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VIETNAM TOUR

14 – 24 April 2024

WOMEN ONLY

R10 000 non-refundable deposit to book your place

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Prepare to be captivated by Vietnam’s fusion of timeless traditions and vibrant modernity. You’ll be greeted by the intoxicating aroma of street food vendors, the chimes of motorbike bells, and the warm smiles of locals. Explore the serene beauty of ancient temples, the lively energy of bustling markets, lush landscapes, dotted with emerald rice paddies and limestone karsts.

Hop onto a vespa, with your own guide, zipping through narrow alleys, past street food stalls.  Experience the magic Hoi An’s lantern festival where you are enveloped in a sea of colourful lanterns while wearing a traditional ao dai tailor made for you by a 24hr Vietnamese tailor.

Glide along picturesque coconut palm-fringed rivers in a basket boat.  And, of course, indulge in a culinary journey that spans sizzling street food stalls, local restaurants and even a Michelin starred restaurant.

These diverse experiences in Vietnam promise our women’s only tour group unforgettable memories shared with like-minded women and a deep appreciation for the country’s rich culture, natural beauty, and warm hospitality.

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Our Tour

ITINERARY

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DAY 1

Hanoi

Chào mừng – Welcome!

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s captivating capital. As you step onto its bustling streets, you’ll be greeted by a sensory symphony of honking scooters, fragrant street food stalls, and the mesmerizing chaos of the Old Quarter’s narrow alleyways.

Accommodation: 4* hotel 
Welcome dinner

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DAY 2

Hanoi

Journey through Vietnam’s historical and cultural heart. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, stroll through the serene gardens of the Presidential Palace and admire the traditional architecture of the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, a testament to itscscholarly heritage.

In the evening dive into Hanoi’s culinary scene with a visit to Dong Xuan, the largest covered market in the city. A walking food tour giving you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of the Vietnamese food culture. You become part of the whirlwind of sights, sounds, and smells that is the Vietnamese street food scene.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAY 3

Ky Son Village

Ky Son Village, nestled in the lush countryside of northern Vietnam, provides a peaceful and authentic glimpse into the timeless traditions of Vietnamese rural life. This idyllic village is a window into the traditional way of life in rural Vietnam. As you wander through the village, you’ll be surrounded by rice paddies, serene lotus ponds, and charming wooden houses with tiled roofs.

One of the highlights of a visit to Ky Son is the opportunity to stay in a homestay, where you can experience the warmth and hospitality of the local people and savour delicious home-cooked Vietnamese meals. This village provides a peaceful and authentic glimpse into the timeless traditions
of Vietnamese rural life.

Accommodation: Homestay shared rooms
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAY 4

Ha Long Bay

Embark on a luxurious adventure aboard a traditional Vietnamese junk boat and be treated to a visual feast of breathtaking natural beauty. As you glide through the emerald waters, the iconic limestone karsts rise majestically from the sea, adorned with lush vegetation and hidden caves waiting to be explored.

The tranquil waters reflect the ever-changing hues of the sky, creating a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of blues and greens. Onboard, you’ll savour gourmet cuisine and unwind in opulent cabins, all while enjoying the tranquility of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Accommodation: Luxury cabins
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAY 5

Hue

After a Tai Chi session onboard, maybe some kayaking for the energetic followed by brunch we depart in the afternoon for our short flight to Hue.

Accommodation: 4* hotel
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAY 6

Hue

See Hue like a local – from the back of a motor bike! Stop at the picturesque Thanh Toan village and see the 18 th century Thanh Toan bridge, a charming, centuries-old covered bridge with a thatched roof, adorned with intricate architectural details. Visit the 17 th century Buddhist monastery of Thien Mu and savour a vegetarian feast in a nunnery. Explore the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City.

In the afternoon a cyclo ride to the Royal restaurant to become a king or queen by savouring the royal dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAY 7

Hoi An

After breakfast we depart for Hoi An. Travelling by bus through coastal rice paddies along the spectacular Hai Van Pass en route to Hoi An. Our first stop, our optional tailor 24 hour service experience where you can be measured for a traditional dress, the Ao dai, for the upcoming Hoi An Lantern Festival.

In the afternoon, experience a basket boat ride and learn about the fishing tradition of the local people.

Accommodation: 4* hotel 
Breakfast, lunch

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DAY 8
Hoi An

Start the morning walking around the market with a Chef to purchase the ingredients for our cooking class. A fun way to learn about some of Vietnam’s well known dishes. We eat what we cook!

