Experience Vietnam on a journey that takes you from cosmopolitan Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to the enchanting Hoi An and Hué, and the timeless Ha Long Bay, Mekong Delta, and tropical island of Phu Quoc. 

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 The breathtaking Ha Long Bay  Ha Long Bay  Skyline of Ho Chi Minh City at dusk  Residence of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi  The village of Hoi An, a World Heritage site  Pavilion in Hue  Gate at the Imperial City, Hue  Floating market on the river  Throwing fishing nets along the river in Vietnam. Credit: Amanda Mack  Rice paddies in rural Vietnam  Women at a local market

Treasures of Vietnam: A Tailor-Made Journey

From Hanoi to the Mekong Delta

14 days from $5,515

Experience Vietnam on a journey that takes you from cosmopolitan Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to the enchanting Hoi An and Hué, and the timeless Ha Long Bay, Mekong Delta, and tropical island of Phu Quoc. 

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

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Silk Path Hotel Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

The Silk Path is well located for exploring the Old Quarter of Hanoi and the French Quarter, and for taking a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake. The guest rooms are well appointed and stylishly furnished although some of the deluxe rooms only have internal windows, which is common for many of the older buildings in the city. The hotel has a fresh, contemporary feel with a range of facilities, including several restaurants, a premium bar and a piano bar, a fitness center as well as a Jacuzzi on the top floor. The local government authorities have designated three pick-up and drop-off points for vehicles in the Old Quarter to avoid traffic congestion in the area. The Silk Path is conveniently located near to one of these official parking points and your guide will assist with luggage should you not be able to park immediately outside the hotel.

Number of nights: 2

Indochina Sails

Halong Bay, Vietnam

The four Indochina Sails vessels are custom-designed wooden junks combining classic 1930s Indochine style with modern comfort. All were built in Vietnam between 2007 and 2010 using local materials and craftsmen, with the gu huong wood adding to the ships’ character and charm. En suite cabins are tastefully decorated and offer air conditioning, Wi-fi, and large windows. Each vessel includes a restaurant, wooden sundeck, and a cozy bar.  

Number of nights: 1

Ancient House Resort

Hoi An, Vietnam

Situated by the banks of the Thu Bon river, the Ancient House Resort is modeled around the 200-year-old house of a Chinese merchant. The house itself is located at the back of the resort and the Vietnamese family who live there still produce around 200 kilograms of rice noodles in the house a day using traditional methods. The resort's 52 rooms are simple and elegant in design and most have a private balcony or terrace area overlooking the lush, tropical gardens.

There is a lovely, small swimming pool, providing welcome relief in the hotter months. The hotel provides a regular shuttle service to the Old Town, about a 20-minute walk away.

Number of nights: 3

Azerai La Residence Hue

Hue, Vietnam

Ideally located on the quiet banks of the Perfume River opposite the Imperial Palace, Azerai La Residence boasts outstanding views of both the Ancient Citadel and the Forbidden City. The modern hotel is built around an Art Deco villa that served as a seat of the French governors in the early 20th-century. Beautifully appointed rooms have every modern convenience, and some have private balconies. A riverside restaurant serves creative Vietnamese and European flavors, and other offers include an outdoor saltwater swimming pool, a fitness center, and an extensive spa offering a complete range of treatments.

Number of nights: 2

Aquari Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Situated in the heart of the lively District 1 neighborhood, within easy walking distance of the Opera House and Notre Dame Cathedral, the Aquari Hotel makes a great base for exploring Saigon. This modern property offers a range of comfortable rooms, some with great views over the Saigon River. Amenities include a restaurant, a café, and a fitness center.

Number of nights: 1

Victoria Can Tho

Can Tho, Vietnam

The Victoria Can Tho sits on the banks of the Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong, offering a lovely retreat in the bustling city of Can Tho. Blending Vietnamese décor and French colonial architecture, the hotel is spacious and inviting, with tastefully appointed rooms that look out on lush garden. The hotel has a central pool, flanked by restaurants and a handsome bar, and features wellness services and a boutique that sells locally made crafts. Bicycles are available for hire.

Number of nights: 1

La Veranda Resort

Pho Quoc, Vietnam

Nestled amid gardens on the edge of a beautiful beach, La Veranda is a 1920s French colonial-style mansion where wicker furniture, whirring ceiling fans, and breezy verandas create a magical air of times past. This relaxed and elegant resort offers a selection of rooms and villas decorated in a classic French colonial style, with mosaic floors, dark wood trim, four-poster beds, and private balconies with views of the lush gardens or the beach. The swimming pool forms a centrepiece to the gardens and a small spa offers a range of massages, wraps and scrubs. The restaurant serves Vietnamese, Asian and French cuisine, and you can opt to take your meal on a tiny white-sand island instead. La Veranda is close to a number of local bars and restaurants, which you can stroll to in the evening after spending the day unwinding in the sun.

Number of nights: 3

Tailor-Made Benefits

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

Vietnam: A New History
By: Goscha, Christopher
Understanding Vietnam (Philip E. Lilienthal Book.)
By: Jamieson, Neil L.
DK Eyewitness Vietnam: 2019 (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
The Vietnam War
By: Ward, Geoffrey, Burns, Kenneth

Also Recommended

Lonely Planet Vietnamese Phrasebook & Dictionary 8
By: Handicott, Ben
Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam
By: Fitzgerald, Frances
Vietnam: Rising Dragon
By: Hayton, Bill
Eating Viet Nam: Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table
By: Holliday, Graham
The River's Tale: A Year on the Mekong
By: Gargan, Edward
Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
By: Pham, Andrew X.
The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars
By: Pham, Andrew X.
The Quiet American (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
By: Greene, Graham
The Things They Carried
By: Tim O'Brien
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain: Stories
By: Butler, Robert Olen
Wildlife of Southeast Asia (Princeton Pocket Guides, 14)
By: Myers, Susan
Vietnam: A Natural History
By: Sterling, Eleanor Jane, Hurley, Martha Maud, Minh, Le Duc
The Vietnam War: The Definitive Illustrated History
By: DK
The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick - The Complete 18hrs 10 DVD Boxset
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
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