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Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and beyond

The very best of Vietnam  |  17 days

This programme embraces Vietnam’s key scenic and cultural highlights: Enjoy the mountain highlands and cool hill station temperatures of Sapa, staying in local homes and trekking into the hills to visit hill tribes and their colourful markets. Explore some of Halong Bay’s 3,000 spectacular limestone outcrops by boat. Cruise on the Perfume River, take a bike ride into the tranquil countryside at Hoi An and end at the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s fertile ‘rice-bowl’.


Day 1: Fly to Hanoi

Days 2&3: Hanoi and overnight Victoria Express train to Lao Cai, near the Chinese border

Day 4: Enjoy the cool temperatures of the hill station at Sapa

Day 5: Trek to Ta Van, visiting hill tribes

Day 6: Trek to Ban Ho, stay in local homes

Day 7: Trek to Su Pan and drive to Sapa

Day 8: Train to Hanoi

Day 9: Explore some of the 3000 spectacular limestone outcrops, cliffs, arches and coves of Halong Bay

Day 10: Hanoi

Day 11: Fly to Hue, the old imperial capital

Day 12: Cruise down the Perfume River before visiting Danang, the centre of the Cham Dynasty

Day 13: Danang/Hoi an

Day 14: Fly to Saigon

Day 15: Visit Saigon, a vibrant blend of modern and traditional

Day 16: Explore the Mekong Delta, the ‘rice-bowl’ of Vietnam

Day 17: Fly to London


guide price £3,195 per person



Trip report for Indochina


Fiona’s travel tips

FOR THE ACTIVE: Kayaking in Halong Bay.

MY FAVOURITE PLACE: Luang Prabang — sitting cross legged on the pavement at dawn watching the silent procession of orange-robed monks coming down the street towards me during the giving of alms.

BEST TIME TO GO : November to March


Cambodia: 14½ hours (indirect)
Laos: 15 hours (indirect)
Vietnam: 16 hours (indirect)


Clients’ comments 

“We had a brilliant hugely enjoyable trip and liked the Pandaw Mekong very much.”

Euan and Su Bowater, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand

“With the sole exception of the road to Ha Long Bay, we loved our three weeks in Vietnam travelling from Hanoi to Saigon, via the old imperial capital of Hue, the charming 17th-century trading post of Hoi An, the beaches of Nha Trang, the kitsch-veneered, faded elegance of Dalat (an old French hill station, where Graham tried the splendid golf course) and a couple of delightful days boating and cycling along the Mekong Delta. We didn’t want to leave Saigon. Particularly when we found it was snowing in London. But here we are, from 35C to freezing in 12 hours.”

Sue & Graham Bell, Vietnam


“The Vietnam trip was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed it – memorable for all the right reasons. In particular the hotels were well-chosen and uniformly of a very high standard, and each had its own individual character. Our local guides were also excellent – friendly, efficient and very informative.” 

Andrew and Suzanne Mounstephen, Vietnam

“The trip was awesome. I think the best I can say for our group is that we did not want it to end. We are still talking about how wonderful it was.”

Mrs Kate Huey and family, Indochina

“A fascinating historical and cultural insight and a wonderful trip all round.”

Mr and Mrs Stephen Scott-Smith, Cambodia/Vietnam

“All made very easy for us which is what we wanted… Excellent choice of hotels and flights”.

Mr and Mrs Walter Johnson, Pandaw River Cruise, Vietnam/Cambodia