Our trip to Vietnam was out of this world! Th...
Nov 18 - Nov 26, 2023
Our trip to Vietnam was out of this world! The trip planning was super easy with Camellia, and she accommodated all our ideas on the trip plan. We had absolutely no issues on the trip! The smoothest trip I have had in my life! All our guides and drivers were amazing and super nice. Shoutout to Daniel in Hanoi and Thanh in HCM City. We visited Hanoi, Pu Luong, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay and HCM City. We had tours every day; our favorites were the Mekong Delta Tour, where we stopped by a local shop and enjoyed some tea and local fruits and bought handmade coconut candy; we also loved our Ha Long Bay Cruise; our guide, Cong was AMAZING and it was super fun, one of the highlights of the trip was kayaking to a beach and swimming in Ha Long Bay. Ninh Binh was also out of this world; I recommend it 100%! We did a two-hour hike with Daniel in Pu Luong, despite it not being harvest time, the rice paddies looked stunning, filled with water. The sunset reflecting on them prompted us to appreciate the beauty of nature, and witnessing the dedicated work of the locals in the area only deepened our admiration. Our hotels were all super good! The locations were super central, allowing us to walk around in our free time. We also had the Footprint Travel team check on us every few days, which was super valuable. We also enjoyed the gastronomy, history, and culture of Vietnam! It's such a BEAUTIFUL country with the sweetest people. It's definitely on my list to go back and explore other areas. Thank you, Camellia, for this amazing trip that my mom and I will forever remember!
It has a central location and has super nice staff! Also has a super nice rooftop for drinks.
You will wake up to the most beautiful sunrise ever! Expect some insects around the area as it is in the middle of nature, however, the room was really big and they have a super nice common area.
The cruise is AMAZING! It has super nice staff and super fun as all the activities are for all the people on the cruise. As it is a small cruise, it allows you to meet other travelers and we had the best guide ever! The food was also really good!
I loved that our guide took us to places we probably would not have found ourselves. Our favorites were the Green Papaya Salad and the cooked rice cakes
One of our favorite tours! The people in the Mekong were the nicest! The highlight was visiting a coconut candy workshop where we bought local products!
This tour was really complete; we started with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where you can not take any photos but it is pretty impressive. Our guide was super informative and told us everything about Vietnam's recent history and Ho Chi Minh's role. Then we visited the Temple of Literature, which was super pretty and interesting. We enjoyed local lunch and then we could choose between a museum or a prison. We chose the prison, which was also super interesting! We ended the day with a water puppet show and a cyclo ride around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. It was a really complete tour!
Mai Chau was a complete surprise for us! We stopped there for a short hike around the rice paddy fields and had lunch there. It is a super beautiful village and a great first contact with nature. It was good that we only went there for lunch as apparently it gets quite busy with tourists and locals, and we also went on a Monday, which really helped! The food and the views were amazing. Then we drove to Pu Luong, which was astonishing. The hike was beautiful, and it was great that our guide gave us the option on how long we wanted the hike to last, we decided on 2 hours, and it was the best option, as the route we took gave us the most amazing views.
The boat ride in Ninh Binh was beautiful, it lasted for two hours, and we went through four different natural caves, which was one of the highlights!
One of the highlights of our trip was our Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise. The boat was super comfortable and cosy as we where not many people. The crew was super nice, and our guide was amazing! Kayaking to the beach and swimming in the bay was a memory we will always remember
It was really special the cave visit we did as we ended up in a beach with amazing views! We also had a super fun cooking class back on the cruise.
The Cu Chi tunnels were really fun and interesting! It is a long drive from the city but totally worth it! We enjoyed an amazing lunch with our guide (not included in the tour), who took us to a great restaurant he knew. Our HCM City tour was also really good!