Vietnam Discovery

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Trace the eastern coastline of mystical Vietnam, traversing the country from south to north and unplugging the many attractions that lie along the way. From the modern chaos of Ho Chi Minh City all the way up to old-world Hanoi, you'll experience tumultuous history, colonial charm, vibrant colours, delicious food and inspiring scenery on this fun-filled adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City

Perhaps arrive early to see the Ho Chi Minh tourist spots including Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum.

Days 2-3 Mekong Delta

Cruise the mighty Mekong River before spending the night with local friends at a homestay by the water.

Days 4-5 Nha Trang

Bask on Nha Trang's golden beaches, take a boat trip to nearby islands or sample sumptuous seafood. For an artistic interlude, head to the Long Thanh Gallery which showcases a collection of extraordinary black and white images capturing everyday Vietnamese moments.

Days 6-8 Hoi An

Almost untouched by time, Hoi An is enthralling. Wander through the atmospheric Phung Hung Old House or check out the carp-shaped rain spouts on the Quan Cong Temple roof. Get a dose of rustic rural charm on a bike ride through the countryside - after all this is the way more than 20 million Vietnamese get around - or simply relax on Hoi An beaches.

Days 9-11 Hue

Travel from Hoi An to Hue. As well as an array of ancient imperial ruins, there are many other Hue attractions - it's the birthplace of degustation-style Vietnamese cuisine, the centre of Vietnamese Buddhism and boasts the country's greatest cyclo-to-person ratio.

Day 12 Hanoi

Soak up the atmosphere of Hanoi's Old Quarter on a walking tour. Afterwards, take to the streets of Hanoi shopping - perhaps along eclectic Pho Hang Gai or check out the Dong Xuan Market. Perhaps also catch a water puppet show.

Day 13 Halong Bay

Stop by a local initiative that supports people living with disabilities. Cruise past spectacular limestone karsts rising out of the sea in Halong Bay then spend a night on jungle-covered Cat Ba Island. Maybe take a morning dip if the water's warm enough.

Days 14-15 Hanoi

There's time for a final Vietnamese feast on return to Hanoi.

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