- Prices between £2549 - £2749
- 14 days
13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, including a cooking class and 5-course feast
13 nights’ accommodation in twin room hotels, including the luxury Shinta Mani
All activities, from junk boat sailing to hiking, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver
Max 14 Flashpackers
Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private minibus, overnight train to Sapa
Shinta Mani Shack,
Tropical living in the French Quarter
Fresh from a recent makeover, this collection of low-rise, eclectically-designed apartments look out across a pretty, palm-fringed pool.
Why we stay here
Dine inside its chic Kroya restaurant or – our tip – outside, perched in one of the swinging seats, which are suspended over lily-filled ponds. And did we mention the complimentary poolside ice creams?
Sleek, central hotel with bags of charisma
This boutique hideaway is bursting at the seams with contemporary design notes, and we love the rooftop bar flanked by greenery.
Why we stay here
A Flashpacker favorite, it’s right in the center of the city, with a rooftop infinity pool and tropical gardens dotted with frangipani and orange jasmine trees. Grab a mango mojito and dive in for a twilight dip.
Belle Maison Hadana,
Poolside hotel close to Hoi An city center
Spacious rooms with balconies, plus a regular shuttle to the beach and Old Town. Make use of the free bike hire and end your days with a gin cocktail at the Terrace Cafe.
Why we stay here
After a day pottering along Hoi An’s waterways, you can retreat to the hotel’s pool, steam room, sauna and organic spa (don’t leave without trying the warm bamboo massage).
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.
Hanoi’s foodie delights
Xin chào and welcome to Hanoi! This eclectic city is a delight to explore, combining old-school grandeur with an irrepressible sense of energy. Tiny temples and colorful markets nestle amongst centuries-old French and Chinese-inspired architecture, with elegant tree-lined lakes here and there. Please arrive at the airport by 3pm where your transfer awaits to whisk you straight to your boutique hotel. We’ll kick things off late afternoon with a safari around some of the city’s best local markets, where you’ll get to eat like the locals and understand why Hanoi is a leading culinary capital. Wind your way through a maze of hidden alleyways as you immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture and get to know your phở from your bánh mì trứng at bustling pavement stalls. As evening draws in, bond with your fellow Flashpackers with a visit to Bia Hoi corner, aka ‘beer corner’.Read more
Super sights and a sleeper train
Our first full day in Vietnam starts with a mosey around Hanoi’s beguiling Old Quarter. We’ll spend the morning navigating the hustle of the narrow streets, packed with family-run cafés and stores selling everything from artwork to books and hand-embroidered Ao Dais. If you thought rush hour was bad where you live, prepare for the craziest traffic on the globe as you get to grips with this pulsating metropolis. Constant honking and whole families squeezed on one scooter are all part of the experience as you dive headfirst into the the city’s most popular sights. Between admiring the Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda, be sure to prepare for the overnight train journey to Sapa by stocking up on snacks, drinks and playing cards. In the evening we’ll transfer over to the station and settle into your cabin on a sleeper train, just like you’ve seen in the movies. Red wine optional, but highly recommended for this ultimate slow travel experience.Read more
Hike the emerald hills of Sapa
Having waved goodbye to the electric chaos of Hanoi, we’ll wake this morning in the lush green valleys of Sapa. This gorgeous pocket of north-west Vietnam is a world away from the Big Smoke, with mist-clad mountain ranges, clean country air and brightly-clothed locals. Leave everyday life far behind as you unwind in the rolling green hills, passing sleepy villages with wide skies and dramatic cragged gorges. We’ll tap our explorers within as we wander past shimmering rice paddies, bamboo forests and waterfalls, before stopping for a homemade lunch courtesy of local Giay families. After settling into our spa hotel back in the main town of Sapa, we’ll meet for dinner at a nearby restaurant and toast the glorious scenery over a rice wine or three (for those who dare).Read more
Sweet dreaming in the countryside
