Overviews

This 13-day tour is a tremendous opportunity to discover the highlights of the 2 beautiful countries in Southeast Asia – Vietnam and Cambodia. The itinerary includes the most favorite destinations voted by travelers from all around the world – Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Saigon, Mekong Delta, and Siem Reap.

Highlights

  • Study the interesting history stories for Angkor sites in Siem Reap - a sprawling World Heritage-listed complex of ancient temple ruins.
  • Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam with hundreds of temples, pagodas, architectural structures and other famous landscapes will help you understand more about our culture, history.
  • Halong Bay - an amazing experience on overnight cruise will be an unforgettable experience for your trip.
  • Fall in love with Hoi An in the day time not only with incredible ancient buildings and bougainvillea but also in the night time with sparkling lanterns in the night time. 
  • Ho Chi Minh – the largest city of Vietnam with heroic information in Cu Chi tunnels and interesting local life on Mekong Delta.
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Trip Code: VNZA-797

Trip Duration: 13 Days

Starting: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Finishing: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam & Cambodia

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Culture, Nature, Cuisine

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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Welcome to Siem Reap, you will meet our tour guide and driver to transfer to the hotel to check in. Siem Reap is an area located in the northwest part of Cambodia. Once the seat of power for the great Khmer Empire, this location is home to the most ornate temples and as such is the most popular tourist site for those taking a tour of Cambodia. The balance of the day will be free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

At 8.00 AM: Our tour will guide you to start the trip to Angkor sites. We will start with Angkor Thom which is no doubt the expression of highest genius. Then, continue to see Bayon Temple with many other relics which offer a great chance to observe ancient sculptures. 

Next, we will move to Terrace of the Leper King before going along the Terrace of Elephants - originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports and more highlighted sites such as Baphuon Temple, Ta Prohm "Tomb Raider" fame. 

Wrap your day by visiting Angkor Wat - the Mother of all temples which believed to be the world's largest religious building. 

05:00 PM: Back to the hotel.

Lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Today, we’ll escape the city by driving 48kms North of Siem Reap to visit the holy Kulen Mountains, also referred to as Phnom Kulen (“Mountain of the Lychees”) by locals. The sandstone from this mountain was the main supplier of construction materials for the Angkor Kingdom. We’ll stop at the sacred site of The River of a Thousand Lingas, which features hundreds of lingas carved in the sandstone bed of the river, which date back to the 9th century. Further downstream, large blocks of stone, also under water, are carved with Apsaras dancers and Vishnu figures. Next on the agenda is a wander around the mountain-top pagoda which is home to relics, statues and a large reclining Buddha. The last mountain stop will be Kulen Waterfall, featuring a natural pool which is the perfect place to cool off on a hot day and a great picnic spot too, so that’s what we’ll do. On the way back to Siem Reap we’ll pay a visit to local villages make palm sugar. Back to the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

On this day, you are free at your leisure until being picked up and transferred without guide to the airport for the regional flight to Hanoi. The room is at your disposal until noon time only.

Welcome to Hanoi, you will be collected by our local guide at Hanoi Airport and transfer to hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. Balance of the day as your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

 

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken by cruise shuttle bus to another fascinating land – the gem in the north of Vietnam – Halong Bay. The drive takes you through beautiful paddy rice and mountains of the Red River Delta. Visiting the bay, you will experience the magic of the wonderful wonder of the world. 

From the harbor, board our boat for a cruise among the numerous limestone karst rising from the emerald water. Make a stop en route to visit a grotto of spectacular stalactites and stalagmite. Meals will be served on the cruise. Overnight on the cruise.

Note: You are recommended to bring an overnight bag to keep your necessary luggage. We are afraid that there is not enough space to store all the luggage of every passenger on board. Moreover, after an overnight stay on board, you will turn back to the same hotel in Hanoi, so your remaining luggage will be sure to be kept safely.

