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Our small group trip to Vietnam caters to travelers in their 20s and 30s looking for picturesque old town architecture in Hoi An, soaring limestone landscapes in Halong Bay, and energetic streets full of history, motorbikes, and delicious cuisine in Hanoi.

We'll kick things off beneath brightly colored lanterns that hang between 400-year-old yellow stucco homes and shops in Vietnam's most atmospheric town to learn about this ancient culture. From there, we'll head to more remote parts of the country - Ninh Binh and Halong Bay - for local adventure and our first glimpse of Vietnam's iconic towering jungle landscapes. Eventually, we'll wind up in Hanoi, the bustling capital full of culture, fantastic food, chaotic streets, and hundreds of boutique shops (perfect for souvenir shopping!).

With adventurous local excursions and some of the world's best cuisine, the Vietnam trip is a uniquely moving and culturally immersive bucket list experience.

9 days/8 nights

starting at $2,599 USD

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Limited single room upgrades starting from $530 are available and can be added during booking, subject to availability.


Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.


  • All accommodations in a shared room with one other person with the option to upgrade to a private room (limited availability)

  • Flight from Hoi An to Hanoi

  • 8 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 3 lunches, and 6 dinners with some drinks included

  • Farewell dinner

  • Rooftop welcome drinks

  • Walking tour of Hoi An

  • Bike tour and local farming experience

  • Countryside lunch and Tam Coc river float

  • Guided visit to Bich Dong Pagoda

  • Two night cruise excursion on the magical Halong Bay, including early morning Tai Chi, visit to an ancient cave, kayaking, and more

  • Hanoi Vespa food tour

  • Farewell drinks

  • Local guide on numerous days & tours

  • FTLO Trip Leader

*All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

not included

  • Flights (fly into Hoi An and out of Hanoi)

  • Airport transfers

  • Mandatory trip insurance 

  • E-visa for Vietnam (budget approx. $51)

  • Meals not mentioned (budget around $200)

  • Incidental expenses (budget $100)

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day by day

*Itinerary is subject to change

Day by day
Day 1 - Hoi An
Xin Chào

We'll begin our journey through Vietnam along the ancient streets of this stunning coastal village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consistently named one of the most beautiful towns in Southeast Asia. 

After you settle into your hotel, meet up with the group for rooftop drinks overlooking the excitement, followed by a delicious modern Vietnamese dinner. From there, head out to spend the rest of your first night in Vietnam wandering the ancient lantern-lit streets of Hoi An with your new travel crew.  

Welcome to Vietnam.

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Day 2 - Hoi An
Like a local

Enjoy a quiet morning and your first delicious breakfast before joining a local guided walking tour for a dive into Vietnam's history, culture, and cuisine.

After that, you're free to crisscross through Hoi An's old streets on your own before meeting up with the group for a leisurely bike ride into the countryside. We'll twist through stunning scenes of winding village paths and lush rice paddies—the views are superb and we're likely to have this little bit of paradise all to ourselves (P.S. if you can't ride a bike, we can arrange a tuk-tuk for you!).

With the Truong Son Mountains in the distance, you'll join a Vietnamese family for a unique farming experience and a deeper look into local life. Then, round out the day with a cooking class where you'll prepare your own authentic Vietnamese dinner.

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Day 3 - Hoi An
Old Town Strolls

Today's free to relax or explore with friends. Catch up on sleep if you need to, then grab some more of that oh so delicious cà phê sua đá and a bánh mì for breakfast. Stroll between the cracked walls of the ancient town or get your final fittings on that brand new áo dài.

If you're up for some exercise, split a cab to the Marble Mountains and explore the caves, passageways, and ancient temples. Take your time climbing the 156 steps to the top; the views of the East Sea, Danang, and Hoi An make it completely worthwhile.

Grab a lift back to Hoi An and walk across the bridge over the Thu Bồn River to check out the stalls beneath the hanging lanterns of one of Vietnam's most romantic night markets.




Day 4 - Ninh Binh

After a short flight up to Hanoi, we'll head out of the city in our private transfer to the limestone jungles of Ninh Binh.

We'll grab lunch at a local restaurant, and then we're visiting a surreal region of caves and rocky overhangs that stretches along the Ngo Dong River. Surrounded by wild scenery, we'll take a two-hour boat trip downstream, past rugged mountains, rice paddies, and ancient temples poking out of the jungle.

After a day spent cruising in limestone paradise, you're evening is free; find a local spot with little red plastic chairs, grab a drink and some tasty Bún Chả, and take in your unreal surroundings with the crew.


Day 5 - Ha Long Bay
To the Bay

Today, we're getting up bright and early to make our way to the coast. We'll board a beautiful boat and head off to explore Halong Bay and its endless expanse of rocky jungled islands.

After you settle into your cabin at sea and enjoy a chef-prepared 3-course meal, you can choose to either visit an ancient island cave or check out a local fishing village to learn about the traditional Halong way of life.

