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.
Feel the cool breeze roll off the hills of Dalat, then wander around the lush gardens of this hill-covered retreat.
Travel to both popular and lesser-known destinations in Vietnam, including tourist hotspots like Halong Bay and hidden gems such as Da Bac
See Vietnam through an exciting mix of transport, including motorbike, basket boat, junk-style 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
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, the hike in Da Bac 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 different homestays 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!)
Vietnam has an incredibly diverse climate influenced by both tropical monsoons and its range of altitudes and latitudes. Temperatures can vary from a brisk 4°C (39°F) in the northern mountains during winter to a sweltering and humid 36°C (97°F) in Ho Chi Minh City during the middle of the dry season. Please check the weather for the time of year you're travelling in order to pack appropriate clothing - this website may be useful: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/vietnam/weather-in-vietnam
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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), 14 (overnight trains), and 18 (overnight boat) and any day use rooms, where accommodation is shared.
Our Best of Vietnam trips score an average of 4.92 out of 5 based on 149 reviews in the last year.
This was a great first trip with Intrepid. It was the first time I have travelled solo and the friendly group environment and the sheer number of varied activities included was perfect. The trip is pretty fast paced but this suited me as I like to do and see as much as possible. The homestays and Hoi An were my highlights but I really enjoyed everything! Our guide was fab making sure we had everything we needed and was a fountain of knowledge about the country and the culture.
Review submitted 24 May 2018
The Best of Vietnam was an amazing experience that takes you through Vietnam in the most unique way. The homestays were definitely the highlights. We met amazing people (especially our Leader) and amazing memories to last a lifetime.
Review submitted 24 May 2018