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Vibrant Vietnam

Holiday Highlights

  • Cruising in Halong Bay, a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Staying in a traditional Vietnamese house
  • Visiting Craft Link and Mai Handicrafts
  • Learning the basics of Vietnamese cooking
  • The Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City of Hue
  • Waking at dawn on the Mekong Delta

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Depart UK Overnight flight to Hanoi  
2 Arrival day Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to hotel D  
3 Hanoi Visit to Craft Link. Enjoy a Vietnamese water puppet show B L  
4 Hanoi Visit silk weaving producers in Phuon La village B L  
5 Hanoi to Halong Bay Cruise and overnight stay on a traditional Vietnamese junk B L D  
6 Halong Bay to Hanoi Visit a local fishing village before transferring to Hanoi B L  
7 Hanoi to Mai Chau Stay in a traditional Vietnamese village built entirely on stilts B L D  
8 Mai Chau - Flight to Hue Mai Chau to Hanoi. Internal flight to Hue B L  
9 Hue Boat trip on the Perfume River. Visit to Tu Duc tomb B L  
10 Hue to Hoi An Visit to Ngoc Son Princess garden house B  
11 Hoi An Vietnamese cookery class. Tour of the ancient town B L  
12 Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City Internal flight to Ho Chi Minh City B  
13 Ho Chi Minh City Tour of Ho Chi Min City B  
14 Ho Chi Minh City Visit to Mai Handicraft's showroom and wood workshop producers B L  
15 Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta Travel to My Tho. Stay in family owned accommodation B L D  
16 Vinh Long to Ho Chi Minh City Sunrise in the Mekong Delta B L D  
17 Depart Overnight flights back to the UK B  

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Holiday Information

Vietnam is packed full of incredible landscapes and welcoming, warm-hearted inhabitants. You will have the chance to experience typical Vietnamese handicrafts in villages and cities as we travel from the north, right down to the south of Vietnam. Along the way we encourage you to meet local people and explore a side to Vietnam that the tourists rarely see.


We begin the tour with a visit to Craft Link and their showroom in Hanoi. From here we will travel out of the city to spend the night in a traditional rural village, where we can enjoy the local culture before returning to Hanoi the following day. We then head to the coast of Halong Bay, one of the most magnificent natural splendours, and then south to Hue with its Royal Imperial Citadel. Travelling further south we visit Hoi An before heading to Ho Chi Minh City, also called the “Far Eastern Pearl”, where we will visit the base of Mai Handicrafts and their producers in and around the capital.


On our tour we will focus more on the cultural and social aspects of Vietnam and hope that through this experience you will discover another side to this fascinating country. You will also have the opportunity to discover fair trade in Vietnam which is based on dialogue, transparency and respect, and you will see its contribution to the sustainable development of the country.

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Holiday Details

1 night on boat cruise

2 nights in family-run accommodation

All other accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities

70% meals provided

2 internal flights (not included)

3 long road transfers

5 producer visits

10 tourist visits

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