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Vietnam (7 Days)

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Welcome to Back-Pack-Go! Vietnam.

Leave your worries behind, for we're headed to one of the happiest countries in the world! Vietnam is a nation of contrasts, where tradition meets modernity, beer dances with coffee, and beaches embrace mountains. The Vietnamese also take their food seriously. In fact, some street foods have earned a spot in the Oxford Dictionary. And the landscapes? Don’t even get us started. Limestone karsts, emerald waters, rice fields, lush green hillsides, pristine beaches—it’s a RIOT, and we’re here for it. Who’s joining?

Places covered: Da Nang | Hội An | Hanoi | Ninh Bình | Hạ Long Bay

Batches: 27th May-2nd June, 3rd-9th June (Bookings shut 35 days before each batch)

 

Highlights

  • Visit to the historic and vibrant town of Hội An
  • Spend a day at Bà Nà Hills & marvel at the beautiful Golden Hands Bridge
  • Explore the magnificent Marble Mountain
  • 3 hour-long serene boat ride atTràng An
  • Live it up in the Old Quarters of Hanoi
  • An overnight cruise on Hạ Long Bay with kayaking
  • Hanoi Train Street

 

Day 1: The City of Lanterns

We assemble and say our hellos at Da Nang. Reset those watches, and let the crispy Vietnamese dong notes flow. Settle into your rooms, put on your walking shoes, and board our private vehicles to Hội An. But first, we make a pit-stop at the Coconut village and enjoy the giddying basketboat rides. 

Once in the historic town of Hội An, visit the iconic Japanese bridge, indulge in some window shopping, admire the postcard-like houses, and don't miss trying the local banh mi sandwiches—a must as per Anthony Bourdain. As night falls, witness the city come alive with thousands of lanterns. At this moment, all you’ll want is to get that "I-went-to-Hội-An" Instagram shot. JK. Or maybe not

Overnight stay at Da Nang.

 

Day 2: High and Dry Green

After breakfast, gear up for a ride on the longest single-wire cable car system in the world. YASSS! Soak in Bà Nà’s beauty above the clouds. Once on the other side, our first stop is the iconic Golden Bridge—because, duh! Next, wander through Le Jardin's flower maze, with optional wine tasting. But keep it light because the next stop is Fantasy Park, where Vagabonders unleash their competitive spirit in some fun games. Cap off the day at the Chua Mountain peak, bringing us back from fantasy to reality.

Return to Da Nang, grab a meal, and get some rest.

 

Day 3: It’s Going To Be Marble-ous!

The morning calls for a pho-nomenal breakfast. Then, we visit the Marble Mountains, where Buddhist shrines, majestic carvings, and Buddha statues are intricately carved onto the rock. Explore towering pagodas and enjoy scenic views of the sea, mountains, and villages. Post-lunch, we take to the skies for an afternoon flight to Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi, where new adventures await.

 

Day 4: Land and Water

Get ready for a day straight out of a Studio Ghibli film—green, magical, and mystical! We're off to Ninh Bình, often dubbed as the "Hạ Long Bay on Land." We first head to Mua Cave, tucked away down a sleepy road amidst rice paddies. From the cave's summit, the views are beyond compare. Keep those wide-angled lenses and cameras handy. Next, hop on a sampan boat for a tranquil tour of the Tràng An landscape complex. Countless IS-THIS-EVEN-REAL moments await.

Dinner, conversations, and chill scenes will follow in Ninh Bình.

 

Day 5: The Karst Is Yet To Come

Today’s going to be rather special. We’re going on a cruise! And sleeping on it. (WHAAAT!) Yep. The cruise on Hạ Long Bay will treat us to views of hundreds of karst islands in different shapes and sizes! It’s otherworldly. Explore fishing villages, kayak through caves, and relax on the bay's pristine beach.

We'll dine, drink, sing, and call it a night on the cruise—just like those fancy people in the movies.

