The ultimate south to north adventure tour of Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
222kg pp per trip


  • 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


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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18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Private minibus, Private vehicle
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
  • 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
  • HCMC - War Remnants Museum
  • 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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Best of Vietnam , September 2016

Best of Vietnam , September 2016