In the evening an optional activity to attend a Vietnamese Bamboo Circus performance described as Vietnam’s answer to Cirque du Soleil. It is an incredible display of Vietnamese talent in all of the arts, from dance and acrobatics to beatboxing and music production.

Breakfast, lunch

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DAY 9

Hoi An

By Lunar calendar, today is full moon! Red is considered lucky.

Spend the day at leisure.

This evening we participate in a magical celebration where families come together to honour the harvest moon. Streets are adorned with colourful lanterns as children carry their lantern creations, parading through the neighbourhood.

Mooncakes, deliciously filled with sweet ingredients, are exchanged among loved ones, and traditional lion dances add a vibrant flair to the festivities. It’s a time of togetherness, reverence for tradition, and a touch of enchantment under the radiant full moon.

Breakfast

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DAY 10

Hanoi

Our final leg of the journey as we fly back to Hanoi with our shared memories and new found friends for drinks at the Sky Bar and a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: 4* hotel 
Breakfast, dinner

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DAY 11

Departure

Time to say “Farewell”. Transfer to the airport to check-in for your flight home.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals – see itinerary
  • All personal drinks including any alcoholic beverages
  • Optional activities not part of the itinerary – 24 hour tailor service
  • Meal tips
TRAVELLER'S TIPS

Download the App Airalo for affordable local SIM cards www.airalo.com

WEATHER

In North and Central Vietnam, April typically marks the beginning of the transition from the dry season to the rainy season.

North Vietnam (Hanoi and Surrounding Areas):

  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures can range from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F), making it warm and comfortable.
  • Rainfall: While April is generally drier than the upcoming months, there can still be occasional rain showers or light drizzles.
  • Humidity: Humidity levels are relatively low in April.

 

Central Vietnam (Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue):

  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures typically range from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F).
  • Rainfall: April marks the beginning of the rainy season in Central Vietnam. You can expect occasional showers and short bursts of heavy rain.
  • Humidity: Humidity levels can be relatively high in coastal areas.
MONEY
  • The currency used in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong, abbreviated as VND. 1 Rand is approximately the equivalent of 1.3 VND It is essential to have cash. Credit cards like Visa and Mastercard are accepted at many hotels, restaurants, and larger shops in urban areas, however, in more remote or rural locations, cash is the primary form of payment .
  • ATM are widely available in cities and tourist areas in Vietnam. Don’t forget to notify your bank about your travel plans to avoid any issues with your card.
DRESS CODE

It is important to consider the local culture and climate. Vietnam has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons, and the cultural norms can vary from place to place.

 

Here are some tips on how to dress appropriately in Vietnam:
  • Modesty is Key: Vietnamese culture places a high value on modesty, especially in more rural or conservative areas. Avoid wearing revealing clothing like short shorts, low-cut tops, or clothing that exposes too much skin.
  • Light and Breathable Fabrics: Given the hot and humid climate, lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton and linen are your best choice. Loose-fitting clothing will help you stay comfortable.
  • Cover Shoulders and Knees: When visiting temples, pagodas, or other religious sites, it’s important to cover your shoulders and knees as a sign of respect. Carry a scarf with you to use as a cover-up when needed.
  • Footwear: In many places, especially homes and temples, it’s customary to remove your shoes. Easy-to-remove footwear like sandals or flip-flops can be convenient.
  • Rain Gear: Pack a compact rain jacket or an umbrella.
  • Dress for the Occasion: If you’re going out for a fancy dinner or to a high-end nightclub in cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, smart casual attire is appropriate. In rural areas, casual clothing is generally acceptable.
  • Swimwear: It is fine to wear swimwear at the beach or pool.
  • Local Fashion: Try out some local clothing, such as the traditional “ao dai” for women. These outfits are not only culturally appropriate but can also be a unique and stylish souvenir.
OTHER ITEMS TO REMEMBER
  • Forex in cash to exchange at the airport and bank card
  • Pen and notebook
  • Cell phone chargers and powerbank
  • Plugs – type A (two flat vertical pins), type C and type F (two round pins) fit most Vietnam electrical outlets.
  • Universal plug converter
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Earplugs
  • Medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Wide brimmed hat or buy a Nón lá, the conical hat in Vietnam.
  • Sunglasses and/or reading glasses
  • Handbag/backpack/shoulder sling bag
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