Complete Vietnam 22 Days

Tour description: Our Complete Vietnam itinerary is the most comprehensive option to travel Vietnam. Hanoi will be your base for the first part of your travels, with its tree-lined boulevards and street corner cafes. From here, you’ll head out to drift through the magical waters of Halong Bay, wander through the terraced, green valleys of Sapa passing through hill tribe villages. It's then time to head to central Vietnam to visit Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam, and home to ancient monuments. To mix things up you take a train journey from Hue to Danang and have a private transfer onto Hoi An. This quaint town has so much to offer, from friendly tailors, cooking classes, cosy cafes and a nearby beach - there's something for everyone here. In the south, you’ll discover bustling Ho Chi Minh City, take a tour of the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, and glide through the canals of the Mekong Delta before spending a few days on Phu Quoc Island to relax.

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Tour Code: HDH - 56

Tour Duration: 22 Days

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Highlight: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa - Perfume Pagoda - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Phu Quoc Island
  • Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
  • Day 2: Hanoi - Day at leisure
  • Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay
  • Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • Days 5 and 6: Hanoi - Overnight Train to Sapa - Visit to Black H'mong
  • Day 7: Visit to Red Dzao of Ta Phin
  • Day 8: Visit to Bac Ha Market - Overnight train to Hanoi
  • Day 9: Hanoi
  • Day 10: Hanoi - Hue
  • Day 11: Perfume River and Forbidden City tour (half day)
  • Day 12: Hue - Hoi An
  • Day 13 & 14: Days at leisure or optional excursions
  • Day 15: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 16: Cu Chi Tunnels excursion
  • Day 17: Ho Ch Minh City - Mekong Delta
  • Day 18: Mekong Delta to Phu Quoc Island
  • Day 19 & 20: Phu Quoc Island
  • Day 21 & 22: Phu Quoc Island - Ho Chi Minh City

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake - Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi! To ensure a smooth arrival, we'll arrange for you to be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. You’ll get your first impressions of Vietnam travelling from the airport, street alive with traders and mopeds. The narrow streets of Old Hanoi criss-cross each other, their pavements displaying all manner of local goods. In the 13th century, the 36 original streets were divided up among the craft guilds, each guild claiming its own street. This system remains to this day. Shoe Street has only shoe shops (every girl's dream). All street names begin with 'Hang', meaning trade. You'll find silver on Hang Bac, copper on Hang Dong , and silk on Hang Gai. The Old Quarter is also home to a fascinating market with a booming trade in live chickens and fish, and a heady aroma of spices. After some retail therapy, visit peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake and munch on a typical Vietnamese spring roll.

Your hotel is situated in the Old Quarter - the beating heart of Hanoi - surrounded by food stalls and quirky restaurants. The hotel is quaint and comfortable with private facilities, air-conditioning and TV.

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi Hotel - 5 star

Day 2: Hanoi - Day at leisure

Hanoi Handicraf Villages Tour

There are no activities planned for today, it is completely free for you to do your own exploring. A few suggestions are; to spend your day ambling through the narrow lanes of the Old Quarter, stopping for coffee and cake, and watching the world go by. Or you could pay a visit to the preserved body of former President Ho Chi Minh. A mausoleum was built for Ho Chi Minh (Uncle Ho) after his death. You can see his body entombed in a glass sarcophagus- set inside a huge guarded building fronted by a grand square. Every once in a while, his body is flown to Russia for a touch up, to keep him looking good for his guests. The Mausoleum is generally open from 9am to 12pm daily.

You can finish off your day with a visit to the Municipal Water Puppet Theatre. This stands on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake and performances take place every evening. Puppetry is a national tradition in Vietnam, and the people are very proud of the artform.

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi Hotel - 5 star

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Halong Bay Boat Trip

Today, you get to explore one of Vietnam's natural treasures - the picturesque Halong Bay. You'll be collected from your hotel in the morning, and as part of a small-group, transferred to the coastal town of Halong. Once aboard your traditional junk boat, you'll be shown to your cabins before sitting down to lunch which has been freshly caught from the sea.