Wake up surrounded by the sights and smells of the Vietnamese countryside, with the green valley stretching out for miles onto the horizon. You’re free to spend the morning entirely as you please today. If you’re feeling energetic, why not head to the hills for a half-day Sapa village trek? Alternatively, you can ramble around Sapa town and browse the popular indoor market for street food or crafts and jewellery made by local hilltribes. And for those with trek-tired muscles, the hotel’s spa offers solace, with a range of signature local treatments and massages aplenty. In the afternoon, we’ll travel back to Hanoi by bus. Freshen up after the journey with a dip in the hotel’s rooftop pool.Read more
Kayaks and karaoke on Halong Bay
This morning, we’ll head out to Halong Bay, a stunning archipelago of islands and UNESCO World Heritage Site three hours east of Hanoi. Arriving at noon, we’ll hop aboard an Indochina junk boat to set sail around a labyrinth of 2,000 islands dotted across emerald waters. After a sumptuous lunch onboard, you’ll have the chance to kayak around the bay, paddling your way between ancient limestone karsts, hidden grottoes and secluded lagoons. Or, feel free to simply watch the world go by as you kick back with a drink on-deck. As we swing by Bai Tu Long, we’ll visit the quaint floating fishing villages in Vung Vieng then take in the sunset over dinner before a spot of squid fishing (season dependent). Celebrate this unique experience with a night of karaoke (talent optional) and dancing (same applies), before being lulled to sleep by the gentle sound of waves lapping the side of the boat.Read more
Sunrise tai chi
After a peaceful night’s sleep (depending on how wild the karaoke was), arise to a sunrise breakfast with breathtaking views of the bay. Get your zen in with an on-board tai chi class in the most majestic of settings, with the karsts of Halong looming up on either side. We’ll do a little more exploring, sailing between the islands, before beginning the journey back to Hanoi. Arriving late afternoon, we’ll make our way straight to the airport to catch a 90-minute flight to Hoi An. This delightful riverside town and former trading port is renowned for its fine selection of handmade silk, vibrant café culture and colorful architecture. After a full day of traveling, we’ll cap off the night with a hearty meal at one of Hoi An’s many lovely restaurants.Read more
Cook up a Vietnamese feast
We’ll spend the morning ambling the charismatic streets of Hoi An’s Old Town, where every street corner comes replete with a rich sense of history. We’ll see the Chua Ong Pagoda, the 200 year old Tan Ky House, and the Jinshang Temple dedicated to the goddess of the sea and protector of sailors (very appropriate for you junk boating Flashpackers). Appetites suitably stoked, it’s time to get stuck into a hands-on cooking class led by local cooks. Dive into a world of secret ingredients and family recipes as you put your skills to the test with one of the most on-trend cuisines of the moment. You’ll prepare three delicious dishes in this class; part of an epic five-course dinner which you can relish in true style after all your hard work. Prepare to wow at your next dinner party – this is Vietnamese food at its most sublime.Read more
A tailor-made day of freedom
Flashpackers, it’s been non-stop action so far; take today off to do exactly as you please. With its maze of lantern-lined streets and friendly locals, Hoi An is a lovely place to amble around. The tailors here are among the best of the world, so this is your chance to get beautiful local fabrics made into made-to-measure outfits, from suits to maxi dresses and beyond. Take advantage of their quick turnaround and have a new wardrobe stitched together while you’re out exploring. Come afternoon, hire a bike from the hotel and peddle over to An Bang beach, where you can order a mango smoothie from the palapa huts overlooking the South China Sea. Back at the hotel, take advantage of the lovely pool and organic spa to chill yer boots.Read more
The hustle and history of Ho Chi Minh
Bid farewell to sleepy Hoi An after breakfast and take a 90-minute flight south to Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam’s largest city is a delight for the senses, with hints of Old Saigon shining through alongside rapid modernisation. Expect women in rice hats selling shoulder pole fruit and veg alongside skyscrapers, boutiques and world-class restaurants. This afternoon, we’ll jump headfirst into this intoxicating mix of old-meets-new with a guided walkabout. We’ll visit Dong Khoi Street, the Opera House and the People’s Committee Building and we’ll pause to gaze up at the towering spires of the 19th Century Notre Dame Cathedral. We’ll also capture a glimpse of Vietnam’s war legacy with a visit to the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum, home to rusting American jets and tanks. After, hit the hotel’s rooftop bar to see the city skyline light up around Saigon River.Read more
Cu Chi Tunnels and onward to Cambodia
