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Experience quintessential Vietnam on this comprehensive trip from south to north. Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and experience dynamic cities, tranquil backwaters, imperial ruins, faded colonial elegance and picture-perfect landscapes dotted with reminders of the past. Explore the narrow cobbled streets of Hoi An’s Old Town, explore fossilised coral shelves in Hang Rai and cruise the gentle Perfume River in Hue as you uncover the very best of Vietnam.

Übersicht

Start
Ho Chi Minh City
Ende
Hanoi
Besuchte Länder
Vietnam
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Trip Code
TVST
Mindestalter
Gruppengröße
12
Physical rating

Highlights

  • Feel the cool breeze roll off the hills of Dalat, then wander around the lush gardens of this hill-covered retreat.
  • Travel to both popular and lesser-known destinations in Vietnam, including tourist hotspots like Halong Bay and hidden gems such as Da Bac
  • See Vietnam through an exciting mix of transport, including motorbike, basket boat, junk-style boat, bus and train
  • Experience local life during homestays in Da Bac and the Mekong Delta. Get to know local families, participate in their activities and enjoy a homestyle meal.
  • Visit the mind-boggling Phong Nha and Thien Duong Caves. These labyrinthine systems were used to shelter civilians and win the war against the Americans
  • Spend a day in Hue, touring the city's sights on a motorbike, cruising down Perfume River and eating lunch at a serene nunnery
  • Wander the fossilised coral formations of Hang Rai, which sometimes appear to float on the water

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Xin chao! Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please check with hotel reception or look on the reception noticeboard for where and when the meeting will take place. 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 ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Because this trip doesn’t spend much time in Ho Chi Minh City, why not arrive a day or two early to see the sights? Ho Chi Minh City has a dynamic atmosphere and a French influence. Perhaps head to Pham Ngu Lao Street to see the local open-aired market, visit Vinh Nghiem Pagoda or one of the amusements parks.

Day 2
Ho Chi Minh City
For the first full day of your trip, you’ll visit one of the most important sites in Ho Chi Minh City, the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. These complex tunnels were used by the Viet Cong in the long war against the Americans and were instrumental to the Vietnamese victory. Be amazed by the ingenuity of these dangerous tunnels.

Later in the day, take a tour of the city, passing the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House. Head to the War Remnants Museum for a sobering yet informative lesson on the Vietnam War. Here you’ll see things like old military equipment, an F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.

Day 3
Mekong Delta Homestay
Travel south by private bus for about three hours to Cai Be. When you arrive, you’ll board a boat and explore the intricate waterways of the Mekong Delta. Often referred to as ‘the rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the fertile delta is where rice, tropical fruit and flowers are grown for the whole country. The views along the canal will take your breath away.

Hop off the boat to visit an orchard and sample some tropical fruit. You’ll then continue on the cruise towards some local cottage industries. Get to see local life and the industries surrounding the river up close. Around sunset, you’ll make your way up one of the many canals to your homestay where you’ll enjoy a wonderful meal of local specialities. The accommodation tonight will be simple, but the experience will be rewarding.

Day 4
Ho Chi Minh City
Travel back to Ho Chi Minh City (about three hours) and enjoy some free time to do a bit of sightseeing. We recommend exploring the city’s restaurants and trying Ho Chi Minh City’s distinctive food. In contrast to the north of Vietnam, the cuisine here is spicier, sweeter and more varied. There are also plenty of street food stalls if you’d like to take a few bites of the local fare.

Day 5
Dalat
After exploring Ho Chi Minh City, take a bus transfer to Dalat. Temperate and cool compared to the rest of the country, Dalat has gained the name “City of Eternal Spring” due to the mists that cover its nearby valleys nearly all year around. This fairytale nickname spreads to its amazing architecture – the Hang Na guesthouse, an expressionist masterpiece, stands as a towering, melted stone obelisk over the lush garden below. There’s also plenty of charming Art Deco-influenced structures and gardens littering the area as well. Perhaps go for a wander through the streets for a better feel of the city or find a café for a cup of artichoke tea, a regional specialty.

Day 6
Dalat
Dalat’s soothing climate isn’t just a great reprieve from the sweaty jungles of Vietnam, it also creates the perfect environment to grow a wide selection of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Take a full day to stroll through the tranquil gardens of this city, darting past plantations full of plump vegetables, dazzling flowers, medicinal herbs, aromatic lavender and juicy strawberries.

