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A Summer Holiday in Vietnam

The summer months are the prefect time of year to visit central Vietnam, which has a delayed rainy season and does not normally much rain until September. What’s more the centre of Vietnam has so much to offer! From the ancient capital of Hue, home to ancient tombs and the old imperial palace, to Hoi An – a UNESCO heritage town with a beach – many could just spend two weeks in the centre.

Whilst the north and the south of  Vietnam are in the green season and have some rain it does not mean that they cannot be visited as they are actually quieter at this time of year and the rain tends to be just for a few hours, so Hanoi and Saigon work very well with this itinerary – many people choose to fly home from Saigon and add a couple of days on there at the end. You could also consider adding in Siem Reap in Cambodia to see the mighty Angkor Wat as it traditionally sees a lower rainfall and again, great to see this with fewer crowds.

We have also included Ninh Binh, which is described as “inland Halong Bay” by many and has similar and stunning karst like scenery. This is a great alternative in the summer months as cruises of Halong Bay are cancelled if there are storms so Ninh Binh is a “safer bet”. In saying that, many of our customers choose to stick to Halong bay and if the cruise is cancelled we will organise excursions to Ninh Binh instead at the last minute.

Another great itinerary in the summer months is our Avoid the Crowds programme, which includes the caves and rural beauty of Phong Nha in central Vietnam, also great at this time of year!

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Hanoi!

Your private driver and English-speaking guide will give you a warm welcome when you land in Hanoi. They will then drive you through the bustling capital to your central hotel in the Old Quarter. where you can relax and enjoy the evening at your leisure. The Lapis hotel is one of the best value central hotels with a swimming pool (superior room).

Day 2 - Hanoi Like a Local

Today you will explore Hanoi like a local; walk down the capital’s winding streets with a private walking, try local street food and have a local whipped coffee in a hidden coffee shop before exploring Hoa Lo Priosn where American and French POWs were once held and the Temple of Literature built in 1076. Finish your day walking down the city’s railway tracks and then stop for a home brewed beer, the renowned Bia Hoi.

Day 3 - Drive out to Ninh Binh

Known as inland Halong Bay, Ninh Binh is home to dramatic inland karsts, rice paddies, caves and lakes. Cycle through monuments dedicated to both emperors and through paddies fields in Tam Coc and take a sampan ride along a peaceful river. Visit Mua Cave and climb 500 stone steps to the top of the mountain to enjoy a stunning panorama view before checking into your hotel The Emerelda (superior room).

Day 4 - Nature Reserve & Flooded Caves

Spend this morning at Van Long nature reserve – meet a local family and take some time to understand their traditions and their daily jobs. You may join them in some of their daily tasks, such as fishing and rice harvest and process. This afternoon, visit caves by a rowing boat and marvel at the Van Long flooded area before returning to the hotel.

Day 5 - Fly to Hue

This morning we will drive you back to Hanoi (3 hour) where you will take an early afternoon flight to Hue in central Vietnam, the ancient Imperial capital. Check into the fittingly imperial-style Eldora Hotel, which is centrally located and explore the town at leisure this evening. Be sure to look at all our restaurant tips in your interactive Fleewinter travel app!

Day 6 - Explore the ancient ruins of Hue

This morning you will explore the ancient capital of Vietnam. The Forbidden Purple City, constructed under the Emperor Gia Long in the early 19th century, suffered during the Vietnam War but remains very significant. Afterwards, board a dragon boat and sail down the Perfume River to visit the striking Thien Mu Pagoda, then visit tombs of the emperors TuDuc and Khai Dinh. If time permits you can enjoy a short cyclo ride to Dong Ba market where you can buy traditional souvenirs.

Day 7 - Scenic roadtrip to Hoi An

Take one of the most scenic journeys down the Vietnam coastline this morning, over a beautiful pass, and along miles of coast as you make your way from Hue to Hoi An by private chauffeur (or motorbike if you prefer!) We’ll make a day of it stopping for fabulous seafood, visit mountain caves and a fresh cool spring, before reaching Hoi An and checking into The Victoria, one of our favourite beach resorts with a beautiful pool, just 3 miles from the town. (river room)

Day 8 - 13 - Six full days on the beach!

Take six full days to soak up this glorious beach town. Hoi An has it all; delicious cuisine, fabulous tailors and shopping and a beautiful beach. We haven’t organised anything for you so you can have a lazy breakfast, explore and sunbathe at your own pace (but do ask us about local excursions here including a fun fishing trip in traditional basket boats with local fishermen!) 

