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Explore Vietnam

12 days from $1,014 (was $1,194)

$97 Deposit
Explore the tranquil Mekong Delta

Vietnam on a budget!

Watch the sunset over Halong Bay
Budget Group Tour
Dedicated Tour Guide
Action-Packed Itinerary
Group size: Max 18, avg 12

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the devastating history of the Vietnam War in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Enjoy blissful beach life in Nha Trang
  • Learn to make delicious noodles at a noodle project in Hoi An
  • Soak up Imperial history at the gorgeous Imperial Citadel in Hue
  • Enjoy a boat cruise around beautiful Ha Long Bay, including a tasty sea food lunch!
  • Tour around the atmospheric Old Quarter in Hanoi

Trip Summary

Discover buzzing cities and blissful landscapes on this awesome 12-day adventure through Vietnam! Perfect for those travelling on a budget, this action-packed adventure includes exploration time in Ho Chi Minh City, beach time in Nha Trang and a memorable cruise on a traditional Vietnamese junk boat on Ha Long Bay. You’ll also wander the historic streets of Hanoi and Hue, and soak up local ways of life in these fantastic cities. With a combination of fantastic included and optional activities on offer along the way, you can really build an adventure to suit you – and your budget!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Day 1: Welcome to Vietnam! 

Fly into Ho Chi Minh City and head to your hostel. There are no activities planned today apart from a welcome meeting later, so chill out at the hostel, or plunge headfirst into the city!

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City. 

Ho Chi Minh is your oyster today! Choose to explore the city bicycle, visit the maze of underground tunnels that were used by the Vietnamese during the war, or experience the bustle of Ben Thanh Market. This evening, board the overnight train to Nha Trang.

Day 3: Nha Trang. 

Wake up as the train rolls into the lively beach town of Nha Trang. Opt to take a snorkelling trip, visit the town’s mud baths or take a boat tour to a local fishing village. This evening, get your dancing shoes on - Nha Trang is a serious party town!

Day 4: Nha Trang. 

Spend today exploring the city. Take in the views from the Vinpearl Cable Car, visit the atmospheric Po Nagar Cham Towers or just hang out on the beach – it’s one of the best in Vietnam after all! This evening jump on the sleeper train to Da Nang.


Day 5: Hoi An. 

Take the short transfer from Da Nang to pretty Hoi An. Take an orientation walk through the ancient yellow town, before exploring on your own. Why not get some clothes made in one of the town’s famous tailor shops? Tonight, tickle your taste-buds with a street-food crawl.

Day 6: Hoi An. 

Get sizzling at a local noodle project that helps young people improve their English and general skills. Learn how to prepare noodle dishes, then slurp them for your lunch! This afternoon opt for a trip to Cua Dai Beach, or to the atmospheric temples of My Son.

Day 7: Hue. 

We’ll head to the imperial city of Hue this morning. Discover the magnificent Citadel, or opt for a motorbike tour, including visits to local markets, ploughing rice and traditional hat-making! This evening, why not book a cruise down the scenic Perfume River?

Day 8: Hue and Phong Nha. 

See some more of Hue this morning. Get your haggle on at a local market, pick up a steaming bowl of pho, or just sit and watch the world go by. This afternoon we’ll make our way to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.   

Day 9: Phong Nha. 

Spend the day exploring the unspoilt jungle, epic caves and winding rivers of the Park. Choose to take a tour of some of the vast caves, including Son Doong – one of the largest on Earth. Later, board the sleeper train to Hanoi.

Day 10:Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. 

Arrive early morning in Hanoi and transfer to Ha Long Bay. Cruise across the sparkling green water in a traditional junk boat, passing jungle-topped islands and dramatic rock formations. Enjoy a delish seafood lunch on board, before returning to Hanoi.

Day 11: Hanoi. 

Take an orientation walk through the Old Quarter, before exploring this vibrant city yourself. Discover some of the pagodas and temples, watch a Vietnamese puppet show, or fill your face on a street food tour. Tonight, get stuck into Hanoi’s lively nightlife.

Day 12: Trip End. 

Your amazing Vietnam adventure ends today. Leave whenever you like. If you’re staying on, why not take some more time to uncover the riches of Hanoi. Don’t forget to tag us in your pics!

Please note, if you're travelling before January 10th, 2020 the itinerary will change on days 8 and 9 to include an extra night in Hue, before travelling onto Hanoi onboard an overnight train on day 8. You'll then travel onto Halong Bay, where you'll get to spend the night on a boat in the bay on day 9. You'll then return to Hanoi on day 10.


  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • Tour guide
  • Hoi An Noodle project visit
  • Hoi An orientation walk
  • Hoi An street food crawl
  • Ha Long Bay boat trip
  • Hanoi Old Quarter orientation walk
  • Ho Chi Minh City orientation walk
  • All in-country transport between included destinations
  • 24-hour emergency support

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Optional activities
  • Most meals
  • Airport transfers


11 nights of accommodation are included on this tour. 1 night will be spent in a simple twin-share hotel, 7 nights will be spent in simple multi-share hostels, and 3 nights will be spent on overnight sleeper trains. You will sleep in twin or multi-share single-sex rooms. It may be possible to book a private room if you wish, for an additional cost. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

8 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included on this tour. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to have a complete travel experience, by interacting with locals and trying local foods. We recommend that you budget USD 125-165 for meals not included. 


You should arrange your flights to arrive into Ho Chi Minh City on the first day of your tour. An airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange.

Please note, we can arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.

A taxi from the airport to the city centre should cost approximately 100 000 dong (£5).

Your tour ends in Hanoi on day 12. A return transfer is not included. Your tour guide can help you organise this journey.



The minimum age for this trip is 18 years, the maximum is 39 years.

British passport holders can currently enter Vietnam without a visa for stays of up to 15 days (subject to conditions). If you intend to stay for more than 15 days, or you wish to leave and re-enter Vietnam within 30 days of your first visit you will need to obtain a visa prior to travel. You should ensure that your passport will still be in date for six months after your return. All visa information is subject to change and you should consult the nearest High Commission or Embassy for the most up to date information.

What Are The Sleeper Trains Like?

Sleeper trains typically have 4 seats per compartment. The seats convert into sleeping bunks (two upper and two lower). A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although you may prefer to bring your own sleeping sheet.

How Many People Will Be In My Group?

The average group size is 12 travellers. The maximum group size is 18.

How Much Should I Bring For Meals Not Included?

We recommend bringing around £100-130 for meals not included.