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Hop On Hop Off Banana Pancake Tour 11days

From US$ 599 per person
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  • Non-touristic trekking in Sapa, Party on Halong Bay, Rock Climbing, Cave tour adventure
  • Ride of your life with Easy Riders tour at the Hai Van Pass, Cooking class,
  • Beach, Great stays, Streetfood tour and much more.
11 days Now only! $ 599 | all included
all included + homestay + transfers + hotel + trekkings + caves + rock climbing + cruise + homestay + cooking class+ food tours+ meals + visa letter + airport pick up

You Only Live Once (YOLO)
Got fun if you want it! Youth is a limited-time offer.
Squeeze more out of yours with our Yolo - Hop on Hop off “Banana Pancake Tour“ – fast-paced and affordable adventures designed for young travellers. Explore Vietnam by day, with Friends Travel Vietnam’s highlight tours, stay up all night, and do it all again tomorrow someplace new with friends you’ll want to hang on to forever.
You’ve got the rest of your life to take it slow. Live fast now.

Freedom, 100% unfiltered

Low money, no problems
Light on frills and heavy on experiences, our “Banana Pancake Tour” tours let you spend your money on what you really want. Splurge when you want to, save when you don’t.

Run with the pack
Banana Pancake Tour itinerary is loose and flexible, and you travel with us independently throughout Vietnam or with your friends you met on the way, of course only with travellers of your own age.

Put your money where your trip is
Cash-conscious travellers know how important it is to manage your money when every dollar counts.
Our Yolo Banana Pancake Tour are built to be thrifty: included great unique & affordable accommodations if you would like to stay longer, overnight transport with a great sleeper bus, and fewer included meals keep costs down and fun maxed out.

Variety isn’t a spice. It’s an entrée.
As a backpacker, you're used to following your own schedule. Our Banana Pancake Tour is a bit of all, which means we have pack more stuff into them.
Each one is designed to keep you as busy & cost low, as you want to be while giving you the freedom to go with the day’s flow, and to save some “bucks” on your travelling budget.
Less is more? Try more is more.

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down.
Our Banana Pancake Tour is only designed for young, budget-minded travellers between ages 18 to 29, our tour maximize time and money by squeezing the most out of every destination.
Follow the whim of the moment are the order of the day, every day.


Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa (Banana Pancakes)
Arrive at any time in Hanoi, tonight we taking the sleeper bus to Sapa

Day 2: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B-L-D)
Today we start our amazing trekking in Sapa for 2 days, enjoy local homestay, discover market, swim, cooking class & foot massage

Day 3: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa – Hanoi (B-L-D)
Guided trekking bamboo forest, street food tour return by sleeper bus

Day 4-5-6: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Cat Ong Island (3xB-L-D)
Visit Halong Bay on non-touristic route overnight on private Cat Ong Island for 2 nights,
Option 1: 1 night on island & 1 night on the cruise
Option 2: 2 nights Island and second day rock climbing* Add-on 45$/p

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi (D)
Exploring Hanoi with our Street Food tour, get known more about the Vietnamese cuisine during our food sampling en local drinks

Day 7: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Ninh Binh (L)
Discover the remains of the temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in 10th century, together with an biking ride around the country side and 2 hour rowing boat ride on the breathtaking Dong river.

Day 8: Cave Experience (B-L)
Thrill & Adventure let’s get ready for the amazing dark cave with his zip lining and kayaking en later explore the Paradise cave in Phong Nha Ke Bang.

Day 9: Dong Hoi - Hue (B)
By local train we get to ancient city of Hue (pronounced 'whey') in central Vietnam was the capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty at the beginning of the 19th Century, overnight at a great backpacker place “Bar Beach Hue”

Day 10: Hai Van Pass with Easy riders Hue - Hoi An (B,L)
Be ready for the ride of your life as a pillion on the motorbike with the easy riders you will enjoy the Hai Van pass a scenery you never to forget, we will end at “Under the Coconuts Tree” where we will stay overnight close to the beach.

