Pho, Fun & Sun in Vietnam

10 days
from
$1,999 USD
incl. taxes
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Suitable for:
Age 30s and 40s
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
EOV
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Group size:
6–16

Embark on an enriching ten-day journey through Vietnam. Your mind will expand as you learn about Vietnam’s history and crafts. Your body will be invigorated by feasting on nourishing food, kayaking through a karst landscape and cycling through rural Vietnam. Your soul will be soothed by tai chi and yoga. You’ll see the best of Vietnam’s cities and countryside and return home realigned, with a head bursting with unforgettable memories of this multifaceted land.

Highlights

  • Cruise and kayak through the enchantingly beautiful Halong Bay
  • Get acquainted with the flavours of Vietnam: taste wine in Hanoi, sample street food in Saigon, join a chef for dinner in Hoi An
  • Be enthralled and appalled by Vietnam’s complex ancient and modern history

Key information

  • Eight nights in comfortable resorts and boutique hotels
  • One night afloat in twin-share cabins
  • Countries visited: Vietnam

What's included

  • All breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Tips for leaders and staff
  • International flights
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Sustainable Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

Learn more about what sustainable travel means to Exodus Edits here…

Itinerary

Hanoi
to
Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 1

    Good Morning Vietnam

    The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, is ready to welcome you when you arrive. Get acclimatised and familiarise yourself with the city by wandering the tree-lined avenues.

    There’s a group welcome meeting then you’ll dine at KOTO (Know One, Teach One), a well-established training restaurant for disadvantaged youths. You’ll be served a blend of Vietnamese, South-East Asian and Western foods.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Start the day right with yoga and tai chi

    You’ll set an early alarm today, but (blissfully) there’s no commuter slog ahead. Instead, you’re off to Hoan Kiem Lake for a Tai Chi and Laughing Yoga session. Mind and body aligned, you’ll feast on pho, a Vietnamese soup, for breakfast before setting off on a walk around Hanoi’s Old Quarter where you’ll sample egg coffee.

    You’ll try bun cha for lunch, a local speciality dish of noodles, broth and meat served alongside some greens.

    Later, there’s wine tasting in store, led by local expert Thang. You’ll hear his far-flung traveller tales where he discovered global alcohol-making processes. Then learn how he has introduced teas to enrich the taste of his wines. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Discover the majesty of Halong Bay

    After breakfast, you’ll make the four-hour journey by road to Halong Bay. A spellbinding sight, this is where thousands of limestone pillars rise from an emerald-hued sea. You’ll set sail through the karst scenery with lunch served on board and later enjoy sunset cocktails and dinner. You’ll sleep onboard tonight, sharing twin-share cabins with en-suite facilities.

    Please be aware that the boat trip on Halong Bay can be subject to short notice change if certain adverse weather conditions develop during your trip.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Hello Hue

    Rise with the sun for tai chi onboard before breakfast. Afterwards, you'll kayak past ethereal grottoes before jumping back on board to cruise back to the mainland and head to the airport for a short flight to Hue (pronounced ‘hway’) on the banks of the Perfume River. As the ancient home of the Nguyen emperors, Hue claims to be the true cultural and historic centre of Vietnam.  

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Explore ancient Hue. Visit the Peaceful Bamboo Family

    There’s a historic immersion lined up today. First, you’ll visit the Imperial City of Hue, a complex of the emperor’s residence, palaces, shrines and state buildings. Although it’s a fraction of what was once here (it was badly bombed in the wars that afflicted Vietnam), it’s a fascinating glimpse into Vietnamese history.  

    In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Peaceful Bamboo Family, an uplifting community for children with learning disabilities. You’ll have lunch in their biodynamic garden, see their lacquer painting workshop, and have the chance to buy handmade incense and jams.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Get to know Hoi An and try your hand at lantern making

    After breakfast, you’ll take a private bus to Hoi An, once a major trading port that has retained its old-world charm. You’ll have a walking tour of the Old Town, drinking in the history of the 800 centuries-old buildings. Later, there’s a lantern making class.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Cycle to Tra Que Vegetable Village for dinner

    After a morning that’s all yours, in the afternoon you’ll take a leisurely bike ride to Tra Que Vegetable Village. Observe how the locals live and grow their produce, then visit a chef’s home to feast on a spread of the regional dishes.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Get swept up in Saigon

    Tear yourself away from Hoi An – today you’re bound for Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, as it’s now known. You’ll take a short flight to this vibrant, chaotic city. Prepare for an assault on your senses: the relentless racket of scooters and a riot of colourful markets. You’ll take a guided visit to the moving and powerful War Remnants Museum. It’s a horrifying but enlightening insight into the atrocities that afflicted this nation.

    Tonight, you’ll join the throngs of scooters on a street tour by Vespa. You’ll be guided to the less-explored pockets of the city to try the best of Saigon’s street food.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 9

    Visit the Cu Chi tunnels

    You’ll visit the Cu Chi tunnels today, an intricate system of underground tunnels that wind for 120 miles. Used by the Viet Cong, the network has living areas, weapon factories, field hospitals and kitchens. On the tour, you’ll hear about the impact the wars had on the local communities.

    Above ground, your day continues with a cooking class at the Spice Garden restaurant under the expert guidance of a local chef. Having devoured your creations, you’ll return to HCMC. Tonight, there’s an optional dinner and drinks for a fitting farewell to your group before preparing to return home tomorrow.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    So long, Saigon

    After a final breakfast in Ho Chi Minh City, a transfer will take you to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vietnam

A visa is no longer needed for British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes) for a period of up to 15 days, and on the basis of meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. The visa exemption period will end on 30 June 2021. All other nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam and this must be obtained prior to departure.

For further information please check the FCO site and check under Vietnam / 'Entry Requirements'. If you have any questions about whether you need a visa for your trip please contact the Customer Operations department.

Vaccinations

Vietnam

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

  • All breakfast, four lunches and four dinners are included
  • Vegetarian food is widely available, however the offering will be fairly similar in most places
  • There are plenty of opportunities to try Vietnam’s excellent and distinctive food, with menus that balance salty, sweet, sour and hot flavours

Weather

 

Is this trip for you?

  • A busy but physically easy-going itinerary that visits some of the main highlights of Vietnam
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus and two internal flights
  • Solo room accommodation available on request (not available for 1 night on overnight boat in Halong Bay)

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Accommodation

Hotels and Boat

La Belle Vie Hotel, Hanoi

A modern hotel with stylish guestrooms (think polished hardwood floors), marble reception and a rooftop pool.

Syrena Cruise, Halong Bay

A 34 cabin ship styled in Vietnamese hardwood. Each cabin has a with large, picture window. There’s a restaurant on board and a sundeck that’s a prime spot for sunset. Solo room accommodation is not available on the boat, rooms are twin-share.

Thanh Lich Royal Boutique, Hue

A smart hotel with lovely rooms, ideally positioned for adventures through Hue. See the city skyline from the hotel’s pool.

Le Pavillon Hoi An Paradis, Hoi An

A stylish boutique hotel in the centre of the ancient town, with bags of facilities including a rooftop pool and spa.

Sila Urban Living, Ho Chi Minh City

A sleek and modern apartment-style hotel, where each spacious room has a kitchenette.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
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