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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Trip Code: VNZA - 1020

Trip Duration: 7 Days

Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam

Finishing: Hanoi, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Adventure, Culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Less than 20 pax

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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.

Destination 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
Sapa

Relax Sapa

Halong Bay

Renea Cruises Halong

Ha Noi

La Dolce Vita Hotel

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

Reviews

Reviews from actual Seni travelers. We publish all reviews.

Excellent
5 out of 5

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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