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Vietnam tour packages from South Africa 15 days

15 DAY(S) Daily Tours

Hanoi-Sapa-NinhBinh-HaLong Bay-DaNang-Hoian-SaiGon-MeKong Delta

Description

Vietnam boasts more than 3,400 km of coastline, along with luxury resorts on fine sand. There are small bays surrounded by forests, which can only be visited by small boats, along with pristine islands. This is the highlight of Vietnam tour packages from South Africa. Vietnam deserves to be one of the best beach tourism destinations in the region.

Like many neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam also has a valuable “asset” which is the friendliness and hospitality of its people. Everywhere you visit on Vietnam tour packages from South Africa, you will be greeted with friendly smiles and always helped when you encounter difficulties. This is the reason why international tourists always choose Vietnam as the ideal destination for most vacations.

Vietnam is also famous in the tourist map for possessing many diverse street foods. Walking through the streets of big cities in Vietnam tour packages from South Africa, visitors can easily see many signs of popular pho restaurants. Pho is simply a bowl of soup including noodles, herbs, chicken, beef, etc. Pho may be the most famous dish in Vietnam, but bun cha is the top choice when visitors come to Hanoi. . Just seeing the clouds of smoke after 11am when the restaurants start grilling marinated pork patties is irresistible.

Besides, traditional festivals in Vietnam tour packages from South Africa also attract a large number of curious international visitors. Each festival has its own unique regional cultural features and meaning that are both mysterious and attractive.

Next, Joyful VietNam Travel explores a basic itinerary in Vietnam tour packages from South Africa:

Highlights

  • Drink a cup of coffee together in the train street, watching the trains pass quickly by you.
  • See Hanoi’s 36 streets, experience the combination of old town and modernity of the Vietnamese capital.
  • Walk, touch the rice fields in magical Sapa, your tour guide is an ethnic person living in Sapa.
  • Take rowing-boat ride with the soundtrack of the river lapping against the oars in TrangAn.
  • Set sail through Halong Bay in style on an elegant cruise with fresh seafood.
  • Most favorite experience in Hoi An: cycling in Hoi An ancient town, sitting on a basket boat to explore the coconut forest.
  • Explore the dynamic and vibrant city of Saigon, enjoy the best sidewalk iced milk coffee in Vietnam.
  • Experience huddling in the cuchi tunnels, where the Vietnamese army fought bravely to protect the country.
  • The Mekong Delta is rustic and simple, waiting for you to explore. The people are friendly, open, and always have a smile on their faces.

Itinerary

Arrival in Noi Bai airport , you will be picked up then transferred to the hotel in city center. The check-in is available at 2 pm. The day is free for your own exploration and shopping. Overnight at hotel.

 

8h00: Pick up at your hotel for half day tour to Quang Phu Cau Incense village
9h15- 9h30: Arrive in Quang Phu Cau village, we will start the walking tour around the village, see how the local people making the incense including bamboo chopping, dipping the sticks in dye, creation of incense paste and dry the incense in the sun… talk to the loc als to know about the history of making incense of the village. You are free to walk around the village to take photos of incense bundles, incense making process…

Afternoon we begin the street food tour. Hanoi is full of secret places & wonderful stories. With a history going back over 2.000 years, it makes the capital a promising destination for any gastronomic tourist. We decided to make you discover the Old Quarter with a local culinary point of view in an original way among the 36 Corporations. In the course of this tour (more or less 2h45), the traveler will discover North specialties such as Bun cha (noodle & BBQ meat), Bia (local ale),… & above all, a wide vision of handicrafts shops & traditional works. End the day with a coffee at the famous train street

 

After breakfast, around 7-7:30AM,  take 6-hour drive to Sapa by sharing sleeper bus. On arrival, check in hotel for a rest

In the afternoon, The journey will be mostly driving downhill toward Lao Cai, before taking a left turn into a small paved road leading to Ta Phin village.

Here you can experience the unmixed cultural life of Black Hmong and Red Dao minorities, 2 largest ethnic groups in the area. They live happily together while maintaining their own tradition from generation to generation.

You can recognize them by dressing while they are both very famous of handicraft.

Enjoy walking among local people. The trip also offers you the opportunity to visit the local houses as well as visit the local caves.

Back to Sapa for overnight

After breakfast, private transport will take you to Silver Waterfall, the highest in Vietnam with a 300m drop. An ascent to the base of the waterfall will enable you to explore the surrounding landscape. This is a famous spot and is regularly visited by monks to pray. After that, we are driven to Tram Ton Pass where we will trek 30 minutes through the forest. Along the way, you have chances to see wild flowers. Trekking along the Golden Stream, you will arrive at Love Waterfall. It is the best place for relax in Sapa, returning to Tram Ton Pass. Then we continue our drive uphill to the Heavens Gate, the highest stretch of road in Vietnam as well as the provincial border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces. Enjoy fantastic view over the valley!

