Behind The Scenes
Intimate and carefully curated day programs that enhance the travel experience.
Listen out for our sound bites at the Travel Insights section of each program, where a short narration by our experts provide additional, personal observations.
Saigon is not easy on the eye or the ear for most visitors and yet its frantic pace is intoxicating. We delve deep into it with a road journey on the back of a vintage vespa and stop at some of its more peaceful retreats from the outside world.
A half day exploration of Saigon's frantic streets and calming religious sites
Hanoi is blessed with a large architectural heritage from both its French and ethnic history. Here we wander the lesser visited streets in search of spontaniety and admire its hidden treasures and street culture that are not part of the tourist circuit.
A walking exploration of some of Hanoi's intriguing and lesser visited backstreets
The French left their indelible mark on Vietnam's history, culture, society and architecture. What finer way to explore its many influences than in a vintage French car? Our road journey visits and passes by some of Hanoi's most well preserved and beautiful French era buildings and hidden gems.
A half day program focusing on French architecture and cultural influence in Hanoi
Ninh Binh is a microcosim of all the authentic qualities of ancient Vietnam, from delightful old world pagodas, to elaborate churches and cathedrals to stunning vistas of a rugged landscape, we experience it all in one day.
A full day of limestone karst exploration and mass at Phat Diem Cathedral
Hue is filled with an array for rich cultural sites, some far more frequented than others. This day program merges some of the main drawcards with lesser known sites and is timed to ensure the experience is more intimate and rewarding. Adding in a longer river boat journey and a cycle ride through quite rural paths brings the visitor up close and personal to Hue's many riches.
A full day exploration of Hue's fabled tombs and the hills that surround them
A day filled with local experiences and insights that completely avoids the main commercial attractions of the city. Here we visit an outer district flower market, a hidden city temple, a community market, family run shops, garden cafes, a Buddhist centre and local suburban streets that are filled with daily life and activity. This is the real Saigon.
A half day exploration of Saigon's intriguing neighborhoods
Many of Hue's tourist attractions have been heavily restored, losing that sense of history and place. Here we take in pagodas, tombs and temples that are rich in heritage and spirituality to ensure visitors gain a far more insighful look into Hue's cultural past and present.
A full day adventure to the lesser known tombs and temples of Hue
Hanoi’s West Lake is beckoned to be explored. It is filled with a maze of lanes and paths that can only be navigated on foot or by bicycle, often leading to points of interest. Tai Chi in a renowned neighborhood pagoda, an impromptu stop at a small street market, or a look at the local art galleries and well to do residences in Hanoi's most 'user friendly' neighbourhood.
An afternoon cycling exploration around Hanoi's West Lake
Phong Nha is filled with over 300 caves and grottoes, many of which are still not explored or frequented by visitors. This is an adventurous day out to some of the more lesser visited caves and accessed via treks through the jungle, all the while surrounded by incredible scenery.
A full day exploring the lesser known caves at Phong Nha
One of Vietnam's most striking buildings and testament to the influence of European culture in Vietnam, this behind the scenes look at the inside of the building and its workings as a stage for the arts will add further appreciation of the country's cultural link to its past.
A private behind the scenes look at the Hanoi Opera House
The countryside of Hoi An is best seen in the late afternoon when the fields are a blaze of colour. Here we journey by vespa to a charming pagoda to hear the monks chant, followed by cocktails and a fusion meal at a villa tucked away among the rice fields.
A late afternoon excursion into the Hoi An countryside by vespa
See and experience the journey of Hoi An's culinary delights from birth to dining. Wander through farmland, cycle to a local market that sees very few tourists, take a boat journey through lush water coconut palms and finally create and craft several dishes at a cooking school on the banks of the river.
A culinary journey through the countryside of Hoi An
Saigon, for all its interest, is really confided to its central district for most visitors. And yet, beyond its boundaries lie interesting neighbourhoods with their own sophisticated culinary scene. One such neighbourhood is District 2, which we explore by speedboat and vespa.
An evening culinary trip to the outer district of Thao Dien by speedboat and vespa.