Overviews

This adventure offers an insight into architecture, culture and history of these Laos and Vietnam. You will have a chance to cool off at the gorgeous Kuang Si Waterfalls, explore bustling busy streets in Hanoi, cruise in Halong Bay and cycle in the ancient port town of Hoi An. Futhermore, every seconds of the trip will be carefully looked after by the team of Vietnamtour.co.za as well as our knowledgable and humourous tour guides.

Highlights

  • Discover Luang Prabang’s history, culture by visiting the most famous temples, museums
  • Enjoy the most breathtaking cascades of waterfall in Luang Prabang - Kuang Si waterfall
  • Explore our North with Hanoi capital to understand more about our culture, history and of course, our cuisine
  • Experience overnight cruise in Halong Bay to understand why it is considered “the should-not miss destination” in Vietnam
  • 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
  • Hue - our imperial & royal city where managed to hold onto its old world charm, despite the many ravages of war and 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-792

Trip Duration: 12 Days

Starting: Luang Prabang, Lao

Finishing: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam & Laos

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Nature, culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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Welcome to Luang Prabang. On arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Enjoy a short drive to visit Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City- one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.

Then continue to Wat Visoun – an unusual structure which represents the earliest Lao style and Wat Mai, a beautiful temple located nearby Royal Palace and built in the 18th century. It is the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.

Afterward, we head to Kuang Sy bear secured center before going to Kuang Sy Falls a stunning turquoise waterfall. On the way, you will pass through rice fields and beautiful small villages dotted along the country road. Make a stop at some of the villages. Take a fresh swim to refresh yourself in many basins.

The balance of the day is free at leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at your hotel.

Our tuk-tuk will pick you up at your hotel this morning to have a departure to the boat jetty. 

Embark on the Nava Mekong, a traditional riverboat, for a shared cruise on the mighty Mekong River, departing around 1000. On the way, you will have a great opportunity to enjoy the dramatic yet peaceful scenery as well as see the simple lives of rural people living along the river. 

During 2 – hour cruise upstream to the Pak Ou Caves. It’s called by Pak Ou because of its special location - the caves themselves are very close to the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers. In these 2 caves, you will have a chance to admire numerous ancient Buddha images, dating back from many centuries. Also, this is the most important religious site in Laos for pilgrimages during the Lao New Year festivities around mid-April. 

On the way back downstream, you will be served with a selection of typical Lao dishes onboard. 

The cruise will take about 1.5 hours to turn back Luang Prabang, and arrive around 1400. The tuk-tuk will pick you up at the boat jetty and transfer you back to your hotel. 

Free time at your leisure in the rest of the day. Dinner on your own. Overnight at your hotel.

Free at your leisure until be transferred without the guide to the airport for your short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival Hanoi Airport, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Meals on your own.Overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where houses the body of the famous President Ho Chi Minh. Get to know more about his life and career with a visit to his traditional stilt house before appreciating the special structure of One Pillar Pagoda. Leaving the complex, make your way to the Temple of literature- famous for being the first university of Vietnam. 

After lunch at a restaurant (on your own expense) and a short rest, continue your afternoon exploration by visiting the Ethnology Museum where you can learn more about different ethnic groups in Vietnam. Wrap your beautiful day with a traditional water puppet show.

Head back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, leave Hanoi and depart for another stunning land of Halong Bay – the UNESCO Heritage Site which is famous for thousands of islands scattering over the Gulf of Tonkin. Visiting the bay, you will be amazed by the natural beauty of different types of scenery.

You will embark on a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on the magical bay. The cruise is also a great chance to savor a special menu of fresh seafood in the endless charm of limestone formations.

Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

Try to wake up early this morning to take in the morning views of the bay at its best. 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 the tea break, take the last chance to enjoy the impressive views of the surroundings as the ship cruises through various seascapes. Get your camera ready to take nice photos of the unique land.

Transfer to Hanoi city center by shuttle bus and then take a private transfer to the airport for flight to Danang. You will be then transferred to the hotel in Hoian for check-in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Start your day with a bike tour to Tra Que organic village – home to the great diversity of herbs and vegetables. Take in the tranquillity of the countryside along the way.

