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Top Trip Memories

  • A sailing cruise in Ha  Long  Bay, also known as “Bay of Descending Dragons.”
  • Explore the underground Cu Chi Tunnels cave which was once used as a hiding spot by Viet Cong Guerillas.
  • Seeing the rich rice fields of Mekong Delta.
  • If you are into kite and windsurfing activities then you do not want to miss Mui Ne; and a short distance from it leads to its famous sand dunes.
  • Relaxing in one of the largest island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc.
  • Walking down the winding lanes of  beautiful old town Hoi An, sometimes also knows as the “Venice of Vietnam.”
  • Visit to the tallest pagoda in Vietnam, Thien Mu Pagoda, built during 1601. The pagoda also overlooks the Perfume River. 
  • Experiencing a water puppet performance at the Thang Long puppet theatre in Hanoi
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Tour Tips

  • Vietnam, especially the South, is hot and quite humid year round so be sure to dress appropriately, bringing light layers suitable for temples and other religious sites. Also be sure to drink lots of bottled water while on your guided tour to prevent dehydration.
  • Public transportation (mainly by rail) is reliable, safe, and relatively fast throughout the country. It can be a great way to mingle with locals and see the countryside, so be sure to look at guided tours which include this option.
  • While it’s possible to see the highlights in a week or ten days, two weeks is really optimal to see both North and South Vietnam, with stops in between to cities like Danang, Hoi An, and Hue.
  • Travelers who have already seen the major cities or those simply with more time should consider a side tour to the Sapa region in Northeast Vietnam. Aside from escaping the lowland heat, this mountainous region offers a traditional view into many of Vietnam’s ethnic tribes, such as the Hmong, as well as touring the meticulously maintained rice terraces.
  • Aside from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, the other ‘must see’ city is Hoi An. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for its mix of French colonial, Japanese, and Chinese architectural influences. It’s also a shopper’s heaven, with custom clothes and shoes among the many items for sale by local shopkeepers.
  • Although slightly ‘touristy,’ a cyclo ride around the streets of Ho Chi Minh city or Hanoi is a great way to get your bearings and see life at street level.
  • Speaking of ‘street,’ don’t be afraid to try the local delicacies, which are often sold by merchants on the side of the road or walking with baskets full of baked goods. For food safety, it’s always a good idea to ask your tour leader to recommend a local vendor.
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Vietnam Travel Reviews & Ratings

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1,812 Reviews

  • Excellent 1,402
  • Great 396
  • Average 10
  • Disappointing 3
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Tour Reviews

December 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
Cuong and Prasith stand out because they responded so well to us personally and did great work tweaking our itinerary. Sareth was also an excellent guide. The Knai Bang Chat hotel as way and above the best! Amazing architecture, peaceful, beautiful surroundings, delicious food. Could have stayed there for a week!
Everything was wonderful, so it seems unfair to pick and choose. But if we must: stand outs include Mango Home Cruise (we had a boat and crew to ourselves!); our early morning visit to Soc Trang floating market and that entire day which included a visit to a heron rookery, and a large pagoda/monastery where fruit bats roosted; and Knai Bang Chat in Kep, Cambodia. Prasith, our guide in Siem Reap, did an outstanding job of putting together two very memorable days there which included a wonderful much appreciated hike up to the River of a Thousand Linghams! We also appreciated having so much time to pursue our own esthetic interests: Jim produced many drawings and watercolors. I photographed some of the gorgeous insect life found in the region.
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Guides, Accommodations - everything perfect!

Vietnam and Cambodia: Mekong – The Veins of the Dragon

December 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
Every guide I got was a winner.
- The guide took me to her house. Got to see how the people lived.”
- The guides were all native and could relate to the local people. It was a very personal visit…Each station guide was a specialist in his or her region…Really terrific.

Every single accommodation was just beautiful.
- I loved the Thiripitsaya and my room. It was the best location…I was upgraded in the Park Royal. My envelope said VIP and that made me feel special.

The guides always took care of the flights…I was always met. You had it covered and then some….Very excited when Ei met me even at the boat.
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It proved a great idea to join a tour that was planned out with a tour guide to get the best out of our holiday and was a great experience with G adventures.

