Vietnam holidays, tailor made

“This tour has a lot of substance and a lot of style too; you'll see a complete overview of Vietnam, travelling, eating and sleeping well with everything organised for you.”

Highlights

Hanoi | Ethnology Museum | Hoan Kiem Lake | Hanoi Old Quarter | Halong Bay | Overnight on a traditional wooden junk boat | Hue | Imperial Citadel of Hue | Perfume River cruise | Da Nang | Hoi An | Ho Chi Minh City | Museum of War Remnants | Cai Rang Floating Market | Mekong Delta

Description of Vietnam holidays, tailor made

This fascinating 14-day itinerary travelling through Vietnam can be tailored to your interests and customised to your preferences. Travel from North to South to see the varied faces of this wonderful country – its history, culture, beautiful landscapes, rural traditions and much more – and interact with the local people of cities, towns and hamlets throughout the holiday.

Begin in Hanoi, exploring the Old Quarter or opting for a back street art tour, then spend a day in Ha Long Bay, sleeping on a traditional boat which cruises the waters. In Hue, visit Thien Mu Pagoda, King Minh Mang’s Tomb and Dong Ba market, the Imperial City and the antiquity museum. From here, travel to the ancient town of Hoi An before visiting Ho Chi Minh City, where you can take a cruise on the Mekong River and visit the Cai Be floating market.
As this is a tailor made holiday, all these options are simply suggestions. One of the significant features of this kind of tailor made trip is that you can work with a personal local tour operator to arrange your itinerary. You can make as many changes as you wish, not just before your tour begins, but also while you are in Vietnam.

Internal flights, transfers, transport by private vehicle, guides, boat cruises and breakfasts are all included, and there’s a choice of hotels, from mid-range to first class.

This Vietnam holiday can be designed for a group, a couple or a single traveller. You don't have to be tied to other people in a large group and your departure date is whenever suits you. You don't need to worry that this personally designed Vietnam holiday will be too expensive. Our policy is to offer good value for money and the price for a private tour for two people is competitive with standard group tours from other tour operators, with the restaurants and hotels featured often better quality.

From your arrival in Vietnam to the time you leave, your tour operator will monitor what is happening and check all arrangements in advance to ensure that every part of your holiday runs smoothly and effortlessly.

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Departure information

For these Vietnam holidays we offer a complete tailor made service and this suggested sampled itinerary can be tailor made to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Organise additional tours locally for a real taste of everyday Vietnamese life.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
12 nights comfortable hotel, 1 night floating hotel.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, domestic flights, transport, guides.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Travelling with a local operator

This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We have built strong links with local communities, craftspeople, artists, singers and musicians who are maintaining threatened traditions. During our tailor made Vietnam holidays we offer visitors an opportunity to meet them, thereby valuing their activities and thus helping towards their survival.

For example, you'll contribute to sustaining traditional calligraphy, an art form under threat of extinction.

On these Vietnam holidays you'll also meet local people and enjoy a meal in a 'garden house' in Hue. In Ho Chi Minh City, you'll see the complicated process of making traditional lacquerware in a local workshop. At Vinh Long in the Mekong Delta, the local people will welcome an opportunity to perform their traditional Tai Tu music for you.

Wherever possible, we contract local indigenous suppliers for these Vietnam holidays and assist them to improve the quality of their services. By booking this tour, you'll be helping us to support Vietnamese service providers, artists and performers, small businesses, boat owners and other poor people in communities throughout Vietnam.

We use local freelance guides with wide experience and knowledge of cultural traditions and an ability to interpret the cultural heritage of the people in the places visited. For these Vietnam holidays, you'll have about four different guides from various provinces of Vietnam.

We are working closely with a small project in Vietnam trying save a critically endangered species of large primate, now reduced to less than sixty individuals world-wide. We're seeking financial assistance to supplement the meagre resources currently available to the project director while we help her to develop her own web site.

We are also collaborating with an international non-governmental organisation in setting up an ecology based village homestay network in the same area to widen awareness of the urgency of the situation amongst visitors.

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14 Reviews of Vietnam holidays, tailor made

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Reviewed on 01 Mar 2020 by

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


Trekking and camping in Sapa, followed by the boat trip on Bai Tu Long Bay

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


The meals provided are generally set-menus which are lovely as it is a great way to discover Vietnamese food, but they can be a lot of food.

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


Yes, particularly true of the trekking, boat cruises and visit to Nam Cat Tien National Park

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


We had a fantastic time in a very scenic and interesting country. The holiday was exceptionally well organised and good value for money

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2019 by

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


That’s a difficult question to answer as there were so many exciting and memorable parts to this holiday.

