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Vietnam on a Shoestring

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

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: AVRV/126793
  • Starts: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Finishes: Hanoi, Vietnam
You will Visit
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hanoi

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive at any time.
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Once the capital of South Vietnam, this sprawling metropolis is now the country's commercial centre.

Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frenetic pace and humid heat of Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang

Free day to explore. Overnight train to Nha Trang.

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Day 3: Nha Trang

Arrive in Nha Trang in the morning with plenty of time to explore local shops and markets, relax on the beach or visit nearby historical sites.
Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party.

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Day 4: Nha Trang/Da Nang

Free time in Nha Trang. Overnight train to Hoi An.
In the evening, take an overnight train to Da Nang, then transfer to Hoi An.

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Day 5: Da Nang/Hoi An

Enjoy a noodle-making demonstration and local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles Project before free time in the afternoon. Go on an evening street food crawl with the group and CEO to get to know more about the delicious local specialties. Opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town.
From Danang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Once known as Faifo, it was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections.

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Day 6: Hoi An

Enjoy free time; opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town.

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Day 7: Hoi An/Huế

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

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Day 8: Huế/Hanoi

Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi.

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Day 9: Hanoi/Ha Long

Visit Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and cave visit.
Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay.

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Day 10: Ha Long/Hanoi

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

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Day 11: Hanoi

Free time to continue exploring Hanoi.

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Day 12: Hanoi

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    • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project
    • Street food crawl (Hoi An)
    • Halong Bay boat trip with lunch
    • Orientation walk around Hanoi's Old Quarter
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (8 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts)
    • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-con bus, walking, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Relax on golden beaches
  • Shop in quaint Hoi An
  • Discover Hue's citadels and pagodas
  • Float through magical Halong Bay.


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Jenny B. Posted on: 

One of the most spectacular countries ever visited. Never had experienced such moving moments.

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Katie W. Posted on: 

I thoroughly enjoyed it. A great way to see a lot in a short space of time.

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Brian K. Posted on: 

The tour was excellent from day one. It was really well organized by Karis. I will be touring with them in the future.

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Hans L. Posted on: 

The tour was wonderful, peace of mind as regards having the transport and accommodation sorted out some taxi drivers are very persistent!!

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Luke S. Posted on: 

Good experience and close to the culture.

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Silvi P. Posted on: 

It was great. I loved being able to do my own activities, but without the hassle of finding/booking hotel rooms, trains, etc.

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Barend R. Posted on: 

Overall a very enriching and memorable, hassle-free experience.

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Christopher J. Posted on: 

Very well done. I enjoyed the freedom of the trip

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Sandra H. Posted on: 

Loved this trip! Will definitely do another tour.

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Joshua B. Posted on: 

Vietnam is a great country and the locations on the tour were well-chosen.

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Charles C. Posted on: 

It was a very well organized trip. Enjoyed the fact that it included a bit of city life, country side and sea. We had lots of fun and saw plenty of interesting places and different things. Loved it...!!!!

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Raphael L. Posted on: 

Good experiences and memorable. The tour leader is well experienced and well planned. Accommodations and transportation were well connected for each city visited.

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Charles C. Posted on: 

Vietnam, with her warm heart, great sense of humour, colorful countryside, and cold beer, provided a life time of memories and experiences.

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Bill C. Posted on: 

Our trip was exactly as described in the brochure -- but even better since we never stayed in a guesthouse but were in 2 and 3-star hotels instead. The logistics were seamless. The schedule was perfect. It is an incredible outfit. They really know what they're doing!

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Stephanie F. Posted on: 

As usual, the thing that made this trip was the group of people I was traveling with!

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Bill C. Posted on: 

Vietnam and this tour exceeded our expectations. Very well organized and everything was as advertised. It was great to not have to worry about lodging and transportation. We enjoyed the night trains and the rooms were clean and comfortable.

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Aimee B. Posted on: 

This was a great trip! We had plenty of time to either hang out on the many beaches in Vietnam, or to spend time with our new friends or the locals. The Vietnamese are so friendly and outgoing that they really were easy to get to know.

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Angelo L. Posted on: 

I enjoyed the tour. I like that it was a basic tour and allowed me the flexibility to plan my own itinerary as I chose fit. The hotels were comfortable and clean. The tour leader was helpful and offered good suggestions and ideas.

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Charlotte M. Posted on: 

All ran to plan and there are no complaints as such from me, so I can say I was happy with the tour!

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Ralph Y. Posted on: 

Well balanced. Got to see everything I wanted and more.

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Sion G. Posted on: 

Overall my two weeks in Vietnam were really good. Lots of good nights out and days well spent doing activities, experiencing Vietnamese culture and learning its history. We had a really good group leader, Bo, who was always enthusiastic and knew his way around. Our accommodation was always nice with air conditioning and with a TV. Cheers.

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Hannah B. Posted on: 

Amazing. Everyone was so friendly and enthusiastic, every stage of the tour was well-organized and there was a perfect balance between group activity and personal freedom.

