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Let food be your guide on this enticing journey, where you will shop local markets with chefs and take private cooking classes all over the country so you can master regional flavors and dishes as diverse as cao lau and xoi. You will have plenty of time to explore vibrant Saigon and Hanoi, and to wander smaller historic towns such as Hoi An. You will eat at Vietnams most exceptional food destinations, including hip Vietnamese and French restaurants, glowing night markets, and humble food carts.
Amanoi chose the perfect spot for their first property in Vietnam. Set just on the edge of the Nui Chua National Park, Amanoi peers over the tree-line and looks out on the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of Vinh Hy Bay. Just reaching Amanoi is an experience. Guests drive through the beautiful National Park then climb a set of broad stairs to arrive at spectacular views of the boundless coastline.
There are no harsh divisions between wild and built spaces: open-air dining pavilions, an infinity pool that appears to touch the bay, and outdoor hidden spots for quiet moments, yoga practice or meditation epitomize this embrace of the natural setting. The 31 pavilions nod to traditional Vietnamese architecture with pagoda roofs, paper shades, open-work shutters and bamboo decks. The interiors are fresh and cooling with their blonde wood furnishings, inlaid floors, soaring ceilings and sense of openness.
Established in 1901, the grand dame of Hanois hotel scene has an energy all its own and a location that cannot be beat. It has played host to politicians, dignitaries, celebrities, and just about every other VIP that has spent time in the Paris of the East.
Built and designed to blend seamlessly into the existing landscape, this property epitomizes a sustainable luxurious aesthetic. Sitting on the bay, surrounded by intricate rock formations and miles of secluded beach, in villas meant to capture the traditional Vietnamese architectural style and made with locally sourced sustainable materials, guests feel an immediate sense of history and place.
Tradition is carried throughout the property in both style and experience; you can enjoy traditional bamboo massage, sip on tea grown in the on-site organic garden, spend a day with local fisherman learning an age old practice or relax in your deep soaking tub made of locally sourced wood in an immersive rock pool villa and take in the beautiful surroundings.
Located on the beautiful white sands of a private stretch of China Beach, the property is conveniently just 15 minutes from the ancient port town of Hoi An, an area that has, until now, been lacking a truly 5-star property. Spacious modern rooms and villas range in size from one to five bedrooms, each with its own landscaped garden and views of the South China Sea; many villas also have private plunge pools.
High ceilings, raised platforms, and floor-to-ceiling windows create a sense of airiness and space. When not lounging at one of the three pools or exploring Hoi An, guests can enjoy the world-class spa, gourmet cuisine served in two beautifully designed restaurants, and athletic facilities that include tennis, badminton, and basketball courts as well as a full gym.
With a prime location close to the iconic Opera House on Lam Son Square, the Park Hyatt Saigon combines the Park Hyatts signature high style with an elegant, traditional aesthetic. It has quickly become the premier property in Saigon and is the place to stay. The stylish rooms and suites all have flat screen televisions and marble-tiled bathrooms with a separate bath and rain shower area. There is also a full-service spa with seven treatment rooms, steam room, whirlpool and fully equipped fitness center. Three restaurants serve Italian, Vietnamese, and western cuisine; the Park Lounge has floor to ceiling windows, offering a perfect spot to sip a cocktail and admire the city view.
Start with four nights in vibrant Saigon, where you will indulge yourself at Vietnam's finest restaurants, enjoy some cultural touring, and attend private classes to learn the art of southern Vietnamese cooking.
Next, fly to Danang, where you will explore the charming town of Hoi An, and take a private cooking class. Next, drive along the coast to Hue for city touring and another exceptional private cooking class that emphasizes renowned Hue-style cuisine.
Fly to cosmopolitan Hanoi and absorb the sophistication of this northern city. Your trip will conclude with touring that includes visits to all the local sights, a morning market tour, and a performance of the famous water puppets.
This idyllic tour will take place in Vietnam, visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Danang, Hue, and Hanoi.
Vietnamese food is light and delicate, and its subtle nature is achieved through carefully chosen herbs and spices. This tour takes lovers of fine food and those curious to learn more about Vietnamese life and history to the country's cultural and culinary highlights. The tour features a number of cooking classes, trips to local markets, and meals at the most elegant Vietnamese and French restaurants in the country.
In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), you can check out the colonial architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral and Dong Khoi, the latter of which was the heart of French colonial life. Head to Cholon, the city's Chinatown, to experience its extensive market where you can purchase dried mushrooms, pottery, incense, chili paste, and much more at the Binh Tay Market.
For visitors looking to learn about Vietnamese history, consider a stop at the War Remnants Museum or the Reunification Palace, the latter still appearing as it did when a North Vietnamese tank stormed its gates in 1975. Visit with your private guide the Cu Chi tunnels, that demonstrate the hardship and the tenacity of the Vietnamese guerrilla fighters during the war and head later on to a service at the unique Cao Dai Temple.
In Hanoi, you are recommended to try a steaming bowl of pho, a delicious soup that is considered to be the national dish of Vietnam and watch Tai Chi practitioners in the early morning hours at Hoan Kiem Lake. Look over Vietnam travel information before heading to Hanoi and Absolute Travel will help you pick from a host of activities.
Whether you decide to stroll through the Old Quarter, where you can see the Bach Ma Temple; stroll up the wide boulevards of the French Quarter boasting the Opera House and History Museum; view the venerated embalmed body of Uncle Ho at Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum; visit the ancient Temple of Literature; wander the Fine Arts Museum, or simply attend a performance of water puppets - they are there to make sure your journey is seamless and enjoyable.
Join renowned artist, Boi Tran, for lunch at her garden home in the outskirts of Hue, intersected with hundred-year-old trees, lily ponds, and her stunning art, which graces the catalogs of Sothebys iconic catalogs.
Explore the eerie karst formations of northern Vietnam's Halong Bay during an enchanted kayak excursion on your tour of Vietnam and stop at Cat Ba National Park.
Please book your flight to arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). Absolute Travel will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.