Drift with me through the streets, hillsides and waters of northern Vietnam on the “Get Wet, Go Wild” tour, offered by Vietnam Backpacker Hostels! Catch a glimpse of Hanoi’s top attractions: Quan Thanh Temple, St. Joseph’s Cathedral and the West Lake. Then hop on board a junk boat to cruise past the cliffs of Ha Long Bay. Throw in a bit of swimming, kayaking, rock climbing and beach volleyball for good measure. Lastly, journey inland to the rural Mai Chau Valley, home to breath-taking, emerald rice paddies and towering, dramatic peaks.
Despite Vietnam Backpacker Hostels being a mecca for twenty-something party animals, a pilgrimage I wasn’t fully prepared to take, I still had a great time on the 6-day tour and thought it was an EXCELLENT value for the money! For just $330 USD, I was provided accommodation at the Downtown hostel in Hanoi for three separate nights, with beach bunkhouse and rural homestay arrangements in between. In Ha Long Bay and Mai Chau, all of my meals were included, as was transportation to and from each place (buses, boats, taxies…you name it, I took it). To top it off, I also enjoyed a wide range of adventure activities throughout the week, including rock climbing and kayaking in The Bay, and motorbiking in The Valley. Beware that the drinking/party culture is on the intense side. If that’s your thing, you’ll have a blast! But if not, you can still have a lot of fun and meet great people like I did!