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Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Meals

6 x Meals
2 breakfasts,
2 lunches, 2 dinners

Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Train

2 x Overnight train rides
From Hanoi to Lao Cai
and return

Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Accommodation

Accommodation
3 nights - 1 in hotel,
2 on overnight train

Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Tour guides

Tour guides
English speaking tour guide in each location


Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Included activities

Included activities
Sapa sightseeing including Muong Hoa Valley and walk to Lao Chai Village ~ Visit to Silver Waterfall and Heaven's Gate ~ Walk to Chi Va Village and Pa Pen village


Itinerary

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

Intro

Known for its sweeping valley views and terraced rice fields, Sapa is a picturesque town in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Enjoy the spectacular landscape as you wander through rice fields and along village paths meeting the locals from the various hill tribes in the region. Sapa is the perfect complement to many Travelbay Vietnam holidays.

Day 1: Arrival in Lao Cai, picturesque landscapes and colourful hill tribes  

The evening prior you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the Hanoi train station for your overnight train to Sapa. The train departs from Hanoi at 21:40 or 22:00 (see below for more info on the train).

Arrive early morning at Lao Cai station. On arrival in Lao Cai you will be picked up by a local guide and taken on a scenic one-hour drive up to the hill station of Sapa.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Rice fields, Sapa

From there you can take a short 30-minute journey South toward Muong Hoa Valley, home to the largest terraced rice fields in Sapa. If your visit is between May and October, the local harvest period, you will have a chance to see the local farmers in action. Take in the scenery and this is a great photo opportunity.

The walk takes you from Lao Chai Village of the Black H'mong Minority to the Ta Van Village of the Giay Minority with a stop at the local Catholic Church.

Return to Sapa and you spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure.

Overnight Day 1: Sunny Mountain Hotel - Deluxe room (3 Star), Sapa Legend Hotel - Superior room (4 Star), Victoria Sapa Resort - Superior room (5 Star).

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 2: Explore the spectacular charm of Sapa

After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and depart towards Tram Ton Pass.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Fansipan Mountain, Sapa

Along the way, take a short walk to Silver Waterfall and head to Heaven’s Gate, where you can see Fansipan Mountain  the highest peak in Indochina. A one and a half hour downhill ride to Binh Lu includes a stop at Chu Va Village of the Flower H'mong tribe. Enjoy a packed lunch on the way.

Trek to Pa Pen Village of the Lu Minority where you can talk with the locals and visit the local school (closed on weekends).

Return to the hotel where you can freshen up before transferring to Lao Cai station to board the train back to Hanoi.

Overnight Train: King Express - Shared cabin (3 Star); Chapa Express Train - shared cabin (4 and 5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Arrival back in Hanoi

The train arrives early morning at the Hanoi train station. You will be collected from the station and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi.

Check in time is 2pm for the hotels in Hanoi. Please let us know if you would like an early check in (9am) and we can give you a quote. Or you are welcome to leave your bags at the hotel while you spend the day at leisure and check in after 2pm.

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.

The planned walking on this tour is for 3 hours each day and is considered easy trekking. We can adjust the length of the walk to make it either less or more depending on your preference. We can be quite flexible with this and you can plan in advance, or when you are in Sapa you can discuss this with your guide.  

Please note: This tour begins with an overnight train ride. The train departs from Hanoi at 21:40 or 22:00. If you are arriving in Hanoi on an international flight you may want to consider having an extra night and taking the train the next night to avoid an international flight followed by a train ride. It is of course entirely up to you which option you choose. If you would like an extra night, we can arrange this for you - please contact us for a quote.

The cabins on the overnight have 4 berths per cabin. If your group is less than four people and you would like to book the entire cabin, making it a private cabin, please let us know and we will get a quote for you to cover the cost of the extra berths.

If you would like to spend a little longer in Sapa, please let us know as this can be easily arranged. There is also the option to stay at a homestay. Please contact us for more information. 

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

Click here to download printable itinerary.

This is a Small Group Tour with a maximum of 10 people. If you would prefer a Private Tour contact us for a quote.

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.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - 3 Day Sapa Map

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 3, 4 and 5 Star 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 3, 4 and 5 Star options.
Click below to see names of the selected hotels.

