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Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak

Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Vietnam

Tour Itinerary

Kayak through limestone karsts in Halong Bay, walk among the hills of Mai Chau, cycle through unspoiled countryside, soak in the energy of Ho Chi Minh City, visit the tailors and beaches in Hoi An, wander the vibrant streets of Hanoi.

Perfect for the active adventurer, this trip will have you hiking, biking, and paddling through the best of Vietnam. Kayak through Halong Bay's towering limestone karsts, trek the Mai Chau area, and cycle through small towns for an authentic taste of Vietnam. When you're not pedalling or paddling, you'll visit the country's cultural highlights like the Cu Chi Tunnels and Emperor's Tomb, or overnight at a local family's homestay. Whether by bike or on foot, this tour will keep you grounded in Vietnam's intriguing culture.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: White Lion Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City/Hoi An
Cycle to the Cu Chi Tunnels for a guided tour. Enjoy an included village tour. In the afternoon, fly to Hoi An via Danang.
Activity: Start off on the back roads. Ride through rubber plantations and sleepy villages where residents tend rice fields. See where rice paper is made. Finish the ride at the Cu Chi Tunnels, extensive underground bases and an example of one of the greatest advantages the Viet Cong held over the Americans in the war.
Activity: Take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels (if you're not claustrophobic). These tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Pho Hoi Riverside Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Hoi An
Explore the villages around Hoi An by bike before enjoying a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project. Opt to relax on the beach, or visit the tailors in town.
Activity: Enjoy a peaceful exploration of the villages around Hoi An led by your CEO. Cycle through rice paddies and along narrow country lanes, taking in scenes of daily life.
Activity: Try some of the oodles of noodles (more than 26 types!) available in the city in this tasty cooking class. Run by our G for Good partners, STREETS International, this class was developed exclusively for G Adventures. Former street youth that are part of this hospitality training program, will help you prepare and cook a number of different types of noodles. This program helps these youth practice their English, increasing their skill-set and opportunities available to them in the tourism industry. Enjoy your yummy creations while learning more about the local cuisine and this initiative which empowers street youth through skills and employment training.
Free Time: Use free time in this quaint town to explore any way you like.
Accommodation: Pho Hoi Riverside Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 4: Hoi An/Huế
Drive the Hai Van Pass to the ancient capital of Hue.
Free Time: Use free time in this quaint town to explore any way you like.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Asia Hotel Hue (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Huế/Hanoi
See Hue by bike, including the Citadel and the tomb of Tu Duc. Take an overnight train to Hanoi.
Activity: Cycle through Hue and to landmarks like the Citadel and Tu Duc's tomb.
Transport: There will be a 15-min transfer by private bus to the train. The sleeper trains in Vietnam are quite comfortable. Each cabin sleeps four people in two bunk beds. You will be able to lock the door from the inside. All bedding is provided. The train is air conditioned and has squat and Western-style toilets with a wash basin at the end of each compartment. Bags can be stored in the cabin and accessed at anytime. Food and drinks are available for purchase on board. This is not to everyone's taste, so bringing your own is recommended.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Hanoi/Mai Châu
Transfer to Mai Chau, then continue out into the countryside. Hike the Mai Chau area and enjoy a homestay with local meals provided.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Leave the city behind and travel up into the mountains north of Vietnam. Walk through villages and past rice paddies up into the hills. The hike is simple enough for anyone in good health, although the terrain can become slippery underfoot if the weather changes.
Activity: Enjoy a homestay in Mai Chau - make new friends and learn all about local living. Reach Mai Chau in the late morning, and then hike around the area to visit some of the Thai minority people who call this valley home. With its green rice fields, punctuated by traditional brick kilns and surrounded by mountains, Mai Chau is yet another picture-perfect moment in the adventure of Vietnam. Enjoy a home-cooked meal during the evening, and sleep in a dormitory-style long house in traditional style. (The group will be provided with mattresses, mosquito nets, and blankets - the homestay is comfortable, but basic.)
Accommodation: Mai Chau Homestay (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Mai Châu/Hanoi
Return to Hanoi before cycling the outskirts of the city. In the evening, walk through the Old Quarter and take in the beautiful sites.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Distance cycled: 25km (15 mi)
Activity: Take an orientation walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter, a maze of streets, each one traditionally devoted to a different product or industry. Each street is named after the trade practiced on that street for several generations; it's an interesting glimpse into the life of a Hanoian in one of the oldest parts of town. Need a rest? Stop at Bia Hoi corner and pull up a plastic stool. Drink the local brew with the locals and make new friends.
Accommodation: Minerva Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Hanoi/Ha Long
Relax on a traditional junk boat cruise around Halong Bay and indulge in an included seafood lunch. This afternoon, explore Halong Bay by kayak for a different perspective.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Cruise through majestic Ha Long Bay on a traditional wooden junk boat. Enjoy your time afloat eating fresh seafood, and exploring Sung Sot cave. Spend a peaceful night anchored in the bay under the stars. On rare occasion Halong Bay is closed to tourist vessels by the government authorities due to extreme weather conditions. Should this occur, an alternate activity will be provided.
Activity: Travel the narrower channels of Halong Bay by kayak. See rock gardens, dark sea caves, lagoons and limestone karsts. On rare occasion Halong Bay is closed to tourist vessels by the government authorities due to extreme weather conditions. Should this occur, an alternate activity will be provided.
Accommodation: Halong Private Boat (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Ha Long/Hanoi
Marvel at the limestone karsts of Halong Bay. Return to Hanoi in the mid-afternoon for a final night out.
Transport: Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
Accommodation: Minerva Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 10: Hanoi
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport
Hike, kayak, bicycle, bus, train, plane, junk boat.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Mai Chau Homestay, Mai Châu. Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour. Escorted cycling trips. Entrance to the Emperor's Tomb and Citadel. Countryside hike. Halong Bay overnight boat trip with seafood meals. Sea-kayaking and cave visit. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for G Adventures Tours