Take a short break to taste some special local herb juice and then hop back on your bike to Cam Thanh coconut village passing through beautiful rice fields and hamlets. Upon arriving in Cam Thanh, you will be surprised by the unique bamboo products even bamboo bicycles. Enjoy a lunch with a local family followed by a stunning experience on the local fishing basket boat. Get back on your bike and paddle through small hamlets again to go back to Hoian ancient town.

Enjoy a short rest before setting out your walking tour around the fascinating port town. The leisurely trip offers you a great chance to see the ancient houses built in Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. There are some incredible places that you should not miss when visiting Hoian including the hundred- year – old Japanese Bridge, the Phuc Kien Hall, and the local fish market. You also have a chance to stop at a tailor-made shop to get your favorite clothes.

Head back to your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

The morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon, you will be taken to Hue through the beautiful Hai Van Pass looking over the coastline which offers the fascinating views of Vietnam nature. You also pass through the quaint Lang Co beach with a great chance to take beautiful photos of the white sandy beach.

Welcome to Hue, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, enjoy a cyclo tour to the Royal Citadel – a World Heritage Site should be visited to anyone in Hue. After exploring the Citadel, board a boat for a short cruise along the charming Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Floating along the river, you will take in the fresh air as well as find the peacefulness in your mind. Do not miss out the chance to capture this beautiful moment while on the boat back to the city center.

Once in the city center, pay a visit to Tu Duc Mausoleum – the largest tomb in Vietnam. Walk around the mausoleum to learn more the long lasting history behind the magnificent work. You will get a closer look at the impressive royal architecture of the tomb. Take some time to visit Tu Hieu Pagoda before transferring back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Once arrival, set off your tour to this bustling city. You will visit some mustsee historic sites of the city including the Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral , Dong Khoi street and the Chinese District of Cho Lon as well as astonishing Binh Tay Market. You also visit Thien Hau pagoda to get a peaceful feeling and then return to your hotel to relax. 

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, leave this vibrant city and depart for Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. After arriving at the pier, embark the boat and travel along the Chat Say River passing through various local working areas. You have time to witness first-hand the local economy and culture through some visits to the brick kilns. You could also taste fresh coconut and see the exciting way to turn coconut into daily products and foods.

Continue your boat trip through the small canal to observe the daily local life. Make a stop at a tranquil village where you enjoy a walk to get a real insight into the life of the delta region. You also visit a mat weaving house where the locals still use hand loom to weave straw mats. 

Your excursion will be continued with a xeloi ride or a bike ride to another village to explore the picturesque views of farms, rice fields, and vegetation. There is a stop at a local house where a delicious lunch with regional specialties is served such as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp. After lunch, take a short rest.

In the afternoon, take a sampan boat to relax and float along narrow canals to return to the pier. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city. Dinner on your own.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 12 day tour from Luang Prabang to the South of Vietnam.
  • 11 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese and Laos cuisine with 17 meals included.
  • 3 x domestic/ regional flights: Luang Prabang - Hanoi/ Hanoi - Danang/ Hue - Ho Chi Minh (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
  • Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • 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/ Laos are approximately $700-$1400 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
  • Laos Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

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

Transport

  • Private car
  • Shuttle bus
  • Airplane

Included Activities

  • Luang Prabang Sightseeing - Kuangsi Waterfalls
  • Visiting Pak Ou Cave
  • Hanoi Sightseeing
  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (2D1N on non-private cruise)
  • A bike tour to Tra Que Organic Village
  • Walking Tour around Hoian Ancient Town
  • Cyclo Tour and Hue Sightseeing
  • Ho Chi Minh City Tour
  • A day trip to Mekong Delta

Special Note:

If you do not have much time but still want to travel Vietnam and Laos, this program is designed for you.

Within 12 days, we invite you to visit all the highlighted sites of Laos and Vietnam. You also have a few days in Hoi An to enjoy the beach or walk around the charming town.

Luang Prabang is very famous for its eco activities, so if you wish to have some special experiences, just send us your inquire and then we will give out our recommendations.

Laos and Vietnam are waiting for you to discover.

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 surcharge 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 have surcharge 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 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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