Overview

Vietnam is definitely a heaven for anyone who wishes to venture through the magnificent caves, vast rainforests and breathtaking range of mountains. For 18 days in this thrilling holiday, it is time to discover the World Unesco Heritage in Halong Bay, one of the biggest caves in the world Phong Nha - Ke Bang, and various other natural wonders in South East Asia. This Vietnam adventure will also include a chance of a lifetime to find out the rich culture and ancient heritages which have lasted for thousands of years. For further explorations in our beautiful country, take a look at our Vietnam Travel 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
  • Halong Bay - an amazing experience on overnight cruise will be an unforgettable experience for your trip
  • Study about an imperial & royal Hue where managed to hold onto its old world charm, despite the many ravages of war and time
  • 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
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Trip Code: VNZA-814

Trip Duration: 18 Days

Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam

Finishing: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Nature, history, culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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Your trip will begin in the ancient capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. Upon reaching the airport, you will be transferred to booked hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter before starting the trip.

After resting, hundred of delectable Vietnamese dishes awaiting you in our street food tour around the Old Quarter. Nothing is more refreshing than sitting in a corner on Ta Hien street, chatting with friends, and drink the iconic Vietnamese Beer, Bia Hoi. As you enjoying the relaxing time, it will be a great chance to watch the lives of local.

At night and even midnight, Hanoi has one of the most bustling streets in South East Asia, especially during weekends. Food lovers will be surrounded by a good selection of foods and snacks, including the famous grilled barbecue and unique Vietnamese cakes. Afterward, you will return and rest in your hotel for the next day.

On this day, you will discover a huge number of famous sites in the capital with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum as your first one. Take time and witness the final resting place for the great president of Vietnamese people, Ho Chi Minh, and his life and contribution to the country. After that, Temple of Literature will be the next intriguing location, presenting ancient architecture and Vietnamese scholastic culture. 

For lunch, Truc Bach Lake is a wonderful place to sit down, enjoy the hearty meal and contemplate the dreamy scene in the area. Take time to taste the tasty foods and drinks with your group while watching the calm nature around.

Our day will continue with an adventure in Ancient Streets in Hanoi in which each special products will be sold on each street. The highlight of Hanoi Old Quarter is a range of French Colonial houses which have been carefully preserved in the beginning. If you want to choose a gift for family members or a souvenir, the Ancient Streets offer from small silver accessories made by local to the well-known Ao Dai. However, it will be a waste without trying Vietnamese Phin Coffee or egg coffee in one of the cafes around Hoan Kiem Lake. Finally, Ngoc Son Temple, the symbol of Vietnamese Buddism, will show sacred atmosphere and customs in Vietnam.

Before leaving Hanoi and travel to our first mountainous area, you can watch the Water Puppet Show which is a traditional art and entertainment only in Vietnam. Afterward, resting in the hotel and packing your luggage and we will venture to Sapa by train.

Arriving in Sapa after several hours on a train, you will be transferred to your hotel in Sapa and meet up with a guide, check in and begin your journey. Firstly, travel South to the traditional Cat Cat Village where local people resided for few centuries. Along the way, you can take pictures of breathtaking scenes including magnificent valleys and mountains.

On the off the beaten track, it is easy to encounter vast green fields, local people dressing up in unique clothes and beautiful and peaceful river. Resting near the river bank, enjoy scenes of children playing around and woman doing chores. Then, you will travel to discover further about local people in Black H'Mong ethnic community. Remember to bring along a camera and take the best shots of people in the village. Lunch will be held in the local restaurant and regain your stamina.

Now, it is time to trekking to another village called Lao Chai where you can witness the batik painting while sipping a cup of herbal tea. Here, the local will show you their specialty which is the famous batik patterns and embroidery. From hundreds of years ago to our modern age, the art has been passed down from generations to generations and preserve as one of the treasures in the community. These will be nice presents to bring home-made by skillful hands of Vietnamese ethnic group.

At night, your resting location may not be the luxurious hotel but a local house such as the home of Ms. Moo. Not only you will enjoy the beautiful nature in Sapa but also relax in the H'Mong herbal bath and try special foods and drinks. The night will pass by with the story of local hosts about their life and customs or simply watching surrounding nature.

Wake up and taste local meal in the peaceful morning in Sapa before bid farewell to the host and venture to Muong Hoa Valley and Ta Van Village. This is a place where you can discover the strange field of stones with a unique carving of ancient people and especially the spectacular view in the valley. Finally, in the traditional village, you will take a closer look at another ethnic group, Giay people. Afterward, the guide will take you back to your hotel to rest before heading back to the train to Hanoi.

Right after you arrive in Hanoi, a shuttle bus will take you to the World Unesco Heritage Halong Bay. Get on a boat and travel to a traditional style cruise while you can also take a glimpse of unique Karst formations in the region. On the cruise, you will be offered with modern amenities and one-of-a-kind view in Asia. Slowly cruising around limestone mountains and enjoy your drinks or kayaking up-close to each mountain. Overnight on the cruise.

