Ready, set, Pagoda on a trip through the real Vietnam.
From Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, experience authentic Vietnam on this 15-day tour. See how the locals live on on the Mekong Delta, get your beach on in Tuy Hoa and discover history and yum yums galore in Hoi An and Hue. Drift the emerald waters around Cat Ba Island by boat and go for a snoop through any of Hanoi's many markets. This is the make-em-jealous, full-on, once-in-a-lifetime trip up the coast of Vietnam you've been waiting for. Ready, set, pagoda.
There's nothing quite like getting to see what local life is like by staying in a guesthouse on the Mekong Delta. You'll be feasting and gossiping with the locals in no time
Where better to enjoy loads of free time than in the coastal city of Tuy Hoa, which features irresistible beaches and crazy-good snorkelling
Get your bike on (get on a bike) in pretty Hoi An, the best way to see the town and surrounding countryside. Also, the food here? Completely delicious
Hue is a historical city with a lot of pizazz. Wander around a citadel-within-a-citadel and dare to gaze upon the Forbidden Purple City (it's not forbidden just to LOOK)
It's taken 400 million years for Phong Nha to look this good, so you'd better take advantage – explore a spectacular scene of caves, underground rivers, and caverns big enough to sail into
Limestone karsts, blue-green waters, mysterious caves and super ancient jungle - Cat Ba Island feels a lot like paradise
This trip includes three overnight train journeys, each one taking up to 12 hours. You'll be sharing a cabin with three to five other people and amenities with the rest of the carriage. Although the rides are long and the conditions basic, this is an awesome way to see Vietnam and travel alongside the locals.
You'll be staying in a simple local guesthouse in the Mekong Delta, with basic bedding, dorm-style rooms, shared amenities and cold water only. Although the accommodation is basic, this is an authentic experience of life on the Delta with some delicious Vietnamese home-cooking!
Vietnamese roads can be hectic and intimidating to cross. Never fear - your leader will show you how to do it like a local in Hanoi's Old Quarter.
This trip is for travellers who appreciate a bit of independence. You'll get plenty of free time in each location to make your own choices and do your own activities. Your leader will always be there to give you tips and suggestions.
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1. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport), for internal 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 Days 2 (homestay), Days 3, 5 & 11 (overnight trains) and Day 10 (Phong Nha guesthouse) where you will be in shared accommodation.