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18-Day Vietnam South to North

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Overview

This 18-day tour takes you through Vietnam, all the way from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi.

You will visit historical sights and experience the rich nature of this country. Starting in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong and finishing in Hanoi, you'll visit the natural wonders of Mekong Delta, Hoi An and Ha Long Bay. This trip will cover the essentials of Vietnam.

During this tour, you can see the amazing natural beauty of Vietnam, taste local food, and meet and talk with local people from the tail to the top of the country.
Sightseeing
Culture & Arts
Food & Drink
Outdoors & Nature
Adventure
Beach & Sea

Itinerary

Day 1

Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

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Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, your guide and driver will come to you pick up and transfer you to the hotel for check in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. There's plenty to see and do in this city but the best way to get acquainted is to set out on foot and explore.

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    Accommodation

    Silverland Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City3 star

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Silverland Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

Day 2

Walking Tour & Street Food Tour

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Walking Tour & Street Food Tour

This morning will be at your leisure to explore the city as you wish or relax at your hotel after your long journey. Around 2 pm, your guide will come to the hotel to you pick up to walk around District One to see Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market where you can buy many local products. Later on, at night, you will walk around the walking street to taste local food.

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    Accommodation

    Silverland Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City3 star

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    Activities

    Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

    Ben Thanh Market

    Ho Chi Minh Food Tour

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    Meals

    Breakfast and dinner

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

Day 3

Cu Chi Tunnel & City Tour

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Cu Chi Tunnel & City Tour

Today, you'll visit the Cu Chi Tunnels - a network of tunnels, which stretches for over 200 kilometres and became legendary during the 1960s. The Cu Chi Tunnels played a vital part in the US-Vietnam War in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 kilometres from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. You'll explore this incredible tunnel network and then return to the city for another tour.

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    Accommodation

    Silverland Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City3 star

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    Activities

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    Independence Palace

    Saigon Central Post Office

    War Remnants Museum

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Silverland Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnels

    Private Driver from Cu Chi Tunnel to Ho Chi Minh City

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

Day 4

Mekong Delta Group Tour

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Mekong Delta Group Tour

You'll depart for Cai Be by car via the Trung Luong Express Highway, stopping to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields. On arrival in Cai Be, you'll set off by motorboat to visit the Cai Be Floating Market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities onboard their vessels. you'll visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made, then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation.

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    Accommodation

    Silverland Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City3 star

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    Activities

    Cai Be Floating Market

    Tan Phong Island in Cai Be

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    Transportations

    Minivan from Silverland Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be Floating Market

    Minivan from Cái Bè District to Silverland Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

    Tien Giang

    Cái Bè District

Day 5

Free Day at Leisure

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Free Day at Leisure

Today, after breakfast, you'll have the entire day free to spend as you wish. Ho Chi Minh City is an exciting city which offers something for everyone. You can head back into the city centre and visit the landmarks that you may not have been to yet such as Nguyen Hue, City Hall and Bitexco Tower. Alternatively, you may wish to see a different side of the city and head to Chinatown.

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    Accommodation

    Silverland Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City3 star

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    Activities

    Ho Chi Minh City

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

Day 6

Flight to Da Nang in Central Vietnam

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Flight to Da Nang in Central Vietnam

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will be free until your transfer to the airport for your flight to Da Nang. When you arrive in Da Nang, your guide and driver will greet you and transfer to your hotel in Hoi An, the beautiful UNESCO-listed yellow town, to check-in. You'll have the remainder of your day to explore before settling in for the night.

