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Simply Vietnam 14 Days North to South

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful sites of Hanoi
  • Explore Sapa town
  • Visit to Vietnam’s former royal capital Hue which is most famous for its Forbidden Purple City,
  • Enjoy the countryside or beaches in Hoi An
  • Visit Tay Ninh’s beautiful Cao Dai Temple
  • Discover another of Vietnam’s largest city: Can Tho, Most famous for its floating markets
  • Explore Da Nang city, you’ll have the chance to visit the Cham Museum

Short Description

For travellers looking for an entirely comprehensive Vietnam experience, this tour is the perfect choice. Spanning all extremities of the nation, the journey begins in the far north, winds down through the central region and concludes in the south. Beginning in the north, experience the heritage and history of the nation in Hanoi before contrasting the experience with water (the UNESCO-celebrated Halong Bay) and mountains (the marvellous hill town of Sapa.)

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Hanoi
End City Ho Chi Minh City
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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam’s capital city! Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, our guide will meet you (just outside the baggage claim) and transport you to your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. After getting situated at the hotel, you’ll be brought out into the city center to get acquainted with the sites, streets and surrounding areas. From here we will bring you to some of the Old Quarter’s top attractions including Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ngoc Son Temple and Hanoi’s iconic Opera House. That evening we will take you out for a special meal, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of Hanoi’s local specialties.

Day 2: Day Tour of Hanoi & Night Train to Lao Cai Station (Sapa)

Today you’ll have an entire day to explore the beautiful sites of Hanoi. Starting at the Ho Chi Minh Complex (home to the final resting place of Vietnam’s revered Uncle Ho & his former “house of stilts), moving on to the One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature & Presidential Palace and finally exploring the beautiful Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda & tranquil Tay Ho (West Lake) region, the day will be a fantastic overview of what the capital city has to offer. There will also be an option to visit either the Museum of Ethnology (giving guests a glimpse of the country’s various ethnic groups) or Vietnam’s Museum of History; based solely upon your interests. As you wander the tree-lined boulevards, soak in the charming French-style architecture and witness the area’s tranquil landscapes… you’ll be hard pressed to not fall in love with Hanoi!

That evening you’ll have the chance to witness a traditional show at the Water Puppet Theatre (one of Vietnam’s oldest forms of entertainment) before heading to the train station to catch your train north to Lao Cai.

Day 3: Arrival to Lao Cai- Transport to Sapa

Your train will arrive into Lao Cai Station in the early morning; our guide will be there waiting and will transport you (a 40 kilometer drive) to Sapa. Once in Sapa, you’ll have some time to rest & get situated in your provided hotel; breakfast will be served. As you settle into Sapa, you’ll quickly realize why this hill station is one of the North’s most popular destinations to visit. Clean, crisp air & ideal temperatures, sprawling mountains and tiered rice paddies- Sapa is a traveler (and photographer’s) dream!

In the late morning/early afternoon you’ll be taken on a light mountain trek (2 hours total) through the Cat Cat and Sin Chai Minority Villages, immersing yourself in the iconic landscape and learning about local traditions, customs and daily habits along the way. The rest of the day is open for you to explore Sapa town.

Day 4: Exploring the Hill Tribe Villages of Sapa

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a full-day guided trek through Sapa’s idyllic landscape. Guests will have an option as to which trek they’d prefer to take: Light Trek (3 kilometers), Medium (6 kilometers) or Long (12 kilometers). Trekking through Sapa’s villages is an excellent way to get acquainted with not only the landscapes but also the minority groups inhabiting the areas. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the H’mong, Dzao & Dzay people during your hike, learning all about their daily lives, traditions and culture. Lunch will be held inside one of the hill tribe’s villages and you’ll be transported back to Sapa- ultimately making your way to Lao Cai for a return train ride back to Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi to Halong Bay; Overnight on a Traditional “Junk” Boat

You will arrive into Hanoi in the early morning where our guide will be waiting to pick you up and bring you out to a local breakfast. After breakfast you’ll be transported out to Halong Bay (3-4 hour ride). One of Vietnam’s most beautiful destinations, Halong Bay, or the Bay of Descending Dragons, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its limestone karsts and pristine waterways. Upon arrival into Halong Bay (around noon), you’ll be assigned to your traditional “junk” cruise ship where you’ll be spending the evening & following day.

Once on board, you’ll be served a delicious (and super-fresh) seafood lunch as the boat makes its way out into the mystical waters of the bay. In the early afternoon you will be brought to some of the region’s most famous sites including the Dinh Huong & Ga Choi Islands, Thien Cung, Dau Go & Sung Sot Caves (the region’s 3 largest) and a pristine white sand beach where you’ll have the chance to swim in the area’s placid waters (weather permitting). Back on board you’ll be able to catch an unforgettable sunset, enjoy another delicious local meal and watch the stars come out as they saturate the Halong night sky. Allow the lapping of water & the boat’s light rocking to soothe you to sleep in your private cabin.

