Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi tours in Vietnam
Description of Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi tours in Vietnam
Discover the spirit of Vietnam on a 10-day trip from south to north. Explore bustling Ho Chi Minh City, wander around the ancient trading port of Hoi An and the history-soaked monuments of Hue, finishing your journey in charming Hanoi. Vietnamís beautiful landscapes, delicious cuisine and famously friendly people are all waiting to be discovered.
This is a fast-paced trip, covering a large area of Vietnam in a short amount of time, and is ideal for anyone eager to experience this vibrant country in an exhilarating burst. There is some driving involved (up to 4 hours at a time), but we use the overnight sleeper train between Hue and Hanoi, and fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Danang, to maximise your time in each destination. The rest of the travel is by boat, private bus, private vehicle and taxi.
Spend a day on the winding waterways of the Mekong Delta, the lifeblood and rice bowl of Southeast Asia, and tour Hue on the back of a motorbike. Enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An, a unique town influenced over the years by Europe, China and Vietnam, a boat trip on the Perfume River and then spend the night on one of the iconic junk-style boats that cruise between the limestone peaks of Halong Bay. End the trip with a memorable farewell dinner at KOTO restaurant, which serves delicious meals and supports underprivileged kids at the same time.
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1 Reviews of Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi tours in Vietnam
Reviewed on 12 Jan 2016 by Kathleen Rigby
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
First day of teaching and getting to know the other volunteers
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Ask questions and get information from volunteers that have been there longer than you
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I'm hoping the children benefited from hearing English from a native speaker and my experience and teaching strategies. The local community benefited from me spending money including shops and the family that started the school.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Overall my holiday was great, it was a good balance of living and teaching with the locals then being a tourist on the weekend and visiting Siem Reap.
PlanetEach traveller on this trip is given a gift of a Responsible Traveller cloth bag made by disadvantaged children from Central Vietnam. This bag is designed to combat the increasingly prevalent problem of plastic bag pollution disrupting the various marine and land habitats of Vietnam.
As a company we aim to contribute to the environmental preservation of the destinations we visit and to reduce any negative impacts our operations may have. This translates to actions such as using local transport where safe to do so in order to reduce emissions, observing all national and marine park visitor rules and operating a Ďtake in, take back outí waste management system, to name but a few examples. Through our inhouse foundation we also invest money into environmental initiatives that benefit the planet, including restoring kelp forests to help reverse the effects of global warming and protecting endangered species such as sea turtles and elephants.
PeopleYour group leader and the local guides we use along the way will help to break down barriers in your interactions with local people. In addition, we travel by some local transport to facilitate and encourage interaction with the local population. In the Mekong Delta, we visit a local garden restaurant, in the heart of the Delta, where you can sample some of the regional specialities such as the famous elephant ear fish. We board small rowing boats, sampans, and paddle through the many mangrove tributaries to visit small villages and meet with the friendly locals.
Your leader will explain the range of projects we support in Vietnam, and in Hanoi, we visit one of these projects - KOTO, a restaurant dedicated to training street kids and disadvantaged youth in skills for the hospitality industry. At the end of our journey, travellers may donate any unwanted clothing, medicine and bandages, which are distributed to appropriate local charities.
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