19 DAYS ●
Immerse Yourself Tour
Journey from Sapa in Vietnam's northern reaches, where you'll hike amongst rice terraces and meet ethnic minority people, through the heritage-rich cities of Hanoi,
Hoi An and Saigon, to the very south, where you'll explore the canals of the lush Mekong Delta.
Explore the verdant rice terraces whilst visiting Sapa's local ethnic villages
Wind over these sleepy backwaters discovering a relaxed pace of life in the Delta
Swin in the sapphire sea or relax on the white beaches of these idyllic islands
Get involved with the famous bustling floating markets observing the local customs
Our Vietnam Adventure itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s colonially influenced atmospheric capital. (D)
Begin with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex and the Ethnology Museum to learn about the country’s ethnic groups. Enjoy lunch at Koto restaurant before visiting a water puppet artist for a chance to participate in the creation of the puppets and to enjoy a private performance. Tonight, discover Hanoi’s street-side night life and taste the varied flavours of Vietnamese street food such as Pho Cuon and Banh Xeo – a truly local way of eating dinner! (B,L,D)
Rise early today and visit the fabulous flower market in Quang Ba, and see Tai Chi at Hoan Kiem Lake – an oasis of peace and daily life in the centre of Hanoi. Visit the Temple of Literature and the Old Quarter, with a stop for local delicacy ‘ca phe trung’ (egg coffee) en route. Board the overnight train to Lao Cai. (B,L,D)
After an early morning arrival and breakfast, transfer to beautiful Sapa. Later you will trek through luscious, stepped rice paddies and hills visiting small villages to rest and meet the communities who call them home, ending your walk at Ham Rong Mountain. (B,L)
Your Sapa adventure continues with approximately seven hours of trekking through the rice terraces, visiting the H’Mong villages of Y Linh Ho and Cat Cat. Continue to Ta Van and try your hand at batik painting, in a class lead by a Black H'mong woman. Sit down for a chat with an ethnic minority family in Lao Chai village. (B,L)
Take a free morning to soak up views around Sapa before an afternoon trek between Hau Thao and Giang Ta Chai villages – at Giang Ta Chai, there is an attractive waterfall. All aboard the overnight train to Hanoi. (B,L,D)
Arrive into Hanoi and depart for Halong Bay. Board your vessel for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestone-studded waters. Pass by quaint fishing towns, taste freshly caught seafood and admire the vistas of the bay. There are many activities to take part in while you are onboard – swim in the cool waters of the bay, explore stalagmite and stalactite filled caves, and even squid fishing (in season). (B,L,D) On day 8, rise early to catch the sunrise over the karst peaks of the bay and practice Tai Chi on deck. Return to Hanoi and take the overnight train to Dong Hoi. (B,D)
Arrive in Dong Hoi this morning. Dong Hai is a coastal city that is the gateway to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The park is home to more karst landscapes within which have formed some of the world’s most spectacular caves. You will explore Phong Nha, only accessible by river. Once inside the cave, your boatman will row you 1.5km into the 45km-long cave. Marvel at the incredible caverns filled with stalactites. You will also explore one cave on foot. (B,L,D)
Spend the morning discovering the wonders of the cathedral-esque Paradise Cave. (B,L)
Take a full-day tour to the DMZ, the buffer that existed between North Vietnam and South Vietnam during the War. You’ll visit the Vinh Moc tunnels and battleground of Khe Sanh before driving on to Hue, Vietnam’s last imperial capital. (B,L,D)
Embark on a cyclo tour of the city, heading to the Imperial Citadel and Purple Forbidden City – built in 1362 it was home to Vietnam’s Nguyen dynasty from 1802 to 1945. The banks of the Perfume River outside the city are dotted with UNESCO-listed Imperial tombs – visit Minh Mang’s before cruising on the river itself. (B,L)
Journey to Hoi An, stopping en route to visit the Lady Buddha, a 67-metre high Bodhisattva of Mercy, on the picturesque Son Tra peninsula. Arrive in Hoi An and head out onto the town’s charming streets on a walking tour that will take you past old Chinese trader’s houses to the elaborate Japanese Bridge. (B,L,D)
Hop on your bike today and pedal through the scenic rice paddies outside Hoi An. Pay a visit to local farmers where you can try your hand at traditional farming techniques – look out for water buffalo! Enjoy a relaxed boat ride to a peaceful fishing village, where you can try making a fishing net and go paddling in unique bamboo basket boats. (B,L)
Transfer to Danang and fly to the vibrant city of Saigon. On arrival, explore Saigon’s Central Post Office, before strolling the grand Rue Catinat to the Hotel Continental. Later, ascend to the rooftop bar of the Hotel Caravelle for city views (drinks at your own expense), before an exhilarating ride through Saigon’s streets, riding pillion on the back of a vintage Vespa. Continue to a favourite local eating spot. Wind up your night with drinks and live music (at your own expense).
Head south to Ben Tre and board a small boat to meander through the waterways of the Mekong Delta, the perfect way to explore the lush, green landscapes. Stop for a stroll through a local village and to see mat weavers at work. A tuk tuk will then deliver you to the pier to board ‘Le Jarai’, a beautifully restored teak rice barge where, as you continue cruising you can enjoy a cooking demonstration and a three-course lunch of Mekong specialities. Travel to the delta city of Can Tho. (B,L,D)
Pay a morning visit to Cai Rang floating market, where you’ll see boats piled high with the colourful produce of the region. Take a relaxed cycle through beautiful, peaceful countryside before returning to Saigon. (B,L,D)
This morning, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war. Transfer to the airport and board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B,L)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to Vietnam. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual.
Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes. Meals generally finish with fruit to clean the palate.
Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally.
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