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.

Hanoi, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
332kg pp per trip


  • 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


With its French-colonial buildings, graceful boulevards and aromatic cafe au lait, Hanoi has an elegant timelessness. Get lost in the hubbub of Hanoi's streets, visit the Temple of Literature or enjoy Vietnam's fusion of traditional European and modern Asian cuisine.
Visit the Intrepid Foundation-supported KOTO restaurant for breakfast before setting sail on an overnight Halong Bay cruise. Kick back and enjoy the dramatic scenery, take a dip in the balmy waters and sleep under a star-studded sky. Then its time to climb aboard the famed Reunification Express for an overnight train ride.
Appointed as the imperial capital due to its beauty and isolation, Hue will enchant. Let the royal past come to life among the ruins of the Imperial Citadel, enjoy a cyclo tour and unwind on a dragon boat cruise down the Perfume River.
Travel along the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hoi An, once a thriving port town. Today, trade remains central to everyday life with shops offering everything from tailored clothes to custom-made shoes and silk lanterns. Perhaps sign up for an optional cooking class or simply enjoy the many fine restaurants along Hoi An’s riverside.
After a short flight, take to the streets of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City on a cyclo tour. Be moved by the displays at the War Remnants Museum. Head out to the Mekong Delta for a fascinating day tour and sample local specialities like the quirky elephant ear fish. Board sampans and paddle through the delta's mangrove tributaries via the stunning Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix islets. Head back to Ho Chi Minh City where the adventure comes to an end.
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8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Boat, Cycle rickshaw, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Private minibus, Private vehicle
Hotel (7 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
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


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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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Vietnam Express Southbound , September 2015

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