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12-Day Journey of Culture and Adventure in Vietnam

12-Day Journey of Culture and Adventure in Vietnam

Embark on a 12-day journey of culture and adventure in Vietnam. From the historic charm of Hanoi and the stunning landscapes of Ha Long Bay to the vibrant streets of Ho Chi Minh City, experience the heart and soul of this captivating country. Join us as we traverse from north to south, discovering hidden gems, savoring delicious cuisine, and immersing ourselves in the rich traditions of Vietnam. Let the adventure begin!

  • Travel style          Daily Departure, Group Tour,  Private Tour 

  • Travel theme      Cruise, homestay , hotel 3, 4, 5 star, Trekking, , cycling , nature, rice terraces and rice fields, waterfall , History, culture, beach 

  • Destinations        Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Da Nang Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

12-Day Vietnam Highlights: Discover the charm of Hanoi, the stunning landscapes of Ninh Binh, the serene waters of Halong Bay, the vibrant city of Da Nang, the historic Hue, the ancient town of Hoi An, the bustling energy of Ho Chi Minh City, and the lush Mekong Delta.

Our tour guide is fluent in English and is highly knowledgeable about the destinations we visit. Upon request, we can also provide tour guides who speak other languages.

We provide all essential services including land transfers, tickets, meals, and tour guides. Only personal expenses and tips are excluded. 
Authentic Adventures , with years of expertise, is your reliable partner for immersive travel experiences in Vietnam. We prioritize customer benefits, ensuring each moment of your journey is thoughtfully planned to uncover the authentic beauty of this enchanting destination. Join us and discover Vietnam's essence with Authentic Adventure



Welcome to Vietnam! Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, our dedicated team will be ready to provide a warm pick-up and ensure a smooth transfer to your selected accommodation in the heart of Hanoi.

Check into your hotel, where you'll find a blend of modern comforts and traditional Vietnamese hospitality awaiting you. Take some time to unwind, refresh, and prepare for an exciting exploration of the capital city.



08:30: Arrive Tran Quoc Pagoda – the oldest pagoda in Ha Noi built in the 6th century.

09:00 – 9:15: Visit Ho Chi Minh complex,  then walk around the garden to see 2 houses where he lived & worked from 1954 to 1969. Then visit One Pillar Pagoda where worships the Goddess of Mercy – It is the most unique Padova in the world.

11:00: Visit one of these.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology to learn about the culture of 54 ethnic groups living in Vietnam (Tuesdays – Thursdays – Saturdays & Sundays)

Bat Trang ceramic village to explore the daily life of the local & learn about the process how to make a perfect product (Mondays – Wednesdays – Fridays)

12:30: Have lunch at our restaurant. You have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine with 8 delicious dishes.


13:30 – 13:45: Continue visit Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, established in the 11th century.

15:45: Leave for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple, which honors General Tran Hung Dao who defeated the invader in 13th century.

16:00: Gold Hotel - A new capital hotel has covered its facade, as well as other amenities, in real gold to reel in glitzy lodgers.

17:00: Tour finishes. Back to hotel.



Regular group tour

07:30 – 08:00: Get picked up from Ha Noi ( or 10:00 from Ninh Binh ) by our friendly guide then depart for Ninh Binh province

09:15: Have a short break for 15 – 20 minutes to relax

10:30: Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda – the most famous & biggest Pagoda in Southeast Asia with many records set such as 500 Stone – Arhat Statues, 36 ton-bronze Bell, 100 ton-Buddha Statue…

Mai Chau - Pu Luong – Ninh Binh 4 days 3 nights

11:00:Have lunch in the restaurant with a lot of local foods such as goat meat, fish, chicken, fried rice…. Vegetarian foods are always available in the buffet lunch

13:00: Visit Trang An which was recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 2014. Trang An has a wonderful tunnel cave system so Kong's Movie Group chose this place for the New Version of Kong in 2016 – “Skull Island”. With 2.5 hours for the boat trip, you will be persuaded by the beauty here.


15:30: Get back to the Limousine Bus then leave for Mua Cave (Dancing Cave). Walk up almost 500 steps, you can reach the top of Lying Dragon Mountain & have an amazing panoramic view of Tam Coc from here

Hang Mua 7

17:00: Go Back to Hotel and have dinner at 19:30

Overnight in Ninh Binh 




7:30: To start Vietnam travel package, we will pick you up from Ninh Binh to begin the journey to Ha Long
11:30: Upon arriving at Tuan Chau port, you will board a transfer boat that will take you to the cruise. Once onboard, you can enjoy a welcome drink and check-in to your accommodation.

12:30: Enjoy a delicious lunch and embark on a special and unique cruise that takes you through two breathtaking areas of Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay.




14:30: The boat will take you on a scenic journey through the Gia Luan area, Thoi Quyt island, Ke Ga, and Finger - some of the most beautiful islands located in the southeast of Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay..

16:00: You will have the opportunity to kayak and swim in the picturesque and enchanting Tra Bau Fishing Village area. Here, you can paddle your kayak to catch Snail Da and Ha Da while surrounded by the breathtaking limestone mountains of Lan Ha Bay.

