Leave the world behind you and find paradise in Vietnam. Live the island life on Phu Quoc and relax on smooth white sand by the breathtaking tropical beaches. Use your free time on the island to travel to the scenic Suoi Tranh waterfalls, eat fresh seafood in the fishing village of Ham Ninh and experience an abundance of life under the sea while snorkeling or scuba diving. Visit the world famous Cai Rang Floating Market as you sail by thousands of boats selling an assortment of fresh produce. Cycle through the countryside, which is carpeted with green paddies and palm trees. Finally, visit numerous elegant pagodas and admire these architectural gems.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.
• Phu Quoc: This paradisiacal isle, south of Cambodia and west of mainland Vietnam, is known for its gorgeous beaches, pearl farming, jungle foliage, magical waterfalls, and fresh seafood dishes.
• Floating Market: A unique shopping experience, travelers will join the throngs of boats at Cai Rang to haggle over hot and cold produce, as well as local handicrafts.
• Cooking Class: A Vietnamese family welcomes travelers into their home and teaches how to prepare traditional dishes in the most authentic way.
Depart from Ho Chi Minh City in the morning and take a short scenic flight to the tropical paradise of Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam. Once landed, the remainder of the day will be yours. Soak up the sun on the beautiful white sandy beaches. Jump in the crisp, cool ocean and experience a plethora of life under the sea while scuba diving or snorkeling.
Wake up in paradise and enjoy another free day in Phu Quoc. For the adventurous traveler, consider renting a scooter and cruise around the island with the wind rushing through your hair. Taxis can also be rented for half or full days. We recommend visiting the traditional fishing village of Ham Ninh on the east coast where you can enjoy a delicious meal of freshly-caught seafood.
Seize the day, as this will be your last in Phu Quoc. Once again, you are free to roam the island and explore. For those interested in jewelry, consider travelling to the western side of the island where the Phu Quoc Pearl Farm is located and spoil yourself with gorgeous pearls. After, visit the breathtaking Suoi Tranh waterfalls located a few miles east of Duong Dong. Take a refreshing dip in the falls and absorb the spectacular scenery of untouched forest that surrounds you.
Say goodbye to the island of Phu Quoc as we depart by speedboat. Arrive in Can Tho, the largest city on the Mekong Delta. Once settled in, feel free to discover the vibrant city on your own. In the evening, see the incredible view of the river and city on the Nguyen Trai Bridge. Spend the night at the wonderful colonial-style Victoria Can Tho.
Rise and shine in the early morning and head to the famous Cai Rang Floating Market. Navigate the market waters by boat and shop like you’ve never done before. Experience the life of local Vietnamese merchants as you take in the sights and sounds of thousands of boats selling all kinds of fresh produce. Travel to the Munirangsyaram Pagoda and admire the colourful, ancient tower situated in the middle of an urban landscape. Arrive in Ben Tre and take another scenic boat ride along the Ham Luong River. Take a stroll through a peaceful village and board a motorized rickshaw to visit ripe fruit orchards in the forest. Explore the twists and turns of the narrow canal by sampan boat. Ride a bike through the forest and stop for a private cooking lesson at a local Vietnamese family home and learn to prepare local dishes such as lemongrass chicken and green papaya salad.
Hop on a bike and cycle to Phu Nhuan. Walk through the ancient pagoda and bustling markets. Continue on to the countryside and see lush green paddies and palm trees as far as the eye can see. Drive to Tam Phuoc and take one last picturesque boat ride to the floating fish farm. Visit the sacred Buddhist temple of the Vinh Trang Pagoda and then head back to Saigon, 90 minutes away, where we say farewell.
Privately transfer to the airport and depart onward.
The JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, set on the southern sandy shores of Phu Quoc is a 20-minute drive from the airport and a destination in its own right. Designed by Bill Bensley to pay homage to the fictional historic Lamarck University, Asian and European aesthetics are blended in quirky style, evoking a whimsical Wes Anderson-esque ambiance that is utterly unique. The design concept is built around a narrative of a French colonial university campus founded in 1880, abandoned in the 40’s after the war, then restored and transformed into a resort by the Marriott International flagship brand. Each building is billed as ‘department’, with architecture and furnishings designed to reflect the subject of study. All 244 rooms offer plush bedding, complimentary WiFi, and fanciful character. Villas come with seafront views, balconies, and private pools; the signature villa has its own 50 meter infinity pool. Guests can unwind and indulge at Chanterelle - Spa by JW, a full service spa offering Ayurvedic treatments, body scrubs and wraps, facials, massages. The Department of Physical Education provides guests with free weights, cardiovascular equipment, and complimentary fitness classes, as well as bike rentals, boating, kayaking, and snorkeling options. Choose to lounge by the Sand Pool, Shell Pool, Sun Pool, or Whirlpool, and sip artisanal cocktails mixed by the Department Of Chemistry Bar. Dining options include an all-day dining restaurant, a beachside seafood grill, a smart casual restaurant serving international fare, and a French-style delicatessen and cafe.
Situated in Can Tho along the southern bank of the lush Hau River, Azerai Can Tho is a pillar of luxury amid the stimulating cultural center of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Water pervades all aspects of life here, as the hotel’s unique setting means it is only accessible by boat, with easy transfers from the private pier to the city. Azerai guests may choose from two restaurants and a lounge and bar – offering a choice of cuisines, including Vietnamese, Mediterranean, and Japanese – and have an array of facilities at their disposal, such as an infinity pool, hair salon, yoga and meditation studio, tennis court, and a gymnasium, among others. King rooms are laid out in pairs of airy, open-plan bedrooms, each with a sizeable wooden terrace complete with loungers; while multi-bedroom villas come replete with private pools. Azerai is an ideal setting for adventuresome travelers seeking to experience the colorful city of Can Tho, while also catering to the needs of guests ranging from business professionals to vacationing families.
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.
The Reverie Saigon commands the upper and lower floors of the iconic and modern 39-storey Times Square development in Ho Chi Minh City. With unreserved grandeur that epitomizes the best of Italian design, the hotel transcends expectations of space to deliver a modern-day exploration of classically inspired splendor. And the striking visuals of the hotel interiors are complemented by the expansive and arresting views of the metropolitan skyline, including the colonial French architecture on the streets and the dramatic twists of the Saigon River. From its many opulent rooms and suites to the cutting edge design of the restaurants, bars and extravagant public areas, The Reverie Saigon bears the indelible mark of being created by some of the best craftsmen, designers and artists in the world.
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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