- Enjoy the benefits of complete flexibility
- Explore the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi
- Get off the beaten track and discover Vietnam's hidden gems
- Visit caves, national parks and take a city tour of Hanoi
- Learn more about the country's history and visit significant places of interest
- Spend time chilling out on Vietnam's beautiful beaches
Our Vietnam Travel Pass allows you to travel off the beaten track, taking you to places not yet frequented by foreign visitors, whilst also taking you to some of the country's hotspots and best-known cities. As a hop-on, hop-off travel pass, you'll start your journey in the lively centre of Ho Chi Minh City, making your way north, along the coast, through some of Vietnam's most spectacular countryside.
You can do all the stops on this hop-on, hop-off travel pass in a minimum of 14 days, but most people take 18+ days to complete the route, so you can really take your time to explore Vietnam at your own pace. Choose whether or not you want to stick with our basic Hop On - Hop Off travel pass, or opt to upgrade to a flexi tour which includes some accommodation and activities too!
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Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City
Your trip starts in the busy southern city of Ho Chi Minh City. You'll meet your tour leader and the rest of your group at our welcome night introduction at 6pm, and find out exactly how your travel pass works, get to ask any questions you might have, and make sure you're all set for your travels, whether you're taking two weeks or a whole year to tour Vietnam. Spend the rest of the evening in the city centre, sampling delicious Vietnamese food or having a few drinks with your new travel chums.
Free time in Ho Chi Minh City
The National War Museum, although filled with harrowing images and stories, is well worth a visit, as are the famous Cu Chi Tunnels – an underground system consisting of more than 200km of hand-dug paths and routes used by the Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. If you get a chance to catch a show at the Water Puppet Theatre, you'll get to enjoy a slightly unusual, but amusing glimpse into Vietnamese traditions.
Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat
From hectic Ho Chi Minh City to the cool and collected atmosphere of Da Lat, we'll make our way north as we travel the six-hour journey to our next destination. On our way through coffee and tea plantations, vineyards, farmland, and flower paddocks, we'll stop off at Datanla Waterfall, a beautiful nature site where legend tells tales of K'ho fairies dancing and playing at the foot of the falls – walk down to the waters, or drive your own mini rollercoaster to the base!
Free time in Da Lat
While you're in Da Lat, don't miss the opportunity to go abseiling and rappelling on a canyoning trip, take a mountain bike tour, or battle the rapids on a white water rafting trip. For those of you not looking to exert themselves so much, opt for a look around Crazy House, or visit the last emperor's art deco style summer palace.
Da Lat to Bai Xep
Heading towards the coast on the next stretch, we'll make our way to Bai Xep via Nha Trang – for those wanting to stop off at a livelier coastal town. Off the beaten track, we'll get to discover the charm of the peaceful little fishing village of Bai Xep, where you'll be greeted by friendly locals and a gorgeously secluded white-sand bay.
Free time in Bai Xep
Make the most of your surroundings and enjoy plenty of beach time and a few water activities – fancy taking a roundboat out? Try it here. Enjoy some food while watching the fishing boats chug out to sea, go snorkelling, or hike through the surrounding forests.
Bai Xep to Hoi An
Driving another six or so hours up the coast, we'll make our way to the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, but not before stopping off at the Son My Memorial in My Lai to pay our respects to those lost in the massacre. Once we arrive in Ho An, you'll get to head off and explore with the rest of your group, or independently – the choice is yours.
Free time in Hoi An
Spend your time in Hoi An exploring the pretty yellow building lined streets by bicycle, or from the comfort of a cosy chair with a good vantage point for people-watching at a street cafe or bakery. There are plenty of bars and restaurants dotted along the river bank to relax in too, or you could take a cookery or lantern making class and acquire some new skills!
Hoi An to Hue
From Hoi An we'll head further north to reach the former national capital and home to the Imperial City's palaces and shrines, Hue. Strewn with pagodas, tombs, and shrines, Hue gives the air of importance and spirituality in equal measure, and has so many points of interest it's difficult to know how to devise your time accordingly.
Free time in Hue
Spend time in Hue visiting the local temples and shrines, and cycling out into the gorgeous surrounding countryside. You could even take a river boat cruise, or drop in on the local spa for some well-deserved pampering and relaxation.
Hue to Phong Nha
Setting off from Hue in the morning on our journey to Phong Nha, we'll be making a visit to the labyrinth of Vinh Moc Tunnels that were used by almost 100 families as a safe place to work and live in during some of the heaviest bombings of the Vietnam War. Then it's on to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, through the provincial town of Dong Hoi, before finally arriving at our destination.
Free time in Phong Nha
Get to know Phong Nha's spectacular national park while you're in the area and spend time splashing about in the cool but crystal-clear water of the numerous lakes and falls. Along with a bit of wildlife spotting and plenty of beautiful trails to walk through, it'll take your breath away. Thien Duong Cave is another must-see while you're here, for an out-of-this-world experience.
