Discover Vietnam Tour

Discover Vietnam

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Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh, Hue, Hoi An
13 days
The tour will end on Wednesday, 13 days after your start date.
Community development
Hanoi Noi Bai Airport (HAN)
Da Nang International Airport (DAD)
Maximum 20 persons
Minimum age: : 18
Going Solo?: : Over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
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DAY 1 (FRI): Arrival - Hanoi

Greeting you with a big Bamboo smile, one of our Bamboo team will whisk you off to our accommodation in the heart Hanoi. After checking-in, you'll have the rest of the day to yourself to relax or explore your new surroundings at your leisure. 

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DAY 1 (FRI): Arrival - Hanoi

Greeting you with a big Bamboo smile, one of our Bamboo team will whisk you off to our accommodation in the heart Hanoi. After checking-in, you'll have the rest of the day to yourself to relax or explore your new surroundings at your leisure. 

DAY 2 (SAT): Hanoi

Our first full day together begins with a walking tour around this resilient and proud city. Hanoi's complex history extends beyond recent wars and into periods of the French aristocracy and Chinese authenticity. We'll leisurely wander through the back alleys and into colorful markets and temples that dot this lake-littered inlet.

We'll also experience a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet Show, a unique performance celebrating North Vietnamese traditions dating back to the 11th Century.

Today concludes with an authentic Vietnamese welcome meal, complete with the most elegant spring rolls, pho, and, of course, a tipple or two. Those who don’t want the night to end can join us on Beer Street for a cheeky drink or two!

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3 (SUN): Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

A few hours drive from Hanoi, amid emerald waters, rainforests, and limestone cliffs lies Ha Long Bay, an outdoor lovers paradise. Here, we’ll board a boat and dive straight in to enjoy some swimming and kayaking in the most magical and unreal setting.

At sundown, we’ll turn up the romance and enjoy a beachfront dinner at sunset, a sunset so spectacular it will stay with you forever!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 (MON): Ha Long Bay - Ninh Binh

An early start this morning sees us limbering up for the day ahead with a sunrise Tai Chi session on the boat.

The rest of the morning will be spent splishing and splashing and general lakeside lounging until we head out to Ninh Binh, our base for exploring Vietnam’s UNESCO status grottoes.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 5 (TUE): Ninh Binh

The sleepy town of Ninh Binh may consist of little more than locals sipping beers at cafes along the sidewalks, but the town itself is surrounded by quintessentially Vietnamese dramatic limestone scenery.

After breakfast, we’ll hop on our bikes and cycle into the tropical countryside (where King Kong was filmed) toward Tam Coc, a river that would be all over your Instagram feed if people knew about it. There, we’ll board a row-boat, and, with the soundtrack of the river lapping against our oars, we’ll succumb to the riverside’s lush rice paddies and limestone ledges that seemingly continue forever.

We may even throw a little surprise into the mix, just whisper the words "dragon mountain" to our guides, and they will show you a hidden gem that has been said to be one of the tour highlights.

In the evening, with eyes exhausted from the imagery, we’ll take a night bus to Hue.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 6 (WED): Hue

Arriving in Hue as fresh as one can be after an eight-hour bus ride, we will first head to the hotel to freshen up and ready ourselves for the day ahead.

The former seat of Imperial Vietnam, the reign of emperors can still be felt in this historic citadel, where crumbling ancient walls greet modern, Euro-chic boutiques. Hue’s charm, however, lies along the Perfume River, where we’ll board a private boat for a sail downstream to Thien Mu Pagoda, the largest such in Vietnam.

We’ll keep the day restful because the hard work begins tomorrow.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 7 - 9 (THU - SAT): Hue Community Projects

There’s an old Vietnamese proverb: If you put in the work to sharpen the steel, it will eventually turn into needles.

Because our community development projects rely on what’s most in-need, the project work could include anything from building chicken farms and constructing houses to putting in water filtration systems or even educating communities on sustainable food and development initiatives.

The work generally involves dirty hands, dirty knees, mud-toothed smiles, and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, having witnessed the transformation of “steel into needles.”

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 10 (SUN): Hue to Hoi An

Today we say farewell to the project team and the communities we've been supporting over the last few days as we board a bus to Hoi An, a city famed for its Old Town and Japanese-style pagodas.

