Overview

The Northern area of Vietnam is truly a hidden gem for tourists from all over the world to explore. In this Vietnam adventure, you will escape from your busy modern life, tour in the misty town of Sapa and cruise on the peaceful Ba Be Lake. It will also be a wonderful opportunity for you to witness the life and customs of Vietnamese ethnic groups and contemplate the breathtaking mountain views. Are you ready? Travel with us now and enjoy our special Vietnam holiday packages!

Highlights

  • Explore our North with Hanoi capital to understand more about our culture, history and of course, our cuisine
  • Have a whole view of Sa Pa with beautiful terraces and picturesque scenes with diversity of local cultures
  • With many people living together during the long history, Ha Giang is the area with the diversity of cultural identities of ethnic minorities expressed through cuisine, costumes, festivals and custom
  • Ba Be Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam, which also features incredible biodiversity, stunning geological treasures and gorgeous primary forests
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Trip Code: VNZA-818

Trip Duration: 11 Days

Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam

Finishing: Hanoi, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam

Type of trip: Soft adventure

Theme: Nature, culture

Ages: Above 7

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, transfer to your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Check-in the hotel and then rest for a while before a tour guide takes you on an exciting street food tour around Ha Noi. Feel free to spend your time and immerse yourself in the lovely night of the capital.

Overnight at the hotel.

Start your day with a hearty meal in your hotel and relax in the tranquil morning in Hanoi. Afterward, you will start your trip around the city to visit numerous historical and cultural sites. First of all, head to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to witness the final resting place for the heroic leader of the country. Then, continue to the One Pillar Pagoda, an iconic Buddhism symbol of Vietnamese people. Finally, visit Hoa Lo Prison and witness the cruelty of war recreated by the museum.

Lunch in KOTO café and transfer to Sapa by train.

things to see and do in sapa 2

After about 9 hours, you will arrive in Lao Cai and continue travel to Sapa. Begin with a walk on the hills, pass through vast terrace fields and watch the local working on their farms. Upon reaching Sapa town, time to enjoy the walking tour and visit the local market. Here, you can easily find a perfect present for your friend and family at home including handmade textiles. 

Afterward, venture for a few hours to a hill tribe village called Cat Cat to learn more about the life of H’mong people. Overnight at your hotel in Sapa

The morning will be yours to explore with an entirely different culture and customs of the local people. Feel free to talk to villagers to find out more about their life or capture the beauty of the countryside. 

Say goodbye to Cat Cat Village and transfer to Ta Phin Village. This is the home for Red Dao people and contains some of the unique traits to discover. Chat with the locals and contemplate their everyday life or relax in the middle of the mountainous area.

Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Take a long bus ride for 7 hours to Ha Giang, another wonderful mountainous area in Northern Vietnam. Surrounded by nature, you will be offered with a great number of chances to capture the spectacular landscape in the region. Firstly, a tour guide will take you to a local market presenting a good selection of handmade products and then continue toward the local museum and Cuom Village to contemplate the traditional clothes in Ha Giang. In the evening, spend time at your leisure.

If you still want to explore every bit of Ha Giang province, today will be your good chance. Head to Minh Tao Market and take a short walk to Nam Luong Village. After that, you will hear the special Responsible Tourism project of Mrs. Mai and some stories about the project. Venture to Lung Tam textile village and Vuong Family Palace before arriving in Dong Van.

Time to become a local person as you visit the market and inspect the products like others. The next several hours will be a little tough, but you will encounter magnificent mountain scenes, large valleys and terrace fields. After enjoying the exciting trip, you can either return to your hotel to rest or explore some more to your heart's content.

Bao Lac is a small remote town and will be our main destination for this day. For hundreds of years, the town has become the home for Black Lo Lo ethnic group which has the special traditions as well as their unique bronze drums. Overnight in Bao Lac.

After breakfast, travel to Ba Be Lake for 4 hours for another exploration of Vietnam's nature. Ba Be Lake is considered to be the largest natural lake in the country and the habitat of a hundred species. Situated in Ba Be National Park, you can also venture around to visit the gorgeous waterfalls and view rare fauna and flora up-close. 

In the afternoon, return to your local house and spend time till the evening. The time during this period is yours to spend. 

In the evening, enjoy a hearty meal with the host to ultimately try the local life and customs.

Bid farewell to our friendly host and transfer back to Hanoi. Today, you will be free to explore Hanoi or rest to depart in the next day. Hanoi still has many things to discover, from the interesting Hanoi Military Museum to the unforgettable cuisine. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.

Your wonderful trip has ended, time to depart from Hanoi. Transfer from your hotel to Noi Bai Airport, end of service.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • Meals included in the package.
  • All transfers in the package.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.

Exclusions

  • International flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee: 25USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

  • Breakfast: 10

Transport

  • Private car
  • Train
  • Shuttle bus

Included Activities

  • Exploring Cat Cat & Ta Phin Village in Sapa
  • Visiting a local market, Museum and Cuom Village in Ha Giang
  • Enjoying the beauty of Ha Giang
  • Experiencing the town like a local person
  • Contemplating the gorgeous waterfalls in Ba Be National Park

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.

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

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.

Excellent
5 out of 5

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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