Vietnam North to South & Beach 21 Days

Embark on a comprehensive 21-day journey from the northern reaches of Vietnam down to its southern tip, before relaxing on the pristine beaches of Mui Ne. The “Vietnam North to South & Beach” tour starts in the vibrant city of Hanoi, where participants explore historic landmarks and enjoy a unique motorbike tour through the bustling streets. A scenic excursion to Ninh Binh reveals ancient temples and the stunning karst landscapes of Tam Coc.

The adventure continues with a cruise in the spectacular Ha Long Bay, followed by cultural immersions in the ethnic villages around Sapa. As the journey progresses southward, the tour explores the historical depths of Hue, including its ancient citadel and royal tombs, and the charming old town of Hoi An, known for its well-preserved architecture and tailor shops.

The final leg of the tour takes you to the dynamic city of Ho Chi Minh City, where urban exploration includes the Cu Chi Tunnels and a deep dive into local life in the Mekong Delta. The journey concludes with a serene retreat to Mui Ne, a coastal haven where days are spent enjoying white sandy beaches, water sports, and sunbathing. This extensive tour offers a deep dive into Vietnam’s rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty, providing an unforgettable experience from north to south.


Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi (GP)

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, a friendly guide will greet you and handle your transfer to a carefully selected hotel in the heart of Hanoi. After checking in, take some time to relax and acclimatize to the vibrant atmosphere of Vietnam’s capital. Depending on your arrival time, you might enjoy a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood or dine at a nearby restaurant to taste your first authentic Vietnamese meal.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour on a Motorbike (B, L, G)

Embrace the excitement of Hanoi with a full-day motorbike tour. Kick off the morning with a visit to the historic Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, founded in the 11th century. This site offers a peaceful retreat from the bustling city streets and a chance to admire traditional Vietnamese architecture.

Next, explore the Fine Art Museum to view an impressive collection of artwork ranging from ancient sculptures to contemporary pieces. Continue to Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi’s oldest Buddhist temple, beautifully located on the banks of the West Lake and offering a serene atmosphere and stunning photographic opportunities.

In the afternoon, dive into the heart of Hanoi’s culture with a ‘Street Life’ experience. Navigate through the narrow lanes and back alleys of the Old Quarter on the back of your motorbike. This part of the tour includes a street food brunch where you can indulge in local delicacies like Pho, Banh Goi, and Bun Cha. End your day with a visit to the historic Long Bien Bridge, followed by a captivating Water Puppetry show, an art form originating from Northern Vietnam’s rural Red River Delta.

For those preferring a less adventurous approach, an alternative car tour of the city can be arranged, offering a comfortable and comprehensive overview of Hanoi’s major landmarks.

Day 3: Hanoi to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc, Return to Hanoi (B, L G)

After breakfast, set off for Ninh Binh province, a roughly two-hour drive south of Hanoi. Your first stop is Hoa Lu, the ancient capital, where you will explore temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh and Emperor Le. Learn about the rich history that shaped Vietnam, including tales of court intrigues and ancient politics.

Continue to Tam Coc for a scenic river boat ride, gently rowing between towering limestone karsts and lush rice paddies—an experience often described as inland Ha Long Bay. After the boat ride, enjoy a leisurely bike ride to Hang Mua. If you’re up for a challenge, ascend the 486 steps to the top of Mua Cave for panoramic views of the countryside.

Return to Hanoi in the evening, allowing you some free time to explore more of the city or relax at your hotel.

Day 4: Hanoi to Ha Long Bay (B in Hanoi, L, D, G on board)

Depart early from your hotel for a shuttle bus ride to Ha Long Bay, a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning natural beauty and ethereal seascape of limestone islands. Upon arrival at Tuan Chau Marina, you’ll proceed with check-in formalities in a private lounge before boarding the Orchid Trendy Cruise.

Settle into your luxurious cabin before enjoying a welcome drink and attending a brief introduction about the cruise and safety guidelines. As the boat sets sail, enjoy a sumptuous lunch on board while cruising past the iconic karst formations of Ha Long Bay and into the less crowded but equally impressive Lan Ha Bay.

