Vietnam Express Southbound

10 Days | Discover backwaters, karst-studded bays, bustling cities and bicycle-powered food carts

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Discover the essence of captivating Vietnam on this ten-day tour through backstreets, villages, cities and waterways. Trace the east coast on this fast-paced adventure and take in World Heritage-listed landscapes and towns, feel the buzz of bustling cities and fuel yourself with banh mi and condensed milk coffee. As lively as it is lovely, Vietnam can seem an intimidating place to travel, but your local leaders will guide you to the best street food (and tell you how to order it), introduce you to fishermen on the Mekong Delta and give you the inside scoop on the best tailors in Hoi An. This is an adventure full of life, colour and flavour that introduces you to the highlights of this fascinating nation.

Trip overview

Map of Vietnam Express Southbound including Vietnam
Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Vietnam
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
TVSF
This trip generates 84 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
  • Fall in love with Vietnam one bite at a time, from pho, slurped on a busy street corner to a vegetarian feast in a Buddhist nunnery.
  • Sail through Halong Bay's limestone karsts and island caves, visit a centre that turns the bay's discarded trash into treasures and spend the night checking out the stars on an overnight cruise.
  • Travel like a local on a motorbike tour, riding pillion and taking in the historical pagodas, bridges and villages of Hue.
  • Embrace a slower pace during a private boat tour of the Mekong Delta and meet local craftspeople in the villages that line the river's myriad waterways.
  • Wander through the remarkably well-preserved streets of Hoi An's Old Town on a guided tour, where elegant wooden buildings line the canals.
  • 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 order to see as much as possible, this trip involves some long journeys, including by overnight train where the amenities are shared and basic. For more about what this experience is like, see our blog post here: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/what-to-expect-on-an-overnight-train-in-vietnam/
  • The motorbike tour of Hue has been assessed for safety and is closely monitored (helmets are provided). However, alternative transport can be arranged for those who would prefer not to travel by motorbike.
  • Depending on where you come from, the weather in Vietnam might be hotter and more humid than what you are used to. Please consider your suitability for the season you wish to travel in. Check out http://www.intrepidtravel.com/vietnam/weather-in-vietnam for more info.
  • Itinerary also runs in reverse, from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Enter trip code TVSQ on our website for details.
  • This trip is a great way to see a lot of Vietnam in a relatively short period of time. If you would like a longer tour in Vietnam, maybe check out Best of Vietnam (TVST).You may also want to check out our South East Asia Loop (TTSVC), or our Best of Vietnam & Cambodia (TVSKC) if you have longer time to explore in the region.

Itinerary

Map of Vietnam Express Southbound including Vietnam

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Motorbike, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Minibus, Taxi, Sampan, Tuk-tuk

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Activities
  • Hanoi - KOTO dinner
  • Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise
  • Halong Bay - Cave entry
  • Halong Bay - The Green Life Visit
  • Hue - Imperial City entrance and guided visit
  • Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
  • Hue - Highlights & back streets by motorbike
  • Hue - Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Hue - Motorbike Tour Lunch
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - City tour
  • Mekong Delta - Mekong Delta Day Trip & Village Tuk-Tuk Tour
  • Mekong Delta - Lunch
Add on activities
  • Hanoi - Women's Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology - VND40000
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex - VND80000
  • Hanoi - Hanoi Street Food Experience Urban Adventure - USD40
  • Halong Bay - Kayaking Tour - VND250000
  • Hoi An - Food Adventure Urban Adventure - USD44
  • Hoi An - Private Hoi An: My Son Discovery - USD77
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - A O show - VND1050000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Street Food by Night Urban Adventure - USD36
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel Experience Urban Adventure - USD45

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement exclude Day 2 (Overnight boat) and Day 3 (Sleeper Train) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. Rooms booked only for day use are also excluded.
2. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for train and flight 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.
3. This trip includes a domestic flight. Checked luggage allowance is a maximum of 20 kilograms, plus up to 7 kilograms carry on luggage. Any excess luggage charges will need to be paid directly to the airline at check-in.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 1230 reviews submitted.
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Carly · Traveled June 2024
This trip was fantastic, our team leader Tan was amazing! The food, the experiences and places were all great. Best trip we have been on and would recommend it to anyone travelling to Vietnam.
Review submitted 05 Jul 2024

Juan Diego · Traveled June 2024
An incredible experience. Just book it. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Review submitted 05 Jul 2024

Annabelle · Traveled June 2024
Highly recommend. Variety of memorable activities, from scenic nature to ancient buildings to electric cities to beautiful beaches. Trip leader inclusive and attentive to everyone’s preferences, while fun and knowledgeable. Well organised so that transport was always ready for us and no waiting around. Comfortable accommodation throughout, even the overnight train! A perfect balance of action and free time.
Review submitted 05 Jul 2024

Bryan · Traveled June 2024
There is so much more to this experience than the scenery. The Vietnamese are friendly and happy even given their oppression over the last 1200 years. Traffic chaos is an understatement but everyone gets to their destination in one piece. Wars are terrible although, amazingly, some can move on.
Review submitted 04 Jul 2024

Angel · Traveled June 2024
Wow!!! What a journey!!! 10 days felt like 3 months! I just completed the Vietnam Southbound trip. It was a perfect balance of country and city. Our guide Nhan was the absolute best. This trip is an absolute must!!! The highlights were our guide, cuisine, and the accommodation! Vietnam is AMAZING!!!!
Review submitted 05 Jul 2024
Vietnam Express Southbound
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