Day 11: Hoi An (B)
Are you ready to explore the last part of Vietnam on your own, as the “Hop on & Hop off sleeper bus will bring you to Nha Trang – Dalat – Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh.
Day 1 Hanoi - Sapa (Sleeper bus) 6 hours Sleeper bus

Tonight we are kicking off at 10PM and we travelling in comfortable overnight sleeper bus from Hanoi to Sapa.The sleeper bus throughout Vietnam are quite comfortable and an experience on its own.Each of you will have your own bunk bed. All bedding is provided. The bus is air conditioned and has Western style toilets. Bags can be stored under the bus space. Food and drinks are not available for purchase on the bus. The bus might stop on the way.

Day 2 Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B-L-D) 24 hours Homestay

After arriving in Sapa in the early morning you will walk to our basecamp, you'll be offered a refreshing shower and enjoy breakfast on the top floor with stunning views of Sapa town and the Muong Huo valley.

Our local private Hmong tour guide will meet you after breakfast at around 7:30 AM. We'll start our trekking with a visit at the market to buy food and fruit for lunch, on the way, before we’ll start this fantastic trek to Cat Cat Waterfalls, Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Ta Van, down in the Muong Hoa valley.

During our 15 km walk on an less or non-touristic track of ricepaddy fields & buffolao tracks, we’ll visit three villages of ethnic populations. Enjoy the spectacular views of the beautiful valley that leads towards Fansipan, the highest peak in Viet Nam and Indochina. The trek leads through the village of Black Hmong people, where you can see how they weave and embroider their incredible clothes. Further along our descent we’ll enjoy the many colorful rice paddy fields until we reach Ta Van village, inhabited by the Dzay people.

We’ll have a filling lunch on the way and dinner in a traditional homestay Ta Van. We overnight in the "Homestay" with a local family, where we pick our veggie’s from the garden, enjoy 30 min free foot massage and be ready for the evenings cooking class. When the weather permits its possible to go for a swim in the nearby river. We will have dinner with the family. The homestay accommodation for the evening is basic bedding and mosquito nets are provided.

Day 3 Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa (B-L-D) Sleeper bus

After a traditional breakfast we leave Ta Van and continue our trek to visit the Red Dao people in Giang Ta Chai village. We pass some stunning scenery and a lovely waterfall along our route. As their name suggests, red is used extensively in the Red Dao women’s clothing and scarves. The terrain can be steep at times and slightly challenging. However, travellers with a moderate fitness level should be fine.

Our journey leads us along the small paths edging the rice fields, across the Muong Hoa River and lunch will be on the way at a fantastic spot. We’ll head back to Ta Van after our second amazing trekking in the early afternoon where we enjoy our lunch before heading back to Sapa town, where we will start later this afternoon our city walking street food tour, shower service will be available this evening. Your sleeper bus is leaving at 10 PM at the bus station for your depart to Hanoi.

Day 4 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Cat Ong Island (B-L-D) 24 hours Hostel

We will arrive a bit early in Hanoi and this will give you the change to discover Hoan Kiem Lake where you will see hundreds of Vietnamese doing there early morning fitness. We will see at out outlet for breakfast at 6 AM where the bus will pick you up at 7 AM for your Halong Bay Experience optional Rock climbing for the next 3 days.

Halong Bay Experience 3D2N, get ready for this unique cruise experience nobody else will do of cruising around on a non-touristic route and staying on one of the most beautiful private island named “Cat Ong Island” in Halong Bay you will share your dorm stay bungalow or cabin on the cruise that depends on your option.

