10 Days Vietnam Northbound

10 Days Vietnam Northbound

Bridging the historical to the contemporary, urban to rural, sandy beaches to rice terraced fields, rivers, mountains, quaint pockets of an old life squeezed between the rising tide of modern thought, a night life as rich as any and food that the world’s been talking about for quite a while now, experience a country that has overcome its trough of recent hardships, pulled through, and lures you with a diversity that’s as manifold as the ethnic groups that bind it together.

  • Start Location : Ho Chi Mini City Vietname
  • Finish Location : Hanoi Vietname
  • Trip Style : Comfort, Long Haul,
  • Country : Vietnam
  • Group Size : 2 to 16

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Inclusions


Accommodations

7 Night twin share hotel 1 Nights overnight train 1 night boat cruse

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Activities

Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh Street Food on Scooters, Hoi An Orientation Walk, Learn to fish like a local and bbq on the river, hue Imperial Citadel, Hue Bicycle Tour, Tu Duc Tomb, Thanh Toan Covered Bridge, Hanoi guided Walk around the Old Quarter, Over night boat Cruise

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Airport Transfer

Arrival & Departure transfer included

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Local Tipping

Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport Included

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Meals

9 Breakfasts 1 Lunches 4 Dinners

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Transportation

Private bus, Overnight Train, Auto rickshaw, Boat Cruise, Private vehicle, Cycle rickshaw, Fishing Boat, Bicycle Internal Flight

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Itinerary

Day 1
Ho Chi Minh
Day 2
Ho Chi Minh
Day 3
Hoi An
Day 4
Hoi An
Day 5
Hue
Day 6
Hue-Hanoi
Day 7
Hanoi
Day 8
Ha Long
Day 9
Hanoi
Day 10
Hanoi

Day 01 Ho Chi Minh

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)! Breeze through the first few minutes of Ho Cho Minh City (Saigon) by getting to your hotel with the help of our representative. Hit the sack if you’re a bit jet lagged or go for a wander if you’re not. Bounce some questions off your tour leader when they meet you at 6 pm and lick your chops thereafter, over a welcome dinner before you get down to business tomorrow.

Day 02 Ho Chi Minh

Head north of the city to the Cu Chi Tunnels to discover the remains of what is an intricate network of channels beneath the ground – an ingenious method by the Viet Cong to escape detection from their enemies. Take the opportunity to crawl through a section of a this tunnel and relive the lives of thousands of soldiers and peasants who spent their time trying to create a parallel city, complete with kitchens, war rooms and bunks. Return to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to explore the city-centre at leisure and in the evening, become part of the moving scenery as you jump on a scooter, hopping off only to chomp at bits and pieces of the street food fare.

Day 03 Hoi An

Follow your tour leader through the charming old quarters of Hoi An bedecked with colourful lanterns, old buildings that skirt the streets in yellow uniformity and the Thu Bon River that glides its way lazily through the area. An important port during the 15th century, Hoi An has been heavily influenced by its many trade partners including the Chinese, French, and Japanese – a claim substantiated by many examples of colonial buildings and temples that sprout here as well as its beautiful centre piece, the Japanese Covered Bridge. Cup your ears closer to the walls, squint your eyes hard enough and you can almost reach back in time and see merchants and workers bent at work in some of the old houses that served as a trading post for news, silk and other valuables. Discover these and then some more; and if you still have some time in hand, saddle up and hit the rural patch on a push bike, leaving the sounds of the city to enter a world that hasn’t changed in much respects.

Day 04 Hoi An

Today is a free day but there’s no shortage of what to do. Toss up between ambling through the Old Quarter again or let your feet lead you up to a lantern making school. If that’s not your thing, try some scuba diving or end up investing some of your time to making noodles – a social enterprise that reaches out to street children. If that doesn’t work for you either, engage with one of the nifty tailors in town who’ll take your measurements, guide you through the fabrics and help you add to your wardrobe in a matter of hours. Later in the afternoon, join the local boatmen as they take you down the Thu Bon River and witness some of the fishing techniques applied to make their catch. Top it all off by enjoying a barbeque right by the banks of the river!   

