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Trails of Vietnam - Exodus Travels
Trails of Vietnam - Exodus Travels
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41 reviews
Starts
Hanoi
Destinations
+18
Ends
Ho Chi Minh City
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Highlights

  • Trek through H'mong country
  • Learn more about village culture
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Hanoi
  • Take a cruise among karst scener
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Adventure
Start in Hanoi and end in Ho Chi Minh City! With the adventure tour Trails of Vietnam, you have a 14 day tour package taking you from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and through Hanoi, Vietnam and 12 other destinations in Vietnam. Trails of Vietnam is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

41 Reviews

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  • Trails of Vietnam reviewer 1
    Written on April 30, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Loads of different activities, experiences, sights and sounds are packed into this holiday, which really shows you the whole of Vietnam.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Waking up on the boat in the middle of Halong Bay. Kayaking round islands and seeing the monkeys leap from tree to tree. Learning to cook by imitation and gestures in the Mekong Delta. Walking through emerald green paddy fields, up steep hills. Sleeping on a bamboo floor in a traditional Thai longhouse. Handling a python in the snake farm. Being entertained by local dancers, and being dragged up to dance the finale. Cycling through villages on windy canal paths, with little children rushing out to shout "hello!". What did you think of your group leader?A wonderful story teller, full of interesting anecdotes and insights into Vietnam history and culture. He even got out his guitar on occasion and entertained us with some of his songs!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for lots of travel, by coach, rail, road, boat, kayak, and air. Bring earplugs and a jumper, as Vietnam can dip below 20 degrees in the evenings. Be ready for all sorts of extras not necessarily on the itinerary. Don't worry about the Cu Chi tunnels: the bit you walk through is only right at the end and easily omitted if you're claustrophobic - the rest of it is fascinating. Is there anything else you would like to add?Just remember it's a communist country and you won't necessarily get the same picture as at home in the more political, government-run places of interest that you visit, though they are very interesting. Be ready to supplement your visit with extra research online!

  • Trails of Vietnam reviewer 2
    Written on February 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Truly amazing place and well thought out trip, which really does make it feel like you have seen so much of the country. Some truly stunning sights (Halong bay is the second wonder of the world). Hanoi is a complete culture shock and impressive to see how many people can fit onto one moped. Food is very good and for very little you can get some very impressive street food. Only slight complaint not as physical as the itinerary makes it sound.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Halong bay was my favourite part of the trip, kayaking from the boat to a lagoon then watching a monkey sitting the rocks eating. Hoi an was a close second with cycling at six in the morning to watch the sunrise over the spice fields (helped by the fact it was snowing in England at the time).What did you think of your group leader?Pheong was a brilliant fella, informative with a deep love of his country, always cheerful and amazingly patient, one morning even giving a meditation lesson for those who were interested and not only all that also a fantastic pool player.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be warned Hanoi and northern Vietnam can be colder than expected, although my trip was in January so maybe I should have been better prepared. Don't overpack you can get your laundry done at lots of different places on the trip. Also shopping is very good out there I bought a north face jacket for 45 dollars which is'nt too bad.Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't bother changing your money into Dong, stick with dollars it's easier to keep track of what your spending and they are accepted everywhere.

  • Trails of Vietnam reviewer 3
    Written on January 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This tour is not for the faint at heart. There is a lot of travelling and a lot of action so be prepared. Fascinating country with wonderful people, not least of all Giang the tour leader. Fasten your seatbelts!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The people were so friendly and relaxed.What did you think of your group leader?Great. Giang,s calm and ever willingness to help make him a strong candidate for leader of the year.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pack light as it is hot in the south. the north can be cool in the winter but the payback is the dry season. Saigon is the best local beer!

