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Vietnam on a Shoestring
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From Jan 20

Now's the time to explore Vietnam on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Savour your way through Nha Trang on a street food crawl, step into turquoise-coloured paradise in Ha Long Bay, and get some good stories to take back home in bustling Hanoi. With a mix of highlights and free reign to explore how you'd like, this is one introduction to Southeast Asia you won't ever forget.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: AVRV.B/255458
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Finishes: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Nha Trang
  • Da Nang
  • Hoi An
  • Huế
  • Phong Nha
  • Hanoi
  • Ha Long

Itinerary

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive at any time.

There's free time to enjoy this sprawling metropolis before meeting with your group and CEO this evening. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the rapid pace and humid heat of Ho Chi Minh City.

Get excited for your first night out with the group this evening. You'll get to greet the nightlife in Phan Ngu Lao Street, the city's version of Khao San Road. It's a hub for backpackers but, tonight, it's also your first chance to get to know a few new faces.

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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang

Feel the pulse of Vietnam's biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk, with free time after to double back to your favourite spots. Tonight, catch up on sleep on an overnight train to Nha Trang.

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Day 3: Nha Trang

You've arrived! Take this morning to explore local shops and markets, relax on the beach, or visit nearby historical sites before an evening street food crawl.

Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party.

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Day 4: Nha Trang/Da Nang

It's not over yet. There's more free time to explore Nha Trang today. Then, hop on an overnight train to continue to Hoi An.

The overnight train is to Da Nang, with the transfer to Hoi An following directly after.

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Day 5: Da Nang/Hoi An

Hoi An's excited to meet you. See why on an orientation walk of the city before more free time in the afternoon. Dig even deeper and choose between a cooking class, cycling to the beach, visiting a tailor, or exploring the old town.

From Danang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Once known as Faifo, it was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections.

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Day 6: Hoi An

Noodles might be fun to eat, but they're even more fun to make. Find out how during a visit to G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles. Later, opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town with free time.

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Day 7: Hoi An/Huế

Head north to the city of Huế. There's lots to do here, with options to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, or boarding a cruise along the Perfume River.
Opt to pre-book the "Hue Motorbike Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 8: Huế/Phong Nha

Your second day in Huế comes with more free time to enjoy the city. In the afternoon, we drive to Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park.

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Day 9: Phong Nha/Hanoi

It's time to head underground with free time to explore the caves of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, where the oldest karst mountains in Asia are found. Then it's an overnight train to Hanoi.

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Day 10: Hanoi/Ha Long

After arriving in Hanoi, take a private bus to the iconic Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and cave exploring. Be sure to charge your camera so you can grab a shot truly worth sharing!
Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay.

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Day 11: Ha Long/Hanoi

Feel like you've gone back in time with an orientation walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter. Then stop for a drink at Bia Hoi Corner, a spot that serves bia hoi, a local beer made of rice and wheat — and costs a mere $0.25USD per glass!

Opt to pre-book the "Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.
Interested in local cuisine? Opt to pre-book the "Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 12: Hanoi

Today, it's time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and cheers before you head on your way.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Ho Chi Minh City
    • Street food crawl (Hoi An)
    • Halong Bay boat trip with lunch
    • Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, and Hanoi
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotel (twin-share) (2 nts), hostels (multi-share) (6 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, walking, boat
    Group Leader
    • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Relax on golden beaches
  • Shop in quaint Hoi An
  • Discover Hue's citadels and pagodas
  • Float through magical Halong Bay
  • Explore the magnificent caves of Phong Nha