After that we will be transferred to cable car station where we will have 25 minutes travelling to Fanxipan Mountain where is considered to be the most beautiful landscape of Vietnam now. Reach the altitute of 2800 meters, you have a good time to see the view and take photos, visit pagoda the spiritual destinations and trek up to 600 steps you will reach the peak of Fansipan – the Roof of Indochina. ( Spend about 1,5 hours for hiking and taking photos).

Back to Sapa for overnight

 

You will commence your short journey by driving south toward Muong Hoa valley. You will then start your walk by descending into the valley, which is the largest rice paddy terraced among Sapa area. The guide can provide you interesting information about rice. If you visit the valley sometime in between May and October, you will be able to observe and experience how the local do planting and harvesting, one of the most important activities in the daily life. The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of Giay minority. After visiting Ta Van the car will return you to Sapa. Then around 14:30-15h, you are transferred to Hanoi by sharing limousine. Overnight in Hanoi

 Approx: 2 hours walking.

After breakfast, at 8AM, depart from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, located in the marshy Red River Delta, featuring a network of waterways coupled with spectacular limestone formations rising up from rice paddy fields. On arrival, spend about 90 minutes to visit Hang Mua (Mua Cave) – the glamorous “queen” of Trang An. There are 486 white stone steps leading to the peak of the mountain, which is often referred to image of a mini Great Wall. On both edges of the stairs, there are stone lines that are elaborately decorated with the symbol of dragon or phoenix carved inspired by the Tran dynasty’s art. Standing on top of Hang Mua, you will be surely impressive with the magnificent landscape and panorama views down to the Tam Coc area.

After lunch (at your own expense), visit Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, one of the largest pagodas not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast Asia. This place is scenically set on the foothill of Dinh Mountain, surrounded by amazing views of the exquisite river valley below, and dotted with limestone karsts, which will take your breath away.

Finally, you will leave for the Trang An Grottoes, a UNESCO-listed series of grottoes carved from the region’s striking natural monoliths of limestone, which rises dramatically out from the rice paddy fields. Deep among the towering mountains, are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds, and jungle. Embark on a traditional sampan gently rowed down the exquisite river through four caves. Enjoy the sunset over the lime karsts while cruising on the clear water back to the main tourist boat terminal.

Afterwards, transfer back to Hanoi.

08:00-8:15: Hotel pick up with our sharing limousine
12:30 – 13:00: Welcome to Cruise. You will be given a short briefing about your cruise while sipping your welcome drink in the restaurant.

13:00 – 13:15: Enjoy a typical lunch in the luxury dining room while Cruise slowly glides between the numerous small islands and the sea-green color.

15:00: Drop anchor for swimming or just simply sunbathe on our cruise (private, wild and fresh air).

Also, you can do kayaking under our tour guide’s instructions to explore many beautiful spots.

16:30: Come back to Cruise

17:30: Summit on the sundeck for watching the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin, you are invited to Sunset party (we serve you local snacks and fresh fruits) and do not miss the special offer “Happy hours – buy 2 get 1 for free” (from 17:30 to 19:00).

18:00:  You take part in cooking demonstration. We will guide you how to make the traditional Vietnamese dish – deep fried spring rolls.

19:15:  The delicious dinner is served with fresh food set menu.

21:00: After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at panoramic bar or go down to the entrance of the cruise for the squid fishing (We open the light and preparing the squid fishing rods).

 

05:30 – 06:00: Wake up early for the sunrise (depends on the season and the weather)

Enjoy Tai Chi session on the sundeck (If it is not raining). Tai Chi helps focus the mind and condition the body.

06:30: Light breakfast is served in the dining room with the morning view of bay’s landscape.

07:30: Traditional bamboo sampan or kayaking activities in the Light cave area – a perfect destination for the adventurous visitor who would love to row or kayak on calm water surface while enjoying the cave’s impressive stonewalls.

08:30: Come back to Rosy Cruise and pack your luggage.

09:15: Check-out, settle your bills and return the room keys at the reception area

09:30: Delicious brunch is served with set menu.

10:45: After disembarking from Rosy Cruise, you will be transferred speedboat to Tuan Chau Marina

Drive back to Hanoi, then you are transferred to the airport for flight to Danang. On arrival, be picked up to hotel in Hoi An for overnight

In the morning, at 8AM, explore Hoi An ancient town, when visiting the Japanese Pagoda Bridge, Chinese streets, old Phung Hung houses, Hoi An’s market and ancient port. On the 1st and 15th of every lunar month, Hoi An’s ancient town is lit up by hundreds of colorful lanterns, giving it an extra portion of sparkle. Enjoy the city’s transformation and stroll through this quaint, glowing fairytale town in your free time.

