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2 for 1 Vietnam

Operated by TripADeal
Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Pu Luong Nature Reserve & more
Experience the stunning landscapes of Vietnam on a small group tour
Sail among the tranquil waters & limestone islands of Ha Long Bay
Dates: 30 Sep 2024 - 17 Dec 2025
Earn & Use Qantas Points
Return international full-service flights for 2 people
6 nights 4-star hotel accommodation & 15 meals
3 nights resort accommodation in the heart of Pu Luong Nature Reserve
Enjoy an overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay on a traditional Vietnamese Junk
Overview
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Overview

Embark on an unforgettable small group tour to experience the very best of North Vietnam. North Vietnam holds a special energy unlike anywhere else in South East Asia - with its bustling capital city, traditional mountain villages and picture perfect rice terraces, North Vietnam is an experience within itself.

Begin by exploring the capital city of Hanoi on a guided walking tour, and visit local markets, a sacred Taoist temple and more. Next up, set sail among the serene waters and limestone islands of Ha Long Bay, and uncover the incredible stalactites and stalagmites of Sung Sot Cave before returning to the charming Hanoi. Then, immerse yourself in the stunning nature and traditional villages of Pu Luong Reserve, including a visit to the isolated Kho Muong village. Marvel at the towering limestone karst formations on a boat ride in Tam Coc and discover Bich Dong Pagoda.

This once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience includes return international flights, 6 nights 4-star hotel accommodation, 3 nights accommodation at the beautiful Pu Luong Nature Reserve, 15 meals and more! Book now to secure a spot uncovering incredible North Vietnam!

Want to see more of Vietnam? Choose the 17-day extension package starting from an additional $1700 for two people and explore the colourful ancient town of Hoi An and bustling Ho Chi Minh City! Alternatively, upgrade to our Luxury accommodation package, or add extra days to your itinerary with Arrive Early in Hanoi or Stay Behind in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City in the checkout section.

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Enjoy small group touring with max 20 travellers per departure
  • Experience the welcoming hospitality and culture of Vietnam
  • Sail among the tranquil waters and limestone islands of Ha Long Bay
  • Discover life in Hanoi on a guided walking tour of Hanoi
  • Explore the stunning nature and quaint villages of Pu Luong Reserve
  • Visit the traditional Thai villages of Kho Muong and Ban Don
  • Enjoy a leisurely trek to the beautiful Hieu Waterfall
  • Marvel at the towering limestone karst formations on a boat ride in Tam Coc
  • Visit Bich Dong Pagoda,  first built in 1428 on the Truong Yen limestone mountains range.
FLIGHTS
  • Return international flights (economy class), departure city surcharges may apply
CRUISE


  • Overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay
ACCOMMODATION
  • 6 nights 4-star hotel accommodation (or 5-star hotel accommodation for the luxury package)
  • 3 nights 3-star resort accommodation in the beautiful Pu Luong Nature Reserve (or 4-star resort accommodation for the luxury package)
DINING
  • Enjoy 15 meals, including daily breakfast
ESSENTIALS
  • English speaking local tour guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
TRANSFERS
  • Return airport transfers
17 Days with Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City Extension

All of the above, plus the following:

  • 2 x Domestic flight: Hanoi - Hoi An; Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City
  • 5 additional nights of premium or luxury hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy 5 additional meals
Itinerary 1
Premium Itinerary starting from $3999 for 2 people
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) - Hanoi, Vietnam

Today depart Australia (or New Zealand) for your flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. On arrival, be picked up by a tour representative and transferred to the hotel.

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be available to depart the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents, issued 4-6 weeks before departure.

Overnight: Hanoi (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Hanoi

After breakfast, begin a walking tour to discover the real life of Hanoi people. Visit a local market and mingle with the vendors, stroll around the picturesque West Lake and enter Quan Thanh, a sacred Taoist temple and Cua Bach Parish Church, a Roman Catholic church built in the early 20th century by the French administration and one of the most beautiful in Hanoi.

After the walking tour, you may return to your accommodation and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Overnight: Hanoi (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Hanoi to Ha Long Bay - Overnight Cruise

For approximately 180 kilometres, journey past farmlands and rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay.

Embark on board your traditional junk-style vessel for an overnight cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed area. Settle into your deck chair and cruise through picturesque emerald waters while marvelling at the towering limestone karst islands.

