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Vietnam Traveller - 2016


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Day 1 : Hanoi

No, you’re not seeing things. The hundreds of Vietnamese moving in slow motion on Hoan Kiem Lake are just doing tai chi. Bring back a one-off souvenir from the propaganda shop on Hang Bac.

Day 2 : Halong Bay

With more than 3000 spectacular limestone islands, World Heritage listed Halong Bay is one of the most visually stunning places in the world. After an afternoon of cruising amongst these islands, we spend the night in Halong City and return to Hanoi to catch the overnight train to Hue.

Day 4 : Hanoi - Overnight Train

The Perfume River doesn’t smell that great. Your Dragon Boat doesn’t breathe fire. And the Forbidden Purple City isn’t purple. These things happen.

Day 5 : Hue

Keep working on your bum groove during the long drive to Hoi An. If you’ve been wearing the same shirt every day, why not hit one of the same-day tailors and get yourself something new. If not for yourself, then for the people in your group who have to stare at you every day.

Day 8 : Hoi An – Overnight Train

Two full days to catch some rays, swim, snorkel and pig out on freshly caught seafood. Then it's back on the Reunification Express for one last ride.

Day 10 : Nha Trang - Overnight Train

Your hotel is smack bang in the hot zone, surrounded by friendly locals, to-die-for pho and Ben Thanh Market. Trip ends on the morning of Day 11.

Basic Details

Starts in: Hanoi
Ends in: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Group Size: maximum 16
Fitness Requirement: A reasonably good level of fitness is required for this holiday and you should be in good health. Any physical preparation will always be to your advantage. Anyone with respiratory or cardiac problems, or over the age of 60, should fully consult their medical adviser prior to booking and we may require full medical clearance.


- 'Junk' boat cruise among the limestone karsts of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay
- The bustling streets and cyclos of Saigon
- Vietnam's northern capital Hanoi
- Learn new road rules in Vietnam
- The tailors and market traders of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An

What's Included

- Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour leader throughout the tour- Reunification Express overnight journeys – Hanoi to Hue, Danang to Nha Trang and Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City- Halong Bay cruise with seafood lunch- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoi An Old Town walking tour- Free time to explore Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City

Meals Included: , 1 lunch,

What's NOT Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, day rooms or early check in unless stated, tips and items of a personal nature.

Accommodation Styles

- Basic hotel
- Overnight train

Important Information

Local Emergency Contact In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, the Geckos Vietnam office can be reached on Tel: +84 903 117 770
TET:Tet is Vietnam's New Year festival, held annually in late January or early February based on the lunar calendar. While this can be a fascinating time to travel and experience this event, expect some shop closures and busier than usual local transport. Opening hours at some tourist sites may also be affected or closed. If open, some tourist sites and restaurants may impose surcharges. Although we make all reasonable efforts to avoid disruption, a flexible approach from the traveller is appreciated.

WET SEASON:During the rainy months (approx. June to October), our mode of transport can be changed at short notice due to weather conditions.


Please note we include use of day rooms on Days 10 in Ho Chi Minh City. These rooms are provided for shared group use after the overnight train journey. We have some days where we arrive at our destination before check in time, and as this is a budget tour, a day room is not included. If you have booked a single supplement whilst on tour, it will not apply to these day rooms. Your leader may be able to assist you in booking a room for your use (depending on availability) until our group rooms become available for an additional charge. Please talk to your leader at the Group Meeting if this is a service you would like to request.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights a single room is not available:Day 3 Overnight TrainDay 7 Overnight TrainDay 9 Overnight Train
OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAINS:Compartments will be 4 berth to 6 berth depending on seasonal variations and the group configuration. We aim to secure 4 berth compartments where possible. 6 berth compartments have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be occasions where you'll be sharing with local travellers or travellers who are not part of your group. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but some travellers take the opportunity to stock up on fresh bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure.

Passport Details Please note for all trains in Vietnam, full names as per passport are required, including middle names. Please provide your exact name as per passport at the time of booking. Ticketing fees may apply for updates or amendments to details within 45 days of departure.

About this page

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. You can check the most up-to-date version of the trip notes online at www.geckosadventures.com. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or your nearest Gecko's office. We are here to help you!

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