• 14 days/13 nights
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Adventure in Vietnam!

Dive deep into Vietnam’s vivid display of diverse natural beauty and cultural delights on this two-week, small group, multisport adventure. From lowland tropical rainforests to white-sand beaches, journey with our expert guides as you discover the wonders of Southeast Asia on this all-inclusive Vietnam vacation package. Hike and bike your way through rice-terraced plains, dripping jungles, and charming villages where you’re welcomed to dine with a local family. Whether you’re exploring the Forbidden Purple City or kayaking the island-speckled waters of UNESCO-designated Ha Long Bay, relax and soak in the enchantment of Vietnam; as the leading providers of best-in-class travel from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, we’ve handled every last detail of this carefully-crafted itinerary. Throughout this trip-of-a-lifetime, enjoy the best in regional accommodations and Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service, which invites you to kick back and awaken your senses to the exotic flavors of Vietnam. Of course you have plenty of opportunity to sample some of Vietnam’s tastiest dishes, including pho bo, nom, banh goi, and banh cuon!

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Safari / Wildlife
  • Small Ship
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

Experience the best of Vietnam on this exclusive, 14-day adventure that takes you from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.Get swept away by the enchantment of Vietnam's verdant landscape as you learn the remarkable history behind this gem of Southeast Asia.Hike, bike, kayak, boat, and rickshaw your way through the unforgettable scenes of rice-terraced plains, cobblestone streets, and the fantastic aromas and flavors wafting on the Pacific breeze.

  • Truly a feast for the senses awaits on this once-in-a-lifetime Vietnamese adventure!Search for the endangered black-shanked douc (a blue-faced monkey) in Nui Chua National ParKEnjoy a gracious welcome into the homes of the locals at Hoi An Village.
  • Hike through the jungle in Bach Ma National Park to a thundering, 900-foot waterfall
  • Visit the Forbidden Purple City, constructed in the early 19th century by Emperor Gia Long
  • Sample a host of exotic regional specialties pho bo, nom, banh goi, banh cuon in Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Kayak the island-speckled waters of Ha Long Bay, home to countless caves and fishing villages, before retiring to the comfort of your private small ship

"A great mix of activities led by knowledgeable & friendly guides who both instructed and pampered us."

Kris L. Greensboro, NC

"The trip was well planned and organized. The Guides could not have been better"

Kurt R. Annapolis, MD

"The entire experience was absolutely AWESOME! It was a trip of a lifetime!"

Jill L. Frederick, MD

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

14 days/13 nights

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (SGN); Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN)

Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh
Arrival in Ho Chi Minh
Overnight: Park Hyatt Hotel

Welcome to Vietnam! • Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat Airport, your driver and guide will meet you and they will transfer you to your hotel • Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure • Overnight Park Hyatt Hotel (No meals)

About the Park Hyatt Hotel
Experience the essence of the modern Vietnamese lifestyle at Park Hyatt Saigon, a 5-star hotel situated at Lam Son Square in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) center. This grand hotel in Saigon majestically rises nine stories above District 1, steps from the elegant Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh Market, and other Saigon main tourist attractions, the exhibition centre and business district. Hyatt's 244 rooms & suites redefine urban luxury, blending sophisticated design and decor with the latest modern comforts.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City / Cat Tien National Park
 Ho Chi Minh City / Cat Tien National Park
Meals Included:  B,L,D

This morning after breakfast, meet your driver and guide at the hotel and transfer to Cat Tien National Park, located 150 km (90 mi) north from Ho Chi Minh City • Cat Tien National Park has an area of about 720 km² (450 mi²) and protects one of the largest areas of lowland tropical rainforests in Vietnam • After four hours driving north, arrive to the Park, check-in at the lodge and enjoy lunch surrounded by nature • Around 3:00 PM, start cycling towards the ethnic people village, located 13 km (8 mi) away • Visit one of the local families living there and after having refreshments and exploring the surroundings, return to the lodge in the late afternoon • On your way back, keep an eye out for wildlife and birds high up in the forest canopy • Arrive to the lodge, enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening will be free at your leisure • Overnight The Forest Floor Lodge

About the Forest Floor Lodge
Forest Floor Eco-Lodge is a unique luxury hotel situated at park headquarters for Cat Tien National Park. The property provides quality deluxe accommodations meticulously designed to complement the local habitat and built with the least possible environmental impact. Accommodations include African style tents built upon reclaimed wooden structures accessed by elevated walkways lightly touching the forest floor. Each tent comes with a bathroom and a large balcony overlooking the beautiful Ben Cu Rapids. There are also splendid traditional wooden lodges set under the forest canopy and studio lodges.

