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Classic Vietnam
DATES

08 June 2019 - 19 June 2019


RATES
from NZD$3600 per person
Single rate from NZD$4450

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*Rates are per person based on Twin Share and/or Single Room.
*A 'Wiling to Share' is possible on this tour. Please enquire.
*Prices are subject to change until paid in full.

*International Airfares are not included. PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE


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Classic Vietnam

CLASSIC VIETNAM 

 

Experience Vietnam in style with this incredible tour of a perennial favourite. On this boutique tour, we will see divine UNESCO landscapes, wander historic towns, ride on cycles & tuk-tuks and wander night markets filled with local wares. We stay in incredible Boutique accommodation, eat divine Vietnamese food and immerse ourselves in traditional lifestyles.

We explore Vietnam from South to North, beginning with bustling Saigon and moving North to the Colonial elegance of Hanoi. En-route we discover the languid region of the Mekong delta, intoxicating Hoi An, Imperial Hue and World Heritage Halong Bay.

And of course, be humbled by the warmth and hospitality of the people. 

Join me on this bespoke, authentic journey through a divine Asian country..

NOTE: Perfect to add on a pre-tour extension to Sapa on a Sapa Cultural Excursion.  

Tour Overview
Duration
11 Nights - JUNE 2019
Start Point
Saigon, Vietnam
Finish Point
Hanoi, Vietnam
Tour Style
Escorted Tour
Accommodation
Boutique Accommodation, Luxury Junk
Meals
As per itinerary
Transport
Private Transfers, Boat, Domestic Flights, Bike
Max Group Size
Min 6, Max 10 Guests
Tour Inclusions
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • x3 nights in a Deluxe Room at Liberty Central Saigon, Saigon
  • x3 nights in a Deluxe Room at La Siesta Hoi An Resort, Hoi An
  • x2 nights in a Superior Room at Pilgrimage Village, Hue
  • x2 nights in a Deluxe Room at the Silk Path Boutique Hotel, Hanoi
  • x1 night in a Superior Cabin on the Luxury Junk - Ginger Cruise - Halong Bay
  • All Breakfasts
  • Other meals where stated
  • Hanoi City Tour
  • Hanoi Street Food Tour 
  • 2 day / 1 Night Halong Bay cruise 
  • Cycle tour around the villages of Hue
  • Royal lunch at a private 'Garden House' in Hue
  • Hoi An Walking Tour
  • Cooking Class in Hoi An
  • Saigon City Tour
  • Vespa Foodie Tour in Saigon
  • Full day Mekong Delta tour
  • Markets visits 
  • Domestic flight Saigon - Danang
  • Domestic flight Hue - Hanoi
  • Private van, Vespa & Tuk Tuk tours
  • Hosted by Jemma Wilson, owner of Mai Journeys 
  • Expert Local English Speaking Guide(s)
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles for transfers & touring
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water & refresher towels for touring
Tour Highlights
  • A morning like a local in Saigon
  • Exploring the backwaters & back roads of the Delta region
  • Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Market tour & Cooking Class in Hoi An
  • Walking Food tour in Hoi An
  • Free time in Hoi An to soak up the atmosphere - or get some clothes made!
  • Cyclo ride through the villages and along the river in Hue
  • Amazing Food
  • Stay in gorgeous boutique resorts & hotels
  • Meeting local Artisans
  • Distinctive monasteries & colonial architecture

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrive Saigon
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Arrive Saigon. We are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. We then get to relax after our long flight.

Vietnam’s capital Hanoi blends old world charm with the dynamic bustle of new Asia. Its French colonial past is evident from the colonial architecture and enchanting lakes which contrast with the throng of thousands of motorbikes and cosmopolitan new restaurants and boutiques. To the north of central Hoan Kiem Lake lies the frenetic maze of narrow streets of the Old Quarter while to the south are the broad tree-lined boulevards and majestic buildings of the French Quarter.