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    Accommodation

    Green Apple Hotel3 star

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Silverland Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City to Tan Son Nhat International Airport

    Plane from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Da Nang International AirportOptional Activity

    Private Driver from Da Nang International Airport to Green Apple Hotel

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

    Hội An

Day 7

Marble Mountains, Linh Ung Pagoda & Hoi An City Tour

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Marble Mountains, Linh Ung Pagoda & Hoi An City Tour

After breakfast, your guide and driver come to pick you up to visit the Marble Mountains. You'll enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the mountain, visit the mysterious pagodas and the sculpturing village. Then, you'll head to the Son Tra peninsula, passing My Khe Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches Forbes magazine’s voted. Then, you’ll visit Linh Ung Pagoda with the highest Lady Buddha statue in Vietnam.

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    Accommodation

    Green Apple Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Marble Mountains

    Linh Ung Pagoda

    Hoi An City Tour

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Green Apple Hotel to Marble mountain viewpoint

    Private Driver from Linh Ứng Pagoda to Hội An

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Hội An

    Da Nang

Day 8

Free Day at Leisure in Hoi An

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Free Day at Leisure in Hoi An

Today, you are free today to walk around Hoi An ancient town and explore as you wish. This beautiful UNESCO-listed town is full of tailors, cafes and lovely restaurants. It's a great place to have something special made (in less than 24 hours) to return home with. You may also like to find a nice spot in a cafe overlooking the river and watch the world go by - another must do in Hoi An.

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    Accommodation

    Green Apple Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Free Time in Hoi AnOptional Activity

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Hội An

Day 9

Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge Group Tour

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Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge Group Tour

Today, your tour guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby early in the morning for your transfer to Ba Na Hills. After finishing the first cable car, you will visit the Golden Bridge, the bridge that became famous when it opened and is now one of the world's most prominent pedestrian bridges. Whilst here, you'll also visit Le Jardin D’amourn which consists of nine gardens and Linh Ung pagoda, before returning to Hoi An.

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    Accommodation

    Green Apple Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Ba Na Hills

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    Transportations

    Minivan from Green Apple Hotel to Ba Na Hills Đà Nẵng

    Private Driver from Ba Na Hills Đà Nẵng to Hội An

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Hội An

    Da Nang

Day 10

Tra Que Cooking Class & Village Tour

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Tra Que Cooking Class & Village Tour

After breakfast, your guide will come to pick you up and take you to Tra Que village. You will be welcomed with a special local soft drink of water or local tea. After your welcome, you'll take a short walk around the vegetable garden to see local farmers at work. You'll begin to learn how to cook local delicacies including banh xeo, tam huu spring rolls, Tra Que spring rolls and more. After your cooking class, you'll enjoy the foods you cooked!

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    Accommodation

    Green Apple Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Trà Quế Garden Cooking Class & Restaurant

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Hội An

Day 11

Flight to Hanoi

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Flight to Hanoi

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be free until your driver picks you up to take you to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, you'll be once again picked up and taken to your hotel to check-in. You'll have the remainder of your day to explore Hanoi on your own or relax at your hotel after your journey.

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    Accommodation

    Serenity Villa Hotel3 star

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Green Apple Hotel to Da Nang International Airport

    Plane from Da Nang International Airport to Noi Bai International AirportOptional Activity

    Private Driver from Noi Bai International Airport to Serenity Villa Hotel

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Hội An

    Hanoi

Day 12

Hanoi City & Food Tour

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Hanoi City & Food Tour

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up for your tour of the city. You'll have a full-day tour of Vietnam’s capital city. You will visit the house on stilts of Ho Chi Minh where uncle Ho spent the final years of his life, the One Pillar Pagoda which was constructed in 1049, the Museum of Ethnology and the Literature Temple. Later on, you'll attend a water puppet show and join a street food tour at night to taste the delicacies of the north.

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    Accommodation

    Serenity Villa Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    One Pillar Pagoda

    Temple of Literature

    Ngoc Son Temple

    Water Puppet Show

    Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour

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    Meals

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Hanoi

Day 13

Trang An & Bai Dinh Pagoda Group Tour

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Trang An & Bai Dinh Pagoda Group Tour

Bai Dinh Pagoda is the largest spiritual pagoda in Vietnam and one of the must-see places in Ninh Binh. Today, you'll head south to visit the beautiful Trang An landscape complex in Ninh Binh. Here, you will admire famous karst mountains which are very unique in Vietnam as well as Asia. This place is often referred to as the 'Halong Bay on Land' and you'll see why when you arrive.