 

After breakfast, enjoy your time to sunbathe and relax in the fascinating background of the bay. After lunch on board – around 11.30am, transfer back to Hanoi to check in the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Free on your own until being transferred to the airport (without tour guide) to take domestic flight to Da Nang. 

Once arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by our tour guide and transfer to Hoi An to check in your hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

At around 8am, you will be picked up and transferred to Hoi An centre. As the national trading center in 16th century, Hoi An is home to the diversity of ancient streets and homes. Stroll around the unusual cobblestone streets to admire the hundred century old Chinese houses.

The leisurely trip offers you a great chance to see the ancient houses built in Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. There are some incredible places that you should not miss when visiting Hoi An including the hundred- year – old Japanese Bridge, the Phuc Kien Hall, Art Craft Manufacturing Workshop. At around 11.30 am, you will be back to the hotel on your own. Lunch on your own account.

Free at your leisure until being picked up by our tour guide at around 3pm for street food tour today. 

Take a bicycle to outside Hoi An town and hidden alley to enjoy some special street foods of Hoi An: “Bánh canh”, green papaya salad with sun dried squid, “xí mà phù”, grilled pork skewers Hoi An style, Hoi An bread. Take a rest and enjoy sugarcane juice before coming back to your hotel on your own account. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Today is free to discover the town or relax on the beach at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.

 

After breakfast, transfer to Da Nang airport (without tour guide) for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh – the largest city of Vietnam. 

Upon your arrival at the airport, our guide and driver will meet and transfer you to the hotel for check in. The balance of the day is at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Depart from Ho Chi Minh at around 8-8.30am and head straight to Ben Tre, crossing the impressive Rach Mieu Cable-stayed Bridge. Board a small boat to visit typical workplaces including small brick factories, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house.

Stop at a quiet village, take a short walk to experience local life and hop on your xe-lôi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) and stop at a riverside restaurant for a lunch with local food.

After lunch, take a short cycling tour to explore the surrounding fields before boarding a sampan for a tranquil trip along the picturesque canals. Come back to the port and return to Saigon. You will be dropped off at the hotel at around 5pm. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

You are free today to explore the bustling city on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

On this day, you are free at your leisure until being picked up and transferred to the airport (without guide) for the departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noon. Meals on your own. End of services.

 

 

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a double/twin share with daily breakfast
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by air conditioned vehicle
  • Free transaction fee via credit card for 30% deposit if you book tour with us, the balance could be paid on your arrival date.
  • Round trip shuttle bus Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi 
  • Joint in tour in Angkor sightseeing, Phnom Kulen, Hoi An sightseeing & Street food, Mekong Delta  
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees
  • Domestic flight in Economy class of Vietjet Air as mentioned in the itinerary:
    • Siem Reap – Hanoi
    • Hanoi – Da Nang 
    • Danang – Ho Chi Minh 

Exclusions

  • International flight ticket
  • Vietnam visa fee at 25 USD per person
  • Cambodia visa fee at 30 USD per person
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)

Meals

  • Breakfast: 12
  • Lunch: 4
  • Brunch: 1
  • Dinner: 2

Transport

  • Private car 
  • Shuttle bus 
  • Airplane 
  • Boat 

Included Activities

  • Angkor Sightseeing 
  • Phnom Kulen "1000 of Lingas" & Waterfall 
  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (2D1N on non-private cruise)
  • Hoian Sightseeing Tour - Street Food
  • Day trip to Mekong Delta 

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

Reviews

Reviews from actual Seni travelers. We publish all reviews.

Excellent
5 out of 5

Based on 46 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Elmarie Ed

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 03-06-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

My husband and I just arrived back in Cape Town from the best ever Asian holiday, arranged by Vietnam Travel - Ha Nguyen (Sales1@Vietnam Travel). From the time I made contact with Ha, till we left Vietnam, she was inconstantly assisting and advising via WhatsApp and calls. She was 24/7 just a message or a call away. Our tailor-made holiday she arranged and booked with our agreement, suited us like a glove.