Slowly, your junk boat will head out into the bay, passing the islands of Dinh Huong, Ga Choi, Dog Island and Sail Island. You'll then visit Sung Sot Cave and have the opporunity to take a refreshing swim by the beach at Titov. Fishing enthusiasts can attempt to catch their evening meal with a traditional rod and tackle. During dinner, you can mull over the impressions of the day and watch the sunset.

Cruise in Halong: Huong Hai Junk

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Halong BayThe next morning you'll start the day with a delicious breakfast before continuing your travels around the bay. The junk boat will weave its way between the limestone monoliths, stopping for quick visits to Man's Head Island, Tortoise Island, Toad Island and Bai Tho Mountain. This area is a photographer's paradise, so keep your camera at the ready. Lunch will be served aboard the junk boat during the return to the mainland and, at Halong, your minibus will be waiting to take you back to Hanoi.

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi Hotel - 5 star

The Legend of Halong Bay Ha Long literally means ‘descending dragons’, and, according to ancient legend, this is precisely what happened at Halong Bay. A long, long time ago when the ancestors were fighting invaders from the north, the gods decided to send help. They sent a family of dragons from heaven to help the local people defend their land. The dragons descended into Halong Bay and began to spew jewels and jade. As soon as these gems touched the water they turned into islands, forming a barrier to keep the invaders away. This allowed the ancestors to keep their land and form Vietnam. After the victory, the dragons liked Earth so much that they decided to stay. Legend has it that the mother dragon still lies in Halong and her children lie in Bai Tu Long. The tails of the dragons form the Bach Long Vi area.

Days 5 and 6: Hanoi - Overnight Train to Sapa - Visit to Black H'mong

sapaAfter spending the day in Hanoi, you’ll be collected from your hotel late in the afternoon and taken to the train station. We recommend taking some snacks and water with you for the overnight train journey. The train is air-conditioned and the rhythm of the rails should lull you to sleep in your 4-berth cabin. The cabins are comfortable enough, however those who are tall may find the beds to be on the short side. A train journey in Asia is always an experience to be remembered.

The next morning, you'll arrive in Lao Cai. Keep an eye out for someone holding a sign with your name on it - you'll then be transferred by mini-bus to Sapa (a 1-2 hour journey). The scenery along the way is quite spectacular, with rice terraces etched up the mountainsides like a set of steps. When you reach Sapa, it's too early to check into your hotel, so you'll put your bags into storage and have some breakfast.

Your guide will take you on a 7km walk to the home of the Black H'mong in the remote village of Y Linh Ho. The Black H'mong wear mainly black clothing, as their name suggests. The dye they use tends to run and, as a result, their hands are also stained a little black. The adults chew betel nut- the seeds of the betel palm rolled up in a leaf. This often stains their teeth dark red. After visiting the village, you'll walk a little further to a cascading mountain waterfall before returning to Sapa for the night.

Accommodation: Overnight on Train

Day 7: Visit to Red Dzao of Ta Phin

Ta Phin Village - Sapa

Today you'll head back to the beautiful Sapa valley for a walk that is approximately 10km, taking around 5-hours. Be sure to pack some snacks and water for your excursion today. There'll be a bamboo bridge or two to cross, surroundings of mountains, animals and locals working on their farms. Though the locals may only speak a few words of English, they'll wave and say hello as you pass by. Houses in Sapa are built mostly of wood and cane and there’s usually a fire in the middle of the room. When you arrive in Ta Phin Village, you can experience the unmixed cultural life of Black H'mong and Red Dzao minorities, the two largest ethnic groups in the area. A transfer will take you back to Sapa where you afternoon is at leisure.

On Saturday evening from about 7pm, there is a 'Love Market' that is held in the central square of Sapa town. This is where the young, eligible men and women from the Dzao region meet, they are dressed in their finest clothing with hopes of finding a partner.

Accommodation: Sapa Parsdise View Hotel - 3 star

Day 8: Visit to Bac Ha Market - Overnight train to Hanoi

Bac Ha MarketThis morning, you'll pack up your belongings and check out of your hotel before heading to Bac Ha (drive time around 3hrs), a small mountain village with a large and busy market. The market offers a central location to trade and sell their wares. It is a feast for the senses, with traders dressed in a rainbow of colours displaying fresh vegetables, meats, and other products. It's also a perfect opportunity to pick up a few souvenirs made by the local people.

