Craft Beers of Asia - Japan and Vietnam
We thought long and hard about which countries showcase the best of Asia's craft-beer scene at the moment and after much deliberation (and some essential research!) settled on Japan and Vietnam. Two destinations that contrast wonderfully, offering a heady mix of Asia both old and new.
This tour is perfect for anyone with an interest in food and drink! It showcases the must-see highlights of both countries as well as offering a first-hand experience of the burgeoning world of craft beer in Asia, complemented of course by the flavours of Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine.
Starting in the metropolis of Tokyo you'll experience where the locals eat and drink on a high energy street food tour, before jumping on the shinkansen to Japan's cultural capital, Kyoto. Here you will explore the city on two wheels and sample some of our recommended craft beer bars. Your final stop in Japan is Osaka where there will be the opportunity to sample some of Japan's finest foods and it's nightlife.
Travelling onward to Vietnam, this stage of the trip introduces you to Vietnam's highlight destinations - Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City. Over the next 8 days, enjoy the traditional beer making processes of bia hoi in the north of the country and the emerging craft beer scene of the south.
This is a dynamic holiday designed to show you the highlights of these two contrasting destinations. If you would prefer a more relaxed travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.
Tokyo - 3 nights
Day 1 - arrive Tokyo
On arrival in Tokyo, you will be welcomed by a Selective Asia representative, who will accompany you to your hotel via Tokyo’s excellent public transport system.
Tokyo is one of the most captivating cities in the world, and Japan’s commercial and political capital. Now a vast, energising urban sprawl, the city’s multitude of attractions range from the swirling nightlife of Shinjuku to millennia-old temples, and excellent museums like Miraikan. And then there are the simple pleasures - the gaudy lights at night, a superb diversity of cuisine, cherry-blossom boat rides, and an abundance of seductive shopping experiences.
Tokyo’s lively nightlife is built on thousands of cool little bars, and the emergence of a craft beer scene seemed like the next logical step. There are now countless Japanese and imported microbrews on tap around the city, with quite a few places brewing their own.
There’s a lot to take in, for sure, but our advice is not to fight it - instead, feast your eyes, sniff the air and plunge in - Tokyo will saturate your senses.
Having settled into your hotel, the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Suggested Craft Beer Bars
Akihabara and Tokyo Station Hitachino Lab
Home of the Hitachino beers, the Hitachino Lab makes its own limited edition, and has the main beers of the brand and seasonal specials on tap. Beer tasting sessions are available. Since the beer is made on the spot, you can easily ask the staff any questions regarding beer-making. In the Akihabara branch, if you are lucky, during weekdays you might see the staff making the beer themselves.
Tasting menu compares three types of beer and changes on a daily basis.
Opening times: 11:00-23:00, except for Sunday, when it opens until 21:00.
Shibuya is one of the main shopping, dining, and entertainment districts in Tokyo. It is famous for its intersection called ‘The Scramble’, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian lanes, and the statue of Hachiko, the most popular dog in Japan. A few minutes walk from the station takes you to Craftheads, a bar specializing in local craft beers, and hosting a wide variety of nationwide beers.
Opening times: closed on Mondays. 17:00-24:00 on weekdays, 15:00-23:00 on Saturdays, 15:00-22:00 on Sundays.Overnight in Tokyo
Day 2 - Tokyo, City Tour & Street Food Tour
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to Yanaka (part of the traditional Shitamachi - ‘low city’ - area and one of the oldest districts in Tokyo) for a local tour showcasing the traditional side of this famously modern metropolis.
The criss-cross streets around Yanaka are known as Yanaka Ginza, and lined with authentic craft shops, original restaurants and small coffee houses. Your guide will introduce you to some interesting temples and shrines, culminating with the lesser known but beautiful Nezu Shrine, a Shinto site established in 1705.
From the shrine, continue onwards to the Snake Road, a narrow, winding alley located deep in the residential part of Yanaka. This road is a perfect place to get a closer look at historic and modern houses, and to discover a few interesting shops, such as Shokichi, a small workshop owned and run by a local puppet-maker, who can craft a miniature puppet version of anyone.
Emerge through Yomise-dori, with the option to stop by a small but cozy cafe for freshly brewed coffee. At the end of this street is the lively Yanaka Ginza, a short, narrow lane lined with local eateries, at the end of which is Yuyake Dandan, or ‘Sunset Stairs’, known locally as a nice spot to view the afternoon skies.
