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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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Trip Code: VNZA-812

Trip Duration: 10 Days

Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam

Finishing: Da Nang, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Nature, culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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

Transport

  • Private car 
  • Shuttle bus 
  • Airplane 
  • Boat 

Included Activities

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

Special Note:

Are you looking for a cultural and beach break holiday in Vietnam? This is exactly choice for you.

During 10 days, you will have a chance to visit Hanoi - the cultural capital of Vietnam and then immerse on Halong Bay - Natural World Heritage. End your holiday in Hoi An - the most charming ancient town and was voted the best place to visit in our country.

You may consider about the weather for this holiday.

Best time will be from March until the end of August when the weather is sunny, perfect for swimming. September till January are rainy months in Hoi An. If you don't like rainy days, you can think about other beaches in Vietnam during this period such as Phan Thiet, Phu Quoc.

On the last day, you can take a departure flight to Singapore then back home. But if you still want to make your trip longer, there are many options for your as from Danang, you can fly to Siem Reap, Nha Trang or Ho Chi Minh.

During your free time in Hoi An, if you love activities, you can ask your travel consultant for some optional day tours and decide on arrival.

For our hand picked accommodations, if you would love to upgrade the hotel/ resort in Hoi An only, we are willing to advise the extra charges. Everything is flexible and can be adjusted until it becomes suitable for you.

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.

Excellent
5 out of 5

Based on 46 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Elmarie Ed

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 03-06-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

My husband and I just arrived back in Cape Town from the best ever Asian holiday, arranged by Vietnam Travel - Ha Nguyen (Sales1@Vietnam Travel). From the time I made contact with Ha, till we left Vietnam, she was inconstantly assisting and advising via WhatsApp and calls. She was 24/7 just a message or a call away. Our tailor-made holiday she arranged and booked with our agreement, suited us like a glove.

From arriving at Hanoi Airport, as mentioned in our correspondence by Ha, we were met by staff who quickly assisted us with the visa on arrival. We met the most dearest and friendly Ha outside to transport us to the hotel. She even booked us in at the hotel while we had a welcome tea.

The pickups were always on time, the tours with English speaking guides were all excellent. Mrs Trang in Hue and Mt Yen Toan in Ho Chi Minh City must be complimented for their knowledge and manner they have engaged with us.

The Ha Long Bay trip on the V Spirit Premier was an experience not to be missed. Hoi An with all the lanterns and soft street music is the most romantic city ever experienced in Asia. Our accommodation was perfect and of a high standard as well as the breakfast at the different hotels, from Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh.

I would highly recommend Vietnam Tour for any traveler from any country to Vietnam.

Once again a big thank you to Ha who became a friend of us.

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Pamemla Harvey

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We landed in Ho Chi Minh and spent three days there. We went to see the tunnels that were excavated in the Vietnam War. Very interesting and thought-provoking. Did a local boat trip on the Mekong Delta. We were introduced to the way of life there and a had a splendid luncheon Prawns, fish, salads, etc. Something for everyone. Then on to De Nang. A very different experience. Wonderful markets with a variety of clothing, curiosities, food, and drink. Splendid Spa treatments. Went to the market umpteen times. Very good local restaurants all within walking distance of our hotel. Last stop was Hanoi. Another exciting experience. A highlight was meeting our agent Nguyĕn Thu Hà who was the most divine soul. She is extremely helpful and NOTHING is too much trouble. All our transport was arranged to and from airports and to venues and trips. The trip on Ha Long Bay on a cruise liner was fabulous. A country full of diversity and kind, happy and helpful people! A must visit. Try something different.

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Landy Lowe

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We traveled from North to South in Vietnam over a two week period. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Ha from Vietnam Travel! From the first contact, she made me feel that I was her only client. I changed our itinerary, added people and flights, had many questions- she took it in her stride. She understood my needs and within minutes she would have a recommendation or a price ready.

I cannot recommend her services highly enough. My travel agent became a friend!

Thank you Ha- I will always think of you with happy memories when I think of our two weeks in Vietnam.

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Barbara

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 30/04/2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Ha Nguyen from Vietnam tours was beyond excellent in her service in putting together the most amazing 2-week trip. We started in the south in Ho Chi Min and ended in the North. Having a local agent in Vietnam made a huge difference. All arrangements, transfers, and tours went like clockwork and she checked in all the time to ensure that all was Ok. Our homestay in Quoc Khanh Bamboo Homestay in Ninh Binh is also highly recommended. Beautiful countryside and if you have the time, really worthwhile taking a 2-hour drive cab from Hanoi and staying in a homestay once there. Contact Ha Nguyen by her WhatsApp number +84 915078294

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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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