Discover Vietnam and all its delights travelling from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.

Travel to Vietnam and trace its mystical eastern coastline, traversing the country from south to north and discovering the many attractions that lie along the way. From the modern chaos of Ho Chi Minh City all the way up to old-world Hanoi, you'll experience tumultuous history, colonial charm, vibrant colours, delicious food and inspiring scenery on this Vietnam holiday.

Start
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Countries
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TVRN
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
271kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Cruise stunning Halong Bay
  • Explore imperial Hue
  • Travel to Hanoi and experience a fusion of French and Vietnamese
  • Stay on Cat Ba Island
  • Relax on the beaches of Nha Trang
  • Discover the abundance of Ho Chi Minh attractions
  • Take a bike tour through paddy fields
  • Stroll the atmospheric streets of Hoi An

Itinerary

Perhaps arrive early to visit Ho Chi Minh tourist spots including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum.
Cruise the mighty Mekong River before spending the night with local friends on a homestay by the water.
Bask on Nha Trang's golden beaches, take a boat trip to nearby islands or head out to the nearby mud baths. Then, in the evening, feast upon sumptuous seafood.
Almost untouched by time, Hoi An is enthralling. Wander through the atmospheric Phung Hung Old House or check out the carp-shaped rainspouts on the Quan Cong Temple roof. Get a dose of rustic rural charm on a bike ride through the countryside or indulge in a spot of shopping.
Travel from Hoi An to Hue. As well as an array of ancient imperial ruins, Hue is also the birthplace of degustation-style Vietnamese cuisine and the centre of Vietnamese Buddhism. Why not visit some of the city’s sacred temples on a cyclo tour.
Soak up the atmosphere of Hanoi's Old Quarter on an orientation walk. Afterwards, take to the streets of Hanoi shopping - perhaps check out the eclectic Pho Hang Gai or Dong Xuan Market. If time permits, a water puppet show is a great way to cap off the day.
Stop by a local initiative that supports people living with disabilities. Cruise past spectacular limestone karsts rising out of the sea in Halong Bay, and spend the night on jungle-covered Cat Ba Island.
There's time for a final Vietnamese feast on return to Hanoi.
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Inclusions

Meals
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Transport
Boat, Ferry, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus
Accommodation
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Halong Bay - Boat cruise
  • Hanoi - Walking tour
  • Hoi An - Bike tour
  • Mekong Delta - Boat cruise and homestay

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Important notes

TRIP CHANGES 2013
Please note this tour will depart every Thursday and selected Sundays in 2013, instead of every Sunday and selected Wednesdays in 2012.

Trip notes

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