 

Day 6: Eggsplore Hanoi

We bid farewell to our inner Christopher Columbus and return to solid ground—Hanoi. After dropping off our luggage, we’ll explore the capital city’s Old Quarter. Get lost in its streets, snag souvenirs for your folks, and indulge in some serious caffeine hits (hello, egg coffee!). 

In the evening, though, brace yourself to experience the thriving weekend nightlife here! From lively bars to casual Bia Hoi (Fresh Beer) spots, the atmosphere is electric, giving you a chance to mix with both locals and tourists immersing themselves in Hanoi's dynamic weekend scene.

Seal the day with one last local dinner, and good vibes in Hanoi.

 

Day 7: Tạm biệt, goodbye, until next time!

We’ll have breakfast together, one last time. Transfer to the airport, say goodbye to your new friends, exchange Instagram handles, promise to share photographs, and make pacts to meet again soon.

Until next time, Vagabonds!

 

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Vagabond started out as a project by four friends with a disdain for the ordinary. The idea was simple; take people out of their comfort zones. Not like Roadies, but just enough to bond them together through beautiful and authentic experiences. Happiness, as they say, is only real when shared. And share we did. The company was founded in 2014. As fresh Bachelor of Arts degree holders, companies were lining up to hire us fine gentlemen; we’re kidding. Fueled by entrepreneurial zeal, we started with small events in the city like heritage walks through Bombay’s old quarters. As musicians and travellers ourselves, we decided to marry these two loves of our lives. That is how the idea for the first Fields of Sound™ came about. Since then, it has only been onward and upwards for us. Since 2014, we’ve made friends like family through our journey. Our little ‘Vaga’-Fam. It’s safe to say, it’s been quite an adventure. One we would like you to join :)

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Inclusions

 

  • All internal transport in private AC vehicles (minibus/cars)
  • Activities and entry tickets to:
    • Coconut Village and basket boat ride
    • Visit to Hội An old town
    • Bà Nà Hills (Cable car rides & Golden Hands bridge)
    • Marble Mountain
    • Mua Caves
    • 3-hour boating experience in Tràng An
    • Kayaking and cave explorations on Hạ Long Bay
    • Hanoi city tour
  • Mineral water on bus (2 bottles per person per day)
  • Breakfast buffets on all (6) mornings
  • All (4) meals on the Hạ Long Bay cruise
  • Domestic flight from Da Nang to Hanoi
  • Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels in twin-sharing rooms (link to reference photos)
  • Accommodation in a 3-star cruise on Hạ Long Bay in twin-sharing rooms
  • English-speaking Vietnamese guide at all locations
  • Assistance by a Vagabond EM (Experience Manager)

Exclusions

 

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day
  • Visa
  • Tips for guides and drivers ($3 per day to be paid in person)
  • Lunches and dinners not mentioned in inclusions 

THINGS TO CARRY

Footwear

  • Sneaker/sport shoes (Mandatory for our trails/hikes)
  • Flip flops/sandals

Personal Medical Kit

  • Electrolyte powder (Glucon D, Electral, Enerzal)
  • Medicines for headaches, diarrhea, motion sickness
  • Antiseptic liquid (Dettol, Savlon)
  • Crepe bandage
  • Cotton
  • Any other personal medication

Personal Accessories

  • Sunscreen (minimum SPF 40), lip balm
  • Cap
  • UV protected sunglasses
  • Rain jacket/poncho
  • Mosquito repellent
  • A 10/20 ltr day bag
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Power bank

Official Requirements

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Driving license (if you plan to rent vehicles)
  • Foreign currency (USD) or international debit/credit card


HOW TO REACH

Day 1: Book an arrival flight to Da Nang Airport that lands latest by 12 pm (hotel check-in time is 2 pm)

Day 7: Book your flight departing from Hanoi Airport at any time (hotel checkout time is 12 noon)


Policy and Terms

No refund shall be made to the initial booking amount for any cancellations. However,

  • If cancellations are made within 30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made 45-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 60-45 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In the case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases, the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same.
  • 3.8% of all booking amounts are payment gateway charges. This amount is not refundable

Terms and Conditions

-All timings and activities are subject to weather, group size, capabilities of participants, etc.

