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Solos Only

Vietnam Solo Travel

The always intriguing and diverse Vietnam is the perfect destination for a two week escape. Discover the highlights of the south, central and north of this country that’s bursting with culture and history. Guided by an expert Vietnamese national, this small group tour will show you the charm of the country that is enticing more and more people to make its discovery.

The tour focuses on a balance between city and countryside touring. Big city visits include Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Hanoi. There’s a relaxed three night stay in the charming town of Hoi An in central Vietnam.  This highlights tour also includes a countryside visit to the Mau Chai Valley and Ninh Binh, less visited parts of the country, offering an authentic insight into the ways of local village life.

This is a small group experience, exclusively for Vietnam solo travellers.

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    40+
  • Duration:
    16 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Asia
  • Destinations:
    Vietnam
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels,Boat cabins
  • Prices from:
    AUD$5875 own room
  • Transport:
    Coach, Air, Boat
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    16
REVIEWS

'Our encounter trip to Vietnam was more than I expected with a great balance of activities and free time. Great food, friendly people and interesting locations with a rich history. I would recommend this trip to other active singles.'

Gary, WA

'Vietnam holiday was fantastic. Great sights, great people. Way above expectations.'

Joanne, NSW
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 13 nights superior (4 - 5 star) hotel accommodation
  • 1 night junk cruise, balcony cabins, Halong Bay
  • 1 night charming homestay
  • Daily breakfast
  • 8 lunches
  • 5 dinners

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDE

  • Fully escorted by English-speaking locally based group tour guide
  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • All sightseeing visits and entries as detailed by the itinerary

TRAVEL

  • Private group transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Junk cruise boat travel
  • One way economy flight Ho Chi Minh Cit to Hue
  • One way economy flight Danang to Hanoi
  • Airport to hotel arrival transfer #
  • Hotel to airport transfer, if connecting with Highlights of Cambodia on nominated group flight

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Porterage in and out of hotels included where available
  • All applicable taxes
  • Small group, not more than 16 travellers

# day 1 of tour or otherwise with pre tour hotel stay booked with us as part of your arrangements.   
A tipping fund USD110 is payable to your tour guide on commencement of the tour, or equivalent in local currency.
Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

THIS TOUR CONNECTS WITH: Highlights of Cambodia

Not included: 

  • International airfares (unless requested)
  • Airport transfers unless specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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PRE TOUR HOTEL: Ho Chi Minh City group hotel with breakfast & airport transfer
rate applies: 12 & 13 OCT 2024

AUD $215

POST TOUR HOTEL: Hanoi group hotel with breakfast
rate applies: 29 & 30 OCT 2024

AUD $170

ARRIVAL TRANSFER: Ho Chi Minh City Airport to Hotel  
Included with tour and all pre tour hotel stays booked with us.

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DEPARTURE TRANSFER: Hanoi Group Hotel to Airport

AUD75

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Trip Code: viet24-10

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

VIETNAM SOLO TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the key iconic places in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit the Mekong Delta including the floating market
  • See the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Enjoy the charm of Hoi An, central Vietnam with a three night stay
  • Discover the beauty of the countryside regions of Mau Chau and Ninh Binh
  • Optional activities including a cooking class in Hoi Ann and a countryside walk in Mau Chau
  • Enjoy a superb overnight cruise on Halong Bay
  • Visit Hanoi’s renowned landmarks including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House and the Temple of Literature
  • Take a ‘cyclo’ tour in the Old Quarter of Hanoi
  • 2 and 3 night stays at many of the destinations
  • Includes two domestic flights to create a more easy-paced tour
  • Enjoy small group touring, just for solo travellers travelling Vietnam

PRE TOUR STAY
Consider arriving a day before the solo Vietnam tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

DAY 1

Ho Chi Minh Arrival

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City (or fondly called ‘Saigon’), Vietnam.  This evening, meet up with your tour guide and group for a welcome introduction. The rest of the evening is at leisure and your guide is on hand to make some suggestions for local dining.

Meals: n/a

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh. Cu Chi Tunnels

At dawn, set out and experience the city awakening around you. After a typical Vietnamese iced coffee in one of Saigon's most beautiful parks, have a traditional breakfast at the dim sum store.

