This trip was very well put together and the cooking lessons were great, even better that we got to eat what we cooked and a lot of what we didn’t cook as well.
I found Intrepid to be a great tour organisation which took care of me and organised loads of fun activities for the group.
Amazing tour! So many great activities, meals and destinations crammed into 12 days without feeling rushed or lacking in personal time. Our tour guide was awesome, very attentive, inclusive and knowledgable. Highly recommend!!
Great trip with amazing guides!
The cycling trip was amazing and it is a great way to see things off the beaten track, the guides are a lot of fun and we were encouraged to avoid all the single use plastic that we could.
An excellent company offering excellent tour leaders. The pooling of tips at the start of the trip made the excursions seamless and removed the issue of “how much do I tip ?”.
We really enjoyed our Intrepid holiday in Vietnam. The company is obviously very well run and organised. Our tour group leader was excellent and made sure our trip was an experience. He was good company, extremely well organised and considerate for the entire group. Highly recommended trip.
First trip with Intrepid included this Classic Vietnam (15 days) followed by Classic Cambodia (6 days).
I loved the trip!
Intrepid Travel enables us to enjoy Vietnam in a way thats incredibly difficult traveling independently. Great group we traveled with, superb guide, lovely place and locals and excellent place to hike, cycle and kayak
We were looking for a tour where we didn’t have to organize every last detail. Intrepid took away a lot of the pain of travelling, we would definitely use there services again. There was a great mix of people & the tour allowed for some personal time to explore, while also providing other options if you wanted them in every place we visited. The local guides are fantastic, they really add to the experience.
Booked the best of Cambodia and Vietnam trip! Would highly recommend, Cambodia was my favourite and the homestay is an eyeopening and worthwhile experience. I would recommend any trip that does a homestay because you really get an inside look into the locals life and understand what they do on a daily basis! Hoi An and Halong bay were my favourite in Vietnam, both beautiful places. We thought it was going to rain as its monsoon season, but it was still humid and hot with temperatures between 30-40 degrees and little bursts of rain. Would recommend this time of the year to go as theres less tourists and it’s not as hot as the peak season (we were all sweating so much still).
Intrepid is an amazing organisation. When you like to travel together with other people and want to see the most importanst things, Intrepid is the right organisation for you. You don’t have to worry about organising or something else, you can trust your leader and enjoy a beautiful and amazing trip!
Travelling with a group and a bilingual guide made this a relaxing quick holiday without having to do a lot of thinking or planning. Lovely group of people and i was pleasantly to find other older travellers in the group.
Intrepid were a pleasure to work with. The layout/design of the trip was perfect enabling me to see and do as much as I could in the limited time I had in each country. Very well managed company with great representatives (team leaders) who made the experience exceed my expectations, Recommend to anyone.
I have visited Vietnam 3 times before, this time I chose to join family on this trip. I not only found the guides local information on places and history very informative, he made it relaxing and very interesting and allowed us to meeting the locals.
amazing value, amazing activities, brilliant guides, food is next level
Make sure you double check your itinerary and details and compare to what the tour guide details
Would never travel with any other company except Intrepid if I could possible manage it they are great. Prefer having only 12 in the group but some seem to now take 16 I just hope they don’t get any bigger numbers.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Vietnam trip with Intrepid. What a beautiful country and lovely people. The tour was organised and delivered by a great guide (Thuy) and if anything Intrepid more than met our expectations. Highlights included the Halong Bay cruise, the motorbike trip in Hue and the bicycle trip in Hoi An with the campest ever cycle guide, ‘Zoom Zoom’!
The key to Intrepid travel is those on the tour with you. Mix, mingle and enjoy them too.
Most amazing holiday!! Vietnam, our tour guide Thoa, my group and Intrepid far exceeded all my expectations. Everything was so well organised, informative and fun, I highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for an adventure.
This trip was perfect, well organized which ensured we got to see all the highlights of Vietnam within a short timeframe. Best decision I have ever made as it eliminated the time and effort I would have needed to sort out an amazing trip.
Loved the Vietnam Express Southbound tour! So many great people on the tour and our tour guide was fantastic in leading us through the different, chaotic cities! Also appreciated the small tour size when traveling as it felt less like a tour and more like traveling with friends.
Intrepid does a great job of organizing excursions of a small size. This is great, not like a huge bus with 50 passengers! I love that they are concerned about the environment and support local businesses. Intrepid provides more of an “authentic” travel experience than most travel companies!
I was so impressed with Intrepid, very organised and everything ran smoothly. I was very happy with the accommodation and homestays. I really enjoyed the fact that we got to experience the usual touristy things but also got to go off the beaten track and mingle with the locals. I will definitely travel with Intrepid again, absolutely loved it and our tour leader was amazing
Overall a great trip, the immersion in local life in and treks are a highlight. The experience in the cities such as Hoi An can be very touristy, so don’t be afraid to explore and get yourself off the beaten track.
The South East Asia trip was an amazing experience and I truly loved exploring the heart and soul of south east Asia. I feel as though you really get to see an authentic side of Asia you wouldn’t be exposed to if you travelled by yourself. You have dinner with families, visit remote villages off the beaten track and get the opportunity to talk to monks. Highlights during the trip included an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiangmai, early morning Alms with the monks, visiting an Elephant Sanctuary, a 2 day boat ride down the Mekong, cooking lessons, the beautiful sleepy Luang Prabang, the very chic Hanoi and all of Cambodia! I recommend the trip wholeheartedly. There are some parts of the trip I think you should brace yourself for, such as the overnight train in Vietnam and some very basic guest houses. However these experiences are all part of it.
We had a super guide, everything was very well organised and the trip provided a great insight into local life in Vietnam. I met lovely people and enjoyed every second of this beautiful tour through all the best spots.
I have done 2 trips with Intrepid. In 2015 I did Grand Cuba and this year the Best of Vietnam and Cambodia. I really like their ethos and I have met great people on the trips. I have always loved travelling and it’s not always easy to find a good travelling companion. With Intrepid I don’t have to worry because there are always other solo travellers. On both occasions I have chosen to share a room and it worked out extremely well both times. The Intrepid guides I have met are superb and they also use extremely good local guides when necessary.
This is my first holiday with Intrepid and my first cycling holiday. It was fantastic. The tour leader Long Le and all the support crew were helpful, supportive, professional and funny! They taught me all about their beautiful country (Vietnam) and we got exposure to so many Vietnamese experiences that we would not have had touring in a bus. The experience of being able to see this country in all it’s forms was amazing and I would highly recommend cycling as a way to see this country. Do yourself a favour and get some practice before you go, bring the appropriate equipment as suggested and you will not be too sore to totally enjoy this experience. Thank you to Long and the team for a holiday I will never forget.
Itinerary was very good, we covered a big range of geography & activities. Our guide was superb as was accommodation, however we feel that the 10 day trip is misleading as we feel it was in effect only 8 days
I enjoyed using Intrepid as a single traveller as it allowed me to focus less on safety and how do I get around. The guides are also very knowledgeable so you will get more enjoyment out of your holiday over a shorter period of time.
An excellent trip, I loved it! It was a perfect combination of cooking. eating and sightseeing! The overnight boat in Halong Bay and the motorbike tour in Hue were definitely the highlights for me. I really recommend the optional excursions to My Son and the rickshaw tour of Saigon.
If i could re do the trip again i would communicate clearing before hand what my expectations were and what i really wanted to get out of the trip i would then communicate this to my tour guide so they could guide and recommend places / things to do which would save me time looking up things. If you want to really explore and get experience the culture / local atmosphere just get out there and give it ago, the tour group might not be into the same things as you so you might have to leave them and just do you own thing. sometimes that seems rude but if you dont really want to eat with the group or do an activity with the group thats ok and just do it. before booking i would also see who is currently booked into the trip so you know the age group and potentially the nationalities
An incredible trip, a beautiful country and great organisation. The food was incredible and Tiet was a fantastic guide. I would highly recommend this trip, although padded shorts are a must, not optional!!
Excellent trip. Covered a lot of ground. Good winderful
This trip was amazing. Our tour guide had great local knowledge and was very friendly. Would do this trip again. This was an amazing experience
Just do it
A very full itinerary but still with time to do your own thing. Practise converting various ‘Dong’ prices to your local currency so you are not alarmed when confronted with the local prices in Vietnam. Everything is much cheaper than home the big numbers are just scary until you get use to them!
Intrepid offers fantastic cultural, honest and genuine experiences. You feel involved in supporting the local people. I see the locals appreciating our involvement. A really, really good experience.
baby wipes are good. sleeping bag liner for night train good, cork screw good,bug spray and sunscreen good,and panadol , gastro stop tablets from your country are also good to bring along.
Intrepids spirit fits people having fun to experience the highlights of a country and touching the local life.
When traveling be open minded to change, try plenty of different foods and embrace the culture.
We have had the pleasure of partaking in 2 Intrepid trips and all we can say is that if you are looking for an amazing adventure with passionate and superb guides, Intrepid is the way to go.
