12 Days in Vietnam From Ho Chi Minh city Up to Hoi An and Hanoi

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12 days



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All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour


Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay

Embark on a journey beginning in Ho Chi Minh City and concluding in Hanoi! The 12 Days in Vietnam From Ho Chi Minh City Up to Hoi An and Hanoi is an immersive cultural tour package that guides you through Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and four other destinations within the country. This comprehensive experience encompasses accommodations in both hotels and hostels, flights, the expertise of a knowledgeable guide, meals, transportation, and more.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city arrival – Hotel check in (Meal: No)

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam, where a designated driver awaits you at the airport to transport you to the centrally located hotel. Check-in at the hotel and enjoy some leisure time to begin your exploration of the city. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Please Note: Hotel check-in time: 13:00
Day 2

Day 2: Mekong Delta Discovery My Tho - Ben Tre Full Day (Meal: B,L)

Between 07:30 and 08:15, your driver and tour guide will collect you from your hotel, marking the beginning of your journey away from the vibrant atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City. Your destination is My Tho, a town situated on the left bank of the Mekong River. Embark on a sampan boat, cruising along the river and passing by the picturesque Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise islands. Pause at Unicorn Island to stroll through country lanes, witness orchards, savor tropical fruits, and enjoy local folk songs performed by the community. Explore a fruit plantation before taking a hand-rowed sampan ride through Thoi Son canal, immersing yourself in the serene countryside. Visit a family business, a honey-bee farm, and indulge in honey tea and a coconut candy workshop. Relish a lunch break at a local restaurant before embarking on an afternoon cycling excursion around Tan Thach village. Interact with local villagers to gain insights into their daily lives in the Mekong Delta. For those not participating in the cycling trip, unwind in a hammock and relish the refreshing breeze. Finally, return to Ho Chi Minh City. At 17:00, your driver will drop you off at your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh free and easy (Meal:B)

Enjoy a day at your leisure to unwind and discover the city on your own. Take your time to explore Ho Chi Minh City independently, visiting landmarks such as Ben Thanh Market and Chinatown. Immerse yourself in the local cuisine and experience the daily life of the city. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 4

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh – Flight to Da Nang – Hoi An check in (Meal: B)

Savor your personal exploration of Ho Chi Minh City, indulging in local culinary delights and beverages, until the designated driver arrives to pick you up from the hotel. You will then be transported to the airport for your flight to Da Nang. Upon reaching Da Nang, the driver will greet you and escort you to the hotel in Hoi An's historic Old Town. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hoi An.
Day 5

Day 5: Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary 1 Day (Meal: B,L)

Between 7:30 and 8:00, the bus and your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel for a trip to My Son. Depart from Hoi An towards My Son Holy Land. After an hour's drive, you will reach My Son, the Holy Land nestled amidst stunning mountains, 48km west of Hoi An. My Son was designated as a religious center and was constructed in the late 4th century under the rule of Cham's King Bhadravaman. Functioning as a tower garden, My Son boasts an extensive religious complex featuring over 70 towers and temples with diverse architectural styles. Roam through the intricate carvings and sculptures of the Cham people, and be warmly welcomed at the Old Tower of the Cham. This visit not only takes you to a fascinating destination but also provides insight into the culture and civilization of the ancient Champa people. Spend approximately 2 hours exploring and appreciating the beauty of the ancient buildings of the Champa Kingdom with the guidance of our tour guide. At 12:00, depart from My Son and board a boat at the boat station for a scenic trip along the Thu Bon River. Witness the local life unfolding before your eyes, offering glimpses into the daily routines of the people living along the river. Enjoy a light lunch on the boat while taking in the picturesque views along the river. By 13:30, the boat journey concludes at Bach Dang Boat Station. Our driver will then transfer you to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, return to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hoi An.
Day 6

Day 6: Hoi An free time (Meal: B)

Experience the charm and tranquility of Hoi An's ancient town at your own pace today. This town not only boasts a rich history, welcoming locals, and delectable local cuisine but is also an excellent destination for custom-made clothing. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hoi An.
Day 7

Day 7: Hoi An – Da Nang Train station – Overnight train to Hanoi city (Meal:B)

