Touring Vietnam from South to North over 11 days

Overview

Explore the highlights & experience the beauty, historic and culture of Vietnam with Vietnam classic tours. Begin your journey in Saigon; You will then have a chance to explore the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels, the tranquil countryside of Mekong Delta, golden coast of Da Nang, ancient town of Hoi An as well as many charming attractions from North to South of Vietnam. 

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
  • Hoi An is not only beautiful in the day time with incredible ancient buildings and bougainvillea but also in the night time with sparkling lanterns in the night time. Especially, you could learn how to cook Vietnamese food with interesting cooking course
  • Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam with hundreds of temples, pagodas, architectural structures and other famous landscapes will help you understand more about our culture, history
  • Experience overnight cruise in Halong Bay to understand why it is considered “the should-not miss destination” in Vietnam
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Tour Code

Tour Code
VNZA-842

Duration

Duration
11 Days

Departure Dates

Departure Dates
Flexible

Accommodation

Accommodation
Up to 5-star

Transports

Transports
Private car , Shuttle bus, Airplane, Boat

Special Offers

Special Offers

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Welcome to Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam. Our guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The city is the hub of commerce and culture with a wonderful blend of temples and skyscrapers. Spend the afternoon exploring. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast at your hotel, our guide will collect you for your tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels.

The historic tunnel system used by the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. This fantastic network of tunnels stretches over 250 km and became legendary during the 1960’s when they played a vital part in the American War, allowing the Viet Cong to control a large rural area close to Ho Chi minh City. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities and included hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens and sleeping quarters. 

Once you’re back above ground you’ll be taken on a guided tour of Saigon. Your tour will include many of Saigon’s highlights: the Opera House, Town Hall and the Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace before exploring the vibrant market of Ben Thanh – the most famous market in the city.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning our private car will pick up you at hotel and transfer to Mekong Delta

On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier. Boating on Ben Tre river – one of tributaries of Mekong river- is along mangrove tree from town to country. Witness lively activities in morning as fishing, coconut cargo boats carrying on river.... Stop at traditional brickwork to see how to make bricks by hand. Turn on Cai Son canal winding through coconut jungle, visit coconut workshop, have a look stages of coconut processing from husk off, prize out to peel out by hand. Go on small waterway and stop at local house to see making rice paper and enjoy some rice cake. Walking along canal to coconut candy workshop, have a look them making candy by hand, try some sweet, enjoy some fruits, honey tea and listen to local music as well. way. Go on by boat, and walk to farmer house who making sleep mats.

Cycle rural tracks or drive tuktuk through coconut grove, vegetable plains (cucumber, bitter melon...). Keep going by row boat on shady palm tree canal and stop for lunch at riverside restaurant. Boating back Hung Vuong pier by motorboat and being transferred by private car back Ho Chi Minh city.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Danang. Our guide will meet you at Danang Airport for your transfer to Hoi An. After checking in take a stroll around the beautiful Ancient Village and enjoy dinner in one of the many restaurants there. Overnight at the hotel.

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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

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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.

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After breakfast, transfer to Danang airport for a short flight 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 for check-in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

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 In the morning, visit the outside area Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the great President Ho Chi Minh rests in peace. We will visit the traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda, the special pagoda with a particular structure. Leaving here, we will transfer to thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the famous first university in Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating.

After short rest, and have lunch on your own expense, we start visiting the Vietnamese Ethnology Museum. Here, you can deeply explore the life of Vietnamese ethnic groups through history before enjoying a traditional Water Puppet Show performed after the sunset.

Transfer back to your hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to another fascinating land – the gem in the north of Vietnam – Halong Bay. The drive takes you through beautiful paddy rice and mountains of the Red River Delta. Visiting the bay, you will experience the magic of the wonderful wonder of the world. 

From the harbor, board our boutique junk boat for a cruise among the numerous limestone karst rising from the emerald water. Make a stop en route to visit a grotto of spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and anchor for a relaxing swim in a hidden cave. 

Note: We recommend that you bring an overnight bag to keep your necessary luggage. We are afraid that there is not enough space to store all the luggage of every passenger on board. Moreover, after an overnight stay on board, you will turn back to the same hotel in Hanoi, so your remaining luggage will be sure to be kept safe

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.

