VIETNAM FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS
VIETNAM FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS
9 Day tour from $1,899
HANOI • HALONG BAY • SAPA • NINH BINH
INCLUDING FLIGHTS ON SELECTED DATES IN 2019

Designed specially for solo travellers, this incredible nine-day bucket list adventure will take in the highlights of northern Vietnam and then some. Cruise the limestone islands and emerald waters of Halong Bay, wander through the vibrant streets of Hanoi, explore mountainous Sapa and the rice fields of the H’mong indigenous people, journey through majestic Ninh Binh province and much more. If you long to discover Vietnam but don’t want to go it alone, this is the perfect trip for you.

Have more time? Choose the extension package and discover the wonders of Ho Chi Minh City.

Tour Highlights
  • Experience the vibrant culture of Hanoi at leisure
  • Discover the natural beauty of Ninh Binh province
  • Enjoy a river boat cruise in stunning Tam Coc
  • Sail among the limestone islands of Halong Bay
  • Witness the incredible Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave in Halong Bay
  • Enjoy a Vietnamese cooking class onboard cruise
  • Visit a floating pearl farm on Halong Bay
  • Discover the picturesque market town of Sapa
  • Visit the remote villages of the local indigenous people
  • See the impressive Thac Bac Silver Waterfall
  • Take in stunning views of green forests and rice fields
  • Trek through the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains
Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    HANOI • HALONG BAY • SAPA • NINH BINH

  • When
    :

    Departure Dates (2019)
    February: ^28
    March: ^22
    April: ^*12
    May: 3, 17
    June: 7
    August: 2

  • What
    :

    HISTORY AND CULTURE, NATURE AND WILDLIFE

Itinerary

Depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide or Perth for your flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. Fly with full service airlines Vietnam Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Virgin Australia, Korean Airlines, Thai Airways, Japan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability). On arrival you will be picked up by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel.

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Flower Hotel, Hanoi
Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast this morning you will be picked up from your hotel and travel to the rural province of Ninh Binh (approx. 2 hours). Ninh Binh province is located in northern Vietnam, about 100km south of Hanoi. With its hundreds of limestone cliffs emerging from the ground scattered across the rice fields, this region is appropriately nicknamed the ‘Halong Bay in land’. Apart from the stunning scenery, Ninh Binh also offers a great opportunity to glimpse the rural way of living. It’s all very laidback and serene, just how the Vietnam experience should be.

Arriving into the Ninh Binh province, pay a visit to Hoa Lu – the ancient Royal Capital of Vietnam. Continue onwards toa local restaurant for lunch before boarding a small sampan (traditional river boat) to visit Tam Coc, which literally means ‘Three Caves’. It boasts Halong-type views of majestic limestone cliffs and mysterious yet inviting caves, as well as countryside sights like peaceful streams, rice paddies and deserted green fields, Tam Coc really has it all.

After this amazing journey, return to back to Hanoi in the late afternoon and this evening regather and head out for a welcome dinner in Hanoi’s famous Old Quarter.

Overnight: Flower Hotel or similar, Hanoi
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

This morning after breakfast drive through beautiful rice paddy fields on the way to the coast (approx. 4 hours) where you will board a Junk boat for an overnight cruise through the emerald waters of Halong Bay, flitting among the thousands of towering limestone islands.

Enjoy a seafood lunch before taking part in some afternoon activities such as swimming, relaxing on a remote beach, climbing to the top of a lookout for an amazing panoramic view or take a ride on a rowing boat into a secluded bay. Also cruise further into the bay to visit a Pearl Farm. Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks.

Overnight: Majestic Cruise Junk Boat or similar, Ha Long Bay
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Early risers can take part in an optional Tai Chi class on deck this morning. After breakfast climb aboard the tender for a visit to Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave, a colourful grotto of giant stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the boat and enjoy a short cooking class where you will learn to prepare local delicacies such as spring rolls.

Enjoy lunch on board, followed by a relaxing trip back in to port, where you will disembark and return to Hanoi by bus (approx. 4 hours).

