We keep our group tours to a maximum of 14 people for many good reasons. Firstly travelling in a small group creates a light footprint and enables our tour leaders to develop an intimate atmosphere that is great for your appreciation of the places you visit. It also allows us to take advantage of Vietnam’s public transport system, which is good both for environmental reasons and to avoid that feeling of being in a “tour bus bubble”, cut off from local people that we’re sure you’re keen to meet!
On the Highlights of Vietnam tour you’ll jump aboard the celebrated Reunification Express, the train that runs the length of the country linking Ho Chi Minh City in the south to the capital Hanoi in the north. Join the locals on a comfortable, air-conditioned overnight journey south from Hanoi to Dong Hoi, the coastal gateway to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. In ancient Hue we explore the imperial Citadel by cyclo, a fun and environmentally-friendly way to see the sights and support the local community.
Although 10 days is not a long time to spend in Vietnam, we really pack the cultural learning to help you get beneath the surface of Vietnamese culture and history. In this way you’ll get a great appreciation of the local way of life, and learn to appreciate both the traditional and modern culture of this vibrant and fascinating country. We’ll visit many of the most important historic sites in Vietnam, exploring both the moving remnants of the Vietnam War era in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Vinh Moc Tunnels, and the ancient places from where Vietnamese culture developed.
In Hanoi, after exploring the town and sampling the fantastic food on offer we’ll pay a visit to the unique Water Puppets, a traditional northern Vietnamese folk art form. Originating more than a thousand years ago in the rivers and rice paddies of the Red River Delta, water puppetry recounts the tales of traditional Vietnamese culture and folklore in unique style. Standing in waist deep water and hidden behind a curtain, puppeteers manoeuvre wooden puppets representing peasants, mandarins and animals, accompanied by live singers and musicians.