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Travelbay Vietnam Tours -  Inclusions - meals

28 x Meals
14 breakfasts, 1 brunch,
9 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport
Your own private vehicle and personal driver

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Inclusions - accommodation

Accommodation
14 nights - 11 in hotels,
2 on Lan Ha Bay cruise, 1 overnight train ride

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Inclusions - tour guides

Tour guides
English speaking tour guide in each location


Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Inclusions - included activities

Included activities
Hidden highlights of Hanoi day tour ~ 2 days of sightseeing in Pu Luong ~ Ninh Binh sightseeing including Trang An ~ 2 night cruise in Lan Ha Bay including Cat Ba Island & Viet Hai Village excursion ~ Dark Cave visit in Dong Hoi ~ Phong Nha National Park visit including Paradise Cave and kayaking on the Chay River ~ DMZ tour including Vinh Moc tunnels


Itinerary

Click on the headings below to see details for each day.

Intro

If you're looking for a gorgeous Vietnam holiday that will take you to some slightly different places and give you an insight and authentic look at local life in Vietnam, then this Private Tour could well be the one for you. Discover the hidden highlights of Hanoi, visit rural villages, meet with the locals, enjoy the terraced rice fields of Pu Luong, spend 2 nights on a cruise in Lan Ha Bay, tour magnificent caves, relax at a 5 Star resort on Lang Co beach and lots more... a wonderful tour!

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi  

Upon arrival at the airport in Hanoi your local guide will be there to greet you and take you to your hotel where you can check-in and relax or step out at your leisure and experience the city of Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi: Hanoi Pearl - Deluxe Window (Deluxe Option); Melia Hanoi - Deluxe Room (Luxury Option)

Day 2: The hidden highlights of Hanoi

Start your day with a tour of Hanoi and get a feel for local life with a visit to the bustling Hang Be market, one of the most famous markets of Hanoi. Whilst there, sample some of the many delights on offer from the street food stalls.

From here you will be taken to visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was the hub of Vietnamese military power for over 1000 years. See artefacts excavated in 2004 that date back to between the 6th and 20th centuries including foundations of old palaces, ancient roads, ponds and wells.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Hanoi railway tracks

In the afternoon take a guided walk along the railway line observing local life along the way - see traders selling their goods, elders playing chess and children playing amongst other things.

Catch the 3:20 pm train from Hanoi station and sit back and relax on the 25 minute ride crossing the Red River while watching more local activity.

After your adventures you will be collected by car from Gia Lam train station for the journey home. Pass through the Old Quarter of Hanoi and stop off at a hidden gem of a café, one of the few left that serve the famous Egg Coffee.

Please note: The train ride is only available on Saturdays and Sundays and so you will need to start your tour on either a Friday or Saturday if you wish to do the train ride.

Overnight in Hanoi: Hanoi Pearl - Deluxe Window (Deluxe Option); Melia Hanoi - Deluxe Room (Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Pu Luong Nature Reserve and the River Cham

After breakfast, relax and sit back as you are driven to Pu Luong Nature Reserve (around 4 hours). Discover the natural beauty of this secret that has only recently been discovered by travellers.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Pu Luong, bamboo water wheel

After lunch set off with your guide to Cham River where you will learn how water is moved from the river using handmade bamboo water wheels and aqueducts.

Take a break at Chieng Lau village where you can rest and enjoy the tranquillity of the surrounding countryside. At the end of the day you will be transferred back to the retreat for dinner.

Overnight in Pu Luong: Pu Luong Retreat - Private Bungalow (Deluxe & Luxury options)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Explore picturesque Pu Luong

Enjoy the sounds of the surrounding forest as you wake.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Pu Luong, rice fields

After breakfast, take a walk with your guide down the small paths to the village below - make sure you have your camera ready as you will want to capture the spectacular scenery. Arrive at a beautiful spot and enjoy a picnic lunch.

After lunch explore the nearby river, connect with the locals living in the hills and get a feel for their village life as you wander around the farmland and rice fields.

In the afternoon, your driver will take you back to your retreat.