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


Put complete trust in the local agent to give you a holiday of a lifetime.

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


The holiday gave us many opportunities to see how the real people of Vietnam and Cambodia lived and worked and also an opportunity to buy some of their wares. Fortunately we had plenty of spare luggage allowance for the return journey!

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


The holiday was spectacular and offered a huge variety of activities that kept even our 16-year-old son entertained for the entire duration. The itinerary was flexible enough to allow us to meet our elder son in Vietnam halfway through our trip and our activities for that particular day were extended to include him and his four friends.

Reviewed on 18 May 2019 by

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


Most of it was fascinating... Singapore, Vietnam and Laos are amazing countries.

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


Cambodia, unless you have a need to see Angkor Wat, I would give it a miss. Be prepared for serious heat.

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


Not that much, except our hotel in Luang Prabang was involved in tree planting along the river and other good stuff.

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


A fantastic experience.

Reviewed on 09 Dec 2018 by

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


Walking through the wonderful Luang Prabang and relaxing on the fantastic beach of Phu Quoc.

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


Don't miss out on Saigon!

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


It supported local people in the way that we were taken to small villages, where we could eat and buy local products.

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


Fantastic!

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2018 by

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


We had a fantastic holiday and enjoyed many memorable moments, including Bang Mealea temple in Siam Reap, Cambodia, Bug hunting in Cat Tien Vietnam, diving in Cham Islands, Water Puppet show in Hoi An, Mekong river cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia

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


Wear cool clothes, bring mosquito repellant, ask your guide lots of questions about the country and the people and get their advice on best places to visit, eat etc. enjoy the culture, take a good camera and some comfortable shoes. Visit the local markets, they are fascinating

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


The tour used local people and local families and locally run businesses to look after us, so we were able to support the local community rather than a corporation. We stayed in local homestays, eco lodges, and noticed that Vietnamese people have a use for everything so nothing goes to waste.
Unfortunately Asian countries don’t seem to be controlling use of plastic too well and we noticed that most street food and drink was served in 2 plastic containers or bags. We tried where possible to re-use our bottles.

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


We had a wonderful and varied holiday. We travelled extensively and made the most of each day. The experience was fantastic and we would definitely recommend this trip to others

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2018 by

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


Kayaking in Bai Tu Long Bay

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


Travel very lightly

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


Definitely helped local people as hotels, restaurants and trips were booked with
smaller companies not big chain companies. The Vietnamese talk about the environment but not much visible evidence except re-filling of plastic bottles on the boat trip.

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


Fantastic experience, we learned such a lot about the Vietnamese history and
culture from the local guides. They made the trip for us.

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2016 by

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


There were so many highlights, the Vespa food tour of Saigon, the hiking in the mountains near Sapa, the boat trip on Halong Bay, the exquisite hotel, Shinta Mani, in Siem Reap.

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


Allow the operator to plan you an exciting, thought provoking trip involving a lot of interaction with local people and cultural exchanges.

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


I hope so. It seemed that we were giving our money directly to the people living and working there, as accommodation, restaurants and guides.

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


Excellent. A full on cultural experience. Some people might have wanted more R&R but not us! We loved and felt as if we had taken advantage of every minute!

Reviewed on 06 May 2016 by

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


No one particular thing. It was all fantastic and so varied it is difficult to choose one thing. Loved the people, the culture and the scenery

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


Be prepared for the weather. Went beginning of April and very hot and humid especially in the South. Take time to talk to local people. They are very friendly and interesting. Embrace the culture and try everything . The food is good, even the street food. A good way to pass time people watching, sitting at the side of the street with a beer and a plate of good food.

Make sure you have a good guide. They are invaluable. Without one you will miss so much.



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


Yes, especially the people. The company is based in Vietnam and use local people.

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


This was an amazing holiday. Very varied and interesting and great fun. Loved everything and good for all ages. ( we are 6 not so
young ladies and really enjoyed the motor scooters, fishing, ''clubbing' ) we felt safe in the streets and met many interesting people.
Our guides were second to none and the tour company had everything well organised and went the extra mile for us. Couldn't fault them. Now is a good time to visit Vietnam as it is changing fast and I would recommend anyone who is doubtful to just go for it. You will have stories to dine out on for a very long time.

Only four stars as have had other amazing holidays especially in Africa so find it very difficult to compare, but this is up there with the best.

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2016 by

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


Halong Bay. Hoi An. The latter is a World Heritage town, and is beautiful. We also spent 2 nights at a resort nearby, and would have like an additional day on the beautiful beach (but no lifeguards, so be cautious).

