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Vagabonding Vietnam

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14 Days
Date : March 2020
Max People : 38
Highlights
  • Visit the War Remnants museum and explore the nearby Cu Chi tunnels to learn about the history of Vietnam War (or American War as they call it over here) – one of the key events that marked the second half of the 20th century
  • Cruise along the Mekong delta, SE Asia’s mightiest river, admire the fascinating floating markets and bathe in the tranquility of rural Vietnam
  • Explore Hoi An – one of the pearls of Indochina. Take your bike and go wandering around the picturesque countryside
  • Eat well and learn about the classical Vietnamese history in the ancient capital city of Hue
  • Get lost in the Old quarter of Hanoi or just chill with a delicious coffee by the capital’s many lakes
  • Visit Sapa – one of Asia’s premier trekking destinations, and admire the view from the Fansipan peak
  • Spend a night on the boat, moored in the gorgeous Halong Bay – no words can describe it

What's included

  • Tourbadour Leader
  • Local guides in and around Saigon, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Sapa and Halong Bay
  • All accommodation based on twin/double rooms with a private bathroom (3 nights in HCMC, 3 nights in Hoi An, 4 nights in Hanoi, 2 nights in Sapa, 1 night on the boat in Halong Bay)
  • Breakfasts throughout the trip
  • All transports and transfers during the tour including local flights Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang and Da Nang - Hanoi
  • Entrances to museums and other cultural sights during all tours with local guides
  • All meals on the boat during our Halong Bay excursion
  • All day trips listed in the itinerary

What's not included

  • Visas and international flights, as well as the airport transfers
  • All drinks and meals throughout the trip, if not specifically mentioned above
  • Single supplement if you like to be on your own (subject to availability)

What to bring

  • Clothes for summer and autumn (it can get chilly trekking around Sapa)
  • Good shoes for long walks in the nature
  • Umbrella or raincoat
  • Day pack, money belt
  • Swimsuit
  • Mosquito repellent
  • An adapter if you need one (Vietnam’s electricity is 220V/50Hz)

What to read and watch

Itinerary

Day 1Ho Chi Minh City

Meet in Ho Chi Minh City, known to everyone as Saigon. Prepare for a culture shock as you are overwhelmed by literary thousands of mopeds making their way around you in the rhythm of chaos that somehow feels like an absolute harmony. Add to that a constant heatwave mixed with a promising scent of indescribably delicious street food and you’ve found yourself in Vietnam’s biggest and craziest city. You’re here, outside of the comfort zone, but everything is as it should be. Breathe all of it in and relax: we’re here to make this rite of passage a bit easier by taking you to a proper Vietnamese feast.

Day 2Ho Chi Minh City

Today we learn about recent Vietnamese history while exploring the most famous city sights and touring the Cu Chi tunnels with a local guide. Not only are the 60s and 70s in the West unimaginable without the turbulent cloud of the Vietnam war – just think of all the pop culture it influenced then and since. The story of this riveting struggle is also crucial to understand the various movements and revolutions that were fueled by it throughout the world.

Day 3Mekong Delta

Take a break from a big city and head out on a day trip to the enchanting Mekong delta, SE Asia’s mightiest river. Experience the timeless beauty of rural Vietnam while cruising along the waterways and canals in a traditional sampan boat, under the green canopy of coconuts trees. This is the Vietnam you have been dreaming about.

Day 4Hoi An

Say goodbye to the South as we fly to Hoi An – with more than 2000 years of history it’s a serious UNESCO Heritage Site, it is truly a pearl of Southeast Asia. It’s so easy to fall in love with this magical town, especially in the evening when, by the river, dozens of lit up paper lanterns produce an enchanting atmosphere. Hoi An can be translated as “peaceful meeting place” and there is a certain vibe here that soothes the spirit of a weary traveler. Today we stroll back in time, when Faifo was one of Asia’s premier trading ports and textile and silk manufacturing centers – tradition that is very much alive today. We explore this gem, checking out pagodas, old houses and museums spread across the old quarter.

Day 5Hoi An

Today is the day for taking it easy, chilling by the beach, going shopping or just strolling around marveling at the magnificently preserved traditional architecture. However, if you’re up for it, grab a bike and roam around the picturesque countryside filled with rice fields and water buffalos. We already know the perfect spot for a picnic.

Day 6Hue

Getting up early is never too difficult when you know a spectacular day awaits. We are picked up by private transfer, drive across the breathtaking Hai Van pass and then spend our day in the neighboring city of Hue. This imperial capital of Nguyen family, Vietnam’s last royal dynasty, remains today a culinary capital of Vietnam. Once you try the mouthwatering Bun Bo Hue in one of our favorite local joints, you’ll understand why. We tour the Imperial City with a local guide and spend the rest of the day strolling and feasting by the Perfume river

Day 7Hanoi

We fly to Hanoi, capital of the country, and our base from which we explore the georgeous North. We have some time to relax and chill by the beautiful Hoan Kiem lake, because later in the evening Hanoi food tour awaits. But not just any tour: we meet our local driver/guides and head with them on the back of scooters, driving around 36 old streets of the Old Quarter, stopping to enjoy many different kinds of street food.

Day 8Hanoi

Grab your bike, meet our local guide and we’re off exploring the main city sights, touring the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison Museum, St Jospeh’s Cathedral and the Hanoi Opera. If there’s some energy left inside you afterwards, why not join us for a lap around the West Lake – it’s kind of a tradition, and trust us when we say it will definitely be worthwhile.

Day 9Halong Bay

Time to finally see it: Halong Bay! And we do it in style, kayaking around, learning how to cook some Vietnamese food, and spending the night moored in emerald waters around thousands of towering limestone islands and islets in this spectacular UNESCO site.

Day 10Hanoi

Chill out on the boat some more, explore a few caves and say goodbye to this special place. We go back to spend another night in Hanoi.

Day 11Sapa

We catch a super comfortable bus to Sapa, probably the most beautiful trekking destination of Southeast Asia. If you’re a nature lover, this is as good as it gets. We’ll spend our afternoon checking out the picturesque old village of Cat Cat, home to the Hmong ethnic group.

Day 12Sapa

Accompanied by our local Hmong guide we shall traverse together the miraculously beautiful valley of Sapa. Yes, it’s a lot of walking, but this is the kind of travel we are all about.

Day 13Hanoi

Free morning to explore or something we definitely recommend not to miss: catch the world’s highest and longest cable car all the way to the top of Fansipan, highest peak of Indochina (3143m). The views from there are something you just have to experience for yourself. We return to Hanoi later in the evening, celebrating our unforgettable adventure with a final dinner and goodbye drinks.

Day 14Hanoi - end of tour

Tour ends after breakfast. Ask your leader for recommendations if you’re staying longer in Vietnam or continuing your journey around Southeast Asia

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