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Vietnam's Southern Charms

This luxury tour of Central and Southern Vietnam allows travelers to see a different side of this fascinating country. From elegant colonial cities to pristine beaches to bustling floating markets on the Mekong, this exciting 12-day luxury itinerary gives visitors a comprehensive overview of some of Vietnam's most important and compelling locations.

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  • Time in historic Saigon, Hoi An and Hue River cruises in the Mekong Delta and in Hue on the Perfume River
  • A stay on idyllic Con Dao Island at the luxurious Six Senses resort
  • Saigon's huge Ben Thanh Markets and the Floating Markets in Cai Rang on the Mekong
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Day 1

Your itinerary begins in Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City – where you will check into one of the city's five-star hotels, such as the French colonial-style Park Hyatt. You can spend the day relaxing in the luxurious surrounds of your hotel, check out one of the many museums or enjoy a hot bowl of pho noodle soup. The Park Hyatt's Opera restaurant offers pho, as well as fantastic Italian fare with a view over the beautiful 19th-century Opera House.

Day 2

Get your bearings in Saigon with a full-day walking tour that showcases the city's key historic and architectural sites. This tour allows you to enjoy Saigon's French colonial charm, as well as its Chinese heritage, with some time spent exploring Chinatown. You'll also get time in Ben Thanh Market, where you can haggle with local vendors for a souvenir.

Day 3

Today, you'll travel to the capital of the Mekong Delta – Can Tho. This city is situated on the Hau River, which you'll get to explore with a river cruise near the charming town of Ben Tre. In the evening, check out the local street stalls and Vietnamese delicacies with a food walk before settling into your luxury Can Tho hotel for the night. We recommend the Victoria Can Tho Resort, located on the riverbank.

Day 4

The Cai Rang floating market is a must-see attraction in the Mekong Delta, and this morning you'll get the chance to join in the action as local vendors in longtail boats trade fresh produce. You will return to Saigon today, passing through the river town of My Tho. In Saigon, check back into your luxury hotel.

Day 5

This morning you’ll fly to Danang where you will transfer to Hoi An. The entire city of Hoi An is UNESCO-protected, with Chinese, Japanese and French historic architecture a highlight. With more than 2,000 years' of history and prominence as a former spice trade hub, there's a wealth of art and culture here for travelers to enjoy. Hotels such as the Nam Hai resort offer guests luxury accommodation on China Beach, with a view of the Cham Islands.

Day 6

To properly appreciate local history, today is devoted to a full-day city tour of Hoi An. It includes a food tour so travelers can sample the best local treats, a relaxing river cruise on the Tho Bon River and a walking tour or a bicycle tour so you can explore the city on street level.

Day 7

From Hoi An it's onto Hue – a journey that will take you via Hai Van Pass, a 13-mile-long stretch of scenic mountain road offering superlative views over the coast. In Hue, you'll join a leisurely cruise down the Perfume River with a knowledgeable guide, then check into your luxury hotel – we recommend La Residence Hotel and Spa, located on the banks of the Perfume River.

Day 8

It's back to Saigon today. After arriving from Hue, you can spend the day in your five-star city hotel, explore the streets on foot, or head to one of Saigon's famous landmarks, such as the Chinese Chua Quan Am Temple, Cha Tam cathedral or the Cu Chi tunnels from the Vietnam War. Tonight, settle into the Park Hyatt for a sound night's sleep.

Day 9

A trip to Vietnam wouldn't be complete without some time on one of its pristine beaches. Today you fly to the islands of Con Dao to Dat Doc Beach and head straight to your luxury resort – the Six Senses Con Dao. This five-star resort features beachfront villas with private infinity pool, with a long stretch of beautiful clean sand just outside the door.

Day 10

Con Dao once held a prison camp and today you'll take an insightful look into this part of its history with a War History Tour. Visit the Trai Phu Hai Prison and see the infamous "tiger cages" the inmates once called home. In the afternoon, take a stroll through the National Park and spot macaques, squirrels and local birdlife. In the evening, enjoy dinner back at the Six Senses and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean.

Day 11

For the next two days you have free time to spend at your leisure, whether that's lazing on beach, kayaking past the breakers or heading to the local fishing village to glimpse local life. The protected areas of Con Dao include a beautiful coral reef, so you may choose to spend some of your time here diving and spotting rays, turtles and barracuda.

Day 12

Enjoy a morning in the sun before your departure.


Suggested Accommodations

Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon

Inspired by the colonial traditions of the French, this stylishly chic 259-room hotel built in 2005 is the premier address in Saigon, centrally located near the Opera House. High standards of service, elegant decor and fine amenities are the trademarks of this hotel. The large and well-equipped fitness center covers 397 square feet and features modern Life Fitness cardio equipment with personal LCD television screens and headphones. A 66-foot outdoor swimming pool with a special water feature is located next to a beautifully landscaped tropical garden. Fitness classes are also available. All public areas have wi-fi, and there are wired Internet connections in the guest rooms.

Victoria Can Tho Resort

Victoria Can Tho Resort

Surrounded by gardens full of vivid flowers, including many indigenous species, the Victoria Can Tho sits right on the banks of the Hau river and is the only luxury resort in the lush heart of Vietnam's Mekong Delta. The colonial-style building has a breezy, open-air lobby and is arranged around a central courtyard with a lovely pool. There are 92 rooms and eight suites, each featuring authentic Vietnamese decor and equipped with a balcony. The hotel's Spices restaurant is helmed by a French chef and overlooks the river; there is also an open-air bar, and a floating restaurant aboard a converted antique rice barge, the Lady Hau, which is open for special occasions. The Victoria has excellent amenities, with wi-fi in all rooms and public places, a fitness center, and an elegant spa with seven treatment rooms.

Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai

Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai

Stretching along the white sands of China Beach are Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai's villas and hotel, with unspoiled views of the South China Sea and the Cham Islands. There are 60 one-bedroom villas, and 40 pool villas with courtyard entrances and private pools. High ceilings and hardwood floors are complemented with lavish hues of brown and gray and softly draping canopies over four-poster beds. The Nam Hai Spa is set around a lagoon just off the beach, where you can have a customized spa treatment. Each of the eight private spa villas has an individual steam room. The gym is equipped with state-of-the-art treadmills and ellipticals. There are three pools on plateaus that lower away from the pool house and flow towards the beach, and the lowest disappears into the horizon that leads in to the South China Sea. The business center has up-to-the-minute audio/visual equipment, and there is wi-fi in each of the rooms. The property is located 30 minutes from Da Nang International Airport (DAD).

La Residence Hotel & Spa

La Residence Hotel & Spa

On the banks of the Perfume River, the boutique La Residence Hotel and Spa occupies the former residence of Hue's governor. The hotel is surrounded by lush lawns and looks towards the Imperial Citadel, a picturesque sight in hues of green, red and yellow. The 122 rooms and suites have the spacious feel of a colonial villa, with richly colored art-deco furniture and a river-view terrace. The lavish spa is equipped with Italian products from Comfort Zone. La Residence is only 10 miles from the airport (HUI) and is outfitted with a sauna, pool, fitness center, tennis court, and business center. Wi-fi is available everywhere in the hotel.

Six Senses Con Dao

Six Senses Con Dao

Six Senses Con Dao, set along a kilometer span of white sand beach, is comprised of 50 oceanside villas, each with its own private infinity pool and view of the South China Sea. Each ecologically designed villa is designed to blend harmoniously with the hotel’s natural surroundings. Villas range from one-bedroom, single-level villas to lofty duplexes with four bedrooms. The resort’s complex includes a typical Vietnamese “main street” recreation of a fishing village and local market replete with local vendors, an art gallery, activity center, spa and library. Guests can choose to dine at the Hotel’s traditional Vietnamese open kitchen, coffee house, deli, or at the beach-side Chef’s Table and wine cellar. Six Senses Con Dao is approximately 45 minutes by plane from Saigon.

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