Essential Vietnam

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18-29 yrs
  • max group size 16
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  • Starts Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Ends Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Balance on a tiny street side stool in Hanoi's Old Quarter, soaking up the bustling vibes and watching motorbikes zoom past.
  • Who'd have thought green seas and giant mossy rocks could be so pretty? Kayaking on Lan Ha Bay is bliss, and you’ll be doing something good for the environment.
  • A little touch of France here, a little bit of China there – and all in Vietnam! Chill out in the cultural mixed bag of Hoi An. Hit up the local beach, cycle through rice paddies or get some sweet threads tailormade.
  • You can’t travel along the coast without spending some time lazing on the beach. Discover coastal Phan Rang and pull up a towel beside the sparkling South China Sea.
Starting in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City, the "Essential Vietnam" tour is a guided adventure tour that takes 11 days. You will travel through Cat Ba Island, Phan Rang, Hue and 3 other destinations in Vietnam. "Essential Vietnam" is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

As you slink from old-world Hanoi through ancient Hue, past historic Hoi An and to beachy Phan Rang and bustling Ho Chi Minh City, you'll quickly realise that the Vietnamese know a thing or two about delicious food. Pho, banh mi, rice paper rolls – oh my! You’ll be bowled over with the number of offerings on this 11-day Essential Vietnam tour, from north to south. Not only will you be eating, you’ll be cruising, riding, relaxing, exploring and enjoying all of the Vietnamese hospitality. It sure is a damn tasty slice of this South East Asian nation, so there’s only one thing to say: Viet-nom.
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  • Anonymous
  • From South Africa
  • On Nov 18 2018
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  • From USA
  • On Jan 11 2019
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“The trip was amazing. The tour guide Nathaly, she is very nice, kind and fun, she engaged with group and indeed was a part of the group. I really had fun. I just wished the trip included activities and all breakfast. But, for the cost it was worth it, you get what you paid for. Best trip ever and the group was amazing, we had fun together.”
  • Milan
  • From Slovakia
  • On Jun 15 2019
4 - Very Good
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“The tour was very good. Overall organisation, local and international, as well. The host family were beautiful and helpful people. The food was very nice and the room simple but precisely what we paid for. Only the second day was a bit slow and not really exciting. But otherwise 4 out of 5.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Hanoi
  • Day 2: Cat Ba Island
  • Day 3: Hanoi - Overnight Train
  • Day 4: Hue
  • Day 5: Hoi An
  • Day 6: Hoi An
  • Day 7: Hoi An - Overnight Train
  • Day 8: Phan Rang
  • Day 9: Phan Rang - Overnight Train
  • Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Hotel (7 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights)
Meals
  • 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Transport
  • Boat , Overnight sleeper train , Private minibus
Guide
  • An expert tour leader
Included Activities
  • Cat Ba Island - Boat trip on Lan Ha Bay
  • Cat Ba Island - Kayaking
  • Cat Ba Island - Rice paper roll class
  • Hue - Home cooked dinner
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Hoi An - Banh mi lunch
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Ca Phe Bet with locals
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Hanoi and from Ho Chi Minh City are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Essential Vietnam tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Essential Vietnam tour. You can cancel the tour up to 28 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 27 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 13 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 13 November 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 27 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Essential Vietnam tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Essential Vietnam tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Is this trip right for you:
  • We cover a lot of distance on this trip, including on overnight trains. Accommodation and amenities are shared and basic, but the experience of rubbing shoulders with the locals makes it all worthwhile. For more about what this experience is like, see our blog post here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/what-to-expect-on-an-overnight.
  • Vietnamese roads can be hectic and intimidating to cross. Never fear – your leader will show you how to do it like a local in Hanoi's Old Quarter.
  • This trip is for travellers who appreciate a bit of independence. You'll get plenty of free time in each location to make your own choices and do your own activities and eat where you like. Your leader is always there to give you tips and suggestions.
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Departures will be limited to an average group size of 10 travellers to ensure COVID-19 safety for all travellers.
  • Hygiene and safety guidelines will be followed to ensure your well being is looked after during travels.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated. Children aged 17 years and under must present either a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery or proof of full vaccination. Any customer who is unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons can apply for an exemption. Customers must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. These new safety measures apply on all trips, except for tours in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands.
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