Vietnam - Best Tours & Trips 2019

651 Vietnam tours from 112 tour companies. 1,299 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
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 R ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
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Highlights of Vietnam Summer 2019

Trafalgar
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 240 / day
$ 2,875
From : $ 3,536
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR of Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City
  • SEE Red Beach in Danang
  • VISIT Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, the Imperial Citadel in Hue, the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi Tunnels
Visits:
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
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Classic Vietnam

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 132 / day
$ 2,115
From : $ 2,430
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Take a comprehensive trip through this South East Asian hotspot. The trip takes you from south to north, to the must-see tourists sites as well a a little off the beaten track.
  • This is a Comfort style trip, which means slightly higher standard hotels and a few more inclusions and meals than on most Original style itineraries. We also fly between some distant destinations to make the most of our time together.
  • We spend a night in a locally run guesthouse on the Mekong Delta - often a highlight for many of our travellers for its insight into local life.
  • Spend time on the coast in the seaside resort town of Phan Rang where you have time to stroll the sandy beaches and head out on the water to snorkel.
  • Discover just why Halong Bay is so popular as you spend the night on a boat among the evocative karst landscape and indulge in a feast of fresh seafood.
  • Sample local food wherever you go, from a seafood dinner on Halong Bay, street snacks at markets, coconut candy and tropical fruits in the Mekong Delta, and a special breakfast at KOTO restaurant.
Visits:
Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Mekong Delta, Vietnam
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Vietnam and Laos: Ethnic Villages and Untraveled Roads

Myths and Mountains
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
17 days
$ 294 / day
$ 4,995
From : $ 6,390
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Temple of Literature, Presidential Palace, Cooking Demonstration, History Museum, Opera House and Old Quarter.
  • Enjoy Meeting Puppet Master and Private Puppet Show.
  • Book Trip to Brother Mouse and Khouang Si Falls.
  • Visit Pratuxai and that Luang.
  • Kayaking River and Exploring Another Cave.
Visits:
Hanoi, Luang Prabang, Mekong River , Vientiane, Laos, Vietnam
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Vietnam Biking

Butterfield & Robinson
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 786 / day
$ 6,285
From : $ 6,606
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore the Hanoi city by cycling
  • Cruise up the Perfume River to the tomb of Minh Mang
  • Visit the Citadel and the Forbidden City
  • Fly to Nha Trang and cross the Cai River, past temples, on our way back to the stunning coast
  • Take a private speedboat along the Saigon River and explore the Cu Chi Tunnels
Visits:
Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Vietnam
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Essential Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangkok

Indus Travels
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 209 / day
$ 1,899
From : $ 2,693
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy the colonial splendor and the lively atmosphere of dynamic Hanoi
  • Admire the scenery and dramatic rock formations as you sail on a traditional boat in Halong Bay
  • Visit the temple of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world
  • Discover the amazing city of Bangkok and its temples
Visits:
Bangkok, Hanoi, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
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Vietnam & Angkor Wat

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 173 / day
$ 2,599
From : $ 6,297
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Angkor Wat Temples (Siem Reap)
  • Enjoy Cruising in the beautiful Halong Bay
  • Explore the remnants of Vietnam War (Hoi An)
  • Optional Mekong Delta Excursion
  • Tour of Historic Hoi An
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Banyon Temple, Cu Chi Tunnels, Da Nang, Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Mekong Delta, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia, Vietnam
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Cycle Vietnam’s Backroads

G Adventures
Premier
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14 days
$ 150 / day
$ 1,784
From : $ 2,834
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Cycle the bustling streets of hanoi
  • Follow the path of the famous reunification express by bike
  • Take on the challenge of the hai van pass
  • Weave through rice paddies and villages on the back roads of vietnam
  • Relax on the beach at nha trang
Visits:
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Vietnam
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Cycling Vietnam

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 136 / day
$ 2,179
From : $ 2,942
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Take a cycling holiday through Vietnam’s most scenic landscapes
  • Savour mouth-watering cuisine
  • Crawl through the Cu Chi war tunnels
  • Relax in charming Hoi An
  • Cruise among the limestone formations of Halong Bay
  • Overnight on a tropical island
Visits:
Hanoi, Saigon, Hoi An , Vietnam
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Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak

G Adventures
Premier
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10 days
$ 132 / day
$ 1,319
From : $ 1,781
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Kayak through limestone karsts in halong bay
  • Walk among the hills of mai chau
  • Cycle through unspoiled countryside
  • Soak in the energy of ho chi minh city
  • Visit the tailors and beaches in hoi an
  • Wander the vibrant streets of hanoi
Visits:
Cu Chi Tunnels, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Vietnam
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Vietnam Family Adventure

National Geographic Expeditions
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 508 / day
$ 5,590
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • In Hanoi meet a water-puppet-maker to put on a show and learn to make traditional rice dough figurines.
  • Go on a lively treasure hunt in the charming, beautifully preserved trading town of Hoi An.
  • Explore the flavors of Vietnam with a chef during a trip to Hoi An’s picturesque market and a cooking lesson.
  • Extend your adventure in Cambodia with a visit to the exotic temples and palaces of Angkor, home to Khmer kings a thousand years ago.
Visits:
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Vietnam
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Remote Vietnam and Laos by Bike

14 days
$ 225 / day
$ 3,150
From : $ 4,253
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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Vietnam Express Northbound

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 108 / day
$ 964
From : $ 1,463
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • This is one of our most popular trips in Vietnam, and one of the top trips from the entire Intrepid range
  • See the very best that Vietnam has to offer in just 10 days as you traverse the country from top to bottom with a small group of up to 15 new friends.
  • Travel by boat, train, plane, private bus, taxi and even on the back of a motorbike!
  • Sample local food wherever you go, from a seafood dinner on Halong Bay, street snacks at markets, a meal at a buddhist nunnery, coconut candy and tropical fruits in the Mekong Delta, and a final dinner at KOTO restaurant.
  • Settle in for the night and experience an overnight train journey, starting from Hue and waking up ready to head out and explore Hanoi.
  • Have expert advice on hand the whole way with an experienced local leader to help you get the best out of your time in Vietnam.
  • Visit some of the must see sights with your group such as a walking tour in Hoi An and the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as enjoy free time to make your own discoveries.
Visits:
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Mekong Delta, Vietnam
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Vietnam: Motorcycling the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Myths and Mountains
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 337 / day
$ 5,395
From : $ 6,636
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Experience cyclo ride around the city Hanoi
  • Visit Ngam Ring, the famous underwater bridge
  • Explore Hoi An
  • Discover Ho Chi Minh City
  • Enjoy cycle to My Son, a world heritage site
  • Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels
Visits:
Cu Chi Tunnels, DMZ, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Phnong Nha Caves, Saigon, Vietnam
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Thai Indochina Grand Tour

Exodus Travels
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
30 days
$ 125 / day
$ 3,749
From : $ 5,061
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the ancient Angkor complex in Cambodia
  • Take a boat trip Vietnam's stunning Halong Bay and discover the Mekong Delta
  • Adjust to the relaxed pace of life in Laos
  • Visit Bangkok's Royal Palace complex and Wat Po 
  • In Phnom Penh visit the Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng and the Royal Palace
  • Crawl through the Cu Chi war tunnels
  • Visit the historic trading town of Hoi An in Vietnam
Visits:
Bangkok, Cai Be, Hanoi, Hoi An , Mekong River , Saigon, Luang Prabang, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
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Ha Long Bay Cycle and Cruise

3 days
$ 230 / day
$ 690
From : $ 932
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Vietnam
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Top Vietnam Experiences and Attractions

Top Vietnam Experiences

  • 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 the 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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Vietnam Trip Reviews

1,299 Vietnam Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 1,040
Great 236
Average 17
Disappointing 4
Terrible 2
Value
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Guide
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Activities
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Lodging
4.8
Transportation
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Meals
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Memorable Vietnam

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had a wonderful time in Vietnam with Go Asia Travel. We are in love with Vietnamese cuisine and the local people here. Every day has it own experience which we will never forget. Love the street food tour in Hanoi and the cooking class in Hoi An. We wish we had more time there. Definitely will come back for a longer vacation in this beautiful country. Thank you Mike Nguyen who organize everything for us. Great recommendation for all of my friend and family

