All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners are included.Thanks to the tropical
climate, the long coast and the gigantic range of mountains, Vietnam is
blessed with numerous varieties of culinary offerings and consequently
maintains its reputation as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world that
still packs a punch with delicious, fresh and fiery flavours.Vietnamese food
relies on fresh fish, vegetables, rice and a whole myriad of verdant herbs
and spices; lemongrass, ginger, basil and lime all play an important role in
the cuisine. The Chinese and French influence is felt throughout the country
where you are just as likely to be offered a Banh Mi (stuffed baguette) as
you are a hot steaming bowl of Pho (noodle soup).Each dish is prepared with
the Asian principle of Wu Xing in mind (the five elements); meaning that the
perfect combination of spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet is the ultimate
aim. Be sure to also seek out the national beverages; Vietnamese coffee is
served iced and sweet with condensed milk, a real sugar and caffeine hit, and
beer hoi (local beer, brewed daily) is served on most street corners in the
North out of large plastic jugs that are perfect for sharing.Food is cheap in
Vietnam and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Western
food is readily available almost everywhere.Vegetarians are well catered for
but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.Please
note that in SE Asia the availability of certain specialised products for
restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent
and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from
home.You may find it beneficial to bring some 'cycling snacks' with you from
home if you have high energy bars or gels that you like to use during a
ride.For those who wish to contribute, a kitty is normally arranged - fresh
fruit, nuts, biscuits and local snacks are all provided from the snacking
kitty along with even homemade lemonade if the season is right!
Unwind at the end of each day in our expertly curated, handpicked accommodation on this Premium Adventure. Each property has been chosen for its location, comfort, style, and unique characteristics.
The Odys Boutique Hotel (four-star), Ho Chi Minh City. Two nights.
Featuring the Sky Lounge, a rooftop bar offering panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City
Tastefully designed rooms combining Vietnamese and European aesthetics
In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, close to many key attractions
Enjoy a massage or treatment at the Nu Spa
MerPerle Hon Tam Resort (five-star), Hon Tam Island. Two nights.
On Hon Tam Island, a 10-minute boat ride from Nha Trang
Five-star resort with a private beach, beautiful scenery and gardens
Spacious and carefully designed rooms with nature and tranquillity in mind
Large outdoor pool and pool bar
Relax and indulge at the MerPerle Hon Tam Spa
Hoi An Blue Sky Boutique Hotel & Spa (four-star), Hoi An. Two nights.
This modern boutique hotel has a rooftop bar
Featuring an outdoor swimming pool and day spa
Spacious rooms decorated with attention to comfort in mind
Syrena Cruises, Ha Long Bay. One night.
A 34-cabin ship built with traditional Vietnamese hardwood
Featuring deluxe cabins that are well appointed, using light materials and clear windows to ensure cabins are bright and airy
Enjoy a delicious meal at the Lotus Restaurant; serving modern and traditional dishes
Have a drink at the sundeck bar; a prime spot for sunset and soaking up the bay atmosphere
Please note, groups will be joining a Syrena Cruise that may have other guests on board at the same time
La Belle Vie Hotel (four-star), Hanoi. One night.
A modern, elegant boutique hotel with stylish guestrooms
Rooftop pool and bar with panoramic views of Hanoi
Conveniently close to the old quarter and West Lake
The accommodation shown has been booked and agreed in advance; however, we may need to make changes to a property of similar or higher standard after you have booked. We endeavour to inform you of any changes in advance, which could, on rare occasions, be at late notice.
Overnight sleeper train
To travel from Hue to Hanoi, we spend the night on a comfortable sleeper train. Despite being first class, it is still quite basic. You will be in a four-berth cabin with bedding provided, although you may prefer to bring your own sleeping sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be occasions where you’ll be sharing with people outside your group. Most trains have a dining carriage, but people generally stock up on snacks before the journey.
You can book additional nights before or after the tour, subject to availability – please enquire for details and prices.
Single supplements are available (on request) and only available for 11 nights of the trip (hotel nights only – not available for the one night on the boat in Ha Long Bay or the one night on the overnight train from Hue to Hanoi). Please advise your sales representative at the time of booking if you would like a single supplement.