Early evening, we meet in hotel bar for pre-dinner drinks.

This evening we enjoy dinner with the finest traditional Vietnamese food with inspired contemporary cuisine at Hoa Tuc Restaurant. (Drinks not included). Hoa Tuc restaurant is located in an old opium refinery of the colonial era, in the middle of a courtyard that houses a small group of restaurants. The pergola at the entrance, made of cast iron and frosted glass, is inspired by the underground entrances in vogue in Paris in the early 1900s. As for the food, it will delight the most discerning palates. The wine list, prepared by a renowned sommelier, is one of the richest in Vietnam. For all these reasons, reservations are highly recommended.

Overnight Liberty Central Saigon (D - Entree & Main)

Day 2 - Saigon
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Wake up early this morning and start our day like a real Saigonese does. Our guide will show you things that make Saigon so different compared to other parts of Vietnam; from the crowded street coffee places to the lively local outdoor markets where people shop for their daily needs. Our first stop is a Vietnamese bread stall which is believed to be the first bread stall in Saigon. We will sit down together with local people inside a small alley to enjoy this simple, yet delicious breakfast. 

After breakfast, we zig zag through the alleys and stop at a market for a cup of tea or coffee in Saigon’s oldest café. This coffee shop, now in its 78th year of operation, is something of a Saigon landmark. Meet the owner for a talk to learn how she makes coffee with a special traditional method, a kind of “stocking coffee” which was originally the method of Chinese coffee vendors and involved a long, stocking-like fabric filter, a charcoal stove and traditional clay pots. Continue to wind our way through nearby street markets to see how people bargain for fresh vegetables, seafood and other local food. Carry on to the “flower alleys” - the biggest flower market in Saigon. Take the opportunity to see the colourful blossoms, and interact with the sellers. Stop at some vendors to try some favourite Saigonese snacks and desserts such as sponge cakes and sweet soups before heading back to your hotel.  
Start time: approx 07.00am.
Duration: approx 3 hours. 

We will have lunch at local restaurant. 

This afternoon, we depart for a City Highlights tour. We visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires constructed from materials imported from France (entrance is only permitted when no services are being performed). We then head across the square to the Central Post Office, completed in 1891. A short drive away is the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American War. We continue to the War Remnants Museum for a vivid perspective of the American War through the eyes of the Vietnamese. (Please note that some of the displays are very graphic.) Then, experience Saigon’s famed street coffee culture while our guide provides a brief language lesson as well as insights into daily life of a Saigonese before returning to our hotel.
Start time: approx 13.00pm.
Duration: approx 4 hours. 

After this, anyone that still has the energy (!) and the want (!), can be dropped off at The Social Club Rooftop bar for a nightcap. This place has fabulous views! (Drinks and return to hotel by your own arrangement) 

Overnight Liberty Central Saigon  (B / L)

Day 3 - Mekong Delta
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This morning we depart from Ho Chi Minh City for a scenic two-hour drive to Cho Gao situated in the Mekong River Delta. 

Upon arrival, we board a wooden boat for a fascinating river excursion to 'off the beaten tracks' parts of the Mekong Delta.
Crossing two branches of the Mekong River, 30 km away from the Eastern Sea, we arrive at Long Thanh Village for a stop at a local factory to understand the traditional methods used to make coal from the coconut hard-shell.

After, we change vehicles - for a bicycle! - for a relaxing ride through the peaceful village to observe the rustic lifestyle. We ride among fruit plantations and friendly locals. We stop to visit an ancient house and a communal temple of the village. We then cross the ferry to Tam Hiep Island where we will enjoy a leisurely walk to a local farmer’s house for a lunch of Mekong Delta specialties.

After lunch, we wander on the rural village path to a honey bee farm to observe how to make honey straight from the source. We continue our cycling trip around the village and stop at a local farmer’s garden with a specialty of the region called “lá sâm.” The host will take us around his lush garden to pick some leaves and show us how to make a special herbal jelly.

