Tour | Central and South Vietnam Adventure | Topas Travel | TP- CSA (2022)

12 Days

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€1727

Central and South Vietnam Adventure

Start: Ho

Finish: Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

Visiting:

Ho Chi Minh City

,

Mekong River Delta

,

Củ Chi

,

Independence Palace

,

Saigon Central Post Office

,

Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

,

War Remnants Museum

,

Hội An

,

Hue

,

CITADEL CENTER

,

Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc

,

Minh Mang Tomb main entrance

,

Vinh Moc Tunnels

,

Quang Binh Province

,

Tú Làn Cave

,

Chày Lập Farmstay

Tour operator:

Topas Travel

Duration:

11 Nights

Physical rating:

Medium

Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure, Small Group

Tour code:

TP- CSA

Group size:

2 - 8

Age range:

13-75

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Cultural, History, Wildlife

Private Available:

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From:

€1727

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Tour Overview

Would you opt for caves and river deltas over bays and mountains? Then this 12-day package has you covered! Compare and contrast the crowds of Ho Chi Minh City with the quiet scenery of the Mekong Delta before heading off to Central Vietnam darlings Hoi An and Hue, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Finish the adventure with an overnight caving expedition in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

Highlights

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    Overnight spelunking in the Tu Lan Cave System of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

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    Squeezing through the Cu Chi and Vinh Moc tunnels

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    Absorbing the proud heritage of the Vietnamese in Hue and Hoi An

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    Discovering Ho Chi Minh City by Vespa

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Central and South Vietnam Adventure

Central and South Vietnam Adventure

Central and South Vietnam Adventure

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Central and South Vietnam Adventure

Central and South Vietnam Adventure

Central and South Vietnam Adventure

Central and South Vietnam Adventure

Central and South Vietnam Adventure

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome to the land of the ascending dragon | Ho Chi Minh City arrival

Location:

Ho Chi Minh City


Accommodation Name:

Blue Diamond Hotel


Meals Included:

Street Food Tour by Vespa


Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport, a Topas representative will welcome you to the land of the ascending dragon before heading straight to your hotel in the heart of the city.

The day is free at leisure until sunset, when it’s time to discover the city the way the locals do, on the back of a scooter! Your trusty driver will zip you down tiny alleys and wide boulevards flanked by skyscrapers to show you the Saigon few travelers get to see. Sample delicious street food dishes as you pass major tourist attractions such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and old Post Office, getting to know Vietnam in style.

Day 2 : Relax in the Mekong Delta |Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta - Vung Liem

Location:

Mekong River Delta


Accommodation Name:

Coco Riverside Lodge


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


Leave the city for a quiet escape to the fertile rice bowl of Vietnam: the Mekong Delta. This lush land of palm trees and great rivers is home to some of the best fruit farms found anywhere in the world, and it’s all easily explored by bike. So, take your two wheels and peddle around the area, taking in the vibrant green rice paddies and stopping to munch on juicy fruit.
Check-in to your riverside lodge, just in time to watch a traditional music show while enjoying a delicious dinner made from local ingredients from the area.

Day 3 : All About Coconuts | Vung Liem - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City

Location:

Mekong River Delta


Accommodation Name:

Blue Diamond Hotel


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch

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Get an early start and discover more about one of the produce items that keeps this region in business: coconuts. Witness the boats piled high with coconuts destined for the factory – nothing goes to waste! After the coconuts are shelled, the fibers are removed from the husk and used to make rope and rugs. You can watch the whole process before returning to the lodge for a quick lunch before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.
Arrive to your city hotel in the late afternoon, with the evening free to explore on your own.

Day 4 : Saigon History | Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels

Location:

Củ Chi, Independence Palace, Saigon Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, War Remnants Museum


Accommodation Name:

Blue Diamond Hotel


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


Step into the past with a visit through the Cu Chi tunnels, a vital network of 200km of underground passages, chambers, and living quarters during the Second Indochinese War and a fascinating piece of Vietnam’s history. Enjoy a local lunch nearby before returning to the center of Ho Chi Minh City.
The afternoon consists of an easy walking tour, starting at the Reunification Palace and then stopping at the Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral, two still-working colonial masterpieces. End your tour at the War Remnants Museum, paying respect to the sobering recent tragedies and the fighting spirit of the Vietnamese to rebuild their society.

