The ultimate Vietnam voyage
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Trip Highlights

Kayak the karsts

Paddle the limestone caves in the UNESCO park of Halong, then return for karaoke on your boat

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Vespa high

Take a backseat Vespa safari around Ho Chi Minh City and discover its rooftop bars

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Foodie foray

Dive into Hanoi’s vibrant foodie scene, with a flavour safari through local markets and cafés

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Halong by boat

Sail through Halong Bay on a traditional junk boat, with onboard tai chi and a private crew at your service

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Hoi An hit

Master the art of Vietnamese cuisine with a local cooking class, and cycle past shimmering rice paddies

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Head down under

Discover an underground network in the Cu Chi tunnels and learn all about Vietnam’s war legacy

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What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners, including Hanoi street food and a Hoi An cooking class

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in twin-room boutique hotels

  • All activities, from cooking to Halong Bay sailing & Vespa driving included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver

  • Max 14 Flashpackers

  • 2 internal flights to Danang and Ho Chi Minh

  • Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private minibus

About the trip

Ready to escape on our express Vietnam adventure?

Our whirlwind getaway to this South-East Asian nation is jam-packed with unique experiences, offering a bite-sized snippet into a country of dreams. Join us as we eat our way through the street food stalls of Hanoi and sail past the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, with cave kayaking thrown in along the way. Belt out the classics with onboard karaoke and then find your zen with floating tai chi, before cutting a chase to the elegant streets of Hoi An. Cycle down its lantern-lined alleyways and along the river to a countryside dotted with rice paddies.

Then, flex your culinary skills as you learn how to make a fleet of Vietnamese dishes using secret family recipes. There’s just time for a crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels before we finish up at Ho Chi Minh City, with a backseat Vespa safari and craft beer in the city’s hippest rooftop bars.

Roll up, Flashpackers – there’s a sunset drink with your name on.

Our favourite hotels

Browse a few of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip

Bach Suites Saigon, Ho Chi Minh

New design-led hotel in trendy District 3

These chic rooms are decked out in a hip colour palette of greys and blues, and sit in the heart of District 3, Ho Chi Minh City’s coolest neighbourhood.

Why we stay here

Start the day with a few laps of the rooftop pool, followed by a traditional Vietnamese noodle breakfast in the Bach Lounge. You might want to cut short your sightseeing for Bach’s complimentary afternoon tea and cocktail hour.

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Silk Luxury Hotel & Spa, Hoi An

Boutique spa hotel near the river

When you’ve finished relaxing in your elegant, air-conditioned room, you can hit the fitness centre, swim in one of the two pools or book in for a massage.

Why we stay here

Early morning buffet breakfasts by the pool are the perfect primer for a day’s exploring. Its close proximity to Hoi An Market means you can easily make it back for the bar’s happy hour (which actually runs 5-7.30pm).

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Le Belle Vie Hotel, Hanoi

Elegant rooms overlooking the Old Quarter 

Located in the middle of bustling streets this hotel gets you straight to the heart of Hanoi, but with a rooftop pool and bar offering an oasis of calm.

Why we stay here 

Le Belle Vie sits on the doorstep of Hanoi’s bustling, characterful Old Quarter, lined with hip cafes, bars and boutique shops.

The Flash Pack Promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

Itinerary

Day 1

Backstreet food and beer corner

Step off the plane and dive straight into the vibrant mayhem of Hanoi, as your airport transfer whizzes you past blaring horns and speeding scooters to your hotel. Freshen up in your boutique oasis in the heart of the city before a 4pm welcome meeting with your guide and fellow Flashpackers. Then we’ll set forth on a street food tour in one of the city’s largest markets, Dong Xuan. From bun cha cooked over charcoal fires to the best spring rolls in town, get set to dine like a local, eating your way through the sizzling stalls. From here, we’ll stroll through hidden alleyways to discover local foodie hangouts and mooch through the markets of Hanoi’s scenic old quarter, while eating delicious French-Chinese infused dishes. We’ll then hit up the famous beer corner of ‘Bia Hoi’. Enjoy a few ice-cold brews with your fellow Flashpackers, toasting to the adventures ahead…

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Day 2

Set sail on Halong Bay

Bid farewell to the capital – today we’re heading to the emerald waters of Halong Bay. After an early start, we’ll arrive at this World Heritage Site by noon to board your floating home for the night. You’ll set sail and tuck into a delicious lunch on-deck, enjoying dazzling views of over 2000 jagged islets. After lunch, we’ll kayak the bay, paddling through limestone caves and past floating fishing villages. Cold drinks are ready and waiting back on deck, where you can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing. There’s also an optional Vietnamese cooking class onboard. Then, as the sun begins to set, dinner is served up by your own personal chef. Come evening, take in those blazing sunset views with sundowners and a spot of squid fishing (season dependent). Then as darkness falls, make the most of your private location and sing your hearts out with a night of karaoke and dancing under the stars.