We board a sampan for a ride along the narrow canals of the Mekong Delta before getting back on the ferry to cross the river and return to Ho Chi Minh City. 
Start time: approx 08.00am.
Duration: approx 7-8 hours. 
NOTE: 
The cycling distance can be 5 km, depending on your physical ability and length you desire. The exploration can be done on foot, horse cart or tri-motorcycle instead of the cycling.

This evening is free at leisure. 
Overnight Liberty Central Saigon (B / L)

Day 4 - Saigon - Danang - Hoi An
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Our morning is free for last minute market shopping, or simply to to reat and relax at the hotel.

We transfer from our hotel to the airport (with guide). Current flight details: 14.30pm| 15.50pm. This is an Economy Class flight. 

Upon arrival at Danang Airport, our guide will meet us and transfer us to our hotel in Hoi An.

Rest, relax and have a spa maybe at our gorgeous hotel. 

This evening we have a table reservation at Morning Glory Restaurant. (Time TBC). Situated in an elegant traditional-style building in the heart of Hoi An’s old town, Morning Glory specializes in local Hoi An ‘street food’. (Payable direct)

Overnight La Siesta Resort and Spa (B)

Day 5 - Hoi An
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A walking tour is the best way to see this marvellous town, so this morning after breakfast we enjoy a half day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, visiting the likes of: Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 year old Tam Ky ancestral house, the Japanese Bridge and Hoi An market.
Between the 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An then known as ‘Faifo’, was a prosperous trading port attracting Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish ships amongst others. Today, this World Heritage ancient town is recognised for its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets and distinctive local cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. 
Start time: approx 09.00am.
Duration: approx 2 hours. 
NOTE: 
The Hoi An entrance ticket is valid for entry to 5 sightseeing spots in Hoi An including merchant houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge, museums, pagodas and assembly halls for 24 hours. It also provides entry into Hoi An Ancient Town for as long as you are in Hoi An. Please keep the entrance ticket with you at all times should you independently visit Hoi An later in the evening or on another day.

Lunch will be on the run..
Free time to shop|relax|spa|get clothes made..

This evening we depart on a Hoi An Walking Night Food Safari....Hoi An by night is always busy with hundreds of food stalls and local restaurants. We take a walk around the town to discover the many vendors offering Hoi An specialties. This tour takes us off the beaten path to get a unique glimpse into the nightly life of this lovely ancient town and discover unforgettable street food. We meet our Guide and start zigzagging through the alleys to explore a popular snack – “white rose”. We find our way to a “banh mi” stand owned by an elderly woman and try a small piece of crispy baguette and crispy Fried Wonton “Hoanh Thanh Chien”. Next, we stroll to a hidden family restaurant serving barbecued pork which we combine with fresh greens and herbs to create our own fresh spring roll. The best to enjoy the roll is with cold beer! We walk further into the centre of the village for a look at the ancient  sweet soup “Che” before capping off the journey at the riverside to release floating lanterns for good luck.
Start time: approx 5.00pm.
Duration: approx 4 hours.

Overnight La Siesta Resort and Spa (B / Street Food)

Day 6 - Hoi An
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This morning, after a lesiurely breakfast, we depart on our Hoi An Culinary Experience. We learn the secrets of preparing traditional Vietnamese cuisine with a market tour and cooking class. We set off to a local market with a chef from the Market Restaurant and Cooking School. Your chef will share shopping tips including how to select fresh eggs and ripe fruit and which herbs are used in Vietnamese cuisine. Continue to the school, an elegant old building with a French colonial-style exterior and traditional Hoi An interior. Then participate in an entertaining, hands-on cookery course held in one of three teaching areas with modern equipment for a truly immersive cooking experience. Chat with your chef to learn more about typical ingredients of Central Vietnamese cuisine then enjoy tasting what you have prepared. 
Start time: approx 9.00am.
Duration: approx 4 hours. 

Your afternoon and evening is free.

Overnight La Siesta Resort and Spa  (B / Lunch - Cooking Class)

Day 7 - Hoi An - Hai Van Pass - Hue
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This morning after a lazy breakfast, we leave Hoi An for the three-hour drive to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. This scenic route passes through the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co after climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. 

Arrive in Hue. Check into hotel & relax a while.

This afternoon we have a City Cyclo-Tour from the Citadel to Thien Mu. Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm. We start our cyclo trip by crossing the Perfume River on the Trang Tien Bridge. We then ride along the famous Dong Ba Market and follow a branch of the Perfume River to an area surrounding the Citadel where local people have lived for generations in their old style houses. While sitting on the cyclo, all of the activities on the street, in the shops and in the houses, just happen around you, and you can feel like you are a part of it. After the cyclo ride, walking to the Imperial Citadel from the Noon Gate will provide great balance and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while our guide explains the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others which are being lovingly restored.

From here, our driver will pick us up and drive us to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-story tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold.
Start time: approx 2.00pm.
Duration: approx 3.5 hours.   

This evening is free at leisure. You can eat in the hotel restaurant. 

Overnight Pilgrimage Village (B)

Day 8 - Hue
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This morning after breakfast we are taken to Uu Dam Orphanage Home. The orphanage was established in 2005 for more than 47 children from 1 to 17 years old who are without parents. Today we visit Uu Dam Orphanage Centre – 8km away from Hue downtown where we meet and talk with the center representative (Nun Phuoc Thien) for an insight of the daily activities as well as their effort to take care of more than 47 orphans. We can chat with some of the children to understand their life at school as well as their dreams, before joining them to re-paint their bedroom walls, windows or create some art on their wall. We roll up our sleeves and help the nuns prepare the ingredients and cook lunch for the children. Later, we bid farewell to the children and drive back to hotel.
Start time: approx 08.30am.
Duration: approx 3.5 hours.   

We return to the hotel for rest, relaxatin and maybe even a spa....

This evening we have a dinner reservation at Ancient Hue Restaurant.

Overnight Pilgrimage Village (B / Vegetarian Lunch / D)

Day 9 - Hue to Hanoi
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This morning we are transferred from our accommodation to the Hue airport (with guide) for our flight to Hanoi.
*Flight VN1542 HUI HAN 10:30 – 11:45/ Economy Class. 

Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, our guide will meet us and transfer us to our hotel.

Early afternoon, we visit the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays) which houses an extensive collection of traditional costumes and artefacts from Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Next, we visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university built in the late 11th century. The picturesque temple is an example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture and is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese dong banknote.

We then drive back to central Hanoi for a cyclo tour through the famed Old Quarter known for its ‘36 streets of 36 wares’ - named after the original 36 artisan guilds that date as far back as the 13th century. We explore the fascinating maze of back streets, fronted by narrow houses known as “tunnel” or “tube houses”, built to avoid taxes based on the width of their frontage onto the street, a wonderfully eclectic glimpse into Hanoi street life.

We make a stop at a local coffee shop to try the local brew. We then walk a little further to taste some typical Hanoi snacks such as Pillow cake, fried sweet cakes. We stroll through the streets lined with many food vendors and make our way to a steaming bowl of Pho Ga (Vietnamese noodle soup with chicken). This is practically Vietnam’s national dish and is a dish enjoyed morning noon and night. Next, we move on to try Vietnam’s 2nd most popular food - the Banh Mi Pate or baguette sandwich with pate at Banh My Lan Ong, one of the most famous shops in Hanoi. Later, we head to Dong Xuan night market which is well known for all types of goods including souvenirs. Try your hand at bargaining for a good deal before heading off to Beer Corner in the old corner to try a cold glass of Bia Hoi (fresh draft beer) like a local.
Start time: approx 3.00pm.
Duration: approx 7 hours. 

