Overview

Beyond our Vietnam and Laos Tours, this 12-day adventure offers you a great chance to explore the untouched corners of the northern hills of Vietnam and Laos. Lots of local experiences and adventures await you to explore. Do not miss out on the chance to explore these two diverse countries in a unique way.

Highlights

  • Hanoi – our capital with rich history, culture and amazing cuisine, which considered as the kitchen of the world
  • Mai Chau - known as home to beautiful landscapes, unique natural heritages, and hospitable citizens
  • The thought-provoking 'bomb-shelter caves' of Vieng Xai are set amid dramatic karst outcrops and offer a truly inspirational opportunity to learn about northern Laos' painful 20th-century history
  • Sam Neua - holds the title as Laos’ most remote province. Mountainous and often shrouded in fog, Hua Phan’s isolation and ethnic diversity has given it characteristics unique for Laos
  • Nong Khiaw - a traveller's haven in the truest sense, offering pampering, good food, decent accommodation and bags of activities with established adventure-tour operators
  • Nam Et–Phou Louey -  has primary forest remaining in many areas, a high level of biodiversity, and a number of endangered species including tiger, gaur, Sambar deer, and white-cheeked gibbon
  • Discover Luang Prabang’s history, culture by visiting the most famous temples, museums
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Trip Code: VNZA-830

Trip Duration: 12 Days

Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam

Finishing: Luang Prabang, Lao

Destination: Vietnam & Laos

Type of trip: Soft adventure

Theme: Nature, history, culture

Ages: Above 7

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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Welcome to the capital city of Hanoi. You will be picked up by Vietnamtour.co.za's guide from the airport 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.

Leave the bustling city of Hanoi this morning and drive to the beautiful land of Mai Chau sitting gently in a small valley. The place is home to White Thai hill tribe who still holds their unique lifestyle and traditions for centuries.

In the afternoon, take your time to relax at your eco-lodge or homestay. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the lodge or homestay.

 

Today you will explore this charming land with a leisurely bike ride through the beautiful rice fields and observe the daily life of the locals along the way. There are various chances to take some nice photos of small stilt houses and chat with friendly locals en route.

After a fabulous bike ride, take your time to relax at the lodge or homestay. Lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the lodge or homestay.

Today, you will be taken to the Lao border where our local guide will meet and accompany you during the next adventures. Keep driving to Vieng Xai which is famous for the historic relics and the magnificent cave system. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Welcome on arrival, check-in your hotel and free at your leisure. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Vieng Xai was once served as home to communists during the Indochina war and nowadays it is a popular site in Laos for tourists to visit. Exploring the cave, you will see its astonishing size and a wonderful system of school, hospital, offices and shops… Lunch at a local restaurant.

After exploring the great relic, continue driving to Sam Neua on seal road with scenic views en route. On arrival, check-in your hotel and free to relax. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, transfer to the National Protected Area of Nam Et-PhouLouey. After cruising down the river, you will reach your overnight place in the eco-lodge of Nam Nern Night Safari.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

You are free at your leisure at the rest of the day. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the lodge.

Get up early this morning, say goodbye to the lodge and start your trek through the lush forest. Lunch will be arranged during the trek. After lunch, you will be taken to NongKhiaw for around 4 hours.

Upon your arrival, check-in your beautiful stilt bungalow offering the views over Nam Ou River.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Try to wake up early this morning to immerse into the tranquility of the river as the sun starts to rise. After breakfast, set off your adventure with a trekking tour to the 100 -meter waterfall. Your trek could be tough sometimes but as reaching the fall, you will be rewarded with fabulous scenery.

Transfer back to the bungalow and spend time relaxing. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Leave your bungalow and drive to Luang Prabang for 3 hours. Along the way, make some stops at local villages to get a glimpse of their daily life. Once in Luang Prabang, check-in your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing at your hotel.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today is free to relax or explore the town on your own. You could stroll along the Nam Khan and Mekong River to take in the views with some Lao coffee or explore Lao street food. If you wish some more active adventures, you could visit some mysterious temples and the villages with your bike or a tuk-tuk. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

You are recommended to get up early this morning to participate in the traditional ritual of Tak Bat (also known as the alms giving ceremony) taking place from the break of dawn. Our guide will explain and provide more information on this important ritual.

After breakfast, start your exploration of the city with a visit to some highlights. Join our electric bike tour to get around this atmospheric town. You will visit Vat Xieng Thong Temple - the oldest, most important and most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang, Vat Senna - a colorful monastery covered with yellow and red tile. As the day comes to a close, make your way to the beautiful Phosi market and ride along the river and the sleepy streets.

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

On the last day in Luang Prabang, take the chance to explore the temple or just relax at your hotel until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Meals on your own. End of tour.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 12 day tour from the North of Vietnam to Luang Prabang
  • 11 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese and Laos cuisine with 18 meals included.
  • All airport transfers
  • Local slow boat as mentioned
  • Bicycle as mentioned
  • 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: 6
  • Dinner: 1

Transport

  • Car
  • Bike
  • Boat
  • Electric bike

Included Activities

  • Mai Chau biking tour
  • Nong Khiaw trekking
  • Luang Prabang city tour by electric bike

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.

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 the deposit paid to us (30% of the Tour value).
  • 7- 21 days prior to departure: 50% on the 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, 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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