Vietnam In Style

See Vietnam in Style on this extraordinary voyage via seaplane and private boat, and have remarkable encounters with local characters, sensational food, and memorable cultures. Stay in cherry-picked accommodation that will make your trip as much about relishing the journey as it is about the eye-popping destinations themselves.

At a glance
  • Graze on north Vietnamese street food accompanied by live music in Hanoi
  • Charter a private junk around the limestone karsts of Halong Bay
  • Measure up for a tailored suit in Hoi An, and wear it to dinner just 24 hours later
  • Admire the view from the glittering heights of Ho Chi Minh City’s Bitexco tower
  • Navigate the hidden backwaters of the Mekong Delta in a private sampan
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Hanoi & Halong Bay - 4 nights

Introduce your senses to Vietnam with a heady rush as you combine Hanoi’s abundance of beautiful sights, aromas and flavours with the visual delights of Halong Bay. Hanoi ranks among the world’s most photogenic destinations, with tree-lined streets, parks and lakes linking ancient temples with a modern city famed for its foodie culture. Take your fill of street food snacks and fine dining, before heading for a day of postprandial respite aboard a private charter, cruising between the distinctive limestone karsts of Halong Bay.

Day 1 - Arrive Hanoi, evening Streetfood Tour

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Having been introduced to your guide upon arrival in Hanoi, your first day is at leisure until the sun sets, when you’ll meet with your guide again for a hearty tour of the city’s famous north Vietnamese cuisine. Weave through the streets, trying local delicacies such as bánh cuốn rice rolls and cha ca spiced fish and, of course, tucking into some of the best pho you’ll ever eat. Stop at one of the bia hoi bars on Ta Hien Street for a locally-brewed beer, and stroll to Quan Su for strong Vietnamese coffee and live jazz.

Day 2 - 'Old & New' City Tour

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Start the day away from the city centre bustle with a cycle around the perimeter of West Lake. Spend time in the shade of Tran Quoc pagoda’s elegant tower, or watch the world go by from a lakeside café as you sip something cool. As midday approaches, look into Hanoi’s past with a visit to the atmospheric halls of the Temple of Literature, on the site of Vietnam’s first university. Tuck into a Vietnamese-style fast lunch on the famous Trang Tien Street, where you can feast on pho and sweet treats among the locals, with the grand Opera House just around the corner. Dip your toes into Hanoi’s contemporary culture at the Manzi Art Cafe, before heading back in time with a stroll past workshops and pagodas in the narrow Old Quarter streets. Grab a beer and keep exploring, or head back to enjoy some R&R in your hotel.

Day 3 - Drive to Halong Bay & private cruise

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Early morning departure for Halong Bay. Once there, you’ll be welcomed aboard your chosen private junk boat, each with its own individual route, to begin your cruise around the bay’s rocky islands and hidden caves. Visit Bai Tu Long Bay, passing the waterside towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, and teardrop-shaped Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) islets. Stop off at Vung Vieng fishing village, where you will transfer to a rowing boat to explore the narrow channels, before returning to your junk to enjoy a sumptuous supper in the dining cabin.

Day 4 - Cruise back to the mainland, evening Vespa Tour

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Wake to the sound of sea birds nesting in the thick vegetation covering the karsts, and start your day with a Tai Chi class on deck. After brunch on board, your junk will turn back to the mainland, passing Sung Sot Cave along the way. Once you’ve disembarked, return to Hanoi where your day will be at leisure until the evening, when, riding pillion on a Vespa, you’ll be taken to savour more examples of vibrant Vietnamese cuisine, and hang out where the locals do, witnessing the sombre changing of the guard at Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and taking in the twinkle of Hanoi by night.

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Hoi An - 2 nights

Hoi An, one of Asia’s most significant ports during the 1500s, has retained much of its original ambience despite the intervening centuries of weather, war and modern development, and is undoubtedly a highlight of any visit to Vietnam. Sample the city’s street food, find your favourite spot for Vietnamese coffee, and dine in style at the many restaurants exemplifying the town’s famous cuisine. Wander across the ancient Japanese Covered Bridge, explore former merchants’ homes, and buy silks, handicrafts, antiques, and immaculate tailored suits (with an astonishing 24 hr turnaround) at the colourful shops and markets.

