Overview

This grand tour of Southeast Asia from South Africa is designed to explore the highlights of Indochina's gems - Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. In addition to cultural and historical values, our Indochina tour packages offer various chances to enjoy the natural beauty of these beautiful countries. The tour is a great introduction to the gems of the region. Check out our Vietnam travel packages for other amazing places in Vietnam.

Highlights

  • Discover Luang Prabang’s history, culture by visiting the most famous temples, museums
  • Enjoy the most breathtaking cascades of waterfall in Luang Prabang - Kuang Si waterfall
  • Explore one of the most respected holy sites in Laos with a history dating back thousands of years – Pak Ou Caves
  • Explore our North with Hanoi capital to understand more about our culture, history and of course, our cuisine
  • Experience overnight cruise in Halong Bay to understand why it is considered “the should-not miss destination” in Vietnam
  • Study about an imperial & royal Hue where managed to hold onto its old world charm, despite the many ravages of war and time
  • 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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Trip Code: VNZA-802

Trip Duration: 19 Days

Starting: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Finishing: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Nature, history, culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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Our local guide will welcome you on arrival at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The room is at your disposal at 1.30pm. The balance of the day is at your leisure to relax. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, set off your exploration of the fascinating Temples of Angkor. From the early morning, make your way to Angkor Wat - the largest and most beautiful Temple in Angkor Archaeological Site for the beautiful sunset. After breakfast, continue your journey to Angkor Thom- a great historical structure of the city. Built in the late 12th century, this is the final and also the most long-lasting capital of Khmer Empire. Spanning on the area of 9 square kilometers, Angkor Thom consists of many other ancient temples. Located in the heart of Angkor Thom is the impressive Bayon temple. Take a stroll around the structure to admire its magnificent ancient sculptures.

You also visit other highlights of the complex including the pyramid of Baphuon, Phimean Akas, the Terrace of Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King - noted for its great structure. At the end of the day, move to Phnom Bakheng Temple for the beautiful sunset over the region.

Back to your hotel at the end of the day and free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today is your free day to explore Siem Reap town or go around for shopping. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

 

At a good time this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang. After arriving at the airport, our guide will pick up and take you to the hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Set off the city tour today with your guide to some interesting attractions of the city. Pay a visit to the Royal Palace Museum where many items nicely displayed including rare furniture, traditional costumes and arts, jewelry, ornaments as well as working tools and utensils. After exploring some other local temples, move onto the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about the rich culture of Laos. Wrap your busy day with a climb to Mount Phousi offering stunning views over the city, especially at sunset. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, board a private boat for a cruise upstream along the Mekong River to the small village of Ban Muangkeo. Once arrival set out a short trek to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. Exploring the caves, you will be astonished by the huge collection of ancient Buddha statues with different shapes and sizes carved in the massive limestone of the caves. Later, return to Luang Prabang by boat trip. On the way back, stop at the village of Ban Nongxai for a quick glimpse of their life.

In the afternoon, make your way out of the city to the nice Kuang Si Waterfalls. Khuang Sy Waterfall is considered one of the most attractive destinations in Laos. Visitors reaching here will have the opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty here. If weather permits, visitors can immerse into the water, swim for entertainment.

Back to your hotel in the late afternoon. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today, you will be taken to the airport and fly to Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. Meet your guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today is spent exploring the highlights of Hanoi. From Ba Dinh Square, continue your trail to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum where the body of the grand Ho Chi Minh is rested. Your next stop is the Temple of Literature – known for being the first university in Vietnam. It has become a popular place for Vietnamese students to show their respect and take some commemorative photographs when graduating. Leaving the complex, continue your trip to the bustling streets of the Old Quarter. Take a rest for lunch at one of the best restaurants in Hanoi.

In the evening, you will have a chance to learn more about the interesting culture of Vietnam through the fascinating traditional art of water puppetry. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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This morning, escape from the hustle of the modernization in the city and depart for a scenic drive to Halong Bay – the World Heritage Site. Board a junk boat to explore this exceptional seascape. The cruise will take you through the numerous limestone karsts rising from the jade waters of the bay. Take your time to explore some beautiful caves filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Enjoy dinner on board while unwinding in the tranquil atmosphere of the bay at sunset. Overnight on boat.

This morning, cruise amongst the beautiful rocks of the bay to visit a small fishing village on the bay to learn about their way of life in this beautiful bay. After the visit, cruise back to the harbor where your vehicle is ready to take to Hanoi airport for a flight to Hue. 

You will be welcomed on arrival and transferred to the hotel for check-in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning board a traditional boat for a cruise on the charming Perfume River before starting your sightseeing tour with some must-see places. Highlights of the morning include the ancient Imperial Citadel - the World Heritage Site and also a great place to learn about the country's history and the revered Thien Mu Pagoda. In the afternoon, explore in depth the long-lasting history of the country with a visit to the great tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Today, drive to Hoi An via the scenic pass of Hai Van. Overlooking the central coastline, the pass offers you stunning sceneries of mountains and sea. Along the way, make a stop to visit the great Cham Museum and admire the beauty of the Marble Mountains. Do not forget to get your camera in hand to capture these stunning moments. On arrival, check-in your hotel and free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Today, enjoy a bike tour through small villages and paddy fields to have a true insight into rural life. Paddle on the paved and flat village roads while enjoying the tranquility of the region.