Day 5 : Hoi An at Leisure | Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang - Hoi An

Location:

Hội An


Accommodation Name:

Nghe Garden


Meals Included:

Breakfast


A mid-morning flight transports you from the glitz and glamor of Ho Chi Minh City to the laid-back charm of central Vietnam. Arrive at Da Nang International Airport and transfer to one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations, Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy the day, getting to know the beautiful old streets decorated with hanging lanterns, restaurants, cafes, and tailors of the Ancient Town, situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River. We suggest popping by the Reaching Out Teahouse, a lovely old-fashioned house providing work for the hard of hearing, serving up delicious tea and homemade snacks.

Day 6 : Cycling and Hidden Beaches | Hoi An

Location:

Hội An


Accommodation Name:

Nghe Garden


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


Hop onto a bicycle and explore the countryside surrounding Hoi An, crisscrossing vibrant rice paddies and streams before reaching the traditional village of Cam Kim. Deep in the countryside, these locals make handicrafts from wood and sleeping mats from rattan.
Continue on the dirt roads until you reach Cam Thanh village, another picturesque village that survives off farming. Feeling brave? Hop onto a water buffalo and plough through the paddies! Then stop for lunch on the hidden side of An Bang beach, a spotless strip of yellow sand that meets calm and shallow waters. Enjoy lunch with a local family, and rest.
After lunch you can enjoy a quick fishing trip with a local fisherman before heading to an organic vegetable garden in Tra Que village and returning to your hotel.

Day 7 : - Drive Up the Ocean Cloud Pass | Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue

Location:

Hue


Accommodation Name:

Romance Hotel


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


Depart Hoi An today after a relaxed breakfast and head north to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the refined ancient Imperial capital of Hue. Connected to Hoi An via a stunning coastal road, the 2.5 hour drive is a beautiful one filled with glimpses of lagoons, mountains, rice fields, and the vast ocean.
Explore the colorful An Bang “ghost city” along the way, an example of how the Hue people venerate their ancestors, before continuing on, past Lang Co’s beaches and lagoons before finally ending at your hotel in Hue in the early afternoon.

Day 8 : Imperial Hue by bike and dragon boat | Hue

Location:

CITADEL CENTER, Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc, Minh Mang Tomb main entrance


Accommodation Name:

Romance Hotel


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


Start your morning with a calm cycling tour down colonial Le Loi Head boulevard, looking out for colonial mansions before crossing the iconic Truong Tien bridge, built by none other than Gustave Eiffel (who also built the Eiffel Tower). Park your bike to roam the former grandeur of the Hue Citadel, a grand walled city of parks and lakes as well as a traditional garden house for lunch.
Spend the afternoon gliding down the Perfume River on a colorful dragon boat to two different tombs on UNESCO’s list for preservation due to their cultural and historical significance. First, explore the rural setting of Emperor Tu Duc’s mausoleum, with its spacious fields and lotus ponds. Then, wander the immaculately landscaped gardens and ornate temples of Emperor Minh Mang, the final resting place of one of the Nguyen Dynasty’s staunchest Confucians.

Day 9 : Explore the DMZ | Hue - DMZ - Phong Nha

Location:

Vinh Moc Tunnels, Quang Binh Province


Accommodation Name:

Chay Lap Farmstay


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


Head north towards the impressive Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, home to some of the world’s largest known caves, crossing the demilitarized zone (DMZ) as you go. Stop and explore the historic battlegrounds, including Vinh Moc Tunnels, the site where an entire village of around 90 families moved underground in response to American bombing. Vinh Moc tunnels differ from those you’ve seen in Cu Chi, as the Cu Chi tunnels were built for soldiers, not civilians. You can also check out the Ben Hai Museum which holds some artifacts and photographs from this time period.
Arrive in Phong Nha City in the early afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure to relax at your hotel or to explore the local area.

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Day 10 : Tu Lan Overnight Caving Adventure | Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Location:

Tú Làn Cave


Accommodation:

Camp


Accommodation Name:

Tent in cave


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Leave your hotel at 7am and head to the Oxalis Adventure headquarters located right on the river to prepare for the adventure of a lifetime; an overnight trek through the Tu Lan Cave System, one of Vietnam’s greatest outdoor wonders.
Trek through the countryside and enter the jungle as you begin to get closer to the caves. Some caves you can walk through, others you’ll be completely submerged in water as you paddle from rock to rock. Don’t worry – a life jacket makes things easy and safe.
Helmets and headlamps ensure that you feel secure as you light up the chambers – some of which allow no natural light at all – and illuminate your path.
In the evening you’ll settle into a gorgeous riverside campsite enveloped by mountains and jungle. You can’t shower, but instead there is a rock pool offering fresh clean water from the mouth of a cave. And for dinner you can expect a mouthwatering barbecue with dishes such as chicken and lemongrass or pork with herbs. Accommodation is in comfortable tents capable of holding up to two people.

