20TH - 29TH MARCH 2020
2 FULL DAYS OF EATING, SHOPPING AND EXPLORING HANOI. WE'LL BE DISCOVERING THE BEST OF SUSTAINABLE FASHION, CRAFTS AND HOMEWARES SHOWCASED IN BEAUTIFUL CONCEPT STORES AND SHOWROOMS. WE'LL BE EXPERIENCING THE CONTRASTS IN VIETNAMESE CUISINE, FROM DELICIOUS HANOIAN STREET FOOD TO THE BEST OF MODERN VIETNAMESE AT A STUNNING LAKESIDE LOCATION.
ON DAY 2 WE'LL DELVE INTO THE SECRETS OF VIETNAMESE ETHICAL FASHION AT EXCLUSIVE EVENTS WITH VIETNAM'S FAVOURITE FASHION DESIGNERS.
ACCOMMODATION: 5 STAR APRICOT HOTEL, FRONTING HOAN KIEM LAKE
20th March 2020 Day 1 PM Welcome to Hanoi and Vietnam
Pick up from Hanoi International Airport. Check into Apricot Hotel, a 5 star luxurious hotel, situated on Hoan Kiem Lake, so central yet so peaceful.
Welcome: We can't wait to welcome you in the hotel restaurant for evening cocktails and canapes.
21st March 2020 DAY 2 AM Shopping the Streets of Hanoi Old Quarter
Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel - all Hanoi favourites as well as other international breakfast dishes available. Partake in a Cafe Sua Da - traditional Vietnamese Iced Coffee - the perfect start to a Hanoi day.
Guided Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, take in the atmosphere of early morning Hanoi where locals are out walking their dogs, older Hanoians are practising tai chi and city workers are grabbing a coffee by the lake before they head off for the day. We'll walk along the lake to the red Huc bridge that leads to Ngoc Son Temple, and learn about this most iconic site in Hanoi. Lots of photo opportunities here as we look across the lake and immerse ourselves in this captivating city of lakes
Then we'll start our shopping expedition in Hanoi: Concept Stores, Gift Stores, Designer Lacquerware and Fashion around the Old Quarter and the French Quarter are all on the agenda this morning.
Lunch - Hanoi is famed for its street food and there are specific dishes which are synonymous with the capital city. none more known worldwide than the ubiquitous Pho We'll eat at one of Anthony's Bourdain's favoured Pho (beef noodle soup) joints.
Day 2 PM Cultural and Historical Hanoi Highlights and Lakeside Dinner
We'll visit some uniquely Hanoian stores after lunch, then head to the historic Metropole Hotel for some photo opportunities.
Talking of history we'll take in the Vietnam Women's Museum later this afternoon. This excellent modern museum showcases the roles of women in Vietnamese society through its 54 ethnic community groups.
Mid-late afternoon - Some free time for you to further explore the streets of the Old Quarter, or perhaps relax by the rooftop pool.
Evening Drinks and Dinner will be at a sublime nearby location overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake, where the Hanoi locals go for modern Vietnamese cuisine. As we share memories of our first day in Vietnam's mesmorising capital city, we'll take in the stunning with a glass of wine in hand.
22nd March 2020 Day 3 AM Hanoi Street Food and Markets
Our Second Day in Hanoi will be an absolute treat. Probably best not to eat too much at the breakfast buffet this morning. as we're off on a Street Food and Market tour with a renowned Hanoian Chef. She will introduce us to her local market and some of her favourite eating haunts. When in Hanoi... we will finish the morning with a traditional Vietnamese coffee.
Then back to our hotel for a freshen up and change ready for a real change of scene - an afternoon of ethical fashion.
DAY 3 PM Ethical Fashion Events Tay Ho
Having spent the first half of the day experiencing the traditional side of Hanoi we will head to Tay Ho (or West Lake) for our exclusive shopping and fashion events. We'll be welcomed for afternoon tea at the showroom of an ethical fashion brand, and have our own private viewing of their latest clothing and accessories collection.
For more retail therapy we'll head to The Emporium, a curation of South-East Asian ethnic fashion, jewellery, accessories, handicrafts, textiles and art from Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao, Indonesia and Malaysia. Proudly an all women ethical business The Emporium's female staff enjoy excellent working conditions.
Then onto our secret destination for a very special event. We'll enjoy an exclusive experience at the showroom of Vietnam's favourite design team. We'll get to visit the workshop, located above the showroom to watch the small team of seamstresses create magic. We'll then create our own magic through block printing. We'll meet with the designers and hear how the city of Hanoi won their hearts and how, every day, it inspires their handcrafted creations.
W hat a way to end a truly unforgettable day. After we bid a fond farewell to West Lake, we will head back to the Old Quarter for a light dinner of Hanoi favourites.
WE'LL SPOIL OURSELVES IN BEACHSIDE LUXURY ACCOMMODATION IN HOI AN. WE'LL TAKE IN THE BEST OF HOI AN ART, FASHION AND DESIGN, AND LEARN HOW HOI AN BECAME A CENTRE FOR ARTISTS AND ARTISANS.
