Best of Vietnam

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  • 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31

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.

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

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Days 1-2 Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is an exciting and dynamic city brimming with street vendors, cyclos, temples, shops and colonial architecture.

Day 3 Mekong Delta Homestay

The Mekong Delta is the lifeblood of South-East Asia, and this fertile region within Vietnam is a maze of canals brimming with life, markets and tropical foods.

Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City

With countless food stalls, restaurants, museums and markets, the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City have something for everyone to enjoy.

Days 5-6 Dalat

With an appealing Swiss-French feel, along with pleasant lakes, palaces, flower gardens and pagodas, Dalat is often called the 'city of eternal spring' for its temperate climate.

Days 7-8 Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a charming town on Vietnam's southeast coast with pristine beaches, consistently good weather, a vibrant nightlife and excellent diving.

Day 9 Quy Nhon

Sitting on the Vietnamese coast, Quy Nhon has great beaches, mouth-watering cuisine, few tourists and a relaxed pace of life.

Days 10-12 Hoi An

With lantern-lit streets, vibrant markets, skilled tailors, artisan shops, ancient houses, colourful temples and beautiful smiles, Hoi An is a Vietnamese wonderland.

Days 13-15 Hue

As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings.

Day 16 Cuc Phuong National Park

With great trekking, an inspiring animal rescue centre, beautiful botanical gardens and a diversity of staggering landscapes, Cuc Phuong National Park is completely captivating.

Day 17 Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a place of surreal beauty, with ethereal limestone islands jutting out of jade waters and atmospheric caves and grottoes carved out by time.

Days 18-20 Hanoi

Hanoi is famous for its tranquil lake settings, French-colonial architecture, ancient temples, delectable cuisine and as the resting place of the revered former leader, Ho Chi Minh.