Back to your hotel around noon and free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Spend this day exploring the hidden charm of the ancient town on your own. You could explore the beautiful streets or relax on the beach if the weather permits. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Spend this day exploring the hidden charm of the ancient town on your own. You could explore the beautiful streets or relax on the beach if the weather permits. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Today you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Once arrival at Ho Chi Minh airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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In the morning, explore this dynamic metropolis with a guided tour of the famous sites including Notre Dame cathedral, the History Museum and the former Presidential Palace which was once served as the most powerful place of the country.

In the afternoon, drive out of the city for a visit to the stunning Cu Chi Tunnels. This stunning network was once served as the shelter of Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. You can even try creep through this shelter to experience the fighting-life of Vietnamese fighters. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Your full-day today is spent exploring the lush Mekong Delta region. You will be taken to Cai Be which is known for the fabulous floating market famous throughout the region. Board small sampan boats to small canals. During your adventure, you will be welcomed by the hidden lush orchards in the Mekong Delta. You are offered a great chance to sample some local fruits. Have lunch at a local restaurant in the middle of the green garden. After that, back to the pier and be transferred back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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You are free to relax this morning until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noon time. End of tour.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 19 day tour from Siem Reap to the South of Vietnam.
  • 18 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laos cuisine with 23 meals included.
  • Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • All local slow boats as mentioned
  • 4 x domestic/ regional flights: Siem Reap - Luang Prabang/ Luang Prabang - Hanoi/ Hanoi - Hue/ Danang - Ho Chi Minh (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
  • All airport transfers
  • English speaking guide (in each location you will have a different guide).
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • VIETNAM VISA LETTER
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

Exclusions

  • International flight tickets – We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from South Africa to Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia are approximately $700-$1400 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! Let’s contact us for more details.
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee: 25USD per person
  • Cambodia Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Laos Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

  • Breakfast: 18
  • Lunch: 4
  • Brunch: 1
  • Dinner: 1

Transport

  • Private car
  • Airplane
  • Cruise
  • Local boat

Included Activities

  • Exploring Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom
  • City tour in Luang Prabang
  • Day trip to Pak Ou Caves & Kuang Sy Waterfall
  • Hanoi sightseeing
  • 2D1N trip on non-private Halong Bay Cruise
  • Hue City Tour 
  • Hoian Countryside Tour 
  • Ho Chi Minh Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Mekong Delta Excursion

Special Note:

This holiday offers you not only time for exploring but also for relaxing with some free days. You will have a chance to explore Indochina in a very nice way and get so many memorable experiences.

In Hoian, you can spend a few days to enjoy the beach or go shopping in the ancient town.

Time for visit: you may consider traveling with this itinerary from October to December as this is the rainy season in Vietnam (effect to Hue and Hoian). We would recommend removing Hue during this period and if you wish, our travel consultant can amend everything for you.

If you do not want to have too many domestic flights, we would recommend you to take an overnight train from Hanoi to Hue.

Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for groups from 1 to 6 pax. If your party has more than 6 adults, please send us an email, we will advise our best price for your group.

 

Our prices are not valid for some special occasions and peak season as below:

° Christmas and New Year (normally, there will be surcharged for Gala Dinner on 24.Dec and 31.Dec Eves – applied for 4 and 5-star hotels)

° Easter Holidays: some 5-star hotels in Hoian will be surcharged for Easter Holidays

° Vietnam Lunar New Year – from 25.Feb.2020 – 03.Mar.2020 – if you travel during this period, there will be surcharged for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking

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.

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Based on 63 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

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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Lauren B

Guest Country: Johannesburg, South Africa

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

I booked my tour and from the moment of first contact Trung was amazing. He put together a bespoke tour for us that included everything we wanted to see (Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An). The hotels were great, perfectly located and all the staff were incredibly helpful and went out of their way to make our stay memorable. The day tours and experiences were exactly what we were looking for and far exceeded our expectations. It truly was an amazing tour we will never forget.

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Philip Nel

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam and Cambodia

From day one the tour planning with Ashley from Vietnam tours was perfect and we had no trouble with pic-ups, tour guides and accommodation. The tour was informative and most enjoyable. We could not have asked for a better and more professional tour adviser than Ashley for the company. We had the best in 15 days what Cambodia and Vietnam could offer!!

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Annette R

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: September 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Will Nguyen was an absolute star! From putting together an unforgettable 7 days as per our requirements to making sure we have arrived in Vietnam and follow up messages to make sure everything is going as planned during our whole trip.

Thanks for an absolute best of our lifetime experience!!!

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Q&A’s

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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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