Best of Vietnam

07/31/2022 through 12/14/2023
07/31/2022 through 12/17/2023
Intrepid Travel

Best 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, explore fossilised coral shelves in Hang Rai and whizz through the back streets of Hue as you uncover the very best of Vietnam.

Activities

  • Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City – War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City – City tour
  • Mekong Delta – Sightseeing Tour
  • Mekong Delta – Guesthouse Dinner
  • Dalat – Garden visit
  • Phan Rang – Bau Truc pottery village
  • Phan Rang – Po Klong Garai Cham towers
  • Phan Rang – Vinh Hy Bay snorkelling
  • Phan Rang – Hang Rai fossilised coral reefs
  • Phan Rang – Bau Nai fish market & salt fields
  • Hoi An – Old Town walking tour
  • Hue – Imperial City Full Day Tour
  • Hue – Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
  • Hue – Highlights & back streets by motorbike (lunch included)
  • Hue – Perfume River cruise & Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Quang Tri – Vinh Moc Tunnels
  • Quang Tri – Hien Luong Bridge
  • Phong Nha Ke-Bang NP – Thien Duong (Paradise Cave)
  • Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park – Phong Nha Cave
  • Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh, Stilt House and Museum
  • Hanoi – One Pillar Pagoda
  • Hanoi – Old Quarter Walking Tour
  • Da Bac – Sung cave and village tour
  • Da Bac – Sung village to Da Bia hike
  • Da Bac – Homestay Dinner
  • Da Bac – Homestay Lunch
  • Da Bac – Da Bia Lunch
  • Halong Bay – Dinner on Boat
  • Halong Bay – Lunch on Boat
  • Hanoi – Water puppet show

Highlights

  • 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.
  • 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, sampan, junk-style boat, bus and train
  • Visit the mind-boggling Phong Nha and Thien Duong Caves. These labyrinthine systems were used to shelter civilians during the Vietnam/American War
  • Spend a day in Hue, touring the city’s sights on a motorbike and eating lunch at a serene nunnery
  • Wander the fossilised coral formations of Hang Rai, which sometimes appear to float on the water

Itinerary

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City
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Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City
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Day 3 Mekong Delta Homestay
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Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City
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Day 5 Dalat
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Day 6 Dalat
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Day 7 Phan Rang
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Day 8 Phan Rang / Overnight train
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Day 9 Hoi An
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Day 10 Hoi An
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Day 11 Hue
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Day 12 Hue
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Day 13 Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
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Day 14 Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park / Overnight train
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Day 15 Hanoi
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Day 16 Da Bac
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Day 17 Hanoi
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Day 18 Halong Bay
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Day 19 Hanoi
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Day 20 Hanoi
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