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Essential Vietnam - Intrepid Travel
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11 days

Essential Vietnam

From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Operator:
Intrepid Travel
Max group size:
16
Age range:
18 to 29
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
16391
Hygiene Measures:
Included
Private available:
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US $855
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Itinerary

Start in Hanoi and end in Ho Chi Minh City! With the In-depth Cultural tour Essential Vietnam, you have a 11 days tour package taking you through Hanoi, Vietnam and 6 other destinations in Vietnam. Essential Vietnam includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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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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What's Included

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  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Hygiene Measures
  • Meals
  • Additional Services
  • Transport
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Optional
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Where You'll Stay

Hotel
7 nights
Sleeper Train
3 nights

Customer Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    4.4
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    4.3
  • Guide
    Excellent
    4.8
  • Transport
    Excellent
    4.4
  • Accommodation
    Good
    3.8
  • Food
    Excellent
    4.3
  • 4.6
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  • TK
    · January 17th, 2020
    Really enjoyable and well structured tour. Tuan was a really helpful and insightful guide and was able to manage the group (and it's varying characters!) really well. Accommodation was all very good and the optional paid activities were all good value... Show more
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    We're so glad you enjoyed your time in Vietnam Tarik! We will pass on your great feedback to your local leader Tuan as well.
    Trip date: January 2020
  • A
    · September 18th, 2019
    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... Show more
    Trip date: December 2018
    Review collected by Intrepid Travel
  • A
    · September 18th, 2019
    Really good guide and lots of things to do.
    Trip date: December 2018
    Review collected by Intrepid Travel
  • A
    · September 18th, 2019
    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.
    Trip date: December 2018
    Review collected by Intrepid Travel
  • A
    · September 18th, 2019
    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... Show more
    Trip date: December 2018
    Review collected by Intrepid Travel
  • A
    · September 18th, 2019
    Lucky was amazing and so helpful. He made us feel like a family and was sooo funny
    Trip date: December 2018
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  • A
    · September 18th, 2019
    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.
    Trip date: December 2018
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  • A
    · September 18th, 2019
    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... Show more
    Trip date: December 2018
    Review collected by Intrepid Travel
  • A
    · September 18th, 2019
    Very well organised and plenty of free time to do activities to suit one’s interest.
    Trip date: December 2018
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  • A
    · September 18th, 2019
    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.
    Trip date: December 2018
    Review collected by Intrepid Travel

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11 days
Essential Vietnam
From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
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Frequently Asked Questions

    • 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.

    • I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

      Solo travellers do not have to pay a single supplement as this is a group trip designed for shared accommodation. You will be staying in twin or multi-share accommodation with travellers of the same sex, which is a great way to get to know your group and enrich your travel experience! If you would prefer a little more privacy, a single supplement can be paid in most cases. Please contact our Travel Experts to arrange this.

    • What is the age range?

      Geckos operates tours for travellers between ages 18-39.

      They are geared towards active, budget-minded young travellers who want to meet lots of people (often accommodation is shared 4-6 people in dorm style rooms) and tend to be very popular with university students.

      Unfortunately their age range is rather strict, however if you are looking for a tour better suited to your age range, we would be happy to assist you in finding some alternatives! We definitely have lots of other great options you can choose from.

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    Good to Know

    • Currency
      Dong
      Vietnam
    • Plugs & Adapters

      As a traveller from USA, Canada you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, G. As a traveller from England you will need an adaptor for types A, B, C, E, F. As a traveller from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa you will need an adaptor for types A, B, C, E, F, G.

      Type A
      Vietnam
      Type B
      Vietnam
      Type C
      Vietnam
      Type E
      Vietnam
      Type F
      Vietnam
      Type G
      Vietnam
    • Vaccines
      • 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.
    • Visa
      • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
      • 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.
    • Payment information
      • For any tour departing before May 9th, 2021 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after May 9th, 2021, 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 26 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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