Overnight in Pu Luong: Pu Luong Retreat - Private Bungalow (Deluxe & Luxury options)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Drive to Ninh Binh

Wake up to the sound of birds singing and water flowing through the nearby creek in the forest.

After breakfast, check out of the retreat and take a stroll through the magnificent valley facing the Retreat and wander through the tumbling rice fields. Along your walk, pass through a village and get a sense of local life and culture. Once you reach the base of the valley a car will be waiting (with your luggage) to transfer you to Ninh Binh (around a 3 - 3.5 hour drive).

Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure

Overnight in Ninh Binh: Ninh Binh Legend Hotel – Superior Room (Deluxe); Emeralda Ninh Binh - Superior Room (Luxury)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Row Row Row your boat in Trang An

Today sit back and relax on a sampan rowboat passing through the landscape of Trang An. Feel the tranquility of this area, cruising past caves and gorgeous mountain views.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Trang An, Ninh Binh

After your leisurely boat ride, head to Truong An where the sea and mountains meet and home to the famous Dinh and Le Temples.

Later you will be taken back to the resort to spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Overnight in Ninh Binh: Ninh Binh Legend Hotel – Superior Room (Deluxe); Emeralda Ninh Binh - Superior Room (Luxury)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7: Cat Ba Island and overnight cruise

Today you will be taken on a 3 hour journey to Hai Phong, where you will board your cruise boat – your home for the next 2 evenings.

Once you’ve checked-in, lunch will be served before you begin your voyage. See the amazing limestone karst formations as they rise up and out of the sea – a spectacular view.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island

Cruise to Cat Ba Island, and travel overland to Trung Trang cave, located in the middle of Cat Ba National Park and surrounded by the Kim Giao forest.

After exploring the impressive cave, you will be taken back to your cruise boat for a cooking class before dinner.

After dinner relax on the top deck and watch as the evening sun descends over the bay. There are also optional onboard activities such as night time squid fishing or watching a movie.

Overnight on board Peony Cruise - Deluxe Balcony (Deluxe & Luxury options)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Viet Hai village and cruising in Lan Ha Bay

This morning you have the option to participate in a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. After breakfast hop aboard a day boat to explore a bit more of Cat Ba Island, stopping off at Viet Hai village to meet the locals.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Lan Ha Bay

Continue on the day boat and enjoy a cruise of Lan Ha Bay, a less visited part of the region. Lunch will be served on the day boat.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred back to your cruise for dinner and the evening.

Overnight on board Peony Cruise - Deluxe Balcony (Deluxe & Luxury options)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9: Cruising, an afternoon in Hanoi, overnight train to Dong Hoi 

Enjoy some free time this morning. You may choose to join another Tai Chi class or explore the bay and Ao Ech Lake by kayak.

You can take part in a Tea Ceremony after breakfast in the restaurant - learn how to enjoy Vietnamese tea with the crew – a beautiful way to get involved in Vietnamese culture and have some fun with the team.

Arrive at the pier around 11:30 am where your private car will be waiting to take you back to Hanoi (around a 2 hour drive). You will arrive in Hanoi around 2 pm and you can explore the city at leisure until it is time for you to be taken to the train station for your overnight train to Dong Hoi.

You are welcome to leave your luggage at the hotel in Hanoi while you spend the afternoon out and about. Alternatively we can arrange a hotel room if you would prefer to stay in and relax (additional charge involved).

Overnight: Train - Private 4 berth cabin (Deluxe & Luxury options)

Meals included: Light breakfast and brunch

Day 10: Dong Hoi’s Dark Cave or botanic gardens

Arrive into Dong Hoi at 7:40 am where you will be collected from the train station. You will then be taken to your hotel for an early check-in.

Later this morning you have the option to visit Hang Toi, more commonly known as Dark Cave, a site that has been adapted to appeal to the more adventurous type. Take Vietnam’s longest zip-line to arrive at the main entrance before donning your head torch and plunging into a narrow cavern full of thick, gooey mud - prepare to get dirty! (If mud is not your thing or you get claustrophobic, we do not recommend the Dark Cave).

