Discova Vietnam Destination Guide 2023/24

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Vietnam Destination Guide
Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam
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Bach Tran, Regional Manager Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar

Xin chao! My name is Bach and I’d like to welcome you to Vietnam.

Vietnam is incredibly diverse, and I believe it’s a great country for travelling; follow the 3,000-kilometre-long coastline and you’ll witness staggering rice terraces and limestone islands in the north, some of the world’s largest caves in the central regions, and stunning beaches and lush swampland in the south, with several buzzing cities and quaint towns along the way. A similar diversity can be found in Vietnam’s eclectic culture as well as in the range of flavours that make our cuisine world famous.


Climate & Weather Averages in Vietnam

The above are general indications and actual climate in Vietnam's regions may vary

Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate that varies between three regions.

Temperatures in Southern Vietnam are fairly constant all year round, with May to October usually being much wetter than the rest of the year. Whilst the rain comes at a similar time in the north, the winter months are much cooler in Hanoi, with temperatures dropping significantly in the far north between December to February. Central Vietnam, on the other hand, experiences hot and dry weather in the first half of the year, with higher rainfall and tropical storms arriving in September.

In general, there is no wrong time to visit the Southeast Asian country, but it’s worth keeping these weather variations in mind, especially if planning outdoor activities such as trekking. Travellers looking to explore the entire country in one trip are recommended to come in spring or autumn.

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Jan Destination Hanoi Central Vietnam Saigon Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Cold Temperatures can rise up to 20 ºC during the day, but can fall below 15 ºC at night. Warm Temperatures usually between 22 ºC and 32 ºC Hot Temperatures rise above 32 ºC Rain Regular rainfall with high humidity and temperatures usually between 25 ºC and 33 ºC

Things to Know



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Vietnam’s official currency is the Vietnamese dong (VND or ₫). ATMs that accept most debit and credit cards are available throughout the country. In addition, there are several places where USD can be exchanged, including banks, gold shops, and money exchange stalls. Banks also offer exchange services for other major foreign currencies such as EUR, UK GBP, and AUS.


When travelling to Vietnam, most foreign citizens are required to obtain a tourist visa in advance, which allows for either a 30day single entry or a 90-day multiple entry stay, except for a few nationalities who are exempted from the visa requirement and can stay for up to 15 days. There are two ways to obtain a visa: travellers arriving in Vietnam by air can apply for a Visa on Arrival (VOA) through a travel agent and receive an approval letter, which can be used to obtain the visa and entry stamp at the airport. This is the fastest and most cost-effective process, but it’s only available for those arriving by air at one of the six international airports. The other option is to apply for a visa through the Vietnamese embassy or consulate before travelling.

As travel policies can change frequently, it’s best to check the official government website for the latest regulations before visiting: www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn

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Experiencing local traditions


Vietnamese Lunar New Year is the country’s most important celebration. During the weeklong holiday – that usually takes place between January and February – Vietnamese people pay respect to their ancestors, clean and decorate their houses and welcome the new year together with their family over big meals. Note that during this time many tourist sites and businesses will be closed.

National Day

September 2nd marks the day when former president Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square, officially claiming the independence and sovereignty of Vietnam from France and Japan in 1945.

Reunification Day

On the 30th April, Vietnam commemorates the fall of Saigon and the end of the war in 1975.

Tam Giang Lagoon, Vietnam

“One place I recommend visiting is Tam Giang Lagoon. Located close to my hometown, Hue, it’s a little-visited but truly spectacular eco-tourism destination and the place where the region’s three largest rivers meet – making it the biggest lagoon in Vietnam. Besides a rich and diverse ecosystem, the massive water area is also home to local fishing communities who continue to employ traditional techniques.”

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Tonkin Cruise

Travellers can experience the traditional wooden Junks of Garden Bay Cruises, available in 10, 12, 13 and 14 cabins. Boasting Bay view rooms and a relaxed sundeck, guests can take part in BBQ dinners and long cruising routes through the remote Bai Tu Long Bay in Halong. Activities such as free kayaking and use of bamboo boats to visit Vung Vieng village are included in the cruise packages, alongside meals, tickets and insurance.


Responsible Travel Initiatives

ANIMONDIAL and Four Paws

We have an ongoing partnership and membership with ANIMONDIAL, a specialist consultancy that provides impartial advice to guide travel and tourism, and helps businesses improve animal and nature protection in their operations. In the past year we have supported their collaboration with Four Paws in Vietnam, who successfully initiated the ban of the ‘Dog and Cat Meat Trade’ in Hoi An in 2022, and continue to campaign for its ban throughout the country.