Hotel details

Overnight train

3 Star: King Express - Shared Cabin
4 & 5 Star: Chapa Express - Shared Cabin

* The cabins on the overnight have 4 berths per cabin. If your group is less than four people and you would like to book the entire cabin, making it a private cabin, please let us know and we will get a quote for you to cover the cost of the extra berths.

Sapa

3 Star: Sunny Mountain Hotel - Deluxe Room
4 Star: Sapa Legend Hotel - Superior Room
5 Star: Victoria Sapa Resort - Superior 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.

Additional train information

King Express

The King Express is the train we prefer to use for the 3 Star option. It departs from Hanoi at either 21:40pm or 22:00pm and arrives in Lao Cai at either 05:40am or 06:10am. On arrival you will be met at the train station.

For the return journey, the train departs from Lao Cai at either 7:35pm or 9:05pm and arrives in Hanoi at 04:10am or 05:20am.

You will be booked in a soft, 4 berth cabin. If you prefer to have the cabin to yourself you can pay an additional charge.  

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - King Express Overnight Train, Sapa
Travelbay Vietnam Tours - King Express Overnight Train, Sapa
Travelbay Vietnam Tours - King Express Overnight Train, Sapa

Chapa Express

The Chapa Express is the train used for the 4 and 5 Star options. In operation since June 2014, it is one of the newest trains in Vietnam.

The cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, reading lights, comfortable beds and Sapa-inspired décor. The cabins are shared deluxe 4-berth cabins. You can pay extra to have the 4 berth cabin to yourself or you can upgrade to a 2 berth cabin or a VIP cabin (subject to availability - please ask us for a quote).

High-speed internet, restrooms, toiletries and hot/cold water are available on board for your convenience. Welcome drinks, snacks (biscuits or fresh fruits) and hot/cold towels are provided and the professional and multilingual train staff are available throughout the journey.

All Chapa Express Train guests have access to the Chapa Lounge in Lao Cai with shower facilities, food and beverages and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Sapa - Chapa Express bathroom

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Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Customer Reviews

Everything about this experience was terrific. The train ride was an experience, the hotel was fine and staff very friendly and helpful.

The highlight, probably of the whole trip, was meeting up with our Guide, Phrm (pronounced Farm). Not only was she a delightful person but she shared so much of herself and her culture with us. It was a privilege to be with her. I reckon she is a National Treasure!

 

Colin & Marg

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Customer Reviews

SAPA was or is an amazing place and should be on everyones hit list. Our tour guide during the stay was exceptional and we could not have asked for better. We actually became friends over just a short time and had the opportunity to meet his family.

The quality of service, hotels, tour guides and the places we've been taken to have been fantastic. Thanks for all your involvement and I would thoroughly recommend the package to anyone.

 

Ron Beveridge

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Customer Reviews

Sapa was wonderful. Thank you so much. Well certainly be recommending you.

 

Maggie

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Sapa - Customer Reviews
Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Sapa - Customer Reviews
Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Sapa - Customer Reviews

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 3, 4 and 5 Star 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 Small Group Tour with a maximum of 10 people. Often the groups are smaller but there will be no more than 10 people.

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.

When is the best time to see the Sapa rice fields?

Sapa is a popular destination and can be visited all year round. What you will see depends on when you travel as the rice fields change at different times of the year according to the growing cycle. Unlike other places in Vietnam that have 2 - 3 crops per year, Sapa only has 1 crop per year – meaning once the rain comes the people start planting.

In the dry season from November to March there isn't too much in the fields. However, the misty mountains, beautiful scenery and cooler temperatures make it a popular time for trekking.

From April to May you will see the farmers out ploughing their fields. Due to the terrain of the fields (terrace style), they can't use ploughing machines and use buffalo instead. The buffalo are like their close friends helping them with the farming work.

As the rain starts around May the fields fill up with water - a favourite time for photographers.

Planting then begins and the fields gradually turn green.

From June to August is the rainy season - the fields are green, but the rain can make the ground muddy which can impact on those wishing to trek. The temperatures are generally hot and humid at this time of year.

