Lovebirds who love the ideas of pristine beaches, fantastic cuisine, and high-end resorts will meet their match in this country that’s also home to some of the region’s most breathtaking landscapes and authentic culture. Start your ultimate romantic trip in Hanoi - a bustling city with young people and dotted with old colonial architecture. It’s the birthplace of Pho, Egg Coffee as well as many zesty flavors. Spend two days cruising in awe at thousands of dramatic limestone islands in Halong Bay, honored by UNESCO World Heritage. From there, continue south to Saigon. Here, we’ll discover the distinct piece of Southern Vietnam cuisine at hands-on cooking class. Curious couple can ask billion questions while walking on the local market to buy ingredients. Behold the city with a new perspective from a sunset cruise on the Saigon River or from one of the best rooftop bars in the city. After two days in the busy city, we’ll embark on a traditional boat for bucolic scenery and authentic floating market on the Mekong Delta. Head to Six Senses Con Dao, located on most pristine beach of the country. This gem is a getaway of utra-luxury and calm, privacy and romance where you can pretend like you’re the only two people on Earth.
Welcome to Hanoi, a city of young people sprinkling with big trees and old French architecture. You’ll be transferred by private car with a guide to the opulent hotel in the heart of the city. Relax and explore Hanoi on your own. From the hotel, most of the city’s attractions are within a walking distance.
In the morning, you will pay a visit with guide and photographer to visit the most unmissable attractions in Hanoi including the Temple of Literature - the first university in Vietnam, Phung Hung for its beautiful mural paintings, unique railway street, and a historic cantilever bridge. Our photographer will show you how to tell a good story with pictures. He’ll also capture the most beautiful moments of you together in your very first days in Vietnam.
Relax in the afternoon before enjoying a romantic dinner at a graceful French-colonial style building.
This morning, we’ll drive a couple hours to the awe-inspiring Halong Bay where we’ll explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site on a luxury cruise boat. Take a visit to Thien Canh Son Cave, a magical wonderland of ancient suspended stalactites. After returning to the cruise, we can choose between kayaking, a massage or just relaxing to admire the beautiful sunset. A tea demonstration will take place on the sundeck, followed by a sumptuous a la carte menu for dinner on board before you retire to your cabin. Evening activities include Movie Night, Board Games or Squid Fishing in case you want to join.
Start our day with a traditional Vovinam session before visiting Vung Vieng fishing village, a settlement floating on the water and dating back hundreds of years. A local will row a bamboo boat to take us around their village and oyster pearl farming. In the afternoon, pass rice paddies and rolling hillside landscapes as we travel back to Hanoi. You’ll receive your photo albums as a nice gift of us before for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, you will be met by your local guide and a private driver and transferred to your hotel.
This morning, we’ll meet a local chef and start a visit to the local market where we can ask billion questions about Vietnamese culinary culture and ingredients that we’ll use in the cooking session. The chef will share with us cooking techniques and give us hands-on lesson, step by step clearly, so we can cook our own food. Taste our delicious creation for lunch.
In the afternoon, we’ll set off before dusk to take in Saigon’s sights and sounds. We’ll cruise on the winding canals to observe the bustling city, the local life along the river and visit a unique floating temple. Enjoy a selection of soft drink and snacks on board while watching the city slowly light up in the twilight and the sun dips below the horizon.
After arriving back to the pier, you’ll be transferred to one of the best rooftop bars in Saigon for dinner.
Today, we’ll drive to Ben Tre where we’ll board a boat for a cruise down the Mekong Delta. We’ll make several stops along the way, giving us a great chance to visit several local workshops where you can be able to try the activities yourself or sample local delights. A bike ride will follow, taking us through sprawling rice fields and peaceful countrysides, arriving at a local restaurant where we’ll savor delicious lunch.
In the afternoon, enjoy leisure cruise on a traditional sampan (small rowing boat) along the picturesque canal, between water coconut mangroves. Get back to our car to continue to Can Tho where we’ll spend the night.
Our morning in Can Tho will begin with a gentle trip in a sampan boat, taking in the authentic vibe and daily activities of small boat vendors who live along the Mekong River before reaching Cai Rang Floating Market - the largest in the entire Mekong Delta. Before cruising back to land, we’ll visit “Hu Tieu” workshop where you can see the locals make “Hu Tieu” - a kind of noodle that is very popular in the South of Vietnam - by hand and try doing by yourself.
Met our driver and guide to be transferred to the airport for the flight to the exotic yet untouched beach of Con Dao.
Free at leisure to enjoy the striking natural beauty of Con Dao. Isolated from the mainland, Con Dao island has an unhurried ambience. It is a cluster of 16 islet in the South China Sea, but only the main island, Con Son, is inhabited with a population of 6,000. Once hell on earth to thousands of political prisoners locked up by the French colonists and the American military, today the Con Dao is blissfully tranquil, prefect to honeymooners who want to look for a romantic getaway.
