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Hanoi to Hoi An - 10 Days

Hanoi to Hoi An

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Hanoi to Hoi An - 10 Days

Hanoi to Hoi An

5 star review 92 Reviews

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£1 deposit
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From £799£749
Almost Everything Included
Awesome Accommodation (2 per room)
Perfect for Solo Travellers
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Trip Highlights

When you think of travelling Vietnam you imagine crazy streets, local flavours, colourful lanterns and breathtaking scenery. Our Hanoi to Hoi An adventure is 10 days of just that! From meeting the locals in Ninh Binh to cruising in Ha Long Bay by Junk boat. This Vietnam group tour is packed full of epic adventures from start to finish. If you don’t have time for our longer Vietnam trips then this 10 day adventure will definitely feed your appetite for Asia.

What’s Included

Accommodation? Check! Activities? Yep. Guides? Of course! Meals? We threw in a bunch to keep you going!

We’ve got you covered 😉


Hanoi: Day 1-2

We’ll pick you up from the airport, get you checked in and introduce you to your new travel buddies. There is no better way to get settled in than a walking tour through the narrow streets and tasting some of the local flavours. Once we’ve stuffed our faces it’s time to jump on our 3 wheeled rickshaws to explore the rest. By night we head to ‘Beer Street’, grab a stool and see where this crazy city takes us!

Ha Long Bay: Day 3

Today we jump aboard a traditional Junk Boat and cruise through 1 of the 7 natural wonders of the world - Ha Long Bay. Once all settled in, we enjoy lunch with the most incredible views...just epic! This afternoon we adventure through caves on kayaks and cool off with a swim before sipping cocktails for sunset 🌅

Ninh Binh: Day 4-5

We wake up onboard before adventuring further off the beaten track to Ninh Binh - home of the recent King Kong movie ‘Skull Island’. Allow us to introduce you to our local friends at our family homestay...it doesn’t get much more local than this! Day 5 is an adventure cycling through the untouched countryside, cruising on traditional paddle boats & 360 views of the Ninh Binh Valley from the Dragon Mountain.

Hue: Day 6

We spend our short time in Hue visiting the poorer more rural communities. Our Vietnamese guide educates us on local life and gives us an insight into the work that we are doing at Feel Free Travel to support children in these areas and their education. Hue is the cultural centre of Vietnam and the gateway to the most iconic road in Vietnam - the Hai Van Pass. We cruise the pass taking in the mountain views and stopping at some of our favourite spots to cool off.

Hoi An: Day 7-10

Welcome to one of our favorite spots in South East Asia. Our time in Hoi An will be filled with a cooking class on the river, spinning around in bamboo basket boats, making your own lantern, enjoying some chill time at the beach or even visiting a local tailor to get some super cheap clothes made! The lantern city will steal your hearts with jaw dropping beauty and artsy vibes.

Vietnam Hanoi to Hoi An - 10 Days Map

Where We Stay

The accommodation in Vietnam is something we do better than anyone else! From the cabins onboard our Ha Long Bay junk boat to the warm family feeling from our Ninh Binh homestay. When we’re not out having an awesome time, you’re relaxing in our unique & comfortable accommodation.

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Trip Details

What’s Included

Start: Hanoi Finish: Hoi An
Tour Length: 10 days
Travel Style: Fully Guided
Avg Group Size: 12 - 16
Age Range: 18 - 39
No. of Activities: 15+
No. of Included Meals: 13
Tour Price: From £749 per person

What’s included for the price:

  • All activities & local experiences
  • Secret spots along the way
  • Twin/double share accommodation
  • Local Guides & a Western Group Leader
  • Airport pickup on arrival
  • Private WhatsApp group
  • No Hidden Costs!
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas & Vaccinations
  • Flights to/from Vietnam
Included Activities & Experiences
  • Hanoi Walking Tour
  • City Rickshaw Ride
  • Local Street Food Experience
  • Ha Long Bay Overnight Cruise
  • Kayaking around Ha Long Bay
  • Local Homestay Experience
  • Bicycle Tour Ninh Binh
  • Boat Trip Ninh Binh
  • Dragon Mountain Viewpoint
  • Hue Street Food Markets
  • Local Community Project Hue
  • Cruise the Hai Van Pass by road
  • Experience Hoi An Nightlife
  • Lantern Making Class
  • Beach time in Hoi An
  • Traditional Basket Boat Experience
  • Visit Local Markets in Hoi An
  • Authentic Riverside Cooking Class
Trip Preparation

Do I need a visa?

For some, Vietnam is an easy place to visit with a simple ‘Visa on Arrival’ process. This isn’t for everyone but there are 13 nationalities that qualify including the UK (not including Ireland). For those of you looking to stay longer or if you don’t qualify for the Visa on Arrival you’ll need to apply for an E-Visa. You’ll be awarded a 30 day tourist visa and it costs a whopping $25 USD (pretty cheap if you ask me 😃).

