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Destination:  Vietnam
Travel Style: Local Expedition
Accommodation: Hotels and overnight bus
Activity Level:  • • 3 • • (Medium)
Group Size: Min 1, Max 16
Age Range: 18 to 65+

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Itinerary Overview

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Day 1: Hanoi
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Arrival Airport: Hanoi International Airport (HAN)

Your hotel shuttle driver will meet you at the airport and bring you to Hanoi city center, your home for the next three days. After getting adjusted to the time change, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Hanoi on your own and visit the famous night market that houses a variety of authentic Vietnam food vendors. We recommend trying Vietnam’s famous egg coffee and pho.

Accommodation: Hanoi Esplendor Hotel & Spa or similar.

Day 2: Hanoi
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Spend your first morning in Hanoi exploring the city a bit more on your own. You will have the opportunity to check out all the local and historical spots around the city, using the provided travel materials as a guide. (For an additional cost per person, you can opt to take a guided tour with a local.) Some locations you should definitely visit are Ho Chi Minh's house and the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda. You can also spend your afternoon exploring the elegant boulevards in the Old Quarter, trying delicious Vietnamese delicacies, and exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the ancient Temple of Literature and the mystical Hoan Kiem Lake. Hanoi is one of the best places to try delicious street food – so with our recommendations or the help of your optional guide, your day will be both entertaining & delicious!

Accommodation: Hanoi Esplendor Hotel & Spa or similar.

Day 3: Hanoi and Halong Bay Cruise
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Your journey towards Halong Bay will start around 7:45 a.m., when your friendly driver and guide will pick you up. You will then embark on the scenic drive to Tuan Chau Harbor, where you will board the cruise at around 12:30 p.m. On the cruise, you will enjoy an authentic and delicious lunch, along with refreshments.

Upon arriving to Halong Bay, passengers will have the opportunity to board kayaks, where they will visit the floating fishing village of Ba Hang and then journey through the famous Thien Cung Cave. After, you can snack on afternoon tea and relax aboard the ship. Finally, after an eight-hour journey to and from Halong Bay, we will disembark the ship and take the shuttle back to our hotel in Hanoi.

Accommodation: Hanoi Esplendor Hotel & Spa or similar.

Day 4: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh
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Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel and explore the city center of Hanoi one more time, perhaps by grabbing some last-minute souvenirs before you embark on your flight to the next location on this journey, Ho Chi Minh City. When you arrive, you will check into your hotel and then proceed to orient yourself with the city, visiting the night markets, trying new foods, and enjoying leisure time.

Accommodation: Sanouva Saigon Hotel or similar.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh
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After breakfast, you will meet your private driver and guide at the hotel, then travel to the countryside to tour the Cu Chi Tunnels, an important battle site during the Vietnam War. Spend your morning in the countryside before returning to the city to enjoy lunch and a tour of Ho Chi Minh. Back in Ho Chi Minh, you’ll have the chance to visit the War Remnants Museum, Quan Am Pagoda, and the surrounding neighborhoods & markets.

Accommodation: Sanouva Saigon Hotel or similar.

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh
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You will set out on your private bus for the Mekong Delta, one of Vietnam’s two main rice bowls. You will pass through lands comprised of low-lying rice paddies and rivers that are bordered by dense mangroves and palms. Boarding a longtail boat, you will pass through the Mekong Delta and Ben Tre to explore fishing villages and the four islands of Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle, and Phoenix.

In the afternoon, You will cruise along Vam, Xep, a small canal with many houses dotting its sides, and glimpse the daily life of the local villagers, then join them for lunch and a hands-on cooking class. During your ride, your guide will discuss the region’s agriculture and how chefs incorporate the fresh ingredients into their dishes. You will finish our boat tour with a visit to the bustling Cai Rang floating market, the largest floating market in Southeast Asia.

Accommodation: Sanouva Saigon Hotel or similar.

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh
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You’ll have breakfast at the hotel before catching your international flights back home — or, if you've added an extension to your trip, you'll continue onwards to Cambodia.

Departure Airport: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

Trip Inclusions

  • Travel Style: Local

  • Service Level: Simple (comfortable and clean accommodations; public and private transport)

  • Route: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City

  • Accommodation: Hotels

  • Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles; flights

  • Meals Included: One meal per day

Expedition Route

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This Acanela Local Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort and adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical and culinary highlights along the way.

Dates & Prices

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From $900 / person | Comprehensive package including accommodation for all nights; in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight; lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides; all activities; and one meal per day. *International airfare and visa fees are not included. 

+4 Day Cambodia Extension: From $1,600 / person

+ Single Room Supplement: $300 / person

Please note: Solo travelers are required to choose a single room when they make their booking.

Single Room Supplements and Extension add-ons become available after you select Book Now and hit continue. *Extensions are not eligible for discounts or promotions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ What vaccinations should I get before my trip?

It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. We can provide some general guidance on what websites to check, but these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional.

+ Can you help arrange my travel visas?

The requirements for travel visas vary widely depending on your nationality and your destination. Although we are unable to arrange visas on your behalf, we are able to help determine if visas are required for the countries you are visiting. If you do require a visa, you can arrange it by yourself or use the services of a travel agent or visa processing company.

+ Do your tours include international airfare?

Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours, and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

+ What clothing should I pack for my trip?

We always recommend packing as light as possible; however, the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Prior to each trip we provide a suggested packing list. The checklist is tour-specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.

+ I'm a solo traveler — will I be charged a single supplement?

We are happy to accommodate single travelers, but we will add a single supplement charge to your total price.

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