The Vietnam Experience
Ho Chi Minh City + Hanoi + Ha Long Bay + Da Nang
There aren’t many places in the world where you can go on an exotic culinary journey with 4-course meals, explore beautiful merchant houses, have signature spa treatments at a world-class beach resort, and cruise the sea in style on a luxury boat looking out across glistening emerald waters.
Join us on our 11-day luxury adventure in Vietnam and explore the country’s culture and delights on a deeper level than you ever thought possible. You can’t call yourself bad and bougie until you experience this Vietnamese expedition for yourself.
Do you hear that? That’s the sound of your taste buds singing after you savor the local street food culture, while you sip on a refreshing cocktail inspired by the colorful sunset whilst wowing over the history of these culturally diverse cities.
And you didn’t come snatched for nothin’! The pics you will snap of your melanin poppin’ as you walk across the Golden Bridge held up by its iconic giant stone hands will stunt the haters and shut down the internet. Ultimate Instagrammable moments await as you show off, living your very best life.
Whether you are soaking it all in on a luxury cruise, taking in the scenery in a cable car, or exploring the dynamic and culturally diverse cities, the breathtaking scenery and hospitality of Vietnam will leave you feeling blessed to experience the beauty of this one of a kind country.
Priceless moments with new friends, historical exploration, and a 5-star culinary experience awaits on your Up in the Air Life expedition to Vietnam.
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Here's your trip at a glance.
WHERE YOU'LL GO
From exploring the bustling cities to sailing the sea surrounded by towering limestone karsts, this trip will show you a land full of natural beauty and rich history. You will be able to check must-see sites like the War Remnants Museum, Halong Bay, the merchant houses of Hoi An, the Dragon Bridge, the Cu Chi tunnels, and Ba Na Hills Station off your bucket list.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
This trip is your chance to be classy, bougie, and a little ratchet. From embarking on delicious street food tours to 5-star dining experiences noshing on world-class dishes created by the finest chefs in Vietnam, get set to indulge in the full spectrum of this iconic multifaceted culture.
WHERE YOU'LL STAY
Our accommodations are over the top and after a long day exploring the city, finding the best deals in the markets, or challenging yourself on a Tai Chi session, you'll relax in luxurious hotels inspired by colonial elegance. The lavish beachfront villa designed to bring peace to the discerning traveler, is sure to take your breath away. Only the best for Lifers!
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THIS TRIP IS FOR YOU, IF:
THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU, IF:
Welcome to Vietnam!
Arrive at Ho Chi Minh (SGN), Vietnam, and join the group for a private transfer to your hotel.
You’ll check in to your 5-star deluxe hotel and unwind after the long flight. The day is yours to relax or explore the bustling city of Old Saigon. We recommend a visit to the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace for a lesson in Vietnamese history. Or take the time to wander around the neighborhood, taking in the local sights and sounds.
In the evening, we will connect to kick off our Old Saigon experience with a three-course welcome dinner paired with wine. We’ll indulge in dishes that have made Southern Vietnamese cuisine famous in a world-class restaurant.
Our welcome dinners are the best time to connect with your new travel buddies over bubbly and tasty local flavors.
Rise and shine traveler!
After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, our journey begins with a full day of Vietnamese history & culture.
Today, we’ll explore the historic Cu Chi Tunnels. These underground pathways were used during the Vietnam War, and now form part of the local culture. A must-see site in the region.
Later, we’ll take a cruise along the Mekong Delta where we will taste local specialties, interact with villagers, and discover local markets.
For lunch, we’ll indulge in a delicious Vietnamese meal that will have your taste buds firing. There’s nothing quite like these local flavors.
We know the last two days have been a busy and exciting start to your Vietnamese adventure, which is why the morning is yours to do as you please.
We didn’t put you up at a 5-star hotel for nothing! Use the morning to sleep in, rest, relax and enjoy the comforts of this world-class accommodation.
