Vietnam North

So, you want to explore Vietnam ey? Welcome to 10 days jam packed with incredible landscapes, bustling cities, the most delicious food you have ever tasted and a country bursting at the seams from authentic experiences among locals famed for their welcoming smile. You can go ahead and split Vietnam in two, the North or the South (you can also explore the entire country!). While the South is dominated by stunning beaches, the North is famed for the beautiful madness of the capital of Hanoi where rules of the road are optional, lush jungles and enormous caves in Phong Nha National Park and of course, Halong Bay.

What's Included

Airport Pickup
(Up to two days before tour)

Travel Ninja
Your Guide! Like travelling with your best mates & one of them happens to know where they're going!

Transport
All Transport Included Private Bus Transfer Open Top Jeep Ha Long Bay Boat

Accommodation
9 Nights Accommodation Hotel Twin-share Rooms Private Dorms - Ha Long Bay

Activities
Bamboo Basket Boat Trip Open top Jeeps Cooking Class Castaways Island, Halong Bay
TruFlexibility
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Low Deposit
Stupidly low deposits so you won't have to raid the piggy bank to lock in your trip.
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Free date changes
In case shit happens and you can't make it.
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Payment Plans
Have something to look forward to & pay us when you can.
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Unrivalled Support
The best 1 on 1 support before, during and after your trip.
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Lifetime Deposits
Never lose out. Your deposit is good for life, even if plans change.
Bucket List
Ha Long Bay
Basket Boat
Lantern Making Lesson
Hai Van Pass
Dark Caves
Vietnamese Cooking Class

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10
Day 1

Airport Pick Up

Today is the day your life changes forever. We’ll pick you up, cute sign with your name on it and all from Da Nang International airport before whisking you off to meet your TruFam (AKA your touring group for the trip who very quickly become your best mates) at our Hoi An hotel. Hoi An is a wonderful, quaint seaside town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site infamous for its hanging lanterns and deeply cultural vibes. No first-date is complete without delicious food and plenty of looseners along Hoi An’s buzzing night markets so that’s exactly what we’ll do!

HOI AN
Airport Pick Up
Day 2

Basket boat trip

If you think that headline sounds good, we’re probably not even doing it justice. Welcome to your first full day in Hoi An, and possibly your first full day in Vietnam full stop. Today we’re up and out early with a bike tour around the town. That’ll get you nice and hungry for a culinary experience and a half because we’re having lunch with a local family whose take on food will have your taste buds doing backflips! In the afternoon we’re going crab fishing in coconut woods (which sits on the water, duh!) in traditional bamboo basket boats which are frankly hilarious! That evening as dusk rolls in explore the boardwalk of Hoi An surrounded by lanterns to cap off a dreamy day in Vietnam.

Hoi An
bike ride & basket boat trip
1x Breakfast, 1x Lunch
Day 3

HAI VAN PASS

Today try channelling your inner Jeremy Clarkson, but without the shit hair or Captain Slow without the slowness, as we’re saying goodbye to Hoi An hitting Hai Van Pass on a road trip made famous by Top Gear. No rickety mopeds for us, we’re doing it in-style aboard our private open-top jeeps. The scenery on the route North to the town of Hue is spectacular. We’ll stop for lunch, for some snapd and even a dip in the tropical waters before reaching the imperial city of Hue. Post hotel check-ins and chill out, we’re heading out, out to explore Hue’s nightlife where we’re all about the local beers, the rice wine and feeling like royalty.

Hue
open top jeep
1x Lunch
Day 4

COOKING CLASS & imperial city

Hue used to be home to emperors, more specifically those from the Nguyen dynasty. The result is some ridiculously decadent palaces, shrines and the crown jewel of Hue, the stunning Imperial City itself - a walled enclosure within the citadel that is a photographer's wet dream. You’ll really feel like royalty as you explore Hue, not least when you find that body of water beside you is called the Perfume River thanks to the orchids which fall into it in the autumn creating an aroma only beaten by the food. Speaking of food, it’s time to learn how to cook some traditional Vietnamese dishes! We are now dreaming of some Pho. That evening we’re back on the road with full bellies and heading further North to the town of Phong Nha.

