Overview

This short tour of North Vietnam will introduce you to some of the most picturesque parts of Southeast Asia including Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa. Starting off in the vibrant city of Hanoi, glide through the awe- inspiring vista of nature in Halong Bay on a scenic overnight cruise and immerse yourself in the colorful and truly unique culture of different ethnic minorities in Sapa.

Highlights

  • Explore the hustle and bustle of the enchanting Hanoi
  • Marvel at the endless charm of Halong Bay with its otherworldly seascape
  • Enjoy an exciting adventure into the heart of Sapa
  • Experience the colorful and unique culture of Sapa’s ethnic villages
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Price from:

R 5,699

per person

Tour Code

Tour Code
VNZA - 1020

Duration

Duration
7 Days

Departure Dates

Departure Dates
Flexible

Accommodation

Accommodation
Up to 5-star

Transports

Transports
Private car , Shuttle bus, Airplane, Boat

Special Offers

Special Offers
Free Visa Approval Letter

Full Itinerary Expand All

Today, our guide will meet you at the airport then you will be transferred to the hotel. Welcome to Hanoi - the capital of Vietnam, where is renowned as one of the must-visit destinations in the north of the country. Check-in your hotel at 14:00 P.M. 

The rest of the day is free on your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight in Hotel in Hanoi.

Today, depart for an impressive journey to Halong Bay – the jewel of North Vietnam, famous for its thousands of dramatic limestone islands sprinkled around the bay. 

Our shuttle bus will take you through the peaceful scenery of rice fields as we travel through the countryside and the lush land of Red River Delta.

At around noon, after a scenic drive, we arrive at the pier. Upon boarding our luxurious cruise, join the crew and the captain with a welcome drink and a cruise briefing.

After settling into your cabin, enjoy a delicious lunch while the ship starts heading out to the bay passing numerous jungle-clad mountains and mysterious caves.

You have plenty of time to swim in the emerald water or climb up to the top for a panoramic view of the bay or kayak around the limestone karsts. Back on board for a cruise to the anchorage spot in a quiet area.

This evening, join your fellow passengers with a fresh cocktail on the sundeck while enjoying the awe-inspiring scenery of the surroundings before having dinner with delicious Vietnamese food.

After dinner, enjoy your time onboard with a range of interesting activities including playing games, fishing squid or watching movies.

halong bay

Start your new day in early morning with a relaxing Tai Chi session onboard to rejuvenate your soul and body in the astonishingly tranquil ambiance.

Enjoy breakfast while the ship makes its way through numerous limestone karsts and caves. 

After breakfast, prepare to check out of your cabin. As the ship cruises back to the harbor, take your leisure time to relax on board or simply enjoy the spectacular views passing by.

Brunch will be served onboard on the way back. Upon arrival back in the harbor, transfer by shuttle bus to Hanoi. You arrive in Hanoi at around 17.00 pm.

halong bay review

This morning, leave Hanoi and depart for Sapa on a bus ride. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, our guide will pick you up at the bus station and transfer you to the hotel for check in (room is at your disposal from 14.00 on) followed by a delicious lunch with local Vietnamese dishes.

In the afternoon, set out a short trek to Cat Cat village – a typical village of Black H’mong ethnic people, sitting peacefully at the foot of a deep valley. Getting around the village, our guide will introduce you to the daily life of the locals before trekking down to the valley bottom to a waterfall. Stop to take some photos of mountains, bridge, villages and waterfall and then continue walking uphill to the point where our bus awaits to take you back to Sapa.

things to see and do in sapa 2

After breakfast at the hotel, set out your adventure with a trek from Sapa to Y Linh Ho, passing beautiful mountain landscape of rice terraces, stunning streams, green valleys and small villages. At around noon, we arrive at the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai where we have a picnic lunch in the tranquil setting of nature.

After lunch, continue our trail to the lovely village of Ta Van – home to Dzay ethnic people. Learn more about the unique culture and tradition of ethnic groups before heading back to Sapa by bus.

You will be then transferred back to Hanoi by a bus.

Arrive in Hanoi in the early evening. Check in your hotel and dinner on your own. 

  things to see and do in sapa 5

After the days of adventure, this free day is just a great break to relax or explore the city at your own pace.

After breakfast at the hotel, you are free to relax until being transferred to the airport for a flight back home. End of trip.