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    Accommodation

    Serenity Villa Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Tràng An Tour

    Bai Dinh Temple

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    Transportations

    Minivan from Serenity Villa Hotel to Tràng An

    Minivan from Bai Dinh Pagoda to Serenity Villa Hotel

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Hanoi

    Ninh Bình Province

Day 14

Halong Bay One-Day Tour

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Halong Bay One-Day Tour

Today, your cruise departs from the harbour for an unforgettable trip to discover the beauty of the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay. Along the way, you will have chance to pass through the grandeur of the legendary bay with thousands of limestone islands such as Dog Rock, Duck Rock and especially Thumb Rock, a beautiful limestone islet rising from seawater in the shape of a giant thumb. It will be a magical day discovering the highlights of Halong Bay before returning to Hanoi.

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    Accommodation

    Serenity Villa Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Surprise Cave

    Kayaking on Halong Bay

    Titov Island

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    Transportations

    Minivan from Serenity Villa Hotel to Tuan Chau Island

    Minivan from Tuan Chau Island to Serenity Villa Hotel

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Hanoi

    Haiphong

    Quảng Ninh Province

    Hạ Long

Day 15

Flight to Bien Bien Phu

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Flight to Bien Bien Phu

After breakfast at your hotel in Hanoi, you will be free until your driver comes to transfer you to the airport for your flight to Dien Bien Phu. When you arrive in Dien Bien Phu, your driver will greet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in. You'll have the remainder of your day free to rest before your exciting activities in the morning.

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    Accommodation

    Him Lam Hotel3 star

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Serenity Villa Hotel to Noi Bai International Airport

    Plane from Noi Bai International Airport to Dien Bien Phu AirportOptional Activity

    Private Driver from Dien Bien Phu Airport to Him Lam

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Hanoi

    Thành phố Điện Biên Phủ

Day 16

Dien Bien Phu Day Tour

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Dien Bien Phu Day Tour

Dien Bien Phu is one of the most remote parts of Vietnam. For centuries, Dien Bien Phu was a transit stop on the caravan route from Myanmar and China to Northern Vietnam. In early 1954, Dien Bien Phu was the site of that rarest of military events - a battle that can be called truly decisive. You'll spend the day exploring the landmarks and important sites of this unique place in Vietnam.

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    Accommodation

    Him Lam Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Battlefield in Dien Bien Phu

    Dien Bien Phu Museum

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Thành phố Điện Biên Phủ

Day 17

Flight to Hanoi

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Flight to Hanoi

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be free until your transfer to the airport for your flight back to Hanoi. When you arrive in Hanoi, your driver will transfer you to your hotel for check-in. You'll then have the rest of the day as free time to set out and explore the places in Hanoi you haven't yet been able to. You may also like to pick out a special restaurant or a dish you haven't tried yet for your final meal in Hanoi.

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    Accommodation

    Serenity Villa Hotel3 star

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Him Lam Hotel to Dien Bien Phu Airport

    Plane from Dien Bien Phu Airport to Noi Bai International AirportOptional Activity

    Private Driver from Noi Bai International Airport to Serenity Villa Hotel

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Thành phố Điện Biên Phủ

    Hanoi

Day 18

Hanoi Departure

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Hanoi Departure

You have made it across Vietnam, all the way from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. You are free to explore until your transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Serenity Villa Hotel to Noi Bai International Airport

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Hanoi

Included in Price

  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 27 activities
  • 17 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Airport transfer
  • Entrance fees
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Ground transportation
  • Licensed English speaking guides

Not Included in Price

  • Alcohol beverages
  • Domestic flights
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking permits
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