Overview

Featured among our best Vietnam and Laos Tours, this Vietnam Laos Group Tour Package from South Africa is designed for those who wish to discover the endless charm of the rich culture and beautiful nature of the two countries – Vietnam and Laos. There are a lot of opportunities to explore most of the must see destinations in both countries such as the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, the lush land of Mekong Delta, the ancient town of Hoian and Hue, the dreamy land of Halong Bay and the laid back Luang Prabang.

Highlights

  • Ho Chi Minh city – our largest city with many popular destinations with rich history, French colonial buildings 
  • Enjoy many fun activities in Mekong Delta which is considered the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam, is carpeted in a dizzying variety of greens
  • Hue - our imperial & royal city where managed to hold onto its old world charm, despite the many ravages of war and time
  • Hoi An – our most beloved town with yellow walls, bougainvillea in the day time, and sparking lanterns in the night time
  • Hanoi – our capital – the political - economic - cultural - scientific and technological center of the whole country
  • Experience overnight cruise in Halong Bay to understand why it is considered “the should-not miss destination” in Vietnam
  • 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 one of the most respected holy sites in Laos with a history dating back thousands of years – Pak Ou Caves
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Trip Code: VNZA-795

Trip Duration: 14 Days

Starting: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Finishing: Luang Prabang, Lao

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 Vietnam. Once arrival at 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. Overnight at the hotel.

Take the morning trip to visit Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification Palace, was built on the sight of the former Norodom palace. The Independence palace is a widely known landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu. Continue seeing the beautiful structures from the French Colonial times such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. Followed by the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum, the museum has a vast display of both the Indochina wars. 

Have lunch at a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, you will transfer to Cu Chi Tunnels – the historic site where Vietnamese soldiers used as a shelter during wartime. 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. Back to the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Depart from Ho Chi Minh at around 8-8.30am and head straight to Ben Tre, crossing the impressive Rach Mieu Cable-stayed Bridge. Board a small boat to visit typical workplaces including small brick factories, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house.

Stop at a quiet village, take a short walk to experience local life and hop on your xe-lôi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) and stop at a riverside restaurant for a lunch with local food.

After lunch, take a short cycling tour to explore the surrounding fields before boarding a sampan for a tranquil trip along the picturesque canals. Come back to the port and return to Saigon. You will be dropped off at the hotel at around 5 pm. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Free at your leisure before being transferred to the airport (without tour guide) to take your domestic flight to Hue.

Once arrival in Hue, our tour guide and driver will warmly welcome and transfer you to the hotel to check in. The balance of the day will be free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.



After breakfast, you will meet our tour guide and driver at the lobby. We will drive to visit Dong Ba market to get into the busy life of locals. Then take a boat trip to Thien Mu pagoda - the oldest pagoda in Hue city, and enjoy the peace here.

Continue to see Imperial Citadel - The home of Vietnam's last royal dynasty, the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 - 1945)

Then, we will visit the Hue Royal Antiques Museum - A collection of ornaments from the Nguyen dynasty.

Have a short rest for your lunch at a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, we will visit an incense stick village to see how Hue people do incense stick and listen to the story of cultural feature indispensable in the thinking of Vietnamese

Then, transfer to Minh Mang tomb -  a reflection of the Chinese architectural concepts, recommended sightseeing by its monuments, statues, gardens and especially the bridge over a Lake of lotus flowers which gives access to the Imperial Minh Mang tomb.

And wrap your day with The Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh's Royal Tomb - a unique tomb among the royal tombs in Hue, Vietnam. Where other royal tombs are expansive and invite respectful reflection, Khai Dinh built his final resting place to be monumental in style and bombastic in execution.

Then, we will meet Mrs. Thuy a local artisan that makes a conical hat with one hand and listen to her story.

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

Our bus and tour guide will pick you up you from the hotel at around 8-8.30 am for the journey to Danang via the scenic Hai Van Pass, where we will enjoy the spectacular panorama of the central coastline from the summit. 

Upon arrival in Danang, transfer to Marble Moutain - a group of five marble and limestone mountains, named after the five elements of the ancient oriental philosophy: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. 

You will continue to the hotel in Hoi An. Check in the hotel (Room is at your disposal from 2 PM). The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

 

At 8 am, the tour guide and driver will come to pick you up from your hotel to transfer to the ancient town. As the national trading center in the 16th century, Hoi An is home to the diversity of ancient streets and homes. Stroll around the unusual cobblestone streets to admire the hundred-century-old Chinese houses.

