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

Start
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Countries
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TVST
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
222kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore the tombs of imperial Hue
  • Go bargain-hunting in Hoi An
  • Go gibbon-spotting in Cuc Phuong
  • 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.
Enjoy breakfast at KOTO, an Intrepid Travel-supported restaurant that gives underprivileged teens a chance to learn hospitality skills. Afterwards, visit the Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Center and see the incredible work being done to help injured, orphaned and threatened species.
Cruise among dramatic karsts rising out of emerald waters while enjoying a delicious banquet lunch on a junk boat tour of Halong Bay. Take a swim and settle in for a peaceful night on the waters of Halong Bay.
Stroll along leafy boulevards to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and see a water puppet performance. Hanoi's Old Quarter is the perfect place to pick up some last minute mementos of this Best of Vietnam adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
19 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
Boat, Cycle rickshaw, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Private minibus, Private vehicle
Accommodation
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (16 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Bao Dai's Summer Palace
  • Cham Tower
  • Cuc Phuong National Park
  • Cyclo tour
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
  • Hang Nga Crazy House
  • Hanoi - breakfast at KOTO restaurant
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Museum
  • Hanoi - Water puppet show
  • HCMC - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • HCMC - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cyclo tour
  • Hoa Lu Citadel entrance fee
  • Hoi An - Ancient town
  • Hue - Imperial citadel
  • Hue - Perfume river cruise and Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Hue - Royal tomb
  • Mekong Delta - boat cruise and homestay
  • My Lai Memorial (Quy Nhon) Emtrance Fee
  • Nguyen Nga Training Centre visit
  • Nha Trang - Boat trip
  • Primate Rescue Centre

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Reviews

Our Best of Vietnam trips score an average of 4.81 out of 5 based on 81 reviews in the last year.

Best of Vietnam , June 2015

Best of Vietnam , June 2015