We provide escorted tours and holidays to Vietnam. It is an intriguing destination. At the crossroads of tradition and modernity, an eclectic mix of old and new, this country will reveal astonishing finds to every type of traveller. The old world charm is still retained amid the French colonial architecture, or the wide tree-lined boulevards gracing the cities and former imperial capitals. Culture seekers will delight in the discovery of the diverse landscapes and everyday sights, from bustling floating markets, lush paddy fields to colourful hill tribes in the highlands. For beach lovers, Vietnam’s long coastline is framed with sandy beaches and clear seas with lots of opportunities for water-based adventures from a cruise on Halong Bay to a jet-ski safari off Phu Quoc Island.
You can wander through the 36 streets in the Old Quarter, rummage for souvenirs and witness the artisans working on their specialty crafts. As the oldest university (established in 1070), the Temple of Literature retains a scholarly atmosphere and makes a peaceful respite from Hanoi’s busy streets. Why not catch a water puppet show – a unique cultural form of North Vietnam? For early risers, head to Hoan Kiem Lake and observe Vietnamese in their synchronized Tai Chi moves. On fine afternoons, stroll through the French quarter, sip an aromatic cup of coffee on the sidewalk and observe the bustling street life.
Step into imperial times with a visit to the large Hue Citadel, the prime attraction of Hue where you can explore the walled interior houses the Forbidden City – a sprawling complex of palaces, temples, pavilions and galleries. Enjoy a romantic cyclo-rickshaw ride on the way to explore the royal tombs of Tu Duc, Minh Mang.
Situated along the south central coast of Vietnam, Hoi An is an outstanding example of a well-preserved ancient town that has been designated a World Heritage Site. A major port town that boasted multi-cultural influences from the 16th – 18th centuries, it is a quaint and picturesque town that can be easily explored on foot. Head to the Old Town where historical sights await. There, you can cross the Japanese covered bridge, stroll through the cultural halls, enjoy a traditional music performance, and explore the layout of an ancient house. Just a few kilometres out of town, Cua Dai Beach’s golden sands provide a nice place to unwind over fresh seafood. Explore the small villages on a bicycle and discover artisans crafting pottery in the narrow streets. For day trips out of Hue, opt for the historical Cham statues at My Son or to the Marble Mountain where caves, temples and magnificent views await at the summit.
One of the world’s most fertile areas, the Mekong Delta is home to countless rice fields and tributaries across thousands of square miles of flat land. Where our tours feature an overnight cruise on the Mekong Delta we use the ornate vessels of Pandaw, Jayavarman, Jahan as well as the more traditional Vietnamese Bassac. We also arrange cruises on the Mekong Delta between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh.