Vietnam 15 Day Adventure

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary encounter with Vietnam, where you’ll go beyond the conventional and truly immerse yourself in the local way of life. Uncover hidden gems within bustling cities, delve into the heart of their national sport through a crash course, contribute to local NGOs shaping a brighter future, and indulge your senses in the remarkable sights, aromas, and flavors of this captivating destination.

Embark on an authentic journey that encompasses everything from rustic village homestays in the secluded Pu Long National Park to sipping cocktails by the rooftop pool with panoramic views of vibrant cities. Traverse the enchanting Bai Tu Long Bay, a lesser-known gem nestled at the edge of Ha Long Bay, aboard a traditional-style boat. This is the Vietnam you’ve never witnessed before, an experience that defies expectations.

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Immerse yourself in the best that Vietnam has to offer during this captivating 15-day adventure. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be swept away by the vibrant energy of Hanoi, where the bustling streets and charming markets invite exploration. The journey takes you off the beaten track, allowing you to witness the untouched beauty of Pu Luong National Park. Nestled amidst picturesque rice paddies and towering mountains, you’ll have the opportunity to stay in local homestays, forging connections with the welcoming communities and supporting local NGOs that work towards a better future.

One of the trip’s highlights is undoubtedly the exploration of Bai Tu Long Bay, a hidden gem nestled within the famous Ha Long Bay. Departing from the crowds, you’ll board a traditional-style boat and embark on a journey through this lesser-known bay. As you glide through the calm waters, surrounded by towering limestone karsts and pristine landscapes, you’ll feel a sense of serenity and awe. Engaging in kayaking activities around Cap La Island allows you to intimately experience the breathtaking scenery, connecting you with the natural wonders of Vietnam.

The cultural experiences on this trip are equally memorable. From learning da cao, the national sport of Vietnam, to trying your hand at fruit and vegetable carving, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the local traditions and gain a deeper understanding of Vietnamese culture. As you explore the vibrant markets of Hanoi, your senses will come alive with the vibrant colors, aromatic scents, and mouthwatering tastes of the local delicacies. Indulge in the flavors of Vietnam as you sample street food and savor authentic dishes, creating unforgettable culinary memories.

As your adventure draws to a close, the memories of your time in Vietnam will remain etched in your heart. The stunning landscapes, the immersive cultural experiences, and the warm hospitality of the Vietnamese people will leave a lasting impression. Reflect on your journey as you explore Hanoi at your own leisure on the final day, savoring the last moments of this incredible trip. From the bustling streets to the tranquil countryside, this 15-day adventure offers a comprehensive and unforgettable exploration of the best that Vietnam has to offer.

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to your hostel in HCMC at your convenience on Day 1. Once you’ve settled in, feel free to embark on your own exploration or simply relax until you join your fellow travelers for a delightful welcome dinner, where you’ll forge new friendships. Unwind with a refreshing swim in the rooftop pool, capturing a breathtaking view of the city skyline as you prepare for an extraordinary journey that awaits you.

Day 1 – Arrive in Vietnam!

Start your day with a delightful breakfast, as you prepare for an unparalleled cultural immersion through an extraordinary experience of learning da cao, the national sport of Vietnam, also known as “foot badminton,” a game commonly played in parks across the country. Engage with one of the local teams we proudly support as part of our community projects, and grasp the fundamentals of this unique sport. Following this, embark on a captivating walking tour, where you’ll uncover both iconic landmarks and hidden gems of this remarkable city. After an eventful day, retreat to your hotel to rejuvenate before we embark on an overnight train journey to Da Nang.

Day 2 – Ho Chi Minh City, Walking Tour & Overnight Train

Upon reaching your destination, our team will warmly welcome you and provide transportation to the picturesque banks of the Thu Bon River, where a delectable lunch awaits. Prepare for an enchanting adventure as we embark on a kayaking excursion, navigating the tranquil waters into the mesmerizing old town of Hoi An. Following a brief stroll to your hotel for a quick refresh, indulge in a rejuvenating swim in the pool before setting off to explore the surrounding area. Discover the renowned Hoi An night market, located conveniently near our hotel, offering a splendid opportunity to acquire tailor-made garments of your choice, ensuring a truly personalized experience.

Day 3 – Kayak into Hoi An

Wake up to a brand new day filled with excitement! Begin your morning by embarking on a picturesque cycling adventure through charming countryside, passing by small villages and lush rice fields, ultimately arriving at a serene riverbank where we will commence our efforts in collecting discarded plastic pollution along the river. Following our impactful initiative, delight in a refreshing welcome drink at the Eco Brick house before returning to a Hoi An garden house, where we will meticulously sort the collected trash to create eco bricks for the benefit of a local NGO. The afternoon is yours to indulge in whatever activities you desire, whether it’s enjoying leisurely time at the beach or exploring other enticing options available to you.

