Vietnam in Depth

      Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

      Penny Pinching Globetrotter
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      Mar 15 - 26, 2024
      Group size: 6 - 14
      Vietnam in Depth
      Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

      Penny Pinching Globetrotter
      • LinkedIn verified

      Mar 15 - 26, 2024
      Group size: 6 - 14

      About this trip

      Spend twelve days in Vietnam discovering the highlights and traditions of this eternally beautiful and historically significant country. Take part in enriching local encounters as your leader shows you the soul of this diverse pocket of Asia. Get lost in the districts of Hanoi, cruise past the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, enjoy a cooking class, discover the old-world charm of Hoi An and navigate the winding streets and chaotic traffic of Ho Chi Minh City. With an unbeatable mix of culture, cuisine and history, your journey through Vietnam is sure to surprise, delight and excite at every turn.

      Want to explore more of Southeast Asia? Extend your trip with us! Take a short 2 night break then join us in Thailand on March 28th. Learn more.

      We specialize in tours for adults only. We take you away from your everyday world and the distractions of family life and immerse you in exotic cultures, sights, and cuisine.

      Passport & Visa

      All travelers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return. Some countries also require a machine-readable passport and/or unstamped available pages. When assisting with an international travel booking, we will assume that all travelers on the booking have a valid passport. If this is not the case, you must let us know. It is important to ensure you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments, delay or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility.


      We exercise care in the selection of reputable travel service providers but we are not ourselves a provider of travel services and have no control over, or liability for, the services provided by third parties.  

      In no event do we accept any liability in contract, tort or otherwise, for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expense or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by the acts, omissions or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of third party providers over whom we have no direct control, force majeure or any other event which is beyond our control or which is not preventable by reasonable diligence on our part. We also do not accept any liability in contract, tort or otherwise, for consequential loss (meaning indirect loss, loss of revenue, loss of reputation, loss of profits, loss of actual or anticipated savings, lost opportunities, including opportunities to enter into arrangements with third parties or loss or damage in connection with claims against you by third parties) howsoever caused in connection with your booking.

      Risks of Travel and Release: We assume no responsibility for and shall not be liable for the acts or omissions on the part of any other party not under our control or any acts of God, unsafe conditions, terrorism, health hazards including pandemics, illness, weather hazards, or the suitability for a disabled person of any portion of any trip. We have no special knowledge of dangers during travel or at destinations. For information related to such dangers, we recommend going to the State Department travel website at, click on "Find International travel Information" then click on "Country Information", and fill in the name of the destination country. For medical and health information, we recommend going to the Centers for Disease Control website at, then click on "Destinations" and scroll to the name of the destination country. It is your personal decision to travel, and you are doing so with full knowledge of current travel recommendations and travel restrictions with regards to the risks of COVID-19. YOU HEREBY EXPRESSLY ASSUME ALL OF THESE RISKS AND DANGERS, AND YOU HEREBY EXPRESSLY AGREE TO FOREVER RELEASE, DISCHARGE AND HOLD US, AND OUR AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, ASSOCIATES, AFFILIATED COMPANIES, GUIDES, GROUP LEADERS, AND SUBCONTRACTORS HARMLESS AGAINST ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, ACTIONS, CAUSES OF ACTIONS, SUITS, CLAIMS, AND DEMANDS OF ANY AND EVERY KIND AND NATURE WHATSOEVER WHICH YOU NOW HAVE OR WHICH MAY HEREAFTER ARISE OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE RISKS AND Dangers.


      Should you cancel no more than 30 days after making your deposit you get a 100% refund minus a $150 admin fee per spot reserved.

      Should you cancel between 30 days of booking to 180 days before the trip you will get a 50% refund minus the $150 admin fee.

      Once we are within 180 days of the trip starting there are no refunds.

      Note-should you find someone to fill your spot I can transfer your balance to them minus the $150 fee if it's 60 days before departure. Should you become sick or have other issues it’s highly likely the required travel insurance would kick in and reimburse you so be sure and check with your provider.

      It is the responsibility of the trip attendee to reach out in the event of a cancellation and make their payments on time. We reserve the right to hold payments according to the cancellation policy above to pay our vendors to make this trip happen. 

      By making a deposit you agree to above terms of service and cancellation policy.


      To make things easier we created a list specific to this trip of things you may want.  You can find it here.

      For our best tips on packing in general check this out.

      Safe and Responsible Travel

      We're committed to ensuring our trips remain safe for everyone — for our travelers, our leaders and crew, and the people we visit along the way. As responsible travelers, anyone who chooses to travel with us has a duty of care to themselves and the people around them. Travelers are required to comply with local regulations and laws.

      What are the medical and vaccination requirements? Medical and general vaccination requirements differ between nations and as we are not medical practitioners, we unfortunately cannot advise on this issue. Please see your local GP or travel doctor for details and advice about current vaccination requirements.

      We believe vaccinations play a key role in saving lives and helping to keep people safe. Around 70% of the world is vaccinated against COVID-19 but vaccination rates remain low in some of the destinations and communities we visit. Therefore proof of up to date COVID Vaccine is required on all of our trips.

      Travel Insurance

      Travel insurance will help protect your investment and it’s required. We use and recommend World Nomads. But if you over 70 it’s best to use some place like Insure My Trip

      What’s included

      • Lodging
        9 nights hotel, 1 night Cruise, 1 night train
      • Many meals
        See itinerary
      • Transportation
        During trip as outlined in itinerary
      • Activities & Fees
        Activities and entrance fees as described in itinerary
      • Guide
        English speaking local leader throughout the trip
      • Host
        To meet all your trip needs
      • Airfare
        For home to destination and back
      • Tips
        For guides, drivers, leaders, etc
      • Travel Insurance
      • Transfers from airport
        Can be added
      • Visas
        if required
      • Optional activities
      • Late or early check in
        at hotels
      • Drinks
        with included meals

      Available options


      Day 1
      Welcome to Hanoi

      Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure begins in the country’s capital of Hanoi. You’ll meet your group and leader for an important welcome meeting at 4 pm. You will then enjoy a traditional water puppet performance. This northern tradition, dating back nearly a thousand years, is performed alongside 

      traditional Vietnamese music that employs drums, wooden bells, horns and bamboo flutes.

      Afterwards, join your leader and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a beautifully decorated restaurant resembling an old-fashioned Vietnamese house. Dive into the exciting world of Vietnamese cuisine as your leader introduces you to a range of classic dishes made with the freshest local ingredients. 

      Note-if you are arriving early or staying late you add extra nights at check out or you might find it cheaper to book yourself via every 10 nights you book with them you get a night free. I am an affiliate with them and when use my link I earn a small commission at no cost to you. 

      Arriving early or staying late and looking for something to do? I use these two platforms often for activities and tours.  Viator



      Thien Thai Hotel – Classic - or similar

      Included activities

      • Welcome dinner at an old-fashioned Vietnamese house

      • Water puppet show

      Your Organizer

      Penny Pinching Globetrotter
      Hi! We are Melissa & Wade. We have been traveling full time for almost 6 years and taking you along with us for the last few years. We invite you to see the world with us on a budget as we explore destinations through culture, food, nature and art.