Overnight Silk Path Boutique Hotel (B / Street Food)

Day 10 - To Lan Ha Bay
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This morning we depart on a 2-hour drive to Hai Phong via the new highway and over the longest bridge in South East Asia. 

Our luxurious floating home, Ginger, sets sail around noontime. We enjoy a welcome drink upon boarding and become acquainted with the facilities on board during the welcome briefing. We then begin our unique journey exploring one of the new wonders of nature – Lan Ha Bay.

Enjoy lunch in Ginger’s light-flooded dining room, offering panoramic views of the passing scenery.

Along the way, we pass an ancient lighthouse, built by the French over 100 years ago. We head deeper and further south into the karst maze of Lan Ha Bay. Lan Ha Bay is actually a part of Halong Bay that recently opened to the public. Relax on the sun deck and soak in the aura of the fascinating scenery— a surreal seascape.

During the cruise, there is leisure time to enjoy our onboard activities. Take a plunge in the pool or let us pamper you with a selection of treatments and massages in the Lady Ginger spa. We disembark at Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island where we hop on bikes (electric car available) for a tour along small paved roads towards a quiet village nestled in a valley. Meet and greet local villagers and see their daily routines at homes, school, and work.

Back on board, our chef will lead an interactive cooking class in the open kitchen at the restaurant. Learn about delicious local ingredients and how to prepare traditional Vietnamese recipes you can imitate at home.

We then arrive at a tranquil anchor location for the night; a hidden place to reminisce about the day’s adventures and enjoy cocktails under the stars.

A delightful dinner is served in the dining room. After, guests are invited to enjoy time at the bar or pay a visit to the evening cinema for a movie. Nighttime is also the best time of the day for squid fishing. Join the Ginger crew for squid fishing before retiring to your room for the evening.

Overnight Ginger Luxury Junk: (B / L / D)

Day 11 - Lan Ha Bay to Hanoi
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Wake up early and join a Tai Chi session on the sundeck to ease mind and body into the day as the first rays of the sun touch the water. Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries wait in the dining room to start the new day.

Ginger begins cruising towards Tra Bau, a secluded spot that is perfect for our morning excursion. In kayaks or bamboo boats, we drift along the waters of the bay for a closer look at the serene surroundings. Paddling through the dreamlike landscape with tree-topped islands, you will feel a sense of freedom and harmony with nature that you have never experienced before.

Back on board, a hearty breakfast is served in the dining room (or on request served to your room) before we start our journey back to the pier. Savour the last moments of this unique journey by relaxing on comfy sun beds on the terrace deck. 

We are then transferred back to Hanoi, to our hotel for our final evening. 

We have a farewell dinner reserved this evening at Home Restaurant

Overnight Silk Path Boutique Hotel (B / Farewell Dinner)

Day 12 - Depart Vietnam
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Farewell Vietnam....

This morning you are transferred from your accommodation to the airport (with guide) OR you will continue on into Indochina...

About this tour

Liberty Central Saigon, Saigon - Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel is a 4-star hotel within a 15-minute walk from Saigon Square and near to Ben Thanh Market The hotel has been hosting guests since 2010 in an 11-story art deco building. The hotel is in District 1, known for Temples, the palace and the Opera House. Rooms feature a mini bar, wi-fi, safety box, daily mineral water and deluxe bathroom amenities. There is a roof top swimming pool and several dining options. The on-site spa facilities include a spa lounge, a steam room, a gym and a Jacuzzi. 