After lightening your pockets at the market, you'll drive towards the Chinese border, where you can watch traders go back and forth between the countries, with only a bridge and a stretch of water to form the actual boundary. At the end of the day, you'll finish up in Lao Cai where you'll have plenty of time to grab an evening meal before boarding the night train back to Hanoi.

Accommodation: Overnight on Train

Day 9: Hanoi


You'll arrive back into Hanoi at around 6am. It's easy to arrange a taxi from the train station to your hotel. As you arrive early in the morning, we have organised an early check-in at your hotel. This will give you the chance to catch up on a few hours sleep and freshen up after your overnight journey from Sapa.

There's nothing else planned for today, so you can relax and take things at your own pace. There are plenty of temples, pagodas and museums to visit. One not to miss is the Temple of Literature which is an oasis of peace and tranquility in the midst of the busy city. If temples and pagodas aren't what you're in Vietnam to see... or you've seen enough already - there's always food! Hang out at a local restaurant and choose a selection of dishes from the menu that you haven't tried before.

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi Hotel - star

Day 10: Hanoi - Hue

Hue City TourYou've seen the highlights of the north, now it's time to head to Central Vietnam. You'll make your own way to the airport for your flight southbound to Hue. On arrival you'll be transferred to your centrally located hotel. Hue is an ancient city renowned for the Citadel that is encased within a square of walls 10km long and 2m thick. Hue was home to the Nguyen dynasty, and the seat of their power. The city is divided in two by the Perfume River. One side is home to the Imperial Citadel, while the French colonial town with most of the hotels and restaurants is situated on the opposite bank.

We have left your first day in Hue free to explore in your own time. Hue is a great place to hire a bike and cycle through the local area, passing paddy fields, tiny markets, pagodas and people working in the fields.

Accommodation: Saigon Morin Hue Hotel - 4 star

Day 11: Perfume River and Forbidden City tour (half day)

Dong Ba market HueHue stands elegantly on the banks of the Song Huong, better known as the Perfume River. The river acquired its nickname from the flowers that used to grow along the banks, giving it an enchanting floral scent. Today, you'll take a boat cruise along the romantic river, with views of the impressive Thien Mu pagoda. This is one of the most famous, and most beautiful, pagodas in Vietnam. The seven storeys of the octagonal temple tower reach high into the sky, each storey representing a different incarnation of the Buddha.

After visiting this pagoda you'll be taken by car to the Imperial Citadel. Inside the Citadel you'll find the Forbidden Purple City, a unique and humbling place. The Royal Library and several royal apartments have been preserved or reconstructed, and the Nguyen rulers are commemorated in the form of large bronze urns, which stand in the courtyard. Part of the Citadel and almost the entire Forbidden Purple City were destroyed during the Vietnam War. The Citadel has become a Cultural Heritage Site and has been reconstructed as authentically as possible.

You'll round off the morning with a visit to the raucous Dong Ba market. This market has been in existence since the start of the 20th century and there is a mind-boggling variety of local products and delicacies on sale. You can wander around wide-eyed and taste some local treats. Your cultural morning ends around noon and you'll have the afternoon to spend at your own leisure.

Accommodation: Saigon Morin Hue Hotel - 4 star

Day 12: Hue - Hoi An

danangAround midday you'll catch a local train from Hue to Danang, the closest station to Hoi An. We'll arrange the train tickets in advance and also a transfer to Hoi An from Danang as it's approximately 45 minutes away. There is plenty to do in and around Hoi An, get measured up for a new outfit by one of the many tailors or pedal about town on a rented pushbike. You could also cycle past the paddy fields to the nearby beach. Relax on a sunlounger under a thatched parasol with a good book and some freshly sliced pineapple.

At sunset, the local people flock to the beach to cool off and play football after a long day at work. Don't forget a visit to the famous Japanese Bridge, the old trading houses and small museums. The centre of town is easy to explore on foot and has barely changed since the 17th century when it was an important port and trading post.

Accommodation: Ha An Hotel - 3 star

Day 13 & 14: Days at leisure or optional excursions

My SonThe next couple of days are free for you to explore Hoi An at your own pace. You do have the option to include a couple of half-day trips from Hoi An to either the My Son temples or a traditional cooking class. My Son is a UNESCO World Heritage site which was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom (4th-13th century). Today, there are remains of the impressive temples that made up this intellectual centre.

