Your day-by-day itinerary

Vietnamese ladies laughing with bicycles

Days 1-3

Xin Chao Hanoi!

Hanoi is a capital city crammed with character. Motorbikes zip through tangled streets, food hawkers serve up steaming bowls of pho and fruit stalls spill onto shady boulevards. You’ll stay near the heart of the atmospheric Old Quarter and we’ll arrange a unique introduction to Hanoi and the Vietnamese language with a local guide who’ll double as your tutor. It’s a great way to get to know the city like a local.

Chinese junk boat sailing across Bai Tu Long bay in Vietnam

Days 3-4

Drift Between Limestone Peaks

A turquoise bay peppered with tropical outcrops, Bai Tu Long Bay is every bit as beautiful as neighbouring Halong, but with fewer crowds. Rich in stunning views, you’ll drift between emerald karst islets and laze on tiny beaches. You’ll stay aboard a traditional Chinese junk boat, rocked to sleep by the rhythm of the water.

Locals on grass in Hanoi

Days 4-6

Back to Hanoi

Today is free for you to explore Hanoi. If you’re feeling energetic, you could wake up early to visit Hoan Kiem Lake. Just after sunrise, hundreds of locals gather at the lake for their morning workout. There are men and women doing Tai Chi, playing badminton tournaments, walking, jogging, and stretching. It’s a really inspiring way to start your free day in Vietnam.

Colourful lanterns in Hoi An, Vietnam

Days 6-9

Classic Hoi An

Watch lanterns twinkle along the river and meet the local tailors in Hoi An, Vietnam’s most atmospheric town. A jumble of crumbling Chinese shop houses, artist studios and riverside restaurants, it’s crammed with charm. The pace is slow and the food is scrumptious. In recent years, Hoi An has become something of a national treasure with its day dreamy, timeless atmosphere.

Bamboo workshop in Hoi An, Vietnam

 

During your stay you will be getting crafty making your own souvenirs from bamboo! You’ll be collected from your hotel in Hoi An and transferred the 20 minutes to the Bay Mau Coconut village where you’ll meet your teacher. This local family have been creating household items from bamboo for three generations and once they’ve shown you the ropes, it’s your turn to get creative. You’ll be supported along the way but what you create is up to you!

customer riding on the back of a vespa scooter with driver

Days 9-11

Scooting through Saigon

Scoot through Saigon on a vintage Vespa, searching for hidden street food hotspots. Zip through the backstreets after dark, sample the best traditional snacks in the city and listen to live music as you sip on Vietnamese coffee. It’s a night tour and foodie adventure rolled into one. After all, Ho Chi Minh is a city that comes alive as night falls. You’ll stay in a comfy hotel near the central market.

local woman and tourist in Vietnam

Days 11-14

A Taste of Life on the Mekong

Get a real glimpse of delta life as you leave the big city behind you and twist through the tiny waterways of the Mekong. Spend a night in the home of a local Vietnamese family and cycle along waterside paths. It’s the perfect way to learn how to cook those delicious delta specialities! Spend the night in Can Tho and the next morning rise early to discover the frenetic floating market at Cai Rang.

Speak to our Vietnam specialist, David

“Vietnam is as chaotic as it is calming, which is precisely why I love it! I’ve been spoiled for choice with its incredible landscapes and phenomenal pho, and having lived there for a spell, I’ve got plenty of my own tips to share!”

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