In the evening, dress nicely to enjoy a romantic candle-lit dinner on the beach with your toes in the sand under the twinkling light of starry sky.
Free at leisure to enjoy the charm of a classic island retreat of Six Senses Con Dao or explore gorgeous sandy beaches, rainforest, and healthy coral reefs of the tropical appeal.
Today you'll meet your driver to transfer to the airport for your flight back to Ho Chi Minh City. Then, connect with your return flight.
Tran Thuy (Judy), Exotic Voyages organized our 7-week tour of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia. She was so attentive to our every request. She followed our stated budget, made many changes to our itinerary (5 drafts) before issuing a detailed itinerary with all important details, ...
Tran Thuy (Judy), Exotic Voyages organized our 7-week tour of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia. She was so attentive to our every request. She followed our stated budget, made many changes to our itinerary (5 drafts) before issuing a detailed itinerary with all important details, contacts, times etc. etc. Even after we paid the full payment, she was quick to respond to any concerns we had. In addition, when we arrived at each destination, we received a letter indicating what times we would be picked up for various tours or to go to the airport. Evaluations were done throughout the journey and we were always met by someone at least 15 minutes prior to our pick-up time. It was so comforting to be met at the airport in-spite of numerous airplane delays. The guides all expressed how happy they were to work for Exotic Voyages. Special mention to some of the outstanding guides - Tukta in Thailand (did so many extra things for us - above and beyond her duties - very caring and made accommodations for us as needed); Mr. Thong in Lao, Mr. Buu, Hoi An, Sherry in Kaula Lumpur, Miss Pitsamai Lurthoo in Thailand. All the drivers were simply outstanding - always calm in-spite of difficult traffic conditions. We took 3 cooking sessions and they not only provided us with great food and how to prepare it but provided us with an opportunity to get to know the day to day experiences of the locals. To us this is what travel is all about - getting to know the locals. This was a journey of a lifetime. We would recommend Exotic Voyages highly and are very grateful to Thuy and the whole team for their efforts. We were provided with 24/7 emergency contacts for each country - we contact Mr. Mark in Thailand and he was so calm and reassuring in sorting out our problem.READ MORE
I recently returned from from my first solo vacation. Rose took my initial thoughts on what I was interested in doing in Vietnam and ran with it. I was very nervous about traveling by myself so far from home, but the team at EV was there with me every step of the way! EV made this trip so easy for ...
I recently returned from from my first solo vacation. Rose took my initial thoughts on what I was interested in doing in Vietnam and ran with it. I was very nervous about traveling by myself so far from home, but the team at EV was there with me every step of the way! EV made this trip so easy for me. From the moment Rose contacted me, every detail was taken care of. I didn't need to worry about anything. I felt very safe and taken care of. Their attention to detail is what made my trip so fantastic. If you have any interest in solo traveling, but are a little nervous about logistics, EV will put your mind at ease and give you a trip of a lifetime!READ MORE
Annie (Yen) Hong helped me plan a 10 day Vietnam trip with my son during August 2019. Annie was very professional, had great ideas and recommendations, and was extremely attentive to our needs both before and during out trip. While no trip goes off perfect, she was able to adjust to various issues ...
Annie (Yen) Hong helped me plan a 10 day Vietnam trip with my son during August 2019. Annie was very professional, had great ideas and recommendations, and was extremely attentive to our needs both before and during out trip. While no trip goes off perfect, she was able to adjust to various issues such as weather, and help make our trip great. I would definitely recommend using exotic voyages, and Annie in particular!READ MORE
This is the second time I've used EV and they did not disappoint! Back in 2012 they organised my whole trip - hotels/drivers/flights/visas/guides etc. This time I used Air bnb for some of my trip and Annie helped me connect the dots. Annie was so helpful and understanding of my needs, she's very ...
This is the second time I've used EV and they did not disappoint! Back in 2012 they organised my whole trip - hotels/drivers/flights/visas/guides etc. This time I used Air bnb for some of my trip and Annie helped me connect the dots. Annie was so helpful and understanding of my needs, she's very patient! She really will help you create the trip you really want, her inside knowledge is absolutely golden and she was always on hand if I had any problems. She provided a really efficient safe and trust worthy service. All the services Annie recommended were highly professional and we were shielded from a lot of stress and harassment that foreigners can sometimes experience. We had a great trip and plan to returning next year. Hopefully Annie can help us organise that!READ MORE
We normally don't use travel agencies and prefer to do our own planning, but we decided to use Exotic for this trip because of how unfamiliar we were with the country. It was a great decision. Tran Hoa helped us from the planning stage, to choosing individual activities, and modifying our itinerary ...
We normally don't use travel agencies and prefer to do our own planning, but we decided to use Exotic for this trip because of how unfamiliar we were with the country. It was a great decision. Tran Hoa helped us from the planning stage, to choosing individual activities, and modifying our itinerary several times. During the trip we were always met on time by excellent guides, everything was as expected, and the quality and standards were always up to par. I would use them again and recommend them wholeheartedly.READ MORE
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