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Vietnam Adventure

An memorable adventure, exploring Vietnam - from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Cruise Halong Bay, see the layered rice terraces at Sapa and explore the UNESCO jungle temple of My Son as we travel this spectacular country

  • Vietnam

  • 19 nights
  • Half Board & Seven Lunches
  • Worldwide Journeys

    Culture

    Landscape

  • Jan

    Nov

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Grade 3

This is a grade 3 walking holiday where we can expect half and full days of walking with a maximum of 6 miles of walking a day. Some of the walking is in conjunction with the sightseeing programme in towns, cities and other sites of interest. Our half days will consist of 3 hours of walking whereas our full days will be up to 5 hours of walking. The paths are generally good with minimal ascents and descents. The more remote paths can become muddy and slippery after rainfall. As this holiday is heavily influenced by sightseeing, we will be taking a leisurely pace to allow us plenty of time to enjoy the places we visit. This is also a pioneer holiday as tourism is relevantly new in Vietnam. Alterations to hotel bookings, rescheduled or cancelled flights do sometimes occur and hence changes to the itinerary can take place without prior notice. Some aspects of the holiday may be more basic but the experience and stories to tell will be worth it.

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Cruise Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat for spectacular views of tropical limestone islands and hidden grottos, before spending the night at sea.
  • Experience breath taking views of the layered rice terraces of Sapa.
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage jungle temple site of My Son.
  • Travel over the Hai Van Pass for superb views.
  • Vietnamese tour guide and RW leader throughout, for local insights and additional support.
  • Take the cable car to the peak of Fanxipan Mountain, the 'Roof of Indochina'.

Scratch just beneath the surface of this country and quickly discover how authentic Vietnam is; a potpourri of beautiful landscapes and vibrant cities, striking coastlines, sandy beaches, and welcoming locals. A Vietnam where ancient custom is harmoniously entwined with modern life, and where the street is still the heart of social gatherings. 

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Vietnam. Colourful floating markets bob along turquoise rivers as exotic spices spill from woven baskets. The locals wash laundry alongside the riverbank and market squares buzz with shared gossip as the air is filled with aromatic dishes sizzling in hot woks. 

Our Vietnam tours truly encapsulate the magic of this sacred country: the conservative north, the rich heritage of the imperial cities, stunning coastal scenery, and the vibrant life of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). 

We’ll take an escorted tour of Ho Chi Minh City, with its beautiful French colonial buildings and vibrant neon streets, to visit the Reunification Palace, the General Post Office, and bustling street markets, before an authentic dinner in a local restaurant. 

Then, we’ll visit the strategic Cu Chi tunnels, an elaborate network of underground dug-outs used by the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War. Deep in the jungle heartland, we’ll tour the ancient town of Hoi An, where we find the UNESCO site of My Son temple. We’ll learn traditional customs and values from welcoming locals as we share stories with Hoi An residents in their own homes.

We then travel over the breathtaking Hai Van Pass (of Top Gear fame) to the Imperial City of Hue for a voyage on the Perfume River. Relive the history of the Nguyen dynasty on a visit to the intricately carved stone tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. 

We continue on to the capital city of Hanoi where we enjoy a full day of guided sightseeing around centuries-old architecture in the chaotic old quarter. 

In Halong Bay, we’ll cruise on a traditional boat amongst the distinctive 3000 limestone islands and iconic floating stacks. Be sure to watch the sun rise over the bay from the deck for incredible views of this remarkable scenic phenomenon. We continue to Sapa for dramatic sceneries: towering ledged valleys, mirrored paddy fields, and soaring mountains on all sides. We will climb to the summit of Fanxipan Mountain, at 3147m, the highest mountain in Vietnam and the Indochina peninsula. Here we enjoy some magnificent walking in lush countryside, before returning to Hanoi.

Please note the November 2024 departure follows a different itinerary. Please see the holiday information sheet for details.

  • Return flights from London to Ho Chi Minh City returning Hanoi to London
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfasts at the hotels
  • Dinner taken in hotels and local restaurants
  • Seven lunches
  • One night on a traditional boat in Halong Bay
  • Local English speaking guides
  • All local travel and entrance fees.
  • Free 'Water to Go' filter bottle posted to you before departure
  • The services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

47700

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

In Flight

Meals

In-Flight

We depart the UK on our overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City via Bangkok.