Best of Vietnam

December 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: No
This was the first time I have travelled outside of Europe or the western hemisphere and using a G Adventures tour proved to be a great way of visiting a new country and getting a good flavour of different aspects of it and all parts of the trip were well planned and seemed to take place with no mishaps. The tour had a good range of activities which were great fun and we had a great group of people including a brilliant CEO to share it with. Overall a brilliant holiday!
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We had a great time with this tour. We enjoyed every minute of it.

Highlight Tour Circle of Vietnam and Cambodia

November 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
We had a great time with this tour. We enjoyed every minute of it. We learned so much about Cambodia history from our tour guide Utt. He is the best tour guide I ever met, very knowledgeable, caring and compassionate person. Jaskson

Cycle Vietnam

Cycling Vietnam

November 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
The trip organization was great, the balance of biking and van transfers was perfect. We found tours to be informative and eye opening. It was interesting to get the local perspective on the wars in Vietnam.
Safely navigating the traffic circle in Dlat during rush hour.

Danh was exceptional he made the whole trip worthwhile.

Bring a gel seat cover!

We will recommend this trip to anyone.3ry

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Classic Itineraries

Vietnam in 1 Week

Day 1-2, Ho Chi Minh City: Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, learn about the Cu Chi Tunnels from a local guide. In your free time take a walk through the open-aired market at Pham Ngu Lao Street.

Day 3, Danang to Hoi An: Drive from Danang to Hoi An passing beautiful scenery such as the Marble Mountains, and historically significant My Khe Beach.

Day 4, Hoi An: Discover Hoi An’s Old Town, with its many architectural influences from European to Chinese, explore Dong Ba Market in your free time.

Day 5, Hanoi: Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, enjoy the quiet nature of the city’s many lakes and green spaces.

Day 6-7, Halong Bay: Enjoy a day cruise through one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders. Stay overnight on board ship.

Day 8, Hanoi: Return to Hanoi for the end of your trip

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Treasures of Vietnam with Intrepid - 8 Days, premium trip

Essence of Vietnam with Peregrine - 8 Days, value trip

Vietnam South to North with Mountain Travel Sobek - 8 Days, premium trip

Or see All Vietnam in One Week Tours

Vietnam in 2 Weeks

Day 1, Ho Chi Minh City: Arrive in Vietnam. Take a walk through the open-aired market at Pham Ngu Lao Street.

Day 2-3, Mekong Delta: See the area know as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. Take a boat ride to explore the canals on the Mekong River, stay overnight in a local home along the river. In the morning visit the Cai Be floating market.

Day 4, Ho Chi Minh City: Return to Ho Chi Minh City and take a tour with a local guide to see the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, and see the Cu Chi Tunnels which were used by the Viet Cong during wartime. Take the train to Nha Trang.

Day 5, Nha Trang: Visit the picturesque beaches of Nha Trang, see the archaeological site at Po Nagar Cham Towers.

Day 6, Danang to Hoi An: Drive from Danang to Hoi An passing beautiful scenery such as the Marble Mountains, and historically significant My Khe Beach.

Day 7-8, Hoi An: Take a guided walking tour of this old port city which dates back to the mid-sixteenth century. My Son ruins, local markets, rent a bike and take an afternoon by the beach.

Day 9-10, Scenic Drive to Hue: Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach, visit the Imperial Citadel, cruise on a traditional dragon boat on the Perfume River, visit Thien Mu Pagoda.

Day 11-12, Hanoi: Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. Enjoy the quiet nature of the city’s many lakes and green spaces.

Day 13-14, Halong Bay: Enjoy a day cruise through one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders. Stay overnight on board ship.

Day 15, Hanoi: Return to Hanoi and enjoy a local meal and souvenir shopping before heading home.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Classic Vietnam with Intrepid - 15 Days, premium trip

Vietnam Adventure with Exodus - 14 Days, value trip

Magnificent Mekong with Viking River Cruises - 15 Days, premium trip

Or see All Vietnam in Two Weeks Itineraries

Culinary Tour of Vietnam

Day 1-2, Hanoi: Explore the city, with its calming atmosphere, and enjoy a local beer known as be bia hoi, at a traditional brew hall. The next day, tour Chau Long Market, sample local delicacies and coffee. Visit the Hanoi Cooking Centre.

Day 3-4, Halong Bay: Visit picturesque Halong Bay. Watch a demonstration of fishermen throwing nets, and learn how to do it yourself! Enjoy a dinner of fresh seafood and stay overnight in a traditional houseboat.

