Vietnam Tours

Vietnam tours really are overflowing with natural beauty. Take Pongua Waterfall. This magnificent waterfall is located in mountain ranges more than 50 kilometres from Dalat. But, you’ll hear it long before you reach it. The 40 metre-high waterfall flows down onto a big lake, bellowing out a great noise and echo.

See the wonders of Vietnam

Another must-see sight is Son Doong or the Infinite Cave - the world’s largest cave with its own flowing river and its own forest. It’s like an underground world Stephen Spielberg created, but, it’s very real and very awesome. You won’t find it on Google maps though, as this giant cave is covered by jungle. Look into Vietnam tours that cover this awesome destination to get there.

And you can’t miss seeing the World Heritage-listed Halong Bay. In fact, book a Halong Bay tour to fully experience what the Vietnamese consider a wonder of the world. Halong Bay contains over 3,000 incredible limestone islands rising from the Gulf of Tonkin. Your Halong Bay tour will take in this tranquil bay and its magical grottos and caves including Dau Go, a massive cavern with stalactites and stalagmites that resemble animals.

If you want a city buzz, head to Ho Chi Minh City. It’s modern and bustling, but with countless links to the past including shrines and temples. You should definitely take a cruise along the Saigon. Boats really are the best way to tour Vietnam, and don’t forget the Mekong Delta and the floating markets!

There are also heaps of Vietnam cycling tours, which include equipment hire. Or maybe a motorbike’s more your thing? Well, you’re not alone. Motorbikes are the preferred mode of transport for locals and a super-cool way to tour around Vietnam. Nervous about Vietnamese traffic? There’s safety in numbers in a Vietnam motorcycle tour.

For all the goss on Vietnam plus the lowdown on the best tours this country has to offer, call Student Flights. We’ve got sweet deals on stacks of Vietnam tour packages and will find the right Vietnam tour operator for you! Give Student Flights a call now on 1800 046 462.

Vietnam Tour Holiday Packages

  • WAS $820*, NOW $697*, SAVE $123*

    Explore Vietnam, 11 Days, SAVE $123*

    from $697*

    • 11 day small group tour departing Hanoi.
    • 8 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • 2 nights accommodation on an overnight sleeper train.
    • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch.
    • Activities: Bike hire in Hue, Boat, charter, Hue, Perfume River (Mr Tran Tan), Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's stilt house, Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison, Hanoi - Temple of Literature, HCMC - Cu Chi Tunnels, Hoi An - Ancient town, Hue - Royal tomb, Mr Luong Nha Trang full day boat trip - Hon Mun.
    • Services of an Intrepid's expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
    • Transport by an overnight sleeper train.
    • WAS $820*, NOW $697*, SAVE $123*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Hanoi - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City

    Days 1-2 Hanoi
    Arrive early to explore the chaotic capital of Vietnam. Hanoi is an alluring city of contrasts, best discovered on foot. Walk along Hanoi's pagoda-studded lake and perhaps visit some of its rich cultural sights.

    Day 3 Hue
    As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings.

    Days 4-5 Hoi An
    Indulge in the riverside delights of beautiful Hoi An. Quaint, yet with an air of French chic, spend some time meandering around the Old Town of this graceful city. Famous for its quality tailors, why not get measured up for a suit, dress or a new pair of leather shoes - with a turn around of 24 hours, it would be mad not to make the most of this shopping paradise.

    Days 6-8 Nha Trang
    Time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation in the beautiful coastal town of Nha Trang. Grab a snorkel and head out to sea in search of crabs, seahorses and the rare zebra moray eel. Otherwise spend the day on land, worshipping the sun, eating fresh seafood and resting up before another ride on the Reunification Express, headed for Ho Chi Minh.

    Days 9-11 Ho Chi Minh City
    Hectic, gritty and full of surprises, explore Ho Chi Minh City with a local to discover the secrets of this bubbly metropolis. Perhaps head to the Cu Chi Tunnels for an intriguing history lesson on Vietnamese guerrilla warfare tactics, before taking a trip to the War Remnants Museum. For a little rest and relaxation, why not head to a local pho house for a bowl of slurpy broth, or sit back and watch the world go by from a terraced balcony with a refreshing Vietnamese ice coffee in hand

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  • WAS $995*, NOW $845*, SAVE $150*

    Vietnam in a Banana Leaf, 15 Days, SAVE $150*

    from $845*

    • 15 day small group tour departing Ho Chi Minh City.
    • 3 nights accommodation on a sleeper train.
    • 10 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • 1 night accommodation Homestay.
    • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
    • Day cruise on Halong Bay and overnight on Cat Ba Island.
    • Free time to explore Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Lang Co Beach, Hue and Hanoi.
    • Overnight 'Reunification Express' sleeper trains from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang, Nha Trang to Danang and Hue to Hanoi.
    • Services of a Gecko's expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
    • Transport by Boat, Ferry, Private Bus, Private Vehicle, Sleeper Train.
    • WAS $995*, NOW $845*, SAVE $150*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay

    DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY
    You know how when you're camping, you can sit and watch the fire crackle for hours? That's what it's like watching the traffic in Ho Chi Minh City. Grab an outside seat, a bowl of pho and prepare to be mesmerised. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. There will be a pre departure meeting at approx. 6pm tonight.

