A Different Side of Vietnam
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : A Different Side of Vietnam

Vietnam’s long narrow geography lends itself to a fairly obvious and well-trodden travel route. This holiday weaves away from that and offers second time visitors or those who like something different, the chance to discover Vietnam in a new way.

Highlights include:

  • Staying in safari-style tented accommodation overlooking Lak Lake in the central hills.
  • Kayaking, cycling and trekking around incredible Phong Nga - Ke Bang National Park, home to the world's largest caves.  
  • Zipping along the famous Hoi An- Hue coastline riding pillion on a vintage Vespa bike.
  • Weaving north through the countryside on the Reunification Express route between Dong Hoi and Hanoi.
  • Immersing yourself in “Saigon” and Hanoi with insiders tours of the backstreets and traditional markets of the less-explored districts.

As with all of our suggested itineraries, we can change this holiday to suit your budget, style and expectations. Find out about our exclusive Journey Planner here.

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for this holiday is £3,500 per person inclusive of flights from the UK. Prices may be less in low season and higher in peak season.

Call our Vietnam experts on 020 7924 7133 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates

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Your personalised quotation with Experience Travel Group will include:

  • International Flights (which can be omitted from your quotation if you prefer)
  • Accommodation as described
  • Privately guided tours and transfers
  • Original Experience Travel Group "Signature" experiences
  • Full financial protection (full ABTA and ATOL bonding)
  • Meals as described
  • 24 hour in-country backup whilst away
  • Your own dedicated travel expert in the UK

For more on our pricing policy read here

Day-to-Day Itinerary : A Different Side of Vietnam

Day 1 Depart the UK

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City, commonly know as Saigon

Day 2-4  Saigon      Insider tourS of LOCAL districts

Your private guide and driver will meet you on arrival for the transfer to your hotel. During your stay in “Saigon” you'll enjoy an insider's tour of the backstreets and traditional markets of less-explored districts combined with a highlights tour of the city’s famous landmarks.

With your guide you'll also visit Cai Be an area in the Mekong Delta where you'll find charming pockets of rural life. You will pass locals selling fruits and vegetables, as well as fruit orchards, farm land, houses on stilts on the river side. Lunch is taken with a local family where you'll sample some Mekong Delta specialities, including delicious seasonal fruits.

Day 5 & 6  Buon Ma Thout     Lakeside Tented Camp

A morning flight will take you north to Buon Ma Thuot where you’ll transfer to the mysterious hill country that lies between the central coast and the Cambodian border. You’ll stay at Lak Tented Camp on the edge of Lak Lake. Here you’ll spend 2 days in the countryside with chance to explore local villages, trek through the jungle to waterfalls, learn about the bio-farm and observe traditional fishing as you boat on the lake. A side of Vietnam that most visitors miss.

Day 7-9 Hoi An    relaxing in the atmospheric town

Depart you hotel this afternoon for the short flight from Buon Ma Thout to Danang. On arrival in Danang you’ll transfer to your hotel in Hoi An, the ideal place for a bit of mid-trip relaxation. This is surely one of Vietnam’s most atmospheric towns with picture-postcard streets of Chinese temples interspersed with yellow home’s adorned with pink flowers and lanterns.

A morning cooking school here is included as its a must. A great way to learn about local traditions, taste some delicious food and explore the local product markets. 

 Day 10 & 11 Vespa Coastal Adventure from Hoi An to Hue

Its roughly 100 miles from Hoi An to Hue with some of the best views in Vietnam en route.  Your options for the journey include train, private car transfer or you could jump on the back of a Vintage Vespa. With an experienced driver steering you along the coastline and across the famous Hai Van Pass this is a thrilling way to travel with some fascinating stops en route.

On arrival in Hue you’ll check in to your hotel for 2 nights and spend the following day with your guide exploring the cities remarkable historic sites.

Day 12-14 Phong Nga Ke Bang   Extraordinary limestone caves

With your guide and driver you’ll transfer from Hue to your accommodation at Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. This extraordinary national park is one of the world's largest limestone regions and is home to some of the world's largest caves. Your first night is spent in a lodge on the edge of the park where you can relax and enjoy the scenery and local activities.

During your stay you have a number of options depending on how adventurous you are. You could simply enjoy the range of fun soft adventure activities provided by the lodge (kayaking, bike tours and nature trails) combined with a day trip to the most accessible cave.

For the more intrepid you could opt for an in depth caving adventure either with or without an overnight camping experience in the jungle or cave. This is a fantastic way to make the most of the national park with cave swimming, jungle treks and barbecues by night included.

Call our Vietnam travel experts on 020 7924 7133 to discuss you cave exploring itinerary. 

Night 14 or Day 15   Reunification Express to Hanoi

You’ll be transferred to Dong Hoi where you’ll board the “Reunification Express” train. Take the day train and enjoy the scenery as you traverse Northern Vietnam or even take the night train and travel in a soft sleeper cabin bound for Hanoi.

 *You can also fly from Dong Hoi to Hanoi if preferred.

 Day 14-16 Hanoi   StreetFood & SECRET Alleyways

Arrive in Hanoi and check in to your hotel. Here you'll spend 3 days enjoying a range of exclusive, tailored experiences accompanied by your private guide.

Rise early to explore the colourful, fragrant flower markets and stroll around the cities lake as the Hanoians practise t’ai chi. Immerse yourself in the old town which is dissected by Hanoi’s main railway artery, the residents go about their daily chores almost oblivious to the slow moving trains!

Sip Vietnamese coffee, discover the city's lively street food culture and try a cold local beer at a stall. Marvel at the French colonial architecture and discover the labyrinthine alleyways of the old quarter. Peruse your chosen museums: ancient history, military history, fine arts or the serene Temple of Literature.

Day 17 fly Home (or Stay)

Today you depart Vietnam for the flight back to the UK. Alternatively you could extend to include a visit to Halong Bay or combine this itinerary with our Hanoi to Luang Prabang tour for a fantastic 4 week off-the-beaten-track adventure.  Please call our travel experts on 020 7924 7133 to craft your perfect trip.

A Different Side of Vietnam Experiences

You can book this holiday tour on its own, with flights or it can be tailored for you.

Here are the experiences & activities within this holiday as standard...

Customer Feedback
We returned home from Vietnam on the 1st March, all the travel arrangements ran perfectly. All flights on time, all guides waiting for us at each new destination and soon had us checked in to the amazing hotels suggested by the 'Experience Travel' team.

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