Vietnam in depth tour
Description of Vietnam in depth tour
Always wanted to see Vietnam, but donít have anyone to go with? This small group tour is the perfect solution Ė designed expressly for solo travellers to benefit from the sociability that comes with a small group tour, with a pre-planned but flexible itinerary, great value and of course the opportunity to meet people from many different walks of life.
Youíll travel north to south, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, visiting all the key destinations including spectacular Halong Bay, the Imperial Citadel of Hue, Hoi An and the vast Mekong Delta.
Memorable moments come thick and fast on a compact tour such as this. The amazing limestone islands of Halong Bay, that youíll explore by boat; the overnight train from Hanoi to Hue; the flavours and aromas of the stalls youíll browse at Dong Ba market in Vietnamís former imperial capital; touring Hue and its surroundings on the back of a motorbike driven by a local guide; enjoying lunch at a working nunnery, and a whistlestop sightseeing tour by bus of Ho Chi Minh City, during which youíll see the Reunification Palace and the Opera House.
Vietnamís cities are crowded, colourful, full of life. But itís in the rural countryside where you may get the deepest cultural immersion. Towards the end of the tour your group will travel into the sprawling Mekong Delta, that vast labyrinth of swamps, islands and waterways lined with floating markets, pagodas and riverside communities. First by boat, then by tuk-tuk, and finally by sampan, youíll visit remote villages and sample the local specialities, before dining back in Ho Chi Minh City at KOTO, a restaurant dedicated to helping street kids find careers in hospitality.
Whether youíre an old hand at travelling solo, or this is your first time, this Vietnam small group trip will captivate you.
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PlanetAll travel on this trip through Vietnam, which is completed by private vehicle, includes a large container of drinking water. Travellers are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle so that they can refill it from this container. We provide training to trip leaders on water consumption best practices and how to encourage their travellers to follow these principles too. We continue to work with local suppliers on water management initiatives. For example, encouraging hotel owners to provide water refill stations, and in-room signage requesting short showers, repeated towel use and turning taps off.
Vietnam is aiming to ban the use and sale of all single-use plastics by the end of 2021. As they currently receive scrap plastics from other countries, for example the USA, to be recycled or disposed of, they also plan to end these imports by the end of 2025. Intrepid provides travellers to Vietnam with reusable fabric tote bags. The tote bags are made locally, providing employment and training opportunities to disadvantaged members of the local community. By providing travellers with tote bags we are supporting the local governmentís single-use plastic goals.
PeopleThrough our Foundation, we support local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. We also include activities and visits on our trips to NGOs around the world who are supporting local communities through programs tailored to their needs. This trip includes lunch at the KOTO restaurant in Hanoi. KOTO provides hospitality training and sustainable employment skills to disadvantaged local youths. Travellers will enjoy a delicious meal of regional specialties, prepared and served by members of the training program.
Our trips maximize the opportunity for travellers to engage meaningfully with local culture and communities. Many experiences on our trips also support traditional cultural practices Ė whether artisanal, culinary or otherwise. In turn, this helps to sustain and preserve these traditional practices so that future generations may continue to learn, enjoy and benefit from them. While in Hoi An, we include two activities that focus on the Cham people, a local community with ties to this part of Vietnam dating back to the 4th Century. In the morning, our expert local leaders will guide travellers around the My Son site, a collection of temples constructed by the Kings of Champa over 1500 years ago. Later in the day, travellers will be welcomed into the home of a local Cham woman, who will share stories and songs of ancient and modern Cham life. She will also offer travellers traditional Cham tea and sweets to try.