Vietnam Beach Holiday
Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most popular beach destination, located on the south-central coast of Vietnam. It is known for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands. Tran Phu Beach, the most popular in Nha Trang, runs along the Tran Phu Street, a beautiful seaside promenade with luxury hotels and restaurants. To its west, the elegant Nha Trang Cathedral, built in French Gothic style, stands on a small hill overlooking the train station.
Begin this tour in the romantic city of Saigon. Take canal boat tour, eat in a plush restaurant and transfer to Nha Trang. The beautiful city has a beach along an impressive long bay dotted with islands. Activities include; island-hopping boat trips, scuba diving, mud baths and historic sites. Travel north to Hanoi via the ancient city of Hoi An, known for street food and string of restaurants. In Halong Bay, board a luxury cruise to view its natural beauty.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY VIETNAM HOLIDAY…
And, experience its vibrant culture, historical cities and beautiful beaches.
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, to the charming cultural town of Hoi An, 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.
Vietnam is one of the most romantic destinations in Asia. This tour is perfect for couples or honeymooners who like to experience Vietnam's beautiful landscapes, slow-paced resorts, fresh delicious food, great shopping and vibrant cities accented with a breath of colonial air.
Start in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): pulsing with life, this modern city teems with markets, restaurants and cafes alongside a thousand years of history. Explore the Cu Chi tunnels and then travel to the eastern coast to Nha Trang, a beautiful city, bordered by mountains, with the beach tracing an impressive long swoop along a bay dotted with islands.
Continue to Central Vietnam and visit the ancient merchant town of Hoi An, a world heritage site. Explore the nearby villages, walk through the vegetable gardens and meet farmers going about their daily working routines.
Continue to Halong Bay where you will board the luxurious Chinese style junk, the Emeraude for a 2-night romantic cruise. Named for a cruising vessel that plied these waters between 1906 and 1937, the Emeraude aspires to the magnificence of the bay itself. Its air-conditioned cabins, en suite bathrooms, award-winning cuisine and spacious deck space set the stage for the voyage of a lifetime. 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.
Vietnam Tour & Beach This tour is perfect for couples or honeymooners who like to experience Vietnam's beautiful landscapes and stay at slow-paced resorts with a breath of colonial air.
Saigon, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay
(14 Days. Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) Meet and greet on arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Park Hyatt Hotel – Park Room (Nil)
Day 2 – Tour
Saigon Your private tour starts with a drive to Cu Chi (70 km), an amazing complex of underground tunnels built first as a defence against the French and later expanded during the American (Vietnam) war. It’s a thrilling experience to crawl through this amazing system and later to try your shooting skills on original AK47s and other guns from past war times (subject to a surcharge).
Return to Saigon and enjoy an afternoon tour of the city. After lunch (own account), take a tour accompanied by your private guide to visit the former Presidential Palace, which is now preserved as a museum, including the underground communications bunkers, headquarters for the Saigon Government during the Vietnam War. Continue to Notre Dame, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral in the centre of city, and Dong Khoi street, formerly the centre of haute couture in Saigon, when it was known as Rue Catinat.
Park Hyatt Hotel – Park Room (B)
Day 3 to 5 – Transfer
Nha Trang Transfer to Saigon airport for your flight to Nha Trang. On arrival meet your private guide and transfer to hotel. Check-in time at hotel is after 14:00hrs.
Nha Trang is a bustling city humming with commerce but blessed with access to a beautiful beach. The city is indisputably beautiful, bordered by mountains, with the beach tracing an impressive long swoop along a bay dotted with islands.
There is plenty to do here – from island-hopping boat trips and scuba diving to mud baths and historic sites. But the main attraction is lounging around on deckchairs at a beachfront bar and drinking cocktails in comfort.
Evason Ana Mandara Resort – Garden View Room (B)
Day 6 – Transfer
Hoi An Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. On arrival meet your private guide and tour the Cham sculpture museum in Danang, which houses the largest and most impressive collection of Cham artefacts anywhere in the world, dating from the 4th to the 14th centuries. The Chams are descendants of the great kingdom of Champa and are known for their beautiful textiles and patterns.
Hoi An is a UNESCO-listed riverfront town with colourful historic homes, charming cafes and bustling silk and fish markets. In the afternoon, take a leisurely bicycle ride to Tra Que village along picturesque country roads to visit a farm and learn about Vietnamese food and ingredients. Alternatively, explore the beautiful back streets and learn about the history of Hoi An. In the evening enjoy a sunset cruise on the river.
The Nam Hai Resort – One Bedroom Villa (B)
Day 7 – Explore
Hoi An With your private guide, take an early morning drive through rolling countryside, passing through small towns, often journeying alongside the wide reaches of the Han River. The last few kilometres of the journey are rather bumpy and we walk the final 500m through lush hillsides, before emerging into the main site of My Son, which translates literally as "Beautiful Mountain".
My Son is an imperial city of the Champa Empire (4th-12th century). It is a large complex of over 70 religious structures and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your private guide will offer full commentary on the Cham heritage of My Son while you wander around this historic site.
