North & Central Vietnam Tour with Beach Break in Hoi An - 10 Days

Overview

Featured among the best Vietnam tour packages, the adventure surely takes you to the fascinating capital city Hanoi, the enthralling towns of Hoi An where you can learn about the culture, history and local customs of the country. Moreover, you also have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beauty of thousands of stunning limestone islets in Halong Bay and the peaceful beach in Hoi An.  

 

Highlights

  • The great treasure of cultural heritages contributes to building the image of an ancient, friendly and attractive capital – our Hanoi 
  • Set sail on Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site where thousands of green mountains rising from the sea
  • Hoi An – our most beloved town with yellow walls, bougainvillea in the day time, and sparking lanterns in the night time. Especially, you could learn how to cook Vietnamese food with interesting course
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Tour Code

Tour Code
VNZA-812

Duration

Duration
10 Days

Departure Dates

Departure Dates
Flexible

Accommodation

Accommodation
Up to 5-star

Transports

Transports
Private car , Shuttle bus, Airplane

Special Offers

Special Offers
Free Visa Approval Letter

Full Itinerary Expand All

Welcome to Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam. Upon your arrival at the airport, our guide and driver will meet and transfer you to the hotel to Check In. The balance of the day is for you to spend at your leisure. The capital city of Hanoi is home to the rich culture of the country and you will see both Chinese and French influences in architecture & cuisine as you explore the city. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken for a tour of this fascinating capital city. The first stop is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the Chairman of the Vietnam Communist Party from 1951 until his death in 1969. You also visit his traditional stilt house to get to know more about his life and career. Next, you will visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a historic Buddhist Temple and regarded as one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. From here you will be taken to the Temple of Literature – built in 1070, it is one of several temples in Vietnam that is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars.

After the temples, it’ll be time for lunch and your introduction to some famous local restaurants where you enjoy the local dish of Pho, Bun Cha or Egg Coffee. 

In the late afternoon, we start walking tour at Hanoi’s largest covered market, Dong Xuan. Along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. We eat as we go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart. 

Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.

Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grille over hot coals for extra flavor.  It’s the time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed ice and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed!

Afterward, transfer back and overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to another fascinating land – the gem in the north of Vietnam – Halong Bay. The drive takes you through the beautiful rice paddy fields and mountains of the Red River Delta. On your arrival in Halong Bay you will realize why this area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be ferried a short distance from the harbor aboard a tender boat to board the Junk Boat for a cruise among the numerous limestone karsts rising from the emerald water. After lunch of a great selection of fresh seafood on board, the Tender will once again take you to visit a grotto of spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, stopping en route for a relaxing swim in the warm waters of Halong Bay & a kayak back from the beach to the floating island to enjoy a close up view of the bay and islands. In the late afternoon, the ship will drop anchor for an overnight stay on board.

Note: We recommend that you bring an overnight bag with you to pack for your trip to Halong Bay so that you don't have to lug all your bags with you. You will be returned to the same hotel in Hanoi after your trip and can safely store your luggage there.

Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

Enjoy the sunrise over the cliffs and after breakfast take the time to take more photos or simply relax in the sun and read your book. After lunch, the bus will take you back to Hanoi. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel and then our driver will pick you up for your transfer you to the airport and your flight to Danang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to the hotel in Hoian for check-in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the meeting point.

We will cycle through peaceful green paddies to reach the local market (Ba Le market). The tour guide will show you where the ingredients for the cooking courses come from and explain how the markets function and you will have the chance to do some shopping of your own. After that, we head to the restaurant where the chef and the cooking course are waiting for you.

Upon arrival at the cooking school, you will have a break with a Vietnamese coffee to cool down and relax. Then you'll join a fun bamboo basket boat ride through small creeks in water coconut fields and the folk game “bit mat dap noi”.

After the boat ride, you will start to cook a variety of local dishes following the menu shown below. Our Chef and Tour Guide will instruct and assist you to cook during the class. You'll have a chance to enjoy your creations during the lunch after the cooking course.

After lunch, we will take a lazy boat back to Hoi An Ancient Town. Sit back and enjoy the scenery and local life of fisherman along the riverside. Back to your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration: 5 - 7 hours

Menu: (vegetarian menu available upon request)

1. Fresh Spring Rolls

2. Rice pancake

3. Papaya Salad with Shrimp and Pork

4. Braised Chicken with Chili and Lemongrass

Today is free to relax the town on your own or relax on the beach. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hoian. If you want to discover the town with more activities, you could contact our travel consultant to get some optional tours.

Your day is yours to enjoy as you wish: relax on the beautiful An Bang Beach and bathe in the warm sea or wander around the Ancient Village of Hoi An. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.

Your day is yours to enjoy as you wish: relax on the beautiful An Bang Beach and bathe in the warm sea or wander around the Ancient Village of Hoi An. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.

After breakfast at the hotel, our driver will take you to the airport for your departure flight.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 10 day tour from the North to the Centre of Vietnam.
  • 9 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese cuisine with 14 meals included.
  • 1 x domestic flight: Hanoi to Danang by Vietnam Airlines. (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
  • All airport transfers
  • Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • English speaking guide (in each location you will have a different guide).
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • 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: 30USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

  • Breakfast: 9
  • Lunch: 3
  • Brunch: 1
  • Dinner: 1

Transport

  • Private car 
  • Shuttle bus 
  • Airplane

Included Activities

  • Hanoi City Tour - Street Food
  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (2D1N on non-private cruise)
  • Hoian Eco Tour & Cooking Class

Special Note:

  • Single supplement: 215 USD
  • Not valid during the peak season: 20 Dec 2023 – 10 Jan 2023, 19 – 26 Jan 2023
  • 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

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

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Based on 92 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Ursula and Keith Watson

Guest Country: Cape Town South Africa

Travel Dates: March 2023

Traveled To: Vietnam

Local specialist: Twitch

We would like to give a BIG Thank You to Camila Bui, she went over and above to put together a trip for us, it was everything we expected and more from start to finish. We happy we had a second opportunity to visit and learn more about the history, culture and beauty Vietnam had to offer. Her approach in dealing with customers makes her a valuable asset to her Company. Keep up the excellent customer service. Ursula and Keith Watson Cape Town South Africa

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Robin P

Guest Country: Durbanville, South Africa

Travel Dates: April 2023

Traveled To: Vietnam

Local specialist: Twitch

My friends and I planned a 2 week long trip to Vietnam from Cape Town South Africa. We had a rough idea on how long we wanted to stay at each destination but planning what tours to do seemed to be a little more challenging. That's where our travel agent Camila helped us tremendously. Not only did she make the visa process hassle free but also recommended tours that we thoroughly enjoyed. It was just one stress free vacation all made possible by Camila. Her services come highly recommended.

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Compass50558721818

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: November 2023

Traveled To: Vietnam

Local specialist: Twitch

Camila was very helpful in finalizing our trip to Vietnam from South Africa.

Everything was done via WhatsApp and all the information was correct and we got to experience everything that was on the itinerary. The tour covered Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi min City and From local flights and different tours, it all ran smoothly. The local tour guides were friendly and spoke English. The cultural and historical tours were all amazing.

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Sunil Shah

Guest Country: Cape Town, South Africa

Travel Dates: November 2023

Traveled To: Vietnam

Local specialist: Twitch

This travel company was amazing in offering sensible advice, planning ALL logistics and being there for diversions and complications in real-time during my holiday in Vietnam. For 3 weeks, Camila from Seni World took care of every detail imaginable. Thank you for a fabulous holiday Camila - you were an absolute star !

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A Response from Seni World 30/08/2021

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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