A journey to remember
Embark on the journey of a lifetime, starting in the north and slowly descending through the center and to the south of this exotic, compelling S-shaped country.
Like an artist mastering her style, an author finding her voice, or a chef flawlessly preparing her signature dish, Ms. Loan has invested countless hours in determining and polishing this - the consummate luxury tour of Vietnam.
Throughout the Signature Journey, you will savor the most delectable Vietnamese cuisine – one of the freshest and healthiest on the globe –in each of the country’s distinctive regions. You will encounter a welcoming, charismatic and purposeful people. You will wonder at an array of ancient monuments and other cultural attractions that reveal the history and soul of one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.
In Hanoi, explore the graceful French Quarter — its iconic Opera House, the wondrous History Museum and a captivating collection of 100-year old villas. Mount a “cyclo-pousse” and pass through the teeming Old Quarter’s narrow laneways to discover its hidden charms. Ms. Loan will welcome you into the magnificent villa she restored on West Lake for a sumptuous dinner and drinks, and usher you as well into the homes of prominent local artists to learn the stories behind their masterpieces.
Other highlights include a scenic flight from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay dotted with thousands of limestone karst islands, a home-stay in a quaint ethnic minority village among the Ha Giang Province’s misty mountains, and what will feel like time travel to a bygone era in the former imperial capital at Hue with its imposing Citadel, tombs and pagodas.
Just outside Hoi An, explore the ruins of the Champa Kingdom’s venerable temples dating from the 4th to the 10th century at the My Son Sanctuary. Zip through a sea of motorbikes in the streets of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) on a vintage Vespa. And soak up the mighty Mekong Delta’s river life as depicted in the novel L’Amant by Marguerite Duras.
While the intricacies of this journey amount to reams and reams of pages contributing to an overall unforgettable experience, you will, in a nutshell, experience authentic Vietnam at its most luxurious and at the very roots of its soul.