WE WILL CONTINUE OUR ODYSSEY OF VIETNAMESE CUISINE, TASTING UNIQUELY HOI AN DISHES, EATING AT OUR FAVOURITE HOI AN RESTAURANTS, AND LEARNING TO COOK VIETNAMESE AT THE RED BRIDGE COOKING SCHOOL. THERE WILL BE TIME SET ASIDE FOR PAMPERING AND BEACH RELAXATION
ACCOMMODATION: 5 STAR HOI AN BOUTIQUE RESORT, AN BANG BEACH
ART, FASHION, ARCHITECTURE, SCENERY, FOOD, BEACHES, STYLE AND LUXURY.
HOI AN HAS IT ALL
IN SAIGON WE'LL BE EATING WHERE THE LOCALS EAT, AND SHOPPING WHERE THE FASHIONABLE LOCALS SHOP. YOU'LL SEE AN UPMARKET SIDE TO SAIGON THAT MOST TOURISTS DON'T DISCOVER, AS WE HEAD TO DISTRICT 2 AND SHOP TILL WE "ALMOST" DROP AT ETHICAL BOUTIQUES AND GIFT STORES.
SAIGON IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S BEST GASTRONOMIC CITIES AND WE HAVE TO MAKE THE MOST OF THAT; WE'LL VENTURE OUT ON THE BACK OF SCOOTERS FOR A FOODIE'S ADVENTURE. THE FOLLOWING NIGHT WE'LL SPEND OUR FINAL DINNER TOGETHER AT A HIDDEN GEM, WHERE AN ACCLAIMED CHEF IS REINTERPRETING STREET FOOD WITH A MODERN TWIST.
ACCOMMODATION: 5 STAR SILVERLAND CHARNER HOTEL
27th March Day 7 AM Fly to Saigon and check into the charming Silverland Charner Hotel, inspired by Colonial Tea Houses
After breakfast we will leave Hoi An and fly from Danang to Vietnam's biggest and most modern city of Saigon, affectionately known as the Pearl of the East, or officially Ho Chi Minh City. Our driver will be waiting to take us from the airport through the bustling streets of Saigon to District One.
We'll have a light lunch in a pretty courtyard setting then check into the beautiful boutique hotel Silverland Charner. The hotel's charm will woo you as soon as you enter. The Silverland Charner is inspired by the tea houses of the French colonial era and exudes all the comforts and delights of a modern luxurious hotel. The hotel is located right in the thick of of District One, an oasis in a busy city.
Day 7 PM Saigon Explore the designer stores of District 1 before a truly memorable evening of Saigon Street Food
We'll be heading out from the hotel on foot to explore nearby Walking Street, and the local designer boutiques in surrounding streets of District One. A few hours of retail therapy and we'll be ready to indulge in Silverland Charner's afternoon tea, or a glass of something stronger if you prefer.
Evening There will be some free time for you to continue shopping, or relax, before the evening's foodie event. Get ready to hit the big city the way the locals do - yes on the back of a scooter (we can provide
a four wheeled alternative if required). We'll be heading out with our friends who will be showing us the best — and tastiest — bits of their city. Literally we'll be in Anthony Bourdain style low-plastic-stall foodie heaven.
28th March 2020 DAY 8 AM Saigon District 2 Concept Stores, Fashion Boutiques and Gift Shopping
Another Vietnamese luxurious hotel, another fantastic buffet breakfast! Judith chooses her hotels in Asia based on two things - location and breakfast buffet variety. The Silverland Charner buffet has the perfect mix of Western options and of course noodle soups, sushi and much more. Today would be a good day to really go to town on the buffet as we have a big day ahead.
Saigon is full of surprises and there is so much more to discover below the surface when you leave District One. Our driver will pick us up and drive us to District 2 for the ultimate in 'shop till you almost drop' days! Think sustainable beauty and perfume shops, modern ceramics showrooms, beautiful concept stores, fashion emporiums, and gorgeous little shopping squares with boutiques hidden away, all waiting to be discovered. Shopping heaven. We will of course have coffee and a lunch break between shopping. This is Vietnam after all!
Day 8 PM Saigon Afternoon Tea, Relax in 5 star luxury before dining at a favourite haunt of Saigon foodies where a top chef is creating innovative dishes with a modern take on Vietnamese cuisine
By mid afternoon, laden down with shopping bags and gifts, we will be ready to head back our District One base. As this is the last full day of the tour we'll celebrate this amazing journey with champagne and afternoon tea at the Silverland Charner. Time for a quick swim in the rooftop pool, a spa treatment perhaps or a sleep before our last dinner together.
29th March 2020 Day 9 AM Saigon Last morning to shop for Artisan Made crafts and Sustainable FashionAll amazing things do have to come to an end and this is the last day of Shop Eat Love Vietnam. After our last buffet breakfast we will wander back out through District One to the famous Ben Thanh Market (you have to see it!) then to one of our favourite shopping streets for those last minute purchases. If you love the Vietnamese brands showcased online at Temples and Markets you will absolutely adore the concept stores we'll visit this morning.
If you're staying on in Saigon we can offer optional extras e.g a boat trip on the Mekong perhaps or a trip to Chu Chi Tunnels. If it's time to say goodbye to Vietnam there will be private transfers to the airport. For those with late night departures, we can organise a share room for bag storage and pre-departure showers. Ask us for rates for this or for extra nights if you are staying longer!
EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK SAIGON IS CHANGING.
WHEN YOU TRAVEL WITH US YOU'LL FIND A TRULY MODERN AND VIBRANT CITY, A CITY FULL OF CONTRASTS.