You can apply for a 1 month e-visa via the official ‘National Web Portal of Immigration’ here. There is a whole FAQ section to help with any concerns you might have, you can find that here. It’s important to allow at least 5-7 working days for the visa to be processed.

What vaccinations do I need?

There are no specific vaccinations that you need for any of the destinations we travel but there are vaccinations that your doctor may recommend having as a precaution. That's why we advise just paying a visit to your local GP if you’re unsure. They will know what jabs you’ve previously had and which you need to update. All destinations and areas we travel are low risk but best to be on the safe side. Click here for a useful resource provided by the UK government.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

It’s super important that you get yourself covered for your trip with us. It’s not expensive and certainly does give you and your loved ones peace of mind. We actually require all customers to show proof of cover at the beginning of the tour. We’ll need to see your name, area of cover and dates that the insurance is valid.

Will I receive a packing list?

You sure will, 6-8 weeks before the trip we’ll be sending an ‘Arrival Guide’ with a bunch of information to help you prepare for the trip. This will include safety and cultural tips plus a packing list.

Should I bring a suitcase or backpack?

Most people do prefer travelling with a backpack and it’s generally easier when moving around but it’s not uncommon for some travellers to bring a suitcase. We suggest bringing something you are comfortable with carrying and lugging around.

Is there a limit to my luggage weight?

We suggest not going crazy with the packing and keeping it simple. Try and bring loose/floaty clothing that isn’t too thick or heavy. No need to bring heels or walking boots. We limit the luggage to 20kg per person. Best to leave the kitchen sink behind 🤣

Are there laundry services on tour?

Throughout the trip there will be a few opportunities to do laundry but we always suggest bringing enough underwear and essentials for the full trip. Your Group Leader will let you know the best time to do laundry but this usually doesn’t happen until 4 or 5 days into the tour.

Do I need to bring a towel?

At all the hotels we stay there will be towels provided to be used for showering and freshening up. We suggest buying a microfibre towel as they are small and dry fast for using on the beach and swimming.

How much spending money do I need?

You don’t need much at all considering almost all of the big ticket items are included! We suggest no less than £300 to be safe. Some people spend less and some more, it really depends on your spending habits. If you love shopping or are prone to a few more big nights than the average person then you could spend more. You can spend far less if you are tight with your budget but this kind of average works well for most.

What's the best way to manage my money?

We always recommend when travelling to a new country that you have some form of local currency with you. Having some money exchanged already will give you something to spend at the airport when you land.

We would recommend getting a Wise card as they have great exchange rates and it stops you from getting stung by your bank for withdrawing overseas. Wise cards don’t just make things easier but they make it safer as you can use your main bank account as a backup.

Will there be a Whatsapp group?

There sure will! Some people like it to be a surprise and meet their new travel family when they arrive… others want to get chatting straight away. We’ve got our own private Facebook group, Feel Free Family, for you to meet other travellers. Add yourself into the group and make a post asking who else has booked or thinking about booking the same date as you. We’ll be setting up the private Whatsapp group 2 weeks before the tour and we’ll invite you in via a link in the ‘Welcome Email’.

Your Arrival

When should I arrive on Day 1?

We suggest aiming to arrive as early as possible on the 1st day, this isn’t essential but we’ll head out for dinner and drinks around 5pm. If you get in during the morning/early afternoon you’ll have time to relax, have a shower and go for a wander. Don’t stress if you can’t find a flight that works, the main activities start on the morning of day 2.

Can I arrive a day or 2 early?

You sure can! We actually recommend it to those people doing longer journeys as you’ll no doubt be tired and appreciate that time to recharge before we get stuck into it.

Will I get an airport pickup?

Anyone staying at our accommodation that arrives on Day 1 or decides to book extra nights with us will be picked up by our trusted drivers at the airport. They’ll be stood waiting at the airport with a Feel Free Travel sign so you’ll have no issues finding them 👍🏼

Which airport should I choose in Hanoi?

You’ll be glad to know there is only 1 big international airport in Hanoi and it’s ‘Noi Bai International Airport’.

How do I know where to meet at the airport?

We’ll send everyone up to date arrival instructions 2 weeks before the trip with exactly where to meet the driver. Once you get picked up we’ll get you back to the hotel and checked in. If your flight is running late don’t worry, we’ll be tracking it on Google and will wait for you to arrive.

What’s the plan on Day 1?

We will pick you up from the airport and get you all settled in. If you arrive earlier in the day then we’ll give you some ideas of things to do so that you can explore the local area with others that have already arrived. In the evening it’s time to meet your new travel family and we’ll take you out to one of our favourite spots for dinner and drinks.

