The Vietnam Experience

Trip Length

10 Days // 9 Nights

Trip Collection

HISTORY & CULTURE

Luxury Level

PREMIUM

Activity Level

HIGH

THE VIETNAM EXPERIENCE

HANOI // HALONG BAY // HOI AN // HO CHI MINH CITY

Up in the Air Life proudly presents a magical journey to the culturally diverse country of Vietnam. During your trip, you will cover the highlights of the northern, central, and southern regions of this magnificent country. From the incredible limestone formations and emerald waters of Halong Bay to the totally flat Mekong River Delta, the beautiful merchant houses of Hoi An to Old Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll fall in love with Vietnam’s wide array of sights and activities.

A land full of natural beauty, exotic dishes and amazing cultural subtleties.

MAY 7-16, 2021

DAY 1

Chao Ban! Welcome to Hanoi. You’ll arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) and transfer to your deluxe boutique accommodations in the heart of Hanoi. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.  Vietnam’s diverse capital city of Hanoi is a dynamic mix of old and new Asia. Explore Hanoi’s Old Town or French Quarter. In the evening we will connect to officially kick-off our 11 day Vietnamese experience with a meet & greet and savory welcome dinner.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2

Rise and shine! After a divine breakfast at the hotel, we’re taking to the streets on a cultural foodie walking tour! Street food is the heart and soul of many Southeast Asian countries and Vietnam is certainly one of them. We’ll stroll the streets of Hanoi Old Quarter where you will find local markets, rustic food joints and rickety food carts with plastic tables and stools. Vietnamese street food is simple and uncomplicated food that will beckon your tastebuds and sneak their way into your heart.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3

After a fantastic breakfast, pack up because we’re taking you on a 2 day, 1 night unique and memorable journey to HaLong Bay. You will cruise the seas in style on a luxury boat in the emerald waters surrounded by the towering limestone karsts. As you are welcomed on board the ship, you will be greeted with a refreshing welcome drink. You will have the chance to relax in the seasonal swimming pool, enjoy your time on the golf course, do the exercise at the fitness area, or simply watch the magnificent sunset.  

Indulge in gastronomic pleasures, explore the bay by kayak, take a dip in the emerald water, or treat yourself to a well deserved spa treatment. In the evening, the chef will prepare a good ole BBQ. We’ll continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet and Gia Luan harbor throughout the night, as you rest peacefully in your deluxe bedroom.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

Join the early risers on the sundeck for a Tai Chi session, or enjoy a light breakfast on the outdoor dining deck before we debark and transfer to the airport in Hanoi. We’ll arrive at Đà Nẵng International Airport. Da Nang is 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 accommodations. In the evening, we will gather for sunset cocktails.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5

Enjoy your free morning with a self-guided tour. Later this afternoon, we will take you to the ancient town of Hoi An. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. The rich architecture of this culturally diverse city reflects the influence of chinese, japanese, french traders. You’ll stroll through the atmospheric Hoi An Old Town and experience an authentic Vietnamese cooking class. You will learn how to shop for ingredients at a local market and feast on your delicious culinary creation.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6

Today you’ll journey to Bà Nà Hill Station in the beautiful Trường Sơn Mountains. Ride aboard the world’s longest cable car and get breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery as you make your way to the impressive Golden Bridge, beautifully elegant design of two giant stone hands seemingly holding the bridge aloft. This will be a true instagrammable moment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the airport in Da Nang for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). After checking in to our deluxe hotel.  Ho Chi Minh City is a modern metropolis buzzing with electrifying energy. The day is yours to unwind and relax or explore the bustling city of Old Saigon. Maybe visit the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace for a lesson in Vietnamese history and culture or wander around and try some delicious Vietnamese street food! In the evening we will connect to kick-off our Old Saigon experience with an evening of Southern Vietnamese street food. You’ll eat your way through the streets of Old Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh City) the way locals do. We’ll indulge in the dishes that have made Southern Vietnamese cuisine famous.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8

Rise and shine! Today our journey begins with a full day of Vietnamese history & culture. We’ll explore the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, these underground tunnels were used during the Vietnam War. We’ll cruise along the Mekong Delta, taste local specialties, interact with villagers and discover local markets. For lunch we’ll indulge in a scrumptious Vietnamese meal.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9

We know it’s been a long, adventurous journey. So we decided to let you sleep in today. The day is yours to explore the streets of the old quarter, have a coffee, enjoy a healthy bowl of bun rieu cua (crab soup and noodles) or shop for some souvenirs. Later in the evening we will gather and head to the cosmopolitan district of Tây Hồ. Known for its gastronomic and night scene with trendy bistros and many luxurious restaurants. We’ll take in the flourishing artistic panorama of the city for our Farewell Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10

On your last day in Vietnam, enjoy breakfast at your hotel and possibly some shopping, if you have time. Then make your way to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

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