Ho Chi Minh City will enthrall you with its energy and passion for life, from gorgeous Beaux Arts architecture to sleek skyscrapers; cutting edge fusion restaurants to hot and crusty baguettes sold along the tangle of streets. Yet amongst the developing skyline it is still possible to feel as if you are in the city of Graham Greene’s ‘The Quiet American’ as you walk around the historical grouping of French colonial hotels.
Known as the ‘Paris of the East’, embrace the ‘joie de vivre’ as you immerse yourself in the French influence of Hanoi. Established for over 1,000 years as a bustling marketplace, explore the 36 streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter – each street traditionally dedicated to a specific item such as silk or sugar. Long an inspiration for writers, poets, and painters, let yourself get lost in this dazzling labyrinth of hues and flavors.
Elegant and graceful, the port of Hoi An is a town destined to delight. The World Heritage-listed Old Town with its staggering collection of homes, temples and warehouses combine to make this a wonderful example of a perfectly preserved South East Asian trading port. Pay homage to the Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese traders that inhabited it for centuries and receive a rare glimpse into this timeless city that is yours for the taking.