  • Trails of Vietnam reviewer 4
    Written on December 13, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    An excellent and varied trip with a great group of people who gelled together instantly.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The overnight stays in the stilthouses were great fun,and a great way for us all to get to know eachother.Also the cycling in the Mekong Delta was pretty special.What did you think of your group leader?Mao was the best group leader I've had when doing many of these trips.He started as our leader and left as our friend! He made a great trip brilliant,a true asset to Exodus which I hope will be recognised.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared to be flexible with the itinary,as the weather can be very unpredictable,unfortunatly.Is there anything else you would like to add?Try hard to "go with the flow"! Vietnam is like nothing you've experienced before!

  • Trails of Vietnam reviewer 5
    Written on October 11, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A really enjoyable trip. Fascinating cultural experiences in the tribes, spectacular and relaxing Halong Bay, the madness of Hanoi, and the sights of the rest of Vietnam. A couple of days of trekking, but more walking after that. Still tiring due to the heat/humidity, early starts and some long bus rides. Well worth the experience.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The hiking through the hills out from Mai Chau was great even though it was incredibly hot. Very interesting visiting the tribes and hearing their stories. Also the boat trip in Halong Bay - the seafood dinner, the kayaking, the swimming, the relaxing on the ship's deck, the scenery. Awesome. Cu Chi tunnels. Really interesting while also a little freaky experience.What did you think of your group leader?Linh was great. Organised us really well, and looked after us well with pointing out good restaurants etc when going to be on our own, and taking us to really good restaurants when with him. We ate REALLY well! Was really informative, explained a lot about how the hill tribe people live and their past etc. Ended up telling the same things a couple of times, and sometimes would go off on a tangent, turning a piece on the pagoda etc we were at into a long winded story of his childhood. But mostly told good stuff. Is a little quirky, which made it entertaining with some of his songs. Has a lot of character, which has left us with a great memories to retell amongst group members. Overall, Linh was really great value.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take a light weight jacket with you in case it rains at any moment (even though it'll likely only be brief). Say so at the beginning if you don't like fish (or anything for that matter), you'll get well catered for with other food for you. A few people on our trip didn't say so until halfway through, after a number of entrees and meals with fish, so didn't eat as much those times.Is there anything else you would like to add?Only thing might have liked different, was a little more time in Hoi An. We essentially only had less than a couple of hours after dark the day we arrived to do any shopping. This was the only time we had to order stuff to be tailor made, and it was quite a rush to do in that time, and after dark so it was tricky to see. We had plenty of free time the next afternoon, but as we were leaving too early the next day we couldn't order anything then as there wasn't enough time to get it made. When that is what Hoi An is so well known for, we were very rushed to achieve it, and definitely would have done more with the chance. That would be only real gripe about the trip. Oh and the overnight train wasn't exactly comfortable! I come from a country/culture where we don't tip, so having the group tipping kitty and Linh taking care of it was great, and quite a relief.

  • Trails of Vietnam reviewer 6
    Written on January 29, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    Vietnam is a fascinating place, and this trip really covers it, from north to south, taking in all the sights and all the places you would expect.  All very slick, very smooth, good locations, and a fascinating tour guide. The only downside – this was not the trip book, in the sense that the trip dossier detailed much more cycling and trekking than we actually did, so disappointing from that perspective, and either the brochure or the trip needs to changeWhat did you think of your group leader?Brilliant, totally brilliant!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?You don’t need malaria tablets – the trip dossier is wrong!

  • Trails of Vietnam reviewer 7
    Written on January 29, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    Vietnam is a fascinating place, and this trip really covers it, from north to south, taking in all the sights and all the places you would expect.  All very slick, very smooth, good locations, and a fascinating tour guide. The only downside