    DAY 2-3: MEKONG DELTA - HO CHI MINH CITY - OVERNIGHT TRAIN
    Cruise the mighty Mekong River before spending the night with local friends on a homestay by the water. Take a boat down the Mekong River. It's an experience that will fill you with joy, as will staying with a local family in the evening. Head down to the Mekong Delta and visit Ben Tre. On arrival, board a private boat and cruise along the waterways to visit local cottage industries. Head to our overnight homestay along the water. Sleep on simple camp beds in dorm-style rooms. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Shared toilet and bathroom facilities are basic. Rise early and enjoy a simple breakfast before boarding the boat, and catching a bus back to Ho Chi Minh City. Board an overnight train to Nha Trang - conditions are basic, but this is the best way to travel long distances in Vietnam. The berths sleep 4- 6 and you may be sharing with locals and different genders.

    DAY 4-5: NHA TRANG - OVERNIGHT TRAIN
    When you're lying on the beach and feeling peckish, it might be time to order fresh lobster. Pick a vendor, find the biggest lobster of the bunch and Bob's your uncle (or is he?). Enjoy plenty of time to worship the sun during two full days in Nha Trang. A great optional excursion (at additional cost) is a day to cruise around the islands where you spend stacks of time swimming and snorkelling and indulging in a lunchtime feast of freshly caught seafood. Board an overnight train to Danang.

    DAY 6-8: HOI AN
    Cheap is definitely tasty in Hoi An. Now's your chance to try pho from the Motherland. Slurp away to your heart's content. Enjoy free time - there's such a broad choice of things to see and do, and they can all be experienced without difficulty. Perhaps join an optional Vietnamese cooking class? Perhaps rent bicycles and set off to explore the surrounding countryside, take a boat trip on the river, relax on the nearby beach, enjoy the cuisine on offer at some of the town's numerous cheap cafes or have some clothes made up. Why not venture further afield to Vietnam's world famous 'China Beach' (known locally as My Khe Beach) and the adjacent Marble Mountains. An optional visit to the Kingdom of Champa, the ancient ruins at My Son, can be completed in half a day.

    DAY 9-11: HUE - OVERNIGHT TRAIN
    Perhaps an optional bike ride in the countryside, then fill up on banh - Hue's very own steamed rice cakes with a little fish sauce or a dollop of chilli sauce. Travel across Hai Van Pass to the fishing village of Lang Co. After a quick stop, continue on to Hue (approx 5 hrs including stops). Enjoy some free time, perhaps visit the Dong Ba market. Check out the Forbidden Purple Palace and some royal tombs. Maybe take a Dragon Boat cruise up the Perfume River and also visit Thien Mu pagoda? Perhaps cycle out to one of the Royal tombs such as the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, one of the best remaining examples of its kind. Board overnight train to Hanoi.

    DAY 12: HANOI
    There's a big art scene here, so head to Art Vietnam in the West Lake area or Dong Phong Art Gallery in the French Quarter and pick up a memento before heading home. Take a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Visit the Dong Xuan Market and stroll through the ancient '36 Streets'.

    DAY 13: HALONG BAY
    Sure, the water looks a bit murky when you board your junk. But that's just because of all the other dirty, smelly boats stinking up the joint. Wait until you get out into the open - the water is so clear you'll be gagging for a swim. Which is exactly what we're gonna let you do. Drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay (approx 4 hrs), stop on the way for refreshments at a handicraft workshop run by disabled people. Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2000 limestone islands rising from the water. Board a boat and cruise the bay with its limestone karsts rising from the clear emerald waters. Enjoy a seafood lunch onboard, explore some of the limestone caves in the area and go swimming during the warmer months. Stay on Cat Ba Island. The foreshore is a great place to have a drink and watch the sunset.

    DAY 14-15: HANOI
    Travel by ferry to Tuan Chau, then take the bus back to Hanoi. Feast your eyes and belly on the wondrous world of Hanoi once again. Do some final exploring or just grab a beer, Vietnamese coffee or freshly squeezed juice and get terminally chill. Enjoy some free time, wander around town and check out the lifestyles of Hanoi's people. Perhaps visit One Pillar Pagoda near the Soviet-inspired mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh or walk to the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first educational institute. The trip ends in the morning on day 15.

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  • WAS $860*, NOW $774*, SAVE $86

    Riding the Reunification Train, 11 Days, SAVE $86

    from $774*

    • 11 day small group tour departing Hanoi.
    • 2 nights accommodation on a sleeper train.
    • 8 nights accommodation in Hotels.
    • 8 breakfasts and 1 lunch.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton); Hai Van Pass; Hoi An's 'Old Town'; and Cu Chi Tunnels.
    • Local 'shopping' bike ride around Hue and Dragon Boat cruise up the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda (with option to cycle back through the countryside).
    • Day cruise in Nha Trang, with a freshly-caught seafood lunch included (non-seafood options available).
    • Free time to explore Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City.
    • Services of a Geckos expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
    • Transport by Bicycle, Boat, Bus, Train.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Hanoi - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City

    DAY 1-2: HANOI - OVERNIGHT TRAIN
    No, you're not seeing things. The hundreds of Vietnamese moving in slow motion on Hoan Kiem Lake are just doing tai chi. Bring back a one-off souvenir from the propaganda shop on Hang Bac.

