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Vietnam is a mega-star. Always indulging in aromatic fresh foods. Never too far from supreme satins. And permanently looking spectacular for the cameras. Like a lot of super-stars its talents were once submerged by a dark past; but knowing about it only makes you appreciate its genius even more. Join this trip and get an all access backstage experience with Vietnam. Glamorous temples, glitzy beaches, frantic cities and glorious vistas. Needless to say, it's a blockbuster of a trip.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Active/Adrenaline, Community Project, Local Culture & Cuisine, History
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 159537
  • Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Finishes: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
You will Visit
  • Hanoi
  • Mai Chau
  • Phong Nha Ke Bang (Caves)
  • Phong Nha Ke Bang (Caves)
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Nha Trang
  • Dalat
  • Ho Chi Minh City

Itinerary

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Day 1: Hanoi

At 18:00pm we have a welcome meet and greet. If you arrive early make sure to step out into this mesmerising city. The first things you’ll notice are the vehicles of all shapes and sizes tirelessly whizzing by. The theory of crossing the road is simple: No sudden movement & walk at a steady pace - the vehicles will avoid you. Crazy, beautiful and hectic, a day in Hanoi is never dull. After our welcome meeting we'll head to a great local restaurant in the heart of the old quarter before heading out to experience the local Beer Hoi. 

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Day 2: Hanoi

You wake with a smile today.  There's so much to do. Roam the city, wrestle with the motorbikes, and visit some fascinating museums.  You can even go aee Uncle Ho's mauseleum while you're in town.  You can escape the city and journey along a tranquil river through limestone karst, or visit the famous perfume Pagoda if you're craving some countryside. This evening join your Guide for an epic food tour, egg beer anyone?

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Day 3: Hanoi to Mai Chau

Check out after breakfast.  In a few hours' time you'll have forgotten all the bustle of the city and find yourself in an idyllic rural setting. All the whirring engines and concrete slabs are replaced by lush valleys populated by paddy fields, birdsong and water streams. After your included lunch grab a bike and head out with your Guide and explore this memorable landscape. Tonight we enjoy a local dinner and overnight in a traditional stilt house. 

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Day 4: Mai Chau to Phong Nha Ke Bang (Caves)

We leave early and embark on a full day of travelling. Just sit back and enjoy watching this colourful world go by. We head off the beaten track through some parts of the Ho Chi Minh Trail to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, that includes all the best bits of geography.  Huge sandstone caves and lush jungle.  We arrive in time for a bit of exploration before heading to a great local restaurant for dinner and drinks. 

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Day 5: Phong Nha Ke Bang to Hue

A whole day to explore this geological paradise. One day this will become a huge tourist attraction, so enjoy the peace while you can.  Today we explore two of the best. Firstly, we head to Paradise Cave, one of the most beautiful in the region (possibly the world). We'll then head on to the main attraction - the Dark Cave. Here you zipline across the river, venture inside the dark cave to mud caverns where you'll be swimming in pools full of chocolatey mud.  Afterwards, swim in the river, kayak, and cool off from your adventure packed day.  Tonight, we'll head to another great restaurant for a tasty local feast. 

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Day 6: Phong Nha Ke to Hoi An (Day in Hue in Route)

Up at dawn, but with good reason. Today we're going to the historic town of Hue.  This was once the capital of Vietnam and it's easy to understand why.  We go on a guided tour jam-packed with pagodas, palaces and tombs. It's a great chance to learn about Vietnam's culture and history from the ancient past right up to the present century.  We leave early afternoon and arrive in charming Hoi An, head to the tailor shops and go to one of our favourite restaurants in Vietnam. 

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Day 7: Hoi An

Calm, serene and magical. One of the most well preserved traditional towns in Southeast Asia. Quirky coffee shops, fantastic markets and fresh grub. Watch the people go by and explore this mesmerising maze as much as you can. If you get bored here, then there's something wrong with your eyes! Today you get the chance to go beyond the city and see the local life along the river. Join the eco-tour and cooking class to learn some great culinary skills while also checking out the local markets and sailing across the river. In the evening there’s a great bar scene and some floating lanterns down by the riverside for you to enjoy. 

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Day 8: Hoi An to Nha Trang

Breakfast is included before our drive to Nha Trang. Today is the longest drive of the tour, but there are great lunch stops and some great chances to see the locals going about their daily life. We arrive at Nha Trang in time for an orientation walk and dinner at a local restaurant. The Nha Trang nightlife certainly lives up to its expectations so tonight your guide will make sure to show you some of the best bars in town. 

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Day 9: Nha Trang

A beach destination with all the mod-cons. Every water activity imaginable is here. One of the best things to do is the snorkeling boat trip. Join Captain Morgan and his team and head out to Mun Island where you can snorkel in the coral amongst schools of fish and enjoy the feeling of being by a secluded island. There are plenty of beach and swim stops along the way, onboard entertainment, plus a great buffet lunch. Dinner tonight is your choice, and if you've been craving seafood, this is the place. After dinner why not join your guide for a few more drinks, this is Nha Trang after all. 

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Day 10: Nha Trang to Dalat

After breakfast we head to the mountains. The temperature is nice and cool, which is perfect for all the adventurous activities you’re going to do. Mountain biking, canyoning, swimming - this is the place to get physical. Tonight we feast on a hot lava rock BBQ. 

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Day 11: Dalat

Good morning! And welcome back to the thrills of your youth. Immerse yourself in this natural playground and explore the lakes and waterfalls. You’re likely to have booked an adventure for today, so go with it and do it with all your adventurous might! The evening is free for you to enjoy some of the regional delicacies. 

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Day 12: Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast we head to the famous Ho Chi Minh City (formally known as Saigon). On arrival your senses will be completely bombarded. From the techno populated buildings to the old whirring motorbikes, this city will hit you hard. This evening your Guide will take you on an orientation walk, taking you to Ben Than night markets, and the backpacker area, before heading to our hidden local restaurant for a great dinner in Ho Chi Minh. 

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Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City

Today is yours to explore. Join our excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you'll learn all about how these amazing people survived years of war living in underground tunnels. Another must see to get a true understanding of the Vietnam (American) War is the War Remnants Museum. You can also visit the palace and check out the pagodas. This evening is our final night on tour, we'll start with a cocktail with a view, before heading out for dinner and drinks. This is your last day of the tour (unless you decided to come on our optional Mekong trip). 

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Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City

Tour ends after breakfast

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your fantastic Busabout crew
    • 12 nights accommodation 2-3 star hotels & 1 night homestay
    • Air-conditioned Private transport
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 x Home-cooked lunch, 1 x Home-cooked dinner
    • Village Cycle trip Mai Chau
    • Entrance to Po Nagar Cham Towers, Nha Trang
    • Entrance to Datanla Waterfall Park, Dalat
    Accommodation
    • 1 night traditional stilt house (multi-share), 12 nights 2/3-star hotels (twin share)
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Tour Highlights:
  • Join the locals for a Beer Hoi
  • Cycle around the local villages
  • Dine on a home cooked lunch and dinner
  • Visit the Emperor's tombs, pagodas & Citadel, Hue
  • Party and enjoy a night out in Nha Trang
  • Night out in Ho Chi Minh City