September is harvesting season and the fields begin to turn yellow as the rice ripens. Many people find this an ideal time to visit Sapa.

December to February is wintertime. The fields at this time will not be planted with rice but possibly have some snow instead.

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 ask us for a quote.
  • 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:

  • 3 nights' accommodation - 1 in hotel, 2 on overnight train.
    • Hotel 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.
    • Shared 4 berth cabin on overnight train (Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi).
  • 6 meals as per itinerary - 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • All transport as per itinerary.
  • English speaking 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.
  • Many but not all suppliers have facilities for people who require assistance. If you have any disabilities or require special assistance, please let us know at the time of booking so we can check if suitable services are available.
  • It is your responsibility to review travel prohibitions, warnings, announcements and advisories issued by the relevant government agencies prior to booking travel or departing to international destinations. For Australian travellers, information on conditions in various countries and the level of risk associated with travel to particular international destinations can be found on the Australian Government's travel advisory and consular assistance service website currently located at http://www.smarttraveller.gov.au. For travellers from other countries we recommend you check the travel recommendations of your country.
  • By offering reservations for travel-related products or services in relation to particular international destinations, Travelbay does not represent or warrant that travel to such points is advisable or without risk, and Travelbay is not liable for damages or losses that may result from travel to such destinations.
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  • 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.
  • Hotel ratings displayed on this Website and in our promotional material are intended only as general guidelines, and Travelbay does not guarantee the accuracy of the ratings. Hotel room images are representative only and the actual room occupied may vary in inclusions and décor.
  • In some circumstances, some specific products or services as contained on this website and promotional material may not be available due to circumstance beyond our control. In that situation, we will do our best to provide replacement products and / or services of a comparable nature and quality. Travelbay and our respective Suppliers make no guarantees about the availability of specific products and services.
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If you have any questions please email us 24/7 or call us Monday to Friday on 1800 020 020 to speak with one of our friendly team.


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

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Vietnam weathernam Holiday Information -

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 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.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - How to get there

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

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Holiday Information -  Currency

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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Below you will find reviews for this particular tour, for more reviews of Vietnam click here

Customer Reviews

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M
M.H.
Thank you so much

My cousin and I looked into lots of options and companies to do a tour of Vietnam as we like a "local" approach to touring a country. It was an advertisement for a tour of Vietnam in the Courier Mail in Brisbane that I first heard of Travelbay. The tour was cheap so we did have a bit of hesitation about how good it would turn out to be!!

Our trip was absolutely fantastic, everything flowed like clockwork. There was never a moment where we were left wondering what was going on. All the guides met us at the arranged time and place, were friendly, informative and we always felt safe. Most of our tours were private with a driver and guide.

We both enjoyed getting to meet and talk to the Vietnamese people as they are so happy, friendly with a genuine nature to make us feel welcome. There is a lot of history, beautiful sights and the hotel were of a high standard even though we went 3 star.

Thank you so much to everyone at Travelbay who answered all our questions and organised every little detail to make our holiday so sensational. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend your company to anyone. Thank you so much.

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N.B.
I have recommended you

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.

K
K.A.
I had the absolute pleasure of using this wonderful company

I had the absolute pleasure of using this wonderful company when travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia. I cannot fault TRAVELBAY for the private tour myself and travel buddy took with them. Right from the conception and planning of this tour Nikki and Nicola were right there online helping my friend and I through the planning stages. In Vietnam the guides went above and beyond and were amazing and informative who couldnt do enough for us. If we wanted a change of plans it wasnt a problem. Nikki and Nicola were always close by online enjoying our adventures through our videos and pics we were sending them. THANK YOU for an amazing carefree holiday. I recommend this company to everyone I speak to and have no hesitation in planning another with them.

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M.
Sapa was wonderful

Sapa was wonderful. Thank you so much. Well certainly be recommending you.

R
R.B.
Sapa is amazing

SAPA was or is an amazing place and should be on everyones hit list. Our tour guide during the stay was exceptional and we could not have asked for better. We actually became friends over just a short time and had the opportunity to meet his family.
The quality of service, hotels, tour guides and the places we've been taken to have been fantastic.
Thanks for all your involvement and I would thoroughly recommend the package to anyone.