Visit Vietnam, become a culture glutton, and discover one of the most bountiful countries of Southeast Asia!
Vietnam is the perfect travel dish. The spicy nightlife spills into the morning, the sweet scenes of green peaks and rice paddies burst out of nowhere, and a thick and savoury stew of temples and traditions coat everything you see. On this adventure, you fill your belly with the most nutritious experiences of Vietnam, stay in a homestay as close to the local culture as possible, and discover the caves, valleys, and vistas that adorn all the Vietnam travel guides. Visit Vietnam, become a culture glutton, and discover one of the most bountiful countries of Southeast Asia!
We spend 14 days exploring Vietnam. We visit Hanoi, Mai Châu, Phong Nha - Ke Bang, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Dalat, Ho Chi Minh City.
What Is Included...
Your fantastic Busabout crew
12 nights’ accommodation
1 night sleeper train
12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
conditioned private transport
Hanoi Street Food Tour
Village cycle trip in Mai Chau
Entry and gondola ride to the Golden Hand Bridge in Danang
Entrance to Vinh Moc tunnels, Hoi An’s Old Town, Po Nagar Cham Towers and Linh Phuoc Temple
- Marvel at the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Hoi An
- Discover Phong Nha Ke Bang Caves and its surrounds
- Visit the #instafamous Golden Hand Bridge
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14 Day Itinerary
Vietnam Adventure 14 day full itinerary breakdown and route map
- Day 1 Hanoi
- Day 2 Hanoi to Mai Chau
- Day 3 Mai Chau to Phong Nha Ke Bang
- Day 4 Phong Nha Ke Bang
- Day 5 Phong Nha Ke Bang to Hue
- Day 6 Hue to Hoi An
- Day 7 Hoi An
- Day 8 Hoi An to Nha Trang (overnight train)
- Day 9 Nha Trang
- Day 10 Nha Trang to Dalat
- Day 11 Dalat
- Day 12 Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City
- Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City
- Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City
Hello Hanoi! It’s time for the adventure to kick off. Meet with your fantastic Busabout guide and get a feel for what’s to come before getting straight into the local culture with an included street food crawl for dinner. 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 tried a tonne 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 as you get to know your new Busabout family. - Dinner included
Hanoi to Mai Chau
Onwards to the jaw-dropping beauty of Mai Chau! Take plenty of pics as we make our way through the shimmering green patchwork of rice fields dotted with rustic stilt houses. We’ll be stopping at a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the Mai Chau valley! Once we arrive, we’ll get to sit down and enjoy a scrumptious included lunch at our stilted accommodations before heading out on an included bicycle tour of the area with a local guide. Then we’ll head out and enjoy a refreshing sundowner in a local bar. Tonight, we’ll have a locally sourced traditional meal at the homestay, where you can also try the local rice wine. - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Mai Chau to Phong Nha Ke Bang
Today we make tracks to the natural wonder of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. This will definitely be a highlight! We arrive at the UNESCO-listed park in the evening and check in to our accommodation shortly after. Join us for an optional dinner at a local restaurant and join the group as we adventure out to soak up the atmosphere of the town. - Breakfast included
Phong Nha Ke Bang
You have a full day to explore the wilderness of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. You can venture out on your own if you wish, but we highly recommend joining today’s optional excursion! If you join us, we’ll begin our 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 inside. We emerge into the daylight and have a tasty lunch before catching Vietnam’s longest zip line to our next destination: the pitch black, mud filled Dark Cave! Spend some time playing in the mud and messing around in the light of the torches. When we emerge, you can have a splash around in the river to clean off and cool down! Tonight, join us for an optional dinner. - Breakfast included
Phong Nha Ke Bang to Hue
This morning we farewell this scenic spot, and head south to Hue! But first we have an included stop at the Vinh Moc tunnels to learn the fascinating history of this underground city. When we arrive in Hue, we’ll grab a tasty lunch together before checking in to our hotel. The afternoon is yours, so spend it however you please! We have an optional guided tour for you to join, which will take you around Hue’s Imperial Citadel, the towering Pagoda of the Celestial Lady and Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, finishing up with a fun cyclo ride around the city. Tonight, we’ll band together and have an optional dinner and drinks to soak up the nightlife on offer. - Breakfast included
Hue to Hoi An
It’s time to hit the road and journey to Hoi An! On the way, we’ll have an included stop at the Insta-famous Golden Hand Bridge – make sure you get the perfect pic! Later we’ll arrive into the city frozen in time – Hoi An. After lunch, we’ll visit Yaly Couture for those who want to invest in some bespoke tailored clothing. The rest of the day, you have free time! Check out the stunningly preserved Old Town and wander the streets. Tonight, we have the infamous Busabout Fruit Salad Shirt night, so grab yourselves a banana-print shirt! The whole squad will be heading out to experience the lively local atmosphere. - Breakfast included
Yep, you have a free day to explore Hoi An! Head out and have a wander around the city this morning. This afternoon we offer an awesome optional Eco Tour and Cooking Class hosted by your knowledgeable local guide Mr Chu. On this tour you’ll get to cycle around the countryside and learn the local history, before learning to fish and crab from a basket boat. You’ll then make your way to the Chu family home for a lesson in traditional Vietnamese cuisine! Learn to cook your very own delicious meal, featuring spring rolls, xeo, and more! This evening enjoy Hoi An by night; we recommend taking a stroll along the river front lit by colourful lanterns. - Breakfast included
Hoi An to Nha Trang (overnight train)
Make the most of your last day in ancient Hoi An! Get down to the pristine beaches and soak up the sun or go for a swim to cool off. Make sure you remember the sunscreen! Later this evening we bid farewell to our portside paradise and hop on to our overnight train, continuing south along the coast for our morning arrival at the capital of Khanh Hoa Province, Nha Trang. Kick back and get some rest before another epic day tomorrow! - Breakfast included
Early this morning, we’ll make our arrival into the seaside city of Nha Trang. The azure waters of the coast need to be seen to be believed, so get out there and experience it! You have the full day to spend as you please, but we recommend you join the optional Boat Trip for a day of snorkelling, swimming, good vibes and cocktails! This trip is always a highlight of the adventure. Later this afternoon, have a rest or laze on the beach before we head out this evening to grab dinner together.
