Overview

The Heroic Vietnam War has always been a page of history to be explored by the hand of foreign tourists. In this Vietnam adventure, you will travel through the magnificent land of Vietnam and visit numerous historical sites from Ho Chi Minh Trail to the peaceful town of Hoi An. Biking on a slow pace and enjoy the very beauty in this South East Asia country. Travel with Vietnamtour.co.za now and see what you've never seen before.

Highlights

  • Explore our North with Hanoi capital to understand more about our culture, history and of course, our cuisine
  • Mai Chau - known as home to beautiful landscapes, unique natural heritages, and hospitable citizens
  • Study about an imperial & royal Hue where managed to hold onto its old world charm, despite the many ravages of war and time
  • 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
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Trip Code: VNZA-817

Trip Duration: 13 Days

Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam

Finishing: Da Nang, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam

Type of trip: Soft adventure

Theme: Nature, history, culture

Ages: Above 7

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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Upon landing at Noi Bai airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. A tour guide will provide up-to-date information about your journey and traffic in Vietnam to your group.

In the afternoon, you will spend time at your leisure by traveling around by bike. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Our morning will begin through Mai Chau Valley where you can catch the first glimpse of Vietnam mountainous area. It is possible to stop midway and take some lovely pictures of mountains, vast green fields, and forests. Try to relax on the drive as you will soon begin a biking adventure with an experienced guide.

Reach Mai Chau in about 4 hours and stop in a village of the Thai, an ethnic group in Vietnam, called PomCoong. Here, feel free to talk with the locals as you enjoy the hearty meal made by the host. Afterward, take a ride to Buoc Village on village road and stop at the home of Thai People. During your trip, you will be provided with the necessary equipment such as helmets alongside the best road suitable for viewing the stunning scenery in Mai Chau.

Arrive at our destination in the late afternoon. Dine and rest in the traditional house of local people.

On this day, we will continue on a more difficult road, so fully enjoy your breakfast made by the local host. After that, bid farewell to Buoc Village and ride to Van Mai Village while traveling through charming river and landscape. Stop at Van Mai Village and lunch in a stilt house.

Continue by returning to Mai Chau Valley and travel to Puluong Nature Reserve. Venture on a rugged road and capture the breathtaking scenery of nature. At the end of the day, you will stay in Hang Village and rest in a local house with a Thai host.

From Hang Village, challenge yourself by biking on a bumpy road to another village. For half of the day, a tough climb on the hill will certainly satisfy any adventurers and in the afternoon you will reach Hin Village. Spend time relaxing in the peaceful mountainous area and explore local culture and customs up-close. Overnight in Hin Village.

Our next trip will be riding beside beautiful Ma River where you can easily encounter fascinated ancient Water Transfer System in the region. Bid farewell to your local host and biking to a bridge before arrive in Canh Nang Town. View the wonderful traits of Vietnamese countryside and lunch in the town.

Afterward, it is time for us to contemplate various kinds of fishes in Cam Luong in which we stop at Fairy Fish Stream. Feel free to feed and take photographs of some of the rarest fish in Vietnam. The trip continues to the South until we reach Ho Chi Minh highway. 

Now, you can finally leave your bike behind and be transferred by Van back to Tan Ky to have dinner and rest for the night.

Start on Ho Chi Minh Highway, biking to the South of Tan Ky until you reach Pho Chau. On the way to this small town, enjoy the magnificent yet tranquil scenery with vast fields on two sides of the road. In Pho Chau, leave your bike behind for a while to take a bus to Pho Chau and lunch in this peaceful town. Then, time to head back to Ho Chi Minh Trail and travel to a special historical site, Dong Loc Junction. Finally, for an hour drive, you will return on Ho Chi Minh Trail and take a bus to Huong Khe. Dinner and overnight in Huong Khe.

The highlight of today’s trip will be in Phong Nha National Park where you discover the beauty of Vietnamese Cave System.  Make your way toward Liem Phu and lunch before transfer to Phong Nha Cave by bus. Here, you will venture into a different world in the cave on a small cruise along the river. This destination is famous for its astonishing stalactite formations with hundred kinds of shape and size. 

For 2 hours, you will have plenty of opportunities to capture the trait of the cave and then take a bus to Dong Hoi to rest and overnight.

After breakfast, catch a bus and arrive at the meeting point where you grab your bike and continue on Ho Chi Minh Highway. On the way, you will have the chance to visit the Cemetery of thousands of soldiers fighting to protect the unification and independent of the country.

Back to Dong Hoi and lunch in a local restaurant before a short bus tour to DMZ. This "Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone" contains some of the most iconic evidence of the Vietnamese War with many ordnance devices still remaining outside of the safe zone. Dinner and overnight in Dong Ha.

Today, the tour guide will take you to a whole new historical site called Khe Sanh. This was once a military base during the war, but now it has become a lively open exhibition. Head toward to Da Krong River next to contemplate the beautiful countryside scenery and leave the heavy atmosphere of the war behind for a while. Lunch will be served on the way.

Continue to A Luoi to feel the cruel battlefields from decades ago between Vietnam and US. Through the story told by the tour guide, you can easily imagine the whole scene during your trip in A Luoi. Take time and explore the Vietnamese history and then dine with your group. Overnight in A Luoi.

Enjoy a nice meal in the morning and transfer through a long pass. Begin your ride to Prao and challenge yourself uphill and then downhill for 40 kilometers. Lunch in Prao and biking to Thanh My. Dinner and overnight in Thanh My.

Your adventure today will be entirely in the charming ancient town of Hoi An. Biking along peaceful Vu Gia River and stop at Dai Loc to lunch. Witness the life of the local on the way and enjoy your easy ride to Hoi An.

Arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon, check in your hotel and start to explore the cuisine in the town. Overnight in Hoi An.

Explore Hoi An to your heart's content and immerse yourself in one of the most interesting locations in Vietnam. For food lovers, Hoi An has a huge number of unique foods only in the region and also other dishes in Vietnam or sit down and relax in the corner of a cafe to try the delectable Vietnamese Phin. Other than that, the town has a good selection of cultural sites and handicraft villages for tourists to find out.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Relax in Hoi An or you can spend time in Cua Dai Beach before transferring to Danang to take your flight. End of Service.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 13 day tour from the North to the Center of Vietnam.
  • 12 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese cuisine with 31 meals included.
  • Professional bicycle
  • All airport transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • 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: 12
  • Brunch: 0
  • Lunch: 10
  • Dinner: 9

Transport

  • Private car
  • Shuttle bus
  • Bike

Included Activities

  • Biking Adventure to explore Mai Chau & Pu Luong's landscape 
  • Climbing on the hill 
  • Comtemplating various kinds of fishes in Cam Luong
  • Exploring Phong nha National Park & Cave
  • Visiting Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone & Battlefields
  • Relax and enjoy in Hoian

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

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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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