If lazing the morning away ain’t your thing, then feel free to explore the streets of the old quarter, maybe have a cup of local coffee, enjoy a healthy bowl of bun Rieu Cua (crab soup and noodles), and shop your way through getting exotic souvenirs.
Later in the evening, we will gather and head to the cosmopolitan district of Tây Hô; known for its gastronomic delights and night scene bustling with trendy bistros and bougie restaurants.
We’ll take in the flourishing artistic panorama of the city for our final dinner in Ho Chi Minh.
Today we’ll say “Tam biet” to the Old Saigon city and “Chao ban” to Hanoi.
After arriving at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, we’ll head to our deluxe accommodation in the heart of the city where the rest of the day is yours.
Spend the afternoon as you wish, uncovering Vietnam’s diverse capital city and its dynamic mix of old and new Asia.
Explore Hanoi’s Old Town or the French Quarter as you soak in the history of one of the most famous cities in the country.
In the evening, we will connect to share our thoughts and experiences over dinner as we once again enjoy delicious dishes paired with local and international wines.
After a sumptuous breakfast, pack your bags… because we’re off on a 2-day, 1 night journey to Halong Bay where you’ll cruise the seas in style on a luxury boat floating on emerald waters surrounded by towering limestone karsts.
This memorable experience will see you relaxing in the swimming pool, playing a round of mini-golf, exercising in the fitness studio or simply living it up on the deck, as you watch the magnificent sunset aboard this luxury yacht fit for a celeb.
In the evening, the chef will prepare a good ole fashioned BBQ that will make your tastebuds come alive.
Overnight, we’ll continue cruising through Con Vit Islet, Thumb Islet, and Gia Luan Harbor as you rest peacefully in your deluxe bedroom.
Today, enjoy your fellow early rises on the sundeck for a Tai Chi session before enjoying a light breakfast on the outdoor dining deck before we disembark and transfer to the airport.
Next stop… Da Nang; a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and magnificent Dragon bridge that lights up and spews fire at night.
Once we arrive, we’ll be whisked away to our boutique accommodation where we will settle in for a casual evening cocktail as we watch the sun set.
Enjoy your morning with a self-guided tour, before joining the group later this afternoon for a trip to the ancient town of Hoi An.
An UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999, Hoi An’s rich architecture reflects the influence of Chinese, Japanese, and French traders and offers up a truly eclectic mix in every nook and cranny.
Stroll through the atmospheric Old Town before tantalizing your palate with an authentic Vietnamese cooking class where you’ll learn how to shop for ingredients at a market, master local techniques and feast on your delicious culinary creation.
Today you’ll journey to Bà Nà Hill Station in the beautiful Truòng Són Mountains.
Ride aboard the world’s longest cable car as you take in breathtaking views as you make your way to the impressive Golden Bridge; a beautiful and elegantly designed bridge seemingly held up by two giant stone hands.
This will be a true Instagrammable moment, so come ready to pose for a snap or two.
Today we fly to Quoy Nhon to spend our last two days in the most luxurious secluded resort in Vietnam. The last part of your Vietnamese expedition is all about enjoying the subtle things and having a real “Treat Yo Self” moment. It’s time to indulge in pure relaxation and take a moment to recognize how far you’ve come and all your hard work to get you to where you are.
This beach resort is among the finest beach resorts in Asia, and is surrounded by mountains on three sides, overlooking the Bay of Quy Nhon. The view alone from your beautiful villa will leave you absolutely awe struck.
Spend the day lazing by the pool, snacking on gourmet street eats served by your butler or get your last hit of adventure by venturing out to explore the surrounding ruins, fisherman’s villages, and uninhabited islands just off the coast.
Today is your last full day in Vietnam and it’s yours to enjoy at your leisure.
Why not join a martial art class on the beach to get your blood-pumping, or master your culinary skills at a Vietnamese cooking class.
