Embrace Vietnam’s Vibrant Art Scene
After years of growing tourism in Southeast Asia, it’s no longer just the scenery that leaves tourists speechless – it’s also the art. Paintings, sculptures, calligraphy, and more, are all thriving in Vietnam. You just have to know where to look.
Luckily, this trip is your insider’s ticket. Meet a calligrapher in his home, where you’ll sip tea, learn about his work, and try your hand at the handwritten art. Attend a cocktail reception at the home of a well-known painter and sculptor. Discuss art with the Art Director of the Vietnam Art Gallery. This trip is truly your way into the Vietnam art world.
It also combines the burgeoning art scene in Vietnam with experiences like visiting temples, staying on a boat on Halong Bay, and lounging at the most exclusive hotels. Enriched with the art, culture, history, and scenery that so embodies this country, you’ll find this trip to Vietnam to be insightful, opulent, and unforgettable.
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Arrive in Hanoi. Enjoy dinner on your own and rest up for the next day to truly start your journey.
After breakfast your local guide will meet you for a cultural tour of Hanoi’s highlights. After a trip to the beautiful Buddhist temple One Pillar Pagoda, continue with a visit to the Vietnam Art Gallery. Chat with Art Director Suzanne Lecht, a leading authority on contemporary art in Vietnam, to understand more about the gallery’s works promotion & exhibitions. Then visit the studio-home of a well-known Vietnamese painter, sculptor and performance artist. Enjoy a cocktail reception and enjoy the exhibition on the ground floor of his wooden stilt house. In the evening, visit the house of a musician couple for a home-cooked meal. Talk with the husband, a flutist in the National Orchestra, and his wife, a piano teacher. After the meal, listen a melodious performance from this musical duo.
Take this chance to explore the forgotten village of Cuu, once the North’s premier tailoring village during the French colonial period. Stop at a local house to engage in a casual talk with the host over a cup of tea before driving back to Hanoi. After lunch on your own, continue to explore different art galleries with your guide including Art Salon Natasha, Mai Hien’s, and Green Palm. Drive back to central Hanoi for a one-hour cyclo (three-wheeled bike taxi) ride. In the early evening, enjoy a performance of the uniquely Vietnamese art form of water-puppetry.
After breakfast, depart for Halong Bay. On arrival in Halong Bay, board your deluxe junk, settle into your cabin and prepare your appetite for an enjoyable lunch on deck. In mid-afternoon visit the mysterious Tien Ong cave, adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, and then continue to the Cua Van fishing village, the largest fishing community on the bay. Head back to the boat, participate in a cooking class with the chef, or enjoy sunset on the top deck before dinner.
Arrive at the jetty in late morning then transfer back to Hanoi. Board an air transfer from Hanoi to Hue. Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to 19th century. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its Royal charm.
Enjoy a home-hosted lunch at painter/chef Boi Tran’s residence. She is inspired by her magnificent garden, set at the most poetic and romantic hill of Hue city. Enamel (phap lam) plays a huge part in Vietnamese history. After becoming lost in existence after nearly 200 years, Hue people are starting to relive this traditional fine art. Meet with the artisan Mr. Triet Do, a famous expert at Enamel Hue. Take the opportunity to see the complete process of making a stunning Phap Lam product.
In a country ravaged by war, Hoi An managed to remain untouched, and as you wander the relatively traffic-free streets of this ancient seaport it is not hard to imagine yourself amidst the sailors and merchants of the 18th Century, when Hoi An was one of the busiest trading ports in Asia. You are free to wander Hoi An at your leisure today.
This morning, enjoy a walking tour around the ancient town center. Afterwards, visit the home of a lantern craftsman in the old streets of Hoi An for a brief introduction. Learn more about the history, shape, and color of the lanterns as well as the stages of production. Try to create your own lantern and produce your very own souvenir of your trip. After lunch at the Ancient Faifo Restaurant, drop by the private home of Mr. Nhan Do, an elderly man with passion for Vietnamese Calligraphy for a cup of tea. Then learn how to write it beautifully under his guidance.
This afternoon, you will join a passionate art specialist on a journey that takes a closer look at the major shifts in 20th and 21st century Vietnam through the eyes of artists from the grand halls of the HCMC Fine Art Museum to the fresh white spaces of leading contemporary art galleries. Later this afternoon, drive to the impressive studio of celebrated artist Helene Kling, in Saigon’s suburban District 2. Wander around her studio to contemplate her stunning artworks and antiques.
The Mekong Delta, south west of Saigon, is known as the rice bowl of Vietnam. Join a wooden boat excursion today on the charming Mekong Queen to explore the Mekong Delta’s unique market and also the symbol of the region, Cai Be floating market. Disembark the boat temporarily to explore deeper about the local life by visiting the town’s business and craft factories before we transfer you to an ancient Mandarin house where a delicious home hosted lunch with Mekong’s specialties awaits. Enjoy the evening in Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure.
To book this trip, visit Traveloti.