The ultimate Vietnam trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.
Discover the spirit of Vietnam on a trip from south to north, taking in all the attractions in between. Explore Vietnam's fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City, wander the ancient Vietnamese streets of Hoi An, experience the history-soaked monuments of Hue and bask in the undeniable charm of Hanoi. Experience Vietnam's beautiful landscapes, delicious cuisine and the renowned friendliness of the Vietnamese people. Top it all off with an overnight cruise on mystical Halong Bay and you won't ever want to leave.
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In just over a week experience the best of Vietnam, from the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, to the stunning countryside of Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta, and the imperial streets of Hue and ancient trading port of Hoi An
This trip involves a day on the winding waterways of the Mekong Delta, the lifeblood and “rice bowl” of South-East Asia.
There’s no view of Vietnam quite like from the back of a motorbike; take a Hue motorbike tour and boat trip down the Perfume River
Spend the night on one of the iconic junk-style boats that cruise between the limestone peaks of Halong Bay
End the trip with a memorable farewell dinner at KOTO restaurant, which serves up delicious meals and supports underprivileged kids at the same time
Although you will visit a few significant sites in Ho Chi Minh City, there’s limited time in this city. We recommend booking a few extra days before you trip in order to fully experience this city.
This itinerary is faster paced, covering a large area of Vietnam in a short amount of time. There is some driving involved (up to 4 hours at a time), however we mostly fly to maximise your time in each destination. It’s great for those who only have a limited amount of time to see the country, but consider also doing another of our Vietnam trips to spend more time at each destination.
This trip involves some long stints of travel, including a 12-hour overnight train to Hue. Although conditions are basic, beds, food vendors and conversations with the locals make the overnight train journey a truly Intrepid experience. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage on the sleeper train journey.
In Hue, one day is spent touring the sights on the back of a motorbike. The bikes are great fun and are driven safely by professionals, but alternative transportation can be arranged for those who don’t wish to ride.
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1. Passport Details: Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport), for internal flights and 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 to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 6 (Overnight Train) and 8 (Overnight Boat) where you will be in shared accommodation.
Our Vietnam Express Northbound trips score an average of 4.84 out of 5 based on 484 reviews in the last year.
The tour is named Express for good reason. It takes in a lot of Vietnam in but thankfully remains enjoyable and informative throughout. A really good taster of the three differing aspects of the country, South, Central and North. Thoroughly recommended
Review submitted 22 Mar 2018
We had an amazing fun trip. Thanh was wonderful as were our fellow travellers. Hoi An and Halong Bay were favourites. I recommend doing Northbound Express because Halong Bay is at the end of the trip. By then we all knew each other well and were really able to let our hair down.
Review submitted 22 Mar 2018