12 Days Impressive Vietnam From Ho Chi Minh

Duration: 12 Days
Transport: Bus, Boat, Train, Plane
Tour code: VRT60
Perhaps Vietnam still be strange of you. Let us help you understanding Vietnam in 12 Days from Ho Chi Minh city up to the Central and North. The real image of Vietnam will be your eyes with South up to North Vietnam. 12 Days Impressive Vietnam From Ho Chi Minh includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.


Accommodations: 2 nights at 3 star hotel in Ho Chi Minh city, 3 nights at 3 star hotel in Hoi An, 1 night on train, 2 nights at 3 star hotel in Hanoi, 1 night on 3 star cruise in Halong Bay, 1 night at local homestay in Sapa

English speaking tour guide in Mekong Adventure Day Tour, My Son sanctuary day tour, Halong Bay tour

Private car/van airport transfer 2 ways in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Da Nang

Private train station transfer and pick up in Hanoi, Da Nang

Flight ticket HCMC – Da Nang with 20kg check baggage and 7 kg hand check

Train ticket Da Nang – Hanoi with soft sleeping bed in sharing cabin of 4 people

Private transfer Da Nang – Hoi An

Local English speaking tour guide in Sapa

Transportation as mentioned in the itinerary

Sleeper bus Hanoi – Sapa - Hanoi

Meals as mentioned: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner with Vietnamese dishes

All the entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary

Boat trip in Mekong Delta

My Son sanctuary

Kayaking in Halong Bay

Swimming time in Halong Bay

Sunset time on cruise in Halong Bay with fruit and local wine

Trekking time in Sapa

Complementary bottles of water

Welcome drink in hotel and on board


All meals & beverages not specifically mentioned.

Pick up and drop off outside Hanoi Old Quarter not included (additional charges may apply for pick up outside of Hanoi Old Quarter); for verification please contact info@vietnamrealtour.com

Tips, Personal Expenses & those not clearly mentioned above

Airfare into and from Vietnam

Travel insurance.

Visa application (where applicable) and personal travel documents are the sole responsibility of travelers.


Boat trip Mekong Delta

Visiting My Son holyland

Kayaking among thousands of island in Halong Bay

Trekking on the terrace rice field in Sapa

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival (Meal: No)


Welcome to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Our driver will pick you up at Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer you to the hotel in the center of Ho Chi Minh city.

Check in the hotel and get your own time to visit the city.

Note: Hotel check in time: 13:00

Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city


Day 2: Mekong Delta Adventure Day Tour (Meal: B,L)


8:00am - 8:30am: Driver and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and depart for Ben Tre.

After arriving at Ham Luong dock, board the boat & cruise along Ham Luong River, a tributary to the Mekong River. The cool breeze from the river and lush tropical islands along its banks will immediately get you excited to explore all the great things ahead.


Arrive and visit various local workplaces to find many wonderful examples of how local people use ageless techniques to create their crafts, including activated charcoal, dried coconut, handy coconut husk brooms, and many family businesses using coir, or coconut fiber, to create amazing art. Drive around the village roads by “Xe Loi”, the local vehicle, which is a kind of motorized rickshaw. Do a kayaking through the lush tropical canal.


Perfect your day with a delicious and filling lunch at a local host house.


Break time, treating yourself to a relaxing time to relish the beautiful countryside or cycling around the village (this activity is an optional if time available and will be done by your own) Visit the local fruit plantation, enjoy seasonal fresh fruits, and spend time relaxing while being rowed in a small boat slowly through the natural canals to get a sense of how truly beautiful this area is.


Embark on the sampan and return to the dock. Travel back to Saigon. Complete your trip. Finish tour at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.

Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.


Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city free and easy – Flight to Da Nang – Hoi An (Meal: B)


You have the free time to exploring Sai Gon by your own. Viewing Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum… Discovering the local life in the center, tasting the local food… until the transferred time to the airport for the flight to Da Nang city.

Arrive Da Nang city and meeting your driver at Da Nang airport, take the time to view the city along the way to the hotel in Hoi An.

