Vietnam South to North
The largest of the three countries of the Indochina Peninsula, Vietnam is blessed with a ravishing coastline, emerald-green mountains, national parks, dynamic cities and one of the world’s best cuisines. From the limestone peaks of Halong Bay, the French boulevards of the capital Hanoi and the thick forests of the north-west, to the charming cultural town of Hoi An, the glorious beaches of Nha Trang, and the floating markets of the mighty Mekong River, you'll find cultural diversity and natural wonders around each and every corner. This is an outrageously fun country to explore, the locals love a laugh (and a drink) and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to socialise with them and hear their tales.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: ON THIS 14-DAY VIETNAM TOUR FROM SAIGON TO HANOI AND DISCOVER CENTRAL VIETNAM.
Start in Saigon, the vociferous, crowded capital city whose colonial French boulevards contrast sharply with pagodas and food stalls. Explore the vast underground network of tunnels from where the North Vietnamese waged their guerrilla warfare and marvel at their ingenuity.
Continue to Central Vietnam, once the centre of the Cham Dynasty. Visit the World Heritage ruins of My Son, dating from the 7th to 13th centuries and Hoi An, an exquisitely preserved town of colourful shop houses and handicraft workshops. Then, take a beautiful coastal drive to Hue, an ancient imperial city and home to the commanding Citadel, modelled after the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Venture north to Sapa, a charming mountain town, surrounded by picturesque mountains and cascading rice terraces and then Halong Bay where you will board the luxurious Chinese style junk, the Emeraude for a 1-night cruise. The tour concludes in Hanoi.
This tour combines nicely with touring elsewhere in Southeast Asia e.g. Cambodia, Vietnam & Thailand. Throughout your tour, AwimAway will arrange for you to experience the best the country has to offer. Please let us know your interests and we will be happy to tailormake your itinerary.
Max your Awim A simply ‘must-do’ whilst travelling in Vietnam is a cooking class. Hoi An is also generally the place where you would try your hand, a place famed for culinary schools of repute.
The new ‘Kid on the block’ is a definite contender to be one of the very best experiences delivered by the Ancient House River Restaurant. Your first stop is a boat trip to visit the Noi Rang Market or “Baked Pot Market” located on the river bank in the rural outskirts of Hoi An. The market is said to have more than 300 years of history and is a truly authentic experience. Then take a walk along the village roads, to meet and chat to the locals sitting selling their fresh farm produce. You will then visit the gardens around the village to understand the traditional gardening method as well as learn about the typical herbs that can be found in Viet Nam. Finally, cruise back to the Ancient House River restaurant for a private hands-on cooking class delivered by their skilled Vietnamese Chefs. And of course the best bit of all, is to try your own tasty creations.
There are few direct flights from Europe to Vietnam’s three main international airports – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang, but these are steadily increasing over the years. The majority of visitors take indirect flights routed through Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. It can be cheaper if you fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore or regular international carriers and from there take one of the low cost carriers to Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar are the two main domestic carriers. Fares are very reasonable and the frequencies of flights to main hubs are good.