Later transfer to Cu Chi tunnel. We're going underground - deep into the Cu Chi Tunnels! These hand-dug tunnels changed the course of the Vietnam War. The well-camouflaged entrance holes lead into a network of incredibly narrow tunnels that stretch for over 200 kilometres connecting command posts, hospitals and shelters. We'll learn about the life of the Vietcong and venture into some of the tunnels. The deadly, bamboo-spiked booby traps are another must-see.

This evening, join together for dinner with your group.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner


DAY 3

Ho Chi Minh City - The Mekong Delta

Your visit to the Mekong Delta starts at CáiThia of Caibe district of Tien Giang province. Pass by Cai Thia church, and My Luong communal house and we take a boat to see how to make rice paper at local house.

Explore more of the Mekong Delta with a bicyle ride to visit the famous village of Hoa Loc; see see orchards, traditional houses, and a local school in the Mekong Delta.  We visit a local home and create some cakes (local donuts) and enjoy some tastings with a a hot tea. After biking, we’ll come back to Cai Thia village to join a boat cruise with lunch onboard as we travel towards an Binh Island.

LOCAL EXPERIENCE
This afternoon check in at a charming homestay including tasting local dishes with the owners.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

SPECIAL NOTES: 
A scooter service is available for non-bikers (small fee applies)

 

DAY 4

The Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City - Hue

 

After breakfast we check out of our homestay and head back to Saigon where we have lunch at a local restaurant in the city before an afternoon of city touring.

Ever-vibrant, ever-changing - this is the buzzing city of Saigon, where sleek skyscrapers loom over incense-infused temples and motorcycles rule the roads. There's classic European-style landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House, the ornate City Hall and the art-deco Post Office. Reminders of a recent past can be seen in the Reunification Palace, famously stormed by tanks in 1975. We'll visit all the main sights of the city and make time to browse the stalls in the bustling Ben Thanh Market.

Later today, transfer to airport for our flight to Hue and checking into our hotel for the next two nights of stay in the city of Hue.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5

Hue

 

Start the day taking a boat trip to visit one of the oldest pagoda which is called Thien Mu Pagoda. Its iconic seven-story pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the city and the temple has often been the subject of folk rhymes about Hue.

Visit the Royal Imperial City;  located in the heart of Hue is the Imperial Citadel, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty.

From the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure, enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, including a visit to the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum.

Lunch at local restaurant. 

Next, venture into the countryside around Hue to the Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc. Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor, designed and built this elegant tomb during his lifetime, using it as a retreat for meditation, reading and theatre performances. Take some time to soak in the tranquil atmosphere, wandering among the gracefully proportioned pavilions, courtyards and lotus ponds. Visit Garden House, special place reflect the ancient atmosphere of the imperial city, it is the manor of mandarin of the feudal court. The house has garden covered with full of fruit trees including mangosteens, sapodilla plums, apricots, lychee, baccaurea, figs and grapefruits.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6

Hue - Hoi An

Views that take your breath away - welcome to the Hai Van Pass - we drive from Hue to this incredible mountain pass on our way to Hoi An. Hoi An is home to beaches made famous by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, several quirky bridges and the wonderful Cham Museum containing the best collection of Cham sculpture. We'll also stop at the Marble Mountains - a group of limestone and marble hills filled with caves.

This evening, all aboard for an evening dinner cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 7

Hoi An Highlights

From Hoi An we visit a fishing village to witness local life and take a cruise on CỬA ĐẠI River. Join local fisherman on the river and enjoy hands-on experience of round net and cast net fishing and learn a bit about the cultural folk music of Bả Trạo with local fishermen. We continue on to arrive to Cẩm Thanh Village; hear about the past war story before exploring the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways. And, have a go at paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats. We are back on board the boat for lunch and a cold drink.    

After lunch, wander through the cobbled streets, past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central market and the small harbour where colourfully painted boats are moored and take in some local sights. Finally, continue to the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, first constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. During the time, you will visit the workshop and learn how to make lanterns - which is a symbol of Hoi An.  Also learn the traditional art of Vietnamese painting and stories of a local artist.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

       

DAY 8

Hoi An Highlights

Hop on your bike from the hotel in Hoi An to visit the colorful market where you can find many ingredients for our cooking class today. Continue your trip through the beautiful countryside to Tra Que village, stop at a farmer's house to visit the vegetable fields and get some hands on experience of farming life. Learn how to prepare special dishes with the local family and enjoy lunch.

