Vietnam on a Shoestring

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

From chaotic Ho Chi Minh City to charming Hoi An, the imperial capital of Hue, vibrant Hanoi, and the stunning natural beauty of Halong Bay, this trip has something for everyone. Journey up the coast in this jam-packed introduction to the country's highlights and nightlife with other travellers your own age — so you can be sure to get down with new friends that’ll keep up. Our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will take you to the highlights on a shoestring and then let you loose so you can do what you really want.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Carte Blanche: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Street food crawl (Hoi An)
  • Halong Bay boat trip with lunch
  • Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, and Hanoi
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore the bustling streets of ho chi minh city
  • Relax on golden beaches
  • Shop in quaint hoi an
  • Discover hue's citadels and pagodas
  • Float through magical halong bay.

Itinerary

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Once the capital of South Vietnam, this sprawling metropolis is now the country’s commercial centre. Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frenetic pace and humid heat of Ho Chi Minh City. Additional Notes: Most nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam. Please check with your travel agent or local Vietnamese Embassy regarding requirements. Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang (1B) Discover the energy of Vietnam's biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk and continue exploring with free time. Overnight train to Nha Trang. Additional Notes: During January/February, Tết (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (10.00-11.00 hours)
Day 3 Nha Trang Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party.
Day 4 Nha Trang/Da Nang (1B) In the evening, take an overnight train to Da Nang, then transfer to Hoi An. Additional Notes: During January/February, Tết (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (9.00-10.00 hours)
Day 5 Da Nang/Hoi An From Danang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Once known as Faifo, it was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections. Included Activities: Hoi An Orientation Walk Street Food Crawl Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 28km)
Day 6 Hoi An (1B, 1L) Enjoy a noodle-making demonstration and local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles Project. Later, opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town with free time. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
Day 7 Hoi An/Huế (1B) Continue the journey north to the city of Hue. Opt to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, take a Perfume River cruise or tour the countryside by motorbike. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 137km)
Day 8 Huế/Hanoi (1B) Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00-15.00 hours, 673km)
Day 9 Hanoi/Ha Long (1L) Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay. Included Activities: Hạ Long Bay Junk Boat Trip Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Ha Long/Hanoi (1B) Get to know Hanoi with an orientation walk through the Old Quarter. Opt to see Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the Hoa Lo Prison, or shop in the Old Quarter. Included Activities: Old Quarter Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Hanoi (1B) Free time to continue exploring Hanoi.
Day 12 Hanoi (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Please note: some of your group will most likely continue travelling through Laos with G Adventures. Included Activities: Departure Day
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