Take a break from your stroll to visit the Asakura Museum of Sculpture, once the studio of Fumio Asakura, one of Japan’s most famous artists. Along with a display of some of his works, the museum also holds a stunning indoor water garden.
From the museum, head to the Buddhist temple Choan-ji and Yanaka Cemetery. Although this may not seem all that inviting, the cemetery is actually one of the most visited spots in Tokyo for cherry-blossom viewing. If the skies are clear, you may also get a good view of the famous Tokyo Sky Tree.
Emerge from the cemetery and turn onto one of the smaller alleys for Ueno Sakuragi Atari, a perfect rest stop to get a glass of beer or other refreshments.
Finally, if time permits, take a stroll to nearby Ueno, the wealthiest district in Japan during the Edo period, and home to the city’s best known park.
In the evening, you will have the opportunity to discover some local foodie favourites on a Tokyo Street Food Tour.
This tour will take you inside the lively street food scene of Tokyo: an exciting trip to some hidden pearls that can only be found with the help of a local, wandering around the city’s narrow streets. Your local English-speaking food expert will take you to tiny izakayas (Japanese-style pubs) and small traditional restaurants and bars – with their distinctive atmosphere, these are the heart of the traditional Japanese entertainment districts.
None of these local taverns normally accepts reservations, but your expert guide will be able to pick, depending on the evening, the right areas (always in central Tokyo) and venues to make sure you find available seats. This way, the tour can be different from time to time, but will always include some of the local izakayas recommended by your guide.
Meet your food expert at the train station and enjoy 4 to 5 different venues during the tour. Although the menu is set, your guide will ensure you leave with a full stomach, as you will have plenty of chances to eat local dishes accompanied by beer and other Japanese style drinks.
Suggested Craft Beer Bars
August Yanaka Beer Hall
Located right next to the ‘Sunset Stair’, August has mainly August beer on tap, along with seasonal selections.
Opening times: Open Tues-Fri, 12:00-20:30, Sat, Sun & holidays 11:00-20:30. Closed Mondays.
Popeye in Ryogoku
A well-known institution in Tokyo, always immaculate and offering more than 50 craft beers on tap, including Japanese and import beers.
Note: Being located in Ryogoku, Popeye might be difficult to access, depending on the location of the evening food tour. We have other suggestions covering the whole city.
Opening times: Open Mon- Sat 17:00-23:30. Closed Sundays.Overnight in Tokyo
Day 3 - Tokyo
Today is at leisure. With so much to see and do in Tokyo, the options are limitless and can seem a daunting proposition. Your Selective Asia consultant can help design the perfect self-guided day for you, giving you the tools & freedom to explore this astonishing, easy-to-navigate and extremely safe city, and its surroundings.
This morning, explore the city utilising Tokyo’s efficient metro system.
We recommend starting the day with an early morning visit to Meiji Shrine to avoid the crowds. It’s Tokyo’s most famous shrine, and the tranquil wooded park that surrounds it contains some 120,000 trees of 365 different species, making it easy to forget that you’re in one of the world’s largest cities.
Outside the Meiji Shrine park lies Harajuku, the famous meeting place for teenagers in cosplay and eccentric outfits. Its cluster of lively boutiques and cafes are a shopping haven for all fashionistas (many Western fashion buyers start their search for new trends here). If you’re after easily carried souvenirs, it’s a great place to buy interesting socks that you definitely won’t find at home!
Beyond Harajuku is Omotesando, aka Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree-lined avenue features a number of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects. From here you can take the metro to Ginza, one of Tokyo’s most famous upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment districts, and then on to the Imperial Palace near Otemachi Station. Whilst the Palace itself is not open to the public, the Palace East Gardens are readily accessible to all visitors. Here you’ll find the ruins of the former Edo Castle and a lovely Japanese garden.
Your last stop can be in Asakusa, Tokyo’s oldest Geisha district and home to Senso-ji Temple, which is the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. The streets around Senso-ji feature many traditional shops that sell Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to wander through.
Suggested Craft Beer Bar
Baird Beer Harajuku Tap Room
15 microbrews on tap, with a snack menu of skewers and dumplings, with donburi and curry at weekends. Located in central Harajuku, just a 2 minute walk from the Takeshita-Dori exit of JR Harajuku Station.
Open Mon-Fri from 17:00 to midnight, and weekends from noon til midnight.Overnight in Tokyo
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Kyoto - 2 nights
Day 4 - Tokyo, Kyoto
Today, you will leave in the morning via shinkansen (bullet train) for Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital.
