Vietnam Tailor-made Holidays

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Venture to Vietnam in 2018

Whether you would like to sail through the limestone peaks of Halong Bay, relax in laid back Hoi An, trek off the beaten track in Sapa or get your cultural fix in Hue, our team of tailor-made consultants are on hand to help you create that perfect holiday to Vietnam in 2018. Simply let us know the places you would like to visit, the sorts of things you would like to do, your preferred style of accommodation and we’ll put together an itinerary to suit your needs ensuring that your trip to Vietnam is truly unforgettable. To help plan your dream holiday, check our best time to visit page for information on when to go.

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Places we recommend for a tailormade holiday in Vietnam

A country of diverse landscapes and a fascinating history, Vietnam is becoming the hot favourite travel destination in Southeast Asia. With charming colonial cities, diverse ethnic tribes, superb beaches and delicious local cuisine – Vietnam won’t fail to impress!

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Halong Bay

Sprawling Halong City is the gateway to Halong Bay - the jewel in Vietnam’s scenic crown. Widely considered...
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Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam's southern metropolis is an intoxicating amalgamation of the country's past, present and future. Ho...
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Sapa

Located 1500m above sea level, Sapa is a former French hill station nestled in the rugged Tonkinese Alps on...
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Hoi An

The enchanting port town of Hoi An is one of Vietnam's best-loved destinations. It's brimming with charming...
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Hanoi

Known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’, Hanoi is the buzzing capital and cultural heart of Vietnam. It's a...
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The Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta in south-east Vietnam is one of the world’s greatest river regions. The delta is a hive of...
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Hue

Home of the Nguyen Emperors and the nation’s capital for over a century, the city of Hue is rich in history...
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Mui Ne

Northeast from Phan Thiet, once an emerging resort town, the road climbs the hills and down onto the...
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Useful tips for planning your tailor-made holiday to Vietnam

How long would you like to holiday in Vietnam for?

Vietnam's attractions span the length of the country from the scenic highlands in the north to the sprawling waterways in the south. The top sites can be comfortably seen in 8-10 days starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon to save backtracking and allow visits to the numerous attractions that line the coast. If you have two weeks or more you can add in a few days relaxing on the beach or for something more active, work in some trekking with the hill tribes in Sapa.

What sort of accommodation would you prefer?

There's an excellent selection of accommodation options in Vietnam to suit all budgets from small boutique city properties with unique character to luxurious beachside hideaways with world-class facilities. Accommodation is not always just about having somewhere to rest your head - it can be an experience in itself. Spend a night cruising the karst island-studded waters of Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat, an ancient Chinese sailing ship, with yoga on deck in the morning or combine function with fun on an overnight sleeper train on the Reunification Express - a visit to the karaoke carriage is optional!

Would you like to be accompanied by a guide throughout your trip?

We include local English-speaking guides at all the sites you wish to visit in Vietnam on your tailor-made holiday, this way you can learn all about Vietnam's rich culture and history with the inside knowledge that comes with locals who love their home town. If you prefer to be escorted throughout your holiday this can be arranged though prices tend to be costly. Ask us for more details.

What internal transport options would you prefer?

Depending on your chosen itinerary and how much of the country you're looking to see, a mix of transport modes are often required to get around Vietnam including domestic flights, boat rides and overnight sleeper trains. Travelling by overnight sleeper train has the added bonus of saving on a night's accommodation so is perfect for those on a budget, however, it's not everyone's cup of tea so domestic flights are the best alternative for longer distances. If booked in advance flights within Vietnam can be reasonably priced though will add to your overall budget. The extensive canals of the Mekong Delta are ideal for cruising, whether it's a short day tour around the floating markets or a week-long luxury cruise that incorporates the neighbouring country of Cambodia.

What pace of travel would you be comfortable with?

The pace of your holiday will be governed by the duration of your trip and the number of places you wish to include in your itinerary. It's a fine balancing act between seeing as much as possible and having some time at leisure to simply relax. Our specialist tailor-made team can advise you on the best amount of time to spend in each place and, at your request, work in some free afternoons or even days left to your own devices.

Are there aspects of Vietnam that you are particularly interested in?

Whether it's compelling war museums or rural cooking retreats, trekking with hill tribes or diving in coral-rich waters, Vietnam offers a host of experiences that can make a wonderful addition to your visit. If there's a particular aspect of Vietnamese culture or a specific activity you would like to try whilst in Vietnam, let us know and we can recommend suitable options to fit within your itinerary.

Would you like to combine neighbouring countries with your Vietnam itinerary?

Cambodia and its capital Phnom Penh are a simple day's journey from Saigon in the south of Vietnam and makes a wonderful addition to your Southeast Asia adventure. In as little as five days you can see the best of Phnom Penh and spend a day or two exploring the incredible temples of Angkor. From Vietnam you can either fly to Cambodia or take a combination of road transfer and boat. Alternatively, you may wish to start your adventure in Laos before popping across to Vietnam, with Thailand another great multi-country combo option.

How to make the most of your budget

The cost of your holiday to Vietnam will depend on a number of factors, chiefly the standard of accommodation chosen and the number of flights required. For those on a tighter budget Vietnam's ample selection of 3 star hotels is a good place to start with overnight sleeper trains a more economical way of getting around. Another way of stretching your budget further is to travel in the low seasons when the weather may be temperamental but services such as hotels and flights are often cheaper. Having an idea of your budget at the start of the planning process will help ensure we provide you with the best holiday your money can buy.

