Highlights of Vietnam

Vietnam Guided Walking Holiday

Tourists taking picture. Rower using her feet to propel oars
Duration: 14 nights
Type: Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 1
from £2,249pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

Vietnam is an exotic land of wonderful natural beauty, filled with history and culture. Discover the world-famous Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta before heading on to historic Hanoi. Walk through rice terraces, rolling hills and rural villages nestled in the mountainous terrain of the north, and then unwind with a luxury cruise around the magnificent limestone islands of Halong Bay. Tantalise your tastebuds with the varied local cuisine across the country’s regions.

Holiday Highlights

  • Cruise on Halong Bay and stay overnight
  • Modern history such as the Viet Cong tunnels at Cu Chi and the ‘frozen in time’ Reunification Palace
  • Historic cities and ruins of the coast – Hoi An, My Son and the imperial city of Hué
  • Excellent walking in the northern hill tribe areas around Sapa, and a visit to the vibrant local market in Bac Ha
  • City walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Hanoi to discover contrasting but distinctly Vietnamese places
  • Excellent hotels, all 4- and 5-star city hotels or resorts
  • Delicious Vietnamese cuisine

What’s included

  • 12 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms and 2 nights' en-suite cabin on a luxury boat 
  • Full board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks led by a local tour director, local guides, and HF Holidays’ leader
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Internal flights and travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan
  • Tips

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Worldwide holidays, our day-by-day descriptions will help you understand where you’ll be exploring and what you’ll be doing. The itineraries are put together carefully to give you the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons. In the wake of disruption caused by the Coronavirus outbreak to planning, this is particularly relevant to itineraries in 2022.

Overnight flight to Saigon via Singapore

Transfer to the hotel for a stay of 3 nights. Take an afternoon walk through the city to Reunification Palace, with its interesting and turbulent history.

During our stay we'll travel out of the city to Cu Chi, and see amazing network of tunnels dug by the Viet Cong. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Saigon, including the cathedral of Notre Dame, Vinh Nghiem pagoda, and the historic Chinese district of Cholon.

The next day we head south out of the city towards Ben Tre, on the Mekong Delta. Visit coconut growers and experience daily life here. Take a boat cruise and enjoy a local lunch.

Fly to Danang and drive to the picturesque old port of Hoi An (2 nights). Afternoon silk making tour in Hoi An with welcome drink. Visit the ancient mulberry gardens and the silkworm-breeding house. Discover the handicrafts of Champa people and how to make traditional textiles.

The following day we visit to the ancient city of My Son for walks in the Holy Valley area, a 4th century religious sanctuary. Return to Hoi An for a walking tour of its ancient winding streets, once the biggest port in Asia, a centre of the spice trade and meeting point between Chinese, Japanese, and European traders.

Travel up the coast, stopping at Cham Sculpture Museum. Stop at Cloudy Pass and Lang Co Beach. Arrive in the ancient Imperial capital of Hué (2 nights), and take a boat trip on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda and walk to Tu Duc Tomb.

We'll enjoy a walking tour of Hué’s ancient city, visiting the Royal Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City and Dong Ba market.

Fly to Hanoi (1 night). Take a walking tour of the capital to the Temple of Literature, including a cycle ride around the fascinating old quarter. Evening visit to the water puppets show.

Take the new highway into the hill country to Sapa (2 nights). After we check in we'll explore the town, market and Ham Rong mountain.

Walk by the rice terraces, narrow rivers and the beautiful scenery of the Muong Hoa valley to Tavan village.

Transfer to Bac Ha market which is the most famous and colourful market in the area. The excursion to Bac Ha market is considered as the highlight of the tour to Sapa. Many tribes gather here to sell and exchange their local handmade products including buffalos, oxen, poultry and vegetables. Enjoy a walking tour to Pho village and H’mong Palace.

After breakfast, we drive to the coast, stopping in rural villages on the way, to the extraordinary scenery of Halong Bay. Board our well-appointed cruise boat to explore the highlights of Halong Bay (2 nights), stopping off for a short walk on one of the islands or enjoy a relaxed kayak, with islets dotted all around. We overnight on our cruise boat in the peaceful waters of the bay.

Wake to the beautiful scenery of Halong Bay. Transfer back to Hanoi (1 night) followed by our return flight the next day.