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


Our holiday was completely planned by our travel agents. If you have knowledge about where you would like to go, you should let your agent know. We enjoyed the trip, and felt we saw a lot. But do not be fooled that this is some kind of holiday that is not geared expressly to tourists. We are tourists and were fine with that. Halong Bay was spectacular, and was a good example of a pure tourist destination, with many junks travelling together on the bay with people like us. The northern indigenous communities that we visited have many tourists tramping through. Having said this, it was very moving and enlightening to do these visits. The tourist dollar really helps these people, at least so it seems. We were interested in the 'American War' memorials, etc, but none of these were on our itinerary. Our travel agent was very accommodating in arranging a visit to the tunnels near Saigon and also the War Remnants museum which we had read about, and adjusted our trip accordingly. We had only 9 days, and travelled from north to south. This involved 2 overnight train trips to Sapa and back. Worth the trip, but the night trains were tough on me (little sleep). Our travel agents had us booked into hotels on arrival for breakfast and to freshen up, anyways, so we still had some hotel costs to deal with. We heard about a new road, and good busses, so you might consider this alternative if you have the time, and skip the overnight trains.

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


There were times on our trip that we had so many local folks taking care of our little family of 3--on the Mekong Delta, we had 2 guides, a boat captain, his assistant and a cook. Everyone treated us like royalty---quite a bizarre feeling, really. It seemed that the tourist industry does provide a lot of jobs for enthusiastic locals. Sometimes these jobs are the best paying, compared with such jobs as teaching. There were orchestrated visits to farmers and fishermen, who we 'helped' and then tipped. We did not feel exploited, and did feel we made their lives possibly a bit easier. Sometimes there was a sense of scripted frivolity ('aren't we all having fun!!') that was annoying but kind of sweet at the same time. We did not feel we supported conservation or reduced environmental impacts.

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


Very varied and interesting. A great way to see the country if you have little time and do not want to do the planning yourself. We were well taken care of. There were many local tour guides who would need to meet us and orient us, and every single one was on time, pleasant and professional. We were very impressed with how well organized this was.

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2016 by

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


Certainly over night train from Hanoi to Danang, when for 4 hours the train was a slight embankment and all around as far as the eye could see was flooded paddy fields and swirling rivers.

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


Try to avoid travelling long distances by road, as their tarmacced roads have virtually continuous ribbon housing eitherside of the roads. Slow and dull, with little opportunity to see countryside.

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


In the hotels and homesteads local re employed.

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


Excellent organisation from Vietnam agent, with mostly very good accommodation. Downside was lack of any sunshine for two weeks in mid to north Vietnam.

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2014 by

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


Halong Bay and Siem Reap were amazing, but there were lots of other lovely places and people.

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


Check local flight times before going to the airport. I think we found out we had been put on a later flight after we got to the airport about 3 times.

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


All our guides agreed that Haivenu was a good company to work for and paid better. We were also able to support many restaurants training disadvantaged children or disabled people, and found crafts made by landmine victims and other disabled people.

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


It was a great overview of an area new to us. We would have liked to be more active, and perhaps visit more remote areas, but having said that, I am not sure what we would have left out to achieve this!

Reviewed on 02 Dec 2013 by

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


The whole holiday was really good and I don't think one particular part was more memorable than all of them.

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


Maybe do some research to make sure that all of the places you are most interested I are included on the tour. We felt we could have done more in Hanoi had we per planned a bit more as there are so many varied things to do.

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


by using a local travel agent Ido feel that local people benefited. I do not think we did anything which supported conservation but I am not sure that is on the priority list for Vietnam at this time as they Are very keen to promote tourism and there
is a huge amount of development, especially in the south and central areas.

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


It was excellent- thank you for providing us with the introduction.

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2013 by

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


Vietnamese people

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


Take a break from constant travel for a couple of days

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


We used all local people who were working where they live.

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


Very highly

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2012 by

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


The Cu Chi tunnels and learning more in depth and hands on about the most recent Vietnam war (The American War as they call it). Really well preserved site and the history is all very fresh and astounding to see close up and personal.

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


The time of December wasn't the best time of year weather wise. It was often rainy and in the North of Vietnam it was often hazy and limited the view which was disappointing such as at Ha Long Bay. But at a better time of year it could make all the difference to some ones experience.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I feel we had minimal impact on the environment where ever we went. I think the tour had a good mix of places and cultures which often benefited local industry in the different areas respectively. We were often encouraged to 'meet the people' and you can see that a lot of their lifestyle is based around tourism so it does feel that it is important you are there.

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


Fantastic, no complaints whatsoever and the local tour company was magnificent and excelled beyond our expectations. The places we went to were all great and I wouldn't change much at all if I was recommending to friends, which I have constantly be doing!!

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