We adore Hoi An – it is home to some of the best boutique hotels in the country; and the shopping and food is second to none. It also has some wonderful beaches, stunning architecture and a unique ambience. However, you should also consider staying in Da Nang, (about a 40 minute drive away) as it has some of the best and most unique beach resorts in the country. There is not much in Da Nang itself – it is just a gorgeous stretch of coast with fabulous accommodation options – close to Hoi An.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
An outrageously fun country to explore, Vietnam offers an intoxicating mix of culture, cuisine and coastline. The cities are crammed full of historic French architecture and delicious street food that can be enjoyed to the sound track of a thousand whizzing motorbikes. Meanwhile the lush countryside is dotted with rice paddies, water buffalo and incredible karst scenery.
Be sure to save some time to relax on the stunning coastline and surrounding tropical islands… oh, and the best tailors in south-east Asia are here too. Give us a call for the best advice on how to use your time.
We specialise in tailor made Vietnam holidays - our expert consultant lived in Saigon for six months and will give you all the help you need in creating the perfect trip.
Got a question about holidays in Vietnam? Call Delia on (UK) 0207 112 0019, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fleewinter is Guardian Award Winner!
We are very proud of the holidays and service we provide our customers, and were over-the-moon to win the best Short Break Tour Operator 2014 award from the Guardian & Observer Newspaper. We also only missed best overall small tour operator by 0.8%! Many thanks for everyone who voted for us.
How to pick the Best Halong Bay Cruise
We adore Halong Bay. With huge towering islets piercing through disarmingly tranquil waters, most people agree that Halong Bay is a highlight of any trip to Vietnam. But with more and more cruises emerging, promising you a trip of a lifetime it is becoming harder to pick the right boat and know where to start. Fortunately here at Fleewinter we have inspected every single boat that we offer to our customers (and have been on a further 10 or so to help us decide our favourites), so can give you lots of tips to help you make the right decision for your holiday.
To help get you started, we’ve written a few blog posts for you to browse:
If you are interested in taking a cruise through the Unesco-heritage site of Halong bay then take a peek at our blog – How to Pick the Best Halong Bay Cruise .
If you are looking for top notch luxury to mirror the natural beauty of the bay then take a look at our post entitled The Most Luxurious Cruise in Halong Bay: Paradise Peak.
But if you’re priority is to get off the beaten track and avoid the crowds, start with our blog all about The Best Halong Bay Cruises to get off the Beaten Track
And of course, if chatting is more your thing then reading, please give our expert Delia a call on 020 7112 0019 or email her at email@example.com.
We are supporting new charities in Vietnam & Cambodia
We are delighted to announce that we are now working with two new charities in Vietnam and Cambodia. In Cambodia we are supporting Riverkids, a tremendous charity based in Phnom Penh that works with some of the capital’s most vulnerable children and seeks to give them one of the greatest gifts of life – an education. And in Vietnam, we are supporting Hue Help, a charity that works with disadvantaged children in central Vietnam to improve their health, education and future prospects.
How do we support the charities?
We will be inviting all new customers to these countries to make a small donation to the charity in the country they are visiting when they book their holiday – and we will match that donation.
It’s a huge privilege to us to be able to support the work of both of these tremendous charities – to read our blog post about why we do this click here. To read more about Hue Help click here, or Riverkids please click here.
The Best Spa Hotel in Vietnam: Fusion Maia, Da Nang
Perhaps somewhat of a bold statement… but Ladies and Gentlemen we think we may have just found the best spa hotel in Vietnam. Fusion Maia in Da Nang is the ultimate place to head for a week of feet tickling, shoulder rubbing and feet fondling. Prices start at just £250 per night and all spa treatments are included (and there’s no limit). We think it’s pretty spa-tacular (pardon the pun!). We are currently offering guests a deal where if you pay for six nights you get a seventh absolutely free.
To read more about this gorgeous luxury spa in Vietnam read our travel blog post here. To make a booking drop us an email here.
PRIVATE ISLAND OFFER: SONG SAA, CAMBODIA
We are grinning from ear to our – our favourite private island in South-East Asia, is offering some brilliant deals over the next year. Read on for the details…
This all-inclusive private island off Cambodia offers unrivalled luxury; with over-water villas, private plunge pools and white sandy bays, we can’t think of a better way to holiday. Read more about Song Saa Private Island here.
For a limited time only we can offer the following deals:
- Book a last minute stay this Christmas – there are still a few nights available over the festive season and even better – Song Saa have lifted their usual four-night minimum.
- Stay 4 nights – Pay for 3 Nights: This great deal is available for large parts of January to April as well as November and selected dates in December.
- Stay 4 nights – Pay for 2 Nights (half price): This tremendous deal is available from May to October.
To read more about our stay on the island read our blog post here.
Flights launched from Cambodia to Phu Quoc island
Stop the press: We now have a new, perfect beach destination for all Cambodian holidays – Vietnam Airlines have just launched flights between the Vietnamese island Phu Quoc (aka Tropical Paradise) and Cambodia. We can’t think of a better way to soothe those tired-temple-tramping feet! More details at our travel blog here.
Top 10 Things to Do in Hanoi
Hanoi is probably our favourite city in Vietnam – oodles of history, great food and interesting architecture. Being more conservative in its nature, it hasn’t developed as fast as its sister in the south (Saigon), which is part of its charm. If you’re considering a trip to Hanoi, be sure to check out our top 10 things to do here. Spoiler alert: It includes Tai Chi at sunrise and our favourite food walking tour of the country!
Itineraries on Iphones!
Today we officially launch our new system whereby all our customers have the option to have their travel documents delivered to their phone or tablet using the Vamoos app. It includes interactive maps, real time weather forecast plus of course our famous destination guides. Currently available on iphone and ipad and soon to follow on other devices. If you are travelling this summer don’t forget to ask us
JUST 2 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE!!!
We’re looking for people to take two mins to vote for Fleewinter in this years Guardian Travel Awards! Just click on the following link – http://www.global-research.net/guta/start.asp and under tour operator type in ‘fleewinter’ and rate our performance! You can pretty much ignore all other boxes and click submit at the end! Thank you so much!
Guardian Travel Awards 2014
This year we are in the running for the Guardian’s ‘Best Small Tour Operator’ Award and we would REALLY, REALLY, REALLY like to win! So provided you think we deserve it, we would be so grateful if you would take 2 minutes to fill out the following questionnaire – http://www.global-research.net/guta/start.asp
There are just three important boxes and the closing date is Friday 6th June:
1. Scroll down to the Tour Operator section and type Fleewinter into the ‘specify other’ box
2. Rate our performance
3. Then click through to the last page (ignoring the other questions if you wish).
Thank you all so very much!!