A wonderful trip,no hassles,plenty of free time as well as many optional tours,all booked by our leader.Intrepid has a wonderful environmental philosophy which is maintained throughout the trip.
Excellent value and great introduction to Vietnam
Highly recommend travelling with Intrepid! The entire process was stress free from planning, booking process and the trip itself (excluding crossing the roads – definitely did not get use to that!). Classic Vietnam is well organised – you get to immerse in the culture, interact with the locals and eat amazing local cuisine. I loved every aspect of the trip!
Wonderful eyeopening trip. Wouldnt have been possible without the the organisation of Intrepid. We initially thought the timetable would be overwhelming but it was perfect. We never had any safety issues or concern about the travelling at any stage and will be recommending to anyone who wants an original experience.
I would highly recommend this tour, Jay was an amazing leader whose in depth knowledge and passion for his job made the trip extra special. I was blown away by the amazing sights, food and cultural experiences on this trip.
Good trip with much included. However the lack of assistance in our free time ultimately left us wondering if the extra costs of coming with a group were entirely worth it.
Pack a rain jacket and plenty of active wear that you can clean and dry overnight in a hotel.
Tam is a very enthusiastic and organised tour leader. He catered to everyone in the group and made sure everyone was having a good time and was safe.
The whole trip was great however the hotel beds in Hanoi were like sleeping on the floor! All accomodation didnt provide tea and coffee facilities. No hotel provided milk and at times only herbal tea. 2 small bottles of water per day per room was no where near enough considering this water was used for cleaning teeth.
Intrepid is a highly organised tour to go on. We enjoyed the tour guides company and assistance and would go on another adventure through Intrepid.
Great trip great sites great food
This is a busy but very good tour, great way to see Vietnam, defiantly bring padded shorts and a cycling top. It can get very hot in the North and there is quite a lot of cycling. You will need to protect yourself from the sun too, so bring a good sunscreen.
The trip from Hanoi to Saigon was a terrific way to see rural Vietnam up close and personal. The bicycle challenge level was probably about right for most reasonably fit people, although I did find the heat took some getting used to, and I did use the support bus a wee bit…..A wonderful trip, I will travel with Intrepid again.
Intrepid is such a great company to travel with. I love their ethical approach to the places we visit, and their guides are always knowledgeable and great to travel with.
Read everything you can, great website.
I really enjoyed this combo trip. While you do spend a lot of time on the road, this trip packs a lot of the highlights in and is very well organized. Definitely worth it.
Intrepid made travelling easy in a foreign country we did not know much about. We did not have to think about getting anywhere as intrepid took us straight to each destination. There was plenty of optional tours to choose from as well as lots of free time to chill out, relax or explore the cities on your own
The tour was great – our leaders Ha and Channy were both amazing! We got to see a real range of places throughout the trip which I never would have seen travelling on my own. Missing the tour family! Would definitely recommend this trip to any first time travellers to this area 🙂
This was my first organized tour and trip with Intrepid or any other tour company. I chose Intrepid after a lot of research and was not disappointed.
This intrepid trip was just wonderful and a brilliant group of people, a great way to get truly involved in the Vietnamese culture, if you are looking for a true Vietnamese experience, this is the trip for you.
This trip does require a good level of fitness so make sure you can cycle at least 60km with some steep gradients as well as be to hike sometimes in steep areas. May/June was verging on too hot I would recommend going outside of this season to be able to really enjoy the cycling and hiking. The areas visited are amazing (there is not a chance you could see Vietnam, the true culture and way of life if you did this by yourself) and the schedule worked like clockwork, as a solo traveler among the group I felt safe the whole time. Make sure you take Chafing cream for cycling and sunscreen both can be a bit hard to come across in Vietnam.
The included hike is strenuous especially for someone whos older and unfit.
The Vietnam Intrepid tour covered all the main places to see, the guide was always telling us what to watch out for in towns, security was paramount. The food supplied was more than enough and any allergies or food requirements was dealt with.
excellent trip. well organised – filled with lots of local surprises along the way – wont forget eating in a monastery! getting to know fellow travellers on the sleeper train across Vietnam or the kindness of the local people who invited us into their home. great food, great scenery with like minded people. came back to the uk ready to book my next trip with intrepid.
(To IntrepidTravel, pls just use my initials if you will post this on your website. Thank you.) This trip is well-organised and well-paced. From one destination/activity/experience to another, there was very minimal to no waiting time…wherever we went, the bus, motorbike, cyclo, bike, canoe/raft, tuk tuk, boat were already waiting for us. There were ample breaks (for meals, to rest, or to go to rest rooms).
Makes travelling easy with no worries.
Very well organised trip, lots of included activites, great group leader
We had an action packed and extensive trip from Hanoi to Saigon experiencing all sides of Vietnam life food and culture that we will never forget amazing
Great trips, visiting different destinations
The Scenic Vietnam Tour was well balanced in the cities/regions visited and the time spent in each location. A great combination of different types of accommodation, transport and activities on offer and was great value for money. Travelling with a small group was excellent and our Tour Guide Thanh Vo (Ten) was AWESOME.
great trip, with time to do your own exploring as well
Vietnam discover was a great way to explore the country. The basix trip did not compromise on quality of hotel, but gave me the option of planning what sort of activities I would like to do whilst I was there.
Best of Vietnam 20 day tour. Great trip great cultural experience. Very knowledgeable local leader/guide. Could not recommend it more highly
Vietnam in any shape or form is an experience. If you don’t want to travel much and just want a holiday destination than I recommend Danang, Hoi an and Han oi. Otherwise if your up for some heat and a back full of sweat than travel the whole country any way you like cause you’ll love it.
This trip is comprehensive and covers most of the main tourist points in Vietnam. Anh the tour leader made the trip organised and showed us how the Vietnamese really live. Take a sense of adventure with you, keep hydrated and you will have a good time.
Be careful of people who try to rip off un suspecting travelers
Wow! What an incredible adventure. The perfect way to experience what Vietnam has to offer, so well paced, ethically responsible, safe and our tour leader, V being so knowledgeable. We felt very at home and EXTREMELY well catered for as vegans. I couldnt recommend V or Intrepid highly enough.
It was amazing – both on and off the bike. Made some awesome connections as well. Like minded people I guess… Vietnamese people I met were friendly, resilient and welcoming. Cycling Vietnam we saw wonderful, rich landscapes and traversed smooth, bumpy, and challenging surfaces. Sweaty hot days filled with exploration, joy and satisfaction. Intrepid staff were supportive, strong and so much fun. Do it!
Our Intrepid Trip in Vietnam, 8 adults and 8 children was great, our guide was excellent, he really did a great job. He was excellent with the 8 children aged, 5 – 14. I have already recommended Intrepid and especially our Guide to others who are thinking of going to Vietnam. Thanks Intrepid.
Intrepid will take care of everything. Their planning, support and organisation is first class. The key though is the local guide – ours was awesome and made the trip such a rewarding experience for us. e would definitely travel with Intrepid again – love their eco-values too.
Very important that the traveller is aware that the correct comfortable hiking boot is essential for all tough mountainous treks and also when there is a relaxed stroll around the city town streets, there can be footpath hazards especially at night.
A fantastic way to see a lot of Vietnam in a short time- take a small umbrella- a good reprieve from the sun and rain.
Absolutely loved this trip. Its a perfect itinerary for those who like to be active but also want to see more of Vietnam.
My first trip with Intrepid certainly wont be my last, it was a wonderful experience with a leader who could not have done a better job. Do not pack too much you wont need it!
A wonderful blend of activities to explore some of Vietnam’s most beautiful countryside and vibrant city life. A real cultural experience from amazing home stays with great food to resort style accommodation. Our tour guide Loc was fantastic. An adventure to remember.
Planes, trains, automobiles, bikes, boats. Beautiful scenery, lots of history, adventures, and great experiences with great people.
While the customer service was disappointing prior to the trip, the trip itself was outstanding, not only for the sights visited and variety of transport and experiences, but also for our outstanding local guide Linh Vo. It was clear that the some of the things we did and experiences we had, we could only have had on a tour like this. The only con is that it would have been nice to have a little bit more time in some of the larger sights. The trip is not called express for nothing. Fantastic as a taster of the country.
My first group trip and I was unsure what to expect. However, our guide Linh, made everything run like clockwork, was incredibly enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable and really made the trip an experience to remember. Vietnam is an incredible country and Linh was an absolutely awesome tour guide.
Vietnam Real Food Adventure was a culinary delight! The food experienced on this tour is utterly delectable! It was most enjoyable to learn how the locals shop at the markets and cook amazing meals for their families. I tried such a broad range of delicacies and dishes, all bursting with flavour! This was a well paced itinerary that was informative and fun!