La Siesta, Hoi An - La Siesta Boutique Resort is located in Thanh Ha village, a peaceful area famous for its ceramics – and is just a short 5-10 minute walk from the shophouses, temples, colonial buildings and iconic Vietnamese tube houses that characterise central Hoi An. It is a peaceful sanctuary with exceptional five-star facilities. Among the highlights you’ll find a freshwater pool lined by cabanas and loungers, plus a soothing saltwater alternative, a must-visit spa and two relaxed restaurants. Guests can borrow red Japanese postman-style bicycles to cycle about in the local village lanes and in Hoi An. The resort also runs a scheduled shuttle service to the golden An Bang beach, where there’s a section reserved for guests. There is also an on-site Confucian temple dating back to the 15th Century, which will be used in future for special event dinners and traditional lantern festivals. 

Pilgrimage Village, Hue - Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside in rustic village setting surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks. The resort embodies the subtle connection of traditional stylish and modern art concept. The Resort offers the harmony of soothing natural environment and local culture. Delicious meals, sound sleep, and the peaceful life of our quiet countryside combine to refresh your spirits and help to forget the troubles of life. It is also a place where skillful artists carve, polish and weave to create authentic works that are beautiful remembrances reflecting the traditional culture of Hue. Delight in specialties of Hue in Junrei restaurant and enjoy drinks in the Candle Bar, Peanut Bar or Slope Lounge. The Vedan? spa blends ancient traditional healing wisdom from the east with therapies from the west. Meditation, Jacuzzi, sauna & steam bath, tai chi or yoga classes help you find balance and peace in your mind and soul.

Silk Path Boutique Hotel, Hanoi - Located by Hoan Kiem lake, diamond position of Hanoi city center and Old Quarter, the Silk Path Boutique Hotel is just few minutes walk to famous destinations and local shops of handcrafted products, silks or local street food of all kinds surrounded. Silk Path Boutique Hanoi’s rooms boast a quintessentially quirky fusion of traditional French design and contemporary facilities. Yet it’s the handicraft touch of carpenters that gives this Hanoi Old Quarter accommodation its special charm, creating a signature style that strikes the perfect balance between clasicism and modernity.

Ginger Junk, Halong Bay - Ginger is one of the newest vessels cruising the Lan Ha Bay, which is a tranquil part of the famous Halong Bay in Vietnam. Ginger hosts only 12 suites, all naturally light-flooded and with well-sized balcony. Ginger has warm timber floors, marble bathrooms and distinguished design themes that interlace the long-lasting traditions of Northern Vietnam paired with contemporary accents. The terrace deck is a marvellous public area. An almost 360-degree light-flooded restaurant offering live cooking is framed by an outdoor alfresco area. An indoor bar corner invites you to relax before or after dinner. The most exclusive facility is Ginger’s pool on the terrace deck surrounded by comfortable shaded sun-beds. The views from the spa rooms in the stern of the ship are fabulous – one VIP spa room comes with steam bath. Combine relaxing spa treatments with dramatic outlooks through floor to ceiling glass windows on the bay.

Practicalities

Seasons Vietnam: There is not really a right or wrong time to visit Vietnam as during most months of the year you will experience both sunshine and rain in varying quantities. This is a country with 2000 odd miles of coastline and three different weather systems. The weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the countries length. 

Green Season (May - October) - May and June bring moisture laden air from the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Thailand, bringing greenery back to the region´s countryside. Don't be concerned by the season's showers; the rains form a predictable pattern - clear, sunny mornings and a 60% chance of showers in the mid to late afternoon-and bring green into the countryside. The early months of the wet season (May to July) remain hot and rainfall is often short lived, whilst in the latter months (late July until September) the rains become more constant and can be heavy at times.

Time: Vietnam is GMT + 7 and does not operate daylight-saving system.

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. It is recommended to bring a universal plug adaptor.

Health: No vaccinations are mandatory except for yellow fever if you are coming from an area where the disease is present. However visitors should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A & B, tetanus and polio. Malaria is present in most of the region and it is advisable to take precautions, especially if traveling off the beaten track. Medical facilities are limited and it is essential to take out a good medical insurance policy before traveling in case evacuation is needed. Consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial tablets and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Vietnam & Cambodia. Some vaccination courses may need time to be completed. If you plan to take anti-malarial tablets, you usually need to start one week before arrival. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses). 

