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10 Days
Availability : Multiple 2020 Departures Available
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Details

Dreaming of travelling solo in Vietnam? Travel from historical Hanoi to modern Ho Chi Minh City on a solo-traveller-only adventure

Multiple 2020 departures available!

Prices from $1,132 CAD per person

Prefer your own room? Prices start from an additional $235 CAD

*International airfare additional cost

Departure Location

Hanoi, Vietnam

End Location

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Price Includes

  • Hotel (7 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
  • 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Transport throughout: Boat, motorbike, overnight sleeper train, plane, private vehicle, taxi
  • Tour leader throughout
  • All listed activities

Price Excludes

  • Visas & fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Gratuities
  • International Airfare

Tour Specialist

  • Rachael Ward
What to Expect

Capture the spirit of magical Vietnam on this compact tour from the colonial charm of Hanoi to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, on this new adventure, designed for people travelling solo in Vietnam. Sip coffee with locals in Hanoi and shop up a storm in the Old Quarter, cruise along emerald waters on a Halong Bay boat trip, travel through old-world Hue and Hoi An, and get lost in the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. This is an adventure full of beauty and contrast that introduces Vietnam as a country of incredible food, lively locals, stunning scenery and cosmopolitan cities.

Is this trip right for you?

This trip is for solo travellers only. If you’re planning an adventure with a friend, family member or partner, we’ve got heaps of other trips you can travel on! If you’re planning on travelling solo in Vietnam, with a group of other solo travellers, this trip might be just what you’re looking for.

  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
  • Hue - Imperial Citadel
  • Hue - Perfume River cruise & Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
  • Hue - Highlights & back streets by motorbike (lunch included)
  • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - City tour
  • HCMC - Mekong Delta day trip including coconut gardens & village tuk-tuk tour
  • HCMC - KOTO dinner
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1Hanoi

Travelling solo in Vietnam has never been so much fun! Meet your arrival transfer at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Your adventure then begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We’ll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader.

If you arrive early into the capital of Hanoi, there’s plenty to see and do. Consider booking the Hanoi Highlights Urban Adventure with an expert local guide to introduce you to the city. Start by visiting the Temple of Literature, drop into a traditional tea house, and learn the stories of the Hoa Lo Prison museum. This tour concludes at Hoan Kiem Lake, surrounded by modern office buildings and ancient Buddhist temples. Or take it at your own pace and wander the Old Quarter and admire the city’s French-colonial architecture, relax in a park, or enjoy some street food.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Day 2Halong Bay

Travel by private minibus to the spectacular World Heritage site of Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin (approximately four hours). The bay is dotted with sandy coves, grottos and 1,600 limestone islands, which have been formed over millennia by wind and water erosion. Board a private boat and cruise the bay, exploring island caves and perhaps even take up the opportunity to kayak. To end the day, spend a peaceful night aboard the boat beneath the night sky.

Your wooden junk-style boat has twin share cabins with air-conditioning and private facilities. There’s also a dining room and bar to enjoy lunch, dinner and breakfast.

Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 night)

Included Activities
Halong Bay – Overnight boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 3Hanoi - Overnight Train

Return by boat to Ha Long, and at approximately midday travel by bus back to Hanoi. Arrive late this afternoon, and use free time to shop, explore the sights or just relax. Later tonight board an overnight train to Hue.

Accommodation
Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 4Hue

Arrive into Hue at approximately 11 am and transfer to the hotel.

