Real Vietnam

15 Days | Dive into the real Vietnam, a street food paradise and natural wonderland

5 out of 5 based on 45 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
AUD $1,270
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

From Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, you’ll experience authentic Vietnam on this epic 15-day adventure from south to north. See how the locals live on the Mekong Delta, discover the rich history in Hoi An and taste some amazing food in Hue. Drift on the emerald waters around Cat Ba Island by boat and go for a snoop through some of Hanoi's many markets. Enjoy unique homestays, explore national parks, eat your weight in fresh street eats and cycle through the countryside. This is the make-em-jealous, full-on, once-in-a-lifetime trip up the coast of Vietnam you've been waiting for.

Trip overview

Map of Real Vietnam including Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
18 to 35s
Physical rating
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Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 62 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Bliss out on a luxurious homestay in the National Park of Pu Luong – wake up to the serenity of quiet, terraced rice paddy fields, trek the local land to take in the scenery and meet some local tribes to learn about their culture.
  • Jump on a bike and pedal around charming Hoi An – the best way to see the town and surrounding countryside. The food here is also delicious, so make sure you stop along the way to sample some!
  • See limestone karsts, blue-green waters, mysterious caves and ancient jungle on Cat Ba Island – this place feels a lot like paradise, and you’ll be kayaking your way through its hidden bays.
  • Experience local life during your homestay in the Mekong Delta. Get to know the local families, participate in community-based activities and enjoy a traditional homemade meal.
  • Tick Hanoi off your bucket list – walk the picturesque streets, try the famous banh mi and egg coffee and maybe even take a seat at a rooftop bar and order a pho cocktail. You'll have loads of free time to discover this place at your own pace, too!
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Vun Art. Donations help them empower people with disabilities in Vietnam by providing vocational training and employment opportunities.

Is this trip right for you?
  • You’ll cover a lot of distance on this trip, including on overnight trains. You'll also be spending two nights with local families. While the accommodation is shared and basic, this is a great opportunity to connect with the local people (and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals!). Many travellers list these homestay experiences as the highlight of their Vietnam adventure and ease into the night very quickly.
  • Vietnamese roads can be hectic and intimidating to cross. Never fear – your leader will show you how to do it like a local in Hanoi's Old Quarter.
  • This trip is for travellers who appreciate a bit of independence. You'll get plenty of free time in each location to make your own choices and do your own activities. Your leader will always be there to give you tips and suggestions.


Map of Real Vietnam including Vietnam



3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners


Boat, Private minibus, Overnight sleeper train


Guesthouse (1 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (9 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)

  • Mekong Delta - Homestay and Boat Cruise
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Orientation Walk
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Hoi An - Countryside bicycle tour
  • Hue - Home cooked dinner
  • Hue - Street food breakfast
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter & French Quarter Walking Tour
  • Hanoi - Banh Mi Lunch
  • Pu Luong - Homestay and Village Walk
  • Hanoi - Vun Art Visit
  • Cat Ba Island - Kayaking
  • Cat Ba Island - Boat trip on Lan Ha Bay
Add on activities
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum - VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel Experience Urban Adventure - USD45
  • Hoi An - My Son Cham tour (entrance fee, guide and transport included) - USD45
  • Hue - Imperial City Full Day Tour - USD69
  • Hue - Perfume River cruise & Thien Mu Pagoda - VND220000
  • Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc - VND150000
  • Hue - Highlights & back streets by motorbike (without lunch) - USD23
  • Hue - Highlights & back streets by motorbike (with lunch) - USD28
  • Quang Tri - Hien Luong Bridge - VND40000
  • Quang Tri - Vinh Moc Tunnels - VND40000
  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park - Paradise Cave - VND250000
  • Suoi Mooc - Kayaking and Swimming - VND180000
  • Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park - Phong Nha Cave - VND150000
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex - VND80000
  • Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Army Museum - VND20000
  • Hanoi - Women's Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature - VND70000
  • Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison - VND50000
  • Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology - VND40000
  • Hanoi - Street Food Experience Urban Adventure - USD40

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Important notes

1. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport), for internal train tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 2 and 11 (homestays), Days 3 and 9 (overnight trains) and Day 8 (guesthouse) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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5 out of 5 based on 45 reviews submitted.
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Madison · Traveled January 2024
As my first solo trip I was apprehensive about the people in my group and how well I would be looked after by the tour guides. Intrepid absolutely exceeded my expectations! My tour guide was kind, funny, knowledgeable and most importantly, approachable! Each day was catered to what we felt like doing that day. The towns we stopped in were absolutely beautiful and there were so many opportunities to do extra sight seeing! I can’t wait to plan my next trip with intrepid.
Review submitted 08 Feb 2024

Anya · Traveled January 2024
Incredible tour! Fast paced but exceptionally fun with various activities and foods along the way. An excellent tour guide and group really makes the experience special.
Review submitted 09 Feb 2024

Annick · Traveled January 2024
It was a very well organized trip, the activities were all definitely worth it, and our tour guide couldn't have been any better. I definitely recommend!
Review submitted 19 Jan 2024

Declan · Traveled December 2023
Intrepid was a super fun and easy way to gain an insight into a new country. It was made super easy, with my tour guide personally being super approachable and amazing.
Review submitted 13 Jan 2024

Shiraj · Traveled December 2023
Incredible trip! You see so many beautiful sights all across Vietnam, eat great foods and hang out in beautiful locales. Huge shout out to Binh for being a great guide.
Review submitted 15 Jan 2024
Real Vietnam
AUD $1,270