Vietnam with Ease

Our Vietnam with Ease holiday takes you from city centre buzz through enthralling historic sites, to blissfully laid back beaches, giving a balanced taste of Vietnam’s cultural landscape. Take in the headliner highlights and a handful of lesser-known gems, with the flexibility to tailor your time to suit you.

At a glance
  • Picnic in the shade of an ancient pagoda after a cycle around Tay Ho Lake
  • Watch a romantic Halong Bay sunrise from the deck of a traditional junk
  • Wander among Hue’s evocative architecture on the banks of Perfume River
  • Weave between Ho Chi Minh's finest streetfood spots on the back of a Vespa
  • Immerse yourself in the beach life and vibrant culture of Hoi An’s bustling port
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Hanoi - 2 nights

Since becoming Vietnam’s first capital in 1010 AD, Hanoi has been infused with centuries of history which enrich its attractive surface. Now the capital once again, the city has flourished into a vibrant hub of modern Vietnamese culture. Jump in the deep end with an evening tour of artisan bars and street food joints, sampling Hanoi’s signature dishes. Delve deep into the city’s story with a meander through the ‘Old and New’, contrasting ancient lakeside temples and memorials of the Vietnam War, with contemporary galleries and cafes bringing new life to colonial buildings.

Day 1 - Arrive Hanoi

On arrival in Vietnam, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your hotel.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

Day 2 - 'Old & New' City Tour

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Start the day away from the city centre bustle with a cycle ride around the perimeter of West Lake. Spend time in the shade of Tran Quoc pagoda’s elegant tower, and watch the world go by from a lakeside cafe. As the sun reaches its highest, continue your journey into Hanoi’s past with a visit to the atmospheric halls of the Temple of Literature on the site of Vietnam’s first university, and tuck into fast food, Vietnam-style, with lunch on the famous Trang Tien Street. Enjoy anything from pho to sweet treats sitting on a tiny plastic stool among the locals, with the grand Opera House just around the corner. Explore Hanoi’s contemporary culture with a Vietnamese coffee at Manzi Art Cafe, before heading back in time with a stroll past workshops and pagodas in the narrow streets of the Old Quarter. Enjoy a beer and keep exploring, or head back to your hotel for a little downtime.

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Halong Bay - 1 night

One of Asia’s most famous natural wonders, not to mention being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is shrouded in myth. Explore the bay aboard a traditional junk – the same style of boat that has sailed the bay for 100s of years – meandering between jagged limestone karsts, venturing into hidden caves and stopping at floating fishing villages, while enjoying the leisurely pace of life on the water. Early risers might start the day with a Tai Chi class, as the sun rises over the bay and the sound of sea birds fills the air.

Day 3 - Halong Bay Cruise

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Local legend tells how the gods sent dragons to Halong to defend the country from invasion, and the dragons spat out gemstones that turned into islands, creating a wall against the enemy. The truth is almost as evocative as the legend, with the bay displaying one of the most beguiling natural scenes you will ever witness. Cruise at a gentle pace, disembark onto smaller boats to venture into grottos and caves, stop to explore floating fishing villages and picturesque lookout points, and dine on beautifully prepared fresh seafood. Each junk operates with a slightly different itinerary and on board facilities, so chat with us to choose the one that’s right for you.

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Hoi An - 4 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 4 - Cruise back to the mainland, fly to Hoi An

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Wake early to the calls of Halong's seabirds nesting around the limestone karsts, and begin the day with a Tai Chi or cooking class on deck as the sun rises. While you enjoy brunch, the junk will slowly turn back towards the mainland where you’ll be driven to Hanoi to catch your flight to Danang. You’ll meet your guide on arrival and driven straight to Hoi An to check into your hotel.

