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Vietnam Experience

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The one that explores Vietnam’s vibrant nightlife, secret gardens & fresh cuisine including the Mekong delta

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  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    7 places

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach + Internal Flights

  • Group Size

    Average 24 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

Top Experiences

20 included & 7 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Be treated to dinner with a local Vietnamese family in the Mekong Delta

    Included

    Mekong Delta

  • Bike ride through Hoi An 's Ancient Town

    Included

    Hoi An

  • Discover the hidden charm of Hue on a local cyclo (rickshaw) ride

    Included

    Hue

  • Visit the Temple of Literature

    Included

    Hanoi

  • Learn how to whip up fresh Vietnamese food with a Hoi An cooking class

    US$22.00

    Nha Trang

  • Paddle over the emerald waters of Halong Bay by kayak

    US$14

    Hanoi

Vietnam Experience

20 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Be treated to dinner with a local Vietnamese family in the Mekong Delta
  • See local Industry demonstrations
  • Visit Floating Markets
  • Experience local musical performance
  • Discover an immense underground world at the Cu Chi war tunnels
  • View the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office & Presidential Palace
  • Learn of the tragically fascinating Vietnam war at the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh
  • Included flight to Nha Trang
  • Enjoy this seaside resort town known for its gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters
  • Included flight to Hoi An
  • Walking tour of the city sights
  • Bike ride through Hoi An 's Ancient Town
  • See stunning scenery en route to Hue
  • Discover the hidden charm of Hue on a local cyclo (rickshaw) ride
  • Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial Citadel
  • Flight to Hanoi
  • Visit the Temple of Literature
  • Drift off to sleep on a traditional Chinese Junk Boat in Halong Bay
  • Visit the wild grottos of the Sung Sot Caves in Halong Bay
  • Visit Ti Top islands

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Explore Nha Trang's tropical waters with swimming & snorkelling US$25.00
  • Relax with a warm mineral mud bath & hot spring experience in Vietnam's resort town of Nha Trang US$19
  • Learn how to whip up fresh Vietnamese food with a Hoi An cooking class US$22.00
  • Take a tour of the breathtaking Marble Mountains, Da Nang US$19.00
  • Group Photo at Hue’s Imperial Citadel US$9
  • Get a taste of authentic Vietnam with a delicious Hue street food tour US$27.00
  • Paddle over the emerald waters of Halong Bay by kayak US$14

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    9 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Guesthouse, 1 night in Overnight Cruise

    Guest houses and 3-star hotels are the name of the game, plus you'll get the chance to shack-up on an Chinese-style junk boat in Halong Bay. We like to keep it intrepid without compromising on comfort.

About this trip

Looking for the full experience tour of Vietnam? This trip takes you through Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Hanoi & Halong Bay with plenty of action and highlights to immerse yourself into this enchanting culture. Picture yourself relishing the rice region of Mekong Delta by taking a traditional boat through floating markets & local fruit farms, stopping in exciting & iconic hot spots & popular local foodie haunts for a true Vietnam experience.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Ho Chi Minh City

  2. 1 1 night

    Mekong Delta

  3. 1 1 night

    Ho Chi Minh City

  4. 2 2 nights

    Nha Trang

  5. 2 2 nights

    Hoi An

  6. 1 1 night

    Hue

  7. 1 1 night

    Hanoi

  8. 1 1 night

    Halong Bay

  9. 1 1 night

    Hanoi

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DAY 1 - Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city, formerly known as Saigon. This is one of Asia's most exhilarating cities, steeped in grand history and post-Vietnam war memories.

This evening you'll meet your travel comrades and explore the Ben Thanh markets, offering the freshest traditional Bánh mì, Pho and Bia hơi. Oh yes, this is the right way to get the Vietnam party started.

Stay

Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta

Ho Chi Minh City

It's goodbye busy city and hello river life today as we make for the Mekong Delta for an extra special overnight experience you won't be forgetting fast. 

