Why Vietnam?

Few countries in the world elicit such a passionate response among travellers as Vietnam. Blessed with beautiful landscapes, evocative monuments and great cultural diversity, the nation has emerged from decades of war to become one of the world’s most beguiling destinations. While the capital, Hanoi, retains the gentility of colonial times, go-ahead Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), in the south, showcases the nation’s more upbeat, modern face. Between the two lie a chain of former Imperial capitals, replete with ancient temples and palaces, as well as colonial ports and villas. Trips along the southern Mekong Delta or into the northern mountains of the Tonkinese Alps bring you face to face with a timeless vision of Vietnam, where buffalo plod along dirt tracks and women in conical straw non la hats work the rice fields. Poverty is far from absent here but is on the wane. Vietnam is now officially the fastest developing country in Asia. History lovers will enjoy the central city of Hue;the former capital is surrounded by greenery and lakes and bears the remains of much of the country’s history, and a few hours south is Hoi An –a charming UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site with beautiful beaches. For visitors, this dramatic transformation is most discernible in the country’s new beach resorts and bijoux historic towns. Travelling between them, you cannot fail to be impressed by the understated warmth and gentleness of the Vietnamese people themselves – a testament to this country’s astonishing capacity for rejuvenation. Should you prefer to relax, the east coast has an impressive selection of glorious beaches.

Floating Market, Vietnam

Vietnam Journeys

Our Vietnam tours guarantee a wealth of memorable experiences. The country today provides greater opportunities to travel in more remote areas while offering a well preserved and vibrant cultural heritage to immerse in. Its strong identity and proud people make it an enriching and enticing destination, where spending time conversing with the locals and sharing stories is often the highlight of any visit.

Book your trip to Vietnam and find why people from all over the world are drawn to it. Discover delightful tour packages that will take you through Saigon, the city of ancient Buddhist temples and pagodas. While in Vietnam you must take a cyclo tour through the overly-crowded streets of Hanoi. Complete your experience with the authentic taste of the Vietnamese cuisine by taking a food tour or learn more about the history of the place by exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels while on one of our war.

Tourism Map of Vietnam
Capital : Hanoi
Time zone : GMT/UTC + 7 hours
Main Airports : Hanoi (HAN)
: Ho Chi Minh (SGN)
: Da Nang (DAD)
Tourist visa : Visa On Arrival Available With Advanced Application
Best time to travel
: Jan – Apr (varies between north to south)
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Currency (VND)
: Vietnamese Dong (1USD=22,500 VND)
Health issues
: CDC Information

HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM

OLD QUARTER, HANOI, Vietnam

OLD QUARTER, HANOI | Lined with medieval tube houses and merchants’ mansions, the packed streets of old Hanoi’s market district make for a fascinating area to wander, people watch and shop for authentic souvenirs.

SAPA, Vietnam

SAPA | Set amid cascading rice terraces, Sapa is a delightful hill station offering treks, walks and colourful weekly markets which local minority communities attend wearing vibrant traditional costumes.

MEKONG DELTA | An obligatory trip while in Vietnam is a journey along the mighty Mekong River, whose silty waters flow across the country’s southern alluvial plain – a world little changed in centuries.

FLOATING MARKET, CAI RANG, Vietnam

FLOATING MARKET, CAI RANG | In the market towns of the Mekong Delta, traders in conical straw hats paddle their wares around congested waterways in heavily laden sampan – a glorious spectacle.

HALONG BAY, Vietnam

HALONG BAY | Vietnam’s most spectacular scenery: stunning limestone and dolomite outcrops, rising from a blue bay, which visitors can explore on photogenic wooden junks.

Old City of Hue

HUE | With its ancient pagodas and majestic imperial mausoleums, this city on the Perfume River – capital of the Nguyen dynasty – is still regarded as the nation’s cultural hub.