Enjoy a seafood lunch 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. Cruise further into the bay to visit a pearl farm before watching a cooking demonstration featuring traditional Vietnamese cuisine, followed by dinner on board. Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks.

Please note: We recommend packing an overnight bag only for your cruise. The remainder of your luggage will be securely stored or you can take all of your belongings onboard if you’d prefer.

Overnight: Ha Long Bay (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Ha Long Bay Cruise to Hanoi

After breakfast, climb aboard the tender for a visit to Sung Sot Cave (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 a light brunch on board, followed by a relaxing trip back into port, where you will disembark and return approximately 180 kilometres to Hanoi.



Upon arrival, check into the hotel for an evening at leisure. Alternatively, join the below optional evening activity (not included).



Optional Activity: Water puppet performance and Vietnamese dinner ($60 per person)


Sit back and watch a traditional and unique performance of water puppetry originating in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. Each show lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes lively illustrative Vietnamese pastoral scenes of rural daily life as well as fairy legends.



Afterwards head into the Old Quarter and feast on a dinner of authentic dishes such as Goi Cuon Tom Thit (fresh rice paper roll with prawn and pork), Pho bo (noodle soup with beef), Bun Cha (BBQ Vietnamese pork meatballs with noodles), Goi Ga Hoa Chuoi (banana blossom salad with chicken) and Che Nep Dua (sticky rice in coconut cream).



Please note: Depending on the timing of the water puppet performance, dinner may be enjoyed prior to the show.

Overnight: Hanoi (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 5 Hanoi - Tam Coc, Ninh Binh

This morning you will depart to Tam Coc, in the Ninh Binh province, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way. Upon arrival, your guide will take you to Hoa Lu, the ancient royal capital of Vietnam. Here you will visit the Dinh King and Le King temples from the 10th Century, learning about the heroic histories of these two kings during the Chinese wars. Afterwards continue to Tam Coc where you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, enjoy a bamboo boat ride on the Hoang Long River to see Tam Coc (three caves). It takes approximately two hours to go up and down the river and along the way you witness local fisherfolk, village life, and of course, the striking limestone karst formations that Tam Coc is famous for.

In the early evening, arrive at the hotel where you will enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ninh Binh (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 6 Trang An Grotto - Bich Dong Pagoda

After breakfast, drive to the Trang An - Ecotourism Complex. The site features worldwide value for geological, geomorphological, archaeological and aesthetic tectonics, which has been honoured by UNESCO as a Natural World Heritage site. Here enjoy another 2-hour bamboo boat journey to admire its wonderful beauty known as the “Ha Long Bay on land”. Enjoy a lovely lunch at a local restaurant with many traditional dishes, and Vietnamese tea, before continuing onwards to Bich Dong Pagoda.

Overnight: Ninh Binh (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 7 Ninh Binh – Pu Luong Nature Reserve

After breakfast, head to Pu Luong Nature Reserve with a stop at Phat Diem Church along the way to admire its architectural beauty. Upon arrival in Pu Luong Nature Reserve, check into Pu Luong Eco Garden check in and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Please note: your accommodation in Pu Luong is located on a hillside and involves steps to get to and from reception to your rooms. Due to the layout of the property there will not be lift-accessed rooms available.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve is a nature reserve located in Thanh Hoa Province, in the northern part of Vietnam. The reserve covers an area of over 17,600 hectares and is situated between the two districts of Ba Thuoc and Quan Hoa.

The nature reserve is known for its stunning natural beauty, with picturesque terraced rice fields, towering limestone mountains, and lush green forests. The area is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including many endangered species such as the langur monkey, Delacour's langur, and the clouded leopard.

Visitors to the reserve can take part in a range of activities such as hiking, trekking, and mountain biking. The reserve is also home to several traditional Thai villages, where visitors can experience the local culture and way of life.

Overnight: Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Kho Muong Village and Ban Don Village

After breakfast this morning, drive a short distance from your accommodation to the traditional Thai villages of Kho Muong & Ban Don, enjoying beautiful valley views of terrace rice fields along the way.

Here you will enjoy a stroll around these charming villages, taking in the charm of the local Thai tribe and their culture, before setting off on a leisurely hike in the surrounding mountain area. Walk through the natural reserve zone, looking out for caves and waterfalls along the way.

Finish the day back at Pu Luong Eco Garden where you may enjoy a relaxing evening and dinner.

Please note: Today will involve walks on walking trails which will include some steep sections and require a moderate level of fitness. Travellers uncomfortable with the walking required this day are welcome to spend the day relaxing poolside at your accommodation and your guide will provide you with more information on the walking required on tour.