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh City

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

We arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to our hotel to relax awhile before taking a walking tour of the city. We will take a stroll toward the Saigon River along Dong Khoi Street, which figured prominently in Graham Greene’s famous novel, The Quiet American, to the Saigon Opera House, a commanding building completed in 1901. Shelled during World War II, it was used to shelter French citizens fleeing North Vietnam in 1954, the year Vietnam earned its independence from France. We will walk by  Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, where a North Vietnamese tank crashed through the gates in 1975 to end a war that killed an estimated 58,000 Americans and 3 million Vietnamese, the Post Office building, which still displays its obvious French influence, and Times Square. We walk back to the hotel along the river bank. This evening we will have dinner in the hotel.

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh City

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    1 miles

Today we have an early start. Plan on leaving the hotel at about 08.30. First we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The cramped tunnels were central to some of the war’s strategic operations, including the famous 1968 Tet Offensive, and they didn’t escape damage. American bombers dropped huge quantities of bombs leaving tell-tale craters behind. The tunnels served not only as living quarters, but as supply routes and hospitals for thousands of guerrilla fighters. Many Viet Cong died there from malaria and other diseases. Today they are viewed by some as a testimony to the Vietnamese people’s resiliency.  On returning to Ho Chi Minh City we will have some free time to relax or explore further.

Day 4

Hoi An

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Danang and travel by road to Hoi An. The drive takes about 1 hour. On arrival we can relax at the hotel or take a quick introductory stroll to include a visit to see how silk is made using methods used for hundreds of years.

Day 5

Hoi An

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

Today we’ll explore Hoi An old town, a former trading port that welcomed Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants from the 16th to the 18th Centuries. Now one of Vietnam’s most charming coastal towns, Hoi An is home to some of the country’s most beautiful ancient architecture. We walk through streets lined with honey-yellow buildings and arrive first at Chua Ong Pagoda. We visit the Japanese Covered Bridge - one of Hoi An’s most iconic structures. We will enjoy lunch accompanied by a cooking demonstration at a restaurant specialising in traditional Hoi An delicacies. Afterwards, we head out toward Cam Thanh Village, a small community located in the outskirts of central Hoi An. Here we will take a short walk to a small village home to meet a local family and take the opportunity to interact with them and learn about their home. On the nearby river we will take a bamboo basket boat (something like a coracle) to visit a water coconut forest and then board a larger boat to return to central Hoi An.

Day 6

Hoi An

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Today we visit My Son, the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization. The Cham people ruled central Vietnam from the 2nd - 13th centuries and their kingdom once stretched into what are now Laos and parts of Cambodia. The ruins have decayed over time, but the former Hindu temples are still impressive. My Son is perhaps the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina. Unfortunately, much damage was done to the site by US bombing during a single week of the Vietnam War. We should get back to the hotel mid afternoon. Later you might enjoy a short trip to the beach from the hotel or even hire a bike and cycle. Your tour leader will advise.

Day 7

Hue

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

We transfer by road to Hue. It takes 3 hrs to cover the 120km. This afternoon we will visit Minh Mang and Khai Dinh tombs. These impressive tombs were built in honour of the memory of two Nguyen emperors. Both are set in stunning surroundings, they are differently styled and are well worth visiting. Our local guide will bring everything to life for us.

Day 8

Hanoi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

This morning is spent in Hue, the Vietnamese capital during the Nguyen Dynasty 1802-1945. The ruins of the city’s regal past can still be seen inside the Citadel and the Imperial City. Created in the 19th century, the Imperial City was modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing and holds many palaces and temples inside its giant walls. Many of the buildings have been damaged by war over the years but are now being restored to their former glory. We spend some time wandering through the citadel before taking a boat trip along the Perfume River, visit Thien Mu Pagoda. In the afternoon, we fly north to Hanoi. On arrival we will go to dinner in a local restaurant before going to the hotel to avoid eating too late in the day.

Day 9

Hanoi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Exploring Hanoi, we start at the fascinating Ho Chi Minh complex and botanic gardens. After we visit the Temple of Literature, an ancient collection of courtyards, gardens and architecture built in homage to the Chinese scholar Confucius. Considered the oldest university in Vietnam, the Temple of Literature dates back nearly one thousand years! We will have lunch in a restaurant specialising in traditional Hanoi delicacies. After we walk through some of the Quarter’s 36 streets named for the products historically sold here. Along the way, we pass by some of the only remaining streets that continue selling the goods of their namesake, including Tin and Bamboo Street. Heading through labyrinthine back alleys well off the tourist trail we will see Hanoi at its authentic best. We peer into temples and traditional houses and hear the stories of the ancient city and meet the people who call this fascinating city home. Our final stop is at Ngoc Son Temple on the tiny island on the lake.

