Travel from historical Hanoi to modern Ho Chi Minh City
Capture the spirit of magical Vietnam on this compact tour from the colonial charm of Hanoi to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. Sip coffee with locals in Hanoi and shop up a storm in the Old Quarter, cruise along emerald waters on a Halong Bay boat trip, travel through old-world Hue and Hoi An, and get lost in the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. This is an adventure full of beauty and contrast that introduces Vietnam as a country of incredible food, lively locals, stunning scenery and cosmopolitan cities.
The bustling markets, tree-lined boulevards and peaceful lakes of Hanoi are a great introduction to modern Vietnam
Sail among the floating villages, grottos and limestone pillars of magical Halong Bay
Explore the old imperial capital of Hue in typical Vietnamese fashion - on the back of a motorbike
Ho Chi Minh City, once known as Saigon, is a dynamic blend of old and new, east and west, commerce and culture
Often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, cruise the waterways of the Mekong Delta in sampan boats and sample exotic fruits and fish
This trip involves some long stints of travel, including a 12-hour overnight train to Hue. Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are a true Intrepid experience and the best way to travel long distances, meet locals and maximise time at your destinations. Occasionally passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and/or you'll be sharing with locals or travellers from other groups.
In Hue, one day is spent touring the sights on the back of a motorbike. The bikes are great fun and are driven safely by professionals, but alternative transportation can be arranged upon request for those who don’t wish to ride on a motorbike.
The weather in Vietnam can be hot and sticky, particularly during the monsoon seasons, so ensure that you pack accordingly. Please also wear sunscreen and a hat, especially when out on a boat in Halong Bay and in the Mekong Delta.
This popular trip provides a great overview of some of the highlights of Vietnam with plenty of included activities. If you would like more time to explore each destination, perhaps consider one of our longer trips.
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1. Passport Details: Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport), for internal flights and train tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 2 (overnight boat) and 3 (overnight train) where you will be in shared accommodation.
Our Vietnam Express Southbound trips score an average of 4.88 out of 5 based on 783 reviews in the last year.
It was an amazing trip, we had great fun, I felt safe and taken care of at all times and enjoyed discovering many beautiful places in Vietnam.
Review submitted 25 Jul 2017
My trip Vietnam Express Southbound was absolutely amazing. We visited all the highlights along the coast: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hué, Hoi An, Mekong Delta and Saigon. And we did it in the best possible way. Expecially sailing, dining and sleeping on the boat in Halong Bay was absolutely magic. It felt like a dream. The night train was such an exciting experience as well. The tour was full of culture, history, nature, sailing, pagodas and swimming. And meeting the locals, such as when we had lunch with the local family in Hué. And with a good balance between organized activities and indiviual time. Out tourleader Hahn was absolutely great, kind, knowing and with a great sence of humour. We had a great time with the group. I can strongly recommend this kind of tour, also to people who are not used to doing organized trips. Expecially if you want company and structure in some of your holiday, but you also want some individual time. I came some days earlier and discovered on my own and had a week after to spend on my own. You get the best part from both worlds.
Review submitted 24 Jul 2017