• Hoi An, Vietnam
  • A vendor carrying baskets of food Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Vietnamese food, Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Traditional silk lanterns in Hoi An Ancient Town, Vietnam.
  • Halong-Bay-Castaways-Island
  • Castaways-Island-4
  • Castaways-island-3
  • Castaways-Halong-Bay
  • Sunset over the sand dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam
  • Ancient arch in Hue, Vietnam
  • A busy street scene showing mopeds, buildings and many electrical cables in Hanoi
  • Hanoi
  • Hoan Kiem – Sunset in Hanoi
  • 5 – Phong Nha Nat Park
  • A gaping cave at Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
  • Vietnam-cokking-school
  • vietnam
  • Ninh Binh Vietnam
  • Motorbiking-Vietnam
  • Feel the freedom! Motorbiking in Southeast Asia.
  • Halong Bay at dusk
  • Deserted Nhat Le beach, near Dong Hoi, Vietnam

Vietnam Explorer: Group Adventure Tour | 17 Days | from HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM


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  • Cover all the highlights and hidden gems in this incredible country from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi!
  • Get a cultural insight into Vietnam’s not too distant past.
  • Visit the sand dunes of Mui Ne, the stunning beaches of the central coast, breathtaking caves of Phong Nha National Park and finish off with a private island getaway in UNESCO World Heritage Site, magnificent Halong Bay.
  • This is the perfect trip for anyone wanting to really explore the length of Vietnam!
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17 Day Vietnam Explorer – Itinerary


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

DAY 10

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.

DAY 11

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!

DAY 12

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.

DAY 13

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.

 DAY 14

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.

DAY 15

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.

DAY 16

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

DAY 17

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.

What's Included

  • Airport Pick Up (up to 2 days before start date)
  • 16 Night’s accommodation
  • All transport included
  • Ho Chi Minh City Orientation & War Museum
  • Sand Dunes in Mui Ne
  • Beach Day Mui Ne
  • Ninhvana Beach Hideaway
  • Kayaking, Paddle boarding
  • Massages, Yoga, trekking
  • Lantern Making in Hoi An
  • Basket Boat Trip Hoi An
  • Hue, Imperial City & Royal Palace
  • Phong Nha National Park
  • Paradise Caves
  • Hanoi Cooking Class
  • Castaways Island, Halong Bay
  • Water activities or rock climbing
  • Booze cruise around Halong Bay
  • Help with onward travel
  • Support the entire time you are in South East Asia

Departure Dates


  • January – 24
  • February – 28
  • March – 7, 18, 25
  • April – 3, 10, 22, 29
  • May- 8, 15, 24, 31
  • June – 12, 19
  • July – 1, 8, 17, 24
  • August – 4, 12, 21, 28
  • September – 9, 16, 25
  • October – 2, 14, 21, 30
  • November – 6, 18, 25
  • December – 4

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time, free of additional charges.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is within 48 hours of the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.


Tru Travels

The South East Asia Backpacker Community have tried and tested adventures across the region and handpicked a selection of only the BEST companies to work with.

Why we chose Tru Travels

Tru Travels was founded by two English backpackers, Mark and Joe, who wanted to share some of the amazing experiences that they’d had whilst backpacking in Southeast Asia with others. We (Nikki) first met them 10 years ago on the little island of Koh Phangan in South Thailand, when their travel company was just a dream.

Nowadays, their tours are some of the best-loved group trips on the planet and they receive hundreds of 5-star reviews every day! Their success is 100% down to the fact that their tours are made by travellers, for travellers!

At the end of an adventure with Tru Travels, people tell them that they have just had some of the best weeks of their lives! This really is the number one goal of Tru Travels and why they set up the company in the first place – to give people the time of their lives!

Tru Travels firmly believe that travel can not only change peoples lives for the better, but it also has the potential to change the world! Countless times they say they have seen people change for the better in many ways after a travel adventure, be it: opening their eyes and minds to new cultures and ways of thinking, curing previously incurable shyness, developing new social skills, discovering hidden talents, picking up new hobbies or even seeing the world in a more positive and happy light!

Travel is, without a doubt, the university of life. But it’s not just the travellers whose lives have the potential to be changed; the local people, the communities we travel within, the environment and the world at large can also benefit from the travel industry if the people and companies involved do it right.


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