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Group Size: Avg 8-16

Trip code: VXIN

Duration: 15 days

2 internal flights included
Upgraded accommodation
Cities, countryside & beaches

Exotic, historic and naturally gorgeous, Vietnam is the stuff travel dreams are made of. Discover white-sand beaches, buzzing cities and some of the most jaw-dropping natural landscapes you’ve ever seen - all in flashpacker style! From slurping noodles in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, and crab-fishing in Hoi An, to sailing through Ha Long Bay on a luxury boat, this trip is wall-to-wall with unforgettable moments.  Are you ready for the best two weeks of your life?

Trip highlights

  • Stay overnight on a luxe boat on the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay
  • Whizz through the charmingly chaotic streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter in a rickshaw
  • Soak up the dreamy atmosphere in the ancient town of Hoi An
  • See the floating markets and houses of the Mekong Delta
  • Trek through the lush landscapes of Sapa and Ninh Binh
  • Premium flashpacker accommodation included
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What's included
  • 14 nights’ flashpacker accommodation
  • 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Group leader
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • All on-trip transport (inc. 2 internal flights)
  • Walking & Rickshaw Tour of Hanoi
  • Night Out in Hanoi
  • Sapa Trekking with Locals
  • Overnight Boat Trip on Ha Long Bay
  • Kayaking
  • Local Homestay Experience
  • Bicycle Tour of Ninh Binh
  • River Boat Trip
  • Dragon Mountain Viewpoint
  • Cooking Class
  • Traditional Crab Fishing Basket Boat Tour
  • Night Out in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Overnight Mekong Delta Experience
  • Local Village Visit
  • Cu Chi Tunnels Tour
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Optional activities
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Return airport transfer
Further trip information

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi. Bustling markets, locals slurping noodles, incense, and the non-stop buzz of motorbikes - welcome to Hanoi! We’ll pick you up and take you to your hotel in the heart of the city, where you can either relax, or head out to explore.

Day 2: Explore Hanoi. Explore the charming chaos of Hanoi’s Old Quarter today, with a walking and rickshaw tour. Wander down maze-like lanes, past temples, shops and ancient banyan trees. Pick up some pho for lunch and don’t miss the “36 Streets” for some epic souvenirs. Tonight, we’ll party hard with the Hanoians.

Day 3: Hanoi to Sapa. Feel the temperature drop as we head into the misty hills of Sapa. Trek through Muong Hoa Valley, one of the most stunning landscapes in Vietnam, past emerald rice-fields and craggy mountains. We’ll stay with a local family in Ta Van village tonight.

Day 4: Sapa trekking. Get ready for another day’s hiking through terraced hills, past tumbling waterfalls and rivers. This afternoon, we’ll whizz you back to Sapa where you can take a post-trek chill in our riverside hotel, before heading out for some bun cha and a bia hoi.

Day 5: Sapa to Hanoi. Today’s yours to spend in Sapa. Have a coffee with a view at the Café in the Clouds, pick up some handicrafts at the market, or rent a pedal boat on Sapa Lake. Then snuggle down in your bunk on the sleeper train back to Hanoi.

Day 6: Ha Long Bay. There’s no two ways about it - Ha Long Bay is pretty special. We’ll be cruising on a luxury boat (with hot tubs!) which will also be our home for the night. Spend the day swimming in the sparkling water, kayaking, and soaking up the sun on deck with a drink in hand – lush.

Day 7: Ha Long Bay to Ninh Binh. Ninh Binh is gorgeous. Think Ha Long Bay on land - rice paddies, limestone karsts, winding rivers and magical caves. Watch the sun go down with a drink in hand, from your riverside bungalow this evening.

Day 8: Explore Ninh Binh. Hop on a bike and pedal through the rice paddies to the river, where we’ll take a rowboat down the river through some fantastical caves. Next up, get ready to sweat as we climb the 450 steps to Dragon Mountain Viewpoint – trust us, the views are worth it.

Day 9: Ninh Binh to Hoi An. It’s a short flight to ancient Hoi An. Check out the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Chinese shop-houses and the food market, and get measured for some custom-made clothes at a tailor. After dark the buildings light up with colourful Chinese lanterns – beautiful.

Day 10: Hoi An & around. Try your hand at crab-catching in a traditional basket boat. Then sizzle up a storm at a Vietnamese cooking class. Tonight’s entertainment is a bamboo show, where the fast-growing wood is the star. Hoi An’s foodie scene is off the scale, so make sure you don’t skip dinner!

Day 11: Hoi An beach day. Take a lie-in, have a leisurely breakfast, or pick up your tailor-made clothes, before hopping on your bicycle and heading for the golden local beach. Stay for a sundown dinner and drinks with a view.

Day 12: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City. Grab a window seat and buckle up. We’re taking the short flight to the fizzing whirlwind that is Ho Chi Minh City.  We’ll head straight out to the markets for dinner and then to a rooftop bar.

Day 13: Mekong Delta. Slow it down in the watery world of the Mekong Delta. It’s all about the river life here, with floating markets, buffalos and mangrove forests. Spend the night in a family-run homestay, learning how the locals live over some rice wine and noodles.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City. Get ready for an amazing history lesson as we go deep underground into the Cu Chi Tunnels, which were used by guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. It’s our final evening together, so go large with a last dinner and drinks with the gang.

Day 15: Trip end. And it’s over. What an epic two weeks.Swap details with the former strangers, who are now friends for life, and plan where you’ll meet next year.

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Arrival information

Our trip kicks off in Hanoi on day 1. Arrive into Noi Bai Airport (HAN). We’ll meet you from the airport and take you to your starting accommodation. There are no activities planned until this evening, so arrive at a time that suits you. If you’d like to arrive the day before, pre-trip accommodation is available at an additional cost. We’ll still pick you up from the airport if you arrive early.

The trip ends on day 15 in Ho Chi Minh City. You can either make your way to Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN), choose to stay on longer in the city, or continue your travels around Vietnam. If you’re heading for the airport, we can help you book a taxi. This takes around 30 minutes, but it’s always recommended that you leave plenty of time to get to the airport.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

14 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip. You’ll spend 8 nights in centrally located hotels (some with pools!), 1 night in a local homestay surrounded by mountains and rice paddies, 1 night on a comfortable sleeper train, 3 nights in authentic bungalows by the river in Ninh Binh and on an island in the Mekong Delta, and 1 night on a luxury boat with hot tub in Ha Long Bay!

All accommodation is on a twin or double-share basis (apart from the overnight train which is multi-share). If you are travelling with a friend or partner, make sure you let us know so we can place you together.

Meals

13 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll need to purchase the rest of your meals and snacks and drinks yourself. Vietnam is world renowned for its delicious cuisine, so it’s a great opportunity to eat locally.

Minimum age & eligibility

You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip.

British nationals can enter Vietnam for a maximum of 15 days without a visa. If you wish to stay longer than 15 days, or wish to leave and re-enter the country within 30 days you will need to apply for a visa before travel. Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date you enter Vietnam. It’s recommended that you have onward travel booked as you may be asked for proof of this before boarding your flight to Vietnam.

Please note: Visa and passport restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip. 

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Healthcare
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.

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