Vietnam Magnificent Nature 12 Days

Embark on a 12-day odyssey through Vietnam’s most breathtaking natural landscapes with our “Vietnam Magnificent Nature” tour. This journey is crafted for nature lovers and adventurers alike, offering an unparalleled exploration of Vietnam’s diverse ecosystems—from lush rainforests and majestic waterfalls to tranquil lakes and stunning bays.

Your adventure begins in the vibrant streets of Hanoi, where history and modernity collide. From there, you’ll venture into the heart of Vietnam’s natural beauty. Experience the serene grandeur of Ba Be Lake, where you can paddle across placid waters surrounded by ancient forests. Marvel at the majestic Ban Gioc Waterfall, one of the most stunning cascades in Asia, straddling the border between Vietnam and China.

The journey continues south to the mystical landscapes of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, home to some of the world’s largest and most spectacular caves. Here, underground rivers and prehistoric caves await your discovery. In central Vietnam, the verdant mountains and ethnic villages around Da Lat offer a perfect blend of outdoor adventure and cultural immersion.

As you travel further south, the tour culminates in the lush expanses of the Mekong Delta, where life flourishes on the water. Navigate through the intricate waterways, visit local floating markets, and sample exotic fruits straight from the orchards.

“Vietnam Magnificent Nature” is more than just a tour; it’s an exploration of wild and wonderful places that promise both awe and inspiration. Designed for those who wish to connect deeply with nature, this journey combines physical activity with moments of serene contemplation, offering a profound way to experience the natural wonders of Vietnam.


Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi and Introduction to Vietnamese Culture (D, DP)

Upon landing at Noi Bai airport, the pulsating heart of Vietnam’s cultural and historical heritage welcomes you. As you are whisked away to your hotel, the bustling streets of Hanoi begin to unfold before you, offering a glimpse into the daily life of this ancient city. After settling into your accommodation and resting from your journey, the evening promises an engaging start to your adventure with a welcome dinner hosted in a majestic colonial building, setting the tone for a culinary exploration. The night is crowned with a performance of traditional Water Puppetry at a local theatre, showcasing a unique art form that brings to life Vietnam’s rural culture through vibrant puppetry and music, making for a delightful introduction to the local customs and folklore.

Day 2: Immersive Local Experience in Hanoi (B, L, G)

Your day begins at the break of dawn with a visit to the serene Hoan Kiem Lake, a central piece of Hanoi’s soul, followed by a stop at Ngoc Son Temple that sits on a quiet island in the middle of the lake.

A short walk from the lake leads you to a traditional coffee shop where the robust flavoUrs of Vietnamese ‘Ca phe sua da’ await. For the adventurous, the thick and creamy ‘Egg coffee’ offers a unique taste experience. Energised, you’ll delve into the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter where the city’s French colonial past echoes through the architecture.

Your cultural exploration takes you to the St. Joseph Cathedral, an emblem of Gothic design from 1886, and later to the poignant Hoa Lo Prison, which tells stories of its former prisoners through time. Lunch is an affair of ‘Bun Cha’, Hanoi’s very own culinary masterpiece, after which you visit the Temple of Literature, an ancient site of scholarship.

The day’s exploration concludes with a walk along the narrow train tracks slicing through residential areas, a surreal experience offering a slice of local life. The evening relaxes into a casual setting at a ‘Bia Hoi’ establishment, where you can enjoy the city’s lively street scene over local draft beer.

Day 3: Journey from Hanoi to Ba Be National Park (B, L, D, G)

Your third day starts early as you embark on a scenic drive to Ba Be National Park, a sanctuary of stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity. The journey itself is part of the adventure, with stops along the way that allow you to stretch your legs and take in the mountain scenery.

As you approach Ba Be, the air turns crisper and the natural beauty more profound. Arriving in the late afternoon, a sunset stroll around the lake offers a moment of tranquility, surrounded by the sounds of the forest and the fading light over the water.

Dinner is a local affair, introducing you to the flavours of the region, after which you settle in for the night at a cozy guesthouse within the national park, a perfect spot for star-gazing and enjoying the peaceful night sounds.

