Vietnam Discovery
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Trip code: VIVD

  • Adventure 2 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 3 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Soak up the energy of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Relax on Nha Trang's beaches
  • Stroll the atmospheric streets of Hoi An
  • Take a bike ride through paddy fields
  • Count the cyclos in Hue
  • Stay on Cat Ba Island
  • Experience the French air of Hanoi

Trip Summary

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Trace the eastern coastline of mystical Vietnam, traversing the country from south to north and unplugging the many attractions that lie along the way. From the modern chaos of Ho Chi Minh City all the way up to old-world Hanoi, you'll experience tumultuous history, colonial charm, vibrant colours, delicious food and inspiring scenery on this fun-filled adventure.


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  • Days 1 to 3 (3 Days)

  • Days 4 to 8 (5 Days)

  • Days 9 to 12 (4 Days)

  • Days 13 to 15 (3 Days)

Days 1 to 3: 3 Days

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Destination info

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the 13th most populous country in the world and is one of the ‘next eleven’ economies. Despite its troubled past, Vietnam is also a pretty country and has its share of beautiful and tranquil coastline. A French colonial possession from the mid-1800s until shortly after the end of WWII, it is not surprising that lots of the architecture has a French look, especially in the big cities. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City look in places like Paris.

  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City
Perhaps arrive early to see the city's star attractions, including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and War Remnants Museum.

 

Days 2-3 Mekong Delta
Cruise the mighty Mekong before spending the night with local friends at a homestay by the water.

Days 4 to 8: 5 Days

Next Leg

Destination info

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the 13th most populous country in the world and is one of the ‘next eleven’ economies. Despite its troubled past, Vietnam is also a pretty country and has its share of beautiful and tranquil coastline. A French colonial possession from the mid-1800s until shortly after the end of WWII, it is not surprising that lots of the architecture has a French look, especially in the big cities. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City look in places like Paris.

  • Location: Nha Trang to Hoi An

Days 4-5 Nha Trang
Bask on Nha Trang's golden beaches, take a boat trip to nearby islands or sample sumptuous seafood. For an artistic interlude, head to the Long Thanh Gallery which showcases a collection of extraordinary black and white images capturing everyday Vietnamese moments.

 

Days 6-8 Hoi An

Almost untouched by time, Hoi An is enthralling. Wander through the atmospheric Phung Hung Old House or check out the carp-shaped rain spouts on the Quan Cong Temple roof. Get a dose of rustic rural charm on a bike ride through the countryside.

Days 9 to 12: 4 Days

Next Leg

Destination info

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the 13th most populous country in the world and is one of the ‘next eleven’ economies. Despite its troubled past, Vietnam is also a pretty country and has its share of beautiful and tranquil coastline. A French colonial possession from the mid-1800s until shortly after the end of WWII, it is not surprising that lots of the architecture has a French look, especially in the big cities. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City look in places like Paris.

  • Location: Hue to Hanoi

Days 9-11 Hue
As well as an array of ancient imperial ruins, Hue has some other claims to fame - it's the birthplace of degustation-style Vietnamese cuisine, the centre of Vietnamese Buddhism and boasts the country's greatest cyclo-to-person ratio.

 

Day 12 Hanoi
Soak up the atmospheric Old Quarter on a walking tour. Afterwards continue exploring; spend some dong at the eclectic shops along Pho Hang Gai, check out the Dong Xuan Market or catch a water-puppet show.

Days 13 to 15: 3 Days

Destination info

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the 13th most populous country in the world and is one of the ‘next eleven’ economies. Despite its troubled past, Vietnam is also a pretty country and has its share of beautiful and tranquil coastline. A French colonial possession from the mid-1800s until shortly after the end of WWII, it is not surprising that lots of the architecture has a French look, especially in the big cities. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City look in places like Paris.

  • Location: Halong Bay to Hanoi

Day 13 Halong Bay
Stop by a local initiative that supports people living with disabilities. Enjoy the day's catch while cruising past spectacular limestone karsts rising out of the sea, then spend a night on jungle-covered Cat Ba Island. Maybe take a morning dip if the water's warm enough.

 

Days 14-15 Hanoi
There's time for a final Vietnamese feast back in the capital.

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What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Some activities
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Services of a trip leader throughout
  • 24 hour emergency assistance

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • All other meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinks
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature including spending money
  • Tips and gratuities

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

The minimum age is 18 years old. These trips can and do attract a variety of ages and customers will be of different nationalities too. It's all about having a passion for travel which is age-less!

 

Accommodation

Hotels (10 nts), homestay (1 nt), overnight trains (3 nts)


The style of accommodation described in the day to day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.


Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multi share basis. Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we are arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this is not always possible which means we will not be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

 

Meals

While travelling with us you will experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialties so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat generally not all meals are included in the trip price.

 

This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. 

 

The meals included are; 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner. Allow USD $250 for meals not included. 

 

Tour Operator

This tour is operated by Intrepid Travel.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

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Overall rating: (9/10) (4 reviews)
Vietnam Discovery

Faye Mellenthin - September 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Awesome, Amazing, Cultural, friends for life, unforgettable, no sun burn!!!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The Trip leader was insightful, knowledgeable and organised. I loved the homestay in Ben Tre, Hoi An and Halong Bay/Cat Ba Island! Kayaking in the rain was amazing (after too much sun days before!!)

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Remember 'deet' bug spray - other people had organic spray and to be honest it attracted the mosquitoes! To drink at least 3 litres of water a day! Andrex washlets are the best!! (there are other brands available...)

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Vietnam Discovery2014-09-03

Alexander Nicholson - July 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

A fascinating country that will fuel your passion for travel.

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The city of Hoi An and our excellent tour guide.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Drink lots and lots of water. 2. Take lots and lots of photos. 3. Take with you lots and lots of Immodium tablets.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Vietnam Discovery2014-07-27

Katie Devany - June 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Awesome trip, shared with great group, created amazing unforgettable experiences!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
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(8/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(5/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Snorkelling and Mud Baths in Nha Trang Boat Trip and Kayaking in Ha Long Bay Home Stay in the Mekong Delta

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Always say yes to any opportunity offered to you, regardless of money, life is all about experiences! Underpack - leave plenty of space in your backpack for cheap shopping! Keep your wits about you but most importantly have fun and meet new people!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Vietnam Discovery2014-06-26

Bryn Edwards - June 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Snorkelling in Nha trang

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Travel light Where loads of sun cream Be careful vietnam can be a dangerous, if in doubt to with out

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

6

Vietnam Discovery2014-06-26

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