Vietnam

An Insider's Vietnam 12 days

If you’re keen to get under the skin of the country you’re visiting and gain an insight into local life, our Insider’s itineraries are for you. Designed around unique travel experiences and showcasing lesser-known gems, these itineraries mix adventure with an equal helping of comfort and relaxation.

Travelling from north to south, in 12 days you’ll visit the rolling landscapes and beauty of Mai Chau, and explore the contrasting cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Your trip finishes in the far south on the island of Phu Quoc where there is time to relax and reflect on your journey.

As with all our itineraries, we have created lots of free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more 'complete' travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

Highlights

  • Reward your taste buds with some of the best street food Vietnam has to offer on our afternoon food tour of Hanoi.
  • Travel north to see the lesser known beauty of Mai Chau Valley.
  • Enjoy sunset amongst the palm trees and beaches of Phu Quoc Island.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3 - 45 - 6
Standard$2,253$2,058$1,836

Essence Hotel

A firm favourite with the Selective Asia team (and past clients), The Essence Hotel enjoys a superb location in the centre of Hanoi's old quarter, just 10 minutes from serene Hoan Kiem Lake...
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Mai Chau Eco Lodge

Mai Chau is a beautifully rural, tranquil valley just under a hundred miles from Hanoi, and its backdrop of paddy fields and emerald mountains offers total respite from urban bustle...
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Ancient House Resort

While the Ancient House Resort, located on the outskirts of Hoi An's UNESCO protected old town, does not offer the same level of facilities as, say, the Four Seasons, it nonetheless has a charm and personality that our guests just keep falling in love with....
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Northern Hotel Saigon

A convenient location is top priority when choosing a city hotel, and the Northern Hotel Saigon ticks this box...
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Cassia Cottage

Simple and stylish - what the Cassia Cottage does it does well. The beach side resort has 58 rooms and cottages all located close to the north end of Long Beach, Phu Quoc’s most popular stretch of sand...
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First Class$2,433$2,237$2,017

La Siesta Hotel & Spa

The La Siesta 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...
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Mai Chau Eco Lodge

Mai Chau is a beautifully rural, tranquil valley just under a hundred miles from Hanoi, and its backdrop of paddy fields and emerald mountains offers total respite from urban bustle...
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Ancient House Resort

While the Ancient House Resort, located on the outskirts of Hoi An's UNESCO protected old town, does not offer the same level of facilities as, say, the Four Seasons, it nonetheless has a charm and personality that our guests just keep falling in love with....
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Liberty Central Saigon Riverside

Sister to the Liberty Central at Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh's latest riverside hotel, the Liberty Central Riverside doesn't disappoint...
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Mango Bay

Set on 1km of deserted beach overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, and amongst 20 hectares of wild gardens and protected forest, Mango Bay has a lot to shout about...
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Superior$2,663$2,468$2,246

Movenpick Hanoi

Previously known as the Gouman Hotel, the Movenpick Hanoi is not only the seriously new-and-improved version - it has undergone the most outstanding transformation...
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Mai Chau Eco Lodge

Mai Chau is a beautifully rural, tranquil valley just under a hundred miles from Hanoi, and its backdrop of paddy fields and emerald mountains offers total respite from urban bustle...
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Hoi An Chic Green Retreat

A 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...
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Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint

When researching a city hotel it’s all about a central location and the new Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint certainly ticks that box...
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La Veranda

Undoubtedly the pick of the luxury resorts on Phu Quoc, the Colonial-style La Veranda is set amidst lush tropical gardens that lead onto an 80-metre stretch of the island's most popular beach. The resort consists...
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Deluxe$3,196$3,001$2,779

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Opened 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...
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Mai Chau Eco Lodge

Mai Chau is a beautifully rural, tranquil valley just under a hundred miles from Hanoi, and its backdrop of paddy fields and emerald mountains offers total respite from urban bustle...
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Anantara Hoi An

Formerly 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...
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Hotel des Arts

New 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...
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Fusion Resort

Brand new to relaxed Phu Quoc, the Fusion Resort is a tropical haven right on the beach, away from the development in the south of the island. Perfect for travellers who need a spot of relaxation...
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137 Pillars House

A stunning home from home in a historic neighbourhood in Chiang Mai, 137 Pillars House has true Colonial style, but meets every modern requirement...
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
  • Vietnam boasts an impressive coastline and a variety of beaches to choose from. We have based this itinerary on R&R time on the island of Phu Quoc but this can be changed and your Selective Asia consultant will be able to talk you through the options depending on your preferences and the time of year you are travelling.
  • Instead of flying from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc why not journey along the Mekong Delta on your own private traditional sampan - the type of boat that has been used on the delta waters for centuries. You'll start the cruise in Cai Be (2 hours from Ho Chi Minh City) and travel along the river and canals to Can Tho, spending the night onboard. It's then a short flight from Can Tho to Phu Quoc.
  • Halong Bay is certainly one of the highlights of a trip to Vietnam. To get there though entails a 3 1/2 hour drive from Hanoi and, as picturesque as the scenery is, you may, understandably, prefer not to include the drive in both directions. Instead you can enjoy a scenic seaplane flight, a journey of just 30 minutes. Be sure to keep your camera on-hand as the aerial views over the countryside and Halong Bay itself are unforgettable. For a small supplement, there’s the option of extending your flight by 15 minutes to circle over Halong Bay.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.

Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in its current form (and at the price quoted), there are those who wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination, or even starting from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region, they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You may require a visa to enter Vietnam. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please 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.

Insurance

You 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 Prevention

You 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 Procedure

Only 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 Responsibly

We 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.

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Annie - Selective Asia consultant

'If you're looking to escape the chilly winter weather in Europe & the US, then you need look no further than our Simply Vietnam itinerary. Of all the Vietnam beaches, the island of Phu Quoc experiences the best weather at this time.

Annie - Vietnam tailor-made specialist
An Insider's Vietnam