Social Enterprises...

...are an easy and sustainable way to give back to local communities. One such example in Vietnam is KOTO (Know One, Teach One) restaurant in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The social enterprise provides hospitality and life skills training to disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Your travellers can enjoy fantastic dining experiences and cooking classes here –through these bookings Discova will contribute an estimated USD 20,000 to KOTO’s revenue in 2023. Our Managing Director, Suyin Lee, is also incredibly passionate about this partnership, and donates a monthly scholarship fee for the education of one student.

Local Community

Our community-led tourism projects are designed to support the sustainable development of communities whilst allowing travellers to experience the local life of a destination in a meaningful way. In Mai Chau, northern Vietnam, years of collaboration have cumulated in one such successful project – watch the video here.

Protecting Children

The ChildSafe Movement trains individuals and organisations and provides them with the tools to protect children and youth. Your travellers can rest assured that they follow child safeguarding standards when they travel with Discova, and that all of our global staff are ChildSafe trained, from our tour guides right to our top management teams.

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What to Eat

Local flavours and delights

Pho Cuon

This adaptation of the famous noodle soup wraps lettuce, fried beef and coriander, in a roll of thick, uncut rice noodles. Served with delicious dipping sauce that mixes fish sauce, vinegar, garlic, green papaya and chilli, it is a worthy alternative to the traditional version.

Bun Cha

This popular dish consists of a plate of rice noodles (bun) and grilled minced meatballs or juicy pork belly (cha) in a bowl of sweet and sour dipping sauce. It’s usually accompanied by an array of fresh herbs for even better flavour.

Egg Coffee

The famous ‘Ca Phe Trung’ is a sweet and creamy concoction of Vietnamese robusta coffee, condensed milk, sugar and egg yolks. The ingredients are whipped into a frothy egg cream and layered onto freshly brewed coffee. A delicious and indulging afternoon pick-me-up!

“Vietnamese food is incredibly diverse, and each region has its own specialities. In Hue, try one of the Royal Cakes. These savoury specialties were formerly only served to the Emperors but now can be enjoyed by all.”

Explore Our Regions

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Hanoi & the North

Ha Long Bay & Surrounding Bays

Phu Quoc Island Hue & Central Vietnam Hoi An Saigon & the South Ho Chi Minh City Da Nang Vientiane LAOS CHINA THAILAND Gulf of Tonkin Hainan Island Gulf of Thailand CAMBODIA

Hanoi & the North

Lined with picturesque architecture, inundated by unyielding motorbikes and infused with the fragrant smells of street kitchens, the streets of Vietnam’s vibrant capital are equally enchanting as they are overwhelming. Hanoi’s history stretches back many centuries and testaments of its rich heritage can be found all over the city. Whilst ancient temples and churches are reminders of Chinese and French occupation, the Imperial Citadel and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are proud examples of the resilient Vietnamese people.

Home to the highest peak on the Indochinese peninsula, Fansipan Mountain, Vietnam’s North is characterised by its stunning natural scenery and vibrant hill tribe villages. A popular destination is the mountain town of Sapa, famous for its iconic rice terraces. In the far north are the soaring mountain peaks of Ha Giang and beautiful Ba Be Lake whilst south of the capital lies Ninh Binh, often dubbed ‘the Ha Long Bay on land’ thanks to its soaring limestone karsts.

“For a truly authentic experience in Northern Vietnam, I can recommend Da Bac. Not too far from Hanoi, it’s a great place for hiking as well as getting to know the locals from ethnic minority villages. It’s part of a community-based tourism project which means that visiting this region will support the local communities in a sustainable way.”

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1. Essence of Hanoi Tour Private Full Day

Guests explore the highlights and hidden gems of Hanoi with a guide. Included are the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and lunch in a traditional Hanoi restaurant. The highlight may be the stroll through the Old Quarter’s historic streets. Here your travellers will dscover Hanoi’s authentic charm with a walk through back alleys, peeking into temples and traditional houses, and meeting welcoming locals. The tour ends with Vietnamese coffee overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake and a water puppet show at Ngoc Son Temple.