Day 10

Hanoi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

We spend the day exploring the ancient pagodas and villages of northern Vietnam, seeing first-hand the unique culture of the Red River Delta. We visit the ancient village of Duong Lam - the only village in Vietnam listed as a national heritage monument. We take a walking tour through the village, passing by ancient temples and through narrow winding alleyways. We enjoy a traditional lunch at a local home. Later we continue to Tay Phuong Pagoda, dating back to the 8th century, but rebuilt in 1632, the Pagoda is the perfect example of Sino-Vietnamese architecture. Next, we visit Thay Pagoda - the Pagoda of the Heavenly Blessing. Sitting at the foot of Sai Son Mountain, the complex is dedicated to the Thich Ca Buddha, and dates from the 11th Century. It remains one of the most important sites for pilgrims in Vietnam and is famous for its connection to the ancient art of water puppetry. We spend time exploring the ornate chambers and ancient courtyards, before making the short climb, using some challenging steps, up the hillside to enjoy commanding views over the countryside. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and clothing and to cover your knees and shoulders when visiting pagodas. 

Day 11

Mai Chau Valley

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today we travel north into the highlands to Mai Chau. The drive from Hanoi to Mai Chau takes about four hours to cover the 145km but the lush scenery will keep us entertained. This afternoon we take a gentle trek to Lac and Pom Coong, two villages of the Thai ethnic group. We meet the villagers and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea to learn about their culture and traditions. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner followed by traditional dancing by members of the local ethnic-minority group.

Day 12

Mai Chau Valley

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/250m

This morning we will walk to villages of the local ethnic minority group to learn some more about their lifestyle and farming methods. You'll enjoy lunch before returning to our hotel for some free time before dinner.

Day 13

Ninh Binh

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

After breakfast we drive to Ninh Binh, about 4 hrs by road. We visit Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its outstanding natural beauty and the scenic karst formations which contribute to its reputation as being the “Halong Bay on land”. We board a small boat and meander down the river while passing through a series of caves. We enjoy the sounds of soaring birds overhead and paddling along the crystal-clear waters of the river, jagged limestone hills jutting skyward above the rice paddies.

Day 14

Halong Bay

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today, we drive to Halong Bay where we board our traditional junk boat and set sail through UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay. We can admire the endless islands and jungle-clad limestone pillars whilst enjoying lunch and a cruise briefing. We pass by the distinctive formations of Chicken Rock, Finger Islet and Frog Islet on our way to south east Halong Bay. In the afternoon,  we visit the aptly named 'Surprise Cave' and admire the stunning stalagmites and stalactites. There is plenty of time to relax on the junk's sun deck, take advantage of the spa services and sip a cocktail or two, before a cooking demonstration in the evening. Learn to create traditional Vietnamese dishes with the boat's own chef and try more delicacies at dinner. Later, you can even decide to use your time by taking the opportunity to try your hand at squid fishing before the day is done! Tonight we stay on the Bhaya Classic boat.

Please note luggage space is limited on board so you should take an overnight bag on the boat. Our main luggage will remain securely locked on the bus overnight. We will be reunited with your luggage on returning to land the next morning.

Day 15

Hanoi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We advise an early start today with a Tai Chi session on the sundeck, as the sun rises over the bay. After a light breakfast, we have the opportunity to visit Bright and Dark Cave by row boat. We will enjoy a final extravagant brunch before sailing back to the harbour to be reunited with our luggage. From Halong we will drive back to Hanoi. The weather in northern Vietnam can be slightly cooler with a higher possibility of rainfall so please pack appropriately for various weather conditions. There should be some free time available later in the afternoon to take a further stroll in Hanoi. Tonight, we are entertained by the Tonkin (Water Puppet) Show with dinner. 

Day 16

Sapa

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today we drive to Sapa (around 5 hours). On arrival we will have lunch, and then visit the small Giay village of Ta Van, in the breath-taking Muong Hoa Valley. Here we can enjoy a scenic walk through the tranquil rice terraces towards the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai. Marvel at the cascading paddy fields that cling to the mountainside and take in one of Vietnam’s most panoramic views before arriving at the home of Ms Moo, a local Black H’mong lady. Soak in the view whilst learning more about the traditional life and culture of the Black H’mong people and enjoying a traditional H’mong herbal foot bath! Afterwards we head over to nearby Lao Chai village where you will learn the art of Batik painting. The beautiful textiles of the Black H’mong are famous around the world and Batik is a traditional part of H’mong culture. Under threat from modernisation, Batik is now only practised by a handful of villagers. Join a hands-on master class led by a local expert and take your creation home! You will be supporting a sustainable tourism project that supports local women and ensures this amazing art form is handed down to the next generation. The tour concludes with a stroll to the main road before transferring back to Sapa town. Please note the mountain trails can become slippery in wet weather.

