Vietnam tour, Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

“A wonderful, budget 11-day trip from North to South Vietnam, travelling by train in a small group to make the most of a superb itinerary of both cultural and natural highlights.”

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Hanoi | Halong Bay | Hue | Hoi An | Nha Trang | Ho Chi Minh | Three sleeper train journeys | One night on boat on Halong Bay

Description of Vietnam tour, Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

This Vietnam tour, travelling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, may cut corners in terms of budget, but certainly doesnít in terms of cultural experiences. Starting in the historic city of Hanoi, the 1000 year old capital which was highly influenced by its French colonial past, we then move on to spend some time taking an overnight boat trip out on the stunning waters of Halong Bay. There is no better way to enjoy Halong Bay than by falling asleep and waking up to the magnificent karst limestone waterscape.

Every day and night is different on this Vietnam holiday, as we travel the length of the country on the Reunification Express railway - with sleeper train journeys between major cities on three occasions. First to travel south to Hue, the ancient capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. We dedicate three days of our trip to the magnificent UNESCO city of Hoi An, which really does feel like a leap into the past, and yet a vibrant city of car free streets, crumbling colonial architecture and bustling markets.

Another sleeper train journey takes us to Nha Tran where it is time to enjoy some of Vietnamís wonderful beach life, with its sandy beaches and great reef swimming and snorkelling. All good preparation for our final sleeper train journey and full on experience of Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon. Where markets, temples, motorbikes, Chinatown and Taoist temples proffer the perfect whirlwind Vietnamese experience. All of which is in great contrast to moving and thought provoking experiences such as the War Remnants Museum or nearby Cu Chi Tunnels.

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What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travellers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travellers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your holiday.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travellers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Vietnam tour, Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

As a global tour operator, we are committed to travelling responsibly and endeavour to practise sustainable tourism wherever we visit. We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. This trip will take you on an exciting cultural journey aboard the legendary Reunification Express, witnessing ancient royal relics, meeting fascinating locals, cycling through small villages and visiting the historic Cu Chi Tunnels.

We encourage our travellers to meet local people to get a real insight into local life; in Hoi An, travellers can get involved in a cooking class with a local chef to try their hand at making traditional Vietnamese cuisine and we spend three nights travelling aboard an overnight sleeper train. The train is a real highlight for our travellers as locals love to interact with our travellers because it gives both the chance to learn about a new culture. We hire bikes in Hue to discover the rural landscape and small villages in the surrounding countryside. This is an exciting part of the trip as travellers get a real understanding of the local way of life as we stop to witness locals out in the fields at work. We use local transport to eliminate unnecessary added pollution, to experience a new way of travelling and to interact with local people.

We endeavour to give our travellers an insight and appreciation into a countryís history and in particular on this tour we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, located just outside of Ho Chi Minh City. The visit is particularly moving and tells the travellers part of the backstory of Vietnam. We employ all local tour leaders which provide secure and promising jobs for local people and gives us a true representation of a destination, adding to the experience for both traveller and local.

As a company, our dedication to sustainable tourism doesnít stop when our tours do. We have four projects in Vietnam dedicated to helping vulnerable children and families in providing educational services and training to help people out of poverty. We also support the Turtle Conservation Centre that has specialised breeding and holding facilities for over 600 turtles, representing 15 of Vietnamís 23 native species.

We support the non-profit Nguyen Nga Centre that offers education, training and work placement assistance for disadvantaged people and people with disabilities. We purchase embroidered Ďsay no to plasticí cloth shopping bags for our travellers and the income goes to the centre to help pay their rent.
We are proud to be carbon neutral. We offset all our global carbon emissions and offer a carbon offset option to passengers booking their flights through us. On this particular tour, we offset 156kg per passenger. Since 2007, we have offset over 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's equal to approximately the amount of carbon that 2,796,047 trees would absorb over 10 years, or taking over 4,753 passenger cars off the road for an entire year!

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