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Vietnam is one of Imagine Asia’s favourite countries and the perfect destination for first timers and South East Asia veterans alike. Here are our favourite Vietnamese experiences in no particular order:
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Graceful, atmospheric and just plain stunning, this cosmopolitan melting pot deserves its status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This classic itinerary takes in historic and scenic highlights of Vietnam, from the dramatic peaks of Sapa to the lush rice paddies of the Mekong Delta. The combination of culture and adventure makes this a great option for both couples and families.
Asia Specialist Holly takes a look at two of Vietnam’s most significant cities, Hanoi and Saigon…
Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Hoi An, Siem Reap & Khao Lak
Best for: Honeymoon, Culture History, Highlights
This diverse itinerary is ideal for couples looking for a flavour of Thailand and Indochina, taking in iconic sites, with plenty of culture and adventure along the way, staying at some of the region's most charming boutique properties.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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Bangkok is a great start to any Southeast Asia itinerary, offering a vibrant energy and delicious cuisine. This then sets travellers up for a wonderful contrasting experience in Luang Prabang, which is quaint and peaceful, with a gentle and spiritual atmosphere.
Hanoi has its own unique old-world charm and juxtapositions, with quiet tree-lined boulevards and lakes adjacent to the bustling Old Quarter, which is packed with vendors, shops and restaurants. Hoi An also offers a historic feel and plenty of character.
You will spend three nights in Siem Reap (although this can easily be extended should you wish), where you will have the chance to uncover the secrets of the vast Angkor Archaeological Park. It is then time for some well-earned relaxation on a beautiful Thai beach. Khao Lak has a more tranquil feel than neighbouring Phuket, and it is within easy reach for diving in the Similan Islands, or adventures in Khao Sok National Park.
Days 1 - 3 : Bangkok, Thailand
Stay at Ariyasom Villa for 2 nights
Start your adventure in Bangkok, the bustling capital of Thailand. Whilst there are some fabulous international hotels here, boutique properties tend to offer a more local, intimate feel.
There is so much to see and do in Bangkok. Depending on your interests you can spend your time visiting glittering temples, cruising along the canals off the Chao Phraya, or sampling mouthwatering streetfood at one of the many markets.
Day 3 : International flight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang
Days 3 - 6 : Luang Prabang, Laos
Stay at Satri House for 3 nights
From the bustle of Bangkok, head to the serene streets of Luang Prabang, reached by a short international flight of just under two hours.
Luang Prabang sits in a beautiful valley surrounded by stunning green mountains.Take some time to explore the cultural highlights of the town, which include the historic Royal Palace and fascinating Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, as well as a number of impressive temples.
Venture out into the countryside to visit the breathtaking Kuang Si Waterfalls, or take a private boat up the Mekong to see the mysterious Pak Ou Caves.
Day 6 : International flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi
Days 6 - 8 : Hanoi, Vietnam
Stay at La Siesta Hotel and Spa for 2 nights
From Luang Prabang it is only an hour and 10-minute flight to the capital of Vietnam; Hanoi.
Hanoi is one of the most charming capital cities in Southeast Asia. Take a tour of the city's historic sites with a private guide, and venture into the vibrant Older Quarter to soak up the atmosphere, sounds and smells.
Day 8 : Domestic flight from Hanoi to Danang
Days 8 - 10 : Hoi An, Vietnam
Stay at Boutique Hoi An for 2 nights
From Hanoi it is only a short domestic flight down to Danang, and then around a 40-minute drive on to Hoi An.
This historic town has plenty to offer travellers. The town itself is ideal for evening strolls along the river and through winding lantern-lit streets, and there are some excellent restaurants and bars to enjoy along the way. If you are interested in Vietnamese cuisine, this is also a good place to participate in a cooking class.
Hoi An is also surrounded by quintessential, serene countryside, and so why not venture out for a day to explore rural villages by bicycle, or travel through the lush hills in a jeep.
Day 10 : International flight from Danang to Siem Reap
Days 10 - 13 : Siem Reap, Cambodia
Stay at Jaya House River Park for 3 nights
Travel back to Danang for a two-hour flight to Siem Reap.
Siem Reap is the gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park, where you can visit the iconic Angkor Wat as well as the other extraordinary temples such as the famous 'Tomb Raider' temple Ta Phrom and the mesmerizing Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom.
Siem Reap is also a good base for exploring rural Cambodia. Take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, and home to several floating villages. Or for those who prefer to stay on dry land, why not enjoy an adventure on the back of a Vespa, journeying through the villages around Siem Reap.
Day 13 : International flight from Siem Reap to Phuket
Days 13 - 16 : Khao Lak, Thailand
Stay at The Sarojin for 3 nights
Take a direct or quick connecting flight from Siem Reap to the island of Phuket on the western coast of Thailand. It is then around a 90-minute drive to the peaceful shores of Khao Lak.
The Sarojin is a wonderful place to relax and unwind after your busy itinerary. However should you wish to keep busy, there are plenty of activities on offer, including boat trips and cooking classes. For adrenaline-seekers you are also only an hour or two from the stunning Khao Sok National Park, which offers adventures such as climbing and mountain biking.
When to go
In general, the best time to travel to Thailand and Indochina is from November to April, as this is when there is the least rain and the temperatures are warm but pleasant, although it can start to get much hotter from the end of March onwards. The rainy season can be unpredictable, but usually runs from May to October. The beginning and end of the rainy season tend to see short, heavy showers, with the wettest months being July to September.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
From $3436 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfasts
Private transfers and domestic flights
Entry fees and a selection of experiences
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