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Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Coral Discoverer
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Board the Coral Discoverer for a 13-day thrilling journey through Vietnam. Cruise between two of Southeast Asia´s most dynamic cities, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, and visit some of Vietnam´s lesser-known beautiful beaches. Embrace Vietnamese culture, imperial history, and culinary delights as you cruise through Phan Thiet, Van Phing Bay, Quy Nhon, Da Nang, Vinh Moc, Halong Bay, and La Ha Bay.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2 : Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3 : Phan Thiet
Day 4 : Nha Trang | Van Phong Bay
Day 5 : Quy Nhon
Days 6-7 : Da Nang | Hoi An
Day 8 : Da Nang | Hue
Day 9 : Vinh Moc
Days 10-11 : Halong Bay
Day 12 : Lan Ha Bay
Day 13 : Haiphong | Disembark | Hanoi


  • Discover Hue´s imperial history and old-world charm
  • Uncover recent history and remnants of the Vietnam War at Vinh Moc Tunnels
  • Cruise around the limestone islands of UNESCO-listed Halong Bay
  • Stop at local seafood markets and taste Vietnam´s culinary delights


Coral Discoverer

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Vietnam
  • Da Nang
  • Haiphong
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hoi An
  • Hue
  • Nha Trang
  • Vinh Moc


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Arranging colorful incense Terraced rice fields Local moving cattle through the fields Boats docked at Hoi An Nha Trang beach

Day 1 Embark in Ho Chi Minh City

Board the Coral Discoverer at Ho Chi Minh City's central river port in the late afternoon, and join the Captain's welcome drinks before settling in with new friends for a thrilling journey through Vietnam.

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your morning with a tour through Ho Chi Minh City. Visit the busy and colorful Central Market and learn about this country´s recent history in the War Crimes Museum. Back on board, be on deck as you depart the city on the wide Saigon River, heading for the South China Sea

Day 3 Phan Thiet

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Known for its traditional nuoc mam (fish sauce), the bustling port city of Phan Thiet makes for an interesting first stop. Delight in the hundreds of brightly-colored fishing boats and visit the multi-tiered cascades of Fairy Spring Falls. In the afternoon, take a cable car to see the reclining Buddha at Ta Cu Mountain.

Day 4 Nha Trang | Van Phong Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a guided city tour in Nha Trang, visiting Hon Chong, the Ponaga Temple (one of the temples of lost Champa Kingdom), and the contrasting Nha Trang Cathedral. Lunch on board as you continue northwards to the beautiful Van Phong Bay, a secluded white-sand beach where you can snorkel, swim, kayak or relax in the glass bottom boat. Visit picturesque Port Dayot's fishing villages and go back on board for birdwatching and photography opportunities on your way northwards.

Day 5 Quy Nhon

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning explore the city, visiting the spectacular twin Cham Towers, dating from the 11th century, as well as four other historic towers perched on a hilltop next to a Buddhist Monastery. Visit Quang Trung Museum where Vietnamese hill tribe members perform superb martial arts demonstrations with music and dance – named an “intangible treasure” by UNESCO.

Day 6-7 Da Nang | Hoi An

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Options abound in the quaint old port town of Hoi An. Split into smaller groups for various guided excursions, exploring the produce market, finding hidden local food spots, wandering the old town's maze of alleyways, and discovering the Japanese covered bridge. If you feel more active, take a bike and ride through rural Vietnam cycling past emerald-green rice paddies, meeting friendly farmers as you go. Sample local food specialities before you go back to the Coral Discoverer.

Day 8 Da Nang | Hue

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take the road for a scenic trip up and over the Hai Van Pass, with views north and south along the coast. Once in Hue, the old capital, enjoy a walking tour of the Citadel. Unravel history and enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch in a local pagoda monastery. Sit back and relax on a Perfume River cruise before you head off for an exploration of the most sacred temple of Hue, the seven-tiered Thien Mu Pagoda.

Day 9 Vinh Moc

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit sites relevant to the Vietnam War, including the Hien Luong Bridge, across the Ben Hai River, which was an important landmark during partition into North and South Vietnam with the demilitarization zone (DMZ) splitting the country. See the Vinh Moc Tunnels, which sheltered people during intense bombing raids, and the Khe Sanh and Suspension Bridge of Dakrong.

Day 10-11 Halong Bay

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend two days cruising the World Heritage-listed Halong Bay, and navigate between its towering limestone karsts and traditional junks. Climb the Bai Tho Mountain (186 meters), a magnificent sea-eagle viewpoint across Halong Bay. Stop at a vibrant local seafood market selling the freshest catch of the day and visit Long Tien Pagoda, the largest pagoda in Halong City.

Day 12 Lan Ha Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lying south and east of Cat Ba township, another 300 or so limestone karst islands and outcrops make up Lan Ha. Enjoy the added attraction of numerous white-sand beaches and kayak in less-crowded waters for an exploration of limestone formations and secret caves, looking for seals and three species of dolphin which reside in these waters. In the evening, attend the Captain's farewell drinks capping off an amazing voyage.

Day 13 Haiphong | Disembark | Hanoi

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the Coral Discoverer in the port city of Haiphong in the early morning. Transfer by luxury coach to Hanoi, where your expedition concludes at your central city hotel or the airport for onward flights.

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Coral Discoverer Main Category B Stateroom
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Main Deck B
Main Deck, 17.5-18.5 sqm, with either junior king or twin bedding.
Oceanic Discoverer's Main Deck Category A.
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Main Deck A
Main Deck, 18 sqm, with either junior king or twin bedding.
Oceanic Discoverer's Promenade Deck Category B.
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Promenade Deck B
Promenade Deck, 14-16 sqm, junior king bedding.
Oceanic Discoverer's Promenade Deck Category A.
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Promenade Deck A
Promenade Deck, 16-17.5 sqm, junior king bedding.
Coral Discoverer Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
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Bridge Deck
Bridge Deck, 17-18 sqm, junior king or twin bedding.


Solo Travelers:
A 50% single supplement is charged or select the “twin share” program. Book a cabin at the posted fare and the Coral Discoverer will attempt to match you with another solo traveler of the same gender. If not possible, enjoy the sole use of the cabin at the twin share price.

Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian or New Zealand Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates.

Included in Your Fare:
- Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
- All meals on board
- House beer and wine during lunch and dinner service
- 24 hour soft drinks, tea, and barista-style coffee
- Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
- Access to islands, marine, and national parks
- Guided tours on Xplorer expedition vessel, zodiacs, glass-bottom boat, and kayaks
- Touring as described in each itinerary
- Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
- Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities

Not Included in Your Fare:
- Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
- Entry visas/travel permits
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases


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