Day 3: Explore Cat Tien National Park
Explore Cat Tien National Park
Meals Included:  B,L,D

After an early breakfast, meet your local guide and follow the Lagerstroemia Trail: from Forest Floor Lodge the trail starts opposite the entrance and takes you through a well-used track with good examples of large trees (Lagerstroemia or Banglang and the well-known Thung or Tetrameles tree) with palms and cycads in the under-story • If you look up into the canopy you will see ferns and orchids; lianas and strangler vines are abundant • There are good possibilities of seeing pittas, partridge and other bird species • At noon, enjoy lunch and later we will visit the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre, located on a small island at the entrance of the park • The center specializes in the rescue; rehabilitation and release of endangered primates naturally found in the surrounding region and resident primates who have been victims of the illegal wildlife trade • Head back to the lodge around 4:30 PM and take the rest of the afternoon free at leisure • Dinner will take place at the lodge • Overnight The Forest Floor Lodge

Day 4: Cat Tien National Park / Ho Chi Minh City / Danang / Hoi An
Cat Tien National Park / Ho Chi Minh City / Danang / Hoi An
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: The Nam Hai

 

Early morning, walk through the Botanic Garden to Heaven Rapids • This walk gives you the good chance to see primates and plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of birds and other jungle life • At 8:00 AM, you will return to the Lodge where breakfast will be ready for you • After breakfast you will have a couple of hours to relax at their viewing platform, looking at the river, bird watching, and listening to the gibbons Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh to Ha Long Bay 2 The toughest part is going home.SM singing • Your guide and transfer will be waiting for you to head towards Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight to Danang • Upon arrival, you will transfer to your hotel in Hoi An • Overnight Four Seasons The Nam Hai

Four Seasons The Nam Hai

Shining a light on Vietnam’s cultural heartland, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai offers an illuminating connection to three extraordinary UNESCO sites from a private kilometer-long stretch of one of Forbes’ “best beaches in the world.” All sumptuously appointed villas are thoughtfully positioned to optimize views, beach breezes and phong thuy (feng shui) principeles.

Day 5: Hoi An
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: The Nam Hai

At 8:30 am, we will start a walking tour through this charming small town made of hundreds of historic houses, congregation halls, pagodas and other structures • Its buildings and its streets reflect the indigenous and foreign influences this town had, defining it as a unique heritage and multi-cultural site • There’s plenty to see in this delightful town, such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, the 200 year old Tan Ky House, Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant local market • In the evening you will have free time at leisure to relax and discover this beautiful town on your own • Overnight Four Seasons The Nam Hai

 

Day 6: Hoi An
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: The Nam Hai

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Hoi An town for a bike tour • Explore the hidden passageways and winding alleyways of Hoi An, stopping to photograph the iconic Japanese bridge in the historic district • Crossing first the canal bridge near the night market we continue to the new metal bike bridge connecting Hoi An proper and its southern villages of Quang Nam Province • Not far from the bridge, we visit a local family making Banh Beo in the traditional method • These small, savory rice flour bowls are a common breakfast staple in the countryside • We continue riding to one of Hoi An's most beautiful villages, stopping at a family home to learn about the tradition of family chapels • Our host is nearly 90 and vividly remembers his experiences in the American war • We pedal past rice fields and vegetable farms along small canals and waterways towards a wooden boat-building site • Fishing is still the lifeblood of the province and the construction of these ships is quite amazing to witness and photograph • If the timing is right, we'll also see families gathered to clean fishing nets between journeys at sea • The roads narrow again to concrete paths and our final stops include a traditional mat weaving shop and a family distillery where rice wine has been produced in the same manner for generations • Of course, samples are provided • It's a short ride from here to where we board a local ferry for a trip back to town • Have your cameras ready for great views of the Hoi An waterfront • Once dockside, it's a short 5-minute ride through alleyways to our end point for the day • Overnight Four Seasons The Nam Hai

Day 7: Hoi An / Danang / Hue
Hoi An / Danang / Hue
Meals Included:  B

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and meet your guide and driver to depart to Hue • Upon arrival to Da Nang, we will visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture, opened in 1915 and the Marble Mountains before continuing on our drive • The trip passes through many spectacular sceneries along the National Highway 1 such as the breathtaking Hai Van Pass • The pass, which once formed the boundary between the kingdoms of Đại Việt and Champa, also forms a boundary between the climates of northern and southern Vietnam • The Hai Van Pass is the highest and longest pass in Vietnam, with the North-South National Highway zigzagging through it for almost 20 km • Photo-stop somewhere in the Pass, and get your perfect pictures of Lang Co beach, a spectacular landscape or a peaceful fishing vicinity • Overnight Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa

About Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa
Nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene lagoon, with stunning views across one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia, Vedana Lagoon Resort has the first over-water villas in Vietnam. The resort is as warm and inviting as it is fresh and full of vision. Each of the villas and bungalows are individualized and has their own private sundeck and a balcony that leads out onto the immense lagoon or into a private garden.