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Operator Go Asia Travel

Everything about our trip was wonderful.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Everything about our trip was wonderful. Cathy Hou did an amazing job of organising and supplied us with a wonderful guide Than in Hanoi and also Miss Noung in Ho Chi Min City Highlights were almost two many to mention but the Fisherman's Eco tour was outstanding led by guide Lily. Also the Cu Chi tunnels,the The Organic farm plus cookery lesson. Trip on the Mekong Delta. I will most certainly use Odynovo again.

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Operator Indochina Odyssey Tours

Fantastic small tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Fantastic small tour with Max. The desing of the tour as well as the care for the participant is great and Max the guide did really go the extra mile for us. Really recommended!!!!

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Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

Fantastic tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I would like to thank Indus team who right from the start have been super responsive to our request and help us arranged a wonderful itinerary to see and experience Vietnam people, culture and places first hand as a family. There were things for everyone of us which we can enjoy in the trip. The guides arranged, both Vietnam and Cambodia, were all great and have taken care of our every need during our trip. Great job and teamwork! We will definitely recommend you our family and friends for the trip to Vietnam & Cambodia!

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Operator Indus Travels

Overall I would give RITZ Japan Tour thumbs up.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I apologized for this late post. My husband and I went to Japan last April with RITZ TOURS. We can't tell you enough how much we enjoyed this trip. From our Japanese guide, Hiro who made sure our trip was awesome and simply wonderful. We were only a small group which made it a lot better. We all bonded. And the places we saw, the hotels where we stayed and the food that was included is unforgettable. The Kobe steak dinner where Hiro took us is so delicious, the steak melts in your mouth.
I can go on describing our experience in Japan. Overall I would give RITZ Japan Tour thumbs up.

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Operator Ritz Tours

I love your service

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I love your service. The staff is so friendly and helpful, everything was well arrangement. Thank you.

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Operator Go Vietnam Travel

Vietnam Tours and Travel Guide

Vietnam Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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. 

Vietnam’s Regions

Vietnam can generally be divided into three regions: North, Central, and South.

Northern Vietnam is often overlooked for the warmer coastlines of the south, but the region is not to be missed. Not only is the northern region home to the nation’s capital, Hanoi, it is also where you can find unique rice terraces, bustling markets, and stunning bays.

Farther up north are mountainous regions, where you can find towns, like Sapa. Here you’ll meet people from several hill tribes who are more than eager to share their heritage with you. Northern Vietnam is also known for Halong Bay, Mai Chau, and Ninh Binh.

The central region of Vietnam is saturated with history, culture, and nature. This are is incredibly diverse when it comes to attractions — you can revel in the centuries-old beauty of Hoi An that nestles riverside, explore the remnants of imperial Vietnam in Hue, or discover the deep caverns of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park that are about 400 million years old!

You can also learn about Vietnam’s more recent history at the Vinh Moc Tunnels, an expansive underground network that provided sanctuary for families when American bombs rained down during the war. Often compared to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the Vinh Moc Tunnels are unique, as they shed light on how violence and war affected innocent civilians.

Southern Vietnam is home to the rapidly-developing city of Ho Chi Minh. It also boasts the wonders of the Mekong Delta — an expansive ecosystem that is characterized by a maze of rivers and floating markets. Turquoise water and white sand beaches are abundant in Southern Vietnam, so take your pick. However, if you have a taste for adventure, check out Mui Ne, which is a famous spot for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and sailing.

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.

Vietnamese Cuisine

There is more to Vietnamese cuisine than just pho and spring rolls. Combine the country’s diverse landscape with its rich history of trade and cultural diversity, and you’ll get Vietnamese cuisine: distinct, varied, and fresh.

Although tastes are different throughout the region, the essence of Vietnamese cuisine lies in the perfect balance of sweet, salty, sour, and spice. And no matter where you are, nuoc mam, a fermented fish sauce, is a staple in any Vietnamese kitchen.

