Vietnam Experience

2 weeks seeing the sights in Vietnam, with an optional epic extension!

14-21 days

from £799

Trip Highlights

  • Cruise along the legendary Ha Long Bay
  • Live the high life and enjoy Hanoi’s night life!
  • Experience traditional village life in Sapa
  • Explore picturesque Ninh Binh on a bike tour
  • Option to extend your trip and relax on Nha Trang’s beaches and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh!

Trip Summary

Get to know Vietnam! This trip will take you to some of Vietnam’s most unmissable cities and villages, and there’s also the opportunity for some beachside relaxation! You’ll be cruising the iconic Ha Long Bay, enjoying Hanoi’s hedonistic lifestyle scene and checking out the views on an energising hike in Sapa! Enjoy this once in a lifetime journey with a group of fellow adventurous travellers and cross Vietnam off your bucket list!

There’s the opportunity to extend this trip and head to top up your tan on the idyllic beaches of Nha Trang, trek through Da Lat’s wild jungle terrain and explore the famous Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh city! This trip is the perfect experience for a taste of what Vietnam has to offer!

Departures in April 2017 will follow a different 21-day itinerary, contact us for more details. 

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Trip Info

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi!

Hello Hanoi! You’ll be met by one of our lovely representatives at the airport and transferred to your accommodation. Once you’ve recharged after the flight you’ll meet your co-ordinator and the rest of the group for a friendly get together and a beer (or two!)

Day 2: Discover Hanoi

There’s a tour orientation today, we’ll go over all the amazing activities that are in store and you can ask any burning questions! Then it’s time for a Hanoi walking tour, checking out the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake, the Temple of Literature and the Ho Chi Minh Complex! This evening watch a traditional water puppet show before enjoying a delicious meal in the old quarter. Then it’s on to Beer Street to get a few drinks in!

Day 3: Head to Sapa

We’ll head to Sapa Town this morning. Once we arrive we’ll get out on an invigorating trek to some local villages where you’ll learn more about traditional life and meet the locals. Get your cameras at the ready – you’ll want some shots of the iconic rice fields!

Day 4: Head to Lao Chai Village!

We’re off to the stunning Lao Chai Village after breakfast today! Prepare to be immersed in mesmerising green scenery as you get a taste of local life and experience the customs and culture of the villagers. You’ll love heading off the beaten track, and you’ll also enjoy a home stay in this fantastic region! Get to know your welcoming host family and watch the landscape shimmer as the sun goes down. Bliss!

Day 5: Explore Sapa

We’ll head back to Sapa this morning for some exploration! Pick up some souvenirs at the lively market, head up Ham Rong Mountain for some mind-blowing views, or visit the charming Stone Church. We’ll then check out of our accommodation, grab a tasty bite to eat and head back to Hanoi.

Day 6: Transfer to Ha Long Bay

It’s a bright and early start this morning as we head to Ha Long Bay. When we arrive we’ll get stuck straight into the bucket list activities with a cruise down the iconic Ha Long Bay – you’ll even get to kayak if you don’t mind getting splashed! This evening we’ll enjoy a group meal with a side of sunset views and karaoke!

Day 7: Kayaking and Swimming

Grab your chance to kayak or swim around the beautiful bay one more time before we transfer back to the mainland. This afternoon we’ll head to glorious Ninh Binh to check into our accommodation. You’ll have a free evening, so why not grab a tasty meal with the group and get out amongst the locals!

Day 8: Explore Ninh Binh

Today is all about exploring Ninh Binh’s captivating countryside in style! Get on your bike and cycle through the spectacular landscape! We’ll stop off for a serene river cruise for an opportunity to take in the enchanting views. This evening we’ll board the night bus to Hue – settle in and get some rest, Hue awaits!

Day 9: Hello Hue!

We’ll arrive in Hue this morning and freshen up at our accommodation before grabbing a bite to eat. A cruise along the picturesque Perfume River will showcase the best of Hue’s views, and we’ll then visit the seven storey Thien Mu Pagoda – Vietnam’s tallest religious building! We’ll round the day off with a walking tour of the city and a taste of Hue’s lively night life!

Day 10: Explore Hue

You’ve got a free day today! Head to the Minh Mang Tomb, situated in an awe-inspiring forest or visit the walled Imperial City for a taste of Hue’s history. Later, head to the night market to watch merchants sell exotic wares.

Day 11: Head to Hoi An

Today we’ll begin the journey to Hoi An. Weather permitting, we’ll travel down the famed Hai Van Pass, a scenic road framed by striking mountains. Depending on the weather, we’ll stop at either a secluded waterfall or the Da Nang Marble Mountains. Stunning!

Day 12: Biking and Boating!

Don your helmet today, we’ll be biking through Hoi An’s charming streets! Pass rice paddies and enjoy some quintessentially Thai scenes. Later, we’ll board a traditional basket boat to try out crab fishing before grabbing a bite to eat and spending a relaxing evening at the hostel!