The winding roads through the mountains offer a near-endless panorama of steep, stony facades along with the occasional waterfall. Making some stops along the way, we'll arrive into Hoi An in time for an evening stroll through the cobbled streets.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 11 (MON): Hoi An

Today begins with a bike ride through historic Hoi An and into the quiet Vietnamese countryside. We’ll cycle past rice paddocks and roaming buffaloes to the rivers surrounding the city where your traditional basket boats await. Equipped with your conical hat, we’ll sail and spin around the mythical Coconut Forest. Once the boats are returned, we’ll mingle with some locals and challenge them to Con Quay and a few other traditional Vietnamese games.

The day concludes with a smooth ride back into Hoi An, where the rest of the day is yours for exploring—be it bargaining at the Chinese shop houses, dining on Bahn Xeo, or, our personal recommendation, making your own Asian-style lantern.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 12 (TUE): Hoi An

We’re taking off the Bamboo ball-and-chain and letting you into the wild world of Hoi An.

Packed with yellow, French colonial-era buildings, feel free to window-shop at the cutesy boutiques, lounge street-side in many of the coffee shops, book yourself a cooking class at the famous Green Mango restaurant, or trek down to An Bang Beach for some sun, some R&R, and a cocktail or two.

Just get back to the hotel in the early evening so we can get together for our final group meal, where we’ll toast to Vietnam. Mot, hi, ba, yo!

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13 (WED): Depature - Hoi An

Do we even want to address the good-bye? We’ll snap one final group photo, which we’ll then keep under our pillowcase to look at late at night, teary-eyed and smiling, and remember our journey together. What an adventure!

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Travel Highlights

  • Exploring the sights of Hanoi, including Hoan Kiem Lake and the old French Quarter
  • Spending a night cruising majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay
  • Morning yoga on the rooftop of your boat
  • Panoramic views across the Hai Van pass
  • Swimming at the Elephant Springs or wandering around the beautiful Marble Mountain temples
  • Giving back with one of Vietnam's most famous NGOs, connecting with communities along the way
  • Cruising the Perfume River in Hue
  • Discovering the beautiful streets of Hoi An by bike
  • A real taste of some world-famous Vietnamese food

Accommodation and Meals

All accommodation will be twin or triple rooms with ensuite western bathrooms and air conditioning, located in the centre of each city (or on board a ship when you are in Ha Long Bay)

Internet: WiFi is available in all guesthouses excluding onboard your ship on Ha Long Bay.

Laundry: You can use the local laundry services that are quick, cheap, and good!

Food

Loads of breakfasts are included throughout, plus a traditional welcome meal in Hanoi. Your lunch whilst on project is also included and we'll throw in a farewell meal on the last evening!

Locations

  • Hanoi
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Ninh Binh
  • Hue
  • Hoi An

What’s Included

Airport pick-up and transfer on arrival into Hanoi
An in-depth orientation
12 nights of accommodation
All in-country transport
24/7 support from our experienced local guides
All tour activities
Heaps of meals!
Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice
Donation towards the community development project

FAQ

In short - anything that’s not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack! The main things you’ll absolutely need to get that aren’t included are:

International flights - we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.

Travel Insurance - you can choose your own travel insurance, or we can organise this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this onto your booking.

Visas – depending on the passport you hold you may need to get a visa before you travel. Please see below for more info on visas.

Arrival

You need to book a flight that lands into Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport (airport code HAN) on the Friday that the tour starts, between 6am and 8pm. Providing you arrive between these hours on this day, one of our team will be there to meet you on arrival and take you back to the hotel in the city.

If you arrive later than 8pm on the Friday start date, we will organize an airport pickup but without a Bamboo representative to meet you, our team will then meet you at the guesthouse.

If you arrive before your Friday start date, you will need additional accommodation. We can book this for you and you will just need to make your own way there from the airport and pay on arrival.

Departure

This tour will end on the Wednesday 13 days later in Hoi An, with Da Nang International airport (airport code DAD) being the closest only 30 minutes away, so you need to make your arrangements from there that day. Buses can be arranged to further your travels back to Hanoi, or further south to Ho Chi Minh City. Our team can help you to arrange these once you arrive.

Passport holders of several countries will get a 15-day 'visa exempt' stamp in their passport on arrival into Vietnam free of charge. A quick Google search will tell you whether you need a visa or not.
This largely depends on you. Most breakfasts throughout the tour are included, along with a couple of dinners, as is lunch whilst you are volunteering. The rest of the meals are up to you and if you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food it will be more depending on where you eat. A bottle of local beer in Vietnam is around USD $1. You should bring some local currency with you (Vietnamese Dong VND) but you will also be able to withdraw more from cash points in the major cities whilst you are away.
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Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!) and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, Vietnam is a very safe country to travel in and around. You'll also be with our experienced team throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.
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