Day 17

Sapa

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/100m

Today we travel north of Sapa town to the quiet valleys and gorges surrounding the village of O Quy Ho. The shallow winding valley sits in the shadow of Indochina’s highest peak, Fangsipan Mountain (3143m), and on clear days you can enjoy superb views of the range. We pass by Oolong tea farms before joining a local footpath that clings to the contours of the rice terraces and takes you gently down the valley past grazing buffalo and working farmers. We walk along ancient stone paths and hear the story of the Black H’Mong migration to these mountains centuries before. We travel back to Sapa town in the early afternoon and enjoy lunch at the Hill Station - sampling traditional mountain dishes from Vietnam's far north. 

Day 18

Sapa

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

You'll have a chance to visit one of Sapa's famous markets.  Afterwards, head to Trung Do Village, home to the Tay ethnic minority group, and wander around this rustic yet charming hamlet. We settle down for a tasty lunch prepared by a local Tay family and get a glimpse of village life.

Day 19

In Flight

Meals

Breakfast

From Sapa we drive back to Hanoi where we will stop at a hotel with access to day rooms. Here we can shower and change before continuing to Hanoi Airport for our flights back to the UK via Bangkok.

Day 20

We arrive back in the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

9th Nov 2024 - 28th Nov 2024 (19 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Ho Chi Minh City returning Hanoi to Heathrow 
  • Airport transfers by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

In Flight

Meals

In-Flight

We depart the UK on our overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh City

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

You arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to the hotel to relax awhile before taking a walking tour of the city. The tour starts with a stroll toward the Saigon River along Dong Khoi Street, which figured prominently in Graham Greene’s famous novel, The Quiet American, to the Saigon Opera House, a commanding building completed in 1901. Shelled during World War II, it was used to shelter French citizens fleeing North Vietnam in 1954, the year Vietnam earned its independence from France. You will walk by Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, where a North Vietnamese tank crashed through the gates in 1975 to end a war that killed an estimated 58,000 Americans and 3 million Vietnamese, the Post Office building, which still displays its obvious French influence, and Times Square. We walk back to the hotel along the river bank. This evening dinner will be in the hotel.

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh City

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    1 miles

Today you have an early start. Plan on leaving the hotel at about 08.30. First you visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The cramped tunnels were central to some of the war’s strategic operations, including the famous 1968 Tet Offensive, and they didn’t escape damage. American bombers dropped huge quantities of bombs leaving tell-tale craters behind. The tunnels served not only as living quarters, but as supply routes and hospitals for thousands of guerrilla fighters. Many Viet Cong died there from malaria and other diseases. Today they are viewed by some as a testimony to the Vietnamese people’s resiliency.  On returning to Ho Chi Minh City you will have some free time to relax or explore further. 

Day 4

Hoi An

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Danang and travel by road to Hoi An. The drive takes about 1 hour. On arrival you can relax at the hotel or take a quick introductory stroll to include a visit to see how silk is made using methods used for hundreds of years. This evening, explore the enchanting and mysterious world of Southwest Vietnamese highlanders though the Teh Dar Show. Have a quick search on You Tube for what to expect.

Day 5

Hoi An

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

Today you’ll explore Hoi An old town, a former trading port that welcomed Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants from the 16th to the 18th Centuries. Now one of Vietnam’s most charming coastal towns, Hoi An is home to some of the country’s most beautiful ancient architecture. You'll walk through streets lined with honey-yellow buildings and arrive first at Chua Ong Pagoda. You visit the Japanese Covered Bridge - one of Hoi An’s most iconic structures. Lunch will be accompanied by a cooking demonstration at a restaurant specialising in traditional Hoi An delicacies. Afterwards, you head out toward Cam Thanh Village, a small community located in the outskirts of central Hoi An. Here you'll take a short walk to a small village home to meet a local family and take the opportunity to interact with them and learn about their home. On the nearby river you will take a bamboo basket boat (something like a coracle) to visit a water coconut forest and then board a larger boat to return to central Hoi An.

Day 6

Hoi An

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Today you'll visit My Son, the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization. The Cham people ruled central Vietnam from the 2nd - 13th centuries and their kingdom once stretched into what are now Laos and parts of Cambodia. The ruins have decayed over time, but the former Hindu temples are still impressive. My Son is perhaps the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina. Unfortunately, much damage was done to the site by US bombing during a single week of the Vietnam War. You should get back to the hotel mid afternoon. Later you might enjoy a short trip to the beach from the hotel or even hire a bike and cycle. Your tour leader will advise.

