Classic Vietnam

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From south to north, Vietnam is a kaleidoscope of wonderful people and picturesque landscapes. Imagine learning the mysteries of the Viet Minh in Ho Chi Minh City or exploring the beautiful lakes and boulevards of Hanoi – and what better way to get to know the locals than to be their guests at a local Mekong Delta guesthouse, or to eat breakfast the local way in Hue? Experience historical temples, visit Vietnam’s spectacular coastline, enjoy delicious banquets and explore lively cities – all with a touch of comfort – on this 15-day Classic Vietnam tour.

Trip Name
Classic Vietnam
Last Updated
2019-03-18
Days
15
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Take a comprehensive trip through this South East Asian hotspot. The trip takes you from south to north, to the must-see tourists sites as well a a little off the beaten track.
  • This is a Comfort style trip, which means slightly higher standard hotels and a few more inclusions and meals than on most Original style itineraries. We also fly between some distant destinations to make the most of our time together.
  • We spend a night in a locally run guesthouse on the Mekong Delta - often a highlight for many of our travellers for its insight into local life.
  • Spend time on the coast in the seaside resort town of Phan Rang where you have time to stroll the sandy beaches and head out on the water to snorkel.
  • Discover just why Halong Bay is so popular as you spend the night on a boat among the evocative karst landscape and indulge in a feast of fresh seafood.
  • Sample local food wherever you go, from a seafood dinner on Halong Bay, street snacks at markets, coconut candy and tropical fruits in the Mekong Delta, and a special breakfast at KOTO restaurant.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City
Xin chao! Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, a French-infused city with a dynamic atmosphere. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you will meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no planned activities until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you arrive early, perhaps head to Pham Ngu Lao Street to see the local open-aired market or visit Vinh Nghiem Pagoda. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive in time for today's welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. An arrival transfer is included. In order to book this service please provide your booking agent with your flight details at least 2 weeks prior to your departure.
Day 2 - Mekong Delta
Start the day with a buffet breakfast at KOTO Restaurant, an Intrepid Foundation-supported program that teaches street children hospitality skills. Next, drive for about three hours to Cai Be. Here you’ll board a boat to explore the canals of the Mekong Delta. The delta is known as ‘Vietnam’s rice bowl’ for its abundance of rice paddies, fruit and flower orchards. During the boat trip, you’ll stop to sample some of the fresh tropical fruit and visit some cottage industries in the area. Around sunset, make your way to your local guesthouse to spend a night with the locals and enjoy a wonderful meal of local specialties.
Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City
Return to Ho Chi Minh City and take a walking tour in town. Experience the hustle and bustle of former Saigon and explore some of the city's more interesting sights such as the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace.
Day 4 - Phan Rang
Make a day trip to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. This former Viet Cong stronghold provides an insight into the resourcefulness and tenacity of the Vietnamese people, and offers a glimpse of what life was like during the war. There’s time for lunch, then make tracks for Phan Rang. First, take an afternoon flight to Cam Ranh. From there, travel 1.5 hours by bus to the historic city of Phan Rang, your base for the next two days.
Day 5 - Phan Rang
Take a day trip to Vinh Hy Bay, a picturesque, crescent-shaped harbour between Phan Rang and Nha Trang. Along the way, you’ll stop at the Bau Nai fish market for a glimpse of the bustle of activity as fish are unloaded and locals hurriedly shop for the best deal. Continue to a salt field. Rivalling the beauty of the Vietnamese countryside, central Vietnam’s sprawling salt fields are a sight to behold. Witness workers raking and collecting salt that has evaporated from the salty waters of Vietnam’s coast, which has been funnelled inland into shallow fields. Next, visit another place of great natural beauty – the moss-covered rock formations and fossilised coral reefs of Hang Rai. Finally, arrive at Vinh Hy Bay, where you’ll have plenty of time to swim and snorkel in its warm, coral-filled waters.
