Shaped like an elongated ‘S’, Vietnam stretches along the east coast of the Indochinese Peninsula. A local metaphor likens it to a long bamboo pole hung with two baskets of rice, represented by the two fertile regions at either end of the country. The lush Red River Delta and the highlands in the north, known for their magnificent scenery and colourful hill tribes, complement the agricultural plains and floating markets of the Mekong Delta in the south perfectly.read more/less
The impact of Japanese and Chinese trade, French occupation and American intervention has had on obvious influence on Vietnam. These influences are readily apparent in the vivid legacy from different cultures evident in the character of its towns, as well as in the architecture and food. The quaint town of Hoi An, once a major trading port, boasts the perfectly preserved architectural influences of the Asian merchants from the north, while the broad leafy boulevards of the capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are reminiscent of France.
Bangkok, meaning the ‘city of angels’, is often described as crowded and noisy, yet the city is full of culture, historic sites and beautifully authentic food:
Travelling to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is like throwing yourself into a mad melee of a metropolis, decadent and often squalid, but extremely traveller-friendly. Locals welcome those who holiday in Bangkok with wide smiles and amid all the chaos and congestion there are hidden gems to discover. Bangkok is also the gateway to Thailand’s legendary beach resorts and is ideal for those travelling on a budget.read more/less
A Bangkok holiday is particularly popular among young backpackers, simply because they are catered for in many cheap hostels. There is, however, a vast array of accommodation to suit all budgets in this tourist-oriented city. Despite popular belief, the city is also very child friendly and with many zoos, play parks and educational museums, the city even caters for families who have young ones.
HANOI & BANGKOK
Feel the excitement of Bangkok at your very doorstep. Amari Watergate Bangkok puts you in the heart of the vibrant Pratunam neighbourhood in down town Petchburi, known for its bustling landscape of shopping bazaars and lifestyle malls. We place you just steps away from all it has to offer.
Start your morning with fresh dishes at Amaya Food Gallery, our signature dining that features live cooking stations. Revitalise and awaken the senses amongst the lively energy of the Thai capital at Breeze Spa or take pictures of the sun sinking beneath the skyscrapers at the outdoor garden terrace.
Sit back and relax after a long day sipping beverages and pastries at the Lobby Lounge. Whether you’re in town for business or leisure, romance or family fun, we’ll delight you with the best that Bangkok has to offer.
Discover the stunning natural beauty of Ha Long Bay with this breathtaking full day tour. Travel through the picturesque villages of northern Vietnam before boarding a traditional Chinese junk to sail through placid waters dotted with some 2,000 islets. Explore the many limestone karsts and enjoy a seafood buffet while taking in the bay’s paradisiacal scenery.Highlights- Set your eyes on loads of limestone karsts – Listen up and hear all about the legends and myths – Roam around a quaint fishing village and rub shoulders with the locals Escape the organised chaos of Hanoi and head into the bucolic countryside, admiring the pastoral scenes during the three-and-a-half-hour drive to Ha Long Bay.read more/less
There will be a break at a handicraft centre en route. Board the junk at Ha Long City and receive a welcome drink for the cruise in the bay, which is famous for the spectacular limestone karsts jutting out of the peaceful green waters.
Highlights of Hanoi
This is a wonderful morning tour that encompasses all the important attractions of Hanoi. The first stop will be at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum; in the traditional of Lenin, Stalin and Mao, the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh is a glass sarcophagus set deep in the bowels of a monumental edifice that has become a site of pilgrimage. Then you will continue walking through the beautiful botanical garden of the Presidential Palace to visit Uncle Ho’s humble house, the modest dwelling he built based on rural Vietnamese stilt house and where Ho lived for the last years of his life before visiting of the One Pillar Pagoda, built of wood on a single stone pillar, is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, symbol of purity.read more/less
Then you will be on board the coach to visit of the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam. This temple constitutes a rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture. Finally we will reach the Old Quarter, marked by Hoan Kiem Lake which is considered the heart city Centre. Take quick time to wander around the bustling streets in the Old Quarter before returning your hotel.
For R2200pp more upgrade to the 5 star Amari Watergate
Return airfare from Johannesburg with taxes
Share twin accommodation in tourist class hotels with breakfast
4 nights in Hanoi
2 nights in Bangkok
Full Day Halong Bay cruise with lunch
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