Journeys to the East offers a wide range of bespoke experiences in Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia, including these examples
Bai Tu Long Bay
Halong Bay is rightly famed for its stunning karst landscape, which juts out of the flawless green sea. It’s also incredibly busy. Some 500 ships traverse the waters of Halong Bay every day. But Bai Tu Long Bay to the east offers equally stunning scenery and is visited by far fewer boats. That means you get the flawless islands to yourself, with only a few local fishermen to keep you company. After your night at sea, swap the tedious 3.5-hour car ride back to Hanoi for a 45-minute seaplane flight, which includes 15 minutes of sightseeing across the bay—another way to beat the crowds in style.
The remote northern province of Ha Giang is well off the usual tourist trails, but this mountainous region bordering China features stunning landscapes and fascinating culture, thanks to its population of the Hmong ethnic minority. Stay in the home of a Hmong family, sharing meals with a people still following a traditional way of life in the highlands.
Rice terraces in the hill country of Ha Giang woodlands