Get the best taste of Vietnam to go deep inside what makes the S-shaped land a beautiful country with scrumptious foods and especially friendly people. This Vietnam vacation package is a perfect combination of visiting the highlights of the country from South to North like Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Halong Bay, Sapa,... as well as getting to know about the daily life of Vietnamese in the rural areas such as: Mekong Delta, Red River Delta and the scenic mountainous area of Sapa.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Hoi An – Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay
Duration: 12 Days/ 11 Nights
Date: No fixed dates
Start/ End: Ho Chi Minh City/ Hanoi
Tour Type: Explore and Experience
Tour Customizable: Available! (Tell us what you wish to do in the inquiry form)
Active level: Walking, Trekking, Boating….
Tour Type: Vietnam Classic Tours

12-Day Friendly Vietnam Tour - Map

12-Day Friendly Vietnam Tour – Map


Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta
Day 4: Back to Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Danang – Transfer to Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An Walking Tour
Day 6: Danang – Fly to Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi City Tour – Night Train to Sapa
Day 8: Sapa Trekking & Homestay
Day 9: Sapa – Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 12: Hanoi Departure

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South Vietnam Itinerary 3 Days

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival (D)

Welcome upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City by local tour guide and driver, then transfer to hotel. Relax for the rest of the day and enjoy welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant in town.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour (B, L)

Today we visit Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) with the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum, stop and take the photo at the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. After enjoying Vietnamese lunch at the renowned Pho 2000, continue on visiting Giac Lam Pagoda, the Cholon Chinese district, and Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Saigon

American battle tanks in War Remnants Museum

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (Homestay) (B, L, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Cai Be where we visit Cai Be colorful floating market with various local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then we tour to local workshops or handicraft villages to see rice paste, coconut candy, pop-rice, pop-corn or special products of rice-net for spring rolls, fish sauce, soya sauce, cooking salt…

Boat with coconuts and bonsais in Cai Be Floating Market

After lunch, take rowing boat deeper into the countryside, seeing the traditional houses made of wood, palm tree leaves or the farmers catching fishes or picking fruits….One more activity today is biking along the village paths. Back to home-stay in the late afternoon, we join cooking some dishes with host and enjoy dinner. Chat with the host in the evening while having tea, rice wine….Overnight at homestay.

mekong delta cycling tour vietnam tour itinerary 12 days

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Day 4: Back to Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Danang & Transfer to Hoi An (B)

Have breakfast at home-stay this morning, then walk along the village to enjoy the fresh air. Goodbye the host, we take the boat trip to visit the brick kilns to see the local people create beautiful potteries from clay. The boat takes us along the floating villages we can see the way local people catching fish….End of the boat trip, visit Vinh Long market in town, then we are back to Ho Chi Minh City to take the flight to Danang.

vinh long pottery village

Welcome upon arrival in Danang, then transfer to Hoi An. Check-in and relax. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 5: Hoi An Walking Tour (B)

Today we have our morning walking tour around the ancient town to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. Free at leisure in the afternoon.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Day 6: Hoi An – Danang – Fly to Hanoi (B)

We leave Hoi An today & transfer to the airport in Danang for departure flight to Hanoi. Welcome upon arrival, we then transfer to hotel in the center city and enjoy 1-hour Water Puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi

Water puppet show in Hanoi

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Day 7: Hanoi City Tour – Night Train to Sapa (B)

Today, visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, where we will spend a couple of hours to visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Keep going to see the Temple of Literature which originally built as a temple to Confucius. This is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education.

Entrance gate of Literature Temple

In the afternoon, we’ll visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam; Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the most exciting one in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority groups. Tonight we take the night train to Sapa from Hanoi Railway Station.

artifact in hanoi museum of ethnology

Day 8: Lao Cai – Sapa Trekking Tour & Homestay (B, L, D)

Welcome upon arrival at Lao Cai railways station by local guide & driver, we transfer to Sapa town for our short relax and breakfast before trekking to Cat Cat village, Y Linh Ho and Ta Van villages of Black Hmong ethnic minority people. We will have a chance to we trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces & have lunch at a local restaurant nearby the river. Tonight we stay at a local house of the Giay people or H’Mong people in Muong Hoa valley.

Ta Van Village

Day 9: Sapa – Night train to Hanoi (B, L)

Today we continue on trekking along Giang Ta Chai, the village of the Red Dao minority and Su Pan, a small village located by the road. Then we are back to Sapa and get on the bus at 4.00pm to return Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Lady from the Red Dao planting rice in Giang Ta Chai Village

Day 10: Hanoi Arrival – Halong Bay (Overnight on Deluxe Junk Cruise) (B, L, D)

Pick up at our hotel in Hanoi after breakfast, we will take 180 KM to Halong Bay – The Bay of Descending Dragon, which is located in the Northeast of Vietnam. On arrival in Halong, we move to the junk cruise and enjoy the welcome drink, seafood lunch (the vegetarian menu is available).

luon cave in halong bay vietnam

The cruise takes us around the World Heritage Site, passing Dog Head and Swan Islands, Ba Hang Floating villages (with floating houses), Incense Burner then Thumb Islands before reaching Surprising (Sung Sot) Cave and swimming at Titov beach. End of the day, we enjoy the sunset and try coffee, tea, and fruits on the sundeck or we can order our favorite drink from our bar. Dinner and overnight on the Bay.

Sung Sot Cave

Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)

Early wake up to try Tai Chi on the sundeck before having buffet breakfast; then we experience kayak around the tranquil Bay. We will be guided if this is the first time to try this. After that, we have time to join a cooking demonstration, learn how to make real Vietnamese spring rolls and have lunch before leaving the junk and our car is waiting and take us back to Hanoi.

The Tai Chi master guide how to do good Tai Chi for health

Day 12: Hanoi Departure (B)

Today our awaiting vehicle will take us back to the airport for our flight to home. Vietnam tour itinerary 12 days ends.

Meals Note

  • All meals are authentic Vietnamese food
  • Buffet breakfast at all hotels
  • Special meals up on request
  • Meal Codes (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Children Policy

  • Under 2 years old: Free of Charge for tour, 10% charge for flight ticket
  • From 2 – under 5 years old: 50% charge for tour, 75% charge for flight ticket
  • From 5 – under 12 years old: 75% charge for tour & flight ticket
  • From 12 years old: Charged as adult

What’s Included?

  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples, and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals as listed
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide (other languages upon request);
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Domestic flights or high-speed train as listed;

What’s Excluded?

  • Vietnam Entry Visa Fees
  • Personal expenses
  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave Vietnam
  • Tips to your tour guide and driver
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary
  • Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary
  • Excess Baggage Charges
  • Single Room Supplement

Recommended Hotel List:

City3 stars4 stars5 stars
HanoiAuthentic hotelLan Vien hotelApricot hotel
Halong BayV’spirit cruisePaloma cruiseParadise Cruise
Hoi AnVinh Hung 2 hotelThanh Binh Riverside hotelRoyal Hoi An hotel
Ho Chi Minh CitySaigon hotelCentral Palace hotelGrand Saigon hotel
Mekong DeltaHome-stayMekong Eco LodgeMekong Eco Lodge

Note: Accommodation in Sapa will be able to swift to hotels in town and tour itinerary will be changed suitably.