Day 4: From Ba Be to Ban Gioc Waterfall (B, L, D, G)

The day starts with an invigorating walk through the rainforest, leading you to a boat for a tranquil cruise on Ba Be Lake. As you glide over its clear waters, flanked by dramatic mountains, you visit the striking Puong Cave.

After disembarking, a short drive takes you to Cho Ra for lunch, followed by a picturesque drive to Cao Bang. The journey continues through the towns of Quang Uyen and Trung Khanh, each offering glimpses of rural Vietnamese life, before arriving at your accommodation near the spectacular Ban Gioc Waterfall. Here, the roar of the waterfall beckons as you settle in, anticipating the adventures of the following day.

Road transfer 217km, approx.5 hours, Boat trip 2 hours, 1 hour walk to visit local village

Day 5: Exploration of Ban Gioc Waterfall and Journey to Lang Son (B, L, G)

The morning light brings you to the breathtaking Ban Gioc Waterfall, the largest in Vietnam, nestled on the border with China. Here, the cascading waters create a mesmerizing mist that refreshes the air. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the surroundings more intimately by boarding a bamboo raft, which allows you to get close to the thunderous falls and feel the spray on your skin.

Post this exhilarating experience, a short ride takes you to the mystical Nguom Ngao Cave. This expansive cave system is adorned with stalactites and stalagmites that form otherworldly shapes, making it a photographer’s paradise. After exploring the cave, you’ll return to the hotel for lunch before embarking on the scenic drive to Lang Son.

This city acts as a cultural bridge between Vietnam and China and offers a mix of Vietnamese and Chinese influences, evident in its cuisine and architecture. The evening in Lang Son is free for you to relax or explore the local night market.

Tour summary: 4 hours motorbike riding, 160km by car , 1 hour lunch break

Day 6: Cultural Insights in Lang Son and Transfer to Ha Long (B, L, G)

Morning in Lang Son starts with a visit to the Tam Thanh Pagoda, a tranquil sanctuary housed within a cave that has witnessed centuries of prayer and solitude. After soaking in the spiritual atmosphere of the pagoda, you’ll continue your journey towards Ha Long, making stops along the way to engage with local communities.

A visit to a village inhabited by the Zao and Tay people provides insights into their rich cultural traditions and lifestyle. After sharing moments with the villagers, you proceed to Đinh Lap for a lunch break. The drive then takes you through Tien Yen, offering picturesque views of the coastline as you head towards the world-renowned Ha Long Bay. The anticipation builds as you near the bay, known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped with rainforests.

Tour summary: 2- 3 hours visiting pagoda and local villages 1 hour lunch break. 210km drive

Day 7: Majestic Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay Experience (B, L, D, G on board)

Your exploration of Ha Long Bay begins with a mid-morning transfer to the pier where you board a luxurious cruise that will be your home for the next two nights. As the cruise sets sail towards the less crowded but equally stunning Lan Ha Bay, you are treated to a unique perspective of the bay’s iconic karst landscapes.

A stop at Cat Ba Island allows for a visit to Trung Trang cave, nestled in the heart of Cat Ba National Park surrounded by lush forest. The day continues with a kayak excursion in the serene waters near Tra Bau, where you can swim in the crystal-clear waters or relax on a secluded beach. Back on board, you can unwind with sunset views on the sundeck, followed by a sumptuous dinner featuring local seafood.

During your three-day adventure in Ha Long, you’ll set sail aboard one of the finest vessels navigating the bay—a sleek fusion of modern amenities and timeless design. These boats, ranging in capacity from 20 to 30 passengers, offer a communal cruising experience, fostering connections with fellow travelers. Your cozy cabin spans approximately 28 square meters, featuring a plush bed, air conditioning, soft pillows, crisp cotton sheets, and a private ensuite bathroom. Indulge in delectable meals crafted from fresh seafood, served directly on board throughout your journey.