Overnight: Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Hieu Waterfall

After breakfast, depart for Hieu Village and begin an easy trek to Hieu Waterfall. Walk along the small road trail, through the terrace by the green and yellow rice fields and jungle to reach Hieu Waterfall. Take the opportunity to swim at this beautiful waterfall or admire it from below. Afterwards, return to the hotel and enjoy your own time at leisure at the retreat.

Please note: Today will involve walks on walking trails which will include some steep sections and require a moderate level of fitness. Travellers uncomfortable with the walking required this day are welcome to spend the day relaxing poolside at your accommodation and your guide will provide you with more information on the walking required on tour.

Overnight: Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Pu Luong - Hanoi

After breakfast, take your time to relax at the resort or explore the village. Late in the morning, depart Pu Luong for Hanoi.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hanoi (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Hanoi Departure

Enjoy this morning at leisure until transferring to the airport at the appropriate time for the flight back to Australia.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 12 Arrive Australia (or New Zealand)

Itinerary 2
Hoi An & HCMC Extension starting from $5699 for 2
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) - Hanoi, Vietnam

Today depart Australia (or New Zealand) for your flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. On arrival, be picked up by a tour representative and transferred to the hotel.

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be available to depart the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents, issued 4-6 weeks before departure.

Overnight: Hanoi (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Hanoi

After breakfast, begin a walking tour to discover the real life of Hanoi people. Visit a local market and mingle with the vendors, stroll around the picturesque West Lake and enter Quan Thanh, a sacred Taoist temple and Cua Bach Parish Church, a Roman Catholic church built in the early 20th century by the French administration and one of the most beautiful in Hanoi.

After the walking tour, you may return to your accommodation and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Overnight: Hanoi (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Hanoi to Ha Long Bay - Overnight Cruise

For approximately 180 kilometres, journey past farmlands and rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay.

Embark on board your traditional junk-style vessel for an overnight cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed area. Settle into your deck chair and cruise through picturesque emerald waters while marvelling at the towering limestone karst islands.

Enjoy a seafood lunch 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. Cruise further into the bay to visit a pearl farm before watching a cooking demonstration featuring traditional Vietnamese cuisine, followed by dinner on board. Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks.

Please note: We recommend packing an overnight bag only for your cruise. The remainder of your luggage will be securely stored or you can take all of your belongings onboard if you’d prefer.

Overnight: Ha Long Bay (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Ha Long Bay Cruise to Hanoi

After breakfast, climb aboard the tender for a visit to Sung Sot Cave (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 a light brunch on board, followed by a relaxing trip back into port, where you will disembark and return approximately 180 kilometres to Hanoi.




Upon arrival, check into the hotel for an evening at leisure. Alternatively, join the below optional evening activity (not included).



Optional Activity: Water puppet performance and Vietnamese dinner ($60 per person)


Sit back and watch a traditional and unique performance of water puppetry originating in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. Each show lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes lively illustrative Vietnamese pastoral scenes of rural daily life as well as fairy legends.



Afterwards head into the Old Quarter and feast on a dinner of authentic dishes such as Goi Cuon Tom Thit (fresh rice paper roll with prawn and pork), Pho bo (noodle soup with beef), Bun Cha (BBQ Vietnamese pork meatballs with noodles), Goi Ga Hoa Chuoi (banana blossom salad with chicken) and Che Nep Dua (sticky rice in coconut cream).



Please note: Depending on the timing of the water puppet performance, dinner may be enjoyed prior to the show.

Overnight: Hanoi (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 5 Hanoi - Tam Coc, Ninh Binh

This morning you will depart to Tam Coc, in the Ninh Binh province, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way. Upon arrival, your guide will take you to Hoa Lu, the ancient royal capital of Vietnam. Here you will visit the Dinh King and Le King temples from the 10th Century, learning about the heroic histories of these two kings during the Chinese wars. Afterwards continue to Tam Coc where you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, enjoy a bamboo boat ride on the Hoang Long River to see Tam Coc (three caves). It takes approximately two hours to go up and down the river and along the way you witness local fisherfolk, village life, and of course, the striking limestone karst formations that Tam Coc is famous for.

