Land of the Golden Star – 14 day trip

 

This is your classic tour of Vietnam with a VIVID twist. You’ll experience the best this vibrant country has to offer, spending 14 days exploring lively cities, enchanting rural villages, seeing attractions like the Temple of Literature and the iconic One Pillar Pagoda (said to represent a lotus flower emerging from the water), sampling scrumptious food, cycling around rural villages and rice paddies, and learning about the extraordinary lives of the locals.

The Land of the Golden Star itinerary is perfect if you’ve never been to Vietnam before or if you want to get the full Vietnam experience. You’ll start from the top in the north from the capital of Hanoi, gradually making your way south to Saigon

14 days from £1,995pp

Highlights

  • Wander around bustling modern cities rooted in deep Vietnamese traditions

  • Cruise around Halong Bay and soak in the natural wonders of Vietnam

  • Learn about the history of coffee in Saigon and have a go at preparing Ca phe sua da

  • Discover Vietnam’s famous textiles and pick up custom-made clothing

  • Relax on quiet white sandy beaches

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Vietnam includes international flights, transfers, accommodation and some experiences. We’ll take care of the boring bits, leaving you to make the most of your holiday. Want to go through the details? Give our Travel Designers a call: 01483 319 333 

Day

Resort

Type

You'll start your Land of the Golden Star trip in Vietnam's colourful capital. Your guide will meet you at Hanoi airport and take you to your hotel to get settled. Spend your time here seeing the city sights like the famous Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda. You'll spend evenings following the Hanoi food trail, sampling delicious dishes with the locals in the streets and sampling the local beer.

Places to Stay

Lapis Hotel

Gaze out at Hanoi’s skyline from the Lapis Hotel’s rooftop

Key Facilities

  • Rooftop pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi

Hotel de l’Opera

A chic hotel adjacent to the famous Hanoi Opera House with a pool and spa.

Key Facilities

  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Indoor pool

Things to do

Hanoi half day-tour

Half-day experience

Visit Hanoi’s historic highlights like the Old Quarter, lively Hang Be Market & Ho Chi Minh mausoleum.

Hanoi street eats walking tour

Evening experience

Enjoy a feast for all the senses on a walking tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter, tasting local specialities.

Leave the busy streets of Hanoi and drive into the rural countryside to Ninh Binh. You’ll spend your time here exploring the ruins of Vietnam’s first capital Hoa Lu, seeing ancient tombs and ruins. If you’re feeling fit, you can climb into the limestone kart hills and enjoy the views.

Places to Stay

Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh

Stunning setting, luxurious rooms and world-class service make this a first-class resort.

Key Facilities

  • Outdoor pools
  • Restaurants
  • Spa
  • Activities

Tam Coc Bungalow

Stay in charming bungalows in a spectacular natural setting.

Key Facilities

  • Bike hire
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-FI

Tam Coc Garden Resort

This small, peaceful resort is surrounded by rice paddies and limestone peaks.

Key Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bike hire

Things to do

Hoa Lu ruins & cycling tour

Full-day experience

Explore Vietnam’s ancient capital, cruise through gorgeous scenery & cycle through peaceful countryside.

Cruise out into Halong Bay admiring the Karst Limestone Cliffs and incredible scenery, and then kick back with some cocktails watching the sunset on deck. Depending on your ship’s schedule, you might have time for squid fishing by night, morning Tai-Chi, kayaking and cave exploration.

Places to Stay

Bhaya Classic Cruise

Panoramic views and luxury cabins make Bhaya Classic a great option for cruising in Halong Bay.

Key Facilities

  • Spa
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Watersports

Violet Junk

Enjoy comfortable cabins, high-quality cuisine and welcoming staff on this cruise of Halong Bay.

Key Facilities

  • Spa
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Watersports

Orchid Cruise

Relax in spacious cabins, each with a balcony, on this Halong Bay junk boat.

Key Facilities

  • Family cabins
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Bar

Things to do

Halong Bay overnight cruise

Overnight experience

Cruise through spectacular limestone scenery staying onboard on a traditional junkboat.

Today you’ll disembark from your Halong Bay cruise and fly from Hanoi to Hue, where you’ll spend the day exploring the sights in Vietnam's former royal capital. Explore the Imperial City of Hue, take a cylo ride and explore the local shops and coffee houses.

Places to Stay

La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa

A boutique hotel on the banks of the Perfume River, featuring a spa and fitness centre.