In the afternoon, visit Trung Trang Cave, known for its extensive size and fascinating stalactite formations. Later, relax with a swim in the tranquil waters of Tra Bau area. Participate in a cooking demonstration to learn how to make some traditional Vietnamese dishes or simply unwind during the happy hour.

End the day with a gourmet dinner aboard the cruise. Afterward, enjoy the serene evening atmosphere on the bay, try your hand at squid fishing, play some board games, or stargaze from the sundeck before retiring to your cabin for the night.

For your Ha Long excursion, you’ll board the Orchid Trendy cruise. The boat has totally 20 stunning cabins organised and crafted according to contemporary design trends. Almost cabins have personal balconies offering your own private outside space in Halong Bay.

All cabins are air-conditioned and have windows overlooking the bay. The cabins are furnished with two twin beds or a double queen/king size bed. All meals, usually based on fresh seafood, will be provided on board

Day 5: Lan Ha Bay to Hanoi – Overnight Train to Lao Cai (Brunch, G on board)

Begin your day with a refreshing tai chi session on the sundeck, welcoming the dawn over Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy a hearty breakfast while the cruise continues to explore the breathtaking seascapes. Engage in a kayaking adventure around the Ao Ech area, discovering secluded lagoons and dramatic limestone formations.

After returning to the boat, check out and savor a final brunch as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Marina. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Upon arrival in the late afternoon, you will have access to a mini-hotel room to freshen up and relax before your overnight train journey to Lao Cai, departing around 9:10 PM. This train ride offers a quintessential Vietnamese rail experience.

Day 6: Lao Cai to Lao Chai to Ta Van to Thanh Phu (B, L, D, G)

Arrive early in Lao Cai and travel by car to Lao Chai village, where you will begin a scenic hike through lush valleys and picturesque terraced rice fields. Visit local homes of the H’mong and Dzay people, gaining insights into their daily lives and rich culture. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch with a local family, experiencing genuine hospitality.

In the afternoon, a short drive takes you further into the countryside to start another trek to Thanh Phu village. Immerse yourself in the serene landscapes and the simplicity of rural life. Dinner and overnight stay are in a traditional Tay stilt house, offering a unique cultural experience.

Day 7: Thanh Phu to Nam Toong to Ban Ho to Sapa (B, L, D, G)

After breakfast in Thanh Phu, embark on a trek to the remote village of Nam Toong, inhabited by the Red Dao minority known for their elaborate traditional attire and embroidery. After exploring Nam Toong, continue your trek through the beautiful scenery towards Ban Ho village.

Lunch will be served in a local house, after which you will have some time to relax beside a nearby stream. In the afternoon, a car will take you back to Sapa, a charming mountain town famous for its fine vistas, steep rice terraces, and diversity of ethnic cultures. Settle into your hotel for some well-deserved rest.

Day 8: Sapa to Fansipan Peak – Return to Hanoi (B, L, G)

Start your morning with a trip to Mount Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina, accessible by a newly built cable car system that offers stunning views across the region. The journey includes a scenic ride on a mountain train to the cable car station, followed by a 15-minute cable car ride to the top.

Once at the summit, explore the pagodas and scenic spots spread across Fansipan’s peak. Enjoy the sweeping panoramas of the surrounding mountains and valleys before descending back to Sapa.

In the late afternoon, board a luxury bus back to Hanoi, arriving in the evening. Check back into your hotel for the night.

Day 9: Free Day in Hanoi (GP, B)

You’ll arrive in Hanoi early in the morning and taken to your hotel with a free day in prospect if you need to recover from your exertions.

Enjoy a free day in Hanoi to recover from the travel or further explore the city at your leisure. You might consider visiting some museums, shopping for souvenirs, or sampling more of the local cuisine. Hanoi offers a wealth of activities that cater to all interests, from historical sites to contemporary arts and shopping districts.

Overnight stay at your hotel in Hanoi, providing a perfect end to a day of personal exploration or relaxation.

