Discover the many sides of Vietnam – from the quiet hills of the Da Bac region to the dynamic streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh
Journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on an incredible two-week adventure in Vietnam. Discover the stately capital Hanoi, the lush hills of the Da Bac region, the stunning limestone scenery of Halong Bay, the majesty of historic Hue, the fairytale atmosphere of Hoi An, the glorious waterways of the Mekong Delta and the dynamic streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Explore not only the main highlights of the cities, but also the remote countryside, well away from the tourist crowds. A two-night homestay in Sung Village, nestled in the forest among caves and tea plantations, is a chance to trek through minority villages and experience Vietnam at its sleepy best.
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Spend two nights exploring the hills of the Da Bac region. You’ll stay with locals, encounter minority tribes and get a feel for rural Vietnamese life – all the while supporting community-based tourism
Cruise a sea of limestone karsts, blue-green waters, mysterious caves and ancient jungle on an unforgettable Halong Bay boat trip
There’s no view of Vietnam quite like from the back of a motorbike. After a two-wheeled tour around Hue, take a boat trip down the Perfume River and enjoy a unique lunch at a serene nunnery
Spend a day coasting along the waterways of the legendary Mekong Delta, learning about local industries along the way
A 15-day itinerary allows for ample time in each location, with a great mix of included activities and free time to explore
A knowledgeable, homegrown leader and an exciting mix of transport (motorbike, basket boat, dragon boat, junk boat, bus and train) means you’ll experience Vietnam from a variety of perspectives with local insights
Two nights on this trip are spent in simple homestays in the Da Bac region. Rooms are multi-share, with shared bathroom facilities and simple houses. Conditions may be basic, but it’s a golden opportunity to connect with the local people (and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals!)
This trip involves a 10-kilometre trek in the hills of Da Bac, as well as included city walking tours. While being on your feet can be a bit tiring, this is the best way to really get under the skin of a place.
There is one overnight sleeper train journey (about 13 hours long). Although conditions are basic, the beds food vendors and conversations with locals make this a truly Intrepid experience.
The weather in Vietnam can be hot and sticky, particularly during the monsoon seasons, so it’s important to pack accordingly. Be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat – these will come in especially handy on the Halong Bay and Mekong Delta boat trips.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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1. Full name as per passport and number required 45 days prior to departure to purchase train tickets
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 2 & 3 (Homestays), 5 (Overnight Boat), Day 6 (Overnight Train), Day 13 (Guesthouse) and included day use rooms, where accommodation will be shared.
Our Scenic Vietnam trips score an average of 4.85 out of 5 based on 226 reviews in the last year.
Overall the trip was fantastic, we certainly visited and saw all parts of Vietnam. A number of issues would be the huge difference in accommodation, poor standard of accommodation on the trains. 1 train journey would be sufficient.
Review submitted 18 Sep 2017