What to Know
- The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour leader throughout the tour, and local guides at some sites.
- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh’s House and Temple of Literature
- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Hue - Citadel and Purple Forbidden City, Thien Mu Pagoda and Emperor Tu Duc’s Mausoleum
- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Hai Van Pass; China Beach; Marble Mountain
- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Hoi An’s historical sites; Dai Lanh Beach
- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral; and Cu Chi Tunnels.
- Lunch at KOTO café in Hanoi – a project providing vocational hospitality training and experience to underprivileged young people.
- Overnight stay in a longhouse in a hill tribe village near Mai Chau (dormitory-style accommodation).
- Overnight cruise on a traditional boat on Halong Bay. Accommodation in twin-share cabins with en suite facilities and air-conditioning. A seafood lunch and dinner provided (non-seafood also available).
- Perfume River cruise in Hue.
- Full day boat cruise on the South China Sea off Nha Trang, with a seafood lunch included.
- Visit to the sand dunes and beach at Mui Ne.
- Overnight train from Hanoi to Hue. Accommodation in 'soft sleeper' class – a compartment for up to four people with beds (a pillow and sheets provided).
- Free time to explore Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City.
- Arrival transfer.
- Accommodation: 11 nights comfortable hotel, 1 night overnight train, 2 night longhouse, 1 nights boat.
- Meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners.
- International flights
- International and domestic departure taxes
- Other meals
- Any optional tours and activities during free time
- Items of a personal nature
- Departure transfer
It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.
PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.
BALCONIES: Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.
SEAT BELTS: Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.