2. Hanoi Street Eats

Savour the flavours of the North on an evening culinary exploration of the capital’s Old Quarter. Explore the labyrinth of alleyways and find out what makes Hanoi such an iconic gastronomic destination. Discover the tastes of classic Vietnamese food, including Pho and Banh Mi, wander through a bustling night market and observe the city come to life in the evening.

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The Discova Difference: Take clients away from the standard route of the Old Quarter so they can experience the city as a local would. No cyclos! We travel through the smallest alleyways and markets to get a behind-the-scenes view of the city.

3. Essence of Ninh Binh Tour Private

Guests embark on a day trip to Ninh Binh Province, known as “Halong Bay on land”. After a 2.5-hour drive, they switch to bicycles and explore the paddy fields en route to Van Long Reserve. Here they’ll learn about rice farming in Mai Trung and try traditional cooking in a local family home. After lunch and relaxed interaction with the hosts, they will take a short boat trip through the reserve for stunning photo opportunities.

4. Explore the Nature and Culture of Untouched Da Bac

Your travellers discover a truly authentic side to Vietnam with this three-day adventure to the remote Da Bac community-based tourism project. Here they explore two ethnic minority villages and gain insight into the local customs and traditions at a homestay. They can hike, kayak and swim through the untouched environment and leave this scenic region with a relaxed mind, new perspectives and unforgettable memories.

The Discova Difference: Your clients will experience the life of a farmer and enjoy truly special, authentic interaction with local people. The Discova Difference: Our specially designed program to this little-known destination offers truly authentic local experiences that promote responsible tourism as all activities and homestays are run by the local community with the guidance of an NGO.

Recommended Hotels in Hanoi & the North

Silk Path Hotel Hanoi

Nestled in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, Silk Path Luxury Hanoi affords discerning travellers an unrivaled way to explore all the attractions and culture that the city has to offer. The distinctly eclectic décor marries beautifully with all the modern facilities, creating a truly indulgent experience.

Hotel De la Coupole - MGallery Sapa

Guests meet an enchanting mix of haute couture and hilltribe style at Hotel de la Coupole, where they will find a unique nostalgia of the French Indochine era. Immersed in an authentic Vietnamese experience punctuated by picturesque beauty and cultural diversity, Coupole ushers in a new Golden Age for luxury travel in this once-forgotten mountain retreat.

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The Ann Hotel

The Ann is excellently located near all downtown attractions, just a 5-min walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, the Old Quarter and more. As one of the best 4-star hotels in Hanoi, the hotel offers dedicated services and gracious yet vibrant settings, making guests’ stay truly unforgettable. Tasteful, light and airy guest rooms are 30-36sqm, featuring elegant designs, modern technology and homely comforts.

Mai Chau Ecolodge

The Thai, H’mong and Dao ethnic tribes have left an indelible mark on the Vietnamese landscape and their traditions are beautifully celebrated at Mai Chau Ecolodge, one of Vietnam’s top-rated ecoaccommodations. The facilities, tours and workshops offered here give guests the chance to explore rural Vietnam and its incredible culture.

The Lapis

The Lapis Hotel is a tribute to classic French elegance, combining imported materials with local art, cuisine and warm hospitality. Its prime location offers guests easy access to parks, lakes, restaurants, offices, banks, embassies and ministries. Here they will enjoy a luxurious stay in one of Saigon’s most beautiful and historic areas.

Ninh Binh Legend

With over 10 years of establishment and development, Ninh Binh Legend Hotel is now known as a familiar and favourite resort destination. As Ninh Binh’s first 5-star hotel, it offers customers high-quality accommodation and leisure experiences and the opportunity to live every moment to the fullest.


Ha Long Bay & Surrounding Bays

Its translation – ‘Bay of the Descending Dragon’ – seems an apt description for the mythical seascape that is Ha Long Bay. Imagine a forest of foliage-topped limestone karsts rising from the emerald green waters and hidden among them are tiny coves, secret caves and traditional floating villages. The bay was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and thanks to its close location to Hanoi, makes for an easy weekend getaway from the capital.

