Overview

The tour is designed to explore the best of three countries in the Southeast Asia area including Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Our Indochina tour packages will take you from the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, passing through the numerous destinations in Asia to the spiritual city of Luang Prabang. All you need to do is just relax and get ready to experience these treasures of Asia.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Experience overnight cruise in Halong Bay to understand why it is considered “the should-not miss destination” in Vietnam
  • 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
  • Study the interesting history stories for Angkor sites in Siem Reap
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Trip Code: VNZA-806

Trip Duration: 12 Days

Starting: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Finishing: Siem Reap, Cambodia

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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Welcome to the metropolis of Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by Vietnamtour.co.za's tour guide and transferred to the hotel for check-in. Overnight at the hotel.

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This morning, leave the bustle of the city behind and depart for My Tho – a sleepy town located on the Mekong River. This city is surrounded by the lush orchards and rice paddies which remain the major bowl of rice of the whole country. You will have a chance to visit one for two islands to explore the amazing traditional handicrafts, coconut and bee farms. Later, enjoy a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River to visit the small pagoda of Vinh Trang – the oldest pagoda in the region. Head back to Ho Chi Minh city. 

Today is spent exploring the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh. The city embodies the great blend of the past and the present architecture, of the temples and skyscrapers lined on the streets. Start your city tour with a visit to Cho Lon to soak up the bustling atmosphere to the market. Move onto Notre Dame Cathedral – an impressive landmark of the city. It is also a favored place for Vietnamese couples to take their wedding photos. Proceed to the Central Post Office to have a closer look at its stunning architecture designed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel.

The City Hall is a great place to discover the typical French architecture. You also visit the War Remnants Museum where you can explore the hidden stories of the country’s history in the dark period of war. Later, head out of the city to visit Cu Chi Tunnels for a short exploration of the Vietnam history and war. After the visit, make your way to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. In the evening, arrive in the capital city of Hanoi. Welcome on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

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The capital city of Hanoi is home to an interesting culture handed down from centuries ago. In this full-day city tour, you will be taken to some of the must-see places including One Pillar Pagoda – featuring unique architecture, the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam. Make a stop for a sight of Hoan Kiem Lake – the symbol of the city with a tiny Tortoise Pagoda in the midst. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant followed by a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Opera House and St. Joseph Cathedral. At the end of the day, pay a visit to the History Museum to explore the long-lasting history of Vietnam through a wide range of artifacts. You also have the chance to enjoy a water puppet show and get a glimpse of the Old Quarter with a cyclo ride. Overnight in Hanoi.

In this early morning, leave Hanoi for a drive to the dreamy land of Halong Bay – the World Heritage Site with thousands of limestone karsts and peaks. Exploring the cave, you will marvel at the breathtaking views of the numerous islets rising from the jade water of the bay. You will enjoy an overnight cruise with meals onboard on the traditional boat. While staying on board, you will enjoy the comfort of the boat featuring wooden interiors and air-conditioned cabins.

During your cruise, you have a great opportunity to explore the most impressive attractions with plenty of time to relax or join different activities including swimming or visiting some beautiful caves on the bay. You are sure to get a once- in- a –life time experience in your journey in Asia. Overnight on board.

Get up early this morning to soak up in the tranquility of the water, dip in the sound of the lapping waters. Afterward, enjoy breakfast in the magnificent views of the rocky islands scattering over the bay. After breakfast, cruise through numerous islands to visit Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in the bay. There is some time for you to relax and enjoy a refreshing swim before cruising back to the harbor.

On the way back, a brunch will be served on board while the boat cruises through stunning rock formations. Upon reaching the harbor, it’s time to check out and disembark. Transfer back to Hanoi. In the afternoon, arrive back in the city. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Luang Prabang used to be a religious capital of Laos, thus it is the concentration of more than 100 temples. Today you will explore the city located on the left bank of the Mekong River starting with a visit to Wat Visoun - noted for its wooden windows designed in the architecture of the Vat Phou, Wat Aham and Wat Mai - featuring a five-sided roof surmounted by three parasols.

As the day comes to a close, make your way to Phousi Mountain for a fabulous sunset before visiting the H'mong Night Market on the way back to the hotel. You could buy some beautiful souvenirs as a gift when you come back home. Return to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the oldest temples in the city such as Wat Sene and Wat Xieng Thong -  a significant monastery of Lao which holds the spirit of religion and traditional art. Afterward, board a boat for a cruise upstream along the Mekong River.