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Stefanie U. Posted on: 

in 12 days, we saw Vietnam from the south to the north. It was great.

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Helene S. Posted on: 

I talked with a Vietnamese guy in a train compartment about the tour I've done with them and he told me I've seen the best of Vietnam. It is the best way to travel from the South to the North without having to bother with train reservations and every detail, since traveling in Vietnam needs to put a lot of time in transportation.

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Stefanie U. Posted on: 

The tour was very well organized. It was nice to not worry about how we were getting to the next town and where we would stay once we got there. The various cities/towns gave us a really nice flavor of what life in Vietnam is really like. Couldn't beat the price tag. All our hotels were clean and safe and our tour leader was very knowledgeable about the local foods, fashion, tours, markets, galleries and spirits.

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Geraldine L. Posted on: 

Relaxed, good company, good guide.Really enjoyed the trip.

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Tifanny M. Posted on: 

Overall, I believe that the Roam Vietnam trip allowed to give me a good taster of Vietnam. It is an amazing country, and gave me a good starting point of other places that I'd like to see when I return.

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Hannah F. Posted on: 

Really well organized, knowledgeable and fun leader, really good group

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Naomi L. Posted on: 

I enjoyed this tour very much. I particularity enjoyed Hoi-An. The tour guide was wonderful. The transport was good for the money that was paid into the trip.

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Robert C. Posted on: 

The format of the tour was ideal. There is a good combination of independent travel and group travel.

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Mark B. Posted on: 

The tour was really good. Our tour guide Bo Sowath made the trip really enjoyable.

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Kym B. Posted on: 

The tour was fantastic. I'm very glad I joined a tour as I made great friends and didn't have to worry about my bookings and could just enjoy my time.

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Jamie G. Posted on: 

I was looking to tour Vietnam independently but really pleased I decided to take the tour! It made life so much easier, and only being in Vietnam for 3 weeks I saw so much more than I would have traveling alone.

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Lara M. Posted on: 

A brilliant way to see Vietnam in a short space of time. The fact that you can chose tours means that you can also have days on your own as well as with the tour. Vicky made the trip enjoyable and was very knowledgeable if we had any questions.

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Laura G. Posted on: 

Brilliant! The best holiday I've ever been on. A beautiful country, great people, brilliant tour leader, good value trips and a great group of friends.

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Mark D. Posted on: 

The tour is very well organized and we got to see so much of the country and culture in such a short space of time while interacting with the locals at all times. Which has always been a most important part of all my experiences.

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Charlotte H. Posted on: 

An amazing 2 weeks. The tour guide was excellent - knew really great local places to eat. The standard of the hotels was surprisingly good given the price of the tour. Can't recommend enough as a really good way to see so much of Vietnam is such a short space of time.

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Matthew L. Posted on: 

I thought it was great, well run, fun and had a bonus of having a great group.

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Benjamin W. Posted on: 

Overall we had a very good experience during our trip to Vietnam. The country was not what I was expecting and certainly was an eye opener. I would recommend this trip for anyone wanting a decent introduction to Vietnam.

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Claudine G. Posted on: 

It was a great way to see a lot of the country in a short period of time. It was very useful to have a tour leader and guides in the different cities/towns. A very positive overall experience.

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David L. Posted on: 

Amazing tour! Would not have had nearly as much fun traveling alone, and probably would have got lost without our tour guide.

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Melissa P. Posted on: 

We had a fantastic time on this well organized, great value for money tour. Our group were lovely and our tour guide (Pun Pun) was just fantastic. We wouldn't have got half as much out of our trip to Vietnam if we hadn't traveled with them.

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Rhys P. Posted on: 

Very good tour - had a great time meeting new people and soaking up all the culture. Never bored or looking for things to do.

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Yann S. Posted on: 

Very well organized trip. Although Rod was fairly new to this trip he was a very helpful and outgoing leader. Great guy and brilliant to be around.

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Jemma C. Posted on: 

Amazing country and the tour helped us experience it. The other tour members were fantastic and made the experience.

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Stewart H. Posted on: 

We were very impressed with the tour, everything ran according to plan and we had a brilliant time.

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SIlje Astrid P. Posted on: 

I had the time of my life traveling with this group, and our tour leader was the best. I liked to experience all the things we did with a large group of new friends :D

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Mikaela L. Posted on: 

Great! I loved how you were free to choose your own activities. Accommodations were very nice, transportation was good and Haing was awesome!

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Iain H. Posted on: 

Tour Staff - very knowledgeable and reliable. Knew the best places to see, eat and drink. Approachable and took all of the worries out of the trip. Accommodation - for a basic tour the accommodation was very good. All has air conditioning and very clean. Overnight trains varied in quality but this all added to our traveling experience. Transport - Good quality, mini bus could have had more space to store luggage. Itinerary - Good amount of time in places especially Hoi An (our favorite!)

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