10 days
from $2,199

GROUP SIZE   ?

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL   ?

4

Vietnam: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

Striking landscape, captivating culture, incredible experiences


There is magic to be found in Vietnam. To find it we hop on board bikes, sampans, junk boats and explore by foot. Live local with a homestay and numerous food tastings. Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of the dramatic coastline and colorful countryside dotted with rice terraces.

 

 

Tour Highlights

  • Kayak on Halong Bay

  • Cycle along the Ho Chi Minh Trail

  • Enjoy an overnight homestay in Pu Luong

Trip code: 10VIETACT

Activity Level:
4

Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in Vietnam to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

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Vietnam in Motion

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Details

  • Countries Visited: Vietnam
  • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights), Homestay (1 night), Overnight Cruise (1 night)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $350
  • Transportation: Bicycle, Support Vehicle, Boat, Plane, Taxi
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and departure transfers are included on a group basis
  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

Day-by-day itinerary from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

Day 1: Hanoi
Xin chao! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting tonight, where you meet your fellow travelers and Local Leader. (d)

  • Our hotel in Hanoi: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel

Day 2: Hanoi
A half-day tour of Hanoi captures the beauty and history of the laid-back capital. Visit major sights, including the Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda. This afternoon enjoy a cycling tour through the winding roads of the countryside. (b)

  • Our hotel in Hanoi: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel

Day 3: Hanoi > Halong Bay
Today we head to Halong Bay. We board our junk boat and enjoy lunch as we sail through the emerald waters. A kayak excursion is in store this afternoon. After, enjoy drinks on the sun deck, swim or just relax as the sun sets. (b, l, d)

  • Our accommodations in Halong Bay: Garden Bay Legend Cruise

Day 4: Halong Bay > Hanoi
After a stunning sunrise breakfast, we visit Thien Canh Son Cave before heading back to Hanoi. A street food tour awaits us tonight at the city’s largest covered market, Dong Xuan. (b, l, d)

  • Our hotel in Hanoi: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel

Day 5: Hanoi > Pu Luong
Leave Hanoi behind for Pu Luong. Upon arrival, jump on your bike and cycle through Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Ride through small towns and wave to friendly locals on your way through picture-perfect Vietnam. (b, l, d)

  • Our accommodations in Pu Luong: Homestay

Day 6: Pu Luong > Hue
This morning, a final walk around Pu Luong takes us through tumbling rice terraces and picturesque mountainside villages. After lunch, we return to Hanoi for a flight to Hue. (b, l)

  • Our hotel in Hue: Alba Spa Hotel

Day 7: Hue > Hoi An
This morning, embark on a cycling tour over Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass before arriving in Hoi An. With lantern-lit streets, vibrant markets, artisan shops and colorful temples, Hoi An is a Vietnamese wonderland. (b, l)

  • Our hotel in Hoi An: Atlas Hoi An Hotel

Day 8: Hoi An
Enjoy a walking tour of the town which used to be a busy port for the Cham people. The afternoon is unscripted. For those who love to shop, Hoi An is a mecca of original artwork, ceramics, embroidery, lanterns and more. (b)

  • Our hotel in Hoi An: Atlas Hoi An Hotel

Day 9: Hoi An > Ho Chi Minh City
A short flight bring us to Ho Chi Minh City, a destination brimming with history, commerce and culture. Here, we explore the Cu Chi Tunnels. Finish the day with a twilight Vespa ride. (b)

  • Our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City: Fusion Suites Saigon

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
Our adventure ends today. (b)

Things to know before traveling to Vietnam

CURRENCY:
The official unit of currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND).

You can use your credit/debit card in ATMs, which are common throughout Vietnam. These machines dispense cash in VND (Vietnamese dong). Credit/debit cards aren’t accepted for small payments in Vietnam so please ensure you have VND cash to cover daily expenses. Clean banknotes in small denominations are most useful. There is no need to bring lots of cash with you unless you prefer not to use ATMs. You can obtain VND cash prior to arriving in Vietnam, through normal outlets such as banks and currency exchange offices.

VACCINATIONS:
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

DENGUE FEVER:
Rare instances of dengue fever have been reported in this region. This virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. There is no vaccination against it, but there are preventative measures that you can take such as wearing long clothing and always using repellent. Please note that this mosquito is most active during daylight hours however care should be taken at all times.

ZIKA VIRUS:
There have been reports of transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in this region and we advise all travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, we recommend all women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant to consult with their doctors before booking their trip.

LOCAL DRESS:
When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.

TET (20-24 January 2020, 11-16 February 2021):
Tet is Vietnam’s New Year festival which takes place in late January/early February based on the lunar calendar and is the most important celebration of the year. While this can be a fascinating time to be in Vietnam, you do need to be prepared for some businesses to be closed, tourist sites to be very busy and for transport to be packed as many Vietnamese are travelling around the country.

Although we do our best to run trips during Tet as per the scheduled itinerary, it is likely that there will be some changes to transport, accommodation or order of destinations visited. Due to the high demand on tickets at this time, flights and overnight trains may on occasion need to be replaced with day buses. We will aim to communicate any known changes prior to your departure.

WET SEASON:
Flooding is common across Vietnam during rainy season (June-December) and could also lead to landslides. Typhoons are also common during this period. During these months there may be disruptions to transport and some activities or destinations may need to be changed as a result at short notice.

CLIMATE & CLOTHING:
For the majority of the year, the temperature in Vietnam is normally warm and humid, particularly from Hoi An southward. North of here, it can be cool between late November and March. If travelling at this time it is advisable to bring some some warmer clothing, particular if you plan to visit the Central Highlights or Sapa.

VISAS:
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Vietnam

Pre-Night Add-ons

HANOI Double: $80 per room; Single: $80


Post-Night Add-ons

HO CHI MINH CITY Double: $70 per room; Single: $70


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.


Extensions

Add on a 4-day adventure to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Ask a Club Adventures team member for details.

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