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Bach Dang River Cong

Dao Hoang Tan

Dao Cat Hai

Ha Long

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Bai Tu Long Bay

Ha Long


Hang Trai

Lan Ha Bay

Dao Sau Nam

Dao Tra Ngo

Dao Ba Mun

Dao Tra Ban

Dao Thanh Lan

Dao Co To

Dao Quan Lan

Dao Ngoh Vung

Dao Phurong Hoang

Quan Dao Long Chau

South China Sea

3D2N Ha Long Bay Cruise

Recommended Hotels in Ha Long Bay & Surrounding Bays

Bhaya Legend Cruise

A boutique fleet of wooden boats from 1 to 5 cabins, Bhaya Legend offers travellers a fully personalised cruise experience in Halong Bay. Private cruising aboard Bhaya Legend allows guests to customize the route, pacing, and menus. Guests can also elevate their experience with options to set up lunch on the beach or dinner on the sundeck. A dedicated crew of 6 to 10 ensures that their every need and wishes are met. Perfect for couples, families and small groups to avoid busy tourist activities and explore Vietnam’s culture and Halong Bay’s wonders in true comfort and peace.

Calypso Paradise Elegance

The myth of Calypso has been inspirited into Calypso cruises. There are 20 luxury cabins on each cruise that are all finely equipped and exposed to the widest view of the Lan Ha Bay. A restaurant on each Calypso cruise features a feast for the senses and panoramic sundeck, allowing different activities within the beauty of Lan Ha Bay.

A sleek, modern vessel that fuses contemporary styling with Vietnamese design concepts, the Paradise Elegance is a meticulously designed steel boat that has reimagined luxury cruising on Halong Bay. Boasting a piano bar, day spa and wellness centre, butler service and the full range of dining options, the Elegance is a work of art, the experience exquisite, the journey flawless.

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The Au Co

One of the most elegant ships in Halong, The Au Co offers unique itineraries encompassing both Halong and Lan Ha bays during the 1-night and 2-night programs. Travellers will experience cycling through the forested island of Cat Ba to reach Viet Hai Village, exploring Trinh Nu area with Trinh Nu Cave and a secluded beach, swimming in crystal-clear water, and kayaking on gorgeous sea lakes. Activities on board include cooking competitions, sunrise Tai Chi and gourmet Vietnamese fusion meals with an exclusive traditional dance performance.

Dragon’s Pearl Junk

Dragon’s Pearl Junk were modeled on the traditional Chinese junks which sailed long ago. The boat features 10 cabins and 3 decks and provides an off the beaten track cruise experience to Bai Tu Long Bay with many interesting activities. This classic junk is ideal for parties for larger groups (up to 20 people) or corporate incentive groups.

La Muse Cruise

La Muse Cruise is the newest steel boat of the Indochina Junk Fleet. Mixing urban elegance and rustic charm, La Muse Cruise leans on Indochine style with two dining areas and an outdoor coffee lounge. The La Muse Cruise will serve full day tours and half-day tours around Bai Tu Long Bay.


Hue & Central Vietnam

Located on the banks of the gorgeous Perfume River, Hue has a long and illustrious history and is one of Vietnam’s most charming towns. There are several engaging activities in this beautiful part of the country; from contemplating the rambling ancient architecture to visiting the very famous imperial tombs of former emperors dotted all over the city, Hue welcomes all types of travellers in search of unique experiences.

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1. Local Crafts and Garden House Private Half Day

Visitors to Thanh Tien Village can learn to make ornate paper flowers, a craft that has been passed down for over 300 years. Their visit will help to support Backstreet Academy, a social enterprise that provides locals with additional income and recognition. Guests can also explore the Garden House, a 19th century Hue residence and listen to the owner share stories of his royal heritage.

2. Cycle Hue Phuoc Tich Village & Tam Giang Lagoon

Travellers explore a tranquil village and its serene streets, taking in its traditional houses and local culture. They’ll have the opportunity to sample traditional cuisine, and even learn to cook it! Afterwards, they can take a bike ride to the stunning Tam Giang Lagoon, soaking up the atmosphere and culture of the ancient villages, followed by a peaceful boat trip in the lagoon.

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The Discova Difference: Visitors to Thanh Tien Village can support local heritage and listen to unique stories a rare few have heard.

3. Hidden Hue

Travellers will explore some of the fantastic yet unknown landmarks of Hue on this unique half-day tour that most tours skip right over. Visitors can take in the undeniable architectural beauty of the religious temples before getting to experience some of the city’s local culture by visiting an artisan’s house. Finally, they can delight their tastebuds by trying some of Hue’s most famous specialty steam cakes at a local eatery.

