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North & Central Vietnam: Hanoi, Hoi An & Countryside Adventures

8 days, Hanoi to Hoi An

Sure, you could take the well-travelled path through Vietnam. But, let’s be real, the back roads make for way better stories — and this eight-day, hostel-based trip is definitely proof. After a night out in Hanoi, head into the countryside, stopping at pagodas, local fish markets, and the Vinh Moc Tunnels: a massive bomb shelter from the Vietnam War. Next, gear up for a ‘gram-worthy day as you road trip in an open-top jeep, visiting the incredible An Bang Cemetery, taking a dip at Lang Co beach, and snapping pics of the views along Hai Van Pass before saying your goodbyes in Hoi An.

8 days

Hanoi to Hoi An

From$4199HKD
Valid on Apr 17 2023
Trip Code: AVHOHW

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Sure, you could take the well-travelled path through Vietnam. But, let’s be real, the back roads make for way better stories — and this eight-day, hostel-based trip is definitely proof. After a night out in Hanoi, head into the countryside, stopping at pagodas, local fish markets, and the Vinh Moc Tunnels: a massive bomb shelter from the Vietnam War. Next, gear up for a ‘gram-worthy day as you road trip in an open-top jeep, visiting the incredible An Bang Cemetery, taking a dip at Lang Co beach, and snapping pics of the views along Hai Van Pass before saying your goodbyes in Hoi An.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Roamies by Hostelworld & G Adventures

Immersive, social, wallet-friendly adventures where epic hostels are your home-base.

Service Level: Basic

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 24, Avg 16.

Age requirement: 18-35

Visa Requirements

8 days

Hanoi to Hoi An

From$4199HKD
Valid on Apr 17 2023
Trip Code: AVHOHW

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Map of the route for North & Central Vietnam: Hanoi, Hoi An & Countryside Adventures

Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Hanoi

Arrive at any time, and choose to kick back at the hostel, or head out to explore the city before meeting up with fellow Roamies in the evening. Ready to indulge your inner foodie? Head out for a walk through the back streets and markets of the city’s old quarter, sampling local favourites like “nem ran” and “banh goi.” Take a pit stop at a street-side bar then swing by Hanoi Food Culture restaurant, a G Values Fund Project, and try the city’s signature specialty coffee. Having fun yet? Of course you are!

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 2Hanoi/Ninh Bình

Ready to hit the backroads? Let’s go! Start with a visit to Tam Chuc Pagoda, the largest in southeast Asia. Continue on to Ninh Binh and gaze in awe at the limestone cliffs rising up from the rice fields. No filters required as this landscape is already picture-perfect. Ready to chill? Enjoy some free time, you deserve it. Kick back at the hostel and meet some new friends over a cold one, rent a paddle boat or bike to explore off the beaten trail in the beautiful countryside. The choice is yours!

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Ninh Bình

Today is yours–get out and explore! Go temple-hopping, biking or hike through rice fields. Feeling energetic? Trek up to Hang Mua Peak for ridiculous views of the surrounding countryside. Adventurous? Jump in a small boat to explore the Trang An Grottoes–small caves found along the canals and lakes only accessible by water. Lazy? No worries, chill out at the hostel and catch up on your social feeds. Whatever you choose, don't forget to pack-up before heading out to catch the overnight sleeper train–All Aboard!

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Dong Hoi/Phong Nha

Are you ready to dive into local life even more? Of course you are! Let's start at the expansive Dong Hoi fish market, a bustling collection of vendors selling all manner of seafood. Hungry? Stop by a stall for a traditional Vietnamese breakfast of Banh Mi–served on soft French baguettes, they are a fusion of French and Vietnamese cuisine. Now you're fuelled up, hop on a bike and ride out into the gorgeous rural countryside. How 'bout some down time? It's been a busy day so head to your hostel in Phong Nha to relax and share your adventures with your mates.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Phong Nha

Live it up with a full free day in Phong Nha–an adventure lovers paradise! Caving anyone? You can't miss the chance to explore the world's largest cave system. Don't forget the waterproof case because these shots will make you the envy of your social feeds. Something else perhaps? Your CEO knows all the insiders for hiking and biking excursions throughout this stunning, vast wilderness. You must be thirsty by now? Then it's time to chill out with the option to join a sunset bar crawl with the gang-freedom never tasted so good!

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Phong Nha/Huế

Ready to explore underground? Find out as you descend into the Vinh Moc tunnels (like the Cu Chi tunnels without the crowds), built by local villagers during the Vietnam War. After, find your way to Hue (pun intended) for a free afternoon. Feeling adventurous? Hop on the back of a motorbike for a thrilling ride around town. Curious? Visit the historic Citadel and Royal tombs. Chill? Kick back at the hostel or lounge at a riverside bar. Does it get any better than this? I think not.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Huế/Hoi An

Ready for an epic day? Let's jump into open-top jeeps for a thrilling drive across iconic Hai Van pass. First stop is the city of ghosts at the infamous An Bang cemetery. Need to cool down? Hit beautiful Lang Co Beach for a refreshing dip in the sea and traditional local lunch. Continue to fill your social feeds with shots from Da Nang bay, an abandoned French fort and Marble mountain pagoda. Seen enough? Of course you haven't! Hoi An awaits with a walk through the old town ending at a lively riverside bar. How's that for epic?

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8Hoi An

Say goodbye to your Roamies and depart at any time, or keep the adventure going by heading south to Vietnam's amazing beaches on the next leg of this epic adventure.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Hanoi Foodie Culture Tour
  • Tam Chuc Pagoda Tour
  • Dong Hoi Wet/Fish Market tour and countryside cycling
  • Vinh Moc Tunnels Tour
  • An Bang Cemetary Tour
  • Visit Lang Co Beach
  • Hai Van Pass and Marble Mountain Tour
  • Hoi An Old Town Walk and Riverside Evening Out
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hostels (6 nts), overnight sleeper train (1 nt).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Allow USD75-100 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private vehicle, train, bicycle, open-top jeeps, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

North & Central Vietnam: Hanoi, Hoi An & Countryside Adventures

| 8 days - Hanoi to Hoi An - from $4199 HKD