Vietnam 15 Day North to South Explorer!



£1095pp +1.8% BF

15 days

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Vietnam 15 Day North to South Explorer!




8-24 people


Duration: 15 days

Known for it’s vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality, Vietnam is the perfect destination for young people wanting to explore new regions and enjoy new experiences. Learn about Vietnam’s complex history and understand how the influences have affected the Vietnam we still see today.


Explore a variety of vibrant cities, such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang. Wander through the narrow alleyways, sample the delicious street food and explore the bustling markets. You cannot leave Vietnam without trying a bowl of pho or an authentic banh mi!


Whilst you must explore the cultural and historical aspects of the country, the nightlife cannot be missed! With live music venues, laid-back bars, vibrant nightclubs, and rooftop and beachfront bars – Vietnam has something for everyone!


Welcome to Hanoi!

Once you make it through the Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), please head through to the arrivals hall and meet our friendly driver there – ready to take you to your hotel.

After you have been checked in and have settled into your room, it’s time to begin your adventure!

The first day is all about settling in and finding your bearings so we recommend aiming to arrive around midday to allow you time to freshen up and explore the day markets before we meet for a group dinner in the evening.

To welcome you to Hanoi, the group will embark on the best food tour in the city, teaching you about the culture and history of this thousand-year-old town whilst experiencing the flavours of one of the world’s best destinations for food lovers. You will have the chance to try a range of delicious dishes, as well as see how Hanoian Egg Coffee is made and taste the traditional drink.

The best way to explore the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter is through this tour and hopefully it will leave you excited for your travels to come!

Today you will explore the untouched countryside on bike, cruise down the river on traditional paddle boards and enjoy the amazing 360-degree views from the Laying Dragon Mountain.

Setting off early in the morning, the group will depart for the Ninh Binh province, nestled in the Red River Delta of Northern Vietnam.

Begin the day by visiting the Bich Dong Pagoda which is renowned for its cultural and historical significance, as well as its serene environment. Take time to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, engage in the offerings and worship and learn more about Buddhism in Vietnam.

Following a morning of sightseeing, relax by enjoying a lunch made up of local foods.

You will spend the afternoon visiting Trang An, which has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014. Explore the tunnel cave systems on this 2 hour boat trip and take in the sights.

Marvel at the Mua Cave (Dancing Cave) then begin the 500 step climb to the top of the summit.

The perfect way to end the day is by climbing to the top of Lying Dragon Mountain and admiring the awe-inspiring panoramic views of Tam Coc.

As the day draws to a close, you will board the night bus bound for Sapa.

Explore the mountains, fields, and streams by trekking along the local paths, visiting Sa Deng Village. Take a glimpse into a village untouched by tourists and daily life as a local. There’s also the opportunity to take dip in a nearby waterfall if the weather is not too cold!

Rest in-between trekking by enjoying lunch in a local restaurant in the Green Valley.

We will then walk further into the mountains, taking time to fall in love with the serenity of Vietnamese countryside.

Arriving at the homestay, you will get to meet local families and enjoy cooking dinner together. Spend the evening with the whole group, playing games and drinking ‘happy water’!

Begin your day with a delicious home-cooked breakfast; preparing you for an exciting day of trekking through picturesque fields and the Bamboo Forest.

You’ll get to explore the hidden gems of Su Pan and Giang Ta Chai villages. Here you will see traditional houses, schools, and even a church, gaining insight into the life of a local as you learn more about their culture.

Continue the trek to Su Pan of the Black H’Mong People. Enjoy a local lunch here together, before heading back to Sapa town.

You will catch the bus back to Hanoi and can spend the rest of the day experiencing the city in your own way.




Today you’ll enjoy an exciting overnight excursion to the stunning Ha long Bay.

Your private transfer will take you from your hotel to the Tuan Chau Harbour.

Upon arrival at Ha long Bay, you will board the boat and settle into your room. Enjoy a lunch made up of traditional Vietnamese dishes, whilst cruising the bay and marvelling at the iconic rock formations and pristine beaches.

In the afternoon, the group will visit Sung Sot Cave (Surprising cave) and then onto the Titop Island. Enjoy the view from its peak and relax on the sandy beach.

Watch the sunset from the lounge chairs on the sundeck whilst enjoying a delicious cocktail and taking in the magical moment.

Take part in the cooking class to make some of your dinner, learning how to create fresh noodle rolls! Following this, fill up on the barbecue dinner.

The evening will be filled with relaxation and fun! Unwind through a natural herbal foot bath and get involved squid fishing and karaoke.

Begin your day by enjoying the sunrise over the bay from the sundeck. Fill up from the buffet breakfast and take in the views of Ha Long Bay.

The group will head to Ha Long Bay Pearl Farm. The bay boasts the most renowned pearls in Vietnam so this is the perfect opportunity to learn about the process of farming and retrieving pearls.

Following this, hop in a kayak and explore the bay on your own.

Enjoy an early lunch whilst you cruise back to the Tuan Chau Harbour. Following docking, say goodbye to the amazing sailors you spent the last day with and return by bus with the group to Hanoi.