Once the imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of the country’s royal past. You’ll have free time in the morning to rest or explore. The bustling Dong Ba Market is a great place to sample some of the foods that once graced the Nguyen emperors’ tables, such as banh khoai (royal rice cake). Reunite with the group to visit the war-damaged ruins of the Hue Imperial Citadel complex, which once contained temples, state houses and the emperor’s palace.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities
Hue – Imperial Citadel

Day 5Hue

Today, tour the sights of Hue on the back of a motorbike driven by a local guide. Enjoy a stop at Thanh Toan to see the 18th century covered bridge and villagers shopping at their local market. Visit the 17th-century active Buddhist monastery of Thien Mu Pagoda. During the visit you’ll see the car of a former monk who drove to Saigon in 1963 to set himself alight to protest the poor treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. Enjoy a short boat cruise down the Perfume River before eating lunch inside a nunnery. Finally, visit the lakeside royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc before heading back to Hue.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities
Hue – Perfume River cruise & Thien Mu Pagoda
Hue – Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
Hue – Highlights & back streets by motorbike (lunch included)

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch

Day 6Hoi An

This morning travel by bus through coastal rice paddies and the spectacular Hai Van Pass. After a brief visit to Lang Co Beach, arrive into Hoi An. Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An was a major international trading port during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of the beautifully preserved town retain the feel of centuries past. It’s also a shopping mecca, famous for its plethora of tailors. On arrival your leader will take you on a sightseeing walk through the Old Town and visit a handful of the city’s major attractions. You’ll will also be given a sightseeing pass so you can further explore select attractions at your leisure.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities
Hoi An – Old Town walking tour

Optional Activities
Hoi An – Hoi An Boat & Bike with Sunset BBQ Urban Adventure – USD51

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 7Hoi An

Today is a free day to explore Hoi An. Throughout this journey we give you the freedom and flexibility you want while travelling solo in Vietnam. Browse the town’s cobbled streets and art galleries, or hire a bike and cycle through rice paddies out to Cua Dai Beach. Shop for paintings, ceramics and colourful cloth lanterns in the town’s markets and preserved Chinese shop houses. Perhaps visit one of the hundreds of tailors in the city to get something special made. Hoi An is also known for its delicious regional food, so be sure to enjoy a meal at a riverside restaurant or perhaps partake in a cooking class.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities
Hoi An – My Son Cham tour (entrance fee, guide and transport included) – USD35
Hoi An – Food Adventure Urban Adventure – USD28
Hoi An – Hoi An Walking & Cooking Class Urban Adventure – USD49

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 8 Hi Chi Minh City

Today take a short early morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has a fascinating history and is arguably Vietnam’s capital of commerce and culture. After landing, check in to your hotel and then take a sightseeing bus tour around the city. Pass the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House, stopping in at the War Remnants Museum to discover some of the sobering stories of the Vietnam/American War.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities
Ho Chi Minh City – War Remnants Museum
Ho Chi Minh City – City tour

Optional Activities
Ho Chi Minh City – Reunification Palace – VND40000
Ho Chi Minh City – A O show – VND1050000
Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon Street Food by Night Urban Adventure – USD35

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 9Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh

This morning head out on a day trip to explore the Mekong Delta. Board a boat to Ben Tre to visit the coconut gardens, stopping at a local home to sample tropical fruits & coconut jams. Afterwards, paddle in sampans (small rowing boats) past water coconut trees along the Mekong. Take a tuk-tuk tour around the villages, learning about local rural life and how they make their living making coconuts products like brooms and coconut fibre mats. Eat lunch at a restaurant in the heart of the delta, sampling regional specialties such as the famous elephant ear fish. Then it’s back to the private boat to cruise the delta’s major waterways to Ben Tre boat pier. After the cruise return via bus to Ho Chi Minh City.

Enjoy a final group dinner at KOTO restaurant, an organisation dedicated to developing the hospitality careers of street kids.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities
HCMC – Mekong Delta day trip including coconut gardens & village tuk-tuk tour
HCMC – KOTO dinner

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 10Ho Chi Minh City

Your trip ends after breakfast today. There are no activities included and you’re free to depart your accommodation at any time. For those who are staying on and want to explore Ho Chi Minh City further, check out our Urban Adventure day trips.

Optional Activities
Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel Experience Urban Adventure – USD43

Meals Included
Breakfast

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