why you should goLook forward to sailing peacefully across Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat and getting to know the locals in Hoi An. Whizz through the bustle of Ho Chi Minh on a vintage Vespa before being whisked through the labyrinthine of the Cu Chi tunnels with your own private guide.
Looking to discover a new destination with a little added luxury? Then let us introduce you to Vietnam: a land of jungles, beaches and incredible natural beauty on the South China Sea. From the ancient monuments of Hanoi to the dreamlike waters of Nha Trang, we’ve combined the perfect trip for you to experience the length and breadth of this understated gem the Black Tomato way.
The hub of the buzz
Touch down in Vietnam’s buzzing capital Hanoi, where we’ll whisk you off to the Sofitel Legend Metropole for some serious R ‘n’ R. But if you’re itching to explore this monument-riddled city, we’ll arrange a chauffeur-driven vintage classic just for you. Take in the sites, stopping off at the magical Hoan Kiem Lake, then marvel at a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets. In the mood for a truly local take on this great city? Ask anyone in Hanoi, and they’ll tell you the only way to slow the pace and get around the heart of the city is by cyclo. With a private guide, we’ll point you to the Old Quarter, squeezing you through the maze of narrow streets bursting with book sellers to banana traders. Next up, our local expert will take you for a trip through Chau Long market, after which you’ll try your hand at some traditional Vietnamese dishes yourself. Still wanting more? We can arrange a half day street food tour with Daniel Hoyer, an American chef, culinary instructor and food writer who will give you an overview of local ingredients by visiting a local food market, tasting Hanoian specialities such as Pho Cuon, a grilled beef and rice noodle roll.
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Sail away in Halong
Following on from your taste of the capital, you’ll head east to the enchanting waters of Halong Bay for a truly memorable trip on your private junk boat. Gliding across the emerald waters, you’ll be amazed by the myriad limestone islands and islets, the beautiful beaches, fishing villages and mystical grottoes. We’ve seen some amazing places in our time, but this UNESCO World Heritage Site is truly unique. The private junk is a great way to explore the water, but for an exceptional take on this place, take to the skies and do Halong by heli. Now that’s what we call a view. Using the Life Heritage Resort Halong Bay as your base by night take to the waters and explore secluded bays and drop anchor where you can kayak and venture deep into the caves and grottos.
The personal touch in Hue
After a night in imperial Hue, it’s time to take to the sky. 500 metres above sea level, Hai Van (ocean cloud) Pass is a picturesque perch from which to take in the South China Sea and the Annamese Mountains. Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to cycle via the Pass to Hoi An – your next port of call.
There’s nowhere like Hoi An
The harbour town of Hoi An is awash with a great mix of cultures and natural beauty. There’s no better way to get to know a place than with some local expert help. With that in mind, we’ve organised for our excellent guides to enlighten you to the ways of the local farmers and fishermen – a personal experience that will stay with you forever. In great company, wind your way through the emerald green paddy fields, plant local vegetables and explore the coconut palmed waterways from a bamboo basket boat. Staying at the Nam Hai (one of our Vietnamese favourites) you have time to explore the incredible culture and must see spots of these beautiful surroundings. And you’ll notice the food. Oh you can’t help but. So one day we’ll introduce you to a passionate and extremely talented chef with in depth knowledge on the Hoi An food scene, they will take you on a culinary journey embracing a combination of refreshing flavors, beautiful presentations as well as a visit to Hoi An Market to meet the vendors who supply the top chefs of the area… and of course taste the incredible culinary masterpieces of Vietnam.
Zipping through Ho Chi Minh
Head to Ho Chi Minh, where there’s only one way to get around the bustling streets – it’s vintage Vespa or nothing at all. Whizz through the city in the company of our expert drivers and guides, taking in the exceptional mix of ancient Vietnamese and French colonial culture on view. Next up, a restored army Jeep will take you to one of Vietnam’s most unique sites – the Cu Chi tunnels. No trip to Vietnam would be complete without stepping back into history, so we’ve arranged an exclusivetour of the labyrinthine network just for you. Check in at the Park Hyatt for the night before heading south west for a couple of hours taking in the lush rice paddies and fruit farms emerging before your arrival in Cai Lay where you can stretch your legs a bit and hop on a bicycle for a short ride of about 7km (over easy, level terrain) along narrow village lanes, past fruit orchards and local cottage industries. Locals will often greet you with a hello or “xin chao” as you pedal by. A culinary adventure takes you through the busy Ben Thanh Market, considered by many to be the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. A chef will be on hand to guide you through the variety of exotic ingredients, before heading to the Mai Home cooking class for a hands on cooking lesson, where you will learn to cook delicious traditional Vietnamese dishes.
The perfect ending
Early wake up (Good morning… you know the rest…) and get a unique taste of life in the Mekong. Board a local boat and explore the colourful Cai Rang floating market, where many boats laden with fruit, vegetables and fish jostle for trade. Sellers advertise their wares by crying out across the waters or tie their goods to a tall pole attached to their boat so that buyers can see from a distance what is being sold before your flight to Con Dao to arrive at the beautiful Six Senses. The spectacular Con Dao archipelago of islands is approximately a 45 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Here Six Senses Con Dao lies along 1.6 km of sandy beach, surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes. Enjoy the incredible beaches of Con Dao bay and relax into the beautiful ending to an incredible Vietnamese adventure.