Vietnam – a beautiful country in South East Asia, might still trange with you. And we would love to bring you the real Vietnam with 17 days from North to South. You have the chance to live in nature and beauty of Halong Bay – World Natural Heritage, stunning terace rice fields in Sapa, visit Hoa Lu ancient capital in 10th century, Hoi An old town with colourful lanterns, floating daily life in mekong River…All with leave in your mind as an increadible memories. Let’s contact Vietnam Real Tour for your best holiday in Vietnam. If you wanna travel from South to North, please contact us!

Discover Vietnam 17 Days 16 Nights From North to South

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

Driver of Vietnam Real Tour will pick you up the airport and then transfer you to the hotel in Hanoi centre – the most exciting place for tourist.  After that you are free to visit Hanoi City by yourself.

Note: Hotel check in time is 13:00 P.M.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi


Day 2: Hoa Lu ancient capital – Tam Coc – Cycling 1 day ( Meals: 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 villages 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


Day 3: Hanoi – Halong bay – Overnight on cruise ( Meals: B, L, D )

Please check out the room and you can leave your luggage at the hotel. You can only bring hand bag with something for the trip: passport, clothes, camera, walking shoes, sandals, and anything you need for trip.


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 boaoard with Welcome drink. Check in the cabin and enjoy the traditional Vietnamese Lunch.


After lunch time, free time to sunbthing on the sundeck, photo hunting while cruising among the hundred of mountains.


15:00: Cruise anchors in the center of Halong Bay. Visiting the 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 attand the Squid fishing game


Overnight on Cruise


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, 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: Arrive your hotel in Hanoi city.


Overnight at hotel in Hanoi


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


12km trekking through the terrace fields to homestay.


6:30-7:00: Shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the sleeper bus to depart to Sapa. Short break-time on the way to stretch the legs, taking photo.

12:45: Arrive Sapa town. Your local tour 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 to 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 tour guide 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, not tourist.


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. Learning how to cook the local food, custom and tradition of H’Mong ethnic.


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.

Please note: Local people’s house in Sapa is very simple, but is warly by local emotion. The host provides the warm beds, emotional family’s atmosphere, very delicious meals, but all are simple and basic.


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 tel 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


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.

14:00: Get on the sleeper bus back to Hanoi city.

21:00: Arrive Hanoi city.


Overnight at hotel in Hanoi


Day 7: Hanoi free time – Night train to Hue ( Meals: B)


Today, you are free to visit Hanoi Old Quarter by your feet until the transfer you to Hanoi train station for the night train to Hue.


You can take a time to visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Temple of Literature – First University of Vietnam, Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son temple.


Overnight in the train


Day 8: Welcome to Hue city ( Meals: No )


Upon arrival, driver will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel in Hue city. You have the free day to visit ancient Hue capital…

Overnight at hotel in Hue city


Day 9: Hue city tour (Meal: B,L)


07:45 – 08:15am: Driver and tour guide will pick you up and explore the ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Imperial capital during Nguyen Dynasty: the Royal Citadel, Forbidden City, Hue Royal Museum and the seven – storey Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank, you get on the boat for a sight-seeing along the Perfume River. After the tour, the boat will drops off you at the Hue River Bank in the city center.


After having lunch, you still have the chance to visit famous sites:


King Minh Mang Tomb

King Khai Dinh Tomb

Conical Hat village, Incense Making Village.

End the Hue city trip at the hotel in Hue city. You check in the hotel and enjoy the lovely evening in Hue.


Overnight at hotel in Hue


Day 10: Hue – Hai Van giant Pass – Hoi An ( Meals: B )


After breakfast, driver will pick you up at your hotel to visit the most breathtaking and giant Hai Van Pass. You do not only have the opportunity to see the nice sightseeing along the way to Hoi AN, but also you can see how panorama is this Pass. Stopping time on the Pass road to take photo of stunning and giant valley of Pass will be an incredible choice what everyone never wanna miss. You can see how small people are while standing in Mother huge nature.


Arrive the hotel in Hoi An. Check in the hotel and have free time to visit Hoi An ancient town with a lot of lanterns, Pagoda bridge, Old houses…


Overnight at hotel in Hoi An


Day 11: Hoi An – My Son sanctuary 1 day ( Meals: 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 monarchs centuries ago.


After Lunch time, 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



Day 12: Farming & Fishing Trip ( Meals: B, L )

08:00-08:30 am: Tour guide meet you at your hotel, cycle to a local farming village travelling along picturesque country roads, you have a chance to capture some amazing pictures with the farmers on the field, fishpond and the buffalo, you can also try to riding the water buffalo if you love it.

Keep riding to local home. Here, you will be welcome local water “En water”. Then, the farmer will take you to the boat station, boarding across the coconut-palm flanked waterways far from the traffic the motor scooters, and the noises the city to learn and try how to use the local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets and paddle the Vietnamese bamboo basket boats.

After that, you will be shared the daily work in the rural by local farmers, you will join in the activities of the farmers – collecting seaweed fertilizer, sowing, raking, watering and picking.

Leaving the garden, you will back to the farmer’s home and enjoy foot massage with the local herbal treatment.

After lunch, take a cycling back to you hotel.

13:30-14:00: 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


Day 13: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh city ( Meals: B )


Today, you can spend the leisurely walking time in the old town to take photo, buying some good clothes before going to Da Nang airport. Driver will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city.


Our driver will pick you up at Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer you to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.


Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city


Day 14: Mekong Delta Discovery My Tho – Ben Tre Full Day (Meal: B,L)


07:30 – 08:15: Driver and tour guide will pick you up at your totel and leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and start your trip to depart for My Tho, the town lies on the left side of the Mekong River. Boarding the sampan and cruising down the river around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.

Stop over at Unicorn Island, go walking around country lane and seeing orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, folk song music which performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation.

Riding a hand-rowed sampan through Thoi Son canal and treat yourself in the beauty of the countryside, visit the family business, visit honey-bee farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop.

Have lunch at local restaurant. Break time.

In the afternoon, time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meet the local villagers to experience the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Hammock relaxing and enjoy cool breeze for those can’t join the cycling trip. Return to Ho Chi Minh City.

17:00: Drop you off at your hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city


Day 15: Ho Chi Minh city free time ( Meals: B )


How to see the daily life of the biggest city in Vietnam? You can take the time to walk slowly around. Here, you can see the difference between North and South. Visit some famous places in the city such as Ben Thanh market, Reunification Palace, President of South Vietnam until end of the war in April 1975, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Central Post Office. Tour of Chinatown and Thien Hau & Quan Am pagodas…


Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city


Day 16: Cu Chi war tunnel ( Meals: B, L )


Cu Chi tunnel system was built by the Communist guerrilla troop knows as Viet Cong during the Vietnam War to combat the American colonial and South Vietnamese force. The system is of over 220 km of tunnels became a legendary and special architecture lying deeply underground. The tunnels were a function, including a lot of trap doors, storage facilities, specially constructed living areas, hospitals, command centers & kitchens. Nowadays, Cu Chi tunnel became very popular for both of Vietnamese and foreign travellers.


08:30 Our tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and then start drive to Cu Chi which located 60km from HCM city, Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role in the anti-American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for Original tunnels system of over 220km and is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors.


The peacefully rural rice paddy scenery contains ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers alongside the road. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destructions, damage and defoliation all over the area, caused by bombing and mines, When Cu Chi was” A Free Target Zone “. The remnants visitors will see show Cu Chi still has her evidence to prove the fierce battleground that took place there and visitors will see the remnants.


here you can try to Crawl through tunnels (do not apply for very fat people and very old people)


12:00 Have lunch in a local restaurant


13:00 Back to Ho Chi Minh City


14:00 Arrive in your hotel


Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city


Day 17: Ho Chi Minh – Flight out ( Meals: B )


Enjoy the Ho Chi Minh city by your own until the transfer you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your flight out. Ho Chi Minh is the biggest city in Vietnam with several things to explore. From the local life on street to the famous monument such as Ben Thanh Market, you have a great time visit all. Then, driver will transfer you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your flight out. Trip ends.

Have a good flight!

Hotel check-out time: 12:00


Acommodation’s 16 nights: 4 nights at hotel in Hanoi, 1 night at local house in Sapa, 1 night on Halong cruise, 1 night in train, 1 night at hotel in Hue, 4 nights at hotel in Hoi An, 4 nights at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

All meals as mentioned: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Private airport pick-up & transfer

Private train station pick-up & transfer

Flight ticket from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh city with 20 kg hand check

Train ticket from Hanoi to Hue with soft sleeper berth , 4 berths per share cabin in train

English speaking tour guide in Hoa Lu – Tam Coc tour, Halong Bay tour, Sapa tour, Hue city tour, Hoi An – My Son tour, Hoi An Rowing basket boat & Riding buffalo tour, Mekong Delta – Cai Be floating village tour, Cu Chi tunnel tour.

Private airport pick up and transfer in Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh

Rowing boat in Tam Coc

Transportation as mentioned in the itinerary

Cycling time in Tam Coc

All entrance fees in itinerary

Trekking time in Sapa

Sleeper bus Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi

Kayaking time in Halong bay

Hiking time on Titov island

Photo hunting time

Welcome drink on board

Swimming time in Halong bay

Sunset time on cruise

Cooking Demonstration

Tai Chi lession

Train transfer in Hanoi

All activities as mentioned in the itinerary



International flight into and from Vietnam

All meals & beverages not specifically mentioned.

Tips, Personal Expenses & those not clearly mentioned above

Travel insurance.

Visa application (where applicable) and personal travel documents are the sole responsibility of travelers.

Important notes:

* If you want to upgrade from the train to flight, please let us know. As the train takes about 14 -16 hours, and the cabin has 4 beds for 4 people sharing. You might share this cabin with other people.

* We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance ( covering emergency medical evaluation ) for trips to Vietnam

* All accommodation is based on 3* option. Please advise if you wish to upgrade to 4* or 5*

* Hotel room might have no window which is very popular in the big city inVietnam. Please advise if you wish to stay at hotel room with window and extra cost is 10 usd/ 1 room/ 1 night.

* Please check out for Halong Bay cruise, Sapa 2 days trip or any 2 days trip in the package. I suggest you to leave your luggage at the hotel. You only need to bring a small bag with your passport, a few clothes and any thing you need for trip

* All the tour is group tour joining tour with different group in each city. If you would like to upgrade to Private tour, please inform us!

* Itinerary can be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions

* The internal flight included 20kg checked luggage and 7kg hand luggage

* If need to bring with you your passport for overnight registration on sites

* Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted

* The cost of air tickets is subject to chance without prior notice by the airline company.

* Reservation during peak season ( Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays ) may be subject to supplementary charges

* Rooms at hotel are available only from 14:00 on arrival day till 12:00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.

* Your passport must be valid at least 6 months to the arrival date.


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