Twelve Day Highlight Vietnam from North Down To South

Duration: 12 Days
Transport: Bus, Boat, Train, Plane
Tour code: VRT56
Vietnam Real Tour would like to bring you the highlights of Vietnam from Hanoi old quarter – where you can see the real local life, plenty local street foods; Breathtaking landscape in Halong Bay – World Natural Heritage; Stunning terrace rice fields in mountainous Sapa, seeing and experiencing the local minority; Rowing boat trip in Tam Coc – Halong Bay on Land; Beautiful lantern Hoi An town, learning how to plant the rice and riding Buffalo with local Farmer; Taking photo at the Cai Be floating market on Mekong river…


All inclusions as mentioned in itinerary


Tour excludes:

Return airfares from your country to Vietnam

Beverages, Tips, and Personal Expenses

Tax and service charge

Other things not mentioned clearly in the packages

Visa to Vietnam


Whole Vietnam will be on your eyes through the trip. Halong Bay amazing view; Stunning terrace rice fields in Sapa; Deeply in the Nature in Tam Coc; Peaceful Hoi An old town; Experience the local rice farming in Hoi An; Local life on water in Mekong river…and still have more and more strange things what offer you an incredible memory about Vietnam.

Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Airport pick up – Hotel check in (Meal: No)

Welcome you to Vietnam. Our driver will pick you up at Noi Bai airport and transfer you to the hotel in Hanoi old quarter.

Enjoy welcome drink and check in the hotel.

Free time to visit Hanoi old quarter to see the local life, taste the local street foods…

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Inclusion: Private airport pick-up; Hotel in Hanoi


Day 2: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Cycling 1 Day (Meal:B,L)

8:00 – 8:30: Driver and tour guide will meet you at your hotel and depart the Hoa Lu – Tam Coc tour.

Bus will stop on the half way to get the break time after 1 hour and half in the bus. At this moment, you can stretch your legs and take some photos of countryside.

Keep heading to Hoa Lu – the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th century under 2 Dynasties: Dinh and Le Empire. You will understand much more about Vietnam with King Dinh and King Le’s temple. Through this trip, you have the chance to find out about the history, culture, architecture, and development of Vietnam what is still maybe strange of you.

Then, bus will transfer you to the local restaurant where you have the buffet Lunch with a lot of local food. And one of most special and famous in Ninh Binh is goat meat.

After Lunch time, tour guide will help you understanding about Tam Coc before enjoy the rowing boat time on Ngo Dong River. Ngo Dong river meanders among the mountains and you will have the feeling that we are living in the most peaceful and beautiful place in the world. Boat takes you through the 3 caves ( Hang Ca, Hang Hai, Hang Ba ). You see not only the “Halong Bay on land”, but also you have the chance to meet the local farmers who is working in the rice field. Lovely time to understand more the local countryside’s life in Vietnam.

After rowing boat time in Tam Coc, you are riding bicycle to the paddy field and through the local village to discover the simple daily life of local people, you will have the awesome experience in the country.

16:00: Get back the bus and heading back to Hanoi. Saying goodbye the lovely point.

18:30: Arrive the hotel in Hanoi old quarter.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Inclusion: Transportation; All entrance fees; English speaking tour guide; Meals: (Breakfast, Buffet Lunch); Rowing boat trip; Cycling time; Complimentary water; Hotel in Hanoi


Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise (Meals: 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 sun-bathing on the sundeck, photo hunting while cruising among the hundreds of mountains.

15:00: Cruise anchors in the center of Halong Bay. Visiting Sung Sot cave (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

Inclusion: Transportation; All entrance fees; English speaking tour guide; Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner); Welcome drink, Sung Sot cave (Amazing cave); Titov island (Hiking, swimming, sun-bathing); Sunset Party (Free fruit & a glass of wine); Cooking Demonstration; Complimentary water


Day 4: Halong Bay – Kayaking – Hanoi ( Meals: B, L )

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

6:30: Tai Chi Master will share with you how to do Tai Chi – very good at health for new day

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

Inclusion: Transportation; All entrance fees; English speaking tour guide; Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch); Kayaking; Tai Chi lesson; Complimentary water


Day 5: Hanoi – Sapa – Ylinh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van village (Meals:B,L,D)

12km trekking through the terrace fields from Sapa town to homestay.


6:30 - 7:00 am: Shuttlw bus will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the sleeper bus. Depart to Sapa with short break-time on the half way for relaxing, stretching the legs.

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.

Inclusion: Sleeper bus Hanoi – Sapa; Local English speaking tour guide; All entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner; Local home-stay; Complimentary water in bus; Trekking time; Cooking with host


Day 6: 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

Inclusion: Sleeper bus Sapa – Hanoi; English speaking tour guide; All entrance fees; Meals( Breakfast, Lunch); Trekking time; Shuttle bus in Hanoi


Day 7: Hanoi free time – Flight to Da Nang – Hoi An (Meals: B)

Today, you are free to visit Hanoi old quarter by your own: Ho Chi Minh complex, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple…

Until the time driver transfer you to Noi Bai airport for flight to Da Nang.

Driver will pick you up at Da Nang airport and transfer you to Hoi An. Hotel check-in in Hoi An.

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An

Inclusion: Airport transfer in Hanoi; Airport pick-up in Da Nang; Flight ticket with 20kg hand check; Hotel in Hoi An


Day 8: Rice planting & Fishing Trip (Meal:B,L)

8:00: Picking you up at your hotel by mini- van, we will bring you over the countryside where bike are available to ride (If you don't know how to ride bicycles, please use our scooter "XE OM" services and you pay the extra 120,000 VND). You start the day by cycling to the local farmer in Cam Thanh Ecological village. Here you are greeted by a local host and then you join with them how to grow wet rice with their family.