Day 11 : Return to “Civilization” | Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park - Phong Nha City

Location:

Chày Lập Farmstay


Accommodation:

Homestay


Accommodation Name:

Chay Lap Farmstay


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


Wake up in the jungle for another adventurous day, trekking and swimming through three more caves of the Tu Lan system, one of which is accessed by climbing a metal ladder (with the protection of an additional safety line). After completing the third cave, return to where you started from, Ta Van Village, where lunch awaits.
Return to your Phong Nha City hotel and reward yourself with a hot shower after such an incredible experience!

Day 12 : Time to Say Good-bye | Phong Nha Departure

Location:

Quang Binh Province


Meals Included:

Breakfast


Enjoy the last day as you see fit before your transfer to Dong Hoi Domestic Airport for onward booked travel.

What's Included

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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    Accommodation

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Entrance Fees

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    Fully Guided

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    Local Taxes

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    Meals – Half Board

What's Not Included

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Drinks with Meals

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    International Travel

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Check out our Q&As

What is the tipping policy?

US$5 per day for guideUS$3 per day for driverUS$1 per time for bellboy and restaurant

Do you require a visa for this holiday?

Yes, required

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Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

yes, permitted

Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

Yes, they can

Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

No, it's not inclusive

    What currencies are required for this tour?

    VND or USD

    Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes, it has

    Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    The local guide will be the escort for the day with touring

    What is the tipping policy?

    US$5 per day for guideUS$3 per day for driverUS$1 per day

    Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Yes, it's required

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, included

    Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    20kg

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    yes, included

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, guide can speak English

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    We have the price for single traveller

    Company Instant Book

    Booking is confirmed upon request and availability

    Are flights included in this tour?

    The domestic flight in destination is included

    What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    Clients can change the other departure

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes, it has

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, we can

    What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Moderate level

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, it's included

    Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Most city hotels are well-equipped with high speed wi-fi except camping in the jungle

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    3 star hotels mix tent

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes, it has

    Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes, you will

    What is the maximum group size?

    8

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    Make changes to the itinerary, accommodation, or transport method

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    Increased safety during COVID

    Spend the majority of time amongst your group to reduce exposure to others

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    Travel more exclusively

    Your tour guide can focus all their attention on your group

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FAQs

Is 2 weeks long enough in Vietnam? ›

Although you could spend months uncovering its many layers, 2 weeks in Vietnam is enough to get a good taste of what the country has to offer and you can cover a lot of ground if you plan to precision.

Is 1 week in Vietnam enough? ›

Vietnam is one of my favourite countries. The shape of it – long and thin – and the spacing of the best places to go, means that if you only have one week, Vietnam is a fantastic place to go. This one time, I cycled from Hanoi, down to Ho Chi Minh City, which is basically the route you need to take.

How many days in Vietnam is enough? ›

Planning Your Trip to Vietnam

Travelers with limited time can rejoice that Vietnam is small enough to experience the highlights in just a few days. That said, the ideal timeframe is about 10 days, as it takes at least this long to immerse yourself in Vietnam's rich culture.

Is central Vietnam worth visiting? ›

Central Vietnam is a good choice for a beach holiday in spring and summer. It is best to combine a round trip in Central Vietnam with a beach holiday. The best-known and most beautiful beaches are Binh Minh Beach, Non Nuoc Beach, An Bang, Ha My and Tam Ky.

How much spending money do I need for 2 weeks in Vietnam? ›

It depends on what kind of travelling you like to do; you will spend from just 600,000VND (~30 USD) for local style to over 1,400,000VND (~70USD) for luxury travel for 2 of you. It means that you should take 8,400,000VND (~420USD) to 19,600,000VND (~980USD) for spending during 2 weeks in Vietnam for food and drinks.

Is 10 days in Vietnam enough? ›

Still, a Vietnam itinerary of 10 days is enough time to enable you to experience the charm, the staggering natural beauty and the exoticism of the country. Being in such proximity with excellent connecting routes, you could embark on a Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos itinerary if you want to see more in less time.

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