Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Wake up early for one last Tai Chi class as you sail back to the marina. After a luxurious breakfast, enjoy a relaxing spa treatment before checking out and driving back to Hanoi through a Unesco conservation area where farmers still use buffalo to plough their fields and harvest rice by hand.
Back in Hanoi, we check in for our final night in Vietnam’s most luxurious hotel – the Sofitel Legend Metropole (above) where they still maintain the room where Graham Greene completed the Quiet American.
In the evening, depending on the wishes of the majority of guests, Jimmy will host a farewell dinner either at a fantastic new Hanoi restaurant or in the former Rue La Vuong for the legendary Cha Ca La Vuong – in the original restaurant that requires no menu because there is only one dish … a delicious fish and vegetable casserole. This was the dish that sustained the Viet Minh through the night as they plotted against the French.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel