Vietnam Explorer

Become a Vietnam Explorer as we travel north from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi covering all the highlights and hidden gems this incredible country. Get a cultural insight into its not too distant past, visit the sand dunes of Mui Ne, stunning beaches, breathtaking caves and national parks and finish off with a private island getaway in Halong Bay. The perfect amount of time to spend in this amazing country.

What's Included

Airport Pickup
(Up to two days before tour)

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

All Transport Included Private Bus Ha Long Bay Boat

16 Nights Accommodation Twin-Share Rooms Hotels Beachside Resort Ha Long Bay Private Dorms

Lantern Making in Hoi An Bamboo Basket Boat Trip Cooking Class Boat trip around Halong Bay
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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
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Unrivalled Support
The best 1 on 1 support before, during and after your trip.
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Lifetime Deposits
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Bucket List
Ha Long Bay
Lantern Making Class
Basket Boat Experience
Dark Caves
Hai Van Pass
Mui Ne Sand Dunes
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 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17
Day 1

Airport Pick Up

Today is arrival day; feel free to arrive any time. You will be picked up from the airport by one of our drivers, who will be waiting for you. Then head to the hotel where your group leader will be waiting for you. Get excited to meet your new travels buddies for dinner and drinks in the evening.

Ho Chi Minh City
Airport Pick Up
2x Breakfast
Day 2


Spend the day getting to know your new surroundings & indulge in culture & history with a walking tour of the city, before visiting the National War Museum. Tonight we head north to our first coastal destination, Mui Ne.

Mui Ne
City Orientation & visit war museum
1 x Breakfast
Group of travellers in front of yellow building on cobbled streets
Group photo in front of tall building - Vietnam
Group by old plane - Vietnam
Day 3


This afternoon, you will get to try your hand at sandboarding down the picturesque dunes of Mui Ne, visit the Fairy stream and enjoy the beautiful scenery in open top style jeeps. We’ll finish the day off with some delicious dinner and a night out on the beach town!

Sand dunes tour
1x Breakfast
Day 4

Explore Mui Ne

Spend the morning relaxing by the pool and exploring the town. In the afternoon, we hop on a bus to Nha Trang and spend a night roaming around the markets or enjoy dinner and drinks with a beach view.

Nha Trang
Beach Day
1x Breakfast, 1x Lunch
Day 5

ninhvana beach hideaway

We leave Nha Trang early doors, grab a spot of breakfast before jumping into our shuttle bus to our next destination Ninhvana. A complete and utter backpackers paradise. The day/evening is ours for the taking. With so much to offer it’s hard to choose, perhaps spending the evening under the stars at the outdoor cinema or take a dip in either of the swimming pools we have onsite. Like we said Paradise guys.

Kayaking, trekking, yoga & paddle boarding, massages
1x Breakfast, 1x Lunch
Day 6

ninhvana beach hideaway

 Paddle boarding, kayaking, trekking, yoga classes. What more could you want! Take your pick from the range of activities available, If you fancy hiring a bike and checking out the town, it’s a beaut ride and you’ll love every minute. We meet up in the evening to grab some dinner and share stories of the day’s adventures. There may even be a few beers or 5.

Kayaking, trekking, yoga & paddle boarding, massages
Day 7


Enjoy a leisurely morning & make the most of the inclusions of this magical place. We head back to Nha Trang late afternoon & arrive in time for our night bus to Hoi An. You should feel relaxed & raring to go for the next leg of our adventure after your time at Ninhavna.

Hoi An
night bus
1x Lunch
Day 8

hoi an

We arrive early morning into Hoi An, drop our bags to our hotel, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast on arrival. As they prepare our rooms we head out to join a traditional Hoi An lantern making class where we learn how to make our own miniature lanterns. The afternoon is free for you to relax after a long journey, or you can explore the town’s markets & tailors.

Hoi An
Lantern making
1x Lunch
Day 9


Start the day with a bike tour around Hoi An old town and lunch at the locals family home. Then spend the afternoon crab fishing with the locals as we explore the 7 hectare water coconut woods in traditional bamboo basket boats. The late afternoon is free to chill or explore the lantern filled streets.

Hoi An
Crab fishing, basket boat trip
1x Lunch, 1x Dinner
Day 10


An adventure filled day as we leave Hoi An in open-top Jeeps & hit the Hai Van Pass, featured as the ‘Top Gear Experience’ it’s the perfect way to travel to Hue. Stop for a spot of lunch (included) and enjoy a nice swim in the sea before heading off again. On arrival to Hue we check into our new hotel & head into town for dinner and a few drinks in the evening.

Open top jeeps on Hai Van pass
1x Breakfast, 1x Lunch, 1x Dinner
Day 11

IMPERIAL CITY & cooking class

Today it’s time to explore the historic imperial city of Hue. We head off to the Royal Palace where we take in the history of the nation`s former capital city before joining a local cooking school to learn how to make some traditional Vietnemese dishes. After we’re full of delicious food, we then head over via bus to the small town of Phong Nha, where we arrive early evening & just in time to enjoy a few drinks in one of the local bars.

phong nha
Imperial city visit & cooking class
1x Breakfast, 1x Lunch
Day 12


Paradise Cave is a UNESCO World Heritage site, & is famous for being one of the longest cave systems in the world at 31 km. We spend the day exploring the caves, which are situated inside Phong Nha National Park. In the evening we jump on an overnight bus to Hanoi.

Dark cave, ziplining & kayaking
Day 13


We arrive early morning into Hanoi & head straight to our hotel to check in. As the rooms are still being prepared, we check out a local cafe and experience how to make traditional egg coffee which is a famous drink in Hanoi. In the early afternoon, we’ll visit the famous Hanoi train street and have the rest of the afternoon free for you to chill or explore the city on your own.

egg coffee making, walking tour of hanoi
Day 14

Ha long Bay

We leave early by bus & boat to head to the famous Castaway Island in Ha Long Bay. Once checked into our beachside accommodation, we enjoy lunch with the most amazing view before an afternoon of watersports & an evening of beach partying.

castaway island, ha long bay
Day 15

Ha long Bay Boat trip

We spend our full day aboard a traditional junk boat cruising through Ha Long Bay. During the trip we stop off to kayak through ancient caves & a network of lagoons whilst looking out for monkeys, before relaxing on the boat during the afternoon with plenty of swim stops.

Castaway Island, Halong Bay
Boat trip
Day 16

Travel to hanoi

After a few big nights on our private island, we enjoy another lay in before enjoying our last beachfront lunch, before making the journey back to Hanoi where we check in to our accommodation for our final night together as a group.

bus back to hanoi
Day 17

chilled check out

It's time to say goodbye to one another as everyone heads off on their separate ways. Whether you’re continuing around Southeast Asia, or heading to the airport to go home, your Group Leader will help you to get you where you’re going.


Trips Departure Dates



Where does the trip start & Finish?

The trip begins in Ho Chi Minh city and finishes in Hanoi.

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 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. The quickest way is to fly from Hanoi (HAN) to Ho Chi Minh (SGN) which will take about 2 hours and cost around $60.

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.

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