That evening, enjoy cocktails on deck while watching the sunset floating between Halong Bay's otherworldly rock formations.

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Day 6 - Ha Long Bay

Wake up early to start your day with a sunrise Tai Chi session on the top deck with one hell of a seaside view, or sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board.

After that, it's time for a 4-course lunch as we cruise through thousands of limestone islands and islets in search of more secluded areas to swim, kayak, or soak up the sun.

That evening, relax on the sundeck with a good book, play cards with your new friends, or chat with the friendly boat staff about their lives in Vietnam over a Bia Hà Nội.



Day 7 - Hanoi
vespa adventure

Get up early if you're in the mood for some more sunrise Tai Chi before we head back to land and make our way to the capital and largest city in northern Vietnam—Hanoi!

We'll arrive in the early afternoon, and you'll have some free time to settle in or explore a bit on your own. Our hotel is in the middle of town, with easy access to lively local shops, restaurants, and cafes!

In the evening, hop on the back of a Vespa for the ride of your life through Hanoi's action-packed neighborhoods with stops at the most delicious in-the-know foodie spots in town. We'll end the night with cocktails at a jazz club hidden behind the old opera house!


Day 8 - Hanoi
Hello Hanoi

Head out to join a walking tour and learn more about Hanoi's fascinating culture. With a history that dates back 10-20,000 years, the eclectic capital is known for its complex cuisine, ancient architecture, energetic nightlife, and ornate hand-made goods.

The afternoon is open for you to wander on your own; we highly recommend checking out the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum or wandering the old streets of the French Quarter before sitting down for a bowl of delicious pho like the locals.

That evening, we'll meet up for drinks to watch the sun set over Hanoi before our farewell dinner. The rest of the evening is for you and your new travel crew to enjoy some Saturday night mischief in Vietnam's hustling and bustling capital:)

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Day 9 - Hanoi

Sadly, today is our last day together in this incredible country. We'll enjoy one final breakfast with the group before heading our separate ways. The hotel can store your bags if you have a later flight (which we recommend!) and want to do some more exploring on your own!

If you've got a few more days, consider flying south to Ho Chi Minh City, the chaotic, action-packed economic powerhouse in southern Vietnam, and then heading off to the Cu Chi Tunnels to learn more about the nation's history.

From there, you could keep going south to visit the Mekong Delta or even find a super cheap beach resort down on Phu Quoc island.

Fast facts

"Travel not to escape life, but so life doesn’t escape you."


Just for fun

Vietnam tour for 20 somethings

Vietnam is home to 54 unique ethnic groups.

Vietnam group tour

Motorbikes are the most common form of transport in Vietnam.


Cà phê trứng - or coffee prepared with egg yolk - is a popular way to enjoy coffee in Vietnam! And it's so deliciously creamy, like a mini cup of tiramisu.

Trip notes

  • While we can’t guarantee private rooms, you should book your trip earlier if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.

  • You will need a Tourist Visa to enter Vietnam. You can obtain a visa upon arrival by applying online prior to the trip. Processing time generally takes anywhere from 7-10 business days and will cost around $65. For all other nationalities, please check here​​. 

  • More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions can be found here.

  • Keep an open mind that we are traveling to a developing country - we do our best to stick to the itinerary, but be flexible and aware that changes may occur.

  • We can accommodate dietary requirements, but we do need to know ahead of time. Severe nut allergies will be more difficult since nut oils are used frequently in the local food.


Vietnam is a country of stunning natural beauty, rich culture, and delicious food. It is also a nation with a complex and fascinating history. In the years since the Vietnam War, the country has experienced a remarkable recovery. Today, travelers from all over the world crisscross the country known for its friendly people, breathtaking scenery, and delicious food on Vietnam vacation packages or independently.

GOod to know

  • The national language is Vietnamese.

  • The national currency is the Vietnamese Dong.

  • Tipping is not customary in Vietnam but greatly appreciated. 

  • The closest airport is Danang International Airport (DAD). The departure airport is Hanoi International (HAN).

  • Bottled water is recommended and is your best bet for staying healthy.

  • The weather can change drastically. Pack smart and be prepared for heat, humidity and rain!

  • Vietnam is a cash-based economy. Be prepared to use cash more than your credit cards. 

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Fly into Da Nang / Hoi An (DAD)

You'll need to be in Hoi An by 2pm on Day 1. We do recommend flying in earlier to have some time to explore the city on your own!

Fly out of Hanoi (HAN)

We recommend flying out of Hanoi on day 9 or extending your trip and enjoying a few more days in Vietnam.

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*FTLO is not responsible for any fees or costs related to flights. We strongly suggest that all travelers wait until they receive the official FTLO Greenlight Email to book flights. This will be sent 3-4 months prior to the start date of your trip.


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