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Essential Vietnam - 10 Days
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-70

10 Days / 9 Nights Trip | Explore Hanoi, Cat Ba Island & Lan Ha Bay, Hue Sightseeing, Visit Hoi An

Essential Vietnam - 10 Days

Get ready for cultural immersion, local escapades, plenty of fun and un-pho-gettable times all rolled into one.
One trip, double the fun! 
From the temples of Siem Reap to the limestone karst wonderland of Ha Long Bay, and the beautiful old-world charm of Hoi An to the buzzing local vibrancy of Hanoi, experience the best of Vietnam and Cambodia with us. Explore a mix of ancient-modern cities, floating villages and colourful market streets that crackle with energy, eat steaming bowls of noodle soup, and enjoy plenty of good times with new friends in between.
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  • Duration
    10 Days
  • Starting From
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    On The Go Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Discover the hidden treasures of Hanoi
Highlight #1
Discover the hidden treasures of Hanoi
From pretty paper lanterns to glass jars of ancient herbal remedies, in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, there's a surprise waiting around every corner.
Hoi An will completely charm you
Highlight #2
Hoi An will completely charm you
Paper lanterns line the streets and a small river flows through, with over 100 candle lit lamps floating on the water - it's as beautiful as it sounds.

Why Vietnam will Surprise and Amaze You

Get ready for cultural immersion with Vietnam And Cambodia, Lara Croft-style adventure, local escapades and plenty of fun all rolled into one. This trip is designed for everyone who loves the magic of both the places, are you ready to put yourself in the shoes of Lara croft already, if you are jump in with Byond lets make it mesmerizing.

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Today marks the start of your Vietnam adventure! Make your own way to the start hotel in Hanoi. There is a welcome meeting and drinks in the hotel lobby at 4pm to meet your guide and fellow travellers. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure exploring Vietnam's charming capital.

Cat Ba Island & Lan Ha Bay

Hanoi - Cat Ba Island. This morning we journey to Cat Ba Island in Halong Bay and enjoy a cruise to the Beo floating village and pristine Lan Ha Bay, the sister bay of Halong. Surrounded by emerald waters and limestone rock formations, we enjoy lunch onboard before sailing back to Cat Ba. This afternoon there's the option to kayak around the island's beautiful lagoons or enjoy a 10km bike ride through the jungle to visit Cat Ba's most remote village.

Returning to our hotel later in the afternoon, the rest of the day is free for you to either relax on the beach, enjoy a few drinks at the bar or visit Canon Fort to enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the archipelago.

Cat Ba Island to Hue

Cat Ba – Hue. Today either enjoy a free morning at your leisure or early birds can take our optional excursion to Cat Ba fish market and climb one of Cat Ba's peaks for truly breathtaking views over the national park. Returning to our hotel to freshen up, we then drive to Hanoi train station to catch our overnight train (simple 4 berth cabins) to Hue.

Hue sightseeing

Today we enjoy a tour of Hue’s biggest highlight, the Imperial Citadel, before exploring the village of the Mandarins on the banks of the Perfume River. Here we get the chance to meet the locals and enjoy lunch in one of their homes.

This afternoon we journey to our hotel and enjoy some free time to relax. Perhaps visit the imperial tombs and the Thien Mu Pagoda or take a taxi to the unknown beach of Thuan An (10km away). Alternatively, choose one of our optional excursions either cycling through less-visited rural Hue or watching the sunset over the Chuon lagoon.

Hoi An

Hue – Hoi An. Today we travel by public tourist bus (modern coach with air conditioning) to the charming port town of Hoi An. Here we have an orientation walking tour, visiting the town's wonderfully preserved colonial houses and the iconic Japanese Bridge. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure.

Free day in Hoi An

Hoi An – Mui Ne. Enjoy a free day to explore all that Hoi An has to offer, perhaps doing some shopping, sampling the local street food or enjoying some downtime on the nearby beach. There are also two optional excursions available, either visiting a local farm to learn about traditional methods of farming, cook a Vietnamese lunch and enjoy a basket boat ride through the coco-palm forest, or a cycling and paddle adventure through Hoi An’s surrounding countryside.

This evening we head to Da Nang railway station to get our overnight sleeper train (simple 4 berth cabins) to Mui Ne, one of Vietnam's most popular beach resorts.

Mui Ne beach

Arriving into Binh Thuan railway station around noon, we transfer to our hotel in Mui Ne, where we spend the rest of day 7 at leisure.

MuiNe beach

Mui Ne Beach in Phan Thiet is the perfect place to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Perhaps stroll along the glorious 21km stretch of golden sandy beach with its rolling sand dunes, soak up the sunshine and swim in the emerald water which is dotted with colourful fishing boats.

Ho Chi Minh City

Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City. Today we travel by public tourist bus to vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. After hotel check-in, the rest of the day is free to either spend at your leisure or take our optional city tour in the afternoon which visits the lesser-known Tan Dinh market.

Ho Chi Minh City

Today is our final day in Ho Chi Minh City. If you have time before your flight, you may wish to join our optional morning excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which played a vital part in the American War. Alternatively, if you would like to extend your time in Vietnam, we can arrange post-tour accommodation by request.


 7 breakfast and 2 lunches

 2 overnight sleeper trains: Hanoi - Hue and Danang to Mui Ne (basic, 4 berth cabins)

 Lan Ha Bay cruise (or Halong Bay overnight junk boat cruise from May to August)

 Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide

 7 nights 3 star hotels

 Private transportation in air-conditioned vehicles and public tourist bus from Hue to Hoi An and Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City

 Guided sightseeing in Hue and Hoi An

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 International FLights


 Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

 Tipping Kitty: USD$15-25pp, paid in USD or VND 

 Airport arrival and departure transfer

 Entrance Fees: USD$20-30pp, paid in USD or VND

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20 Dec 2020

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29 Dec 2020

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