Vietnam holidays 12 days

With a coastline of more than 3300km, it is no surprise that Vietnam has many beautiful beaches with paranomic sunrise skyline and natural seasides. If you are already there, there will certainly be nothing for you to complain about. Besides a long coastline, Vietnam has many beautiful terraced fields for you to visit, including such famous terraces in Sapa that have existed more than 2000 years (all built up by hands of people) which are currently cultivated by the black Hmong ethnic. With these beautiful sceneries, Vietnamese highlights have been extended and diversified itself more than before. Come join us on an Vietnamese highlights in 12 days tour for a rare and fantastic glimpse of Vietnam's wilderness.


Day 1: Ha Noi Arrival (D)
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night Train to Lao Cai (B,L)
Day 3: Arrive in Lao Cai – Sapa Classic Trekking (L)
Day 4: Visit Hill Tribe Village – Hanoi (B, L)
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue (B, L)
Day 7: Hue Sightseeing (B,L)
Day 8: Hue – Hoi An (B,L)
Day 9: Hoi An discorvery (B)
Day 10: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta discovery (B, L)
Day 12: Saigon – Departure (B)

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport; you will be welcomed by our guide before transferring to hotel for checking in. Have your welcome dinner at a local restaurant and stay overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Lao Cai (B/L) - by overnight train
Start your day tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, traditional stilt houses, the ancient One-Pillar Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple, while strolling along the shore of the West Lake to visit Tran Quoc pagoda. Have lunch at a local restaurant with Hanoi's traditional dishes. After that, you can visit some of the most famous locations in Hanoi, such as Vietnam’s first university  the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son Temple, then experience the nearby Old Quarters of Hanoi by rickshaw to explore the heart of Hanoi's culture. In the evening, participate in the traditional art of Vietnam named water puppet show (Rối-Nước). Later, depart from Hanoi railway station to take an overnight journey to Lao Cai by train.

Hanoi city tour

Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa Classic Trekking (L)
Upon arrival at Lao Cai station in the early morning, you will be taken to Sapa by bus in 45 minutes, during which you can observe the nature besides the road and discover many beautiful views. After checking in the hotel and having breakfast, you may spend your free time to discover Sapa. Have a short walk to Sapa market to enjoy the colorful and peaceful life of this area. The market is one of the most beautiful and colorful market in the region, not only a place for trading but also a place for young couples to visit. Have lunch at a local restaurant, then trek down to the valley of Sapa, pass through the paddy fields to Lao Chai and Ta Van hill tribe’s villages to discover their daily life. Later, return to Sapa, have your own dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Sapa.

Day 4: Visit Hill Tribe Village – Hanoi (B, L)
Have breakfast at hotel, then you will spend the day for a beautiful hiking at the most beautiful valley of Sapa through many local schools and hamlets,. From here you will immerse yourself in the enormous landscapes of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and Muong Hoa valley. You will also have some stops to take photos while hiking. Later, visit and experience the daily life of the Hmongs and the Zays minorities in Lao Chai and Ta Van villages, then have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, hike through terraced rice fields, ethnic villages and bamboo forests to Nam Than village to see Red Zao minority’s special culture. After leaving Nam Than, you will be transferred to Sapa and then depart for Lao Cai Railway station for a night train back to Ha Noi.

Sapa trekking

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)
The train will stop at Ha Noi in the early morning. Have breakfast at hotel and then depart for
 Halong Bay through many countryside rice fields to arrive at Halong before midday.
12h00 – 12h30: Get on the boat, followed by a short cruising brief.
13h00 – 15h30: Savor a delicious lunch while cruising among the limestone islands.
15h30 – 16h30: Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, which located around the Bo Nau Cave area, then get back on the boat.
16h30 – 17h30: Cruise to Soi Sim Island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climb all the way up to the peak of the island for a panoramic view of Halong Bay.
17h30: Cruise back to the main boat for a shower. You may take your time to relax or snap photos as the sunsets.
19h00: Have dinner while socializing with other guests. You can fish for squid or relax on boat. Stay overnight on board.