Travel light , lots of film and an open mind
The Cycle Vietnam Trip exceeded my expectations. The local Tour Guide (Loc Phan) and his support teams were fantastic and made sure we got the most out of the adventure. I was lucky to travel with a great group of people who made the experience all the more memorable. The HomeStay …local food ….scenery ….cultural insights and trips ensure this trip plays to your senses and provides you with a unique perspective of this amazing country. I would highly recommend this trip but make sure you do some training in advance. its not a walk in the park 🙂
I could not have been more impressed with Vietnam and the tour. The country is beautiful, the food is outstanding and the people are warm friendly and very charming. A safe and comfortable country to visit and enjoy.
The food, the people and the sheer energy of this country makes you want to return. Their history and culture only enhances this wonderful country.
If you luck out and get a great group to travel with, this trip is perfect – an excellent taste of Vietnam. I will certainly be back!
I recently arrived back from Vietnam and found my trip with Intrepid to be well organised and good value for money. I would definitely travel with them again.
Quick paced tour of Vietnam which encompasses many highlights. Superbly organised, with a good balance of time to savour certain sights and also not overstaying in places too. Lots of memorable moments, and thats without even mentioning the delicious food!
Cycling Vietnam was a wonderful active way to explore this country with a small group of like minded people led and supported by a team of gorgeous Vietnamese locals
This was the most amazing tour of Vietnam. There were some very challenging rides like the 90kilometre ride and the 30k hill climb. However, the coach is never far behind if you need to hop on for a break. The heat was at times unbearable but you learn to cope. The crew that help out are amazing with the ice cool lemon drinks, fresh pineapple and melon at stops along with other snacks, not forgetting the ice cool wet wipes!!!! This was our first bike tour and it ticked all the boxes. Well organised and a knowledgeable team leader. Memories I will never forget
Fantastic tour guides, lots of free time to do whatever you like! Defintly will travel Intrepid again!
Great itinerary which we shared with a lovely group of people. I especially enjoyed the rides through countryside in the north of the country. I had concerns about the quality of the bikes (but not the make or model – it seems ideal for the trip), which I thought should have been replaced a long time before (think dodgy rental cycle with slipping gears and excruciating saddle). Intrepid could fix issues with the bikes easily.
Vietnam real food adventure is the perfect trip for food lovers. You get access to food that you would never find alone, and lots of it!
This was my first trip travelling solo and I was very anxious but I had no need to be ! Our guide Bon was superb and the group very friendly and age was of no concern ! I am 56 and shared a room with a lovely girl who was 30 and we had a lovely time together ! Loved the food theme and cookery lessons were second to none . Bon our guide could not have done more for us ! Do not hesitate if you are a first timer travelling alone ! Lovely country , people and food would recommend to anyone who likes an active holiday and if you want to dip out of some of the activities not a problem Bon made all the nessesary arrangements for everyone !
My daughter recently did your trip in Sri Lanka and has other trips planned with you. Her enthusiasm for Intrepid encouraged us.
Travel light as possible
This is an ultimate Vietnam tour. Experienced all cultural and historic sites and got a real understanding of the country and its people.
This was a great first trip with Intrepid. It was the first time I have travelled solo and the friendly group environment and the sheer number of varied activities included was perfect. The trip is pretty fast paced but this suited me as I like to do and see as much as possible. The homestays and Hoi An were my highlights but I really enjoyed everything! Our guide was fab making sure we had everything we needed and was a fountain of knowledge about the country and the culture.
The Best of Vietnam was an amazing experience that takes you through Vietnam in the most unique way. The homestays were definitely the highlights. We met amazing people (especially our Leader) and amazing memories to last a lifetime.
Intrepid is a reliable tourism company that, in my opinion, offers packages with excellent cost-services.
great trip choice! beautiful countries that we visited. intrepid seems like they mean what they promote. I feel this trip was rated 2 in difficulty for walking & such…should really be a 5! great value for your money.
This is a great trip if you want a varied experience of Vietnam and a real insight into the country and its people. Highly recommended.
I would highly recommend the Vietnam cycling trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh in March or early April. I would try to have Danh/Happy Buddha as your guide – he is excellent. The trip is so interesting, the riding is great. I have been on many cycling tours, both with a buddy and with groups, and this was a trip of a lifetime for me. Riding your bike every day Eating three delicious meals a day Socializing with fellow adventurers WHAT COULD BE BETTER
Vietnam Discovery was a fantastic trip, delved into local villages, relaxed on beautiful beaches, everything was covered
We thoroughly enjoyed our first Intrepid Tour. We had a terrific group of people of all ages and we just clicked from the get go. Intrepid is a great way to see the sites and have all the fuss taken care of.
This is a great trip with lots of activities and different modes of transportation. The country, the people and the food are beautiful. If you go in the summer months plan on it being crazy hot and humid.
Vietnam is a beautiful country. Lots of water(I was very surprised) , granite and limestone mountains, crops and green as far as you can see. The people are very resourceful and inventive. They have a use for things that we would not even imagine. They make boats out of large shell casings that the Americans used in the Vietnam war. For food-they not only use the sweet potatoe grown in the ground, they also use the green tops as a vegetable. Some of the ways they catch fish- unbelievable ways with nets. Paradise Cave was unbelievable. You can not imagine the stalactites and stalagmites inside. It is a bit of a climb to find the entrance but totally worth it. Just rest every now and again. The food in Vietnam if really good -spring rolls, lovely fat prawns, lots of types of fish, morning glory with butter and garlic, pho, baguettes, carmelized meat in a clay pot, lots of local beer and try the egg coffee-delicious. Many beautiful places including Halong Bay, beaches in Nha Trang,gardens in Dalat, , lanterns and Ancient Town in Hoi An, waterways in the Mekong Delta, the Imperial Citadel in Hue, and the night market in Hanoi. It was very humid and hot the whole trip. Buy an old fashioned fan -you will use it a lot! Keep it handy in you backpack along with a hat. You will need it! Cotton Tshirts-not a good choice they will be wet by the end of the day and stick to your body! All in all it was an awesome wonderful trip with a great leader and a bunch of new friends! It is something I’ll never forget.
This was a wonderful tour – I really got to see the beauty of and understand the culture of Vietnam. Our tour guide Loc has an infection love for his country, and I think there’s no better way to tour Vietnam than weaving through the villages on a bike and getting out of the major cities!
The food tour is a great adventure of food experiences and sight seeing. There is lots of hustle bustle mixed with relaxation and optional tours. The motorbike tour is fantastic and the cooking classes are fun. Pack lightly but don’t forget a refillable water bottle and camera.
I have been asked if I would go back to Vietnam – we traveled everywhere by nearly everymode of transport and experience so much in two weeks that I feel I dont have to.
Very much enjoyed my experience with intrepid, everything was smooth and easy all the way through, I loved the type of experience that we had with our trip involving honestays with the locals. I liked that we had a smaller group (7) and that we all came from different areas of the world. I would definitely choose intrepid again and can’t think of anything worth complaining about.
If you want a complete cycling adventure and challenge, an introduction to a fascinating and diverse country, beautiful food, company of different but interesting people, and are not afraid of heat and constant sweating, this trip is for you! Make sure you train for sitting on a saddle for many hours (bike gloves, a gel seat, bike pants and anti-chaffing cream are highly reccommended!) There are also lots of undulations and some seriously long hills, made much harder by the heat! Cyling Vietnam is a great way to see much of the country; the rural roads and tracks made us feel far more connected to the ways people live here. I will never forget cycling amongst rice paddies, pineapple farms, fishing villages, salt farms, water buffalo wallowing in mud pools, and grinning children always yelling out hello and sticking hands out for high 5’s. It was a wonderful experience and I thoroughly reccommend it!
Intrepid is fantastic for those travelling solo who don’t want to experience a country on their own. Good balance of group and free time.
Great mix of included and optional activities. Moderate level of fitness required for the 10km hike. Adequate downtime. Good group size. Knowledgable guide. Very organised tour.
Have an open mind and enjoy others views and needs
Intrepid tours are an amazing way to experience a new country. The local tour guides are unbelievably helpful and informative. The other travellers are very friendly and happy to go out and explore. Highly recommended
Great trip to overview Vietnam. Hoi an = best city. Don’t forget earplug, sleeping bag and mousquitos spray ! 🙂
Make sure you are ready to be busy for the whole time. This is not much downtime so you get every dollars worth.
We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience the real Vietnam and who has a limited timeframe. Ideally we would have liked to have spent longer in each destination although the breadth of experiences in 10 days was amazing. You may need a good rest afterwards however!
If you dont want the experience of the overnight train then choose another tour, the rich culture, incredible food and historical sites make this tour amazing but the memories and friendships formed make it unforgettable. Would highly recommend.
I had an amazing time in Vietnam thanks to a wonderful guide and a really well planned itinerary! This was my first time travelling in a tour and this tour exceeded my expectations! Really good mix of activities and theres no pressure at all for the optional activities and everything was well worth it!
