Vietnam

An exotic land of wonderful natural beauty filled with history and culture

Code: VNWHW

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • Food & drink
  • History
  • Hotel plus

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  • 1
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £2,849.00 - 14 to 16 nights

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Holiday overview

Download Vietnam Trip Notes 2018

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 Halong Bay.

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

Price includes

  • 12 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms and 2 nights' en-suite cabin on our luxury boat 
  • Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure, except for 1 lunch on the free day in Hanoi
  • 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

In pictures...

Accommodation

Our accommodation, though varied, is all of a high standard - using 4 and 5-star hotels throughout. 

Pullman-Saigon-Centre in Vietnam

Pullman Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh City - 3nts

In Ho Chi Minh City we stay at the Pullman Saigon Centre located in the heart of the city near to Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace. The modern rooms offer stunning views of the city or the Saigon River, and the hotel has the highest rooftop bar in the city.

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Little Hoi An Central Hotel, Hoi An - 2nts

A 4-star hotel with 108 rooms, Little Hoi An is housed in a colonial style building and is adjacent to the old town. The Hotel features an outdoor pool and a private beach area.

 Pilgrimage-Village in Vietnam

Pilgrimage Village, Hué - 2nts 

A wonderful boutique hotel located in quiet countryside outside Hué. Rooms are thatched bungalows designed in a traditional Vietnamese style yet with full modern conveniences, and are set around a large pool and beautiful tropical gardens. The hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.

 Pan-Pacific in Vietnam

Pan Pacific Hotel, Hanoi - two 1nt stays during the holiday & 1nt at end of tour

This is a large 5-star hotel with an excellent central location close to Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel has large rooms and the extensive range of facilities expected from a hotel of this rating.

 Victoria-Hotel in Vietnam

Victoria Hotel, Sapa - 2nts

A lovely 4-star resort hotel, perched on top of a hill overlooking the valley, in the style of a traditional mountain chalet with wooden furniture and a cosy fireplace. Rooms offer a touch of local authenticity with traditional handicrafts yet provide the comfort of an international hotel.

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Cruise, Halong Bay - 2nts

Cruise through the waters on a spectacular 2 night trip and wake to the beautiful scenery of Halong Bay.


On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

 

Itinerary

Guided Walking & Sightseeing in Vietnam

Download Vietnam Trip Notes 2018

Walks are between 1-4 miles (1.5-6.5km) with some gradual ascent on some days. There will be a choice of walks around Sapa on one day, with the harder walks up to 9 miles (14.5km) with up to about 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent. 

Days 1-4: Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta

Ho Chi Minh CityFly from London Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City and 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.

Days 5-6: Hoi An

Smiling Vietnamese ladyFly to Danang and drive to the picturesque old port of Hoi An (2 nights), visiting the Cham museum en route.

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.

Day 7: Hué

Ornate gate at HueTravel up the coast, stopping for a walk at the Marble Mountains for scenic coastal views. Arrive in the ancient Imperial capital of Hué (2 nights), and take a boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda.

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

Day 9: To Hanoi

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.

Green terraced rice fieldsDays 10-12: Sapa

Morning visit to Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, then travel into the countryside around Hanoi and explore the limestone hills around the ancient Thay Pagoda. Take the new highway into the hill country to Sapa (2 nights).

Walk by the rice terraces, narrow rivers and the beautiful scenery of the Muong Hoa valley to Tavan village. Visit the local market before we return to Hanoi.

Boats in stunning Halong BayDays 13-14: Halong Bay

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.

Days 15-16: Hanoi & return flight

Wake to the beautiful scenery of Halong Bay and cruise through the waters. Afternoon return to Hanoi (1 night) followed by our return flight the next day. 

 

General Information

Passport
Your passport should be valid for at least one month after visa expiry to enter Vietnam.

Visas
Up to 30 June 2021 'British Citizen' passport holders do not need to apply for a visa for tourist visits/stays of up to 15 days. This means you do not need a visa for our Vietnamese Highlights tour. If you are planning to stay longer than 15 days and up to 30 days, an e-visa can now be obtained via https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/. You will need to upload a copy of your passport data page and a photograph (remove spectacles). You will receive a registration code. Cost is 25 USD. If your e-visa is approved, please print the e-visa and take it with you to Vietnam. If you are planning to stay longer than 30 days the visa must be obtained beforehand from the Vietnamese consulate: Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 12-14 Victoria Road, London, W8 5RD www.vietnamembassy.org.uk.   

You should retain the yellow customs form on entry to Vietnam, this is required for exit. 

Most other nationalities, including different types of British nationality (e.g. 'British national (overseas)'), require a visa to enter Vietnam. Please enquire at your nearest Vietnamese embassy or consulate.

Health advice

Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk

Vaccines: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Typhoid & Tetanus vaccinations are recommended. Malaria and Rabies prevention are sometimes recommended too. There have been reported cases of Dengue fever, you should use suitable insect repellent and wear appropriate clothing to avoid being bitten.

Climate
Vietnam’s climate varies from south to north, and from lowland and coastal areas to highland and mountain regions. There are also distinct seasons in the far north of the country. In general our holidays are during the drier season.

