A bird's eye view of Halong Bay Islands
A bird's eye view of Halong Bay Islands

Less Traveled Vietnam from Hanoi to Saigon - 15 Days

Visited places: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Quy Nhon, Cai Be, Vinh Long
Tour Activity/Theme: Adventure, Cycling, Budget, Train, Ecotourism, Sublime nature, Exotic lifestyle, Off the beaten track

A budget tour from Hanoi to Saigon visits the must-see attractions and less-visited sites in Vietnam for 15 days, 14 nights. The pace of travel is easy. The means of transport include private car, taxi, overnight sleeper train, day train, cruise boat, tourist boat and bicycle.

The trip is aimed for young and independent travelers; AdventureGreen assists with the hassling part of your trip and you visit each site independently in your own way. There is a tour guide to assist you only when necessary such as at train stations, cycling through the villages, visiting a historical or cultural site… The tour is definitely an educational and engaging experience that you tune into the Vietnamese society smoothly. In the case you fail to do something, we’ll provide timely support.

A part from the trip package, you manage most of the daily expenses yourself. This way we trust helps to save you and our company from unnecessary expenses; this way, you’ll get quite a few lessons on your journeys in handling money and forming definitive ideas of local costs.

Accommodations on the tour are at hotel with basic facilities, clean rooms and in safe neighborhoods. As the rule of thumb you stay at a hotel of our choice, you’ll get included breakfast the next day and if you take an overnight train, then there is no included breakfast next day.

On the tour, you share means of transport with your fellow travelers and most visits to each site can be done independently if you wish to. For short distances, we’ll use taxi and you pay the taxi fees yourself (normally less than USD2/transfer). For those of you who wish AdventureGreen to provide optional tours during your free time, then it can be conveniently done at the best competitive pricing. Let’s explore a less-seen Vietnam your own way and in a cost-saving manner with AdventureGreen.

Quy Nhon Beach at sunset
Quy Nhon Beach at sunset

Day-to-day itinerary
Day1 Arrive in Hanoi (transfer with guide) (no meal)
Day2 Hanoi Morning Tour on Foot (with guide)/Free at leisure (B)
Day3 Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (without guide) (B/L/D)
Day4 Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Hue (SE3: 1930-0830 A.M Day+1) (guide assistance onto the train, without guide on the train) (B/L)
Day5 Arrive in Hue (0830 A.M)/Hue Citadel Tour on foot (with guide, no early check-in, no included meals)
Day6 Hue free at leisure (B)
Day7 Hue – Hoi An (day train: 1000 A.M – 1300 PM) (no guide on the train, with guide for taxi and car transfers and at train stations) /Hoi An free time(B)
Day8 Hoi An free at leisure (B)
Day9 Hoi An – Da Nang – Quy Nhon (0955-1600) (guide assistance at the train stations, no guide on the train) (B)
Day10 Quy Nhon at leisure (B)
Day11 Quy Nhon – Saigon (with guide for transfers to/from train stations)(overnight train: 2000-1130 Day+1) (B)
Day12 Arrive in Sai Gon (1130 A.M) /Sai Gon – Vung Liem (Vinh Long – Ben Tre) (with guide assistance at the train station, not for transfers)/Village Bicycle Tour (B/L/D)
Day13 Boat trip to a local market/Vung Liem – Sai Gon (without guide) (B)
Day14 Saigon free day (B)
Day15 Depart Sai Gon (transfer without tour guide) (B)

Inclusions:
English-speaking guide as per itinerary: no guide for free-at-leisure days;
Twin/Double-shared accommodation as indicated in the program;
Private car or shared shuttle bus for all airport transfers and tours as indicated in the program;
Train tickets for A/C soft-sleeper shared compartments for Hanoi – Hue and Quy Nhon – Sai Gon per itinerary;
Train ticket for A/C soft seats for Hue – Da Nang – Quy Nhon as per itinerary;
Private boat cruise on the Mekong River at Vung Liem (in Vinh Long – Ben Tre) as per the program;
Private Twin/Double-shared cabin on a shared-junk cruise on Ha Long Bay as per itinerary;
Meals as indicated in the program B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner;
Halong Bay admission fee and pier fee;

Exclusions:
Insurance of any types;
Visa arrangements;
Early check-ins and late check-outs: check-in time: 14:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 A.M unless otherwise indicated by each hotel;
Transfers by taxi;
International airfares and airport taxes other than those mentioned as included above;
Drinks, laundry, bar or other personal expenses;
Admission fees except for Halong Bay;
Others not clearly specified clearly in the inclusions;

Detailed ItineraryHo Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi Vietnam

Day1 Arrive in Hanoi (transfer with guide) (no meal)
Welcomed at the airport and transferred to the city.
Free time.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Included:
Transfer by car with guide from the airport to the hotel.
Accommodation at a hotel in Hanoi.

Not included:
Meals and personal expenses.
Averaged lunch/dinner: USD10/person/meal.
USD0.5/small bottle of water.
USD1/beer.

Day2 Hanoi at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel.
Accommodation at a hotel in Hanoi.

Day3 Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (without guide) (B/L/D)
Transfer to Halong Bay. Junk Cruise and cave visit.
Overnight on board.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer by shared shuttle bus without guide from your hotel in Hanoi to Halong Bay.
Pier fee and Halong Bay admission fee.
Lunch and dinner on board.
Accommodation in a cabin on the shared junk.

Not included:
Drink and personal expenses.
Kayaking, massage, spa.

