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.
Day 1 Hanoi
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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1
Days 2-3 Halong Bay/Overnight train
Set 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 it's time to climb aboard the famed Reunification Express for an overnight train ride.
ACCOM: Overnight boat - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Days 4-5 Hue
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 city tour and unwind on a dragon boat cruise down the Perfume River.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
Days 6-7 Hoi An
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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
Days 8-10 Ho Chi Minh City
After a short flight, take to the vibrant streets of Ho Chi Minh City on a city tour. Enjoy a meal at a restaurant that provides hospitality training to former street kids and then be moved by the displays at the War Remnants Museum. Head out to the Mekong Delta for a fascinating day tour and sample local specialties like elephant ear fish. Board sampans and paddle through the delta's mangrove tributaries via the stunning Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix islets. Return to Ho Chi Minh City where the adventure comes to an end.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
Vietnam Express Southbound Reviews
Our Vietnam Express Southbound trips score an average of 4.79 out of 5 based on 259 reviews in the last year.
Vietnam Express Southbound, April 2014
Some discussion between leaders and the group regarding time allocation and preferences would have been good eg less time allocated for lunch stops to allow more viewing time. 'On site' perhaps more free time to revisit areas covered during the guided section to facilitate both appreciating/photographing the 'subject' and listening to/ learning from the guide.
Review submitted 27 May 2014
Vietnam Express Southbound, February 2014
We covered a great deal of ground, saw many places and had a large number of excellent experiences on the trip.
Review submitted 25 May 2014
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