14 day tour of Vietnam
Description of 14 day tour of Vietnam
Why rush around Vietnam, moving from place to place so quickly you barely have enough time to snap a photo let alone soak up the atmosphere? This leisurely paced two-week tour from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south, via Halong Bay, Hoi An and the Mekong Delta, ensures that you come away with a real sense of local life, culture and Southeast Asian history.
A guided tour of Hanoi with a local guide shows you around key landmarks in the Old Quarter, but perhaps more importantly immerses you in the life of the city, as well as providing a few useful pointers in the language. From Hanoi you’ll explore the mesmerising Halong Bay, a maze of limestone rock formations and islands, in the most stylish way possible – with an overnight cruise aboard a traditional Chinese junk.
After another few days in Hanoi, continue on to Hoi An, Vietnam’s most atmospheric destination, with its sensationally good cuisine. Here you’ll take part in a traditional painting and lantern-making workshop, before the short hop by air to Ho Chi Minh City.
Known for its French colonial architecture, Ho Chi Minh is another fascinating city to explore, this time riding a vintage Vespa scooter as you search out some of the finest Vietnamese street foods at the night market.
Finally, a couple of days in the sleepy Mekong Delta, during which you’ll tour a floating market, and enjoy a homestay with a local family, learning about their lives and sharing in the preparation of meals. It’s an authentic and memorable way to really get into rural Vietnamese culture.
Pausing for at least a few days in each destination, this tailormade Vietnam holiday is a far more relaxed way to discover one of Asia’s most enthralling countries.
PlanetWe’ve chosen small scale accommodation throughout this itinerary, reducing the carbon footprint of your stay. We prioritise locally-owned properties full of local character.
We work with a local partner in Vietnam who is also conscious about their impact on the planet. They encourage their staff to be mindful of their water and electricity usage, and paper consumption, using both sides of paper for printing. They separate and recycle all their waste paper for recycling.
Meanwhile in our own offices in the UK we’re also mindful of our own energy consumption and monitor it on a biannual basis with a view to constantly reduce each year. We’re also dedicated recyclers and even recycle our food waste so that it doesn’t end up in landfill.
Before customers depart for their trip to Vietnam we include a guide to responsible travel in their documentation. This outlines how they too can be mindful of their energy and water consumption as well as informing them on endangered species and animal exploitation.
PeopleWe pride ourselves in putting people first, both in Vietnam and in the UK. This itinerary will bring you closer to the local communities through genuine interaction. In Hanoi you’ll explore the city with a local guide who will also double up as your language coach, teaching you the basics of the complex Vietnamese language. You’ll be encouraged to barter at the local stalls and order your own food and drink in the local lingo. With your newly acquired language skills, you’ll get a deeper insite into the local culture.
In former Saigon you’ll hop on the back of a vintage Vespa to discover delicious Vietnamese street food and eat just like the locals do. Don’t be surprised to see a few snails on the menu!
On the Mekong Delta you’ll spend the night in the home of a local family, giving you a unique insight into daily life amongst the delta community. Role up your sleeves and help out with the evening meal, all the while putting money into the pockets of the local people.