A beautiful morning in Halong Bay, Vietnam
Lazy Decks and Coastal Treks
If you want to explore vibrant Vietnam at your own pace, this is the trip for you.
You'll begin by uncovering the historic highlights of Hanoi, before escaping the city to something a little more relaxed, like Halong Bay. Famed for its endless ocean vistas, this is the perfect opportunity to soak up the sun and let all your worries slide away. You'll also have the chance to set sail on a cruise around the captivating karsts, grottoes and caves of this ethereal part of Vietnam.
Finish up on a sliver of beach that’s framed by mountains and surrounded by three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, plus more leisure activities than you can shake a stick at. As you conclude your amazing trip, you'll journey along the Hai Van pass, which boasts some of the world's most incredible scenery.
Relax on the beaches of Lang Co, home to fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Spend a few days cruising the emerald waters of Halong Bay, discovering little islands and hidden grottoes
Take a tour of fast-paced Hanoi, learning about the legendary Ho Chi Minh (the man, not the city)
This relaxed trip to Vietnam includes international flights, transfers, accommodation and selected experiences.
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 the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.
All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
On arrival in Hanoi, you’ll be met by a guide before transferring to your hotel. You'll be greeted by the blaring sound of horns and scooters which weave precariously in and out of traffic as you arrive in the city; but don't worry, after checking into your hotel you'll be left to unwind.
After a good rest and a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you’ll begin the day with a guided tour of Hanoi. First up, you'll see the Temple of Literature where you’ll learn about how it’s acted as both a university and Confucian temple throughout its intriguing history. Onwards to One Pillar Pagoda, an ancient site that’s one of the city’s most revered temples, before moving onto the nearby Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a monument in Hanoi to see locals paying homage to Ho Chi Minh, a historic figure of modern Vietnam who died in 1969. You’ll take a short walk to his house which sits on stilts, walking around the tranquil grounds and learning about his life and legacy. The last stop on the tour is at West Lake to take some snaps of the impressive sixth-century Tran Quoc Pagoda built from striking orange bricks.
The evening is yours to explore Hanoi, before a final night at the Lapis – a nautical adventure awaits in the morning.
Places to Stay
After breakfast, you’ll leave Hanoi on a four-hour drive to Halong Bay, a hotspot in northern Vietnam that’s famed for its limestone karsts, minuscule islets, and ethereal grottoes and caves surrounded by emerald waters. You’ll arrive at the jetty in Halong City, ready to board a small cruise ship. First thing's first, though – lunch. It’ll be served on-deck as you set sail, cruising towards the bay. In the afternoon, there’ll be the chance to disembark and explore the islands. The boat drops anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board before you retire to your smart and contemporary cabin for a night afloat.
After breakfast on-board, a full day of activities awaits. You’ll take a trip on a smaller boat to swim and kayak off quiet beaches and visit water tunnels and fishing villages. You’ll have lunch back on-board where you’ll spend one more night.
Places to Stay
On Day 5, your ship will meander through the magnificent rock formations back to port. At Halong Bay, you’ll transfer to Hanoi airport for a short flight to Danang. You’ll be met at the airport and drive 90 minutes to the beachfront Angsana Hotel in Lang Co where your travelling comes to an end and you can properly relax.
The next three days are entirely yours. You’ll wake to a view of the Truong Son Mountains, perhaps inspired to take a hike through this majestic terrain? Golfers will have disappeared off to the Nick Faldo-designed Laguna Championship course, whilst history seekers will be making a beeline for the ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (one of three in the area). However tempting the local attractions are, it would be criminal not to spend some serious time on the beach, around the pool and in the hotel’s exceptional spa.
On your last day, you’ll transfer back to Danang airport for your flight home, feeling well and truly enlightened by a superb trip to unforgettable Vietnam.