Intrepid is the only way I travel as I travel solo, also you make life long friends . I love that everything is arranged for you and that local guides are used and best of all the groups are not too big. The website is very informative and lets you know all about the trip. I highly recommend Intrepid
The Best of Vietnam tour was just the right length and we got to see a lot of things. The Maps.Me App (offline mapping) we downloaded on our phone was invaluable when finding our own way around and back to our hotel.
Great trip. Very organised. Lots of included and optional activities. Good sized group. The 10 km hike requires good fitnesd due to humidity and steepness.
Great value for money an and very eell organizationed an the arrangement for transfer from Vietnam to Cambodia was a very smooth transfer well done
Excellent tour, got to see a lot in short amount of time. Well organised and well run. Lead by knowledgable guide
Great trip to meet the people & learn the culture of Vietnam. Hotels have everything no tooth brush, soap needed. Travel light. Be ready for heat & humidity. Travel South to North, get acclimatised for the trek & finish in Ha Long bay
Intrepid are great to travel with as they will still hold the tour even though the numbers are small. Also you do not have to pay a singles excess although you may have to share a room with another traveler of the same sex should another be on the same trip. They appear to me from my experience to be a very trustworthy, honorable group to go with. I would strongly recommend them.
This trip was extremely well balanced for people, culture, sightseeing, food, history. We loved every minute and saw a fantastic amount of Vietnam. Highly recommended trip.
A perfect introduction to this fascinating country. Expert leader and local guides. Safe, clean & reliable transport and accommodation.
Simply, just read the advice and trust it. Don’t overpack and enjoy the freedom of the flexibility in the trip with the safety and security that the leader provides. Hassle free enjoyment.
Vietnam was an exciting surprise that we enjoyed immensely from the people to the food. There were many enjoyable surprises as we travelled from South to North, which was, we think, the best route to follow as Halong Bay and HoiAn were the jewels in the crown.
Thou A most enjoyable trip enjoyed by us both and opened our eyes to the way other people live.
I would highly recommend the Treasures of Vietnam 8-day tour for people who want an introduction to Vietnam. I only had limited time, but found that it provided a great overview of 3 main regions and some very interesting attractions.
Adventurous travel with like minded people in small groups. Choose your comfort and adventure levels which define activities you do. Flexibility of tour guide and itinerary is a great attribute that all intrepid tour leaders seem to offer. thank you again for a wonderful holiday.
This was my best holiday ever. It was interesting, exciting and well organised.
Cycling Vietnam is a wonderful experience, made even more exciting when your tour is lead by “Happy Buddha” (Danh Nguyen)
Intrepid trips are great, providing a great balance between being shown a destination and having free time to explore. The mix of people (age, nationality, etc) also adds to the enjoyment. Added to this Intrepid organises great local experiences, but all have been checked for cleanliness and safety.
what a great experience intrepid delivered a professional and safe experience for all I would use them again forsure. Everything was taken care of and I could just focus on enjoying the experience. well done intrepid
If you wish to be active on your holiday and explore some remote places then this is the trip for you. You need a reasonable level of fitness and some good walking shoes but the views are worth the effort. Lots of fun and exercise.
We ate our way from the north to the south of Vietnam tasting regional specialties and street food, visiting vibrant markets and dodging motorbikes everywhere. Great fun relaxing with the confidence that our guide was there to show us the best.
An outstanding trip, so many experiences in such a short time. Hoi An was a firm favourite from the bike ride to ordering my tailor made dress. I will certainly remember this trip forever.
Great trip that really gave you the highlights of Vietnam. Hoi An was an amazing place.
Holiday went smoothly from planning to finish. The small group size allowed us to experience more and with greater interaction with the Vietnamese people.
A well organised company who support minority groups a true ethnically responsible company. The company is also very passionate about supporting the environment.
This was a great way to introduce ourselves to a developing country as it covered a reasonable number of areas of Vietnam. We had a great group which also made the tour more enjoyable. There was a good balance of activities as well as plenty of free time to explore independently. All up a good experience and enjoyable trip.
This tour is a fabulous full on nonstop 3 weeks covering 3 countries. As it is a combination trip I have 3 different tour guides and 3 different groups. There was only one other person who I started in Bangkok with came all the way with me to Hanoi. It is a brilliant way to get an experience of these countries. There were many highlights from the moving Hellfire Pass to the beauty and tranquility of Angkor Wat at Dawn. Friendships have been formed and life time memories made.
This is a great tour with a knowledgeable local that I can’t recommend highly enough. You see a perfect combination of culture and natural beauty with a level of comfort that makes it all very easy. Don’t let the overnight train put you off!
Cycle Vietnam holiday was great! The best way to see the ‘real’ Vietnam and not be stuck on a bus the whole time. Physically it was reasonably challenging, get some KM’s in on your bike before the trip. Chi our guide was fantastic, he made it a holiday to remember!
Fabulous trip for a multitude of sensational cultural, political and geographical experiences!
A packed but brilliant holiday with so many memorable moments and sights. All the excursions were great fun and Ha was a brilliant tour guide! The insights into real local life and culture, offered by Ha and some trips, made it extra memorable. Take some sleeping pills for the train, lots of sun screen and get stuck in!
This trip required a good level of fitness.It was so good cycling and seeing,smelling hearing everything around you.The country and people were chaotic , overwhelming , welcoming .
Cycling Viet Nam was a fantastic way to see the real people and countryside. It í definitely not for the faint hearted á thêre were some tough cycling day but a great challenge.
This trip provided everything I was looking for in a cycle tour of Vietnam, visiting all the main cities with a good amount of country scenery as well. You need an above average level of fitness to do this tour, there are 2 mountain passes to tackle and a total of 650km of cycling over the 2 weeks. Our guide Chi was amazing.
Travel Intrepid as an organization uses local guides in each country who can give first hand knowledge of culture which is very important and we highly rate this service. We as travelers appreciate the input into their tours.
Intrepid is a well run organisation and helped take the guess work out of our holiday. Dad is usually the one who organises our holidays and sometimes gets stressed when he’s unfamiliar with the culture and doesn’t know the best things for us to do or see. Having a tour guide with us helped us all to relax and get the most out of our holiday without worrying about where to stay or where was safe to eat. Lucky, our tour guide, was energetic, funny, approachable and lovely. We would go back to Vietnam just to see Lucky again.
If travelling to Ho Chi Minh , be aware of robbers riding scooters trying to snatch bags , cameras ext be vigilante , and shoe shine boys who dont take no for an answer , apart from that just embrace and enjoy what Vietnam has to offer ,
The journey was full on from start to finish. I felt safe. It lived up to my expectations. Our group was great and all got on extremely well. Wished Id packed tights & hoody for the cooler evenings in the Sung Valley. Loved it.
great family adventure to learn about another culture & have a holiday at the same time
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Everything was very well organised, and there was suitable free time as well. Our guide was excellent and went over and above our expectations. We saw many beautiful places, but it was interesting and educational as well. It was wonderful to experience a third world country in a safe and comfortable way.
A great way to travel as I get to meet lots of likeminded other Travelers and interact with the locals in a way that I couldn’t organize myself.
I already receive offers and regular updates from Intrepid, thank you. Love Intrepid for their diverse and flexible travel itineraries, approach to sustainable tourism and also for hiring local leaders who are always the most influential part of making a journey a memorable trip of a lifetime.
Don’t hesitate to go on the Vietnam bike trip. It is wonderful. If you go on the Cambodia and Indonesia trip, be sure to pack biking clothes that can cover your shoulders and knees when you ride past temples that you want to explore. There wasn’t as much bicycling on the Cambodia/Indonesia portion of the trip as I would have liked. But it was made up for with the historic and cultural sites.
This was a full packed adventure discovering the north to south of Vietnam. Every day was differe t and kept us busy from morning to night. Having a great group of easy going people made everyone feel at ease too. I had an excellent time.
An excellent tour that included a diverse range of cultural and food experiences, giving us a good overview of Vietnamese life. Very good standard of accommodation for the price and the people we met were very friendly. A good balance of group tour time and free time to rest. relax or explore other parts of the cities we visited. Nhi, our tour guide, was excellent – the icing on the cake.
This trip is ideally suited to families with children aged 8+. The days are well organised and there’s time to relax as well as sightsee. I chose this trip rather than a ‘holiday’ resort as i wanted my children to understand more about the wider world, how privileged they are and that there is life outside their ‘bubble’.
Fantastically enjoyable, well organised and good value trip with a wonderful local guide. Great itinerary with lots of inclusions but also a fair amount of spare time. Perfect for young families – our kids (aged 8 and 10 years) loved it. Suggest taking more local currency than recommended in the trip notes, although there are plenty of ATMs.
Travelling with a leader takes away lots of organisational issues for the traveller. Travelling in a group offers safety, which for an older adventurer, is very important. You have the opportunity to travel with travellers from varied age brackets, which can enhance the whole experience.
The trip was excellent and well researched with excellent , informative tour leaders , giving great insight into the country.