Hoi An's ancient town, an amalgamation of Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese architectural styles from the past, is best explored on foot. Strolling through the town allows you to marvel at old pagodas, temples, local residences, and provides insights into the local lifestyle and cuisine. You can observe locals going about their daily lives, discover the dishes they enjoy, and even visit a silk shop renowned for its custom tailoring – a prime destination for tailored costumes in Vietnam. The driver will pick you up and transfer you to Da Nang train station for your journey to Hanoi by train. The train ride spans approximately 16 hours, offering you the opportunity to witness the beauty of Vietnam through its countryside landscapes, the simple yet warm life of local farmers, and the charming villages. Overnight on the train.
Day 8

Day 8: Hanoi arrival – Transfer to the hotel (Meal:No)

After arriving at Hanoi train station, our driver will be there to greet you and provide transportation to the hotel located in the heart of Hanoi's old quarter. Complete the check-in process at the hotel and enjoy your personal time to wander and explore the historic old town of Hanoi. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 9

Day 9: Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour (Meal:B,D)

Between 6:00 and 6:15 pm, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and escort you to our designated meeting point. Begin the culinary journey by exploring local Hanoi foods, particularly the street food scene. As you stroll through historic streets, discover significant cultural and historical sites, including a visit to the Heritage House, offering insights into the traditional architecture of Ancient Hanoi. Indulge in "Bánh Cuốn," steamed rice rolls from a renowned local restaurant. This delectable dish is made from rice flour and filled with a savory mixture of ground pork and ear mushrooms. Proceed to a traditional spot to sample "Che," a famous and unique sweet gruel found in Hanoi's old quarter. Continue the walking tour to relish a bowl of Pho, a heavenly taste best experienced in Hanoi. The spring roll, a meaningful dish for tourists, is often a highlight with many restaurants and organizations offering cooking classes. Visit a local market to observe the display of various products, gaining insights into the lifestyle and culture of the local people. Savor the flavors of Bun Cha, a dish featuring vermicelli with grilled pork, known for its authenticity in Hanoi's culinary scene. Conclude the evening by immersing yourself in the genuine Hanoian atmosphere with a cup of "Bia Hoi" (Fresh beer) at a small corner of Hanoi. Finally, experience the unique taste of Vietnamese "Cafe Trung" (egg coffee). At 8:00 pm, return to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 10

Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise (Meal:B,L,D)

Between 8:00 and 8:30 am, convene with your tour guide at the hotel and commence your journey to Halong Bay. Take a brief break midway for relaxation before arriving at Halong Bay. Upon checking into your cabin on the cruise, indulge in a Vietnamese lunch. Cruise through the bay towards its central area, soaking in the mesmerizing scenery. Embark on an exploration of the stunning Surprising Cave, the largest and most beautiful cave in the bay. Enjoy leisure time hiking and swimming on the beach of Titop Island. Return to the boat for a Sunset Party featuring fresh fruit and local wine. Delight in a dinner with delectable local dishes, and the evening is yours to embrace the ambiance of Halong Bay. Overnight on the cruise.
Day 11

Day 11: Halong Bay – Kayaking - Hanoi (Meal:B,L)

Consider waking up a bit earlier to relish the mesmerizing sunrise over Halong Bay. Following breakfast, engage in a kayaking adventure to explore the scenic beauty of Halong Bay on your own. Participate in a Cooking Demonstration on the cruise and learn the art of crafting Vietnamese Spring-rolls. Enjoy lunch as you cruise back to the harbor. Board the bus for the return journey to Hanoi. At 17:00, arrive at your hotel in Hanoi. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi city.
Day 12

Day 12: Hanoi Departure (Meal:No)

Explore the captivating Hanoi Old Quarter, a fascinating hub within the city where you can indulge in various street foods, savor the renowned Vietnamese coffee, or find unique souvenirs for your family and friends. Your driver will later pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your departing flight. Note: This is a group joining tour, with a different group on each trip during your vacation. Who should participate? - This tour is suitable for all, including children. Price structure: - The quoted price is based on a per-person basis. Please note: If you are a solo traveler booking a shared room, you will be accommodated in a shared dorm room during your vacation. This is a 3-star package; please inform us if you wish to upgrade to a 4 or 5-star package! If you desire to extend the trip, add additional nights in any city, or commence the journey from the North, please provide your preferences!

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Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 1189 USD 789 USD 3-star
Deluxe/Superior 1389 USD 989 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with Tourism Union Indochina an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .


*All nights hotel accommodation.
* Breakfast daily & All lunches & Dinners.
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
* Boat trips   and
Halong Bay.
* 2 domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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