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12DAYS -> Hanoi -> Ninh Binh -> Halong Bay -> Bana Hills -> Hoi An -> Saigon

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Explore the tremedous spirit of Vietnam with a 12-day tour from North to South, with the magnificent Halong Bay with the excellent overnight on cruise experience, the delicious traditional dishes in the busy streets, learning how to cook the tasty meals, learning the diverse culture in floating Mekong Delta and rich history in Cu Chi Tunnel, watching the Traditional Water Puppet Show, immersing yourselves in the charming Halong Bay, and you will surely have a light heart of the amazing experiences awaiting you in the Vietnam Holiday

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Fly to Hanoi Breakfast
Day 2 Hanoi Sightseeing Full Day with Water Puppet Show Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Hanoi - Ninh BInh Excursion Full Day Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Hanoi, Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Halong Bay / Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi - Fly to Da Nang Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Bana Hills Full Day - Hoi An Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Hoi An Free & Easy Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Hoi An Cooking Class Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Day 9 Flight to Saigon - Half Day City Tour Breakfast
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Saigon Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Hanoi

Welcome to your holiday with Your Vietnam Travel

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, either Domestic or International arrival, after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the Your Vietnam Travel's signboard with your name on it. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 2

Hanoi Sightseeing Full Day with Water Puppet Show

After breakfast, our guide pick up at hotel at 8.00AM. Sightseeing today includes explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, start a Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). End the day’s explorations; watch a traditional puppet show on water that shows off an ancient art form.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Hanoi - Ninh BInh Excursion Full Day

07.00 – 07.30: Our guide will meet you at your hotel and start 110km modern Bus-journey through verdant landscape of country side. Short-brake en route.

10.45: Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel with Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple dating back to the 17th Century.

12.00: Enjoy the lunch at our restaurant with the great local cuisines.

13.30: Leave for the Trang An Grottoes, an out-standing natural beauty of majestic limestone massif at 20 square kilometer rise dramatically out from rice paddy fields. Deep into the linked chains of towering mountain are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds, and jungle.

Embark on a traditional sampan gently roweddown the exquisite river through numerous  caves: Lam Cave, Vang Cave, Dai Cave, Thanh Truot Cave,...and Cao Sơn Temple, Suoi Tien Temple, Vu Lam Temple…

15.30: Arrive Mua Cave and start an amazing trek up to the top of Ngoa Long mountain for watching the spectacular rice valley with specious view of the nature.

17.15: Return to our bus and then come back to Ha Noi

19.30: Drop you off at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Hanoi - Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay - overnight on Cruise

Our guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at lobby of hotel at 8.00 - 8.20AM and start journey east to Halong Bay, through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see every day Vietnamese village life. On arrival, we board a beautiful traditional junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay’s 3000 magnificent limestone islets. In the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and later there is opportunity for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Spend the night on our luxurious boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Halong Bay / Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi - Fly to Da Nang

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier to get back Hanoi for your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in Da Nang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Bana Hills Full Day - Hoi An

Enjoy breakfast at hotel.

After your breakfats, the guide and car will pick you up from your hotel and tranfer to Ba Na Hills, you will visit the Golden Bridge that has recently gone viral, Le Jardin D’amour (consists of 9 gardens) and Linh Ung pagoda.

Then visit the French Village Campanile, Nine Floor Goddess Shrine, Tombstone Temple, Linh Phong Monastery, Linh Chua Linh Tu Temple & Tru Vu Tea Shop. Watch Carnival Performance Show, Square Du Dome... Challenge the most popular adventure ride - Alpine Coaster (free ride).

Lunch at the buffet restaurant.  

You can join in the game at Fantasy Park before take the Cable Car to leave Ba Na Hills at 15.30. 

Meet our guide at the meeting point the get on car transfer back to Da Nang to visit local Han Market and browse the stalls of this sprawling compound, seeing fresh produce and dried goods unique to the area. This is also a great place to get a glimpse of local life, watching the shoppers and vendors as they negotiate deals.

After the tour, transfer to Hoi An for check in and overnight at hotel.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Hoi An Free & Easy

This morning, after having breakfast at the hotel, you will have free time to relax or visit An Bang Beach, Cua Dai Beach by yourseslf.

*In the evening, Hoi An offers a charming atmosphere with various attractions to explore. Here are my recommendations for places to visit in the evening:

1. Hoi An Ancient Town: Take a leisurely stroll through the beautifully lit streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the lantern-filled alleys, ancient buildings, and vibrant riverside. Don't miss the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and the bustling Night Market.

