Vietnam Tour from North to South in 11 Days from South Africa

Overview

With a wide range of highlights stretching from the north to the south, Vietnam remains an enchanting destination for many tourists on their holidays to South-East Asia. Featured in our best Vietnam Holiday Packages, this 11-day adventure is a great introduction to the best of Vietnam, allowing you to explore, in-depth, all the hidden charms of the country.

 

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Highlights

  • Explore our North with Hanoi capital to understand more about our culture, history and of course, our cuisine
  • Halong Bay - features a wide range of biodiversity, while the surrealistic scenery has indeed featured in endless movies
  • Study about an imperial & royal Hue where managed to hold onto its old world charm, despite the many ravages of war and time
  • Fall in love with Hoi An in the day time not only with incredible ancient buildings and bougainvillea but also in the night time with sparkling lanterns in the night time
  • Ho Chi Minh – the largest city of Vietnam with heroic information in Cu Chi tunnels and interesting local life on Mekong Delta
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Tour Code

Tour Code
VNZA-787

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 Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam. Upon your arrival at the airport, our guide and driver will meet and transfer you to the hotel to Check In. The balance of the day is for you to spend at your leisure. The capital city of Hanoi is home to the rich culture of the country and you will see both Chinese and French influences in architecture & cuisine as you explore the city. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

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After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to another fascinating land – the gem in the north of Vietnam – Halong Bay. The drive takes you through the beautiful rice paddy fields and mountains of the Red River Delta. On your arrival in Halong Bay, you will realize why this area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be ferried a short distance from the harbor aboard a tender boat to board the Junk Boat for a cruise among the numerous limestone karsts rising from the emerald water. After lunch of a great selection of fresh seafood on board, the Tender will once again take you to visit a grotto of spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, stopping en route for a relaxing swim in the warm waters of Halong Bay & a kayak back from the beach to the floating island to enjoya close up view of the bay and islands. In the late afternoon, the ship will drop anchor for an overnight stay on board.

Note: We recommend that you bring an overnight bag with you to pack for your trip to Halong Bay so that you don't have to lug all your bags with you. You will be returned to the same hotel in Hanoi after your trip and can safely store your luggage there.

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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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After breakfast, relax or take a walk through the streets surrounding your hotel before your transport arrives to transfer you to Hanoi airport for a short flight to Hue, the ancient Imperial City of Vietnam. Welcome on arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel for check-in. 

After a short rest, your guide will arrive to take you on your exploration of the royal city with a visit to the famous Hue Citadel. The complex is located on the north bank of Perfume River and consists of 3 walled enclosures: the Citadel, Kim Thanh Hue, the Yellow Imperial City, Hoang Thanh. In the center of the complex is the Forbidden Purple City – Tu Cam Thanh. With its ancient history and the importance of Vietnamese culture, the whole complex has been recognized as the World Heritage Site.

At the end of the day, head back to your hotel to relax. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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In this morning, you check out hotel and transfer by bus to Hoian. The drive will take you through one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam – Lang Co beach with long white sandy beach.

Continue your trail through the scenic Hai Van Pass looking over the central coastline which offers you a unique chance to enjoy the amazing sceneries of Vietnam.

We will stop at Marble mountain - a cluster of five hills made from limestone and marble in Da Nang. It's also a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples all just waiting to be discovered.

Upon arrive in Hoian, you will check in the hotel, the room is at disposal from 14.00PM. The rest of the day is yours to explore the ancient town of Hoian or visit one of the many tailors to order a bespoke garment. Meals on your own. 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

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 for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Meet our guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Spend the evening exploring this bustling metropolis. The city is the hub of commerce and culture of the country where temples and skyscrapers line the streets. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, and drive 2,5 hours to Cai Be. We will stop along the way for refreshments and toilet. 

Upon arrival, we will visit a flea market before cruising along a vast network of canals and channels to enjoy wonderful views of the Mekong River. Stop by a house-boat at the floating market for having fresh fruits, and see how locals do their business on the water.

In your visits to some local cottage industries, you can see a coconut candy workshop, try some snake wine, learn how to make pop-rice, or witness the process of making rice paper. 

Cross to the other side of the Mekong River to a famous island named Tan Phong. Here we visit a tropical fruit garden, listen to Vietnamese traditional music, and slowly enjoy getting in touch with local life by taking a hand-rowing sampan.

Lunch will be served at a local house. Your host will show you a cooking demonstration and challenge yourself with cooking a traditional Vietnamese dish and enjoy your wonderful lunch afterward. 

After that, we can choose to take a rest at the house or take a cycling tour of about 30 minutes around the village, this will give you a fantastic way to experience local life. 

Get back to the house, say goodbye to your hosts and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. We drop you at your hotel.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Today is free for you to explore the bustling city on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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On the last day of your journey, spend time relaxing before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Your hotel room is at your disposal until noon. Meals on your own. End of tour.

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Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 11 day tour from the North to the South of Vietnam.
  • 10 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese cuisine with 15 meals included.
  • All airport transfers are private
  • Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - 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

Exclusions

  • International flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee: 30USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi - Hue, Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City

Meals

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

Transport

  • Private car 
  • Shuttle bus 
  • Airplane 
  • Boat 

Included Activities

  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (2D1N on non-private cruise)
  • Hue Sightseeing 
  • Hoian Eco Tour and Cooking Class
  • Day trip to Mekong Delta

Special Note:

  • Single supplement: 241 USD
  • Not valid during the peak season: 20 Dec 2023 – 10 Jan 2023, 19 – 26 Jan 2023
  • We only accept the payment by USD, the RAND rate may be changed at the time you book following the exchange rate at https://www.xe.com

If you love the culture and history of Vietnam - this is the greatest option for you. 

Best time to travel: From Feb until August.

From September until Jan, it is the rainy season in the center of Vietnam (Hue, Hoian). If you never mind about the rainy days, it's so great. If you like sunny days, you may consider the tour without Center Vietnam during these months.

There are 02 internal flights: Hanoi - Hue and Danang - Ho Chi Minh by the best domestic airlines - Vietnam Airlines. If you love the train riding, we can replace the flight Hanoi - Hue and book an overnight train from Hanoi to Hue - shared cabin - 4 soft sleepers per cabin. Just contact our travel consultant to let us know your ideas.

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

Reviews from actual Seni travelers. We publish all 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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Q&A’s

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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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