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1. Ban xeo can be described as an eggy crepe. The outside is crispy, while the inside is stuffed with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts. Locals typically wrap the ban xeo in rice paper or lettuce, and dunk it in Vietnam’s quintessential fish sauce.

2. Banh mi is the perfect representation of the fusion that occurred as a result of French colonization. The contents of this stuffed baguette varies by region — in the north, banh mi simply contains margarine and paté, but are more colorful in the south. In this region, banh mi is usually made with cheese, cold cuts, pickled vegetables, fried eggs, fresh herbs, or chili sauce.

3. Bun cha may be familiar if you’ve watched Parts Unknown; Anthony Bourdain and Barack Obama shared a beer over this dish back in 2016. They were blown away by the flavour of the dish — for good reason! Charred patties of seasoned pork and pork belly are marinated in a rich broth (of course, seasoned with fish sauce) and are served with thin rice noodles and a basket of herbs and vegetables. Delicious!

4. Seafood is where Vietnamese cuisine excels, and with cha ca, this is no exception. Marinated white fish is sauteed in butter and dill, ginger, green onion, and other herbs. The fish is then served along with rice noodles and coriander, fennel, leeks, chili paste, and topped with peanuts. It’s so good that Hanoians named a street after it!

5. Pho is Vietnam’s more popular noodle dish, but don’t overlook mi quang. The dish originates from the central region, specifically Da Nang. A hearty bone broth is seasoned with, you guessed it, fish sauce, pepper, shallot, and garlic.

Topped with yellow rice noodles, shrimp, boiled quail egg, and roast pork, this noodle dish is sure to warm your soul. Garnish your bowl with the heaping basket of herbs that accompany your meal!

Need a drink to wash all this food down? Try bia hoi, Vietnamese draft beer that is usually poured straight from a large barrel. While the beer is weak, it’s the perfect way to refresh yourself after a hot day.

If you need more energy to keep exploring all the wonders Vietnam has to offer, try ca phe trung. Sweetened condensed milk is mixed with Vietnamese dark-roast coffee that is so dense that it can hold up the whipped egg-white layer that perches on top. Maybe it’s the sugar, or maybe it’s the caffeine — either way, this drink will definitely give you a boost when traveling!

Is it safe to eat street food in Vietnam?

Vietnamese street food is AMAZING… less so when it’s viciously coming out the other end. Some people may have stronger stomachs, some weaker. You never know how your body will react to food in a new country, so it’s beneficial to take some precautions.

Vietnamese water treatment infrastructure is underdeveloped, so contaminated tap water is common. Always drink bottled, filtered, or boiled water. When drinking with ice, use your judgement, as it could have been made with contaminated water. However, most restaurants buy their ice from companies, rather than freezing it themselves.

When choosing a stall to eat at, high volume and turnover rate usually means that the food is safer. Street vendors rarely make their food ahead of time, so more customers typically signify fresher ingredients.

Eating at the same time the locals eat also means fresher produce and meals. Also, take note of the hygiene of the stall. If the vendor cutting the ingredients also handles the money, it’s probably a good idea to move on to the next stall. Additionally, if cutlery is used without properly drying after washing, the water droplets could carry bacteria that could trigger illness.

When eating, make sure the dish is made properly. If it’s supposed to be a hot dish — especially soup — make sure that it’s piping hot.

In countries with high pollution and questionable water systems, avoid eating fruits that don’t peel. Instead, choose fruits like rambutan, mangosteen, mango, banana, papaya — the choices are endless so you won’t be missing out!

While these precautions won’t 100% guarantee that you don’t get food poisoning, it can minimize the chances of spending your holiday exploring the underside of a toilet.

Traveling in the Vietnamese countryside

Traveling in the Vietnamese countryside will give you a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Immerse yourself in the tranquility, as you take in the neverending greenery of the rice fields, the majestic water buffalos, and the temples that dot the landscape.

Not only will the landscapes take your breath away, but you’ll come across amazing people on your travels. Guided by values of tradition, family, and community, you’ll usually come across locals who are hospitable and willing to share their experiences with you. It is not uncommon to be offered a spot at the table for dinner — even if you’ve just met! However, English is usually uncommon in areas away from tourist destinations, so a tour guide may be beneficial.