    DAY 3: HUE
    The Perfume River doesn't smell that great. Your Dragon Boat doesn't breathe fire. And the Forbidden Purple City isn't purple. These things happen. Mount local 'shopping' bikes and cycle down to the riverside. Place the bikes onboard a 'Dragon Boat', and enjoy a cruise up the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu pagoda. Choose to either cycle back into town from here, approximately 8km, or staying on the boat to head back down river to the Citadel. Spend a couple of hours exploring Hue's massive walled citadel and the Forbidden Purple Palace enclosed within. Perhaps cycle out to one of the Royal tombs such as the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, one of the best remaining examples of its kind.

    DAY 4-6: HOI AN - NHA TRANG
    Keep working on your bum groove during the long drive to Hoi An. If you've been wearing the same shirt every day, why not hit one of the same-day tailors and get yourself something new. If not for yourself, then for the people in your group who have to stare at you every day. Take a walking tour of Hoi An. Enjoy free time - there's such a broad choice of things to see and do, and they can all be experienced without difficulty. Perhaps rent bicycles and set off to explore the surrounding countryside, take a boat trip on the river, relax on the nearby beach, enjoy the cuisine on offer at some of the town's numerous cheap cafes or have some clothes made up. Why not venture further afield to Vietnam's world famous 'China Beach' (My Khe Beach) and the adjacent Marble Mountains. An optional visit to the Kingdom of Champa, the ancient ruins at My Son, can be completed in half a day. Leave Hoi An and take the day train to Nha Trang.

    DAY 7-8: NHA TRANG - OVERNIGHT TRAIN
    Two full days to catch some rays, swim, snorkel and pig out on freshly caught seafood. Then it's back on the Reunification Express for one last ride. Enjoy plenty of time to worship the sun during two full days in Nha Trang. Head out onto the water for a day to cruise around the islands. Spend stacks of time swimming and snorkelling. Indulge in a lunchtime feast of freshly caught seafood and other delights for non-fish eaters. Board the Reunification Express and head towards Ho Chi Minh City.

    DAY 9-11: HO CHI MINH CITY
    Your hotel is smack bang in the hot zone, surrounded by friendly locals, to-die-for pho and Ben Thanh Market. Don't eat too much if you want to squeeze into the Cu Chi Tunnels. Crawl through a section of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Learn how the brave men and women of Cu Chi built underground hospitals, kitchens and meeting rooms during their struggle. Spend the last afternoon in Vietnam shopping in the city's main business district, or take a cyclo ride through the busy city streets to Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown district, Cholon. Spend time exploring amazing Ho Chi Minh City. Trip ends after breakfast on day 11.

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  • WAS $820*, NOW $697*, SAVE $123*

    Explore Vietnam, 11 Days, SAVE $123*

    from $697*

    • 11 day small group tour departing Hanoi.
    • 8 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • 2 nights accommodation on an overnight sleeper train.
    • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch.
    • Activities: Bike hire in Hue, Boat, charter, Hue, Perfume River (Mr Tran Tan), Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's stilt house, Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison, Hanoi - Temple of Literature, HCMC - Cu Chi Tunnels, Hoi An - Ancient town, Hue - Royal tomb, Mr Luong Nha Trang full day boat trip - Hon Mun.
    • Services of an Intrepid's expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
    • Transport by an overnight sleeper train.
    • WAS $820*, NOW $697*, SAVE $123*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Hanoi - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City

    Days 1-2 Hanoi
    Arrive early to explore the chaotic capital of Vietnam. Hanoi is an alluring city of contrasts, best discovered on foot. Walk along Hanoi's pagoda-studded lake and perhaps visit some of its rich cultural sights.

    Day 3 Hue
    As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings.

    Days 4-5 Hoi An
    Indulge in the riverside delights of beautiful Hoi An. Quaint, yet with an air of French chic, spend some time meandering around the Old Town of this graceful city. Famous for its quality tailors, why not get measured up for a suit, dress or a new pair of leather shoes - with a turn around of 24 hours, it would be mad not to make the most of this shopping paradise.

    Days 6-8 Nha Trang
    Time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation in the beautiful coastal town of Nha Trang. Grab a snorkel and head out to sea in search of crabs, seahorses and the rare zebra moray eel. Otherwise spend the day on land, worshipping the sun, eating fresh seafood and resting up before another ride on the Reunification Express, headed for Ho Chi Minh.

    Days 9-11 Ho Chi Minh City
    Hectic, gritty and full of surprises, explore Ho Chi Minh City with a local to discover the secrets of this bubbly metropolis. Perhaps head to the Cu Chi Tunnels for an intriguing history lesson on Vietnamese guerrilla warfare tactics, before taking a trip to the War Remnants Museum. For a little rest and relaxation, why not head to a local pho house for a bowl of slurpy broth, or sit back and watch the world go by from a terraced balcony with a refreshing Vietnamese ice coffee in hand

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  • WAS $995*, NOW $845*, SAVE $150*

    Vietnam in a Banana Leaf, 15 Days, SAVE $150*

    from $845*

    • 15 day small group tour departing Ho Chi Minh City.
    • 3 nights accommodation on a sleeper train.
    • 10 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • 1 night accommodation Homestay.
    • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
    • Day cruise on Halong Bay and overnight on Cat Ba Island.
    • Free time to explore Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Lang Co Beach, Hue and Hanoi.
    • Overnight 'Reunification Express' sleeper trains from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang, Nha Trang to Danang and Hue to Hanoi.
    • Services of a Gecko's expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
    • Transport by Boat, Ferry, Private Bus, Private Vehicle, Sleeper Train.
    • WAS $995*, NOW $845*, SAVE $150*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay

    DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY
    You know how when you're camping, you can sit and watch the fire crackle for hours? That's what it's like watching the traffic in Ho Chi Minh City. Grab an outside seat, a bowl of pho and prepare to be mesmerised. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. There will be a pre departure meeting at approx. 6pm tonight.

