Vietnam Impressions

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The perfect snapshot of a captivating country, delve into Vietnam’s energetic cities, fascinating heritage and compelling landscapes on this whistle-stop tour. See the sights of stately Hanoi and exuberant Saigon whilst savouring the breath-taking scenery of Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta.

Places Visited

SA (1N) - Hanoi (3N) - Hoi An (2N) - Saigon (2N) - SA (1N)

tour duration 10 Days from
tour price 31,445
tour grade Comfortable
tour type Group Tour
tour style Classic
Fully inclusive
Days 1-2 Fly to Hanoi
Fly overnight to Hanoi.
Day 3 Explore Hanoi
The Paris of the Orient, Hanoi is a charming and richly historic city with lakes, parks and shaded boulevards. Sightseeing today includes a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Quarter where you will see Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and enjoy a walking tour of the Old Quarter.
Day 4 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, Vietnama€?s most iconic attraction. Enjoy a seafood meal whilst cruising between the nearby islands onboard the traditionally designed Junk Boat. Return to Hanoi later in the day.
Day 5 Cookery Class, Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO town of Hoi An, stopping at Marble Mountains. In the evening, take part in a cookery class.
Day 6 Hoi An Walking Tour
Enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An and visit one of the oldest homes, still occupied by descendants of merchants that built it over 200 years ago. Also visit the Japanese Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese Pagoda. The afternoon is at leisure to visit the local markets or relax in a riverside caf??.
Day 7 Discover Saigon
Fly to bustling Saigon. Situated on the banks of the Saigon river and also known as Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon is Vietnama€?s largest and busiest city. Sightseeing today includes a visit to notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post office, reunification Palace and the War remnants Museum. end your tour at lively Ben Thanh Market.
Day 8 Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh
Explore the amazing network of Cu Chi Tunnels before travelling to Tay Ninh to attend the noon service at the Cao Dai Temple, one of the most striking structures in Asia. Return to Saigon.
Days 9-10 Mekong Delta, fly to SA
Travel to Ben Tre and cruise on the Mekong River to explore the delta, the Rice Basket of Vietnam. The areas rich and fertile lands are perfect for growing rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Enjoy the scenery as we travel through palm-lined canals on wooden sampans passing stilt houses and fish farms before returning to Saigon. Later fly overnight to South Africa, arriving home the following day.

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Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On most Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking driver and you will be met by local guides at each site.

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Additional Price Information:

Fully Inclusive and based on Johannesburg departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only price on request (Hanoi - Saigon)
Single room supplement from R4,210
Tipping paid locally US$ 50

Additional Price Information:

Fully Inclusive and based on Johannesburg departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only price on request (Hanoi - Saigon)
Single room supplement from R4,210
Tipping paid locally US$ 50

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Demantoid 2 Hotel
Demantoid 2 Hotel - Hanoi, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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A short distance from Dong Xuan Market and the Weekend night market, Demantoid 2 Hotel in Hanoi offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour front desk. Guests can enjoy views of the city or Hong River in the en-suite rooms, which are fitted with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, a microwave and a personal safe. Sky View Restaurant-Bar is located on the 13th floor and serves tasty Asian and Western flavours.



Vinh Hung Riverside
Vinh Hung Riverside - Hoi An, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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Located on the bank of the romantic Thu Bon River, Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa is within a 5-minute walk to the ancient town of Hoi An. The 4-star resort has 89 well-appointed rooms, elegantly designed with the comfort of guests in mind. Guests can swim in the outdoor pool or work out at the fitness centre. Other recreation choices include enjoying a massage or attending a cooking class.



Asian Ruby Hotel
Asian Ruby Hotel - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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Located in downtown Saigon, Asian Ruby Hotel offers guests easy access to the city's must-see destinations. All en-suite rooms have cable TV, a minibar and hairdryer. Superb on-site facilities include a spa, fitness room and bicycle rental. Guests can dine at Asian Ruby's restaurant and bar, which serves delicious Vietnamese and European dishes. District 1 is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping for clothes, nightlife and markets.



A visa is not required for visitors to Vietnam if your stay is less than 16 days. If your stay is for longer than 16 days then a visa is required by all nationalities and a single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with a short period of time who are looking for a comprehensive visit to the most famous and iconic cities and sights of Vietnam. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of Vietnam.

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