Vietnam Beach & City Escape
Travel 11 Jan 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
Book by 31 May 2021
Saving £200 per person
- 5 nights Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An - Superior room with breakfast
- 4 nights Liberty Central Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh City - Deluxe room with breakfast
- Flights to Danang via Kuala Lumpur and Saigon with Malaysia Airlines and Vietnam Airlines, onwards to Saigon with Vietnam Airlines, accommodation throughout, return transfers and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
Superior room with breakfast
This charming colonial resort lies on a beautiful stretch of An Bang Beach, just five minutes drive from Hoi An town.
Boutique Hoi An includes:
- Welcome cocktail per person per stay at Resort’s outlets
- Welcome chocolate.
- 15% discount on food and beverage at Resort’s outlets.
- 25% discount on spa treatments.
- Cookie basket for two persons
Deluxe room with breakfast
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.
Why not add some excursions?
Hoi An full day tour from £50pp
Ho Chi Minh City Tour from £45pp
Cu Chi Tunnels by speedboat from £60pp
Flights to Danang via Kuala Lumpur and Saigon with Malaysia Airlines and Vietnam Airlines, onwards to Saigon with Vietnam Airlines, accommodation throughout, return transfers and prepayable taxes.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
Superior room with breakfast
Lying on Vietnam's central eastern coast, Hoi An is a charming ancient trading town whose Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 in an effort to preserve the historic architecture, which is an eclectic mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and European influences. Add to this stunning beaches just ten minutes drive away and it's easy to understand Hoi An's appeal.
The narrow streets of this historical showpiece comprise Chinese temples, grand merchants houses, pagodas, wooden shophouses, French colonial villas and old canals criss-crossed by bridges. Many of the houses have been restored and are characterised by polished wooded floors, intricately carved doors, shutters and antique furniture. It's well worth taking the time to linger a while and catch a glimpse of the real life lurking behind the facades, or take an outside seat at one of the many cafes and restaurants to watch the hustle and bustle of the locals.
Happily, all of Hoi An's major attractions are located within walking distance of each other and include the iconic 16th century Japanese Covered Bridge, the Chinese assembly halls and Tan Ky House. While easily walkable, a cyclo tour is a traditional and fun way of exploring this ancient riverside town. Alternatively, you may wish to hire a bicycle to explore at your leisure and can also take an enjoyable half an hour ride along the picturesque country road to Cua Dai Beach. This wide expanse of white sands is lined with several resorts and is the perfect place to relax after exploring the hustle and bustle of Hoi An. Cua Dai Beach is also just a short speedboat ride from the Cham Islands archipelago, one of the finest diving spots in central Vietnam.
Hoi An is renowned for its shopping, particularly the plethora of skilled tailors, where you can purchase custom-made suites, shirts and dresses. The streets are also lined with shophouses and stalls selling handicrafts, jewellery and traditional clothing while the vibrant central market is filled with locals haggling for fresh produce and foodstuffs. You'll also discover an assortment of art galleries.
The pedestrian-friendly riverside streets are transformed after dark as hundreds of old-fashioned silk lanterns are lit to create a lovely ambience. Dining options are many and varied with some of the best dining outside of the big cities available, be it cheap eats from a street stall or fantastic five star feasts. You'll find a variety of trendy bistros, cafes, bars and live music venues within the Old Town as well as on the riverfront.
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.