Travel with Confidence

Your safety, as well as the safety of employees and partners, has always been G Adventures top priority, which is why new physical distancing and cleaning measures have been put in place on all of the tours. New Travel with Confidence policy features new health and safety procedures from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, without taking away from having the time of your life. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as G Adventures continues to monitor local public health recommendations, but what won't change is the commitment to keeping you safe as you explore big, beautiful world.


Before you join us

Global Connection Officers

GCOs (the people who answer when you call us) are available 24/7 to help with any questions you have prior to your trip, so you can feel confident and safe before leaving. No matter what time of day, they're there to respond to you — even at 3AM. They'll be up to date on local regulations and restrictions and can guide you through your travel process as smoothly as possible. And if you don't feel well before travelling, there's the Book with Confidence policy that helps you reschedule your trip for when you do, which they can help you with too (terms & conditions apply). If you book flights with us and there are any changes, rest assured that the team will support you by making new arrangements on your behalf.

Smaller groups

Groups have always been small. This offers security, access, camaraderie, and a connection with your destination you won't get by travelling on bus tours or on your own. The average group size is 12, ensuring travellers can engage with each other without being squeezed together like sardines — and that was before physical distancing became a reality. Plus, if you have 8 or more friends you'd like to adventure with, you can reserve the entire trip!

My own room

If you're joining one of the small group tours on your own, good on ya! If you are a solo traveller sharing a room with someone, G Adventures will do their best to ensure they will be your roommate for the entire journey to support distancing efforts. G Adventures has 'My Own Rooms' available as an extra option for tours (pending availability), and they'll be offering more of these at more affordable prices to make it even easier to have a bit more space.


