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Essential Vietnam

Essential Vietnam - Intrepid Travel
Essential Vietnam - Intrepid Travel
Excellent
20 reviews
Starts
Hanoi
+7 Destinations
Southern Vietnam
Ends
Ho Chi Minh City
Map

Highlights

Start in Hanoi and end in Ho Chi Minh City! With the in-depth cultural tour Essential Vietnam, you have a 11 day tour package taking you from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and through Hanoi, Vietnam and 6 other destinations in Vietnam. Essential Vietnam is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 29 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Train & Rail, Boat, Private Vehicle
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Adventure, Christmas & New Year
Operator
Intrepid Travel

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Hanoi
  2. Day 2: Cat Ba Island
  3. Day 3: Hanoi - Overnight Train
  4. Day 4: Hue
  5. Day 5: Hoi An
  6. Day 6: Hoi An
  7. Day 7: Hoi An - Overnight Train
  8. Day 8: Phan Rang
  9. Day 9: Phan Rang - Overnight Train
  10. Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
  11. Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City

Travel guide

Prepare for an adventure in this stunning destination with our travel guide.

What's included

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

  • Additional Services

20 Reviews

Excellent
45%
Good
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Average
5%
Rather Poor
0%
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  • A
    Written on September 18, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    Tour guide was highly knowledgeable and very fitting for the experience. I would highly recommend intrepid to my friends and family if all the guides are the same as Uoc.

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  • A
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    Lucky was amazing and so helpful. He made us feel like a family and was sooo funny

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  • E
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.7 - Excellent

    Organises the basic of the trip and very flexible with activities. As well as the limit on the age group was good for solo travellers and meeting new people on the trip. Going to a different country with foreign language the tour leader made the whole... Read more

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  • G
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    I gave this score as I believe this tour was an amazing experience and I would like others to discover Vietnam the way I did.

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  • S
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.2 - Excellent

    Really good guide and lots of things to do.

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  • S
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.2 - Excellent

    Professional Service, Excellent Guidance from tour leader - ""Lucky"" who provided us with adequate support and filled our heads with knowledge about Vietnamese culture and history. A truly memorable experience, enjoying the sights and sounds of this... Read more

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  • J
    Written on September 18, 2019
    3.8 - Good

    I enjoyed my trip throughout Vietnam, although I think more activities could of been included. Thoa was excellent, he really cared about the members on the tour. Although at times he didn’t offer the group the optional activities, that was on tour outline.... Read more

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  • S
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.2 - Excellent

    The start and ending were so great and there was a lot to do and see. However i felt we had too much time in some places especially the over night train days where we were just waiting around fot hours.

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  • V
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    Very well organised and plenty of free time to do activities to suit one’s interest.

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  • T
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.8 - Excellent

    This was my very first experience travelling with Intrepid and I feel it was memorable mainly because of our Team Leader - Thao. He made sure we enjoyed every second of the tour and bonded with us extremely well. I would recommend Thao to be included in all... Read more

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • Is there a hotel list available?

      All accommodations are subject to change until shortly before the departure date, therefore the tour operator cannot confirm a set hotel list. Hopefully, this list will give you a better idea of what kind of accommodation you can expect while on tour:

      Hotel (6 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights)

    • Where can I find more detailed information about this tour?

      A trip note - which contains essential information about your trip will be given to you. Information such as the daily itinerary, where to meet on the first day, what time the trip starts, how to get to the joining point hotel, included activities, visa information, etc will be mentioned in there. Please contact us for this.

    • Where and when does this tour start?

      The tour starts with a welcome meeting at your joining point accommodation, which kicks off at 6 pm. Here you can get to know your group and guide before the adventure begins! Please note that the joining point is subject to change, and will be listed in your final tour documents sent 2 -3 weeks prior to departure.

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    • Sunday
      Nov 24, 2019
      from Hanoi
      11 Days
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      Dec 4, 2019
      to Ho Chi Minh City
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      USD $955
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      Dec 1, 2019
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      Dec 11, 2019
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      USD $970
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      Dec 8, 2019
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      Dec 18, 2019
      to Ho Chi Minh City
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      USD $925
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      Dec 15, 2019
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      Dec 25, 2019
      to Ho Chi Minh City
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      USD $935
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      Dec 22, 2019
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      Dec 29, 2019
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      Wednesday
      Jan 8, 2020
      to Ho Chi Minh City
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      $138
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      Jan 5, 2020
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      Wednesday
      Feb 5, 2020
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      USD $985
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    About the countries

    Useful things to know before you go

    Currencies

    Dong
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    Plugs & Adapters

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    Visa

    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Vietnam. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Vietnam. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for Vietnam. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Vietnam. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Vietnam. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for Vietnam. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Vietnam. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    Japanese B encephalitis
    Recommended for Vietnam. Ideally 1 month before travel.

    Policies

    Location
    Hanoi is the starting point and Ho Chi Minh City is the endpoint.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Intrepid Travel to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Payment(s)
    For any tour departing before 19 January 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 19 January 2020, a minimum payment of $400 is required to confirm your booking with Intrepid Travel. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
    Cancellation policy
    TourRadar is an authorised Agent of Intrepid Travel. Please familiarise yourself with the Intrepid Travel payment, cancellation and refund conditions.
    Payment methods
    The following cards are accepted for Intrepid Travel tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.

    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,695 km.
    • Hanoi (Vietnam)
    • 122 km
    • Cat Ba Island (Vietnam)
    • 122 km
    • Hanoi (Vietnam)
    • 538 km
    • Hue (Vietnam)
    • 104 km
    • Hoi An (Vietnam)
    • 485 km
    • Phan Rang (Vietnam)
    • 271 km
    • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
    • 27 km
    • Cu Chi (Vietnam)
    • 27 km
    • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

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    Trip Details

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    • Joining point

    • Joining point instructions

    • Finish point

    • Finish point description

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    • Important information

    • Safety

    • Visas

    • Why we love it

    • Is this trip right for you

    • Health

    • Food and dietary requirements

    • Money matters

    • What to take

    • Climate and seasonal

    • A couple of rules

    • Emergency contact

    • Responsible travel

    • Travel insurance

    • Your fellow travellers

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