Overnight: Flower Hotel or similar, Hanoi
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel after breakfast and travel to the mountainous town of Sapa in the north west of Vietnam (approx. 5 hours). Sapa is a picturesque town located in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains in Northwestern Vietnam. A popular trekking base, it overlooks the Muong Hoa Valley. Hill tribes and ethnic minorities, such as the H’Mong, Tay and Dao make up much of the town’s local population.

This afternoon take the opportunity to hike through the tiered rice paddy fields to Ta Van village to learn about the local ‘Zay’ people. The hike is of basic/moderate difficulty (approx. 7km) along well formed trails and cobbled steps. Please note: the terrain on this hike is undulating but has no demanding ascents or descents. Alternatively, choose to enjoy the afternoon at leisure to discover the town of Sapa.

Overnight: Panorama Hotel, Sapa or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, begin another trekking journey with a visit to two villages of the H’Mong people (Catcat and SinChai). Continue your trek to see the impressive Thac Bac (Silver) Waterfall and a hydroelectric power station established during the French occupation. Take in stunning landscapes of green forests and rice fields on the trek back to Sapa. Today’s hike is of basic/ moderate difficulty (approx. 7km) along well-formed trails and cobbled steps. Please note: the terrain on this hike is undulating but has no demanding ascents or descents.

Another option to the full day hike, you can drive to the base of the villages (Catcat and SinChai) and walk (approx. 3km) down to the village centres. The H’Mong/Mong is an indigenous people in Asia. The H’Mong began a gradual southward migration from China in the 18th century due to political unrest and to escape Chinese threats. They are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Vietnam. Alternatively you can choose to enjoy the day at leisure in Sapa.

Overnight: Panorama Hotel, Sapa or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a day at leisure to discover Sapa before being transferred back to Hanoi in the afternoon, (approx. 5 hours) arriving at your hotel in the evening. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with your new friends before departing home to Australia the following day.

Overnight: Flower Hotel, Hanoi or similar
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Today bid farewell to Vietnam and be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Arrive Australia

Today you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your onwards flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south of Vietnam.

Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then escort you to check into your hotel. Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It’s also known for its French colonial landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Bến Thành Market.

Overnight: Le Duy Hotel or similar, Ho Chi Minh City
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning be picked up from the hotel and travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels (approx. 1 hour) for a half day tour. The Cu Chi Tunnels were constructed during the country’s long fight for independence. The network of tunnels which make up this underground city include living rooms, kitchens, hospitals and much more. The tunnel system was an excellent way for the Vietcong to move around the countryside undetected by foreign troops and at one stage was home to approximately ten thousand people.

After exploring these tunnels along with remains of American tanks and numerous bomb craters, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City arriving mid afternoon. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Le Duy Hotel or similar, Ho Chi Minh City
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a day at leisure to discover the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight: Le Duy Hotel or similar, Ho Chi Minh City
Meals included: Breakfast

Today bid farewell to Vietnam and be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Arrive in Australia

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    FROM9 DAY TOUR12 DAY TOUR
    $1,899$2,399

    INCLUSIONS

    • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/ MEL/*BNE/*ADL/PER
    • 1 night cruising beautiful Halong Bay
    • Sail aboard a traditional Vietnamese junk boat
    • 6 nights hotel accommodation
    • Enjoy 13 meals including daily breakfast
    • English-speaking local tour guide (day 2,5 & 6)
    • Transportation by A/C vehicles
    • Return airport transfers

     

    12 DAY WITH HO CHI MINH CITY EXTENSION

    All of the above plus the following:

    • 1 x internal flight: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
    • 3 nights hotel accommodation
    • Enjoy 3 additional meals
    • Visit the historic Cú Chi Tunnels
    • Enjoy a day at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City


    DEPARTURES DATES 2019
    SURCHARGES 
    Please note: dates/months with a ^ or * incur a high season surcharge per person.
    ^ Land high season surcharge: $100 per person

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