- Domestic flights within Vietnam (Ho Chi MInh City - Danang & Hue - Hanoi)
- 7 Nights accommodation with air-conditioning and en suite facilities
- Meals as stated in the programme [B= breakfast L= lunch D=dinner] - please refer to the itinerary
- Touring; transfers and entrances feed as specified - please refer to the itinerary
- Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.
- Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are also not included.
- Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.
- Rebooking and cancellations fees apply.
- All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.
- Standard terms and conditions apply.
Day 1 (D) Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
After completing arrival procedures and collecting your luggage you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure before enjoying dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2 (B/L) Ho Chi Minh City - Full day Sightseeing
Highlights: Cu Chi Tunnels - Lunch at a local restaurant - Reunification Palace - Notre Dame Cathedral - Ho Chi Minh City Hall - Museum of Vietnamese History - Jade Emperor Pagoda. Overnight Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3 (B/L) Saigon - Danang with sightseeing
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Danang (flight not included in the tour cost).
Highlight: Museum of Cham Sculpture – Stroll through the preserved town of Hoi An. Overnight Danang or Hoi An.
Day 4 (B/L) Hoi An - Hue with sightseeing
This morning depart Hoi An for Hue.
Highlights: Lunch in a local restaurant - Imperial Citadel - Thien Mu Pagoda - Long An Palace – Old Hue - Dong Ba Market. Overnight Hue.
Day 5 (B/L) Hue - Full day Royal Tombs by boat & car
Highlights: Boat ride on the Perfume River - Thien Mu Pagoda - Tomb of Minh Mang - Lunch in a local restaurant - Tombs of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6 (B) Hue - Hanoi with sightseeing
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Hanoi (flight not included in the tour cost).
Highlights : Orientation tour of Hanoi City - Opera House - pass Hoan Kiem Lake - Choose between the ancient history, military history or fine arts museums, depending on your personal interests - Temple of Literature - Explore Hanoi's Old Quarter by cyclo and electric buggy. Overnight Hanoi.
Day 7 (B/L) Morning Tribute to Uncle Ho
Highlights: Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh lies in state - Ho Chi Minh Museum - One Pillar Pagoda - Thang Long Royal Citadel. Overnight Hanoi.
Day 8 (B) Hanoi – Departure
Transfer to the airport.
B=Breakfast & L=Lunch
Accommodation may be substituted with a hotel of a similar category. Itinerary and activities are subject to change based on availability, flight arrival/departure times and local conditions.
Colonial Hanoi and dramatic Halong Bay. The mercantile history of Hoi An and the grace of Hue on the Perfume River. Vibrant Saigon. The story of Cu Chi and the Mekong Delta. The secluded and beautiful islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dau. Vietnam is hauntingly beautiful and undeniably charming.
Vietnam stretches over 1,800 km from north to south, with a topography that varies from coastal plain to mountain ranges; therefore weather patterns in the principle cities are very different.
North:Winter, from November to April, averages
temperatures of between 10ºc – 16ºc.
January to March brings fog and drizzle. Summer begins in May and lasts until October, with an average temperature of 30ºc, heavy rainfall and the occasional violent typhoon.
Centre:Central Vietnam experiences a transitional climate, with heavy rain falls between November and December and dry, hot summer months.
South:Temperatures are fairly constant through the year; 25ºc – 30ºc. Seasons are determined by the rains - the dry season runs from November to April and the wet season from May to October. The hottest period is March and April. Typhoons are quite common in coastal areas between July and November.
Highland areas:In the hill resorts of Dalat (1,500 m), Buon Me Thuot and Sapa, nights are cool throughout the year, and in the winter months, During October to March, it can be distinctly chilly with temperatures falling to 0ºc and even during the hottest months of March and April the temperature rarely exceeds 26ºc.
The official language is Vietnamese; however English is widely spoken and understood. Information in English can be found easily in big cities such as Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh; as well as in emerging growing tourist hubs.
WHAT TO WEAR
Loose, natural fabrics all year, but warmer clothing is required in the highlands, and in the winter in North Vietnam. Rainwear is essential during the wet season. When visiting a temple or pagoda, you should wear long trousers and dress respectfully.
Shorts or revealing clothing are not allowed in religious places. The Vietnamese value their independence and history and are offended by people who ignore or violate either. The Vietnamese willingness to avoid unpleasantness can sometimes lead to great misunderstandings so try and remain calm when feeling frustrated.
Voltage in most places is 220 volts 50 cycles alternating current AC with either with two round prongs or two flat blades so it’s best to take an adapter.
Visitors do not require vaccinations unless coming from or passing through a designated contaminated area. Drink only bottled water and avoid ice unless you know is made from bottled or boiled water. The sun is strong throughout the year so proper care against sunburn and dehydration must be constantly taken. Vietnam is a tropical country so insect repellant is essential. Food from street vendors should be treated with care.
PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATION
Visitors to Vietnam require a valid passport (which must be valid for at least six months for a single entry and nine months for a multiple entry visa and feature a minimum of four blank pages). South African passport holders require a visa. Clients can secure a visa on arrival at the airport in Vietnam; however this must be prearranged by our office in sufficient time. In the event of a pre-arranged visa, you will receive an approval letter that you need to show to the immigration authority on arrival, together with 1 coloured photo and the relevant visa fee (currently U$25 per person). Alternatively a visa can be obtained from the Vietnamese consulate prior to departure from South Africa. It is advisable to check for updated visa details with the relevant Embassy before departure.
The currency is the Dong which is better for bargaining and shopping in markets but US Dollars, Pounds and Euros are accepted at hotels.
Tipping is not customary in Vietnam, but a 5 - 10% gesture is enormously appreciated.
Vietnam is 5 hours ahead of South Africa.