Day 6: Depart Halong Bay, transport to Hanoi and a flight south to Hue

Wake up early to catch the Halong sunrise (not to be missed!) and enjoy some Tai Chi on the top deck of the cruise boat to kick off your Day 6. Enjoy a light beverage before heading out to explore some nearby islands via rowboat. After a brief morning tour you’ll return to the junk for breakfast and have the chance to soak in some last minute limestone karsts along Bai Tu Long Bay. Before you disembark, you’ll be treated to a lovely brunch before our transport picks you up and brings you back to Hanoi. Once arriving at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, you’ll board a quick flight to the central Vietnam city of Hue. Our guide will pick you up in Hue and transport you to your hotel.

Day 7: Hue City Tour

Today you’ll have the chance to explore Vietnam’s former royal capital. Once home to the Nguyen Dynasty, Hue is most famous for its Forbidden Purple City, or the Imperial Citadel (the Nguyen Dynasty’s private residence). Fashioned after China’s Forbidden City (back in the 19th century), this compounded fortress is home to a number of palaces, houses and temples that once were completely off limits to non-royalty. Our guide will bring you around this iconic site, explaining all the historical facts and destinations along the way. In the afternoon you’ll pay a visit to the Imperial Museum, Tu Hieu Pagoda and Hue’s Cho Dong Ba- the bustling riverside market.

Day 8: Hue Tour; Transport to Da Nang & Hoi An

The morning of Day 8 you’ll enjoy a private boat cruise down Hue’s romantic Perfume River. Your guide will bring you through the Thien Mu Pagoda (Lady Pagoda) and ornate tomb of Minh Mang, followed by a memorable lunch along the riverside (at one of our favorite local restaurants). After lunch you will begin your trip south to the Ancient Town of Hoi An, passing Da Nang City and the picturesque Hai Van Pass along the way (one of the country & world’s most beautiful coastal roads… featured in Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear!). Stopping off in Da Nang city, you’ll have the chance to visit the Cham Museum (the only of its kind in Asia) and some handicraft villages located at the base of the mythical Marble Mountains.

Finally reaching Hoi An, you’ll be transported to your hotel (in the late afternoon), giving you some free time to explore the Ancient Town on your own.

Day 9: Exploring My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Town

The morning of Day 9 you’ll be transported 40 kilometers south of Hoi An to the historic My Son Sanctuary (Vietnam’s version of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat & Thailand’s Ayutthaya). Home to a number of striking Cham temple ruins & statues, this UNESCO World Heritage Site will give you a glimpse into Vietnam’s rich cultural background in connection with the Champa Kingdom. That afternoon you’ll be transported back to Hoi An where you’ll have some more free time to explore the beaches, pedestrian streets & lantern-lit alleys of Hoi An. Feel free to shop, dine, visit the countryside or beaches in Hoi An (always a tourist’s favorite destination!).

Day 10: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City via Flight

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be transported back to Da Nang where you’ll board a domestic flight to the southern Vietnam city of Ho Chi Minh (formerly known as Saigon). Arriving late in the morning, you’ll have a chance to explore some of the iconic sites of Vietnam’s largest city as you make your way to your hotel (with private guide & transport). After check in, you’ll have lunch in a buzzing, local restaurant, followed by a fully guided tour through the southern city. Your visit will include the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Ben Thanh Market, Notre Dame Cathedral & Saigon Post Office, plus a number of other sites along the way. After your guided tour you have the evening to enjoy free time in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11: Day Trip to Tay Ninh & Cu Chi Tunnel Complex

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take a short bus ride out to the historic Cu Chi Tunnel Complex. An extensive maze of underground war tunnels, these subterranean hideouts were crucial to the Viet Cong during raids and bombings in the American War. For those who can brave the descent (and don’t mind some serious tight spaces!), you’ll have the opportunity to actually climb into and around the tunnels to see what life was like for Vietnamese soldiers during the wartime period. After visiting Cu Chi, we will visit Tay Ninh’s beautiful Cao Dai Temple (a stark contrast to the wartime tunnels!) where you can observe or take part in a noontime service. This temple practices Caodaism, a peaceful & hybrid religion that observes nearly all major religions (Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam & Hinduism). After taking lunch in Tay Ninh, you will be brought back to Ho Chi Minh City where you’ll have the afternoon free to explore.

Day 12: Exploring Vietnam’s Mekong Delta Region: Cai Be- Vinh Long- Can Tho

After taking breakfast at the hotel, you’ll begin the ride further south to Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region. You’ll first stop off in the riverside town of Cai Bai, where you’ll visit a local candy factory, fruit orchard and enjoy a beautiful cultural performance. We will have lunch here at a relaxing riverside restaurant before heading out onto the river via motorboat. From the boat you’ll be able to visit some local villages and have the opportunity to bike your way around the countryside. Our driver will meet you at the Vinh Long pier to continue your journey farther south (ending up in Can Tho by nightfall).