17:00: After kayaking and swimming in the Tra Bau Fishing Village area, you will return to the Cruise to take part in two activities: the Sunset Party and relaxing in the Jacuzzi pool. During this time, guests can enjoy a relaxing moment while sipping a cup of traditional Vietnamese tea or coffee, indulging in fresh fruit on the Sundeck, and watching the gentle and peaceful sunset.


At night

19:30: Enjoy a delectable dinner and then have free time to unwind. You can relax, go squid fishing, or watch a movie at the restaurant.




6:15: Wake up early, join the Tai Chi session on sundeck area, enjoy the fresh atmosphere and watch the sunrise in Lan Ha Bay.


7:00 – 7:45: Have breakfast. Admit morning view of bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.


08:00: Stroke the stunning views of the Bay and it’s dramatic limestone islets

Visit the famous Tra Bau, it’s time for freely kayak and explore the landscape, or swim...


09:00: Back to your cabin, relax and check carefully all the luggage before leaving your cabin. 09:30: Check-out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay for room service. Complete check out procedure and enjoy your brunch at cruise. 10:30: Enjoy the brunch at restaurant. 

11:30 - 12:00: Disembark at Tuan Chau harbor then a private car's driver pick up you there to go to Ha Noi * Because of cruising conditions, the program may be changed slightly due to specific weather or tide conditions without prior notice to visitors. Wi-Fi is available although internet connectivity is limited due to the geography of Ha Long. 

17:00 Arrival airport for flight to Da Nang. Once arrived in Da Nang airport, we transfer you to Da Nang hotel for you stay

Note: Timeline is just approximate


Indulge in a delightful breakfast experience at the hotel before immersing yourself in a leisurely day of relaxation along the picturesque beaches of Da Nang. Take the opportunity to explore renowned local attractions at your own pace, savoring the distinct charm of the destination. Additionally, delight your palate with the exquisite flavors of the regional cuisine. This day promises a perfect blend of tranquility, exploration, and culinary discovery.



Embarking on a captivating journey through the enchanting city of Hue! Begin your exploration with a serene boat trip to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, a spiritual sanctuary nestled along the picturesque Perfume River. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the city as we venture into the awe-inspiring Citadel and the Hue Royal Antiques Museum.


Wander through the vibrant stalls of Dong Ba Market, where the essence of local life unfolds before your eyes. Indulge in a delectable lunch at a nearby restaurant, savoring the flavors of Hue's culinary delights.

The adventure continues as we pay homage to the royal legacy with visits to the majestic tombs of King Minh Mang and King Khai Dinh. Delve into the intricate craftsmanship and architectural marvels that echo the grandeur of Vietnam's imperial past.

lang khai dinh

Our expedition takes a cultural turn as we journey to a quaint village, where skilled hands meticulously craft incense sticks and traditional conical hats. Engage with the local artisans, gaining insight into their time-honored techniques.

With hearts full of memories, we seamlessly transition to the charming town of Hoi An, leaving behind the echoes of Hue's imperial splendor. This travel experience promises not just a tour but a symphony of cultural encounters, where each moment is a vibrant brushstroke painting the canvas of your Hue adventure.

Night : Overnight in Da Nang



Vietnam travel package, begin your day with a delightful morning breakfast at the hotel. Our journey commences with a visit to the captivating My Son Sanctuary, a distinguished UNESCO World Heritage site that unfolds the rich tapestry of Vietnam's cultural heritage.



As the day progresses into the afternoon, immerse yourself in the charming ambiance of Hoi An town on a leisurely walking tour. Explore the vibrant Hoi An’s Colorful Local Market, where the hues of local life come to life in a bustling display. Venture into the Old House of Tan Ky, a historical gem steeped in stories and traditions.

Continue the cultural odyssey at the Fu Jian Assembly Hall, an architectural marvel that stands as a testament to the town's heritage. Conclude your journey across time at the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, an enduring symbol of Hoi An's cultural fusion.

Embark on this travel experience, where each step unveils the tales of the past, and every moment is adorned with the grace of Hoi An's unique charm.

Overnight in Hoi An


07:30 Driver will be picked up at the rendezvous in Hoi An, and then we start Cham Island tour by departing for Cua Dai port in Hoi An. On the way to Hoi An, you will take a rest & visit Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village (this stop is arranged flexibly as time arrangement)

09:00 Going to Cham Island, you will experience the feeling of riding on the surf waves by high speed canoes, heading to this island. There is a stunning scenery along with about the way. Cham island is included a main island, Lang, the biggest island with are around 3.000 people living at and several smaller island with many beautiful corals. 


At Lang beach, we will visit interesting places such as sea food market, the ancient Hai Tang pagoda. Then we will arrive to Chong/ Ong beach for swimming and snorkeling. 

12:30 You will enjoy lunch with special seafood 

13:40 Back on the port and departure for mainland.

 14:30 Return to your hotel in Hoi An



Take an 80-minute flight to get to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s economic center, which is the most crowded city with over 10 million of population and where you will find an incredible mix of Vietnamese traditional culture and modern life.

