Airport Pick Up
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City and welcome to Vietnam! These 10 days are going to change your life, we promise you that and the gateway to it all starts by looking out for a big sign with your name on it in arrivals. No dramas with taxis or public transport, no lost in translation directions. Just sit back and relax as we whisk you away to our Ho Chi Minh hotel and to meet the rest of your TruFam (that’s what we call our tour groups, you’ll soon understand why) and your TruNinja for the trip (that’s what we call our tour guides, because they are very special peeps). Dinner, drinks and introductions tonight, for tomorrow at all begins in earnest.
HO CHI MINH WALKING TOUR & WAR MUSEUM
There’s just no way you can travel to Vietnam without immersing yourself in the country’s rich, unique and sometimes startling history. When we think of Vietnam, it’s easy to think of Robin Williams’ early morning radio show, Huey helicopters and “the smell of Napalm in the morning”, but the reality for the people who suffered through the Vietnam War cannot be ignored. The War Museum welcomes over half a million visitors a year and with some jaw-dropping remnants of what happened less than 50 years ago. We’ll also go exploring on a walking tour taking in the sights, smells (constantly delicious) and sounds of Vietnam’s largest city including the Independence palace, war museum and Ben Thanh markets. In the evening we freshen up for dinner, drinks and get to know your TruFam in the busy city of Ho Chi Minh!
City walking tour & visit war museum
EXPLORING THE CU CHI TUNNELS
Rise and shine TruTraveller we’ve got a big day ahead! Wear some comfortable shoes as today we’re heading to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Built in the late 1940’s and spreading over nearly 250km, the Cu Chi Tunnels were used for a number of reasons including housing troops, transporting communications and supplies and even laying booby traps before returning to safety inside the tunnels. Don’t be fooled, although the operations of these tunnels sound seamless, some tunnels were so small they were around 80cm wide and 80cm high, meaning for the average human almost impossible to get through. We’ll experience the tunnels up close and personal and explore some of the underground hiding holes. This experience is one not to be missed and gives a real insight into the struggle and challenges of life only 70ish years ago. Early afternoon we’ll head back and grab some lunch before having a relaxing afternoon. In the evening we’ll board a sleeper bus and head to our next destination - the beautiful Mui Ne!
Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels
Mui Ne Sandboarding & Fairy Stream
Let’s go to the beach, beach! Mui He is a gorgeous coastal town that the TruCrew immediately fell for on our first visit, many moons ago. We knew we had to include it as part of a tour through Vietnam. Ever been sandboarding before? If that sounds to you like surfing the dunes on boogie boards, then you’d be exactly right! If you haven’t watched it yet, you need to see this shit in action and you can here. But first we’ll explore Mui Ne’s Fairy Stream, a painfully pretty geological formation full of vibrant reds, white, oranges and pinks. You’ll want to get your camera out for this one, trust us! After a morning of peace and tranquillity, we turn the adrenaline up and slip and slide down the red dunes. If you’re feeling up to it, you can even rent quad bikes and go full adrenaline junkie mode. After getting back to the hotel, showering and trying to remove every last bit of sand from your ears we’ll head out for dinner and drinks. We visit Mui He’s local food market and sip on homemade ginger ales on the way. You won’t believe it’s only Day Three, or how cheap this rum is.
MUI NE & CHILL
We’re a friendly bunch, so here’s a lie-in opportunity if you need one. Alternatively you can do some more exploring and reminisce about which of your TruFam got a bit too tipsy the night before and fell into a ditch. Should you be said ditch-faller, you can hide your indignity by the pool, or by the sea. Mui Ne is such a nice place to be, so soak it in, chill by the pool and top up than tan as this afternoon we’re back on the road, heading north for Nha Trang for some night markets, some more ridiculous food and possibly a beer or 2 by the beach.
VINPARK, THEME PARKS, WATER PARKS, THE LOT!
