Overview

The perfect combination between a discovery of the capital of Vietnam and the a stunning cruise on the wonder of the world - Halong Bay creates an ideal trip to immerse into the endless charm of Vietnam. Along with our Vietnam day tours, this combination has become a popular trip for most of the tourists on their jounrey to northern Vietnam. Let's travel with us and enjoy our special Vietnam travel packages!

Highlights

  • Hanoi – our capital with rich history, culture and amazing cuisine, which considered as the kitchen of the world
  • The landscape of Ha Long Bay is a magical sight with a complex of rock pinnacles rising from the sea and a series of magnificent caves
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Price from:

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Tour Code

Tour Code
VNZA-826

Duration

Duration
4 Days

Departure Dates

Departure Dates

Accommodation

Accommodation

Transports

Transports

Special Offers

Special Offers

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Welcome you to the capital of Vietnam! Once arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour around the bustling streets of Hanoi. There will be various opportunities to admire the magnificent architectural works. Strolling around the famous 36 streets of the Old Quarter, you will be surprised by the hustle of the narrow streets filled with various food stalls and other products. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, start your exploration of the city with some of the most well known attractions starting with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - where the body of the great President Ho Chi Minh was restored. Continue onto the traditional stilt house and the unique structure of One Pillar Pagoda. Leaving the complex, make your way to the Temple of Literature - known as the first university of Vietnam. It has become a popular place for Vietnamese students to show their respect and take some commemorative photographs when graduating.

Your afternoon excursion will be continued with a visit to the Ethnology Museum where you can explore the great diversity of ethnic groups. Afterward, enjoy your time with a traditional water puppet show as the day comes to an end.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Note: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from 08 September to 08 November for annual maintenance. In this case, an alternative opt of visiting outside will be arranged.

After breakfast, leave the hustle and bustle of the capital city behind and depart for a journey to Halong Bay - the natural heritage site of the world famous for its thousands of islands scattered around the Gulf of Tonkin.

You will embark a boutique junk for an overnight cruise on this magnificent bay. You are also offered a great chance to savor fresh seafood amidst the picturesque seascapes of the bay. It is for sure that you'll get a unique journey you have never experienced before.

Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

Take the chance to wake up early this morning to immerse in the breathtaking views of the bay at its best while the sun casts its long shadow on the emerald water of the bay. After a tea break on board, enjoy your time on board as the boat cruises through a number of small islets and amazing limestone karsts over the bay. Let your camera ready to capture this stunning moment. Have lunch on boat.

If time permits, you will visit Phu Lang Pottery village for a closer look at the beautiful ceramics. Afterwards, transfer back to Hanoi. 

Meals on your own. End of tour.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 4 day tour in Hanoi and Halong Bay
  • 3 nights' accommodation: 2 nights at Hanoi hotel and 1 night on boat
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese cuisine with 6 meals included.
  • Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • All airport transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • 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 are approximately $700-$1100 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
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

  • Breakfast: 3
  • Lunch: 1
  • Brunch: 1
  • Dinner: 1

Transport

  • Private car 
  • Shuttle bus 
  • Boat 

Included Activities

  • Hanoi Sightseeing
  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (2D1N on non-private cruise)

Special Note:

Halong Bay is a must see landscape for all travelers to Vietnam. Depending on your budget and interests, you can choose 1 night or 2 nights cruises. And now adays, there are many other choices for you when you have a plan to explore Halong Bay.

This itinerary is suitable for travelers who have limited time in Northern Vietnam. We recommend you to visit Hanoi and Halong Bay within 4 days. On the last day, you can back to Hanoi for an overnight or have other options such as an overnight train to next destinaitons (Hue/ Danang/ Nha Trang) or a transfer directly to Hanoi Airport and take a short flight to other destinations (Hue/ Danang/ Nha Trang/ Dalat/ Ho Chi Minh/ Can Tho/ Phu Quoc) or other countries (Cambodia/ Laos/ Myanmar).

There are many interesting activities in Hanoi such as a cooking class, a walking street food tour or a day trip to visit handicraft village, etc. If you are not satisfied with what we offer on day 2, you can discuss with our travel consultant and then we can amend the itinerary until it becomes suitable with your interests.

There are 02 types of Halong Bay boat. One is a wooden boat and other is asteel boat. The wooden boat is old/ traditional style, boutique while the steel boat is new/ mordern and big boat. We have a long list for Halong Bay Cruise and we deeply understand which cruise is perfect for you. If you have any special requirement for the Halong Bay Cruise, do not hesitate to share your ideas with us and then we can suggest you the best option.

You can take this tour all year around. You may concern about the typhoon on Halong Bay but be aware that, it is not often. One year we have 365 days but during 9 years working in the tourism industry, the maximum days we need to cancel Halong Bay trip was only 5 trips per year. Moreover, we have several ideas to do during this unlucky day such as relaxing on Halong land with a hotel with pool or back to Hanoi and explore other sites such as Mai Chau, Ninh Binh or Duong Lam. We have so many things to recommend you hence do not worry anything about your trip.

Best time to visit Halong? It should be March, April, September, October when the weather is not too hot or too cool and you can see the best of Hanoi and Halong Bay.

How's about Jan, Feb? It is still very nice, just a little bit cool and not really ideal for swimming but perfect for relaxing.

May and June are quite hot but great for swimming and kayaking.

July and August may have some hard rainy days - believe us just some (very few) and you don't need to worry about it, just go and explore the natural wonder of the world.

You may want to include this tour with a Sapa Trip.

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). Some hotels also surcharge on Easter. 

° 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

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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