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. This was our first trip to Vietnam and many say it remains our best.

Start
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Countries
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TVST
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
394kg pp per trip

The ultimate south to north adventure tour of Vietnam


Highlights

  • Explore the tombs of imperial Hue
  • Go bargain-hunting in Hoi An
  • Enjoy a water puppet show in Hanoi
  • Enjoy a homestay on the Mekong
  • Discover old and new in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Go underground in the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • See beautiful Halong Bay on a boat tour
  • Wiggle toes in sandy Nha Trang beaches

Itinerary

Discover the dynamic Vietnamese capital on a city cyclo tour and visit the chilling War Remnants Museum. In free time, hunt for a bargain at the Ben Thanh and Russian markets or simply explore the streets on foot.
Wind through the intricate waterways of the mighty Mekong Delta. Stay overnight in a simple village sustained by the Mekong river and wake early to watch it come alive with floating markets.
Unearth a world of underground mystery at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Ho Chi Minh City to further explore this dynamic city.
Dalat is like spring all year round with its cool climate, charming French villas and vibrant market. Visit Bao Dai's Summer Palace and discover a host of colourful sights around town.
Enjoy breathtaking views around every corner on the Ngoan Muc Pass, and stop at the striking Po Klong Garai Cham Towers. Reach Nha Trang where white beaches, sultry waters and swaying palms await. Soak it all up while enjoying a leisurely boat trip around nearby islets.
Relish more dramatic scenery en route to Quy Nhon, where there's a chance to spend time teaching English to local kids at the Nguyen Nga Training Centre.
Make a sobering stop at the My Lai Memorial on the way to World Heritage-listed-Hoi An. Vietnam truly comes alive in this cultural haven boasting some of the finest cuisine in the country and more than 500 tailors and handicraft shops.
Continue on to Hue, stopping at the famed China Beach. Take a dragon boat cruise along the timeless Perfume River, visit the impressive citadel and admire the stately Thien Mu Pagoda. Hop aboard an overnight train to Hanoi.
Pay your respects to Vietnam’s revered revolutionary at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Museum. In the evening, be treated to a traditional water puppet show.
Head into the hills and get an insight into the lives of the region’s ethnic people.
Return to Hanoi for further uncovering of its hidden treasures. Stroll along leafy boulevards to Hoan Kiem Lake, amble through the atmospheric Old Quarter or simply watch the world go by from a street side café.
Settle back and savour the serene setting of this World Heritage site.
With a vibrant Old Quarter to explore, delicious food to discover and a city where ancient meets modern with ease, no wonder Hanoi is a favourite with travellers.
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Inclusions

Meals
18 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Private minibus, Private vehicle, Taxi
Accommodation
Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (15 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activites
  • Bao Dai's Summer Palace
  • Cham Tower
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
  • Hang Nga Crazy House
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Museum
  • Hanoi - Water puppet show
  • HCMC - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Hoi An - Ancient town
  • Hue - Imperial citadel
  • Hue - Motorbike trip including lunch
  • Hue - Perfume river cruise and Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Hue - Royal tomb
  • Mai Chau villages
  • Mekong Delta - boat cruise and homestay
  • Music performance Mai Chau
  • My Lai Memorial (Quy Nhon) Emtrance Fee
  • Nguyen Nga Training Centre visit
  • Nha Trang - Basket boats
  • Nha Trang - Boat trip including lunch

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Best of Vietnam, March 2015

Best of Vietnam, March 2015