Vietnam Itinerary Map

Grand Hotel Saigon - Vietnam

Grand Hotel Saigon is a colonial-style hotel built in 1930 and was completely restored in 1997. The Grand Hotel Saigon is a luxury 5-star heritage hotel, ideally located in the heart of Saigon, overlooking historical streets and the Saigon River with a total of 251 rooms and suites divided into 2 wings. The Ancient Wing offers a unique atmosphere taking inspiration from European colonial architecture; it brings cosiness and elegance to every corner of the wing. The Luxury Wing is a new remarkable design and was officially opened in 2011; all rooms are charming with luxurious furniture and excellent lighting.The hotel has a 450-seat ballroom & break-out rooms, recreation area, Sky Lounge, Western & Asian restaurants, Bars & Rooftop Grand Lounge so that every guest will enjoy the caring touch while staying. All Premium Deluxe rooms include: Location: 6th – 16th floor View: City view Décor: Modern Style Beds: King or twin beds Bathroom: one full marble bathroom (shower and bathtub) Size (m²): 32

Little Hoi An Central Hotel, Hoi An - Vietnam

A 4-star deluxe hotel with a unique cultural mix of colonial styles of architecture which provides exceptional facilities and services with efficiency, comfort, security and value for money. Centrally located on Hung Vuong Street, within a walking distance to the famous Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda and the colourful and bustling Ancient Town, a UNESCO’s World Heritage site. The hotel provides transportation, available from morning until evening to enjoy our private beach at An Bang, a welcome break from the old town.

Pilgrimage Village, Hué - Vietnam

Pilgrimage Village boutique resort & spa is ideally located in the quiet countryside in a rustic village setting surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks and the city of Hue. The resort embodies the subtle and unique connection of treasured traditional style and Vietnamese modern art vibrancy. The resort offers the harmony of soothing natural environment and local culture. Delicious meals, sound sleep, and the peaceful life of the quiet countryside combine to refresh your spirits and make you feel rejuvenated. With 173 rooms & villas, the resort is as warm and inviting as it is fresh and full of vision, feeling private yet inclusive. There are plenty of activities to choose from, whether swimming in the 48 metre slope pool or more intimate Peanut pool, relaxing on the comfortable loungers, playing pool, taking a private tour around town, indulge in a spa treatment or simply enjoy the local food at the restaurants.

La Casa Hotel - Vietnam

A warm welcome to your Hanoi home, located in the old tranquil French quarter while only minutes from the busy and crowded centre of the capital. Discover the international qualified 4-star service with fountain swimming pool, right by open gym with the picturesque view of the whole exquisite city and experience all the finest cuisine in luxurious restaurants. Deluxe room: The 68 spacious rooms are all newly renovated and upgrade. Tastefully decorated with a mix of Vietnamese and French Décor. Upon the neutral palette of the light golden wood and the fresh, bright cream wall, thoughtfully placed furnishings include an expansive work area with writing desk. Free Access to high speed Internet ensures everyone stays connected, while LCD flat screen TV provides entertainment.

BB Sapa Hotel - Vietnam

BB Hotel Sapa is located in the heart of the city, making in convenient for guests to experience the Sapa lifestyle. The lobby lounge is located on the first floor. The BB restaurant opens for lunch and dinner, which features delicious Vietnamese, Western and Asian foods. Fresh coffee and beverages are served all day. BB Sky Lounge with indoor and outdoor facilities enable you to indulge yourself in pleasant music while you sample the authentic cocktails and drinks. The fitness facilities are spread out next to the lobby area and are available 24 hours. Superior rooms are located in the main hotel building facing the Central Square. All rooms have an indoor area of 30 sq/m and an outdoor balcony of 1.6 sq/m. A modern colonial designed room features a lovely balcony with flowers and consist of double or twin beds. All the rooms contain: Vanity table Shower Air conditioning Television IDD telephone Mini bar Safety box Hairdryer Wi-fi Tea/coffee making facilities

Cruise, Halong Bay - Vietnam

The Indochina Sails Premium offers luxurious accommodation, professional and friendly service, fine Vietnamese and Western cuisine and an itinerary designed to maximise your holiday pleasure. The junks are built to the highest standards, in a time-honoured style, with first-class modern facilities. Facilities and services include: • Cruise Itinerary and Program • In-house English-speaking tour guide • Luxury Cabins and suites with A/C• Luxury en-suite bathroom• Toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers • Telephone, mini bar and safe• Dining Room, bar and sundeck• Full-board deluxe meals• International- standard Wine • Kayaking• Massage Service

Essential Information

Suggested Kit List

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Walking sandals
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved lightcoloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun.

Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Torch
    Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Universal travel plug
  • Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets

Essential Equipment

  • Passport (and copies)
  • booking confirmation
  • insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form.

Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.

Optional Equipment

  • Trekking poles (especially if you find these useful for descents)
  • camera
  • umbrella
  • binoculars
  • high energy food bars

Please note that the HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety


Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

For 2022 departures, please note we are in the process of integrating a new booking system and you may notice some unusual pricing information displayed for a short while as we complete the work. Your patience is appreciated.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
06 Oct - 20 Oct 2022
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06 Oct - 20 Oct 2022
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05 Oct - 19 Oct 2023
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Important Information

  • Single room supplement: £45 per night
14 nights
Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:

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