Starting farming work like plough and raking with buffalo, riding water buffalo, learning how to transplant rice, flooding farm, grinding rice, pounding rice.

After then, tour guide and van will bring down to a local fishing village. You will be boarded on boat . Joining to go fishing with local fishermen at Phuoc Hai local fishing boat to experience local cast net CHAI. Continue to visit water coconut palm jungle, enjoying the basket boat and visiting the water coconut palm forest. Learn how to learn origami such as grasshoppers, flowers, rings, caps, bracelets toys made from water coconut leaves..., Having a fun to catch crab around the water coconut palm forest and after then boarding back boat, Captain Cook will cook for your lunch/dinner (morning time you will get lunch and afternoon time you will get dinner on boat) and cold beer or soft drink we will bring you back to your hotel.

14:00: Arrive your hotel. You get the free time to walk around exploring the beauty of Hoi An old town.

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Inclusion: Mini-van for hotel pick up and drop off only in Hoi An; English Speaking guide; Bicycles; Helmet; Boat cruise plus Vietnamese bamboo basket boats; Enjoy Basket boat dancing performance; Origami teaching such as bird, grasshopper, flower and etc; Light traditional local rice dishes at local farmer house; Lunch on boat cooked by Captain Cook; Many, many photo opportunities


Day 9: My Son sanctuary 1 Day (Meal: B, L)

08:00 - 08h30: Our bus and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel/stay in Hoi An. Leaving Hoi An crossing the Cua Dai bridge with its spectacular views of the Hoi An river system, mountains and Cham islands, we arrive at the fishing village, alive with activity as the market traders sell their evenings catch, providing some great photo opportunities.

09h45:Arriving at My Son, this "Valley of Kings" as described by French historians was once the capital of the Chăm Pa Kingdom from the 4thto 15thcentury.

Following a traditional dance performance, your walking tour to the Cham ruins begins with a short ascent along a jungle bordered track. While you explore the area, your guide will explain the history of the religious site which served as a burial place for the Cham monarch centuries ago.

12h00: Commence the drive back to Hoi An to start our boat trip on Thu Bon river. Departing from Nguyen Hoang dock, your boat journey of approximately two hours will take you past Duy Hai fishing village, Tra Nhieu - weaving village, Kim Bong carpentry village and Cam Thanh coconut jungle village.

15h30: The boat trip will finish at Nguyen Hoang dock in the old town. You will be free to explore the old town or return to your hotel by your own means.

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Inclusion: Transportation; All entrance fees; English speaking tour guide; Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch); Boat trip; Complimentary water; Hotel in Hoi An


Day 10: Hoi An – Da Nang airport – Ho Chi Minh city (Meals:B)

Hoi An old town is a lovely place to relax and find out the traditional custom and architecture. Leisurely time walking around the town, taking photo of old house with Chinese and Japanese combination; Tasting a nice coffee on river side…All will be very memorable.

Driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to Da Nang airport for flight to HCM city.

Reaching Tan Son Nhat airport in HCM city, meeting driver at the airport and going to the hotel in HCM city.

Overnight at hotel in HCM city.

Inclusion: Meal (Breakfast); Private airport transfer and pick up; Flight ticket Da Nang – HCM city with 20kg hand check; Hotel in HCM city


Day 11: Mekong Delta – Cai Be floating village (Meal:B,L)

You are picked up at hotel between 7:30AM to 8:00AM and start a full day to explore the Mekong Delta. For those with just a short time, this trip provides an overview of this typical Vietnam. On the way you can see the green paddy fields stretching towards the horizon (3 hours drive).

After arrival in Cai Be, we will on board for an exploration of lush vegetation of Mekong Delta and the lively floating market buyers bargaining. Next a rowing boat rides on the maze of shady canals to arrive at a local orchard to visit the daily activities the handicraft villages of local people.

Break time for lunch at the fruit garden.

After lunch, take a boat along the Mekong River to Vinh Long - a center of tropical fruit; stop for a short visit to Vinh Long market. Go across My Thuan suspension bridge and drop by Mekong Rest Stop before going back to Saigon.

Overnight at hotel in HCM city

Inclusion: Transportation; English speaking tour guide; Boat trip; All entrance fees; Hotel in HCM city


Day 12: HCM city free time – Flight out (Meal:B)

Taking your leisurely time to visit HCM city by your own with destinations as: Ben Thanh Market, China town…Tasting and feeling the local foods, daily life…until the time to transfer you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your flight out. Trip ends.

Inclusion: Private airport transfer; Meal (Breakfast)


Hotel in 3 star package



Hotel in Hanoi

Hotel name

HM Boutique Hotel or similar


3 Hang Dau str

Room Type

Deluxe Room



Hotel in Hoi An


Hotel name

Vinh Hung Library Hotel or similar


96 Ba Trieu str, Hoi An city

Room type

Superior room



Hotel in HCM city


Hotel name

Elios Sai Gon Hotel or similar


233 Pham Ngu Lao str, HCM city

Room type

Superior Room



Accommodation in Sapa

Local homestay



Halong cruise


Cruise name

Vspirit Cruise Or similar 

Room type

Deluxe Cabin

Price: 1.379 usd/ person

Single supplement: 659 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


If you want to travel from HCM city up to Hanoi, please advise!

If you want to upgrade into 4 or 5 star package, please advise!

If you want to travel as Private tour, please advise!

You want to extend your trip, please advise !

Itinerary can be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions

What to bring:

Please bring the sun-cream, sun-glasses, long clothes covering the knees while visiting the temple and pagoda.

Sun block, sport shoes, cash for personal expenses, and hat or umbrella.

Warm clothes from October to March!