When you arrive

Chief Experience Officers

CEOs are responsible for ensuring you have the time of your life while keeping you as safe as possible. Here's how they're ready to do that:

  • They're trained in First Aid, CPR, and other safety protocols
  • They're supported 24/7 by the field staff in offices around the world who are well-equipped to handle emergencies
  • They can help you find local clinics if you're feeling sick
  • They'll receive new training to ensure they are up to date on all health and safety policies during these evolving times
  • They have extensive local knowledge to proactively help you navigate wherever you're travelling
  • Their local knowledge allows for greater flexibility when it comes to knowing the best time to visit certain highlights to avoid crowds whenever possible and suggesting the restaurants with the strictest hygiene practices or those where you can reserve your own table or room in advance
  • They'll wear face masks when necessary based on local guidelines and recommendations

You & your fellow travellers

Travellers' safety and wellbeing is G Adventures biggest concern. If you're not feeling well before your departure, G Adventures has a Book with Confidence policy that provides you with flexibility and freedom to delay leaving until you're back to 100% healthy (terms & conditions apply). If you have a fever or any other symptoms on tour, you may be required to have a doctor clear you before rejoining us. All travellers are requested to bring face coverings, whether they're buffs, face masks or bandanas (extra style points encouraged). G Adventures makes every effort to have hand sanitizer available, but recommend bringing your own.


While on tour

Planes, trains, automobiles and more

Small private transport vehicles

  • Every surface in G Adventures well-kept fleet of private vehicles will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • Each traveller will have a daily assigned seat
  • Hand-sanitizer will be required every time you board the vehicle
  • Facial coverings will be recommended while on-board
Boats
  • Every surface will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • High-traffic areas will receive more frequent cleaning
  • Hand-sanitizer or hand washing will be required every time you board the boat, as well as before and after meals
  • To support physical distancing, meals may have assigned seating and there will be assigned slots for activities and rooming
  • Facial coverings will be recommended and welcomed on-board
  • Your crew is trained in health and safety measures (including food handling) and all cooking staff will follow up-to-date advice from health authorities
Local transportation
  • Use of local transportation will be limited wherever possible. Please reference the Trip Details for each individual tour for specifics
  • If local transportation is used, precautions will be followed in adherence to local health and safety regulations to keep travellers safe and sound.

Where you'll be staying safe

G Adventures has always carefully selected accommodation partners for high standards and local roots. Travelling in small groups means that the stay is in smaller hotels too, with fewer guests — which means less daily contact with others outside your group in public spaces. Now G Adventures is working with accommodation partners to optimize their health, safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as creating additional measures for physical distancing. Here are some of the things G Adventures is working on to help keep you safe:

  • Daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surface areas inside your room with extra cleaning on light switches, door handles, TV remotes, and thermostats
  • No hotel staff will enter your room after it has been cleaned
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all public restrooms and all surfaces in public areas. This might include the closure of public spaces such as gyms, bars, restaurants, and meeting rooms for periods throughout the day
  • Wherever possible, groups will stay on the lower floors to limit elevator use
  • Hotels will implement social distancing protocols in line with local regulations
This is just the beginning of commitments to keeping you sleeping safe and sound. G Adventures will continue to evolve and roll-out these and additional policies as needed.

A good & safe place to eat

G Adventures has always carefully selected food service partners and worked closely with them to ensure they are meeting health, safety, and cleanliness standards with their facilities, staff training, and food preparation and delivery. Wherever possible, G Adventures will reserve separate tables or private rooms at the restaurants visited on the trip, opt for more "al fresco" opportunities when it is possible (gotta love that fresh air!), and ensure breakfasts can be "grab and go" boxes, while avoiding family style or self-serve buffets for meals. G Adventures wants you to feel comfortable and safe as you savour every last bite.

Activities

You've always had freedom and flexibility to do your own thing on tours with optional activities and experiences. Now, you'll still have those options with added measures to keep you healthy and safe. All equipment for activities on tour, including hiking poles, camping supplies, life jackets, snorkels, etc., will be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and disinfected between use. When travellers are responsible for putting up their own tents on camping itineraries, you will be given the supplies required to disinfect your gear. G Adventures will also do their best to make activities and highlights stops happen during non-peak hours, so you can have fun and feel safe no matter what you're doing.


Before you leave

A healthy goodbye

If you're not feeling well at the end of your tour for any reason, let your CEO know and they can help get you access to medical care and support. Because we want you to head home after a life-changing experience feeling just as good (let's be honest, way better) than when you left.

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Accommodations

Hotels (6 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt), homestay (1 nt).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.9

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I liked the variety of activities and the chance to opt out without undue pressure. I met some really fun people on this tour.

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