In the early evening, arrive at the hotel where you will enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ninh Binh (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 6 Trang An Grotto - Bich Dong Pagoda

After breakfast, drive to the Trang An - Ecotourism Complex. The site features worldwide value for geological, geomorphological, archaeological and aesthetic tectonics, which has been honoured by UNESCO as a Natural World Heritage site. Here enjoy another 2-hour bamboo boat journey to admire its wonderful beauty known as the “Ha Long Bay on land”. Enjoy a lovely lunch at a local restaurant with many traditional dishes, and Vietnamese tea, before continuing onwards to Bich Dong Pagoda before returning to the hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Ninh Binh (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 7 Ninh Binh – Pu Luong Nature Reserve

After breakfast, head to Pu Luong Nature Reserve with a stop at Phat Diem Church along the way to admire its architectural beauty. Upon arrival in Pu Luong Nature Reserve, check into Pu Luong Eco Garden check in and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Please note: your accommodation in Pu Luong is located on a hillside and involves steps to get to and from reception to your rooms. Due to the layout of the property there will not be lift-accessed rooms available.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve is a nature reserve located in Thanh Hoa Province, in the northern part of Vietnam. The reserve covers an area of over 17,600 hectares and is situated between the two districts of Ba Thuoc and Quan Hoa.

The nature reserve is known for its stunning natural beauty, with picturesque terraced rice fields, towering limestone mountains, and lush green forests. The area is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including many endangered species such as the langur monkey, Delacour's langur, and the clouded leopard.

Visitors to the reserve can take part in a range of activities such as hiking, trekking, and mountain biking. The reserve is also home to several traditional Thai villages, where visitors can experience the local culture and way of life.

Overnight: Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Kho Muong Village and Ban Don Village

After breakfast this morning, drive a short distance from your accommodation to the traditional Thai villages of Kho Muong & Ban Don, enjoying beautiful valley views of terrace rice fields along the way.

Here you will enjoy a stroll around these charming villages, taking in the charm of the local Thai tribe and their culture, before setting off on a leisurely hike in the surrounding mountain area. Walk through the natural reserve zone, looking out for caves and waterfalls along the way.

Finish the day back at Pu Luong Eco Garden where you may enjoy a relaxing evening and dinner.

Please note: Today will involve walks on walking trails which will include some steep sections and require a moderate level of fitness. Travellers uncomfortable with the walking required this day are welcome to spend the day relaxing poolside at your accommodation and your guide will provide you with more information on the walking required on tour.

Overnight: Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Hieu Waterfall

After breakfast, depart for Hieu Village and begin an easy trek to Hieu Waterfall. Walk along the small road trail, through the terrace by the green and yellow rice fields and jungle to reach Hieu Waterfall. Take the opportunity to swim at this beautiful waterfall or admire it from below. Afterwards, return to the hotel and enjoy your own time at leisure at the retreat.

Please note: Today will involve walks on walking trails which will include some steep sections and require a moderate level of fitness. Travellers uncomfortable with the walking required this day are welcome to spend the day relaxing poolside at your accommodation and your guide will provide you with more information on the walking required on tour.

Overnight: Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Pu Luong - Hanoi

After breakfast, take your time to relax at the resort or explore the village. Late in the morning, depart Pu Luong for Hanoi.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hanoi (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Hanoi to Hoi An

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation in Hoi An.

Overnight: Hoi An (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Hoi An Free Day

Spend the day exploring the city on your own or alternatively join one, or both of the below optional activities (not included).

Optional Activity: Discover My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site ($80 per person)
Depart early for the journey to My Son (approximately 40 kilometres, 75 minutes), one of the most extensive collections of Cham remains and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site. My Son was once the capital and religious centre of the Champa Kingdom and is believed to be the longest-inhabited archaeological site in Indochina. Wander through what remains of the 7th to 13th century BC temples that once stood here and imagine the influence of the former kingdom. Located in a valley overlooked by Hon Quap (Cat’s Tooth Mountain) the sides of which are covered in thick jungle, these mountains are the source of the Thu Bon River, a holy river that flows through the site. Following lunch at a local restaurant (included), return back to Hoi An.

Optional Activity: Explore a local market and join a cooking class ($60 per person)
This afternoon, head to Hoi An’s colourful local market and soak in the buzzing atmosphere, breathe in the aromas, and take the opportunity to interact with the local sellers. Accompanied by your local chef, purchase some of the ingredients used in your cooking workshop. Continue to Tra Que, a picturesque village a short distance from the centre of town, and meet some of the farmers. Learn more about this community farm project and the traditional techniques including fertilising with seaweed before stepping inside to start your workshop. Watch as the chef guides you through several home-style recipes including a savoury pancake wrapped in rice paper before sitting down to savour your dishes.