Is there Wifi on tour?

Almost all of our accommodations on all of our trips have free WIFI so you can contact your friends and family back at home whilst you’re travelling. There are certain places we visit that don't but we will always give you a heads up well in advance so that you can prepare and let your loved ones know at home you may be unreachable.

After the Trip

What time does the tour finish?

All our tours finish on the morning of the final day, this will give you plenty of time to get back to the airport ready for that flight home or onto your next destination.

What happens after my tour?

It really depends from group to group… sometimes we’ll have a whole bunch of people hanging out once the tour has finished, travelling for days, weeks or even months together. But in others you’ll have many people going separate ways. As the trip unfolds you’ll soon learn about each other's travel plans and share ideas for what adventures lie ahead. The hardest part is saying your goodbyes and giving your last big hugs to the people who are leaving straight after the trip finishes.

Can I get help with return airport transfers?

You sure can, our Group Leaders are available throughout the trip to chat about your onward travel plans. They will be there to offer help and assistance when it comes to booking flights, taxis, buses, and ferries. It’s always a good idea to get your flights booked before you arrive including any internal flights for after your tour.

When should I book my return flight?

It’s a good idea to book your return flight late afternoon or even later that evening on the final day. This will give you plenty of time to get back to the airport ready for that connecting flight. Departing earlier than this can cause issues and is not advised.

Can I stay extra longer and extend my trip?

You sure can, we don’t offer the option to extend your stay but our awesome Group Leaders are eager to help and support your onward travel plans. You’ll no doubt get ideas from other group members as the trip unfolds so best to just keep those ideas to yourself until you meet the group.

I’m doing more than 1 trip, how do I book my connecting flight?

We’ve actually written a whole blog on this as it’s pretty important you arrive as early as possible. Click here to read more.

Do I get help with onward travel?

It would be a real shame to lock up all our travel tips. Some people are just on a short break from work and others are on a slightly longer backpacking adventure. Either way your Group Leader will help you plan anything from a return airport transfer to giving you a bunch of awesome ideas for the rest of your time in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I travel solo/come alone?

Absolutely! Our trips are built for solo travellers and believe us… sharing new experiences with a group of new friends is one of the best things you can do. A large majority of the people that travel with us are 1st time travellers doing it alone so don’t worry, you’ll never be alone with us.

What’s the average age of people on these trips?

Our trips are specifically targeted towards individuals who are young at heart. If you’re between the ages of 18-39 and keen for a new adventure you’re welcome to join us. We’ve found that the average age of our travellers is 22-32, we also get young travellers straight out of school as well as working professionals in their mid to late 30s.

How big are the group sizes?

We keep our group sizes small with an average of 12-16 people per group so that everyone gets to know each other and experience things at a pace that is enjoyable for all.

What’s included in the price?

We include most of the big ticket items like accommodation, activities, local experiences, secret stops, local guides, a western group leader and a bunch of meals. We also include an airport pickup on arrival!

What’s not included?

You’ll just need to sort your international flights, travel insurance, visas and spending money 🙌🏼

Do we stay in hostels or hotels?

The accommodation on our trips is something we do better than anyone else and our tours definitely wouldn’t be the same without the awesome places we stay. We’ve handpicked these places to give you the perfect balance of comfort, security and convenience. We really do love where we stay and so do all our happy travellers 😍

For all solo travellers we will pair you up with other travellers of the same sex… girls with girls & guys with guys. If you are travelling with a friend let us know and we can put you together… same if you are travelling as a couple, we will arrange a double room where possible!

Do you cater for specific dietary/allergy requirements?

We will make every effort to accommodate your dietary requirements and ensure that you have meals along the way. Please provide details about your dietary needs during the booking process and again during check-in to help us prepare for your arrival.

Can I combine more than 1 trip together?

It’s very common for our travellers to combine 2 or more of our trips together. We’ve actually built our group schedule to allow you to do just that. You can often finish 1 trip on the same day another trip is just starting. After all, flight tickets are not cheap, you might as well maximise your experience if you have the time!

How do I book?

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We always recommend reserving your spot before booking your flight. When our trips are full… unfortunately they are FULL 😬 Checkout our ’How it Works’ page for more information on booking your trip!!

This all seems too good to be true, how do I know it’s legit?

This is a question we recently added to our FAQs as we hear it time and time again so we wanted to give you all a few ways to verify who we are

Is This For You?

Are you ready to grab a tiny stool, sit on the street with a beer and taste some of Asia’s most delicious food? If so then this trip is definitely for you! Most people travel solo or others bring a friend, either way by the end of this adventure you’ll have a bunch of new buddies for life.

Looking for a longer adventure? Let’s grab a sand board and test our skills on the dunes of Mui Ne before venturing further south to learn about the fascinating culture of Ho Chi Minh City.

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