Cuisine, culture and Karst landscapes; experience it all on this Vietnamese venture
Vietnam is one of South East Asia’s most beautiful and enigmatic countries, with golden beaches, lush jungles, dynamic cities and world-famous cuisine. Travel the length of the country from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, with stops in Hoi An, Hue, Nha Trang and the breath-taking Ha Long Bay. With street food crawls, boat trips, floating markets, historical sites, lazy beach days and a selection of upgraded accommodation throughout, you’ll be the envy of your friends at home.
Day 1: Fly into Ho Chi Minh City
Make your way to your stylish hotel in the city centre through streets thronged with scooters, noodle sellers and outdoor eateries. Meet your group tonight and get ready to tantalise your taste buds with a street food tour.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Go underground with a half-day tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast underground network that was used during the war. This afternoon, take a guided tour of the city highlights, perhaps stopping for a bowl of pho and a cold bia hoi.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh to Vinh Long
Drift down the Mekong to bustling Cai Be floating market. The water teems with hundreds of wooden boats, piled high with colourful fruit, vegetables and flowers and sellers in traditional bamboo hats hawk their wares. Stay in a guesthouse in Vinh Long tonight.
Day 4: Vinh Long to Nha Trang
Cruise back to Ho Chi Minh with a stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda to admire the ornate architecture, manicured gardens and statues. Then board the sleeper train for a memorable overnight trip to the coastal town of Nha Trang.
Day 5: Nha Trang
Nha Trang offers 6km of sandy beaches, clear waters and places to eat and drink for all budgets. Soak up the sun on the beach or take an optional excursion. After the sun goes down it's cocktail-o-clock!
Day 6: Nha Trang
Spend a full day relaxing on the sand, take a trip to the atmospheric Cham Towers, or explore the sculpture gardens and parks of this lively town. As the stars come out and the sound-systems crank up, get ready to go 'out out'!
Day 7: Nha Trang to Hoi An
Take the short flight to Hoi An today. Wandering the alleyways lined with ancient yellow buildings and Chinese shop houses, you can feel like you've stepped into another era. At night, the whole town is lit up with hundreds of colourful Chinese lanterns.
Day 8: Hoi An
Free day in Hoi An today. Watch the locals eating breakfast around the Japanese Bridge, sip hot and sweet Vietnamese coffee on the waterfront, check out the food market, join a cooking class or get some clothes made at one of the town's many tailors.
Day 9: Hoi An to Hue
Speed along the legendary Hai Van Pass (one of the country's most epic mountain roads) admiring the spectacular views. In Hue, we'll take a guided tour of the majestic Imperial Citadel and Tu Duc Royal Tomb - an atmospheric mausoleum from the 1800s.
Day 10: Hue to Hanoi
Fly up the coast to the exotic capital. More intimate and bohemian than Ho Chi Minh, there's an abundance of things to do, especially in the Old Quarter. Watch a water puppet show, walk round tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake or pick up souvenirs at Dong Xuan Market.
Day 11: Hanoi to Ha Long Bay
Set sail on an incredible 2-day boat trip on the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay. Our vessel is a traditional junk boat which we'll be staying the night on as well. Spend the day swimming and lazing about on the deck before being rocked to sleep by the waves.
Day 12: Ha Long Bay to Hanoi
Shake off your sleepiness with a morning dip in the shimmering sea, before heading back to Hanoi. You can opt to see Ha Long from the air as well, with a thrilling flight over the bay. Enjoy one last night out in the city with your travel family.
Day 13: Depart
It's time to slurp your last bowl of noodles, pack your bags and head home. See you again soon!
This trip includes 12 nights of upgraded accommodation with 1 night in a guesthouse, 1 on an overnight train, 1 on a traditional junk boat and the remaining nights in a selection of hotels (minimum 3*). Hotels and guesthouse are on a twin or double basis with en-suite, AC and WiFi. The boat cabin is triple share.
11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have the freedom to eat wherever you like for the rest of the time. It’s a great opportunity to sample the incredible Vietnamese cuisine.
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Arrive in time for the 5pm welcome meeting on day 1 into Tan Son Nat International Airport (SGN) and make your way to your starting accommodation in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. The trip ends in the morning on day 13 in Hanoi, where the nearest international airport is Noi Bai (HAN)