4. Vegan Delights in Hue Cooking Class

Travellers can uncover Hue’s famous vegetarian cuisine through a cultural cooking class. Traditional techniques will be taught to create some of Vietnam’s best vegan dishes, using fresh ingredients. Cooking in a serene garden house, they will learn about the connections between food, culture, and spirituality in Vietnamese society.

The Discova Difference: A unique cooking class showcasing the essential elements of Hue Cuisine in a 500-year-old garden house.

Recommended Hotels in Hue & Central Vietnam

Vedana Lagoon

Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa offers a unique concept with stylish interior design in 27 hectares of land and lagoon. Each villa and bungalow has its own private sundeck and balcony with views of the lagoon or private garden. The resort’s highlight is its over-water bungalows, the first of its kind in Vietnam. Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa also offers a wellness experience.

Pilgrimage Village

Guests of Pilgrimage Village can enjoy a peaceful setting surrounded by lush gardens and easy access to historical landmarks and Hue City. The resort’s traditional style, modern art vibrancy, and soothing natural environment create a peaceful atmosphere for visitors to enjoy delicious meals, sound sleep and the tranquil countryside. The warm-hearted staff strive to make all feel at home.

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Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa

Nestled in the heart of the Imperial City, Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa blends the grandeur of European-style architecture with the enchanting allure of intricate Imperialstyle décor. The brand proudly owns An Hien - one of the most ancient garden houses, a hidden gem that promises an unparalleled and unforgettable immersion into history.

Azerai La Residence, Hue

Azerai La Residence sits on a 2.5-hectare site with 200 metres of Perfume River frontage. The 1930s colonial mansion was once the French Resident Superieure’s residence. It features art deco-style streamline moderne façade, horizontal lines and nautical flourishes. Its two wings are contemporary yet echo art deco elements, and embrace a tropical garden and salt-water pool.


Hoi An

Once an important trading port of Southeast Asia from the 15th to 19th centuries, the coastal town of Hoi An impresses visitors with its picturesque architecture. This city is very well known for its distinctive regional cuisine that blends centuries of cultural influences from East and Southeast Asia. Indigenous and foreign cultures merged to produce a unique heritage site that makes this port city one of the most atmospheric and delightful towns in Vietnam.

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1. Harmony Through Herbs: A Wellness Journey with a Herb Maestro

Travellers are invited to experience an extraordinary journey of wellness and transformation, guided by the expertise of a revered herb maestro. This unique program blends local herbs into every facet of the experience, from the captivating Herbal Infusion Ritual to the enlightening Herbal Remedies Workshop. Herbs go beyond culinary delights, offering profound holistic healing and rejuvenation.

2. Hoi An Untouched Beauty

Invite your guests to explore Hoi An’s untouched beauty by strolling down the hidden alleys off the tourist radar. Iconic symbols such as former merchants’ homes, colourful communal halls, and the Japanese Covered Bridge can be found here. A guide will take them down narrow lanes lined with traditional houses and introduce them to the house owners, offering a chance to experience the town’s history and culture and sample local desserts.

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The Discova Difference: Guests discover the awe-inspiring journey of transformative wellness, guided by the expertise of a revered herb maestro. The Discova Difference: Travellers uncover hidden experiences that have been preserved for centuries in Hoi An’s Old Town.

3. Hoi An Countryside Cycling

Travellers can enjoy a picturesque ride exploring Hoi An’s idyllic countryside on a bicycle. As they pass rows of rice paddy fields, they will reach Cam Thanh Village, where a local family will share their knowledge about their daily life. After that, they can hop into a bamboo basket boat and drift down the river and learn how to make a traditional lantern, Hoi An’s most iconic craft.

4. Local Life River Cruise

This afternoon boat tour in Hoi An shows off the captivating culture of the Thu Bon River. Guests will learn about the traditions and beliefs of local communities and get a glimpse of life in a nearby fishing village. They will get the chance to try traditional fishing techniques and, if lucky, catch some fish before reaching the river mouth that leads out to the sea.

Recommended Hotels in Hoi An

Allegro Hoi An. A Little Luxury Hotel & Spa

A five-star luxury hotel in the heart of Hoi An Ancient Town. Guests can enjoy the rhythm of local life or venture just 4.5 km east and discover pristine beaches with white sand and welcoming waters. The 94 stylish suites are beautifully designed and blended with Vietnamese heritage, perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Little Riverside.

