Vietnam Laos Group Tour Package from South Africa [in 14 Days]

Overview

Featured among our best Vietnam and Laos Tours, this Vietnam Laos Tour Package from South Africa is designed for those who wish to discover the endless charm of the rich culture and beautiful nature of the two countries – Vietnam and Laos. There are a lot of opportunities to explore most of the must see destinations in both countries such as the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, the lush land of Mekong Delta, the ancient town of Hoian and Hue, the dreamy land of Halong Bay and the laid back Luang Prabang.

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
  • Hue - our imperial & royal city where managed to hold onto its old world charm, despite the many ravages of war and time
  • Hoi An – our most beloved town with yellow walls, bougainvillea in the day time, and sparking lanterns in the night time
  • Hanoi – our capital – the political - economic - cultural - scientific and technological center of the whole country
  • 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
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Tour Code

Tour Code
VNZA-795

Duration

Duration
14 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 Vietnam. Once arrival at Ho Chi Minh airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Take the morning trip to visit Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification Palace, was built on the sight of the former Norodom palace. The Independence palace is a widely known landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu. Continue seeing the beautiful structures from the French Colonial times such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. Followed by the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum, the museum has a vast display of both the Indochina wars. 

Have lunch at a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, you will transfer to Cu Chi Tunnels – the historic site where Vietnamese soldiers used as a shelter during wartime. This fantastic network stretches over 250 km and is the shelter of Vietnamese soldiers during the wars. The system was served as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living areas for Vietnamese fighters throughout the war. Take your time to descend into the tunnels to discover the wonderful tunnels and the harsh conditions of Vietcong guerrillas. Back to the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Depart from Ho Chi Minh at around 8-8.30am and head straight to Ben Tre, crossing the impressive Rach Mieu Cable-stayed Bridge. Board a small boat to visit typical workplaces including small brick factories, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house.

Stop at a quiet village, take a short walk to experience local life and hop on your xe-lôi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) and stop at a riverside restaurant for a lunch with local food.

After lunch, take a short cycling tour to explore the surrounding fields before boarding a sampan for a tranquil trip along the picturesque canals. Come back to the port and return to Saigon. You will be dropped off at the hotel at around 5 pm. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Free at your leisure before being transferred to the airport (without tour guide) to take your domestic flight to Hue.

Once arrival in Hue, our tour guide and driver will warmly welcome and transfer you to the hotel to check in. The balance of the day will be free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.



After breakfast, you will meet our tour guide and driver at the lobby. We will drive to visit Dong Ba market to get into the busy life of locals. Then take a boat trip to Thien Mu pagoda - the oldest pagoda in Hue city, and enjoy the peace here.

Continue to see Imperial Citadel - The home of Vietnam's last royal dynasty, the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 - 1945)

Then, we will visit the Hue Royal Antiques Museum - A collection of ornaments from the Nguyen dynasty.

Have a short rest for your lunch at a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, we will visit an incense stick village to see how Hue people do incense stick and listen to the story of cultural feature indispensable in the thinking of Vietnamese

Then, transfer to Minh Mang tomb -  a reflection of the Chinese architectural concepts, recommended sightseeing by its monuments, statues, gardens and especially the bridge over a Lake of lotus flowers which gives access to the Imperial Minh Mang tomb.

And wrap your day with The Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh's Royal Tomb - a unique tomb among the royal tombs in Hue, Vietnam. Where other royal tombs are expansive and invite respectful reflection, Khai Dinh built his final resting place to be monumental in style and bombastic in execution.

Then, we will meet Mrs. Thuy a local artisan that makes a conical hat with one hand and listen to her story.

Return to the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Our bus and tour guide will pick you up you from the hotel at around 8-8.30 am for the journey to Danang via the scenic Hai Van Pass, where we will enjoy the spectacular panorama of the central coastline from the summit. 

Upon arrival in Danang, transfer to Marble Moutain - a group of five marble and limestone mountains, named after the five elements of the ancient oriental philosophy: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. 

You will continue to the hotel in Hoi An. Check in the hotel (Room is at your disposal from 2 PM). The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

 

At 8 am, the tour guide and driver will come to pick you up from your hotel to transfer to the ancient town. As the national trading center in the 16th century, Hoi An is home to the diversity of ancient streets and homes. Stroll around the unusual cobblestone streets to admire the hundred-century-old Chinese houses.

The leisurely trip offers you a great chance to see the ancient houses built in Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. There are some incredible places that you should not miss when visiting Hoi An including the hundred- year – old Japanese Bridge, the Phuc Kien Hall, and Art Craft Manufacturing Workshop. Back to the hotel or continue to discover the town on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Free at your leisure before being transferred to the airport (without tour guide) to take your domestic flight to Hanoi.