Day 10: Hanoi to Hue (B, DP in Hanoi, L, D, G in Hue)

Start your day with a leisurely breakfast and some free time to explore the Old Quarter of Hanoi, perhaps picking up last-minute souvenirs or simply enjoying the vibrant street scenes. Midday, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted and taken on a tour of the majestic Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you’ll learn about the history and architectural grandeur of Vietnam’s dynasties. Following the citadel visit, explore the bustling Dong Ba market to see the local lifestyle and shop for regional specialties.

In the evening, dine in one of Hue’s renowned garden houses, which are traditional, privately owned homes set in beautiful gardens. These homes often have connections to the former royal family and provide a unique glimpse into the past. Overnight in Hue.

Day 11: Hue’s Royal Tombs and Cultural Insights (B, L, G)

Your day begins with a peaceful boat ride on the Perfume River heading towards the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, a historic temple that is the symbol of Hue city. After visiting the pagoda, continue your journey to the royal tombs of Emperor Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. These tombs illustrate the contrast between the traditional and modernist approaches to imperial architecture and offer insight into the personalities and reigns of these rulers.

After lunch, you will visit a local garden house. Hue’s garden houses are not only architectural wonders but also represent the philosophical and aesthetic values of their owners, who often descend from royal or noble lineages. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore Hue further. Overnight in Hue.

Day 12: Hue to Danang to Hoi An (B, L, G)

Depart from Hue in the morning for a scenic drive to Hoi An, passing over the Hai Van Pass with a stop at the summit to take in the stunning views of the coastline and the lush countryside. Continue to Danang to visit the Cham Museum, which houses the largest collection of Cham sculpture and artwork in the world, and offers a deep dive into the history of this ancient civilization.

Arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon. After checking into your hotel, take a guided walking tour of Hoi An Ancient Town. Explore its well-preserved buildings, vibrant marketplaces, and bustling riverfront. Learn about the town’s fascinating history as a major trading port in Southeast Asia. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 13: Hoi An – Cooking Class and Tra Que Vegetable Village (B, L, DP, G)

The day starts with a leisurely bike ride to Tra Que Vegetable Village, known for its fresh herbs and local farming techniques. Here, you’ll see firsthand the daily activities of the rural inhabitants and get involved in farming activities like fertilizing with seaweed, using traditional methods passed down for generations.

Return to Hoi An for a cooking class where you’ll learn how to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes with a local chef. Shop for ingredients at the vibrant Hoi An market, then head to the Otta Cuisine cooking school where you’ll prepare and enjoy your own Vietnamese lunch.

Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps exploring more of Hoi An’s charming streets or relaxing at a cafe. In the evening, take the opportunity to see the town light up with colorful lanterns, providing a perfect backdrop for evening strolls along the river. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 14: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City – Evening Food Tour on Scooter (B, DP in Hoi An, GP, Street Food in Ho Chi Minh City)

You’ll have a free morning until you’re picked up for an afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. After transferring to your Ho Chi Minh City central hotel and checking-in, you’ll be free for a preliminary wander around District 1.

In the evening you’ll embark on an exciting evening adventure through Saigon on the back of a scooter, indulging in the city’s local cuisine. Accompanied by a local Vietnamese rider, you’ll weave through the narrow streets and hidden alleys of different districts, discovering the authentic side of Ho Chi Minh City.

Your first stop is Chinatown, followed by a visit to an evening market and the bustling Ho Thi Ky wholesale flower market. Here, you’ll take a stroll, learning how to make crispy banana crackers.

Hop back on the scooter for a scenic 30-minute ride through alleyways, passing by fashion streets, food vendors, and parks where locals exercise at night.

Next, enjoy a stop at a local eatery for a taste of Pho (Beef Noodle Soup) and Banh My (Vietnam’s most famous street food). Afterward, explore the Nguyen Thien Thuat area, renowned for its diverse street food scene, reflecting the cultural melting pot of Saigon.

Finally, unwind at a local favorite drinking spot with some beer and soft drinks. Sit at a small table, chat with your guide, and learn more about the ingredients and local life.