Mekong Delta

Travelling down the river on local sampans, peace and tranquillity will be at an all time high. This afternoon we'll spend our time getting a serious learning fix by visiting a local tea garden and seeing the floating markets, learning about local industries along the river and the way of life here and meet some of the friendliest people on earth. Definitely one to give us all the local feels, topped off with a night at our Mekong Guesthouse. 

Stay

Mekong Delta Homestay (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Be treated to dinner with a local Vietnamese family in the Mekong Delta

  • See local Industry demonstrations

  • Visit Floating Markets

  • Experience local musical performance

DAY 3 - Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta

After an early breakfast we'll make our way back to Ho Chi Minh, detouring past the staggering 250-kilometres of tunnels that make up the Viet Cong’s Cu Chi. See traps, hidden doors & some of the 250kms of tunnels that Vietnamese resistance fighters dug by hand, and even go down into the skinny tunnels to experience them first hand in this look into Vietnam's staggering past. 

Ho Chi Minh City

Back in the addictive mayhem of Vietnam's biggest city you will have free time to carry on your explorations. Continuing to eat your way through Vietnam's culinary highlights would be one wise way to use your time (we think).

Stay

Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Discover an immense underground world at the Cu Chi war tunnels

DAY 4 - Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang

Ho Chi Minh City

With some traditional R'n'R on our afternoon agenda, the morning can be used to put on our discovering boots. We'll dabble in history and religion before taking flight to a coastal town overlooking the South China Sea.

Nha Trang

Golden sand beaches, turquoise oceans, water sports galore - this is Nha Trang. This afternoon why not book in for a mineral mud bath and hot thermal spring experience before heading out to dinner with your crew. Ah, the good life.

Stay

Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • View the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office & Presidential Palace

  • Learn of the tragically fascinating Vietnam war at the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh

  • Included flight to Nha Trang

DAY 5 - Nha Trang

Nha Trang

Good news - we're kicking it in Nha Trang for another night. Have a massage, sign up for the optional cruise, or just hang on the beach saving your energy for seaside bar fun as the sun sets.

Stay

Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Enjoy this seaside resort town known for its gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore Nha Trang's tropical waters with swimming & snorkelling

    US$25.00

  • Relax with a warm mineral mud bath & hot spring experience in Vietnam's resort town of Nha Trang

    US$19

DAY 6 - Nha Trang to Hoi An

Nha Trang

Catch you later Nha Trang and hello Hoi An. 

Hoi An

Get your bearings with a guided tour through the Old Quarter, and fall deeply in love with this perfect spot. Japanese Bridge, French Colonial vibes and brightly coloured buildings are endlessly charming. You'll be feeling hungry no doubt, so tonight we'll bet we can tempt you with our optional Vietnamese cooking class to get your cooking skills on form and show off to your friends back home. With our expert chef leading the charge, you'll soon be feeling like a bit of an expert. Armed with new skills, ask your Trip Manager about where to head for a night out with the group. 

Stay

Acacia Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Hoi An

  • Walking tour of the city sights

  • Bike ride through Hoi An 's Ancient Town

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Learn how to whip up fresh Vietnamese food with a Hoi An cooking class

    US$22.00

DAY 7 - Hoi An

Hoi An

A short drive from Hoi An are the famous Marble Mountains, a collection of 5 peaks that represent the 5 Elements in Vietnamese folk lore – metal, wood, earth, fire and water. Our local guide would be delighted to take us on a tour through the Thuy Son caves and grottos which are home to some of the most beautiful and intricate stone carvings in the area. The Marble Mountains were also the hiding place of the US Forces during the Vietnam Conflict and even a military hospital! Hear about the history while taking in panoramic views and later, kick back at An Bang Beach before heading back to Hoi An for more Free Time Addons. 