Day 5 - Fly to Hoi An, Dinner at a local restaurant

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Take a flight into Danang, where you’ll meet your guide and drive straight to Hoi An to check into your hotel. Wander through the cobbled streets, soaking up the heady blend of ancient and modern, and let your guide show you the highlights, as well as a few local hangouts off the usual tourist trail. Tonight you will enjoy dinner in one of our favourite eateries in town. It’s an ever-changing list! Your guide will transfer you to the restaurant in time for your dinner reservation and will be on hand to transfer you back to your hotel after dinner.

Day 6 - Hoi An at leisure

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Spend today at leisure, perhaps delving deeper into the city’s historic sights - or if you fancy a change of scene, head to the popular Cua Dai beach to dip your toes in the warm waters and eat fresh seafood from the stalls along the shore.

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Ho Chi Minh City - 2 nights

Ho Chi Minh City, in the warm south near the Mekong Delta, is the largest city in Vietnam. The eclectic metropolis of the former Saigon has wide, elegant boulevards and neoclassical French architecture nestling beside the high-rise office towers that mark the city as Vietnam’s modern economic hub. Renamed Ho Chi Minh City after the north Vietnamese leader at the end of the Vietnam War, the city’s historic sites include remnants of this conflict alongside the grand cathedral and bustling residential wards electric with daily life: a cross-section of Vietnam’s past, present and future.

Day 7 - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

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After breakfast, fly to Ho Chi Minh City where your guide will meet you and take you to your chosen hotel. Your afternoon is at leisure to settle in and start to absorb the atmosphere, before meeting with your guide to explore the city as evening falls. Though Hoi An is frequently named as the foodie hub of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City also boasts a burgeoning restaurant scene, offering everything from European fine dining to Pan-Asian fusion and home-cooked authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy dinner at one of our top recommended restaurants from an ever-growing list! Your guide will show you there in perfect time for your reservation, and be on hand to advise you about where to head afterwards for a nightcap.

Day 8 - 'Old & New' City Tour

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Visit your pick of Ho Chi Minh City’s highlights on a personalised tour with your guide, taking in everything from grand palaces, to French neoclassical architecture, to bustling side streets. Start with an early morning meander through the alleys and markets of District 1 - a densely populated, and architecturally interesting area, full of aromatic markets and small businesses, that few visitors know exists, let alone see for themselves. We recommend you incorporate the impressive Reunification Palace, and the beautiful Saigon Central Post Office - designed by Gustave Eiffel – and bear witness to the violence of the country’s recent past with a visit to a secret resistance weapon store used during the Vietnam war. Immerse yourself in the micro-culture of Cho Lon, HCMC’s Chinatown, and end with a visit to the top of the Bitexco Tower for a sundowner and panoramic cityscape views.

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Mekong Delta - 1 night

Head away from the bright city lights and take things at a more leisurely pace with a private cruise through the waterways of the Mekong Delta. Despite its remote appearance, the Delta is one of the most densely populated areas of Vietnam, home to communities who make their living from the rich, fertile landscape. Your crew will navigate through the winding channels, stopping off at temples, small waterside towns and cottage industries where you can learn from the locals about life in the region.

Day 9 - Private Mekong Delta Cruise

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Head out early to Cai Be, where you’ll board your private sampan: a type of boat that has been used on Vietnamese waters for centuries. Enjoy tea and seasonal fruit as you depart on your cruise with your crew of a boat-driver, deckhand, and a local guide. Observe life playing out along the shore, before disembarking at Sa Dec town to stroll between the beautiful old French houses, Chinese temples and a central market. Return to your sampan to cruise towards Can Tho, going along picturesque narrow canals and under several wooden 'monkey bridges'. The last stop before sunset is at a traditional Nha Co house from the early 19th century, where you’ll be welcomed by the owner before enjoying a candlelight dinner. Return to your sampan and let the boat’s gentle motion lull you to sleep.