  • Trails of Vietnam reviewer 8
    Written on January 23, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    An intensive introduction to a wonderful country. Hikes and bikes took us off the beaten tracks. Very well organised and we were well looked after. Thoroughly recommended.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling through back paths on the Mekong delta, where kids rushed out to see us, (as they don't see tourists there), showed us the contrasts of the country, but also how naturally friendly the people are, even those not trying to make a living out of tourists.What did you think of your group leader?Never without a smile, efficient and solicitous, he gave us confidence, and his knowledge of the whole country and its history made the necesary long distances interesting.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Cold in the North, very hot in the South. Tell the guide if you get a dicky tummy, ancient ginger will fix it better than our drugs.Is there anything else you would like to add?Vietnam is a strange country when you first arrive, especially if you start in Hanoi. Relax and you will quickly find your feet.  Walking was not arduous, cycling stepped up the gears later, but the bus was always around if it got too strenuous. Most of us were mere leisure cyclists, and coped admirably.

  • Trails of Vietnam reviewer 9
    Written on January 23, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    An intensive introduction to a wonderful country. Hikes and bikes took us off the beaten tracks. Very well organised and we were well looked after. Thoroughly recommended.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling through back paths on the Mekong delta, where kids rushed out to see us, (as they don't see tourists there), showed us the contrasts of the country, but also how naturally friendly the people are, even those not trying to make a living out of tourists.What did you think of your group leader?Never without a smile, efficient and solicitous, he gave us confidence, and his knowledge of the whole country and its history made the necesary long distances interesting.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Cold in the North, very hot in the South. Tell the guide if you get a dicky tummy, ancient ginger will fix it better than our drugs.Is there anything else you would like to add?Vietnam is a strange country when you first arrive, especially if you start in Hanoi. Relax and you will quickly find your feet.  Walking was not arduous, cycling stepped up the gears later, but the bus was always around if it got too strenuous. Most of us were mere leisure cyclists, and coped admirably.

  • Trails of Vietnam reviewer 10
    Written on January 22, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    An excellent trip, a great way to see the highlights of the country.  A pleasing mix of activity and sight seeing.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Halong Bay has to be one of the highlights; fabulous views and a fantastic lunch on board on the first day.  However. Hue was also a beautiful place with wonderful shopping!What did you think of your group leader?He was really well organised, full of interesting information although sometimes a little too much for my taste.   It was sometimes difficult to understand the plan for the day and therefore what we needed to have in our day packs.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pack your clothes in bags in your main bag, helps to keep thigs organised as you do not spend many nights in the same place!  Have your insect repellant to hand at the Cu Chi Tunnels - we didn't!Is there anything else you would like to add?Some of the walks and cycling were less than the itinary sugested - this was an issue to some on the trip.

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Hanoi
  2. Day 2: To Da Bac; trek through Dzao Tien country; overnight in hill-tribe longhouse
  3. Day 3: Trek amongst hill-tribe villages
  4. Day 4: Boat to Thung Nai; Hanoi city tour
  5. Day 5: To Halong Bay; cruise/kayak; dinner and overnight on boat
  6. Day 6: Cruise then return to Hanoi; overnight train to Hue
  7. Day 7: Sightseeing by private bus and bicycle in Hue
  8. Day 8: Cycle to Thanh Toan local market; drive to Hoi An
  9. Day 9: Walking tour of Hoi An; free afternoon
  10. Day 10: Fly to Saigon; afternoon visit Cu Chi Tunnels
  11. Day 11: Cycle ride to Cai Be; visit handicraft workshops; drive to Can Tho
  12. Day 12: Boat trip to floating markets; cycle ride; boat trip to island homestay guesthouse
  13. Day 13: Cruise to Cai Be; to Saigon for afternoon city tour
  14. Day 14: End Saigon

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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.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 2,047 km.
  • Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • 88 km
  • Mai Chau (Vietnam)
  • 12 km
  • Sam Khoe (Vietnam)
  • 12 km
  • Mai Chau (Vietnam)
  • 88 km
  • Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • 126 km
  • Halong Bay (Vietnam)
  • 126 km
  • Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • 538 km
  • Hue (Vietnam)
  • 82 km
  • Da Nang (Vietnam)
  • 23 km
  • Hoi An (Vietnam)
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