Vietnam South

So, you want to explore Vietnam ey? You’ve got three options, explore the North, the South, or both! If the North is bursting with cultural experiences and the hustle of Hanoi, South Vietnam is a more tropical existence. We begin in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon in old money) before enjoying the beach life and dunes of Mui He, onwards to the of Nha Trang before something really, a visit to the magial town of Hoi An. If the North is a cultural zeitgeist, the South is for the slower paced beach bum (both of which will include sizable consumptions of rum, or not depending on your jam!).

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 as long as you are booked into the start hotel)

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

Transport
All Transport Included Sleeper Bus Jeeps (Mui Ne)

Accommodation
9 Nights Accommodation Hotel Twin-share rooms

Activities
Mui Ne Sand Dunes Cu Chi Tunnels Visit to Vinwonders theme park Lantern Making in Hoi An Basket Boat Trip Experience Ho Chi Minh City Walk

Meals
5 x Breakfast 2 x Lunch
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 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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The best 1 on 1 support before, during and after your trip.
Bucket List
Mui Ne Sand Dunes
Lantern Making Lesson
Basket Boat Trip

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

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 City
Airport Pick Up
Day 2

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!

Ho Chi Minh
City walking tour & visit war museum
1 x Breakfast
Group by old plane - Vietnam
Group photo in front of tall building - Vietnam
Group of travellers in front of yellow building on cobbled streets
Day 3

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!

Ho Chi Minh
Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels
1 X Breakfast
Day 4

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
Sandboarding
Day 5

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.

Nha Trang
Travel to Nha Trang
Day 6

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.

 

Nha Trang
Entry to VinPark theme park & water park
Transport to Hoi An
Day 7

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.

Hoi An
1 X Breakfast - 3 Cocktails in the evening
Day 8

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.

Hoi An
Lantern Making
1 x BREAKFAST
top 5 cities in vietnam hoi an
Day 9

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.

Hoi An
bike ride & basket boat trip
1 X BREAKFAST 1 X LUNCH
Day 10

Chilled checkout

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!

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1 x Breakfast
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FAQS

Where does the trip start & Finish?

The trip begins in Ho Chi Minh city and finishes in Hoi An.

Which airport do I need to fly into?

You will need to fly into Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport (SGN) .

What is the closest airport to the end destination?

The closest airport to the end destination is Da Nang Airport (DAD)

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 35GBP, 42EUR, 50USD, 65CAD, 65AUD  for a twin or double bedroom.

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 our 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. We're 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 also offer 1 free date change before 60 days of your departure date.

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