Vung Vieng Village is considered to be a highlight of all trips in Halong Bay, featuring the traditional lifestyle in the area. After that, it is time for a delectable meal of fresh seafood designed by chef on a cruise. Travel back on land and visit Yen Duc Village to watch the Water Puppet Show before returning to Hanoi. Resting in the capital for the day.

Now you will enjoy Hanoi for the last time in your trip before traveling to Dong Hoi by plane. On arrival, check in your hotel and free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After the breakfast in a hotel in Phong Nha, visit Tan Hoa village about 60 kilometers from our first destination. A safety briefing will be presented to ensure the most enjoyable trip and then it is time for you to venture through seemingly boundless rice fields and reach Rao Nan River. The next wonder to discover lies near Hung Ton Valley which only about 150 meters from the River. 

Our lunch will start right next to the entrance of Hung Ton Cave before taking a pretty tough hiking adventure. Firstly, from Hung Ton Valley, trekking on Mango Mountain and then travel 3 kilometers to Tu Lan Valley. Tons of photograph opportunities will be on the way to the campsite and explore Ken Cave. 

At the end of the day, a BBQ with your group while resting near the campfire and watching the beauty of nature will be an unforgettable moment.

Your final day in Dong Hoi will begin with a relaxing breakfast and exploration of Tu Lan Cave. Venture into the magnificent cave with special stalactite and stalactite formations. After that, you will return to the campsite and have lunch before explore Hang Kim Cave. Through dry and even wet part of the cave, head to To Mo Valley where you swim forth through Hung Ton Cave and trekking for nearly 1 kilometer cross Hung Ton Valley. Here, you will visit Rat Cave and contemplate spectacular features of Vietnamese Cave system. Travel across the vast green fields again and return to Tan Hoa Village. Enjoy cool drinks and have a nice shower before transferred back to Phong Nha in the late evening. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, you will travel to Hue, the ancient imperial capital of Vietnam. You will arrive at your hotel, spend time venture around the place or refresh and prepare for another exciting day. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Your peaceful morning starts with a nice meal at the hotel and then get ready for a day of exploration in the royal capital. 

The calm and beautiful Perfume River will be your first destination in which you travel by boat. For one hour, you will encounter many charming scenes on the way to Khai Dinh Tomb, the resting place of a famous Vietnamese emperor. Here, you will explore a one-of-a-kind tomb which combines various architecture style, from the West to the East. After that, visit Minh Mang Tomb and even though the place does not possess the unique features in the former one, Minh Mang Tomb still has striking traits of Vietnamese architecture.

Lunch in a very special location called Dong Thuyen Pagoda where nuns will prepare a vegetarian meal for guests. Sit down and relax in the sacred atmosphere of a temple and enjoy the amazing view of the surrounding. If you interested in Vietnamese cuisine, it is possible to visit the kitchen and see how the food is prepared. 

Afterward, find out the art of creating paper flowers in Thanh Tien Village, a traditional village in Phu Vang District. Meet local people and learn about this specialty that has lasted for 300 years. Do not hesitate to purchase magnificent products offered in this place as all the profit supports artists, craftsmen in financial difficulty.

Your final location will be at Tha Om Garden House to discover the residents who have lived here since the 19th century and listen to the owner about their precious legacy. Overnight in your hotel.

Start the day by transferring to the ancient town Hoi An and pass by Hai Van Pass where provide one of the best spots for photographers. 

Upon arrival in Hoi An, you will begin a culinary tour with a huge number of delectable foods and drinks in this coastal town such as white rose dumpling, Banh Can, or grilled pork. Travel beside a local guide, you will not only enjoy unique cuisine in the South of the country but also listen to the origin of each food.

Firstly, you will taste one of the iconic foods in Hoi an, which is white rose dumpling. While feasting on the delicious dumpling, watching the local as they skillfully make up to thousands of dumplings each day. If you want to make some, the local is always willing to teach you one or two things about their secrets.

Finish our first exciting food and continue to venture to another interesting food: Banh Can. This is a combination of various ingredients which are perfectly balanced in taste including eggs, pork, salad. Tourists are often considered this to be the highlight of the trip while they sit down near the stool and try each hot piece.

Head onward to dine at a local restaurant offering foods such as grilled pork and spring roll. Additionally, you will have a chance to try Hoi An Wonton and well-known Cao Lau or Quang Noodle. Regain your energy as we sit down and relax in a corner of Sky Coffee Bar located in Hoi An museum. Chat with your group about the feelings of the day and then return to your hotel to rest.

After a day enjoying food tour in Hoi An, it is high time we explore the historical and cultural sites in the ancient town. Being a port for numerous trading boat from Asia in the past, now Hoi An possesses the uniqueness of various architecture styles like Chinese, Japanese. 

Our walking tour will start at Chua Ong Pagoda, a cultural heritage of Hoi An. Built in the 17th century in Chinese District, Chua Ong was first đeicated to an extremely famous general in Romance of the Three Kingdoms "Quan Van Truong". Preserved since then, Chua Ong Pagoda features Chinese structures both interior and exterior. After that, we will continue to explore another building influenced by the Chinese which is Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Here, people worshiped Goddess of the Sea who protect merchants from the storm.