We’ll spend our last morning in Vietnam traveling an hour through the countryside to visit the Cu Chi underground tunnels, the one-time stronghold of the Viet Cong during the Vietnam war. Learn all about how this communist guerilla force operated during the one of the foremost conflicts of the 20th Century, as you crawl through a maze of narrow shafts and passageways. From here, we’ll settle in for the seven-hour journey across the border to Cambodia, arriving in the capital Phnom Penh in time for dinner and drinks. From the sprawling Russian market to graceful tree-lined boulevards and a mass of bleeping horns, this is a city that demands your attention. Catch a glimpse of its ornate palaces and temples before grabbing a beer on one of the riverside promenades to bask in its irrepressible spirit.Read more
Cambodia, old and new
To fully immerse yourself in a country you need to understand its history, so today we’ll come face-to-face with Cambodia’s tragic past with a guided walk around the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. More than 20,000 people were held and tortured in this notorious prison in the 1970s, under the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot. We’ll also visit the Choeung Ek Memorial, where a stupa made up of 8,000 human skulls marks the site of the infamous Killing Fields. Standing in the fields today, it’s hard not to be overcome by the desperately sad past of a place where so many Cambodians – friends, family and neighbors – lost their lives. To learn about a brighter period in the country’s history, make a visit of your own to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Finish the day with flavor of modern-day Phnom Penh, from its bustling markets to your hotel’s rooftop pool.Read more
Marvel at the majesty of Angkor Wat
Enjoy a bit of free time this morning before our one-hour flight northwest to Siem Reap, the gateway to the magnificent Angkor Wat temples. Cambodia’s mighty Khmer Dynasty stronghold and UNESCO World Heritage site dates back to the 12th Century, forming an ancient world of ruins whose perfect balance, symmetry and composition are believed to represent the cosmic world (as well as making great photographs!). A staggeringly beautiful canvas, Angkor Wat is not only a temple complex but also the remnants of a thriving empire city that was once home to rice fields, gilded palaces, ponds and houses. Wander the archaeological maze at sunset to see intricately carved temples reveal themselves between low-hanging jungle vines, along with a glimpse into the spiritual life of modern-day Cambodia. After, wind down in the spa of the award-winning Shinta Mani.Read more
Sunrise temples and a Khmer feast
Rise and shine before dawn today to capture the ultimate sunrise shot at Angkor Wat – and if you thought the complex was incredible at sundown, just wait to see it come alive in the morning light. Immerse yourself in this Lara Croft kingdom of wonders to find the best photo opportunity, as the sun sweeps across the time-old Khmer empire. Spend the rest of the day temple-hopping between the main ruins of the site, including the multi-faced Bayon, Angkor Thom and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm. These temples were built between the 12th and 13th centuries and their intricately carved designs are mind-blowing. Once we’re all templed-out, we’ll head back to town to enjoy a Khmer feast at a hospitality training organisation that provides opportunities for former street kids (so it’s both delicious and a very worthy cause!) Toast your fellow Flashpackers over a hearty feast of Cambodian cuisine – what an adventure it’s been…Read more
Heading home – or not quite
Flashpackers, it’s time to bid farewell on your epic Vietnam and Cambodia escape this morning and arrange your own taxi to the airport. Goodbyes are never easy but wherever you go next, you can ride on a high from your jaw-dropping jaunt. You’ve kayaked around the limestone karsts of Halong Bay and sailed a hundred islands on-board a traditional junk boat. You’ve conjured up Vietnamese dishes in the lovely town of Hoi An and partied in the rooftop bars of Ho Chi Minh. You’ve crawled through the tunnels used by Communist infantry during the Vietnam war and you’ve marveled at the temples of Angkor Wat. From Hanoi food safaris to sunset temple trips, it’s been one action-packed getaway. And if you you simply can’t bear to leave quite yet (we don’t blame you), many Flashpackers decide to stay a few more nights at the luxurious Shinta Mani. That pool does look mighty welcoming…Read more
- Fly into Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi (HAN) and fly out of Siem Reap International Airport (REP).
- 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.
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