Best of Vietnam

20 Days | The ultimate south to north adventure tour of Vietnam

4.9 out of 5 based on 49 reviews submitted.
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Experience quintessential Vietnam on this comprehensive trip from south to north. Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and experience dynamic cities, tranquil backwaters, imperial ruins, faded colonial elegance and picture-perfect landscapes dotted with reminders of the past. Explore the narrow cobbled streets of Hoi An’s Old Town, encounter local tribes on a hike in the mountains of Da Bac and whizz through the back streets of Hue as you uncover the very best of Vietnam.

Trip overview

Map of Best Of Vietnam including Vietnam
Start
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Vietnam
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
TVST
This trip generates 73 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
  • Experience local life during homestays in the Mekong Delta and Da Bac. Get to know local families, participate in their activities and enjoy a homestyle meal.
  • Travel to both popular and lesser-known destinations in Vietnam, including tourist hotspots like Halong Bay and hidden gems such as Da Bac
  • See Vietnam through an exciting mix of transport, including motorbike, sampan, junk-style boat, bus and train
  • Visit the mind-boggling Phong Nha and Thien Duong Caves. These labyrinthine systems were used to shelter civilians during the Vietnam/American War
  • Spend a day in Hue, touring the city's sights on a motorbike and eating lunch at a serene nunnery
  • Relax in the turquoise waters at Nha Trang and discover local fisherman's life on a boat trip.

Is this trip right for you?
  • During this trip, there will be several long days of travelling and you'll be sitting on a bus for many hours at a time. However, road trips often have the best views, and most private buses feature wi-fi
  • We cover a lot of distance on this trip, including on overnight trains. Accommodation and amenities are shared and basic, but the experience of rubbing shoulders with the locals makes it all worthwhile. For more about what this experience is like, see our blog post here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/what-to-expect-on-an-overnight.
  • This trip involves a lot of walking - on city walking tours, the hike in Da Bac and during included activities. While being on your feet can be a bit tiring, this is the best way to truly get under the skin of a place
  • You'll be spending two nights with local families on this trip, where the accommodation is shared and basic. But this is a great opportunity to connect with the local people (and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals!). Read more about the experiences here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/community-based-tourism-vietnam/
  • Vietnam has an incredibly diverse climate influenced by both tropical monsoons and its range of altitudes and latitudes. Temperatures can vary from a brisk 4°C (39°F) in the northern mountains during winter to a sweltering and humid 36°C (97°F) in Ho Chi Minh City during the middle of the dry season. Please check the weather for the time of year you're travelling in order to pack appropriate clothing - this page may be useful: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/vietnam/weather-in-vietnam

Itinerary

Map of Best Of Vietnam including Vietnam

Inclusions

Meals

17 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Taxi, Train

Accommodation

Homestay (3 nights), Hotel (13 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (2 night)

Activities
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - City tour
  • Mekong Delta - Sightseeing Tour
  • Mekong Delta - Guesthouse Dinner
  • Dalat - Garden visit
  • Nha Trang - Nha Trang Bay Boat trip
  • Nha Trang Bay - Island hopping, Fishing Villages & Snorkelling
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Hue - Imperial City Full Day Tour
  • Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
  • Hue - Highlights & back streets by motorbike
  • Quang Tri - Vinh Moc Tunnels
  • Quang Tri - Hien Luong Bridge
  • Phong Nha Ke-Bang NP - Thien Duong (Paradise Cave)
  • Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park - Phong Nha Cave
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
  • Da Bac - Sung cave and village tour
  • Da Bac - Homestay Dinner
  • Da Bac - Homestay Lunch
  • Hanoi - Vun Art center visit
  • Da Bac - Da Bia Lunch
  • Da Bac - Sung village to Da Bia hike
  • Hanoi - Water puppet show
  • Halong Bay - Dinner on Boat
  • Halong Bay - Lunch on Boat
Add on activities
  • Ho Chi Minh City - A O show - VND1050000
  • Hoi An - Private Hoi An: Boat & Bike with Local Dinner Experience Urban Adventure - USD85
  • Hoi An - Food Adventure Urban Adventure - USD44
  • Hoi An - Private Hoi An: My Son Discovery - USD77
  • Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison - VND50000
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature - VND70000
  • Hanoi - Women's Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Army Museum - VND20000
  • 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 train tickets. 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 new tickets.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes days 3, 16 (homestays), days 8, 14 (overnight trains), and Days 18 (overnight boat) 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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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 49 reviews submitted.
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Sarah · Traveled April 2024
My Best of Vietnam trip was incredible. I went as a solo traveller and had the best time. Every destination we travelled to was different to the last and I feel like we got to get a real taste of the country, helped by the best local guide Thanh Vu!
Review submitted 26 Apr 2024

Tracey · Traveled April 2024
Our experience with Intrepid was fabulous. Small group tour with a knowledgeable guide that takes you off the beaten track and discover the hidden gems of your destination. Highly recommend Intrepid.
Review submitted 29 Apr 2024

Susan · Traveled April 2024
An amazing trip with a broad range of experiences. The best guide ever. And Halong Bay even turned on a 4am thunderstorm for us. Brilliant.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2024

Elizabeth · Traveled April 2024
Our trip to Vietnam was excellent. We saw the many faces of Vietnam, from bustling cities to remote mountain villages. Our guide went ‘above and beyond’ to ensure our trip was enjoyable and our needs were met.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2024

Liz · Traveled March 2024
Intrepid surpassed all my expectations their attention to detail was amazing. Our guide could not be faulted and the trip was real value for money. I will certainly travel with this company again
Review submitted 05 Apr 2024
Best of Vietnam
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