Once arrival in Hanoi, you will be warmly welcomed and transfer to the hotel to check in. The balance of the day will be free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of this enchanting capital city with some of the must-see sites. Your first stop will be Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday & Friday) - where the body of the great President Ho Chi Minh is rested. Continue onto the traditional stilt house, Presidential Palace and the unique structure of One Pillar Pagoda. Take some time to explore the culture of the country with a visit to Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. Afterward, pay a visit to the Ethnology Museum where you can explore the great diversity of ethnic groups. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter. As the day comes to an end, stop at Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy a traditional water puppet show.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken by cruise shuttle bus 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 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. Meals will be served on the cruise. Overnight on the cruise.


After breakfast, enjoy your time to swim, sunbathe and relax in the fascinating background of the bay. After lunch on board – around 11.30am, transfer back to Hanoi. Once arrival in Hanoi, our driver will pick you up to transfer to the airport to your flight to Luang Prabang. 

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, our tour guide and driver will welcome and transfer you to the hotel to check in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Enjoy a short drive to visit Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City- one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.

Afterward, we head to Kuang Sy Falls a stunning turquoise waterfall. On the way, you will pass through rice fields and beautiful small villages dotted along the country road. Make a stop at some of the villages before relaxing at the waterfall. Take a fresh swim to refresh yourself in many basins.

In the afternoon, we transfer back Luang Prabang and visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre located in a historical building preserved by UNESCO. The exhibition here consists of traditional clothing, religious artifacts and daily working tools of Lao minorities that will help you understand more about their lifestyle and traditions.

Then it’s time for sunset moment on the Phousi Mountain where you also can have a nice panorama of the city.

Leaving here, one the way back to the hotel, we will stop to visit the H’mong Night Market where you can find a lot of souvenirs in a traditional style of Laos. This is also a paradise for a street food lover, and you can have dinner on your own. Our guide will suggest you a good place to enjoy Laos traditional food or hot pot at a nice restaurant at the river bank. 

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Our tuk-tuk driver will pick you up at your hotel this morning to have a departure to the boat jetty. 

Embark on the Nava Mekong, a traditional riverboat, for a shared cruise on the mighty Mekong River, departing around 1000. On the way, you will have a great opportunity to enjoy the dramatic yet peaceful scenery as well as see the simple lives of rural people living along the river. 

During 2 – hour cruise upstream to the Pak Ou Caves, the village of Ban Xang Hai will be a stopover along your way of discovering. Called by Pak Ou because of its special location - the caves themselves are very close to the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers. In these 2 caves, you will have a chance to admire numerous ancient Buddha images, dating back from many centuries. Also, this is the most important religious site in Laos for pilgrimages during the Lao New Year festivities around mid-April. 

On the way back downstream, you will be served with a selection of typical Lao dishes onboard. 

The cruise will take about 1.5 hours to turn back Luang Prabang, and arrive around 1400. We will pick you up at the boat jetty and transfer you back to your hotel. Free time at your leisure in the rest of the day. Dinner in your account. Overnight at the hotel.

You are free to relax before being transferred without guide to the airport for your departure flight. End of the tour!

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 14 day tour from the South of Vietnam to Luang Prabang.
  • 13 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese and Laos cuisine with 17 meals included.
  • 3 x domestic/ regional flights: Ho Chi Minh - Hue/ Danang - Hanoi and Hanoi - Luang Prabang (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
  • Local slow boat as mentioned
  • Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • All airport transfers
  • 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/ Laos 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: 30 USD per person
  • Laos Visa fee: 40 USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

  • Breakfast: 13
  • Lunch: 5
  • Brunch: 1
  • Dinner: 1

Transport

  • Private car 
  • Shuttle bus 
  • Airplane 
  • Boat 

Included Activities

  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels 
  • Day Trip to Mekong Delta
  • Hue Sightseeing
  • Hoian Half Day Sightseeing
  • Hanoi Sightseeing
  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (2D1N on non-private cruise)
  • Luang Prabang City Tour - Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Visiting Pak Ou Caves

Special Note:

If you want to visit Laos, a combination with a Vietnam Holiday is highly recommended. From Vietnam, it is so easy to combine with Laos both by flight or land border. It is the reason why we call Laos and Vietnam are brothers.

This is a memorable trip for travelers who wish to explore all highlighted sites of Vietnam and Laos. From Southern Vietnam, you will have a chance to explore the bustling city to Mekong Delta areas. We also give you a few days in Hoi An for beach break or relaxing before flying to the North of Vietnam.

From Hanoi to Luang Prabang, you just need to take a short flight and it is so easy and quick. Luang Prabang will bring you new and fresh air as this is one of the most charming towns in the world. The Laos foods are amazing by its delicious taste and beautiful simple decoration. Do not wait and let's explore Vietnam and Laos with us.

Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for group 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 surcharge 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.

Please kindly note that the excursions included in this tour are not compulsory to join. You, perhaps, don’t want to take it at some point. In this case, please let your operator know and note that we are not able to provide any refunds.

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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