Day 13: Free Time

Today is a free day, so discover the best of Hoi An! Learn some top local tips at a cookery class, or stroll through the streets of Hoi An Ancient Town for a glimpse at the quaint architecture. Fancy some relaxation? An Bang Beach is the best place for sun lounging!

Day 14: Departure/Extension

If you’re not participating in the extension you’ll be heading off today, and your guide will be on hand to help out with onward travel. If you’re staying on, get ready for more epic adventures! You’ll have a free afternoon before boarding the night bus to Nha Trang this evening.

Day 15: Nha Trang Beaches

We’ll check into our Nha Trang accommodation today! Nha Trang is known for its sweeping white beaches, so grab a sun lounger and get settle in! There are some optional activities available today, including Vietnamese mud baths and a trip to the local water park. This evening, why not round the group up and grab a few drinks?

Day 16: Boats and Beaches

We’ll head out on a boat excursion today! Once we’ve set off you can swim, snorkel and sunbathe, and there are some optional water sports lined up too! This is the perfect way to experience the island’s sparking seas and top up your tan!

Day 17: Head to Da Lat

Time to transfer to Da Lat – home of majestic jungle terrain. We’ll check into our accommodation for the chance to rest and relax before tomorrow’s trekking adventures!

Day 18: Tropical Trekking

Grab a dose of action and adventure today as we trek into the monumental mountains of Da Lat. Spot awe-inspiring views along the way and experience another side of vibrant Vietnam!

Day 19: Ho Chi Minh City

We’ll journey over to Ho Chi Minh City today. Our accommodation is set in the heart of a bustling backpacker area, and once we’ve arrived you can head out into the surrounding streets, get to meet some interesting fellow travellers and pick up a few souvenirs from the local stalls! Right at the heart of this hedonistic hub, there’s no better introduction to Ho Chi Minh!

Day 20: The Cu Chi Tunnels

We’ll visit the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels today. This underground network was used by Viet Cong soldiers during the war, and you’ll be able to immerse yourself in this rice history today. Once we’ve had time to explore you’ll have some free time! We suggest checking out Ben Thanh Market, the city’s largest market, or heading to Pub Street for a meal and a few drinks.

Day 21: Departure

Time to bid farewell to vibrant Vietnam today. We’re sure you’ll be planning the next big adventure soon, so swap numbers with your group! Your guide will help you with onward travel arrangements.

Please note: For departures in April 2017, this trip will follow a different 21-day itinerary, please contact us for more details. The 14 day option is available from 1st May 2017 onwards.

Accommodation & Meals

All accommodation is included.

Some hotels will offer laundry facilities for a charge. Often you’ll be charged by items, so this can be fairly expensive. Alternatively, we recommend that you use local laundry services that are more likely to charge by the kilo. Your guide will be on hand to tell you where the best and most cost effective laundry services are. We suggest that you bring travel wash or biodegradable soap with you in case you’d like to do your own laundry.

17 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18 years.

Visas

You should ensure that you have a full passport that is valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information provided below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

You will need to apply for a visa for Vietnam before travel. Most UK citizens qualify for an e-visa which can be applied for online. You must have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport from the date you enter the country. 

Please note Vietnamese visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.

More information please contact your nearest Vietnamese embassy. 

Whats Included

  • Airport meet and greet and transfer
  • Accommodation
  • 17 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Transport between destinations
  • Transport between included activities
  • Hanoi city orientation
  • Hanoi walking tour
  • Hanoi water puppet show
  • Trek to Cat Cat village
  • Ha Long Bay cruise
  • Ninh Binh bike tour
  • Perfume River cruise
  • Pagoda visit
  • Waterfall visit/Marble Mountains visit

Extension Inclusions:

  • Nha Trang beach time
  • Nha Trang boat trip
  • Trekking in Da Lat
  • Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Onward travel

Flights

Your flight to Vietnam should arrive into Hanoi International Airport (also known as Noi Bai) on your programme start date. The airport code is HAN. 

14 day trip

The 14 day trip finishes in Hoi An on your programme end date (day 14 of the itinerary). The nearest airport to Hoi An is Da Nang International Airport (airport code DAD). You are free to depart at any time on this day. Your transfer to Da Nang Airport is not included but your guide will be able to give you information and advice on arranging this. 

21 day trip

The 21 day trip finishes in Ho Chi Minh City on your programme end date, you are free to depart at any time on your programme end date. You should arrange for your flight to depart from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) on your programme end date. Your transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport is not included but your guide will be able to give you information and advice on arranging this. 

To book your flights, please contact us on 01892 277037 to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.

 

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Ben White

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Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

The biggest highlight of this trip would have to be when we finished volunteering and to see the difference we made in such a small amount of time! Also, the views at Halong bay were amazing! Quad biking in the sand dunes was unforgettable! Would highly recommend paying extra for them!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Apart from slightly more time at Halong Bay, the trip covers so much in such a short time so I wouldn't add anything!

Tips for other travellers?

Don't pack too heavy because if you're short on clothes you could always buy a few things for very cheap!

Any other comments?

