'History & Beauty at its Finest'
Vietnam is a land full of undeniable natural beauty and riveting cultural experiences, from its lantern-lit townships, white-sand beaches, bustling metropolises, to its seascape of rising limestone islands, you will find plenty of things to see and do here. Live in the moment and escape the norm on a luxury holiday in Vietnam.
In the impressive capital of Hanoi, where you can stroll through its historic Old Quarter, visit the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel, and duck into the fascinating mausoleum of the country's revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh. Over at Halong Bay, admire the natural beauty of the twice UNESCO recognised World Heritage Site aboard a luxury cruise. Relax on the pristine beaches of Central Vietnam in absolute luxury at Four Seasons The Nam Hai whilst dipping into the ancient town of Hoi An.
Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake
Situated on the Westlake, this property offers the perfect balance of being able to explore and enjoy the hectic city of Hanoi whilst being able to retreat to stylish luxury and peace of this relaxing over-water setting at the end of the day. Whilst in the city, try a cooking class, visit the famous water-puppet show, check out the museums or try some street food.
There are many cruises of Halong Bay, whilst the majority will promote just one night the Auco Cruise provides a more in-depth experience in much quieter areas, further out into the bays of Halong and Lan Ha. This approach allows travellers to really experience the natural beauty of their surroundings, enjoy the luxury of the ship and all the facilities it offers without being rushed to fit in too much in not enough time. After all, you’re on holiday – take a minute and look around, you’ll love what you see here!
Four Seasons The Nam Hai
With an idyllic location on Vietnam’s culturally rich central coast, The Nam Hai offers a portal to three extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites and a breezy respite on the country’s most celebrated beach. You’ll have a chance to reconnect with your loved ones – whether you take to the East Sea by kayak, explore the glory of imperial Hue or simply savour quiet moments in your own tranquil villa.
Innovative Vietnames cuisine awaits at the hotels Saigon restaurant, in addition to French and Italian options in further venues. Outside the hotel, head to the old town of Hanoi and try the local delicacies from an endless array of street food vendors.
Your 2-night cruise on board the Auco includes all meals, 2 breakfasts, lunches & dinners and a substantial brunch as you say goodbye.
La Sen serves Vietnamese comfort foods, as well as pizzas and seafood. You'll enjoy breakfast, including western and local favourites over at Cafe Nam Hai, which in the evenings Asian fusion cuisine is the main attraction. The Beach Bar is open during the day with Vietnamese bar snacks, Asian tapas and a range of cocktails to choose from.
Board your Vietnam Airlines flight from London Heathrow to Hanoi for the direct service to this remarkable city.
On arrival into Hanoi's Noibai Airport, a private transfer will meet you and take you to the Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake where you'll spend the next 2 nights using a Classic City View Room with breakfast included.
Take some time to get out and explore the city, in particular make sure you visit the historic old quarter and indulge in this wonderful culture. Perhaps head to some of the museums or just enjoy the street food from one of the many vendors.
This morning, a private transfer will collect you from the hotel and take you on a two and a half hour drive to Halong Bay. Here, you'll board the Auco Cruise and begin your journey through Halong and Lan Ha Bays. Activities on this day can include kayaking and trying your hand at creating authentic Vietnamese dishes.
The attractions today include visiting Viet Hai Village and Cua Van Floating Village. Viet Hai is a small village of just 80 households nestled in the midst of jungles and covered by the high mountain range of the Cat Ba National Park, it's a self-sufficient village sustained by fishing, farming and breeding. Cua Van Floating Village is truly remarkable, home to generations of fisherman families of whom many never set foot on dry land!
Activities today can include cycling, enjoying a village style lunch, swimming int he lagoon, kayaking, rowing, and enjoying a barbecue party on the deck of the ship.
Your final day on the ship can begin with a sunrise Tai Chi lesson to rejuvenate the body and soul followed by a visit to the largest cave in Halong Bay, Sung Sot Cave, a truly marvellous spectacle able to display a history you won't want to miss.
Upon return to Halong Bay harbour a private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight to Danang where a further private transfer will meet you for the short drive to Four Seasons The Nam Hai where you'll spend the next 5 nights enjoying a One Bedroom Villa with breakfast included.
Days Seven to Ten
The beaches in this area are incredible, there's a good chance you'll find it difficult to pull yourself away. If you do manage, the town of Hoi An offers some wonderful experiences. Try cycling through the local countryside and admiring the views, travel to the former Imperial City of My Son and explore the UNESCO listed My Son Sanctuary or take a thrilling tour through Hoi An's vibrant evening dining scene on the back of a Vespa.
Your private transfer will pick you up from Four Seasons The Nam Hai to take you back to Danang Airport where you'll board your Vietnam Airways flights back to London Heathrow, via Hanoi.