“The Real Halong Bay Experience”
We will pick you up from FTV in Hanoi for drive to Hai Phong, taking the high-speed ferry before you will board Cocktail Cruise on Cat Hai Harbor near Cat Ba Island, this is the only tour where we go all the way around the islands and Cat Ba! Are you ready to explore the fascinating and breathtaking peaceful view on this unique location, start cruising through the karst islands on a realy non-touristic route, kayaking & swimming at the most beautiful area the “light & bright cave” and enjoy our special feast of Vietnamese Cuisine. While the cruise slowly slide on the romantic waves for 6 hours on Halong Bay before reaching Cat Ong Island.

Overnight at Cat Ong Island, bonfire, dinner, trek around the island on your own and stay in a bungalow based on dorm stay (max 6 people in bungalow stay).

This is the best option for experiencing the real Halong Bay together with an excellent service in hospitality where you will feel home. All 9 stunning bungalows are with sea view, also private bungalows are available. The tour guides are super friendly and knowledgeable and this tour is friendly and safe for Yolo travellers.

Day 5 Robinson Crusoe Experience (B-L-D)vellers. Hostel

Rise & shine and enjoy the tranquilly silent of Cat Ong Island, breakfast will be served around 7 AM, and stay 1 night more and relax and enjoy Cat Ong Island.

Day 6 Cat Ong Island – Hanoi

Day 6: Cat Ong Island – Hanoi
It’s time to say goodbye, check out and having breakfast at 7AM, we are catching our fishing boat tender back to Cat Ba Island where the bus is waiting us, we will cross Cat Ba to the other end where we will jump on the cruise to have lunch while cruising to Bai Chay Harbor for our return to Hanoi where we arrive around 4:30PM.
Evening Walking Street Food tour
Kicking off at 6:30 PM You walk, we talk... we drink & eat but with this evening walking street food tour, you'll definitely have some more questions for us! We don't just take you around Ha Noi's hottest spots - we delve deeper and eat where the locals do, revealing Hanoi’s culinary hidden secrets and giving you the 'Insider’s Guide' to life in our awe-inspiring city.
It's a feast for every sense - the sights, sounds & smells - and not forgetting tasty treats we have in store for you along the way. We'd love to tell you more, but as this is Hanoi's only unscripted and interactive're just going to have to join us for 3 hours!

Day 7 Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Ninh Binh (L) Sleeper bus

This morning we will drive to Ninh Binh at 7:45AM from FTV
Discover breathtaking Hoa Lu Tam Coc, these famous sites are located in Ninh Binh province, 95km south of Hanoi. Tam Coc’s karst mountains resemble the topography at Halong Bay. Biggest difference is that Tam Coc is situated on land and contains rice paddies around. The area supports farmers with stray goats on the karsts hillsides and fishermen.
This day tour will take you to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century. We’ll explore the countryside and learn about the history of two royal dynasties while visiting two temples. Their two sanctuaries are built in the 17th century at Hoa Lu. They are dedicated to the Dinh and early Le dynasty in the 10th and 11th centuries. The sites attraction consists of a stone pedestal of a royal throne, bronze bells and a statue of the Emperors.
After a great buffet lunch, take in the beauty. Where you will take a ride on a bamboo boat (sampan) along of the towering karst formations in Tam Coc on the Ngô Đồng River as you wind along their bases and are rowed into one of the many caves carved from the limestone. Followed up with amazing biking trip for about 45 min through the countryside and rice paddy fields.
Before we heading back to our meeting point where we will catch our overnight sleeper bus to Dong Hoi for our next adventure “The Cave Experience”.

Day 8 Cave Experience (B-L) 2 Star Hotel

Explore the Dark Cave & Paradise Cave located within the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.
The magnificent Paradise Cave to experience by walk, and the Dark Cave to get your hands dirty. A combination of two caves you just have to see when visiting Phong Nha!
Dark Cave: Ready for some real adventure? Discover Dark Cave in a way you never discovered a cave before. Reach the entrance by ziplining, kayak your way in and explore the cave itself by foot, swim and more. We’ll save the best part for the end, where we’ll be taking a mud bath in complete darkness. Attach your torchlight to your helmet, and you’re ready to go!
Paradise Cave: If mother nature had a palace, it would be the Paradise Cave in Phong Nha Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park for sure. It waited millions of years to be found and has opened to public in 2010. With a length of 31 km, named as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and holding many fine pieces of natural art, it is simply breath-taking.

