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PricesFrom: R 11,160.00
FlightsNo Flights Included
Valid From25th of March 2018 (Sunday)
Valid To1st of April 2018 (Sunday)
Need Visa'sSouth Africa: YesBritish: YesEuropean Union: YesAmerican: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview
Lose yourself in Vietnam!
Step into pho-real Vietnam for the voyage of a lifetime. Swing past buzzing cities, learn a thing or two (or more), feast on Vietnamese treats and work on your tan as you float through majestic Halong Bay. #Winning! Vietnam is the perfect island-city combination - you won’t be disappointed.
About the Holiday
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
You're in Vietnam - get excited! Enter chaos and culture as you meet the group in Ho Chi Minh City. Dive head first with an included half day sightseeing tour. Up next, a welcome dinner street food tour. Talk about an awesome start to the trip!
-Half day sightseeing tour
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
Free day today! Rise and shine for an optional visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. These interesting tunnels were a strategic operation base during the Vietnam War, and there's over 120 km worth of them! Amazing. Have you slurped some pho, aka steaming broth and slinky rice noodles? By the end of the trip, cravings will be pho-real so make sure you get your fix whilst you're here. Tonight: the city is all yours as you wander free. Let loose and find a rooftop bar to sit high with the tangled power lines (you'll soon see!).
-Visit to Cu Chi tunnels.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An
Pack yo' bags as we fly upwards to the food capital of Vietnam. Give it ten minutes, and we promise you'll be hooked on Hoi An. Make tracks through the city with a guided tour. On the menu tonight: an optional street eats tour. If you think you've eaten it all, nah-ah not even close. Chopsticks at the ready for some serious foodie heaven.
-Guided tour of Hoi An
-Hoi An street eats tour
Day 4: Hoi An
Free day = awesome-ness! FYI: UNESCO World Heritage site alert. Stroll over the Japanese Covered Bridge or visit the Cam Nam Village - just a short boat, skip and a jump away. If you need to squeeze in some tanning time, go for it. This is a coastal town, remember? Later, flex your culinary skills and learn the A to Z of Vietnamese cooking with an optional class.
Day 5: Hoi An to Hanoi
Enter Hanoi. Take it all in - the pagodas, the traces of French-Chinese occupation and scooters x1000. Pay tribute to the resting place of Ho Chi Minh (the Vietnamese Communist with an included cyclo ride. Spot the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature as you weave through the Old Quarter. Tonight's dinner is at KOTO, a restaurant providing training and skills to teens.
-City tour including cyclo ride
Day 6: Hanoi
Rumble through the capital today. Free day to tick off the Dong Xuan market and wander the streets for some hidden gems. Tonight: another optional walking nom-fest aka street eats tour. We may or may not be slightly obsessed. But seriously, how could you resist when the food is so good?
-Street eats tour
Day 7: Hanoi to Halong Bay
Leave the mainland for dust and kick over to Halong Bay. Admire the masses of limestone pillars poking from the emerald water as you float past on a traditional junk boat. Ah-maz-ing! Your mission today? Chill. And swim. And more chill time. Maybe a quick kayak sesh if you're feeling up to it. Work up an appetite for our farewell dinner on board the boat this evening. Nothing like a gorgeous dinner and sunset to end the trip hey?
-Cruise Halong Bay
Day 8: Halong Bay to Hanoi
Jump in the water for one last post-brekky swim before we head back to Hanoi.
Includes & Excludes
- 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
- 6 nights in Modern hostels & hotels, 1 night on a party junk boat
- Internal flights
- Guided tours of all major cities
- Awesome Local Trip Leader
- Guided tour of Hoi An
- Guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City
- Farewell dinner in Halong Bay
- Cyclo tour of Hanoi
- Visit to KOTO restaurant in Hanoi
- Overnight party cruise in Halong Bay
- Welcome street food tour
Please note: Trip is limited to travellers from 18-39 years only
Trip is based on a set departure date 25 March 2018
- International flights
- Travel and medical insurance
- Meals not mentioned
- Items of personal nature
Ho Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and is located near the Mekong Delta. Ho Chi Minh City is still more commonly referred to as ‘Saigon’ by locals and visitors alike.
Saigon began as a small fishing village known as Prey Nokor. The area that the city now occupies was originally swampland, and was inhabited by Khmer people for centuries before the arrival of the Vietnamese. In 1623, King Chey Chettha II of Cambodia (1618-1628) allowed Vietnamese refugees fleeing the Trinh-Nguyen civil war in Vietnam to settle in the area of Prey Nokor, and to set up a custom house at Prey Nokor. Increasing waves of Vietnamese settlers, which the Cambodian kingdom, weakened because of war with Thailand, could not impede, slowly Vietnamized the area. In time, Prey Nokor became known as Saigon.
The city has a tropical climate, with an average humidity of 75%. A year is divided into 2 distinct seasons: The rainy season which usually begins in May and ends in late November. The dry season lasts from December to April.
The streets, sidewalks, and outdoor markets are owned by the motorbikes, and not yet geared towards pedestrian traffic. You're spoiled for choice in Saigon, which offers the country's largest variety of Vietnamese and international food.
Although overshadowed by modern and Asiatic influences, a little of Ho Chi Minh City's French colonial charm still remains, evident in the graceful architecture, wide boulevards, and a sidewalk cafe society. It is not for the attractions that one visits Ho Chi Minh City however, but for the vibrancy of its street life, and its proximity to the Mekong Delta.