Luxury Vietnam Vacations & Tours
Luxury Vietnam Vacations & Tours
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Vietnam is pure exoticism. Whatever the mind conjures for a trip to southeast Asia – buzzing cities, atmospheric temples, delectable street food, idyllic white-sand beaches – it’s all here in Vietnam…and here in abundance.
In recent years Vietnam has exploded as an upmarket tourist destination. Once primarily a fixture on the southeast Asia backpacker circuit, it has lately seen a catalogue of high-end hotel openings, coupled with an emerging wealth of keen and knowledgeable guides, drivers, experience hosts, restauranteurs, hoteliers…all passionate about their home, and passionate to present it at its finest.
Many of course will have complex associations with Vietnam. You may have grown up in a time when Vietnam featured heavily on the nightly news – rarely if ever in a good light. The Vietnam of the past however bears no relation to the Vietnam of the present. Today it is fast becoming Asia’s next great ‘tiger economy’; its cities are vibrant hives of entrepreneurial activity, pulsating day and night, with a work-hard, play-hard mentality clear to see.
This stands in stark contrast to rural Vietnam. Head out of the cities to find stillness and tranquillity amongst emerald green rice terraces, karst hill ranges, and tropical backwaters. In northern Vietnamese rural destinations such as Sapa, Pu Luong, and Mai Chau you’ll also find a kaleidoscopic patchwork of hilltribe villages, each with distinct dress and dialect, often displaying a lifestyle which has experienced little change for centuries.
As to the future of Vietnam – it’s among the most dynamic and rapidly-developing nations on the planet, and continues to excite and surprise us here at UTC. All we can say is “go now” – Vietnam certainly won’t be waiting around for you.
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Luxury Vietnam Itineraries
Our specialists have spent years travelling and operating in Vietnam, and using their experience have created a series of sample itineraries, providing inspiration for your tailor-made trip. The routes offered below highlight Vietnam’s key destinations and experiences and also showcase how it can be combined with near neighbours Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.
Our trips are 100% bespoke and can be customized to suit – our aim is to curate the perfect itinerary for you, and with our friendly and knowledgeable specialists, we are confident we will.
Hanoi, Lan Ha Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City9 NightsFrom $2,950 PPTake in Vietnam’s highlights over nine nights from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, including an overnight cruise on Halong Bay.
Hanoi, Lan Ha Bay, Pu Luong, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City14 NightsFrom $4,180 PPCover all bases on this complete tour of Vietnam, taking in cities, rural scenes, cultural immersion, and exciting outdoor adventures.
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Phu Quoc11 NightsFrom $3,622 PPAn epic Vietnamese honeymoon combining exotic culture, thrilling outdoor adventure, and lush tropical scenery.
Hanoi, Lan Ha Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap11 NightsFrom $3,610 PPThis thrilling 11-night tour captures the very best of Vietnam with an extension to the mesmerizing temples of Angkor, located across the Mekong Delta in neighboring Cambodia.
Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap10 NightsFrom $4,234 PPTravel from Vietnam through to Cambodia on a stylish river cruise, building up to a big finish at the magnificent temples of Angkor.
Hanoi, Lan Ha Bay, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang14 NightsFrom $5,288 PPThis complete tour showcases the very best of former Indochina - Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Privately guided throughout, you’ll enjoy fine food, great hotels, fantastic hospitality, a treasure trove of unforgettable travel memories.
Your Private Vacations in Vietnam
The possibilities really are endless with Vietnam. There’s a lot of ground to cover and a consistently high level of accommodation and service in even the remotest corners of the country, so whether you’re focusing solely on Vietnam itself, or looking to use it as the centrepiece of a wider Indochina tour, the question isn’t where to go – it’s where to stop!
Choosing what to include in your luxury tour of Vietnam will largely depend on the pace of travel you prefer and how much time you have to do it in. A whistle-stop highlights tour– covering principal destinations Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City – could be completed in a short but sweet 10 days. A more complete tour – with the odd extra day in these destinations and also taking additional time to see more of culturally and scenically rich rural Vietnam – would demand around 14-16 days. Options to combine with neighbouring Cambodia or Laos are endless, are we really wouldn’t encourage trying to do too much – you can always come back again after all! – but a comprehensive Grand Tour of Indochina would be around three weeks.
Our specialists have put together a brief selection of sample tours, picking out the most efficient routes and highlighting some of our favourite hotels and experiences. This is the just the tip of the iceberg: whatever style of traveller you are, however long you’re planning to travel for, and whoever you’re travelling with, we’ll come up with an epic Vietnam tour to suit.
Best Hotels in Vietnam
Vietnam has an outstanding array of upmarket accommodation, both in key cities and in isolated locations way off the beaten path. We’ve picked out some our personal favourites below.
As a long, thin, coastal country Vietnam experiences quite a range of different microclimates, so picking a ‘best’ time to travel is not straightforward. For a complete tip-to-toe trip we’d recommend any time from late February through to early May. Read a month to month description in our guide when to visit Vietnam
A hard yes to this! Vietnam’s core destinations are not just alluring but inviting too. The Vietnamese are outstanding hosts, and flexible to the needs of families: guides can be hand-picked to complement young or older children, while hotel and restaurant staff will always be keen to make a fuss and ensure you get the best care throughout. Each of the principal destinations has sightseeing tours or activities catering directly for adventurous young explorers: cycling tours in Hue, village walks in the Mekong Delta, cooking classes in Hoi An – cherished family memories guaranteed. Vietnam’s unique climate really comes to fore for families too: it’s the only destination in Asia which can work for any school holidays year-round – basing trips around the central coast in summer, southern beaches in winter, and top-to-toe tours in spring or early autumn.
This debate will rage ad infinitum and will never reach its conclusion, but what we can absolutely confirm is that Vietnam will go toe-to-toe with any honeymoon destination on the planet. We find that most honeymooners are looking for a blend of adventure and opulence, and Vietnam certainly won’t disappoint in this respect. There are scores of fabulous accommodation choices: in the cities chic boutique bases for urban exploration, or out on the coast exclusive tropical escapes ticking all the usual honeymoon boxes – secluded beaches, plunge pool villas, butler service, and extensive spa menus.
Absolutely yes. Vietnam’s central coast contains several fine white sand beaches, including legendary former GI playground China Beach just south of Danang, and Cua Dai and An Bang beaches just outside Hoi An. Further south is Nha Trang, a busy resort city which has some good hotels within town or even better luxury retreats found in isolated coves further up and down the coast. Next stop south is Mui Ne, quieter and more laidback than Nha Trang, and a great base for adventure activities. Arguably though Vietnam’s most idyllic escapes are its offshore islands: rapidly-developing Phu Quoc, or sparsely-populated formal French penal colony Con Dao.
The region formerly known as French Indochina encompasses Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. With fluid borders and excellent transport links between the three – plus neighbouring Thailand – combination trips are easy to put together. All three nations claimed independence in the 1950s and each has experienced a unique and uniquely eventful journey into the present day; a trip to the region is an opportunity to experience these captivating destinations side-by-side, where you’ll quickly learn that while the culture and character of each is markedly different, all are equally compelling.
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