A Luxury Hotel & Spa

Little Riverside is situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River, offering peaceful sunrises and fresh breezes from Hoi An. Its traditional Hoi An architectural style means guests can enjoy authentic elegance. Located near the city centre, it provides easy access to both main attractions and the countryside.

Little Hoi An. A Boutique Hotel & Spa

Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel & Spa offers a unique experience for travellers, situated in the heart of Hoi An with an unparalleled view of the Hoai River and the iconic Japanese Bridge. With two UNESCO World Heritage sites nearby, guests can enjoy cultural activities, shopping, dining, and architectural beauty.

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Silk Village

Nestled in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Silk Village Resort & Spa offers travellers the chance to explore Hoi An’s rich culture and age-old traditions. Guests can visit the Silk Museum, indulge in traditional spa treatments and enjoy luxurious accommodation. A living museum of the ancient silk craftmanship traditions, it is also ideally located in a quiet and peaceful area near major attractions and the beach.

Boutique Hoi An Resort

Guests of Boutique Hoi An Resort can explore the region’s rich heritage, savour authentic Vietnamese cuisine and hospitality, take a dip in the pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens, or indulge in a massage at the hotel spa. Private, beach-facing villas with large terraces offer the ultimate in relaxation and seclusion.

Hoi An Beach Resort

Just Hoi An Beach Resort, located just 4km from Ancient Town, offers a luxurious four-star experience on the bank of the De Vong River and Cua Dai Beach. Guests can enjoy a seaside view lobby, riverside restaurant, and spacious and elegant rooms with views of the tranquil river and lush garden. Traditional village design and unique culture make this resort the perfect destination for a vacation in Hoi An.

Hoi An Historic Hotel

Hoi An Historic Hotel has been a popular destination since its establishment in 1991. Guests of the hotel can enjoy spacious rooms and suites with high ceilings, natural light, and views of the lush gardens. With attentive service, world-class facilities and an ideal location, Hoi An Historic Hotel is the perfect getaway.


Recommended Hotels in Hoi An

Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery

Guests of Hotel Royal Hoi An-MGallery will be dazzled by its elegant decorations, intuitive design and fascinating love story, all set in a skillfully balanced mix of Japanese and Vietnamese cultures. Luxurious rooms and suites, a signature restaurant, The Deck Rooftop Bar, Woosah Spa & Fitness, modern meeting rooms and two stunning swimming pools will complete their stay right next to the charming Old Quarter.

Shining Riverside Hoi An Boutique and Spa

Surrounded by palm coconut trees, river and rice fields, Shining Riverside Hoi An Boutique & Spa offers a luxury in a peaceful atmosphere. The boutique property offers 81 modern and luxurious guest rooms with the elements of traditional Vietnamese blended in with the modernized influence in leisure and cultural inspirations.

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Saigon & the South

Vietnam’s largest and most populous city, Ho Chi Minh City has transformed from historic Saigon into a dynamic and modern metropolis, where historic landmarks across the city and beyond (Cu Chi Tunnels!) shed light on its tumultuous past. From Nha Trang to Phu Quoc Island, the southern coast is lined with popular beach destinations, whilst the labyrinth of rivers and rice paddies of the Mekong Delta has been given the nickname ‘rice bowl of Vietnam’.

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1. Saigon Craft Beer Tour

by Vespa

A chauffeur-driven vintage Vespa exploration of Ho Chi Minh City’s burgeoning craft beer scene. Whizzing through the bustling streets, travellers can visit everything from tiny establishments to large, well-recognised brands, sampling a plethora of craft beers and ciders whilst learning about the unique processes employed to produce the drinks. This promises to be a funfilled evening that shines a light on modern life in Saigon.

2. Cu Chi Tunnels by River

A day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to the Cu Chi Tunnels (via speedboat), an underground city where Viet Cong soldiers lived during the Vietnam War. Visitors to the tunnels will discover how the Viet Cong survived underground, and will be shown various man traps, bomb craters and other remnants of the infamous war. The trip will end with a visit to an organic farm to learn about its charming ‘farm-to-table’ concept.

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3. Local Life Experience and Dinner at Family’s Local Restaurant

Guests take a shuttle water bus along Saigon River to glimpse local life away from traffic on a unique mode of transport. At an old apartment complex, historic structures from 1975 contrast the modern cityscape. Here they can stroll around and learn about the area’s unique history, and afterwards enjoy dinner at a family’s riverside restaurant, taking in the view of the Saigon River.

