Vietnam made an appearance on National Geographic Traveller's Hot List this year and was named a Destination to Watch by Condé Nast Traveller. With the hype set to continue in 2013, we recommend a trip before prices rise -- and at £1389 per person, this 13-night triple-centre escape does the trick.
The package, which regularly costs £2185, includes:
Start in Hanoi, Vietnam's exotic capital -- which marked its 1000th anniversary last year -- with a stay at the Sunway Hotel, 10 minutes from the Old Quarter. From there, sail around stunning Halong Bay, with its 3000 limestone islands, deserted sandy beaches and floating villages, on a luxury junk boat. The bay featured in the James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies".
Next, spend a week at the beachfront Centara Sandy Beach Non Nuoc Resort in Da Nang. Surrounded by green mountains and tropical gardens, the hotel offers a free shuttle service to Hoi An, the go-to place for tailored clothes. There are four UNESCO World Heritage Sites close to Da Nang.
In Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), where the trip finishes, we suggest a visit to the Củ Chi tunnels to see how the Viet Cong lived during the Vietnam War. The Oscar Saigon is a 5-minute drive from the sprawling Bến Thành Market, where you'll find everything from spices and handicrafts to Vietnamese coffee and street food stalls.
Depart on Tuesdays and Fridays from January-June; September-November, 2013.
Transfers are not included and are an extra £90 per person in total.
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