Day 5 - Tra Que Cycle & Cooking Class

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The food in Hoi An is second to none, so where better to enjoy a food-focused experience? First thing in the morning, cycle to Hoi An’s central market to choose fresh produce, which you'll cook later with your hosts. Your guide will help you find the best ingredients, and identify the less familiar items on sale! Cycle on to Tra Que village to learn about the traditional gardening methods, and get your hands dirty as you join the farmers to dig vegetables and herbs in the garden, then help prepare Tam Huu spring rolls, Banh Xeo pancakes, Tra Que steamed chicken, and clay pot fish to enjoy with your hosts. After lunch, relax with a traditional herbal footbath before heading back to Hoi An, where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Days 6 & 7 - Relax in Hoi An

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Hue - 2 nights

Hue’s vibrant, chilli-infused cuisine is often served in beautiful taster portions, showcasing Vietnamese flavours in a style that blends the city’s Imperial roots with influences from its time under French colonial rule. Walk off each spicy feast with a wander along the banks of the Perfume River, where you can find many of Hue’s key landmarks, including Truong Tien Bridge and distinctive seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda. Admire the riverside at your own pace, taking in the atmosphere, visiting the elaborate courtyards and lotus-filled lakes of Nguyen dynasty mausoleums and stopping for a hectic heckle at Dong Ba market.

Day 8 - Drive to Hue over the Hai Van Pass

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Journey north from Hoi An to Hue over the stunning Hai Van Pass. There will be opportunities to stop en-route before arriving into Hue.

Day 9 - Imperial Citadel & Emperor's Mausoleums

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Set out to the area formerly known as the ‘New City’, and cross the famous Truong Tien Bridge, built by Gustave Eiffel, over to the 'Old City'. Visit the heavily bombed remains of the Imperial Citadel and wander along the banks of the Perfume River as far as Thien Mu Pagoda - Hue’s most famous religious site - via Kim Long village. Explore the pagoda's landscaped gardens and seven-storey octagonal tower. There’ll be time for a detour to the hectic Dong Ba Market on your way back, if you wish, or you can head somewhere quieter for a bite to eat. In the afternoon, take a tour of the extravagant temples, pavilions and lotus-filled lakes that make up two of the Nguyen dynasty tombs - the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.

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Ho Chi Minh City - 2 nights

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. The city centre is adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French-colonial buildings, alongside high-rise office towers which are starting to take their place in Vietnam’s modern economic centre. Explore a side of Ho Chi Minh City that few visitors know exists, let alone visit, by plunging into the heart of District 1’s hidden maze of bustling narrow alleyways and an evening of food and drink, mingling with the locals.

Day 10 - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, evening Vespa tour

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Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. Enjoy time at leisure until the evening when you’ll start a tour with a difference. Riding pillion on a Vespa, you’ll discover delicious Vietnamese specialities and hang out where the locals do. The evening culminates with a drink at the city’s leading live-music venue.

Day 11 - 'Old & New' City Tour

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Spend the day visiting some of Ho Chi Minh City’s key highlights, with your guide by your side to offer local insight, starting by exploring the back alleys and aromatic markets of of District 1. We’ll tailor your tour to suit you, but we particularly recommend visiting the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Basilica, and the pink neoclassic confection that is Saigon Central Post Office (designed by Gustave Eiffel). Stop to observe a Viet Cong secret weapons store, now recognised as a National Historical Site, and continue to Cho Lon (HCMC’s Chinatown) to taste the locals’ favourite noodle dish, and visit the ornate Quan Am Pagoda, before finishing in fine style with a sundowner at the top of the Bitexco Tower.