Day 7

Hue

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

You transfer by road to Hue. It takes 3 hrs to cover the 120km. You will go over the spectacular Hai Van Pass (of Top Gear fame) where weather permitting there are fabulous views. On the journey through Da Nang we can also go past 'China Beach' famous as the R&R base for American troops during the Vietnam War. This afternoon you'll visit Minh Mang and Khai Dinh tombs. These impressive tombs were built in honour of the memory of two Nguyen emperors. Both are set in stunning surroundings, they are differently styled and are well worth visiting. Your local guide will bring everything to life.

Day 8

Hanoi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

This morning is spent in Hue, the Vietnamese capital during the Nguyen Dynasty 1802-1945. The ruins of the city’s regal past can still be seen inside the Citadel and the Imperial City. Created in the 19th century, the Imperial City was modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing and holds many palaces and temples inside its giant walls. Many of the buildings have been damaged by war over the years but are now being restored to their former glory. You'll spend some time wandering through the citadel before taking a boat trip along the Perfume River, visit Thien Mu Pagoda. In the afternoon, You'll fly north to Hanoi. On arrival dinner will be in a local restaurant before going to the hotel to avoid eating too late in the day.

Day 9

Hanoi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Exploring Hanoi, you start at the fascinating Ho Chi Minh complex and botanic gardens. After you visit the Temple of Literature, an ancient collection of courtyards, gardens and architecture built in homage to the Chinese scholar Confucius. Considered the oldest university in Vietnam, the Temple of Literature dates back nearly one thousand years! Lunch will be in a restaurant specialising in traditional Hanoi delicacies. After you'll walk through some of the Quarter’s 36 streets named for the products historically sold here. Along the way, we pass by some of the only remaining streets that continue selling the goods of their namesake, including Tin and Bamboo Street. Heading through labyrinthine back alleys well off the tourist trail we will see Hanoi at its authentic best. Peer into temples and traditional houses and hear the stories of the ancient city and meet the people who call this fascinating city home. The final stop is at Ngoc Son Temple on the tiny island on the lake.

Day 10

Ninh Binh

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

After breakfast you drive to Ninh Binh, about 4 hrs by road. You'll visit Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its outstanding natural beauty and the scenic karst formations which contribute to its reputation as being the “Halong Bay on land”. We board a small boat and meander down the river while passing through a series of caves. Enjoy the sounds of soaring birds overhead and paddling along the crystal-clear waters of the river, jagged limestone hills jutting skyward above the rice paddies.

Day 11

Halong Bay

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today, you'll drive to Halong Bay where you board our traditional junk boat and set sail through UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay. You can admire the endless islands and jungle-clad limestone pillars whilst enjoying lunch and a cruise briefing. The cruise passes by the distinctive formations of Chicken Rock, Finger Islet and Frog Islet on our way to south east Halong Bay. In the afternoon,  we visit the aptly named 'Surprise Cave' and admire the stunning stalagmites and stalactites. There is plenty of time to relax on the junk's sun deck, take advantage of the spa services and sip a cocktail or two, before a cooking demonstration in the evening. Learn to create traditional Vietnamese dishes with the boat's own chef and try more delicacies at dinner. Later, you can even decide to use your time by taking the opportunity to try your hand at fishing before the day is done! 

Please note luggage space is limited on board so you should take an overnight bag on the boat. Our main luggage will remain securely locked on the bus overnight. We will be reunited with your luggage on returning to land the next morning.

Day 12

Hanoi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

There will be an early start today with a Tai Chi session on the sundeck, as the sun rises over the bay. After a light breakfast, you'll have the opportunity to visit Bright and Dark Cave by row boat. You'll will enjoy a final extravagant brunch before sailing back to the harbour to be reunited with our luggage. From Halong we will drive back to Hanoi. The weather in northern Vietnam can be slightly cooler with a higher possibility of rainfall so please pack appropriately for various weather conditions. There should be some free time available later in the afternoon to take a further stroll in Hanoi. 

Day 13

Sapa

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we drive to Sapa (around 5-6 hours). On the way we should have a chance to rive to the Chinese border, only for a look, obviously we can't cross without expensive visas! On arrival lunch awaits, then some free time to explore the town and surroundings or enjoy the hotel as is your preference.

Day 14

Sapa

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/100m

After breakfast take a morning stroll starting at Suoi Ho village, traversing through Ham Rong, and concluding at Ma Tra. Along the way, soak in captivating vistas of local life and agriculture, immersing yourself in the vibrant tapestry of rural Vietnam. After strolling through the sleepy villages we will enjoy lunch before heading to Fanxipan Mountain. At an impressive 3,147 meters, we'll embark on a cable car journey to reach the summit. Hailed as the "Roof of Indochina," this towering peak stands as the highest point not only in Vietnam but across the entire Indochina Peninsula. From this lofty vantage point, you will be treated to awe-inspiring panoramas that stretch as far as the eye can see, showcasing the breathtaking beauty of northern Vietnam's rugged landscape. 


