Vietnam holiday, South to North

“A 13 day tailor made trip that takes you on a journey up the coast of Vietnam, from Hoi Chi Minh to Hanoi, using a mix of internal flights and minibus transfers. With local guide in many places. ”


Hoi Chi Minh/ Saigon | Evening Vespa tour | Mekong Delta | Hoi An | Hanoi | Boat trip on Bai Tu Long Bay

Description of Vietnam holiday, South to North

This Vietnam holiday is a tailor made itinerary, starting in the south of the country in Hoi Chi Minh, previously known as Saigon, and then working your way north to Hanoi. The first few days are spent in Hoi Chi Minh, a crazy but exhilarating city of busy markets, temples and a lot of roaring scooters. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em we say, and so you get to take a night tour on the back of a vintage Vespa, seeking out all the best food stops along the way. Your next stop is a little bit calmer, given that you are exploring the waters of the Mekong Delta region, with its floating markets, paddy fields and villages, and where you stay in a home stay to gain that fully immersive cultural experience in this spectacular landscape.

After one more night in Ho Chi Minh City, take a flight to Hanang and then transfer onto Hoi An, famous for its French and Portuguese colonial influences, car free streets lit by thousands of lanterns, and its many artisans. Enjoy a few days here, taking in all the sights and many stalls, and maybe take a craft or cookery lesson of which there are plenty.

One more internal flight takes you to Hanoi in the north, Vietnam’s thousand year old capital with colonial architecture, vibrant café life, and beautiful parks. You will revel in the peace and quiet of a night on a traditional junk boat in Bai Tu Long Bay after that, less well known than Halong Bay but with fewer tourists and noise to interrupt the flow as you sail between karst limestone rocky landscapes.

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Departure information

Everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Vietnam holiday, South to North


Vietnam is home to some astounding natural landscapes and it’s important to keep it that way! During this itinerary you’ll stay in small-scale, authentic accommodation throughout, all bursting with local character. Not only does this help to reduce the environmental impact, but also gives you a more authentic experience. We’re especially proud of the accommodation you’ll stay in on Palm Island. The bungalows are built using local materials and the resort has signed up to a commitment to protect the local marine life. They’ve already started to see an improvement and have even been thanked by the local fishermen.

Throughout this itinerary you’ll leave your transport behind and discover your surroundings on foot. Hoi An is a UNESCO world heritage site and is the perfect place to discover on a leisurely stroll, so we’ll leave you plenty of free time to discover the town under your own steam. In Hanoi you’ll discover the winding backstreets on foot and using public transport.


We believe in the concept of 'meaningful travel'. When travel is meaningful both you and the country benefit in some way from your visit. You might have the chance to see something completely unique, or interact with the local community in a way that most travellers won’t. On this trip you’ll stay in a homestay on the Mekong Delta. It’s owned and run by a local family who have lived on the Mekong for generations. You’ll learn about their way of life and roll up your sleeves to lend a hand making the evening meal. It’s the perfect way to learn how to cook those delicious delta specialities.

In each destination we support a local project by giving you the option to donate a small amount when you book with us. In Vietnam we are proud to support the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. This is a grassroots Australian charity which has been reaching out to children in crisis throughout Vietnam since 2003. Blue Dragon kids are street kids, children with disabilities, children from very poor families and victims of human trafficking and slavery. Blue Dragon provides them all with schooling, health care, and even rescues children trapped in slavery.

2 Reviews of Vietnam holiday, South to North

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

So many highlights! Really enjoyed the Vespa tour after dark in Saigon, the homestay in the Mekong, cooking class at Hoi An, and of course Ha Long/ Bai Tu Long.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Consider the time of year for undertaking the trip, it was extremely hot and humid in late July, which was quite draining at times.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Difficult to assess, it would be good to think that some of the monies spent reached the pockets of local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Enjoyed every single day, the travel arrangements were excellent, and there was the right mix between some days which had a full itinerary- and on others plenty of 'down time' to rest! The hotels were all very comfortable, and the staff couldn't do enough, so friendly.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Mai,

Thank you so much for your lovely comments and wonderful feedback! I'm so pleased to hear that you had such a fantastic and meaningful holiday with us around Vietnam and rest assured you have definitely had a positive impact on the local communities that you visited by booking your trip with us.

It was a pleasure to assist you in arranging such a memorable journey for you and your daughter and please don't hesitate to get back in touch when you
are ready for your next adventure!

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There were many, I would pick Ninh Binh as a fantastic example of Vietnamese landscape. My kids would probably pick the Vespa adventures tour in Ho Chi
Min City and my wife the Surnise Hotel in Hoi An.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I would suggest to have an idea of the itinerary and the type of trip and then contact a tour operator with a strong knowledge of the country. Tips are invaluable if travelling for the first time there. I also found extremely useful having a local guide and would definitively recommend that as it also helps to
understand a lot more about the people and the culture.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our tour operator used a local company and only local people so I guess that to be case.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic holiday in a fantastic country. Our holiday provider were really good and would recommend them to anyone willing to visit Vietnam. Will definitively
use Responsible Travel in the future.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you ever so much for your fantastic feedback on the way we operate. Our goal is always to listen attentively to the individual needs of all those who travel with us and to ensure your adventures are tailored to match exactly what you’re looking for from your time away.

I’m glad that we had the honour of arranging such a truly memorable, meaningful trip for you and your family and look forward to helping you with your next one!

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