Useful Information

Inclusions

      •  Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast

      •  Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary 

      •  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: 6
  • Lunch: 3
  • Brunch: 1
  • Dinner: 2 

Transport

  • Car 
  • Shuttle bus 
  • Airplane 
  • Boat 

Included Activities

  • Overnight Cruise in Halong Bay
  • Trekking in Sapa villages 

Accommodations

Best price, strategic locations, carefully-checked.

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

 

Our price is guaranteed with NO HIDDEN COST.

 

When you arrive in Vietnam, you only need to pay for your personal expense and Visa fees which will be estimated as below:

 

Personal expense

Cost per person

Vietnam Visa Stamp Fee

25USD

Lunch/ dinner with local foods on the streets or local stall

3-5USD

Lunch/ dinner at good local restaurants

8-12USD

Tips for local guide and driver

1-3USD/ person/ day


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 the deposit paid to us (30% of the Tour value).
  • 7- 21 days prior to departure: 50% on the 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, 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.

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Based on 74 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Zelda

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: December 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

In December 2019 we were lucky enough to do a 23 day tour through Vietnam. Friends of ours recommended Vietnamtours.co.za. So we emailed them and within a couple of minutes the ball started rolling. Our Agent Ashley was eager to help and worked out a itinerary that suited our request and of course our budget. We started in Hanoi working our way out Hoi Chi Min. We had a mini bus to ourselves every day we travelled and we were only 4. So space and comfort was on point. We had different guides throughout the tour and loved each and every one of them. They loved what they were doing and their knowledge of their country is impeccable. Shoutout to

Thai aka Harry

Daniel

Terry

Sherlock (Mai). All Wonderful people.

 

Vietnam and It’s people are in one word AMAZING... I was fortunate enough to travel before and I must say the Vietnamese are SO Friendly. I felt save and comfortable the whole trip.

 

The food Is Amazing. It’s the first time I actually went on holiday where I lost weight because the food is so healthy and freshly prepared. Sometimes it might look different but believe me the taste is amazing. My pallet loved the whole experience. So much so that I’m trying to adopt the eating habits back at home.

 

Our trip showed us the very best Vietnam has to offer, so we have many stories and wonderful memories left of this Amazing Place.

 

I would strongly recommend using Ashley and her company to give you your dream holiday of Vietnam. It’s definitely A must See.

 

I can write a book about all our experiences and the beautiful places. But as I can only write so much I highly recommend. Pu Luong, Halong Bay Tràng An and Hoi An, Ba Na Hills And Both the cities of course.

 

Just a note Prepare yourself for the traffic in Vietnam... I call it Organized Chaos. It’s amazing to see the traffic flow. You will be gobsmacked

 

I highly recommend EVERYTHING

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Lara de Bruijin

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: December 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We had an absolute blast in Vietnam!

Everything was organised exceptionally well, there were no hiccups. We felt secure, safe and looked after. Thank you to our brilliant travel agent, Ashley Tran, from Vietnam Tour for being available on Whatsapp 24/7 if we had questions or wanted to squeeze in another tour. Truly amazing service, comfortable transportation, friendly English speaking tour guides, great hotels, perfect balance of exciting tours and personal free time. Thank you for making this trip so memorable. We would strongly recommend this company!

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Nonkululeko

Guest Country: Johannesburg, South Africa

Travel Dates: December 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

My family & I had an opportunity to travel to Vietnam on a 10 day tour and it was absolutely amazing. We were dealing with Ashley from the beginning and she did a fantastic job organizing our tour to the last detail. The hotels were great especially in Hoi An, the transport was comfortable, the tour guides were informative and the overall tour was well planned. Thanks for the excellent customer service!

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Experience_Editor

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: December 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam and Cambodia

After googling and speaking to many of our South African and other Vietnamese tour companies, Vietnam Tours had the best quote and amazing customer service for our December travel to Vietnam and Cambodia.

We contacted them in June 2019 and liaised with Trung Hoang.

Trung was amazing from the get go.

He personalized our trip according to our exact needs, if we did not like specific hotels, he assisted with finding better options to suit our needs.

We chatted on email and whatsapp - payment was simple.

The itinerary that was planned was perfect - we had a private tour, best tour guides, lovely air conditioned vehicles, airport transfers were waiting on arrival and on time to fetch us for departures.

Thank you to Trung and the team for arranging a magical trip Vietnam and Cambodia.

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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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