Day 15

Sapa

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today marks the culmination of our experience, as we venture towards the terraced rice fields of Y Linh Ho. Our path leads us to the enchanting Black H'Mong village of Lao Chai, where we'll immerse ourselves in the rich culture and traditions of the locals. Continuing our exploration, we'll arrive at the quaint Giay village of Ta Van, where the charm of rural life awaits. Along the way, we'll delve into the ancient art of Batik painting, learning firsthand from the locals how they craft and dye their vibrant textiles. Amidst our adventures, we'll pause to indulge in a rejuvenating herbal footbath. As the day draws to a close, we'll bid farewell to our journey with dinner in Sapa.

Day 16

In Flight

Meals

Breakfast

From Sapa we drive back to Hanoi where we will stop at a hotel with access to day rooms. Here you can shower and change before continuing to Hanoi Airport for your flight back to the UK.

Day 17

We arrive back in the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

25th Jan 2025 - 13th Feb 2025 (19 Nights)

8th Nov 2025 - 27th Nov 2025 (19 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Ho Chi Minh City returning Hanoi to Heathrow 
  • Airport transfers by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Odys Hotel or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Situated in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1, The Odys Hotel is a 5-minute drive from Ben Thanh Market and Opera House. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi access. Rooms are fitted with wooden flooring, modern air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a personal safe and a minibar. The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub, hairdryer and toiletries.

Ancient House Resort or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Set in a leafy residential area and backed by trees, The Ancient House Resort enjoys views over rice paddies. Simply decorated rooms come with flat-screen TVs, minibars and balconies. Breakfast is buffet style. Other amenities include an informal restaurant offering open-air dining, plus a bar. There is also a spa, and an outdoor pool with a terrace and sunloungers.

Park View Hotel or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

The Park View Hotel Hue provides comfortably furnished rooms that include cable TV, free Wi-Fi and fully-contained bathrooms. Most rooms include private balconies with city and river views. The spa centre specializes in herbal therapy fused with modern techniques and features its signature massage Foot Therapy. Dining options include the Park View Restaurant, which serves Western, Asian and Vietnamese cuisine. The Ben Thanh Café is ideally designed to allow relaxation while enjoying cocktails and views of Hue City and Perfume River.

Thang Long Espana Hotel or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

The Thang Long Espana Hotel features well-appointed guestrooms with unique décor and free Wi-Fi access. Guests also enjoy complimentary breakfast buffets. All the rooms are individually themed. They are furnished with flat-screen TV, seating area and private balcony. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are included in the en suite bathrooms. The in-house restaurant serves Vietnamese and Western cuisine.

Mai Chau Lodge or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Surrounded by farmland, Mai Chau Lodge sits by the shore of Mo Luong Lake. The warmly decorated rooms offer mountain or valley views, balconies, Wi-Fi, and tea & coffee making facilities. Amenities include an outdoor pool with a bar, plus an airy restaurant with exposed wooden beams. A spa and a sauna are available.

Emeralda Resort or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

The Emeralda Resort is situated just outside Ninh Binh town. Rooms have wood furnishings and terraces. All feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and minibars and tea & coffee makers. Amenities include 3 refined restaurants and a sleek wine bar, as well as a poolside bar, and indoor and outdoor pools. There's also a spa and a gym.

Bhaya Cruise Boats

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Bhaya Classic boats are constructed in a classic oriental style. They are traditional long wooden boats with 15-20 cabins. Each boat has four decks and is newly refurbished but still maintaining classic decor. There is a restaurant and a bar area. The spa area offers a unique open-air zone where you can relax with the quiet sounds of Halong Bay whilst receiving a relaxing massage. The top deck offers a sundeck with wooden loungers where you can relax and enjoy the scenery. There is a library and equipment for fishing, kayaking and swimming. Cabins are equipped with en suite shower, toilet, air conditioning, mini bar, slippers, life vest and fire extinguisher. There will be a safety briefing before setting sail for the night.

Bamboo Sapa Hotel or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Located 5,414 feet above sea level and offering a view of Hoang Lien Mountain Range, the 4-star Bamboo Sapa Hotel offers modern rooms, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and a large bar. Rooms feature air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar and private bathroom with bathtub or shower. The Bamboo Bar offers a variety of beverages, local music and traditional performances.