Day 5, Transfer to Hoi An: Take an overnight train or fly from Hanoi to Hoi An.

Day 6-7, Hoi An: by local ingredients at the markets to make traditional dishes. See the sights in Hoi An such as My Son ruins.

Day 8, Tra Que: A half day trip from Hoi An, Tra Que is a village known for its herb gardens. Bike ride out to the village and learn about various herbs and spices and how they feature in Vietnamese cuisine. Attend a cooking class.

Day 9-10, Ho Chi Minh City: Visit the bustling market of Ben Thanh for fresh produce and other souvenirs. Enjoy the French influenced cuisine of pastries and coffee.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Real Food Adventure with Intrepid - 12 Days, value trip

Vietnam Food Adventure with Exodus - 10 Days, value trip

Gourmet Explorer Vietnam with Peregrine Adventures - 12 Days, value trip

Or see All Culinary Tours in Vietnam

Vietnam Trips & Tour Advice

For those whose impressions of Vietnam were formed in the wartime 1960's, a visit to this beautiful Southeast Asian country may yield some real surprises. With the vast majority of Vietnamese born after the war, it's largely ancient history here, and visitors (certainly including Americans) are warmly welcomed. There's much to explore, too, from stately Hanoi to bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), gorgeous Halong Bay, the Mekong River (best seen by river boat), deep green rice paddies, golden sandy beaches, and some of Asia's best cuisine. Once you come to Vietnam, your impressions of it will never be the same. 

From South to North (or opposite)

Perhaps the best way to tour Vietnam is to start at either the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh, aka Saigon, or the northern capital city of Hanoi. If starting in HCMC, the first thing you might notice is the buzz of motorbikes all around you. To cross the street, just be brave and go against everything you were ever taught - slowly but purposefully, walk out into the street and maintain a steady pace. Amazingly, the motor bikes will swerve around you until you find yourself, harried but unscathed, on the other side of the street. Once you’ve mastered that, be sure to check out Ben Thanh market. At first, what looks like a glorified flea market opens up to reveal all sorts of Vietnamese culinary stalwarts like Pho. Go in the morning to escape the crowds (and the heat!).

Other highlights in HCMC include the War Remnants Museum, the exhibits of which might be offputting to many American travelers, Cu Chi tunnel system, and the various historic hotels in the city center.

Heading north, visit Nha Trang, which is a typical beach destination for tourists and locals alike. Enjoy a day-cruise where snorkeling and scuba diving are among the options for activities. Fresh seafood is the specialty in this city by the sea.

Next stop, Hoi An, and its labyrinth of ancient buildings and pathways. Historically rich, the city was influenced by the French, Japanese, and Chinese, which is apparent in the architecture and cuisine. Go in search of the famous Hoi An noodles, Cao Lau, which can only be authentically enjoyed in this town. Many different galleries and craft shops offer everything from custom-made shoes to vibrant oil paintings.

A short drive brings you to Hue, or the ‘imperial city’ as it was here that the Nguyen dynasty ruled from before ceding power to the French in 1945. Explore the old, walled citadel and also book a tour to visit the demilitarized zone (DMZ) for a bit of war history.

Last stop is the capital of Hanoi. With its beautiful urban lakes and government seat, Hanoi is calmer relative to HCMC, but still quite the urban center in its own right. For history buffs, a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a must, where one can see the body of the former Vietnamese ruler lying in state. Also of interest is the Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda.

Culinary Delights

If culinary travel is your thing, then Vietnam should be high on your list! From pho, to Cao Lau, to french baguettes that rival Parisian boulangeries, Vietnam has a plethora of spicy samples to tempt the foodie traveler. Street food is quite good and cheap, and can be found in night markets throughout the country. Or, just pull up a (short) stool at almost any roadside restaurant for an authentic taste of Vietnam. Specialities include Banh xeo, a crunchy shell containing bean sprouts, soy bean, prawns and pork, Banh bo - sweet rice cakes usually found in white, red and green, and of course, pho. For the more daring, sit down at a corner ‘bar’ to sample bia hoi, the local brew of choice. This unpasteurized but fresh beer is served on the street for basically a few cents per glass. You’ve been warned!  

Trips Farther Afield

Other guided tour options in Vietnam include Phu Quoc island, an idyllic spit of land off the coast of southern Vietnam. Also consider the mountainous Sapa region in the northeast or a River boat cruise along the Mekong River.


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