The one-of-a-kind all-inclusive tour that takes you to see the REAL Vietnam

This tour is designed to show you a side of Vietnam you’ve never seen before…

Many people hold Vietnam, in all its cultural glory, high up on their hit list. It’s a place many people know consists of great food, diverse culture and exceptional landscapes – even without having travelled there.

The Ho Chi Minh Trail is a journey like no other: an elaborate network of mountain and jungle paths and trails that was used strategically during the Vietnam War, running from North to South Vietnam via Laos and Cambodia. By following back roads where foreign tourists don’t often venture, boutique tour brand Goddard & Howse small world journeys – with its small groups of 14 – endeavours to take travellers to the heart of it.

For 20 days and 19 nights, travellers will be privy to a tour that, when looking at the scope of current adventure offerings, seems to indeed be a mile apart from your usual expedition – and it’s mostly due to the varied stops in your itinerary and the significance of their meaning.

Your journey begins in the centre of Vietnam, in the old town of Hanoi. It was here that the country became divided following a decree by the United Nations in 1954. Eat, pray, love this is not.

The trail continues into Laos, following the northern route into the caves of Vang Xai and the birthplace of the Platet Lao. It then crosses back into Vietnam and onto Dien Bien Phu, where the French were finally defeated after 100 years. The emphasis of the tour is to immerse yourself in the culture of the land, giving you a rarely seen glimpse into mostly unchartered territory, where few foreigners before you have ventured.

Goddard & Howse small world journeys are designed with authenticity in mind – and travellers who take part are left with a one-of-a-kind experience as unique as the destination itself.

The details:

Vietnam & Laos: Ho Chi Minh Trail

20 days fully escorted journey with Ross Goddard

This guided trail allows you to discover the real Vietnam for $6500 per person twin/double share, or $6500 plus $1600 for a solo traveller.

What you get:

  • All accommodation with daily breakfast
  • International flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane
  • Private vehicles, always with a ratio of two seats to one
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Welcome dinner in Hoi An
  • Private boat to Phong Nha cave
  • Private train sleeper cabin from Sapa to Hanoi
  • Farewell dinner at Wild Rice restaurant in Hanoi
  • Hotel tipping and baggage handling
  • Tour director