Nha Trang to Dalat
Up and at ‘em! Today we head inland to Dalat, but first up we have a stop at the Po Nagar Cham Towers. You’ve got included entry into this ancient temple dedicated to the goddess of the country, Yan Po Nagar! Early in the afternoon we’ll arrive in Dalat, where you’ve got free time to wander. Take a stroll around the beautiful lake, and make sure you get some photos of the otherworldly “Crazy House”. - Breakfast included
The day is yours! Spend the day in Dalat as you please, but we recommend joining Mr Rot for his optional Secret Tour. You’ll get to visit plenty of incredible local sights that you wouldn’t normally see, including cricket farms, a local market, silkworm farms, coffee plantations, the thundering Elephant Falls, local villages, and of course some beautiful scenery. Mr Rot prides himself on providing an authentic Vietnamese experience, so everything you see will be off the beaten path and away from the typical tourist traps. After the Secret Tour, we’ll arrive back this evening and head out for a surreal drinking experience in the eccentric surrounds of 100 Roofs Cafe. We can guarantee you won’t have seen anything like it before! - Breakfast included
Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City
It’s time to head to the former capital of South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City. Along the way, we’ll have our first stop at the stunning Linh Phuoc Pagoda. The temple’s fascinating decorations are made of reclaimed glass and ceramic, and make sure you see the giant glass dragon sculpture! This afternoon we’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll have some free time to spend as you please. After dinner tonight, we’ll dance the night away at a nearby Vietnamese club. - Breakfast included
Ho Chi Minh City
Rise and shine! How you spend the day in Ho Chi Minh City is up to you, but you’ll probably want to join our optional excursion to explore the famous Cu Chi tunnels! Located a few hours northwest of the city, the tunnel complex was an important store and hideout for the Viet Cong during the war. This afternoon you will have time to explore some more or do some last-minute shopping at one of the buzzing markets. Be sure to visit the War Remnants Museum, formerly the American War Crimes Museum, to gain vivid insight into the conflict from a local perspective. Tonight, we’ll gear up and get ready for our final night together – we’ll head to a local restaurant for dinner, then make our way to the backpacker triangle to go out in style! - Breakfast included
Ho Chi Minh City
Check-out is after breakfast. We hope to see you again. - Breakfast included
Frequently Asked Questions about the Vietnam Adventure
Tour starts from:
Hanoi, Hanoi at 6:00pm
Tour ends in:
Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City at 10:00am
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in Hotel (2/3 stars) twin-share (11 nights), homestay shared room (1 night), overnight train air-conditioned carriage (1 night).
You can upgrade to a single upgrade (where applicable) from MyTrip once you have made a booking.
* All upgrades are subject to availability.
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Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Explore the Old Quarter in Hanoi
- Join the locals for a Bia Hoi beer in Hanoi
- Swim in mud caverns in Phong Nha Ke Bang
- Visit the ancient Emperor's tombs on a cyclo ride in Hue
- Travel over the Hai Van Pass between Hue and Hoi An
- Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage Hoi An’s Old Town
- Treat yourself to bespoke tailored clothing in Hoi An
- Learn to cook like a local in Hoi An
- Soak up the sun on Nha Trang’s beautiful beaches
- Visit the insta-fabulous Crazy House of Dalat
- See an alternative side to Vietnam on Mr Rot’s Secret Tour
- Shop at the Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City
- Visit the complex Cu Chi Tunnels system in Ho Chi Minh City
All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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