Vietnam Like a Local 12 Days 11 Nights

  • Destinations: Hanoi Halong Bay Hanoi Hue Da Nang Hoi An Da Nang Ho Chi Minh City Cai Be Tan Phong Ho Chi Minh City
  • Duration: 12 Days 11 Nights / 11 night - Group tour
  • Departure: Hanoi
From: US $920 $865 /pax

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Would you like to discover Vietnam from another point of view? Would you like to feel the real essence of Vietnam? The best way to know one country is by meeting local people and living among them. Vietnam like a local 12-day tour is designed in order to explore the culture at each destination, joining many interesting activities and tasting many local foods. This trip offers you many different experiences such as staying in a homestay in Mekong Delta, trying favorite local foods where you travel and especially contacting directly with local people to learn about their lifestyle.

Trip Highlights

  • Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi. Enjoy Hanoi Foodie by Night tour. (D)
  • Day 2: Hanoi city tour and water puppet show. (B, L)
  • Day 3: Experience Halong Bay on overnight cruise. Depart for an overnight cruise in Halong Bay. (B, L)
  • Day 4: Cruise back to mainland and transfer to Hue by overnight train. (B, L)
  • Day 5: Come to Hue. Free enjoy at yourself.
  • Day 6: Explore the suburbs of the city of Hue. Visit Thanh Tien Paper Flower Making Village and bike to Tien Non village. (B, L)
  • Day 7: Transfer to Hoi An. In the afternoon, walking tour around Hoi An Ancient Town. (B)
  • Day 8: Cycling and cooking tour in Hoi An. (B, L)
  • Day 9: Transfer from Hoi An to Da Nang airport. Fly to Ho Chi Minh. (B, L)
  • Day 10: Experience life in Mekong Rustic, visit Cai Be and Tan Phong. (B, L)
  • Day 11: Biking on Tan Phong Island, visiting famer’s houses, plucking the fruits and tasting them. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. (B, L, D)
  • Day 12: Transfer to the airport in Ho Chi Minh City for your onward flight. (B, L, L)

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Day 1 Hanoi Arrival

Welcome & Pick up at the airport Driver wait for you at the airport. Transfer to hotel in city centre and check-in.

After relaxing time, around 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, you will join a culinary discovery tour which provides you with a chance to enjoy Hanoi local foods and drink such as Banh Cuon, Nom Bo Kho, Pho and drink Ca Phe Trung and Bia Hoi. Those are all very delicious and tasty foods of the Vietnamese. In addition, visiting some cultural and historical sites of Hanoi such as Kim Ngan Dinh, Bach Ma Temple or enjoy the cosy atmosphere of Hanoi Old Quarter in the evening.

Tour Note:

  • Meals: on culinary tour
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
  • Highlights: Enjoy delicious and tasty foods while get understanding more about Hanoi cuture and history.
  • Transportations: Car/ Shuttle bus

Day 2 Hanoi full day city tour with water puppet show

8.00: We’ll pick you up from your hotel take you to visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the beloved national hero, Uncle Ho – and President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived off and on from 1958 to 1969.

9.30: You’ll visit the One Pillar Pagoda, which is actually a group of structures that collectively make up a pagoda built over the water in the middle of a square lake. After that, you’ll have a chance to explore the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the shore of West Lake. From there, it’s onto the Temple of literature, which was Viet Nam’s first university and is dedicated to Confucius.

12.30: You have lunch at the restaurant in the Old Quarter. Afterwards, you’ll visit Hoan Kiem Lake – the heart and soul of Hanoi.

After that, you’ ll stop in at MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY.This superb museum showcases the depth of Vietnamese cultural diversity with an astounding collection of 15,000 artifacts gathered from throughout Vietnam

15.30 – 16.45: Enjoy Water Puppet Show Finish unforgettable full day Hanoi Sightseeing! Note: On Monday and Friday morning, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ethnic museums are closed

Tour Note:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hanoi Hotel
  • Highlights: Visit the most popupar destinations in Hanoi and enjoy Water puppet show
  • Transportations: Car/Shuttle bus
  • Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is closed on Monday and Friday so we will visit outside of the Mausoleum, Museum Of Ethnology is closed on Monday and you will visit Bat Trang village

Day 3 Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise

After having breakfast at Hanoi hotel, around 8:30 am, our tour guide and shuttle bus will pick you up to transfer to Halong Bay – World Natural Heritage site in a 3.5-hour drive.

11.30 – 12.00: Welcome on board of a junk cruise, and set sail in the bay. Check in your cabin

Around 1:00 pm: While lunch is served, the junk passages slowly through the fabulous sightseeing of the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch time, take a stop at a peaceful island, so you can have a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay. Besides, swimming on cool water, walking along the beautiful beach or sunbathing on the sundeck is also interesting. At sunset, kayak or simply take a bamboo row boat to discover a water cave with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon.

5:00 pm: Back on board, watching the peaceful sunset, and other sparkling boats while enjoying great dinner at restaurant.

Tour Note:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Cruise in Halong Bay
  • Highlights: Discover the natural beauty of Halong Bay on a traditional overnight cruise.

Transportations: Car, Shuttle bus, Cruise

Day 4 Halong Bay – Hanoi – Overnight train to Hue

6:00 am: Wake up on the bay among the sounds of waves and birds welcoming. Start a new day by doing Taichi and admiring sunrise over the bay, your mind seems to be peaceful and closer to nature.

