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For more detailed information about this trip, download our Travel Handbook below. This document covers a wide range of information on specific areas of your trip, from passport, visa, and medical requirements; to the currencies of the countries you’ll visit and the types of electrical outlets you’ll encounter. This handbook is written expressly for this itin...
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • View the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh
    • Visit to the Temple of Literature
    • Enjoy a water puppet show
    • Discover wonderful architecture and hard-working, friendly people.
    • Visit the unofficial symbol of Hué—the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda.
    • Views of the water are lovely, with rocky inlets, palm-lined beaches, and refreshing breezes.

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    For more detailed information about this trip, download our Travel Handbook below. This document covers a wide range of information on specific areas of your trip, from passport, visa, and medical requirements; to the currencies of the countries you’ll visit and the types of electrical outlets you’ll encounter. This handbook is written expressly for this itinerary. For your convenience, we've highlighted our travelers' most common areas of interest on this page.

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Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 23 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityHanoi
End CityHo Chi Minh City

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Religious


  • Asia
  • Vietnam


  • Ha Long Bay
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Hoi An
  • Mekong Delta


  • Culture
  • History
  • Nature
  • River cruise

Trip includes

    • International airfare, airport transfers, government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges unless you choose to make your own air arrangements
    • All land transportation and 3 internal flights
    • Accommodations for 17 nights
    • Services of a resident, English-speaking OAT Trip Leader
    • Gratuities for local guides, drivers, ship-crew, and luggage porters
    • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next adventure—an average of $216

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Main trip: All accommodations feature private baths and Western-style toilet facilities Throughout touring, only Asian-style toilets (squat-style rather than seats) may be available Pre-trip extension: 1 night in a private village home, sleeping on futon-style floor mattresses with shared bathrooms; 1 night on a sleeper train with shared bathrooms and no shower,May De Ville City Centre Hanoi, Vietnam Conveniently located in central Hanoi—within walking distance to the Ngoc Son Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake, and other local attractions—the May De Ville features a restaurant, salon, and sauna. The hotel’s 81 air-conditioned rooms are outfitted with satellite TV, coffee- and tea-making facilities, safe, Internet, and private bath with hair dryer. Cherish Hotel Hué, Vietnam This hotel is ideally situated at the center of Hué, Vietnam, close to the Huong River, with 106 guest rooms decorated in Vietnamese style. Rooms offer hair dryers, plasma TVs, Internet connection, minibars, bathrobes, private balconies, and delightful views of the city. Lotus Hoi An Hotel Hoi An, Vietnam This hotel offers a free shuttle to downtown Hoi An and nearby beaches like Cua Dai, but its free-form swimming pool, bar, and restaurant options entice many guests into staying on site. Each of the 65 guest rooms has a private balcony, air conditioning, coffee- and tea-making facilities, free wireless Internet, a minibar, and a private bath with a hair dryer. Yasaka Saigon Nha Trang Hotel & Spa Nha Trang, Vietnam The seaside Yasaka Saigon Nha Trang Hotel & Spa offers private beach access and beautiful views of Nha Trang Bay. Each of the 201 air-conditioned rooms features comfortable modern furnishings in the local style, as well as TV, Internet access, and private bath. During your free time, you may enjoy access to the rooftop swimming pool and bar, two on-site restaurants, spa, and garden area. Sammy Dalat Hotel Dalat, Vietnam Located in the city center and convenient for public transportation, the Sammy Dalat Hotel features a combination of unique French and traditional Vietnamese design. The hotel features 92 rooms that include satellite TV, minibar, Internet, and private bath with hair dryer. Extensions Golden Lotus Hotel Hanoi, Vietnam Conveniently located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the Golden Lotus Hotel is within walking distance of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Water Puppet Theatre, and several restaurants and cafés. Each air-conditioned guestroom includes Internet access, TV, safe, and mini-bar—along with modern amenities designed for your comfort. The hotel also features a roof-top swimming pool, restaurant, and bar. Village homestay Mai Chau, Vietnam In Mai Chau, we stay in a private home of a local family, spending the night in a thatch-roofed stilt house and sleeping on futon-style floor mattresses. In the traditional style of many Mai Chau house, the main room is elevated high above the ground with room for livestock beneath. Bath facilities are shared here. Overnight sleeper train During our journeys to and from Hanoi and Lao Cai, we’ll stay overnight on an air-conditioned sleeper train—the most efficient route to Vietnam’s remote northern hill towns. Each cabin features individual reading lights, baggage storage, large windows, and a mini bar. Bath facilities are shared on the train. Sapa Lodge Hotel Sapa, Vietnam Located in the heart of Sapa, Sapa Lodge Hotel is close to the bustling town market and offers stunning views of Fansipan Mountain. Each of the air-conditioned rooms includes a private bath, safe, TV, and wireless Internet access. The hotel also features a restaurant. Sokha Roth Hotel Siem Reap, Cambodia The Sokha Roth is located just a 10-minute ride from Angkor's temples and a 10-minute walk from Siem Reap's local markets and Pub Street. Each of the 57 air-conditioned rooms features cable/satellite TV, telephone, minibar, safe, and private bathroom. Hotel amenities include wireless Internet access, a currency exchange, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, an on-site restaurant, and a bar. Au Lac II Hotel Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Au Lac II Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of Ben Thanh market, Notre Dame, the Opera House, and Reunification Palace. Each spacious, air-conditioned room is equipped with a TV, Internet access, safe, and hair dryer. The hotel also features a spa and bar.

Transportation & Flights

Travel by 35-passenger coach, riverboat, junk (wooden sailboat), wooden “drawing boats,” and cable car 3 internal flights, each about 1 hour,

Transportation & flights

Travel by 35-passenger coach, riverboat, junk (wooden sailboat), wooden “drawing boats,” and cable car 3 internal flights, each about 1 hour
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Vietnamese junk
In the privacy of our OAT small group, we cruise the island-studded waters of Halong Bay on a wooden sailboat known as a junk. We'll appreciate its modern touches, including private baths with showers and air-conditioned cabins. Onboard, we can relax on the sun deck or enjoy a drink from the bar.
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Meals Included
  • 40 meals—daily breakfast, 13 lunches, and 10 dinners (including 1 Home-Hosted Dinner)
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
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