Day 12 - Depart Ho Chi Minh City

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Transfer to the airport for your 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
Standard £1,526US$1,999 £1,397US$1,830 £1,247US$1,634

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... See more

Bai Tho Junk

The long serving Bai Tho Junk company manage to deliver great value cruise experiences with safety at the forefront of everything they do. The company have been operating in the bay for years... See more

Moonlight Hotel Hue

This central Hue hotel manages to balance the best of both worlds, with a convenient downtown location overlooking the Perfume (Huong) River. The Citadel is immediately across the river... See more

Boutique Hoi An Resort

The Boutique Hoi An Resort enjoys a superb location, directly on Cua Dai Beach and just a five minute drive from Hoi An's delightful Old Town. Couple this with stylish accommodation and superb service levels and it’s easy to see why... See more

Northern Hotel Saigon

A convenient location is top priority when choosing a city hotel, and the Northern Hotel Saigon ticks this box... See more
First Class £1,636US$2,143 £1,507US$1,974 £1,357US$1,778

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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Dragons Pearl Junk

Modelled on traditional Chinese junks and an iconic sight on the waters of Vietnam’s beautiful Halong Bay, the Dragon’s Pearl is a lovely option for travellers keen to explore the region in comfort...

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Eldora Hotel

A fairly new and most welcome addition to Hue’s hotel offerings, Eldora boasts an enviable location within easy reach of the city’s tourist highlights, as well as a variety of restaurants and bars. As city hotels go, it couldn’t be more convenient... See more

Boutique Hoi An Resort

The Boutique Hoi An Resort enjoys a superb location, directly on Cua Dai Beach and just a five minute drive from Hoi An's delightful Old Town. Couple this with stylish accommodation and superb service levels and it’s easy to see why... 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
Superior £2,111US$2,765 £1,979US$2,592 £1,827US$2,393

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

Pilgrimage Village

Offering a different experience to the other, centrally located hotels we recommend in Hue, the Pilgrimage Village is located 4km out of town See more

Naman Retreat

Contemporary style meets eco-friendly architecture at this new beachfront resort. The designers have used plants, natural stone and bamboo to create something refreshingly different from the other properties that line the stretch of... 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

Peony Junk

The beautifully appointed Peony Junk cruises from Halong Bay into less-visited Lan Ha Bay, and with only 24 cabins and plenty of communal space, on-board life feels peaceful and relaxing… 

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Deluxe £3,020US$3,956 £2,889US$3,784 £2,736US$3,584

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

Heritage Line Ginger

Newly refurbished, the Heritage Line Ginger is one of the first junks to cruise beautiful, unspoilt Lan Ha Bay... See more

Azerai La Residence Hue

Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, this graceful Art Deco building has uninterrupted views of Hue's Imperial Citadel, just across the water. Set in wonderful gardens... See more

Fusion Maia Resort

Absolutely superb, the Fusion Maia is winning accolades all over. 30 minutes from Hoi An, moments from 19 miles of immaculate beach, this is secluded villa living at its best... 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

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

  • Looking for a more up-and-coming beach destination? Consider the island of Phu Quoc, lying off the very southern tip of the Mekong Delta. Formerly Cambodian territory, the island is the size of Singapore, and boasts mile after mile of beaches. Phu Quoc works well as an additional stop or with a shorter stay in Hoi An. It's also an especially good option during Hoi An's wet season - late August to early January.
  • Too much beach time? A Mekong Delta extension is always popular> Just drop a night or two on the beaches of Hoi An to make time for a tour through the network of waterways running to the southern most region of the Vietnam. 
  • Spend a morning at the famous Red Bridge Cooking School. Start your morning with a guided visit to a local market before taking a boat along the Hoi An River to Red Bridge. Learn to create some of Vietnam's famous dishes before enjoying your creations for lunch. Please note; there will be other guests joining you at the cooking school.
  • During the Vietnam-American war, 5kms on either side of the Ben Hai River became known as the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), dividing North and South Vietnam. The southern section 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 such as 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 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.

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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Nick – Vietnam tailor-made specialist

'Proving that simplicity is often best. Vietnam with Ease introduces you to the highlights of Vietnam whilst ensuring you get plenty of beach time. After all this is a holiday!'

NickVietnam tailor-made specialist

Speak to Nick on 01273 670 001

Make it yours!

Call us on 01273 670 001

Get in touch

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.