Day 7
Phan Rang
This morning travel by bus to the coastal town of Phan Rang (approximately 3 hours). Visit the nearby Po Klong Garai Cham Towers, an archaeological site from the middle ages dedicated to the indigenous goddess. Gain an insight into an ancient tradition with a visit to the oldest pottery village in South East Asia, Bau Truc. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day. Make sure to ask your leader for restaurant recommendations to sample the excellent local seafood.

Day 8
Phan Rang / Overnight train
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.

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 9
Hoi An
Begin with an early arrival and bus transfer from Danang to Hoi An. Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An was a major trading port with the West from the 15th to the 19th century. Today it has been restored to look exactly as it did more than a century ago, giving it an old-world feel full of nooks and crannies to explore.

You’ll have some free time this afternoon. Hoi An is very much a shopping mecca. Why not browse the paintings, woodwork, ceramics, embroidery all made by the locals? The city is also famous for its talented tailors who work with beautiful fabrics for a good price.

Day 10
Hoi An
Enjoy another free day in the town of Hoi An. You’ll have time to see the beautiful Chinese shophouses, enjoy the busy market, visit Cua Dai Beach, cycle to the rice fields or browse the array of art galleries.

Day 11
Hue
Depart Hoi An and visit the white sand and blue sea of My Khe Beach. Continue on the journey and cross the dramatic Hai Van Pass and make a quick stop at the fishing village of Lang Co. Get back in the bus again and make your way to Hue. The total driving time today will be about five hours.

Arrive in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Hue contains the treasures of Vietnam’s royal history, and has a curious blend of bustling streets and tranquil settings. Your excursion here will be to the Imperial Citadel. This fortress houses the Imperial City and the citadel-within-a-citadel, the Forbidden Purple City. This icon was almost completely destroyed during the Vietnam War, and the ruins and holes left by bombs are a reminder of the destruction caused by the war.

In your free time you might like to visit to Dong Ba Market which offers locally made goods, fresh produce and tantalising street food. This is a good place to try the specialties enjoyed by Emperor Nguyen such as the banh khoai royal rice cake.

Day 12
Hue
Today’s adventure will be taken on the back of a motorbike. You’ll have your own driver who will take you first on a drive around the Imperial Citadel, then to the Thien My Pagoda, the unofficial symbol of Hue. This site dates back to 1601 and is still an active Buddhist monastery. Here you’ll also see the car left by a monk who set himself alight to protest the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime.

Hop off the motorbike for a bit and go on a dragon boat cruise along the Perfume River. After the 40-minute cruise get back on your motorbike and ride to a special lunch spot at a convent.

After lunch, drive to the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, set amid a lake, frangipani bushes and pine trees. At the end of the day, head back to Hue.

Day 13
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Get on a bus this morning on your way to the Vinh Moc Tunnels. These were used during the Vietnam War as shelter for the villagers who were escaping intense bombing. The locals lived in the underground system that went over three levels. You’ll be able to enter the tunnels which remain in their original form.

This afternoon continue on to the a picturesque village outside the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Our accommodation here is situated on a farm, with rooms set in bungalows positioned throughout the property. The ‘farmstay’ was established the help the small town to benefit economically from tourism, while it has also adopted recycling and waste management programs.

Day 14
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park / Overnight train
Today visit the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site contains the oldest known karst mountains in Asia. The area is also known for its enormous cave system. You’ll visit the Thien Duong Cave (Paradise Cave), then take a cruise up the Son River towards the Phong Cave. The scale of the place is truly astounding.

In the late afternoon, travel to Dong Hoi and catch and overnight sleeper train to Hanoi. The journey will take about 10 hours.

Day 15
Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi early in the morning and transfer to your hotel. Vietnam’s capital is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, public parks and Frenchy Old Quarter. As an emerging city in Southeast Asian, Hanoi has an attractive contrast of modern office buildings, old Buddhist temples and a labyrinth of ancient streets.

Later in the day, you’ll visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, including the One Pillar Pagoda and the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

Day 16
Da Bac
Leave Hanoi after breakfast around 8 am and make the drive to Sung village (approximately 4 hours). There are around 70 families living at Sung Village and the majority are Dzao ‘Tien’ people. Farming and forest plantation are their main source of income. Enjoy lunch at your homestay then take an introductory walk around the village. After getting to know the village better, take a short trek (2 kilometres) to the alluring Sung Cave and visit a 100-year-old tea plantation. The trek has some steep and slippery sections so please ensure you have suitable footwear for this activity. After a handicraft workshop, return to your homestay accommodation for a nice hot shower and a delicious dinner.

