Overview

Enjoy this well-crafted group tour and experience the best highlights of Vietnam from North to South in 11 captivating days. Starting off in the charming city of Hanoi with its rich culture and warm-hearted people, travel further to uncover the hidden charm of the ancient capital of Vietnam, treat yourself to one of the most fascinating views on the World Heritage Site of Halong before immersing in the unique culture of the South with visits to some best known destinations from the enchanting Hoian town, the vibrant Ho Chi Minh city to the well-preserved land of Mekong Delta. Explore the well-kept culture of Vietnam on this amazing tour designed for you.

Highlights

  • Hanoi – our capital with rich history, culture and amazing cuisine, which considered as the kitchen of the world.
  • Enjoy the peace when sitting on a small boat and go through the caves with green paddy fields on your sides in Ninh Binh.
  • Experience overnight cruise in Halong Bay to understand why it is considered “the should-not miss destination” in Vietnam.
  • Hoi An – our most beloved town with yellow walls, bougainvillea in the day time, and sparking lanterns in the night time. 
  • Ho Chi Minh city – our largest city with many popular destinations with rich history, French colonial buildings.
  • Enjoy many fun activities in Mekong Delta which is considered the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam, is carpeted in a dizzying variety of greens.
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Tour Code

Tour Code
VNZA-844

Duration

Duration
11 Days

Departure Dates

Departure Dates
Fixed

Accommodation

Accommodation
3-star

Transports

Transports
Car, Shuttle bus, Airplane, Boat

Special Offers

Special Offers
Free Visa Approval Letter

Full Itinerary Expand All

Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onward. 

The balance of day is free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Spend the day free at your leisure or explore the town as you wish. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

07:45 - 08:30  Tour guide picks you up at suggested places around Hanoi Old Quater.

Depart for Ninh Binh province (90km south of Hanoi). Have a break 20 minutes en-route to free your legs. Arrive at Hoa Lu, which was once depicted the ancient capital of Vietnam, settling up in the 10th century. Visit temples of two Dynasties of Dinh and Le with a very unique architectures in the old time.

Learn more about ancient culture through an excavation of vestiges of Royal Places ground dated 10th century.

12:30 Arrive at Tam Coc. Relax and enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant nearby.

Board the sampan boats (2 people share a boat) in Tam Coc dock to drift down the river among the villages, mountains and lush rice fields. Passing through 3 caves "Hang Ca - First cave, Hang Hai -Second cave, Hang Ba - Third cave" to get a strange feeling. Boat returns to the dock for bus drive back to Hanoi.

18:30 Arrive in Hanoi. 

The cruise company shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel and depart for Ha Long Bay for your tour through the scenic countryside.

Embark on a boat for an exploration of the wondrous Ha Long Bay (translated as “where the dragon descends into the sea”) and enjoy one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights.

This exciting cruise will provide a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way, anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs.

You are advised to put on the alarm clock to enjoy a spectacular dawn over the bay. After a morning bath, breakfast on board. Continue for further cruise to explore the bay. Transfer back to the pier to return Hanoi.

Then, our car will pick you up and transfer to the airport for the flight to Danang. Welcome at the airport and transfer to Hoian (30 km – 45 minute drive). Check in at the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Depart from 7:30 – 8:00 AM by bus. We travel about 50km from Hoi An to My Son sanctuary. It comprises many Champa temples, in a valley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Though the complex has been destroyed over time, we still see many majestic ancient ruins of temples in the area.

Arrive in My Son at 9:00AM. Walk around with your guide for 2 hours to see the historic and cultural ruins of the 16th century, you will be brought back to the glorious time of the Champa civilization. Then leave My Son for Cau Lau boat station. Take a motorized boat excursion to visit Kim Bong carpentry village, 3km west of Hoi An.  Have a soft lunch and drink on boat. Tour finishes at Hoi An dock at 2:30 PM. You should come back hotel by your own.

Today is a free day. Hoian offers something for everyone. You can relax at the beach, enjoy great shopping and discover the grace and history of this well preserved ancient town. It is a culinary mecca with a laid back nature. The old-town character and friendly openness of the locals of Hoian is a delight.

 

Enjoy free time at leisure before we transfer you (without guide) to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, welcome and transfer to hotel. 

Today, Ho Chi Minh City is a popular tourist destination due to its fascinating culture, classic French architecture, and sleek skyscrapers as well as ornate temples and pagodas. The city is also filled with rooftop bars that overlook Saigon and beyond, while fantastic restaurants offer a combination of French, Chinese, and, of course, local Vietnamese cuisine.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and after leaving Ho Chi Minh City, we drive about 1,5 hours through the pleasant countryside before arriving at Ben Duoc tunnels, Cu Chi. We may stop along the way for refreshments and toilet. 

