Vietnam adventure holiday

“Take a tour of Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh and experience the heritage sites of Hue and Hoi An as well as an overnight homestay and the limestone karsts in Halong Bay.”

Highlights

Hanoi | Temple of Literature | Hoa Lo Prison | residential Palace | Halong Bay | overnight train to Hue | Thien Mu Pagoda | mausoleum of Tu Duc | Hoi An | Danang | My Son | internal flight to Saigon | Cu Chi Tunnels | Mekong Delta | Optional activities include a water puppet performance in Hanoi and a 5km cycle ride to Cua Dai beach |

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Our top tip:
Bring an alarm clock to wake up before the crowds in places like Hue and Hoi An. Also, mozzi repellent won't go amiss and neither will some space in your rucksack for local handicrafts.
Trip type:
Small group. Avg 12. Min age 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely/Moderate.
Accomm:
10 nights hotels, 1 night boat in shared cabin, 1 night guesthouse (all en-suite), 1 night soft berth sleeper train cabin.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader.
Meals:
12 breks, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single room supps in hotels only.
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Accepted
Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Vietnam adventure holiday

Environment

Accommodation & Meals:
We will spend most nights in comfortable hotels and also in some more unique accommodation such as a houseboat and a local guesthouse. This combination of locally run hotels and accommodation providers contributes directly to the community as staff are from the area and food is grown and sold locally. Many of these places also have environmental policies which reduce waste, water usage and energy expenditure. Where meals are not provided, your guide will be able to point out several smaller restaurants, cafes and markets, like in Hanoi old quarter, Hoi An market or Ben Thanh. There are some weird and wonderful regional specialties to try with plenty of fresh produce available in most areas. We even have the opportunity to eat in a delicious home cooked local Vietnamese house – an experience which is always enjoyed thoroughly by our clients.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Local Craft & Culture:
We do a lot to celebrate the cottage industries on this tour, as this is not only a way to directly benefit the locals but it is also hugely fascinating and enjoyable for travellers. For example, in the Mekong Delta, we visit a lot of these small businesses and factories which sell handmade coconut sweets, rice paper, soya bean sauce, popped rice and popcorn amongst other things. There is also the option to see a traditional folk dancing or water puppet show at Ho Chi Minh. This encourages local customs to continue and creates employment opportunities. In Hoi An, we also stop by a shop called ‘Reaching Out’, which sells gifts handmade by artisans with disabilities – helping them to develop their talent and independence.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. Our leaders and guides have been trained in responsible travel and actively encourage our suppliers, drivers, and other members of our team to respect the environment, protect the culture and support the local economy. They have also completed Child Safe training which enables them to take positive action should they encounter children at risk as well as educating clients re child protection within tourism.

Charity:
In Hanoi, we encourage groups to have a communal meal at KOTO, which is an NGO that provides a two year course in hospitality, English and life skills training to groups of 16-22 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students also receive accommodation, food, medical check-ups and treatment whilst they are being trained. Many of the 400+ graduates have gone on to continue developing their careers at KOTO restaurants or have gained employment elsewhere with their training so this is a great initiative to support.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Vietnam adventure holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 22 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Impossible to choose as there were so many highlights

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for a busy time

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes , we visited local families and various small tourist attractions who rely on tourist income

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was excellent. Very well organised to ensure we saw the very best of Vietnam

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


So difficult to choose one thing. We did so many great things. Experiencing the New Year celebrations on the river side in Hoian
was probably the most exciting and and enjoyable because of the colour, sounds and energy all rolled into one event.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Travel light. Laundry services are cheap and easy to use. Use insect repellent to stop nasty bites. Get up early to get to sights
before the crowds build up.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We visited local people for several meals so I hope they received good recompense for their hospitality. We learnt about the country,
and used a train for one transfer rather than coach or air travel. I think the tour guide could have told us more about the type of
things we could buy which would benefit local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. It was a busy schedule which made the most of our time in Vietnam. Not a holiday if you want time to relax! We
experienced a very wide range of activities including pure pleasure with gorgeous boat trips to more sobering and informative trips to
museums and war sites.

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