Vietnam: Culture and Chaos
*This experience runs on selected days – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Rooms are en-suite and twin where possible. If you are a solo traveler, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex
13 Days through the best of Vietnam
Visiting 1 country: Vietnam
With something for the well-seasoned travelers as well as the first-time travelers, this trip to Vietnam is all sorts of epic. From crazy cities to motorbikes galore, to foodie treats and pho-real meals, all the way to getting cruise-y in the waters of Halong Bay – Vietnam is the perfect island-city combination – you won’t be disappointed.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City is home to 10 million people and 4 million motorbikes. Pretty cool huh? Tonight, prepare yourself for foodie heaven with the included street eats tour. Try the wonderful and the weird (if you’re feeling brave). There’s so much to get your teeth stuck into.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
Make sure you’re wearing your explorer shoes today! Rise early for your Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour. These interesting tunnels were a strategic operation base during the Vietnam War, and there’s over 120km worth of them! Amazing. Later this afternoon in HCMC, stroll to the Municipal Theatre, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum on an included city tour.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City to Vinh Long, Mekong River
Hop on a boat to peruse Cai Be’s floating markets that teem with fruit, vegetables and goodies. Stop for lunch, then it’s on to an overnight homestay where we rest up for the evening.
Day 4: Vinh Long, Mekong River to Nha Trang via Ho Chi Minh City
Wake up to another morning in the land of pho and snake wine. Later, we arrive in Nha Trang. Rest up at the white powdery beaches of Vietnam’s most popular seaside resort town, or search for markets. Either way you’re winning.
Day 5: Nha Trang
A day for either feeling the wind in your hair or chilling at the spa with our optional activities. Try out a full day boat trip. Or if you’d prefer some chilled vibes, take a tour at the Thap Ba Hot Spring Bathing and Mud Spa. Looks like you’ll be spoilt for choice.
-Hot Spring and Mud Spa tour
Day 6: Nha Trang
Spend your free day lazing in Nha Trang, a kite-running, windsurfing and scuba diving mecca. Woo!
Day 7: Nha Trang to Hoi An
Fly upwards to Hoi An – known for its spectrum of exciting architecture. Expect French colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses, Vietnamese tube houses and the Japanese Covered Bridge.
Day 8: Hoi An
Day two in this cultural melting-pot mecca. Hop on an optional tour to a vegetable village just outside of Hoi An. Providing veggies for Hoi An and its nearby areas, this place is pretty special. If you wanna channel your inner masterchef, enrol on an optional cooking class conducted by a local chef.
-Vegetable village tour
Day 9: Hoi An to Hue
Drive along the Hai Van Pass, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful mountain passes. We end up in the former imperial capital, Hue. Take a guided tour of the Citadel, the Forbidden City and the Royal Tomb. What an introduction!
Day 10: Hue to Hanoi
Fly up the coast as you take on the big capital city of Hanoi.
Day 11: Hanoi to Halong Bay
Cruise time. A day of paddling, swimming and lazing on the sundeck? Yes please. Return back just in time to watch the sunset from the top deck before tucking in to the bay’s freshest seafood for dinner.
Day 12: Halong Bay to Hanoi
Back in the capital today. But not before an optional scenic flight over Halong Bay in a seaplane. Um, how cool is that?
-Scenic flight over Halong Bay
Day 13: Hanoi
Today, it’s breakfast then we’re not happily outta here. Okay, maybe one last bowl of pho first.
1 Week +
EPIC JOURNEYS: ADVENTURES & EXPEDITIONS, IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
- Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels
- Guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City
- Visit the Cai be Floating Market
- Tour at the Thap Ba Hot Spring Bathing and Mud Spa
- Visit the Hai Van pass
- Guided tour of the Citadel, Forbidden City and Royal Tomb
- Party cruise in Halong Bay
- Visit to KOTO restaurant in Hanoi
- Farewell dinner
- 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- 9 nights in hotel accommodation, 1 night in a guesthouse, 1 night on a party junk boat, 1 night on an overnight train
- Internal flights
- Overnight train ticket
- Guided tours of all major cities
- Awesome Local Trip Leader + Local Guides
- Modern air-conditioned vehicle
What’s not included
- International flights
- Extra meals and drinks
9 nights in hotel accommodation, 1 night in a guesthouse, 1 night on a party junk boat, 1 night on an overnight train.
If you have selected twin share accommodation on the Halong Bay cruise, you may be accommodated in a triple share room for the duration of the cruise. This means you will be sharing with two other passengers. Please contact us if this might be an issue.
We endeavour to select a combination of good quality, three and four-star quality hotels, hostels and guesthouses (where you actually stay will depend on your trip) that reflects the character of the local area. The accommodation is also as centrally located as possible. We strive to keep the cost as affordable as possible.
Please be aware that some rooms, especially those in major urban centers or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners.
We aim to make sure that breakfasts are included every morning in the accommodation (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink.
Included evening meals are in local restaurants or in the included accommodation. In most cases, table water is provided with the meals and if you wish to purchase additional drinks, you can do so at your own expense.
If you have any dietary requirements, we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. Please be aware that although we will do everything in our power, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we eat in will be able to cater to all of your dietary needs. Also, we cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
Worth noting: May through November is typhoon season in Asia, which can have an impact on touring in Halong Bay. Safety is our number one concern and as such we follow the direction of the Halong Bay Port Authority when operating day and overnight cruises. In the event of adverse weather/force majeure preventing safe cruising on the bay, We will make alternative accommodation arrangements and refunds cannot be issued for cancelled cruises or boat trips.
Group Size: Maximum 20
Transport: Small modern air conditioned vehicle, overnight train and internal flight
Start time: Meet at 5pm in Ho Chi Minh City
Finish time: Approximately 9am in Hanoi
While we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.
Ho Chi Minh City: AO show – 25 EUR
Nha Trang: Full day boat tour – 8 EUR / Thap Ba hot spring bathing & mud spa tour – 38 EUR
Hoi An: Cooking class – 27 EUR/ Vegetable Village tour 18 EUR
Halong Bay: Scenic flight with seaplane – 84 EUR
On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by us, nor do they form part of your contract with us. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow travellers if you become separated.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.