COLOURS OF VIETNAM - $1499 - 9 DAYS
Lush mountains and hidden valleys, colourful villages and bustling modern metropolises; every inch of Vietnam is just so hot right now. In the north of the country, home to wonders including Halong Bay and the vibrant rice terraces of Sapa, every step can lead to another magical sight, sound or experience. If you’ve longed to say ‘good morning’ to Vietnam, this is your chance. Discover the magic of northern Vietnam on this nine day package visiting the limestone islands of Halong Bay, rice terraces of Sapa, and beyond. Experience a taste of traditional Vietnamese culture in the ancient capital of Hanoi, wander through a colourful cave at UNESCO World Heritage listed Halong Bay, discover the picturesque market town of Sapa, trek through the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains, and so much more! This great-value package includes return international flights with full service airlines, six nights hotel accommodation, an overnight cruise, 10 meals, and return airport transfers. Want the fun to last a little longer? Choose the 12 day package with Ho Chi Minh City extension.
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• Experience the vibrant culture of Hanoi
• Sail among the limestone islands of Halong Bay
• Discover the picturesque market town of Sapa
• See the impressive Thac Bac Silver Waterfall
• Take in stunning views of green forests and rice fields
• Trek through the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains
• Visit the remote villages of the local indigenous people
• Witness the incredible Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave in Halong Bay
• Enjoy a Vietnamese cooking class onboard cruise
• Visit a floating pearl farm
• Enjoy a day at leisure in Hanoi
12 DAY WITH HO CHI MINH CITY EXTENSION
All of the above plus the following:
• 1 x internal flight: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
• 3 nights hotel accommodation
• Enjoy 3 additional meals
• Visit the historic Cú Chi Tunnels
• Enjoy a day at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City
Dates/months with a ^, *or ** incur a high season surcharge per person.
Booking terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Additional optional tours available but not included. For full information about this amazing package, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 4687 5555 and speak to our friendly Travel Team.
Day 1 Australia - Hanoi, Vietnam
Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne,* Brisbane, *Adelaide or Perth for your flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. Fly with either Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific or Emirates to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then escort you to check into your hotel. Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur the day prior. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation, which you will receive prior to departure. Overnight: Flower Hotel, Hanoi or similar Meals included: In-Flight
Day 2 Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise
After breakfast this morning, drive through beautiful rice paddy fields on the way to the coast (approx. 4 hours). Board the Junk boat for your overnight cruise among the towering limestone islands and emerald waters of Halong Bay. Enjoy a seafood lunch on board before taking part in some afternoon activities such as swimming, relaxing on a remote beach, climbing to the top of a lookout for an amazing panoramic view or take a ride on a rowing boat into a secluded bay. Also cruise further into the bay to visit a Pearl Farm. Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks. Overnight: Majestic Cruise Junk Boat, Halong Bay or similar Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner
Day 3 Halong Bay Cruise - Hanoi
Early risers can take part in an optional Tai Chi class on deck this morning. After breakfast climb aboard the tender for a visit to Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave, a colourful grotto of giant stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the boat and enjoy a short cooking class where you will learn to prepare local delicacies such as spring rolls. Enjoy lunch on board, followed by a relaxing trip back in to port, where you will disembark and return back to Hanoi by bus (approx. 4 hours). Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Flower Hotel, Hanoi or similar Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch
Day 4 Hanoi - Sapa
You will be picked up from your hotel after breakfast and travel to the mountainous town of Sapa in the North West of Vietnam (approx. 5 hours). Sapa is a picturesque town located in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains in Northwestern Vietnam. A popular trekking base, it overlooks the Muong Hoa Valley. Hill tribes and ethnic minorities, such as the H’Mong, Tay and Dao make up much of the town’s local population. This afternoon take the opportunity to hike through the tiered rice paddy fields to Ta Van village to learn about the local ‘Zay’ people. The hike is of basic/moderate difficulty (approx. 7km) along well formed trails and cobbled steps. Please note: the terrain on this hike is undulating but has no demanding ascents or descents. Alternatively, choose to enjoy the afternoon at leisure to discover the town of Sapa. Overnight: Panorama Hotel, Sapa or similar Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5 Sapa Trekking