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Optional: Cu Chi war tunnel half day tour


Day 4: Hoi An free time (Meal:B)


Take your nice time to visit Hoi An old town with Vietnamese traditional architecture, is mixed among Japanese and Chinese one. Hoi An old town still be preserved the houses what was built from 17th century. Visiting the lantern shop, costume made tailor to make your nice dress. Spend the sunny time to sunbathing on the beach, or cycling to local village to understanding much more the local farmer…

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An

Optional: Rice planting & Fishing trip, Hue city tour 1 day



Day 5: Hoi An – My Son sanctuary 1 Day tour (Meal: B,L)


7:30 – 8:0: The bus and tour guide pick you up at your hotel for My Son trip. Leaving Hoi An for My Son HolyLand. After one hours driving, arrive in My Son - the Holyland surrounded by the marvelous mountains, 48km west of Hoi An. My Son was chosen as a religious center, built in the late 4th century under the Cham’s King Bhadravaman. As a tower garden, My Son is a huge religious complex with over 70 towers and temples of different architectures. Wander through the elaborate carvings and sculptures of the Cham people, tourists are welcomed at the Old Tower of the Cham. Not only visit an interesting place, but also you can understand much more about the culture and civilization of ancient Champa people. Spending about 2 hours to enjoy and discover the beauty of Ancient buildings at of the Champa Kingdom with our tour guide.

12.00: Leaving My Son, get on the boat at boat station and taking a boat trip on Thu Bon River. All the local life of local people will appear on your eyes. You could visit the living of the local people and feeling the fresh air. You will have soft lunch on the boat and see the beautiful views along the river

13:30: The boat trip will finish at Bach Dang Boat station. Our driver will pick you up to local restaurant for lunch. Back to your hotel after lunch & End your trip!

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.


Day 6: Hoi An free time – Overnight train to Hanoi (Meal: B)


Take your nice time to visit Hoi An old town with Vietnamese traditional architecture, is mixed among Japanese and Chinese one. Hoi An old town still be preserved the houses what was built from 17th century. Visiting the lantern shop, costume made tailor to make your nice dress. Spend the sunny time to sunbathing on the beach, or cycling to local village to understanding much more the local farmer…

Meeting your driver to go to Da Nang train station. Get on the train and going to Hanoi.

Train takes about 16 hours, along the train trip, you have the chance to see how beautiful is Vietnam with countryside scenery, local farmer’s life, simple and warmly villages…

Overnight on the train



Day 7: Hanoi arrival (Meal: B)

Welcome to the capital of Vietnam. Your driver will meet you at Hanoi train station and transfer you to the hotel in Hanoi old quarter.

With several historic monument in the city, you could go to visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple, walking in the old town to see the local life style.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Optional: Water Puppet Show, Hanoi street food walking tour


Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise (Meal: B,L,D)


8:00 – 8:30: Tour guide and bus pick you up at the hotel. Heading to Halong bay after 4 hours in bus with short break time on the haft way.

12:45: Arrive Halong harbor. Crews welcome you on board with Welcome drink. Check in the cabin and enjoy the traditional Vietnamese Lunch.

After lunch time, free time to sunbathing on the sundeck, photo hunting while cruising among the hundreds of mountains.

15:00: Cruise anchors in the center of Halong Bay. Visiting the Amazing cave – one of the biggest and most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.

16:00: Heading to Ti Tov Island where you can hike up to the top to view whole bay, sunbathing on the sandy beach, swimming in the pure water.

17:15: Back to the boat. Enjoy the Sunset time with fruit and Wine.

Our chef on board will share with you how to make Vietnamese spring roll during the Cooking Demonstration, and you can experience to practice by yourself.

19:00: Dinner will be served with a lot of delicious Vietnamese foods.

After dinner, free time to watch movie, playing the card, or attend the Squid fishing game

Overnight on cruise


Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Meal: B,L)


You should wake up a little early to enjoy the Sunrise in Halong Bay – the nice moment during the trip.

