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  • 3 nts Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi - in a deluxe room with breakfast
  • 5 nts Boutique Hoi An, Hoi An - in a superior room with breakfast
  • 3 nts Saigon Prince Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City - in a deluxe room with breakfast
  • Flights to Hanoi, onwards to Danang and Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
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3 nts Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi

in a deluxe room with breakfast

Nestled in the heart of Hanoi, Silk Path Hotel Hanoi affords discerning travellers an unrivalled value to explore all the attractions and culture that the city has to offer. The distinctly eclectic décor marries beautifully with all the modern facilities, creating a truly indulgent experience.

5 nts Boutique Hoi An, Hoi An

in a superior room with breakfast

This charming colonial resort lies on a beautiful stretch of Cua Dai Beach, just ten minutes drive from Hoi An town

3 nts Saigon Prince Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City
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in a deluxe room with breakfast

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.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Flights to Hanoi, onwards to Danang and Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.

Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £165, Belfast from £165, Newcastle from £165, Edinburgh from £165, Glasgow from £165. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.


Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.


3 nts Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi

in a deluxe room with breakfast

Vietnam's capital is one of Asia's most beautiful cities and the perfect starting point for any Vietnamese journey. While Hanoi may be considerably quieter than Ho Chi Minh City it has an engaging atmosphere and is an amazing place to experience with its array of broad boulevards, elaborate temples, ornate pagodas, glistening lakes and colonial buildings.

The commercial heart of Hanoi is Hoan Kiem District, which takes its name from Hoan Kiem Lake and is where most of the city's hotels, restaurants, shopping streets and markets can be found. Hoan Kiem Lake, or "Lake of the Restored Sword", is the centrepiece of the city and it's well worth taking time to wander along the garden-lined banks, which are always a hive of activity.

Walk north of Hoan Kiem Lake and you'll reach the bustling narrow streets of the Old Quarter, a congested district where everything spills out onto pavements that double as workshops or as display space for all manner of merchandise. Also known as '36 Streets', although there are actually nearly 70, these ancient commercial thoroughfares are named after the crafts practiced by the original guilds such as Hang Ma (Paper Street) and Hang Bac (Silver Street). The district is a shopping hotspot as well as a fascinating place for a leisurely stroll and with the variety of restaurants, bakeries, cafes and bars here, you'll also find it the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by.

The grand tree-lined boulevards and majestic buildings of the French Quarter, which lies to the south east of Hoan Kiem Lake, are a welcome diversion to the hectic chaos of the Old Quarter. While much of the French Quarter's appeal lies in its grand but aging architecture, including the stately Opera House, the area is now a leading diplomatic and commercial section of the city, with numerous luxury hotels, restaurants and shops.

Hanoi's most important cultural and historical monuments lie in the Ba Dinh District. Of those, the imposing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the city's most visited site and one of Vietnam's most revered places as it is the final resting place of the national hero, President Ho Chi Minh. The body of Uncle Ho, as he was affectionately known, is preserved here in a glass case, which means a great deal to many people as it ensures that their beloved leader 'lives on forever'. The mausoleum is closed Monday and Friday and is occasionally closed for maintenance so check before you go. Other sights include the One Pillar Pagoda, an architectural curiosity so named because the shrine sits atop a single massive pedestal; the Ho Chi Minh Museum, which opened in 1990 to commemorate Ho's centenary; and the venerable Temple of Literature and its peaceful gardens, devoted to the memory of Confucius.

Hanoi's French legacy is most visible in the city's adoption of café culture, particularly along Hang Hanh, a lively street near Hoan Kiem Lake, while the Old Quarter is the place to discover some of the city's best local restaurants where more often than not you'll dine on low stools and tables on the street side. The city also has a plentiful array of stylish dining venues all over the city, with French, Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisines to tempt you.

For a taste of traditional culture don't miss a performance at the Water Puppet Theatre, a remarkable Vietnamese art form dating back to the 10th century. The stories depict Vietnamese legends and combine traditional music, fireworks and elaborate puppets floating gracefully on the water to create an entertaining and amusing experience.

5 nts Boutique Hoi An, Hoi An

in a 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.

3 nts Saigon Prince Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City
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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.

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