Make Vietnam your classroom while you study ancient caves, secret temples, and ancient streets filled with history.

Northern Vietnam is full of secrets and hidden lessons, and on this trip you’ll be discovering them all. You’ll become a master of crossing mad-motorbike-infested roads and you’ll know, with absolute confidence, the difference between a bajillion varieties of noodle. On this adventure through Northern Vietnam, you’ll ace all these life lessons and more. Make Vietnam your classroom while you unearth the UNESCO-listed caves of Phong Nha Ke Bang, indulge in the secrets of Hue’s temples, and study the ancient streets of Hoi An.

We spend 8 days exploring Vietnam. We visit Hanoi, Hoi An, Mai Châu, Phong Nha - Ke Bang, Huế, Hội An.

What Is Included...

  • Your Busabout crew

  • 7 nights’ accommodation

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

  • Air-conditioned private transport

  • Village cycle trip, Mai Chau

  • Entrance to Vinh Moc Tunnels where an entire village lived under the ground

  • Taste Hanoi’s delicious street food on our Street Food Tour

  • Entrance to and gondola to see the Golden Hand Bridge, Danang

  • Hoi An Old Town entrance

Trip Highlights
  • Explore the bustling street markets of Hoi An
  • Discover the Phong Nha Ke Bang caves and its surrounds
  • Visit the historic Vinh Moc Tunnels

Guaranteed Departures

  • Trip start:

    6:00pm at Hanoi, Hanoi

  • 8 Days
  • Trip end:

    10:00am at , Hoi An

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8 Day Itinerary

Northern Vietnam Adventure (Hanoi to Hoi An) 8 day full itinerary breakdown and route map

Day 1


Your adventure begins in the eclectic, ancient Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Meet with your fantastic Busabout guide and get a feel for what’s to come before heading out on an epic tour of Hanoi’s world-renowned street foods. Get lost in the tastes and smells of the delicious dishes on offer ranging from the amazingly tasty bun cha noodle dish, to unique egg coffee. Once you’ve had your fill of tasty delicacies we head off to the international corner to experience a local institution, the refreshing taste of the daily-brewed and preservative-free draught beer Bia Hoi. Later, you’re free to explore the local bars and relax with a shisha as you get to know your new Busabout squad.

Day 2

Hanoi to Mai Chau

This morning we head west through the gorgeous Vietnamese countryside en route to the jaw-dropping beauty of Mai Chau. Keep your cameras at the ready as we navigate the shimmering green patchwork of rice fields dotted with rustic stilt houses before stopping at a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the Mai Chau valley. We are treated to a scrumptious included lunch upon arrival at our stilted accommodations before hopping on a bicycle and burning off some calories, as we cycle with a local guide through this idyllic valley. This evening the sun paints the valley in kaleidoscopic splendour as you enjoy a refreshing sundowner in a local bar. Tonight we are treated to a locally sourced traditional meal at the homestay and a few too many glasses of the potent local rice wine.

Day 3

Mai Chau to Phong Nha-Ke Bang

Kick back and relax as we make our way south to the pristine natural wonder of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. We arrive at the UNESCO-listed park in the evening and check in to our accommodation shortly after. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before heading out to the Easy Tiger Bar to soak up the atmosphere as a live band provides the soundtrack to an unforgettable adventure!

Day 4

Phong Nha Ke Bang

Prepare for a full day lost in the wilderness of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. We begin today’s optional caving adventure amidst the jaw dropping beauty of Paradise Cave, discovered a mere 13 years ago this is the longest dry cave in the park and features some truly majestic natural structures formed within. We emerge to daylight just in time for a delicious lunch to recharge batteries before catching Vietnam’s longest zip line to our next destination: the pitch black, mud filled playpen of the Dark Cave. Spend some time frolicking in the mud and enjoying the activities by torchlight before emerging into the Asian sun and having a splash in the river to clean up and cool off. Tonight we offer a delicious optional BBQ dinner, and we do hope you’ll join us before returning to the Easy Tiger for another fun-filled evening!

Day 5

Phong Nha Ke Bang to Hue

We say our goodbyes to this scenic location as we head to Hue, with a stop en route at the Vinh Moc tunnels to learn the fascinating history of this underground city. We arrive in Hue in time to grab a delicious local bite to eat before checking into the hotel. Cyclos descend upon the hotel to whisk us away on an optional excursion to see the highlights of Vietnam’s ancient capital! We’ll begin with a locally-guided tour of the awe inspiring Imperial Citadel, before heading to the towering Pagoda of the Celestial Lady and Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. This evening we’ll head out for drinks on the town to better experience the vibrant nightlife on offer in Hue.

Day 6

Hue to Hoi An

This morning we’ll be stopping at the #instaworthy Golden Hand Bridge to enjoy amazing views over the surrounding countryside. We arrive this afternoon in the city frozen in time, Hoi An before heading off for an optional lunch followed by a visit to the famous Yaly Couture for those looking for bespoke clothing. The rest of the day is yours to explore the stunningly preserved Old Town and soak up the rich local history. Tonight head out and experience the lively local atmosphere!

Day 7

Hoi An

Head out into town and delve the depths of this historic city! This afternoon we offer an incredible taste of local life on an optional Eco Tour and cooking class hosted by your knowledgeable guide, Mr Chu. Cycle around the countryside and learn the local history and customs before learning to fish and crab from a basket boat. Explore the narrow yet beautiful channels as you make your way to the Chu family home for a lesson in traditional Vietnamese cuisine where you’ll learn how to cook your very own delicious meal, featuring spring rolls, xeo, and more! This evening submerge yourself in the vibrant nightlife of this coastal gem.

Day 8

Hoi An

Check-out is after breakfast. We hope to see you again soon!

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