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Day 05 Hue

Drive to Hue this morning (approximately 5 hours) via one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Vietnam. Stretch you limbs atop the spectacular Hai Van pass and then drop down for a brief wander around the tranquil fishing village of Lang Co to make the journey seem shorter than it really is. Once you get to Hue, step out of the hotel and make for the Imperial City that houses the Forbidden Purple City, a place whose walls admitted none but the royal family and whose confines therefore held for ages a mystery for the common people. Walk among the buildings, which now shows evidence of the Vietnam War with its bullet holes and sunken walls and thank the stars this treasure wasn’t completely destroyed.

Day 06 Hue-Hanoi

Following an early breakfast, drag your leg over a cycle saddle and peddle on to discover the quiet charms of Hue. Listen to the crunch of sand and gravel as you stop by the Thanh Toan Bridge that adorns a rural landscape. Spend some time at the local market close by and then make a turn for the Tu Duc Tomb that tells a tale of royal excesses in a nevertheless beautiful surrounds that’s splayed with ancient buildings and lotus pads straddling a lake. Delve deeper into history here before returning to Hue where we prepare for an overnight journey by train to Hanoi.

Day 07 Hanoi

Shake yourself awake on arrival in Hanoi and head for the hotel to freshen up. With some breakfast under your belt, leave thoughts of checking in for later and head out immediately to get a sense of life in the Old Quarter. Saunter along the Hoan Kiem Lake where early morning joggers and Tai Chi practitioners add movement to the classical sentry like Temple of Jade Mountain. Walk past the many colonial buildings – a throwback to French influence, Buddhist temples and pagodas of which the Bach Ma Temple, dating back to the 11th century, is the oldest. Snake your way through a local market and when you’ve seen it all, head back to the hotel to check in and recharge your batteries. Later in the afternoon, head back to the hip cafes and bars that share space with the old buildings and perhaps even book a water puppet show to finish off the day on a grand note.

Day 08 Ha Long

Drive to Ha Long (approximately 4 hours) this morning and step on board your cruiser for an overnight stay. Stare goggle eyed at the karst formations that spike the skies and emerge in gargantuan splendour as far as you can see. If the weather gods are indulgent, go for a swim or paddle your kayak through the tunnel like formations and caves that have been sculpted by years of erosion.  Live it up today, get fed on board, relax and give into this day that charms like no other.

Day 09 Hanoi

Wake up to the rocking motions of the sea and the tranquil silence broken only intermittently by the sampans that wriggle their way out, leaving a rippled trail in their wake as they go about hunting for their first catch of the day. Have breakfast on board and catch a few more idle hours in this idyll before setting off to Hanoi again where you have the day to yourself until we catch up for dinner to say our final goodbyes.

Day 10 Hanoi

It’s time now to bid farewell to your tour leader and new friends but not without a backpack full of memories. Departure Transfers are included on the day. Please consult with your tour leader or the hotel desk to confirm the check out time.

Our Hotels


A Hand Up Hotel

At A Hand Up Villas you'll be steps from Riverside Hoi An and 2.6 km (1.6 mi) from Hoi An Ancient Town. Highlights at this hotel include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool you can stop by the hotel's own lounge bar. Enjoy the kids' swimming pool and pool loungers as well as access to scooter/moped rentals and free bike rentals.

Dyn Opera Hotel

Only few steps to Opera House, strategically located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Modern designed hotel is on quiet 187m Cao Ba Quat street, surrounded by the city's vibrant business and entertainment district. DYN Opera Hotel is just a short walk from popular attractions such as the Opera House, Nguyen Hue Walking Street, Ben Thanh Market, War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace. Dyn Opera Hotel will be the perfect spot for your relaxing stays with cosy accommodation and great experience in a friendly, dynamic, welcoming atmosphere.

La Sante Hotel

La Sante Hotel & Spa is located close to the Truc Bach Lake and West Lake. It offers comfortable rooms with modern Stylish decor, conveniently located just a short 10-minute drive from Hoan Kiem Lake, The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son Temple. Noi Bai International Airport is approximately a 45-minute drive away.

Dates


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Saturday
06 Aug 2022
Monday
15 Aug 2022
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Saturday
17 Sep 2022
Monday
26 Sep 2022
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Saturday
24 Sep 2022
Monday
03 Oct 2022
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Saturday
15 Oct 2022
Monday
24 Oct 2022
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Saturday
22 Oct 2022
Monday
31 Oct 2022
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