Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

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Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

15 Days Starting in Hanoi and ending in H?i An, Qu?ng Nam, Vietnam

Visiting: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Ngọc Sơn Temple, One Pillar Pagoda, Hạ Long Bay, Thiên Cảnh Sơn cave, Tam Coc Ninh Binh, Hang Mua Viewpoint, Cuc Phuong National Park, Phong Natural Heritage Area, Phong Nha Cave, Hue, Hội An, Hải Vân Pass, Nhi Ho Waterfall

Tour operator:

Backpacking Tours

Tour code:

BVIE2

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-45

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours

Interests:

Cultural, Island Hopping

Activities:

Sightseeing, Trekking

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Tour Overview

Travel over 1,400 kilometres to five locations - from Halong Bay down to Hoi An - on the ultimate Vietnam adventure!

Highlights

  • Halong Bay Luxury Cruise (2D/1N)

  • Lunch & Learn At Nunnery

  • Temple of Literature

  • Primate Rescue Centre

  • Jungle Trek

  • Dark Cave Ziplining

  • Hang Mua View Point

  • Imperial City

  • Phong Nha Mud bathing

  • Cooking Lesson

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Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

Backpacking Vietnam: Northern Adventures

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Day 1 : Meet & Greet
Location: Hanoi
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Your Vietnam adventure begins! Settle in at the hotel, meet the BTV tour guides, and get to know your travel mates before a complimentary welcoming dinner that samples Vietnam's most delicious dishes. Then, a night out in the ever-bustling streets of Hanoi.

Day 2 : 1000 Year Old Sights In Hanoi
Location: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Ngọc Sơn Temple, One Pillar Pagoda
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Take in the sights of Vietnam’s 1000-year-old capital city! Explore all the must-see sights of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Ngoc Son Temple, and One Pillar Pagoda. Finish your day of exploring with the perfect post-sightseeing activity -- a one-hour, traditional Vietnamese massage.

Day 3 : Hello, Halong Bay
Location: Hạ Long Bay
Accommodation Name: Halong Bay Cruise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise on our privately reserved sleeper boat as we voyage through this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sunset cocktails from the top deck - just in time for happy hour - is a can't-miss experience. Sit down for a never-ending feast afterward that gives way to nighttime festivities including your first Vietnamese cooking lesson of the tour. Consider this something like a cocktail cruise with a world-class view.

Day 4 : Halong Bay To Tam Coc
Location: Hạ Long Bay, Thiên Cảnh Sơn cave
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Good morning, Vietnam! Catch sunrise on the top deck with your morning cup of coffee before we set out to explore Halong's Thien Canh Son Cave. Then, enjoy a lunchtime feast aboard the boat before heading to Tam Coc to kick back and relax at our ever-welcoming countryside resort - pool table, fishing pond, and stunning scenery included.

Day 5 : Lying Dragon Mountain & River Tour
Location: Tam Coc Ninh Binh, Hang Mua Viewpoint
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Climb the 500 steps of Hang Mua - Lying Dragon Mountain - to the picturesque view of the elaborate system of mountains, caves, and rivers below. Unsurprisingly, this was once the choice spot of Vietnam's former King where he held days-long celebrations that included dancing, feasting, and drinking rice wine. Afterward, we cycle our way through rice fields before taking a ride down the river (and through the caves) in a traditional sampan boat.

Day 6 : Primate Centre & Jungle Trek
Location: Tam Coc Ninh Binh, Cuc Phuong National Park
Accommodation Name: Sleeper Bus
Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre and come face to face with some of the world’s most critically endangered primates! Many of these species have been pushed to the brink of extinction - some being one of less than 100 left in the entire world - making the work of this incredible rehabilitation organisation that much more important. But first, a jungle trek through the surrounding National Park. Then hop on the sleeper bus and wake up in the lazy town of Phong Nha.

Day 7 : Free Time In Phong Nha
Location: Phong Natural Heritage Area
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore the beauty of Phong Nha or post up by the hotel pool! This area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains the oldest karst mountains in Asia - clocking in at over 400 million years old. There are many caves and waterfalls to explore for the restless. Paradise Cave is the longest cave is part of the longest cave system in the world and makes for an unforgettable day trip! For the not-so-restless, we suggest poolside beverages.

Day 8 : The Dark Cave Experience
Location: Phong Nha Cave
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Ziplining, kayaking, caving knee-deep in mud… you make this day as adventurous as you’d. What to expect? Start off with the longest zipline in Vietnam before heading in for some fun in the mud. The natural mud bath is thousands of years old and you can even see ancient fossils on the walls of the cave. After your mud bath, kayak adventures before we finish off with a refreshing swim, obstacle course above the water (optional but highly suggested), and float in the Chay River.

