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Vietnam – 12 Days

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12

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Rating

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Days

12

Route

Ho Chi Minh > Hanoi

Trip Rating

Tour Radar 5 Star Review Rating

From

AUD$2199

Currency

$1429 (US)
£1129
1429

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Trip Overview

Discover unseen parts of the vibrant cities, take a crash course lesson in the national sport, help local NGOs create a better future, and explore all the sights, smells, and tastes of this incredible destination.

AGE RANGE: 18 - 45 yrs

Route

Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

Stays

11 nights of accommodation

Meals

9x Breakfasts, 5x Lunches, 5x Dinners

Transport

All transport Day 1 to 12. From airport pickups to local vans, night trains, bikes, jeeps, buses and boats

Activities

19 included over 6 locations

Crew

Your tour guide, your drivers & your local guides

Route

Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

Stays

11 nights of accommodation

Meals

9x Breakfasts, 5x Lunches, 5x Dinners

Transport

All transport Day 1 to 12. From airport pickups to local vans, night trains, bikes, jeeps, buses and boats

Activities

19 included over 6 locations

Crew

Your tour guide, your drivers & your local guides

Get ready to experience the best of what Vietnam has while getting you off the beaten track and immersed in local life. Discover unseen parts of the vibrant cities, take a crash course lesson in their national sport, help local NGOs create a better future, and explore all the sights, smells, and tastes of this incredible destination. From village homestays in the remote Pu Long National Park, to having cocktails in the rooftop pool overlooking vibrant cities, or exploring the lesser-known Bai Tu Long Bay on the tip of Ha Long Bay by traditional style boat. This is Vietnam, but not as you know it.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Vietnam!

Good Morning Vietnam! You will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in HCMC at any time on Day 1. After you check in, you are then free to explore or chill until you meet the rest of your group for a welcome dinner feast with your new friends. Take a dip in the rooftop pool overlooking the city and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms - Alagon City (or similar)
Activities: Welcome Dinner
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Dinner
Physical Rating: Low

Day 2 – Ho Chi Minh City, Walking Tour & Overnight Train

After breakfast, get ready for a cultural experience like no other, learning the national sport called da cao! This is also called “foot badminton” and you will see it played in every park around the country. Learn the basics from one of the local teams we support as part of our community projects. After that, we will head out on a walking tour to see sights and some hidden gems of this incredible city. Refresh back at the hotel before heading to the train station for our overnight train to Da Nang.

Accommodation: Overnight Train to Da Nang
Activities: Da Cao, HCMC Walking tour
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 3 – Kayak into Hoi An

Upon arrival, you will be picked up by the team and transferred to the banks of the Thu Bon River where we will have lunch before kayaking into the majestic old town of Hoi An. After a short walk to your hotel to freshen up, you can take a dip in the pool and then head out to explore the area. Near our hotel, you will find the famous Hoi An night market, where you can get your own tailored clothes.

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms - Hoang Trinh (or similar)
Activities: Kayak into Hoi An
Optional Extras: Visit a Tailor
Meals: N/A
Physical Rating: Medium/High

Day 4 – Enjoy Hoi An

Rise and shine! Spend the morning cycling through the countryside by small villages and rice fields to a quiet riverbank where we will begin collecting the plastic pollution that has been discarded along the river. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink at the Eco Brick house before heading back to a Hoi An garden house where we will classify the trash to make eco bricks for a local NGO. The afternoon is yours to explore however you want (beach time!)

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms - Hoang Trinh (or similar)
Activities: Cycling tour, Eco Brick NGO Visit, local farming
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 5 – To Hue & Hai Van Pass

After having breakfast at the hotel, you’ll travel to Hue (the Imperial City) in style! We will start by making our way up the famous Hai Van Pass! On the way, we will pass a beautiful waterfall, stop for lunch and drive through magical country backroads. After, we will arrive in the historical town of Hue, the old seat of the Nguyen Dynasty, in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms - Alba Hue (or similar)
Activities: Waterfall visiting, Open-top Jeep ride
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Physical Rating: Low

Day 6 – The Imperial City, Hue

Prepare for an adventure to the Imperial City this morning, where you’ll gain insight into Vietnam’s imperial history and culture.

We’ll then make our way to a local garden house on the banks of the Perfume River to learn some Vietnamese classics in a cooking class. Relax until transferring to Hue Train Station for your night train to Ninh Binh.

Accommodation: Overnight train to Ninh Binh
Activities:Dragon boat, Pagoda,Cooking Class
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Physical Rating: Low

Day 7 – To Pu Luong Park

Get ready for your trip to one of the most amazing landscape destinations of Vietnam! We will hop on the bus and head to Pu Luong National Park. On the way we will stop for lunch and visit the Chua Ngoc Chau Temple. We willthen arrive at our accommodation, a local homestay in Ban Hieu which is nestled between rice paddies and mountains. Visit a waterfall beforedinner with local families. Experience incredible off the beaten pathscenery all around you and bed down tonight in one of the local houses.

