Travel from historical Hanoi to modern Ho Chi Minh City
Capture the spirit of magical Vietnam on this compact tour from the colonial charm of Hanoi to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. Sip coffee with locals in Hanoi and shop up a storm in the Old Quarter, cruise along emerald waters on a Halong Bay boat trip, travel through old-world Hue and Hoi An, and get lost in the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. This is an adventure full of beauty and contrast that introduces Vietnam as a country of incredible food, lively locals, stunning scenery and cosmopolitan cities.
The bustling markets, tree-lined boulevards and peaceful lakes of Hanoi are a great introduction to modern Vietnam
Sail among the floating villages, grottos and limestone pillars of magical Halong Bay
Explore the old imperial capital of Hue in typical Vietnamese fashion - on the back of a motorbike
Ho Chi Minh City, once known as Saigon, is a dynamic blend of old and new, east and west, commerce and culture
Often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, cruise the waterways of the Mekong Delta in sampan boats and sample exotic fruits and fish
This trip involves some long stints of travel, including a 12-hour overnight train to Hue. Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are a true Intrepid experience and the best way to travel long distances, meet locals and maximise time at your destinations. Occasionally passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and/or you'll be sharing with locals or travellers from other groups.
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 upon request for those who don’t wish to ride on a motorbike.
The weather in Vietnam can be hot and sticky, particularly during the monsoon seasons, so ensure that you pack accordingly. Please also wear sunscreen and a hat, especially when out on a boat in Halong Bay and in the Mekong Delta.
This popular trip provides a great overview of some of the highlights of Vietnam with plenty of included activities. If you would like more time to explore each destination, perhaps consider one of our longer trips.
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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 2 (overnight boat) and 3 (overnight train) where you will be in shared accommodation.
Our Vietnam Express Southbound trips score an average of 4.88 out of 5 based on 1256 reviews in the last year.
A well-paced trip showing off some the highlights of Vietnam, really fantastic guide - the motorcycle trip, interacting with locals, and Halong Bay were standout for me.
Review submitted 20 Feb 2018
The SE Asia Loop is fascinating, comparing and contrasting as it does 4 countries in the Region. January was a very pleasant month to go - little / no rain & generally pleasant temperatures, however be aware of the increasing numbers of Chinese tourists to the Region where locations such as Halong Bay, Hoi An and Angkor Wat being on the verge of being overrun. We thought some of the hotels - particularly in Thailand - were of an inadequate standard and that some of the itinerary and the logistics of Hotel check-in after long journeys could quite easily be improved.
Review submitted 19 Feb 2018