Kyoto is home to an astonishing 2,000 shrines and temples, including seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The oldest was established in the 6th century AD, before the freewheeling Emperor Kanmu relocated to the fertile valley with his household - and all the attendant drama of imperial Japan. For miles around the central imperial estate, you can find soaring pagodas (one, at Toji temple, is the tallest wooden structure in Japan), the superbly decorated shogunate Nijo Castle, and markets selling well-made traditional crafts and decent antiques.
For lunch, we recommend trying eki-ben, the convenient and fun lunch boxes traditionally sold at every shinkansen station.
The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Suggested Craft Beer Bar
Located in Higashiyama, one of Kyoto’s best preserved historic districts, Beer Komachi is an intimate small bar offering craft beers with an assortment of Western-Japanese fusion food.
Opening times: 17:00 to 23:00.Overnight in Kyoto
Day 5 - Kyoto, Backstreets by Bike
Make your way to Kyoto Station where you will meet your guide and collect your bike for a day of exploring the city on two wheels. Kyoto is largely flat, the roads are in good condition and the traffic is fairly calm for an Asian city, making it ideal for cyclists.
You will cycle through the Miyagawacho and Gion geisha districts, hoping to see a geisha or maiko (apprentice geisha) as they dash between appointments. Continue along the Shirakawa canal lined with weeping willow trees, past traditional Kyoto style tea houses.
Next stop is the Imperial Palace Park, located in central Kyoto. Site of the former residences of the Imperial family and court nobles, the area was turned into a public park once the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1869. With its wide avenues, and abundant, beautiful trees and lawns, this park is an urban oasis for birds.
Having enjoyed some time in the park, cycle back to Kyoto Station along the Kamo River, whose riverbanks are popular with locals for strolling. Cherry blossoms bloom along the riverbanks in spring, and in summer the riverside restaurants open balconies overlooking the water.
Cycle back to Kyoto Station, leave your bike at the station and make your way back to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
If you would like to continue sightseeing in Kyoto on your bike after the tour has finished, we can arrange for you to keep the bike until 19:00 for no extra charge.Overnight in Kyoto
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Osaka - 1 night
Day 6 - Kyoto, Osaka Street Food Tour
This morning take a short trip by train to Osaka, a city defined by its flamboyance, fun-loving people, and fantastic food and drink. This is a place to enjoy and indulge yourself and allow people to impress and entertain you, rather than potter around temples. The city's food and sake are world renowned, thanks to a plentiful supply of high quality ingredients from the surrounding region, the port, and long-established merchants with preferential connections.
Once home to a high proportion of Japan’s historic merchant class, Osaka retains a thriving trade and shopping culture, including the longest commercial street in Japan. Dotonbori, a tourist hotspot since the 1600s, is the best known district for food and nightlife. Namba and Shinsaibashi are Osaka’s main shopping districts - here you’ll find the international designers and high street favourites - while Den Den Town is otaku-central, with an array of electronics, manga, anime and cosplay.
Meet your food expert at a designated meeting point in Tenma late this afternoon and enjoy about 4 different venues during the tour. Tenma sees just a fraction of the tourists that Dotonburi attracts, and it’s great to explore the area alongside a resident with a wealth of local knowledge.
Start the experience by discovering Osaka’s best-loved dishes and local delicacies. Tenma’s maze of narrow streets and alleys come to life at night when locals flock to dine and relax in the many tiny bars and hole-in-the-wall eateries that open up.
With the help of the guide, taste some of the staples of Osaka’s soul-food such as menchi katsu - a breaded and deep-fried patty of ground meat, world-famous wagyu beef and tempura, washed down with a selection of sake and Japanese wine.
Why not end your stay in Japan with the most quintessential of Japanese experiences - a Karaoke session?
Suggested Craft Beer Bars
Located near the Naniwa River, Yellow Ape has a wide variety of finger foods and Japanese craft beers on tap. Specializes in pairing its craft beers with food.
Opening times: 17:00 to 23:00.
One of the largest craft beer bars in Osaka with over 15 beers on tap and excellent food.
Opening times: 17:00-00:00Overnight in Osaka
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Hanoi - 3 nights
Day 7 - Osaka, Vietnam: Hanoi, Hanoi After Dark Vespa Tour
Your day is at leisure until the time comes to transfer via train or airport shuttle bus to Kansai International Airport for the flight to Hanoi.