Day 6 - Phan Rang/Overnight Train
Enjoy a free day in Phan Rang. Perhaps use this time to see some of the grand remnants of the Cham dynasty - an ancient kingdom that had control of central and the southern coastal region of Vietnam from the 2nd to the 17th-century – scattered throughout the region. Take an optional visit to the nearby Po Nagar Cham Towers, an archaeological site from the middle ages dedicated to the indigenous goddess, Yan Po Nagar. Alternatively, gain an insight into an ancient tradition with a visit to the oldest pottery village in South East Asia, Bau Truc. This evening, board an overnight train to Da Nang. Conditions are basic on these trains and hygiene standards may be lower than what you’re used to at home, however overnight trains are the best way to brush shoulders with the locals and make the best use of your time. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but some travellers like to take some food for the journey.
Day 7 - Hoi An
Arrive early into Da Nang, then travel by minibus for one hour to Hoi An. Upon arrival, your leader will take you on a walk around the World-Heritage-listed Old Town. The city was a major trading port with the west during the 16th and 17th-century, and has various architectural influences from Europe, China and Japan. Today the city is being restored and looks exactly like it did over a century ago. You'll see Chinese temples, Japanese pagodas, French-colonial houses, wooden shop-houses and old canals during your walk. After lunch, enjoy free time to participate in optional activities or simply soak up the ambience of the place. You may like to wander Hoi An Market and the street stalls selling paintings, woodwork, ceramics, lanterns and much more. It’s also famous for its talented tailors who can make beautiful items to order within a few hours.
Day 8 - Hoi An
Enjoy a free day to further explore Hoi An and its beautiful surrounds. Perhaps rent a bicycle and take a trip out to the nearby beach. If you're after a little more structure, our sister company, Urban Adventures, offers a guided tour that includes a countryside bike ride and finishes up with a sunset cruise along the Thu Bon River. Vietnam is known for its delicious food, and Hoi An is no exception. Unlock the flavours of Hoi An's vibrant Old Town on an Urban Adventures food tour. Your leader can help arrange optional activities and tours.
Day 9 - Hoi An
Enjoy a free day in Hoi An. If you can muster an early rise this morning, head to the local produce market to watch animated shoppers haggling over fresh fish, spices and vegetables. Your leader can help you arrange an optional Vietnamese cooking course. Perhaps visit the ruins of My Son, Vietnam's most important Cham site. Set in a verdant valley, surrounded by hills and overlooked by the massive Cat's Tooth Mountain, the elaborate World Heritage-listed temples here reflect the rich cultural traditions of the Cham civilisation that flourished in this region between the 4th and 12th-century.
Day 10 - Hue
Continue on your journey today and drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass, an incredibly scenic and mountainous stretch of highway with views of Lang Co Beach. Make a stop at beautiful Lang Co for an optional lunch. Arrive in Hue, Vietnam’s former Imperial capital. Here you’ll visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City which was almost entirely destroyed by bomb blasts during the war.
Day 11 - Hue
After a local breakfast of bun bo hue take a cruise along the Perfume River. You’ll stop off at the Thien Mu Pagoda, and see an active Buddhist monastery dating back to 1601. One of the most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk who set himself alight to protest against the treatment of Buddhists. You’ll also visit one of the royal tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc, with its lake, frangipani and pine trees.
Day 12 - Hanoi
Fly from Hue to Vietnam’s charming capital of Hanoi. This afternoon, take a half-day tour of Hanoi that captures the beauty and the history of the laid-back, tree-lined capital. You’ll visit major sights including the Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda. You’ll also pass by the Hoan Kiem Lake and enter the ’36 Streets’ of the historic Old Quarter. Today the group will also enjoy a unique water-puppet performance hosted by a family, who are experts in this art form.
Day 13 - Halong Bay
Travel by private minibus for about four hours to the spectacular World Heritage site of Halong Bay. This is one of Vietnam’s most beautiful places, a secluded bay of emerald waters flecked with sandstone islands and caves. Go on a cruise to explore the rock formations and caves and in the warmer months, go for a swim or perhaps go kayaking out on the bay. You’ll spend the night on the boat. The sailing junk has twin-share cabins with air-conditioning and private facilities. There's also a dining room and bar where you’ll enjoy all of your meals, including a lavish seafood buffet for lunch.
