Bright Lights and Golden Sands

15 days from £2,695pp

Craving a Vietnamese adventure? You’ll eat lunch with locals, practice tai chi on a boat and take part in local craft making. If your family is full of wanderlust, the Bright Lights and Golden Sands trip is just the ticket. Starting out in Hanoi you’ll experience the best of the capital city, then you’ll enjoy a stunning cruise and beach stay, before picking up the cultural pace in Hoi An and finishing with the spectacle of Saigon.

Highlights

  • Enjoy plenty of quality family time at the beach resort of Lang Co

  • Enjoy a scenic overnight cruise around Halong Bay

  • See the city sights of Hanoi and Saigon

  • Learn about Vietnamese culture and history from locals

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The simple memory of eating a bowl of Pho whilst watching the sunset in Halong Bay is one of my fondest from my time living in Vietnam. The wonderful warm people, incredible nature and fantastic food of Vietnam will always keep me coming back.

Bright Lights and Golden Sands

15 days from £2,695pp
2019 Feefo

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Vietnam includes international flights, transfers, accommodation, a two night cruise, some lunches, as well a lunch with a local Vietnamese family and selected excursions.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in Asia and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your time in Vietnam. 

All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

 

Day

Location

Type

1-4

Hanoi

City

The day has arrived at last! Pack any last minute items, hurry the family out the door and catch your overnight flight to Hanoi. Once you’ve settled into your hotel, head out and explore the capital of Vietnam at your own pace or chill out at the hotel pool ready for the guided full day tour the following day. You’ll start at the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university and an excellent example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. You’ll continue sightseeing before heading to a residential neighbourhood for lunch with a local family who worked for the Vietnamese army during the war. Listen to their fascinating stories over a cup of Vietnamese tea and home cooked local specialities.

Places to Stay

Things to do

5-6

Halong Bay

Cruise

Say goodbye to city life and hop aboard a traditional junkboat for a two night cruise around Halong Bay, reached by a thrilling speedboat transfer. Enjoy lunch while watching the stunning, ever changing scenery and karst limestone cliffs; later on you’ll have the opportunity to hop off to swim or kayak at the Ba Trai Dao beach area. Back on board try your hand at a traditional cooking class - or what about a spot of night squid fishing? Head to bed at a reasonable hour so you can catch the early morning tai chi class (optional)!

Places to Stay

Things to do

7-9

Lang Co

Beach

Get ready for beach bum paradise, Lang Co: think crystal clear waters lapping palm-fringed white sands and you’ve got the right idea. Enjoy relaxing by the beach, playing in the resort pool and sipping something delicious at the pool bar. If all that relaxing leaves you restless, enjoy an optional day trip out to Hue where you’ll visit Khai Dinh's Tomb, explore ruins and take a cyclo (3-wheeled rickshaw) from Old City to Tinh Lake.

Places to Stay

10-11

Hoi An

City

Arrive in historic Hoi An via the spectacular Hai Van Pass (you might recognise it from Top Gear), a 21km long road that winds up and over a mountain range, offering incredible views of the coastline and towns below. 

Once in Hoi An, you'll take an orientation tour of the main streets and markets. Have a go at making a traditional colourful lantern, which you can flat pack to take home to remind you all of your travels. The next day you can either explore the city at your leisure or indulge in an optional cookery class, jeep tour or countryside bicycle ride.

Places to Stay

Things to do

12-15

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

City

It’s time to make your way towards the captivating former capital of Vietnam, Saigon. On the way you’ll stop at the Cu Chi tunnels and hear how residents utilised the underground network during the war era. Enjoy exploring the city at your own pace or sign up for a guided tour, night at the Opera House or Water Puppet Show performance. On your last day you’ll cruise along the Ham Luong River, stopping to visit a coconut processing workshop, explore a local’s fruit gardens and enjoy kayaking along the river.

On Day 15 you’ll all head home, with wonderful family memories of your Vietnam holiday.

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