Overnight: Hoi An (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Hoi An Free Day

Today, enjoy a day free at leisure to continue exploring this fascinating town. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to join the below optional tour (not included).

Optional Tour: Ba Na Hills, Golden Bridge - Da Nang Full Day Tour ($170 per person)
Early this morning you will be picked up from the hotel and travel to Ba Na Hill Station on the outskirts of Da Nang. Take a cable car to Ba Na Hills to enjoy amazing views. Here you will visit an old French cellar (Debay Ancient Wine Cellar), a flower garden - Le Jardin D’amour, Linh Ung Pagoda, a wax statue museum and the iconic Golden Bridge. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore this resort park before travelling onwards to Da Nang where lunch will be provided. In the afternoon, return to Hoi An where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hoi An (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast you will be transferred to nearby Da Nang airport for your onwards flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) which is located in the south of the country (approximately 1 and a half hour flight).

Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel accommodation where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City

Today, enjoy a day at leisure to discover Ho Chi Minh City or take the opportunity to join the amazing half day tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels (not included).

Optional Tour: Cu Chi Tunnels ($55 per person)
Journey approximately 60 kilometres to the Cu Chi Tunnels, constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the country’s long fight for independence. Watch a short introduction video to learn more about their construction before exploring a section of tunnels used as hospitals, schools, kitchens, weapon storage, command centres and living quarters. The hidden tunnel system was an excellent way for the Vietcong to move around the countryside undetected by foreign troops and was at one stage home to around 10,000 people.

View the remains of American tanks and numerous bomb craters before returning to Ho Chi Minh City where you will have the option of being dropped back at the hotel, or at the nearby War Remnants Museum (entrance not included).

Afterwards, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh (Premium or Luxury Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 Ho Chi Minh Departure

Today is the last day in Vietnam! You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport for your return flight home after the trip of a lifetime. A packed breakfast will be provided for travellers with an early departure.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 17 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Important Info

Booking information
 
After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form 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 and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.
 
CANCELLATION POLICY 
Covid-19 Booking Policy  
TripADeal Tour packages are non-refundable. If your Tour package is affected by Covid-19-related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other package available via the TripADeal website. 
 
Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the tour operator you are due to stay with. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19. 
 
Please note: All additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated). 
 
Offer essentials
 
This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 17th December 2025.
 
This travel offer is priced for two people based on a twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement  
For solo travellers, no discount applies (a twin-share voucher must be purchased). 
 
Departure Dates 
Premium Package: 2024 
October: †°23, †°30
November: †°6, †°7, †°13, †°14, †°20, †°21, †°27, †°28
December: †°4, †°**5, †°9, †°^12, †°*16, †°^23, †°^^30 
 
Premium Package: 2025 
January: °^^3, °**6, °^8, °**10, °**13, °**15, °**17
February: °*5, °*12, °*17, °26, °28
March: °3, °5, °7, °10, °12, °14, °17, °19, °20, °24, °26, °28, °31
April: °*2, °**9, °^16, °*23, °**28, °30
May: 1, 2, 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 28, 29
June: 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 18, 25
July: *2, 3, *9, *16, 23, 30
August: 6, 13, 20, 25, 27, 29
September: 3, 5, 8, 10, **15, **17, **18, **24
October: °*1, °*8, °15, °22, °29
November: °5, °7, °10, °12, °14, °17, °19, °*26
December: °**3, °**10, °^17 
 
Luxury Package: 2024 
September: *30
October: °2, °9, °21, °28, °30
November: °7, °18, °25
December: °4, °*16 
 
Luxury Package: 2025 
January: °^8, °**15
February: °*5, °*12, °19, °26
March: °5, °12, °19, °26
April: °*2, °*9, °^16, °*23, °30
May: 7, 14, 21, 28
June: 4, 11, 18, 25
July: *2, *9, *16, 23, 30
August: 6, 13, 20, 27
September: 3, 10, **17, **24
October: °*1, °*8, °15, °22, °29
November: °5, °12, °19, °*26
December: °**3, °**10, °^17
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability. 
 
