Vietnam & Dubai
Travel 01 Jul 2019 - 17 Mar 2020
Book by 30 Jun 2019
Saving £260 per person
- 3 nts Liberty Saigon Parkview, Ho Chi Minh City - in a deluxe room with breakfast
- 7 nts Ho Tram Beach Boutique Resort & Spa, Ho Tram & Long Hai - in a garden view room with breakfast
- 3 nts Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, Dubai - in a popular room
- Flights to Ho Chi Minh City via Dubai with Emirates , accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes. Daily. A weekend surcharge of £25 per person applies for travel on Friday, Saturday or Sunday in either direction.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
in a deluxe room with breakfast
Conveniently situated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Liberty Hotel Saigon Parkview is an urban accommodation of choice for travelers who are seeking for a safe, clean and comfortable place to stay.
in a garden view room with breakfast
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
in a popular room
Say hello to The Greens our latest addition to the Zabeel House family. Make yourself at home in our urban nexus right next door to Dubai’s innovative media hub.
Flights to Ho Chi Minh City via Dubai with Emirates , accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes. Daily. A weekend surcharge of £25 per person applies for travel on Friday, Saturday or Sunday in either direction.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.
in a deluxe room with breakfast
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.
in a garden view room with breakfast
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!
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This ever-changing Emirate is like nowhere else on the planet and features eye-catching architecture, scintillating tax-free shopping, incredible attractions, beautiful beaches, glamorous bars and restaurants as well as ancient traditions and the silently shifting sands of the dramatic desert interior.
Over the last few decades Dubai has undergone huge growth and has evolved from a small Gulf trading centre to one of the world's most spectacular and futuristic urban destinations. While for many the beaches are the main attraction, there are so many other places of interest and activities to occupy you as well as a wide variety of places to stay. Whatever you choose to see or do and wherever you opt to lay your head, it's cheap and easy to get around, either by taxi or metro, ensuring you can see as much as possible, should you wish to do so.
For a glimpse of times past, head to Dubai Creek. Here, ancient dhows ply the busy waters which flow past ochre coloured houses and souks humming with activity and bargaining banter. In Downtown Dubai crane your neck for a view of the Burj Khalifa before whizzing to its observation decks on the 124th, 125th and 148th floors for staggering skyline views. Here also, you can watch water dance at the Dubai Fountains; shop, dine and play at the vast Dubai Mall or head to the Dubai Opera for a diverse range of world-class concerts and musicals.
If you’re looking for a beach base, then Jumeirah will definitely do with its nine miles of coastline, iconic hotels, shops, private beach clubs and Wild Wadi Waterpark. Set back from the sand is The Walk, a pedestrianised area of shops, bars and restaurants at Jumeirah Beach Residence (or JBR as it’s known). Close by is man-made Dubai Marina, a buzzing enclave with lots of trendy and upscale eateries. Take time also to explore the Palm Jumeirah, the famed man-made island resembling a palm tree. If you’re not staying at one of the many resorts on The Palm, public transport gives easy access to the fantastic dining options and amazing leisure attractions. Jebel Ali, which sits in an outlying district, is another great spot for lazy days beside the sea, while also close to the thrilling rides and family fun of Dubai Parks™ and Resorts.
In a city that boasts the world's largest shopping mall and an annual Shopping Festival, it's no surprise that Dubai is paradise for shopaholics! As well as the vast modern malls that dot the city, there's plenty of old-fashioned Arabian shopping to be found in the souks of Deira and Bur Dubai.
For those who like to be active there's plenty of outdoor, or indoor, sporting pursuits on offer, including all manner of watersports, a spectacular selection of golf courses, an indoor ski slope, ice rink, several water parks with fun for all the family and don't miss the opportunity to get out into the desert, even if for just a few hours. Dubai also boasts a top calendar of annual sporting events including leading tennis and golf tournaments, the world's richest horse race - the Dubai World Cup along with international cricket matches.
Visitors to Dubai will also discover a superb spread of top-quality restaurants and celebrity chefs with cuisine from all around the globe as well as contemporary bars, many with superlative views. Some of the best establishments are found within the numerous luxury hotels with most offering several options. The Madinat Jumeirah complex and souk has an array of restaurants and shops while the big malls also have lots of eateries, including fast food options.