Did you know Vietnam had a theme park? Not even that, a theme park, water park, aquarium all in one! Today we’re heading to the wonderful Vinpearland. We’ll spend the day there so don’t forget to pack your swimmers if you fancy jumping in a doughnut and doing the lazy river. The day is free for us to spend as we please exploring all areas of park! Scream out loud as you ride the rides, sit back and relax on a lounger or marvel at some of their diverse marinelife. Whatever your vibe, there’s something for everyone. In the evening we take Vietnam’s famous and a backpacker’s favourite form of transport - Sleeper bus. We’ll be travelling overnight and will arrive early in the morning into the magical town of Hoi An. Catch some zzz’s on the bus as you’ll want to absorb every minute of Hoi An. It’s a good’en.
Entry to VinPark theme park & water park
WALKING HOI AN, MASSAGE & BEACH CLUB!
We hope you dreamt of the scenic views of Vietnam’s stunning landscape, either that or awoke in the night and saw it yourself. It’s an early one and we’re arriving into beautiful Hoi An. We’ll drop our stuff at our hotel, freshen up and head out in search of delicious ice coffee to start the day right. We take a walk into Hoi An old town and this early, you’ll get a real local experience. Walk alongside the calm river and take in the relaxing ambience of this quieter part of Vietnam. With winding roads and small bridges, it’s easy to see why Hoi An is a favourite among travellers. We’ll stop for breakfast and spend the day relaxing. What’s the best way to relax after an overnight sleeper bus? Massage of course. We’ll head to a personal Tru favourite massage parlour and let go of any of those knots from too much dancing, partying or carrying that 25kg backpack you overpacked. (We told you to pack light) In the evening we’ll head for dinner and if you’re up for it, hit up Hoi An’s best beach club. C’mon who doesn’t love a beach club.
1 X Breakfast - 3 Cocktails in the evening
HOI AN LANTERN MAKING
Wakey up and take some time to stretch, yawn and wake up fully because you are now staying in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No, like the entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Madness right? We told you it’s a beauty. Hoi An is probably most famous for the Vietnamese lanterns that give the town a surreal, tranquil glow each night. You want one don’t you? Let’s go one better and teach you how to make one! Choose your silk, and learn from the locals on how to turn one of these iconic lanterns into your own one. Don’t worry if you’re shit at arts and crafts, you can always leave the lantern in the dark to hide your shame. Another famous activity in Hoi An is the ability to have clothes made, styled, designed and created exactly how you want them. So if you’ve been dreaming of that all white elvis suit or floor length gown you could only really wear on your wedding day for years, well, here’s the time to buy it! The rest of the day is yours to explore the markets, maybe get yourself a new suit or six, and enjoy one of the coolest little towns you will ever visit.
BAMBOO BASKET BOAT TRIP
Today, we’d give a fun level of 10000/10 and we’re not just saying that. First off we’re taking a morning bike ride around Hoi An, race ya! In the afternoon we’re going to Coconut Woods, which despite the name is actually on 7 hectares (don’t ask us what a hectare is, it might be some sort of squirrel) of water. Ever heard of a basket boat? Well you’re about to have your first experience of one and you are going to laugh yourself senseless on one of these mad cap traditional Vietnamese vessels that have been used to crab fish for centuries. We’ll glide through stunning surroundings before slipping, sliding and splashing a little too much as we show how basket boats are best used. I might not as relaxing as you’re envisioning but its sure to get the blood pumping That’ll get you nice and hungry for a culinary experience and a half because we’re stop for some delicious food with the local family. This evening will be our last in Hoi An (until you come visit again) so let’s make it a big one with dinner and drinks on the boardwalk.
bike ride & basket boat trip
Time to, say goodbye. This may be the end of your Vietnam South adventure but maybe you’re not quite finished with Southeast Asia yet. if not our TruNinjas know Southeast Asia like the back of their metaphorical sword 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. This isn’t a real goodbye, it’s see you soon!