Vietnam In a Nutshell

2-Week Multi-Centre Vietnam Holiday Itinerary - Bai Tu Long Bay to Hanoi

Prices from £1,438 pp

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Duration13 days / 12 nights (flexible)

DepartureEvery Monday, Friday and Sunday

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

Suitable for families

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Overview

This trip packs a real punch in under a fortnight, bringing you the highlights of Vietnam. Sleep aboard a traditional junk boat, amble through crumbling alleyways and explore lantern-spangled streets. Take a laid-back trip through the Mekong Delta and spend a night with a local family. Mixing chaotic cities with jungle-topped islands and atmospheric towns, you’ll get an authentic glimpse of Vietnam. If you’re pushed for time, you really can’t do better than this. It really is Vietnam in a nutshell.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport
  • Excursions as described
  • Entrance fee for Bai Tu Long Bay
  • 2 domestic flights

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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.

Local Vietnamese women with bike

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

Back to Hanoi

You’ll have one more night in Hanoi, head out to the night market to pick up some souvenirs or take a leisurely stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have a Bun Cha – a tasty dish of grilled pork and noodles originating in Hanoi.

Locals on grass in Hanoi

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.

Lanterns in Hoi An at night time

 

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!

Bamboo workshop in Hoi An, Vietnam

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
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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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