After lunch, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9

Hoi An - Hanoi – Mai Chau

This morning we transfer to Danang airport for the flight to Hanoi. On arrival we transfer by road to the pretty countryside region of Mai Chau and check into our hotel

Meals:  Breakfast

DAY 10

Mai Chau Valley

A day ahead in the picturesque Mai Chau Valley visiting local villages; Mai Ha, Kha, Te Village, Buoc, Mai Hich.  The landscape around Mai Chau is truly marvellous. Most villagers live in wooden stilted houses, surrounded by rice fields and hills.

This morning after breakfast we transfer to Mai Ha Village where we start a walk to reach Kha and Te village. During our walk through the valley we go from one village to another, seeing farmers tending their crops and herding their buffalos. For lunch, around midday day we are arrive to Buoc village.

After lunch we continue on to reach Mai Hich village and witness how life remains unchanged through the generations. We return to our eco lodge later in the afternoon for a relaxing evening soaking up the picturesque location.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 11

Mai Chau to Ninh Binh

We have a morning to enjoy the Sam Pa – Cha Long trek. Or, take the option for to relax this morning at our eco lodge.

Sam Pa – Cha Long Trek details
Duration: 2 – 3 hours   |  Distance: 10km  |  Walk Grade: Easy
There is a transfer up around 35 minutes to reach the trek starting location.        

The walk is at an easy pace with a stop at 30 minutes into the trail, once we reach the terrace fields. The walk then continues to Cha long Village along a trail with forest shade.  We reach Cha Long Village around midday and then return to Mai Chau by car. This afternoon, depart Mai Chau for Ninh Binh.

Meals:  Breakfast

DAY 12

Ninh Binh 

 

Start the day with the first sightseeing site, Hoa Lu, which was the initial capital of Vietnam. Visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers.

After a visit to Hoa Lu, depart for Tam Coc town, along the tour stops wherever guests wish to take photographs of local villages and the stunning landscape. On arrival in Tam Coc, board a private sampan. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to its other name, 'Halong on Land'. 

Lunch at local restaurant. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13

Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

After breakfast, transfer to Halong to embark on an overnight Halong Bay cruise.  Cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay while enjoying lunch. Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea. 

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel, Lunch & Dinner on board

 

DAY 14

Halong Bay - Hanoi

Start off your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay. Spend the morning cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before preparing to check out. Disembark from the cruise at Tuan Chau International Marina.

Drive to Hanoi, check in hotel. 

Meals included: Breakfast or Brunch on board

DAY 15

Hanoi Highlights

There's no arguing - Hanoi has to be the coolest city in Vietnam. And no, we're not just referring to the climate. This chaotic, colourful, motorbike-clogged, 1,000-year-old city is a delicious mix of East and West. Hanoi clings on tightly to its heritage - the Temple of Literature is one of the oldest landmarks. More recent history can be seen in Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, while the man himself, lies embalmed in an austere mausoleum. There's picturesque lakes and parks, as well as museums and prominent colonial buildings. Let's jump right in and experience it all. We'll even go green and explore the Old Quarter by electric buggy.

Meals included: Breakfast 

DAY 16

Hanoi / end

We have come to the final day of your tour!  Touring services ended the evening prior. Make your own arrangements for transferring to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

 

Destination

Hotel

Nights

Ho Chi Minh City

SILA Urban Living 4

2

Mekong Delta region

Mekong Riverside 4

1

Hue

Eldora Hue 4

2

Hoi An

Hoi An Historic 4

3

Mai Chau

Mai Chau Ecolodge 4

2

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh Legend 5

2

Halong Bay

Bhaya Classic 4

1

Hanoi

Le Jardin Hotel Haute Couture 4

2

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Eco Lodge

Mai Chau Ecolodge, Mai Chau

Eldora House Hue

Deluxe Panorama room, Eldora House, Hue

SILA URBAN LIVING HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)
217 stylish, well-adorned apartments and their beloved Cocotte Bistro to satisfy your cravings. With one foot out the door you will discover a lively scene comprising of classic colonial architecture, boutique shopping, cafes, and restaurants that make up the vibrant street life for which Vietnam is famous. As a guest, you have exclusive access to a stunning 20 metre outdoor pool and a natural salt electrolytic method to treat the pool water. The health club feature a fully Technogym equipped gym, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and yoga room.

