You will be met by Our Porky’s Rep in your Hotel in Hanoi at the start of your Ultimate Vietnam Tour with Porky’s Packers.

Starting point HANOI/HCMC

It doesn’t matter whether you are traveling north or south, the same tour applies just the opposite

direction. One from North to south and vice versa.

Hanoi

Being the capital, Hanoi is bursting with hustle with a side of bustle. You wouldn’t need to spend more than a couple of nights here. Porky’s Packers recommend it as a pit­stop on your journey to Halong Bay and Sa Pa. Ho Hoan Kiem lake works as the central hub, and serves as an escape from the city that surrounds it. An array of museums to keep you occupied in the day, along with a plenty of restaurants, shops and rooftop bars by night to watch the city glow with life into the darkness.

Halong Bay

Around 4 hours east of Hanoi sits an Archipelago, a maze of islands scattered across 150 mile stretch. Jagged limestone rocks covered in vibrant green vegetation sit in a pool of glistening turquoise, a natural wonder of the world. Caves sit hidden inside the rock, you’ll be given the opportunity to explore the largest one for yourself. Unearthly stalactites reach down for you like witches fingers. Whilst the dank dark atmosphere harbours the sense you’re intruding into her home. Porky’s recommends kayaking and this should not be missed. Getting up close to the rocks as you glide along the water. Head through a tunnel to reach a lagoon that’s home to many macaque monkeys that live along the rock face. Make sure you stop at Cat Ba Island, it is the largest of the 366 islands spanning 260 km2 and home to Cat Ba national park. A great place to find some tough but rewarding trekking. Half way through the ascent, the stone steps gently transform into jungle floor. You climb your way to the peak of the mountain, wipe away the beads of sweat that roll down your face and reap the reward for your efforts. Gazing miles out into dense emerald jungle.

Sa Pa

A 10 hour train ride through the dark of the night will take you from Hanoi to Lao Chai, close the to the border of China. From there it takes an hour to bus north and reach Sa Pa, a 15th century village that sits 1500m high, nestled in the eastern edge of the Himalayan mountains. You will learn about the history and culture of ancient Vietnam here. The hillside is scattered with villages that are built into the surroundings. Each village has it’s own dialect although they are merely kilometres apart. It’s cooler here, mist gathers at the tops of mountains and in winter there is often a lot of snow. When you come to Sapa you come to experience real trekking, the steady pace and unruly terrain because you learn to live only in the now. The breathtaking layers of mountainous farmland and the graduated greens that hover in your periphery, equal to a sense of peace and tranquility you will have never felt before. The trek itself can be strenuous but the local ladies gather around offering their hand to help you. They hop through the terrain with ease and finesse whether they be at the age of 7 or 70 and they do so with babies and baskets strapped to their backs whilst weaving strands of hemp or creating sculptures or of leaves. This is a Porky’s Packers gem for all you mad backpacking adventurers out there!!

Hue

You then catch a 10 hr bus ride with sleeper beds where you can have a 40 winks on your way. You do have the option to fly with our recommended airline but we at Porky’s advise to do it the real way and that’s soak up the bus journey, have a few vodkas and play a game of cards with like minded Porky’s People.
This City is unearthed with an array of historic sites including the Citadel, Elaborate Emperor’s Tombs and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Visit the Spiral Foundation, where the death and mute workers teach you how to make local handicrafts.

Hoi An

Imagine a little town that buzzes by day and glows by night. There are no cars in the road,
because when it comes to winding through the market streets only a bicycle will do. Built around
the 15th century and recognised as a world heritage site, the ancient city of Hoi An has a unique
feel to it unlike anywhere in the world.

The towns are old but beautiful buildings are sprinkled with shops, offering tailored clothing,
jewellery forged from the famous marble mountain and everything in between. The Thu Bon river
runs through the historical port and is framed by a variety of restaurants and bars. All serving up
fantastic traditional vietnamese cuisine with extremely cheap beer, coming alive at night when the
river is speckled with floating lanterns and live music plays out from the boats. To top it all off, the
fantastic Cua Dai beach is within riding distance from the town centre. White sand, plenty of
sunbeds and very clean. As a result of regular cyclones from the Philippines you’ll have some
monster waves hitting the shore. So grab a body board form the restaurant and go have some
fun.