Have a final explore of the city through a one-hour bike trip through the enchanting Old Quarter, followed by a spectacle at the Water Puppet show – Water Puppetry is a cherished cultural heritage for Vietnamese people and is a must see while you’re here!

At 6pm, you will board the night bus to Hue.

Arriving in Hue city in the early morning, you’ll head with the group to drop off your luggage at the hotel and begin the next part of your adventure! As the former capital of Vietnam, Hue has significant ancient and dynastic legacies to learn about and explore!

You’ll start by boarding a Dragon Boat and meandering along the Perfume River.

The first sight will be the Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most recognisable buildings in Vietnam to travellers.

Continuing on the journey through history and culture, the boat will lead you to the majestic Imperial Citadel. Delve deeper into the history of Vietnam at this location, exploring the remnants of the old Nguyen Dynasty through the ancient walls and ornate palace.

Rest between sightseeing at a local restaurant – make sure you try some Hue speciality cakes!

In the afternoon, the group will continue exploring with a visit to the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh King – the 12th King of the Nguyen Dynasty. The guided tour will give you a deeper understanding of the philosophy at the roots of his reign.

You’ll then head on to the quaint Xuan Thuy Incense Village and My Lam Village where you’ll immerse yourself in the artistry of hat-making. Skilled teachers will guide you in creating your own Vietnam conical hat (nón lá), a cherished symbol of Vietnamese identity.

Embark on an enthralling motorbike journey from Hue to Hoi An, where you can enjoy the stunning Hai Van mountain pass. We’ll also stop by the beautiful Tam Giang Lagoon, the largest lagoon in Vietnam.

Continue with a visit to the Dream Stream, nestled amidst verdant hills and, further along, the pristine shores of Lang Co Beach. 

On the way, you can stop for lunch at a local restaurant, arriving in Hoi An just after 2pm.

The cars will pick you up and take the group to the hotel in Da Nang.

Upon reaching Da Nang, you’ll take the 10 minute trek up to Marble Mountains. Explore the ancient temples Tam Thai and Linh Ung Pagoda, with the highest Lady Buddha statue in Vietnam.

You’ll then take the drive along Hoang Sa to the Son Tra Peninsula. This cluster of five peaks are named after the Ngu Hanh (five elements) and hold a large amount of sacred significance to the city.  To reach these amazing panoramic views, you will pass through My Khe Beach (voted one of the most beautiful beaches by Forbes magazine!)

If you are lucky enough to be there on a Saturday, you can witness the Dragon Bridge breathing fire.

Following this amazing day exploring Da Nang, the group will head to Hoi An. If you have still energy in the evening, make sure to walk through the Ancient Town and admire Hoi An’s multi-coloured lanterns that line the streets and buildings.

Set off to the incredible Ba Na Hills and its stunning views of Da Nang’s bay and the Lao mountain range. You’ll get to see this all from the cable car that will take you up the mountain.

The group will visit Le Jardin and old wineries – the remains of French Villas and influence in the former colony before boarding the second cable car to get to the top of Ba Na.

Spend some time playing games at the Fantasy Park – the third largest indoor amusement park in the world.

Fuel up with the lunch buffet at the restaurant before enjoying the panoramic view of Da Nang from the iconic Golden Hand Bridge. This is the perfect spot for photos with friends!

In the Hoi An countryside, you’ll have a day full of unique activities!

Begin the day by heading to the market with our chef and experience the hustle and bustle of the city whilst selecting the freshest ingredients for your cooking lesson later!

You’ll head to Cam Thanh Village by car or boat before having a chance to ride in one of Vietnam’s famous Basket Boats and explore the coconut jungle forest.

Enjoy a quick rest at the restaurant, then jump into the cooking class to create your lunch and learn how to make the most delicious Banh Xeo Hoi An.

To finish the day, you’ll learn how to make a Hoi An Lantern, something the city is famous for!

Begin your day by heading to the airport and hopping on a flight to Ho Chi Minh. From there, you will board a bus bound for Mui Ne.

Once you arrive, enjoy a group lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a transfer to the hotel so you can settle in.

The Mui Ne Sand Dunes Sunset Tour will begin at 2:30pm, with the red and orange hues of the sand being a marked change from the world of greenery you’ve experienced for the last few days.

You’ll head to the White Sand Dunes, where you’ll get the chance to try sandboarding and ATV rides down the sand hills. You’ll also stop at the Fairy Stream and the tour will conclude with a climb to the top of the dunes to watch the sunset.

As night falls, immerse yourself in the Mui Ne nightlife. Head to the Club Beach to enjoy a night full of music and dancing with your friends.

Ease into the day, enjoying a delicious breakfast and a rest on the sun-drenched shores. Take a swim in the clear waters and share a meal with your friends at a beach bar!

In the late afternoon, you will set off on the journey to Ho Chi Minh City.

This morning you’ll be picked up from the hotel in Ho Chi Minh to transfer you to Cai Be boat station.

Hop on the Mekong boat trip, enjoying the sights of local fishermen at the unique floating houses and discover local specialities like coconut candy and coconut handicrafts.

