Soak up some culture while exploring one of Asia’s prettiest coastlines. This fifteen-day adventure includes visits to Vietnam’s premier coastal destinations of Hoi An, Halong Bay, Nha Trang and Mui Ne. But it’s not all flop and drop, you will also see the highlights of each city. Seize the chance to discover an exciting country while perfecting your tan!
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Drive to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Halong Bay for an overnight cruise through thousands of limestone islands on a traditional ‘junk’. Explore caves, kayak in secluded lagoons and sunbathe on the deck. In the evening enjoy a seafood dinner before retiring to your cabin for the night.
Day 4: Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoi An
You will be transferred to the airport for a connecting flight to Danang and a short journey to the quaint, picturesque town of Hoi An. Spend your first evening in Hoi An strolling its romantic, silk lantern lit streets and dine in one of its fantastic riverside restaurants.
Day 5 – 6: Hoi An
Over the next couple of days you have the options of a privately guided walking tour, a fun cooking class or an excursion to the ancient ruins of My Son. Alternatively, explore the picturesque countryside by bicycle or just laze on the beach.
Day 8 – 9: Nha Trang
With its turquoise sea, golden sand and blue skies it is tempting to spend your days just relaxing on the beach. For those who can tear themselves away from their sun loungers, there are many options. You may enjoy a day trip to the offshore islands to go snorkeling and swimming. More adventurous types may wish to take advantage of the excellent kayaking or diving on offer.
Day 11-12: Mui Ne
Mui Ne is a popular place for watersports such as windsurfing and kite surfing. It is also home to giant sand dunes perfect for jeep safaris. The area is justifiably known for its cheap and fresh seafood. Inspiring photographic opportunities abound with the brightly coloured Vietnamese fishing boats bringing in their catch in the morning.
Day 13: Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh
Get transfer to the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh with 4.5 hours traveling.
Balance of the day is free time but there will plenty to do if you so choose. Perhaps you’ll want to hop on a cyclo for an adventure through the city’s winding street as you pass popular sights like Tao Dan Park on your way to a tour of Notre Dame Cathedral. Or, you can simply sample a variety of food and drink at the cities seemingly endless array of restaurants and cafes. You’ll have an overnight stay and have a chance to relax and reflect upon everything you have seen.
Day 14: Mekong Delta excursion
Today we make a journey to the Mekong Delta. Sail through the broad waterways and small creeks of the Mekong River, enjoy a sumptuous three course lunch and see traditional rural life including a local village, communal temple and traditional mat weaving at a local farmer’s house. This trip is the ideal way to spend the day in the delta.