Day 4 – Enjoy Hoi An

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a stylish journey to the captivating city of Hue, also known as the Imperial City. Brace yourself for an unforgettable experience as we commence our adventure by traversing the renowned Hai Van Pass, taking in breathtaking views along the way. En route, we’ll encounter a stunning waterfall, pause for a delightful lunch, and meander through enchanting country backroads. In the afternoon, we’ll arrive at the historical town of Hue, a former capital steeped in the rich heritage of the Nguyen Dynasty. Get ready to immerse yourself in the fascinating history and cultural treasures that await you in this extraordinary destination.

Day 5 – To Hue & Hai Van Pass

Prepare for an adventure to the Imperial City this morning, where you’ll gain insight into Vietnam’s imperial history and culture.
We’ll then make our way to a local garden house on the banks of the Perfume River to learn some Vietnamese classics in a cooking class. Relax until transferring to Hue Train Station for your night train to Ninh Binh.

Day 6 – The Imperial City, Hue

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary journey to one of Vietnam’s most breathtaking landscape destinations! Our adventure begins as we board a comfortable bus and make our way to the stunning Pu Luong National Park. Along the way, we’ll pause for a delicious lunch and take the opportunity to visit the mesmerizing Chua Ngoc Chau Temple. Upon arrival at our accommodation, a charming local homestay in Ban Hieu, surrounded by picturesque rice paddies and majestic mountains, you’ll be immersed in the beauty of the off-the-beaten-path scenery. Before dinner, we’ll have the opportunity to visit a captivating waterfall and share delightful moments with local families. Get ready to embrace the remarkable surroundings and enjoy a restful night’s sleep in one of the cozy local houses, truly immersing yourself in the local experience.

Day 7 – To Pu Luong Park

Begin your day with a delightful breakfast, savoring the picturesque valley view. Our adventure commences with an invigorating trek, leading us to a charming traditional bamboo lake house nestled in the serene rural surroundings. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to embark on bamboo rafting or take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters, immersing yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you. A delectable lunch will be served by the hospitable local family, offering a truly amazing dining experience in the midst of nature’s embrace. Afterward, you can unwind and relax or lend a helping hand to the local family with their daily chores, embracing the warmth of their culture. As the day draws to a close, we’ll gather for a memorable family dinner, fostering a sense of togetherness and creating lasting memories amidst this extraordinary setting.

Day 8 – Explore Pu Luong Park

After bidding farewell to our hospitable homestay family and the mesmerizing scenery of Pu Luong, get ready to embrace the vibrant energy of Hanoi, the bustling capital city of Vietnam. We have a delightful surprise in store for you as we check into a beautiful boutique hotel, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay. Take the morning at a leisurely pace, allowing yourself to unwind and prepare for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. Once you’ve savored a sumptuous breakfast, we’ll embark on our journey towards Hanoi, arriving in the afternoon. Take some time to refresh and rejuvenate at the hotel before joining your fellow travelers for a captivating city walk, immersing yourself in the rich culture and heritage that Hanoi has to offer. The evening promises a gastronomic delight as we indulge in a feast of local delicacies, experiencing the true flavors of this vibrant city.

Day 9 – To Hanoi

Our next destination takes us to the captivating coast, where we eagerly await the arrival of our traditional boat to embark on an unforgettable journey through the renowned Ha Long Bay. To escape the crowds, we venture north towards Bai Tu Long Bay, unveiling the untouched and pristine locations within Ha Long Bay. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty as we kayak amidst the breathtaking scenery of Cap La Island. For those seeking even more seclusion, there’s an optional visit to one of the secret beaches on Cong Do Island, offering a hidden gem to explore. As the day unfolds, we gather back on our boat, enjoying the enchanting ambiance of the setting sun while savoring delightful drinks and a scrumptious dinner on the top deck, creating an unforgettable evening under the starry sky.

Day 10 – Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay

Embrace the tranquility of the morning as you engage in a calming Tai Chi routine on the sundeck, or simply revel in the captivating beauty of the bay’s landscape. Our next stop takes us to the renowned Thien Canh Son cave system, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the mesmerizing caverns. On the return journey, discover the art of Vietnamese fruit and vegetable carving, showcasing your creativity, and try your hand at crafting delectable spring rolls. As we disembark from the boat, we make our way back to Hanoi. For those interested, there is an optional walking tour available to delve further into the city’s vibrant culture and heritage. Tonight, we come together to celebrate our final night, cherishing the memories we’ve created throughout this remarkable journey.