Dong Hoi - Dark Cave - Phong Nha - Dong Hoi
Pick up from the bus stop in the early morning. Shower and free breakfast in your hotel, our guide will pick you up around 8AM where we will drive fo a small our to Phong Nha, where it's time to get your hands dirty in the Dark Cave! Enjoy kayaking, zip lining, swimming and of course a mud cave and more (take a towel and extra clothes and swimming suite with you, you'll get wet!). The trip continues, after having lunch, with visiting the Paradise Cave. Make sure you camera is charged, as you’ll see countless crystals and shiny stalactites and stalagmites pass by. After enjoying the beauty of this cave, you’ll be escorted back to your hotel in Dong Hoi, where you can check in based on dorm stay or sharing twin room, where you can get some well-deserved sleep.

Day 9 Dong Hoi - Hue (B) Hostel

After early breakfast and checking out, our team will provide a drop off at the train station in the early morning around 7:30, where we catch the train, where we reserve a seat and continue your trip towards Hue train station.
We will stay Overnight at “Beach Bar Hue” based sharing dorm stay or twin room a great place to chill out at the beach, amazing sunsets, cold beer and delicious food. You can chill out on the many lounges, chairs and hammock and sip a cold beer or freshly made fruit smoothies.

If you are feeling energetic you can put together a team and play a game of beach volley ball or football in the sand by the beach. It’s the ideal location for everyone, catch some rays, make some new friends before continuing on your Vietnam journey.

If you just want to get away from it all you can go for a long stroll on the beach and watch the local fishermen fish in their traditional fishing boats.

At night on the beach after the sun has gone down, the local fishermen come out again with their long boats and lanterns to attract the fish. It’s such a beautiful sight that from the beach looks like a city of lights just across the water.

Add-ons: Pool 5$/p
Extra Night: 12$USD/p incl breakfast please book in advance based on availability

Day 10 Hai Van Pass with Easy riders Hue - Hoi An(B,L) Hostel

This amazing Scenic Coast route is simply the best way to travel to Hoi An!
Kicking off from after breakfast at 8AM from “Beach Bar Hue” on the back of the Easy Riders as an pillion, and we drive up to Thuan An beach and follow the coast road through small fishing villages and to Cua Tu Hien where you cross the new bridge and turn right to follow the road to take you down to Highway 1. Our first stop is Elephant Springs where you can wade in the rock pools.

At the Highway you take a left and start your ascent of the Phuoc Tuong Pass before following a straight stretch of Highway for about 20kms where you will come to the Phu Gia Pass. As you descend on the other side of this pass you will see some beautiful views out of Lang Co, where we stop for photos at Lang Co Beach where we will have lunch, and perhaps for a swim, before traveling over the Hai Van Pass.

Hai Van means "Sea of Clouds" and when crossing the top of the Pass you are literally surrounded by clouds on one side with stunning ocean views on the other. Remember to keep your eyes on the road as you experience some of the most breathtaking views in Vietnam. Once you reach the top, stop for a cold drink and explore the old lookout turrets used by both the French and the Americans in war time.

Next we travel through Danang to a stop at the famous China Beach with its fine white sand. Marble Mountains our final stop are 5 marble outcrops topped with delicate pagodas.

Don't worry about your luggage as our bikes are equipped to carry it, if you are traveling with hard suitcases or a large number of bags we can easily arrange for them to meet you in Hoi An.

We will stay overnight at Under The Coconuts Tree in dorm stay or share twin room
A charming eco-chic homestay located on the beach front of Hoi An’s beautiful An Bang Beach. Relax and unwind after your amazing Banana Pancake tour journey in one of simple but beautiful bamboo huts tucked away amongst the trees. Take a swim or walk on the beach, or enjoy any number of other activities in the Hoi An area. Bicycles and motorbikes are available for hire at reasonable rates for all our guests to enjoy traveling along the beach front or into town.

