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.

When we say classic, we mean the perfect balance of culture, adventure, beaches and parties. High number of inclusions, low cost. Tru-ly authentic experiences from home-stays & hostels to beach huts, hotels and boats. A classic tour means maximum adventure, minimum hassle. Built for backpackers by backpackers.

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!

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

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

Bamboo Basket Boat Trip Open top Jeeps Cooking Class Halong Bay Cruise
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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 change
If your plans change, no stress. We allow one free date change up to 60 days before you travel.
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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.
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!

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


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.

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. That evening we’re back on the road with full bellies and heading further North to the town of 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.

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


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?).

Day 7


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 it's time for an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling and all sorts of aquatic high jinx in the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen. After a day of fun in the sun, a sunset party is on the cards followed by a traditional Vietnamese cooking class, all while being surrounded by the most incredible views. Your first day in Halong Bay stays with you forever.

halong bay
The boat cruising along Halong Bay during the day in Vietnam
A picture of the boat on Halong Bay at night time
A cabin with a double and a single on the boat in Halong Bay
Twin cabin on the boat during the cruise on Halong Bay
Day 8


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, say yes to that sunrise Tai Chi lesson, say yes to exploring the caves by bamboo boat. We weren't lying when we said we don't do average.

Halong Bay
Boat trip
Day 9


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.

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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Trips Departure Dates



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

Are there any COVID precautions in place for my trip?

Yes! We’re doing everything we can to make your trip as safe and stress- free as possible. All trips are run with enhanced safety and hygiene protocols advised by the FCO (Foreign Commonwealth Office) & WHO (World Health Organisation) including only working with partners who uphold the same standard and are taking the maximum amount of precautions. From switching to private transport where possible to offering private room upgrades, we’ve got all areas covered to ensure your trip is an amazing one! You can read more here.

What happens If I can’t travel due to COVID?

We’re only operating in countries that are open without quarantine and are safe and easy to travel in. That being said if you could no longer travel due to COVID or if something were to arise, we’re offering complete flexibility for our TruTravellers. From free date changes to lifetime deposits. The TruCrew are always here to give you some TLC and to go through your options. Think of us as ya BFF’s, the fun auntie/uncle of the family who loves a drink or your travel guardian angels. Were not fussed.

Is my money protected?

Yep! You will never lose your money. You’re protected. TruTravels is both ABTA and ATOL registered meaning your money is safe. We’re offering free date changes or to keep your deposit on file for as and when you’re ready to travel, 2 months, 2 years or even 20!

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