Vietnam is "vibrant, traditional, food-obsessed, fashionable, iconic and romantic", says Travel + Leisure magazine -- that's quite a list for a small country in the corner of southeast Asia. Tours of the region are the best way to take it all in when you're short of time, but they're often at the backpacker end of the spectrum. With this gem, though, you can see Vietnam in style for £1439 per person.
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The trip begins in Hanoi at the Sheraton, which holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013. Be sure to stroll around nearby West Lake with a treat from one of the city's many French bakeries. While in Hanoi, you'll sail around Halong Bay on a luxury junk boat. Lonely Planet calls Halong Bay -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- "a vision of breathtaking beauty".
Next, spend a week in Hoi An, known for its top beaches and grand architecture. While there, head to the Old Town -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's 10 minutes from the hotel -- for tailor shops, Chinese temples and ancient teahouses. The beachfront Sunrise hotel has two bars, a spa, two swimming pools and two restaurants serving local dishes and fresh seafood.
The third and final stop is in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. "The city claims to have the best food in the country, and it deserves this title for its version of pho, the noodle soup most commonly served at breakfast," says Condé Nast Traveller -- try it at one of the many street food stalls dotted around the city. The Windsor Plaza Hotel won the Best Luxury Hotel Vietnam gong at the 2013 World Travel Awards and is in the historic Old Quarter.
The cruise on the Mekong Delta starts with a visit to the Cai Be floating market and then takes you deeper into the countryside, passing traditional houses and small farms. The trip includes lunch and dinner, plus a bike ride through local villages.
Depart on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 November-24 June, 2014.
Book transfers in each city for an extra £90 per person, in total.
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