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Explore Vietnam - Intrepid Travel
Explore Vietnam - Intrepid Travel
Shannon "The trip was fantastic, it was a really nice mix of fixed activities, optional tours and free time to explore each of the cities. i couldn't believe how different each of the cities felt and what they had to offer. The balance felt right between activity and hustle and bustle of the busy cities to the more tranquil places like Hoi An. Quang was a great guide, he wasn't just rattling off informati..."
Excellent
9 reviews
Starts
Hanoi
+3 Destinations
Southern Vietnam
Ends
Ho Chi Minh City
Map

Highlights

  • Explore Halong Bay for yourself
  • Swim on Ti Top Island Beach
  • Take an overnight train to Hanoi
  • Visit Vietnam's southeast coast
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Berth / Cabin, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Train & Rail, Coach / Bus, Boat, Private Vehicle
Travel style
Discovery
Start in Hanoi and end in Ho Chi Minh City! With the discovery tour Explore Vietnam, you have a 11 day tour package taking you from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and through Hanoi, Vietnam and 4 other destinations in Vietnam. Explore Vietnam includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

9 Reviews

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  • HD
    Written on July 18, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    The scenery was good. Hotel were good and clean and the location of the hotels were spot on. Only the train toilets were disgusting. Overall we had a great experience. Hassim dinath
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Hassim, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time in Vietnam! Hope to see you on another trip with us again soon. Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • R
    Written on June 27, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    My partner and I had a great time on this tour - it was the perfect way to get a taste of Vietnam in a short amount of time. Hien was a wonderful guide, we felt so looked after throughout the whole trip and she could never do enough to help. Each of the many connections was super smooth, and we were really able to maximise our time in each place. This is my second booking with Intrepid and I will be back - it's a safe and convenient way to travel which still allows you to choose how you spend your time, and the reputation of their guides is deserved.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    HI Rachel, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time in Vietnam - sounds like you had a great trip! Hope to see you on your 3rd trip with us soon - did you know that when you book 9 trips with us you get your 10th for free? Just sayin'... :) Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • C
    Written on June 24, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    First time booking with Intrepid and had an amazing time with Hien! She is very passionate about her country and very knowledgeable. Trip was very well organized from beginning to end. She always had our safety first throughout the trip. Gave great tips and recommendations. Cảm ơn nhiều Hien!
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Christina, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time in Vietnam! We'll pass along your kind words to our global team, including Hien, who will be very happy to hear it. Hope to see you on another trip with us again soon! Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • Explore Vietnam reviewer 4
    Written on June 23, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    My wife and I booked with Intrepid Travel for the first time and after this awesome experience we will definitely book again with them. Our tour guide Hien was a lovely young lady. She spoke English very well and was so helpful in talking to local people and translating what they said or translating written Vietnamese. She promptly answered questions on our chat group and the answers were always very useful. The restaurant recommendations resulted in a lovely experience and tasty food. The tours and sights recommendations utilised her local knowledge and experience. Without Hien we wouldn't have found some of the hidden gems such as finding Phin Coffee in Hoi An just in time to get cover from a thunderstorm. Hien was very passionate about her Vietnamese culture, loved sharing it with us and we loved hearing about it. We had a great tour with wonderful optional activities and Hien gave great orientation tours of the cities we visited: Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue, Nha Trang and Hi Chi Minh City, plus a great commentary on the bus to Have Long Bay and on the boat. The highlight of the tour for us was the snorkeling trip at Nha Trang, and this was our main reason for choosing this tour. We are experienced snorkelers and although disappointed with the safety call to not go out to the open water snorkeling site due to the rough seas, we agreed with the safety first approach. We went to a snorkelling site right next to the shore with a buoyed net to keep boats out and this felt very safe. Our guide for the day, Lam, entered the water before us after offering life jackets to all. My wife and I planned to spend more time under the water than on the surface so didn't want the life jackets and were happy with taking the responsibility for this decision. When we went to Ha Long Bay from Ha Noi we were given the option of lugging our heavy bags with us, or just taking our day bag and leaving our packs with friendly hotel staff. We took the latter option and were happy with our decision. Hien was very safety focussed and briefed us about any risks beforehand. My wife was swimming in a roped off area on Ti Top islsnd in Ha Long Bay and was unfortunately lightly stung by a jellyfish. Hien was very concerned and immediately provided first aid. She followed up several times throughout the tour. The trip was very well organised with all the hotel transfers and sightseeing bookings going like clockwork. We had heard a few stories about the overnight train so were a bit worried about that but were pleasantly surprised. Hien gave us tips on successful train travel, and on one train even gave up her bed to two small boys. Hien gave recommendations on places to eat and drink, sights to see and activities to do, and some we followed but we were also happy doing our own thing. Hien was always interested to hear what we had been doing. We were sad to say goodbye to Hien. We will miss her good humour and use of "happy" to describe people and places. We hope she will take up our offer to visit us and our country.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Matt, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your time in Vietnam - sounds like quite the adventure! We will share your lovely feedback with our global team and with Hien, who will be very happy to hear it. We hope to see you on another trip with us again soon where one of our other incredible local leaders will have the chance to show you around their country...Hopefully no jellyfish stings next time! :) Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • Explore Vietnam reviewer 5
    Written on June 21, 2018
    1.5 - Rather poor

