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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Trip Code: VNZA-826

Trip Duration: 4 Days

Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam

Finishing: Hanoi, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Nature, culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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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

Reviews

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Based on 65 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Mukesh Harisunker

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: November 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

This was the best trip ever organized by this tour group.Although our visas and Immigration took over 3 hours and our flight number being changed and a delay from our flight,we were met with smiling faces about 4 hours later which was wonderful and thereafter they were always on time always, all this preparations was done via WhatsApp.Although their payment was 30% deposit and balance 70% before daparture, I paid everything not knowing them and did not have any problems whatsoever. VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDABLE. THANK YOU, MUKESH HARISUNKER,SOUTH AFRICA

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Rondlopertjend

Guest Country: Montagu, South Africa

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Vietnam completely blew us away - one of our best experiences ever! From the bustling of the Old Quarters in Hanoi in the north, thru beautiful Hoian with its thousand colorful lanterns in Center, down to Ho Chi Minh with the tunnels and Mekong river, this has just been one of the most scenic, most exquisite tours. The natural beauty of Halong Bay took our breaths away and it's one of the places we will definitely return to in future. Thank you so much to Trung Hoang who made this tour extra special - your assistance and guidance will hard to top! You were the best!!!

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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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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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