I would highly recommend this trip, everyone on it were so nice and you get to become close with new people! Also I couldn't ask for better tour guides than Jane and D, they were amazing and made the experience so much better!

Amy Baird

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Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant springs and volunteering

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

no everything was great

Tips for other travellers?

Don't be scared you will have an amazing time

Kara Wills

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Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

volunteering, elephant springs

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

looking in the caves in Hue

Tips for other travellers?

cover your legs for bites and plenty of sun cream

Any other comments?

great guides

Sabrina Shilstone

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Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

The volunteering was very well planned and such an amazing experience, you really get a feel for the community! Halong bay and Monkey Island were gorgeous places! Of course the quad biking in the sand dunes was insane in Mui Ne!!!!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

A day in Nha Trang instead of 4 in Mui Ne :)

Tips for other travellers?

Don't pack too much!! You don't need any travel wash for clothes, everywhere has cheap laundry service! Bring clothes to go out in :)

Any other comments?

Our tour guides (Jane and D) were two of the most amazing people ever and were so helpful!

Sophia Deen

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What were the highlights of your trip?

"Volunteer work: building a shower room for the locals and volunteering in the school The sunset white sand dunes and quad biking. Bike ride in Hoi An and our overnight stay in Ha Long bay."

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

None

Tips for other travellers?

"Don't over pack as there's alot of opportunity to buy clothes in Vietnam or get clothes made and bring a pad lock with you as you may stay in large shared dorms.

Any other comments?

Really enjoyed the trip and the group I was with but a huge thanks goes to our two amazing tour guides who were not only helpful but so friendly throughout the trip.

Arthur James

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So many highlights of this trip guys! The time spent on monkey island was unforgettable. The boat trip through Ha Long Bay leaves you speechless (if it's sunny!). The quad biking at sun rise in Mui Ne is something well worth the 4.30am alarm. Make sure you go on the pub crawl there to as the bars/clubs are far better than I expected for a small town and they pick you up in jeeps. I don't think anyone on our trip wasn't impressed with the lantern lit evening in Hoi An with the tailors and restaurants along the river. The Vietcong tunnels/shooting range are very interesting and we had a Vietnam war veteran as our guide. His name was Mr Bin and he was a pure legend.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

The time spent in certain places could be better allocated such as more time in Hoi An and a little less in Mui Ne.

Tips for other travellers?

Pack lightly (You're all going to want to shop in Hoi An) Go on all the extra trips. Have an open mind. Take too many photo.

Any other comments?

The tour guides Jane, Lien and Chloe were excellent, constantly enthusiastic and making the trip run smoothly. I would like to thank them for making the trip a fantastic experience.

Olivia Edden

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Quad biking over the white sand dunes, cycling tour in Hoi An, war museum in HCMC and embracing the completely different culture.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More time in Hoi An and less time staying on the beach in Mui Ne.

Tips for other travellers?

don't overpack as you won't be able to fit everything you pick up on the way back in your bag, try everything you can as it's almost always worth it, eat the local food as it is incredible

Any other comments?

trip wouldn't have been the same without the fab tour guides Lien and Chloe- thank you both so much you have taught me lots about life (love yourself!!!)

Olivia Edden

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Quad biking over the white sand dunes, cycling tour in Hoi An, war museum in HCMC and embracing the completely different culture.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More time in Hoi An and less time staying on the beach in Mui Ne.

Tips for other travellers?

don't overpack as you won't be able to fit everything you pick up on the way back in your bag, try everything you can as it's almost always worth it, eat the local food as it is incredible

Any other comments?

trip wouldn't have been the same without the fab tour guides Lien and Chloe- thank you both so much you have taught me lots about life (love yourself!!!)

Hannah Paish

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Cycling around Hoi An, riding the quad bikes in Mui Ne, swimming off Monkey Island, pretty much everything!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

There were a lot of free days, it might be good if there were more excursions to different areas.

Tips for other travellers?

Can I have more than three? Ok, cool: 1) If you're going in the summer, don't bother bringing jumpers etc. You won't wear them. 2) Bring vitamin C tablets. I took one everyday and didn't get ill once. 3) No matter what people tell you, do not save all your shopping for Hoi An, it is very expensive there. 4) Saigon is not as dangerous as people tell you it is. Just be wary of your belongings and you'll be fine. 5) Try everything, even if you're nervous about it. It's called Vietnam Expereince, go have an experience!

Adam Wilkinson

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The quad biking in Mui ne was the best activity!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I thought the itinary was pretty perfect! Couldn't of asked for better!

Tips for other travellers?

Take enough sunscreen! There is laundry places everywhere so don't pack millions of clothes! Bring smarter night clothes rather than just swim shorts like me!

Any other comments?

Everyone on the trip was super nice and I couldn't of asked for a better 3 weeks! The accommodation was much much better than expected! Really good value for money and I would recommend anyone wanting to see all of Vietnam in 3 weeks to go! The guides Chloe, Jane and Lien were super nice and organised the whole way through! Can't ask for better!

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