Mountains to the Mekong Delta
On arrival in Hanoi, you’ll be met by a guide before transferring to your hotel. You'll be greeted by the blaring sound of horns and scooters which weave precariously in and out of traffic as you arrive in the city, but don't worry, after checking into your hotel you'll be left to unwind.
After a good rest and a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you’ll begin the day with a guided tour of Hanoi. First up, you'll see the Temple of Literature where you’ll learn about how it’s acted as both a university and Confucian temple throughout its intriguing history. Onwards to One Pillar Pagoda, an ancient site that’s one of the city’s most revered temples, before moving onto the nearby Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a monument in Hanoi to see locals paying homage to Ho Chi Minh, a historic figure of modern Vietnam who died in 1969. You’ll take a short walk to his house which sits on stilts, walking around the tranquil grounds and learning about his life and legacy. The last stop on the tour is at West Lake to take some snaps of the impressive sixth-century Tran Quoc Pagoda built from striking orange bricks.
The evening is yours to explore Hanoi before a final night at the Lapis – a nautical adventure awaits in the morning.
After breakfast, you’ll leave Hanoi on a four-hour drive to Halong Bay, a hotspot in northern Vietnam that’s famed for its limestone karsts, minuscule islets, and ethereal grottoes and caves surrounded by emerald waters. You’ll arrive at the jetty in Halong City, ready to board a small cruise ship. First thing's first, though – lunch. It’ll be served on-deck as you set sail, cruising towards the bay. In the afternoon, there’ll be the chance to disembark and explore the islands. The boat drops anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board before you retire to your smart and contemporary cabin for a night afloat.
After breakfast on-board, a full day of activities awaits. You’ll take a trip on a smaller boat to swim and kayak off quiet beaches and visit water tunnels and fishing villages. You’ll have lunch back on-board where you’ll spend one more night.
On Day 5, your ship will meander through the magnificent rock formations back to port. At Halong Bay, you’ll transfer to Hanoi airport for a short flight to Danang. You’ll be met at the airport and drive 90 minutes to the beachfront Angsana Hotel in Lang Co where your traveling comes to an end and you can properly relax.
The next three days are entirely yours. You’ll wake to a view of the Truong Son Mountains, perhaps inspired to take a hike through this majestic terrain? Golfers will have disappeared off to the Nick Faldo-designed Laguna Championship course, whilst history seekers will be making a beeline for the ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (one of three in the area). However tempting the local attractions are, it would be criminal not to spend some serious time on the beach, around the pool and in the hotel’s exceptional spa.
On your last day, you’ll transfer back to Danang airport for your flight home, feeling well and truly enlightened by a superb trip to unforgettable Vietnam.