Return to Hoi An and take a private guided tour of the ancient city and a boat trip to explore villages famous for making pottery.
The Nam Hai Resort – One Bedroom Villa (B)
Day 8 – Tour
Hoi An Take a leisurely bicycle ride to Tra Que village along picturesque country roads or walk to the local farms and discover the daily life of the local people. Join the farmers in their daily working routines, like raking the ground, sowing, watering and picking greens and many more gardening activities. Later visit the village that makes Hoi An's colourful paper lanterns. The green paddy fields, vegetable gardens; the stunning countryside scenes will simply mesmerise you.
The Nam Hai Resort – One Bedroom Villa (B)
Day 9 – Transfer
Hanoi Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Our representative will meet on arrival and escort you to your hotel.
This evening, attend the theatre where the ancient and unique art form of water puppetry is performed. The puppets, 40 cms high and attached to a long bamboo pole, are dipped in and out of the water by a person behind a rattan curtain. But how to manipulate these puppets is usually a family-held secret passed down through generations. Try to unravel the mystery if you can.
Sofitel Legend Metropole – Premium Room (B)
Day 10 & 11 – Cruise
Halong Bay Take a private transfer to Halong Bay and check in on board the luxurious M/V “Emeraude” for an overnight cruise. Few places anywhere rival the extreme natural beauty and serenity of Vietnam's Halong Bay. A noted Vietnamese poet and scholar described it as a "rock wonder in the sky". In modern times, it has been a backdrop for countless movies including the Oscar-winning French epic, Indochine. It is now universally acknowledged as an unmissable corner of Vietnam.
The cruise commences with and a lavish buffet lunch. Then weather permitting, visit the Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprises). Watch a Vietnamese cuisine demonstration will take place on the sundeck and attend a happy hour with complimentary canapés followed by an evening movie show. A scrumptious International buffet dinner is served at the restaurant.
Practise Tai Chi in the morning on the sun deck with one of our instructors. Spend your day, swimming, diving or kayaking in the clear waters of Halong Bay. Discover for yourself the pristine corners of the mythical Dragon Bay, with the option of relaxing walks on the small islands. Participate in kayak expeditions, safely supervised by our professional guides, to explore the lagoons and caves for hidden treasures. There is a lot to do and explore or just experience the beauty of the region and relax.
Onboard M/V Emeraude – Superior Cabin (B, L, D)
Day 12 – Transfer
Hanoi Wake up at sunrise and practice Tai Chi or swim in the clear waters of the Halong Bay. After an energizing western breakfast, check out from M/V Emeraude and transfer to Hanoi. Rest of the day at leisure.
Sofitel Legend Metropole – Premium Room (B)
Day 13 – Depart
Hanoi Transfer to the airport for your onward flight
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
Make this your holiday
When to go The high season in Vietnam is from November to March. Prices peak over the Christmas and New Year period, and if you don’t fancy crowds then it is best to avoid this busy time. During this period it is warm and dry in the South but as you travel north of Nha Trang, it begins to get cooler.
From April or May to October, summer monsoon brings hot, humid weather except in the mountains up north. A slight break in monsoon during July and August makes it the second high season in the South but violent and unpredictable typhoons can hit central and northern Vietnam. May, June and September are usually the quietest months.
Getting There 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.
Getting Around: In the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, there is a sophisticated local bus network. Taxis and bikes are the easiest way to get around the larger cities – just be sure to agree on a fare before you ride. Slow but scenic, the two-seater pedal powered cyclo, is a fun and cheap way to travel short distances. It is not uncommon to flag down a passing motorbike for a lift. Many people will be happy to give you a lift for a fee a little higher than the equivalent cyclo fare. You can also hire a car with driver at a reasonable cost.
Shopping Shopaholics will discover that of all the places in the world, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam offers the best-value shopping. This vibrant metropolis is bursting at the seams with bric-a-brac markets, local brands and international design houses. If you’re adventurous, jump on the back of a motorbike to save your dong for shopping. Explore Diamond Plaza on the Le Duan Street or explore local designer boutiques like Cindy’s Workshop that offers bright and funky printed dresses and unique belts for less than £30.
Hanoi is the artistic heart of Vietnam, so you’ll find the best range of art and handicrafts the country has to offer. It is the best place to shop for your home, with a bevvy of stores selling beautiful furniture, linen and home wares. There are galleries throughout Hanoi but if your time is limited, be sure to visit Art Vietnam on Nguyen Khac Nhu street, where you’ll find a wide range of contemporary Vietnamese art and photography.
Tipping Tipping is a personal expense and depends entirely on the quality of services provided to you and your appreciation of those services. Whilst tipping is not mandatory, it is expected at restaurants and by drivers, guides and tour escorts. The following estimated guideline may help you in determining the tip amount, should you wish to tip any service provider. Tipping in restaurants is about 5-10% of the bill, if not included.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Vietnam territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Vietnam embassy or consulate.