Day 8: Hue / Bach Ma National Park
Hue / Bach Ma National Park
Meals Included:  B, L

Upon arrival to Hue, your local guide and transfer will meet and take you to Bach Ma National Park, situated in the area of Phu Loc, 60 km (37 mi) south from Hue • This area is well known for its wonderful natural landscape as well as the fresh atmosphere • On arrival at the entrance, visit Bach Ma's information Center to learn about the ecological system of Bach Ma National Park • Trek along the trails to Ngu Ho Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh to Ha Long Bay 3 The toughest part is going home.SM (Five Lakes), relaxing and swimming in the jungle along the way • Indulge in a picnic lunch and then continue trekking through the forest to Do Quyen – Rhododendron waterfalls (at the height of 300 meters/ 984 feet) • In the afternoon, drive back to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening free at leisure • Overnight Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa

Day 9: Hue
Meals Included:  B

After an early breakfast, meet your guide and driver at 8:30 AM for a visit to the Forbidden Purple City, constructed under the Emperor Gia Long, in the early 19th century • It is located in the Citadel of Hue, which was badly damaged during the Tet offensive of 1968 • Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hue was not only the political but also the cultural and religious center under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945 and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993 • At noon, stop for lunch at a local restaurant and later, board a dragon boat for a pleasant boat trip on the Perfume River to visit the characteristic Thien Mu Pagoda • Then, visit the tombs of the emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh • During Tu Duc’s reign, Vietnam lost its independence to France • Khai Dinh’s tomb represents a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influence, as it is almost entirely made of concrete and includes many European architectural details • Next, and if time allows for it you will have a short cyclo drive to Dong Ba market for shopping and experiencing the local culture at this colorful place • Here you can buy souvenirs, in particular the typical Hue palm-leaf conical hat • Overnight Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa

Day 10: Hue/Hanoi
Hue/Hanoi
Meals Included:  B, L

 

After enjoying your morning free at leisure, meet your driver and guide and head to Hue’s airport for your flight to Hanoi • Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and get ready for a half day tour in the city • Vietnam is very well known for its food, so a stop to try some specialties is a must • In the old quarter you will try Pho Bo (Hanoi’s excellent beef noodle soup), Nom (green papaya salad with seasoned beef), Banh Goi (pillowshaped pastry with minced pork and mushroom), Banh Cuon (hot rice paper with pork and fried onion) or Bun Cha (fresh noodle with grilled pork) • After our delicious local lunch, visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1076 • Vietnam’s first university was established within this temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite • The university functioned for 700 years and its gardens and wellpreserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past • Next, we will head towards Quan Thanh Temple, a Taoist Temple dated from the 11th Century • We end with the impressive Tran Quoc Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda located in a small island in the center of the West Lake • Overnight Sofitel Legend Metropole

About Sofitel Legend Metropole
Step back into history at Hanoi's most storied 5-star hotel. Relax in luxury hotel rooms and suites that have welcomed many of the world's greatest luminaries. Retreat to the finest heritage accommodation of Hanoi's French Quarter in the historic Metropole Wing. Or discover the Neo Classical luxury accommodation of the Opera Wing. All rooms feature plush Sofitel MyBeds and high tech fittings.