    DAY 2-3: MEKONG DELTA - HO CHI MINH CITY - OVERNIGHT TRAIN
    Cruise the mighty Mekong River before spending the night with local friends on a homestay by the water. Take a boat down the Mekong River. It's an experience that will fill you with joy, as will staying with a local family in the evening. Head down to the Mekong Delta and visit Ben Tre. On arrival, board a private boat and cruise along the waterways to visit local cottage industries. Head to our overnight homestay along the water. Sleep on simple camp beds in dorm-style rooms. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Shared toilet and bathroom facilities are basic. Rise early and enjoy a simple breakfast before boarding the boat, and catching a bus back to Ho Chi Minh City. Board an overnight train to Nha Trang - conditions are basic, but this is the best way to travel long distances in Vietnam. The berths sleep 4- 6 and you may be sharing with locals and different genders.

    DAY 4-5: NHA TRANG - OVERNIGHT TRAIN
    When you're lying on the beach and feeling peckish, it might be time to order fresh lobster. Pick a vendor, find the biggest lobster of the bunch and Bob's your uncle (or is he?). Enjoy plenty of time to worship the sun during two full days in Nha Trang. A great optional excursion (at additional cost) is a day to cruise around the islands where you spend stacks of time swimming and snorkelling and indulging in a lunchtime feast of freshly caught seafood. Board an overnight train to Danang.

    DAY 6-8: HOI AN
    Cheap is definitely tasty in Hoi An. Now's your chance to try pho from the Motherland. Slurp away to your heart's content. Enjoy free time - there's such a broad choice of things to see and do, and they can all be experienced without difficulty. Perhaps join an optional Vietnamese cooking class? Perhaps rent bicycles and set off to explore the surrounding countryside, take a boat trip on the river, relax on the nearby beach, enjoy the cuisine on offer at some of the town's numerous cheap cafes or have some clothes made up. Why not venture further afield to Vietnam's world famous 'China Beach' (known locally as My Khe Beach) and the adjacent Marble Mountains. An optional visit to the Kingdom of Champa, the ancient ruins at My Son, can be completed in half a day.

    DAY 9-11: HUE - OVERNIGHT TRAIN
    Perhaps an optional bike ride in the countryside, then fill up on banh - Hue's very own steamed rice cakes with a little fish sauce or a dollop of chilli sauce. Travel across Hai Van Pass to the fishing village of Lang Co. After a quick stop, continue on to Hue (approx 5 hrs including stops). Enjoy some free time, perhaps visit the Dong Ba market. Check out the Forbidden Purple Palace and some royal tombs. Maybe take a Dragon Boat cruise up the Perfume River and also visit Thien Mu pagoda? Perhaps cycle out to one of the Royal tombs such as the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, one of the best remaining examples of its kind. Board overnight train to Hanoi.

    DAY 12: HANOI
    There's a big art scene here, so head to Art Vietnam in the West Lake area or Dong Phong Art Gallery in the French Quarter and pick up a memento before heading home. Take a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Visit the Dong Xuan Market and stroll through the ancient '36 Streets'.

    DAY 13: HALONG BAY
    Sure, the water looks a bit murky when you board your junk. But that's just because of all the other dirty, smelly boats stinking up the joint. Wait until you get out into the open - the water is so clear you'll be gagging for a swim. Which is exactly what we're gonna let you do. Drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay (approx 4 hrs), stop on the way for refreshments at a handicraft workshop run by disabled people. Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2000 limestone islands rising from the water. Board a boat and cruise the bay with its limestone karsts rising from the clear emerald waters. Enjoy a seafood lunch onboard, explore some of the limestone caves in the area and go swimming during the warmer months. Stay on Cat Ba Island. The foreshore is a great place to have a drink and watch the sunset.

    DAY 14-15: HANOI
    Travel by ferry to Tuan Chau, then take the bus back to Hanoi. Feast your eyes and belly on the wondrous world of Hanoi once again. Do some final exploring or just grab a beer, Vietnamese coffee or freshly squeezed juice and get terminally chill. Enjoy some free time, wander around town and check out the lifestyles of Hanoi's people. Perhaps visit One Pillar Pagoda near the Soviet-inspired mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh or walk to the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first educational institute. The trip ends in the morning on day 15.

