Hanoi to Da Nang tour in Vietnam

“A thirteen day, small group holiday covering many of Vietnamís virtuoso moments, from Hanoi to Halong Bay, history to natural heritage. ”


Hanoi | Halong Bay | Pu Luong National Park | Tai village of Mai Chau | Halong of the rice fields | Trang An Grottoes | Vietnam sleeper train to Dong Ha | Vietcong tunnels at Vinh Moc | Hien Luong Bridge | Hue | Dragon boat cruise on Perfume River | Hoi An | Bach Ma National Park | My Son City | Da Nang

Description of Hanoi to Da Nang tour in Vietnam

This thirteen day Vietnam holiday take you not only on a culturally fascinating tour, starting in Hanoi and ending in Da Nang, but also into some of North and Central Vietnamís most stunning landscapes. In Hanoi, you will have two days to explore the thousand year old capital, with its eclectic mix of European architecture, ancient pagados, wonderful street markets and lakeside cafes. We also take two days in the busy hub of Hoi An, which really does still feel like going back in time. The ancient streets are still lit by lanterns, the old colonial architecture crumbles all around, and traditional artisans abound.

In contrast, the former ancient capital of My Son, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a collection of ruined temples which once was up there with Angkor Wat. More UNESCO World Heritage Sites are to be found in the city of Hue, where we take a traditional dragon boat down its Perfume River to discover the old capital or Imperial Citadel with its tombs and pagodas dating back to the ancient Nguyen Dynasty.

Vietnam is not short of national park beauty either, and on this tour we will take time to visit the tropical forests and limestone landscapes of Pu Luong National Park in the Annamite Mountains and Bach Ma National Park, which was a hill station area popular with French colonists. And no trip to Vietnam would be complete, particularly a first visit, without learning about its political history. And so, as well as more light-hearted outings to beaches and on river cruises, our itinerary includes a day visiting and exploring the infamous Vietcong tunnels at Vinh Moc, Hien Luong Bridge and Khe Sanh Combat Base.

This tour ends in the Danang region, with some chill out time at the coast, and indeed some of our guests extend their trip to enjoy a short stay on a secluded South China Sea island. Discuss with your tour operator for more details.

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17 Dec 2017
£ 2100
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Holiday type

Small group holiday

This is a 'small group adventure' - you will be sharing your experiences with like minded people. Group sizes are limited to a maximum of 12 persons, a genuinely small group. Experience has taught us that smaller groups are less intrusive to local cultures and environments whilst allowing more interaction with local people. Furthermore it means greater flexibility on a day to day basis and on a social level it proves to be fun. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends/family its good value, and a great way to meet new people! The intention is to travel as a group of friends rather than a typical tour group, so don't expect stick-on name badges or any following the umbrella.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Hanoi to Da Nang tour in Vietnam

Responsible Tourism is very important to us and this is reflected on all our tours in the following ways:

On this tour: We are encouraging maintenance of traditional handicrafts and supporting people with disabilities (in a region where disabilities can utterly preclude gainful employment) by visiting, and encouraging purchases from, the Hong Ngoc Humanity Centre in Sao Do town, near Hanoi. This is an entirely Vietnamese-run NGO, which allows disabled children and young adults to learn vocational skills relating to the manufacture and marketing of handicrafts. More on how we are having a positive impact on Vietnam soon.

Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes.

To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices

Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities.

It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely Ďlocalí operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.

Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.

Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.

2 Reviews of Hanoi to Da Nang tour in Vietnam

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing Angkor Wat, one of us ate spiders, frogs and other inspects having my feet cleaned by fishes. Cambodian cooking class

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Go for it

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I hope so

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Would have liked more "on your own time" at Angkor Wat organized breakfast at the temple, on the day we got up at 4:30 to see the sun rise

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your kind comments, so please you enjoyed your tour of Cambodia - thankfully spider/insect eating is not compulsory!

Your tour does benefit local people. Our guides usually explain the benefits of our tours to the community and environment. You eat in local restaurants, stay in locally owned hotels, we use local transport owned by our Khmer colleagues and use local guides. We travel in small groups (in your case only the three of you) which enables us to use locally run places, often designed for local people as opposed to specifically for tourists or larger tour groups, and to support smaller community based projects. We also encourage people to purchase local handicrafts at the places we visit.

Sorry there wasn't enough time to wander at will - its tricky in a 7 day tour of Cambodia and at Angkor we try and introduce you to a variety of temples from differing periods, at different times of day, architectural styles .... but we can't help but share your wish that there was more time.

Reviewed on 07 Dec 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Sitting in a restaurant in Hoi An overlooking the river at night; Trying local dishes at each place we visited. (Try the Hue pancakes!) Walking around Hoi An's old quarter. Visiting the My Son ruins early in the morning to get there ahead of the heat and other tourists. (The itinerary showed that visit as an afternoon trip but the guide suggested we go early in the morning which was a great idea and meant we had it almost to ourselves.)

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take the opportunity to try different food - especially in Hue and Hoi An which have some distinctive cuisine. The day tour of Hanoi was very full and I found it a bit tiring. There was a long queue to see Ho Chi Minh in his mausoleum - with hindsight the day would have been less tiring if I had given that a miss.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, by eating at local restaurants and using local drivers and boats.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very enjoyable. Although advertised as a small group tour, I was the only person booked onto it. I was pleased that the tour company went ahead with it rather than cancel. The guide was very knowledgeable and was able to tell me a lot about the places we visited.

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