Essential Vietnam

08/01/2022 through 12/28/2023
08/01/2022 through 12/31/2023
Intrepid Travel

Essential Vietnam

As you slink from old-world Hanoi through ancient Hue, past historic Hoi An and to beachy Phan Rang and bustling Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll quickly realise that the Vietnamese know a thing or two about delicious food. Pho, banh mi, rice paper rolls – oh my! You’ll be bowled over with the number of offerings on this 11-day Essential Vietnam tour, from north to south. Not only will you be eating, you’ll be cruising, riding, relaxing, exploring and enjoying all of the Vietnamese hospitality. It sure is a damn tasty slice of this South East Asian nation, so there’s only one thing to say: Viet-nom.


  • Cat Ba Island – Boat trip on Lan Ha Bay
  • Cat Ba Island – Kayaking
  • Cat Ba Island – Rice paper roll class
  • Hue – Home cooked dinner
  • Hoi An – Old Town walking tour
  • Hoi An – Green Youth Collective Experience
  • Hoi An – Banh mi lunch
  • Ho Chi Minh City – Phung Hung Market
  • Ho Chi Minh City – traditional family-run cafe


  • Balance on a tiny street side stool in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, soaking up the bustling vibes and watching motorbikes zoom past.
  • Who’d have thought green seas and giant mossy rocks could be so pretty? Kayaking on Lan Ha Bay is bliss, and you’ll be doing something good for the environment.
  • A little touch of France here, a little bit of China there – and all in Vietnam! Chill out in the cultural mixed bag of Hoi An. Hit up the local beach, cycle through rice paddies or get some sweet threads tailor-made.
  • You can’t travel along the coast without spending some time lazing on the beach. Discover coastal Phan Rang and pull up a towel beside the sparkling South China Sea.
  • Join the local uni students in Ho Chi Minh City with a coffee, snack and a chat in one of the city’s parks – you’ll feel like a local in no time.


Day 1 Hanoi
Day 2 Cat Ba Island
Day 3 Hanoi - Overnight Train
Day 4 Hue
Day 5 Hoi An
Day 6 Hoi An
Day 7 Hoi An - Overnight Train
Day 8 Phan Rang
Day 9 Phan Rang - Overnight Train
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City

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