The area either side of the Opera House is the best place to stay. This is where you’ll find the Caravalle and Park Hyatt hotels. The executive club lounge at the Caravelle has lots to offer, but the bedrooms aren’t as luxurious as at the Park Hyatt. However, they’re still really comfortable and combined with a great pool, gym and all the added extras of the club lounge, the Caravelle is a very good hotel choice. Don’t forget to have a drink in the famous Saigon Saigon bar on the 9th floor.
You are of course spoilt for choice for dining out in Saigon. Two of my favorites were Nam Phan (34 Vo Van Tan St, District +84839333636), serving the most exquisite Vietnamese dishes, and Xu Restaurant, very conveniently located just round the corner from the Caravalle.
After the traveling frenzy between and in these bustling cities, it’s a great idea to end your trip with three to four days of utter peace and relaxation. The island of Phu Quoc is a one-hour flight south of Saigon. It’s gorgeous! The Chen Sea Centara Resort, (20 minutes north of the airport, but away from the busy Long Beach) has only 36 villas and is really tranquil. Opt for a Jacuzzi villa, but, as tempting as it is to just soak up your wonderful surroundings, do venture out one more time to see the vibrant night market.
So, ambitious but ‘doable’! An excellent 10-day Vietnam experience that I know you’ll really enjoy.
I would recommend the following split: Hanoi - 1night / Halong Bay - 2 nights / Da Nang & Hoi An - 3 nights/ Saigon – 1 night / Phu Quoc - 3nights.