Vietnam Express Southbound Overview

Travel from historic Hanoi to modern Ho Chi Minh City. Tour down the Mekong, visit Halong Bay, be tailor made in Hoi An and trace regal footsteps in Hue.

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Travel from historical Hanoi to modern Ho Chi Minh City

Capture the spirit of magical Vietnam on this compact tour from the colonial charm of Hanoi to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. Sip coffee with locals in Hanoi and shop up a storm in the Old Quarter, cruise along emerald waters on a Halong Bay boat trip, travel through old-world Hue and Hoi An, and get lost in the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. This is an adventure full of beauty and contrast that introduces Vietnam as a country of incredible food, lively locals, stunning scenery and cosmopolitan cities.

  • Delve into the royal past of Hue
  • Meet friendly traders in Hoi An
  • Explore Ho Chi Minh City on a cyclo
  • Discover the elegant Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Enjoy a boat tour on beautiful Halong Bay
  • Paddle along the Mekong Delta on a sampan tour

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Finish:

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (7 nts), Overnight boat (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Cycle rickshaw, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Private minibus, Private vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise, Hanoi - breakfast at KOTO restaurant, HCMC - Mekong Delta day trip, 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

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    332kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    A single supplement is available on this trip. TRIP CHANGES 2013 Please note this tour will depart every Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and selected Fridays in 2013, instead of every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and selected Thursdays in 2012.

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Day 1 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.

Days 2-3 Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of Bac Bo Gulf. One of Vietnam's most scenic regions, this area of about 1,500 sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind. With a vibrant Old Quarter to explore, delicious food to discover and a city where ancient meets modern with ease, no wonder Hanoi is a favourite with travellers.

Days 4-5 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.

Days 6-7 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 8-10 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. 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. With countless food stalls, restaurants, museums and markets, the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City have something for everyone to enjoy.
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