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you'll be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel.
Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, ranks amongst the world's most attractive and interesting cities. It was first the capital of Vietnam in AD 1010, and the remnants of over 1,000 years of history are still visible here, with that of the past few hundred years wonderfully preserved.
Your day is at leisure until 6pm when you commence your evening tour with a difference. Riding pillion on a Vespa, you’ll enjoy a taste of authentic Vietnamese cuisine and get to see where the locals hang out of an evening, whilst taking in the sights of Hanoi by night.
Begin your evening with a beer at a vintage bike themed café, where there will be a short briefing before you head off into the night. The first stop of the evening is a local restaurant known for its Pho Cuon – fresh spring rolls, filled with rice noodles and beef. Next you’ll ride along Thanh Nien Road, which separates Truc Bach Lake and West Lake. Arguably the most picturesque (and most romantic) street in Hanoi, its wide, tree lined sidewalks are popular with couples who stroll along the street as the sun sets over the lakes. Ride past Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi’s oldest temple, and on to your next stop: a restaurant specialising in Cha Ca. This dish is a Hanoi institution and comprises of grilled fish served with rice noodles, herbs and peanuts, generally served up on a skillet at the table.
After eating, continue on to Ba Dinh square for a chance to stretch your legs and witness the changing of the guard and the ceremony of lowering of the national flag at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, before finishing the evening with a drink at one the city’s night bars, where you can also enjoy some live music.Overnight in Hanoi
Day 8 - Hanoi, 'Old & New' City Tour
A full day tour of Hanoi, visiting some of the city’s classic sites alongside an introduction to Hanoi’s more contemporary side, interspersed with a handful of local experiences.
After breakfast, transfer the short distance to West Lake, where bicycles will be waiting. Saddle up and set off around Tay Ho Lake, where lakeside gardens attract locals seeking a quiet spot away from the busy streets of central Hanoi. Various places of historical interest can be found here, including Vietnam’s oldest pagoda, Tran Quoc, and Quan Thanh Temple, one of Vietnam’s four sacred temples. Stop to visit one of the ancient pagodas that dot the route, and enjoy a drink in one of the lakeside cafés, watching the world go by.
Transfer by car to the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam's first national university. Built in 1070, this complex of atmospheric pavilions and courtyards is dedicated to Confucius and scholars. It's one of few remaining examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture still standing in Hanoi: of special note are 82 stone steles shaped like turtles, which are elaborately carved with the names of candidates who sat the Royal examinations.
Continue to Trang Tien Street near the Opera House for lunch. Popular with students and office workers, this narrow alley fills with street side stalls at lunchtime, selling everything from pho and fried rice to sticky sweet treats. Pull up a plastic stool and tuck in to lunch, Vietnamese-style.
After lunch, it’s time to explore Hanoi’s contemporary culture. Throughout the capital there are rumblings of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, a step away from traditionalism, and a rise of fresh and fashionable places. Manzi Art Café is one of Hanoi’s increasingly popular part-café-part-gallery ventures. Set in a French Colonial villa in a relatively quiet Hanoi street, it’s the sort of place where you could easily while away a couple of hours drinking Vietnamese coffee and browsing the artwork. Sadly you won’t have that much time to spare, but there will certainly be time for coffee before walking to the Old Quarter. In contrast to your tranquil cycle ride around West Lake, a stroll through this historical area is an assault on the senses! Its maze of narrow alleys are packed with scooters and street vendors, lined with restaurants, traditional workshops, souvenir shops and pagodas. The best way to absorb the atmosphere is with a local fresh beer at one of the bia hoi bars on Ta Hien Street.
Having enjoyed a beer and thoroughly explored Hanoi, return to your hotel. Alternatively those wanting to spend more time in and around the Old Quarter may choose to take a taxi back to their hotel at a later stage.Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9 - Hanoi, Street Food & Beer Tasting Tour
Your day is at leisure until you’re collected in the early evening for a few enjoyable hours tasting local food and beer.
Start in Hang Ga, where you’ll taste Banh Cuon (steamed rice rolls), then head to Ly Quoc Su for Banh Goi (a meat filled pastry). After you’ve had your fill, continue to Legend Beer to savour some German and Czech beer, as well as soaking up the atmosphere - the bar is typically full of locals.