4. Life and Taste Along the Mekong Delta

The journey begins with a 2-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh to the gateway of the Mekong Delta in My Tho. Upon arrival, travellers will take a motorized wooden sampan on the Mekong River to explore the Tan My and Thoi Son islands. Here they will interact with fishermen, learn about the fishing industry and see the numerous impressive floating fish-farms and houseboats. They will then switch to a rowing boat, cycle around the lush islands and visit a family to learn about the process of growing mushrooms. Other activities include seeing a local moonshine business, bee farm, and artistic craftworks, such as straw hats, water hyacinth baskets and bracelets.

The Discova Difference: Travellers can explore unseen corners of the city and experience a water shuttle bus ride, just like a local, to another side of the city. The Discova Difference: An authentic journey in an off-the-beaten-track area of the Mekong Delta, where visitors can witness the daily rituals of the locals up close.

Recommended Hotels in Saigon & the South


Blue Ocean Resort

Guests of Blue Ocean Resort can look forward to a rejuvenating holiday in Mui Ne. With a range of accommodations, a pool and ocean for swimming, and a beachside restaurant for sunset cocktails and meals, visitors can enjoy a massage, sunbathing and the sound of soothing waves.


Green Bay Phu Quoc Resort & Spa

Green Bay Phu Quoc Resort & Spa offers rustic luxury in Phu Quoc, from beach escapism and jungle wilderness to cooking classes and spa treatments. With three restaurants and a private island dinner option, they can enjoy a mix of local, farmto-table inspired cuisine, seafood specialities and western favourites. Kayaking, snorkelling and pepper plantation visits are also available.

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Hotel Grand Saigon

The over 90-year-old Hotel Grand Saigon embodies Ho Chi Minh’s unique history with its French colonial architecture, set against the beautiful backdrop of Saigon River. With 251 rooms, restaurants, rooftop lounge, bars and a range of recreational activities, it provides the perfect setting for a romantic and memorable stay.

SOL by Meliã Phu Quoc

Guests of Sol Phu Quoc can experience tropical pleasures for all the senses. Set on the stunning Truong Beach, guests can enjoy delicious cuisine, excellent services, and a spectacular infinity pool. Perfect for families, friends, or a romantic getaway, it offers something for everyone. Bali beds, cocktails, and the Body & Sol Spa guarantee a unique, memorable stay.


Recommended Hotels in Saigon & the South

Azerai Ke Ga Bay

Azerai Ke Ga Bay is a secluded oceanfront retreat, centrally positioned on a sweeping 5-kilometre white sand beach. The resort is framed to the east by Hon Ba Island with its historic lighthouse, and to the west by soaring sand dunes. Spacious pavilions open to outdoor terraces and gardens and feature muted tones, inspired by the hues of sand and granite from the local area, create an elegant, casual and private setting.

Azerai Can Tho

Azerai Can Tho is a peaceful retreat set on a lush islet on the Hau River and in the Mekong Delta with 60 Rooms and 5 Pool Villas accessible only by boat. Azerai Can Tho offers seclusion and privacy on a campus that is lush with greenery and mature banyan trees. Only 2.5 hours’ drive from Ho Chi Minh City, the resort is in the heart of the Can Tho city.

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Caravelle Saigon Hotel

Since its opening on Christmas Eve 1959, Caravelle Saigon has gained renown for being at the heart of everything important in this great city. Located in the city centre district 1, our luxury hotel is a short walk to iconic landmarks and locations, such as the Saigon Municipal Theatre, also known as the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, historic Dong Khoi Street, modern Nguyen Hue Walking Street, and the legendary Ben Thanh Market. Within its walls, our historical, vintage hotel has been at the centre of significant historic and cultural events as well, beginning with its original design hailed at the time as one of the tallest and most modern buildings of its kind in Vietnam.

An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay

Located on a secluded peninsula where natural surroundings create ultimate privacy and tranquility, An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay, a luxury beach resort in Vietnam, offers a private hideaway of sensory filled with rich experiences and intimacy. Infused with understated luxury, simple yet elegant, this serene sanctuary comprises 37 spacious, eco-friendly villas, representing the essence of the country’s heritage.


Incentive Travel & Corporate Retreats

Vietnam has become a popular destination for incentive travel and corporate retreats thanks to its breathtaking landscapes, stoic and rich history, and warm hospitality.


