Vietnam by Day

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For a day spent ashore enjoying the delights of Vietnam, these are the places to be pampered, the sights to see, the shopping districts to delve into, the activities to indulge in, and the gourmet treats to discover.

Pampering
La Residence
Housed within the former Governor’s mansion in the old Vietnamese capital of Hue, La Residence is a sumptuous bastion of elegance and refinement. Set beside the Perfume River, this beautiful white structure with two wings embracing a lush garden and inviting pool has been newly refurbished in a chic art deco style. The suites are indulgent in their amenities and all the furniture has been hand-made by expert craftsmen. The saltwater pool is pure heaven after a day in the jungle or on the tennis courts and the restaurant enjoys glorious views and serves exquisite traditional Vietnamese cuisine.


Six Senses Spa

Featuring an opulent open design and charmingly nestled beside a gentle waterfall that allows the rhythm of the waters to infuse throughout, the Six Senses Spa is one of gentle relaxation and luxurious rejuvenation. Making use of some special Vietnamese treatments together with an extensive menu of signature therapies and expert practitioners, this establishment offers a generous range of opportunities for holistic wellness.


Sights
Perfume Pagoda
Head two hours outside of Hanoi to the ambrosial Perfume Pagoda, a complex of temples built on limestone cliffs. Said to be named after the spring blossoms that scent the air, this is one of the most important Buddhist sites in Vietnam.


Halong Bay
To see the world’s most extensive karst seascapes, head to Halong Bay, 100 miles east of Hanoi. Part of a 580 square mile UNESCO World Heritage site, the 1,600 limestone islands and islets are breathtakingly beautiful as are the numerous sea caves and grottoes near the primeval Cat Ba island, whose shores protect the world’s rarest primate, the golden-headed langur.


Shopping
Hoan Kiem
For the best shopping in Hanoi, head to the Hoan Kiem district, in particular the Church Street boutiques and the smaller shops in the Old Quarter’s alleyways.


Nguyen Frères
This Hanoi boutique boasts fine antiques, quality reproductions and stylish silks, all attractively displayed in a beautiful two-storey shop projecting a sophisticated and appealing hybrid of Asian and European aesthetics.


Coco Silk
On the more traditional side of the market lies Coco Silk, a high-end shop selling silk garments for women and men. Contemporary looks are teased out of traditional Vietnamese styles, and enthusiasts can also shop for embroidered curtains, handbags and shoes in this bustling Hanoi shop.


Gaya
Representing some of Southeast Asia’s top designers, from clothes to furniture, this Ho Chi Minh City boutique is unmissable. This is the ultimate in one-stop shopping for re-vamping your wardrobe as well as your sitting room.


Activities
Mekong Delta
Head to the fertile Mekong Delta just two hour’s north of Saigon, where the landscapes melt into a water land of rivers and rice paddies. Cruise along the historic canals or follow along the riverside cycle paths for an unforgettable outdoor experience.


Con Dao Islands
Diving enthusiasts and avid naturalists will adore the islands 150 miles south of Ho Chi Ming City known as the Con Dao Islands. Once an infamous penal colony, it is now considered Vietnam’s most pristine island ecosystem with its 270 coral species, giant clams, endangered Dugongs as well as green and hawksbill sea turtles. Whether you prefer to trek the mountainous, 29 square mile Con Dao National Park or dive into the rich sea waters, you will be assured of getting the best of Vietnam when you come to this region.


Bites
La
This Hanoi bistro enjoys an ardent neighborhood following for its innovative comfort food, delicious ambience and its proximity to the boutiques of the Church Quarter. The small establishment of ten tables offers a ranging menu of German-style dishes to Asia-inspired flavours, all of them delicious.

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