Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam

One of our bestselling Vietnam holidays is all about understanding the culture and customs of the Vietnamese. You will take local transport – including trains, bicycles and sampans – to visit small village/town communities where the best local produce can be found.
Hanoi Halong Bay river cruise Evening Water Puppets performance Overnight sleeper train Hue Historic Hoi An Ho Chi Minh City
£955£764To£1080excluding flights
10 Days
Small group
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Single supplement £170.
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Description of Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam

Over the course of ten days on tour, Vietnam starts to open up before your very eyes with the hectic streets of Hanoi morphing into the ancient heritage monuments of Hue and Hoi An prior to the all too recent reminders of the past that you'll find in Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight train rides from Hanoi to Hue and boat cruises in Halong Bay add a touch of adventure to tours Vietnam with the domestic flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh allowing travellers to experience the country from top to tail without having to spend too much time away from home.

As you'd hope from a destination for a ten day holiday, Vietnam presents a remarkable array of contrasts with French café culture and colonial architecture just as prevalent as sandy coves and limestone karst monoliths jutting out of clear blue waters.

This Vietnam tour is a fantastic introduction to the cosmopolitan cities and sublime scenery of Southeast Asia with friendly locals adding to a bewildering blend of fun activities and cultural enlightenment to sow the seeds for future travels for many more years to come.


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£955£764To£1080excluding flights
Single supplement £170.
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Holiday information

Our top tip:
Be sure to pick up some incredible tailored clothes in Hoi An.
Trip type:
Small group adventure, 1-16 people (min. age 15).
Activity level:
7 nights traditonal hotel, 1 night sailing boat, 1 night sleeper train.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner.
Accommodation, transfers, listed activities, some meals.


28 Reviews of Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam

4.5 out of 5 stars

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“Vietnam was really beautiful, and I was intrigued by its differences.”

Reviewed on 06 May 2023 by

Top marks. Trip of a lifetime. The guides knowledge, experience and friendly supportive attitude undoubtedly made the trio as good as it was. Excellent! Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2023 by

Many highlights - the bike ride in Hoi An was spectacular as well as Halong bay overnight cruise and trip to the Mekong!... Insightful experience and wonderful adventure with like minded small group. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Mar 2023 by

BRILLIANT. Excellent leader. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2023 by

Wonderful! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2023 by

Very good. Chong was a great guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2022 by

We had a great time!! Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2022 by

Excellent. Our guide Bruce was brilliant and our group lovely! We're looking at our next trip now! Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2019 by

Our trips to the Ben Tre coconut farm and our cycle tour to meet local families in Hanoi were our favourite parts of the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Apr 2019 by

Sailing through the Mekong Delta; tasting the multitude of street food in Hanoi and touring around on the back of a motorbike in Hue were the most memorable parts of our holiday! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Apr 2019 by

The tour was an absolutely great way to see Vietnam in a short period of time. The boat trip in Halong Bay exceeded our expectations of comfort. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2019 by

The cruise on Ha Lon Bay was the most memorable part of the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2018 by

Every day brought another great experience however, the highlight for me was visiting the coconut gardens in the Mekong Delta...5 stars. I absolutely loved the places we visited Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2018 by

Excellent well worth the long journey Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jul 2018 by

I'm afraid it was that intangible mix of the group which happened by luck which made holiday, It could have been good without the right people, everything was perfectly timetabled, but the enjoyment was from the singing on the overnight train, the complete bonding we had as a group. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2018 by

The most memorable was meeting veterans from the war at an abandoned checkpoint, hearing history in the citadel, eating with a family in their home, war remnants museum, scooter tour in the villages. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2018 by

The people we travelled with and our funny and very caring guide Thanh! Very good value for money and well planned. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2018 by

Halong Bay and Hue Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2017 by

The highlight was rowing down the mekong delta. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2017 by

The most memorable was Ha long bay and spending the night on the boat. The cave at the bay was also phenomenal. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2017 by

Climbing Mount Kinabalu was exhausting but amazing! Travelling through the Vietnamese countryside on the back of a motorbike. Watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2016 by

The most memorable moments were the Halong Bay Cruise, cycling trip in Hoi An, motorbike ride in Hue and the overnight train from Hanoi to Hue. Perfect holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2016 by

Fantastic... Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2016 by

Excellent, very interesting and exciting. Very well organized.We stayed in local hotels, ate in local restaurants, all the guides were locals and we shopped in markets and local shops. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2016 by

Sunset from our comfy boat on Halong Bay was very special, as was wandering about the Citadel at Hue, and the lantern lit streets of Hoi An. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2015 by

Wonderful people to travel with in a truly special country. Healing Bay & Hoi An take some beating. Utterly memorable. I loved it! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2014 by

A most enjoyable time...a really memorable trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2014 by

Very good - I truly enjoyed the whole experience. The whole trip was great but the most memorable part was probably the motorbike tour through the countryside around Hue. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2014 by

the most memorable part was the cruise in Halong Bay and the Mekong River outing 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.


Each 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.

© Copyright images: Chris Shervey; Scott Howard; Jennifer Broomhall; Dean Pemberton


Your 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, travelers may donate any unwanted clothing, medicine and bandages, which are distributed to appropriate local charities.

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