I’m a 66 year old who has travelled widely most of my life, and always as an independent traveller. However, I found the Intrepid “Best of Vietnam” trip to be an ideal way of experiencing as much as possible of Vietnam in 3 weeks without the hassles of language difficulties and lack of detail knowledge. There is no way I could have achieved as much in the time if i had been trying to organise each experience myself.
The Best of Vietnam Tour was an excellent choice if you have 21 days to spare. The trips included were very informative and fun. The homestay with the Dao tribal group and the 10km trek the next day was the highlight and the most luxurious part of the tour was the Halong Bay Cruise and overnight stay on the “junk”. All hotel accommodation was top notch and the included, very substantial, breakfasts save the early hunt for food that usually is part of lone travel. We were also very privileged with a small (7 total) and friendly tour group and a knowledgeable tour leader.
Awesome family trip, had a great combination of families and kids generally jelled and had a good friendship during the trip. Good mix of interesting activities that appeal to both parents and kids.
Excellent trip with a good variety of locations (Home stays were amazing). Plenty of optional activities to do, but also very easy to go and do your thing. I wish it had lasted longer!
A fantastic trip which allows you to delve into vietnams history and culture. You are introduced to locals and their way of life and thinking and have the opportunity to explore some exciting locations. Travel is varied and the sleeper trains are certainly an experience (bring earplugs!). I had the best time and made the best memories.
I really enjoyed traveling with Intrepid! Their trips are value for money and my trip went smoothly thanx to their professional service! Wish I could have gone on the gecko tour(age limit 29), as I am a young at heart guy who happens to be 34 🙂 Otherwise I highly recommend this trip!!
Wow, what an experience! Our family of three generations just loved our trip. It was great to experience with other like-minded families and we enjoyed the wide variety of experiences, modes of transport and being able to see quite a bit of this beautiful country. Our guide was wonderful and provided lots of options taking into account the energy of the group on any given day. Some tips – we took insulated water bottles so we always had cold water during the day, we took silk sleeping bag liners to use on the train and homestay, you need an overnight bag to use for the overnight cruise and the homestay (bring one or buy a cheap one at the market there), take medication in case you get sick (we didn’t get sick thankfully but a couple of people did on our trip). There were unexpectedly lots of stairs on the trip which were hard at times for my 73 year old mum who has weak knees, so be aware of that.
The comfort trip was excellent value and very accurately described. Our leader Thanh was very helpful and knowledgeable. As a solo female middle aged traveler, I always felt safe and comfortable, and would certainly have no hesitation in recommending this company and this trip to anyone else. I have a very interesting and enjoyable time.
Intrepid are a fantastic company to travel with and take any stress out of travelling to new countries.
Had the best time in Vietnam, our tour leader was perfect and spoke perfect English, he added to the trip ten times more. The activities organised were something I could never have planned myself, an incredible experience! This tour has a lot packed into a short period of days and I would advise a couple extra days at Hanoi and HCM to get even more from the trip.
This tour is a fantastic way to see Vietnam from the cities to the homestays in the more remote areas. It was an amazing trip – highly recommended.
The tour was very interesting an perfectly organized. If we had questions we could just ask our leader. We had a great time in Vietnam!
Intrepid provides well balanced and enjoyable tours. They went above and beyond to ensure we were prepared and had a great time thank you!
This trip for first time travelers to Vietnam. You get a great view of the country from South to North and get to experience of tourist spots as well as unique cultural experiences. Highly recommend this trip.
I have done cosmos, APT, intrepid and princess cruises. Cosmos does not have a welcoming dinner so we all get to meet each other. APT too expensive. Intrepid pretty good price. And love the fact you get to see a few cities/ countries.
Best of Vietnam covered all the aspects I wanted to see and experience. The Intrepid tour was as indicated on the website and brochures and I would highly recommend traveling with this company. Everything was accurately represented. Our guide was equally knowledgeable and fun to hang out with for 20 days.
This is a trip to take if you want a physical challenge while exploring some of the best spots of Vietnam. All kids all around the country waved and high fived .. they also made the trip special.
We haven’t travelled on a guided family tour in years. Intrepid have re-invented the family tour concept, making it fun, safe, stress free, informative and inclusive of all family members. Looking forward to our next Intrepid tour.
Vietnam Family Holiday was our best trip yet. It was the perfect mix of activities and down time when the kids just wanted to relax. The activities were informative and we learned a lot about Vietnams culture, whilst also keeping the kids excited and interested. Our local guide was a wealth of knowledge and taught us so much, he was caring and great with our children. Would highly recommend this family trip, weve made some amazing memories.
The Treasures of Vietnam tour was fast paced and a great way to see the main highlights we had set for ourselves. The information and tour guide kept us informed and helped us understand Vietnam. The Bahn Mi’s weren’t bad either. Thanks Intrepid.
The Explore Vietnam trip was the right amount of time to spend to really immerse yourself into the culture, cuisine and beauty that is this Vietnam! The itinerary is excellent with a great balance of enough activities as well as personal time. The optional excursions – particularly to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cooking Class in Hoi An in an absolute MUST! But, the best part of the trip is definitely the friends in your group as well as our Tour guide, Duy. If you have Duy, you are in fantastic hands!
The two weeks I spent exploring Vietnam with Binh was fantastic. Every day was memorable, with new sights and experiences to enjoy. The food was brilliant every step of the way, and binh was so well organised that all I had to do was show up and have a great time.
The tour was great.We did get a little over the temples & mueseums after a while, however we really enjoyed extra side tours, such as: working on the farm land in Hoi An, Cu Chi Tunnels, a 2 hour ride around the streets of Hue on the Cyclos, the old City was amazing & Hoi An was our Favoruite place.
This trip was an incredible experience with excellent guides, beautiful accommodation and engaging activities. I felt the trip was well paced and made up of a variety of experiences. Would definitely recommend!
The trip was an amazing experience for all of us. We got to see so much in such a short time period- we saw more and got to see more local life than I would have expected. A great learning adventure and holiday.
A great introductory trip to Vietnam for those who have not travelled Asia with kids before. This takes all the hassle out of it and all you have to do is enjoy.
Loved Vietnam, loved the trip! The diverse itinerary was really great and helped me to experience this country in the way Id hoped!
Choose this trip and you wont be disappointed. It is a fantastic way to see lots of places without being stuck in resorts. Go with an open mind and you will find this a rich and rewarding experience.
Travelling with Intrepid is not only a clever way to discover new countries, but a formidable chance to enjoy trip experiences with a group of like minded individuals. It was great to see the dynamics of the group developing from the first day while we were touring Vietnam beautifuly. This has been my first time as a group solo traveler and I loved every second of it.
This is a great trip if you wish to visit Vietnam in relatively short time. We combined with Cambodia and saw the main highlights in less than 2 weeks. It is comfortable with good hotels and no long journeys and suitable for those with limited time
Be prepared for a variety of weather, so bring a warm jacket, socks hat and a scarf as well as lighter clothing for warm days, also an easy care dress-up outfit for is useful. Rely on ATM withdrawals for cash.
Travel light, highly recommend backpack versus luggage
Recommend a cycling tour. More bussing than I expected. Learnt lots, great food and got home fitter than I started. Lucky that all the other members of the tour were excellent to travel with.
Intrepid tours pride themselves on responsible travel and I vouch for their professionalism in this field
Fantastic trip filled with diverse cultural experiences and adventure.
Intrepid Family Tours are a truly fabulous way to share unique travel experiences with other families, in a safe and organised environment, of which much of the planning is completed so you can sit back and enjoy your well deserved time away.
We had a wonderful time in Vietnam and did things that we would never have attempted (or known about) without the support of Intrepid and our tour guide, Sonny. We highly recommend the family tours – they are designed for people with kids and families just like ours, and the tour is somewhat flexible, and built around the kids’ needs at the same time as providing many interesting things for the grown ups. Thanks Intrepid!
Intrepid offers individual experiences, provides access to unique locations and includes special activities to enhance the cultural experience of a place. Intrepid travellers are introduced to colourful local identities, leaving lasting memories from each trip.
Excellent mixture of bustling city life, tranquil rice fields that feel like you’ve stepped back in time and activities to keep you engagaed from cycling backwaters of Sapa to canoeing around the beaches of Monkey Island. Feels like to get a taste of every corner of Vietnam. Our tour leader Hung was absolutely fantastic !
Taking an Intrepid family trip is a great way to travel with children. An added bonus of Intrepid trips is the international makeup of travel groups, which gives both adults and kids to learn about the home countries of each other as well as the country in which theyre traveling.
I like Intrepid because of the great homestays it provides for travelers. The opportunity to stay with a family in a new country is an extraordinary way to know the customs and way of living of the particular country.
First of all trust your tour guide they have lots of knowledge and tips after all it is their country and it is in their best interest to give you sound and safe advice.
Travelling with intrepid was a great decision. We got to experience so much more than if we had done it on our own. Our guide was so knowledgeable and made sure we had the best experience possible.
