Vietnam Adventure Plus
Vietnam for flashpackers
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Group Size: Avg 8-16
Trip code: VXIN
Duration: 12 or 15 days
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?
- 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
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.
Day 4: Sapa trekking. Get ready for another day’s hiking through terraced hills and local villages. 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 we will take the overnight VIP bus 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. We will take the comfortable overnight train to Hoi An.
Day 9: 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. Have a free afternoon to relax before checking out Hoi An’s foodie scene, so make sure you don’t skip dinner!
Day 11: Hoi An beach day. This morning participate in a lantern making class before hopping on your bicycle and heading for the local beach club. Stay for a sundown dinner and drinks with a view.
Day 12: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City / 12 day trip end. If you book the 12 day trip, your journey ends here in Hoi An. If you book the 15 day option, then 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 our riverside accommodation.
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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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.
If you select the 12 day trip option, the trip ends in Hoi An on day 12. The nearest airport is Da Nang which is around a 45 minute drive. Your guide can help you book a taxi. You can depart at any time.
If you select the 15 day trip option, 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.
This trip features a fabulous selection of upgraded accommodation, from boutique hotels to remote rural lodges.
- Hanoi (3 nights): Hidden gem of a hotel in the Old Quarter with shared lounge, terrace, laundry facilities and bar (twin/double rooms with ensuite, Wi-Fi and air con).
- Sapa (1 night): Stunning rural lodge surrounded by rice paddies and mountains, with bar, terrace, and laundry facilities (twin/double rooms with ensuite, Wi-Fi and air con).
- Sapa (1 night): Impressive 5-star mountain-side hotel with bar, laundry facilities and unreal views of Sapa (twin/double rooms with ensuite, Wi-Fi and air con).
- Ha Long Bay (1 night): Traditional junk boat with cosy cabins (twin/double/triple rooms with ensuite and air con).
- Ninh Binh (1 night): Riverside bungalows with stunning views and hammocks (twin/double rooms with ensuite, and Wi-Fi).
- Sleeper train (1 night): Overnight train with comfy bunk beds and bed linen (4-share cabins with air con).
- Hoi An (3 nights): Spacious hotel on the banks of the Thu Bon River, with outdoor pool, sun terrace, gardens, restaurant, and laundry facilities (twin/double rooms with ensuite, Wi-Fi and air con).
- Ho Chi Minh City (2 nights): Boutique hotel in the heart of the city with Indochinese styling, rooftop swimming pool, and restaurant (twin/double rooms with ensuite, Wi-Fi and air con).
- Mekong Delta (1 night): Gorgeous lodge set in lush gardens by the Tien River, with outdoor pool, bar, and laundry facilities (twin/double rooms with ensuite, Wi-Fi and air con).
Please note the above is a guide only, and accommodation is subject to change.
If you book the 12 day trip, you will get 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners included. If you book the 15 day option you will get 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners included. 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.
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 45 days without a visa. 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.