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 Hoi An including the hundred- year – old Japanese Bridge, the Phuc Kien Hall, and Art Craft Manufacturing Workshop. Back to the hotel or continue to discover the town on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Free at your leisure before being transferred to the airport (without tour guide) to take your domestic flight to Hanoi.

Once arrival in Hanoi, you will be warmly welcomed and transfer to the hotel to check in. The balance of the day will be free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of this enchanting capital city with some of the must-see sites. Your first stop will be Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday & Friday) - where the body of the great President Ho Chi Minh is rested. Continue onto the traditional stilt house, Presidential Palace and the unique structure of One Pillar Pagoda. Take some time to explore the culture of the country with a visit to Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. Afterward, pay a visit to the Ethnology Museum where you can explore the great diversity of ethnic groups. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter. As the day comes to an end, stop at Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy a traditional water puppet show.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken by cruise shuttle bus to another fascinating land – the gem in the north of Vietnam – Halong Bay. The drive takes you through beautiful paddy rice and mountains of the Red River Delta. Visiting the bay, you will experience the magic of the wonderful wonder of the world. 

From the harbor, board our boat for a cruise among the numerous limestone karst rising from the emerald water. Make a stop en route to visit a grotto of spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and anchor for a relaxing swim in a hidden cave. Meals will be served on the cruise. Overnight on the cruise.


After breakfast, enjoy your time to swim, sunbathe and relax in the fascinating background of the bay. After lunch on board – around 11.30am, transfer back to Hanoi. Once arrival in Hanoi, our driver will pick you up to transfer to the airport to your flight to Luang Prabang. 

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, our tour guide and driver will welcome and transfer you to the hotel to check in. Dinner 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.

Afterward, we head 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 before relaxing at the waterfall. Take a fresh swim to refresh yourself in many basins.

In the afternoon, we transfer back Luang Prabang and visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre located in a historical building preserved by UNESCO. The exhibition here consists of traditional clothing, religious artifacts and daily working tools of Lao minorities that will help you understand more about their lifestyle and traditions.

Then it’s time for sunset moment on the Phousi Mountain where you also can have a nice panorama of the city.

Leaving here, one the way back to the hotel, we will stop to visit the H’mong Night Market where you can find a lot of souvenirs in a traditional style of Laos. This is also a paradise for a street food lover, and you can have dinner on your own. Our guide will suggest you a good place to enjoy Laos traditional food or hot pot at a nice restaurant at the river bank. 

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Our tuk-tuk driver 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, the village of Ban Xang Hai will be a stopover along your way of discovering. 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. We 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 in your account. Overnight at the hotel.

You are free to relax before being transferred without guide to the airport for your departure flight. End of the tour!

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 14 day tour from the South of Vietnam to Luang Prabang.
  • 13 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese and Laos cuisine with 17 meals included.
  • 3 x domestic/ regional flights: Ho Chi Minh - Hue/ Danang - Hanoi and Hanoi - Luang Prabang (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
  • Local slow boat as mentioned
  • 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: 13
  • Lunch: 5
  • Brunch: 1
  • Dinner: 1

Transport

  • Private car 
  • Shuttle bus 
  • Airplane 
  • Boat 

Included Activities

  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels 
  • Day Trip to Mekong Delta
  • Hue Sightseeing
  • Hoian Half Day Sightseeing
  • Hanoi Sightseeing
  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (2D1N on non-private cruise)
  • Luang Prabang City Tour - Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Visiting Pak Ou Caves

Special Note:

If you want to visit Laos, a combination with a Vietnam Holiday is highly recommended. From Vietnam, it is so easy to combine with Laos both by flight or land border. It is the reason why we call Laos and Vietnam are brothers.

This is a memorable trip for travelers who wish to explore all highlighted sites of Vietnam and Laos. From Southern Vietnam, you will have a chance to explore the bustling city to Mekong Delta areas. We also give you a few days in Hoi An for beach break or relaxing before flying to the North of Vietnam.

From Hanoi to Luang Prabang, you just need to take a short flight and it is so easy and quick. Luang Prabang will bring you new and fresh air as this is one of the most charming towns in the world. The Laos foods are amazing by its delicious taste and beautiful simple decoration. Do not wait and let's explore Vietnam and Laos with us.

Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for group 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 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 be surcharged for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking.

Please kindly note that the excursions included in this tour are not compulsory to join. You, perhaps, don’t want to take it at some point. In this case, please let your operator know and note that we are not able to provide any refunds.

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 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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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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