What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • 7 NIGHTS BASED ON SHARING TWIN ROOMS IN BOUTIQUE HOTELS
    7 NIGHTS BASED ON SHARING TWIN ROOMS IN BOUTIQUE HOTELS
  • ALL ACTIVITIES INCLUDED, FROM KAYAKING TO COOKING CLASSES, WITH LOCAL FLASH PACK GUIDES AND DRIVER THROUGHOUT
    ALL ACTIVITIES INCLUDED, FROM KAYAKING TO COOKING CLASSES, WITH LOCAL FLASH PACK GUIDES AND DRIVER THROUGHOUT
  • Max 14 Flashpackers
    Max 14 Flashpackers
  • 2 domestic flights to Danang and Ho Chi Minh City
    2 domestic flights to Danang and Ho Chi Minh City
  • PRIVATE MINIBUS, TRADITIONAL JUNK BOAT, KAYAKS, BIKES, CYCLOS & AIRPORT PICKUP ANY TIME ON DAY 1
    PRIVATE MINIBUS, TRADITIONAL JUNK BOAT, KAYAKS, BIKES, CYCLOS & AIRPORT PICKUP ANY TIME ON DAY 1

Savour the flavours of Vietnam on a backstreet food safari in Hanoi, and kayak around the emerald waters of Halong Bay. Sleep aboard a traditional junk boat, sing karaoke into the early hours and rise for sunrise yoga on deck. Explore the beautiful town of Hoi An and cycle into the rolling countryside beyond. Cook up a feast at a Vietnamese cooking class and embrace the dynamic craft beer scene in Ho Chi Minh, as well as hopping on-board for a thrilling Vespa safari around the city. Share the ride with like-minded solo travellers and stay in stylish boutique hotels along the way.

 

Let’s set the scene. You’re at a rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City, the sun is slowly setting behind the blazing skyline and you’re drinking signature cocktails in one of the coolest spots in town. It’s the last night of your adventure in Vietnam and surrounding you is a crowd of like-minded travellers who you’ve spent the last week getting to know on a whirlwind of new experiences. As you sip sundowners you laugh at the time it took you 10 minutes just to cross the road in the mayhem of Hanoi, when you sang karaoke into the early hours on a traditional junk boat on Halong Bay and tried to detox your system the next morning with some sunrise yoga. You think back on all the amazing food you’ve eaten and wonder what exactly it was that made those secret family recipes so delicious. You reminisce about the islands you kayaked around, the lantern-lined streets you strolled along and the rice paddies you cycled through, all whilst staying in boutique hotels along the way. Ready to make some memories? Stop imagining and join our 8 day adventure in this dazzling country, there’s a rooftop beer with your name on it.

  • Go on a flavour safari through the bustling markets and local hangouts in Hanoi
  • Stay the night on a traditional junk boat on Halong Bay, with a private crew at your service
  • Kayak through the limestone caves and islands surrounding Halong Bay, before a night of karaoke aboard your junk boat
  • Explore the stunning streets of Hoi An, then cycle into the surrounding rice paddies and islands for a glimpse of rural life
  • Master the art of Vietnamese cuisine with an authentic cooking class, including two courses made from secret family recipes
  • Head underground in the Cu Chi tunnels and learn of the amazing tenacity of Vietnamese soldiers
  • Hop on-board for a backseat Vespa safari around Ho Chi Minh City and embrace its old-meets-new charm
  • Settle in for rooftop cocktails and craft beer at Ho Chi Minh's finest night spots

Itinerary

Day 1: BACK STREET FOOD & BEER CORNER

Arrive in Hanoi and dive right into this vibrant city on a flavour-packed foodie tour through its sizzling markets and back streets. Then hit up the lively ‘Beer Corner’ and get to know your fellow Flashpackers over a pint or two…

 

With your out of office on and cares left behind, step off the plane and get ready to embrace the vibrant mayhem of Hanoi. Weave between the endless scooters and blaring horns of the capital as your airport transfer whizzes you to your hotel. Here you’ll find a boutique oasis in the heart of the city, where you can freshen up and relax before an evening of culinary adventure. After a 4pm welcome meeting with your Pack Leader in the hotel lobby, we’ll set forth on a flavour-packed street food tour kicking off in one of the city’s largest markets. In the hustle and bustle of Dong Xuan, you’ll sample street-side delights that will get your taste buds singing. From the best spring rolls in town to mouth-watering bun cha cooked over charcoal fires, get set to dine like a local as you eat your way through the sizzling stalls. From here, we’ll go off the beaten path and stroll through hidden alleyways to discover local foodie hangouts away from the tourists. We’ll then mooch through the colourful markets of Hanoi’s charming old quarter, all whilst eating delicious French-Chinese infused dishes and immersing yourself in the dynamic food scene of Hanoi. Stomachs lined and flavour-combos noted, we’ll then hit up the famous beer corner of ‘Bia Hoi’. Here you can knock back beers and bond with your fellow Flashpackers, here’s to a new adventure ahead…

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Pull up a pew at 'Beer Corner'

Soak in the buzz of Hanoi after dark

Wind your way through Dong Xuan market

Overloaded bikes are the norm here

Eat your way through the back streets

Bond with your Flashpackers in the lively streets of the capital

Day 2: SET SAIL ON HALONG BAY

Swap the capital for the emerald waters of Halong Bay, kayaking around its limestone islands and staying the night on a traditional junk boat. Enjoy dinner onboard then spend the evening squid fishing and singing karaoke into the early hours.

 

Bid farewell to the bright lights of 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 around noon where you’ll step aboard a traditional junk boat. Here you’ll set sail on your boat and tuck into a delicious lunch on deck, enjoying dazzling views of over 2000 jagged islets dotted across the shimmering waters. After a lazy lunch, we’ll then get kitted out of for some kayaking around the bay. Feel at one with the landscape as you paddle through limestone caves and past floating fishing villages, all whilst taking in the breathtaking panorama of this unique location. Cold drinks are ready and waiting back on deck, where you can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and taking in the view. There’s also an optional Vietnamese cooking class on board for those of you wanting to brush up on your culinary skills. 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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Hop in kayaks on Halong Bay

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Kick back on your traditional junk boat

Paddle through the turquoise waters

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Pass by floating villages

Take in the awesome view

There are over 2000 islands dotted across the bay

Fingers crossed for an amazing sunset

Day 3: SUNRISE YOGA & CONQUERING CAVES

Rise and shine in your junk boat for sunrise yoga on deck. Then head underground in the epic Thien Canh Son Cave before flying onwards and upwards to Hoi An.

 

Wake up to the sound of lapping waves and enjoy a leisurely start to the day, perfect for sleeping off any sore heads after last night’s karaoke antics. Spend the relaxing and doing yoga on deck, before a hearty breakfast looking out to 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. From here we’ll 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.

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Aaand relax with yoga on deck

Or get stuck into a good book

Then head underground in the Thien Canh Son Cave

Afterwards, we're hitting the skies to Hoi An

Arrive in this insanely pretty town

Important notes

Fly into: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Fly out of: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

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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