You could even join a heritage tour exploring the ancient ruins scattered throughout Binh Dinh or book in to enjoy a synchronized four-hand massage at the jungle spa; a natural sanctuary at the resort complete with signature treatments for you to step up your self-care.
Tonight, we say goodbye to one of the most relaxing and insightful experiences we’ve had at our farewell dinner.
Use this time to reflect on your journey with new friends and toast to the good life.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and short walk on the beach before our private transportation whisks you away to the airport where it’s home or onward to your next adventure.
No matter where you travel, our standards are the same.
YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO:
Connect with amazing people.
We provide the opportunity to make friendships with people who share your worldview and won't ask why you wear a bonnet to sleep.
and authentic hospitality.
Not only is the staff of Up in the Air Life dedicated to making sure your trip is flawlessly executed, but we are also intentional about choosing locales and vendors who celebrate Black travelers.
Be pampered with only the best.
There is no need to take a break from your baller lifestyle when you travel with us. Our lodging, excursions, and dining are pure luxury.
Feel safe and secure.
Our experienced American guides and well-maintained local relationships mean that you will have peace of mind when you travel with us.
Say "goodbye" to FOMO.
Our trips are anything but basic. While we make sure you see well-known main attractions, we also develop itineraries that will give you unique stories to share with your friends back home.
HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
The Vietnam Experience
What is included:
Our trips get you close to that Beyoncé-on-a-boat lifestyle. Let us handle your travel style glow up.
- Up In The Air Life On-site Tour Leader
- A Bon Voyage Group Video Call to review your trip live with the Up in the Air Life Team
- Concierge Support before your trip to assist you in Upgrading Your Room and Booking Optional Tours
- Concierge Support before your trip to book your spa appointments
- Concierge Support before your trip to book your restaurant reservations
- Up in the Air Life Private Concierge Chat during your trip for dining/spa reservations and more
- VIP meet + greet and private airport transfers
- 3 nights at a luxury 5-star hotel in Ho Chi Minh
- 1 night at a luxury 5-star hotel in Hanoi
- 1 night, 2 days Ha Long Bay luxury cruise
- 3 nights at a luxury 5-star hotel in Da Nang
- 2 nights in a luxury 5-star beach hotel
- Daily breakfast at the accommodations
- Intra-Country flights
- Experienced local English-speaking guides
- Transportation to all hosted activities
- A celebratory Bubbly Toast to kick off our trip
- Welcome Multi-course Dinner with wine pairings
- Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels
- Meet a rice paper producing family
- Lunch at traditional vietnamese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh
- Private Cruise and a BBQ Dinner on Saigon River
- Cruise down the Mekong Delta
- Lunch in an island in the Mekong Delta River
- Tuktuk ride with locals
- Southern Vietnamese Street Foodie Tour
- All meals are included aboard the luxury cruise through Ha Long Bay
- Welcome drink on boarding the yatch
- Cooking demonstration on board on the cruise deck
- Tai Chi session at the sun deck aboard the yacht
- Meet with the chef and head to a local market
- Start cruising to our cooking class spot, an island of the Thu Bon River
- Vietnamese Cooking Class
- Dinner on the traditional food crafted during the Cooking Class
- Premium Distillery Tour
- Cocktail Class and Dinner at the Distillery’s villa
- Sun World Ba Na Hill Station Tour
- Lunch during the Ba Na Hill Tour
- Take in panoramic views from the impressive Golden Bridge
- Farewell Multi-course Dinner with wine pairings
- Personalized hand-selected gifts in your Swag bag
What is not included:
We take care of all the details on your itinerary once you land. If you want to further personalize your experience, go off!
- Round-trip airfare to and from the destination
- Travel Medical Insurance Insurance (Please note this is required to attend the trip.)
- Room Upgrades are available for purchase after booking
- Optional tours are available for purchase after booking
- Tips for Tour Leader, Guides and Drivers
- Passport or Visa Processing Fees
- Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the time of travel with at least 2 free visa pages.
- Expenses for vaccines that may be required
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