To travel in the countryside, the most common mode of transportation are bicycles and motorbikes. Vietnam’s transportation infrastructure is great, so you’ll usually be able to find a bus from cities that will connect you to the countryside.

Vietnam for Seniors

Ingrained in several Asian cultures — particularly Vietnamese — is respect for the elderly. As a senior traveling in Vietnam, you will be able to see this respect throughout your interactions.

However, you may encounter some other problems if you are a senior traveling through Vietnam. For starters, senior discounts are rare, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Secondly, if your legs don’t work as well as they used to, it may be difficult to travel around without proper planning.

Accessibility is an issue in Vietnam. You’ll encounter tactical problems like: crossing the anarchic streets through a hoard of motorbikes, not having easy access to elevators and ramps, and narrow doorways.

The lack of accessibility also limits your transport options — train-travel is not equipped for wheelchairs, and neither is boat-travel. This is not to say that it’s impossible; again, it is important to communicate your accessibility restrictions with your tour-operator and accomodation. With the proper preparation, anything is possible in Vietnam, and the people are more than happy to help.

Vietnam for History Buffs

If you’re a history buff, Vietnam is the place to be. Walking through the streets of Vietnam is a lesson in itself. Several streets are named after important moments — rebels who fought against invasion, battles that solidified Vietnamese strength, and emperors who led the country into prosperity.

Even the food reflects history — banh mi is the lovechild of Franco-Vietnamese influences, mi vit tiem has obvious Chinese influences, and cha ca was used as a cover up for clandestine meetings between revolutionary soldiers.

This tiny Southeast Asian nation has deep-rooted record of struggle against titanous foreign powers, such as the Chinese, Mongols, Indians, French, Japanese, and Americans. Vietnam's integral location as a port brought Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Catholicism to the budding nation. It also created economic ties with countries like Portugal.

In the 20th century, the rise of communism was led by Ho Chi Minh, who brought independence to the nation, ostensibly freeing it from the shackles of European rule. Violence soon ensued, as Vietnam was split between the communist north and the anti-communist south. After over a decade, the northern forces sought to liberate the south from foreign influence.

American resistance to communism led to a horrific and grueling two decades of war, which left 3 million Vietnamese dead. To this day, Vietnam carries the scars of what they call the American War, as civilians live with war injuries, and dormant mines detonate decades after. Typically, civilians do not like talking about this dark period in Vietnamese history, but several sites are dedicated to the proper education of such topics.

Despite the nation’s tumultuous history and its lasting scars from recent wars, Vietnam has exhibited strength and resilience. Today, its economy is increasingly growing, boasting prosperity and impressive infrastructure.

Souvenirs from Vietnam

From Ho Chi Minh City’s Ben Tanh Market, to Hanoi’s Dong Xuan market, there are countless opportunities to bring home unique Vietnamese souvenirs. Shopping in Vietnam is an experience like no other, as beautiful handicrafts are aplenty.

Here are a few iconic Vietnamese souvenirs that many people bring home

1. A symbol of Vietnamese agricultural life, a non la is a cone-shaped hat made of bamboo. Protecting locals from rain and the harsh sun, various styles are available throughout the country.

2. Vietnam specializes in silk, so you will be able to find different patterns, colors, and sizes made on traditional handlooms. The quality is excellent throughout the country, but the best places to buy is near silk villages, such as Van Phuc in Northern Vietnam.

3. Want a gift that is both beautiful and practical? One of the most popular souvenirs from Vietnam are the hand-crafted paper and bamboo fans. In some regions, you can also find fans made of silk paper. Not only are they beautiful, but they also represent centuries of Vietnamese culture and history.

4. For a souvenir that’s easier to transport, why not get a pop-up card? A handcraft typical to Hanoi, you can find these impressive and intricate cards in the Old Quarter, or at night markets.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Is Vietnam safe?

