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Trails of Vietnam

Trek, cycle and kayak in striking landscapes
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Whether it's kayaking beneath towering cliffs in the South China Sea, cycling by vibrant green paddy fields in the Mekong Delta or trekking amongst colourful hilltribes, ...

Highlights

... this dynamic trip allows us to interact with the local people and environment in a way we couldn't by vehicle alone.

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Experience Vietnam with an active element
  • Trek, cycle and kayak in striking landscapes
  • Feast on sumptuous local cuisine
  • Get a great insight into everyday life in Vietnam

Holiday Type

Active
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Culture
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Wildlife & Nature
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What's included
  • 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation: Hotels, Boat, Guesthouse, Longhouse & Sleeper Train
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival & departure transfers
Need to know
  • Minimum age 16
  • The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size.
  • Nearly all nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam, and this must be obtained prior to departure.
  • Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria.
  • Malaria prophylaxis is suggested and we advise that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.
  • Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited.
Your route
Exodus: Trails of Vietnam Map Halong Bay South China Sea Mekong Delta Asia Saigon Ho Chi Minh City Hanoi

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Hanoi

Arrive Hanoi

Colonial architecture, the hum of motorbikes, tantalising street food - and that's just for starters. Hanoi hits all five of your senses in one unforgettable blast. Stylish restaurants, cafes and designer boutiques are springing up across a city that's a worthy rival for Saigon. It's also a great spot for access to Halong Bay. Arrive in Hanoi and today is free for you to explore this enchanting city.

Day 2
To Mai Chau; trek through H'mong country; overnight in hilltribe longhouse

To Mai Chau; trek through H'mong country; overnight in hilltribe longhouse

This morning, depart Hanoi and head west to Hoa Binh Province, up and over the Truong Son Mountain Range to the hilltribe village of Mai Chau. On the way, trek through H'mong country around Xa Linh & Tong Dau where you'll visit local villages before continuing to Mai Chau, an overnight stay in a Thai hilltribe longhouse. You'll spend around 4-5 hours walking.

Day 3
Trek amongst Thai hilltribe villages

Trek amongst Thai hilltribe villages

Today, you'll take a short drive to Sam Khoe and then trek from here back to Mai Chau. Most of the minority groups here are ethnic Thai (White & Black). You will have the chance to trek into their villages and spend time learning more about village customs & culture. You'll spend around 4-5 hours walking.

Day 4
Trekking before returning to Hanoi for city tour

Trekking before returning to Hanoi for city tour

On departure from Mai Chau there will be a short trek via a village back to the roadside, (around 2 hours walking). You'll then drive back to Hanoi and undertake a sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the Temple of Literature, the site of the oldest university in Vietnam with over 2000 graduates; Hoa Lo Prison & the Old Quarter of the city with its '36 Streets' where each street is home to shops selling particular products - e.g. 'silk street', 'gold street', 'paper street' and 'naff souvenir street'! In the evening there is the option to enjoy a performance of Hanoi's famous water puppets.

Day 5
To Halong Bay; cruise/kayak; dinner and sleep on boat

To Halong Bay; cruise/kayak; dinner and sleep on boat

Start your day early today and take the four hour journey to Halong Bay. This is one of the most stunningly beautiful sights in South East Asia with roughly 3,000 limestone peaks rising directly from the clear emerald sea. Cruise among this spectacular karst scenery in kayaks, where you'll bea ble to reach places inaccessible by boat (weather permitting), and enjoy a seafood lunch on board. Your overnight is on board a traditional junk boat where you'll stay in twin share cabins with en suite facilities.

Day 6
Cruise then return to Hanoi; overnight train to Hue

Cruise then return to Hanoi; overnight train to Hue

This morning, your cruise around Halong Bay continues before returning to port. Once back to Hanoi you'll board the Reunification Express for an overnight train ride to Hue, 500km to the south.    

