Vietnam

Vietnam: Beyond the Ordinary 16 days

Designed to venture off the well-travelled tourist path, our Beyond The Ordinary itineraries are ideal for those wanting to discover a side to the country that most visitors haven't even heard about. We’ve thrown in a few key sites for good measure, as let’s face it they’re ‘key’ for a reason, however this isn’t a fly and flop holiday for the masses: it’s about exploring and experiencing real life and for many, the real Vietnam is to be found in the north.

An area of outstanding natural beauty where tourism is yet to impact and traditions hold strong, this itinerary follows an incredible route into the more remote mountainous regions of the north such as Mu Cang Chai and Ha Giang, whilst including some of the more well-known northern highlights such as Sapa, Ninh Binh and the Paradise Caves. The highlight for many being the opportunity to interact with traditional hill tribes, whose way of life hasn’t changed for centuries.

Not enough R&R time? If you would prefer a more relaxed travel programme speak to your Selective Asia consultant about extending your stay. We can tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

Highlights

  • Experience the elegance of Hanoi’s Hoàn Kiem Lake at sunrise.
  • Learn about the unique customs and rituals of the Pa Then minority near the lesser visited Ha Giang.
  • Walk, boat and discover the freshwater lake and peaks of Ba Be National Park.

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
1st Class$3,316$2,780$2,259

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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Mu Cang Chai Eco Lodge

Sustainable tourism is at the heart of the Eco Lodge, perched high in the rice paddies of the Mu Cang Chai province. The area is mostly inhabited by the Hmong people, who also work at the lodge, providing a welcome injection of sustainable income to this rural community...
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BB Hotel Sapa

Situated on the edge of Sapa town, the BB Hotel (formerly U Sapa) is reliable and highly convenient for exploring the markets, villages and excellent trekking available in Sapa Valley...
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Topas Riverside Lodge

A very remote, rural lodge situated by a rocky river deep in Hoang Lien mountain range, just over 22 miles from Sapa town. Owned and run by a Red H’mong couple, the lodge offers comfortable rooms...
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Topas Eco Lodge

The Lodge is deep in the Sapa Valley, atop two cone-shaped hills - it doesn't get much more removed from the hustle and...
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Royal Hotel Ha Giang

The Royal Hotel is a simple property offering spacious rooms in an excellent location in the centre of Ha Giang city...
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Hoa Cuong Dong Van Hotel

Home to the UNESCO credited Dong Van Stone Plateau, in the mountainous Ha Giang region of northern Vietnam; the Hoa Cuong Hotel is conveniently located in the historic old town of Dong Van...
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Homestays

Homestays have been operating in various parts of Asia since travellers started to seek a more authentic travel experience in less-visited regions....
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Ninh Binh Legend Hotel

With its picturesque location on the outskirts of Ninh Binh (an otherwise unpicturesque city!), the Ninh Binh Legend is a very welcome addition to the city's previously limited range of hotel offerings...
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Phong Nha Lake House Resort

The Lake House offers rustic bungalow accommodation in a superb location overlooking Lake Dong Suon, just outside Vietnam’s mountainous Phong Nha National Park, which is known for its spectacular cave...
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Superior$3,520$2,986$2,463

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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Mu Cang Chai Eco Lodge

Sustainable tourism is at the heart of the Eco Lodge, perched high in the rice paddies of the Mu Cang Chai province. The area is mostly inhabited by the Hmong people, who also work at the lodge, providing a welcome injection of sustainable income to this rural community...
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Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Originally built as a traditional mountain chalet, the Victoria Sapa Resort blends in perfectly with the natural surrounds…
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Topas Riverside Lodge

A very remote, rural lodge situated by a rocky river deep in Hoang Lien mountain range, just over 22 miles from Sapa town. Owned and run by a Red H’mong couple, the lodge offers comfortable rooms...
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Topas Eco Lodge

The Lodge is deep in the Sapa Valley, atop two cone-shaped hills - it doesn't get much more removed from the hustle and...
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Royal Hotel Ha Giang

The Royal Hotel is a simple property offering spacious rooms in an excellent location in the centre of Ha Giang city...
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Hoa Cuong Dong Van Hotel

Home to the UNESCO credited Dong Van Stone Plateau, in the mountainous Ha Giang region of northern Vietnam; the Hoa Cuong Hotel is conveniently located in the historic old town of Dong Van...
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Homestays

Homestays have been operating in various parts of Asia since travellers started to seek a more authentic travel experience in less-visited regions....
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Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort & Spa

Located well away from the bustle of Ninh Binh's busy streets, the Emeralda Ninh Binh’s rural setting ensures a peaceful stay in one of Vietnam’s least explored regions - despite being only 90 minutes drive from Hanoi...
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Chay Lap Farmstay

The word ‘farmstay’ conjures up images of basic accommodation in rustic buildings, mucking in with the farm animals and planting veggies. Not so at Chay Lap Farmstay. Yes, you can join the gardening team and lend a hand on the land...
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Deluxe$4,007$3,473$2,951

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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Mu Cang Chai Eco Lodge

Sustainable tourism is at the heart of the Eco Lodge, perched high in the rice paddies of the Mu Cang Chai province. The area is mostly inhabited by the Hmong people, who also work at the lodge, providing a welcome injection of sustainable income to this rural community...
See more

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Originally built as a traditional mountain chalet, the Victoria Sapa Resort blends in perfectly with the natural surrounds…
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Topas Riverside Lodge

A very remote, rural lodge situated by a rocky river deep in Hoang Lien mountain range, just over 22 miles from Sapa town. Owned and run by a Red H’mong couple, the lodge offers comfortable rooms...
See more

Topas Eco Lodge

The Lodge is deep in the Sapa Valley, atop two cone-shaped hills - it doesn't get much more removed from the hustle and...
See more

Royal Hotel Ha Giang

The Royal Hotel is a simple property offering spacious rooms in an excellent location in the centre of Ha Giang city...
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Hoa Cuong Dong Van Hotel

Home to the UNESCO credited Dong Van Stone Plateau, in the mountainous Ha Giang region of northern Vietnam; the Hoa Cuong Hotel is conveniently located in the historic old town of Dong Van...
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Homestays

Homestays have been operating in various parts of Asia since travellers started to seek a more authentic travel experience in less-visited regions....
See more

Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort & Spa

Located well away from the bustle of Ninh Binh's busy streets, the Emeralda Ninh Binh’s rural setting ensures a peaceful stay in one of Vietnam’s least explored regions - despite being only 90 minutes drive from Hanoi...
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Chay Lap Farmstay

The word ‘farmstay’ conjures up images of basic accommodation in rustic buildings, mucking in with the farm animals and planting veggies. Not so at Chay Lap Farmstay. Yes, you can join the gardening team and lend a hand on the land...
See more

Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
  • After all that activity you’d be forgiven for wanting (or needing!) a few days on the beach before returning home, ensuring you return fully recharged! There are several great options in the south including the island of Phu Quoc and the up-and-coming resort of Long Hai, just a 2.5 hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. Alternatively, it's easy to add on a domestic flight from Hanoi to Danang, in central Vietnam, where there's a variety of beach front hotels to choose from. Each option has more favourable seasons and your Selective Asia consultant will be happy to talk you through the options.
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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Ed - Selective Asia consultant

'An itinerary for the more adventurous who are happy to compromise on comfort and luxury for a truly memorable experience'
Ed - Vietnam tailor-made specialist

Vietnam: Beyond the Ordinary