After breakfast, begin another trekking journey with a visit to two villages of the H’Mong people (Catcat and SinChai). Continue your trek to see the impressive Thac Bac (Silver) Waterfall and a hydroelectric power station established during the French occupation. Take in stunning landscapes of green forests and rice fields on the trek back to Sapa. Today’s hike is of basic/moderate difficulty (approx. 7km) along well formed trails and cobbled steps. Please note: the terrain on this hike is undulating but has no demanding ascents or descents. Another option to the full day hike, you can drive to the base of the villages (Catcat and SinChai) and walk (approx. 3km) down to the village centres. The H’Mong/Mong is an indigenous people in Asia. The H’Mong began a gradual southward migration from China in the 18th century due to political unrest and to escape Chinese threats. They are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Vietnam. Alternatively you can choose to enjoy the day at leisure in Sapa. Overnight: Panorama Hotel, Sapa or similar Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6 Sapa - Hanoi
Today enjoy a day at leisure to discover Sapa before being transferred back to Hanoi in the afternoon, (approx. 5 hours) arriving at your hotel in the evening. Overnight: Flower Hotel, Hanoi or similar Meals included: Breakfast Day 7 Hanoi Free Day Today enjoy a day at leisure. Alternatively, take advantage of a full day guided city tour of Hanoi (not included). Optional Activity: Full Day Hanoi City Tour - $80 AUD per person Depart this morning and travel to the historic complex of Ba Square, where the late President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Vietnam in 1945. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and continue onwards to the One Pillar Pagoda, an ancient Buddhist pagoda supported by only one pillar, built in early 11th century during the reign of King Ly Thai Tong, a must-see monument in Hanoi. Afterwards visit the Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), the first Imperial school in Vietnam, built in 1070 during the dynasty of King Ly. After lunch continue onwards to the beautiful Hoan Kieam Lake located in the heart of Hanoi. Here you will visit another two iconic symbols of Hanoi - Ngoc Son temple with its famous Red Bridge and Tran Quoc Pagoda. This afternoon enjoy a water puppet show, which is an impressive example of Vietnam’s thriving arts scene, and enjoy a cyclo (pedicab) ride around the 36 streets of Hanoi’s old quarter. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to the hotel in Hanoi. Inclusions: Transportation in an A/C vehicle, English speaking guide, lunch, entrance fees, water puppet show, pedicab ride. Overnight: Flower Hotel, Hanoi or similar Meals included: Breakfast
Day 8 Hanoi, Vietnam - Australia
Today bid farewell to Vietnam and be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before. Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight
Day 9 Arrive in Australia
• Return international flights (economy class) from SYD/ MEL/*BNE/*ADL/PER
• 1 Night cruising Halong Bay
• Sail aboard a traditional Vietnamese Junk Boat
• 6 nights hotel accommodation
• 10 meals including daily breakfast
• English-speaking local guides (Days 4 and 5)
Transportation by A/C vehicles
Return Airport Transfers
Valid for sale from 1st July 2018 until the 31st August 2018. Full payment is required at the time of booking due to this offer being heavily discounted and available for a limited time only.
After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
Please Note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant (unless otherwise stated).
Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 20th December 2018. Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share.
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement applies:
- 9 Day Package - $250
- 12 Day Package - $350
Departure Dates (2018):
November 8, 15, 22, 29
^**December 4, 6, 13, 20
Surcharges Please note: dates/months with a ^, *or ** incur a high season surcharge per person.
^ Land high season surcharge: $100 per person
* Flight high season surcharge: $250 per person
** Flight peak season surcharge: $550 per person
Departure Cities Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide or Perth.
Interstate Surcharges *Brisbane or *Adelaide: $150 per person
Full Service Airline(s) Used Vietnam Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Virgin Australia, Korean Airlines, Thai Airways, Japan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability). Domestic Airline(s) Used Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air (subject availability).
Arrive early in Hanoi, Vietnam
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note: - This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers. - No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued. - Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
Stay behind in Hanoi, Vietnam
(9 Day Package only) or Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (12 Day Package only) $200 per person, subject to availability.
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking. Stopover Packages Not available.
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Unavailable.
- Business Class: Buy now for $3999 per person.
