Vietnam 12-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 9 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Vietnam.

If you have 12 days to explore Vietnam, check out our carefully curated list of fun itineraries to help you plan the perfect trip. For those hoping to hit the major highlights, opt for an itinerary like this highlights of Vietnam trip, where you'll explore places like Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Hoi An. If you're a food enthusiast, opt for a journey similar to this flavors of Vietnam itinerary, where you'll travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, experiencing cooking classes, market visits, and exclusive dining options. Or, you can cycle through rural landscapes, explore national parks, and discover Vietnam's historical sites on a trip like this active Vietnamese adventure

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Cruise the karst islands of Ha Long Bay
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Highlights of Vietnam - 12 Days

Vietnam is culturally and geographically diverse, which you'll see first-hand on this 12-day highlights tour that will take you throughout the country. From the towering karst formations of Ha Long Bay to the coconut groves of the Mekong Delta, and from the ancient merchant houses of Hoi An to the French colonial landmarks of Ho Chi Minh City, you can't help but fall in love with this special place.

Kayak among karst islands in Ha Long Bay
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Active Vietnam Adventure - 12 Days

Over 12 days you'll travel from the mountains of northern Vietnam down to the southern Mekong Delta and enjoy outdoor adventures every step of the way. It begins with two days of cycling through nature reserves followed by a cruise along the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay. Then visit historical sites in the ancient cities of Hue and Hoi An before ending the trip on the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City and rafting down the Mekong River.

<em>Pho</em>, one of Vietnam's most beloved dishes
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Flavors of Vietnam: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh - 12 Days

Get to the heart of Vietnam through its cuisine on this delectable 12-day itinerary. Start in Hanoi to breeze around the capital by Vespa and search out the city's best banh mi and bun cha. Board an overnight cruise through the fantastical islets (and fresh seafood) of Ha Long Bay, then head south to Hoi An for renowned street food and an immersive cooking class. Continue to Ho Chi Minh City to end your trip and awaken your senses with an incredible "dining in the dark" experience.

Temples at the My Son Sanctuary in Vietnam
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Impressions of Vietnam & Cambodia - 12 Days

Travel back through the centuries on a history and culture tour of Vietnam and Cambodia's most beautiful and ancient sites. It begins with tours of Hanoi's Old Quarter, and then you're off to the northern mountains for hikes to ethnic villages. Following a cruise on Ha Long Bay and a jaunt to the ancient river city of Hoi An, you'll fly to Cambodia and visit the massive, awe-inspiring temple complexes of Angkor.

Shop for produce from the comfort of your junk boat in Ha Long Bay
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Culture & Cuisine of Vietnam – 12 Days

Feast on Vietnamese culture and cuisine with this 12-day tour. You'll travel from Hanoi to the Mekong Delta, tasting classic Vietnamese dishes along the way. Sample Hanoi's best street food, dine with a celebrity chef in Hoi An, and whiz through Ho Chi Minh City on a Vespa food tour. There's plenty of culture to absorb along the way, whether you're touring Hue's Imperial Citadel, sailing the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, or learning about Vietnamese war history at the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.

 A secluded cove on Phu Quoc island
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Coastal Vietnam: Cities, Countryside & Islands - 12 Days

Experience Vietnam's most significant cities, rich cuisine, and beautiful islands on this well-balanced 12-day adventure. Start in Hanoi for a lesson in cooking and culture before escaping on a cruise along Ha Long Bay. Explore Hoi An and its key sites and venture through its rural countryside by basket boat. Feel the turbulent history of Ho Chi Minh City and float down the Mekong Delta, then escape to the island paradise of Phu Quoc to while away the time snorkeling, kayaking, or just lazing on the beach.

Terraced hillsides in Pu Luong
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Vietnam Panorama: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh - 12 Days

Discover frenetic cities, striking natural beauty, significant history, both ancient and contemporary, and the warm, welcoming culture of Vietnam on this expansive 12-day adventure. Cycle through rural villages, cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay's towering limestone islands, catch a water puppet show in Hanoi and visit the Viet Cong's Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City.

Explore Hoi An to learn about Vietnam's cultural influences
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Vietnam Culture & Heritage: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh - 12 Days

Vietnam's cultures unfold on this journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, traveling by car, boat, and air. Experience the sights and sounds of the country's busiest markets in Hanoi. Learn about Cham River life at an overnight homestay and ride through rice fields and open spaces. Spend time relaxing while sailing along calm Ha Long Bay. Discover the art of paper lantern-making and get fitted for a custom outfit in Hoi An. End the tour in Ho Chi Minh with one last bowl of pho.

Angkor Thom Statues
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Glimpses of Vietnam & Cambodia - 12 Days

Travel through Vietnam and Cambodia as you explore the many facets of these two intriguing countries. Start in Hanoi to see the major sites by day and eat your way through the street stands by night. Escape the city for tranquility as you cruise along Ha Long Bay, then visit Bana Hills to marvel at its famous Golden Hand Bridge. Float along the Mekong Delta and experience the calm of quaint villages. Finally, cross the border into Cambodia, where you'll discover Angkor Wat and other nearby temples.

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