Journey south through Vietnam on this budget-friendly adventure starting in bustling Hanoi, visiting beautiful Cat Ba island in Halong Bay, charming Hoi An, Hue and the beaches of Mui Ne, before ending in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City.
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.
Please note: If you would like more time to take in the sights of Hanoi, we can book pre tour accommodation upon request.
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.
Please note: from May-August our visit to Cat Ba Island and Lan Ha Bay day cruise will be replaced with an overnight Halong Bay junk boat cruise. Please read the trip notes for further information.
Overnight: Cat Ba Island | Breakfast, Lunch
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.
Please note: from May-August our visit to Cat Ba Island will be replaced with an overnight Halong Bay cruise. Please read the trip notes for further information.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast
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.
Overnight: Hue | Lunch
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.
Overnight: Hoi An | Breakfast
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.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast
Arriving into Binh Thuan railway station around noon, we transfer to our hotel in Mui Ne, where we spend the rest of day 7 and day 8 at leisure. 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.
Overnight: Mui Ne | Breakfast x 1
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.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City | Breakfast
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.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons (or 3 persons if you wish to book a triple) sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
La Dolce Vita Hotel, Hanoi
Offering an excellent location in the heart of Hanoi, La Dolce Vita Hotel is within walking distance of a variety of restaurants, shops and bars. Its spacious guestrooms feature wooden furniture and modern artwork, with complimentary WiFi available throughout the hotel. Enjoy drinks or a light bite to eat with your travel companions in the Lobby Bar and Café or, if you’re looking for a sit-down dinner, you can choose between delicious Vietnamese and Western dishes in the La Dolce Vita Restaurant.
Sleeper train - 4 berth cabin, Hanoi
Cabins on board are comfortable though not comparable to European standards. Aboard each wagon are 9 compartments that comprise of 4 bunks per compartment shared by mixed sexes. A western-style toilet (with a varying degree of cleanliness) is located at either end of the wagon. Air-conditioning (not always operational in the summer) and lighting are controlled from inside the cabin, which is also lockable. Luggage can be stored in a compartment under the bottom bunk. Linen and a pillow are provided.
Sea Pearl Cat Ba Hotel, Cat Ba Island
The Sea Pearl Cat Ba Hotel is conveniently located on Cat Ba's main road, overlooking the emerald waters of Cat Ba Bay and just a five minute walk from Cat Co Beach and the Cat Ba Market. The comfortable guestrooms offer modern amenities such as air conditioning, WiFi, minibar and cable TV and hotel has a great range of facilities. Head to the rooftop swimming pool and bar where you can take in the wonderful panoramic views of the bay, relax and pamper yourself at the Feeling Spa and sing your heart out in the Karaoke room! When hunger strikes enjoy a variety of local dishes and European cuisine at the hotel's restaurant and cafe.
Duy Tan Hotel, Hue
Just footsteps away from the Perfume River and Trang Tien Bridge, the Duy Tan Hotel offers a fantastic location in Hue’s city centre. Its modern and spacious guestrooms are fitted with wooden furnishings and private balconies, with free WiFi also available. Guests can enjoy relaxing massage treatments or those keen to stay active can hit the gym. This hotel’s real highlight is its restaurant, where you can enjoy famous Vietnamese and European dishes alongside traditional music and dance performances.
Hoi An Rose Garden Hotel, Hoi An
Well-located in Hoi An, this modern hotel is within walking distance of the old town and Historic Museum. Each room is soundproofed and offers modern amenities such as air conditioning and WiFi access. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or enjoy tasty Vietnamese cuisine in the bar and restaurant. There's also a spa offering a range of traditional therapies and complimentary bicycle hire, so you can easily explore all this enchanting city has to offer.
Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort, Hoi An
Beach front elegance at its best, the Sunrise Hotel is modern, luxurious and right on the beach. The whole complex is tastefully decorated and the rooms are all well appointed with gorgeous hard wood flooring, excellent en suite facilities with rain showers and private balconies. All rooms provide a stunning garden or ocean view. The in house Bodyworks Spa offers luxurious revitalisation and is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. Well positioned on Cua Dai Beach on the glorious South China Sea.
Sandune Mui Ne Beach Resort & Spa , Mui Ne
Located on a stretch of untouched sand, this beautifully landscaped hotel features a range of rooms, suites and bungalows set around a central pool and lush palm trees. Each guestroom offers a sea view, with modern amenities including air conditioning and free WiFi. However, this hotel’s list of attractions doesn’t stop there, with treatments available at the Ocean Spa, two stylish restaurants serving Vietnamese and Western cuisine, and the Swim Up Bar offering refreshing drinks without even needing to leave the pool.
Nam Chau Resort, Mui Ne
Set in a three-hectare garden, this boutique resort features rustic accommodation in the form of villas with thatched roofs. Each villa is complete with an ensuite, TV and minibar, and you can enjoy a complimentary breakfast with Vietnamese style bread and your choice of coffee. Thanks to its position on a white sand beach on the cape of Mui Ne, this resort offers a vast range of water sports. Depending on the season, you can choose between paddle boarding, kite and wind surfing, kayaking and jet skiing, alongside beach volleyball and football. And that’s not all, with the resort organizing pool and beach parties on Saturday evenings.
Sonnet Saigon Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City
Just a short walk from the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace, the Sonnet Saigon is a charming 3 star hotel which offers a convenient base for exploring the sights of Ho Chi Minh City. The comfortable guest rooms offer modern amenities, including LCD TVs with cable channels, WiFi, minibar, bathrobes and complimentary bottled water. The en suite bathrooms boast rainshowers and rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, with balconies to enjoy views of the city. Hotel facilities include a coffee shop with a terrace to soak up the sunshine and a restaurant serving a tasty buffet breakfast.
Ambassador Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City
The Ambassador Saigon Hotel is ideally located in the heart of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, just a 10 minute stroll from the famous Ben Thanh Market and a 15 minute drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The comfortable guest rooms offer modern amenities such as complimentary WiFi, air conditioning and satellite tv, and guests can enjoy panoramic views of the city from the Camellia Restaurant on the 12th floor which serves a range of international and Asian cuisine. Facilities also include a bar and a fitness centre.
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