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Beyond the Banh Mi

Trip Length

Trip Code

12 days PAFV

Maximum Passengers

12 people

Countries Visited

Vietnam

Start City

End City

Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Beyond the Banh Mi

Perhaps Vietnam’s most lovable (and modified) export is the humble bánh mì – the classic pork loaf roll. Encased within its crusty confines, nestled among combination pork and pate, you’ll find the likes of coriander, chilli, carrot, cucumber, spring onions, lemongrass and fish sauce. Fuse any number of these ingredients, and you’ve got the building blocks of many a Vietnamese delicacy.

 

Why we love it:

Beyond the Banh Mi


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Hanoi

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Lan Vien Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Activities:

Day 3-4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - overnight train

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Lan Vien Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Activities:

Day 5: Hue

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Gold 1 Hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 6-8: Hue - Hoi An

Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Phu Thinh 2 hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Mifuki Boutique Hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 10: Mekong Delta

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Vien Dong Hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 11-12: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Mifuki Boutique Hotel or similar

Activities:


Your Trip

What to know

This is a culinary journey, with a focus on exploring the different food and beverages of each region. There are more meals included on culinary trips than other trips, so please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements.

 

This trip is run by our sister company, Intrepid.

What's Included

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Vietnam
You will need to obtain your Vietnam visa in advance. When obtaining your visa for Vietnam you should allow 3 weeks for processing, the cost is approx USD$60 to USD$100.00 (subject to change). Some nationalities are exempt from requiring a visa if their stay is less than 15 days, but if you are planning on staying in Vietnam for longer than 15 days you will need to obtain a visa extension in advance.

Keep the customs and immigration form you receive on arrival, as you need it to complete exit formalities on departure.

If your visa application asks for a point of contact, please write: PEAK Vietnam 57A Nguyen Khac Hieu St, Hanoi, Vietnam Ph +84 4 3715 0996.

The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavor to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Vietnam

There are a number of books which make interesting reading and provide insight in the history, politics and culture of the country. Suggestions are: The Quiet American- Graham Greene The Sacred Willow-Duong Van Mai Elliot Paradise of the Blind-Duong Thu Huong Vietnam: Yesterday & Today -Ellen Hammer One Crowded Hour- Tim Bowden Catfish and Mandala-Andrew X Pham Hitchhiking Vietnam-Karin Muller Vietnam- Lonely Planet A Bright Shining Lie-Neil Sheehan (on the Vietnam-American War)


Important Information

Important Note on Arrival Transfers
Please note that this tour is operated by our sister company, Intrepid. Contrary to what is mentioned in our printed brochure, an airport arrival transfer is NOT included in this tour, but can be pre-booked at additional cost. Please inquire at the time of booking.

Accommodation & Transport
The accommodation for this tour is Intrepid Original style. Hotels are generally 2 - 3 star, but you may find yourself in a fortress or as the guest of a local family. At some stages during your journey you will find yourself experiencing local transportation.

Local Tour Leaders
By employing and training local guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour leader’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.

Infrastructure and Tet Holiday Period
Please note that Vietnam is a developing country whose infrastructure may differ from what you expect in your homeland. Expect poor road conditions and be prepared for some inconveniences due to such things as restaurants or tourist sites being closed and our regular transport services not always being available, especially so during the Tet holiday period (Vietnamese New Year).

During Tet (Vietnamese New Year), most businesses will be closed as Vietnamese people usually spend this period returning to their homes and celebrating with their families. This will involve a major burden on all forms of transport, and despite booking in advance, tickets for planes and trains especially are extremely difficult to obtain. Even if bookings are obtained, transport services during this period will be overcrowded and heavy delays are to be expected, so you will need to make sure that you pack your sense of humour. In order to facilitate your travels during the Tet period, we may need to substitute your train/plane journey with a private bus trip, if required. If you are travelling over Tet, you will get to experience foods and celebrations that only occur at this time of the year.

Single Supplements
If you have booked a single supplement for this trip, please note it will not be applicable for the following nights: Day 3 (Halong Bay), Day 4 (overnight train) and Day 10 (local homestay) To enquire about booking a single supplement please contact your sales agent.

Local Emergency Contacts
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, the Peregrine/Intrepid Vietnam office can be reached on Tel: +84 903 117 770

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

9 April 2014


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