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Vietnam Explorer

Experience
Tour
Destination
Vietnam
Duration
17 days
Ages
18+
Operated by
TruTravels

Limited spots. Earliest available arrival is currently Jan 2023, and closing very soon.

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Trip overview

So, you want a full-throttle experience of Vietnam? You sound like a Vietnam Explorer to us, so let’s meet up with your Travel Ninja down south in Ho Chi Minh City and open up the taps on a 17-day adventure you’ll never, ever forget. We are packing a lot into these 17 days but the beauty of Vietnam is going to provide you with boundless energy to see it all from boarding on the sensational sand dunes of Mui Ne, through Nha Trang, up to the iconic town of Hoi An before heading north to the capital Hanoi, saving the very best until last, cruising around the legendary Halong Bay. Oh, not to mention being in food heaven for the entire trip alongside new mates for life!

Inclusions

What's Included

  • Ho Chi Minh City Orientation
  • Visit War Museum, Sand Dunes & Beach Day in Mui Ne
  • Ninhvana Beach Hideaway, Kayaking, Paddle-Boarding, Massages, Yoga & Trekking
  • Lantern Making in Hoi An, Bamboo Basket Boat Trip, Imperial City & Royal Palace
  • Cooking Class
  • Phong Nha National Park
  • Zip-lining through caves
  • Castaways Island
  • Water Activities, a boat trip around Halong Bay.

Meals

5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 dinners

Accommodation

16 Nights of accommodation in twin-share rooms, hotels and beachside resorts. 

Transportation

Transport includes private bus and Ha Long Bay boat. 

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Trip itinerary

Day 1

Today is arrival day; feel free to arrive any time. You will be picked up from the airport by one of our drivers, who will be waiting for you. Then head to the hotel where your group leader will be waiting for you. Get excited to meet your new travels buddies for dinner and drinks in the evening.

Day 2

Spend the day getting to know your new surroundings & indulge in culture & history with a walking tour of the city, before visiting the National War Museum. Tonight we head north to our first coastal destination, Mui Ne.

Day 3

Have a relaxed morning, but prepare for a fun afternoon of sandboarding down the dunes of Mui Ne and a walk through the Fairy stream. We'll end the day with a group dinner and fun night out!

Day 4

Enjoy a lie in or spend the morning relaxing by the pool and exploring the town. In the afternoon, we’ll hop on a bus to the city of Nha Trang and spend the night roaming around the markets or enjoying dinner and drinks with the perfect beach view.

Day 5

We leave Nha Trang early morning & will have a spot of breakfast before we jump onto our shuttle bus to spend the next two nights in Ninhvana. This epic spot is a backpackers paradise. It is up to you how you spend your time. You can choose from paddle boarding, kayaking, bike tours, guided trekking, and yoga classes. Facilities also include 2 swimming pools, beach volleyball courts, outdoor cinema & a basketball court. The perfect hideaway.

Day 6

This epic spot is a backpackers paradise. It is up to you how you spend your time. You can choose from paddle boarding, kayaking, bike tours, guided trekking, and yoga classes. Facilities also include 2 swimming pools, beach volleyball courts, outdoor cinema & a basketball court. The perfect hideaway.

Day 7

Enjoy a leisurely morning & make the most of the inclusions of this magical place. We head back to Nha Trang late afternoon & arrive in time for our night bus to Hoi An. You should feel relaxed & raring to go for the next leg of our adventure after your time at Ninhava.

Day 8

We arrive early morning into Hoi An, drop our bags to our hotel, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast on arrival. As they prepare our rooms we head out to join a traditional Hoi An lantern making class where we learn how to make our own miniature lanterns. The afternoon is free for you to relax after a long journey, or you can explore the town’s markets & tailors.

Day 9

Start the day with a bike tour around Hoi An old town and lunch at the locals family home. Then spend the afternoon crab fishing with the locals as we explore the 7 hectare water coconut woods in traditional bamboo basket boats. The late afternoon is free to chill or explore the lantern filled streets.

Day 10

An adventure filled day as we leave Hoi An in open-top Jeeps & hit the Hai Van Pass, featured as the ‘Top Gear Experience’ it’s the perfect way to travel to Hue. Stop for a spot of lunch (included) and enjoy a nice swim in the sea before heading off again. On arrival to Hue we check into our new hotel & head into town for dinner and a few drinks in the evening.

Day 11

Today it’s time to explore the historic imperial city of Hue. We head off to the Royal Palace where we take in the history of the nation`s former capital city before joining a local cooking school to learn how to make some traditional Vietnamese dishes. After we’re full of delicious food, we then head over via bus to the small town of Phong Nha, where we arrive early evening & just in time to enjoy a few drinks in one of the local bars.

Day 12

Paradise Cave is a UNESCO World Heritage site, & is famous for being one of the longest cave systems in the world at 31 km. We spend the day exploring the caves and doing a little ziplining, both of which are situated inside Phong Nha National Park. In the evening we jump on an overnight bus to Hanoi.

Day 13

We arrive early morning into Hanoi & head straight to our hotel to check in. As the rooms are still being prepared, we check out a local cafe and experience how to make traditional egg coffee which is a famous dessert in Hanoi. In the early afternoon, we’ll visit the famous Hanoi train street and then have the rest of the afternoon free for you to chill or explore the city on your own.

Day 14

We leave early by bus & boat to head to the famous Castaway Island in Ha Long Bay. Once checked into our beachside accommodation, we enjoy lunch with the most amazing view before an afternoon of watersports & an evening of beach partying.

Day 15

We spend our full day aboard a traditional junk boat cruising through Ha Long Bay. During the trip, we stop off to kayak through ancient caves & a network of lagoons whilst looking out for monkeys, before relaxing on the boat during the afternoon with plenty of swim stops.

Day 16

After a few big nights on our private island, we enjoy another lay in before enjoying our last beachfront lunch, before making the journey back to Hanoi where we check in to our accommodation for our final night together as a group.

Day 17

It's time to say goodbye to one another as everyone heads off on their separate ways. Whether you’re continuing around Southeast Asia, or heading to the airport to go home, your Group Leader will help you to get you where you’re going.

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