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Our Vietnam

Colonial heritage...

French Colonial architecture abounds in Vietnam, from the beautiful opera houses in Hanoi and Saigon to art deco villas converted into hotels and restaurants.

Foodie heaven...

Vietnamese cooks are masters at balancing tastes (sweet, sour, salty, spicy) and textures (crunchy, slippery, chewy, tender), so that each bite is a mouth’s delight. Fresh herbs add color and fragrance.

Must experience...

Visiting a tailor in Hanoi or Hoi An to have clothes custom-made. Our favorite: ordering a bespoke silk ao dai, the elegant traditional dress of Vietnam.

Mornings in Hanoi...

Join the locals in early morning exercises around Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. We can arrange for private yoga or tai chi lessons with a master.

Favorite snack when walking around Saigon...

A banh mi sandwich (a baguette stuffed with cold cuts or tofu, pickled daikon, carrots, cilantro and chili sauce) from a local street cart.

When in Vietnam...

While away an hour or so in a cafe sipping Vietnamese coffee: espresso mixed with sweetened condensed milk and poured over ice.

Iconic image...

Dusk in Hoi An, when the soft glow of silk lanterns illuminates colonial-style buildings along the river.

Memorable experience...

Riding in a sampan through quiet canals in the Mekong Delta en route to a private orchard to taste different types of exotic fruit.

Consider...

An evening scooter tour of Saigon. Seated behind your expert driver, cruise in the cool night air past city landmarks, stopping to sample street food, Vietnamese coffee and live music.

Indulgent moment...

Melt into your lounge chair, cocktail in hand, while you receive a poolside massage at one of the country’s best beach resorts.

Insider experience...

Meet the patriarch of a lantern-making family at a beautiful Confucian temple in Hoi An. Watch him work, then create your own lantern to take home.

Don’t miss...

Visiting the royal tombs in Hue to be immersed in the history of the region and to view the gardens, traditional architecture, and decorative details like birds, flowers, and mythical creatures.

Local flavor...

Cao lau noodles are unique to Hoi An. Legend has it that the water used to make them must come from a specific well. They’re served with herbs, sliced pork and rice paper “cracklings” that stay magically crispy in the flavorful broth.

Watering holes...

Enjoy a cocktail in the atmospheric Bamboo Bar inside the Hotel Metropole Hanoi or in the beautiful Art Deco-style Le Gouverneur, the bar inside La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue.

Fine art...

The Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum in Saigon has a fantastic collection of contemporary pieces by Vietnamese artists.

Give back...

Vietnam is a great place to incorporate philanthropic activities into a tour. Contact us for details.

Cook with the experts...

Tour a local market with a chef, and then visit his or her home for a private Vietnamese cooking lesson.

Architectural gem...

The Reunification Palace in Saigon is a well-preserved showpiece of modern architecture that includes the sumptuous, Vietnamese-inflected interiors in the Lacquer Room.

For nature lovers...

Take a pair of binoculars on a visit the My Son temples and do some birdwatching on the forested paths.

History up close...

A private excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels near Saigon provides a fascinating look at the techniques used by the Viet Cong to survive underground during the Vietnam War.

Fun for families...

Have us arrange activities such as calligraphy or pottery lessons, visits to local farms, philanthropic experiences, kayaking on Halong Bay or biking in the countryside.

For culture lovers...

Consider visiting the Sapa region in northern Vietnam to visit hill tribe villages and markets

Romantic moments...

A luxurious overnight cruise on Halong Bay, surrounded by limestone karst scenery, or a private dinner on the beach near Hoi An.

Best shopping splurge...

Sending home a one-of-a-kind painting from one of Vietnam’s best contemporary art galleries.

Experience Our Vietnam.

Contact Artisans of Leisure to start planning a private, customized tour.

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Testimonials

Vietnam is a special and wonderful travel destination. Your connections and planning made it even more so. We extend our sincere thanks to you and your staff for another job well done.
~ D.M., Abington, PA

Everything in Vietnam was absolutely perfect! We will use you again without a doubt and are recommending your company to our friends.
~ S.A., Naples, FL

We can sum up our Vietnam trip in two words: fabulous and enlightening. We loved the country and the itinerary couldn’t have been more varied or interesting. We really appreciated your guidance on what we could skip and what we should definitely see. The guides were excellent and the hotels superb. Everything went seamlessly and we had an absolutely wonderful trip. We are big fans of Artisans of Leisure!
~ J.M., Bethlehem, PA

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