Northern Essentials Vietnam (North & Beach) 12 Days

Northern Essentials Vietnam (North & Beach) 12 Days

Ha Noi – Mai Chau – Ha Long – Phu Quoc – Sai Gon


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Northern Essentials Vietnam Tour 12 Days: Starting from Elegant Hanoi Old Quarter you will see all best of the North with different ethnic minorities in Mai Chau (remarkably The White Thai People) and beautiful water ways of Halong Bay before taking a flight to Phu Quoc to rest on the Paradise Island of Vietnam.

Destinations: Ha Noi – Mai Chau – Ha Long – Phu Quoc – Sai Gon/ Ha Noi Departure


  • Soaking up the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
  • Trekking in Mai Chau and meeting ethnic minority people.
  • Spending time on a junk in romantic Halong Bay.
  • Enjoy the white sandy beach, laid-back beach life Phu Quoc beach.


  • Vietnam is probably the safest place you will visit. But should be carefully. Just keep things close to you.
  • Things need to bring for your trip: sunglasses, hat, cover-up, sandals/flip-flops...
  • Best time for trekking from April to June and August to December.
  • Boots/sport shoes, headlights, clothes, sleeping bag, hat, camera, binoculars, insect repellent, etc required.
  • Best travel time for Phu Quoc is from October to May. Rainy season starts from June to August.

Tour Plan

Day 1: Ha Noi Arrival – Free (-/-/-)

Arriving at Noi Bai International airport, you will be greeted by our team (guide & driver) with a pick-up board and then transferred to the Old Quarter of Hanoi - a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, ancient temples, old pagodas and peaceful lakes. Check in hotel if available. Have free time for relaxing or discovering the city. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 2: Ha Noi City Full Day (B/-/D)

Guide & driver pick up at 08.00 AM and transfer for visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (if open for visiting), an important place of pilgrimage for Vietnamese, Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts, built in the style of Vietnam's ethnic minorities, surrounded by verdant and peaceful gardens, One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th century, of wood on a single stone pillar resembling a lotus blossom, symbol of purity, rising out of a sea of sorrow. Then, enjoy a short drive to visit the Ethnology Museum, a valuable centre for the exhibition and the preservation of cultural heritages of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. Have lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon, visit Temple of Literature, founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, and is dedicated to the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Then, visit Hoan Kiem Lake - the most beautiful lake in Hanoi, Ngoc Son Temple - built on an island in the 19th century. Before retiring in the hotel, walk around the historic Old Quarter of Hanoi with 36 streets named after the goods once sold there, Hang Be market - a typical Vietnamese day market, ancient house of local. Back to hotel. Evening, enjoy dinner at a local family in Ha Noi to learn about local daily life and meal (if available). Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 3: Ha Noi – Mai Chau – Free (B/-/-)

08.30 AM: Driver (no guide) picks up from hotel & departs from Hanoi to Mai Chau District, about 150 km south-west of Hanoi (3,5 – 4 hour transfer). Mai Chau is well known for its natural beauty. The valley is home to many ethnic minorities, including the white Thai. Check in hotel upon arrival and free for rest. Afternoon is free at your own convenience. Overnight in Mai Chau.

Day 4: Mai Chau Free & Easy (B/-/-)

Free at your own convenience and discovering the area. Overnight in Mai Chau.
Recommended activities: Bike riding, trekking from villages to villages, visiting local families, farming with the locals, cooking, etc.

Day 5: Mai Chau – Ha Noi (B/-/-)

Morning is free at your own arrangement. Check out at 12.00 noon.
13.00: Driver picks up & transfers back to Ha Noi. Check in hotel and free for rest. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 6: Ha Noi – Ha Long (B/L/D)

08.00 AM pick up & depart to Ha Long and enjoy the interesting 3,5 - 4 hour drive to Ha Long with many rice fields, water buffalo and daily Vietnamese village life. Arrive Ha Long wharf at noon, take a boat trip to visit Ha Long Bay – a world heritage site. Great photo opportunities of shaped islands like Dog Island, Incense Burner Island, Fighting Cock Island and so on. Visiting Sung Sot cave and having a swim at Titov beach. Enjoy sunset. After dinner, relax, drinking or fishing at your pleasure before spending a night on board. Overnight on Junk.

Day 7: Ha Long – Ha Noi (B/ Brunch/-)

Enjoy morning with cake, tea or coffee. More cruising toward islets of Man’s head, Tortoise… Cruising through Bai Tu Long bay and heading back to Ha Long pier. Check out of the boat. Bus pick up and return to Ha Noi. Arrive Ha Noi, head to Noi Bai airport & catch a short flight to Hue. Arrive in Hue, pick up & transfer for check in hotel and free for rest. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 8: Ha Noi – Phu Quoc (B/-/-)

Free at leisure till pick up & transfer to Noi Bai airport to take a flight to Phu Quoc. Arrive in Phu Quoc, driver picks up & transfers to hotel for check in (if available). Free for rest. Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 9: Phu Quoc Free & Easy (B/-/-)

Have a full day free at your own leisure. Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 10: Phu Quoc Free & Easy (B/-/-)

Have a full day free at your own leisure. Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 11: Phu Quoc Free & Easy (B/-/-)

Have a full day free at your own leisure. Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 12: Phu Quoc – Sai Gon – Departure (B/-/-)

Free till pick up & transfer to Phu Quoc airport & catch a short flight back to Sai Gon, then catch international flight back home. Tour ends.


  • Hotel in twin or double sharing room basis with daily breakfast
  • Transfer and transportation by private car
  • Sightseeing and entrance fee as per the mentioned itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals are indicated as the program
  • All other meals are not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance, visa fee to Vietnam
  • Drinks and beverages
  • International airfares and airport taxes at all routes
  • Domestic airfares HAN – PQC – SGN OR HAN – PQC – HAN
  • Personal expenses
  • Early check-in and late check-out charge at hotel
  • All the things are not mentioned in the program.

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