Best of Hoi An, Vietnam

HOI AN | The ancient trading town of Hoi An retains much of its old-world, cosmopolitan character, as well as great museums, galleries, restaurants and shops.

PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam

PHU QUOC ISLAND | Luxuriate in the translucent waters of Phu Quoc, the pristine, tear-shaped island located in the Gulf of Thailand, only a 50-minute hop by plane from Ho Chi Minh City.

CU CHI TUNNELS, Vietnam

CU CHI TUNNELS, NEAR HO CHI MINH CITY | During the Vietnam War, among the tactics used by Vietcong guerrillas to evade capture, was the digging of extensive tunnel networks with hidden entrances.

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VISA

Most nationals require a visa to enter Vietnam and all travelers must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after their planned exit from Vietnam. Visa on Arrival service is possible with advance notice to us to prepare all permissions and documents. Read more HERE.

DIALING CODE :

+84

TIME ZONE

GMT/UTC +7

HOW TO GET THERE

Vietnam has 3 international airports: Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City), Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) and Danang Airport. These airports are well connected to major Asian cities with increasing international connections.

BEST TIME TO GO

Vietnam’s weather varies greatly from north to south with each area marked by slightly different seasons and climates. Because of these regional variations, there are always pleasant and favorable areas to visit throughout the year. The north, overall, tends to be cooler than the rest of the country. During the winter from November till February, the day time temperature is cool and the weather often damp. Central Vietnam experiences warm weather from July to October and wet, colder weather from November to May. Although the temperature remains fairly steady throughout the year, Southern Vietnam has two seasons. The dry season lasts from December to May, while from June to November is the rainy season.

MONEY

Vietnamese Dong (VND); ATMs and Money changers throughout the country. USD widely accepted (1USD = 22500 VND).

CLOTHING

Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for traveling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat and umbrella are a good idea in the rainy season and an umbrella can also offer useful shade from the sun.

Evenings in the north and the center can be quite chilly so bring a sweater and a good jacket especially from November to February. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other revealing clothing when visiting pagodas and monasteries. Shoes must be removed before entering some religious building or a private home. It is therefore useful to wear shoes without too many laces and which can easily be taken off.

ELECTRICITY

Vietnam mainly uses 220V but in some areas, 110V is used. A mixture of flat and round 2-pin outlets are used in the country.

FOOD

Vietnamese cuisine comes as a pleasant surprise to many visitors and is definitely a part of the Vietnam experience not to be missed. One of the characteristics of Vietnamese food is that it is always bought fresh from the market the same morning. Food is usually prepared with a minimum of oil and served with the ubiquitous fish sauce called nuoc mam. Typical Vietnamese dishes. you can expect to try include pho, a type of rice noodle soup eaten for breakfast, cha gio, deep-fried spring rolls and goi ngo sen, a delicious salad made with lotus stems, shrimps and peanuts. Due to the strong Buddhist influence in Vietnam, vegetarian food is widely available.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Vietnam celebrates many holidays; however it is rare that shops are closed. The exception is Tet, the Vietnamese New Year – officially a three-day holiday but many businesses close down for a full week. This is the busiest time of the year for traveling in Vietnam and hotels, flights and trains are often full during Vietnamese New Year (same date as Chinese New Year).

**Unless you intend to visit friends, relatives or your family, we do not recommend visiting Vietnam during the Lunar New Year or Tet holiday (Vietnamese New Year falls between late January and February). Tet is the most important period of the year for many Vietnamese who take time off to visit their families in the countryside.

LANGUAGE

The national language of Vietnam is Vietnamese. In big cities and in places with many tourists, people can speak basic English. As Vietnamese has six different tones, it is a difficult language for most foreigners to speak despite the fact that the Roman alphabet is used in the modern Vietnamese script.

English / Vietnamese
– Hello / xin chao pronounced sin jow
– Thank you / cam on pronounced caam ern
– Yes / Vang pronounced vang
– No / Khong pronounced cong

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