You can experience the Cai Be Floating Market and listen to the traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers.

Following this, switch from the big boat to experience the rowing sampan with the locals. These iconic boats will let you explore the small canal on Tan Phong Islet.

Enjoy a home-cooked Vietnamese lunch prepared by the locals and enjoyed in the garden.

After lunch, journey along the Mekong river to Vinh Long, stopping for a visit at the traditional brick kiln and pottery.

When the boat tour concludes in Vinh Long, a car with take the group back to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Today you will head with your Trip Leader and group to visit one of the most fascinating destinations related to the Vietnam War – the Cu Chi Tunnels. Only 60km from the city, this network of tunnels covers more than 200km of ground and functioned as underground cities during the war.

This will offer you an opportunity to learn more about the devastating history surrounding the Vietnam War, as well as gain an appreciation for the resourcefulness of the Vietnamese people at this time.

Spend the afternoon at the War Remnants Museum, which offers everyone a poignant display of the futility of war and the devastation caused to Vietnam during the conflict.

You will have the opportunity to explore the historic site where the Vietnam War officially ended in 1975. Wander through the gardens and admire the Independence Palace.

Return to your hotel in the evening and your final night with the friends you’ve made on the trip.

Spend today enjoying some free time, exploring the Ben Thanh market and finding local souvenirs for your friends and family!

Check out from the hotel and board the transfer to the airport, where you’ll begin your journey back home, with many more rich memories and experiences from your amazing Vietnam UniLife Tour.

What's included?

Transport across Vietnam

Transport across Vietnam

– Overnight buses
– Transport to & from Activities and Sightseeing
– Internal Flights

Homely Accommodation

Homely Accommodation

– 13 Nights Accommodation
– Twin-share rooms
– Hotels

Dedicated Trip Leader

Dedicated Trip Leader

– Trained Trip Leader to manage the trip and help you however they can!

Meals & Local Delicacies

Meals & Local Delicacies

– Some included meals and local delicacies, as specified in the itinerary.
– 13xBreakfast, 10xLunch, 4xDinner

Picturesque Sightseeing

Picturesque Sightseeing

– Incredible photo opportunities and views around the Ba Na Hills, Golden Hand Bridge
– Panoramic views of Mua Cave and the Trang An River
– Explore the Beautiful Hoi An countryside

Energising Walks and Rewarding Hikes

Energising Walks and Rewarding Hikes

– Trek to Su Pan & Giang Ta Chai
– Hike near Mua Cave
– Walk to top of Marble Mountain & Son Tra Peninsular

Unforgettable Activities

Unforgettable Activities

– Hanoi Bike Tour
– Water Puppet Show
– Food Tour
– Egg Coffee Demonstration and Tasting
– Cave Hikes
– Sapa Home Stay
– Cooking Lessons
– Vietnamese Conical Hat Making

Great Value Guaranteed

Great Value Guaranteed

Meet Other Explorers & Make New Friends

Meet Other Explorers & Make New Friends

Not Included

Not Included

– Flights to/from Vietnam
– Meals (where not specified – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner)
– Souvenirs
– Drinks
– Additional activities not listed in the itinerary
– Entry to some sites


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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Our trips are built for travelling solo, but not alone. Most travellers on UniLife trips travel solo, and you’ll make lifelong friends throughout the adventure!

No! Our trips are tailored for youth travel but we welcome people from all walks of life, whether that’s students, gap year, nomads or school dropouts!

We’re all about redefining youth travel! Our group typically falls between the ages of 18 and 29. Now, if you’re barely tipping into your 30s and still carry that youthful spark, you might just squeeze in. But if you’re more into discussing ISAs than exploring new horizons, we might not be the perfect fit for your journey.

We keep our groups between 8-24 people, to ensure there is a good mix between getting to know others, whilst not being overcrowded!

The trip starts in Hanoi city and ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

Flights are not included in the trip, but we’d recommend flying into Hanoi, with the exact meeting address provided before the trip.

The easiest way to get back to Hanoi if you have a return flight is by flying from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi which takes around 2.5 hours and costs around £50.

The accommodation on the trip is all twin rooms or double rooms on request.  Please note, all solo travellers will be automatically allocated rooms with another person of the same sex. If you are travelling with a friend, please let us know if you would like to be roomed with them via the rooming preferences and passport section on your UniLife account.

British Nationals can currently enter Vietnam for up to 45 days for tourism without needing to apply for a visa. We recommend reading the Government entry requirements to make sure you fall into this category:

If you are not a UK National, please check your respective government website to see the entry requirements.


While your trip is covered by ABTA, we do not include personal travel insurance. This MUST be obtained by you before your trip and will be checked by the Trip Leader once you arrive.

After each payment deadline, the payments made so far are unfortunately non-refundable, although you may be able to claim on your travel insurance depending on your cancellation reason.



You may be able to change your trip length while on your trip or within 30 days of departure – please email us at and we will let you know the options!

Trip highlights


Golden Hand Bridge




Ho Chi Minh

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