Aquari Hotel

The newly built Aquari hotel is located in downtown Ho Chi Minh City is just a 10-minute walk from attractions such as the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market. Pleasant rooms offer free Wi-Fi, tiled flooring, wooden furnishings, air conditioning, LCD TV, tea & coffee making facilities and a minibar are also provided. Guests at Aquari can end the day with a soak in the hot tub or relax in the sauna and steam room. There is also a gym. International and Asian dishes are served at The Spring Restaurant alongside a selection of teas, juices and cocktails. Snacks and sandwiches are also available.

EMM Hoi An or similar

Nestled within private gardens, ÊMM Hotel Hoi An features French-colonial and Vietnamese-inspired architecture and offers 4-star accommodation. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool available throughout the year. Guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or a drink at the bar. It is situated just 200 metres from the Old Quarter in Hoi An. All rooms have free WiFi and cable TV. Rooms are fitted with minibars and fridges and enjoy en suite bathrooms with bathtub, toiletries and hairdryer. The hotel restaurant specialises in local, Asian and Western food. A drink or two can be enjoyed at Pool Bar, which also serves light meals.

Parkview Hotel Hue or similar

We're awaiting further details on the accommodation on this holiday, please contact us for more information. 

Foreign Relations Hotel

The oddly named Foreign Relations Hotel is ideally located in downtown Hanoi, 400 metres from Hanoi Opera House. The hotel offers accommodation with a garden, restaurant and bar. Rooms are equipped with a kettle, air conditioning and flat-screen TV.

Emeralda Resort or similar

Located on the edge of the Van Long Nature Reserve, Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort offers spacious, villa-style rooms with free internet access. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, it features a spa, 3 swimming pools and 2 restaurants. Furnished with natural materials including wooden furniture, rooms have large windows and a balcony, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. A variety of body treatments and massagers are offered at the resort’s spa. Other recreation facilities include a sauna and steam room. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at Hotspot Restaurant, which has 2 private rooms with garden views. Organic Restaurant offers healthy Vietnamese, Asian and Western dishes.

Emeraude Cruises or similar

Featuring a vintage aesthetic inspired by turn-of-the-century travel but updated with advanced safety management technology, the Emeraude Classic can accommodate up to 80 guests, offering a distinctively luxe journey of discovery through Halong Bay.

BB Sapa Resort & Spa or similar

Overlooking Sa Pa Lake, BB Sapa Resort & Spa is a traditional mountain chalet, which blends in perfectly with the natural surroundings. The resort boasts an indoor heated pool, on-site restaurant and bar. A variety of outdoor activities and leisure facilities are available. Featuring free WiFi access, all units are beautifully decorated and offer views of the surrounding forest from the private balcony. They enjoy heating, a seating area, safe, satellite flat-screen TV and minibar. The en suite bathroom has a bathtub, shower and free toiletries. Ta Van Restaurant, available for all-day dining, serves delectable spread of Vietnamese, Asian and European dishes.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a grade 3 walking holiday where we can expect half and full days of walking with a maximum of 6 miles of walking a day. Some of the walking is in conjunction with the sightseeing programme in towns, cities and other sites of interest. Our half days will consist of 3 hours of walking whereas our full days will be up to 5 hours of walking. The paths are generally good with minimal ascents and descents. The more remote paths can become muddy and slippery after rainfall. As this holiday is heavily influenced by sightseeing, we will be taking a leisurely pace to allow us plenty of time to enjoy the places we visit. This is also a pioneer holiday as tourism is relevantly new in Vietnam. Alterations to hotel bookings, rescheduled or cancelled flights do sometimes occur and hence changes to the itinerary can take place without prior notice. Some aspects of the holiday may be more basic but the experience and stories to tell will be worth it.

Walks & Excursions

The Vietnam Adventure is a great holiday experience but the country’s relative newness to tourism enforces us to apply a ‘Pioneer’ grade. Alterations to hotel bookings, rescheduled or cancelled flights do sometimes occur and hence changes to the itinerary can take place without prior notice.

Much of the walking is in conjunction with the sightseeing programme and this is in towns, cities and around other sites of interest. When separate walks are taken, the duration is no longer than around 2hrs.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Vietnam

The currency in Vietnam is the Dong. It can be ordered in the UK before you travel or obtained from ATM's locally.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London to Ho Chi Minh City returning from Hanoi.

Travel in Vietnam is by road and boat. Please note that the road system is not maintained to the same standard found in Europe, and occasionally detours or delays may occur due to blockages or road works. Even travelling short distances is likely to take considerably longer than you might expect.

