Vietnam on a Shoestring

12 days,Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

Explore the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City, relax on golden beaches, shop in quaint Hoi An, discover Hue's citadels and pagodas, float through magical Halong Bay.

From chaotic Ho Chi Minh City to charming Hoi An, the imperial capital of Hue, vibrant Hanoi and the stunning natural beauty of Halong Bay, this trip has something for everyone. Journey up the coast in this jam-packed introduction to the country's highlights and nightlife with other travellers your own age—so you can be sure to get down with others that’ll keep up. Our CEOs will take you to the highlights on a shoestring and then let you loose so you can do what you really want.

What's Included

  • Halong Bay boat trip with lunch and guide
  • Orientation walk around Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a Planeterra-supported project
  • Two street food crawls
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunch. (Allow USD225-300 for meals not included.)
  • Train, local bus, air-con bus, walking, boat.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 12.
  • Simple hotels (8 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts).

Alternative Trips


Day 1Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang(1B)

Free day to explore. Overnight train to Nha Trang.

Day 3Nha Trang

Arrive in Nha Trang in the morning with plenty of time to explore local shops and markets, relax on the beach or visit nearby historical sites.

Day 4Nha Trang/Da Nang(1B)

Free time in Nha Trang. Overnight train to Hoi An.

Day 5Da Nang/Hoi An

Enjoy a noodle-making demonstration and local lunch at the Planeterra-supported Oodles of Noodles Project before free time in the afternoon. Go on an evening street food crawl with the group and CEO to get to know more about the delicious local specialties. Opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town.

Day 6Hoi An(1B)

Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a Planeterra-supported project. Afterwards enjoy free time in Hoi An.

Day 7Hoi An/Huế(1B)

Continue the journey north to the city of Hue. Opt to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, take a Perfume River cruise or tour the countryside by motorbike.

Day 8Huế/Hanoi(1B)

Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi.

Day 9Hanoi/Ha Long(1L)

Visit Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and cave visit.

Day 10Ha Long/Hanoi(1B)

Explore Hanoi with an orientation walk through the Old Quarter. Opt to see Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the Hoa Lo Prison, or shop in the Old Quarter.

Day 11Hanoi(1B)

Free time to continue exploring Hanoi.

Day 12Hanoi(1B)

Depart at any time.

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