Return to your hotel late evening to soak up the vibrant night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 15: Cu Chi Tunnels Experience (B, L, G)

After breakfast, head out to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast network of underground tunnels that played a crucial role during the Vietnam War. Here, you will have the opportunity to understand the ingenuity of the Viet Cong, crawl through some of the safer parts of the tunnel system, and see various traps, bunkers, and hidden entrances.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch, then spend the afternoon touring some of the city’s key historical sites including the Reunification Palace and the beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral. Explore the historic architecture and get insights into the city’s colonial past. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 16: Mekong Delta Adventure (B, L, G)

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the pier for a full-day Mekong Delta speedboat trip. Departing from downtown Saigon, you’ll glide through narrow canals into the lush green waterways of the Mekong Delta. A light breakfast will be served on board.

Your first stop is Tuong Van Pagoda, where your guide will explain the significance of Buddhism in the delta. Next, visit a vibrant riverside market brimming with local curiosities, tropical fruits, and various fish and shellfish—perfect for photo opportunities!

As you reach the vast expanse of the Delta of Nine Dragons, navigate through the small, winding canals of the Thu Thua area, shaded by a dense canopy of foliage. Here, you might visit a riverside house with Burmese pythons, a village with rice paddies, and a farmhouse to sample coconuts and Mekong whisky. Alternatively, stop by a local merchant to try a range of local produce, whisky, and wine, walk along the river to a traditional home, and explore a village where you can enjoy fresh coconuts. Your guide may combine elements from both routes for a comprehensive insight into life on the Mekong Delta.

After lunch at a local pagoda, visit an orphanage run by Buddhist monks and a colorful Cao Dai Temple before cruising back to Ho Chi Minh City for the night.

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne (B)

After breakfast, depart for the coastal town of Mui Ne, famous for its spectacular sand dunes and relaxed beach atmosphere. Upon arrival, check into your beachfront hotel and spend the remainder of the day enjoying the sun, sand, and sea. Mui Ne offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure with activities like kite surfing, wind surfing, and quad-biking on sand dunes available for the more adventurous. Overnight in Mui Ne.

Day 18-20: Leisure Days in Mui Ne (B)

Enjoy your time in Mui Ne at your leisure. You could relax on the beach, take a dip in the sea, or perhaps venture out to explore the Fairy Stream, a geological wonder that’s like a miniature version of a canyon.

You might also visit the local fish market in the early morning to see the day’s fresh catch and experience the bustling atmosphere or try a local cooking class.

Another great option is to take a sunset jeep tour over the sand dunes for some spectacular views.

You will enjoy your comfortable accommodations during your stay in Mui Ne.

Day 21: Departure from Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, enjoy a few last moments of relaxation on the beach before checking out of your hotel. You’ll then be transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City in time for your departure flight.

If time permits, make a stop at the Poshanu Cham Tower on the way back—a historical site featuring remnants of the Cham Empire which once ruled the central and southern parts of Vietnam. This will give you a brief glimpse into the area’s ancient cultural heritage.

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, proceed to the airport to catch your flight home, filled with memories of the diverse landscapes and rich culture of Vietnam.


B = Breakfast

L = Lunch

D = Dinner

G = Guide

GP = Guide pick-up

DP = Driver pick-up


The prices for this private tour are per person in US dollars:

These prices are valid until March 31, 2025. Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

Number in group 2 3 – 4 5 – 8 9 – 12 13 – 16 Supplement for single hotel room occupancy*
Superior 3,009 2,740 2,405 2,277 2,204 1,022

Price is not valid for the Peak season, please contact us again for price checking and availability

Peak season: Dec 20th, 2024- Jan 10, 2025, and TET (Jan 26 – Feb 10, 2025)

* ‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.