If you are joining or leaving the holiday abroad we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will meet the party at the first hotel and leave at the last hotel – please contact us before departure to confirm the hotel details! However, should you wish to join the holiday at Ho Chi Minh Airport or wish to make other alternative arrangements, please be sure to let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

The Vietnamese have introduced a law that says if seat belts are fitted on a coach the passengers must use the belt. Fines can be levied against the passenger not the driver of the bus.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

Visa

A passport is required and should be valid for at least six months after your return from the holiday. Your passport should ideally be kept in the hotel safety deposit boxes at all times. It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to the UK.

As of August 2023 the Vietnamese goverment allows UK passport holders to travel to Vietnam for trips of up to 45 days. Whilst this rule is in place a visa will not be required for this holiday.

Should the situation change you can apply for an e-visa for entry into Vietnam. Please consult the following website:

Vietnam evisa - National portal on Immigration (xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn)

You will be required to load a passport photograph during the application process. Please make sure the photo you load is less than 1MB file size. Bigger files can cause issues. Also payment should be made with a debit card not a credit card.

Meals

Breakfast and dinners are included in the holiday price.  We will take breakfasts at the hotels. Dinners will vary between hotels and local restaurants.  The meals are a mixture of local Vietnamese and international cuisine. Local restaurants will allow us the opportunity to sample traditional and local food such as Banh Xeo.  Seven lunches (as shown in the itinerary) are included in the holiday price and will be taken in local restaurants or as a boxed lunch.  Other lunches are not included and are at your own expense.  Please note the Vietnamese are not used to catering for vegetarians and although wholesome vegetarian meals will always be provided some may find the food uninspiring.  Please see some of the hotel details below for further information.  Please note that the water in the hotels is not drinkable but bottled water can be purchased everywhere.

Hotel Changes

The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. You will be sent an accommodation list with air tickets about three weeks before departure. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Country Specific Kit

Luggage space is restricted on board the Halong Bay cruise boat, so it is not possible to take all bags with us. Our main bags will remain on the tour bus when we board the boat at Halong Bay. Please have an overnight bag for the boat. A day sack will be fine. We will be reunited with our luggage the next morning on landing.

Traveling Light

You should be able to lift and carry and handle your own luggage. At some hotels, the coach may have to stop some distance short of the hotel entrance. Also, within some of the hotels themselves, there may be some long walks between the rooms and entrance area which could include some steps.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Vietnam

The electricity supply is generally 220V at 60 Hz, although some hotels now operate on 110V, or both. Please check what supply is provided before plugging in any electrical device.  Please note that any appliance set for 110V will almost immediately burn out if connected to a 220V supply. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Books: Lonely Planet Vietnam Travel Guide
TV and Films: Long before Hollywood, foreign film makers were attracted to Vietnam's unique natural beauty. Many places in Vietnam can be found in a number of films and TV programmes.
James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). The film features Halong Bay and Ho Chi Minh city.
Indochine (1992) is a French film shot mainly in Hue, Haling Bay and Ninh Binh. The film won a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Pan (2015) directed by Joe Wright. Vietnam is the real location used to create the fairytale land of Neverland. Halong Bay and Ninh Binh were the main locations used to create the magical shots.
Kong: Skill Island (2017) was mainly shot in Halong Bay and Ninh Binh. The surreal landscape in the film has inspired many tourists to visit Vietnam.
Top Gear: Vietnam Special (2009). The finale of series 12 see's the famous trio, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May travel to Vietnam. The episode features Saigon, Hoi An and Halong Bay.


Websites:

www.vietnamtourism.com – Vietnam Tourist Office

www.vietnam.travel – Visit Vietnam

www.vietnam-guide.com - Vietnam Travel Guide

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Vietnam

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Vietnam.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Typhoid immunisation is recommended.

You might also like to consider immunisation against Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B and Rabies.

Malaria is present throughout the year in Vietnam; please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Dengue fever and Zika virus also exist in Vietnam; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

There have been outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Vietnam but the risk to humans is low.

Diarrhoea & Boiled Water

Don’t forget to exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salad and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best. 

Hand washing facilities may be poor or unavailable when travelling, we therefore strongly advise you to carry antibacterial sanitizing gel and / or hand wipes at all times and use to them regularly.

Drinking or cleaning teeth in un-boiled water is not recommended.  Bottled pure water is inexpensive and widely available in shops, at hotels, and on the coach. Make sure you only buy sealed bottles.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Vietnam

  • Capital

    Hanoi

  • Currency

    Dong

  • Language

    Vietnamese

  • Time Difference

    UTC +07:00

  • Flight duration

    12hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Not Required

Average weather

  • January

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 42mm

  • February

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • March

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 34mm

  • April

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 60mm

  • May

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 172mm

  • June

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 192mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 221mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 244mm

  • September

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 289mm

  • October

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 310mm

  • November

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 210mm

  • December

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 98mm

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