Vietnam heritage tour

“See the celebrated cities and exquisite landscapes of northern and central Vietnam on this neat nine day tour, with lashings of culture, too, from a water puppetry show to artist studio visits. ”


Hanoi day tour with visits to artists’ workshops | water puppetry show | Ha Long Bay cruise | Hue | cruise along the Perfume River | Da Nang | Hoi An | My Son Sanctuary

Description of Vietnam heritage tour

This nine day Vietnam heritage tour focusses on the north and centre of the country, visiting important historical and cultural sites. You’ll begin by exploring Hanoi, spend a night on a traditional junk in Ha Long Bay, and then visit Hue, Hoi An and the My Son Sanctuary. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides help put everything into context in each location and wonderful food is guaranteed. You’ll also be able to meet and chat with local people in each city and village you visit, from artists in Hanoi to the owner of one of Hue’s ‘garden houses’, who will cook and serve some classic Hue cuisine for you.

This is a suggested itinerary, and it can be tailored precisely to suit your interests. The tour can easily be extended to include southern Vietnam or Laos and Cambodia.

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Departure information

We offer a complete tailormade service and this suggested sampled itinerary can be tailormade to suit your requirements

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.

We have built strong links with local communities, craftspeople, artists, singers and musicians who are maintaining threatened traditions. 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.

You'll also meet local people and enjoy a meal in a 'garden house' in Hue. On this tour, you'll visit a pagoda in Hue where a community of Buddhist nuns care for around 200 orphans from babies to young adults.

Of course, you are under no obligation to assist, but donations and suitable gifts are always welcomed as the orphanage has no other external source of income.

Wherever possible, we contract local indigenous suppliers 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 who can interpret the cultural heritage of the people in the places visited. You'll have about two different guides from various provinces of Vietnam.


3 Reviews of Vietnam heritage tour

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2020 by

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

Watching dawn break in Ha Long Bay. Tranquil yet mystical.

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

Pace yourself. If time permits try to build in regular periods of free time in between activities.

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

To an extent, yes. Contributing towards the upkeep of Hoi An old town and the restoration of My Son ruins is important.

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

Extremely enjoyable and memorable. A real eye-opener to experience local culture and take in some marvellous geography.

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2019 by

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

It was all excellent - we visited Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Hue and Hoi-An. all 3 guides really knew their stuff and really enhanced the holiday namely Mr
Thang in Hanoi, Mr Son in Sapa and Ms Ngoc in hue/Hoi-An. Don't eat western food as they do such a wonderful variety and some of the best meals we ate
were the ones arranged as part of the trip. However none of this would happen without the very responsive and helpful Ms Linh who arranged and changed the itinerary to suit our needs and ensured everything ran smoothly.

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

In Hanoi, don't be phased by the traffic - if you walk slowly and in a straight line they will work around you! Halong Bay was lovely but one night on board
was sufficient. It is busy so don't expect that lovely shot of an empty bay. Sapa - don't worry if you feel that you are not fit as the guide will accommodate this
in where you walk. Be firm with the local tribes people if you don't intend to buy else they will follow you for hours. The homestays are pretty basic but are a
lovely thing to do but if its cold there are plenty of gaps for the cold to come in as they are single skinned. Hue - we can definitely recommend the cookery
course and going to market to buy the ingredients was an added bonus. Hoi-An - If you can cycle then do it! There are so many paddy fields and lovely to
explore and if you love cats do visit Jack's cat Cafe where they rescue cats from the illegal meat trade.

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


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

A fabulous time which we would recommend to anyone. This was our second visit to Vietnam so if you are only going for a couple of weeks don't try to do the
entire country. Perhaps do the north and central on one occasion, and the south the next.

Reviewed on 06 Jul 2015 by

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

There were many memorable moments but as a family (with 3 children ages 9,12,14) the trip to Halong Bay and spending a night on the boat with the fabulous meals and activities exploring the bay, swimming, kayaking, and squid fishing was very relaxing and enjoyable. We enjoyed seeing the sites in Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An. The accommodations and food, especially in Hue and Hoi An, were great.

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

If you are traveling with children, build in a few more down days in the middle. We were not able to spend the 2 nights (just 1) on the boat that we had originally wanted to, due to the weather, so we spent a bit more time on the road than we would have, and that was tiring. In Vietnam there is a constant barrage of sales people who are not afraid to approach foreigners and ask them to buy their goods. Some of them are quite ingenious in their methods to get you to buy something, so bring extra pocket money. Know what you want
to get out of the trip before you set your itinerary. The weather was VERY hot and humid (37 to 39 C) throughout the trip, not completely atypical of the season, with the exception of the full day and a half of rain when we were scheduled to go to Halong Bay. (The weather was to drop 7-8 degrees the day after we left.) Although there are not many things I would have opted out of on our trip, because we wanted to learn more about the history and culture of Vietnam, traveling with kids we should have had a few more days with less travel in a car. Getting anywhere in Vietnam takes longer due to the traffic and
road conditions.

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

The holiday definitely benefited local people. I can't say that we really reduced
environmental impacts or supported conservation other than in supporting historical preservation. We spent more money on souvenirs than we intended, partly because there is a constant barrage of street/beach sales people when you travel in Vietnam. The places that we visited to learn about lacquer, silk and stone carving were very interesting and educational, but the products were more expensive than one could buy in smaller shops in the cities. The quality was likely better though, and to know that the product was made in that workshop, which hopefully paid more of a living wage to the workers, was definitely worth something more.

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

Our guides and drivers were excellent: very professional, and adept at putting together a Plan B when circumstances beyond their control (such as weather) prevent doing something on the itinerary. We had a wonderful time and felt that we accomplished what we set out to do, which was to give our 14 year old daughter a taste of the sites, history and culture of the country in which she was born.

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