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Vietnam Adventure

From Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

Look just beneath the surface and you’ll discover the authentic Vietnam; a potpourri of beautiful landscapes and vibrant cities, striking coastlines, sandy beaches and welcoming locals. A Vietnam where ancient custom sits happily alongside the modern and where the street is still the heart of social life – colourful floating markets bobbing on the river, vendors selling local delicacies, the washing of laundry alongside the riverbank and market squares where gossip and tales are shared. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Vietnam.

Our journey takes us from Ho Chi Minh City in the south to Hanoi in the north. From Ho Chi Minh City with its beautiful French colonial buildings, we’ll explore the Cu Chi tunnels used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. We’ll also travel the waterways of the Mekong Delta and visit a floating market and some island villages. Da Lat, the former premier French Hill Station, is often called the City of Eternal Spring; from here we’ll ascend Lang Bian Mountain in the National Park. In Nha Trang we include a boat trip to one of the coastal islands for a relaxing day. Next stop is Hoi An, the first World Heritage area on our tour. Whilst there we also visit the UNESCO site of My Son.

We travel over the breath-taking Hai Van Pass to the Imperial City of Hue and take a trip on the Perfume River before continuing to the city of Hanoi where we have a full day sightseeing in the city. We move on to the attractive Mai Chau Valley to visit some of the local villages before moving on to Ninh Binh via Cuc Phuong National Park. Halong Bay is next, for an extensive cruise amongst the distinctive 3000 limestone islands and ‘stacks’ forming this quite remarkable scenic phenomenon. We then return to Hanoi for our last night.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable.



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    14 Nov 2017
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    12 Dec 2017
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    17 Jan 2018
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  • Itinerary & Map
    14 Nov 2017 - 03 Dec 2017

    Day 1 - In flight
    Depart on an overnight flight to Bangkok from London Heathrow with Thai Airways.

    Day 2 - Ho Chi Min City
    Arrive Bangkok and continue on Thai Airways flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Depending on how everyone is feeling, we may have a familiarisation walk on arrival.

    Day 3 - Ho chi Min City
    We spend the morning visiting the Cu Chi tunnels used by the Vietcong during the Vietnamese war and the afternoon exploring the sights of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon).

    Day 4 - Ho Chi Min City
    We have a day on the Mekong south of Ho Chi Minh City exploring the river delta area by boat and sampling the wonderful produce from local markets.

    Day 5 - Da Lat
    Moving north from Ho Chi Minh City we travel by road to Da Lat, a pleasant hill station in the southern highlands.

    Day 6 - Da Lat
    We spend the day in the Langbian National Park where we have the chance to climb up the mountain for some spectacular views. We also have a chance to ride on the Dalat Cremaillere Railway for a round trip on the preserved line.

    Day 7 - Nha Trang
    We travel north again by road to the coast at Nha Trang. Here we should have time for a beach walk before dinner in our hotel.

    Day 8 - Nha Trang
    We will have a trip out from Nha Trang by boat to one of the beautiful coastal islands. We have time to walk, swim and relax before returning to the mainland.

    Day 9 - Hoi An
    A morning flight from Nha Trang to Danang and transfer by road to our hotel at Hoi An. We have free time in the afternoon to explore this delightful World Heritage town which seems to be in a time warp. Hoi An is an excellent place to buy made-to-measure clothing.

    Day 10 - Hoi An
    We visit the temples at My Son, a UNESCO heritage site, formerly the centre of the Champa Kingdom. The site is spread out and we’ll have time to walk between the temples.

    Day 11 - Hue
    Continuing north by road we take the morning to reach Hué, perhaps the city in Vietnam where the French colonial legacy remains most evident. We’ll stop at Lang Co Beach en route and visit the Royal Tomb of Ming Mang King and Khai Dinh.

    Day 12 - Hanoi
    We have the morning to finish looking around Hué before flying on to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam for a thousand years. Hanoi is a more relaxed place compared with Saigon and has many attractions to keep us occupied.

    Day 13 - Hanoi
    We spend the day taking in the sites of the city including the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh’s house, with the famous water puppet theatre in the afternoon.

    Day 14 - Mai Chau
    We now move out of Hanoi and head for the Mai Chau Valley via Hoa Binh to visit the Master Pagoda an a walk around the local villages.

    Day 15 - Mai Chau
    We will journey out from the hotel to spend another day walking in the cooler hills for a local walk and picnic lunch. Returning to Mai Chau we have a short cookery lesson with a local family.

    Day 16 - Ninh Binh
    We depart for Ninh Binh. En route we’ll visit Cuc Phuong National Park and view a prehistoric cave and a local animal rescue centre.

    Day 17 - Halong
    After breakfast we drive to Hoa Lu for a short walk and some sightseeing and include a boat ride in Trang An. We’ll have some lunch before the 5 hour drive to Halong.

    Day 18 - Hanoi
    We have a 6hr boat cruise Halong Bay with stops for swimming (weather permitting), cave exploration and Titov island. We’ll have lunch on board our boat and then it’s onto Hanoi for our last night and a farewell dinner.

    Day 19 - In flight
    Free time, dinner and transfer to Hanoi Airport for the overnight flight to UK.

    Day 20 -
    We arrive back in the UK.


  • Accommodation

    We stay throughout in good standard tourist class accommodation but in Mai Chau Valley we have a simpler hotel.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • All local travel and entrance fees.
    • Half board accommodation and five lunches.
    • Dinner taken in hotels and local restaurants.
    • Local English speaking guides.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Ascending Lang Bian Mountain for spectacular views across Lanbiang National Park.
    • Cruising around Halong Bay amongst the natural wonders of limestone islands and grottos.
    • Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage jungle temple site of My Son.
    • Meeting local people in the villages around Hoa Binh.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
    • Flights: Heathrow-Ho Chi Minh City/ Hanoi-Heathrow via Bangkok both ways (c14hrs + stops), Thai International Airways.        
    • UK add-on flights from £150 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: Business Class available, ask for a quote.
    • Visa is required. 

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Activity Level
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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable.



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