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.

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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Trip Code: VNZA-787

Trip Duration: 11 Days

Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam

Finishing: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Culture, Nature, Cuisine

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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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.
  • 2 x domestic flights: Hanoi - Hue and Danang - Ho Chi Minh by:
    Vietnam Airlines (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage) for 4-star and 5-star option
    Vietjet Air (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage) for budget and 3-star option
  • 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.
  • 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: 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:

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

Reviews

Reviews from actual Seni travelers. We publish all reviews.

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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