2. Riverside Restaurants: Enjoy a delightful dining experience at one of the many riverside restaurants. Indulge in delicious Vietnamese cuisine while enjoying the scenic views of the Thu Bon River. The riverside area becomes even more magical in the evening with lanterns reflecting on the water.

3. Night Market: Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Hoi An Night Market. Browse through a wide range of stalls selling handicrafts, souvenirs, clothing, and local street food. It's a great place to shop for unique gifts and immerse yourself in the local culture.

4. Traditional Cultural Performances (Ky Uc Hoi An): Catch a traditional performance at one of the cultural centers in Hoi An. Experience captivating shows featuring traditional music, dance, and storytelling that showcase the rich heritage of the region.

5. Boat Ride on the Thu Bon River: Embark on a relaxing boat ride along the Thu Bon River. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance and admire the illuminated lanterns along the riverbanks. It's a wonderful way to take in the beauty of Hoi An at night.

Enjoy your evening exploration of Hoi An!


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Hoi An Cooking Class

Meeting point at (8am) with a welcome drink at Hai Café (98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Ancient Town) – our meeting point. Travel by minivan (10 minutes) to Tra Que Organic Village, and walk through the market gardens where local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago - no electrical machinery here. We pick fresh saw-tooth coriander and Vietnamese mint for our cooking lesson later, before trying a special herbal drink at a local home. To the local village market and with shopping list in hand we purchase a range of local ingredients, including star anise, cardamom, sesame rice paper, water spinach and banana flower. Arriving at Red Bridge Cooking School we have a chance to freshen up before beginning our class. Working together with our Red Bridge Chef we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional Vietnamese utensils (still in use today) we cook 4 famous dishes, including the national dish ‘Pho’.

After the class we sit down and a chance to savour the dishes we have prepared.

Leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River back to central Hoi An.

Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our 20 metre swimming pool.

Recipes: - Vegetarians are provided with replacement ingredients.

1. Beef Noodle Soup (Pho)

- includes the making of fresh rice noodles

2. Clay Pot Fish with Fresh Dill (Cha Ca)

3. Lemongrass Shrimp grilled in Banana Leaves (Tom Nuong La Chuoi)

4. Grilled Chicken and Banana Flower Salad (Goi Hoa Chuoi Ga Nuong)

* Lunch includes all of the above meals

Finish at approximately 13.00pm – transfer back to central Hoi An 


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Day 9

Flight to Saigon - Half Day City Tour

Fly to Saigon. Visit the Presidential Palace, War Remnants Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, The post office and Ben Thanh market.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta

Today, you travel to the Mekong River Delta on a day trip to explore the rich culture and lush fluvial landscape. After breakfast, your guide & driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to Cai Be. Start your tour with a visit to Cai Be floating market, cruising among the local barges stuffed-full of fruits and vegetables. Visit some local workshops then enjoy a delicious lunch served at a local house in the cool shade of An Binh Island’s orchards. In the afternoon, take a traditional rowboat and venture deeper into the countryside, floating through narrow canals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Stop at a nursery garden to discover how farmers along the delta produce their world famous fruits and vegetables. The cruise ends around 15.00 and our driver will meet you at the dock and take you back to Saigon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai

08.00, pick up from your hotel and depart to Tay Ninh to visit the great Cao Dai Temple of the monotheistic religion of Caodaism.

Learn more about the sect and its relationship to Buddhism, Christianity and Confucianism. See the symbolic Left Eye of God and attend the noon ceremony organized by the followers of Cao Dai. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn more about the labyrinth of underground rooms used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

Explore the subterranean field hospitals, weapon factories and command centers, and try some of the main food of the Viet Cong with a cassava tasting served with tangy tea.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City around 19:00-19:30 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Departure Saigon

Check out and free until we transfer you to airport for the departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes


  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • English speaking guide [Other languages are available]
  • All transfers / transportation on tour
  • Cabe Car at Bana Hills 2ways 
  • Golden Hand Bridge 
  • Cooking Class 
  • Kayaking in Halong Bay 
  • Rowing Boat in Ninh Binh
  • Meal plan as mentioned in the tour program
  • Daily bottled water on coach


  • Visa
  • International / Domestic flights
  • Tips


Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star

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Tirant Hotel

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Halong Bay

Le Journey Cruise

Aclass Stella Cruise

Athena Cruise

Hoi An

Zen Boutique Hotel

Ann Retreat Hotel

Palm Garden Resort


Rosaleen Hotel

EMM Hotel Hue

La Residence Hue

Ho Chi Minh

Lotus Hotel

Grand Silverland Hotel

Majestic Hotel


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