Alternatively you may like to visit the Botanic garden at Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. There is much to see here between the native flora and the wild animals. You will also learn about the history of the heritage site.

Stop and have some lunch at a local restaurant before heading on to the Nuoc Mooc Eco-Trail, a dense forest, lined with streams from the Nuoc Mooc Spring.

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le - Deluxe Ocean View (Deluxe & Luxury options)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 11: Discover the Wonders of Phong Nha National Park

Today get ready to explore the caves of Phong Nha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2003.

Cruise along the Son River by boat and see one of the longest and highest caves in the area. Marvel at stalagmites and stalactites as you journey into the cave.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Paradise Cave, Phong Nha National Park, Dong Hoi

After lunch at a local restaurant your guide will take you to Thien Duong aka Paradise Cave, also known as the ‘Underground Palace’. Discovered by scientists of the British Caving Research Association in 2005 it is the longest dry cave in Asia

Later you will have the opportunity to try your hand at kayaking on the Chay River.

Watch the wildlife go by as you make your way back to the meeting point where you can take a leisurely swim before being driven to your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Overnight: Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le - Deluxe Ocean View (Deluxe & Luxury options)

Day 12: Tour the DMZ – the former border between North & South Vietnam

This morning your guide and driver will collect you and take you to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) around 1.5 hours South of Dong Hoi. This is the former border between North and South Vietnam and offers a great insight into the history of Vietnam. As part of the tour stop at Cua Tang Beach and walk through the Vinh Moc tunnels to get a glimpse of what life may have been like during the war.

Continue on to Luong bridge and Ben Hai River before having lunch at Doc Mieu Firebase.

After lunch stop at Khe Sanh Combat base, a small museum housing old photographs, reconstructed bunkers and American aircraft artefacts. Most of the area has now been turned into a coffee plantation – a great place to buy coffee beans.

In the afternoon your driver will take you to Lang Co – around a 3.5 hour drive. On arrival you will be taken to your hotel.

Overnight: Angsana Lang Co - Garden Balcony Grand (Deluxe & Luxury options)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Days 13 - 14: Enjoy the beach and beauty of Lang Co

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Lang Co

Spend the next two days enjoying Lang Co - well known for its beautiful landscapes, white sand beaches, blue waters and surrounding rainforest – it is a wonderful place to rest.

Overnight: Angsana Lang Co - Garden Balcony Grand (Deluxe & Luxury options)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15: Time to go home or onto your next adventure

Enjoy your day at leisure until it is time for you to be taken to the airport in Da Nang for your flight home – you will be collected around 3 hours prior to departure.

If you would like to extend with some time in Hoi An, please contact us and we can arrange this for you.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: You will be transferred from your hotel to Da Nang Airport by private car and driver only – no local guide.

Additional details

*All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.

This is a Private Tour and on arrival you will be met by your personal guide. In each location you may have a different guide.

The size of the vehicle used will depend on how many people you are.

We like to leave a little bit of space in the itinerary for leisure and for people to do their own thing. However, if you would like to participate in more tours or excursions during your leisure time, you can find some examples of day tours here. Please note you will need to pay for any additional tours you choose to book that are not part of the existing itinerary. We can provide you with a quote.

If you would like a quote for your international flights to and from Vietnam, please let us know. Likewise, if you would like any stopovers or travel insurance, we would be happy to provide you with a quote.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - 15 Day Map

Click here to download printable itinerary.

This is a Private Tour with your own private vehicle, guides and drivers.

View more Vietnam Tours here.

Want to customise this tour?

If you would like to change anything on this tour or customise it in any way, please contact us and we can provide a quote.


Dates, Availability & Pricing

This tour can start on virtually any day of the year.

When booking online you will have the option to specify the date you would like to commence your tour. Please do not book any flights until you have received confirmation from us.

There is a small surcharge over Christmas and New Year dates (including Vietnam New Year). If your holiday coincides with these dates we will let you know at the time of your booking or enquiring.