Surcharges   
Please note:
• Dates/months with a † incur a high season surcharge of $50 per person.
• Dates/months with a ° incur a high season surcharge of $150 per person ($200 per person Extension Package).
• Dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $300 per person.
• Dates/months with a ** incur a high season surcharge of $550 per person. 
• Dates/months with a ^ incur a high season surcharge of $800 per person. 
• Dates/months with a ^^ incur a high season surcharge of $1250 per person.  
 
Departure Cities  
Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide, Perth or *Auckland. 
  
Departure City Surcharges  
• Brisbane: $250 per person.
• Adelaide: $300 per person.
• Auckland: $550 per person. 
 
Flights

Full-Service Airline(s) Used
• Cabin Class: Economy Class
• Airlines: Vietnam Airlines, China Airlines, Singapore Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific and partners (subject to availability). 
Please note: TripADeal cannot accommodate one-way flights. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 
 
Preferred Airline Surcharge
• Cabin Class: Economy Class
• Singapore Airlines: $350 per person 
• Vietnam Airlines: $350 per person 
• Malaysian Airlines: $350 per person 
Please note: 
• Preferred airlines are subject to availability. If we are unable to fulfil your request, the above extra cost will be refunded.
• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed, subject to aircraft configuration.
• Preferred airline refers to the marketing carrier and could include codeshare partners. 
 
Arrive Early Options
Hanoi - $300 per person
High season dates range up to $700 per person, subject to availability 
Please note:
• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
• You may book a date to arrive early via our website but only a date that is within 30 days of the tour departure date. If you wish to arrive earlier than 30 days before your tour departure date, please call our friendly staff for availability and pricing. Additional costs may apply
• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.
• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
• A high season arrive early can be purchased for up to $700 per person, subject to availability.
• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):

  • 18th March 2024 - 30th April 2024
  • 1st June 2024 - 14th August 2024
  • 23rd September 2024 - 20th October 2024
  • 6th December 2024 - 31st January 2025
  • 28th March 2025 - 27th March 2025
  • 16th June 2025 - 20th July 2025
  • 15th September 2025 - 12th October 2025
  • 1st December 2025 - 31st January 2026

 
 
Stay Behind Options
Hanoi $300 per person (Itinerary 1 only)
Ho Chi Minh City - $300 per person (Itinerary 2 only)
High season dates: up to $700 per person, subject to availability 
Please note:
• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
• A stay behind can only be booked up to one month after your package end date upon check-out. Should you wish to stay later, please contact us to request availability. Additional costs may apply.
• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.
• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
• A high season stay behind can be purchased for up to $700 per person, subject to availability.
• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):

  • 18th March 2024 - 30th April 2024
  • 1st June 2024 - 14th August 2024
  • 23rd September 2024 - 20th October 2024
  • 6th December 2024 - 31st January 2025
  • 28th March 2025 - 27th March 2025
  • 16th June 2025 - 20th July 2025
  • 15th September 2025 - 12th October 2025
  • 1st December 2025 - 31st January 2026

 
 
Stopover Packages
Not available
 
Flight Class Upgrades
Business Class or Premium Economy: For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout.
Please note: 
• Flight upgrades are subject to availability (if we cannot fulfil your request, the upgrade cost will be refunded).
• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed; subject to aircraft configuration.
 
Domestic Flight Information
Baggage allowance per person
Hand carry-on luggage: 7 kilograms
Checked baggage allowance: 20 kilograms
 

Accommodation

Accommodation Used
Premium Package
4-Star Properties
Hanoi: Flower Garden Hotel or similar
Ninh Binh: The Reed Hotel or similar
Hoi An: River Beach Resort & Residences or similar
Ho Chi Minh City: Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel or similar
 
3-Star Properties
Pu Luong: Pu Luong Eco Garden 
 
Not Rated
Ha Long Bay: Le Journey Cruise or similar
 
Luxury Package
5-Star Properties
Hanoi: Pan Pacific Hanoi or similar
Ninh Binh: Ninh Binh Legend or similar
Hoi An: La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa or similar
Ho Chi Minh City: Hotel Majestic Saigon or similar
 
3-Star Properties (self rated)
Pu Luong: Ebino Pu Luong Resort or similar
 
Luxury Package (Not Rated)
Ha Long Bay: Mila Cruise or similar
 
Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type and are subject to availability based on seasonality. In the instance a property is not available, a similar standard of accommodation will be provided. Properties will be confirmed and included in your travel pack, which you will receive 4-6 weeks before travel.
 