I highly recommend traveling and exploring Vietnam. Vietnam offers beautiful scenery, delicious traditional dishes, a wide range of physical activities, and never-ending shopping. The people are friendly and no road rules apply. Be fearless and brave whilst crossing the streets and build up the courage to bargain. Vietnam is the place for both the adventurous type or those just simply seeking relaxation. The massages are worth tipping the workers. The place is so cheap however the experience is priceless!
This trip was amazing, made better by having an excellent tour guide who knew his country and showed us the local side in every place we went to. Saw some beautiful sights in Vietnam and this trip gave me the best food experience.
Take the time to enjoy the trip and people sharing your experiences! Step outside your comfort zone and make the most of each opportunity
Intrepid researches the local culture and conditions and makes this information available to guests through its well trained guides. Its connections to local cottage industries provide access to the grassroots of a country, which enriches the whole experience.
You see quite a lot on a short trip. The highlight was three days in Hoi An. Also loved taking the overnight trains. Perhaps come early to spend more time in Hanoi.
Definitely take a small backpack for home stay visits and day walks. Prepare for the unpleasant toilets on the trains. Also a lot of traffic with the caves in the National Park. Overall the 20 day trip to Vietnam is amazing- plenty of things covered, you leave feeling as though you have a good understanding of the country and people. It was amazing certainly would recommend it.
We would definitely recommend Intrepid for family travel – this trip was not something we would have attempted to do without Intrepid, as we have heard wonderful things about the company which built our confidence. We loved that idea that the tour was designed for people with families just like ours. We had an amazing time and we did things that we would never have had the courage to do without the support of Intrepid. And our tour leader was fabulous – funny, entertaining and knowledgeable. See you next time, Intrepid…!
great jam-packed tour
I did this tour as the third leg of the Classic South East Asia tour. It is a very short but informative tour of Vietnam which I thoroughly enjoyed. Our tour leader Ohat Huynh was excellent and ensured that our journey was safe. The night on Halong Bay is a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. Learnt a lot about the history and culture of the country and now think I will return for a longer tour.
The Cambodia & Vietnam Experience is a very well organized trip hitting many major cities, including a few very cultural homestays and fun side trips. And there is some free time to get further off the beaten path which is important to me.
The trip was fantastic, but be prepared for a lot of time travelling on buses and a lot of time in busy cities. The time we spent in more rural places was amazing. We loved Hoi An as well.
the itinerary is excellent, but more time is needed at the War Museum
A great trip for those who do not have a lot of time but want to see a lot. It is very fast paced but wonderful. Do not forget a hat, sun cream, and bug spray. It is a lot of airplanes but way better than a bus or a train because you have more time in each place. It is a perfect snapshot of both Cambodia and Vietnam.
Be prepared for the hike. Lots of hills up and down them.
Was a great time. Meet lots of new good people. Worth doing
Awesome, great itinerary, tour leader Nguyen is absolutely amazing.
nice idea to bring gifts from your home country for the home stays they dont have to be exspensive
Best experience Ive ever had on a group tour. It flowed so well, busses were always on time, leader always on point.
If your tour leader is NGUYEN then do the tour !
Intrepid is wonderful and Nguyen is simply THE Best Tour Guide!
This trip provides a comprehensive overview of Vietnam. It covers a lot of ground but, with the variety in the travel and the things to see, it was never a grind. Jay, the tour leader, is excellent and worked very hard to make sure we had a great time. Vietnam is a beautiful country – highly recommended.
A brilliant trip taking you off the beaten track. The home stay with the hill people was incredible. After this trip you can really say that you have been to Vietnam !! Be warned some of the walking and trek is quite demanding.
An amazing experience from begining to the end. A great tour guide in Ha Tran and a great group of travellers made this an experience our family will never forget. We have learnt alot about Vietnams history and local cultures, seen some amazing sites, and made some great friends along the way. I would definately recommend using Intrepid and I hope to use them again in the future.
I can’t reccomend Intrepid enough
As a first time Intrepid traveler, I had heard great things from friends and was very encouraged to join a tour. I had the opportunity to be in Vietnam for a relatively short timeframe, and this tour was a standout way to ensure I saw so much of the country as I did not expect to return again. This tour helped me to explore a country and get immersed in its culture, and it has arguably been one of the best trips I have ever done (and I am an avid traveler!) I will absolutely do an Intrepid tour again and will recommend it to anyone. Its a liberating experience as well to go on your own and join a tour group – I recommend it for the soul!
Due to our great guide and the dynamic of the group the trip was very exciting, well balanced between activities, history and discovering local people.
I would have liked to have more time to consider options provided by our leader on free days.
Cultural discovery of Vietnam. Local leader knowledge, involving local businesses, families and supporting the whole country. Food is incredible!!
The real food adventure in Vietnam is a wonderful experience! Packed full of yummy food, intriguing cultural experiences and fun! Our guide (Emma) helped us to get the most out of the experience by sharing her country with us, in a warm, open way.
The Vietnam food tour is a great way to see this amazing country, try the food and make friends. Emma, our tour lead was a joy and ensured that we were fully informed and knew what was going on. The homestay in Mekong delta was a great night and such a great way to see the remote parts of the country.
A great way to meet the locals and really experience the heart and soul of a country. Thank you for another fantastic intrepid experience
Scenic Vietnam is a great tour. It is a great combination of big city and small country villages. The accomodation was fine, the home stays are actually quite well equipped and overall great cultural experiences.
This trip is a fantastic introduction to Northern Vietnam. The activities get you outside and close to the local sights and scenery. An excellent value for the money!
A truly fantastic way to travel in a country that you are not familiar and do not speak the language, traveling with like minded people just adds to the fun and long term friendships, I will be traveling with untrepid again.
For the traveller that wants to indulge in the food and culture of a country, Intrepid is the company to use. Their guides have an abundance of knowledge to share.
Thank you — Vietnam is where I discovered a wonderful country, made great friends with my traveling partners, and discovered an adventurous side of myself. Worth it. Eat well and travel well.
Travel experience of a lifetime – what better way to experience the culture and history than with a food tour of Vietnam ! Perfect sized group (10) from allover the world, sharing a love of food and exploration was so much fun. Creature comforts were much better than I expected, a great mix of authenticity via local guide knowledge and introduction to the culture and food. Can’t wait until my next Intrepid Adventure !
Family trip was ideal for our ten year olds first long haul holiday. It was really well pacedwith enough free time so you could explore or relax on your own. The hotel in the middle with pool was great and the homestay at the end was an absolute high light
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. The cyclo ride to the Hue countryside was one of the most enjoyably afternoons of our lives. Our children, 7 and 9 years, had a fantastic time traveling throughout the country.
Classic Vietnam Comfort was definitely comfortable, however being a 30 year old adventurer, I felt the Itinerary was a little softer and less dynamic than expected. The temple and walk/talks could definitely use some culling, and replaced with more active, out of the box activities. I felt the trip was also far too organised around tourist traps and selling points. Far too many other tourists buses and pressure to buy souvenirs at every coffee stop or tour. This got very frustrating. In my opinion, this trip better suits older war history buffs who like an easy ride. Vietnam is very safe and very beautiful, but I feel I saw a very commercial, busy, ruder side which disappointed me a little.
The Intrepid food tour of Vietnam exceeded all of our expectations. Pur guide Emma was incredible. The range of activities was varied and we discovered so much about Vietnam.
Great family trip and adventure to a wonderful place on earth. My only complaint would be I wish to stay longer 😉
This trip was wonderful and I was able to experience and discover a great taste for Vietnam. KATHY provided a great atmosphere for the group and even convinced all of us to do a Chicken Dance performance to a local community with the help of the local children.
Intrepid makes seeing the world a breeze, packed into a short tour you still see so much of the country you visit. With a nightly helpful tour leader you are unstoppable. I highly recommend intrepid and will be travelling with them again.
This is an excellent trip for getting off the beaten track and Experiencing the rich hill tribe colours and cultures.
Bring your sense of adventure and enthusiasm and prepare to really experience a countrys culture through the use of local guides.
Fast paced with smaller groups makesit much more friendly travel
As a single traveler in a group situation one always runs the risk of not fitting in. Intrepid and its guides go to great lengths to make everyone feel at ease and part of the group. Intrepids small group enables you to get off beaten track and immerse you in the culture of the country without the hassle of figuring out the details. Tips:Definitely opt in for the pedi cycle tour of Saigon-its an experience youll soon not forget!
Very very interesting and scenic. Lonnng bus rides, bus could be more comfortable with seats that recline at least slightly. Need more toilet breaks during long rides. Driver was outstanding. So was guide. Roads twisting and winding with steep dropoffs. Treks could be more often and bit shorter. Wonderful contacts with hill tribes.
This trip was a very real and authentic experience of what North Vietnam truly has to offer in the mountains.
It was well organised. Special thanks to my Sapa guide (Sang ?),I hope I got that right. All trips has it moments .but I totally rate this whole adventure. Nice work to everyone involved. Well done. Troy.
