A Taste of Vietnam

2-Week Vietnam Holiday Itinerary - Mekong Delta & Bai Tu Long Bay

Prices from £1,428 pp

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Duration13 days / 12 nights (flexible)


ItineraryHo Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Hoi An - Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi

Suitable for families

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From exciting authentic food stall tours in Saigon to cooking up a storm in lantern-lined Hoi An, excite your taste buds as you go from south to north on this adventure-packed itinerary. Start in the fast-paced city of Ho Chi Minh, then cruise the mellow Mekong, before travelling north to create traditional crafts and learn to cook your own Vietnamese dishes in picturesque Hoi An. Finish your trip in the winding backstreets of Hanoi and drifting along the limestone islands in Bai Tu Long Bay.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport with air-conditioned minibus, overnight train and junk boat
  • Excursions as described
  • 2 domestic flights

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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.

People on motorbikes

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.

woman on boat on the mekong

Classic Hoi An & cooking class

Watch lanterns twinkle along the river and meet the local tailors in Hoi An, Vietnam’s most atmospheric town. During your stay, you’ll help support a local not-for-profit organisation, The Lifestart Foundation which helps disadvantaged people and their families become self-sufficient. You’ll take part in a traditional painting class, making your own card and traditional miniature lantern. Next, you’ll have a chance to learn how to cook Vietnamese dishes yourself, with a visit to a local market to pick up aromatic ingredients before having a cooking class by the riverside.

Lanterns in Hoi An at night time

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 in the heart of the atmospheric Old Quarter and embark on a culinary and cultural journey through the Old Quarter with a guide. Learn about local legends, admire the architecture and taste a range of delicacies from the bustling food stalls in the city streets.

Jeanette trying some local Vietnamese food in Hanoi

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.

boats in bai tu long bay

Speak to our Vietnam specialist, Miles

“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"

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