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue (B, L)
06h30 – 07h00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07h30 – 08h30: Have breakfast.
08h30 – 09h30: Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay.
09h30: Return to the boat. Freshen up, then check out of your cabin.
09h30 – 10h30: Continue cruising to explore the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
10h30 – 11h30: On the way back to the harbor, take part in a special cooking time before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h00 – 12h30: Leave the boat, then you will be picked up and transferred directly to Noi Bai airport for the flight to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, you will be welcomed by local guide and transfer to hotel for checking in. Have your own dinner and stay overnight in Hue.

halong bay

Day 7: Hue City tour (B,L)
After having breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to the dock for a boat trip along Perfume River (Sông-Hương) to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Khai Dinh Tombs. Have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit Hue Imperial City and Tu Duc Tombs, which were built up between 1864-1867 by three thousands soldiers and workers. After that, you may take your free time to visit Dong Ba market. Have your own and stay overnight in Hue.

Day 8: Hue – Hoian (B,L)
Have breakfast at hotel, then you will depart for Hoi An by the well-known and stunning 1A Highway. During transition, you may stop at the peak of the Hai Van Pass for a panoramic view over Danang and its surrounding areas, or take some pictures at Lang Co beach. Have lunch at local restaurant. Later in the day, you will visit the Cham Museum, then continue travelling to Hoian, recognized by UNESCO as being World Cultural Heritage in 1999. The ancient town was an active trading port of Vietnam during the 17th and 18th centuries. Later, have your own dinner and stay overnight in Hoian.

Hue city tour

Day 9: Hoi An discorvery (B)
After breakfast at hotel, you will visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese temple and the Tan Ky ancient house. Have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, take a cruise on boat on Thu Bon River to visit Ceramic and Carpenter Villages. There you will explore the daily life of the local people. You may also wander around the small streets of Hoian, which are famous for its numerous tailor-made clothing shops, or take your time to enjoy sunbath and swimming in the beach in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Have breakfast at your hotel and then transfer to Danang airport for the flight to Saigon. Upon arrival at Tan San Nhat Domestic Airport, you will be welcomed by our local guide before transferring to hotel. Later in the day, you may take your time to discover Saigon through some of its famous locations, such as the Chinatown (locally known as Cho Lon), Thien Hau Temple, Historical Museum, the renowned Notre Dame Cathedral, the Romanesque-style Central Post Office and the former Presidential Palace. Have dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Saigon city tour

Day 11: Saigon – My Tho – Cao Dai Temple – Saigon (B, L)
In the morning, depart for My Tho City in Tien Giang Province, one of the 11 provinces in the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival at 11AM, you will take a boat trip on Mekong River to visit a farmer’s house and garden, then have lunch on Phoenix Island. After that, you may visit local bee-raising farms or coconut-candy enterprises for souvenirs, then head back to My Tho and return Ho Chi Minh City on coach. On the way back, stop at Long An to visit Cao Dai Temple, a local religion in the Southern Vietnam. Have dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 12: Saigon – Departure (B)
After breakfast at hotel, you may take your free time to discover Saigon until being transferred to the airport for the departure flight.

This is a private and flexible tour according to your preferences, including both arrival and departure time as well as your budget.

You can find out other different tour packages through our website. The price includes all services (accommodation, transport, sightseeing, guides, restaurants, domestic flights…), but international airfare

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  • Traveling period: the price of services in the high season (October to April), is normally higher than the off season (May to September) and the services are very limited in high season especially guides, flights tickets, hotels….
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  • Activities during the trip: at least two or more tour packages with the same touring duration and at the same time can have two or more different prices, depends on the activities included in the initial program.
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From the beginning, the agency's team was helpful & replied us very quickly. They organised us a very convenient 5-days-trip from Saigon (HCMC) to Phnom Penh by the Mekong Delta, their proper accommodation in Mekong Garden. We've been in such traditional places far away from all others tourists, at any moment we were forced to buy something. Our guide was nice, so experienced and a good both English & French speaker. He introduced us ethnical peoples, they were so friendly, generous, welcoming with us. Amazing :)
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We had an wonderful time from the off beaten track in the North to the bustling cities in the South. A two weeks trip couldn't take us to every corner in Vietnam but to some extent we discovered a beautiful country and saw smiling welcoming and generous people. Thanks to Mr. Manh for great service

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