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Vietnam on a Shoestring
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From Jan 20

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.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: AVRV.B/255458
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Finishes: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Nha Trang
  • Da Nang
  • Hoi An
  • Huế
  • Phong Nha
  • Hanoi
  • Ha Long

Itinerary

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive at any time.
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.

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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang

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.

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Day 3: Nha Trang

Arrive in Nha Trang in the morning with plenty of time to explore local shops and markets, relax on the beach or visit nearby historical sites.

This evening, go on a street food crawl with the group and CEO to get to know more about the delicious local specialties.
Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party.

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Day 4: Nha Trang/Da Nang

Free time in Nha Trang. Overnight train to Hoi An.
In the evening, take an overnight train to Da Nang, then transfer to Hoi An.

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Day 5: Da Nang/Hoi An

Get your bearings with an orientation walk before free time in the afternoon. Opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town.
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.

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Day 6: Hoi An

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.

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Day 7: Hoi An/Huế

Continue the journey north to the city of Hue. Opt to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, or take a cruise along the Perfume River.
Opt to pre-book the "Hue Motorbike Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 8: Huế/Phong Nha

Enjoy free time in Hue. This afternoon, we drive to Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park.

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Day 9: Phong Nha/Hanoi

Enjoy free time to explore the magnificent caves of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park. Tonight, take an overnight train to Hanoi.

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Day 10: Hanoi/Ha Long

Visit Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and cave visit.
Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay.

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Day 11: Ha Long/Hanoi

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.
Interested in local cuisine? Opt to pre-book the "Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 12: Hanoi

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your Discover Moment: 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
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotel (twin-share) (2 nts), hostels (multi-share) (6 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, walking, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour 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
  • Explore the magnificent caves of Phong Nha