-Vagabond holds the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances (for eg. unfavorable weather)

-By registering for this trip, you agree to have read through and abide by the Vagabond Terms & Conditions mentioned in the footer.

Frequest Questions

Q: Can you guide me on flight bookings for my trip to Vietnam?
A: We recommend landing in Da Nang before 12pm on day 1. For return, fly out at any time of the day from Hanoi on day 7. Please note that checkout will be at 12pm, though. However, you may leave your bags at the hotel and go about exploring Hanoi in case you have a later flight. Need further assistance on what flights to book, just reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help.

Q: What will the stay be like?
A: Rooming at Da Nang, Hanoi, and Ninh Bình will be on a double-sharing basis in 3-4 star hotels. Rooming at Hạ Long Bay will be on a 3-star cruise on a double-sharing basis. Refer to the Inclusions section for a link to the room photos.

Q: What meals will be provided?
A: 6 breakfast buffets (Cuisines will be Vietnamese and Continental/American), and all 4 meals on the overnight cruise (Day 5: Lunch, Dinner & Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch)

Q: How will we transit within Vietnam?
A: All internal transfers as per Itinerary will be in private vehicles (Mini bus/cars). We'll be taking a domestic flight from Da Nang to Hanoi.

Q: How much budget should I plan in addition to the tour cost?
A: Beyond the tour cost, you will need around INR 6,000 for mouthwatering meals and INR 800-1,000 per airport transfer. Your international flight budget would be Rs. 26,000 to 30,000. A tourist visa would cost approx Rs. 2,500/- Additionally, account for spending on shopping, tips, beverages, and spontaneous shenanigans!

Q: Is Vietnam safe for tourists?
A: Vietnam is increasingly proving to be THE spot for tourists. And by that we mean that they have created a safe space for tourist through their impeccable hospitality and honest service. But beyond that we have also ensured your safety by picking top-notch stays (3/4 star properties), secure rides, and helpful local guides. Plus, with a Vagabond EM accompanying you on the trip, explore Vietnam like a boss – confidently and securely.

Q: Is Indian or vegetarian food easily available?
A: Vietnamese food is a culinary carnival and a true delight for non-vegetarians! But that being said, due to Vietnam’s increasing popularity among Indian tourists, Indian restaurants and vegetarian options are easily available.

Q: What would the weather be like when we’re there?
A: We will be expecting lovely sunny weather with an average temperature of about 30°C. Make sure you carry ample sunscreen, sunglasses and a cap along with comfy loose clothes.

Q: Can I smoke/drink on this trip?
A: We at Vagabond do not refrain our participants from smoking or drinking on our backpacking trips. However, there are times you will be disallowed to do so (monasteries, hikes, sacred spaces etc). Indulge in these activities very responsibly.

Q: What will the group size be?
A: We will have a maximum of 15 travellers excluding 1-2 Vagabond EMs

Q: Is there any age limit to join this trip?
A: No, there is no age limit to join this trip. However, based on our previous experiences, the age group of travellers is usually between 25-35.

Q: Can I join this expedition solo?
A: Yes, of course, you can! We have a good number of solo travellers on almost every Vagabond experience.

Q: How physically fit do I need to be to join this trip?
A: This trip does not include a trek if that’s what you are asking. We will be climbing up 500 steps at Mua Caves to get a breathtaking view of the Trang An landscape and go kayaking in the ocean at Ha Long Bay. However both these activities can be done at your own relaxed pace. On other days, we will be leisurely exploring most places on foot. So to answer your question, you need to have a moderate level of fitness and a keen mind to explore!

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