8:30 am, after breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto. Back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock.

11:00 – 11:30 am Lunch is served on the cruise with Vietnamese food.

9:00 pm We will pick you up from your hotel to Hanoi Train Station to transfer to Hue city.

Tour Note:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
  • Highlights: Transfer to Hue by an overnight train in a shared cabin
  • Transportations: Car/Shuttle bus, Train

Day 5 Hanoi - Hue

From the train you can see the beautiful scenery of countryside in the Northest Delta Area along the road.

10:30 am: Arrive Hue. Our driver will pick you up and transfer to Hotel in Hue. Be free to enjoy Hue cuisine and explore the city on your own.

Tour Note:

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
  • Highlights: transfer to
  • Transportations: Shuttle bus

Day 6 Hue – Handicraft villages visiting

08:00 am Leave your hotel by to Sinh village, Thanh Tien Village – a small village where preserves a traditional craft of making paper flowers. Have lunch and then cycle to Tien Non village, the centralized flower growing area. You will have chance to take part in activities of growing flowers and green vegetables with local people. Finish off the tour, our car will take you back to your hotel at about 5:30 pm. Enjoy meals on your own and stay overnight at the hotel.

Tour Note:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Highlights: Explore the suburbs of the city of Hue. Visit Thanh Tien Paper Flower Making Village and bike to Tien Non village.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
  • Transportations: Bus, bike

Day 7 Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

08:00 am Depart by car to Da Nang (105 km – 2 to 2.5 hours driving) via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Stop at Lang Co to stretch your legs on the white sands of this peaceful beach. Upon arrival in Hoi An, check-in to your hotel. After a short rest, be free to enjoy and explore Hoi An Town

Tour Note:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Activities: transfer to Hoi An by Car or shuttle bus, and free enjoy Hoi An in the rest of the day.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
  • Transportations: Bus

Day 8 Hoi An – Cycling and Cooking class tour

8:00 am tour guide pick up at your hotel then transfer to the meeting point. Your cycling trip starts to bike along quiet roads and you will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful peace of the countryside. Visit a local village to see how ricewine made and experience buffalo riding.

2:00 pm come back to Hoi An town to join a cooking class. Get a chance to visit a local market, know more about Vietnamese culture and cuisine. Then you will learn how to make traditional delicious foods of Vietnam. 6:00 pm, tour ends and feel free to enjoy Hoi An at your own.

Tour Note:

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
  • Highlight: Join a cyclo and cooking class tour to see more about the Vietnamese daily life and culture.
  • Transportations: Car/ Shuttle bus, Bikecycle.

Day 9 Hoi An - Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh

At a good time, leave your hotel to Danang Airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh. On arrival, meet your local guide and be transferred to your hotel for check-in.  Free to leisure at your own.

Tour Note:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Activities: Flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
  • Transportations: Car/ Shuttle bus, Plane

Day 10 Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Tan Phong

07:45 – 08:30 am You will be transfer from Ho Chi Minh City downtown to Cai Be district on morning. Arriving in Cai Be, you will be welcomed by the hospitable smile of the host and invited some fresh fruits before embarking on boat to visit Cai Be Floating Market and traditional handicraft villages. You’ll have an opportunity to talk to the sellers on their boats. The boat will then lead you to the home-stay on Tan Phong Island for checking-in and having lunch.

In the afternoon, local host will lead you to his orchards where you can learn how to take care for the garden and how to pluck the ripen fruits as the host does every day.

In the late afternoon, you will visit the vegetable garden and gather the vegetables for your dinner.

You yourself will prepare your own dinner with the help of local host.

Stay overnight at the home-stay.

Tour Note:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Homestay in Tan Phong, Cai Be
  • Highlights: Experience life in Mekong Rustic, visit Cai Be and Tan Phong
  • Transportations: Car, Shuttle bus, Boat

Day 11 Tan Phong- Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, our guide will guide you to explore more the Tan Phong Island by bike. You will visit kinder garden if it is school day. Stopping at a local farmer’s house to learn how to make Jackfruit leafs cake and then cycling to Bonsai garden and talking to him to understand how local farmers take care for their gardens, then try plucking the fruits and tasting them. 

After cycling back to Mekong Rustic, taking short rest and check-out at about 11:00. Then the small boat will transfer you back to the tourist boat Cai Be for driving back to Ho Chi Minh City. 

End of the tour at 17:30 in Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Note:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
  • Highlights: Biking on Tan Phong Island, visiting famer’s houses, plucking the fruits and tasting them. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Transportations: Boat, shuttle bus

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh Departure

Enjoy your last day in Saigon before transferring to the airport. Tour ends after arriving at the airport. * Please note that hotel check-out time is at 12:00. A late check-out can be arranged subject to room availability and a surcharge will be applied.

Tour Note:

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
  • Activities: Transfer to the airport in Ho Chi Minh City for your onward flight.
  • Transportations: Car, Air Plane


  • Airport Pick up/ Drop off.
  • Transfer for round trip: HN-HL-HN by shuttle bus
  • Tour as mentioned on itinerary
  • Kayaking Halong Bay service on Deluxe and Luxury Class
  • Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast.
  • Experienced English speaking guide.
  • Halong Bay Cruise program shared in Twin/Double cabin as per tour.
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary.
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • Services charges and government tax.


  • International flights & departures taxes
  • Beverage, Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services not mentioned above.

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