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Halong Bay at sunset

Day 3

Sunrise tai chi and conquering caves

Wake up to the sound of lapping waves and enjoy a lazy start to the day, perfect for sleeping off any sore heads after last night’s mammoth karaoke session. Spend the day relaxing and doing tai chi on deck, before a hearty breakfast looking out to shimmering views across the bay. We’re then heading to Thien Canh Son Cave, one of the lesser known caves in Bai Tu Long Bay where glittering stalactites hang from the ceiling and natural statues are carved into the rugged walls. Emerging out of this amazing underground world, we’ll then hit the road for four hours back to Hanoi. The rest of the evening is yours to explore the city. 

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Sunrise yoga on Halong Bay

Day 4

Cycle back in time in Hoi An

This morning, we’ll head to the airport and soar into the skies on a flight to Danang, where you’ll be transferred to Hoi An. Take in views of lantern-lined streets and timeless architecture in this historic town, before checking into your boutique home for the next three nights.With Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants trading here between the 16th and 18th centuries, you’ll find a blend of different cultures and preserved architecture. We’ll go on a walkabout through the car-free streets, stopping first at the Chua Ong Pagoda where you’ll find locals worshipping and offering incense. From here we’ll hop over to the Jinshang Temple, stop by the 200-year-old Tan Ky House and stroll across the picture-perfect 17th-century bridge built by Japanese craftsmen. Then we’ll cycle through the beautiful countryside surrounding Hoi An, before catching a short boat ride across the Thu Bon river to Cam Kim island. From here we’ll cycle along the quiet roads and rice paddies, basking in this peaceful insight into local rural life. We’ll then head back to the hotel for cold drinks and a welcome dip in the pool.

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Cycling in Hoi An

Day 5

Cooking classes and secret recipes

Today is a free day to do as your Flashpacker self pleases in Hoi An. You may want to chill by the pool with your nose in a good book, or head into town to hunt down handicrafts at the bustling markets. Hoi An is also home to some of the best tailors in the world, so you can take your pick from beautiful hand-woven fabrics and get new outfits made to measure in super-quick time. Or you can hire bikes and cycle to the golden sands of the nearby beach. This evening’s dinner is also over to you, with a cooking class at Hai Café. Get ready to turn fresh ingredients into three courses of Hoi An specialities, with your expert chef giving you the inside scoop on how to prepare it the local way. After cooking up a storm, you can then enjoy the fruits of your labour for dinner with two extra courses specially made for you from a local family’s secret recipes.

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Cooking class in Hoi An

Day 6

Free-wheelin’ in Ho Chi Minh

Trade the genteel charm of Hoi An for its louder sister today as we take a short flight south to Ho Chi Minh. Still widely known as Saigon, Vietnam’s largest city combines old-school soul with rapid globalisation. After checking into our hotel, we’ll dive into the beating soul of the place with a Vespa safari. Jump aboard a fleet of retro bikes and zip through the alleyways, pootling your way between tooting horns to discover elegant, tree-lined avenues and backstreets packed with neon-lit storefronts. This is your chance to see some of Ho Chi Minh’s most lauded sights, including Bình Tây Market, the Reunification Palace and Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. From towering skyscrapers to the lazy Saigon River and bicycle vendors loaded down with peach blossom, there’s so much to see here and we’ll make a series of food stops, too. Cool off after with a dip in the hotel’s rooftop pool.

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Ho Chi Minh

Day 7

Cocktails, beer and city cheer

Today we pay a nod to Vietnam’s war legacy with a visit to the extraordinary Cu Chi Tunnels. We’ll drive two hours’ north to reach the one-time stronghold of the Viet Cong, the military arm of the country’s communist insurgency. Head underground into a labyrinth of tunnels for an insight into how guerilla soldiers lived during one of the foremost conflicts of modern times. Back in Ho Chi Minh, we’ll change tempo with a visit to one of the city’s hottest rooftop bars. See the skyline come alive in an ocean of lights over sunset cocktails before we head to a local restaurant for our farewell meal of delicious Vietnamese grub paired with craft beer. Make one last stop at a hip craft ale hangout; a chance to further relish Vietnam’s booming indie beer scene. As the Vietnamese would say; Một, hai, ba, vô! (1,2,3 cheers), it’s time to party.

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Cu Chi tunnels

Day 8

Tạm biệt Vietnam, or onwards to Phu Quoc?  

The time has come to arrange your transfer to the airport. From the street food delights of Hanoi to sailing and kayaking Halong Bay, what a week it’s been! We’ve stayed overnight on a traditional junk boat and explored the wonders of Thien Canh Son Cave. We’ve cycled a lush green island and cooked up a storm in Hoi An. And we’ve crawled through the tunnels of Cu Chi, rounding things off with craft beer and a Vespa safari in Ho Chi Minh.  If you can’t face reality, how about our optional beach extension to Phu Quoc? One of Vietnam’s most picturesque islands is just a short flight away, and you can check into the Green Bay Resort & Spa for two nights of palm-fringed escapism. Kick back on white sands, explore the tropical jungle, or get handy with a paddle-board on the South China Sea before returning home, vitamin D levels fully restored.

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Phu Quoc

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Important notes
  • Fly into Hanoi Airport (HAN) and out of Ho Chi Minh Airport (SGN). If you can, arrive before 2pm in time for your welcome meeting (although we would still arrange an airport transfer for you any time you arrive). You can depart anytime at the end of the trip. 
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.
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