Northern Treasures & Southern Pearl

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Discover Northern Vietnam’s treasure trove of ancient cities and iconic landscapes before embarking on a trip to Vietnam’s Southern pearl: the unspoilt island of Phu Quoc. Over this 9-night itinerary, you’ll begin with a visit to Hanoi, Northern Vietnam’s 1000-year-old capital and the most impressive city in South-East Asia. Immerse yourself in Hanoi’s rich history and culture before journeying through terraced rice fields and towering mountain ranges to the emerald-green waters of Halong Bay, exploring its mystical sea-caves aboard a traditional Junk ship. Finish off with a relaxing stay in Phu Quoc, a picture-perfect island home to 20 paradisiacal beaches and a protected biosphere reserve – just off the south-west coast of Vietnam!

£1489

from / per person

Includes international flights

  • Hanoi + Halong Bay + Phu Quoc
  • 9 nights
  • Rates vary. Price based on 2 people sharing over 9 nights on 02/04/19. Includes international flights, internal flights, accommodation, transfers, representation services and UK airport taxes.

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Day 1 - Hanoi

Your Vietnamese adventure begins!

Uncover Hanoi

Situated in the North, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is the second largest city in the country. More than a thousand years old, Hanoi’s rich history can still be observed to this day in the ancient architecture of its Old Quarter, as well as in the remnants of French and Chinese-style buildings across the city. This bustling metropolis is home to fascinating museums, turn-of-the-century temples and important historical sites.

Day 2 - Hanoi

Explore Hanoi’s rich culture and history. There's plenty of fascinating sites to visit - from Hoi Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (Comprising the late Vietnamese leader’s tomb, Presidential Palace, and house, within an extensive complex of beautiful gardens), the One Pillar Pagoda (just a few meters from the Mausoleum, this is a small and curious Pagoda designed in the shape of a Lotus flower), and Ho Chi Minh’s private residence - to the Tran Quoc Royal Pagoda (a stunning Pagoda situated between the city’s two lakes, offering stunning views of Hanoi) and the Temple of Literature. Visit Silk street (famous for it’s tailor-made silk stores) for some light shopping, or head to the famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre to witness the mesmerising ancient tradition of water puppeteering.

Day 3 - Hanoi - Halong Bay

Journey to the spectacular site of Halong Bay, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way - including the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the landscapes of rice fields, water buffalos and interspersed Vietnamese villages. Once in Halong Bay, you’ll cruise through the poetic landscape on a traditional Junk (sailing ship). Throughout the day you’ll explore the array of naturally formed islets and caves scattered across the seascape, including Dinh Huong, Ga Choi, Dog Island, and Sail island. You’ll even have the opportunity to visit Luon cave by paddle boat and swim in the emerald-green waters of Halong Bay. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a fresh seafood dinner on the moonlit bay, sleeping overnight aboard the Annam Junk ship.

Discover the Beauty of Halong Bay

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is scattered with more than 2000 floating islands of karstic rock. Legend has it that these floating islands were created by a family of dragons who were invoked by the Emperor to protect Vietnam against Chinese invaders. The dragons flew across the bay, spitting out jewels and jade, which magically turned into scattered islands. Together, these islands linked to create a protective barrier, which can still be admired to this day.

Day 4 - Halong - Hanoi

Wake up early to view the sunrise over the bay whilst sipping on a cup of “Trung Nguyen” – Vietnam’s signature espresso. You’ll sail to the recently-discovered Surprise Grotto, as well as the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Cruise along to Bai Tu Long bay, weaving through rock formations reminiscent of shapes such as fighting cocks, dragons and even General de Gaulle’s nose! After another wonderful fresh seafood lunch, you’ll transfer back to Hanoi by road.

Day 5 - Flight Hanoi - Phu Quoc

After enjoying your remaining time in Hanoi, you'll transfer to the airport for your flight to the beautiful resort of Phu Quoc.

Days 5-10 - Phu Quoc

Enjoy your free time at your hotel over these 4 days, relaxing at the paradisiacal Phu Quoc resort and beach.

Relax on the Soft Sands of Phu Quoc

One of Vietnam’s best-kept secrets, Phu Quoc is a small paradise island sitting just off the coast of Cambodia. Phu Quoc is home to the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve, a protected natural park that covers half the island and features a tropical jungle, a mountain-range, and plenty of exotic wildlife. The island’s 20 unspoilt beaches boast powdery white sands and jade-green waters. Visitors can also travel by boat to the surrounding 28 islands, all of which are uninhabited.

Day 10 - Departure

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Good Bye Vietnam!

Hanoi Golden Holiday Hotel

Located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the family-run Hanoi Golden Holiday Hotel is just a 10-minute walk from a number of important sites in the city. With its French-style architecture and superb service, Hanoi Golden Holiday is glamorous and luxurious, whilst maintaining an atmosphere of intimacy and homeliness. The hotel’s facilities include a café, dining room and restaurant, with exquisite Vietnamese cuisine on offer.

Annam Junk

The Annam Junk is a traditional Vietnamese ship, inspired by 14th-century wooden junks. Staying overnight aboard this exquisitely decorated vessel, you’ll be able to enjoy some spectacular views of Halong Bay as the sun rises and sets over its glistening waters. The ship houses a restaurant and bar serving fresh seafood dishes 18 hours a day. It also offers a beautiful terrace and 28 guestrooms. The Annam Junk’s deluxe cabins are each 10m2, fitted with panoramic windows, heated wooden wall panels, air-conditioning and a hot-water walk-in shower. A night aboard promises a truly unforgettable experience in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.

Cottage Village Phu Quoc

Just a 5-minute walk from Ong Lang Beach, Cottage Village is a tropical haven teeming with lush greenery and a stunning outdoor pool. Standard rooms are open and spacious, decorated with beautiful wooden panelling and offering views of the surrounding tropical gardens. Rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen cable TV, a mini-bar, an ensuite bathroom and free WIFI. The hotel also comes equipped with a 24-hour desk, an on-site restaurant, and bike-hiring facilities. Cottage Village is 5-km away from Coco Dive Centre and Fish Sauce Factory, and 8 km away from Cau Temple. This is a great choice for travellers looking for a relaxing and intimate experience on Phu Quoc island.

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