Extra Nights
Not available at check-out. 
Please note: If you are interested in booking additional nights of accommodation pre or post-tour, please wait until you receive your travel documentation approximately 4-6 weeks before departure for the confirmed list of hotels. If booking your own additional accommodation directly with the hotel, please be aware that you may be required to change rooms at the start/end of your tour. 
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
• No child discounts. The full price applies to all children travelling with their parents.
• Valid for Children 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 are allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or double bedding (subject to availability).
 
General information

Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 20 per vehicle.
Please note: a Small Group Tour is defined as a tour with no more than 20 travellers per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours/Activities
Day 4: Traditional Vietnamese dinner and water puppet show - $60 per person
 
Extension Package Only
Day 12: Discover My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site - $80 per person
Day 12: Explore a local market and join a cooking class - $60 per person
Day 13: Ba Na Hills, Golden Bridge and Da Nang full-day tour: $170 per person
Day 15: Cu Chi Tunnels tour - $55 per person
Please note:
• Prices are based 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 before submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability). 
• Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
 
Exclusions

• Visa fees and requirements 
• Domestic transfers and flights not stated in the deal offer
• Meals/beverages not stated in the deal offer
• Highly recommended gratuities/tipping 
• Optional activities/tours 
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance
 
Other important information

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 the history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction where they are guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves it 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 at 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 art, architecture, or historical knowledge. 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 required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
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 Autumn, 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.
 
Pu Luong
Pu Luong also has four distinct seasons in North Viet Nam: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. As in the sub-tropical climate zone, the temperature in Pu Luong normally falls between 18 °C and 38 °C.
 
It is said that the best time to visit Pu Luong is during its two crops harvesting times: from late May to early June or in September and October. From the top of the valley, you can see the panoramic of stunning evenly rice fields covering stepped-like mountainous slopes and surrounded by immense green forests in the sunlight. The fall climate in September and October will be more suitable for Westerners than the hot and humid summer months. But there is something more about this land to discover than it is just in its golden time and to avoid peak travel season.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points: 
At TripADeal, we do not arrange seat selection. It is essential to highlight that some airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the airline directly with seating allocation requirements and/or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity
Customers must provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days before the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. Customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred in this instance.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals
15 meals in total are included in the package. For meals not included, the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on tour. You must carry your own luggage from the vehicle to the hotel room and back to the vehicle. The driver will assist with the uploading and unloading of bags from the vehicle.
 
OTHER
Mobility
If you would love to travel with TripADeal and require wheelchair access please contact our friendly sales and service team to inquire on your behalf.
 
Fitness Level Required
A moderate level of fitness will be required. 
This tour will involve some walking on uneven hiking trails and some steep sections in Pu Luong Nature reserve. Guests using any walking aid other than a walking stick would be advised to reconsider as surfaces may be uneven, alternatively they can opt out of walking based activities in Pu Luong and relax at the resort instead.
 
Please note: If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping
Land
Gratuities (tips) are not included for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The highly recommended tip if you are happy with the services received is $10 AUD per person per day paid in local currency. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected on tour. For days where no touring is provided, but transfer services are provided, tipping is optional, but appreciated by drivers/guides. For free days at leisure tipping is not expected.
 
Please note: Tipping for services provided is always a matter of personal discretion; however, please be aware that many locals consider tipping part of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment; there's no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Sightseeing
Please note: If entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary, where possible, may be adjusted, or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
 
Shopping
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all your receipts. 
 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
 
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding shopping for further information.
 
Visas

Australian passport holders 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 printout with you at all times during your travel to Vietnam.
 
Some private online visa services and travel agents have scammed travellers or have 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.
 
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.
Important: 
• Please start arranging your visa three weeks before departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
• Visa rules may have changed since Covid-19. Some countries and airlines may require you to obtain an additional visa before arrival. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Please note: 
• Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.
• It is also important to note that some areas of employment, such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations, may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required.
 
Travel insurance

Embarking on your next trip is exciting, and while you hope the unexpected does not happen, it is best to be prepared. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance when making your booking. Whether it’s a potential medical emergency, a flight cancellation, a delayed suitcase, or an unforeseen event, it's important to ensure you're adequately protected. For more information or advice visit https://www.tripadeal.com.au/travel-insurance
Schedule of fees

Voluntary Changes
Includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
 • Changes - $100.00 per booking + additional charges from the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.
 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
• If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $100.00 per booking + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.
 
Supplier Fees
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are unavailable from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. If TripADeal cannot obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.