Your final stop will be The Hill Station Tapas & Taps, located in Hanoi’s most famous nightlife street - this is the perfect place to enjoy some people-watching with a quality drink in your hand! The focus here is on draught beer & cider, paired with tapas made exclusively from high quality produce from a mountain farm in Sapa, or sourced locally north of Hanoi. There are rice wines to try too, and signature cocktails based solely on rice & corn wine.
Return to your hotel for a well deserved lie down.Overnight in Hanoi
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Hoi An - 2 nights
Day 10 - Hanoi, Danang, Hoi An
Your day is at leisure until the time comes to transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang.
Upon arrival in Danang, there may be time to visit the city's excellent Cham Museum, containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures on display anywhere in the world. En route to Hoi An, you can also stop at Marble Mountain, a sacred hill which contain dozens of Buddhist shrines, as well as the nearby Non Nuoc Beach, once popular with American GIs on R&R during the Vietnamese-American war.
Drive the final 20 minutes to Hoi An and check in to your hotel.
Once known as Faifo, the UNESCO designated World Heritage town of Hoi An was one of the Orient’s major trading ports in the 16th and 17th centuries. Despite the passing years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it did in its heyday. The town is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any visit to Vietnam, with the laid-back atmosphere and the fine Colonial architecture lining cobbled streets and offering a glimpse of times gone by.
Whilst here you’ll have the chance to explore former merchants’ homes, the 450 year old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the colourful market. Hoi An is one of the best places in Asia to shop for silks, handicrafts, antiques and art. The local tailors are also famous, for their high standards of work and can create anything to order in just 24 hours.
In the early evening,explore the cobbled streets of Hoi An’s Old Town yourself. Hoi An offers a medley of dining and drinking venues, from the markets lining the street to charming boutique restaurants showcasing the best of central Vietnamese cuisine. If you’re in search of a craft beer head to the Tap House, 3 Phan Chau Trin, 10000 Hoi An (opening hours 08:00 - 22:00) where you can sample Vietnamese craft beers on tap. Happy Hour runs from 4-6pm every day.Overnight in Hoi An
Day 11 - Hoi An
Your day is at leisure.Overnight in Hoi An
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Ho Chi Minh City - 2 nights
Day 12 - Hoi An, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels, Saigon Craft Beer Vespa Adventure
Morning transfer to Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival transfer directly to the famous Cu Chi tunnels - an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels, over 250km in length and up to three levels deep in places, played a huge part in the Viet Cong’s victory over the Americans, allowing them to control a large rural area surrounding Ho Chi Minh City.
Today, some of the remaining tunnels have been opened to tourists, offering a unique insight into what underground life must have been like during the ‘American’ war.
Continue on to Ho Chi Minh City and check in to your hotel. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and is located near the Mekong Delta. It was originally Cambodian territory before being conquered by the Vietnamese in the 16th century and named Saigon. The city was then renamed once again, after the North Vietnamese invasion of South Vietnam in 1975, becoming Ho Chi Minh City (named after the North Vietnamese leader).
Today the city centre is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French buildings. However, as the undoubted economic centre of Vietnam, high rise office towers are starting to take their place amongst this wonderful colonial architecture.
Your afternoon is at leisure until 6pm, when you’ll commence your evening tour with a difference - riding pillion on a Vespa for a tour of local craft beer restaurants. You will be picked up from your hotel and start your Beer Tour by mingling amongst the crowds of locals going home after work, and taking in the scene of complex traffic patterns whilst riding through several districts of Saigon! You’ll stop by several craft beer restaurants to try many kinds of beer, enjoy various food pairings and learn more about the local beer scene by talking with a local expert and touring a brewery.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City, 'Old & New' City Tour
After breakfast, set off to tour some of Ho Chi Minh City’s highlights. Your guide will be happy to personalise your programme, but we particularly recommend certain sites, including the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office, and the commandos’ secret weapons storage, where the Saigon commandos of Team 5 gathered to collect weapons for the Tet Offensive on 30 January, 1968.
Continue your excursion by walking through Saigon’s small back alleys, which bring you closer to the local residential areas, and the local markets with their vibrant daily activities. The alleys and houses with stalls selling different types of food will give a good insight on the local way of doing business! Pause in Chinatown for a local lunch, before visiting the Quan Am Pagoda and exploring streets for a glimpse of dragon artwork, masks, pet fish, textiles and more. Departing Chinatown for new developing areas, you’ll view the mixture of old and new architecture on a drive through what was once called the ‘Southern stomach’ - the largest rice market in Vietnam, founded by the Chinese in the 18th century.
