Nowadays, Vietnam becomes a very popular destination for visitors all over the world. Vietnam is known as a beautiful country, scrumptious foods and especially friendly people. This trip is a great combination of visiting the highlights of the country from South to North like: Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Halong Bay, Sapa,... have great chances to get 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. The trip offers you new visions of Vietnam and her people.

Tour route: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Hoi An – Hanoi – Halong Bay

12-Day Friendly Vietnam Tour - Map

12-Day Friendly Vietnam Tour – Map

Duration: 12 days
Date: Your own plan
Start/End: Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi
Tour type: Private tour
Tour Customizable: Available
Active level: Walking, trekking, boating….
Tour Type: Vietnam Classic Tours

Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour
Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta (home-stay)
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 tour – Night train to Sapa
Day 8: Sapa trekking & home-stay
Day 9: Sapa – Bus back to Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay (overnight on deluxe junk cruise)
Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 12: Departure Hanoi

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Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (D)
Welcome upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City by local tour guide and driver, we 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 Post Office. After enjoying Vietnamese lunch at the renowned Pho 2000, we continue on visiting Giac Lam Pagoda, the Cholon Chinese district, and Ben Thanh market.

American battle tanks in War Remnants Museum

Day 3: Mekong Delta (home-stay) (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we 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 village 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, we 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 home-stay.

Day 4: Back to Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Danang, transfer to Hoi An (B)
Having breakfast at home-stay this morning, then we 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, we visit Vinh Long market in town, then we are back to Ho Chi Minh City to take the flight to Danang.

Local fruit shop in Vinh Long Market

Departure airport/time: Tan Son Nhat International airport / – –
Arrival airport / time: Danang International airport / – –
Welcome upon arrival in Danang, we then transfer to Hoi An. Checking 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: Danang – Fly to Hanoi (B)
Departure airport/ time: Danang International airport/ – –
Arrival airport/ time: Noi Bai International airport / – –
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.

Water puppet show in Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi tour – Night train to Sapa (B)
Today we 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.
Departure Railways station/ time: Hanoi Railway station
Arrival Railways station/time: Lao Cai Railways station

Ethnic house on exhibition inside Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam

Day 8: Arrival in Sapa trekking & home-stay (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 & 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 Ha Long, we move to the junk cruise and enjoy the welcome drink, seafood lunch (the vegetarian menu is available).

Set a cruise along Halong Bay

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 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 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: Departure Hanoi (B)
Today our awaiting vehicle will take us back to the airport for our flight to home. Trip ends.
Departure airport/ time: Noi Bai International airport/ – –
Arrival airport/ time: – – / – –

Price: Please contact us for your special price.

Meals Note:

  • All meals are authentic Vietnamese food
  • Buffet breakfast at all hotels
  • Special meals up on request

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 up on 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:

City 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars
Hanoi Authentic hotel Lan Vien hotel Apricot hotel
Halong Bay V’spirit cruise Paloma cruise Paradise Cruise
Sapa Home-stay Home-stay Home-stay
Hoi An Vinh Hung 2 hotel Thanh Binh Riverside hotel Royal Hoi An hotel
Ho Chi Minh City Saigon hotel Central Palace hotel Grand Saigon hotel
Mekong Delta Home-stay Mekong Eco Lodge Mekong Eco Lodge

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