Vietnam Uncovered

Hanoi, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho & Phu Quoc
20 nights private tour from $5,900 Per person

Let your excitement wander as you explore this captivating country. From the tantalising street food and serene temples of sought-after Hanoi, to the azure blue waters and lush forests of remote Phu Quoc island. This trip has the right balance of renowned locations to the lesser known rural areas of Vietnam and is ideal for those travellers who have time to play with. Our specialists have handpicked the most knowledgeable guides and enthralling experiences for you.

Vietnam Uncovered
At a glance
  • Combine some of Vietnam's most well-known sights with some lesser known gems in this epic three-week Vietnam adventure

  • Explore the famed rural landscapes of Northern Vietnam from verdant hills dotted with villages to rolling rice paddies and ancient caves

  • Enjoy the buzz of Vietnam's most lively cities and towns including charming and historic Hoi An, ancient Hue, the modern metropolis of Saigon and the bustling capital of Hanoi

  • Soak-up the world renowned scenery of Halong Bay by boat as you cruise through its iconic limestone karst landscape

Journey highlights
  • Combine some of Vietnam's most well-known sights with some lesser known gems in this epic three-week Vietnam adventure

  • Explore the famed rural landscapes of Northern Vietnam from verdant hills dotted with villages to rolling rice paddies and ancient caves

  • Enjoy the buzz of Vietnam's most lively cities and towns including charming and historic Hoi An, ancient Hue, the modern metropolis of Saigon and the bustling capital of Hanoi

  • Soak-up the world renowned scenery of Halong Bay by boat as you cruise through its iconic limestone karst landscape

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Given that Vietnam is a long country, the weather patterns can vary greatly. In general, the best months to go if you are visiting north, central and south Vietnam are from January/February to March/April. In winter, northern Vietnam can get quite cold, and mountainous areas such as Sapa can experience regular mists, although it is usually fairly dry. In June and July this region can get very hot. Central Vietnam is at its best from January to April, and although there is a higher chance of rain from April to September, this is still a good time to travel. The central coast experiences heavy rain from September to November/December. Southern Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, is always hot and humid, with the best weather between November to March. This area can get very wet in summer months, with regular flooding.       


Price Guide: (Per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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May $6,100 $1,500 plan your trip
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July $6,100 $1,500 plan your trip
August $6,100 $1,500 plan your trip
September $5,900 $1,500 plan your trip
October $6,100 $1,500 plan your trip
November $6,100 $1,500 plan your trip
December $6,200 $1,500 plan your trip
January $6,300 $1,600 plan your trip
February $6,300 $1,600 plan your trip
March $6,300 $1,600 plan your trip
April $6,300 $1,600 plan your trip
  • May
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $6,100
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    $1,500
  • June
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $6,100
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    $1,500
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $6,100
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    $1,500
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $6,100
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    $1,500
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $5,900
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $6,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $6,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $6,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,600
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $6,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,600
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $6,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,600
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $6,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,600
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Itinerary

Fly to Hanoi
Day 1-3

Mai Chau & Pu Luong

Today you will leave bustling Hanoi and be privately transferred by road through staggeringly beautiful rolling hills and paddy fields to the town of Mai Chau in north-west Vietnam. On the way you will encounter the rural village of Pu Bin, home to Thai and Muong ethnic minorities. This colourfully dressed community will show you their traditional way of living and you may even be invited to a family lunch! Your base for the next two nights will be at the undeniable beautiful Mau Chau Eco Lodge, encompassed by lush forests and a patchwork of rice paddies. You will hike through the many tribal villages scattered through this region or cycle through the narrow and winding pathways surrounding a sea of green rice paddies.  Enjoy the end of your day in pure tranquillity with a dip in the natural pool at the eco lodge.

Accommodation: Mai Chau Ecolodge ( 2 nights )
Day 3-5

Ninh Binh

This morning after breakfast you will venture further afield as you are transferred by road to Ninh Binh, known as “Halong Bay on Land” and it’s easy to see why. This playground for adventurers is made up of striking limestone formations and mountains that pepper the tranquil countryside. You will spend two nights at the peaceful boutique hotel Tam Coq Garden, which is nestled in this idyllic haven.  On your full day here, we’ll arrange for one one of the local rowers to take you through the wetlands on a traditional boat. Watching the rowers is fascinating as they have developed a technique to use their feet to operate the oars, making this an impressive and rather entertaining sight! We recommend experiencing this in the lesser known Van Long Nature Reserve. There are some rare bird species that have been spotted here so bring your binoculars! 