Day 9 : Beach Time & Ancient Hue
Location: Hue
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Early bus down to Vietnam's Ancient Capital of Hue! En route, we stop off for a recharge with some much-needed beach time. Sunbathe, swim, and soak in the first of several beach stops on your journey towards Saigon. Then we weave our way into Hue for two nights in the centre of a historic, vibrant city. For evening times, there are many markets with much to explore, eat, and drink just near the hotel.

Day 10 : Explore The Former Capital
Location: Hue
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

For a century, Hue was the capital of Vietnam. Spend the day seeing the remnants and relics of those times at this UNESCO World Heritage Site -- such as the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City. Afterward, we volunteer some time at a local school to play games, help out with English-speaking lessons, and experience an entire different side of Vietnamese culture. Then, a Backpacking Tours exclusive experience as we stop at a local nunnery for a full vegan lunch prepared by the welcoming women who explain life here and their fascinating life stories. Finish up poolside with a beverage!

Day 11 : Drive The Hai Van Pass To Hoi An
Location: Hội An, Hải Vân Pass, Nhi Ho Waterfall
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

The Hai Van Pass: 19 kilometres of roadway that towers above the dramatic coastline of Central Vietnam. Jeremy Clarkson of the BBC's Top Gear praised this drive as "...a deserted ribbon of perfection -- one of the best coast roads in the world." Photo stops will be made! Plus, a pitstop for a swim and stretch at a little-known natural spring along the way with some of the most underrated views in all of Vietnam. Final destination: Hoi An - the City Of Lanterns.

Day 12 : Free Time In Hoi An
Location: Hội An
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore the uniqueness of this ancient port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site… or just enjoy the white sands and warm waters at An Bang Beach. Bamboo raft rides are also a cultural experience not to be missed. Time to hit the brakes on the bus rides and enjoy five days experiencing the eclectic charm of The City of Lanterns - Hoi An's well-deserved nickname. Chilling out at the hotel pool is also an option! But free time is your time - we suggest, you decide.

Day 13 : Ricefield Cycle To An Bang Beach
Location: Hội An
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Bike to the beach for some group bonding (and beach beverages). The quick, flat ride brings us through the vibrant city centre of Hoi An, through the rolling ricefields, to the sea. Catch some sun, rent a paddleboard, sample the local seafood, and enjoy Hoi An's most stunning beach. Not feeling beachtime? The tailor-made clothing is world-famous (and incredibly affordable) or you can just hang by the hotel pool.

Day 14 : Live Like The Locals
Location: Hội An
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Cycle through the ricefields to the organic farm for a day of unique cultural experiences with the farmers who call this home. Stop by a local farmer's market for an ingredient lesson, make rice paper from scratch, get in the garden alongside local farmers, and learn to make four mouth-watering Vietnamese dishes from scratch! And don't forget the well-deserved foot massage to finish off your day of adventure.

Day 15 : Not Goodbye! Until Next Time
Location: Hội An, Da Nang International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a final breakfast together and say your goodbyes and until-next-times before heading to Danang airport or further on in your travels. Airport drop off is included in the tour and available throughout the day. The tour has finished but your Vietnam adventure will stay with you for a lifetime!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Entrance Fees

  • Fully Guided

  • Local Taxes

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Insurance

  • Optional

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Check out our Q&As

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes, all of the accommodation on our tour offers wi-fi as well as most cafes and restaurants. You also have the option to purchase a sim card for about £7 ($10USD) upon arrival.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please contact us.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes, you will need a pre-arranged visa to enter Vietnam before your arrival. There is no visa-on-arrival that will grant entry for longer than 14 days. There are three options for getting your visa for Vietnam with the evisa being the most convenient and affordable of the three options. We explain your options in more detail here. If you have any questions about the process, we’re always here to help!

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low fitness level required.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Yes, you will need a pre-arranged visa to enter Vietnam before your arrival. There is no visa-on-arrival that will grant entry for longer than 14 days. There are three options for getting your visa for Vietnam with the evisa being the most convenient and affordable of the three options. We explain your options in more detail here. If you have any questions about the process, we’re always here to help!