MEKONG RIVERSIDE, MEKONG
A boutique resort that consists of 25 bungalows. Our bungalow style rooms combined with the aesthetic beauty of the resort puts you into a Mekong Delta relaxing state.

ELDORA, HUE
Eldora is a 4 star boutique hotel which embodies the very essence of colonial elegance and blends it with modern conveniences. The well appointed deluxe bedroom features distinctive Renaissance elements and include furnishings made of luxurious materials. Eldora is within close proximity to Citadel, an UNESCO listed World Heritage site.  

HOI AN

The Hoi An Historic Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East. It is also a quick walk to the Old Town (where clients will inevitably go to visit the tailor’s). The hotel provides 150 international-standard rooms and suites in low rise blocks spaced throughout lush, shady grounds. The four-star hotel offers use of a vast, outdoor pool with poolside recliners, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, souvenir shop and art gallery and beauty salon.

MAI CHAU ECOLODGE, MAI CHAU
Mai Chau Ecolodge is located right at the heart of Mai Chau valley within walking distance to Lac and Pom Coong villages. Sitting atop a private hill in Na Phon village, Mai Chau Ecolodge is the most secluded haven in Mai Chau with a stunning backdrop of lush rice paddies and emerald mountains embraced by clouds. The Mai Chau Ecolodge was built entirely from natural materials with thatched roofs, bamboo interiors, wooden furniture and outdoor jungle showers. Every bungalow was meticulously designed to embody the local stilt house style and traditional Thai ethnic culture. The absence of television and other entertainment facilities provides the option to enjoy nature at it’s best without modern distractions. As a boutique property it may not possible for our group to have all the same room types.

LE JARDIN HAUTE COUTURE, HANOI
Escape to utmost comfort with Le Jardin Hotels. Situated in a prime location in the middle of the West Lake and Hanoi Old Quarter offers you access to all the attractions that make Hanoi famous. Enjoy a timeless, chic stay in unique architecture – a perfect blend of modern luxury and authentic Hanoi vibes. Discover the best that Hanoi has to offer with Le Jardin Hotels!


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Starts In: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ends In: Hanoi, Vietnam

First Day Information
Arrival day commences with an end of day group meet up with your guide. Afterwards, the evening is at your leisure.

Final Day Information
There are no tour excursions on the final day.

Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.  

Hotel check in:  most hotels have check in from 2PM or 3PM
Hotel check out: most hotels require check out by 10AM or 11AM.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Arrival Airport Transfers
Included on arrival given that;

  • you arrive on day 1 of the tour and/or depart on the final day of the tour, or
  • you have extended your stay and you have booked the pre or post tour group hotel with us as part of your package.

Departure Airport Transfers
not included unless connecting to Cambodia Highlights on nominated group flight.

We require your flight itinerary no later than 45 days priors to travel (and even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us).  Where transfers are part of your arrangement, if your itinerary is not provided to us within the required timeframe, you forfeit the airport transfers or additional fees may be incurred for the service.

note: if you have extended your stay by your own arrangement transfers cannot be provided, and are by your own arrangement.

Departure transfers are not provided as part of the tour package and are by your own arrangement. 

If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 45 days priors to travel (and even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us).  Where transfers are part of your arrangement, if your itinerary is not provided to us within the required timeframe, you forfeit the airport transfers, or additional fees may be incurred for the service.

note: if you have extended your stay by your own arrangement transfers cannot be provided, and are by your own arrangement.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
As an Australian travel company we can provide flight assistance for flights originating from Australia. If joining the tour from outside Australia we recommend making your own flight arrangements or to use the service of a travel advisor located within your country of residence for access to best fares.

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport.