Apart from the above, the stated pricing is valid for travel until 20th December 2020. If you plan to travel after this date, please contact us for a quote.

The above pricing options for Deluxe and Luxury are per person based on twin share (2 people per room). In most cases triple share is also available at the same per person price.

If you would like a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.

Hotel Information

All hotels are in central locations with Deluxe and Luxury options.
Click below to see names of the selected hotels.

Hotel details

Hanoi

Deluxe: Hanoi Pearl - Deluxe Room
Luxury: Melia Hanoi Hotel - Deluxe Room

Pu Luong

Deluxe & Luxury: Pu Luong Retreat - Private Bungalow

Ninh Binh

Deluxe: Ninh Binh Legend Hotel - Superior Room
Luxury: Emeralda Ninh Binh - Superior Room

Lan Ha Bay Cruise

Deluxe & Luxury: Peony Cruise - Deluxe Balcony Cabin

Overnight train to Dong Hoi

Private 4 berth cabin *

Dong Hoi

Deluxe & Luxury: Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel - Deluxe Ocean View Room

Lang Co

Deluxe & Luxury: Angsana Lang Co - Garden Balcony Grand Room

*All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.

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Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Customer Reviews

We had the best time and were looked after like queens! Wanted for nothing. Drivers and guides were nothing short of brilliant!

Would highly recommend this trip to everyone. Big thank you to all concerned.

 

Pam Orlando

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Customer Reviews

I have recommended you and your company to my clients as I have found you to be so lovely and helpful and patient with getting our holiday organised.

 

Katrina Augostin

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Customer Reviews

Thank you for all the good arrangements made.

The tour operator was amazing, always there to meet us on time and all very pleasant people.

I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone else travelling.

 

Sandra Latham

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Customer Reviews

We arrived home from our tour and I must say everything was just perfect. Everything on time. Everything was as planned.

We would not hesitate to recommended your services to those around us...since it fulfilled our expectations and beyond. The crew up there was very professional. The only thing we have to say is thank you. Everybody has done a terrific job.

 

Joe & Mary

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the tour?

You can pretty much choose any date (subject to availability) and we can usually accommodate everyone including short notice and long term bookings.

Is my departure guaranteed?

Once you have paid for your booking and received confirmation of your travel dates from Travelbay, your holiday is guaranteed on your chosen departure date - except in cases of major weather events and alike in which case we do our best to adjust your holiday accordingly.

How much is the tour?

Travelbay provides Deluxe and Luxury pricing options, based on twin share (2 people per room). Please see the pricing at the top of the page.

In most cases triple share is also available at the same per person price. If you would like a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.

Can I add extra nights?

Yes, of course. Just let us know how many extra nights you would like either before or after and we will arrange for you to stay at the same hotel and let you know the cost of the extra nights.

Arriving early or staying on won't affect your airport transfers - if you're staying at the same hotel and we book it for you, we'll collect you when you arrive and take you to the airport when it's time for your departure flight.

If you want to add on extra tours on your additional days, click here for a selection of Vietnam day tours.

Can I change the itinerary?

Yes, we can alter the itinerary for you so that you get exactly what you are after.

We can provide you with a quote for any changes you wish to make.

If you want to add on extra day tours to your free days, click here for a selection of Vietnam day tours.

What is the size of the group?

This tour is a Private Tour. It will be only your and your travel companions in the group and you will travel in a private vehicle with your own personal driver.

The exception to this is your cruise in Lan Ha Bay which will include more people and the train to Dong Hoi which is not private.

Do you have single traveller pricing?

Yes, please contact us for a quote.

Can we do triple share?

Yes, triple share is available at most hotels.

Do I need any vaccinations?

We recommend you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels. Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information.

Do I need a visa for Vietnam?

It is your responsibility to ensure you have obtained a valid visa prior to travel. Vietnam has different requirements depending on the nationality of the passport you are travelling on.

To find out the visa requirements for Vietnam, you can check here with Visalink.

If a visa is required you can use the services on the same link, or you may wish to apply directly yourself.

