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Hill Tribes, Halong Bay & Beyond - 13 day tour
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-70

13 Days / 12 Nights Trip to Vietnam & Vietnam & Cambodia

Hill Tribes, Halong Bay & Beyond - 13 day tour

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 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
    13 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.
Cruise the world-famous Halong Bay!
Highlight #2
Cruise the world-famous Halong Bay!
Thousands of limestone karsts rising like dragon's teeth from the sea; there's a striking sight everywhere you turn.
Hoi An will completely charm you
Highlight #3
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, 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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Wednesday. Xin Chao! Welcome to Vietnam! On arrival at the airport you’ll be transferred to our hotel, where the rest of the day is free to explore Hanoi at leisure. Perhaps visit the Presidential Palace or Ho Chi Minh’s famous House on Stilts.

For those arriving early or the day before the tour begins, consider our Backstreets of Hanoi add-on. Explore the lesser-visited districts of Cho Buoi, Hoang Hoa Tham and Vinh Phuc. You’ll also get to ride behind a driver on taxi motorbikes through the narrow streets of the city and along the shore of Ho Tay Lake.

Mai Chau Valley

Hanoi - Mai Chau. Leave bustling Hanoi this morning as we drive to a charming village in the Mai Chau Valley. Enjoy lunch at a traditional family-run guesthouse on stilts and take a leisurely walk in the countryside this afternoon. Stroll through rice fields and meet the locals, before the rest of today is at leisure. Relax as you please or hire bikes and explore more of the valley.

Trek through H'mong ethnic lands

Today we drive to the H’mong ethnic lands in the mountainous province of Hoa Binh and the rocky plateau of Hang Kia. Meet the colourfully dressed locals and eat lunch in a traditional wooden home. This afternoon we enjoy an easy-paced trek downhill to Mai Chau Valley, admiring the picturesque scenery as we go. We'll then be transferred back to our lodge in the valley.

Please note: If you prefer not to trek, we can transfer you by road back to the lodge, where you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Muong Culture Museum

Mai Chau - Hanoi. There’s the opportunity to visit the local Mai Chau market this morning, before we continue to the town of Hoa Binh. Explore the charming Muong Culture Museum to see women in traditional dress and authentic Muong stilt houses, as well as a collection of fascinating artefacts. After our visit we enjoy a traditional Muong lunch, before returning to Hanoi.

Junk boat cruising in Halong Bay

Hanoi - Halong Bay. This morning we leave Hanoi and drive to the beautiful UNESCO-listed Halong Bay. The bay is dotted with around 2,000 limestone islets and some are home to flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. Board a comfortable Junk Boat and enjoy stunning views as we sail around the bay and discover the striking stalagmites and stalactites in Trinh Nu Cave. There's also the opportunity to swim and kayak. This evening enjoy a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and a delicious seafood dinner onboard, before we spend the night in the bay.

Hanoi cyclo ride

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. This morning enjoy an optional Tai Chi class on deck or a traditional massage. Before heading back to port this morning we explore the beautiful Sung Sot cave (Surprise Grotto), which is 10,000m² and consists of two major chambers. These spectacular chambers are spacious enough to hold thousands of people.

This afternoon we return to Hanoi and enjoy an exciting rickshaw ride around the city’s narrow streets. See highlights of the capital including the Opera House and Ly Thai To Park. We’ll then take a walk through the “36 Streets” of the Old Quarter. Tonight, we board the ‘Reunification Express’ night train to Hue (standard 4 berth sleeper cabin) or there is an option to fly to Hue if you prefer.

Imperial Hue

Arrive in Hue today and enjoy a guided tour of this former imperial capital of Vietnam. Discover the iconic seven story Thien Mu Pagoda - Hue’s most famous landmark and home to the oldest monastery in the city. We’ll also explore the Imperial Purple Palace, heavily bombed during the 1968 TET Offensive. Later, visit the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty kings and the mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. The Emperor spent much of his reign living at this lavish site but was actually buried elsewhere in the city. His final resting place remains undiscovered to this day. This evening, there’s an optional long boat excursion on the Perfume River. Marvel at the rugged mountain scenery as we cruise along.

The Hai Van Pass to Hoi An

Hue - Road of the Ocean Clouds - Hoi An. Today we drive along the famous Hai Van Pass (Road of the Ocean Clouds), one of the most beautiful coast roads in the world. Enjoy the striking views before we stop for a walk and a quick swim at My Khe beach - famous for appearing in the blockbuster film ‘Apocalypse Now’. Continue to the charming port city of Hoi An for a guided walking tour. Explore highlights including the Chua Ong Pagoda and the iconic Japanese Bridge. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the cobbled streets and bustling waterfront of the city. You may also wish to consider our Hoi An Street Eats add-on. Hop on a vintage Vespa motorcycle and ride with a driver to several local restaurants. Try delicious all-you-can eat local cuisine and enjoy free-flowing drinks.

Tra Que farm experience & bike ride

Enjoy a leisurely bike ride into the countryside today as we visit Tra Que village. Learn about traditional farming methods and medicine, before you have a go at tending the fields yourself. We’ll then enjoy a tasty lunch, but not before we cook it ourselves with a fun and interactive cooking demonstration.

Free time in Hoi An

Today is free to enjoy in Hoi An at leisure. Take a rowboat along the river, relax on the beach or do some shopping. There is an optional excursion to the site of the infamous My Lai Massacre. The massacre was one of the most barbaric acts of the Vietnam War, when more than 500 unarmed civilians were killed by US forces. Walk through the village and learn more about this harrowing event.

Cruising the Mekong

Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City. This morning we fly to Ho Chi Minh City (included) and drive to the Mekong Delta. Board a traditional sampan at Cai Be and cruise down the canals, enjoying the stunning scenery as we sail. Watch the locals go about their daily lives and stop at some of the home factories where local people produce popcorn and sweets. We’ll enjoy lunch in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island.

Mekong & Ho Chi Minh City

Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City. Early this morning we visit the Cai Rang floating market before returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a walking tour of the former capital of South Vietnam and take in highlights of the city including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the sobering War Remnants Museum.

Ho Chi Minh City

Monday. This morning is free to explore Ho Chi Minh City as you please, before our tour ends with a departure transfer to the airport.

If you wish, extend your tour with a day trip to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, vital to the Viet Cong fighters during the Vietnam War. Crawl through a section of the tunnels and fire assault weapons at the firing range.


 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 1 dinner

 Economy class flight Danang - Ho Chi Minh City

 Trekking in Mai Chau

 Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration

 Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 13

 Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide

 10 nights 4 star and special class hotels, 1 night deluxe junk boat (en suite cabin) and 1 overnight sleeper train (very basic, 4 berth cabin)

 Guided sightseeing - Mai Chau Valley, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City

 Halong Bay Junk boat cruise

 Sampan boat trips in the Mekong Delta

 All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights


 Entrance Fees: USD$30-40pp, paid in USD or VND

 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$35-45pp, paid in USD

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