If your taste leans towards the culinary arts, our half-day cooking class might be more your style. You'll go to the local market to purchase your ingredients, learning about them along the way. Then, you'll partacke in creating some of the local delicacies before eating everything you've made. If you'd like us to include either of these simply let your travel specialist know.

Accommodation: Ha An Hotel - 3 star

Day 15: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon City TourToday you'll be finding room in your suitcase for all your puchases, before heading to the airport. You'll take a quick domestic flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City, we'll book your flight but you'll need to make your own way from Hoi An to Danang airport. On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City you'll be met and transferred to your comfortable hotel in District 1. Once you've settled in, you can explore the city in your own time.

People watching is a great way to pass time and get an insight into the way of the locals. Pavement cafes are an ideal place to people watch from, treat yourself to a Vietnamese coffee and try something new off the menu while you're there. You'll also be within walking distance of many worthy attractions such as the Reunification Palace and the hard-hitting American War Museum. Alternatively, hire a cycle rickshaw for a whirlwind tour of the city's sights.

Accommodation: Signature Hotel - 3 star

Day 16: Cu Chi Tunnels excursion

Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi TunnelThe Viet Cong dug the haunting network of the Cu Chi tunnels during the Vietnam War to hide from American forces. The underground labyrinth covers an incredible 250km and enabled the Vietcong to carry out covert attacks. They include sleeping quarters, kitchens, ammunition stores, weapon factories, and command centres.

From your hotel, you'll travel as part of a small-group to the Cu Chi tunnels, 30km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. You can climb into the tunnels and experience the eerie atmosphere first hand. Many have been enlarged for tourists, making them far less hair-raising. Your guide will explain the history and the precise uses of the tunnels. You'll head back to Ho Chi Minh City around 2pm.

Accommodation: Signature Hotel - 3 star

Day 17: Ho Ch Minh City - Mekong Delta

The next two days of your independent Vietnam trip are dedicated to the mighty Mekong Delta. The Mekong River, with its vast fertile delta, is the backbone of the economy in the south. It produces one of Vietnam's most important exports- rice. At 7am, you'll be collected from your hotel and travel as part of a small group by minibus to Cai Be. From here, you'll travel by traditional boat around the floating markets. Vendors will offer their wares from their boats jammed with produce, dangling their goods in the air from a long pole. You'll also see small flotillas drifting along, as traders link up to swap goods amongst themselves.Explore Vietnam Mekong Delta

You'll sail through narrow waterways observing local life on the riverbank, with many of the locals giving a smile and wave from their houses when you pass by. You can also cycle through one of the villages on a river island, catching an even closer glimpse of daily life. The boat will then take you to a simple but pleasant hotel for the night. It is situated in Can Tho just off the banks of the Mekong, where you can relax in the evening with a drink and watch the sunset.

Accommodation: Kim Tho Hotel - 3 star

Day 18: Mekong Delta to Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc islandEarly in the morning, you'll visit Cai Rang floating market by boat. Each boat features the goods sold on the boat on a long pole of which each type of fruit and vegetable is speared. Boats sail criss-cross through the market in search of products they need at the best price. You'll enjoy docking along side these floating market stalls and doing some haggling of your own.

You'll return to Can Tho before being transferred by car to Rach Gia (approx. 2 hours), where you'll then take the ferry across to Phu Quoc Island (approx. 2.5 hours). Upon arrival at the pier, we've organised your transfer to your accommodation. Phu Quoc is nicknamed the Emerald Island as it's tropically green, it also has sunkissed beaches - some of the best in Vietnam. Whilst on the island, you'll stay in a beach resort with a spectacular stretch of beach on the west side of the island, fringed by palm trees providing some welcome shade.

Accommodation: Thien Hai Son Resort - 3 star

Day 19 & 20: Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc IslandThe next few days are for relaxing after your travel adventures. Spend your days sprawled on a sunlounger, swaying in a hammock or swimming in the azure waters

Almost 70% of Phu Quoc island is a national park, so the ecosystems on the island have been completely preserved. It is also mountainous and covered in rainforest, with a number of natural springs for a quick refreshing dip. The best known and most accessible spring is called the Suoi Da Ban (also called Stony Surface Stream). So needless to say there are plenty of walks do be done if you need a break from doing nothing.