Phong Nha to Ninh Binh
Making tracks for Ninh Binh, we'll travel through stunning countryside, stopping off on the way to appreciate our surroundings and stretch our legs. We should arrive in Ninh Binh in the afternoon – just enough time to get acquainted with the town before sitting down for food in the evening. Included in your travel pass is a canoe trip to the Trang An Grottoes, where you'll paddle through the tranquil waters past rice paddies and huge karst formations.
Free time in Ninh Binh
The limestone caves of Tam Coc, and the Hoa Lu temples are an absolute must-see while you're in Ninh Binh. Make sure you get out into the countryside or book yourself onto plantation excursions and river rafting tours - you'll want to photograph everything, so make sure you've got a decent camera/device with you at all times.
Ninh Binh to Hanoi
Your last travel stint on your pass will take you to Hanoi – similar to Ho Chi Minh City in terms of hustle and bustle, crowds, and mopeds! You'll get to take a city walking tour with your tour leader and the rest of the group, where you'll get to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the old Royal Palace Gardens and Ho Chi Minh's house, the One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature.
Free time in Hanoi
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a typically busy Asian city, but a great base for visiting the famous islets and party islands of Halong Bay to the east, as well as the serene Sa Pa area further inland to the west - make sure you get out of the centre to explore these incredible places right on the city's doorstep.
How your travel pass works
A travel pass offers you the assurance of pre-paid transport with an English-speaking guide, as well as the complete flexibility to hop on and off whenever you like. Once you’ve booked your travel pass, you’ll be set up with an online account where you’ll have instant access to the trip itinerary and each destination’s transport timetables – so you’ll be able to plan your own travel schedule with all the information you need for getting to and from each place.
You’ll also be able to ask your tour guide to book accommodation ahead of your arrival – just let them know and then pay locally when you reach your accommodation.
Please note that we will book the pass as open dated, so you can decide the date that you want to start the pass- please contact us for more details
Please note routes and itineraries are subject to change.
- A flexible travel pass for Vietnam
- All transport between destinations
- An experienced tour guide
- Welcome meeting
- Reserved accommodation where requested, payable locally
- Datanla Waterfall entrance fees in Da Lat
- My Lai Memorial entrance fees near Hoi An
- Vinh Moc Tunnels entrance fees near Dong Hoi
- Entrance to the Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave, Phong Nha
- Boat trip to the Trang An Grottoes
- Guided city walking tour of Hanoi
- 24/7 emergency support
- Airport transfers
- Optional activities
Your accommodation isn't included in the cost of your travel pass, but your tour guide can recommend and reserve accommodation ahead of your travel to each location, so all you need to do is let your guide know and then pay for each, locally, as you go. There are plenty of different types of accommodation in each location to suit all budgets, so you’ll have a wide variety to choose from. If you fancy having your accommodation for the first night in each location taken care of before travelling, you can upgrade to a flexi tour – ask us for more details when you get in touch.
Meals aren't included as part of your Vietnam Travel Pass, which offers you a fantastic opportunity to sample a range of Vietnam’s delicious food. You won’t be short of places to choose from and your guide will always be able to suggest different places to eat – be adventurous and try out some of the local dishes, pho and goi cuon are particular specialities in Vietnam and are really very tasty!
Your flight to Vietnam should arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) in good time to make your welcome meeting at 6pm on your programme start date. Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged in the afternoon or evening on your programme end date from Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi (HAN). If you plan to visit Ha Long Bay, please allow additional time to do so.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years.
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.
Please note: Vietnamese visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.
Do I Have To Keep To The Itinerary, Or Can I Miss Out Sections That Don’t Tie In With My Plans?
Your travel pass is completely flexible, so you can hop on and hop off at any stop listed. If you want to skip an area, that’s fine, or if you want to start or end at different points during the trip, that’s completely your call.
How Far Ahead Do I Need To Confirm My Place On Each Section?
You can book up to 48 hours before the bus departs, but it’s worth booking five days/one week in advance during peak season (December – February), as the buses can fill up quite quickly and seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
When Is My Pass Valid From?
Your pass is ready to use as soon as you book – you’ll need to start your travels within twelve months of initial booking and will have twelve months to complete your travel pass route from the first day of travel.
How Many People Will Be Travelling At The Same Time As Me?
The majority of our hop on hop off travel passes consist of between 10 and 15 people, with a maximum of 24 travelling together.
How Long Does It Take To Travel This Route?
You can take up to twelve months to travel the entire route, but if you’re not doing any travelling of your own between locations you can do the entire trip in a super speedy fourteen days! Although we recommend you allow at least eighteen days to get the most from your travels.
What Do I Do About Accommodation?
Your tour leader can help you arrange and reserve accommodation on route if you like, which you can pay for as you go, otherwise you’re free to make your own bookings. If you’re purely travelling to do this route, you might want to consider upgrading to a flexi tour, where all your accommodation is included for the number of days specified, along with a number of amazing activities – contact us to find out more information.
How Much Spending Money Should I Bring With Me?
Vietnam is relatively low-cost as far as food and drink is concerned. A rough budget of approximately US$30-US$50 per day will be enough to cover your meals, accommodation and some activities along the way (based on enjoying local meals along the way and staying in dorm rooms).
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.