In A Nutshell
Meet with local artists, curators, gallery owners and musicians. We also look at some of the traditional crafts that continue to play an important role in the cultural landscape, from water-puppetry to calligraphy and lacquer ware. Join us on this journey through the arts of Vietnam, for art lovers or those simply wanting a deeper immersion into contemporary Vietnamese culture.
Trip Highlights of Contemporary Vietnam – 11 Day Art Tour From Hanoi To Saigon
• Hanoi: visit selection of leading galleries & art venues
• Private visit to home-studio of a well known Vietnamese painter
• Cultural & architectural highlights of Hanoi & Old Quarter
• Ethereal beauty of Ha Long Bay seascape
• Cultural & architectural highlights of Hue, Imperial Capital of Vietnam
• Access to contemporary artists and traditional artisans in Hue & Hoi An
• Explore Ancient Town of Hoi An
• Specialist Art Tour of Saigon including access to a private art collection
• and more….
Day By Day
Hanoi is the Capital of Vietnam. Upon arrival at the Hanoi airport, our immigration representative will meet you as you disembark the plane. After clearing immigration, our representative will escort you to collect your luggage, and then on to meet you guide, who is waiting outside the arrival terminal. It’s about an hour’s transfer to you hotel downtown.
The first thing you’ll become aware of is the sheer number of motorcyclists in seemingly constant motion around town. About 92% of commuters travel by shared motorbike, sometimes carrying three of more people. Always keep your camera on hand as the traffic mayhem tends to offer fantastic photo opportunities!
Your guide will brief an orientation of the city along the way. Check into your hotel on arrival. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 02 Hanoi
After breakfast your local guide will meet you for a cultural tour of Hanoi’s highlights. You begin at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (entering HCM Mausoleum via front entrance with flowers); an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, where the embalmed body of “Uncle Ho” is at rest.
A short walk from the mausoleum is the lotus-like shaped One Pillar Pagoda, resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. Inside is a statue of the Goddess of Mercy with its legendary “thousand arms and thousand eyes”.
Wind your way on to the Temple of Literature, the first Confucian University for the sons of mandarins. Amongst the stone tablets, your guide will offer an overview of Hanoi culture and the ancient Vietnamese architecture of the temple.
Enjoy lunch at the Wild Lotus Restaurant, one of Vietnam’s finest establishments, Wild Lotus has been very tastefully designed and the architecture is almost as interesting as the food. With comfort and relaxation in mind, the designers have done a wonderful job using colors and shapes to create an environment into which one can immediately feel settled.
Afternoon, continue with a visit to the contemporary Vietnam Art Gallery. Living and working in Asia since 1982, with a lifelong commitment to working in the arts worldwide, Art Director Suzanne Lecht is recognized as a leading authority on contemporary art in Vietnam. Dedicated to discovering exceptional artists who are singular and passionate in their expression, Suzanne has been an advocate in educating the world about the arts of Vietnam. We visit her gallery in the vibrant new art zone of Hanoi, recently established in the centre of the old quarter.
After a refreshing beverage in a nearby art cafe, drive 30 minutes out of town to visit the studio-home of a well-known Vietnamese painter, sculptor and performance artist. Enjoy a cocktail reception and visit the exhibition on the ground floor of his wooden stilt house. Take a stroll around the lush garden scattered with sculptured artworks.
In the evening, share dinner with musician hosts in the privacy of their home. The husband is a flutist in the National Orchestra and his gracious wife a piano teacher. This is an opportunity to learn more about the local classical music and performance arts scene in Hanoi through your host’s experience. After the meal, they may even treat you to a melodious performance of flute and piano.
Overnight in Hanoi, Meals: Breakfast