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Great value for money, with variety of activite’s offered. Local enthusiastic guides used. Lots of local knowledge and contact offered to really get to know their culture up and close.
For families with tweenies and teenagers this trip is brilliant. The community feel of the people in our group was a real highlight. The accomodation was well above what I expected. It is not the most adventurous of tours but it definitely alleviates the stresses of travel with children.
The Vietnam food safari trip was excellent. I was able to experience so many different aspects of Vietnamese life including riding as a pillion on a motor bike. The food was fantastic and the cooking classes great. Since returning home I have already put to good use some of the many useful things I was taught.
A wonderful cycling trip through beautiful and amazing Vietnam, led by awesome local tour guide with best local knowledge. I found some of the cycling challenging but very rewarding! I recommend doing a bit of training beforehand. Great way to get a real, genuine feel for Vietnam in a short period of time. I definitely want to go back!
Fantastic food tour and plenty of cooking classes (if you pay extra). Belly is so full! However, won’t recommend doing optional street food tours as you’ll double up.
Intrepid and their Staff made our trip enjoyable, informative, comfortable and stress free. We didn’t have to worry about anything other than enjoying the journey to and the sights seen. You are treated like family and that’s wonderful. Thankyou Intrepid!
Vietnam is such a beautiful place with so much culture and history. I’m so pleased I decided on this tour as it well and truly exceeded my expectations. Having not done a tour before I was a little unsure of what to expect. Our tour leader, Ha, was amazing. He constantly made sure we knew what was planned and where we had to be and at what time. He was very informative and had a great sense of humour. The inclusions in the trip and the accommodation were excellent. I couldn’t believe how cheap everything was in Vietnam. The food was great (something for everyone no matter how fussy you are!) and so was the shopping (even managed to buy lots of teeshirts for my son who is size 4XL). I honestly could not fault this tour and what an amazing place to visit.
Vietnam is a dynamic and exciting destination. Many interesting places to see and visit. Our guide Viet, was helpful and informative.
The Northern Vietnam tour was a wonderful insight into the traditional way of life of many Vietnamese people. The scenery is amazing, although, to see this the roads are very windy and steep, but it is worth it. There is a lot of time in the bus travelling between stops but this is balanced with a couple of 2 night stays. The guide and driver were both excellent and made the tour more enjoyable.
Be mentally and physically prepared to emerge yourself into a travelling adventure. You might think you know where you are going and what you will see, but the elements of connection will widen your itinerary, slam you with memories and give you much to take home and think about!
Great tour made excellent with Nhung.
The Comfort Family Vietnam trip was a great way for a family to experience the history and beauty of this country. The size of the group was perfect and our guide, Nhung, was simply brilliant! I would have no hesitation recommending this trip to other families.
Excellent introduction to Cambodia and Vietnam- plenty to go back and see more but made it the most of the whirlwind time frame. Fun, informative, attentive and organised local leaders made incredible guides during the journey.
Expect to be amazed.. Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia are four of the most amazing places I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting, and this Trip had me re-visiting Vietnam for a 2nd time. Every time I’ve visited this region I’ve come away feeling energized and Inspired by the people I’ve met and the things I’ve seen, so…. Yeah, expected to be amazed. And expect to have your preconceptions blown. These places may have dark streaks in their history but the people and places are bright and beautiful.
Vietnam has a lot to offer. I recommend the food tour for anyone who wants an in depth insight into the culture, starting from the food. Great trip.
The trip to Vietnam was excellent from start to finish providing a real insight into this fantastic country. Our guide Charlie was brilliant and took us to fantastic eateries – the food throughout was second to none. I will travel with Intrepid again and highly recommend anyone else to do so. A trip with Intrepid will provide a real experience and understanding of the country / location.
This was a wonderful experience. We spent longer on a bus between places than we had realised we would and had not prepared for that. The bikes were very good but a gel seat is an additional must. The boat at the end of the trip was a wonderful way to unwind and relax at the close of the week.
I had never done a tour before I did the trip with Intrepid and it was great, very well organised with a friendly and helpful guide and a great group of like minded people.
Great trip! So much delicious food and great cooking classes. Fairly busy itinerary, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
Take a good backpack, insect repellent and reusable water bottles that you can fill up.
Intrepid were amazing! They handled everything from booking to coming home. I felt extremely safe whilst travelling and could ask our travel guide anything as he knew the answer to all questions about Vietnam. I 100% encourage everyone to book with intrepid! 🙂
My best travel experiences to date have been with Intrepid, and I recommend them to anyone I can. I love the local and sustainable focus the tour guides are able to give. Thank you to the whole Intrepid team for making sure this experience is excellent from start to finish!
Go to Da BAC home stay – get out of the city & enjoy the traditional people & culture
Incredible value for money, exciting & varied itinerary, very well organized, wonderful tour guide. Cannot wait for my next Intrepid adventure.
Trip offers the time to see a wide selection of what Vietnam has to offer together with free time to find your own way. The highlight was the farmstay where you get a real feel for the countryside.
The tour was a great overview of the country from the North to the South. The amount of time spent at the locations was just enough and we did not fell rushed. The overnight boat trip in Ha Long bay and Hoi an were my favourite.
Don’t hesitate just book!
Our trip was much better than we could have hoped for. Each day was full of amazing things to see and do. It is hard to say what the highlight of the trip was but I think the interaction we had with Vietnamese people was very up there. Well paced tour with some down time when needed, thanks Thoa
The food experience trip was a wonderful way to gain an insight into the culture of Vietnam. The Pho breakfast, eaten at a local restaurant where we were the only foreigners on the first morning on Hanoi was an unforgettable beginning to our food adventure.
The Intrepid trips that I have taken have been marked by great trip leaders, interesting and friendly fellow travelers, lots of activities, and plenty of opportunities to interact with locals.
Intrepid provide a truly cultural experience. As a first time female solo-traveller I was timid in my approach to travelling alone – having a small group to travel with made my experience a lot richer. I met people from all over the world with so many different experiences to share between us it was enriching. My tour guide made all the difference and I am now ready to see a lot more of the world.
Intripid is a good balance of free time and group time. We ended up spending most of our free time with the group because we got along so well.
Our cycle Vietnam tour was an amazing holiday jammed with many exciting experiences. Getting to a little about the culture and history of the country made us feel empathetic to the people and the struggles they have had over hundreds of years. They are very resilient people and are so friendly to tourists. If considering this trip do some training, take lots of sunscreen, mosquito repellent padded bike pants and a broad mind.
Don’t be afraid of going alone the leaders and other travellers were very inclusive.
An exhilarating moderately challenging eye opening experience. After a full day in the heat, the accommodation at night was cool comfortable and relaxing.
I enjoyed our travel and the people we meet in village stays and the scenery is spectacular the train trips need to be prepared for
Great way to see Vietnam and interact with the people. Would highly recommend.
We went to Cambodia & Vietnam with Intrepid and would have no hesitation in recommending both trips. Everything to do with the trips was wonderful largely due to their excellent tour leaders Sambath & Mao who were both cheerful, kind and extremely knowledgable and organised everything so well.
Once you traveled with Intrepid you won’t be able to travel any other way
If you are after a relaxing time, this is not it! A lot of beautiful scenery and amazing people but you will have to work to get there! IT WILL BE TOTALLY WORTH IT THOUGH!
Had the best time ever ,do the training and have fun.
Having not read up much about Vietnam before the trip we arrived with open minds and hearts. It was such a great trip. Every day was better than the last. Each destination had something special and unique to offer. Our teenage son took it all in and really loved the whole trip. The food was excellent not too spicy and very fresh and healthy. The hotels were comfortable and modern and the people always so friendly. I recommend visiting this lovely country before it gets seriously touristy and looses it’s native charm to the dragon of commercialism. We were sad to leave but happy we had decided to visit Vietnam and know we will return.
This is my second trip with Intrepid and both times were excellent. By using local guides, you get to experience the local culture personally. The tour guides have been fantastic, very accommodating and seem to be able to organise anything. Love that Intrepid prefer to use locals instead of big companies, eg, when staying in a hotel, get the local across the road to do the washing. Helps spread the tourist income around equally. Will definately travel with Intrepid again and highly recommend Intrepid to anyone.
the only way to tour Vietnam, great guide, well organised transfers and beautiful destinations
Great value for money. The trip is a very well oiled machine. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and was very helpful throughout the trip
Challenging but amazing – everyday was a new adventure on this trip . Padded cycle shorts and training prior to trip essential – include done hill training too ! The rides have well planned breaks and time to rehydrate plus snack – delicious variety of fruits and Vietnamese treats . Got to be the best way to see and learn about this beautiful country . I rate this trip 10 out of 10 – and most definitely would book with Intrepid again
Great opportunity to see Vietnam’s country side, local people and food. Cycling is the best way to explore the country. Bikes provided were solid and the brought gel seat was of great help. Can only recommend this tour.