Day 8: Immersive Day in Lan Ha Bay (B, L, D, G on board)

The day begins with an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck, accompanied by a light breakfast. Today’s adventures take you to Viet Hai Village on a day boat, where you will bike along village paths, through rain forests and past picturesque rice fields. A visit to an ancient house offers a glimpse into traditional living, while interaction with the locals provides deeper cultural understanding.

The afternoon is spent exploring Ba Trai Dao (Three Peaches), a trio of islets renowned for their breathtaking beauty and ideal for kayaking or simply soaking in the tranquil surroundings.

After a full day of exploration, return to the main boat to relax and enjoy another night amidst the calm and splendor of Lan Ha Bay.

Day 9: Departure from Lan Ha Bay to Ho Chi Minh City (Brunch, DP in Ha Long Bay, GP in Ho Chi Minh City)

Rise early to soak in the serene beauty of Lan Ha Bay with a final Tai Chi session on the sundeck, the cool morning breeze complementing the gentle movements. Following this, a light breakfast is served as you continue to admire the picturesque landscape.

Today’s adventure includes a canoe trip to explore the captivating Sang Toi cave, a hidden gem within the bay, offering a quiet escape and unique rock formations. After kayaking around the Ao Ech area, you return to the boat to refresh and check out, enjoying a brunch while cruising back to the pier.

Once on land, a driver will escort you back to Hanoi and directly to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, another guide will greet you and facilitate your transfer to the hotel, where the evening is yours to relax or explore the dynamic energy of this southern metropolis.

Day 10: Excursion to Nam Cat Tien National Park (B, L, D, G)

After breakfast, a scenic drive takes you away from the urban pulse of Ho Chi Minh City to the lush landscapes of Nam Cat Tien National Park. Covering an area of approximately 74,000 hectares, this park is a biodiversity hotspot, home to a myriad of flora and fauna, including several endangered species.

Upon arrival, a 5-kilometre bike ride along rugged trails offers a thrilling introduction to the dense forest. After checking into your guesthouse, you’ll embark on a jeep safari at dusk, the ideal time for wildlife spotting. Equipped with a good pair of binoculars, you may catch sight of deer, monkeys, and other nocturnal animals in their natural habitat, providing an unforgettable wildlife experience.

Day 11: Wildlife Exploration and Return to Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

The day begins with a drive and a hike to the remote Crocodile Lake. This trek through the rainforest is not only a physical adventure but also a chance to observe the diverse wildlife and lush vegetation. At the lake, a quiet rowboat ride allows for birdwatching and possibly spotting crocodiles in their natural environment.

After lunch at a park canteen, you will journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. The drive offers time to reflect on the natural splendor and tranquility of the park, contrasting sharply with the bustling city life awaiting your return. The evening is free for you to enjoy at your leisure, perhaps exploring more of the city’s vibrant culinary scene or its historical landmarks.

Please note the best time for bird watching is from February to April.

Day 12: Departure from Ho Chi Minh City (B, DP)

Your final day is free for personal exploration or relaxation until it’s time to head to the airport. This free day provides a perfect opportunity to delve deeper into Ho Chi Minh City’s rich history and vibrant culture.

You might choose to visit the War Remnants Museum for a poignant look at Vietnam’s war history, stroll through the historic district to admire the French colonial architecture, or indulge in some last-minute shopping at Ben Thanh Market, a bustling marketplace that offers everything from souvenirs to local delicacies.

As your Vietnam journey comes to an end, a private car will take you to the airport, where you depart filled with memories of diverse landscapes, rich history, and warm Vietnamese hospitality.


B = Breakfast

L = Lunch

D = Dinner

G = Guide

GP = Guide pick-up

DP = Driver pick-up


The prices for this private or group tour are in US dollars for the group of 02:  US $2,413 per person

These prices are valid until March 31, 2025.

Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

Except peak season: Dec 20, 2024 – Jan 05, 2025 and from Jan 28 – Feb 05, 2025


  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above
  • Return domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City, including domestic airport taxes.
  • Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.
  • Day boat and overnight boat cruise as programmed
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available.
  • VAT and other taxes


  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance

Hotel List

  • Hanoi: MK Premier Boutique (****, boutique style hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter, just a short walk to the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake – Luxury room)
  • Ba Be: Park’s Guesthouse and homestay in a local family
  • Ban Gioc: Saigon ban Gioc hotel (****, convenient location in Ban Gioc town – Superior room)
  • Lang Son: Muong Thanh Hotel (**** one of the best hotel available in Lang Son – Deluxe room)
  • Halong: Novotel Halong (**** international hotel in town centre – Standard room)
  • Lan Ha Bay: Orchid Trendy cruise (Deluxe quality modern cruise with contemporary design – Deluxe Balcony cabin)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Eden Star Saigon (****, medium rise hotel in the city centre – Deluxe room)
  • Nam Cat Tien National Park: Jungle Lodge (***+, well-appointed resort in Nam cat Tien area – Studio River view)
Please note that Vietnam hotels do not recognise provisional reservations, so specific hotels cannot be guaranteed until you have booked your chosen tour. As many of the better hotels are often full during the October to April peak season, early booking is advisable.

Tour FAQ's

What is included in the Vietnam Magnificent Nature tour package?

The tour package includes accommodation in hotels and guesthouses chosen for their location and charm, all in-country transportation (including any internal flights), entrance fees to all parks and attractions mentioned in the itinerary, guided tours, and activities such as cave explorations and boat trips. Meals as specified in the itinerary (Breakfast [B], Lunch [L], Dinner [D]) are also included, as are the services of an English-speaking guide throughout the tour.

What is not included in the tour package?

International airfare to and from Vietnam, visa fees, travel insurance, personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional beverages, tips for guides and drivers, and any meals not specified in the itinerary are not included. Optional activities and personal equipment for treks or other activities are also excluded.

Do I need a visa for Vietnam?

Yes, most travelers will need a visa to enter Vietnam. You can apply for a visa through a Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your country, or you can apply online for an e-visa if you are eligible. Some nationalities are also eligible for visa exemptions for short stays. Please check the latest requirements well in advance of your travel dates.

What type of accommodations can I expect?

Accommodations are selected to enhance your experience of Vietnam’s natural beauty. They range from comfortable hotels in cities to charming guesthouses in more remote areas, providing a blend of comfort, local flavor, and convenient access to surrounding nature. In some more isolated areas, accommodation options may be more basic, but they are always clean and safe.

What are the physical requirements for this tour?

This tour involves moderate physical activities such as hiking, walking on uneven terrain, climbing stairs, and boat trips. Participants should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour’s full experience. It’s advisable to engage in some form of regular exercise before your trip to enhance your stamina and overall fitness.

What should I pack?

Packing for this tour should include lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for warm to hot weather, a good pair of hiking shoes or boots, rain gear, a hat and sunglasses for sun protection, insect repellent, and any personal medication. Don’t forget your camera, spare batteries, and extra memory cards. A sturdy backpack for day trips and hiking is also recommended.

What kind of transport will be used?

Transport varies depending on the location and terrain. It includes private vehicles for road transfers, domestic flights to cover longer distances, boats for exploring rivers and lakes, and bicycles for some local village tours. All transportation is arranged to provide comfort and convenience and to maximize your time enjoying the natural landscapes.

What meals are included, and how are dietary restrictions handled?

Meals included in the tour are indicated in the itinerary. We focus on providing a variety of healthy meals that reflect the local cuisine and ingredients of each region. Please notify us in advance if you have dietary restrictions or allergies—we are happy to accommodate your needs wherever possible.

How large are the tour groups?

Group sizes for the “Vietnam Magnificent Nature 12 Days” tour are kept small, usually between 10 and 15 participants. This size ensures a more personalized experience and allows for deeper interaction with the guide and fellow travelers.

Is there a guide throughout the tour?

Yes, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide who is knowledgeable about the natural environments and cultural aspects of each region visited. The guide will be with you throughout the tour to provide insights, manage logistics, and assist with any requests or questions you might have.

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