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 |

Description of Vietnam adventure holiday

Spend two weeks getting to know magical Vietnam, from top to bottom, taking in beautiful rural locations and its vibrant cities. Travel from Hanoi in the north to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in the south, exploring the rich heritage of the imperial cities, beautiful coastal scenery and the vibrant life of the Mekong Delta. You’ll get to know Vietnam’s sociable culture, too, as so much of life goes on in the streets: eating, washing, socialising, buying and selling or impromptu games. Vietnam boasts incredible sights, but the ever-changing, intoxicating parade of Vietnamese daily life and its amazing cuisine is equally as fascinating.

You will spend 10 nights in hotels, sleep on a boat cruising between the limestone karsts of Halong Bay and experience some Mekong Delta hospitality in a local guesthouse. A sleeper train whisks you between Hanoi and Hue, and there is one internal flight from Danang to Saigon, to transport you quickly into the warm, bustling south of the country. This is a busy itinerary covering considerable distances to give you an incredible snapshot of this lively country.

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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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Responsible tourism

Vietnam adventure holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

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.

4 Reviews of Vietnam adventure holiday

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Reviewed on 02 Dec 2018 by

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


The cycling was amazing, the hai van pass is a spectacular hillside climb of 6k up the 6bk down, the views amazing. The kayak experience in Halon Bay was fun and beautiful.

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


When converting Dong to sterling drop the last 3 zeros and divide by 3. Take plenty of anti mosquito "stuff" we used Avon skin soft and deet. We didn’t get a single bite. Take lomitol we were fine but a few people did get upset stomachs.

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


Yes. Tourism is certainly helping the economy. The tour company took us to local eatery establishments. Provided water to re fill our bottles, provided bags to stop use of plastic bags, provided local fruit, and collected any bike equipment we wanted to donate for local cycling group.

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


I loved this holiday. It was action packed, full on, I didn’t have time to read any book. I had a brilliant time.

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2018 by

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


Vietnam - halong bay and the food Cambodia - Angkor wat at sunrise

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


Vietnam - alot of travel and different accommodation.
Travel light and be wary of purchases.
Cambodia Book with Laos or northern Thailand, not much to see over 10 day holiday. Would not suggest that Cambodia on its own. I think it was over priced
so will not be recommending any body.

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


Benefited local people

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


Vietnam - good holiday got a flavour of all Vietnam. Too much time was spent in hoi an City. Yet Never saw the beach. Would have been good to have a day on the beach. The Mekong boat trip in the mid day sun was close to torture.
There was nothing interesting to see but feel the brute strength of the sun. Can
recommend this holiday.

Cambodia The holiday was ok. I think that it was over priced. I lost an entire day in the airport but was still able to see all the temples and had an afternoon spare. I elected to pay $15 to take a boat trip to see a floating village. This was a complete waste of time. It was exactly that a boat trip.
Holiday consisted of 3 days in Siem Reap to see Angkor.
Spectacular but seeing temples at sunset and sunrise is not a holiday event. There need to be some other activity added to make it interested. In Pnomh penh the brochure describes a full day of site seeing. We were finished by midday.! I opted to pay $15 to see a silk worm factory in the afternoon so that I could see more of Cambodia.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your review, it's great to hear that you enjoyed Vietnam though we were sorry to hear that you found Cambodia underwhelming. I have shared your comments with our Cambodia manager to look into your suggestions and see how we may improve this holiday.
Kind regards

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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