Accommodation: Multi-share Rooms - Local homestay
Activities:Unique stay, Temple visit, Waterfall visit
Optional Extras: Temple
Meals: Dinner
Physical Rating: Low

Day 8 – Explore Pu Luong Park

After breakfast with a wonderful valley view, we will start with a trek, heading to a beautiful traditional rural bamboo lake house where you cantry bamboo rafting or swim in the crystal clear water. Lunch will be served here by the local family in an amazing setting surrounded by nature. After lunch you will have time to relax or help the local family with their daily chores before we will have an amazing family dinner.

Accommodation: Multi-share Rooms - Local homestay
Activities: Bamboo Rafting, Trek
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Physical Rating: Medium/High

Day 9 – To Hanoi

As we say goodbye to our homestay family and scenery in Pu Luong, we can look forward to the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and a stay in a beautiful, boutique hotel! Take it easy in the morning and then after a big breakfast, we head off. We arrive in Hanoi in the afternoon and you’ll have time to freshen up and join the rest of your group for a city walk before a feast of local delicacies.

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms - Lenid Hotel (or similar)
Activities: Street Food Tour
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Physical Rating: Low/Medium

Day 10 – Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay

We will make our way to the coast where we will await our traditional boatto take us out into the famous Ha Long Bay. We get away from the crowds by travelling north to Bai Tu Long and more of the untouched locations of Ha Long Bay. Kayak around the breathtaking scenery of Cap La Island. Optto visit one of the secret beaches in Cong Do Island before heading back toour boat for sunset drinks and dinner on the top deck.

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms - Renea Cruise (or similar)
Activities: Ha Long Bay Cruise, Bai Tu Long Bay, Kayaking
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Physical Rating: Low/Medium

Day 11 – Thien Cave & Hanoi

Start your day with a chilled Tai Chi routine on the sundeck, or catch a morning view of the stunning bay’s landscape. We’ll then cruise over to the most famous cave system in the whole bay, Thien Canh Son. On the wayback try your hand at the famous Vietnamese fruit & vegetable carving, as well as making spring rolls before disembarking and heading back to Hanoiw here you can do an optional walking tour before celebrating our last night together.

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms - Lenid Hotel (or similar)

Activities: Tai Chi, Thien Canh Son (cave), Walking tour

Optional Extras: Walking Tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Physical Rating: Low/Medium

Day 12 – Depart

Today is where we say goodbye! Your tour guide will help arrange your onward travel (at own expense).

Accommodation: N/A
Activities: N/A
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating:  N/A

Vietnam 12 Day Tour Itinerary Map One Life Adventures

Inclusions

Our crew comprises of award winning tour guides who will make your trip unforgettable. Expertly trained and prepared for every circumstance – they’ll be your new best mate and a fountain of knowledge all wrapped up in one, and will stop at nothing to make your trip life changing.

We’ve packed a full itinerary so you can see the best in your time. Not only that, we’ve personally tried and tested all of the accommodation, transport and meals included on this trip to be sure you’re receiving a quality experience.

Group

Maximum group size 22 people*

Stays

11 nights of accommodation

*Note for Single Upgrades: Night 2 & 6 will be a multishare overnight train. Night 7 & 8 will be a multishare homestay accommodation

Transport

All transport Day 1 to 12. From airport pickups to local vans, night trains, bikes, jeeps, buses and boats

Crew

Your tour guide, drivers & local guides

Meals

9x Breakfasts, 5x Lunches, 5x Dinners

Activities

  • Da Cao Foot Badminton With A Local Team
  • Unseen Saigon Walking Tour
  • 2x Overnight Sleeper Trains
  • Kayak Into Hoi An
  • History Walk Of Hoi An
  • Hoi An Beach Time
  • Rural Village Bike Tour With Trash Collection
  • Visit To Eco-brick Ngo With Collected Trash To Make Bricks For Local Community Projects
  • Open Top Army Jeep Through The Hai Van Pass
  • Imperial City Visit & History Walk Around Hue
  • Garden Cooking Class On The Banks Of The Perfume River
  • Homestay And Village Experience In Ban Hiue
  • Mountain Trekking
  • Waterfall Visits
  • Bamboo Lakehouse Swim
  • Local Family Picnic In Pu Luong
  • Guided Walk Through The Old Quarter Of Hanoi
  • Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise
  • Hanoi Local Foodie Street Food Tour

Health & Safety

The safety and well-being of our guests and staff are paramount, which is reflected in our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of care, support, and vigilance.

