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Best of the North & Central Vietnam

For many people, Vietnam is known mainly for the American War and the Imperial past. But it is slowly building its own future and owning its own identity. The best beaches in Southeast Asia are here, and the 54 ethnic tribes, who have managed to avoid the rush to modernity that traps us all, are a huge asset to the country. Now, new hotels in the more remote regions enable guests to interact with these humble, friendly people.

This trips starts in the nation’s capital, Hanoi. The night market and street food venues will give you a real taste of local life. Whilst during the day, we will show you the main attractions, like the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh’s final resting place. From here we take a fascinating road trip, heading north to take in the architecturally important hamlet of Ky Son, the hiking center of Mai Chau and the truly stunning Ninh Binh. Known as the Halong Bay on land, this is a scenically beautiful part of the country and the trip will include a boat trip through the famous Trang An Grottoes.

Next, it’s all aboard the reunification express train for a journey south along the coast to Dong Hoi. The town is adjacent to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Here you’ll visit the world’s largest cave system, and see the amazing examples of stalactites and stalagmites. Your journey continues with a road journey to Hue, the former capital of the country and home to the UNESCO site of the Complex of Monuments. En route you’ll visit the DMZ and the Vinh Moc tunnels, used by fighters in the war, as an escape from the bombing. This tour ends with a drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass and the onward journey into the pretty town of Hoi An. Our itinerary here is merely a suggestion, and can be tailored to suit your every need.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi

Airport transfer to your hotel. Guide escort you to Sofitel Legend Metropole.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Full day guided sightseeing in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Moon Garden House- Ky Son

Discover rural Vietnam with a stop in the Vietnamese ‘Home Counties’.

Day 4: Ky Son - Mai Chau

Continue with guide and driver to the tribal foothills of the Mai Chau Valley.

Day 5: Explore Mai Chau

Full day guided sightseeing in Mai Chau by bike and on foot.

Day 6: Mai Chau - Ninh Binh

Drive to the provincial capital of Ninh Binh with your guide.

Day 7: Explore Ninh Binh

Explore Ninh Binh by bicycle and visit the UNESCO listed Trang An Grottos by boat.

Day 8: Ninh Binh - Dong Hoi by Train

Board the Reunification Express train to Dong Hoi.

Day 9: Explore Dong Hoi

Guided tour of Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park.

Day 10: Dong Hoi - Hue

Drive to Hue and visit the Vinh Moc tunnels.

Day 11: Hue City Tour

Full day guided sightseeing tour of Hue.

Day 12: Hue - Hoi An

Drive over the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An and transfer to Sunrise Resort.

Day 13: Explore Hoi An

Full day guided sightseeing tour of Hoi An.

Day 14: Hoi An Free & Leisure

You are free & leisure in Hoi An.

Day 15: Hoi An Free & Leisure

You are free & leisure in Hoi An.

Day 16: Hoi An Transit Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh

Fly to home via Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi.

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