The ultimate south to north adventure tour of Vietnam
Experience quintessential Vietnam on this comprehensive trip from south to north. Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and experience dynamic cities, tranquil backwaters, imperial ruins, faded colonial elegance and picture-perfect landscapes dotted with reminders of the past. Explore the narrow cobbled streets of Hoi An’s Old Town, slurp on noodly pho in Nha trang and cruise the gentle Perfume River in Hue as you uncover the very best of Vietnam.
ITINERARY CHANGES IN 2018: Please refer to Important Notes for more information.
Travel to both popular and lesser-known destinations in Vietnam, including tourist hotspots like Halong Bay and hidden gems such as Quy Nhon
See Vietnam through an exciting mix of transport, including motorbike, basket boat, dragon boat, junk boat, bus and train
Experience local life during homestays in the Mekong Delta and Da BAc. Get to know local families, participate in their activities and enjoy a homestyle meal
The drive to Quy Nhon features some of the best scenery in Vietnam. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride
Visit the mind-boggling Phong Nha and Thien Duong Caves. These labyrinthine systems were used to shelter civilians and win the war against the Americans
Spend a day in Hue, touring the city's sights on a motorbike, cruising down Perfume River and eating lunch at a serene nunnery
During this trip, there will be several long days of travelling and you'll be sitting on a bus for many hours at a time. However, road trips often have the best views, and most private buses feature wi-fi.
Two nights of this trip are spent on overnight sleeper trains with journeys of up to 12 hours. Although the conditions are basic and you'll be sharing a compartment with four to six people, this is the best way to maximise your time spent at various destinations.
This trip involves a lot of walking - on city walking tours and during included activities. While being on your feet can be a bit tiring, this is the best way to truly get under the skin of a place.
You'll be spending two nights in a homestay with a Vietnamese family. While the accommodation is shared and basic, this is a great opportunity to connect with the local people (and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals!)
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1. Please provide your full name as per passport and passport number 45 days prior to departure in order to secure Vietnam train tickets.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 3 & 16 (homestay), 4 & 14 (overnight trains), and 18 (overnight boat) where you will be in shared accommodation.
3. ITINERARY CHANGE 2017: Effective from 21st May on this itinerary you will stay in a small village in the Da Bac region of Hoa Binh province. This is replacing the Mai Chau homestay. At this homestay you will have the opportunity to visit an area that sees few tourists, experience an authentic rural community, while contributing to the homestay's community based tourism project.
4. ITINERARY CHANGES FOR 2018: From 1st Jan 2018 itinerary will visit Dalat and no longer visit Quy Nhon. Dalat is a popular destination offering stunning scenery in the highlands of Vietnam.
The 2018 itinerary is as follows:
Days 1-2: Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3: Mekong Delta
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City
Days 5-6: Dalat
Days 7: Nha Trang
Day 8: Overnight train
Days 9-10 Hoi An
Days 11-12: Hue
Day 13: Phong Nha
Day 14: Overnight train
Day 15: Hanoi
Day 16: Da Bac
Day 17: Hanoi
Day 18: Halong Bay
Day 19 Hanoi
Day 20: Departure
Our Best of Vietnam trips score an average of 4.92 out of 5 based on 86 reviews in the last year.
The "Best of Vietnam" Intrepid Trip is the best way the see the whole of Vietnam from bottom to top. You really become a local and learn about The Vietnamese people, the culture and the beautiful landscape. Excellent trip.
Review submitted 24 Jul 2017
Incredible tour through Vietnam. Quang was our leader and he was amazing! Highly recommend this tour, highlights being the homestay in Da Bac, motorbike tour in Hue and getting clothes made in Hoi An.
Review submitted 02 Jul 2017