At One Life Adventures we:

  • Ensure our guides are trained in First Aid, CPR, and essential safety protocols, ensuring the highest level of preparedness for any situation
  • Are committed to upholding the highest standards of safety and as such our guides undergo continuous Health & Safety training to stay in line with evolving practices and ensure optimal guest care
  • Maintain a dedicated on-the-ground staff to office support system for emergencies and guest health concerns
  • Ensure our guides travel with comprehensive local medical clinic contact information and knowledge of an extensive network of varied medical support along the tour route
  • Offer general advice and guidance on how to stay safe whilst travelling through your chosen destination

 

Night Stays

Unbeatable locations, stylish interiors, sparkling pools, and the level of comfort that One Life accommodation is known for. We mix up the fancier places with some nights in a remote homestay where you will eat, sleep, and live like the locals for that truly authentic experience. With twin rooms throughout (even on the cruise), all our accommodation options have been selected by us to ensure you get the best of what Vietnam has, without breaking the bank. Clean, comfortable, and perfect to recharge after a big day of adventure

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Multishare & Twin/Double Rooms

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Authentic Homestay

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Overnight Cruise

FAQs

Let’s go through the basics before you meet us on your big adventure to Vietnam. You are about to set off into one of the most spectacular places on the planet and we want to make sure you’re all ready! If you still have further questions after reading through this section then please get in touch with one of the friendly OLA team who are here to answer all your questions.

Do you have an age limit on tours?

We have an age range of 18 – 45 years old for our tours. Most of our guests are aged between 21-35 years old, though this range varies to slightly older with certain destinations, and are looking to experience our adventurous “flashpacking” style of travel. Our tours are perfect for people of all different backgrounds to share travel experiences with like-minded conscious fellow travellers.

Where should I fly into? /Where does the tour end?

You will start your tour in Ho Chi Minh City (Formally known as Saigon) The Airport here is Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).

As for the end of the tour, you will finish in Hanoi. So if you are looking to fly out from Hanoi, you’ll want to head to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN).

Can I get picked up from the airport if I arrive before day 1?

We don’t offer this option at this time, however, what we can suggest is downloading online taxi applications called Grab or GoJek. They are similar to the famous Uber app and should make this transfer an easy process for you.

Does it matter what time I arrive on day 1 in order to be picked up from the airport?

We definitely recommend you arrive before 3 pm, this way you should have enough time to make it to the first accommodation and be present at the welcome dinner. Arrivals after this could well risk you missing it. However, no matter the time or airport you are landing at, pickup is included and a driver will be waiting for your arrival with a One Life Adventures sign.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements on this trip?

Yes, although we can’t guarantee every dietary requirement can be catered to along the way, our guide will do their utmost best to help you with alternative options and what you can eat otherwise.

I am applying for my visa and I need a reference and address?

Your first night’s stay will be:
Alagon City Hotel & Spa
Address: 56 – 58 Pham Hong Thai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Please see the government website for whether you will need a visa to enter Vietnam. This topic is continually changing, so we recommend you do relevant research on the government websites.

Is there WiFi throughout the trip?

Wifi is available on the tour in all mainland accommodations, Ha Long Bay cruise ships and trains do not.

Your guide can help you purchase a local sim card if you want to have connection while outside too.

How much spending money do you recommend for this tour?

You can expect to spend around $20/$30 USD per day. Budgeting can be done if you are open to eating at more local vendors and don’t drink alcoholic drinks.

How is the multi-share situation? Do we still have privacy on the Multi-share nights?

While in Pu Luong homestay you will stay in one big room, a very unique traditional stay, and it does have curtains between sleeping areas and multiple bathrooms. Also overnight trains will be multi-share rooms.

I have never kayaked before. Will someone help me, and do we get our own kayaks?

We have 2 people kayaks, and we will try to allocate guests together depending on their experience to have a fun and successful time.

Backpack vs Suitcases, what's better?

Kindly be aware that there are nights scheduled for overnight train travel during your Vietnam tour. To enhance your comfort and convenience, we highly recommend bringing a backpack or carrier for this portion of the journey.

Should I bring my hiking shoes?

Yes, we would recommend bringing hiking shoes or grippier trainers as there is hiking in Pu Luong, and again if you are doing the extension in Sapa.

Do I need temple clothes for visiting the temple?

 Yes, please do bring something that will cover your shoulders and knees. Temples do have dress codes and if your shoulders or knees are exposed you will be denied entry. Your guide will tell you on which days to wear these items so you’re prepared and ready.

Will the activities on the Vietnam tour be too hard for people above 50 years old?

Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness should be able to participate in all activities, if you wish to step out of an activity our local guides can accommodate alternative options for you.

Group Size Disclaimer: Our standard maximum group size is 22 people for an optimal tour experience. However, on very rare occasions, we may accept up to 24 people due to logistical considerations.

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