Day 11: Hanoi / Ha Long Bay
Hanoi / Ha Long Bay
Meals Included:  B, L, D

 

At 8:15 AM, we head to Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karts’ landscape • Today we sail through Ha Long Bay, allowing our eyes to swim through the azure waters of this magical place, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the water like gigantic teeth of dragons • Tender to the Tien Ong Cave - about 2,000 m² – peppered with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and formed out of ancient limestone karsts about 700,000 years ago • Our voyage continues with our arrival at the Cua Van Fishing Village, the biggest and oldest fishing village in Halong Bay, comprised of floating houses and schools - simply irresistible • After returning to the boat in the late afternoon sharpen your culinary skills at a cooking class performance conducted by your energetic chef •. After dinner, the night is yours - kick back on a comfy pillowed bench and inhale the surreal beauty whilst sipping a glass of wine • Overnight Heritage Line Jasmine Cruise

About Heritage Line Jasmine Cruise
Visitors looking for both comfort and adventure in Halong Bay will appreciate the Jasmine's friendly crew and understated elegance. With 23 cabins, the Jasmine is built in the style of a traditional Vietnamese junk, with three tawny sails and dark wood-cladding. Guests can convene in the formal dining room, enjoy casual barbecues on the terrace and marvel at the bay's moonlit beauty on the Jasmine's wide Sundeck.

Day 12: Ha Long Bay
 Ha Long Bay
Meals Included:  B,L,D

Today, embark on the day boat - the Sunset – and set sail for Luon Cave • Join a kayaking excursion to explore the cave and its surrounding waters • Back on board, set sail for the Pearl Farm Village and visit a pearl factory • Depart from the village and sail to rejoin the main boat • Overnight Heritage Line Jasmine Cruise

Day 13: Ha Long Bay / Hanoi
Ha Long Bay / Hanoi
Meals Included:  B

Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn • Then, by tender boat we motor to a natural white sandy stretch of a beach with crystal clear water • Opt to climb up a nearby hilltop to have a last view from above over Halong Bay before returning to the boat for our cruise back to Halong City, passing picturesque areas like the Ti Top Island, the Tam Cung Cave and Poem Mountain • Upon arrival to Tuan Chau Pier, meet your driver and guide and head towards Hanoi • Upon arrival, checkin at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening free at your leisure • Overnight Sofitel Legend Metropole

Sofitel Legend Metropole

Step back into history at Hanoi’s most storied 5-star hotel. A Grand Dame of Southeast Asia, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi welcomes guests to experience her colonial grandeur and timeless elegance. Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoi’s French Quarter this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era.

Day 14: Hanoi departure
Meals Included:  B

Enjoy the morning free at leisure until your driver and guide meet and transfer you to the airport for your flight back home • We hope you had a great time in Vietnam! • No overnight

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Arrival/Departure
  • Your trip begins with your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City where you'll be greeted by a representative of Khiri Travel. Your trip ends with a drop-off back at Ho Chi Minh City.
Activities
  • Walking – 1 to 4 hour guided walking excursions to view rainforests, wildlife, national parks, tombs, ruins and city splendors.
  • Biking – 10 miles cycling through Hoi An town with many stops along the way to check out local sights.
  • Kayaking – 2 to 3 hour paddle on calm waters surrounding Luon Cave.
Discovery

A long, narrow country squeezed in between the Laos and Cambodia borders and the South China Sea, Vietnam is a land of stunning landscapes that range from the lush rice terraces and forested mountains of the north to the fertile delta and lovely beaches of the south. Enter into Vietnam’s highoctane Ho Chi Minh, a city driven by commerce and culture and pulsating with energy. Keep a watchful eye out for the varied flora and fauna of Cat Tien National Park with its 100 different species of mammals and 350-plus birds. Trek, swim and relax in the jungles of Bach Ma National Park on the hunt for a special backcountry waterfall. Discover the sweeping boulevards, tree-fringed lakes and ancient pagodas of Hanoi while watching the ebb and flow of motorbikes and pedestrians in this animated city. Listen to the legend of the dragon that created the 2,000 islands of Halong Bay with sweeps of its flailing tail. Seek out mischievous monkeys jigging up and down the cliffs of Luon Cave by kayak. Come experience Vietnam with the leaders in adventure travel.

Your guides will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  •  All meals as listed in daily detailed itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Fully trained, English-speaking professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  •  Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  •  All entrance fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  •  Gratuities.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  •  Meals as not designated in daily itinerary.
  •  Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • All internal flights within Vietnam.
  •  Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  •  Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  •  All types of personal insurance
  •  Personal expenses.
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A FEW MORE REASONS WHY YOU'VE GOTTA GO...
  • 1. The traffic: Mopeds, bicycles, cars, oh my! There is nothing quite as thrilling as crossing a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Look to the locals for the best way to walk.
  • 2. The food: A combination of Thai and Chinese styles, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines on the planet, featuring fresh herbs, seafood, fruits and vegetables and, of course, rice.
  • 3. The biodiversity: Vietnam is home to 16% of the world's species!
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With accommodations like the Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa, explore the wonders of Vietnam by day and enjoy ultimate relaxation at night.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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