Island on Halong Bay Vietnam
Island on Halong Bay Vietnam

Day4 Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Hue (SE3: 1930-0830 A.M Day+1) (guide assistance onto the train, without guide on the train) (B/L)
Breakfast, junk cruise, rowing boat to Luon Lagoon.
Lunch at a restaurant overlooking the pier.
Transfer back to Hanoi by shuttle bus.
Guide picks you up from the hotel and assists you to the train station.

Included:
Breakfast on board.
Lunch at a restaurant near the pier.
Transfer by shared shuttle bus without guide from Halong Bay to Hanoi.
Guide assistance to the train station in Hanoi.
Soft-sleeper in a shared cabin on the overnight train.

Not included:
Drinks and personal expenses.
Dinner.
Accommodation in Hanoi.
Taxi fee (less than USD2/taxi) from the hotel or pickup point in Hanoi to the train station.

Day5 Arrive in Hue (0830 A.M)/Hue Citadel Tour on foot (with guide, no early check-in, no included meals)Khai Dinh's Tomb in Hue Vietnam
Arriving at Hue, welcomed by your local tour guide and have a short taxi ride to your hotel. Your room may not be ready yet. You can leave your luggage in the storage area of the hotel and have time for refreshment and breakfast (on your own account). Then, walking tour of Hue Imperial Citadel and Hue Dong Ba Market.
Free time in the afternoon.

Included:
Guide assistance at the train station and morning walking tour.
Twin/double-shared accommodation at a hotel.

Not included:
Taxi fee (less than USD2/taxi) from Hue Train Station to the hotel.
All meals and drinks.
Entrance fee to Hue Imperial Citadel: VND150,000/person.

Day6 Hue free at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel.
Accommodation at a hotel in Hue.

Day7 Hue – Hoi An (day train: 1000 A.M – 1300 PM) (no guide on the train, with guide for taxi and car transfers and at train stations) /Hoi An free time(B)A street in the Old Town of Hoi An
Breakfast at the hotel.
Guide assistance to the train station for the day train bound for Da Nang.
Picked up at Da Nang train station and transferred to Hoi An.

Included:
Guide assistance at the train stations in Hue and Da Nang.
Soft seat train ticket for Hue – Da Nang.
Twin/double-shared accommodation at a hotel in Hoi An.
Car transfer with guide from Da Nang to the hotel in Hoi An.

Not included:
Taxi fee (less than USD2/taxi) from the hotel to Hue Train Station.
Lunch, dinner and drinks.
Hoi An Old Town admission fees: VND120,000.

Day8 Hoi An free at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel.
Accommodation at a hotel in Hoi An.

Day9 Hoi An – Da Nang – Quy Nhon (0955-1600) (guide assistance at the train stations, no guide on the train) (B)The sea at Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh, Vietnam
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer with guide assistance to Da Nang train station for the day train bound for Dieu Tri.
Picked up at Dieu Tri train station and transferred to Quy Nhon.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel.
Car transfers with guide from the hotel in Hoi An to Da Nang Train Station and from Dieu Tri to Quy Nhon.
Soft-seat train ticket for Da Nang – Dieu Tri.
Twin/double-shared accommodation at a hotel in Quy Nhon.

Day10 Quy Nhon at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel.
Accommodation at a hotel in Quy Nhon.

Day11 Quy Nhon – Saigon (2000-1130 Day+1) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.
Early evening transfer with guide to Dieu Tri for the overnight train bound for Saigon.
Overnight on board the train.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer with guide from Quy Nhon to Dieu Tri.
Train ticket for a soft-sleeper in a shared compartment on the train from Dieu Tri to Saigon.

Not included:
Late check-out (the check-out time is 11 A.M except for indicated otherwise by the hotel.)
Lunch, dinner and drinks.

Day12 Arrive in Sai Gon (1130 A.M) /Sai Gon – Vung Liem (Vinh Long – Ben Tre) (with guide assistance at the train station, not for transfers)/Village Bicycle Tour (B/-/D)
Arriving at Saigon, picked up by our driver and tour guide and transferred without guide to Vung Liem (Vinh Long).
Afternoon bicycle tour with local guide.Coconut forests at Ben Tre, Vietnam

Evening cooking demonstrations and cultural exchange.
Overnight at the lodge.

Included:
Guide assistance at the train station in Saigon.
Car transfer without guide from Saigon to Vung Liem.
Bicycle tour in Vung Liem.
Cooking demonstrations at the lodge.
Dinner at the lodge
Accommodation at the lodge.

Not included:
Breakfast, lunch, drinks.

Day13 Boat trip to a local market/Vung Liem – Sai Gon (without guide) (B)
Breakfast at the lodge.
Boat trip to a school and coconut processing factory. Chance to behold boats loaded with coconuts heading to markets and learn how coconuts are processed. Transfer without guide to your hotel in Saigon.
Overnight in Saigon.

Included:
Breakfast at the lodge.
Boat tour in Vung Liem.
Transfer without guide from Vung Liem to Saigon.
Accommodation at a hotel in Saigon.

Not included:The Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon, Vietnam

Lunch, dinner and drinks.

Day14 Saigon free day (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.
Overnight in Saigon.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel.
Accommodation at a hotel in Saigon.

Day15 Depart Sai Gon (transfer without tour guide) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer without guide to the airport for your departure.

Included:
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer without guide from the hotel in Saigon to the airport.

Not included:
Airfares, departure taxes.