Day 14 - Fly to Hanoi or Saigon to catch your flight home

Today we will fly you back to Saigon or Hanoi airport to catch your international flight home – we hope you love Vietnam as much as we do! Safe travels!

What's included?

  • Prices start from £1,995 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • All entrance fees with service of English speaking guide for excursions
  • Lunch on Days 2 & 6
  • Internal flights (two)
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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This vibrant capital of Vietnam has a fascinating display of street life, food and architecture in its charming Old Quarter – let us take you on a walking tour down its winding alleyways, weaving through hundreds of motorbikes and fruit sellers. It's our favourite city and we've found a selection of fabulous boutique hotels. More
Mai Chau & Pu Bin
This glorious rural corner of the country offers a mountainous landscape full of rice paddies, greenery and tribal groups. We love it because it's a bit more off the beaten track than the more popular Sapa area and have even established our very wooden stilt homestay in a local community. This is the place to head for hiking, cycling and just observing a more simple life. More
The ultimate mountain retreat in Vietnam - Sapa is a night train away from the capital, Hanoi. Those who venture here are rewarded with the image of colourful tribal groups set against a backdrop of green mountains and terraced rice paddies. Some of the most beautiful scenery of Vietnam is on offer - although the tourist traffic can be high in peak season. More
Halong Bay
The must-see attraction of Vietnam: Hundreds of islets pierce through the waters of an emerald green bay. We have a fabulous selection of one and two-night cruises on offer, which are without a doubt the best way to see this area of outstanding beauty. More
Ninh Binh
A lovely slice of rural life is on offer here. We especially love Ninh Binh during the summer butterfly and rice harvest seasons. Expect gorgeous caves, wooden boat rides and pretty cycle rides. We especially love the Emeralda Resort here. More
The old imperial capital - this is the place to head for an insight in the ancient kings and dynasties of Vietnam. Set on the banks of the idyllic Perfume River, you can explore magnificent royal tombs of Kings gone by and the old Imperial Palace (that despite suffering in the American war is still well worth a visit). And we have discovered a fabulous selection of hideaway resorts. More
Hoi An
This is the place that has it all; arguably the best architecture, cuisine, shopping (tailors aplenty) and beaches of all of Vietnam. Most who make it here never want to leave - this Unesco World Heritage town is full of fabulous old Japanese merchants homes, French colonial homes and classic Vietnamese styles. Pick up a bike and explore on two wheels. More
Nha Trang
Home to some of our favourite beach resorts in all of Vietnam, Nha Trang offers a little piece of Paradise on the coast of Vietnam. The town itself lacks a little inspiration but if you're looking for sand, sun and luxury then look no further. More
Mui Ne
Sun, surf and sand, oh my! This lovely little fishing-cum-beach town has a plethora of fabulous resorts and boutique hotels. World renowned for kite surfing and waterspouts, Mui Ne is a great beach destination. More
A popular weekend getaway for the Vietnamese, Dalat offers a cooler climate in the mountains. Lovely walks along with more adrenalin-fuelled activities like canyoning and mountain biking are on offer here. More
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
The mad, modern metropolis of Vietnam is alive with the sound of a thousand motorbikes. Officially named Ho Chi Minh City but affectionately know as Saigon by the locals, this city is fun and fast paced. It's the ideal base from which to explore the infamous tunnels of the Vietnam War where guerrillas and there families lived for many years. More
Mekong Delta
This enormous waterway of canals, streams and rivers is a lifeline for the locals - and people watching is perhaps the best activity of all on the Mekong Delta. Get up early for the floating markets or perhaps watch it lazily with a beer in hand from the sun deck on one of our cruises. More
Phu Quoc Island
Attention all beach lovers! This is the penultimate beach destination in all of Vietnam. Whether you are taken by its serenely calm waters, long sandy beach or cute cottage-like accommodation, Phu Quoc is stealing hearts across the world. We especially love it after sunset when lanterns and candles are lit on tables along the beach. In fact, we can't think of a more perfect setting for a seafood feast, while digging your toes into the sand. More
Con Dao Islands
If the budget can stretch to it, the Con Dao islands offer one of the most luxurious and beautiful beach experiences in Vietnam. Leave the rest of the world behind you when you enter Six Senses Con Dao, which feels like an ultimate private-island getaway. More

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