Heading toward Tan Ky House represent an 18th century merchant's house on a modern street nowadays. Then, you will relax on the Japanese Bridge built to link Japanese district with Chinese. While exploring unique design and decorations on the bridge, you will hear an interesting legend behind the construction. Continue to Reaching Out Tea House where you will support all the disabilities working in or outside of the cafe before lunch at local restaurant presenting local cuisine.

Afterward, you will also explore Hoi An town on a cyclo onward to Cam Thanh Village. Located in the countryside, Cam Thanh Village allows tourist to escape from busy life in the city and enjoy the day with local people. The simple yet beautiful scenery of this destination includes a water coconut forest and calm Thu Bon River. Take a wooden boat and venture through Hoi An while waiting for sunset.

Prepare your luggage at the hotel and be transferred to take the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. After few hours, meet your guide in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel. Relax for a while and then your adventure continues in the heart of the South. The War Remnants Museum will be our first major highlight where you can explore the history of Vietnam War. A huge number of collections have been collected here to show the very unity of Vietnamese against all odds and modern weapon. It will be an unforgettable memory for anyone who interested in history.

After that, you will arrive in Reunification Palace, a mark of a new age in for all Vietnamese to remember. The atmosphere from the day when a North Vietnamese Tank crash down the gate in the palace still remains till today. Next, the guide will take you to Central Post Office designed by the same architect as the Eiffel Tower. As a result, this place represents the French architecture style with a large ancient map presenting postal road from Vietnam to Cambodia.

Head out to Dong Khoi Street to discover even more old building dated back to French Colonial time. Admire the grand buildings and stop at Saigon Opera House. Our final magnificent remnant of the past is no short of amazing as it is well-preserved for years. If you lucky, there will be a live concert and other entertainment event occurred outside of the Opera House. Back to your hotel to rest for an exciting night.

In the morning, Ho Chi Minh City is a busy city, but at night, it is even more bustling with local people pour into the street to relieve the stress after a long working day. Now, your guide will take you to the culinary heaven in Saigon, from the iconic Banh Beo, Water Fern Cake to delicious Vietnamese coffee. Finish our day with some dessert and watch the life of local.

In the morning, take time to have a nice breakfast and then travel to Mekong Delta. Set foot on Cai Be and find a boat to venture around the region. As we heading to other destinations, you will have a perfect chance to contemplate an extremely different life of local people than other locations. Get off the boat in Dong Phu and An Binh, visit home-based factories which create oil, candy and even wine. Have a quick lunch and continue to the ferry hub in Vinh Long. Arrive by car and overnight in Can Tho.

Mekong Delta still has a lot of new things to discover and you will visit the floating market which is rare in the world. A huge number of wooden boats sells a wide variety of fruits, foods, drinks and even animals. From Can Tho, heading to a tranquil town called Chau Doc by car and then to Tra Su Forest.

Hop on a boat again to travel on the river with vast mangroves on the side. The diversity of fauna and flora is the highlight of our day as there are hundreds of species in the area. You will also visit a village of an ethnic group in Vietnam to learn about their religion and unique culture. Take time to talk with monks at the monastery and explore interesting stories and details to tell your family.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City after few days touring in Mekong Delta. Free to relax and collect all beautiful memories about your recent spectacular trip. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Meet your driver at the hotel and transfer to the airport. End of Service.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 18 day tour from the North to the South of Vietnam.
  • 17 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese cuisine with 32 meals included.
  • Overnight train on shared cabin Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi
  • 2 x domestic flights: Hanoi - Dong Hoi and Danang - Saigon
  • All airport transfers
  • 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: 17
  • Brunch: 1
  • Lunch: 9
  • Dinner: 5

Transport

  • Private car
  • Train
  • Shuttle bus
  • Airplane

Included Activities

  • Hanoi Street Food Tour
  • Hanoi City Tour
  • Trekking to Y Linh Ho & Lao Chai
  • 2D1D on non-private Halong Bay Cruise 
  • Discovering Villages and Caves in Dong Hoi 
  • Hue Sightseeing 
  • Full day tour in Hoian
  • 3D2N trip to explore Mekong Delta

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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Based on 66 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Judy da Silva

Guest Country: Umdloti, South Africa

Travel Dates: September 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam and Cambodia

Thank-you so much to Mark at Vietnam Tours for superb service, great advice and for all his amazing help in planning and organising our entire incredible Cambodia & Vietnam holiday.

We absolutely loved every part of it! Mark made this trip completely seamless and stress free. I gave Mark a list of the things we like and want to see and do and he tailor made a custom tour especially for us.

Our every dietary need was catered for and the food was absolutely delicious. Incredible sights and sounds from vibrant cities to rural countryside.

The wonderful tour guides and drivers were excellent.The hotels were excellent, every part of the holiday was perfect and amazing.

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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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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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