7:00: Enjoy the breakfast

8:15: Going to do Kayaking among mountains, explore the beauty of Halong Bay by your own.

9:30: Get back to cruise, check out the cabin.

Then, take the leisurely time to rest on sundeck to view the bay.

11:00: Brunch will be served. Enjoy the meal while cruising back to Halong harbor

12:30: Get on the bus back to Hanoi with short break time on half way.

16:30 – 17:00: Arrive your hotel in Hanoi city.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi


Day 10: Hanoi - Sapa – Ylinh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van village (Meals: B, L, D)

12km trekking through the terrace fields to homestay.


Our guide would love to welcome you to Sapa. Pick you up when you arrive Sapa and start enjoy Real Sapa Experience trip.

From Sapa town, you have the chance trekking through the town to see the background of the daily life and architecture. Chill out the town, you will step on the terrace rice, corn and potato fields. Not only trekking to see the natural landscape, fresh air, but also host will love to share with you about their local culture, custom and habit. You will get the feeling that you are a member of her family, non-touristy.

Trekking through the villages to see and understand much more the life of minority in Sapa. With the simple house, life and people, you get the light feeling and want to stay there for longer time.

On trekking route, terrace by terrace fields will appear in front of you, with the lovely waterfall where you will have a nice time for relaxing, taking photo.

Arrive guide’s house, her family will welcome you as a member back home for long time no see. You will prepare the dinner with her family if you like it. Pick the vegetable from the garden, cooking the local foods in the kitchen while sharing a lot of stories with each other.

Evening time, it is the nicest time to experience the local family’s atmosphere. Sharing and learning their culture with the stories host is so happy to share with you.

Overnight at guide’s house.



Day 11: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai village – Sapa – Hanoi (Meals: B, L)


You can wake up a little early to see how about host starting a new day. Cooking breakfast and join altogether.

You have the options:

+ Trekking to see the further village and sceneries, through the Bamboo forest, terrace fields.

+Or, you can tell your guide to go to their family’s fields to work, such as harvesting, or planting, or taking care their fields.

Get back to Sapa town by shuttle bus.

You still have the free time to visit local market in Sapa town, and discover Sapa town by your own before come back to Hanoi.

15:30: Get on the sleeper bus and come back Hanoi city.

21:30: Arrive Hanoi. Shuttle bus will transfer you back to your hotel/stay in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi


Day 12: Hanoi departure (Meal: B)


Still have more interest you should explore in Hanoi city. From the street vendor to the old house in the tiny alley on any street, or taking photo of busy traffic while shopping souvenir for family,… you’ll get more and more nice and friendly image in Vietnam.

Driver would like to transfer you to Noi Bai airport for your flight out.

If you did not want to leave, please let us know to extend your vacation.

Price: 1380 usd per person

Single supplement: surcharge 450 usd

Children policy:

Child under 5 year old: free charge

Child from 5 to 9 year old: 75% of adult

Child above 9 year old: full charge


Cancellation policy:

Free cancellation if cancel the Booking 7 days before departure date

50% charge if cancel the Booking 4 days before departure date

75% charge if cancel the Booking 3 days before departure date

100% charge if cancel the Booking 2 days before departure date


Package will be available for Booking of 2 days in advance

You want to extend your trip, please advice!

If you wanna upgrade 4 star or 5 star package, please advice!

Itinerary can be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions

If need to bring with you your passport for overnight registration on sites

Warm cloths need to pack during Nov to Feb.

Keep contact with Vietnam Real Tour to get support any time

What to bring:

Sun block, sport shoes, cash for personal expenses, and hat or umbrella, sun-glass, sun-cream, insect repellent

Wearing the long-clothes covering your knees while visiting temple, pagoda, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum.

Original passport

Dotor is not availble, please bring your own medicine

Cruise itinerary and schedule subject to change upon weather and operations conditions.

Special requests on food (diet or vegetarian) please inform us before departure.

Warm clothes from October to March!