Accommodation: Thien Hai Son Resort - 3 star

Day 21 & 22: Phu Quoc Island - Ho Chi Minh City

Phu QuocYou'll still have time this morning to leave some final footprints in the sand before you fly back to Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll spend your last night here, an opportunity to get in some last-minute shopping and a final bowl of noodles.

The next day, you'll make you own way back to the airport for your flight home. Your hotel will be more than happy to help you arrange the airport transfer.

  • - Transport: plane, minibus, car, boat, overnight and day train
  • - Accommodation: Comfortable accommodation with breakfast
  • - 1 x night on a Junk boat with meals included (L, D, B, L)
  • - Arrival transfers as described
  • - 2 x overnight trains
  • - 2 x domestic flights
  • - Excursions as described with English speaking guide
  • - all other meals and drinks, excursions and international flight

Hanoi: Melia Hotel 5 star accommodation for Tour Complete Vietnam 22 Days

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Melia Hanoi Hotel

Room in Melia Hanoi Hotel

Room in Melia Hanoi Hotel

Beautifully located in the heart of Vietnam’s capital, Meliá Hanoi welcomes all who are looking for splendid accommodation, first-class facilities, and warm service.

Halong Bay: Huong Hai Junk accommodation for Tour Complete Vietnam 22 Days

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Huong Hai Junk

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Huong Hai Junk

Huong Hai Junks  is the brand name of a group of 3 STAR traditional wooden ship with the number of carbin varies from 5 to 9, which is suitable for a small group who enjoy the private and peaceful moment in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Sapa: Sapa Paradise View Hotel 3 star accommodation for Tour Complete Vietnam 22 Days

Sapa Paradise View Hotel

Sapa Paradise View Hotel

sapa paradise view hotel

sapa paradise view hotel

Sapa Paradise View Hotel is located in the heart of Sapa town, just 2 minutes walk to the Church and Sapa market. Although it’s close to everything, it’s in a very quiet part of town, ensuring guests a peaceful sleep.

Hue: Saigon Morin Hue Hotel 4 star accommodation for Tour Complete Vietnam 22 Days

Saigon Morin Hue Hotel

Saigon Morin Hue Hotel

Saigon Morin Hotel in Hue

Saigon Morin Hotel in Hue

Built in 1901 by French, the Morin Hotel is the oldest hotel in Hue City, Vietnam. Survived through many wars, this is more than a Hotel, it’s a part of the History of Hue city in the last 100 years.

Hoian: Ha An Hotel 3 star accommodation for Tour Complete Vietnam 22 Days

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Ha An Hotel – Hoian

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Double Room in Ha An Hotel – Hoian

A very pleasant boutique style hotel close to the old town, the Ha An is beautifully situated
amid peaceful gardens and water features. Well appointed rooms, decent restaurant and the Ha-An hotel is convenient stay in Hoian.

Saigon: Signature Hotel 3 star accommodation for Tour Complete Vietnam 22 Days

Signature Hotel

Signature Hotel

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Double Room in Signature Hotel

Signature Saigon Hotel is a brand new boutique hotel conveniently located in Ho Chi Minh city downtown and just 100 meters from Ben Thanh Market. We are a 3 star hotel in Saigon which offers 5 star services.

Can Tho: Kim Tho Hotel 3 star accommodation for Tour Complete Vietnam 22 Days

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Kim Tho Hotel in Can Tho

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Double Room in Kim Tho Hotel

The worldclass three-star Kim Thơ Hotel is a modern structure of 12 floors opened in February 2008. Kim Thơ is located at the heart of Can Tho City overlooking the poetic Ninh Kieu River

Phu Quoc: Thien Hai Son Resort 3 star accommodation for Tour Complete Vietnam 22 Days

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Thien Hai Son Resort – Phu Quoc

Travel from Saigon to Phu Quoc Island

Double Rooms – Thien Hai Son Resort

Thien Hai Son reosort is located in the area of 3 hestares which designed as parallel with coastline. It takes 10 minutes from Phu Quoc Airport and 30 minutes from Bai Vong Port by bus.