Day 17
Hanoi
This morning, have an opportunity to take in more of the Vietnamese highlands on a 10 kilometre (6.2 mi) trek from Sung Village to Da Bia. The first 8km of the trek is mostly flat ground along well-worn buffalo tracks. The final 2km gradually inclines and for a period of approximately 300m there are some steps to climb, however the walk will be a steady relaxed pace. Keep an eye peeled for the monumental stone at the peak of Da Bia Mountain during the hike that takes us through the local villages, meeting people from the ethnic Muong tribe along the way. Stop for lunch at Da Bia before enjoying a scenic 1.5 hour boat cruise on Hoa Binh hydropower reservoir. Arrive at Thung Nai then board a bus transfer to Hanoi (approximately 2 hours). Arrive in Hanoi at around 6 pm. This evening is free for you to explore this delightful city. Why not relax with a bia hoi (freshly brewed draught beer) at one of the microbars in the Old Quarter?

Day 18
Halong Bay
Drive to Bai Chay Harbour towards the famous world heritage site of Halong Bay. The drive will take around four hours and take you to a secluded harbour and blue-green bay studded with limestone outcrops. The area is full of beaches and natural grottos. You’ll take a boat through the limestone peaks and caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites, and have the chance to go for a swim or perhaps take a kayak out on the bay.

Spend the night on board the boat beneath a sky alive with starlight. The boat has twin-share cabins with air-conditioning and private facilities. There’s also a dining room and bar where you can enjoy the day’s meals.

Day 19
Hanoi
Take a three-and-a-half hour bus ride back to Hanoi. In the evening, enjoy a performance of water puppetry, a unique and traditional Vietnamese art form. Afterwards, perhaps mark the end of your trip with an optional farewell dinner. Spend a final night in Hanoi before the trip ends tomorrow.

Day 20
Hanoi
There are no activities planned for the final day and you’re free to leave the accommodation at any time.

Was ist inklusive?

Mahlzeiten

17 Frühstück, 5 Mittagessen, 3 Abendessen

Transport

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

Unterkunft

Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (15 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Eingeschlossene Aktivitäten

Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
Ho Chi Minh City - City tour
Mekong Delta - Sightseeing tour including cottage industries
Mekong Delta - Local Market
Dalat - Garden visit
Phan Rang - Bau Truc pottery village
Phan Rang - Po Nagar Cham towers
Phan Rang - Vinh Hy Bay snorkelling
Phan Rang - Hang Rai fossilised coral reefs
Phan Rang - Bau Nai fish market & salt fields
Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
Hue - Imperial Citadel
Hue - Royal tomb
Hue - Motorbike trip including lunch
Hue - Perfume River cruise & Thien Mu Pagoda
Quang Tri - Vinh Moc Tunnels Entrance
Quang Tri - Hien Luong Bridge
Phong Nha Ke-Bang NP - Thien Duong (Paradise Cave)
Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park - Phong Nha Cave Entry
Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh, Stilt House and Museum
Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda
Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
Da Bac - Sung cave and village tour
Da Bac - Trek
Hanoi - Water puppet show

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Reviews

Sylvie Roulet
Intrepids spirit fits people having fun to experience the highlights of a country and touching the local life.
Zedric Catley-Bond
When traveling be open minded to change, try plenty of different foods and embrace the culture.
Sam Jackson
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.
Glenn William Tempany
Best of Vietnam 20 day tour. Great trip great cultural experience. Very knowledgeable local leader/guide. Could not recommend it more highly
Barry Roper
This is an ultimate Vietnam tour. Experienced all cultural and historic sites and got a real understanding of the country and its people.
Laura Massey
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.
Melinda Nguyen
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.
Joan Bueckert
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.
Tracy Clark
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.
Kerry Herschell
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.
Peter Bradbury
A perfect introduction to this fascinating country. Expert leader and local guides. Safe, clean & reliable transport and accommodation.
Andrew Herschell
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
David Luke
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.
David Robinson
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.
Susan Lawrence
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.
Jako Tromp
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!!
Trevor Howard
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.
Zoë Schmid
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!
Sarah Becker
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.
Tony Brooks
Fantastic trip filled with diverse cultural experiences and adventure.
Katrina Woodhouse
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.
Mary Hosken
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.
Michael Champion
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.
Alexander Parsons
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.
Anthony Sonter
Go to Da BAC home stay - get out of the city & enjoy the traditional people & culture
Beth Dell
Incredible value for money, exciting & varied itinerary, very well organized, wonderful tour guide. Cannot wait for my next Intrepid adventure.
Peter Mcewan
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.
Emma Carter
Don't hesitate just book!
Susan Macnab
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
Terry Farrell
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