Transfer back to your hotel where the remainder of your day is at leisure until the early evening, when you'll be met by your guide who will accompany you to two of the cities most 'of the moment' craft beer venues for one final beer sampling session. You'll have the chance to try Pasteur Street Brewery's Cyclo Imperial Chocolate Stout and contrast that with a bia hoi in a local restaurant to end your evening.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 14 - depart Ho Chi Minh City
Transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight.
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Hotel Gracery ShinjukuA brand new hotel addition in the heart of the up-and-coming, lively Kabukicho area of Shinjuku, the Hotel Gracery has the advantage of a wide and varied range of shops, bars and restaurants on its doorstep.… See more
Contemporary Japanese style, friendly service and its good location near many key sights make Noku Kyoto a great choice for anyone seeking a modern bolt hole in this ancient city...See more
Cross Hotel OsakaThis modern urban property sits plum in the centre of Osaka, making it perfect for exploring Japan’s second largest city, with popular locations like Dotonbori and Osaka Castle within very easy reach... See more
La Siesta Classic Ma May
La Siesta Classic Ma May is a welcoming boutique property just a short stroll from Hoan Kiem Lake, within very easy reach of the many temptations of Old Quarter, and offers great facilities for a central Hanoi hotel...See more
Hoi An Chic Green RetreatA lovely and personal boutique hotel in a rural but convenient province beyond the town, the Hoi An Chic marries a sweet contemporary style with an eco-friendly ethos... See more
Liberty Central Saigon RiversideSister to the Liberty Central at Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh's latest riverside hotel, the Liberty Central Riverside doesn't disappoint... See more
Park HotelAs much of an art gallery as a hotel, the Park Hotel is a ‘Design Hotel’. Thought-provoking design and architecture are an essential element of the property.… See more
The CelestineLocated in the Gion district of Kyoto, the Celestine is a modern boutique hotel which combines chic interiors, well-designed facilities and high traditional service standards… See more
Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
Located on the top floors of Japan’s tallest building, the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel has a convenient central location, great facilities and absolutely jaw-dropping views over the city and beyond to Osaka Bay...See more
Movenpick HanoiPreviously known as the Gouman Hotel, the Movenpick Hanoi is not only the seriously new-and-improved version - it has undergone the most outstanding transformation... See more
La Siesta Resort & Spa
A great location beside rice fields near the Thu Bon River, yet just a short walk from Hoi An Old Town, is not the only thing going for La Siesta Resort & Spa – it’s also a beautiful boutique retreat, surrounded by tropical gardens…See more
Liberty Central Saigon CitypointWhen researching a city hotel it’s all about a central location and the new Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint certainly ticks that box... See more
Palace HotelOriginally built in the early 1960’s and an iconic property of the time, the Palace Hotel was razed to the ground in 2009 and completely rebuilt, re-opening in 2012 with a more up-to-date look... See more
Hyatt Regency KyotoSituated in a secluded old district in central Kyoto, the stylish Hyatt Regency is conveniently close to several important temples and the National Museum, as well as key transport hubs for exploring the city and beyond... See more
Occupying the top floors of the Nakanoshima Festival West Tower in the heart of the city, the Conrad Osaka is a sleek luxury hotel with sweeping views from all its guest rooms and public spaces…See more
Sofitel Legend Metropole HanoiOpened in 1901 and once host to a roll-call of iconic 20th century guests, the Metropole Hanoi exudes historic charm like no other property in the city... See more
Anantara Hoi AnFormerly known as the the Life Heritage Resort, the Anantara Hoi An is set on the banks of the De Vong River in the French Colonial quarter on the outskirts of Hoi An old town... See more
Hotel des ArtsNew hotels are opening up in Ho Chi Minh City on a frequent basis and existing properties are investing in makeovers to compete, so it takes something special to stand out from the crowd. Step in Hotel des Arts... See more
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- After an indulgent couple of weeks you could extend your trip down to Phu Quoc island off the southern tip of Vietnam for some rest and relaxation on one of the countries finest beaches.
- From Kyoto, you can take a very special, cleansing trip up the mountain for an overnight stay in the seat of Shingon Buddhism.
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PassportPlease ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
InsuranceYou will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.
Vaccinations and Malaria PreventionYou will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.
Booking ProcedureOnly once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.
Travelling ResponsiblyWe care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.
Our tailor-made service costs you no extra
This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...
Your own private guides & drivers
You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.