See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS  
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 16 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
This is a medium paced, small group tour. An average level of fitness at least is required for this tour.

There is a mix of days; between more leisurely days and other days that require longer periods on foot, standing, walking and climbing stairs. This tour is not suitable for anyone not able to stand and walk for long periods and/or unable to climb stairs without assistance. You need an average level of fitness (or above) to be suited to this tour.

Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. More Information > Visit Travel Fitness

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

In many destinations while touring could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

TIPPING
Tipping is not included in your tour package.

Tipping may not be your custom, or the custom of your home country, however it is significant in many parts of the world for roles in tourism. It’s customary to tip tour service personnel including your group tour leader, driver, local guides, restaurant staff, and hotel porters. It’s also appreciated to leave small tips for room attendants and restaurant wait staff.  We appreciate that for many travellers tipping is awkward, and they are unsure about how and what amount to tip. For this reason, we collect a tipping fund payment from each traveller and your tour leader manages it, and pays the tips for the included group services along the way.

The Tipping Fund
At the beginning of your tour, the tipping fund is payable to your tour leader. The fund does not cover tips for your group tour leader.

Your Tour Leader
As tipping is customary, please recognise your tour leader’s good service, and the custom of tipping tour leaders, and tip them at the completion of your tour. Your tour leader is away from home for the duration of your visit and tipping is a part of recognising this dedication.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips included welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone has the enjoyment of dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

We like to include some evenings when dining is at your leisure. It’s an opportunity to make your own local discoveries. 

The hotel breakfasts will generally have Asian/Vietnamese breakfast choices along with Western food choices. For the lunches and dinners included with our tour package these are Vietnamese meals.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned, please check with us before you book.

Are you a flexitarian?
If you have dietary requirements, please advise if it is due to allergies or for medical reasons or if it is a personal preference and if you are flexible. Dietary requirements will limit choices. If a dietary requirement is not essential due to medical reasons and you are a flexitarian, then we recommend that you exclude your personal preferences if not necessary to provide more options with the meal choices.

GROUP GUIDE
This tour is escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese National, professional tour guide. Your guide is there to ensure the smooth operation of your tour, liaise with the coach driver, hotel and all other service providers connected with our tour. You will find your guide to be passionate about their history and culture. 

The role of your GROUP GUIDE is to lead the group, take charge of all the trip logistics on tour, and of course, make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible so ultimately you have the best possible experience. From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic congestion, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your group leader will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible.

TRANSPORT
Touring is by private vehicle on road, and other transport includes:

  • two domestic flights within Vietnam to reduce travel time
  • an overnight boat cruise on Halong Bay

The cost of the domestic flights in Vietnam (and Cambodia, if joining the optional extension tour) are covered in your tour package price.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS 

Luggage – Domestic Flights
Maximum allowance for checked luggage is 20kg for internal flights in Vietnam, and 1 piece of hand luggage

Checked Luggage – International Flights
For airline luggage restrictions, refer to your ticket terms for your international limits.
If you travel business or premium economy please note that although the airline may have generous luggage allowances you luggage must suit the tour allowances which will be less.

Overnight Cruise
For the overnight Halong Bay Cruise you will be required to pack a small bag for the cruise, and your large luggage will be stored at the Hanoi hotel. 

Coach/Bus Touring:
Maximum checked luggage allowance is a maximum weight of 20kg (40lbs). Hand luggage for flights must not exceed 7kg.

Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available

For the overnight cruise a small overnight bag is required, and main luggage is stored in the Hanoi hotel. 

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group. 

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide  page on our website for destination information. 

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'Our encounter trip to Vietnam was more than I expected with a great balance of activities and free time. Great food, friendly people and interesting locations with a rich history. I would recommend this trip to other active singles.'

Gary, WA

'Vietnam holiday was fantastic. Great sights, great people. Way above expectations.'

Joanne, NSW

'I had not travelled overseas before, let alone travelling solo so I was a bit apprehensive. Encounter Travel made it the most stress free experience. They responded to all my queries prior to leaving, did everything they said they would do and the tour was extremely well organised. I enjoyed traveling with other people that were of similar age and stage of life. I will definitely travel with Encounter again.'

Pamela, 55 years, South Australia

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