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Essential Vietnam

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Essential Vietnam - Intrepid Travel
Essential Vietnam - Intrepid Travel
Kira "this was my second time in vietnam, and the best time. the first time I did it independently and missed out on so much stuff! with my guide, Khanh, I saw so much more, had a great understanding of the culture and history, and got to eat the most incredible food in the world! can highly recommend a place in Hoi An called 'Bale Well' - Look it up!!! loved this trip from head to toe, especially the n..."
Excellent
7 reviews
Starts
Hanoi
+5 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 5 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, Berth / Cabin, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Train & Rail, Boat, Private Vehicle
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Adventure, Christmas & New Year

7 Reviews

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Good
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Average
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  • BR
    Written on December 2, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Highly recommend this tour, we got to see and do everything we wanted to in Vietnam and much more that we couldn’t have alone! Our leader Dai was amazing and made the whole experience even better

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  • FR
    Written on August 14, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    The tour was well planned and the guide Anh was great. I always felt safe and comfortable while having fun. Do most of the optional activities otherwise you won't enjoy it as much and be prepared for the trains.

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  • RM
    Written on July 22, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Absolutely Brilliant !!

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  • N
    Written on September 27, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    The sites were great, food was exceptional and the people I met were amazing. I just wish more was included, and less expensive, or free, 'optional' activities.

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  • SC
    Written on August 3, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Great group of people, tour guide shared stories and card games on overnight train rides! Did most of what I could imagine ever doing in Vietnam plus more.

    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Samuel, Thanks for sharing your experience with us! We're delighted that you enjoyed your time with us in Vietnam (one of our favourite destinations too) :) Hope to see you on another trip with us soon! Kind regards, Geckos
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  • DJ
    Written on January 27, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    I had a very great experience with this Geckos Trip! Met some awesome people and our guide was even more amazing and took us to all great restaurants and shops and recommended us which activities we could do with a discount. I enjoyed every moment of it and... Read more

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  • KG
    Written on December 3, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    this was my second time in vietnam, and the best time. the first time I did it independently and missed out on so much stuff! with my guide, Khanh, I saw so much more, had a great understanding of the culture and history, and got to eat the most incredible... Read more

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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

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  • Accommodation

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  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

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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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    About the countries

    Useful things to know before you go

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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.
    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 23 March 2019 the full payment of $750 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $750 for Essential Vietnam, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
    Credit Cards
    The following cards are accepted for Intrepid Travel tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,433 km.
    • Hanoi (Vietnam)
    • 538 km
    • Hue (Vietnam)
    • 104 km
    • Hoi An (Vietnam)
    • 415 km
    • Nha Trang (Vietnam)
    • 323 km
    • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
    • 27 km
    • Cu Chi (Vietnam)
    • 27 km
    • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

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