In addition to the above link, we have provided some more information on visas for Vietnam here: Visa Information page.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.

Is tipping customary and how much do I tip?

Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

However, it is usual to tip the guides, drivers, porters and waiters.

Tipping is not necessary for taxis or for cheaper restaurants. Remember, it’s a good idea to check if service charges are included in your restaurant bill. If not, a tip of 10% of the total bill is normal.

Below are a few general guidelines to support you with tipping, however please be aware that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.

  • Guides: USD 3-5 per person per day
  • Drivers: USD 2-3 per person per day

You may wish to check if you will have the same guide and driver for the duration of your time in one location and tip them on your last day with them.

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping.

What is internet access like in Vietnam?

WIFI is common in many hotels in the main tourist areas and big cities as are internet cafes. Internet access is less frequent in the more rural and remote areas of Vietnam, including Ha Long Bay.

Can I use my mobile phone or should I get a local SIM card?

Mobile reception is good in the urban areas and big cities. Mountainous and more remote areas may not have network coverage.

You will need to check with your mobile carrier at home about roaming and charges and make sure global roaming is activated before you leave home.

You can also buy a local SIM when there and use the local network - both for phone calls and mobile data. (This is what we do and find it very easy).

What currency do they use and can I get money out of an ATM?

The currency used in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong.

What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines readily available in Vietnam. Occasionally the older ATM's do not accept Australian debit cards and you may need to try a different ATM.

Major credit cards are accepted in larger shops, restaurants and hotels. At smaller family type restaurants, market stalls and in small towns, it's not likely you'll be able to use your credit card.

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be using your card in Vietnam to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

Is the traffic really scary?

There are lots of scooters in Vietnam and the roads in the main cities are very busy!

The road rules in Vietnam are very different to those in the Western World and because of this some people find it scary. In Vietnam it is more about flow and rhythm and all the traffic moving in the same flow, which then leads to order.

In Vietnam they drive on the right side of the road.

What happens on arrival?

When you arrive into Vietnam there will be someone waiting for you after you clear customs at the airport with a sign with your name on it. If you can’t see them inside the arrival lounge, they will be waiting just outside the doors. Sometimes they have the Travelbay logo but it is your name that you will most likely notice.

Do I need travel insurance for Vietnam?

Travelbay strongly recommend travel insurance – we are very happy to provide you with a free quote.

Can I contact you?

You most certainly can.

Whilst our official office hours are Monday to Friday - 9am to 5.30pm AET (Sydney time) we are regularly in the office outside of these hours and at weekends.

Feel free to ring at any time before 7:30pm - 7 days a week - 365 days a year. If we are busy on other calls or not available please leave a message including your phone number and area code and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

You are also very welcome to email us on team@travelbay.com 24/7 - we check our emails regularly. We look forward to hearing from you.


Terms & Conditions

Click on the heading below to see full Terms and Conditions.

Terms - Full version

Booking Process:

Upon purchase of your tour online you will immediately receive a receipt and order confirmation. Travelbay will contact the tour operator to confirm availability for all accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation.

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as your accommodation preferences, dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request copies of the passport for each traveller so that we can organise and book all the flights that are listed as being included in the price of this tour.

Very Important:

It is extremely rare for any of these tours to not have availability (as we remove them when full) however, it is important to note that your dates are only confirmed once we have been in touch with you to confirm availability. Therefore, please wait on purchasing your international flights until you have received booking confirmation from us.

In the unlikely event that there is no availability on your chosen date we will offer you alternate dates. If these do not suit we will fully refund your payment.

Booking Information:

  • Quoted prices are per person.
  • Booking valid for selected and booked travel dates.
  • Please book at least 30 days prior to your desired date of travel.
  • Bookings are subject to availability.
  • Child prices: please contact us for rates.
  • Minimum group size is 2.
  • The pricing options are per person based on twin share (2 people per room). In most cases triple share is also available at the same per person price. If you would like a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.
  • High season surcharge applies on certain dates, please contact us for details.
  • If you would like to arrive before the start of tour or leave later and require extra nights’ accommodation, please contact us and we can arrange it for you at very reasonable rates.
  • Prior to completion of your booking we take great care to go through all the details together with you until we get everything exactly as you would like it. At that point we confirm your booking and the details and you pay for it. If after payment, you decide to make further changes we will do what we can to accommodate them and will also need to charge an additional $50 administration fee.

