Vietnam South to North

From 1850€/person 13 days

Vietnam unfolding

On this trip to Vietnam, different parts of the country will unfold before your eyes. Due to its strange geographical shape, a stretched band of land from north to south, different cultures, ethnic groups, histories and climates coexist in this sea country. Follow the Mekong delta and the northern bays, that will bring to very different experiences of Vietnam.

Bustling cities and two-wheels villages

Ho Chi Minh City in the south, formerly called Saigon, and Hanoi in the north will astonish you with their frenetic activity. Explore the countryside's villages and Mekong delta in order to feel a different but always active Vietnam. Discover this people's imperial past to better understand its modern ways; and admire the country's natural beauty for moments of contemplation.


Start discovering Ho Chi Minh City, before exploring the Mekong delta in the south through small cities and floating markets. You'll then reach Hue, the old imperial city, in the middle of the country, and Hoi An with its fishermen villages. Another flight will take you to Hanoi in the north, a different atmosphere and a different climate. Explore the city, old and new, and fisnish your trip to Vietnam with a magical one and a half day cruise on Lan Ha Bay.


Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City

Today you’ll fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival you will meet your driver who will take you to your hotel downtown. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Today discover Ho Chi Minh City, the capital and economic heart of the country, with your guide: discover the Central Post Office designed by Gustave Eiffel (yes, the one of the Eiffel tower!), Reunification Palace where former Vietnam Presidents used to live, Town Hall, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Tien Hau pagoda, and War museum. You’ll also cross the lively Chinese Cho Lon neighbourhood, Binh Tay market, and discover the numerous pagodas of the city.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre – Tra Vinh (B, D)

Today you will drive to Ben Tre (2hrs), a small town where you’ll embark on a traditional sampan for a discovery of Ben Tre local life along the river until Nhon Thanh village. Then you’ll go on by bicycle through the rice fields and local gardens. In the afternoon you’ll drive to Tra Vinh (2hrs) and discover the Khmer Krom culture. On foot or by bicycle on the streets, meet the locals busy in their gardens. You can also visit the church or the school. After a final visit to the local Khmer pagoda, you’ll reach your homestay for the night.

Day 4: Tra Vinh – Can Tho (B)

After breakfast you will start another bicycle tour through the many Khmer villages to familiarize yourself with the place. Explore Cau Ke market, and discover the old colonial style Huynh Ky house. In the afternoon you’ll drive to Can Tho (2hrs). On the way, you’ll also visit Binh Thuy communal house that dates back to the 19th century, and is still richly decorated.

Day 5: Can Tho – Cai Rang – Hue (B)

This morning you will embark on a small boat to explore Cai Rang floating market, a busy marketplace where everything is sold on board! Then you’ll drive to Sadec, charming small town on the Song Tien river immortalized by the French writer Marguerite Duras. You’ll visit her Chinese “Amant” (lover)’s house, and the Kien An Cung pagoda. Finally you’ll drive to Ho Chi Minh City’s airport and board a flight to Hue, in the centre of the country.

Day 6: Hue (B)

Today you’ll explore Hue, the old imperial city from 1802 to 1945, with your guide. Hue is known for its architectural embellishments, as well as its tranquil and romantic atmosphere. You will start with a cruise on the Perfume River to reach Thien Mu pagoda, one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in the country (built in 1601). Then you’ll visit the Imperial City, and some of the Emperors’ remarkable Tombs.

Day 7: Hue – La Chu – Hoi An (B, L)

Today you will reach La Chu village in the countryside. Explore on bicycle this place specialized in herbs. Discover the typical products of the region on the local market. At a family owned restaurant, you’ll learn how to make banh loc, Hue’s traditional dish prepared with rice wheat and shrimps. A herbal feet bath will reward you for your efforts! In the afternoon, you’ll drive on the coastal road to Hoi An. You’ll stop in Da Nang for the Cham Art museum visit, where the archeological remains of the old Hinduist Champa kingdom are exposed. If you feel like it, you can also stop at the Marble Mountain and climb its 156 stairs to Tam Thai pagoda. Finally, stay in Hoi An for the night.

Day 8: Hoi An – Cam Thanh – Hoi An (B, L)

This morning, take the bicycle again to discover Cam Thanh fishermen’s village. On the way, wander across the rice fields, buffalos, temples, and local peasants at work. Then you’ll join fishermen on their boat on the Thu Bon river and why not try fishing yourself. You’ll change boat to discover the local mangrove, where crabs are catched with a bamboo stick. After reaching a house hidden in the mangrove, enjoy a barbecue for lunch and learn how local houses are made from bamboo and coconut leaves. Back to Hoi An, you’ll explore its old neighborhood.

Day 9 : Hoi An – Hanoi (B)

This morning you will drive to Da Nang airport and board a flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you’ll discover the city with your guide: Saint-Joseph cathedral, crafts street, remarkable pagodas, beautiful Chinese merchant house, Dong Xuan indoor market, the East Gate and Long Bien bridge also designed by the Eiffel team. You’ll keep visiting the city on a cyclo, and pass by the old colonial buildings such as the Opera. You’ll discover the Litterature Temple, actually the first University in Vietnam, Tran Quoc pagoda, and Quan Thanh Temple. At the end of the day, enjoy a Puppet show on the water.

Day 10 : Hanoi (B)

Start your day strolling in the gardens of the former Governor’s Palace, where Ho Chi Minh’s stilts house is also located. Next to it, you’ll visit the old imperial Citadel. Explore the new historical museum, that exhibits newly found remains of the past. You’ll see there the Flag Tower, the majestic Doan Mon Gate, Kinh Thien Palace’s relics, and the North Gate that was attacked by the French in 1882. In the afternoon, the Ethnology Museum will show you the many ethnic groups that compose the Vietnamese nation.

Day 11 : Hanoi – Lan Ha Bay (B, L, D)

This morning, you will drive to Hai Phong (3.5hrs) and take a ferry to Cat Ba island (20mn). You’ll embark for a cruise to Lan Ha Bay, an extension to Ha Long Bay but a bit less touristic. Reaching a fishermen’s floating village, you will stop and visit a local family’s floating house. After learning about their way of life, your boat will take you to Ong Cam Bay for a kayaking experience, surrounded by amazing cliffs. After dinner on board, you’ll spend the night in the bay.

Day 12 : Lan Ha Bay – Hanoi (B, L)

Today, you can get up early to contemplate the sunrise on Lan Ha Bay, an unforgettable moment. Your cruise will go on through the Bay’s islets, and Ba Trai Dao beaches will appear for a bathing time in a magical place. After lunch, you’ll disembark at Ben Beo port. You’ll drive back to Hanoi and stay in the city for this last night of your trip.

Day 13: Hanoi Departure (B)

Today is the end of your trip to Vietnam. Your driver will take you to the airport, where you will board a flight to your next destination.


  • Hotel with breakfast (B)
  • Lunch (L) or dinner (D) when mentioned
  • Private driver
  • Boats and ferry transportation when mentioned
  • Private junk on Lan Ha Bay
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Visa
  • International & domestic flights
  • Other meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Insurances
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