  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above.
  • Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Hue and Danang – Ho Chi Minh City, including domestic airport taxes.
  • One-way train ticket: Hanoi – Sapa (Private cabin, air-conditioned soft four-berth)
  • One-way Limousine van ticket: Lao Cai – Hanoi (Limousine van 9 seats, SIC)
  • Boat cruise as programme. For Ha Long Bay, you’ll join other passengers on a high-quality wooden boat with comfortable accommodation, good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
  • Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.
  • 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, and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
  • VAT and other taxes


  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities, and personal expenses.
  • Insurance
  • Alternatives in blue
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Compulsory Christmas Eve’s dinner and Gala dinner (if any)

Hotel List

  • Hanoi: MK Premier Boutique Hotel (a Vietnamese style hotel, located in the Hanoi Old quarter – Luxury City View room)
  • Lan Ha Bay: Orchid Trendy Cruise (**** Deluxe quality boat with elegant design – Deluxe Balcony cabin)
  • Sapa: Relax Sapa Hotel(***with high-end facilities of 4 stars Boutique standard including balconies for all rooms – Deluxe Double room)
  • Hue: Eldora hotel (****Located  in the heart of the city within walking distance to many tourist attractions, exquisite style, spacious room – Deluxe Premium View)
  • Hoi An: La Senta Hoi An (**** nice boutique hotel, well-appointed in Hoi An town – Deluxe Rice Field view)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Eden Star Saigon hotel (city centre location, nice rooftop swimming pool – Premium Deluxe room)
  • Mui Ne:  Ocean Star (****In the style of an authentic fishing village, Resort resides within three hectares of swaying palms and tropical flora, framed to the East by the pristine sand and crystal waters of Mui Ne beach. – Premier Deluxe)
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

1. What does the tour package include? The tour includes accommodation, transportation within Vietnam, entrance fees to all specified attractions, some meals as outlined in the itinerary, services of an English-speaking guide, and domestic flights specified within the tour.

2. What is not included in the package? International flights to and from Vietnam, visa fees, travel insurance, personal expenses such as souvenirs, tips, and beverages, and any meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary are not included.

3. Do I need a visa for Vietnam? Most travelers will need a visa to enter Vietnam. We offer a free visa service for clients who have booked the tour with us, excluding the stamping fee. Alternatively, you can obtain a visa through the Vietnamese Embassy in your country or opt for a Visa on Arrival, for which we can provide an approval letter.

4. What type of accommodation can I expect? Accommodations range from comfortable hotels and boutique lodgings in cities to charming homestays in rural areas. In Ha Long Bay, an overnight cruise is included. All accommodations are chosen for their quality, location, and character.

5. How much walking or physical activity is involved? The tour involves moderate walking during city tours and cultural visits. There are more physically demanding activities such as trekking in Sapa and climbing steps in various locations like Hang Mua. Participants should be in good health, but extensive hiking experience is not necessary.

6. What should I pack? Weather can vary between regions, so versatile, layerable clothing is recommended. Essentials include a good pair of walking shoes, rain gear, sun protection, and a hat. Also consider bringing a swimsuit for beach days and a formal outfit for nicer dinners.

7. Is there any free time included in the tour? Yes, the tour includes free days and leisure time in several locations such as Hanoi, Hoi An, and Mui Ne, where you can explore at your own pace or relax.

8. What kind of transportation will we use? Transportation includes private vehicles, domestic flights, overnight trains, boats, and bicycles. Each mode of transport is chosen to provide comfort and local flavor.

9. Can dietary restrictions be accommodated? Yes, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions with prior notice. Please inform us at the time of booking of any specific requirements.

10. Is this tour suitable for children? The tour is family-friendly, and children are welcome. Some activities may be more suitable for older children, and child discounts may be available depending on their age and the specific terms of service providers.

11. What is the group size for this tour? To ensure a personalized experience, group sizes are typically kept small. Please inquire for more details if you have a larger group or require a private tour.

12. What should I know about cultural etiquette? Respect for local customs and traditions is important. Dress modestly when visiting temples and religious sites. Tipping for guides and service providers is customary but not mandatory.

These FAQs aim to prepare you for a rewarding journey across Vietnam, highlighting cultural insights, practical tips, and the comprehensive services included in your “Vietnam North to South & Beach 21 Days” tour.

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