Two weeks to discover Vietnam and to reconnect with yourself. A slow and serene tour through the old charm of Hanoi, flowing slowly through the Red river delta, in serene countryside with stops at a temple, a rice paper making place or a local house. Banding along the harmonies of rice paddies. Discovering the Halong Bay on a spectacular cruise, starting the day mastering energy flows during a Tai Chi session while the sun rise, then enjoying a few days retreat relaxing pampering at the SPA, doing Tai Chi or Yoga to reconnect with the deeper part of yourself, on a pristine beach in a secluded coral bay boasting panoramic views across the Gulf of Thailand, in Phu Quoc. Visiting Vietnam with My Ideal Traveling will be like indulging in a long massage for the soul, where physical regeneration marries the reactivation of the mind but maintaining tranquility. Stress leave its place to the cult of silence, vigor coexists with relaxing suggestive scenarios where you breathe the energy of nature and the force of history. A Vietnam you wouldn’t expect.
Arrival in Hanoi and relax
Explore the railway of Hanoi giving you a wonderful opportunity to discover the real life of the city behind the main streets. Walk along the railway to see the local slow life, observe the food market and narrow alleys. You can also try our local train by taking a short train ride before ending the tour. The afternoon will be free at leisure
At about 6pm, you will be picked up by your Vespa driver guide for a very fun night out in Hanoi. Explore hidden local alleys and sample favorite local dishes from the popular street vendors or eateries known only to locals. Starting first with a refreshing lemon tea at a local street café before heading to a famous eatery serving delicious “Bun Cha”, grilled pork with rice vermicelli and spring rolls. Cruise around French Quarter for night photos of the Opera House before your next foodie stop to sample “Banh Xeo”, a Vietnamese savory pancake. Zipping through the bustling traffic, arrive at hidden alleys to sample different versions of Hanoian “Pho”, noodle soup with rice noodles. Your final stop of the night is a local bar for a night cap before your driver takes you back to hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi
Depart in the morning for Pu Luong Nature Reserve. On arrival, you will check-in and have lunch at Pu Luong. The afternoon activity will start with a walk along the rice terrace to Uoi Village (6km; 3 hours; level 1.5/5) discovering the peaceful life of Pu Luong, populated with Thai ethnic minority. Drive back to your overnight stay for relaxation. Enjoy the included dinner.
Overnight in Pu Luong
Wake up in the morning to the sounds of nature, as well as a great view of Pu Luong. After breakfast, drive to the Cham mountain stream where you will take a short walk with many bamboo water pumps scattered along the way before enjoying a slow journey on a bamboo raft. Return to the Pu Luong retreat for lunch. Free at your leisure to relax before driving to Mai Chau for your overnight stay.
Overnight in Mai Chau
After breakfast, take delight in biking through rice paddies in the Mai Chau Valley which is dotted with stilt houses. The ride provides opportunities for taking photos, visiting families and interacting with locals. On the return to your hotel, we will pass by the Vang Village of Mai Chau Town. Return to Hanoi after lunch in Mai Chau.
Drive through rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay. You will board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay while enjoying lunch. Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea.
Overnight on a junk
Spend the morning cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before returning to the wharf. Transfer to Noi Bai Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Saigon
Leave Ho Chi Minh City for Tien Giang province. Upon arrival, cross the river and cycle along the Cai Thia village path through serene countryside with stops at a temple, a rice paper making place, and a local house. Board your boat and have your lunch while cruising to Binh Hoa Phuoc Island to take a sampan ride around small creeks before getting to your home stay. On arrival, the host will welcome you. In the afternoon, you can relax or walk around the islet. Take part in dinner preparation with the host.
Overnight home stay at Ut Trinh
After breakfast, begin cycling around the islet, passing orchards, the local market, schools and other small villages. Then take a boat trip to Vinh Long including a visit to the town market before transferring directly to Can Tho airport for taking flight to Phu Quoc.
Arrive in Phu Quoc and transfer without guide from airport to resort. Rest of the day is free.
Wellness retreat. Relax and pamper