Viet Nam is an up and coming haven of wonderful heavenly escapes. From idyllic beach-side locations, unique retreats and luxury cruise ships, to tranquil rural villages and forest lodges off the beaten track. During a 20-day tour Wellness Retreat Program with Vietspace Travel, we will take you to paradises of wellness throughout the region of Vietnam. A worthwhile escape to experience the cultural diversity from different regions as well as discovering the shrines to hide away within for that much needed breath and bring back into balance the mind, body and soul. Let us lead your way!
After breakfast, start a full day city tour to visit the capital of Vietnam.
You’ll see the cultural and historical highlights, comprising the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature – the Vietnam's first national university which was built in 1070 at the time of King Ly Thanh Tong, Ethnology Museum, Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
Overnight in Hanoi.
After breakfast, depart from hotel in Hanoi to Ky Son village.
Upon arrival, enjoy your welcome drink with local fresh green tea before exploring the local market and attending cooking class around noon time.
After lunch, enjoy hand spa section by having your fingers dipped in a fragrant lime bowl and the traditional herbal hand massage.
In the afternoon, your choice of 6km or 12km bicycle ride to explore the neighborhood, including a visit to Duong Lam ancient village (long ride), you can also participate in plowing or transplanting seedlings, harvesting rice with the farmers.
Steam bath with fragrant herbs after a long exciting day.
In the evening, observe Buddha worship and then enjoy your dinner.
Before bedtime, enjoy your foot bath in warm water with ginger, salt and mugwort medicinal herbs which will help your foot relax and bring you a deeper sleep after a long day.
Overnight at garden house homestay in Ky Son village.
Depart on shuttle bus to Lan Ha Bay via a country road lined with rice paddies and vegetable fields. Lan Ha bay belongs to Hai Phong province, adjacent to Ha Long Bay. With over 7,000 ha and about 400 islands and limestone covered with trees or vegetation, the landscape of Lan Ha are just as beautiful as those of Ha Long Bay.
Arrival at Lan Ha, check in on board and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons' teeth.
After lunch, you can take a bamboo row boat to visit Sang Toi cave, enjoy kayaking and swimming in the clear water until the sun sets on horizon line on the bay
Dinner and overnight on board.
Watch the calm and soothing landscape of the bay at night, try your hand-skill at squid fishing or watch a movie in the restaurant.
Rise to the sound of the ocean coming to life for another lovely day.
Upon completing breakfast, we continue our journey and head out to explore the bay further. Kayaking activities at Tra Bau area is held to discover the hidden charm of Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay.
Brunch on board and disembark around 11:30am.
Transfer back to Hanoi on shuttle bus. Overnight in Hanoi.
Spend your day relaxing by the beach and spa treatment at the resort.
At leisure for the rest of the day.
After breakfast, transfer to Hoi An little town, take a walk to the ancient town with visit Phuc Kien Chinese Assembly Hall, Tan Ky old House, Japanese Bridge.
In the afternoon, discover the art of making lanterns, you will have the opportunity to make your own lanterns along with the best wishes that pass through the process of making and bring home as one of the wonderful souvenirs from the trip.
Check in at your hotel and free time for personal exploration of this charming town at night.
In the morning, visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. You will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later on. Embark on a boat trip along the Hoi An River to the cooking school.
During the cooking class, you will be able to learn to use different herbs used in Vietnamese dishes, prepare the dishes by yourselves with demonstrations by cook chef and you will also get to know a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving for plate decoration.
Transfer back to hotel and enjoy your free time at the resort.
Leave Hoi An for Hue, Hai Van over Hai Van pass and admire the panoramic sea view from the top of the mountain.
Visit Khai Dinh’s tomb located at the hillside 10km from Hue. The monument is a synthesis of Vietnamese and European elements. Most of the tomb’s grandiose exterior is covered in blackened concrete, creating an unexpectedly Gothic air, while the interiors resemble an explosion of colorful mosaic.
In the afternoon, start visiting the Imperial Citadel which was constructed in 1802 by Gia Long - also known as the first Emperor who established the Nguyen dynasty and the Royal Fine Arts Museum where imperial past and arts of that era are being displayed
Transfer to hotel for installation. Free time in the evening.
Spend your day enjoy the nature with hot springs bath and other exciting activities at Alba Wellness Valley:
Start a your day visiting Ho Chi Minh City, also called as Saigon until 1975, the largest commercial city of Vietnam.
First discover the lively and dynamic city by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office - designed by Gustave Eiffel with a distinctive style of architecture. Continue to visit the Reunification Palace, known as the Independence Palace, “Ngoc Hoang” Temple (the Emperor of Jade).
Explore Ben Thanh market with plenty of delicious local dishes at food stores section of the market.
Transfer back to hotel and free time for dinner.
Depart toward Ben Tre and board on a boat trip from Hung Vuong Pier to discover real life and enjoy scenery in country.
Visit candy and manual coconut processing workshop. Get into Ben Tre large river, stop at few last existing bricklin in the southern to see how to make brick by hand.
After lunch, ride bicycle or take motor cart “xe lôi” on shady paths passing by rice fields and vegetable plains to visit wine rice making place, broom making and an ancient ceramic collector.
Take the road to Can Tho and embark on board for night cruise along Mekong River.
The boat gets out to the main river after as night falls, leaving the city behind.
Enjoy your dinner on board.
Participate with yoga section for the early risers to do a sweet Sun Salutation on the deck before breakfast.
Take the time to discover the boat and visit in the green by walking or cycling.
Lunch will be served while the boat turns into a century-old canal towards the greener reaches and meanders of Mang Thit.
As the heat of the afternoon begins to wane, you may like to go for a visit on shore.
In the evening, join the team to make bread off the Bassac's strand of sourdough – make the dough, shape it, and the baker on board will bake it for next day breakfast.
Dinner is served on the deck as the Bassac strolls to its anchoring point for the night.
Wake at your leisure. Breakfast will be served on the deck at your pace.
The Bassac sets sail upstream towards Cần Thơ, you may like to transfer to a large sampan for a visit to Phù Ly Pagoda, a Khmer Theravada pagoda, which take you to the middle of the morning
Lunch on board before getting back back to shore in Can Tho around 13:30
Upon arrival at Can Tho, free time to visit Can Tho market before transferring to airport for flight departure to Phu Quoc VCA/ PQC 17:40 - 18:35
Pick up by your chauffer and transfer to hotel. Installation and dinner at hotel.
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