Scenic Vietnam

15 Days | Discover the quiet hills of the Da Bac region and the bustling cityscapes of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh

4.9 out of 5 based on 155 reviews submitted.
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USD $1,590
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Journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on an incredible two-week adventure in Vietnam. Discover the stately capital Hanoi, the lush hills of the Da Bac region, the stunning limestone scenery of Cat Ba Island, the majesty of historic Hue, the fairytale atmosphere of Hoi An, the white sand beach at Quy Nhon, the glorious waterways of the Mekong Delta and the dynamic streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Explore not only the main highlights of the cities, but also the remote countryside, well away from the tourist crowds. A homestay in Sung Village, nestled in the forest among caves and tea plantations, is a chance to trek through minority villages and experience Vietnam at its sleepy best.

Trip overview

Map of Scenic Vietnam including Vietnam
Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Theme
Explorer, Rail
Destinations
Vietnam
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
TVSR
This trip generates 87 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 the host families, participate in their activities and enjoy a homestyle meal – this is a unique opportunity to get to know the locals and swap stories.
  • Cruise a sea of limestone karsts, blue-green waters, mysterious caves and ancient jungle on an unforgettable boat trip in Lin Ha Bay, a less-touristy but equally stunning area to Ha Long Bay.
  • Get a different view of Vietnam from the back of a motorbike. Take a two-wheeled tour around Hue and enjoy a special lunch spot at a convent or Buddhist monastery for a delicious vegetarian feast.
  • Visit a local master of martial arts with a family visit in Quy Nhon. Learn how they’ve been practising martial arts for three generations, the benefits on well-being and health and then learn some moves yourself!
  • Wander the streets of the charming Old Town of Hoi An and step back in time among the gorgeously restored architecture. Then, enjoy plenty of free time to explore at your own pace.
  • 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?
  • You'll be spending two nights with local families on this trip. While the accommodation is shared and basic, 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/
  • This trip involves a 10 km trek in the hills of Da Bac and included city walking tours. While being on your feet can be a bit tiring, this is the best way to really get under the skin of a place.
  • You’ll 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.
  • 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.
  • You may also want to check out Vietnam & Cambodia Adventure (TVSLC) if you have longer time to explore the region: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/vietnam/vietnam-cambodia-adventure-125488

Itinerary

Map of Scenic Vietnam including Vietnam

Inclusions

Meals

12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

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

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 night)

Activities
  • Da Bac - Homestay Dinner
  • Da Bac - Homestay Lunch
  • Da Bac - Sung Cave & Village Tour
  • Da Bac - Sung village to Da Bia hike
  • Da Bac - Da Bia Lunch
  • Da Bac - Hoa Binh Reservoir Cruise
  • Hanoi - Water puppet show
  • Hanoi - Blue Dragon visit
  • Cat Ba Island - Lan Ha Bay Lunch
  • Cat Ba Island - Kayaking
  • Cat Ba Island - Boat trip on Lan Ha Bay
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • Hue - Imperial City Full Day Tour
  • Hue - Highlights & back streets by motorbike
  • Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Bich Hoa Tam Thanh - village visit
  • Quy Nhon - Martial art master visit and demonstration
  • Quy Nhon - Do Ban ancient citadel
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - City tour
  • Mekong Delta - Boat Cruise and Homestay
  • Mekong Delta - Guesthouse Dinner
  • Mekong Delta - Boat Cruise Lunch
Add on activities
  • Hoi An - Private Hoi An: My Son Discovery - USD77
  • Hoi An - Cooking class - USD33
  • Hoi An - Food Adventure Urban Adventure - USD44
  • Hoi An - Private Hoi An: Boat & Bike with Local Dinner Experience Urban Adventure - USD85
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel Experience Urban Adventure - USD45
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Street Food by Night Urban Adventure - USD36

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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 Day 2, 5, 11& 13, 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 155 reviews submitted.
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Constantine · Traveled May 2024
We travelled from Hanoi to meekong overland by bus and train. Great trip with lots of variety. Fantastic guide. Highly recommend the trip.
Review submitted 31 May 2024

Natalie · Traveled May 2024
What a fab way to see the best of Vietnam and experience the beauty of the Vietnamese people and their way of life. If you want a bit of everything in one package this is the trip for you.
Review submitted 31 May 2024

Wong Duy · Traveled May 2024
Well recommend! Love Vietnam and the people. Always memorable.
Review submitted 21 May 2024

Janelle · Traveled May 2024
Scenic Vietnam trip was a joy from start to finish. I can’t recommend it highly enough: our amazing guide, wonderful group, delicious food and local experiences were top notch.
Review submitted 25 May 2024

Roderick · Traveled April 2024
Vietnam a place I didn't much about apart from the war with the yanks Two weeks in the Country I left with a history lesson of kings ,invasions, war , poverty and divisions of the province's over a thousand Years. VIETNAM has become one country .They seem happy welcoming and warm Get there and have look for your self
Review submitted 30 Apr 2024
Scenic Vietnam
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