Vietnam holiday

A holiday of Vietnam's people and culture, this is an exciting trip where basic accommodation and public transport is favoured over luxury to maximise your experience.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Cu Chi Tunnels Mekong Delta Mekong Delta homestay Cai Be floating market Dalat Nha Trang Quy Nhon Hoi An Hue Hanoi Hanoi Old Quarter Mai Chau Hoan Kiem Lake Halong Bay
Price
£1795To£1935excluding flights
Duration
20 Days
Type
Small group
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Single supplement £325.
Offers
Up to £90 off selected dates.
Late availability on upcoming trips
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Description of Vietnam holiday

Immerse yourself in the sights, tastes and energy of Vietnam on a 20-day adventure, starting in Ho Chi Minh city in the south and ending in Hanoi in the north. Youíll be in a small group and will travel like the locals do, spending two nights on sleeper trains, and riding everything from motorbikes to junks and public buses! Thereís no better way to meet the friendly Vietnamese people, as youíre whisked from dynamic cities to tranquil backwaters, imperial ruins to picture-perfect landscapes.

This trip includes all the classic must-see highlights, like Halong Bay, together with off-the-beaten track gems, including Quy Nhon, with its beautiful beaches and bay. Explore the narrow cobbled streets of Hoi Anís Old Town, slurp on noodly pho in beautiful, coastal Nha Trang and cruise the Perfume River in Hue as you get to grips with this exciting country. Enjoy Vietnamese hospitality and home cooking on a homestay in the Mekong Delta and Mai Chau, and get stuck into a range of activities and spectacles, from mud baths to market shopping, snorkelling to watching a water puppet show.

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Price information

£1795To£1935excluding flights
Single supplement £325.
Make enquiry

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Travel guides

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Holiday information

Our top tip:
Think structured sandals, not flip flops for walking.
Trip type:
Small group, 1-12 people (min. age 15).
Activity level:
Lesiurely.
Accomm:
15 nights hotel, 2 nights homestay, 1 night overnight boat, 1 night sleeper train.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge at hotels only.
Meals:
18 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities.

Reviews

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Reviewed on 29 Jul 2013 by

The best parts were the old town and cycling in Hoi An. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2012 by

The most memorable part was the home stay on the Meakon delta and the National Park. I also love kayaking and seeing the wild monkeys in Haylon bay. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2011 by

Cambodia - the temples of Angkor Wat are a true gem; Phnom Penh and its museums as well as the recent Cambodian history were heart breaking but very educational. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Environment
Each traveller on this trip is given a gift of a Responsible Traveller cloth bag made by the Nguyen Nga Training Centre, in Central Vietnam, helping those with special needs and disabilities. This bag is designed to combat the increasingly prevalent problem of plastic bag pollution disrupting the various marine and land habitats of Vietnam.
We use local transport where ever possible, from overnight sleeper trains to locally owned river boats on the Mekong Delta. Public transport is also the most environmentally sound method of travel, so we try use it where ever safe and practical.
Stay at a farmstay in Phong Nah, established the help the small town to benefit economically from tourism, it also has recycling and waste management programs, such as reusing kitchen waste for compost on the farm.

Community
This journey includes many opportunities to meet local people and learn about their lives in this diverse country.

In the Vinh Long area of the Mekong Delta your local guides introduce us to the daily life, floating markets and cottage industries of the Delta's rich waterways. Your homestay host family welcomes you with a dinner of local specialties and the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into customs schooling and religion in this area.

You'll be spending an additional night in a homestay in Mai Chau. While the accommodation is shared and basic, this is a great opportunity to connect with the local people (and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals!)

When you arrive in Quy Nhon, youíll visit the Nguyen Nga Training Centre, a not-for-profit venture which provides support to people with special needs, in particular those with physical disabilities, through their education, training and job placement programs.

Hue is famous for its imposing Citadel and the Tombs of the last ruling Dynasty of Vietnam. It was also the Buddhist capital of Vietnam, a fact, which is less lauded. Our local guide takes us through the back roads of Hue, where we are lunch guests at a Buddhist nunnery or monastery.

People

This journey includes many opportunities to meet local people and learn about their lives in this diverse country.

In the Vinh Long area of the Mekong Delta your local guides introduce us to the daily life, floating markets and cottage industries of the Delta's rich waterways. Your homestay host family welcomes you with a dinner of local specialties and the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into customs schooling and religion in this area.

You'll be spending an additional night in a homestay in Mai Chau. While the accommodation is shared and basic, this is a great opportunity to connect with the local people (and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals!)

When you arrive in Quy Nhon, youíll visit the Nguyen Nga Training Centre, a not-for-profit venture which provides support to people with special needs, in particular those with physical disabilities, through their education, training and job placement programs.

Hue is famous for its imposing Citadel and the Tombs of the last ruling Dynasty of Vietnam. It was also the Buddhist capital of Vietnam, a fact, which is less lauded. Our local guide takes us through the back roads of Hue, where we are lunch guests at a Buddhist nunnery or monastery.

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