long Hai - Breakfast
- Flights with Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester or Birmingham. 1st October and various dates throughout October. Deposit £100 per person.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
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Inspired by the old world charm of Singapore's colonial past, this best-selling hotel fronts the Singapore River, just two minutes walk to the MRT station or a few minutes drive from the shops of Orchard Road and Marina Bay. Nearby Clarke Quay offers numerous dining and entertainment options or there is a welcoming restaurant within the hotel. The lush landscape and relaxing atmosphere of the hotel serve as a tropical retreat in the centre of the city.
Formerly the Duxton Hotel, the Saigon Prince is located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City's business and diplomatic district, providing easy access to entertainment and shopping areas, while the famous Opera House and Notre Dame Cathedral are within walking distance.
This charming resort is situated along a stretch of unspoilt beach on Vietnam's southern coast against a backdrop of blue seas and rich garden landscapes
Flights with Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester or Birmingham. 1st October and various dates throughout October. Deposit £100 per person.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.
Rich in heritage with a multitude of cultures and nationalities, the vibrant city of Singapore offers a refined taste of Asia and is just waiting to be explored. There are a multitude of things to see and do, with options available to suit every nature lover, culture vulture or food fanatic. There's not only an abundance of top attractions within the city's main areas - from Sentosa, the Night Safari and fascinating museums to Chinatown and Little India; but also hundreds of hidden gems to discover off the beaten track. Known for being a city in a garden, Singapore also boasts a lot of green space, from the Botanic Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Singapore Zoo, Gardens by the Bay and Jurong Bird Park to preserved rainforests, nature reserves, parks and hiking trails. For an alternative nature experience, take a bumboat back in time to off-shore island Pulau Ubin, one of the two remaining kampongs (rural village) in Singapore.
For those seeking retail therapy a Singapore holiday won't disappoint. Orchard Road is the prime shopping district, a mile long street filled with high street names, high-end luxury labels and everything in between. Alternatively, browse the shops of Chinatown and Little India, visit the historical Arab Quarter - particularly Haji Lane, or try out the city's numerous shopping malls and fascinating markets. With an excellent public transport network of buses, taxis and efficient MRT underground system, you'll have no problem navigating around the city – although it's also very easy to get around on foot.
Singapore is one of Asia's best foodie destinations and every taste and budget is catered for, from unpretentious and affordable local street fare to culinary gems created by Michelin-starred chefs. An ideal gateway to Asia's varied destinations, a Singapore holiday offers an opulent taste of the Far East.
Formerly known as Saigon, vibrant Ho Chi Minh City is one of Asia's most compelling cities and definitely not to be missed. This fast-paced, thriving metropolis is a city of contrasts as soaring skyscrapers, chic shopping malls, fine restaurants and glitzy bars rub shoulders with delightful districts full of colonial charm, classic French architecture, incense-infused temples and bustling markets.
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is divided into 24 districts, although tourists rarely travel beyond districts One, Three and Five. The city's central area, District One, is where most of the main shops, hotels, restaurants, bars and tourist attractions are located along with the original French Quarter. The more sedate District Three offers more colonial architecture, parks and wide boulevards interspersed with a few restaurants and shops while District Five incorporates Chinatown with its markets, pagodas, temples and authentic Chinese restaurants.
Highlights include ostentatious reminders of French rule such as Notre Dame Cathedral or the huge Central Post Office designed by Gustav Eiffel; the Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace; the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the 18th century Thien Hau Temple. A cyclo tour is a wonderful way to take in the sights whilst absorbing the flurry of activity around you, or take a seat at a roadside café and watch as conical-hatted vendors ply their goods or bicycles piled high with furniture and livestock pass by. Alternatively, those with a hunger for adventure can hop on the back of a Vespa for an unforgettable tour of the Saigon streets, joining the organised chaos through the different districts and mingling with the locals before stopping to sample some local cuisine.
No visit to Ho Chi Minh City is complete without a visit to the extraordinary Cu Chi Tunnels located just an hour's drive northwest of the city. This labyrinth of narrow tunnels, all dug using only hand tools, stretch for over 120 miles and were used as hideouts during the war by the Vietnamese army. Our highly recommended half day excursion to the tunnels includes original film footage from the war and also gives you the chance to explore enlarged sections of this extensive underground city from the not-to-distant-past which contained hospitals, kitchens and sleeping quarters.
Ho Chi Minh City is also the gateway to the Mekong Delta, a lush, tropical delta dominated by the mighty Mekong, one of the most scenic rivers in Asia. Take a cruise through this fascinating region to see the vibrant floating markets, bustling villages with houses built on stilts and countless temples. The Delta is also one of the most agriculturally productive areas in Southeast Asia, with fruit orchards, rice paddies, fish and flower farms jostling for space. We highly recommend our one night Mekong Delta cruise aboard a traditional wooden boat in the style of a converted rice barge (Bassac boat).
Shopping opportunities also abound in HCMC. Haggle for bargains of clothing and souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market or visit rambling Binh Tay Market in Chinatown where you'll find stalls crammed with exotic foodstuffs. Alternatively, browse the small, traditional shops within the main shopping areas, such as Dong Khoi, Hai Ba Trung and Le Thanh Ton, or the luxurious shopping malls with international fashion brands and designer boutiques springing up in the city including Diamond Plaza on Le Duan and Parkson Saigon Tourist Plaza on Le Thanh Ton.
There is a rich selection of restaurants in HCMC, ranging from bargain street side stalls to haute cuisine and everything in between. Cuisines you'll come across include French, Chinese and of course, local Vietnamese delights such as Banh mi (sandwiches), noodle soup (pho), seafood and crepes. Western food is also widely available for those who just can't survive without chips! Nightlife is equally varied, depending on where you are in the city. District One has rooftop bars, casinos and jazz or rock bands while in District Three you'll find local cafes with Vietnamese music and cheap eats.
Ho Tram and Long Hai are small resorts located on the southern Vietnamese coast. They provide perfect places to relax and rejuvenate after time spent touring the cultural sights of Vietnam without the need for internal flights, and are a wonderful alternative to some of the more bustling resorts within the area. So simply sit back and relish the opportunity to get away from it all.
Ho Tram is a small beach town with a wide expanse of beach and inviting crystal clear waters. While you may wish for nothing more to do than lazing on a lounger by the pool, with a good book and refreshing cocktail to hand, you can also take a leisurely stroll along the shore or hire a bicycle and pedal through the countryside where the rice paddies stretch infinitely. Visit nearby villages and sample some of the local delicacies at a street market, or visit the hot springs and mud baths of Binh Chau, popular with locals for their supposed healing properties.
Long Hai is a picturesque fishing town set on the shores of a pretty white sand beach, particularly along the eastern end where the palm trees reach down to the shore. The western end of the beach is full of hustle and bustle as that's where the fishing boats are moored, so take a wander and catch a glimpse of local life.
Both resorts are very much hotel based as apart from the beach itself, the choice of things to see and do is limited, although there are a variety of watersports for those keen to be active. You will also find an array of excellent restaurants within easy reach, serving delicious local fare as well as global favourites. Ho Tram also has a beautiful, yet challenging golf course and a popular casino where you might like to try your luck!