Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An & Hanoi, Vietnam
34°C / 94°F
Harmony Saigon Hotel & Spa
Harmony by name and harmony by nature, this elegant four-star property is located just a 10-minute walk from the popular Ben Thanh Market and is close by to popular attractions such as Saigon Square, the War Remnants Museum and Xa Loi Pagoda. Boasting modern décor throughout the property, the hotel offers 95 beautiful accommodation options that face the city centre and provide a wealth of amenities for your comfort and convenience. The stylish vibe continues with the likes of the spa lounge, the indoor pool, and the fitness centre while guests can ensure they’ll never go hungry with the number of on-site dining options. The Sky Restaurant is the main attraction, an upscale eatery located on the 12th floor for spectacular vistas of Ho Chi Minh City, and serves both international and local cuisine in a chic setting. Harmony Saigon Hotel & Spa also features a poolside bar and an indoor lounge in addition to serving a luxury high tea in the afternoon.
4-star Hoi An Silk Village, Hoi An
Built to resemble an old-fashioned silk village, this beautiful resort is a stunning meeting of traditional Vietnamese culture and modern luxury. Located in the UNESCO Heritage Site of the ancient seaside city of Hoi An, equidistant between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, this is the perfect place to discover the rich heritage of the country and its beautiful natural scenery. The spacious and air-conditioned guestrooms all feature large beds, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and private views of either the garden or the swimming pool. Tiled pathways crisscross the resort and lead to various exciting in-house facilities. Visit the spa centre, where numerous, traditional treatments and massages can be sought or lounge on one of the deck chairs in front of the large outdoor pool. Along the paths you’ll also be able to find a library, a bar with karaoke, a children’s club, a gift shop as well as tours to a silk farm, where you can watch a wonderful craft that has been perfected over the last score of centuries.
The resort also features a floating restaurant, where you can sample lots of tasty Vietnamese dishes in a spectacular and traditional setting. If you’re seeking to explore the city of Hoi An further, then you can either borrow bikes from the hotel, set out on foot or take a taxi. Just a short distance from the resort, you’ll find exotic, sugar-white beaches, where you can plunge into the azure waves or just soak up the sun. At night you can see the floating lanterns on the Hanoi River in the old part of the city and just enjoy a friendly part of the world where every corner hides something new and interesting.
Hanoi Capyso Hotel
Hanoi Calypso Hotel offers elegant accommodation in the shopping district of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Featuring free Wi-Fi and rooms with computers, it is a 5-minute stroll from Hoan Kiem Lake. Decorated in pleasant neutral shades, Calypso Hanoi's stylish air-conditioned rooms are fitted with classic wood furnishings and a flat-screen cable TV. An electric kettle and fridge are also provided. Hanoi Calypso Hotel is a 45-minute drive from Noi Bai International Airport and a 10-minute drive from Hanoi Train Station.
A country that has defiantly stood against empires for thousands of years, Vietnam has emerged from past centuries as a modern state where old traditions are very much kept alive in both the blossoming cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as in the villages and towns along the Tonkin Bay.
A place where the mighty Mekong River flows into the sea, where the great Ho Chi Minh City remains constantly awake, and where the gigantic network of the Cu Chi tunnels run underground as a stark reminder of the resilience and ingenuity of the Viet Cong during the war, your journey in Vietnam starts in the capital of Saigon. In Ho Chi Minh City visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the opera house, or tuck into a delicious portion of pho or a banh mi sandwich, before maybe going on a boat tour to explore the Mekong Delta.
An ancient town full of character and atmosphere, Hoi An was once a major port in Vietnam, vital to the country’s trade. You can still see its significance through grandiose architecture and a beautifully quaint riverside setting, which is almost completely free from the distracting buzz of nearby traffic. Culture drips out of Hoi An’s every pore, but essential spots to tick off are undoubtedly Tan Ky House, the Japanese Covered Bridge, and Hoi An Old Town.
While in the north, pay a visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Here old pagodas stand next to beautiful French-colonial buildings, interspersed with modern architecture, and visitors will find a city of friendly locals and full of interesting sites. Visit the Vietnamese Women’s Museum for an alternative perspective on the nation’s history, see the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum, where the freedom fighter and first president of Vietnam is buried, before heading to the Museum of Vietnamese History and the Hoa Lo Prison, which American POWs nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton. If after this heavy dose of history, you feel like escaping to something less bellicose, then catch a classic performance of water puppets or stroll along the banks of the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake.
Vietnam is a delightful and friendly myriad of sights and you’ll never to find yourself short of things to do here.