Destination Inspiration: Hong Kong and Vietnam

Are you looking for something unique, interesting and exciting for your next group program? At Carrousel we work with all types of clients - those who prefer to keep their group stateside, those who are just getting to know the all-inclusive value in Mexico or the Caribbean, or those who want an exciting and rare travel experience overseas. The design of the program will not only align with your business goals and objectives, but will focus in on the type of experience you want to create for your guests. Our goal is to create a memorable guest experience no matter where you take your program.

Take a look at a program we’ve developed for a very well-traveled group. This program includes adventure, history and, of course, awesome food!


This group will embark on a discovery of some of the most exotic, enchanting and enlightening locales of Hong Kong and Vietnam. We start at the edge of the South China Sea in Hong Kong, a city of many contrasts and one that owes its birth to opium. Ancient customs are deeply preserved and regarded alongside modern technology and some of the tallest skyscrapers found anywhere. The British may have handed Hong Kong back to the Chinese in 1997 but their influence is still evident today; from the Peninsula Hong Kong and its largest fleet of Rolls Royce to afternoon tea. We leave Hong Kong and travel deep into Vietnam’s history and its evolution into a youthful modern society. We start in the bustling capital city of Hanoi before going to the romantic seaside city of Danang. An optional overnight trip to mystical Halong Bay is also available.

Arrive and transfer to The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

At the edge of Victoria Harbor, the Peninsula Hotel is the Grande Dame of the East and the city’s oldest hotel. Sometimes being old has its perks – the hotel is among the world’s best and still sets standards worldwide. With eight award-wining restaurants and bars plus a sprawling spa, this is a slice of paradise in the heart of the city.

Welcome reception at The Peninsula Hotel


Whether served up at a roadside stall or in an upscale restaurant, the cuisine in Vietnam is very distinct and quite unforgettable. Dishes often include fragrant fresh herbs, plenty of noodles or rice and a balance of salty, sweet, sour and sometimes spicy. Pho and banh mi may be the most mainstream but there are so many other dishes worth a try!

Read how CNN Travel ranks 40 Delicious Vietnamese Dishes.

These are some of our staff favorites from CNN's list:

Sara Mooney: #3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 15, 20, 21, 26, 31!!, 33 & 37
Vanessa Blaisdell: #1, 3, 7, 12, 30 & 31
Neal Kraemer: #2, 3, 6, 11, 12, 17, 20, 27 & 30

It's lunchtime somewhere. Bon appetit!