Inclusions:

  • 14 nights' accommodation - 11 in hotels, 2 nights on Lan Ha Bay cruise and 1 night on train to Dong Hoi.
    • Check-in & check-out time: generally, check in is after 2 pm and check out before 12 pm. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to room availability and may generate additional full day room rate.
  • 28 meals as per itinerary - 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 4 dinners.
  • All transport as per itinerary. This is a private tour - all transfers are in a private vehicle unless stated otherwise.
  • Private 4 berth cabin on overnight train from Hanoi to Dong Hoi.
  • All airport transfers - by private car. When you arrive in Hanoi you will be met by a guide and driver at the airport. When taken to the airport for departure you will be with your driver only (no guide).
    • Please note: There is one airport transfer on arrival and one airport transfer on departure for the group booked. If within your group you will be arriving separately, please contact us for a quote.
  • English speaking guides (in each location you will have a different guide).
    Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • Free wifi available at the hotel lobby.
  • Mineral water on tour days.
  • Taxes and service fees.

Exclusions:

  • International airfares to and from Vietnam.
  • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
  • Drinks for all meals.
  • Travel insurance. Please contact us if you would like a quote.
  • Vietnam Visa.
  • Compulsory dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec surcharge will be advised by the tour operator.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
  • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

General Terms & Conditions:

  • Your contract with Travelbay commences upon us providing you with a booking confirmation (not upon payment).
  • By purchasing this tour you confirm that you have read, understood and agree to these terms and conditions.
  • All prices we list are in AUD unless otherwise stated and include GST where payable.
  • This package, including any unused portion, cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.
  • Some accommodation providers may require that you present a credit card or cash deposit upon check-in to cover any additional expenses that may be incurred during your stay, for example mini-bar. You are responsible for the payment of any such additional expenses.
  • Please check baggage allowance prior to travel. The allowance may vary according to the destination, airline, cruise or coach operator. You are responsible for any excess baggage fees.
  • Travelbay recommends travel insurance. We would be pleased to provide you with a quote and support you in your insurance needs. Please click here or contact us on 1800 020 020.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid visa, if required. Please click here for more information on visa requirements.
  • Passport and visa regulations can change and it is your responsibility to ensure that you possess the relevant travel documents before you travel. Delays can be experienced in obtaining a passport or visa, so you are advised to apply in plenty of time. We accept no responsibility in any regard in relation to customers who are denied entry to a country because they do not possess the correct travel documents.
  • It is also your responsibility to ensure that you hold a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your date of return. If you hold multiple passports, you may be required to present your passport of residence on departing that country. If you hold a passport for a country to which you are travelling, you may be obliged to produce that passport on entering the country. Accordingly, you could be obliged to carry more than one passport when travelling overseas. You should make your own enquiries in relation to your specific circumstances and requirements.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that all your details are recorded correctly. Any request for a name change after documents have been issued may incur amendment fees or result in the original booking being cancelled and in the case of airlines, the loss of a seat.
  • When purchasing flights, cruises and other carriage and travel services, the name on the passport must match the name on the ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. If, after purchasing products or services but before traveling, any member of your party changes their name you must notify the relevant carrier, or us, immediately so that the necessary changes can be made to your documentation. You may incur a fee.
  • Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels. Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information. For those of you who have any medical conditions please also ensure you are fit to travel and have all the medication you need with you. Recommended inoculations for travel may change and you should consult your doctor for current recommendations before you depart. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet all health entry requirements, obtain recommended inoculations, take all recommended medication, and follow all medical advice in relation to your trip.
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Vietnam Holiday Information

Vietnam Facts

Capital City: Hanoi

Population: 96.5 million

Language: Vietnamese

Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Time Zone: (GMT + 7) Indochina time

Dialling code: +84

Religion: 81% of the population has no religion followed by 9% Buddhist


Vietnam weather

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Vietnam is a destination that you can visit year round.

