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TruTravels - 17 Day Vietnam Explorer

Become a Vietnam Explorer as we travel north from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi covering all the highlights and hidden gems in this incredible country. Discover the best of Vietnam as you travel with a group!

Become a Vietnam Explorer as we travel north from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi covering all the highlights and hidden gems this incredible country. Get a cultural insight into its not too distant past, visit the sand dunes of Mui Ne, stunning beaches, breathtaking caves and national parks and finish off with a private island getaway in Halong Bay. The perfect amount of time to spend in this amazing country.

Day 1 : AIRPORT PICK UP
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.
Meals :None

Day 2 : CITY ORIENTATION & WAR MUSEUM
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.
Meals :None

Day 3 : MUI NE
This afternoon, you will get to try your hand at sandboarding down the picturesque dunes of Mui Ne, visit the Fairy stream and enjoy the beautiful scenery in open top style jeeps. We’ll finish the day off with some delicious dinner and a night out on the beach town!
Meals :None

Day 4 : EXPLORE MUI NE
Spend the morning relaxing by the pool and exploring the town. In the afternoon, we hop on a bus to Nha Trang and spend a night roaming around the markets or enjoy dinner and drinks with a beach view.
Meals :None

Day 5 : NINHVANA BEACH HIDEAWAY
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.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 6 : NINHVANA BEACH HIDEAWAY
Meals :Breakfast

Day 7 : TRAVEL DAY
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 Ninhavna.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 8 : HOI AN
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.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 9 : BAMBOO BASKET BOAT TRIP
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.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 : HAI VAN PASS
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.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 : IMPERIAL CITY & COOKING CLASS
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 Vietnemese 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.
Meals :Lunch

Day 12 : PHONG NHA NATIONAL PARK
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, which are situated inside Phong Nha National Park. In the evening we jump on an overnight bus to Hanoi.
Meals :Lunch

Day 13 : HANOI
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 drink in Hanoi. In the early afternoon, we’ll visit the famous Hanoi train street and have the rest of the afternoon free for you to chill or explore the city on your own.
Meals :None

Day 14 : HA LONG BAY
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.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15 : HA LONG BAY BOAT TRIP
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.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 : TRAVEL TO HANOI
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.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17 : CHILLED CHECK OUT
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.
Meals :None

This tour departs in Ho Chi Minh and finishes in Hanoi. 

There are no activities on arrival day and customers can arrive at any time. 

Travel insurance is compulsory for this trip, the price does not include flights.