Experience quintessential Vietnam on this comprehensive journey from south to north. Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and experience dynamic cities, tranquil backwaters, imperial ruins, faded colonial elegance and picture-perfect landscapes dotted with reminders of past history. This was our first trip to Vietnam and many say it remains our best.
Days 1-2 Ho Chi Minh City
Discover this dynamic economic hub on a cyclo tour through chaotic streets. An excursion to the War Remnants Museum makes for a reflective interlude. In free time, hunt for a bargain at the Ben Thanh and Russian markets.
Days 5-6 Dalat
Vietnam's 'honeymoon capital' is like spring all year round, with its cool climate, charming French villas and vibrant market. Visit Bao Dai's Summer Palace on a morning city tour.
Days 7-8 Nha Trang
Enjoy breathtaking views around every corner on the Ngoan Muc Pass and stop at the striking Po Klong Garai Cham Towers. In Nha Trang, sultry waters, swaying palms and a sailboat await. Take it all in on a leisurely cruise around the nearby islands.
Day 9 Quy Nhon
Relish the breathtaking scenery travelling to Quy Nhon, where there's a chance to spend time teaching English to local kids at the Nguyen Nga Training Centre.
Days 10-12 Hoi An
Make a sobering stop at the My Lai Memorial on the way to World Heritage-listed Hoi An. Boasting more than 500 tailors and handicraft shops, Hoi An is a shopper's paradise.
Days 13-15 Hue
Stop at the famed China Beach en route to the former imperial capital of Hue. Take a dragon boat cruise along the timeless Perfume River, visit the impressive citadel and admire the stately Thien Mu Pagoda.
Day 16 Cuc Phuong National Park
Enjoy breakfast at KOTO, an Intrepid-supported restaurant that gives underprivileged teens a chance to learn hospitality skills. Afterwards, get close to monkeys and gibbons at the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, and see some of the incredible work being done to help injured, orphaned and threatened species.
Day 17 Halong Bay
Cruise among dramatic karsts rising out of the emerald waters of Halong Bay while enjoying a delicious banquet lunch.
Days 18-20 Hanoi
Dine at KOTO, stroll along leafy boulevards to the Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and see a water-puppet performance.
Day 3 Mekong Delta Homestay
Explore the intricate waterways of the mighty Mekong en route to a homestay. Wake early to watch the Delta come alive with floating markets.
Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City
Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to unearth a world of underground mystery before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City for the night.