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You are free to relax after breakfast until your transport arrives to transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noon time. Meals on your own. End of tour.

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Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 11 day tour from the South to North Vietnam
  • 10 nights' accommodation.
  • All airport transfers
  • Shuttle bus Hanoi - Halong - 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
  • Domestic flight tickets: Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang, Da Nang - Hanoi

Exclusions

  • International flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee: 30USD per person
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

  • Breakfast: 10
  • Lunch: 3
  • Brunch: 1
  • Dinner: 1

Transport

  • Private car 
  • Shuttle bus 
  • Airplane 
  • Boat 

Included Activities

  • Cu Chi Tunnels & Saigon City Tour
  • Full day Mekong Delta Tour
  • Hoian Eco Tour & Cooking Class
  • Hanoi City Tour
  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (2D1N on non-private cruise)

Special Note:

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

Customer Reviews

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Based on 97 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Liza

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: May 2024

Traveled To: Vietnam

Local specialist: Lyn

Wow wow wow! It was an absolutely amazing trip! I cannot recommend this company highly enough! It was our first time to Asia and it was incredible! From the first communication I had when we started planning our trip 6 month's prior to going to the end (and even afterwards) it was absolutely brilliant! Everything was so meticulously planned and executed and nothing was too much to ask! From the planning stages to the actual tour every question or query was rapidly answered without hesitation and with such friendliness and helpfulness! A HUGE thank you must go to Trang and Lyn for creating and executing our trip with such professionalism, dedication, friendliness and helpfulness - it was an utter joy dealing with them! I can a 100 % say that it is the best service I have EVER received!!! Vietnam and its people were breathtaking! This was also a very special and personal trip for us and Trang and Lyn made sure that it felt so special! They went above and beyond to make it special and we truly felt cared for and not just a number. Every day trip was excellent with great tour guides and everything was always on time - even the transfers and pick up guides were fantastic! We did not have to worry about a thing and could only enjoy ourselves! The hotels chosen were great and centrally located! I honestly cannot fault anything except that I wish more people and companies could learn the work ethic, responsibility and dedication that Trang and Lyn have shown! The communication with Trang and Lyn keeping us updated and just checking in on us were exceptional! We will truly never forget Trang and Lyn and our fabulous trip of a lifetime to Vietnam! Thank you, thank you, thank you again for making this trip so memorable and truly a trip of a lifetime!!! Will for sure recommend you to all family and friends and definitely use you again if we are fortunate enough to visit Vietnam again!!!

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Linda F

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: May 2024

Traveled To: Vietnam

Local specialist: Lucy

Lucy from Seni World booked our entire holiday, it was magical from start to finish. All our transfers, hotels and tours were booked by Lucy and our visas were organised by her, it went without a hitch. Any questions we had, Lucy responded immediately, it didn't matter what time of day or night. I highly recommend Lucy and Seni World, thanks for the holiday of a lifetime. We so loved Vietnam - what a peaceful, happy, beautiful country!

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Ryan

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: April 2024

Traveled To: Vietnam and Cambodia

Local specialist: Lyn

We had a two week family trip in April 2024 to Vietnam and Cambodia. It was a magical holiday full of special memories and exciting experiences. I can't speak highly enough about the service we had from Ms Lyn Nyugen. What I really appreciate was that Lyn worked with me for 6 months before the trip to customize and structure the trip so we could fit it as much as possible, and we we backwards and forwards for dozens of communication. Nothing was too much trouble. Service from Lyn in country was as good as it possibly could be. Arrangements went very smoothly and the communication and early bookings were always done and on time. Response times were immediate and all communication was done with friendly and helpful attitude. I would 100% use Lyn again for our arrangements when we return to SE Asia

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Hein A

Guest Country: Pretoria, South Africa

Travel Dates: February 2024

Traveled To: Vietnam

Local specialist: Lyn

We were a group of 8 friends doing North to South in Vietnam. Everything organised by Trang and Lyn. It was perfectly organised and we had the best time. Trang and Lyn are just amazing!

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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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