Day 7
Sightseeing by bicycle in Hue

Sightseeing by bicycle in Hue

Hue claims to be the cultural and historical centre of Vietnam, and there is plenty to see. The most outstanding sight is the Imperial Citadel where you'll find palaces and halls of the Mandarins and the remains of the Fobidden Purple City. The afternoon is spent hiring local bikes and taking a cycling tour to the citadel and the famous Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue to the mausoleum of Tu Duc, one of the most extravagant mausoleums of the great Nguyen emperors who ruled Vietnam from Hue between 1802 and 1945. You'll ride around 20km.

Day 8
Cycle to local market; drive to Hoi An

Cycle to local market; drive to Hoi An

Travelling as the locals do on we discover the sights, sounds and smells of the villages surrounding Hue. Riding past rice paddies and small villages we arrive at Thanh Toan, a small village that is home to a legendary market. There will be time to explore the market stalls before heading back to Hue for our train to Hoi An. Leaving Hue, our 130km journey drives through the beautiful peninsula of Lang Co between the crystal waters of a lagoon and the Eastern Sea, and then passes over the spectacular Hai Van pass ('Pass of the Ocean Clouds'). In Danang, we climb the Marble Mountain where we explore the large caves which were used by the Viet Cong as a hospital base during the war. From the mountain peak, there are fantastic views over My Khe Beach and the surrounding countryside leading on to Hoi An. Ride approx 15km.

Day 9
Walking tour of Hoi An; free afternoon

Walking tour of Hoi An; free afternoon

This morning will include a walking tour of Hoi An, the original European trading port in Vietnam dating back to the mid-sixteenth century. It is now a living museum, with attractive wooden merchant's houses and pagoda-style temples with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European architectural influences. It is also a marvellous place to wander around and enjoy the thriving riverside market with great silk and clothes shopping. If you have anything you want tailored for you, you should consider taking a picture of it along with you. This afternoon is free and you have the option of hiring bikes for a ride out to the beach at Cua Dai, about 5km from town, or take a boat trip on the Thu Bon River.

Day 10
Fly to Saigon; afternoon visit Cu Chi Tunnels

Fly to Saigon; afternoon visit Cu Chi Tunnels

Transfer to Danang airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. This afternoon you'll visit the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels. Used by the Viet Cong as living quarters and escape routes during the Vietnam War, the network covers three levels and approximately 240km of tunnels. Traditionally these were very narrow but some areas have been widened to allow tourists to explore the system. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the sunshine before concluding the tour back in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11
Cycle ride to Cai Be; visit handicraft workshops; drive to Can Tho

Cycle ride to Cai Be; visit handicraft workshops; drive to Can Tho

This morning, you'll drive to the Mekong Delta region and the small market town of My Tho. Hop on a bike and ride through quiet backroads following the Mekong River to Cai Be (around 30kms). The Mekong Delta, known as the rice bowl of Vietnam, produces much of Vietnam's tropical fruits which you will have the chance to sample. We continue by vehicle to Can Tho where we can relax and soak in the ambience of this quiet riverside town.

Day 12
Boat trip to floating markets;cycle ride; boat trip to island homestay

Boat trip to floating markets;cycle ride; boat trip to island homestay

You'll have an early start this morning as you board a boat for a trip along the Bassac River to the floating markets at Cai Rang, the biggest and most lively floating market in the Delta, with great photo opportunities. It is a maze of hundreds of boats packed with fruits, vegetables and plants, where samples are hung from the tops of long poles so that buyers can see from a distance what is for sale. On the way to Vinh Long you'll stop for a cycle ride along a quiet section of road through scenic rural villages (approx. 40kms), before travelling with the bikes via ferry to an island in the middle of the Mekong River. Spend the night slrrping at a simple guesthouse built in the style of a local house.

Day 13
Cruise to Cai Be; to Saigon for afternoon city tour

Cruise to Cai Be; to Saigon for afternoon city tour

Cruise by boat past the Cai Be Floating Market where you'll visit some small cottage industries manufacturing local products such as popped rice and popcorn, then transfer by road to Ho Chi Minh City - an exciting and absorbing city where bicycles battle with lorries and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh City is now a bustling free market city where anything goes. This afternoon a city tour will include the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. Please be aware that some images at the museum are very graphic. 

Day 14
End Saigon.

End Saigon.

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