The Best of Vietnam: Rich Culture & Spectacular Landscapes

Fully immerse yourself in the rolling rice paddies, fascinating colonial history and the diverse cultures of Vietnam on an exciting journey from North to South with local experts.
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Program No. 23379RJ
18 days
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At a Glance

Through a tumultuous history of war and strife, Vietnam has developed a colorfully diverse culture of proud locals. In the North, you’ll find Chinese influences in the bustling city of Hanoi and members of the Blue Hmong group in the mountains of Sapa. But travel further south and discover imperial Vietnam in Hue’s 19th century citadel walls and a Hindu influence in the pulsating energy of Saigon. On this two week learning adventure, experience the best of Vietnam as you explore each of its unique regions to learn about the beautifully blended culture that thrives there. Along with local experts, let exotic Vietnam captivate you in its colorful markets and skyscraper-lined cities, and soon discover that variety truly is the spice of life.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2 miles at a time sometimes along busy streets or through villages.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Get a taste of the local culture in a multi-course, hands-on Vietnamese cooking class that starts at the market and ends at the table with new friends.
  • Sail through Ha Long Bay to explore the incredible karst limestone formations with a local expert.
  • Explore the mountain villages of Ban Khoan, Lu Khau and Ya Giang Phink Valley to learn about the indigenous Blue Hmong and Red Zao groups.

General Notes

Note that Single rooms are not available on the overnight train ride from Sapa to Hanoi. Single supplement only applies to the hotels and the double room rates applies to the overnight train.
Featured Expert
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Long Kim Nguyen
Mr. Nguyen Kim Long has worked in the tourism industry since 1998, working as a group leader in Vietnam and trained by Saga Holiday in England. He had a brief stint in the office as an office manager but returned to the field to show people his country. He has led groups for many different companies such as Saga Holidays and Road Scholar.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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