Put Vietnam on your Holiday List and travel from North to South on a 9-day Vietnam 2020 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. Onwards to Hoi An, Vietnam’s prettiest city. 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
Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights
Tour basis: Private guided tour
Package includes visits to Ha Long, Hoi An, Cai Be Floating markets and Mekong Delta
At a glance
|Hanoi||3 Nights at the Golden Silk Hotel or similar|
|Ha Long||1 Night on Grayline Cruise|
|Hoi An||2 Nights at the Vinh Hung resort or similar|
|Ho Chi Ming||3 Nights at the Eden Saigon Hotel or similar|
|Room||Standard double room|
|Meals||09 Breakfasts, 01 Brunch, 03 Lunches and 1 Dinner|
|Other||All relevant transfers and transportation in AC vehicle|
|Domestic Airfares in Vietnam (Subject to change)|
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
Hoi An: Visit the Ancient Chinese Temple and spend the day with a local family, just outside Hoi An
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
- Upon your arrival; you will be greeted at the airport by a tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
- Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi
Hanoi City Tour (B)
- This morning we embark on 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 have all worked up a hunger! We cross the street for lunch (pay yourself) at the famous KOTO restaurant.
- In the afternoon; we drive approximately 25 minutes 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 in Hanoi
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.
- Leave the hotel and go ahead Halong with pass through wonderful scenery en route for tranquil villages and buffalo on fields.
- Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink and a delicious freshly caught seafood lunch whilst sailing out of the Bay passing amazing shaped mountains. Enjoy the seascape from the sundeck or even in your private cabin through glass windows. Go swimming, kayaking or a cave visit
- In the late afternoon, take part in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration by the onboard chefs and enjoy the seafood feast for dinner as stars emerge from behind those jungle-clad limestone pillars.
- Spending the night onboard in an elegant cabin and handicraft wooden interiors with air-conditioning. Or there is an option of night fishing before an overnight stay aboard.
- 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
- Currency fluctuations and airline
- Rates are subject to exchange fluctuations, increases in airfares and departure/fuel levies
- Rate valid for travel between 01 FEB and 30 APR 20
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 months.
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, chili, 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)