Put Vietnam on your 2021 Holiday List and travel on an 8-day Taste of Vietnam 2021 tour. Explore Vietnam’s geography and culture. Your journey starts in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. Here you will see a combination of Chinese, South-eastern Asian and French Architecture. You will find the Old Quarter of the city interesting as the streets are roughly arranged by trade. Continue to the beautiful Ha Long Bay for a leisurely overnight cruise. Your journey ends in Ho Chi Ming (formerly Saigon). A Highlight will be experiencing the Cu Chi Tunnels. See how soldiers used this extensive network of tunnels to move around with being detected by their enemies. During your next day join the many hundred sellers on the floating markets. Continue your journey on smaller boats to Tan Phong Island and join a cookery class and return to Ho Chi Ming filled with unforgettable memories
Start city: Hanoi
End city: Ho Chi Ming (Saigon)
Duration: 8 Days – 7 Nights
Tour basis: Private guided tour
At a glance
|HA LONG||1 Night's cruising|
|CAI BE||1 night Home Stay|
|Meals||7 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners|
|Other||All relevant transfers and transportation in AC vehicle|
|Domestic Airfare (subject to change)|
|Tours with English speaking guide & entrance fees|
Hanoi: Take a ride on a Xich Lo through the Old Quarter and take in the sites of the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison
Ha Long: Board your cruise for an unforgettable 24hrs journey through its emerald waters and limestone islands
Saigon: You are taken on a city tour followed by a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Explore the floating markets and the Mekong Delta
- Welcome to Vietnam, your holiday has started
- Meet with our representative for transfer to your hotel
- The Remainder of the day is free
- This morning embark on a an exhilarating and unforgettable ‘Xich Lo’ ride through the charming, yet bustling, 36 Street Old Quarter to Ba Dinh Square where we disembark to explore Ho Chi Minh’s Quarter.
- Hanoi is well known for its history, architecture, charm, tranquility and cuisine. Our first visit is to the most well-respected site of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum which includes the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.
- We meet our bus for a short journey to visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the 11th century Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first University.
- After our exciting adventures we’ve all worked up a hunger!
- We cross the street for lunch (own expense) at famous KOTO restaurant
- After lunch, take a 25minutes drive to the Ethnology Museum.
- Here you will learn of the traditional cultures of 54 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam through articles, stories, displays of traditional houses, costumes, hunting equipment and much more wares used in day to day life.
- Enjoy the famous traditional Water Puppets Show in the evening.
- Overnight at your hotel
Hanoi - Ha Long (B/L/D)
- Ha Long Bay is one of the most enchanting and memorable experiences in Vietnam. The postcard pictures you so often see of Ha Long Bay will become a memory to last a lifetime.
- We leave the city behind and drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay ( +- 3.5 hours)
The beautiful countryside that awaits you will take you through local farming life and villages, providing us plenty of opportunities to stop and capture some spectacular photographs.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing things the locals load onto their motorbikes!!
- On-route, we make a stop at one of our favorite organizations in Vietnam, Hong Ngoc Humanities centre in Sao Do Town. This wonderful establishment has been set up to provide skill and employment to people from small villages throughout the north of Vietnam, creating jobs and providing accommodation to disadvantaged people. You have the opportunity to purchase some exquisite local handicrafts and wares or just watch and admire the amazing and intricate workmanship involved in the production.
- Arriving in Ha Long Bay, we board our boat and enjoy a spectacular seafood lunch as we sail off into Dragon Bay, gazing at the breathtaking karst formations within the bay.
- After lunch, free time to relax and admire the beauty of the Bay as we cruise through hundreds of formations.
- Throughout our cruise today, you will have the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore Sung Sot cave, where you will learn how karsts were formed in this area millions of years ago.
- For beach lovers and swimmers, we make a stop at one of the sandy beaches for swimming or just relaxing.
- Continue cruising the bay until the late afternoon, before setting anchor for the night.
- Once anchored, there’s plenty of time for swimming or just relaxing to admire the scenery before settling into another scrumptious meal.
- After dinner, why not head to the top deck and enjoy a relaxing drink whilst admiring the peaceful ambience and gazing at the millions of stars.
- Return flights from Johannesburg on Singapore Airlines (Specific & limited seats)
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic Airfares (subject to conditions)
- Accommodation in double/twin room at selected hotels
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Guide
- Entrance fees
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rates are subject to exchange fluctuations, increases in airfares and departure/fuel levies
- Rate valid for travel between 01 MAY and 30 SEP 21
Contact us for any other date of travel required
Best time to travel to Vietnam
A good time to travel to Vietnam is spring (February to April and again in Autumn (August to October)
Overall, Vietnam enjoys a mild tropical or subtropical climate and aside from a few months a year in the high northern region you'll never need to worry about packing cold-weather gear.
But do bring an umbrella, especially if visiting from July to November, Vietnam's stormiest month
Vietnam Culture and Greetings
When interacting with a Vietnamese, be sensitive to Vietnam’s history. The person you may talk to may have experienced the struggles of the Vietnam War. Thirty years on many Vietnamese still have physical and mental health problems from the war. Approach any topic regarding this with sensitivity and sympathy.
Objects should be passed, given or received with both hands together. Vietnamese people are generally punctual and expect the same standard from others. The Vietnamese are accustomed to shaking hands. Some Vietnamese might use two hands to shake by resting the left hand on top of the grasp with the other person's hand. Bowing the head while shaking hands indicates respect
Drinks & Food
Vietnamese food is always served fresh and flavourful. You will find lost of fish dishes, cooked with fresh herbs and vegetables. Local cuisine is healthy and light
Discover your environment
Driving is on the right-hand side of the road. Taxis are plentiful and can be flagged down on the street. Make sure the taxi has a meter set before starting your journey. Hiring a bike (Wearing a helmet is a must) for the day is popular and is still Vietnam’s most popular transportation mode, together with motorbikes. Express long-distance trains will take you comfortably between cities
Tipping is very customary, especially in the most important tourist areas. It is appreciated y the receiver as salaries are on the low side and tipping makes up a sizeable side to monthly earning
Local interesting meals:
Drinking an egg-coffee is a must
Pho: Noodle soup usually with meat
Nem: Spring rolls with pork, noodles, egg and mushroom wrapped in rice paper
Banh bao: Steamed dumplings stuffed with onions, pork and other ingredients
Banh MI: French baguette with pickled daikon and carrot, chilli, coriander, cucumber and various cold meats
Lau: Vietnamese hot pot
Bia hoi: Fresh beer produced daily and served cold in local bars and very refreshing (Low in alcohol)