The Porky’s Team recommend taking a guided motorcycle tour from Hue to Hoian to experience
the famous H?i Vân Pass which crosses over a spur of the Tru?ng Son (Annamite) Range that
emerges from the west and juts into the South China Sea, forming the H?i Vân Peninsula and the
adjoining Son Tra Island. The pass, which once formed the boundary between the kingdoms of Ð?i
Vi?t and Champa, also forms a boundary between the climates of northern and southern Vietnam,
sheltering the city of Da Nang from the “Chinese winds” that blow in from the northwest. During the
winter months (November–March), for instance, weather on the north side of the pass might be wet
and cold, while the south side might be warm and dry. The pass is renowned for its scenic beauty.

Presenter Jeremy Clarkson, host of the BBC motoring programme Top Gear, featured the pass
during the show’s 2008 Vietnam Special, calling the road “a deserted ribbon of perfection—one of the
best coast roads in the world.”

Nha Trang

The city sits 250 km north of Muie ne. it has a great beach stretching the length of the city, with a
plethora of up scale restaurants, sun beds, spa’s & various water sports activity’s. Central park
sits parallel to the shore, boasting its own swimming pool and spa for that welcomed pampering.

There’s plenty to keep you busy here, such as Vinpearl, a theme park situated on an island just of
the shore which is accessible by cable­car. As well as various island tours for snorkelling and
scuba or visiting local fishing villages. Last but no means least, a one of a kind full scale pirate
ship that is actually an aquarium. Here you can marvel at the large collection of unusual fish and
even sharks. The highlight has to be the turtle feeding area, an experience you will take with you
forever.

Porky’s also give you an added adventure option to visit Da Lat. This is where we can go
abseiling down waterfalls (see extra add – ons to add this to your tour).

Mui Ne

A little costal town which used to be just an isolated stretch of sand. Times have certainly
changed with a long stretch of swanky beach resorts backing on to the ocean and swish
restaurants to go with it. As a kite surfing hot spot thanks to the Philippines typhoons this fishing
village is attracting more tourists every year. It is easy to find freshly caught seafood served up
deliciously BBQ’d in many restaurants and street vendors.

One of Mui Ne’s main attractions is it’s dunes, venture north to find them. Once there you will be
confronted with gargantuan mounds that will cause you to remind yourself you’re in Vietnam and
not the Sahara. It’s lovely and warm here, which means the sand will almost burn your feet around
mid­day, so perhaps travel here to watch a sunset before dune surfing your way to the bottom.

A special mention to a place called ‘The Fairy Stream’. A small stream tucked away behind a
shop. Journey up a small trickling stream with a soft sandy bed. The landscape frames your walk
with vibrant shades of orange rock face. Trickling water causes the sand to ooze out and swirl
together like an artist’s pallet. A great experience at a bargain price.
The Porky’s People recommend riding Ostriches, a fantastic ride. A great story to tell people in
years to come! Also, Quad biking through the sand dunes is a delight not to be missed. The
adrenaline packed buzz will leave you shaking with thrills until the mind settles down.

Ho Chi Minh City

The city also known as Saigon has a lot of history that explains why it has grown into such a
metropolis. A labyrinth of intertwining streets that house a wide variety of quirky shops, roof top
bars, authentic vietnamese restaurants and much more. It echoes large cities like New York or
London but with hundreds of mopeds on streets rather than yellow taxis or black cabs.
Highlights of this city include: Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens ­ the 8th oldest zoo in the world
which is reflected by the size of the ancient trees which provide that all important shade. It’s
variety of exotic animals and a great reptile house is a must see.

The War Remnants Museum ­- A real eye opener, the museum houses such exhibitions exposing
war crime and aggression through graphic photography and text depicting the effects of agent
orange and napalm and phosphorus bombs. Hard to believe this was happening only 40 years
ago.