14:30 Arrive at My SonSanctuary and we’ll have 2 hours to discover the site by walking throughout the landscape, learning histories with our local English-speaking guide, and enjoying the Champa’s traditional performances.

Overnight at hotel.

 

08:00 Guide pick guests up at hotel, drive along De Vong River to Cam An wharf.

Embark on the boat to Cua Dai sand dune, enjoy casting net show and learn how to cast net by local fisher man. Continue to Cam Thanh Water coconut village, have a brief introduction to the history there.

Take on the basket boat along the water coconut river.

Embark on the boat, then get on board to Cam An wharf, continue to drive to Tra Que village. Have lunch and join in the daily activities with local farmer there.

After that, depart for Thanh Ha Pottery Village by car where you can learn about and take part in the daily life of Thanh Ha people. Here, we will observe the necessary steps used for producing pottery products such as vases, pots and kettles. After learning about pottery making, we visit Thanh Ha Terra Cotta Park museum.

Transfer to Vinpearl Nam Hoi An resort for check in

 

Today you have full day for golf at Vinpearl Nam Hoi An Golf course

At 8:45 transfer to the airport for flight to Saigon. On arrival, be picked up to hotel for check in & overnight

At 17h, picking you up and taste the best Noodle soup in town. After that, we will take a taxi then leave the tourist area behind and start your food adventure to non-tourist districts, a street food paradise, while tasting ‘Banh Xeo” – The Central, and South’s rice pancake with a lot of fresh Vietnamese vegetables.

Stroll along a street known for its barbecue street vendors and head to a local-favorite restaurant to taste the best “bo la lot” (beef in wild betel leaves) . Next up on your food adventure is Banh Mi – Saigon Baguette. You will experience the perfect fusion of 4 delicious flavors just after the first bite.

Walk into the heart of district 3 and discover the old apartments ( Nguyen Thien Thuat ). Go to the best culinary hidden gem: Chuoi Nuong- Grilled Banana with coconut milk: a bit sweet and salty of of tropical fruits and coconut milk sauce. Climb up to the buildings and see the contrasting architecture between the modern and the traditional.

We will continue to walk to Ho Thi Ky flower market and try Saigon Pizza , and taste the best snack of Saigonese ( Crispy Banana Cracker ). Cap off your Saigon street food walking tour at the night flower market by enjoying an amazing dessert which is coconut ice cream, longan ice cream or flan cake with caramel and coffee.

Back to hotel

At 8AM, leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and start your trip to depart for My Tho, the town lies on the left side of the Mekong River. Upon arrival, visit Vinh Trang pagoda which sated back to the late 19th century. Then, you embark a boat on Mekong river and go down stream, along Dragon Island to see daily activities on river as catching, raising fish on farm and conquer the 3 km large river by crossing.

Next, you get through the Xep canal to village, visit some fascinating local industries and stop in farmer house to enjoy some fruits, honey tea and listen to local music. Drive on paths by horse cart and change on small rowing boat to river.

Lunch in local restaurant by river, enjoying some local speciality as elephant ear fish and shrimp. Boat takes tour to coconut candy and taste some sweet. In the afternoon, time for cycling around the village, meet the local villagers to experience the local daily life in the Mekong delta.

Go back to My Tho by get over back large river.

Drive to Can Tho for overnight

After having breakfast, take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river. After, proceed to visit the Cai Răng floating market, which is the liveliest in the whole region. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. Next, you will roam through the village, see fruit gardens and a rice noodles making shop.

Visit Binh Thuy Ancient house, it is one of the rare French style houses remaining in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.  The house, imbued with French architectural style, was recognised as a national heritage site

Have lunch and return to Ho Chi Minh city.

After breakfast, free time for relaxation until being transferred at 17h to take your departure flight. The hotel is available until noon only.

Inclusion

  • Accommodation at all places including breakfast (on basis of 02 people / double / twin)
  • Sharing overnight cruise in Halong Bay
  • Travel on private, modern & comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with a caring driver for all transfers and ground transportation (except the days with sharing transfer)
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Entry fee for all mentioned sites for visit
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the program
  • Qualified local tour guides during the whole trip (except the break time or program clearly mentioned “WITHOUT GUIDE”)

Exclusion

  • International flight tickets
  • Transportation vehicles not listed in the program
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks, telephone, laundry and all that is not clearly mentioned in the “Price includes”.
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Insurances

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