Day 14 - Hanoi
Drive for about four hours back to Hanoi. Along the way, you’ll stop at Dong Trieu Factory to watch locals creating ceramic art pieces. If you have some free time this afternoon, you may like to visit the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. This Museum plays a crucial role in maintaining and promoting the cultural heritage of Vietnam’s ethnic communities. Enjoy a final dinner with your fellow travellers.
Day 15 - Hanoi
Bid a fond farewell to Vietnam after breakfast when your trip comes to an end. There are no planned activities for this final day.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
21-03-201904-04-2019AUD $ 2,835-
28-03-201911-04-2019AUD $ 2,835-
04-04-201918-04-2019AUD $ 2,410-
06-04-201920-04-2019AUD $ 2,410-
11-04-201925-04-2019AUD $ 2,552-
13-04-201927-04-2019AUD $ 2,975-
18-04-201902-05-2019AUD $ 2,883-
20-04-201904-05-2019AUD $ 3,010-
27-04-201911-05-2019AUD $ 2,462-
04-05-201918-05-2019AUD $ 2,325-
11-05-201925-05-2019AUD $ 2,815-
18-05-201901-06-2019AUD $ 2,735-
01-06-201915-06-2019AUD $ 2,598-
29-06-201913-07-2019AUD $ 2,735-
06-07-201920-07-2019AUD $ 2,735-
11-07-201925-07-2019AUD $ 2,735-
20-07-201903-08-2019AUD $ 3,010-
25-07-201908-08-2019AUD $ 2,735-
03-08-201917-08-2019AUD $ 2,735-
10-08-201924-08-2019AUD $ 2,900-
17-08-201931-08-2019AUD $ 2,735-
24-08-201907-09-2019AUD $ 2,735-
31-08-201914-09-2019AUD $ 2,815-
07-09-201921-09-2019AUD $ 2,735-
14-09-201928-09-2019AUD $ 2,870-
21-09-201905-10-2019AUD $ 3,120-
26-09-201910-10-2019AUD $ 2,835-
28-09-201912-10-2019AUD $ 2,835-
03-10-201917-10-2019AUD $ 2,835-
05-10-201919-10-2019AUD $ 2,920-
12-10-201926-10-2019AUD $ 2,835-
19-10-201902-11-2019AUD $ 2,835-
24-10-201907-11-2019AUD $ 2,835-
26-10-201909-11-2019AUD $ 2,890-
02-11-201916-11-2019AUD $ 2,835-
09-11-201923-11-2019AUD $ 2,835-
14-11-201928-11-2019AUD $ 2,955-
16-11-201930-11-2019AUD $ 2,955-
23-11-201907-12-2019AUD $ 2,955-
28-11-201912-12-2019AUD $ 2,955-
30-11-201914-12-2019AUD $ 2,955-
07-12-201921-12-2019AUD $ 2,955-
14-12-201928-12-2019AUD $ 2,955-
19-12-201902-01-2020AUD $ 3,015-
21-12-201904-01-2020AUD $ 2,955-
26-12-201909-01-2020AUD $ 3,015-
28-12-201911-01-2020AUD $ 3,045-
02-01-202016-01-2020AUD $ 3,055-
04-01-202018-01-2020AUD $ 3,055-
09-01-202023-01-2020AUD $ 3,055-
11-01-202025-01-2020AUD $ 3,055-
18-01-202001-02-2020AUD $ 3,055-
08-02-202022-02-2020AUD $ 3,055-
13-02-202027-02-2020AUD $ 3,055-
15-02-202029-02-2020AUD $ 3,055-
22-02-202007-03-2020AUD $ 3,055-
27-02-202012-03-2020AUD $ 3,055-
29-02-202014-03-2020AUD $ 2,940-
07-03-202021-03-2020AUD $ 2,940-
14-03-202028-03-2020AUD $ 2,800-
19-03-202002-04-2020AUD $ 2,940-
21-03-202004-04-2020AUD $ 2,940-
26-03-202009-04-2020AUD $ 2,940-
28-03-202011-04-2020AUD $ 2,940-
02-04-202016-04-2020AUD $ 2,940-
04-04-202018-04-2020AUD $ 2,940-
09-04-202023-04-2020AUD $ 2,940-
11-04-202025-04-2020AUD $ 2,940-
16-04-202030-04-2020AUD $ 2,940-
18-04-202002-05-2020AUD $ 2,940-
25-04-202009-05-2020AUD $ 2,830-
02-05-202016-05-2020AUD $ 2,830-
09-05-202023-05-2020AUD $ 2,830-
16-05-202030-05-2020AUD $ 2,830-
23-05-202006-06-2020AUD $ 2,830-
30-05-202013-06-2020AUD $ 2,830-
13-06-202027-06-2020AUD $ 2,830-
20-06-202004-07-2020AUD $ 2,830-
27-06-202011-07-2020AUD $ 2,830-
04-07-202018-07-2020AUD $ 2,830-
09-07-202023-07-2020AUD $ 2,830-
11-07-202025-07-2020AUD $ 2,830-
18-07-202001-08-2020AUD $ 2,830-
23-07-202006-08-2020AUD $ 2,830-
25-07-202008-08-2020AUD $ 2,830-
01-08-202015-08-2020AUD $ 2,830-
08-08-202022-08-2020AUD $ 2,830-
15-08-202029-08-2020AUD $ 2,830-
22-08-202005-09-2020AUD $ 2,830-
29-08-202012-09-2020AUD $ 2,830-
05-09-202019-09-2020AUD $ 2,830-
12-09-202026-09-2020AUD $ 2,830-
19-09-202003-10-2020AUD $ 2,940-
24-09-202008-10-2020AUD $ 2,940-
26-09-202010-10-2020AUD $ 2,940-
01-10-202015-10-2020AUD $ 2,940-
03-10-202017-10-2020AUD $ 2,940-
10-10-202024-10-2020AUD $ 2,940-
17-10-202031-10-2020AUD $ 2,940-
22-10-202005-11-2020AUD $ 2,940-
24-10-202007-11-2020AUD $ 2,940-
31-10-202014-11-2020AUD $ 2,940-
07-11-202021-11-2020AUD $ 3,055-
12-11-202026-11-2020AUD $ 3,055-
14-11-202028-11-2020AUD $ 3,055-
21-11-202005-12-2020AUD $ 3,055-
26-11-202010-12-2020AUD $ 3,055-
28-11-202012-12-2020AUD $ 3,055-
05-12-202019-12-2020AUD $ 3,055-
12-12-202026-12-2020AUD $ 3,055-
17-12-202031-12-2020AUD $ 3,055-
19-12-202002-01-2021AUD $ 3,055-
24-12-202007-01-2021AUD $ 3,055-
26-12-202009-01-2021AUD $ 3,055-

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 nt),Hotel (11 nts),Overnight boat (1 nt),Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)

Transport

Boat,Overnight sleeper train,Plane,Private Bus,Private vehicle,Taxi

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