Please note: - All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
Cabins All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views
9 DAY PACKAGE
3 Star (self-rated) - Hanoi: Flower Hotel, Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel or Adamas Hotel
- Halong Bay: Majestic Cruise
- Sapa: Panorama Hotel or Sapa Vista Hotel
12 DAY PACKAGE
3 Star (self-rated) - Ho Chi Minh City: Le Duy Hotel, Asian Ruby or Ha Hien Hotel
Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
Extra Nights 9 Day Package
- Hanoi (Pre Tour): $70 per room including breakfast
- Hanoi (Post Tour): $70 per room including breakfast
12 Day Package with Ho Chi Minh City Extension
- Hanoi (Pre Tour): $70 per room including breakfast
- Ho Chi Minh City (Post Tour): $70 per room including breakfast
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
Triple Share No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies (subject to availability).
Bedding Configuration 2 x single or 1 x queen/king (subject to availability).
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.
GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION
Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 20 per vehicle. Optional Tours / Activities Day 7: Hanoi City Tour - $80 AUD
- prices are per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability)
- In the case an optional tour is cancelled whilst in Vietnam, please contact TripADeal reservations upon return to arrange reimbursement.
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- Visa fees and requirements (A visa for Vietnam is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: $10 AUD per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour.
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
Hanoi: Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate with plentiful precipitation. The city experiences the typical climate of northern Vietnam, with 4 distinct seasons. Summer, from May until August, is characterised by hot and humid weather with abundant rainfall usually falling in the afternoons. September to October is fall, characterised by a decrease in temperature and precipitation. Winter, from November to January, is dry and cool by national standards. The city is usually cloudy and foggy in winter, averaging only 1.5 hours of sunshine per day in February and March.
Sapa: The climate of Hoàng Liên National Park is unique in Vietnam. It is highly seasonal, with a subtropical climate in the summer and a temperate climate during the winter. Under the Köppen climate classification, Sa Pa has a subtropical highland climate. Mean annual temperature for Sa Pa town is 15.4 °C, with a maximum of 29.4 °C and a minimum of 1.0 °C. The warmest months are July and August, and the coldest months are December and January.
Ho Chi Minh City: The city has a tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate, with an average humidity of 78–82%. The year is divided into two distinct seasons. The rainy season, with an average rainfall of about 1,800 millimetres annually (about 150 rainy days per year falling primarily in the afternoons), usually begins in May and ends in late October. The dry season lasts from December to April. The average temperature is 28 °C, with little variation throughout the year.
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.
Tour Leader: An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
Meals: Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.
Luggage: You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of their luggage from the coach.
Gratuities: Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is $10 AUD per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour.
Fitness Level Required / Mobility: Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so, unfortunately, our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note: A basic level of fitness will be required. If you will be participating in the treks on days 4 & 5 a moderate level of fitness is recommended. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/ travel.
To enter Vietnam on an Australian Passport, you must have a valid and appropriate visa, a visa exemption document or a written approval letter for a visa to be issued on arrival. Use the Government of Vietnam’s online information portal for visa-related information - http://visa.mofa.gov.vn/ Homepage.aspx From December 2017, Australians are eligible to apply online for a single entry electronic visa (e-visa), valid for up to a maximum of 30 days. Lodge your application online (for a non-refundable fee) with the Vietnamese National Web Portal of Immigration - https://www. xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/ . You will be given a unique code to track your visa application status. Once your visa is granted, you must print it out and present it at check in. Keep this e-visa print out with you at all times during your travel in Vietnam. Some private online visa services and travel agents have scammed travellers or been involved in the public disclosure of the personal information of applicants for visas and ‘visa issued on arrival’ approval letters. To avoid such scams, only use official Government of Vietnam services to arrange your visa. Alternatively you can start your Visa application process once you receive your final travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure. A Vietnam Visa support letter will be provided on request via your travel documentation for $15 USD per person. You can then arrange your Visa at the border for $25 USD per person with 2 passport size photos. Alternatively you are welcome to arrange your Visa prior to departure through the consulate directly. Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam for up-to-date information. Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.
We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.
SCHEDULE OF FEES
Voluntary Changes This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
- 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
- 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
- Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
- Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
- Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply