Prepare to be spellbound by the ancient wonders and scenic beauties in Vietnam. Start the tour off in Dalat, a city where French and Vietnamese history blend together to create an atmosphere unlike any other. Next, find a sense of calm while trekking along the riverside by the stunning Dray Sap and Dray Nur waterfalls. Continue deep into the beautiful Vietnamese countryside and discover the most aromatic and flavourful coffee in the famous Trung Nguyen coffee village. Finish the epic journey by visiting the sacred town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and uncover the elaborate tombs of emperors past in the Imperial City of Hue.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
After breakfast, depart from Ho Chi Minh City and visit the gorgeous Dambri Waterfall. Next, journey to Dalat, around 5 hours' drive away and experience a unique city that shares both French and Vietnamese roots. After settling in to your comfortable hotel, feel free to explore Dalat on your own. Take a stroll through the city and admire the many hotels and houses built in European style. Pine-covered hills and lakes also surround the metropolis, making it a scenic destination that differs from the rest of the country.
Start the day off with a scenic drive to Buon Me Thuot (around 4 hours) and stop along the way to enjoy a delicious local lunch. Continue to the Krong Ana River and be mesmerized by the beauty of the Dray Sap and Dray Nur waterfalls. Next, trek through the riverside and get an even better view of the majestic falls.
Head deep into the lush green countryside and discover the best coffee in the world at the Trung Nguyen coffee village. Trung Nguyen is famous for coffees that are deep-roasted and rich in flavour. Here, you’ll sip an unforgettable cup and take in the beautiful highland scenery that surrounds you. Next, you’ll visit the rustic town of Kon Tum (around 5 hours' drive). Experience Kon Tum on your own for the remainder of the day. Consider hiring a guide and visiting the villages of indigenous hill tribes located on the outskirts of town.
Begin the day with a stop at the sacred town of Hoi An, around 4.5 hours away, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you’ll enjoy free time for the rest of the day. Take this opportunity to learn about Vietnamese culture at the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture. We also recommend enrolling in a private cooking class offered by many restaurants to learn the art of Vietnamese cuisine.
In the morning, tour the local market and see fresh produce bursting with colour. Next, sail on the Thu Bon River and visit the island of Cam Nam. Continue by boat to the estuary and see where the river meets the ocean. After taking in the breathtaking views, we head back to Hoi An and embark on a walking or biking tour of the ancient town. Don’t miss the beautiful gardens and intricate architecture of the Fukien Assembly Hall. End the exciting day with a stop at the Japanese Covered Bridge, a famous landmark built in the early 1600’s by a small Japanese community.
Pack your bags and take a scenic 3-hour drive to the Imperial City of Hue first thing in the morning. You’ll spend the day gazing at the stunning landscapes of Vietnam as we pass the beautiful Son Tra Mountain and the Marble Mountains. Continue to the fishing village of Lang Co and stop to eat a hearty lunch. After a delicious meal, we hit the road again until we arrive in Hue.
Spend the day sailing in a dragon boat and cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest religious sites in the country. Next, uncover the Imperial Citadel and walk through the walled fortress and palace. Continue your exploration and tour the decorative tombs of emperors and learn the ancient philosophies of Vietnamese kings.
Make the most of your last free day in Hue. We recommend taking refuge in the relaxing hot springs located in My An and Thanh Tan. Feel rejuvenated by the soothing waters and leave refreshed. You could also take a beach day and travel a few miles outside Hue to Thuan An beach for crystal blue water and white sandy beaches. In the afternoon we depart to Phu Bai International Airport where say farewell.
Just five minutes’ drive from Dalat’s pretty city center, Ana Mandara Villas is an alpine sanctuary, in lush green gardens, nestled in the rolling hills overlooking the colonial town. The resort’s 17 restored French villas blend elegant, old-world charm with modern comfort. The beautiful rooms and suites are decked out like alpine cabins with warm wooden cladding and flourishes such as teak ceiling fans and open log fires, to create a cozy atmosphere in which to completely relax. The menu at Le Petit Dalat Restaurant spans continents with dishes drawing from Vietnam’s rich culinary heritage as well as Japan and Europe. What’s more, guests can benefit from the chefs’ extensive knowledge with a cooking class. Refreshing cocktails are available at the pool bar, while Nine Bar is perfect for a pre- or post-dinner tipple. In this peaceful setting, a visit to La Cochinchine Spa is a must and guests can choose from a range of indulgent treatments with which to unwind.
Comprised of 130 guest rooms and suites, the Saigon Ban Me Hotel is fully-equipped with a swimming pool, four restaurants, a pool bar, a spa, a gym and a grand ballroom. Along with comfortable accommodation and friendly service, the hotel boasts the "best views of Buon Ma Thuot," easy access to shopping, museums, urban sightseeing and entertainment options. The comprehensive spa is comprised of 12 massage-sauna rooms, where guests can indulge in different therapies and treatments including herbal body, facial massage and hot stone massage, among others.
The low-key Dakruco Hotel is located in Buon Ma Thuot City, Daklak Province, just 10 minutes from the airport. The property is comprised of 120 spacious, well-furnished rooms and suites, as well as facilities such as a spa, a fitness center, tennis courts, gardens and an outdoor swimming pool. There are two restaurants and a bar, though 24-hour room service is also available. There are bikes to rent, should you wish to explore the local area.
Enjoy a visit to Kom Tum City, Vietnam, with a stay at Indochine hotel, a comfortable hotel overlooking the Dakbla River. The hotel features an outdoor cafe on the water serving traditional Vietnamese cuisine, a conference center, karaoke rooms and a fitness room, as well as bicycles for rent for guests who want to explore the local area. Single and double rooms are available and all guests rooms come equipped with TVs, WiFi, mini-fridges and tea and coffee facilities.
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).
On the banks of the Perfume River, the boutique Azerai - 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. Azerai - La Residence Hue 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.
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Lap up the best of Vietnam and Cambodia on this 15-day luxury tour, taking you from Hanoi to Siem Reap. You’ll be mesmerized by Halong Bay’s limestone karsts, exchange cultural insights in the Black Tai villages, and step into the ancient Khmer Kingdom at Angkor Wat, while staying in some of the region’s best hotels.
Travel into the lush Vietnamese countryside and discover hilltribes with fascinating customs and traditions on this 6-day luxury trip. You’ll travel from Hanoi, where you’ll tour the city’s age-old landmarks, to high in the Sapa hills, where you’ll make friends with locals and learn about their unique way of life.
On this 12-day luxury private jet adventure, stroll the streets of emperors in Vietnam, visit old-word temples scattered across Southeast Asia, and try your hand at bargaining with the locals at different fresh markets. This trip hits all of Southeast Asia’s must-see destinations, traveling from Thailand to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. See isolated cities and towns not frequented by the average traveler, made accessible by a private jet.
Get off the beaten tourist-trail with an unforgettable journey from colonial Hanoi, along the brand new highway to the beautiful northern regions of Lao Cai and Sapa. Marvel at the scenery and get immersed in local life in the villages nestled into the hills.
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Watch as two very different lifestyles are juxtaposed before your eyes, from the bustling city life of Saigon to the relaxed, serene lifestyle of the Mekong Delta on this 6-day luxury trip. You’ll check out Saigon’s must-see spots, then it’s onto a river cruise into the heart of the Delta, with a trip to Can Tho.
Not many are aware of Vietnam’s beautiful beaches and countryside. Come in on the secret as you make your way from Phu Quoc island, to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta, taking a scenic boat ride in Ben Tre, and making your way on a scenic bicycle ride back to Saigon, while staying at some of Vietnam’s best hotels.
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Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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