Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

From south to north, Vietnam is a kaleidoscope of wonderful people and picturesque landscapes. Imagine learning the mysteries of the Viet Minh in Ho Chi Minh City or exploring the beautiful lakes and boulevards of Hanoi - and what better way to get to know the locals than to be their guests on a Mekong Delta homestay? Experience historical temples, visit Vietnam's spectacular coastline, enjoy delicious banquets and explore lively cities - all with a touch of comfort - on this 15-day Classic Vietnam tour.

Start
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Countries
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TVKT
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
167kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Get caught up in the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Float across sparkling waters on a Halong Bay tour
  • Learn about local life on a Mekong homestay
  • Walk along unspoilt beaches in Nha Trang
  • Visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi for a spot of shopping
  • Discover imperial Vietnam in Hue
  • Descend into the tight confines of the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Watch a traditional water puppet performance in Hanoi
  • Feast on mouth-watering Vietnamese cuisine

Itinerary

Daily life overflows onto the streets, into French-style cafes and then quietens in the peaceful pagodas of Ho Chi Minh City. Join the throngs of visitors who flock here to discover Vietnam’s rich culture and history.
Stop by the ornate Vinh Trang Pagoda before embarking on a fascinating Mekong Delta tour. Cruise the maze of waterways that are the lifeblood of the region and enjoy traditional Mekong hospitality on a homestay.
Awaken early to mingle with locals on the Mekong River's famous floating markets. Visit the mind-boggling Cu Chi Tunnels on the way back to Ho Chi Minh City then further enjoy the sights and sounds on a cyclo tour. Spend time at the sobering War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace before taking an overnight train to Nha Trang.
With a dramatic mountain backdrop and a shimmering sea, Nha Trang is the perfect place for a beach break. Enjoy a cyclo tour and then cruise the nearby islands, stopping to swim and snorkel in the balmy sea. Feast on the day's catch before experiencing Nha Trang's famed nightlife.
Once an international trading port, Hoi An still retains an enchanting sense of centuries past. Walk through the raucous Hoi An market, venture out to see the ancient Cham ruins at My Son or perhaps cycle to nearby Cua Dai Beach to soak up some rays.
Stop at lovely Lang Co Beach for lunch en route to the walled city of Hue, once the exclusive domain of Vietnam's royal rulers. See the ruins of the Imperial Citadel and a spectacular royal tomb before gliding peacefully down the Perfume River on a dragonboat.
Despite the throngs of bicycles, cyclos and motorbikes, Vietnam's bewitching capital Hanoi retains its French-provincial air. Visit the Temple of Literature and the Fine Arts Museum before attending an evening water puppet performance.
Start the day with breakfast at KOTO, an Intrepid Travel-supported organisation that trains disadvantaged young people in restaurant management and hospitality. Board a junk boat tour across the jade waters of Halong Bay and discover secluded beaches, secret grottoes and soaring karst peaks. Fall asleep to the sound of lapping water amid this incredible landscape.
See artisans crafting traditional ceramics before making tracks back to Hanoi. Finish up in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter and perhaps celebrate with a final feast.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Boat, Cyclo, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private vehicle
Accommodation
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (11 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Cyclo tour
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
  • Hanoi - breakfast at KOTO restaurant
  • Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi - Water puppet show
  • HCMC - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • HCMC - Reunification Palace
  • HCMC - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cyclo tour
  • Hoi An - Ancient town
  • Hue - Imperial citadel
  • Hue - Perfume river cruise and Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Hue - Royal tomb
  • Mekong Delta - boat cruise and homestay
  • Nha Trang - Boat trip

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

Trip notes

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Classic Vietnam , June 2015

Classic Vietnam , June 2015