- Start time: Meet at 1pm in Ho Chi Minh City Finish time: Approximately 4pm in Hanoi
- May through November is typhoon season in Asia, which can have an impact on touring in Halong Bay. Safety is our number one concern and as such we follow the direction of the Halong Bay Port Authority when operating day and overnight cruises. In the event of adverse weather/force majeure preventing safe cruising on the bay, Topdeck will make alternative accommodation arrangements and refunds cannot be issued for cancelled cruises or boat trips.
- Guided tour of Hoi An
- Guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City
- Farewell dinner in Halong Bay
- Cyclo tour of Hanoi
- Visit to KOTO restaurant in Hanoi
- Overnight party cruise in Halong Bay
- Welcome street food tour
Step into pho-real Vietnam for the voyage of a lifetime. Swing past buzzing cities, learn a thing or two (or more), feast on Vietnamese treats and work on your tan as you float through majestic Halong Bay. #Winning! Vietnam is the perfect island-city combination - you won’t be disappointed.
Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
You're in Vietnam - get excited! Enter chaos and culture as you meet the group in Ho Chi Minh City. Dive head first with an included half day sightseeing tour. Up next, a welcome dinner street food tour. Talk about an awesome start to the trip! Included today: -Half day sightseeing tour Meals: -Dinner
Day 2 : Ho Chi Minh City
Free day today! Rise and shine for an optional visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. These interesting tunnels were a strategic operation base during the Vietnam War, and there's over 120 km worth of them! Amazing. Have you slurped some pho, aka steaming broth and slinky rice noodles? By the end of the trip, cravings will be pho-real so make sure you get your fix whilst you're here. Tonight: the city is all yours as you wander free. Let loose and find a rooftop bar to sit high with the tangled power lines (you'll soon see!). Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Visit to Cu Chi tunnels.
Day 3 : Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An
Pack yo' bags as we fly upwards to the food capital of Vietnam. Give it ten minutes, and we promise you'll be hooked on Hoi An. Make tracks through the city with a guided tour. On the menu tonight: an optional street eats tour. If you think you've eaten it all, nah-ah not even close. Chopsticks at the ready for some serious foodie heaven. Included today: -Guided tour of Hoi An Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Hoi An street eats tour
Day 4 : Hoi An
Free day = awesome-ness! FYI: UNESCO World Heritage site alert. Stroll over the Japanese Covered Bridge or visit the Cam Nam Village - just a short boat, skip and a jump away. If you need to squeeze in some tanning time, go for it. This is a coastal town, remember? Later, flex your culinary skills and learn the A to Z of Vietnamese cooking with an optional class. Meals: -Breakfast Optional Activities: -Cooking class
Day 5 : Hoi An to Hanoi
Enter Hanoi. Take it all in - the pagodas, the traces of French-Chinese occupation and scooters x1000. Pay tribute to the resting place of Ho Chi Minh (the Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader) with an included cyclo ride. Spot the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature as you weave through the Old Quarter. Tonight's dinner is at KOTO, a restaurant providing training and skills to teens. Included today: -City tour including cyclo ride Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 6 : Hanoi
Rumble through the capital today. Free day to tick off the Dong Xuan market and wander the streets for some hidden gems. Tonight: another optional walking nom-fest aka street eats tour. We may or may not be slightly obsessed. But seriously, how could you resist when the food is so good? Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Street eats tour
Day 7 : Hanoi to Halong Bay
Leave the mainland for dust and kick over to Halong Bay. Admire the masses of limestone pillars poking from the emerald water as you float past on a traditional junk boat. Ah-maz-ing! Your mission today? Chill. And swim. And more chill time. Maybe a quick kayak sesh if you're feeling up to it. Work up an appetite for our farewell dinner on board the boat this evening. Nothing like a gorgeous dinner and sunset to end the trip hey? Please note: If you have selected twin share accommodation, you may be accommodated in a triple share room for the duration of the Halong Bay cruise. This means you will be sharing with two other passengers. If you have any questions about your trip please contact our Customer Service team. Included today: -Cruise Halong Bay Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 8 : Halong Bay to Hanoi
Jump in the water for one last post-brekky swim before we head back to Hanoi. Meals: -Breakfast
- 6 nights in hostels & hotels
- 1 night on a party junk boat
- Internal flights
- Guided tours of all major cities
- Awesome Local Trip Leader
- Ho Chi Minh City
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