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12 Day Vietnam South to North Guided Group Tour From $2089pp

From kayaking along the Bon River to cruising around Halong Bay, this action-packed guided group tour around Vietnam covers the country’s hotspots and hidden gems.

Starting in Ho Chi Minh City, immerse yourself in its vibrant neighborhoods and have a go at the national sport of Da Cao. Travel the renowned Hai Van Pass in jeeps, and delve into the rich cultural history of Hue. Experience the tranquility of a homestay in Pu Luong National Park before navigating the stunning landscapes of Ha Long Bay by traditional Vietnamese boat, including the lesser-known Bai Tu Long Bay, perfect for kayaking amidst awe-inspiring islands. Explore the mystical Thien Canh Son caves, master the art of crafting spring rolls, and indulge in the flavors of local markets and street food. With an action-packed itinerary, a dynamic group of like minded adventure lovers, and an expert guide, this 12 day group tour promises an unparalleled exploration of Vietnam.

For the same tour with an added on Sapa experience, check out our Vietnam Hidden Gems South to North group tour.

  • Money Icon From $2089
  • Clock Icon 12 Days / 11 Nights

Vietnam South to North Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Vietnam

Good Morning Vietnam! Head to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and check in. Spend the day as you please before meeting up with your travel group to enjoy dinner and maybe a swim in the rooftop pool.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City & Overnight Train

After breakfast, participate in the Vietnamese national sport, Da Cao (also known as ‘foot badminton’). Learn the basics of the game from a local team and after, head on a walking tour to see the sights and hidden gems of this incredible city. Refresh at the hotel before hopping on an overnight train to Da Nang.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Kayak to Hoi An

Arrive in Hoi An where you’ll be transferred to the banks of the Thu Bon River. Have lunch before kayaking to the old town district of Hoi An. After freshening up at the hotel and taking a dip in the pool, explore the local area and discover the famous Hoi An market where you can have clothes tailor made.

Day 4: Explore Hoi An

Spend the morning cycling through the beautiful countryside scattered with villages and rice fields. Head to a quiet riverbank where you’ll collect plastic waste along the river. Enjoy a well-deserved welcome drink at the Eco Brick house before arriving back at Hoi An Garden where you’ll classify the rubbish and make eco bricks for a local NGO. Spend the afternoon as you please- the local beach is a great option!

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Hai Van Pass to Hue

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before travelling to Hue (the Imperial City). Start the journey along the famous Hai Van Pass, stop off at a waterfall and grab lunch on the way. Later, arrive in the historic town of Hue and spend the evening as you please.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: The Imperial City

Head to the Imperial City and learn about Vietnam’s influential history. After, head to the local garden house for a cooking class. Learn about how to make Vietnamese dishes before returning to Hue Train Station to board the overnight train to Ninh Binh.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Pu Luong National Park

Hop on a bus and head to Pu Luong National Park. Make a stop for lunch and visit the Chua Ngoc Chau Temple before arriving at your homestay in Ban Hieu, nestled between rice paddies and mountains. Head to a waterfall before having dinner with a local family.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 8: Explore Pu Luong Park

Enjoy breakfast with a view before trekking to a bamboo lakehouse. Choose to swim in the crystal clear water or try bamboo rafting! Enjoy lunch with a local family and after, relax or help the family with daily chores before enjoying another communal dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: To Hanoi

Enjoy breakfast before saying goodbye to the incredible scenery and wonderful host family as you head onto the bustle of Hanoi. Check into your boutique hotel, freshen up, and then join the rest of the group to walk around the city and enjoy local cuisine.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Ha Long Bay

Head to the coast where you’ll jump on a traditional Vietnamese boat that will take you to the famous Ha Long Bay. You’ll head North to the hidden, more secluded Bai Tu Long. Kayak around the incredible Cap La Island and visit a secret beach in Cong Do Island. Marvel at the incredible scenery as you watch the sunset on the top deck with a drink in hand.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Thien Cave & Hanoi

Spend a relaxing morning on the sundeck or admiring the incredible landscape. Cruise over to the Thien Canh Son, the famous cave system located in the bay. Spend the afternoon trying the art of fruit & vegetable carving and learn how to make spring rolls. Later, head back to Hanoi and take an optional walking tour before celebrating your last night with your travel crew.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Goodbye

It’s your final day in Vietnam as a group. Wave goodbye to this incredible country and the amazing people you’ve travelled with.

Inclusions & Extras


  • 11x Nights Accommodation
  • 19x Meals
  • Transport 
  • Tour Guide 
  • De Cao Foot Badminton 
  • Unseen Saigon Walking Tour
  • Kayak into Hoi An
  • History Walk of Hoi An
  • Rural Village Bike Tour
  • Eco-brick NGO Experience
  • Open Top Army Jeep Through The Hai Van Pass
  • Garden Cooking Class 
  • Homestay and Village Experience in Ban Hiue
  • Mountain Trek
  • Waterfall Visits
  • Bamboo Lakehouse
  • Family Picnic in Pu Luong
  • Guided Walk Old Quarter of Hanoi
  • Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise
  • Hanoi Local Street Food Tour


  • Visas
  • Some Meals
  • International Flights to/from Vietnam
  • Domestic Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport pickup if not arriving on the first day of the tour

Tour Type & Availability

Tour Inclusions Price

12 Day Vietnam South to North Tour - Standard Accommodation

Informative Guides, Standard Accommodation, Some Meals & Activities


12 Day Vietnam South to North Tour - Single Upgrade

Informative Guides, Single Room Accommodation, Some Meals & Activities


What to bring

  • Light backpack – (highly recommend 15kg)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Sandals/Flip flops
  • Swimwear
  • Closed shoes (for the hikes)
  • Clothing to cover your skin for temple visits

Pick Ups & Departures

This trip begins in Ho Chi Minh and ends in Hanoi.

Supplier Terms & Conditions

One Life Adventures Terms & Conditions

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds will be processed according to the following time frames:

Cancellation 60 days or more before departure: lifetime deposit held

Cancellations 59-30 days before departure: 50% cancellation fee

Cancellations less than 30 days before departure: 100% cost of services and deposit

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to reconfirm my bookings?

All bookings must be reconfirmed 48 hours in advance by contacting your tour provider directly using the contact information listed on your tour voucher.

What should I do if my trip is cancelled due to bad weather?

You may either re-schedule directly with the supplier or you can email our support team on [email protected] and include your voucher number, name of product you booked, planned departure date and your contact details. Once you’ve emailed us, you can drop us a line at +61 2 5633 1149.

Do you book tours with flexible dates? If so, how long are they valid for?

Yes, we do have open dated/flexible tickets available. Most tour vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, however please be aware that you may be subject to supplier price fluctuations. All ticket validity is specified on the tour voucher. If you are unsure of the validity of your voucher, just ask one of our wonderful staff.

What do I do if I need help with an existing booking?

Some tours have extra costs and you should be aware that there may be added expenses. These expenses will differ for each service provider, but some of the more usual extras are: EMC tax, stinger suit hire, luggage storage, sleeping bag hire, linen hire, national park fee, food, insurance, accommodation, equipment hire, petrol levy, etc. We will alert you to extra costs to the extent reasonably practicable. However, you must also check with each individual service provider when you re-confirm your booking.

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

How do I know if my trip is BYO?

Most tour vouchers will specify if your trip is BYO however we recommend asking your tour provider if your trip is BYO when you reconfirm your booking 48 hours prior to departure.

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