Upon arrival, our driver will wait and transfer you to the Ho Chi Minh City hotel.


At 13:30, we will join the Ho Chi Minh sightseeing tour “all-in-one” to visit all the top must-see attractions here.

To begin, we pay a visit to the War Remnants Museum, which preserves more than 20,000 documents, artifacts, and movies about evidence of crimes and consequences of wars that the invading forces have caused to Vietnam.

Next, move to the Reunification Palace which used to be the residence and working place of the President of the Republic of Vietnam, this place witnessed and marked the day Vietnam officially gained independence and territorial integrity.

Continuing our journey to the stunning Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral also known as Immaculate Conception Cathedral Basilica or Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saïgon. It is not only a symbol of Catholicism in Vietnam but also one of the unique architectural works of Ho Chi Minh City.

Following your visit to the cathedral, we head to the Saigon Post Office: one of the typical colonial architectural constructions in Ho Chi Minh City. This is a building built by the French between 1886 and 1891 with Western-style design combined with Eastern decoration. The post office is still working at present and is crowded every day.

NOTE: Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral is temporarily under renovation. 

Before returning to your hotel,  the tour's last stop is the local market, where your group can go shopping like a local and learn how to bargain.



8:00 AM:  Pick-up from your hotel

Get picked up from your accommodation in the city center to embark on a journey to the Mekong Delta, specifically Ben Tre City. Along the way, you will pass through picturesque rice paddy fields.

 10:30 AM:  Mekong River Long Boat Ride

Embark on a long boat ride on the Mekong River, the homeland of coconuts. Gain insights into how the locals use coconuts not only for juice but also for manufacturing coconut candy and coconut oil.


11:30 AM:  Explore Local Culture

Discover the vibrant local culture of the South, observing the lively activities on waterways with cargo boats, fishing boats, various fish traps, and handicrafts in coconut villages. The boat will take you to a brick factory, where you can witness the manual brick-making process. The motorboat then continues to navigate through the refreshing coconut water canals. Stop to visit a coconut candy workshop – a specialty of Ben Tre. Witness the coconut candy-making process and savor freshly made candy while enjoying self-brewed honey tea. Listen to traditional folk music called "đờn ca tài tử," famous in the Mekong Delta. Experience rowing boat along the stunning coconut canal in Ben Tre.

2:00 PM:  Lunch Time

Enjoy a delicious local lunch amidst the serene and poetic landscape.




1:00 PM:  Continue the Adventure

1. The motorboat continues to cruise through the intricate and peaceful canal network. Then, hop on a tuk-tuk/bicycle to explore Nhon Thanh village, interacting with locals, visiting a handwoven mat workshop, and tasting seasonal fruits. Visit a local coconut processing facility, observing the various manual stages from coconut husking to peeling and scraping.

2. Tuktok and Cycle through the picturesque Nhon Thanh – Thuan Dien village roads, passing by tranquil coconut gardens to experience the rural scenery. Experience a soothing rowing boat ride on Cai Tac canal. Relax and enjoy the fresh, cool air.

2:30 - 3:00 PM:  Return Journey

Take another boat ride back to the boat station and head back to the city.

 5:00 - 6:00 PM:  Arrival in Saigon

Finish the day with a drop-off at your hotel in Saigon, concluding a day filled with authentic Mekong Delta experiences.



On this day, you are free at your leisure until being picked up and transferred to the airport (without guide) for the departure flight. The room is at your disposal until noon. Meals on your own. End of services.

vietnam travel packages
Basic package
  • Shared Group tour 
  • Standard shared transportation
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • Delicious local meals mentioned  in the itinerary 
  • English speaking Local tour guides.  
  • All entrance fees for the included sightseeing destinations.
  • Full participation in various activities as per the itinerary.
  • Tip money
  • Drinks ( Beer, smoothie, wine…)
  • Personal expense
vietnam travel packages
Deluxe package
  • Private tour 

  • Private transportation 
  • Domestic flights tickets
  • Charming private room in 4 star hotel/resort 

  • Appetizing meals mentioned in the Itinerary .
  • Private English speaking tour guide . 
  • All entrance fees for the included sightseeing destinations.
  • Full participation in various activities as per the itinerary.
  • Complimentary water during your tours.
  • Gift : VIP Tickets of water pumpet show in Hanoi
  • Tip money
  • Drinks ( Beer, smoothie, wine…)
  • Personal expense
vietnam travel packages
Premium package
  • Private tour
  • Private transportation 
  • Domestic flights tickets
  • Luxury private room in a 5 star hotel/resort 

  • Elegant meals  mentioned in the  Itinerary .
  • Private English speaking tour guide . 
  • All entrance fees for the included sightseeing destinations.
  • Full participation in various activities as per the itinerary.
  • Complimentary water during your tours.
  • Gift : "VIP Tickets of  "Hoi An Memories Show." - With Food
  • Tip money
  • Drinks ( Beer, smoothie, wine…)
  • Personal expense

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