Updated August 29th, 2018.
17 Day Vietnam Explorer – Itinerary
AIRPORT PICK UP
Arrive anytime on day one. You will be picked up from the airport in Ho Chi Minh City by your group leader and will meet your new travel buddies for a few drinks in the evening.
CITY ORIENTATION & WAR MUSEUM
Spend the day getting to know your new surroundings and indulge in culture and history with a walking tour of the city and a visit the national war museum.
SAND DUNES AT SUNSET IN MUI NE
Head north to our first coastal destination, Mui Ne. We arrive around mid-afternoon and check into our new hotel before exploring the sand dunes to get those postcard pics at sunset.
MUI NE BEACH DAY
Spend the day on the beach relaxing and topping up the tan or go explore the local area. There are plenty of water activities to keep you occupied such as kite surfing & kayaking (optional). In the evening we board a night bus up to Nha Trang.
We’ll reach Nha Trang in the early morning and will pause to have breakfast before we hop onto our shuttle bus to Ninhvana. This awesome place is an all-inclusive backpacker beach resort where all food, drink and activities are included. It is up to you how you enjoy your time here. You can choose from paddle boarding, kayaking, bike tours, guided trekking, yoga classes, even massages. Facilities also include 2 swimming pools, beach volleyball courts, outdoor cinema and a basketball court. This is the perfect hideaway!
Enjoy a leisurely morning and make the most of the inclusions of this magical place. We head back to Nha Trang late afternoon and arrive in time for our night bus to Hoi An. You should feel relaxed and rearing to go for the next leg of our adventure.
LANTERN MAKING IN HOI AN
We’ll arrive in the early morning into Hoi An and drop our bags at our hotel. We’ll then head out to join a traditional Hoi An lantern making class and learn how to make our own miniature lanterns. The afternoon is free for you to relax after a long journey or you can explore the towns markets and tailors.
BASKET BOAT TRIP
We will spend a unique morning crab fishing as we explore the seven-hectare water coconut woods in traditional Vietnamese basket boats. The afternoon is free for you to once again chill out or explore.
HAI VAN PASS IN OPEN TOP JEEPS
An adventure filled day as we leave Hoi An in an open top jeep and hit the Hai Van Pass, featured as the ‘Top Gear Experience’ it’s the perfect way to travel to Hue. On arrival we check into our new hotel and head into town for a few drinks in the evening.
HUE IMPERIAL CITY
Today it’s time to explore the historic imperial city of Hue. We head off to the Royal Palace where we take in the history of the nation’s former capital city.
TRAVEL TO PHONG NHA
We enjoy a well-earned ‘lie in’ before having a hearty brunch and heading over via bus to the small town of Phong Nha. We’ll arrive early evening, just in time to enjoy a few drinks in one of the lively local bars!
PHONG NHA CAVES
Phong Nha is famous for its cave network being one of the longest cave systems in the world at 31km long. We spend the day zip-lining through the caves which is situated inside Phong Nha National Park. In the evening we jump on an overnight train to Hanoi.
COOKING CLASS IN HANOI
We arrive early morning into Hanoi and head to our hotel to check in. As the rooms are still being prepared, we get to experience a Vietnamese cooking class and try the culinary delights of some local dishes. The afternoon is free for you to chill or explore.
We leave early by bus and boat to head to the famous Castaway Island in Halong Bay – Once checked into our beach side accommodation we enjoy lunch with the most amazing view before an afternoon of watersports and an evening of beach partying.
CASTAWAYS BOAT TRIP
We spend our full day in Halong bay aboard a traditional junk boat cruising through Ha Long Bay. During the trip we stop off to Kayak through ancient caves and a network of lagoon whilst looking out for monkeys before relaxing on the boat during the afternoon with plenty of swim stops.
TRAVEL TO HANOI
After a few big nights on our private island we enjoy another lay in before enjoying our last beach front lunch and jumping on the boat and bus back to Hanoi where we check in the to our accommodation for our final night together as a group
CHILLED CHECK OUT
It’s time to say goodbye to each other as everyone heads off for their next steps. Whether you’re continuing around SE Asia or heading to the airport and home your Group Leader will help you to get you where you’re going.