Essential Vietnam

05/21/2023 through 12/26/2024
05/21/2023 through 12/29/2024
Intrepid Travel

Essential Vietnam

As you slink from old-world Hanoi through ancient Hue, past historic Hoi An and to bustling Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll quickly realise that the Vietnamese know a thing or two about delicious food. Pho, banh mi, rice paper rolls – oh my! You’ll be bowled over with the number of offerings on this 11-day Essential Vietnam tour, from north to south. Not only will you be eating, you’ll be cruising, riding, relaxing, exploring and enjoying all of the Vietnamese hospitality. It sure is a damn tasty slice of this South East Asian nation, so there’s only one thing to say: Viet-nom.


  • Cat Ba Island – Boat trip on Lan Ha Bay
  • Cat Ba Island – Kayaking
  • Hoa Lu – Temple of King Dinh and King Le
  • Ninh Binh – Bike Tour
  • Hue – Home cooked dinner
  • Hoi An – Old Town walking tour
  • Hoi An – Garden-to-Table with A Local Chef
  • Ho Chi Minh City – Local Market Visit
  • Ho Chi Minh City – Local Coffee Experience


  • A little touch of France here, a little bit of China there – and all in Vietnam! Chill out in the cultural mixed bag of Hoi An. Hit up the local beach, cycle through rice paddies or get some sweet threads tailor-made.
  • Sit down to a cup of strong Vietnamese coffee in a busy Ho Chi Minh City market and listen to stories from your trip leader about the city’s vibrant culture and history.
  • Balance on a tiny street side stool in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, soaking up the bustling vibes and watching motorbikes zoom past.
  • Who’d have thought green seas and giant mossy rocks could be so pretty? Take in the views of Lan Ha Bay by kayak as you explore the limestone islands.
  • Cycle to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and check out the temples, pagodas and monuments all backed by what some call ‘Halong Bay on land’.


Day 1 Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi
Day 3 Cat Ba
Day 4 Ninh Binh
Day 5 Ninh Binh - Overnight Train
Day 6 Hue
Day 7 Hoi An
Day 8 Hoi An
Day 9 Hoi An - Overnight Train
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City

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