Day 11 Hoi An (B)

Checkout at 11AM from “Under The Coconuts Tree” or stay longer here, Extra Night: 12$USD/p incl breakfast please book in advance based on availability

The “Banana Pancake Tour” will end en now you can discover Vietnam further on your own, as Hop on Hop off bus ticket still bring you from to Nha Trang - Dalat - Mui Ne and Ho Chi Minh.

what’s included
  • 11 days fun with our special highlight tours
  • All guided tours by local English spoken guides
  • Open bus ticket for Vietnam from North to South.
  • Real Sapa Experience tour
  • Real Halong Bay Experience tour
  • Cave Experience as Dark & Paradise Cave
  • Hanoi Food Tour
  • Easy Rider motorbike tour Hai Van Pass
  • Rock climbing (if add-on)
  • Halong Bay cruise stay on private island
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners. (Allow USD30-45 for meals not included.)
  • Mini bus, train, kayaking, walking, junk boat, sleeper bus
  • Small group experience
  • Simple hotels (1 night(s)), sleeper bus (3 night(s)), homestays (1 night(s)), bungalow dormstay(s) (4 night(s)), Cruise (1 night(s)) if booked
  • Open bus ticket from Hoi An-Nha Trang-Dalat-Mui Ne-HCM
  • Visa on arrival letter
  • Airport Pick-Up from Hanoi Airport
  • All transfer
  • All entree fees
  • And more...
  • All indicated in our itinerary
what’s excluded
  • Beverages
  • Tax
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • All service and items not mentioned specifically in the list above.
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 11 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Hanoi , Vietnam
Good to know ADD-ON*
The Real Halong Bay Rock Climbing Experience (B-L-D)
not included Add-on +45USD
Option 1 on day 5: Cat Ong Island
Rise & shine and enjoy the tranquilly silent of Cat Ong Island, breakfast will be served around 7 AM, pack your day pack as we leaving the island around 9 AM to be ready for our half day rock climbing experience is exciting and exhilarating and will push your boundaries to re-define what you’re capable of. Under the expert guidance of our trained Western & Vietnamese guides, you’ll learn new ways to move your body in a vertical landscape and come back buzzing with the achievement of you and your group.

No previous experience is required – we embrace new followers of the sport as much as the seasoned climbers who seek this unique limestone adventure. After your adventure our tender is waiting you around 6PM at the meeting point to bring you back to the island. Where we overnight in our dorm stay. You still have time on the second day wondering around the island and discover the 3rd beach, play volleyball or relax and chill-out.

Day 6: Cat Ong Island – Hanoi
It’s time to say goodbye, check out and having breakfast at 7AM, we are catching our fishing boat tender back to Cat Ba Island where the bus is waiting us, we will cross Cat Ba to the other end where we will jump on the cruise to have lunch while cruising to Bai Chay Harbor for our return to Hanoi where we arrive around 4:30PM.
Overnight Cruise Experience (B-L-D)
Day 5: Option 2
Rise & shine and enjoy the tranquilly silent of Cat Ong Island, breakfast will be served around 7:30 AM, and around 11PM it will be time to say goodbye, we are catching our fishing boat tender back to Cat Ba Island where we have lunch and after the bus is will bring us cross to Cat Ba National park to enjoy trekking for 1.5h+ In the late afternoon we will boarding are checking in our cabin on the cruise, enough opportunity to go for a swim. Part in the evening with fellow travellers
Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Go for an early morning swim because it’s almost time to say goodbye, check out and having breakfast at 7AM, the cruise slowly slide back to Bai Chay Harbor where we enjoy our lunch on the cruise before our return to Hanoi where we arrive around 4:30PM

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