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  • WAS $860*, NOW $774*, SAVE $86

    Riding the Reunification Train, 11 Days, SAVE $86

    from $774*

    • 11 day small group tour departing Hanoi.
    • 2 nights accommodation on a sleeper train.
    • 8 nights accommodation in Hotels.
    • 8 breakfasts and 1 lunch.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton); Hai Van Pass; Hoi An's 'Old Town'; and Cu Chi Tunnels.
    • Local 'shopping' bike ride around Hue and Dragon Boat cruise up the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda (with option to cycle back through the countryside).
    • Day cruise in Nha Trang, with a freshly-caught seafood lunch included (non-seafood options available).
    • Free time to explore Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City.
    • Services of a Geckos expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
    • Transport by Bicycle, Boat, Bus, Train.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Hanoi - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City

    DAY 1-2: HANOI - OVERNIGHT TRAIN
    No, you're not seeing things. The hundreds of Vietnamese moving in slow motion on Hoan Kiem Lake are just doing tai chi. Bring back a one-off souvenir from the propaganda shop on Hang Bac.

    DAY 3: HUE
    The Perfume River doesn't smell that great. Your Dragon Boat doesn't breathe fire. And the Forbidden Purple City isn't purple. These things happen. Mount local 'shopping' bikes and cycle down to the riverside. Place the bikes onboard a 'Dragon Boat', and enjoy a cruise up the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu pagoda. Choose to either cycle back into town from here, approximately 8km, or staying on the boat to head back down river to the Citadel. Spend a couple of hours exploring Hue's massive walled citadel and the Forbidden Purple Palace enclosed within. Perhaps cycle out to one of the Royal tombs such as the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, one of the best remaining examples of its kind.

    DAY 4-6: HOI AN - NHA TRANG
    Keep working on your bum groove during the long drive to Hoi An. If you've been wearing the same shirt every day, why not hit one of the same-day tailors and get yourself something new. If not for yourself, then for the people in your group who have to stare at you every day. Take a walking tour of Hoi An. Enjoy free time - there's such a broad choice of things to see and do, and they can all be experienced without difficulty. Perhaps rent bicycles and set off to explore the surrounding countryside, take a boat trip on the river, relax on the nearby beach, enjoy the cuisine on offer at some of the town's numerous cheap cafes or have some clothes made up. Why not venture further afield to Vietnam's world famous 'China Beach' (My Khe Beach) and the adjacent Marble Mountains. An optional visit to the Kingdom of Champa, the ancient ruins at My Son, can be completed in half a day. Leave Hoi An and take the day train to Nha Trang.

    DAY 7-8: NHA TRANG - OVERNIGHT TRAIN
    Two full days to catch some rays, swim, snorkel and pig out on freshly caught seafood. Then it's back on the Reunification Express for one last ride. Enjoy plenty of time to worship the sun during two full days in Nha Trang. Head out onto the water for a day to cruise around the islands. Spend stacks of time swimming and snorkelling. Indulge in a lunchtime feast of freshly caught seafood and other delights for non-fish eaters. Board the Reunification Express and head towards Ho Chi Minh City.

    DAY 9-11: HO CHI MINH CITY
    Your hotel is smack bang in the hot zone, surrounded by friendly locals, to-die-for pho and Ben Thanh Market. Don't eat too much if you want to squeeze into the Cu Chi Tunnels. Crawl through a section of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Learn how the brave men and women of Cu Chi built underground hospitals, kitchens and meeting rooms during their struggle. Spend the last afternoon in Vietnam shopping in the city's main business district, or take a cyclo ride through the busy city streets to Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown district, Cholon. Spend time exploring amazing Ho Chi Minh City. Trip ends after breakfast on day 11.

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  • Experience Vietnam, 9 Days

    from $1,815*

    • 9 day tour departing Saigon.
    • 8 nights 4-star hotel accommodation.
    • Breakfast daily, two lunches, one dinner.
    • Transport by local air-conditioned vehicle.
    • Sightseeing with English speaking local guides and entrance fees.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Saigon - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay

    A perfect sampler of the delights of Vietnam as a wealth of different sights, experiences and friendly locals await.

    Day 1: Saigon
    Arrive in Saigon and transfer to hotel.

    Day 2: Saigon
    Experience a full day city tour. Head to Cholon, the city's Chinatown district, Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum, the FITO Museum and then head back into the city to visit Ben Thanh Market. Continue this afternoon to the War Remnants Museum, the former Presidential Palace, the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street and City Hall

    Day 3: Mekong Delta
    Explore the colourful floating market, vast emerald rice fields and lush back waterways of Cai Be on a cruise of the area. Continue to a cottage factory where 'pop-rice', rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island, then transfer by road back to Saigon.

    Day 4: Saigon - Hoi An
    Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants' homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market. In the afternoon take a sunset boat trip.

    Day 5: Hoi An - Hue
    Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Drive through Danang and visit the Cham Museum, before climbing over the Hai Van Pass and dropping down to the fishing village of Lang Co. In Hue, visit the Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River.

    Day 6: Hue - Hanoi
    Start your day with a visit to the city's vibrant Dong Ba Market and then take a cyclo through the 'Old City' to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperor's used to come to relax. Drive on to Khai Dinh's Tomb before transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.

    Day 7: Hanoi
    A city tour will take you to One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, West Lake and one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi, Tran Quoc. In the afternoon visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum before a walking tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Conclude the day with a Water Puppet Show. A uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of natural history.

    Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay
    Journey to Halong Bay through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, observing everyday life of villagers as they work in the rice fields. Board your traditional wooden junk and cruise the bay. Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night and as the sun sets dinner is served.

    Day 9: Halong - Hanoi
    Return to Halong City and transfer back to Hanoi city where your tour ends.

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  • See the best of Vietnam

    Vietnam With Teens, 10 Days

    from $1,899*

    • 10 day tour departing Hanoi.
    • One way economy class airfare from Danang to Saigon.
    • 7 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • 1 night accommodation onboard a deluxe junk boat.
    • 1 night accommodation onboard an overnight sleeper train.
    • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner.
    • Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration.
    • Halong Bay Junk boat cruise - swim, kayak, explore caves and floating villages.
    • Sampan and row boat journeys in the Mekong Delta.
    • Guided sightseeing - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Ho Ain, Mekong Delta and Saigon.
    • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.
    • Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide.
    • Airport arrival and departure transfer.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Hanoi - Hoi An -Hue - Halong Bay - Ho Chi Minh City

    Perfect for travelling with teenagers, Vietnam offers the perfect combination of adventure and excitement for all the family. Explore the backstreets of Hanoi by cyclo, cruise through spectacular Halong Bay, experience rural life in Tra Que, get suited and booted in Hoi An and live the high life in Saigon.

    Day 1 Hanoi
    Saturday. Welcome to Hanoi and the start of your holiday Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you and your family to explore the city, with its picturesque tree-lined avenues, scenic lakes, ancient pagodas and bustling old town, all which are easily accessible by foot.

    Day 2 Junk boat cruising, Halong Bay
    Take a moment to picture in your mind some two thousand rugged karst islands dappled with lush vegetation seeming to float on top of pristine emerald coloured waters and you have the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. This morning a scenic drive will take us to this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site where we will enjoy a junk boat cruise. Based on traditional designs, these wonderful vessels combine oriental style with modern luxury. Soak up the panoramic views from the sundeck as the boat gently plies its course, opt for a swim in the divine waters or hop in a row boat for a visit to a floating village. Tonight, there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served - delicious for even the pickiest of eaters.

    Day 3 Hidden grottoes, Halong Bay
    Wake up to the peaceful serenity of Halong Bay this morning, followed by a calming Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional Vietnamese massage. After exploring a hidden grotto beneath towering cliffs, we will sail to the port for our journey back to Hanoi. Arriving back in the capital we will enjoy a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the famous Old Quarter, made up of an complex maze of intertwining alleyways and backstreets lined with small houses, handicraft workshops and street food vendors, for a quintessential Vietnamese experience. Later its back to the hotel for some time to refresh and relax before heading to the trains station in the evening to board our overnight journey (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) to Hue on the 'Reunification Express' railway line.

    Day 4 Imperial Hue
    Upon arrival in Hue we will set out on a guided sightseeing tour of this fascinating imperial city. Once the capital of the Nguyen emperors, the last ruling family of Vietnam, UNESCO-listed Hue is full of palaces, pagodas and temples. Two of the main highlights here are the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city, and the Citadel. Within the walls of the latter is the Imperial Purple Palace - an exact replica of the famed Forbidden City in Beijing, with impressive ramparts, formal moats and imperial palaces, some of which lay in ruin. Outside of the city we will visit the Royal Tombs of the erstwhile Nguyen kings, including the extravagant mausoleums of the two emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. In the evening there will be the chance to opt for a peaceful long boat cruise along the Perfume River as the sun sets and the river banks become illuminated by the dark of nightfall.

    Day 5 Delightful Hoi An
    Today we will travel on to the laidback riverside town of Hoi An, travelling through the picturesque Hai Van Pass - nicknamed the Road of the Ocean Clouds, with beaches on one side and verdant hills on the other. We will break up our journey with a stop at China Beach, an expansive sandy beach made famous by the film 'Apocalypse Now'. Here there will be the chance to opt for a swim in its warm waters before continuing our journey south along the coast. Radiating age-old charm with grand colonial architecture, Hoi An is one of Vietnam's most delightful destinations. The Old Town, recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an immaculately preserved example of an Asian trading port with covered bridges, pagodas, temples and merchant houses. The town's beguiling riverside setting adds to the overall picturesque appeal of Hoi An with women in conical hats rowing their wooden vessels downstream and the glow of red lanterns in the evenings reflected on the water's iridescent surface. A short walking tour will take us to a bygone era, with a visit to the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, a 200-year-old Tam Ky house, former merchants' homes and the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge.

    Day 6 Village Life
    For a taste of provincial life, today we will take a bicycle ride out of Hoi An to Tra Que village, famed for its traditional farming practises and rural atmosphere. Here enjoy a hands-on day for all the family, tending to the fields and gardens, before taking a lesson in preparation of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Later enjoy your culinary masterpiece while soaking up the clean air and country views

    Day 7 Hoi An
    Today is free for you to spend as you choose. You may wish to head to the beach for a day of relaxation or hit the town for some serious shopping - the streets of Hoi An are overflowing with tailor shops where you can get your own silk suit made exclusively Hoi An is also something of a culinary mecca with classy restaurants for those who prefer their food served to them and local cooking schools for those who enjoy getting their hands dirty. Alternatively, those seeking a little more culture or history can opt to visit My Son - one of Vietnam's holiest and most evocative Cham sites, or Quang Ngai - the site of the My Lai massacre memorial.