Temperatures in the south of the country rarely fall below 20°C, with daytime temperatures in the high 20’s. Further north temperatures are lower, but even in Hanoi the average daily temperature is usually in the high teens.  There may be some light rainfall in the central coastal area during our visits.

In the higher mountain areas temperatures during the day are ideal for walking, and rarely drop to freezing at night.

Money
The Vietnamese unit of currency is the Dong (VND). It is easy to exchange foreign currency at banks, hotels and exchange bureaux and ATM’s are available in the major tourist locations. Credit cards are in increasingly common usage. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.

Time

GMT +7

Tipping
Prices for holidays include tips. 

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab

Leaders

Janet Coles

Janet has been leading in the UK and Europe for 13 years, her favourites being France and Lanzarote as she speaks fluent French and good Spanish. She has led Worldwide holidays in the Caribbean. Janet visited Vietnam and China in 2015 and was fascinated by the difference in cultures between East and West. She is delighted to be returning to Vietnam in February.

Janet is leading our 14 February 2018 departure.

Elaine Walsh

Elaine is delighted to be returning to Vietnam after a wonderful lead there in 2013. Since becoming a leader in 2001, Elaine has enjoyed leading holidays in four different continents, but the Asian destinations are among her particular favourites.

With her proactivity, excellent organisational skills and a friendly, understanding ear, Elaine always works hard to ensure guests get the best possible experience. She is particularly enthusiastic about the unbeatable combination of beautiful walking, sightseeing and cultural insights that the worldwide holidays offer to our guests.

Having had many previous opportunities to visit Asia, for both work and pleasure, Elaine brings confidence and considerable experience to her leadership role and is very much looking forward to sharing the fun of this Vietnam tour with you. 

Elaine is leading our 10 October 2018 departure. 

Martin Campbell

Martin has had the pleasure of leading walks for many years and immensely enjoys the challenges that international travel provides. His wanderlust has taken him to destinations all over the globe, including an extensive selection of HF Holidays’ Worldwide destinations. As an HFH mountain walks leader since 1979 this gives him a wealth of experience to draw from. Independently he has travelled around Borneo, Burma, Vietnam and the Philippines and has led in Thailand, Japan and other eastern destinations.

In particular it is the pleasure he can enthusiastically embrace of sharing cultural experiences in diverse lands where exotic sightings of wildlife, landscapes and nature can be discovered, and he adds to that his deep enjoyment of international cuisine. 

Martin is leading our 14 November 2018 departure. 

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Dates & Prices

Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
10 Oct 2018 VNWHW - Vietnamese Highlights - FLIGHTSxxxxxxx 15 £3,225.00 £3,225.00 Book Now
14 Nov 2018 VNWHW - Vietnamese Highlights
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 14 Nov 2018, 10:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Nov 2018, 11 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Ho Chi Minh City Tansonnhat

Flight - Return

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 29 Nov 2018, 6:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Nov 2018, 7:20 a.m.
  • Depart from: Hanoi
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
15 £3,225.00 £3,225.00 Book Now
14 Nov 2018 VNWHW - Vietnamese Highlights
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 14 Nov 2018, 10:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Nov 2018, 11 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Ho Chi Minh City Tansonnhat

Flight - Return

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 29 Nov 2018, 6:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Dec 2018, 7:20 a.m.
  • Depart from: Hanoi
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
15 £3,225.00 £3,225.00 Book Now
15 Nov 2018 VNWHW - Vietnamese Highlights 14 £2,975.00 £2,975.00 Book Now
13 Feb 2019 VNWHW - Vietnamese Highlights
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 13 Feb 2019, 10:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Feb 2019, 11 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Ho Chi Minh City Tansonnhat

Flight - Return

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 1 Mar 2019, 6:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Mar 2019, 5:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Hanoi
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
16 £3,399.00 £3,399.00 Book Now
14 Feb 2019 VNWHW - Vietnamese Highlights - Without Flights 15 £2,999.00 £2,999.00 Book Now
9 Oct 2019 VNWHW - Vietnamese Highlights
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 9 Oct 2019, 10:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Oct 2019, 11 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Ho Chi Minh City Tansonnhat

Flight - Return

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 25 Oct 2019, 6:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 26 Oct 2019, 5:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Hanoi
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
16 £3,399.00 £3,399.00 Book Now
10 Oct 2019 VNWHW - Vietnamese Highlights - Without Flights 15 £2,999.00 £2,999.00 Book Now
15 Nov 2019 VNWHW - Vietnamese Highlights
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 15 Nov 2019, 10:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Nov 2019, 11 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Ho Chi Minh City Tansonnhat

Flight - Return

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 1 Dec 2019, 6:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Dec 2019, 5:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Hanoi
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
16 £3,399.00 £3,249.00 £150 off per person special Early Booking Offer Book Now
16 Nov 2019 VNWHW - Vietnamese Highlights - Without Flights 15 £2,999.00 £2,849.00 £150 off per person special Early Booking Offer Book Now

Prices are per person

Price includes

  • 12 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms and 2 nights' en-suite cabin on our luxury boat 
  • Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure, except for 1 lunch on the free day in Hanoi
  • 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

Other important information

  • Single room: £735 (2018), £699 (2019)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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