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  • Bustling life along the Hoi An waterfront, Vietnam
  • Strolling through the quaint streets of Hoi An, Vietnam
  • The Citadel entrance in Hue, Vietnam
Route:
Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi
Days:
9
From:

US$479

+ local payment of US$160.00

From the remarkable rice paddies spreading as far as the eye can see to the sun-kissed beaches of Nha Trang, Vietnam is a pleasure-seeker’s paradise. But Vietnam has more to offer than stunning natural beauty. Be charmed by the imperial city of Hué with its ancient tombs and temples, while Hoi An’s old town features many beautiful historic buildings. Experience the hospitality of local people then strike a bargain in Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling markets.

About this tour

  • Type of Travel: Public Transport
  • Group Size: Average 12-14. Maximum 18
  • Recommended Age: 18-39
  • Country: Vietnam

What you need to know

  • The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. You will meet your Tour Leader at 18.00 for the pre-departure meeting. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

This tour is for those aged between 18-39. 

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City was known as Saigon until the end of the Vietnam War (around 1975). Originally a small fishing village, it is now the most important economic centre in Vietnam and is the largest city in the country.

Traffic in the city is fairly hectic at the best of times but getting around is suprisingly easy by taxi or motorbike taxi, although drivers may not always speak English. Bus is the only form of public transport and motorbikes rule the road; there are around 3 million motorbikes cruising around the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

If you're interested in the history of the Vietnam War make sure you visit the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Hall. If you're less of a history buff and more in the mood to haggle for a bargain, don't miss Ho Chi Minh's largest market, the Ben Thanh Market. You can buy everything from cosmetics to live ducks here. There are also numerous food stalls at this market, and at the popular night market nearby. The food in Ho Chi Minh City is some of the best and most diverse in all of Vietnam so make sure you eat well during your stay. There are also many bars and clubs to spend your evening in.

Vietnam's currency is the Vietnamese dong (VND).

Optional Excursions

War Remnants Museum – VND 15,000 • The Reunification Palace – VND 20,000 • Cu Chi Tunnels - VND 235,000 • Ben Thanh Market - free • Bitexco Financial Tower - free • Central Post office - free • Jade Emperor pagoda - free

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at La Felix Hotel or similar

Day 2 to 2 - Overnight sleeper bus to Nha Trang

After spending the morning in Ho Chi Minh City we board the overnight sleeper bus to beautiful Nha Trang

Accommodation

1 night(s) on overnight sleeper buses

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 3 to 3 - Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a popular beachside destination for many travellers and is brimming with restaurants, bars and excellent nightlife. You enjoy a boat cruise where you can swim in the surrounding crystal clear waters - try your hand at snorkelling before relaxing on deck with a refreshing drink!

Included Excursions

Funky Monkey Boat Trip

Optional Excursions

Mud baths – VND 130,000 for taxi, VND 150,000 entrance • Long Son Pagoda - free • Vinpearl Island - VND 450,000 • Po Nagar Cham Towers - VND 18,000 • Boat trip – from US$10-16 (SCUBA diving is also possible depending on diving qualifications)

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Tuyet Mai or similar

Day 4 to 4 - Overnight sleeper bus to Hoi An

After some seaside play and a late night in the bars and clubs we board the overnight sleeper bus north to our next destination.

Accommodation

1 night(s) on overnight sleeper buses

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 5 to 6 - Hoi An

In Hoi An we have free time to explore the handicrafts, ceramics and fabrics that are sold at an abundance of markets. Hoi An is renowned for tailoring; pack your favourite item of clothing and get it copied here! We also enjoy a bike ride to Hoi an Beach passing lush paddy fields along the way. Once you're there you can marvel at coastal views with a local beer in hand

Included Excursions

Bike ride to Hoi An Beach through Paddy Fields

Optional Excursions

Sightseeing ticket (allowing entry to 5 sites) – VND 120,000 • My Son Cham ruins – VND 60,000 entrance, plus transport with guide US$8 • Cookery class – from VND 250,000 • Tu Bon River boat trip – US$20

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Hai Yen Hotel or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 7 to 7 - Hue

We depart Hoi An and travel north to Hue. The drive takes us past Marble Mountain (optional VND40,000 to explore it's caves and shrines) before we climb the scenic 'Hai Van Pass' coastal road as featured on Top Gear's 'Vietnam Special.

The old capital city of Vietnam and home to the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), Hue is situated on the banks of the Huong Giang or Perfume River. It is most famous for the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, often likened to the Forbidden City in Beijing (and sometimes referred to as the Forbidden City as well). Hue also offers many Buddhist pagodas and some impressive Emperors tombs which are well worth a visit. Alternatively, you can relax and take a boat trip along the Perfume river and enjoy the countryside. Pham Ngu Lao Street has a backpacker vibe with many hostels, bars and cafes.

Included Excursions

Walking tour of Hue's Citadel

Optional Excursions

Dragon Boat river tour – US$12 • Tombs of the Emperors - VND 100,000 fee for each • Thien Mu Pagoda - free

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels at Phuoc An (DMZ Hostel) or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 8 to 8 - Overnight train to Hanoi

This evening we will board an overnight sleeper train to the bustling city of Hanoi

Accommodation

1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 9 to 9 - Depart Hanoi

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Please note: The overnight train may vary in arrival time, so please do not book onward travel until mid afternoon or evening.

What's Included

Excursions & Activities

  • Funky Monkey Boat Trip
  • Bike ride to Hoi An Beach through Paddy Fields
  • Walking tour of Hue's Citadel

Accommodation

4 night(s) in hotels, 2 night(s) on overnight sleeper buses, 1 night(s) in hostels, 1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains

Transportation

Overnight Bus, Public Bus, Overnight Train

Meals

5 Breakfast(s)

Other

Tucan Travel tour leader

What's Not Included

  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don't hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Local payment
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation

Group

Group Size:Maximum 18. Average 10-14

Age Range: This tour is for those aged between 18 and 39.

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