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Con Dao - 3 nights

Can Tho is the economic and cultural capital of the delta region. The bustling Cai Rang floating market, close to the city's main jetty, is filled with small boats darting through the water as vendors sell their wares. From here, Con Dao Island, a paradise with miles of pristine sand and turquoise waters, is just a short flight away. The island has a dark past as a former colonial penal colony, and the Con Dao Museum educates visitors about this painful history, but time has transformed it back into its natural state as a place of outstanding beauty. Your entire stay on Con Dao will be at leisure to make the most of the spa and other luxurious facilities at your resort, and spend time on the sand, savouring the diverse highlights of the past two weeks.

Day 10 - Cruise to Can Tho, fly to Con Dao

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Enjoy breakfast as your sampan glides between the boats at Cai Rang floating market. You’ll have time to look around, and perhaps even practise your bartering, before transferring to Con Dao. Take time to settle into your own slice of paradise at your resort, before exploring the picture-perfect coast. During the summer months you might be lucky enough to spot turtles in the shallows whilst snorkelling, or even as they make their way up the beach to lay their eggs.

Days 11 & 12 - A few days R&R

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Your days will be at leisure to relax on the beach and make the most of the hotel's facilities.

Day 13 - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City & depart

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Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City and connecting onward flight.

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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 persons 3 - 4 5 - 6
1st Class £2,388US$3,129 £2,218US$2,906 £1,984US$2,599

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...

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L'Amour Junk

From the moment you step on board the 17 metre L'Amour Junk, you'll feel like you're being treated like royalty - almost as if you were the only guests. Quite simply, because you are... See more

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... See more

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... See more

Song Xanh - Private Sampan

Undoubtedly the most romantic way to see the Mekong Delta is by private Sampan, meandering through the network of waterways… See more

Poulo Condor Boutique Resort

Tucked away on the only inhabited island in the Con Dao archipelago, just off the coast of mainland Vietnam, the Colonial-style Poulo Condor Boutique Resort evokes an ageless elegance… See more
Superior £2,519US$3,300 £2,345US$3,072 £2,057US$2,694

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... See more

Legend Halong

A superb option for honeymooners or families seeking the more secretive reaches of Halong Bay, the Legend Halong fleet comprises eight beautifully presented private junks... See more

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... See more

Song Xanh - Private Sampan

Undoubtedly the most romantic way to see the Mekong Delta is by private Sampan, meandering through the network of waterways… See more

Poulo Condor Boutique Resort

Tucked away on the only inhabited island in the Con Dao archipelago, just off the coast of mainland Vietnam, the Colonial-style Poulo Condor Boutique Resort evokes an ageless elegance… 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…

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Deluxe £3,898US$5,106 £3,724US$4,878 £3,435US$4,500

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... See more

Legend Halong

A superb option for honeymooners or families seeking the more secretive reaches of Halong Bay, the Legend Halong fleet comprises eight beautifully presented private junks... See more

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... See more

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... See more

Song Xanh - Private Sampan

Undoubtedly the most romantic way to see the Mekong Delta is by private Sampan, meandering through the network of waterways… See more

Six Senses Con Dao

Located on the idyllic sands of Con Son Island, the Six Senses Con Dao has raised the bar of excellence in Vietnam, sending shock waves across the entire region… See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

  • Feel the need to break a sweat aside from when lying in the sun?! Enjoy excellent trekking and a range of light adventure activities in Sapa & Ha Giang, in the far north, Mai Chau (to the south of Hanoi), and around Dalat in the central highlands.
  • During the Vietnam-American war, the 5km’s to either side of the Ben Hai River became known as the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). This divided North and South Vietnam, and the southern strip of the DMZ in particular saw some of the conflict's bloodiest battles. Visit the DMZ on a day trip from Hue, taking in key war sites including the Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge and the tunnels at Vinh Moc.
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 of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start 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.

The important stuff

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.

 

Extras

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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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.

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