Key Facilities

  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant

Eldora Hue Hotel

A luxury hotel in the heart of Hue, perfect for exploring the sights.

Key Facilities

  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar

Things to do

Highlights of Hue

Half-day experience

Visit ancient tombs, lively markets and the peaceful Tinh Tam Lake.

Settle into the car for your scenic drive to Hoi An through the Hai Van Pass (aka Pass of Ocean Clouds) and through the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. Spend your days exploring the city sights or kick back at the beach.

Places to Stay

Boutique Hoi An resort

A modern boutique hotel on Hoi An beach, and all rooms offer gorgeous sea views.

Key Facilities

  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bars
  • Spa

Nam Hai by Four Seasons

100 plush villas sprinkled along a private stretch of the stunning Ha My Beach.

Key Facilities

  • Outdoor pools
  • Private beach area
  • Water sports
  • Restaurants & bars

Hoi An Historic Hotel

Relax in the heart of Hoi An, just 15 minutes from the beach.

Key Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Activities
  • Spa
  • Restaurant

Things to do

Hoi An city tour

Half-day experience

Explore the highlights of Hoi An, visiting historic houses and wandering through local neighbourhoods.

Hoi An farming and fishing cycling tour

Half-day experience

Explore Hoi An's countryside by bike, visit a local farm and learn traditional fishing techniques.

Jeep tour to My Son ruins

Half-day experience

Explore rural countryside and ancient villages, then visit the Cham temples in an American War Jeep.

Today you’ll fly to Saigon with a trip to the historical Cu Chi tunnels along the way. Spend the next few days going on city tours, scoping out the coffee culture, and cruising along Ham Luong River learning about the Mekong culture. Did you know the Mekong Delta is where a third of the country’s annual crop comes from?

On Day 14 you'll depart Saigon and fly home. You’ll be bursting with spellbinding stories of your Land of the Golden Star adventure to share with your friends and family.

Places to Stay

Hotel Des Arts Saigon

A modern hotel with an arty twist, just a short walk from Saigon's major sights.

Key Facilities

  • Spa & wellness centre
  • Rooftop pool
  • Restaurants

Silverland Jolie hotel

A boutique hotel with old colonial design found near Ton Duc Thang Museum.

Key Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant
  • Rooftop Jacuzzi

The Reverie Saigon

On the top floor of the Times Square Building, this is luxury accommodation in a great spot.

Key Facilities

  • Spa & beauty salon
  • Restaurants
  • Outdoor pool

Things to do

Half-day Cu Chi Tunnels tour

Half-day experience

Get a first-hand look at Vietnam-American war history, and hear fascinating tales of life underground.

Saigon half-day highlights

Half-day experience

Explore Saigon’s hotspots, admire colonial architecture and learn about Vietnam's history.

Saigon coffee tour

Half-day experience

Delve into Saigon’s coffee history with a local guide and try different caffeinated specialities.

Authentic Mekong Delta tour

Full-day experience

Experience the authentic way of life on the river, travelling by sampan boat and bike.

Map of your trip

When to go on this trip

The weather in Vietnam varies so much depending on when and where you go. For this particular trip, we suggest going in March and April because the weather will be good across the northern, southern and central regions.

January

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24°

Generally warm and dry across all regions but might feel a little chilly in the morning and evenings in the South.  

February

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26°

Generally dry and bright across all regions with slight chance of rain in the North.  

March

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28°

March is peak season in Vietnam with temperatures high across all regions. You'll have the best views in Halong Bay this month as well.  

April

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31°

You'll be well into the peak season now, with pleasant weather everywhere.  

May

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33°

Temperatures will start to rise with a slight chance of showers in the North.  

June

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32°

Central Vietnam will mostly be dry, the South will be rainy and the North will be rainy and hot.  

July

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33°

Dry and pleasant in Central Vietnam and rainy in the other regions.  

August

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Central Vietnam will be mainly dry and the North and South will be relatively wet.  

September

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31°

Central Vietnam will still be sunny, but the North and South will remain wet.  

October

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29°

Generally dry and pleasant in the North, the South will be dryer but Central will be rainy.  

November

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27°

Peak season begins with dry cool weather in the North, blue skies in the South but still very rainy in Central.  

December

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25°

Very pleasant across most regions with a slight chance of rain in Central.  

Things to do on this trip

Here are some of the fun and exciting things you'll do on your trip to Vietnam. Call us now to learn more: 01483 319 333

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