As cruising on the river, you are offered a great view of the quaint countryside. Make a stop at the Pak Ou Caves. Located near the center of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou is not only a particular destination but also a place that shelters historic cultural values. Exploring the cave, you will be amazed by the thousands of Buddha statues in different sizes and shapes. There are also a few stops at small villages including Ban Xang Hai which is famous for the great rive wine. Cruise back to Luang Prabang with a stop en-route to visit the royal temple of Wat Longkhoun. Overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

This morning, pay a visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre to admire the beautiful artifacts and traditional clothing of the different minority groups in Luang Prabang. In the late morning, head out to the Phosi market to explore a great selection of souvenirs and foodstuffs. Continue your trip to some ethnic minority villages to get an authentic insight into the local culture.

Afterward, drive out of the city to visit the famous Kuang Si Waterfall - one of the most impressive attractions in Luang Prabang. Once reaching the waterfall, enjoy your time to take in the tranquility of nature and the fresh air. Proceed to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek to explore its traditional crafts of silk weaving and paper-making. In the late afternoon, transfer back to Luang Prabang in time to watch the sunset at Wat Phabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

After breakfast, pay a visit to the National Museum where remains a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments…. You also visit the Central Market to get a glimpse of local life. Afterward, you are free to explore the town and wander around the shopping areas before being transferred to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap. In the afternoon, arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

Your full-day tour is spent exploring the great ruins of Angkor Temples. Your first stop is 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 the Khmer Empire. Spanning on the area of 9 square kilometers, Angkor Thom consists of many other ancient temples. Continue onto the nearby Terrace of Elephants with 300 meters long through the core of Angkor Thom. Take a few steps to the terrace of the Leper King a double terrace located at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants. 

Take some time to visit Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before visiting the famous Bayon Temple. Located in the heart of Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple features many other relics that offer a great chance to observe ancient sculptures. From the structure, discover the marvelous temple of Angkor Wat, a world heritage site with soaring towers and extraordinary bas reliefs. It is one of the most amazing monuments ever conceived by man, erected in the 12th century. The massive scale with the beautiful layout as well as the intricate carvings with delicate artistry makes the Angkor temples worth a visit for anyone traveling to this country. To get into the temple, you will cross the vast moat and follow a broad causeway. Once in the main building, continue to pass through a number of galleries and courtyard to reach the central sanctuary with the beautiful views of the surroundings.

En-route, make a stop to admire the sophisticated stone carvings with thousands of Apsaras sculpted on the wall. At any time of the day, Angkor Wat still exposes its timeless mystery but the sunrise and sunset may be the best. Take some time to explore the atmospheric Ta Prohm temple. Built in 1186, the temples were once home of thousand of people including Khmer people. Then, due to the collapse of the Khmer Empire, the temple now is abandoned and covered by tropical forests. This ancient temple makes you feel like you are traveling back to centuries ago. From the upper terraces of the ancient temple, you will watch the breathtaking sunset over the Cambodian countryside.

After breakfast at the hotel, continue your temple exploration with a visit to Banteay Srei- a small temple in the Angkor region. Still, it remains an interesting spot to explore thanks to its beautiful carvings. Banteay Srei is considered a gem of Khmer art with the wall decorated with flowers and Ramayana epic vignettes. The temple is an excellent example of Khmer sculptures with small size and fairy-like ambiance. After exploring the temple, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 12 day tour from the South of Vietnam to Siem Reap.
  • 11 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laos cuisine with 18 meals included.
  • Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • Local slow boat as mentioned
  • 3 x domestic/ regional flights: Ho Chi Minh - Hanoi/ Hanoi - Luang Prabang/ Luang Prabang - Siem Reap (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 for single entry
  • Cambodia Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Laos Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

  • Breakfast: 11
  • Lunch: 5
  • Brunch: 1
  • Dinner: 1

Transport

  • Private car
  • Boat
  • Cruise
  • Shuttle bus

Included Activities

  • A day trip to Mekong Delta
  • Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Full day sightseeing tour in Hanoi
  • 2D1N trip on non-private Halong Bay cruise
  • Visiting Pak Ou Cave
  • Exploring Kuangsi Waterfalls
  • Siem Reap Sightseeing 

Special Note:

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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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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