• On Day 1 our 14-day itinerary begins in Saigon. We’ll be staying at the Myst Hotel for three nights with a detour for a welcome drink with Jimmy (and the spirit of Graham Greene) on the rooftops of the iconic Majestic Hotel and/or the Rex on the night of your arrival.

  • On Day 2 we’ll visit the former Presidential Palace, Ben Thanh Market, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Post Office (designed by Eiffel of tower fame) and the nearby ‘book street’. We’ll also take a stroll down Saigon’s splendid shopping streets of Dong Khoi (formerly  Rue Catinat which featured prominently in the Quiet American), and the pedestrianised “walking street” of Nguyen Hue, where classic French architecture meets modern style in some of your favourite designer stores.

  • Day 3 we take to the river to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels with lunch at a floating restaurant, and a guided tour hosted by Jimmy, one of Australia’s leading authorities on the tunnels and their significance. Firing a real live AK47 at the rifle range is, of course, optional. We return to Saigon for dinner at a local restaurant and (possibly) a show at the famous Opera House.

  • Day 4 we will leave Saigon to head along the Mekong Delta traveling along the small canals visiting weaving workshops to a coconut candy shop, then relax by the pool at the Riverside Guest House or take a bike ride under its shady fruit trees, along the peaceful alleys of Unicorn Island. A delicious dinner will be cooked for you, prepared with products from the hotel’s own organic garden and fish farm.

  • Day 5 we visit the Cai Be floating market early in the morning, then travel by boat through small canals surrounded shaded by thousands of coconut palms. We’ll also visit a fish farm on the way to a Cau Dai temple, stopping at a riverside restaurant for lunch before returning to Saigon by speedboat for the final night in your Saigon hotel.

  • Day 6 sees us flying to Da Nang where we’ll be driven to the Unesco World Heritage protected village of Hoi An for two nights at La Residencia.  On arrival Jimmy will take us to a tailor to get designer clothes made-to-measure overnight from the “look book” of international magazines. Hoi An does not feature in The Quiet American novel, but many of its traditional jetties were used in the 2001 Australian film, starring Michael Caine, to represent the Saigon docks where Pyle was lured. We’ll take a walk there en route to our restaurant for dinner.

  • Day 7 takes us to the food market to buy the ingredients that we will prepare at a private cooking class and enjoy for lunch before visiting the Phuc Keen Assembly Hall and the Pagoda Bridge built by Japanese craftsman who were part of a Japanese community of merchants active in Hoi An. There will be an alternative option to visit the ruined temples at My Son.  Later there will be a visit to the Tan Ky ancient house, before relaxing at La Residencia.

  • Day 8, after picking up the clothes you ordered, we fly to Hanoi to stay at the fabulous Sofitel Metropole Legend where Graham Greene completed The Quiet American. There are interesting walks that Jimmy can recommend and more tailors - specialists in copying your very favourite jacket or dress.  Hanoi, with its fusion of French and Vietnamese flavours and styles, is becoming a foodies’ mecca and dinner tonight is at a top restaurant with Jimmy.  

  • Day 9 is a full tour of Hanoi with visits to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the Presidential Gardens, the Temple of Literature and the notorious Hao Lo “Hanoi Hilton” prison.  As Vietnamese cuisine continues to take the world by storm, Hanoi is the leader in street food and this evening Jimmy will take us to the best spots with a local guide explaining the history of the dishes.

  • Day 10 sees us take off in a sea plane to Ha Long Bay to board our top-of-the-line luxury cruise boat for two nights of indulgence, enjoying Halong Bay with its fabulous, soaring islands. On board, as night falls, there’s entertainment, a cooking demonstration and drinks in Le Piano Bar before dinner.

  • Day 11, after breakfast on board, we explore Titov Island, the Tung Sau Pearl Farm and the Floating Village of Cua Van before dinner back on board our cruise boat. You can arrange an on-board massage to ease your weary limbs … or just order an extra cocktail at happy hour.

  • Day 12 we return to the marina and then by road to Hanoi through a Unesco World Heritage area where farmers still work their paddy fields using buffalo.  At night we’ll enjoy a unique dining experience in Rue La Vuong for the legendary Cha Ca La Vuong.

  • Day 13 you can explore the city at leisure on your own – Hanoi is a safe city that welcomes travellers - or take part in any additional tours you would like us to organise for you.  You can also pick up any clothes you ordered before a special farewell dinner with Jimmy’s local friends. Please contact us if you would like to know more about this eclectic itinerary!

Please contact us if you would like to know more about this eclectic itinerary! 

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