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    No

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes, there will be an English-speaking tour guide

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, we provide airport transfers on days 1 and 21 of your tour. Please let us know your flight number and date/time of arrival. We will email you the airport transfer schedule.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    3 Star hotel

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    In the unlikely circumstances that the tour is cancelled, you will be fully refunded.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    30

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    No

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is optional.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Fred Harling  

Fred Harling

26-Jun-2022

Sri Lanka Tour - what an incredible country and a great way to see almost all of it! Dam & Sam really made the trip an incredible experience and helped teach us all so much about their beautiful world! Never without an answer to any question as much as I tried!! Couldn’t recommend them more! Miss the pair already feel like I’ve left family behind!

Georgia B Wat  

Georgia B Wat

18-Jan-2023

The most incredible 3 weeks! Enjoyed every second. Thankyou so much!

Isabel Wheeler  

Isabel Wheeler

04-Jun-2022

I cannot recommend the the Vietnam tour with Huy highly enough. It’s been an incredible 23 days that have flown by. The tour covered all the best bits of Vietnam, and Huy was incredibly knowledgable and helpful throughout. As a solo traveller, backpacking tours felt like the best way to see Vietnam, as everything was clearly set out and organised in advance, and being with a group definitely made the experience. Thank you Huy for making visiting Vietnam so incredible !!!

Laura Ashbridge  

Laura Ashbridge

17-Oct-2022

I loved every second of the experience with Backpacking Through Thailand, it was amazing from start to finish. I couldn't recommend it more to anyone, if anyone who wants to book has doubts just don't and get it booked. The tour guides S, Heart and Tony made the experience even more special I miss them so much and have only been home 2 weeks. I stayed places and done things I would never have been able to do if I went to Thailand on my own travelling. There was 35 people on my tour and it couldn't have been a better group to be with, met so many amazing people that I definitely will see again. I am also looking at booking another tour, Backpacking Through Vietnam because of how amazing this tour was but my favourite part definitely had to be the elephant sanctuary and the open zoo. If anyone has any questions about the tour I would be happy to help because I will never be able to tell anyone how amazing the tour was �

Kaitlin O'Brien  

Kaitlin O'Brien

01-Mar-2022

Had such a great time with BTT! If it weren't for this tour, I'd have never had the chance to see some of these places or participate in such unique activities. Lots of great people, so much delicious food, and every day brought something new and exciting. The staff are great and very knowledgable. I'd recommend this tour to anyone looking to have a blast in a beautiful country!

Andy Egerer  

Andy Egerer

08-Sep-2022

THIS WAS AMAZING! I would recommend BTT to anyone. Thailand was truly amazing, packed with loads of activities. We had the best tour guides (Heart, S and K) and a great group of people which made the experience even better... If you're reading the reviews you're half way there just book it!!

Robin Crosbie  

Robin Crosbie

19-Jan-2023

Can I give this tour a 100/10?! My first time travelling solo and not gonna lie I was scared! But from the first night with everyone I knew I was going to have the time of my life.. I did things with this tour that I would never have imagined to have done and wouldn't have been able to do if I didn't go with this tour. There wasn't one day that I didn't enjoy myself and it was all thanks to the most amazing people, our tour guides Heart & Tony!! They are the most genuine and caring people constantly making sure we were all ok and even on our free days planning trips.. BTT you should be proud of your workers it would be nothing without them! I have made friends for life and love my BTT fam so much �� If your thinking about booking this don't think anymore just go and do it, you really won't regret it �

Gillian Boyd  

Gillian Boyd

12-Jan-2023

Can't even begin to explain how amazing my experience with BTT was! The 3 week trip was not only great value in terms of the places you stay, and travelling, but the amount of things you fit in to the 21 days is spectacular. Some of the places we visited I would never of even heard of if it wasn't for the company, and some of the friends you make along the way you know will be friends for life! I don't even know where to begin with our tour guide, Heart! He was just amazing, a lovely person who really loves his job and it totally shows the whole trip! He always made sure everyone was having the best time and you could always rely on him no matter what, he definitely made the trip for our group� I would 100% recommend BTT to any friends who are considering going to Thailand and I would book with them again without hesitation! X

Ben Ellis  

Ben Ellis

31-Oct-2022

What a tour!! 3 weeks of incredible experiences, amazing people and the best picks of Thailand. The bond we had as a group, including the tour guides, will live forever. Unbelievable value for money and every day was full of energy and positivity. I’d do the tour again in a heartbeat....don’t miss out #BTT

Charlotte Walsh  

Charlotte Walsh

14-May-2022

Had such an amazing time, meet some great people! Honestly the best 3 weeks of my life, didn't want to go home!

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