    Day 8 Cruising the Mekong
    An early morning flight will take us to Saigon today, where we will then continue on to the Mekong Delta by road. Known as the 'Rice bowl of Vietnam', the Mekong Delta is brimming with rice paddy fields, colourful fruit orchards, enchanting villages and bustling floating markets. Travelling by sampan from Vinh Long, we will cruise downstream through a maze of waterways, witnessing the activity of everyday life along the way. Passing colourful trading boats, house boats and children playing in the water, we will stop to visit some of the local cottage industries that produce popcorn, coco candies and paper along the way. Later we will enjoy lunch in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island.

    Day 9 Mekong & Saigon
    Can Tho - Saigon. This morning we will pay a visit to the colourful floating market of Cai Rang. Here vendors have their boats piled high with goods, from melons, pineapples and fresh greens, to sacks of rice and children's toys. Browse, barter and admire the hundreds of brightly coloured boats lining the banks here before continuing back to Saigon by road. Once called the 'Pearl of the Orient', old and new collide in this modern city as gleaming sky scrapers, glamorous restaurants and designer shops stand side-by-side with colonial era landmarks and post-war remnants. Here we will enjoy a walking tour of the city taking in some of Saigon's most famous landmarks, including the impressive red-brick Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the central Post Office and the sobering War Remnants Museum. Spend the remainder of the evening at your own leisure - Saigon has plenty of fun to offer all ages

    Day 10 Saigon
    This morning is free for you to do some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your departure transfer to the airport in the afternoon. Why not opt for a relaxing foot massage, bargain for goods at Ben Thanh Market or visit the grand Independence Palace. Alternatively, those with a bit more time to spare can extend their stay and opt to join us on a day trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, where there will be the chance to explore a vast network of underground tunnels and hideouts that were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Learn about booby traps, climb through trap doors, or even test your skills with an AK 47 at the firing range

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  • As you paddle, cycle and trek around northern Vietnam you will gain a fascinating insight into the diverse cultures of this wonderful country

    Bike, Hike and Kayak Northern Vietnam, 11 Days

    from $1,989*

    • 11 day tour departing Hanoi.
    • 5 nights accommodation in a hotel/lodge.
    • 3 nights accommodation in a homestay/guesthouse.
    • 2 nights accommodation onboard a traditional boat.
    • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners.
    • Use of kayak equipment in Halong Bay.
    • Use of 21 gear bikes.
    • Bike mechanic.
    • Support vehicle on cycling days.
    • Drinking water and snacks whilst cycling.
    • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in the itinerary.
    • Services of an expert bilingual guide.
    • Medical kit.
    • Transport by private air conditioned vehicles.
    • Airport transfers (day 1 and 11 only).
    HIGHLIGHTS: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

    This compact itinerary provides a real opportunity to interact and stay with Vietnam's northern ethnic minorities, explore national parks and kayak in the dramatic Halong Bay. From the vibrant centre of Hanoi we travel deep into the valleys of Mai Chau, where we cycle and walk between the traditional stilted villages of the White Thai minority.

    Avoiding the main highways is crucial to enjoying Vietnam at handle bar level, and as we approach Cuc Phuong National Park we again cycle and walk through the lush jungle and homestay with the Muong minority at Khanh Village.

    We explore towering limestone karst scenery at Ninh Binh by bike, boat and on foot before heading to the tranquility of Halong Bay for 2 nights aboard our well appointed junk. Here we kayak, swim and relax in the turquoise waters of this truly special place.

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  • Explore Vietnam

    Vietnam With Teens, 10 Days

    from $2,079*

    • 10 day tour departing Hanoi.
    • One way economy class airfare from Danang to Saigon.
    • 7 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • 1 night accommodation onboard a deluxe junk boat.
    • 1 night accommodation onboard an overnight sleeper train.
    • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner.
    • Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration.
    • Halong Bay Junk boat cruise - swim, kayak, explore caves and floating villages.
    • Sampan and row boat journeys in the Mekong Delta.
    • Guided sightseeing - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Ho Ain, Mekong Delta and Saigon.
    • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.
    • Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide.
    • Airport arrival and departure transfer.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Hanoi - Hoi An -Hue - Halong Bay - Ho Chi Minh City

    Perfect for travelling with teenagers, Vietnam offers the perfect combination of adventure and excitement for all the family. Explore the backstreets of Hanoi by cyclo, cruise through spectacular Halong Bay, experience rural life in Tra Que, get suited and booted in Hoi An and live the high life in Saigon.

    Day 1 Hanoi
    Saturday. Welcome to Hanoi and the start of your holiday Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you and your family to explore the city, with its picturesque tree-lined avenues, scenic lakes, ancient pagodas and bustling old town, all which are easily accessible by foot.

    Day 2 Junk boat cruising, Halong Bay
    Take a moment to picture in your mind some two thousand rugged karst islands dappled with lush vegetation seeming to float on top of pristine emerald coloured waters and you have the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. This morning a scenic drive will take us to this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site where we will enjoy a junk boat cruise. Based on traditional designs, these wonderful vessels combine oriental style with modern luxury. Soak up the panoramic views from the sundeck as the boat gently plies its course, opt for a swim in the divine waters or hop in a row boat for a visit to a floating village. Tonight, there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served - delicious for even the pickiest of eaters.