    Booked with Intrepid for the first time and after this awful experience i will never book again with them. Hien was the worst guide i have ever had in my life. She is completely hopeless and too young to be a tour guide. She barely speak english, all the restaurant/tour advices were wrong and overpriced. Luckily the tour we booked is giving us full choice on what we want to do during our trip because if i had followed her advices i would have passed the worst holiday ever. During our trip we being to Nha Thrangh to to a snorkeling tour and one of our group was asking for help because he was drowning.Hien the guide after three times i screamed at her that there was an emergengy she started to flip out and ask the diving/snorkle giude to help him. Every information she gave us was wrong ( trip timing, prices, quality, etc) If Intrepid hire those kind of tour guide is very dangerous for all customer safety. This wasn't at all a relaxing experience but instead was more of a tiring trip. I am italian but i think i speak an average/good english and was very hard to understand what the guide was telling us. I wanted to mention aswell that in Hoi An the guide make us leave our luggage to the reception for our Halong Bay tour and when i was back to the hotel i found my luggage upside down in an unsafe and uncontrolled area and one of my telephone had a broken screen due to how they have treat our luggage and at the end of the tour i haven't had still any information on how or who will pay for the damage. If you can book with another tour operator or at least wait until this guide has been fired and replaced with a better one
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Enrico, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're very sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your trip - we have passed this feedback along to our customer relations team who are currently investigating and will be in touch with you soon. If you'd like to share any further feedback beforehand, please feel free to email customerrelations@intrepidtravel.com. Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • EH
    Written on January 20, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    This trip was brilliant!! Me and my boyfriend booked it not knowing what to expect. We feel like we experienced so much in the short time we was there. I think there was just enough time in each place and great options for different activities. The cycle tour around Hoi An was amazing, I would highly recommend. Tang was our tour guide he was always happy to join in with the group and was always happy to help with anything we needed. All round great trip and great value for money.
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  • Explore Vietnam reviewer 7
    Written on March 11, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Excellent tour, great mix of optional activities, group time and time away from the group to explore alone. The boat trip in Halong Bay was fantastic, very impressed by the boat's facilities and food served. This was a great way to see many places in Vietnam in a short space of time.
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  • Explore Vietnam reviewer 8
    Written on November 6, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    The trip was fantastic, it was a really nice mix of fixed activities, optional tours and free time to explore each of the cities. i couldn't believe how different each of the cities felt and what they had to offer. The balance felt right between activity and hustle and bustle of the busy cities to the more tranquil places like Hoi An. Quang was a great guide, he wasn't just rattling off information he has a great sense of humour and was really happy to get involved with the group.
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  • Explore Vietnam reviewer 9
    Written on February 21, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    Loved it. Very patient guide. Good knowledge of his country. Would recommend.
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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Hanoi
  2. Day 2: Halong Bay
  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: Nha Trang
  9. Day 9: Nha Trang / Overnight Train
  10. Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
  11. Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City

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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.

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Hanoi is the starting point and Ho Chi Minh City is the endpoint.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,380 km.
  • Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • 538 km
  • Hue (Vietnam)
  • 104 km
  • Hoi An (Vietnam)
  • 415 km
  • Nha Trang (Vietnam)
  • 323 km
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

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