From arriving at Hanoi Airport, as mentioned in our correspondence by Ha, we were met by staff who quickly assisted us with the visa on arrival. We met the most dearest and friendly Ha outside to transport us to the hotel. She even booked us in at the hotel while we had a welcome tea.

The pickups were always on time, the tours with English speaking guides were all excellent. Mrs Trang in Hue and Mt Yen Toan in Ho Chi Minh City must be complimented for their knowledge and manner they have engaged with us.

The Ha Long Bay trip on the V Spirit Premier was an experience not to be missed. Hoi An with all the lanterns and soft street music is the most romantic city ever experienced in Asia. Our accommodation was perfect and of a high standard as well as the breakfast at the different hotels, from Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh.

I would highly recommend Vietnam Tour for any traveler from any country to Vietnam.

Once again a big thank you to Ha who became a friend of us.

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Pamemla Harvey

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We landed in Ho Chi Minh and spent three days there. We went to see the tunnels that were excavated in the Vietnam War. Very interesting and thought-provoking. Did a local boat trip on the Mekong Delta. We were introduced to the way of life there and a had a splendid luncheon Prawns, fish, salads, etc. Something for everyone. Then on to De Nang. A very different experience. Wonderful markets with a variety of clothing, curiosities, food, and drink. Splendid Spa treatments. Went to the market umpteen times. Very good local restaurants all within walking distance of our hotel. Last stop was Hanoi. Another exciting experience. A highlight was meeting our agent Nguyĕn Thu Hà who was the most divine soul. She is extremely helpful and NOTHING is too much trouble. All our transport was arranged to and from airports and to venues and trips. The trip on Ha Long Bay on a cruise liner was fabulous. A country full of diversity and kind, happy and helpful people! A must visit. Try something different.

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Landy Lowe

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We traveled from North to South in Vietnam over a two week period. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Ha from Vietnam Travel! From the first contact, she made me feel that I was her only client. I changed our itinerary, added people and flights, had many questions- she took it in her stride. She understood my needs and within minutes she would have a recommendation or a price ready.

I cannot recommend her services highly enough. My travel agent became a friend!

Thank you Ha- I will always think of you with happy memories when I think of our two weeks in Vietnam.

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Barbara

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 30/04/2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Ha Nguyen from Vietnam tours was beyond excellent in her service in putting together the most amazing 2-week trip. We started in the south in Ho Chi Min and ended in the North. Having a local agent in Vietnam made a huge difference. All arrangements, transfers, and tours went like clockwork and she checked in all the time to ensure that all was Ok. Our homestay in Quoc Khanh Bamboo Homestay in Ninh Binh is also highly recommended. Beautiful countryside and if you have the time, really worthwhile taking a 2-hour drive cab from Hanoi and staying in a homestay once there. Contact Ha Nguyen by her WhatsApp number +84 915078294

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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 26/04/2019

Tipping is not customary in Vietnam but it's highly appreciated. Most the high-end services include a service fee but if you receive a service that exceeded your expectation, then a tip is highly recommended. Normally, you should tip at least 1-3 USD/pax/day for your guide and driver.

A Response from Seni World 18/07/2019

Vietnam's weather is tropical climate with high humidity creating a favorable condition for many insects especially mosquitoes. Whenever you head outside especially in mountainous areas, be sure to apply repellent to all areas of exposed skin. 

A Response from Seni World 15/04/2019

Depending on individual hotels, most of the hotels in Vietnam are equipped with all necessary amenities such as hair dryers, private bathroom, safety box, shampoo, body lotion and more. If you're not sure about the quality of these kinds of stuff, you can bring your own or buy outside.

A Response from Seni World 07/12/2018

You can easily find an ATM at any major cities across the country. Though, it's hard to find one in local areas, so make sure you prepare enough money for a journey out of the city.  Do not keep too much money along you to avoid the risk of theft. 

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