PHONG NHA
COOKING CLASS & imperial city
1x Lunch
Day 5

Phong Nha National Park

By now you’ve seen the stunning Vietnamese coastline, devoured the most delicious food of your life and learned all sorts of weird and wonderful things about Vietnamese culture. It’s now time for some adrenaline, deal? Welcome to Phong Nha National Park, home to one of the longest cave systems in the world and the aptly named Paradise Cave whose entrance is a mind-boggling 72 metres high! We’re spending the day exploring the caves and even ziplining through them, wooooo! That evening it’s back on the bus with your TruFam, that you’ve now shared more memorable experiences with than most people, and onto the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi.

hanoi
dark cave, phong nha national park & ziplining
1x Lunch, 1x Dinner
Day 6

HANOI, EGG COFFEE & EXPLORING

By now you’re totally and utterly in love with Vietnam, it’s people and your heroic TruNinja (that’s what we call our tour guides but you already know that!). Hanoi is home to 8m residents and in 2018 welcomed over 5m international visitors (5 million and 12 now). Chaotic but immensely vibrant, Hanoi was made for exploring so after we get our latest hotel check-in done, we’re heading for a local cafe to try some egg coffee, Vietnam’s version of a 99 cone. The rest of the day is up to you guys, whether spending it as a culture vulture, a snap happy Insta hun or a bargain hunter at Đồng Xuân Market (did someone say new suits?).

HANOI
EGG COFFEE LESSON
Day 7

WELCOME TO Halong Bay

Ok, breathe. This is probably the day you’ve been looking forward to the most and we can totally understand why. Don’t get us wrong, you’ll love the bustle of Hanoi but what you’ll probably love even more is Halong Bay and that’s exactly where we are headed. Halong Bay is legendary. It’s been your screensaver at some point, it’s been photographed endlessly but trust us, none of these pictures do justice to the bright green sea and otherworldly presence of 1,600 limestone islands dotted throughout this labyrinth of paradise. Check in down, we’re having lunch to the most incredible backdrop of the bay but it won’t be long before the boat arrives for an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling and all sorts of aquatic high jinx in the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen. Your first day in Halong Bay stays with you forever.

halong bay
watersports
Day 8

HALONG BOAT TOUR & CASTAWAY

AS IF we're only spending one day here. Day two in Halong Bay and we’re going cruising, kayaking through the ancient caves and endless network of lagoons while generally beaming from ear-to-ear that life could be this perfect. Keep an eye out for the more exotic locals including monkeys, lizards, sea eagles and if you’re lucky SEA TURTLES! Today is about soaking up every single moment so say yes to diving off the boat, say yes to vodka watermelons and say yes to a Tru Castaway experience as you realise your dream of befriending a volleyball and ‘inventing’ fire.

Castaway Island, Ha long Bay
Boat trip
Day 9

SO LONG HALONG, BACK TO HANOI

Paradise has well and truly been found and we’ve yet to have a single traveller tell us they wouldn’t be back here again, but it’s time to say goodbye to Halong Bay for now and head back to Hanoi for our last full day on tour (hold it together, we know it’s hard!). It’s Hanoi, you’ve made friends for life and they're all here. Let’s say we finish the tour off in style with a massive blow out. Grab a drink and start to look back at all that’s changed in the last nine days. You’ve now explored Northern Vietnam and for the rest of your life you’ll measure up everywhere you travel against this wonderful, hospitable, beautiful country.

Hanoi
bus back to hanoi
Day 10

chilled check out

It’s a day for sore heads and emotional goodbyes as we’re at the end of the tour. Fear not though, this may not be the end of your adventure and if not our TruNinjas know Southeast Asia like the back of their hand and can advise you on what and where to next. If it is time to depart this part of the world then allow yourself to be sad about it, but promise us you’ll come back for more? It’s a very easy promise to keep in truth. You’re now a lifelong member of the TruFam and by now, you’ll know how big a deal that is. See you soon!

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FAQS

Where does the trip start & Finish?

The trip begins in Hoi An and finishes in Hanoi.

Which airport do I need to fly into?

You will need to fly into Da Nang International Airport (DAD) .

What is the closest airport to the end destination?

The closest airport is Nội Bài International Airport in Hanoi (HAN).

How do I get back to the start destination and is this included in the price? If not, how much is it?

No it is not included but we can assist you with booking any transfers you need after the tour.

What kind of accommodation is included on this trip?

The accommodation for this trip is all twin share private rooms and private dorms in hostels.

How much is a pre night’s accommodation?

A pre night’s accommodation is £35 for a private twin or double room. If you would like to arrange a pre-night please email info@trutravels.com

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