    Day 3 Hidden grottoes, Halong Bay
    Wake up to the peaceful serenity of Halong Bay this morning, followed by a calming Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional Vietnamese massage. After exploring a hidden grotto beneath towering cliffs, we will sail to the port for our journey back to Hanoi. Arriving back in the capital we will enjoy a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the famous Old Quarter, made up of an complex maze of intertwining alleyways and backstreets lined with small houses, handicraft workshops and street food vendors, for a quintessential Vietnamese experience. Later its back to the hotel for some time to refresh and relax before heading to the trains station in the evening to board our overnight journey (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) to Hue on the 'Reunification Express' railway line.

    Day 4 Imperial Hue
    Upon arrival in Hue we will set out on a guided sightseeing tour of this fascinating imperial city. Once the capital of the Nguyen emperors, the last ruling family of Vietnam, UNESCO-listed Hue is full of palaces, pagodas and temples. Two of the main highlights here are the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city, and the Citadel. Within the walls of the latter is the Imperial Purple Palace - an exact replica of the famed Forbidden City in Beijing, with impressive ramparts, formal moats and imperial palaces, some of which lay in ruin. Outside of the city we will visit the Royal Tombs of the erstwhile Nguyen kings, including the extravagant mausoleums of the two emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. In the evening there will be the chance to opt for a peaceful long boat cruise along the Perfume River as the sun sets and the river banks become illuminated by the dark of nightfall.

    Day 5 Delightful Hoi An
    Today we will travel on to the laidback riverside town of Hoi An, travelling through the picturesque Hai Van Pass - nicknamed the Road of the Ocean Clouds, with beaches on one side and verdant hills on the other. We will break up our journey with a stop at China Beach, an expansive sandy beach made famous by the film 'Apocalypse Now'. Here there will be the chance to opt for a swim in its warm waters before continuing our journey south along the coast. Radiating age-old charm with grand colonial architecture, Hoi An is one of Vietnam's most delightful destinations. The Old Town, recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an immaculately preserved example of an Asian trading port with covered bridges, pagodas, temples and merchant houses. The town's beguiling riverside setting adds to the overall picturesque appeal of Hoi An with women in conical hats rowing their wooden vessels downstream and the glow of red lanterns in the evenings reflected on the water's iridescent surface. A short walking tour will take us to a bygone era, with a visit to the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, a 200-year-old Tam Ky house, former merchants' homes and the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge.

    Day 6 Village Life
    For a taste of provincial life, today we will take a bicycle ride out of Hoi An to Tra Que village, famed for its traditional farming practises and rural atmosphere. Here enjoy a hands-on day for all the family, tending to the fields and gardens, before taking a lesson in preparation of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Later enjoy your culinary masterpiece while soaking up the clean air and country views

    Day 7 Hoi An
    Today is free for you to spend as you choose. You may wish to head to the beach for a day of relaxation or hit the town for some serious shopping - the streets of Hoi An are overflowing with tailor shops where you can get your own silk suit made exclusively Hoi An is also something of a culinary mecca with classy restaurants for those who prefer their food served to them and local cooking schools for those who enjoy getting their hands dirty. Alternatively, those seeking a little more culture or history can opt to visit My Son - one of Vietnam's holiest and most evocative Cham sites, or Quang Ngai - the site of the My Lai massacre memorial.

    Day 8 Cruising the Mekong
    An early morning flight will take us to Saigon today, where we will then continue on to the Mekong Delta by road. Known as the 'Rice bowl of Vietnam', the Mekong Delta is brimming with rice paddy fields, colourful fruit orchards, enchanting villages and bustling floating markets. Travelling by sampan from Vinh Long, we will cruise downstream through a maze of waterways, witnessing the activity of everyday life along the way. Passing colourful trading boats, house boats and children playing in the water, we will stop to visit some of the local cottage industries that produce popcorn, coco candies and paper along the way. Later we will enjoy lunch in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island.

    Day 9 Mekong & Saigon
    Can Tho - Saigon. This morning we will pay a visit to the colourful floating market of Cai Rang. Here vendors have their boats piled high with goods, from melons, pineapples and fresh greens, to sacks of rice and children's toys. Browse, barter and admire the hundreds of brightly coloured boats lining the banks here before continuing back to Saigon by road. Once called the 'Pearl of the Orient', old and new collide in this modern city as gleaming sky scrapers, glamorous restaurants and designer shops stand side-by-side with colonial era landmarks and post-war remnants. Here we will enjoy a walking tour of the city taking in some of Saigon's most famous landmarks, including the impressive red-brick Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the central Post Office and the sobering War Remnants Museum. Spend the remainder of the evening at your own leisure - Saigon has plenty of fun to offer all ages

    Day 10 Saigon
    This morning is free for you to do some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your departure transfer to the airport in the afternoon. Why not opt for a relaxing foot massage, bargain for goods at Ben Thanh Market or visit the grand Independence Palace. Alternatively, those with a bit more time to spare can extend their stay and opt to join us on a day trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, where there will be the chance to explore a vast network of underground tunnels and hideouts that were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Learn about booby traps, climb through trap doors, or even test your skills with an AK 47 at the firing range

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