Day 11 – Thien Cave & Hanoi

Enjoy a delightful breakfast and bid farewell to the fellow guests on the 12-Day tour as we embark on a new adventure. Get ready to be mesmerized by scenic views and sprawling rice fields. The day grants you the freedom to explore Hanoi at your own pace, immersing yourself in the city’s vibrant ambiance and cultural offerings. In the evening, we’ll hop aboard an overnight sleeper train bound for Lao Cai, ensuring a comfortable journey as we continue our extraordinary expedition.

Day 12 – Overnight to Lao Cai

Upon arrival at Lao Cai Railway station, our friendly local driver will be there to greet us and transfer us to the hotel in Sapa. Take some time to freshen up and indulge in a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Our adventure begins as we depart from Sapa town, embarking on a delightful walk to the enchanting villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, inhabited by the Black Hmong people. This trek is known for its scenic beauty and allows us to descend into a picturesque valley, home to various ethnic hill tribes. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking surroundings as you marvel at the multi-layered rice terraces and charming villages that dot the valley’s walls. A delightful local-style lunch awaits us by a serene river, providing a perfect opportunity to recharge. Afterward, we continue our journey through the spectacular villages and terraces, absorbing the rich cultural heritage and stunning landscapes that lie before us.

Day 13 – Sapa!

Following a delightful breakfast, we’ll bid farewell to Ta Van and embark on a scenic trek to Giang Ta Chai village, where we’ll have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the vibrant culture of the Red Dao people. Prepare to be captivated by the colorful attire worn by the women of this ethnic group. We’ll pause for a satisfying lunch before departing from Giang Ta Chai. Our journey takes us back to Sapa, where we’ll have the chance to explore the lively Sapa markets, immersing ourselves in the local atmosphere and discovering unique treasures. As evening approaches, a shared bus will pick us up and transport us to Lao Cai railway station, where we’ll have time to enjoy a delicious dinner before boarding the night train to Hanoi, continuing our overnight journey in comfort.

Day 14 – Giang Ta Chai

As our incredible journey draws to a close, we arrive back in Hanoi around 6am, marking our final day together in Vietnam. From this point onwards, you have the freedom to shape your day according to your own preferences and interests. Explore the vibrant streets of Hanoi, visit its captivating landmarks, savor the local cuisine, or simply take some time to reflect on the unforgettable memories you’ve made throughout the trip. This day is yours to savor, cherishing the experiences and connections forged during our remarkable adventure in Vietnam.

Day 15 - Depart

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This itinerary is a guide only. Given the spontaneous nature of our trips, our lack of control over the weather,
and many other factors that can effect a group, where we go and what we do each day may vary.

Always included:

  • Covered by the Travel Guarantee Fund in Denmark
  • 100% climate-neutral travel
  • Professional travel experts and local guides
  • We do all the planning for you
  • Personalized meetings before departure
  • 24/7 emergency telephone
  • Your own personal travel profile with program, add-ons, flight tickets etc.
  • Packing list and advice
  • Certification of participation
  • Advice and assistance with booking flights
  • Possibility of purchasing cancellation and travel insurance
  • All entrances and fees for experiences
  • All tour accommodation

 

Transport:

  • Private transport
  • Overnight train
  • Private Boat trip
  • Rickshaw, mountain bikes, kayaks and by foot

 

Experiences:

  • Explore the vibrant cities of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and Hoi An and eat traditional meals from street vendors
  • Sail and kayak amongst the limestone islands, karsts, caves & coves of Ha Long Bay
  • Sip cocktails or enjoy a local beer as you relax on deck of our private charter exploring the unique landscape of Ha Long Bay
  • Explore and discover the villages and rice paddies of Ninh Bink by bike.
  • Sunsets over Dragon Mountain
  • Crabbing with local fisherman
  • Authentic Vietnamese cooking lessons with local village people, not once, but twice!
  • Tour the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, used extensively during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong
  • Experience local working and village life on the Mekong Delta
  • Enjoy the culture of Vietnam over 12 incredible days with their friendly welcome locals.
  • Try every type of fresh Vietnamese food from noodle soups to sweet pork rolls!

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Your expected footprint on this trip: 1.09 tons of CO2

(not including flights). Find out more about our commitment to net-zero travel and how you can lower your footprint.

Accommodation: 518 kgs Approx. 14 nights at 37kgs per night Transport: 430 kgs Approx. 1850km at 25kgs per 100km Optional activities: 30 kgs Approx. average (2 activities) Food & drinks: 10.5 kgs Approx. 700g per day Boats: 1.1 kgs Approx. 30km at 19g per km

Your local investment on this trip: ₫3,100,000

The average expected amount our U.Traveller’s spend that goes directly into the local economy.

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  • More inclusions, head to head, than other trips meaning you get more value for your spend, you see more and you experience more!
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  • A team with over 100 years collective travel experience

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