Vietnam Tailor-made reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 4 recent reviews — See All Reviews

All the guides were excellent. One in particular was truly outstanding - Makara in Phnom Penh.

His knowledge of the complex geopolitical history of Indochina combined with exceptional teaching skills allowed him to untangle for us the history of this region over the last century and a half. He is the match of any university professor and we were privileged to have him as our guide.

The tour itself couldn't have been better. It was the right pace, all the hotels were good, and the weather cooperated all the way. ”  

Anthony Knowler • Submitted 3 Nov 2018

Thank you On-The-Go, for an AMAZING experience in Vietnam. All the big activities and attractions included in my Very Vietnam tour were an absolute delight; beautifully organised, and dutifully executed with a seamless flow from one day to the next. I particularly enjoyed being on the Junk boat on Halong Bay, the Forbidden City in Hue, the Farm Tour in Hoi An as well as looking through the War Remnants Museum in Saigon. I was also extremely glad that I undertook the Cu Chi tunnels option as an extra; an amazing place. And, of course, nothing could ever beat the mouth-watering food that just kept coming, and coming.

While all the things that happened were fabulous, nothing could beat the exemplary genius, warmth, kindness, professionalism, wit, wisdom and heart-felt genuineness of our tour guide, Tran Tuan. Tuan was amazingly informative, and a lovely, lovely man. Obviously, the sights I saw were significant and mind-blowing, but knowing that Tuan was there to answer questions, have a joke with, and generally oversee all that was going on was, without question, the real highlight for me.

Thank you, and I look forward to travelling with you again.

Leon”  

Leon Gray • Submitted 1 Jun 2018

Phu was enthusiastic, amiable, considerate, courteous and compassionate. He gave great insight into life in Vietnam and he was always eager to showcase his country in their history and their cuisine. He was always helpful to assist in anyway possible even taking me to the pharmacy and concerning with the pharmacist. Phu needs to win as a tour leader award! ”  

Edwina Bezuidenhout • Submitted 9 Jan 2017

Inspirations for a holiday in Vietnam

Travel off the beaten track and see parts of Vietnam that aren't on the usual tourist trail. Take a look at our six inspired things to do and places to see in Vietnam.

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The Hanoi Hilton

Hoa Lo Prison

Most famously used as a prison used by the North Vietnamese for the American PoWs during the Vietnam War as well as by the French in the colonial period. – the Hoa Lo Prison (known as the Hanoi Hilton) is now partially a museum. Take a walk around the old cells, read about what life was like here and see John McCain’s famous jump suit that he was wearing when he was shot down by the Viet Cong in 1967.

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Hanoi's Water Puppets

A visit to Hanoi would not be complete without heading to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre for the authentic Water Puppet performance. This traditional show originated in the countryside as a way to entertain the locals and has now travelled into the big cities and been performed in over 40 countries around the world!

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Cycle, farm and cooking

Tra Que Vietnamese Cooking & Cycle

From Hoi An enjoy a bicycle ride through lush countryside to the village of Tra Que. Discover age-old farming practices and learn about traditional medicine. It’s a hands-on experience today with the opportunity to assist with tending the fields and gardens, and cooking lunch with a local family.

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The DMZ and Vinh Moc tunnels

Those who are interested in the more recent history of Vietnam should head to the DMZ (Demilitarised Zone). Just north of Hue you can visit where the old border used to be. The nearby Vinh Moc tunnels are also a must see – unlike the Cu Chi tunnels in the south you can walk through them pretty much upright and they open out onto the South China Sea.

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Beachside bliss

Mui Ne Beach Stay

Sit back and relax on one of Vietnam’s best beaches. This quaint fishing village has been welcoming visitors since 1990. Considered the adrenalin capital of Southern Vietnam – Mui Ne has a great surf from August to December. There are also spectacular red and white sand dunes which can be explored by dune buggy or jeep – or failing that you can just lol about on the beach and enjoy the stunning sunsets.

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Sundowners at the Rex

Home to the ‘Five O’Clock Follies’ of the Vietnam War when the US military aired their press briefings from the rooftop bar of the Rex Hotel. The American military may be long gone – but the bar remains and it is the perfect place to grab a refreshing sun downer at the end of the day whilst watching the hub bub of the city below.

Suggested Tailor-made Holiday itineraries for Vietnam

From the highlands of the north to the bustling Mekong Delta in the south, Vietnam offers a wonderful selection of outdoor experiences with plenty of culture, history and gastronomic delights to boot. Follow the coast from Hanoi to Saigon, trek with the hill tribes in Sapa or explore the beaches and the cooler climes of Dalat with one of our recommended itineraries or plot your own route using our interactive map further below.

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Highlights of South Vietnam

11 days | FROM USD $2,145

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The Sizzling South

Cruise the Mekong and discover its colourful floating markets and remote islands. Gain a fascinating insight into Vietnam’s compelling history at Saigon’s War Remnants Museum and head underground to squeeze through the Viet Cong’s remarkable Cu Chi tunnels. Head to Nha Trang for sunshine, sand and a lively night life, with its broad stretch of sandy beach and plethora of bars and restaurants, while the laid-back white sand peninsula of Mui Ne provides pure relaxation.

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