The ultimate south to north adventure tour of Vietnam
Experience quintessential Vietnam on this comprehensive trip from south to north. Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and experience dynamic cities, tranquil backwaters, imperial ruins, faded colonial elegance and picture-perfect landscapes dotted with reminders of the past. Explore the narrow cobbled streets of Hoi An’s Old Town, slurp on noodly pho in Nha trang and cruise the gentle Perfume River in Hue as you uncover the very best of Vietnam.
Travel to both popular and lesser-known destinations in Vietnam, including tourist hotspots like Halong Bay and hidden gems such as Quy Nhon
See Vietnam through an exciting mix of transport, including motorbike, basket boat, dragon boat, junk boat, bus and train
Experience local life during homestays in the Mekong Delta and Da BAc. Get to know local families, participate in their activities and enjoy a homestyle meal
The drive to Quy Nhon features some of the best scenery in Vietnam. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride
Visit the mind-boggling Phong Nha and Thien Duong Caves. These labyrinthine systems were used to shelter civilians and win the war against the Americans
Spend a day in Hue, touring the city's sights on a motorbike, cruising down Perfume River and eating lunch at a serene nunnery
During this trip, there will be several long days of travelling and you'll be sitting on a bus for many hours at a time. However, road trips often have the best views, and most private buses feature wi-fi.
Two nights of this trip are spent on overnight sleeper trains with journeys of up to 12 hours. Although the conditions are basic and you'll be sharing a compartment with four to six people, this is the best way to maximise your time spent at various destinations.
This trip involves a lot of walking - on city walking tours and during included activities. While being on your feet can be a bit tiring, this is the best way to truly get under the skin of a place.
You'll be spending two nights in a homestay with a Vietnamese family. While the accommodation is shared and basic, this is a great opportunity to connect with the local people (and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals!)
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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1. Please provide your full name as per passport and passport number 45 days prior to departure in order to secure Vietnam train tickets.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 3 & 16 (homestay), 4 & 14 (overnight trains), and 18 (overnight boat) where accommodation is shared.
3. ITINERARY CHANGE 2017: Effective from 21st May on this itinerary you will stay in a small village in the Da Bac region of Hoa Binh province. This is replacing the Mai Chau homestay. At this homestay you will have the opportunity to visit an area that sees few tourists, experience an authentic rural community, while contributing to the homestay's community based tourism project.
Our Best of Vietnam trips score an average of 4.91 out of 5 based on 100 reviews in the last year.
The time spent on the overnight trains is actually about 8 hours each, and so the train journey is in complete darkness. Don’t expect to see views of the countryside from the trains. Had I known this I probably would have chosen the trips that fly instead. The overnight boat and farmstay are motel quality accommodation. The overnight trains and two home stays are extremely basic. The food is very authentic and you meet many real locals. This trip gives a really good picture of the country, including city life, country life, and mountain life.
Review submitted 16 Dec 2017
Spend your Money on experiences / 3 star hotels are all that is needed. Original style tour provides great variety of experiences at low cost. Local guides are the best - they are passionate about their country and want to provide the tour with best of experiences.
Review submitted 09 Dec 2017