Discover the magic of beautiful Vietnam!
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: VITO
Duration: 9 or 12 days
Enjoy a fantastic introduction to Vietnam on this 9 or 12 day tour! Make new friends, learn new things and discover a whole world of adventure in this incredible country. Hang out in the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, cycle around rice paddies in Ninh Binh, learn local skills like cooking and crab fishing, explore Vietnam from the water with a night on a traditional junk boat, and delve into the glittering streets of Ho Chi Minh City. It’s the ultimate intro to one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries!
- Discover the wonders of Vietnam with a group of like-minded adventurers and a knowledgeable guide
- Spend a night on board a traditional Vietnamese junk boat en route to gorgeous Ha Long Bay
- Stay on a spectacular private island!
- Catch crab with local fisherman in the rivers around Hoi An
- Book the 12-day option for an underground tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and kayaking on the Mekong Delta!
Enjoy 9 or 12 days in Vietnam with a group of like-minded travellers and a knowledgeable guide. Discover hidden wonders and gorgeous landscapes in this fantastic country! Let the adventures begin!
Day 1: Welcome to Vietnam. Arrive into Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, where you’ll be met and transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy your first night in Vietnam!
Day 2: Hanoi Rickshaw Tour. Tour around the city on a rickshaw and keep your eyes peeled for key sites such as the Presidential Palace, the beautiful West Lake, the Ho Chi Minh complex and the One Pillar Pagoda.
Day 3: Ha Long Bay cruise. Wake up early and make your way to the traditional Vietnamese junk boat that’ll be your home for the night! As you cruise you’ll have the chance to go caving and sea kayaking!
Day 4: Private Island Adventures. A real treat in store tonight – a stay on your very own private island! Chill out on this gorgeous island, get competitive with some beach volleyball and soak up the glorious sun!
Day 5: Ninh Binh Homestay. Return to Ha Long Bay before plunging south to the stunning landscapes of Ninh Binh. Check in to a fantastic riverside homestay, and watch the sky turn orange and pink as the sun sets in this magnificent location.
Day 6: Beautiful Ninh Binh. Join a bicycle tour through the countryside. Then hop on a boat and glide along gentle rivers and delve into atmospheric caves. After lunch, ascend the legendary 450 steps of Dragon Mountain Viewpoint and prepare for a magical sunset. Overnight train down to Danang and bus to Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An. Wake up this morning on the train in Danang and hop on the short bus ride to Hoi An. Explore the lantern lit streets, wander around the shops and market stalls or simply gaze out over the wonderful waterways.
Day 8: Cycling and Crab Fishing. Today, jump aboard a fisherman’s boat and learn to catch crab as you float through tranquil Vietnamese waters! Then, learn how to whip up some tasty Vietnamese delicacies at a cooking class.
Day 9: 9 day tour ends in Hoi An / 12 day tour explores Ho Chi Minh City. If you have booked the 9 day tour your trip comes to an end today in Hoi An. Your guide will help you organise your onward travel. If you’re on the 12 day tour, today is a great opportunity to explore Hoi An in the morning before jumping on a short flight to southern Vietnam and visit famous Ho Chi Minh City later in the day.
Please note, if you are booked to travel in 2020 and you are doing the 9 day trip, your tour will also end in Ho Chi Minh City. Please download trip notes for further information.
Day 10: Mekong Delta. Today explore the beautiful Mekong Delta and learn first hand how locals live, visit local villages and experience daily life on the Mekong.
Day 11: Cu Chi Tunnels. Head underground and explore the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels, a sprawling network of underground passages that were used during the war for supplies and communication. Then enjoy a farewell night out in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12: 12-Day adventure ends. Your amazing adventure in Vietnam has come to an end! Exchange contact details with your group, say ‘Tam Biet’ to your guide, and head home or off for more travelling adventures.
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Arrive into Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on day 1. You will be met and transferred to your accommodation.
You can arrive in advance of the start date and still take up the inclusive transfer if you book extra nights of accommodation through us. If you wish to arrive before the start date then please let us know this in advance.
Please note if your flight arrives before 7am you will automatically be booked an extra night so you can check into your room immediately. Please budget approximately £12 for this as you will need to pay on arrival.
If you are on the 9 day tour, your trip will finish in Hoi An on day 9 (2021 start dates only). The nearest airport is Da Nang and your group leader can help you book onward travel.
The 12 day tour ends in Ho Chi Minh City. A return airport transfer is not included but is easily arranged. Let us know your onward travel plans and we can advise you about your best transfer options.
2020 Start Dates
Please note if your start date is in 2020 and you are doing the 9 day option you will have an inclusive flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City on day 9. We strongly recommend booking an extra night of accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City at the end of your tour before flying or travelling onwards the following day. Your guide can help you arrange this once you arrive in Vietnam.
8 nights of accommodation are included if you book the 9 day tour and 11 nights of accommodation are included if you book the 12 day tour.
2 nights will be spent in a mixed dorm 'flashpacker' hostel in Hanoi, 1 night in a twin or triple share overnight traditional junk boat in Ha Long Bay, 1 night in a mixed dorm on a private island, 1 night in a twin or triple share local homestay in Ninh Binh, 1 night in a 4 share cabin overnight train, and 2 nights in a twin or triple share hotel in Hoi An.
For the 12 day tour you will also spend 2 nights in a twin or triple share hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, and 1 night in a twin or triple share hotel in the Mekong Delta.
7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners are included on the 9-day tour. 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners are included on the 12-day tour. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to soak up Vietnamese culture and sample some local delicacies!
Our local team have installed safe refillable water stations at every overnight stop on this tour and also at many of the activity destinations as well. In an effort to reduce the use of single use plastics, we ask that you bring your own refillable water bottle with you on this trip.
The minimum age to join this group tour is 18.
British nationals will need to apply for a visa before travelling to Vietnam. You can apply for a eVisa, which will allow for 30 days in Vietnam, through the offical Vietnamese government website.
It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.