Accommodation: Tam Coc Garden ( 2 nights )
Day 5-6

Halong Bay

Today you will visit Halong Bay, the land of formidable limestone formations rising out of the ocean, this UNESCO World Heritage site will be the scenic highlight of your trip. You will meander through these majestic rock outcrops by kayak or climb to the top of one of the islands for an aerial view of this other worldly landscape. You will spend the night onboard the Heritage Line Jasmine, a traditional junk boat and enjoy a sumptuous dinner with views of the golden glow of Halong Bay as the sun sets.

Accommodation: Heritage Line - Jasmine ( 1 night )
Day 6-8

Hue

This morning after a breakfast with a view of Halong Bay, your driver will take you to Hanoi in time to catch your flight to the city of Hue. Delve into the culture of this fascinating city, teeming with exquisite temples, elegant palaces and ancient tombs. On your one full day here, you will have a highly knowledgeable private guide to explore the most intriguing cultural and historic sites; wander through the immaculate gardens along the Perfume River to the tomb of the Emperor Minh Mang, with its elaborate architecture and sublime forest setting. Marvel at the Forbidden Purple City within the Imperial Citadel. You will board an extravagant dragon boat down the Perfume River and your senses will be tantalised as you float past aromatic flowers and foliage. After each day exploring this city you will relax and indulge at Azerai La Residence hotel, overlooking the Perfume River.

Accommodation: AZERAI - La Residence Hue ( 2 nights )
Day 8-11

Saigon

Leaving Hoi An, it’s a short drive to Danang where you will catch a flight down to Ho Chi Minh City. This city is an energetic modern metropolis, yet as you traverse the streets you will see a scattering of colonial buildings and ancient temples. You will be based at the Silverland Yen Hotel, just moments from the buzzing food scene of Hoi Chi Minh. You will have a memorable night out here as you sip a cocktail on a trendy rooftop, overlooking the dazzling lights of the city, or enjoy a sophisticated jazz bar.  Ho Chi Minh is the gateway into further afield exploration. Your guide will enlighten you on the tactics used during the America-Vietnam war in the notorious Cu Chui Tunnels, and you’ll have the opportunity to delve into this network of underground tunnels.

Accommodation: Silverland Yen Hotel ( 3 nights )
Day 11-12

Mekong Delta

Today you will head two and half hours by road to Cai Be and then board the Bassac Boat and explore the vibrant Mekong Delta. As you leave Cai Be and drift down the Delta you will watch a sea of gleaming green paddy fields, villagers selling their goods on the stalls lining the waterways and children cycling home from school. You will spend the night aboard the same boat and enjoy sundowners as you watch the bronze glow of the sunset.  

The following morning you will continue to Can Tho, the commercial hub of the delta. Here you will transfer to a local, smaller boat so that you can explore the Cai Rang, the largest floating market in the Mekong Delta. This is a colourful and visually striking market and for any keen photographers its there are endless photo opportunities, so we recommend you get here early in the morning to avoid the crowds of tourists bustling in. There is a bridge here that serves as a great vantage point so you can watch the local women selling exotic fruits and produce, weaving around the mass of tiny wooden canoes. After your action-packed morning, your driver will be waiting to take you to the airport for your onward domestic flight.

Accommodation: Bassac Boat ( 1 night )
Day 12-16

Phu Quoc

After this incredibly diverse and eventful trip, you will sink into tranquillity on the idyllic island of Phu Quoc, staying La Veranda, which has a tropical beach location. The next five days are at your own pace and leisure. Snorkel along the coral reefs and lose yourself in the tranquillity of the ocean, enjoy a delectable seafood lunch on the island of Gam Ghi that has been freshly prepared by your very own personal chef or trek through the lush forests of the national park, spotting wildlife along the way. The choice is yours. 

 

Accommodation: La Veranda ( 4 nights )
Fly home from Phu Quoc
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

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Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

Given that Vietnam is a long country, the weather patterns can vary greatly. In general, the best months to go if you are visiting north, central and south Vietnam are from January/February to March/April. In winter, northern Vietnam can get quite cold, and mountainous areas such as Sapa can experience regular mists, although it is usually fairly dry. In June and July this region can get very hot. Central Vietnam is at its best from January to April, and although there is a higher chance of rain from April to September, this is still a good time to travel. The central coast experiences heavy rain from September to November/December. Southern Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, is always hot and humid, with the best weather between November to March. This area can get very wet in summer months, with regular flooding.       

Vietnam Uncovered
Vietnam Uncovered

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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