  • Upon arrival, you’ll watch a brief of propaganda video, which explains how the tunnels were used to successfully defeat American military forces in combat.
  • The tour continues and the guide explains some traps that were placed in the jungles of Việt Nam to either maim American soldiers or create panic amongst the ranks.
  • From here, you can enter one of the tunnel entrances and crawl through the tunnels is a real experience to imagine how people could live there for an extended period! 
  • There is a shooting range where you can try to fire an automatic or semi-automatic weapon for a fee (this fee is not included)
  • Take some rest at the end for a taste of Cu Chi boiled tapioca and thinking what humans are capable of when having to defend their home. 

We drive back to Ho Chi Minh city and drop you off at your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 Our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, and drive 1,5 hours to My Tho. We will stop along the way for refreshments and toilet. 

  • Upon arrival, we board a motor-boat and cruise along a vast network of canals and channels to enjoy wonderful views of the Mekong River, including four famous islands “Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix”.
  • Stop at one of the floating fish houses, in nets and wire baskets under their house, the villagers cultivate freshwater fish and shrimp - a major export product of the region.
  • Cross the River to the other side, you will stop at a traditional workshop to witness a step-by-step process on how to make coconut candy, honey farming… while trying some yourself and listening to traditional music.
  • Enjoy what local people offer by hand rowing a sampan along the shady, breezy canal. We will transfer to local transportation called Xe Lôi to travel throughout the villages.
  • Lunch will be served at a riverside restaurant with a Vietnamese 5-course set menu. Please request in advance if you have a food allergy, you are a vegetarian, or you observe Halal.
  • Take a rest after lunch before boarding the motor-boat back to My Tho. We drive to Vinh Trang pagoda, an ancient southern architectural gem built in the middle of the 19th century. There are many Buddha statues including some that are over a hundred years old.

Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh. Drop off at the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Enjoy last minutes in the city on your own before transfer (without guide) to the airport for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until 12:00 noon only. Meals on your own. End of services.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Internal flight ticket in economy class : Hanoi – Danang , Danang – Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Entrance fees
  • Mineral water (1 bottle/pax/day)

Exclusions

  • International flight to and from Vietnam
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee (25 USD/pax/single entry) 
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days

Meals

  • Breakfast: 10
  • Lunch: 4
  • Brunch: 1
  • Dinner: 1 

Transport

  • Car 
  • Shuttle bus 
  • Airplane

Included Activities

  • Day trip to Ninh Binh
  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (2D1N on non-private cruise)
  • Day trip to My Son Sanctuary 
  • Half day to Cu Chi Tunnel
  • Mekong Delta Day Trip

Accommodations

Best price, strategic locations, carefully-checked.

Destination 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
Hanoi
Halong Bay
Hoian
Ho Chi Minh City

Special Note:

  • Black out date: 20 Dec 2019 – 10 Jan 2020, 23 Jan – 27 Jan 2020
  • We only accept the payment by USD, the RAND rate may be changed at the time you book following the exchange rate at https://www.xe.com  

Please kindly note that the excursions included in this tour are not compulsory to join. You, perhaps, don’t want to take it at some point. In this case, please let your operator know and note that we are not able to provide any refunds.

Cancellation by Customer

Should you need to cancel your holiday once it has been confirmed, the party leader must immediately advise us in writing sent to us via fax or email. The following cancellation charges will be applied:

  • More than 21 days prior to departure: The total of deposit paid to us (30% of the Tour value).
  • 7- 21 days  prior to departure: 50% on total value of the trip charged, due to hotel charges for no-shows and organizing fees.
  • Within 1-6 days  prior to departure: 100% on total charged.
  • No-Show: 100% on total charged.

Note: Insurance premiums and amendment charges are not refundable in the event of cancellation.  

Cancellation of domestic or international flights:

If the cancellation occurs after a deposit was paid to the Airlines, a cancellation fees, of 25 – 40 % of the airfare for the domestic flight and USD30 – 50/pax for the international flight, is required (according to the policy of the Airlines).

Unused services:

No refunds or exchanges can be made with respect to accommodation, meals, sightseeing tours, transport or any other services, included in the tour price, but not utilized by the tour members. 

Children Policy

For children, please note:

  • Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (maximum 2 adults with 1 child under 2 years old)
  • Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% price of adults
  • Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% price of adults
  • Children from 12 years old: as adult

Customer Reviews

Reviews from actual Seni travelers. We publish all reviews.

