Hanoi to Da Nang tour in Vietnam

“See the World Heritage Sites of northern and central Vietnam, with time to hike and boat through dramatic landscapes, too.”


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 11 day Hanoi to Da Nang tour in Vietnam takes in the World Heritage Sites in the north and central regions of the country. Explore Hanoi, with its French colonial architecture; spend a night on a traditional junk cruising around beautiful Halong Bay; travel up the Perfume River by dragon boat to Hue, to see the majestic tombs of the former emperors and walk around the ancient citadel; stroll through the lovely old port town of Hoi An and explore the ancient city of My Son, now in ruins.

To complement the famous must-see places we visit, we like to weave in some less well known highlights. Hike in beautiful Pu Luong National Park, spend a night in the ethnic Tai village of Mai Chau, and climb into a rowing boat to explore the spectacular caves, tunnels and streams of Trang An.

There are lots of great options for extending this tour, too. Choose to spend extra nights in Saigon at the end, enjoy a few days on an unspoiled island in the South China Sea, or travel by boat up the Mekong to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.

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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

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Our aim is to provide a genuinely small group, low impact tour including a mixture of popular and off the beaten track sites on our itinerary. By limiting groups to small sizes (maximum 12 persons) we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater 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 ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.
By combining the well-known tourist sites with rarely visited destinations this diverts tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.
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 is also a key element of this tour.

As with all our tours national park visits are included and activities such as birdwatching offered which we hope will encourage protection of the natural environment and provide financial incentives for doing so. A national park included in this particular itinerary is Phong Nha - Ke Bang as well as the karst landscapes of Trang An.

All accommodation on the tour is selected with sustainable practices - waste disposal, product recycling etc in mind, and we include a stay on the Pepper House home-stay, organic farm.

In terms of transport we employ the following means to restrict carbon emissions during the length of our tour.

Aside from arrival and departure - prior to and once the tour has finished - we no longer include any domestic flights within the itinerary itself and use overnight train transport for longer travel within Vietnam itself.

Shorter, sightseeing tours are now either walking or cycling tours and we use rowing boats for trips in Bai Tu Long Bay, Trang An limestone landscape and Phong Nha National Park. (Electric buggies are compulsory at Phong Nha and My Son for travel between car-park and main site.)

Accommodation is specifically chosen with location in mind so that at any given destination on the tour most key sites are within easy walking or cycling distance thus keeping vehicle use to a minimum on the itinerary. This also negates the need for any form of taxis during free time as guests can walk or cycle to any points of interest.

For road journeys, where possible (subject to availability) we use LPG vehicles. Furthermore, all road vehicles are hired at the destination points to avoid long haul journeys.

To reduce transport all staff are locally employed. Lunches and dinners are all Vietnamese style and taken in local eateries which use 100% locally sourced products. Again, any inclusive meals consist of traditional Vietnamese fare so are heavy on vegetables and sustainably-sourced fish, light on meat and lack any dairy products.

The Impacts of this Trip

On a general level it is important for is that both local staff and guests are aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment and that the latter are instructed in how 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

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.

On a more specific note, we encourage 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.

Entrance fees at numerous sites go towards maintenance of such historic sites as well as contributing towards salaries and local employment opportunities.


1 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.

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