Stay

Van Loi Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a tour of the breathtaking Marble Mountains, Da Nang

    US$19.00

DAY 8 - Hoi An to Hue

Hoi An

Though we'll have grown content with Hoi An life, this morning the show must go on. After all, the former imperial town of Hue has invited us over, and we'd be foolish to turn it down.

Hue

Intricately decorated pavilions, lotus flower ponds, and colourful artworks mark our first sightseeing venture in Hue. Totally in awe of Tu Duc Mausoleum, we move on to the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda & learn of the horrific history of the Hue Buddhist massacre as well as taking in a cyclo ride to see the city from a whole new angle.

Stay

The Asia Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See stunning scenery en route to Hue

  • Discover the hidden charm of Hue on a local cyclo (rickshaw) ride

  • Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial Citadel

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Group Photo at Hue’s Imperial Citadel

    US$9

  • Get a taste of authentic Vietnam with a delicious Hue street food tour

    US$27.00

DAY 9 - Hue to Hanoi

Hue

Today we fly out of Hue in the direction of Vietnam's time capsule capital. A trio of influences and filled with romance, 2-nights here will see us utterly smitten.

Hanoi

With an epic fusion of French, Chinese & Vietnamese influence, you'll be nothing short of ecstatic as we check-in to our Hanoi hotel, right in the middle of the bustling Old Quarter. Our time will be spent weaving through a maze of 36 trading streets filled with colourful goods for sale, and unwinding in the walled gardens of the Temple of Literature. Later, we'll roam French-style boulevards and maybe dine on a nom ngo sen lotus-stem salad, dau chien ron fried tofu & a few bia hoi beers.

Stay

Thien Thai Hotel Hanoi (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Flight to Hanoi

  • Visit the Temple of Literature

DAY 10 - Hanoi to Halong Bay

Hanoi

After a Hanoi history 101 lesson we move on to Halong Bay where a night on a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site awaits.

Halong Bay

A drive through stunning scenery will evoke plenty of 'oh wow's, but it only gets better as we board our home for the night, a Chinese-style junk boat in Halong Bay. Feel the serenity kicking in immediately as we drift the limestone island seas of the Gulf of Tonkin. We will pass hidden lagoons, thick forests & dreamy grottos, & stop to explore the Sung Sot Caves. A fresh seafood dinner and sunset at our docking spot will polish off a wonderful day packed with No Regrets moments and simply unforgettable experiences. 

Stay

Junk Boat Special Stay

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Drift off to sleep on a traditional Chinese Junk Boat in Halong Bay

  • Visit the wild grottos of the Sung Sot Caves in Halong Bay

  • Visit Ti Top islands

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Paddle over the emerald waters of Halong Bay by kayak

    US$14

DAY 11 - Halong Bay to Hanoi

Halong Bay

Today will be all about the leisurely vibes as we wake up to breakfast and a grotto swim. Make the most of your time on the junk boat & kayak your way around Halong Bay - the views don't get much better than this.

Hanoi

After heading back to Hanoi we find ourselves enjoying our final night together on tour. Save the choir of tears for tomorrow - this evening is all about making the most of your free time and staying positive. The quirky world-famous water puppet performance in Red River Delta makes for the perfect send off, should you fancy opting for something a bit different.

Stay

Thien Thai Hotel Hanoi (or similar)

DAY 12 - Depart Hanoi

Hanoi

Enjoy one final breakfast with the squad this morning before the trip wraps up. Hug it out and make plans to reunite sometime soon - Latin America, perhaps? 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I visit the Golden Hands Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam?

Contiki doesn’t offer a visit to the Golden Hands Bridge as an Included Experience or a Free Time Add On, however you can visit the Bridge yourself on Day 5/7/22 (Vietnam Experience, Vietnam Highlights and Big Indochina Adventure). This is a free day in Hoi An. Our Trip Managers can advise you on how to get to the Golden Bridge, and there are many day trip companies that can take you there. Though bear in mind, you may miss out on a Free Time Add On like a visit to the Marble Mountains.