Dam Sen Water Park –  ­ 10 water­slides, a lazy river, wave pool and a space bowl that will have
you running around for hours.

Cu Chi Tunnels – During the Vietnam war this place hit devastation but the series of tunnels that
span 250km across three levels deep underground where it’s saving grace. A unique day out,
make it one of yours.

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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 25
Maximum number of people: 10
Location: Vietnam, Halong Bay, Sa Pa, Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi
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Tour’s Program

Arrive in Hanoi and make your own way by taxi to one of Porky’s Places this will be given to you in your voucher booking. Enjoy your first night in the bustling city and soak up the atmosphere and vibe. Next Day Pick from our hostel at 9am and you will be taken to the magnificent Halong Bay. Then step on board the vessel from a glorious 3 day / 2 night cruise on our Ultimate Vietnam Tour. Sleep on board in your comfy cabin.
Enjoy Kayaking around the Karst Limestone mountains and cliffs. Next we will stop at Catbar Island where we all stay in Beach Bungalow for the night – what an amazing experience this will be. Stargazing and thinking of those back home ; ) Next Day Return to Hanoi and sleep 1 night here in our Porky’s Packers allocated guest house. Always a treat.
Begin the 4 day Sapa Hill Tribe Tour! Departing Hanoi at 7pm on board the Luxury Night Train where you will get your own cabin to sleep and chill out. Walk down the aisles and bump into the locals and travel buddies share stories and have a few beers. Next Day Arrive in Sapa and get checked into the hotel in Sapa City on the next leg of our Ultimate Vietnam Tour. You will then be taken on a City Tour to encounter all of it’s best bits.
2 days / 1 night Trekking up near the Himalayas on the boarder with China. Beware of Mr. Frosty in January as it can get really cold. After you finish here you will be taken to Sapa Train Station to return to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi and stay overnight in the accommodation we provide. Do everything you can or just wine and dine in a local riverside or Lakeside restaurant. Next Day For those with less time hop off our tour. For those with more time we recommend you carry on and let the Porky’s escalate you in a trip you will never forget. If you would like to fly to Hue there is this option email us to book your flights. Estimated cost is around $70 plus there will be an extra night in Hue as you will get there a day earlier than those on the bus.
Arrive in Hue and make your own way to your Hostel/Hotel which will be in your booking confirmation. Explore the ancient sites by yourselves. Get stuck in. Next Day Optional Bicycle Tour of Hue where we will take you around the historical sites in a relaxed leisurely pace. A great way to feel like a local om our Ultimate Vietnam Tour.
Option 1 – go by a guided motorcycle tour to Hoi an or Option 2 – take the local bus provided. Next Day Relax in Hoi an on the amazing white sands. Renowned for it’s great surf from the onset of the Philippine winds that break against the coast.
Optional tour of the City! Next Day take the sleeper bus to Nha Trang departing at 6pm where you can sleep until your battery levels are fully charged for the next step of our Ultimate Vietnam Tour.
Arrive at Nha Trang and make your own way to your accommodation provided by Porky’s. Next Day  The Five Island funky monkey Tour which takes you hopping on a boat from island to island. On this trip you will be provided lunch and free wine, all the best. The ultimate chillaxing time and meet new people on board.
Free day but we suggest you go to Vin Pearl which is a man ­ made Island with a huge water park accompanied by the longest cable car ride in the World to get you there yahoo! Next Day transfer by bus to Munie that takes 4 hours. Then make your own way to your hostel also chosen by Porky the Pig himself.
We suggest the Quad Biking trip here or you can ride some Ostriches. Next Day take the Bus to Ho Chi Minh this is where you get to check into your space capsule for the night. you might be thinking your in another dimension. Well....it’s a surprise that you will just have to explore only with Porky’s.
Optional tour of the Chi Chi tunnels that were used in the Vietnam War. Also, to view the Vietnam War memorials. Next Day Another optional 1 day tour of the Mighty Mekong Delta. Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and many of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road.
End of our Ultimate Vietnam Tour  that will fuse within your heart forever!