Below we have attempted to give you an idea of what you might expect in different areas at different times of the year. Of course nobody can truly predict the weather – weather is weather and often has its own ideas. However, with all that in mind late February to May and September seem to have the best odds weather wise!

Winter: Winter in Vietnam is from December through to early February. In the North (Hanoi – Ha Long Bay area) it can be cool and Sapa in the hills North of Hanoi can sometimes see snow. In Central Vietnam (Hoi An area) it can be cool-ish and not such great beach weather. In the South (Ho Chi Minh City area) the weather is still warm.

Spring: March – May is a wonderful time to visit Vietnam and the weather will be getting hotter as you head towards the summer months.

Summer: Summer is from June through to August. At this time of year it can be hot, particularly in the South.

Autumn: September – November the temperature is milder but it can rain substantially in the Central parts (around Hoi An) in October and November, particularly November which is the wettest month.

Rainy season: Different parts of the country see rains at different times. In the North the rains come from April to September, in the Central area in October and November and in the South, from May to September.

We have visited Vietnam at many different times of the year and always loved it!


How to get there

This tour starts in Ho Chi Minh City and ends in Hanoi.

Flights from Australia to Vietnam are approximately $900-$1100 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw!

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and we would be happy to provide you with a quote and organise your flights. We charge a $50 booking fee for this service.

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Interesting facts on Vietnam

  • The Vietnamese language has six different tones. A change in tone changes the meaning of the word making the language somewhat difficult to learn (but English is widely spoken and the friendly locals are more than happy to help you with your Vietnamese pronunciation).
  • Vietnam is one of the world’s last surviving one-party Communist states.
  • Around 70% of the 93 million plus people that live in Vietnam, live in the countryside and over half the population are under 25.

Visa information

Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to Vietnam.

You need to apply for and receive your visa before you leave Australia. This can be done up to 6 months in advance.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have obtained a valid visa prior to travel.

To find out the visa requirements for Vietnam, you can check here with Visalink.

If a visa is required you can use the services on the same link, or you may wish to apply directly yourself.

In addition to the above link, we have provided some more information on visas for Vietnam here: Visa Information page.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.


Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

In response to some customers questions here are a few guidelines:

It is usual to tip the guides, drivers, porters and waiters.

Tipping is not necessary for taxis or for cheaper restaurants. Remember, it’s a good idea to check if service charges are included in your restaurant bill. If not, a tip of 10% of the total bill is normal.

Below are a few general guidelines to support you with tipping, however please be aware that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.

  • Guides: USD 3-5 per person per day
  • Drivers: USD 2-3 per person per day

You may wish to check if you will have the same guide and driver for the duration of your time in one location and tip them on your last day with them.

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping.


Currency

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The currency used in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong.

What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines readily available in Vietnam. Occasionally the older ATM's do not accept Australian debit cards and you may need to try a different ATM.

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be using your card in Vietnam to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.


Shopping in Vietnam

There is some wonderful shopping in Vietnam and you may wish to leave space in your luggage so you can fit your shopping in.

We personally recommend:

  • Visiting a tailor - they make great copies of existing pieces so if you have a favourite, you can bring it with you and have the tailor copy it.
  • Scarf shopping - you can find the most wonderful silk and cashmere scarves in Vietnam. If you like scarves, Vietnam is a great place to build up your collection :)
  • Handicrafts - you'll find great markets and souvenir shops where you can get all sorts of things from jewellery to lacquerware, lanterns, leather goods and much more!


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It was a great holiday

It was a great holiday and our guide and driver in Hanoi were just amazing they could not do enough for us. Thank you so much for a great holiday.

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We had the best time

We had the best time and were looked after like queens! Wanted for nothing. Drivers and guides were nothing short of brilliant! Would highly recommend this trip to everyone. Big thank you to all concerned.