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8 Days | From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City – experience the heart of Vietnam.

4.9 out of 5 based on 142 reviews submitted.
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Spend eight days in Vietnam discovering the highlights and traditions of this eternally beautiful and historically significant country on a Premium adventure. Take part in enriching local encounters as your leader shows you the soul of this diverse pocket of Asia. Get lost in the districts of Hanoi, cruise past the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, discover the old-world charm of Hoi An and navigate the winding streets and chaotic traffic of Ho Chi Minh City. With an unbeatable mix of culture, cuisine and history, your journey through Vietnam is sure to surprise, delight and excite at every turn.

Trip overview

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Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Vietnam
Physical rating
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
TVPS
This trip generates 116.33 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.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with your local leader who will help to uncover the vibrant mix of influences, from the French to Asian traders, settlers and indigenous peoples.
  • Feast on an included lunch at KOTO café in Hanoi – a social enterprise organisation aimed at providing vocational and hospitality skills to young workers.
  • Enjoy your Premium Feature Stay – an overnight cruise in Halong Bay on a boat as beautiful as its surroundings. Take in spectacular views while enjoying a candle-lit dinner on deck.
  • This Exclusive Experience is sure to be one to remember – sit down to a soul-stirring Hat Xam performance, an art form that dates back over 700 years to the Tran Dynasty.
  • Visit a centuries-old pottery village in Hoi An. During this Exclusive Experience, you’ll learn about this ancient artform and meet the artisans who keep traditional techniques alive.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, WildAct. Donations help them run educational programs that aim to stop the illegal hunting of threatened migratory birds in Vietnam.

Is this trip right for you?
  • In 2023, Tet (Lunar New Year) will run from the 21st to the 27th of January. This is a fascinating and rewarding time to see the country, however you do need to be prepared for some businesses to be closed, tourist sites to be very busy and for transport to be packed as many Vietnamese are travelling around the country. Please consider your travel arrangements carefully before booking travel for this period.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Plane, Private Minibus

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Overnight boat (1 night)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Hanoi - Welcome Dinner
  • Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise
  • Hanoi - Hat Xam performance
  • Halong Bay - Tai Chi
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi - Lunch at KOTO
  • Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Hoi An - Pottery Village Experience
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Notre Dame Cathedral
Add on activities
  • Halong Bay - Kayaking Tour - VND250000
  • Hanoi - Street Food Experience Urban Adventure - USD35
  • Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison - VND30000
  • Hoi An - Farm to Table dining experience at Tra Que Village and Mua restaurant - USD84
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Discovery Urban Adventure - USD63

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 2 (boat) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
3. This trip includes domestic flights. The luggage allowance is 20kg for check in luggage and 7kg for carry on.
4. Full name exactly as per passport required at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on the passport), for internal flights. 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.
5. Local authorities only permit a limited number of boats to stay overnight in Halong Bay. To ensure all travellers can be accommodated on board available boats, on rare occasions you may stay on a larger boat (with up to 12 cabins) and share your boat with another group. Otherwise, we may swap the activities and destinations of Days 3 and 4 to provide you the best possible experience. The route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same.
6. Travel is always an adventure and, as destinations reopen, there are a few challenges as everyone gets back up to speed and adjusts to the new normal. Our leaders are experts when it comes to dealing with anything unexpected along the journey, so pack your understanding and flexibility, sit back and relax while they take care of the rest.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 142 reviews submitted.
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Joanne · Traveled November 2023
Vietnam is one of the best trips of my life! We had the best group dynamic from all over the world. Everyone got along and now we are family. My leader Binh did a fantastic job from start to finish. Our group is forever grateful Binh show us Vietnam. He answered all my questions. He’s very informative! I’m Vietnamese and a solo traveler and I couldn’t have done this trip without him. I felt 100% safe the whole trip.
Review submitted 13 Nov 2023

Michael · Traveled November 2023
Please draw from my previous statement
Review submitted 11 Nov 2023

Jennifer · Traveled November 2023
This was an excellent tour catering to the needs of a mature traveller.
Review submitted 11 Nov 2023

Ron · Traveled October 2023
Premium Vietnam was exactly that, the places, the accomodation, the meals, the tours, the guide that hosted and the great group of people I shared it with. I have gained such an insight and respect for Vietnam and its warm and friendly people that this has given me a small taste of much more to experience. Loved it!
Review submitted 08 Nov 2023

Barrie · Traveled October 2023
The Intrepid Premium Vietnam trip was incredible in every possible way from the sites, food, and team leader. I can't recommend them enough. I only wish my trip was longer.
Review submitted 08 Nov 2023
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