Travel 01 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2020
Book by 31 Aug 2019
Saving £284 per person
- 2 nts Liberty Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh City - with breakfast
- 7 nts Ho Tram Beach Boutique Resort & Spa, Ho Tram & Long Hai - with breakfast
- Flights with Qatar Airways from Gatwick. Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff are available for a £50pp supplement. Travel 1st October and various dates throughout October.
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
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The Liberty Central Saigon Centre, offering 4-star hotel accommodation near Ben Thanh market is located in one of the busiest hubs of Ho Chi Minh City.
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 Qatar Airways from Gatwick. Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff are available for a £50pp supplement. Travel 1st October and various dates throughout October.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.
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!