We had an excellent time with intrepid found the main thing in hot countries were to keep hydrated meaning drinking plenty of water comfortable cotton clothes and good comfortable footwear
Fantastic tours, so inclusive, great friendly guides with so much knowledge. Highly recommend.
Intrepid was well organised and as a solo traveller, I felt safe and well catered for. Our guide was conscientious and enthusiastic.
Taking an Intrepid tour for the first time. We were very unsure. Yet it took all the stress out visiting another country. Giving great information and also tips on where to eat etc.
Our trip to Vietnam with Intrepid tours was outstanding! The family adventure tour we chose was perfect for the 3 of us as our son had other children to hang out with! We will definitely be booking again!
The perks of a small tour group: You arrive as strangers and leave with friendships and memories to last a lifetime.
If you want to experience authentic Vietnam ,and you want to get to understand the Vietnamese through their food, this trip is a MUST DO. And you’ll absolutely love it and have a whole lot of fun.
Excellent family holiday, accomodations are very nice (nearly 4 Star comparable in Europe), lots of fun activities for kids and adults, great food with lots of choices – if you want to experience South East Asia, this a great way to do it!
Overland travel type trips take the hard work out of travel and allow you to relax and enjoy the experience. They are not for everyone, some people prefer to sit on a beach and be served cocktails, but we prefer to explore.
Well organised trip. Well informed and dont have to worry about getting lost while with the group.
Our Vietnam trip was excellent in every aspect. Our children of 5 and 7 loved every minute. We had a great guide who couldn’t have been better, the itinerary had a good balance between sightseeing and free time, and the whole trip was very stress free!
Great experience, and flying between cities in vietnam was fabulous! Our tour guide was outstanding, and I loved this trip.
My experience with Intrepid was amazing. Being a senior traveller I had a few reservations about travelling on my own, so, chose to travel with a group. Our leader had so much knowledge and was so passionate about his country that we soon became eager each day to go on our next adventure. It was a beautiful country and we got swept up in the beauty and energy of the people who strive so hard to look after their families and lead a happy and productive life. Thank you Intrepid and our wonderful leader Thao for this amazing experience, we will definitely return.
If you want to see Vietnam in a thorough and efficient manner, take this tour. You will see so much, experience in depth the culture and see all aspects from north to south. Great value!
Travelling by bike through Vietnam with Intrepid was a great experience! Friendly guide, well supported with the support crew and bus, beautiful scenery – thanks Intrepid!
Intrepid’s family tour to Vietnam was a fabulous way to see this fascinating and beautiful country in a safe and relatively straight forward way. The tour is challenging, but Intrepid and our tour guide took on much of the hard work organising the sorts of things it would take ages to do if we were travelling on our own. The tour took in the main must-see sites and cities in Vietnam and having such a knowledgeable and thoughtful guide with us the entire way was invaluable. It was also really nice to meet share the experience with the fellow travellers in our group which bonded extremely well and was a great way for children in the group to make new friends. This isn’t a holiday for those looking to kick back and relax on a beach for two weeks. Elements are challenging, in particular the overnight train ride, but possibly more so for the parents that the kids. Ten out of ten. Unforgettable.
Intrepid is the best option if you are travelling alone. It is perfect to interact wt other travellers and share ur accomodation expenses. Also it is always great to ve a local guide. He normally is very knowledgeable and makes my trip richer and more complete.
Go for it.. intrepid and tour leader quang ROCK
I would highly recommend the Vietnam Hike, Bike, and Kayak tour for active travelers! You get to see so much of northern Vietnam in 10 days, and learn a lot about the different cultures of the region. There’s not much downtime, but that’s how I like to vacation. The landscape you get to see is breathtaking- and it was nice to explore more closely on foot and by bike.
I chose this trip to get off the beaten track and explore Northern Vietnam in an active way and it definitely lived up to expectations. Trekking through superb scenery, seeing the local people go about their every day life and the homestay were all such authentic experiences. The trek can be slippery and I would recommend good hiking shoes. The cycling was equally as picturesque, riding through small villages and seeing the children playing was so much fun. It was very hot so cycling was challenging at times, I would recommend padded shorts or a gel seat cover! You don’t need to take a bike helmet as they are provided. The boat trip was a fantastic, more relaxing end to the trip. Our guide, Cong, and driver were absolutely brilliant they made the whole trip more enjoyable and ensured that everything ran smoothly. Overall an amazing experience but be prepared for some early starts and action packed days!
A GREAT WAY TO TRAVEL WITH A SMALL GROUP AND SEE AND DO MORE THAN YOU COULD INDEPENDANTLY
My Vietnam trip was amazing and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to visit. Intrepid are a great tour group who have AMAZING tour guides like I had. You will definately have a BRILLIANT time yourself.
A debit card is good but bring cash as using some of the machines were unsuccessful. Not all places accepted credit cards.
Great introduction to a beautiful country with a complex history
Perfectly balanced tour, amazing cities with wonderful food and fascinate architecture followed by incredible out door adventures. Loved every moment, everyday had something new to do. No really long days of travel. Don’t do caving if you aren’t good in tight spaces but really worth it!
Intrepid is the best company to travel with i did 2 trips with Intrepid excellent organisation i recommend them 100%
Intrepid are a great company! They ensure you see the real side of a country and make everything easy for you.
Do pack lightly, the guide will help you to look for local laundries at affordable prices
The tour covers a lot of ground, which is why its great value for money – so it might be worth considering getting out a day or two earlier to get used to the weather, heat, food and time difference so that you can relax ahead of the tour.
If u doing a homestay , make sure you bring ear plugs! Roosters there wakes up early in Vietnam n dogs barking! Lots of insect repellent!
Please take any comments from above and also- this tour was an excellent family holiday. The youngest in our group was 5 and the oldest 75. We will always remember this trip- I would highly recommend it for anyone but especially a busy family who want to get away from their busy lives and enjoy time together in a very different place.
The Central Vietnam Original Trip was excellent. We (couple in our late 60s) are fit and found the itinerary to be a great mix of urban and outdoor adventure. The Tu Lan caves were a real high point and we found it to be unique and adventurous.
This was a fantastic introduction to a fascinating country. In two weeks we feel like we did so much and learned lots about Vietnam, it’s culture and people.
If you travel to Vietnam on your own for 2 weeks and organise things yourself, there is no way you can cram in this many adventures and visits. We went for Vietnamese food every time, and had a delicious 2 weeks.
A fantastic trip! A very active, busy trip and a good level of fitness is needed. With the heat it was harder than I expected but very rewarding. The Sapa homestay was definitely a highlight.
The hike, bike and kayak trip was a really fun, fast paced trip which was a great way to be introduced to the country and see areas you wouldn’t otherwise. Particularly during the cycling part we travelled through some great roads and villages which I wouldn’t have found as a tourist.
Such an amazing way to explore Vietnam. Dive into the culture and enjoy everything this country has to offer without having to worry about organising your own tour. A trip to remember.
Brilliant tour! Plenty to see and do with the family. Highly recommend!
Amazing experience, highly recommend even with a 7 year old and food allergies
This trip is a great adventure for the family…with great insight into Vietnamese culture and society… A trip you will always remember.
Vietnam was a fabulous trip. It was great fun, fascinating and incredibly rich in history. I would throughly recommend.
A great experience; stunning and varied views. You will get muddy on the hike! The cycling is exhilarating and tiring! The kayak/boat felt like luxury. Homestays were the best experience. Take decent walking boots and bike pants! Time of my life.
Highly recommend INTREPID who were very helpful and happy to ensure we enjoyed our holiday. Our tour guide Anh Vuong was very pleasant, cheerful and was happy to share her knowledge and the history of her country. A wonderful adventure with INTREPID thank you very much, As a older person (76 years) due to the heat perhaps not to much activity in a day.eg a 9am start and back to the hotel about 2pm for a afternoon nap or time in the swimming pool. Once again many thanks for a wonderful holiday and thank you to our tour guide Anh Vuong.
Great mix of activities, lots of culture and fabulous scenery. One of the best hike, bike, kayak trips I’ve done.
Great variety of activities! Learnt so much about the culture and got to see so many different areas of Vietnam! I love Intrepid and will defintely be doing another trip with them after this one!
I absolutely love intrepid tours. They are so well organised, varied and I love that you can be active and explore the world. Highly recommend them to anyone ready for an adventure.
I think this food trip is a bit hectic for people over 70. Although I really enjoyed it was very fast paced and a lot of packing and unpacking.
I am 65 years young and had a fantastic time, if you do take the food tour you will never be hungry just the opposite. I must stress the heat factor. Otherwise it was perfect. Vietnam a country not a war. ????
Due to our age 71 years my husband is 76 years people need to be reminded that there is a lot of walking in the heat and a lot of activities. Perhaps you can organize group tours for older people which would include cold water stops, coffee/toilet stops and hotel stops say 2 nights rather than the one night stops. I consider myself healthy and fit (not so much my husband) but people need to be reminded how hot the weather is.