Danang is an up-and-coming destination for corporate travel and incentive breaks. Located in central Vietnam, it boasts breathtaking beaches, majestic mountains and a rich cultural heritage. Its modern infrastructure makes organising events and activities easy. Group experiences can include exploring the famous Marble Mountains, uncovering the secrets of charming nearby Hoi An and enjoying local cuisine, while world-class resorts provide fantastic team-building activities and workshops. The welcoming city offers a unique, inspiring setting with natural beauty, cultural discovery and modern amenities, making it ideal for businesses and organisations looking to reward employees and strengthen team dynamics.

Phan Thiet

This delightful seaside destination is quickly becoming a popular destination for corporate getaways. Its stunning beaches, clear blue waters, and picturesque sand dunes offer a unique blend of natural beauty and luxurious amenities. The city also boasts fresh seafood and world-class resorts, providing the perfect backdrop for team-building activities, workshops, and other corporate events. Whether you’re looking for a rewarding trip or a productive retreat, Phan Thiet has both the warmth and luxury of tropical paradise.

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Educational Opportunities

We ensure our innovative range of themed programs and educational tours for adults and students make a positive impact and provide opportunities for inspiration, exploration and learning.

In partnership with local communities, organisations and authorities, Discova’s educational travel experts have created two community-based tourism projects in Vietnam. The first project was set up in Mai Chau, North Vietnam, whilst the other was established in Vinh Long, a rural province in

the Mekong Delta in the South.

Home to different ethnic minority groups, both locations rely mostly on agriculture and belong to the poorest regions in the country. At both project sites, educational groups have access to a range of service-learning experiences and immersive activities that promote cultural exchange whilst ensuring the sustainable development of the community. All groups are accompanied by Discova’s facilitators, providing translation services and cultural guidance.

Community Health Promotion

In partnership with agencies, universities and local health authorities, Discova provides clinical placements for faculty-led medical and nursing students and professionals in Mai Chau, Hue and Vinh Long. Mobile clinics are conducted to control, protect and promote health through check-ups, vaccinations and health education. Medical groups work in the clinics to treat ailments under supervision of the local health care practitioners.

“To be able to learn and be shown the medical side of North Vietnam in the mountain area of Mai Chau but to also stay, learn some of the culture and have the local people welcome you into their homes and lives was truly humbling. From the time we landed in Hanoi until the time we left, we had the most amazing tour guides who at all times were professional, friendly, knowledgeable and more than welcoming.”

Belinda B.

Nursing student from North Metropolitan TAFE, who joined a two-week clinical nursing program in Mai Chau

Service Learning

At both Mai Chau and Vinh Long, educational travel groups can take part in a range of building projects, which have been carefully selected through a community needs analysis. In Mai Chau, groups have supported the community by helping build village infrastructure, whilst projects in Vinh Long were focused constructing houses for disadvantaged families. Discova’s educational experts provide wellinformed project management, ensuring groups contribute effectively to the development of the communities and donations benefit the projects directly.

“Everything ran perfectly! Every morning we got there all our equipment was laid out and locals were ready to help, this meant as soon as we turned up, we started working. There were water, snacks, gloves and face masks provided every day. I feel like the group got so much out of it as they physically got to see the improvement they made, making them work harder and motivating them to fund raise more money for next year. I was hugely impressed with this project phase and don’t think anything needs to change with it.”

Group Leader from a World Challenge Group

Joined a house building project in Vinh Long

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Cultural Immersion

From gaining a different perspective to being adaptive to different environments, there’s no better way to learn about a different culture than by immersing yourself into the community’s day-to-day life. At both project sites, educational groups can experience local lifestyles through homestays and a variety of cultural activities, that range from rice farming and hiking to cooking classes and hands-on craft workshops. The residents have been trained and financially supported to become service providers, creating additional revenue streams for the host communities.

Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam


33 Truc Bach Street

Truc Bach Ward

Ba Dinh District

Hanoi, Vietnam 100000

Tel: +84 24 3828 0702

Fax: +84 24 3826 9370

Ho Chi Minh City

Level 8, GB Building

78-80 CMT8 Street

Vo Thi Sau Ward

District 3, HCMC

+84 (028) 38208822

Hoi An

25 Dinh Tien Hoang

Tan An Ward

Hoi An, Quang Nam

+84 (028) 3820 9289


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