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!
Explore the day-by-day itinerary.
THIS TRIP IS FOR YOU, IF:
THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU, IF:
Welcome to Vietnam!
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 multi-course welcome dinner paired with wine. We’ll indulge in dishes that have made Southern Vietnamese cuisine famous in a world-class restaurant.
After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, today is a day of Vietnamese history & culture.
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.
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.
On the way we’ll meet a family producing rice paper. An opportunity to learn how this essential ingredient of Vietnamese gastronomy is made and to exchange a few stories with locals.
Tonight we will have a sunset dinner on a sail on the Saigon River.
This morning, we’ll have an early departure to take a cruise along the Mekong Delta where we will taste local specialties and interact with villagers.
The Mekong Delta is not simply a journey; it is a masterful tapestry of cultural encounters, serene landscapes, and intimate moments of luxury, woven together to create an experience as rich and unforgettable as the Delta itself.
For lunch we will take an adventurous journey in a Tuk Tuk like no other to connect with Locals and learn their way of living.
Today we’ll say “Tam biet” to the Old Saigon city and “Chao ban” to Hanoi.
After arriving 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 for a Southern Vietnamese Foodie Tour exploring the District of Tao.
As morning light filters through your suite’s window, the vibrant energy of Hanoi awaits you on your free day. In the sanctuary of your room, where luxury is woven into every detail, you are greeted with the promise of a day to shape as you wish.
Venturing out from the hotel’s grandeur, the storied streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter unfold before you—a mosaic of culture and history. The scent of street food, the kaleidoscope of silk and crafts, and the chorus of daily life invite exploration.
As dusk approaches, ascend to the hotel’s rooftop, where the cityscape is a backdrop to reflective moments over a bespoke cocktail, culminating your day of indulgent discovery and cultural immersion in this ancient yet ever-evolving metropolis.
After a sumptuous breakfast, pack your bags… because we’re off an overnight on 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.
Awaken to the gentle embrace of dawn as you join kindred spirits in the meditative flow of Tai Chi on a sundeck that overlooks the tranquil sea.
Next up is Da Nang, where the city’s heartbeat synchronizes with the ebb and flow of the waves, your retreat awaits—a harmonious blend of modern sophistication and intimate luxury nestled between the verdure of lush hills and the azure of the endless ocean.
As the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky in strokes of fiery oranges and pinks, you’ll find repose with a cocktail in hand, the ambiance of the coastal evening enveloping you in its balmy tranquility in the heart of Central Vietnam.
In the fresh morning air of Da Nang, you’ll join a local chef to explore a lively market, selecting vibrant ingredients for your cooking class. Under expert guidance, you’ll delve into Vietnam’s culinary traditions and cook up a storm.
Post cooking, enjoy the creations of your labor with a delightful lunch.
The afternoon takes you to the enchanting streets of Hoi An, a living museum of historical architecture, promising a seamless transition from culinary arts to cultural heritage.
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. We’ll indulge in a local lunch today to truly soak up the culture.
This will be a true Instagrammable moment, so come ready to pose for a snap or two.
On your final morning savor a leisurely breakfast with panoramic views of the sparkling East Sea, allowing the tranquil ambiance to etch a lasting memory.
With each step, the harmonious blend of luxury and natural beauty that defines this retreat affirms a silent promise to return.
No matter where you travel, our standards are the same.
YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO:
We provide the opportunity to make friendships with people who share your worldview and won't ask why you wear a bonnet to sleep.
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.
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.
Our experienced American guides and well-maintained local relationships mean that you will have peace of mind when you travel with us.
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
- 2 nights at a luxury 5-star hotel in Hanoi
- 1 night, 2 days Ha Long Bay luxury cruise
- 4 nights at a luxury 5-star hotel in Da Nang
- 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 a traditional Vietnamese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh
- Private Cruise and a BBQ Dinner on Saigon River
- Cruise down the Mekong Delta
- Lunch on 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 upon boarding the yacht
- Cooking demonstration on board 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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