Day 13: Exploring Can Tho; Transport to Saigon

Today you’ll have the chance to explore another of Vietnam’s largest cities: Can Tho. Most famous for its floating markets, you’ll be able to embark on a morning riverboat ride to the iconic Cai Rang floating markets, where locals buy & sell everything from fruits and vegetables to breakfast, coffees and local delicacies. From here you’ll visit a local fruit orchard (where you can sample some of the delicious, exotic fruits), moving deeper into the countryside where you’ll have the chance to meet and greet some of the locals. Learn a bit about their daily life & customs before heading back to Can Tho. From Can Tho you’ll start the journey back north to Saigon, arriving to the city in late afternoon.

Day 14: Final Day of Tour in Saigon

Today you’ll have the chance to explore Ho Chi Minh City one more time. After having breakfast at the hotel you can explore the city, do a bit more sightseeing or get some last minute shopping done before completing the tour. Our driver will transport you to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departure/flight back home.

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I JUST returned from my trip to Southeast Asia and was quite moved by the travel experience. I flew into Bangkok for a short stay before making my way to Siem Reap. My Way Travel had a wonderful guide waiting for me there to take me through the Angkor Complex and ultimately down to Phnom Penh (via river, which was quite the cool experience!). Upon arriving in the capital, I visited the Genocide Museum & Killing Fields- quite the raw experience. It was so striking to reflect on the joy, kindness and generosity I received from the Cambodian people, even after they’ve been through such a tumultuous history. I made my way through the Mekong into Vietnam, where I ended my tour in Ho Chi Minh. The Cu Chi Tunnel Complex & War Remnants Museum stood out above all the other experiences and really topped off my time in Southeast Asia. I went back home feeling so much more informed, appreciative and thankful of my own background. A big shout out to My Way Travel for such an eye opening experience, I can’t thank you enough.
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Not having the least bit of knowledge of Southeast Asia, we reached out to My Way Travel for help booking our 3 week tour. We were put in touch with one of the company’s associates (Emily), who helped make sense of the jumbled mess we had tried to plan on our own. Emily came back with an amazing itinerary that hit all the best spots between Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, with some amazing suggestions added in as well. The trip that resulted from her itinerary was something that we will probably talk about for the rest of our lives. From the hotels, guides and private drivers (we felt like royalty) to the amazing destinations (particularly Hoi An, Halong Bay, Siem Reap & Luang Prabang), we were simply amazed at the plethora of things the region had to offer. We never felt rushed but still managed to see a great deal of the three countries. Emily kept in touch with us for our entire tour, always checking in to make sure that things were up to par. It was total service and commitment that truly went above and beyond. If you’re planning a trip to one of these (or all of these) places, do yourself a favor and let the professionals do the work. The total cost fit well within our budget and we didn’t end up wasting any of our precious vacation time! Big thanks to Emily and My Way Travel for such an incredible experience!
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This was the exact trip we were hoping for. We had such a great time traveling through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and made some amazing memories in each country. Luang Prabang was simply stunning, Vietnam’s cities were vibrant and culturally fascinating (our side trip to Halong Bay was beautiful) and Cambodia was quite the eye opening experience. Mr. Panha perfectly balanced out the shocking recent history in Phnom Penh with the timeless beauty of Angkor Wat. His “Cambodian smile” was always warming up the atmosphere as well- so pleasant traveling with him! A highly recommended trip!
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I JUST returned from my trip to Southeast Asia and was quite moved by the travel experience. I flew into Bangkok for a short stay before making my way to Siem Reap. My Way Travel had a wonderful guide waiting for me there to take me through the Angkor Complex and ultimately down to Phnom Penh (via river, which was quite the cool experience!). Upon arriving in the capital, I visited the Genocide Museum & Killing Fields- quite the raw experience. It was so striking to reflect on the joy, kindness and genorisity I received from the Cambodian people, even after they’ve been through such a tumultuous history. I made my way through the Mekong into Vietnam, where I ended my tour in Ho Chi Minh. The Cu Chi Tunnel Complex & War Remnants Museum stood out above all the other experiences and really topped off my time in Southeast Asia. I went back home feeling so much more informed, appreciative and thankful of my own background. A big shout out to My Way Travel for such an eye opening experience, I can’t thank you enough.
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Pleasant traveling with him! A highly recommended trip!

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This was the exact trip we were hoping for. We had such a great time traveling through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and made some amazing memories in each country. Luang Prabang was simply stunning, Vietnam’s cities were vibrant and culturally fascinating (our side trip to Halong Bay was beautiful) and Cambodia was quite the eye opening experience. Mr. Panha perfectly balanced out the shocking recent history in Phnom Penh with the timeless beauty of Angkor Wat. His “Cambodian smile” was always warming up the atmosphere as well- so pleasant traveling with him! A highly recommended trip!
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Where the Customer cancels the Tour reservation, then the effective date of cancellation will be the date the Company receives written notification. The cancellation charge to the Customer is listed below.

  • 30 days: tour deposit is refunded. Fees may apply for cancellation of airtickets and other travel arrangements.
  • 30-08 days: 30% of the Tour price is forfeited
  • 07-03 days: 50% of the Tour price is forfeited
  • 48 hours and no-show: non-refundable

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