Generally, it is very safe to travel in Vietnam. Of course, as with any tourist destination, pick-pocketing and bag snatches do occur, so be sure to leave your valuables (like your passport!) at the hotel. Use your phone sparingly when in public areas, and carry smaller notes with you. Going through these precautions and being vigilant can prevent you from becoming a target.

In the cities, look out for taxi scams and hassles, as they are more prevalent. To protect yourself from these scams, be sure to know your destination, and landmarks along the way. Agree on a price beforehand, and stick with the major taxi companies, like Mai Linh and Vinasun. In larger cities, you also have the option of using ride-sharing apps, like Uber or Grab.

The most common accidents that occur in Vietnam are motorcycle related. The roads in Vietnam are anarchic, so if you’re traveling on two wheels, make sure you are covered with the proper insurance.

What is the weather like in Vietnam?

Since Vietnam is an elongated country, weather can vary depending on your location. In general, the country is hot and humid.

In the north, you can expect humid and hot summers with high rainfall between May to October. However, the north also experiences cool, dry winters between November to April.

The mountainous regions in the far north has frosty winters from December to January. The best time for adventure-seekers to trek would be during the drier seasons: September to November, and from March to May.

The central region experiences hot and dry weather from January to August. Pack your rain boots if you’re visiting between September and December — there is a high chance of heavy rainfall during this time.

Southern Vietnam has wet and dry seasons. The best time to visit would be during the dry season, when you don’t have to worry about the monsoons and floods that plague the months between May and August. The ideal months to visit would be from November to April.

As weather between regions vary, it is helpful to think of the country as three separate destinations when planning your travels.

When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

The most popular time to visit Vietnam runs from July through August. To avoid congested cities and attractions, April through June is the best time to visit Vietnam — especially if you want to take the time to explore all the regions.

Dos and Don’ts for travelers in Vietnam

Do’s

  • When visiting a temple, do keep your shoulders and knees covered as a sign of respect
  • Keep your bag on you and be wary, as snatches are quite common.
  • Keep your accommodation details with you at all times — should you get lost, it’s much easier to find your way back
  • Before getting into a taxi, negotiate and agree on a fixed price to avoid scams
  • Keep hydrated! It’s humid in Vietnam, and the last thing you want is a heat stroke ruining your vacation
  • Store some extra toilet paper with you — some public toilets may not have toilet paper available
  • Do be aware of the privacy of local life. Filming is considered intrusive, especially in the villages. As a rule of thumb, always ask for permission first.

Don’ts

  • Don’t stick your chopsticks into your rice bowl — this is considered unlucky and symbolizes death.
  • Don’t bring up the “American War” with locals — for many people, the psychological and physical wounds are still fresh. Several Vietnamese have mixed emotions about the war.
  • Don’t carry more cash than you need.
  • Don’t use your own utensils to pick food up from the communal dish in the center of the table; use the serving spoon

How to get around in Vietnam

The great transportation infrastructure in Vietnam makes it easy to travel from coast to coast. Whether its by train, plane, or bus, you can find several options that will help you explore all the gems Vietnam has to offer. From budget airlines to overnight buses — take your pick!

For the more adventurous souls, motorbikes are also an option. They’re a great way to travel between destinations. However, it can be quite tricky to navigate the sea of traffic in the bigger cities, like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.

For this reason, it’s better to save your motorbike riding for quieter areas, like Hoi An or Dalat. In order to avoid injuries, wear closed-toed shoes, keep your feet turned inward, and be aware of the burning exhaust pipe!

Currency and travel costs in Vietnam

While credit and debit cards are accepted at larger hotels and restaurants, cash is king in Vietnam. The currency used is the Vietnamese dong (VND). Using the dong can be confusing at times, as the high conversion rate can throw many people off.

As of summer 2019, USD1 is VND23,289. When you arrive in Vietnam, take some time to familiarize yourself with the notes, as they can look very similar at first glance. You don’t want to accidentally hand a VND200,000 note instead of a VND10,000 note when you’re in a rush!

The costs for traveling Vietnam can vary. If you are a budget traveler, $30 will be enough for a day. However, if you indulge in luxurious hotels and gourmet meals, your budget will be closer to $100 a day.

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