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Featured among our best Vietnam and Cambodia Tours, this adventure combines the most beautiful attractions in Vietnam and Cambodia including Halong Bay, Angkor Complex, Cu Chi Tunnels. You will also enjoy first-hand cruising on the mighty Mekong River on a speedboat, which surely guarantees you a lot of unforgettable experiences. 

Highlights

  • Ho Chi Minh – the largest city of Vietnam with heroic information in Cu Chi tunnels and interesting local life on Mekong Delta
  • Explore a unique Phnom Penh with the traditional old mixture of Cambodian hospitality and Indochinese charm
  • Study the interesting history stories for Angkor sites in Siem Reap - a sprawling World Heritage-listed complex of ancient temple ruins
  • Discover our capital – Hanoi with interesting history, culture stories and amazing street foods
  • The landscape of Ha Long Bay is a magical sight with a complex of rock pinnacles rising from the sea and a series of magnificent caves
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Trip Code: VNZA-799

Trip Duration: 12 Days

Starting: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Finishing: Hanoi, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam & Cambodia

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Nature, culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Less than 20 pax

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Arriving in 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 and overnight at the hotel.

This morning, you will be taken for a short drive to Cu Chi Tunnels – an impressively historical site in South Vietnam. 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. You also have a chance to relax green tea and tapioca to experience the real life of Vietcong in wartime.

Around noon, head back to the city center. The remainder of the day is free to relax. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, leave Saigon and depart for Ben Tre in Mekong Delta. Upon arrival at Ben Tre town, enjoy a motor boat trip along Ben Tre River. Make some stops along the way to visit a brick kiln where you observe the making process of bricks and coconut fruits processing. Continue onto some families in Cai Son and Thanh Nhon channel to watch their techniques to make sleeping mats.

During break time at a local house, take your time to relax and enjoy fresh fruit with green tea. Your stunning trip will be continued with a bike ride or a motor cart taking you through rice fields and vegetable plains. After lunch at a local house, enjoy a cruise on a rowing boat along small channels to visit a rice-making workshop and an ancient house.

In the afternoon, head back to the main road for a transfer to the hotel in Can Tho. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, proceed to Ninh Kieu Quay where you board a boat for a cruise to the colorful floating markets of Cai Rang.

Floating on the boat, you will see a number of other small floating boats filled with various fruits such as mangos, bananas, mangos teens, star apples, or the sweetened longans. You are offered a special chance to savor their great flavours. Then, enter the narrow channels of streams of Can Tho. While on the boat, you could get a real insight into the local daily activities. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Your journey will continue onto Chau Doc – another small border town located on the river banks. The town is home to different communities including Chinese, Cham and Khmer. As passing by the immense rice fields, you will see the beautiful Sam Mountain on one side and the Mubarak mosque on another side of Chau Doc.

Once in Chau Doc, check in your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, embark on a speedboat to Phnom Penh – the capital of Cambodia, also known as “The Pearl of Asia”. The hidden charm of the city with many buildings influenced by French architecture still attracts tourists from all over the world. Upon your arrival, check in your hotel and take a short rest.

In the afternoon, set our city tour of Phnom Penh. In this tour, you will explore some of the most famous landscapes and sites of the city. Your first stop is the Royal Palace – a complex consisting of different structures which house a stunning collection of Khmer art. You also visit the Silver Pagoda featuring a golden Buddha weighing 90 kg and a Buddha dating from the 17th century.  

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

 

 

This morning you will transfer by bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap – one of the important center of Cambodia. The city features colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market.

Upon arrive in Siem Reap, our private car will pick you up and transfer to the hotel to check in. The balance of the day is for you to spend at your leisure.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Note: If you'd love to fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap to save time, please advise us. It takes you 1 hour of transferring.

You will be picked up from your hotel for a visit to the exceptional Angkor Wat - the most famous and largest temple complex in Cambodia and in the world as well. The complex is considered the architectural masterpiece thanks to its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief, and sculpture.

In the afternoon, continue onto the south gate to explore Angkor Thom which is no doubt the expression of highest genius. Located in the heart of Angkor Thom, you can see the Bayon Temple with many other relics which offer a great chance to observe ancient sculptures. From the structure, continue onto the nearby Terrace of Elephants with 300 meters long through the core of Angkor Thom. Take a few steps to the terrace of the Leper King a double terrace located at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants.

As the day comes to a close, head back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today is at your leisure to explore the city on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

At a good time in the morning, you will be picked up from the hotel to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. Welcome on arrival and transferred to the hotel in the city center for check-in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, set off the city tour with the first visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the body of the famous President Ho Chi Minh is rested. You also visit his traditional stilt house to get to know more about his life and career. Continue onto One Pillar Pagoda to appreciate its special structure. Leaving the complex, make your way to the Temple of literature- famous for being the first university of Vietnam. It is also the popular place for Vietnamese students to visit and take some commemorative photographs when graduating.

Around noon, fill up your stomach with the best of local foods in Hanoi. You will be introduced some famous local restaurants where you enjoy the best known dish of Pho, Bun Cha or coffee eggs. Dinner on your own, overnight at your hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, leave the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and depart for the dreamy land of Halong Bay – the UNECO Heritage Site. The bay is famous for thousands of islands located in a background of the Gulf of Tonkin. Visiting the bay, you will immerse in the endless charm of different types of scenery.

Once at the pier, embark on a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on the magical bay. Staying on board, you are also offered a great chance to savor special menu of fresh seafood in the natural beauty of limestone formations. This is surely the best moment you have had in your journey in Vietnam.

Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

Get up early this morning to delve into the tranquility of the morning over the bay. Morning is the great time to admire the breathtaking views of the bay in the glitter of sun rays shining down to the water surface. After lunch on board, take the last chance to enjoy the impressive views of the beautiful limestone as the ship cruises through the bay.

After getting to the harbour, transfer to Hanoi airport for your departure flight. End of tour.

 

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 12 day tour from the South to the North of Vietnam.
  • 11 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine with 18 meals included.
  • 1 x regional flight: Siem Reap - Hanoi (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
  • All airport transfers
  • Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • Speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
  • 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/ Cambodia 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: 45USD per person - multi entries
  • Cambodia Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

  • Breakfast: 11
  • Lunch: 5
  • Brunch: 1
  • Dinner: 1

Transport

  • Private car 
  • Shuttle bus 
  • Airplane 
  • Boat 

Included Activities

  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Day trip to Mekong Delta 
  • Enjoy a boat trip to Colorful floating markets of Cai Rang
  • Phnom Penh City Tour 
  • Angkor Temples Sightseeing 
  • Hanoi City Tour - Street Food
  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (2D1N on non-private cruise)

Special Note:

In general: this program is an interesting way to explore Vietnam and Cambodia by Mekong Delta waterway. You will explore deeply Mekong Delta by different areas and then take a speed boat to Phnom Penh. There are alternative options for speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh such as a tourist bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh/ a short flight from Saigon to Phnom Penh. Hence you can contact with our travel consultant if you not really like speed boat option.

Vietnam Visa: you will need to have multiple entries Vietnam Visa with this itinerary. We are pleased to offer FREE Vietnam Visa letter multiple entries when you book this holiday with us. On your arrival Ho Chi Minh Airport, you just need to show the letter and pay 45USD for Visa fee.

The Cambodia Visa will be made on speedboats. Our cruise staff will assist and guide you on how to fill in the application form. The Cambodia Visa fee is 30USD per person.

If you think this itinerary is quite hard, you can consider some changes.

For example, on day 2, instead of Cu Chi Tunnels tour, you can replace by a street food tour/ cooking class or even we can explore Cu Chi by an interesting way: Cu Chi tunnels by speed boat. It will be a special experience for you when traveling in Vietnam.

On the last day, if you think you will need to have an overnight in Hanoi before taking the departure flight, we are glad to advise you the surcharge for an extra night in Hanoi. Everything we can do based on our discussion so please do not hesitate to send us 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 46 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Elmarie Ed

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 03-06-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

My husband and I just arrived back in Cape Town from the best ever Asian holiday, arranged by Vietnam Travel - Ha Nguyen (Sales1@Vietnam Travel). From the time I made contact with Ha, till we left Vietnam, she was inconstantly assisting and advising via WhatsApp and calls. She was 24/7 just a message or a call away. Our tailor-made holiday she arranged and booked with our agreement, suited us like a glove.

From arriving at Hanoi Airport, as mentioned in our correspondence by Ha, we were met by staff who quickly assisted us with the visa on arrival. We met the most dearest and friendly Ha outside to transport us to the hotel. She even booked us in at the hotel while we had a welcome tea.

The pickups were always on time, the tours with English speaking guides were all excellent. Mrs Trang in Hue and Mt Yen Toan in Ho Chi Minh City must be complimented for their knowledge and manner they have engaged with us.

The Ha Long Bay trip on the V Spirit Premier was an experience not to be missed. Hoi An with all the lanterns and soft street music is the most romantic city ever experienced in Asia. Our accommodation was perfect and of a high standard as well as the breakfast at the different hotels, from Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh.

I would highly recommend Vietnam Tour for any traveler from any country to Vietnam.

Once again a big thank you to Ha who became a friend of us.

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Pamemla Harvey

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We landed in Ho Chi Minh and spent three days there. We went to see the tunnels that were excavated in the Vietnam War. Very interesting and thought-provoking. Did a local boat trip on the Mekong Delta. We were introduced to the way of life there and a had a splendid luncheon Prawns, fish, salads, etc. Something for everyone. Then on to De Nang. A very different experience. Wonderful markets with a variety of clothing, curiosities, food, and drink. Splendid Spa treatments. Went to the market umpteen times. Very good local restaurants all within walking distance of our hotel. Last stop was Hanoi. Another exciting experience. A highlight was meeting our agent Nguyĕn Thu Hà who was the most divine soul. She is extremely helpful and NOTHING is too much trouble. All our transport was arranged to and from airports and to venues and trips. The trip on Ha Long Bay on a cruise liner was fabulous. A country full of diversity and kind, happy and helpful people! A must visit. Try something different.

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Landy Lowe

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We traveled from North to South in Vietnam over a two week period. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Ha from Vietnam Travel! From the first contact, she made me feel that I was her only client. I changed our itinerary, added people and flights, had many questions- she took it in her stride. She understood my needs and within minutes she would have a recommendation or a price ready.

I cannot recommend her services highly enough. My travel agent became a friend!

Thank you Ha- I will always think of you with happy memories when I think of our two weeks in Vietnam.

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Barbara

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 30/04/2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Ha Nguyen from Vietnam tours was beyond excellent in her service in putting together the most amazing 2-week trip. We started in the south in Ho Chi Min and ended in the North. Having a local agent in Vietnam made a huge difference. All arrangements, transfers, and tours went like clockwork and she checked in all the time to ensure that all was Ok. Our homestay in Quoc Khanh Bamboo Homestay in Ninh Binh is also highly recommended. Beautiful countryside and if you have the time, really worthwhile taking a 2-hour drive cab from Hanoi and staying in a homestay once there. Contact Ha Nguyen by her WhatsApp number +84 915078294

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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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