Hanoi Museum Tour
Absorb and learn about Hanoi's fascinating history and culture through its most important museums. The morning will take in Vietnam’s Fine Arts Museum, the ever-appealing Ho Chi Minh Museum - built in the nineties and devoted to the Vietnamese leader, Ho Chi Minh - and the Army Museum. In the afternoon, the National Museum will explain the history of this nation from when the Hung Kings first founded the nation, the Museum of Vietnamese Revolution explaining the incredible difficulties the people had prior to the revolution and how they regained their independence, the often over-looked yet inspirational Women’s Museum and finish with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology.
Hanoi Evening Street Eats
Stroll around Hanoi’s Old Quarter as the story of the history and culture of the area is described through eating its iconic street food!
Wandering through the labyrinth of old, narrow streets that make up the Old Quarter with alleys full of lively shops and vendors serving tempting dishes made from generations-old recipes. During the leisurely walk, your senses will come alive as you visit distinctly different eateries and savour iconic, local dishes. Take the opportunity to relish the classic “Pho” noodle soup referred to as Hanoi’s number one speciality. Dine on Banh Cuon, a hot steamed rice pancake rolled with chopped pork. Dig into the street food favourite Bun Cha, grilled pork patties and pork belly served with rice vermicelli. Try the classic Banh Mi, a signature Hanoi experience that fuses the French baguette with Vietnamese inspired fillings such as egg, pâté, pork, or sausage. A cup of Vietnamese egg coffee or a cup of sweet soup or a fruit shake will complete this wonderful experience leaving you feeling like you’ve been part of the local life, taking away with you the tastes, smells, sounds and vibe that is Hanoi street food.
Cycling & Lantern-Making
Cycle through the picturesque countryside of Hoi An to immerse yourself in the life of its locals, exploring the stunning back roads of Hoi An and its surroundings. Escape the tourist trail and experience the contrast between bustling city life and the elegant charm of rural Vietnam. The friendly and welcoming locals are happy to show you their beautiful homeland, ride along with a patchwork of rice paddies and picturesque landscapes to arrive at a famous lantern-making village. Here, find out how and why this gorgeous symbol of Vietnamese cultural heritage has come to represent the country. Hosted by a local family, try your hand at this exquisite handicraft, something that looks much easier than it is in practice! After the workshop, say goodbye to your hosts and take your lantern home to show family and friends.
My Son & Hoi An City Experience
On this day you will feel like you’ve been transported back in time to the former Imperial City of the Champa Empire, My Son. Beginning at the famous My Son Sanctuary – a large complex of religious ruins comprising of more than 70 architectural remains, primarily in the Hindu style, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was only rediscovered in 1898 after hundreds of years of being hidden and lying in ruin. Explore My Son Sanctuary to get a feel for the cultural and historical significance of the site. Afterwards, stop for a short visit at the Sa Huynh Champa Culture Museum in Tra Kieu. From here, continue to Hoi An and savour a delicious Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. Before discovering Hoi An on a leisurely walking tour through the old town. Stop and discover some of the historic merchant and community houses, places of worship and the famous Japanese covered bridge. Transfer back to the hotel in Hoi An.
Hoi An Night Ride for the Foodies
This evening culinary venture begins at a café in the centre of Hoi An where you’ll enjoy a delicious local street food delight called Banh Can, sip a cocktail and watch the streets and stalls around you come to life. After this first taster, head out on the back of a Vespa to try the famous Hoi An speciality of ‘White Rose’. Continue on to the lantern-lit An Hoi Islet and jump in a local boat for a slow ride alongside the ancient town to Cam Nam Island. At the island, join the locals for a seafood starter overlooking the Thu Bon River sunset. Afterwards, take a leisurely drive along the riverbanks and through the alleyways and narrow streets to arrive at a lively local restaurant where you will enjoy a hot pot at the table and learn the art of wrap ‘n’ roll – Vietnamese style! Then, a short ride through the busy streets and alleys takes you to the last port of call, a recent addition to Hoi An’s vibrant dining scene is a modern Vietnamese restaurant where you’ll tuck into some awesome BBQ specialities, grilled DIY style at your table with a cold beer and finish up with the delicious dessert of Banh Flan, a light version of crème caramel.
Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake is located over the freshwater Westlake, minutes away from Hanoi’s Old Quarter and the city’s oldest temple Quan Thanh. Ba Dinh Square and Hung Vuong St. are also close by.
The Auco Cruise sails from the Halong Bay harbour and travels out across both Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, even taking guests as far as Viet Hai Village, a secluded village tucked between the sea and the jungle of Cat Ba National Park and accessed by bicycle or electric buggy.
Located just outside the town of Hoi An, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai (shown on the map) is around 30 minutes away from Da Nang International Airport.