Excellent
5 out of 5

Based on 67 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Judy da Silva

Guest Country: Umdloti, South Africa

Travel Dates: September 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam and Cambodia

Thank-you so much to Mark at Vietnam Tours for superb service, great advice and for all his amazing help in planning and organising our entire incredible Cambodia & Vietnam holiday.

We absolutely loved every part of it! Mark made this trip completely seamless and stress free. I gave Mark a list of the things we like and want to see and do and he tailor made a custom tour especially for us.

Our every dietary need was catered for and the food was absolutely delicious. Incredible sights and sounds from vibrant cities to rural countryside.

The wonderful tour guides and drivers were excellent.The hotels were excellent, every part of the holiday was perfect and amazing.

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Mukesh Harisunker

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: November 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

This was the best trip ever organized by this tour group.Although our visas and Immigration took over 3 hours and our flight number being changed and a delay from our flight,we were met with smiling faces about 4 hours later which was wonderful and thereafter they were always on time always, all this preparations was done via WhatsApp.Although their payment was 30% deposit and balance 70% before daparture, I paid everything not knowing them and did not have any problems whatsoever. VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDABLE. THANK YOU, MUKESH HARISUNKER,SOUTH AFRICA

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Rondlopertjend

Guest Country: Montagu, South Africa

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Vietnam completely blew us away - one of our best experiences ever! From the bustling of the Old Quarters in Hanoi in the north, thru beautiful Hoian with its thousand colorful lanterns in Center, down to Ho Chi Minh with the tunnels and Mekong river, this has just been one of the most scenic, most exquisite tours. The natural beauty of Halong Bay took our breaths away and it's one of the places we will definitely return to in future. Thank you so much to Trung Hoang who made this tour extra special - your assistance and guidance will hard to top! You were the best!!!

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Rosh & Betti

Guest Country: Durban, South Africa

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Vietnam tours have been awesome, especially Ashley Trang, the agent assigned to us. After finding this tour company on Facebook and making contact with them, Ashley immediately responded to my query. She worked tirelessly and efficiently to make sure that she catered to our every need and requirement. With her advice and expertise we here able to put together an itinerary, that has allowed us to have the best experience of this beautiful country, people,food and sights.

Our trip went without hitches from being transferred to airports and awesome hotels, organised private tours with knowledgeable English speaking tour guides and plenty free time with the best advice to explore at our leasure.

Ashley paid us a personal visit at our hotel in Hanoi, a gesture beyond her scope of duty. We have left Vietnam with very pleasant memories and will definitely recommend Vietnam Tours to family and friends.

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A Response from Seni World 30/08/2019

Not only is the first tour operator in Vietnam focusing only on travelers from South Africa but Vietnamtour.co.za also has been receiving a lot of positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Moreover, we also have a representative in South Africa  - Mrs. Katrine Putick. You can contact her to book and confirm your tour to Vietnam right in South Africa. 

Ms. KATRINE PUTTICK

  • Address: Bay Farm, Main Rd, Hout Bay Cape Province, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Phone: (+27 (83) 261 1693)
  • Email: kputtick@iafrica.com
A Response from Seni World 12/06/2017

Vietnam's weather differs greatly from region to region.  Depending on where and when you're going to visit, make sure you prepare for the weather before you go.

North: Best time to visit is during spring (from February and April) and autumn (from September to November). The temperatures are more moderate with lighter rainfall

Central: Best time to visit is between January and August when the weather is dry with no heavy rains

South: The best time to visit the region is during the dry season, between December and April when the city experiences warm weather without rain showers.

If you're planning to visit the whole country, it is possible to travel to any part of Vietnam during any season.

A Response from Seni World 06/12/2018

Depending on your place of choice and your interest, the duration could be varied. Normally, for first- time travelers, it will take you about 10- 14 days to discover the must-see attractions throughout Vietnam.

A Response from Seni World 22/12/2018

There are two available methods for passport holders from South Africa to choose to apply for a visa to Vietnam. You can either apply for your visa at the local embassy or obtain a visa on arrival with a visa letter.

You need to have a passport which is effective for at least 6 months beyond arrival date, 2 photos 4x6 and 2 blank pages on it for visa stamp (which costs 25$) and a visa letter. When you book tours with vietnamtour.co.za, we will offer a visa letter for free. 

A Response from Seni World 03/11/2018

Our price doesn't consist of international flight tickets. If you have any problem in finding international flight tickets, we could book them for you. 

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