NOTES - 
*We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
*Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
*If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.

The facts

Currency Vietnam:  The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). US Dollars and Euros are accepted in some hotels, restaurants and shops. 

**Note that even slightly torn US dollar bills will not be accepted. Visa & MasterCard are accepted in most hotels, and some restaurants.

ATMs are very common in every city and every big town for withrawing local currency. ATM's are available in major airports, hotels, towns and capitals of provinces throughout Vietnam Most ATMs have an English language version. 

Credit Cards: Most credit cards are accepted in Vietnam & Cambodia. VISA and MASTERCARD are the most widely accepted. JCB and AMERICAN EXPRESS are also accepted in some outlets. Not all hotels, commercial centers, shops and restaurants accept credit cards. Check with the cashier before making any purchases. Bear in mind that in some places a surcharge usually applies for credit card purchases: VISA and MasterCard approx 2.5%, JCB: 3% surcharge, American Express: 4% surcharge. NOTE: Surcharges can change without prior notice. Check the percentage charged before you pay.

Tipping:  Staff and guides appreciate that tipping varies greatly between cultures and countries.

Visas Vietnam: Citizens of New Zealand & Australia require a visa to visit Vietnam. You must organise your visa before departing your country of residence, unless you have gone through the official channels to obtain a visa on arrival service. You can arrange your visa up to six months before your scheduled arrival date into Vietnam. In addition, your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam. All Vietnam visas are SINGLE ENTRY unless you have specifically requested MULTIPLE ENTRY and this is stamped into your passport. If you are entering Vietnam twice or more you will need to ensure you have a MULTIPLE ENTRY visa before you leave home. The status of your tourist visa cannot be changed after you arrive in Vietnam.

Not Included:

  • International Airfares - PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE
  • Transfers unless stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Phone calls
  • Passport and visas
  • Laundry unless stated
  • Excess baggage
  • Travel insurance - PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specifically described. 
  • Optional excursions or activities that may be offered
Travel advice / FCO

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings.

At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any of the places visited on this tour.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns. You should be aware that any travel warnings or advisories may affect the validity of your travel insurance. Therefore, at the time of booking your tour it is essential you check any restrictions on cover with your insurance provider.

DATES

08 June 2019 - 19 June 2019


RATES
from NZD$3600 per person
Single rate from NZD$4450

Hover over rates for other currencies.

*Rates are per person based on Twin Share and/or Single Room.
*A 'Wiling to Share' is possible on this tour. Please enquire.
*Prices are subject to change until paid in full.

*International Airfares are not included. PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE


Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Saigon

Arrive Saigon. We are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. We then get to relax after our long flight.

Vietnam’s capital Hanoi blends old world charm with the dynamic bustle of new Asia. Its French colonial past is evident from the colonial architecture and enchanting lakes which contrast with the throng of thousands of motorbikes and cosmopolitan new restaurants and boutiques. To the north of central Hoan Kiem Lake lies the frenetic maze of narrow streets of the Old Quarter while to the south are the broad tree-lined boulevards and majestic buildings of the French Quarter.

Early evening, we meet in hotel bar for pre-dinner drinks.

This evening we enjoy dinner with the finest traditional Vietnamese food with inspired contemporary cuisine at Hoa Tuc Restaurant. (Drinks not included). Hoa Tuc restaurant is located in an old opium refinery of the colonial era, in the middle of a courtyard that houses a small group of restaurants. The pergola at the entrance, made of cast iron and frosted glass, is inspired by the underground entrances in vogue in Paris in the early 1900s. As for the food, it will delight the most discerning palates. The wine list, prepared by a renowned sommelier, is one of the richest in Vietnam. For all these reasons, reservations are highly recommended.

Overnight Liberty Central Saigon (D - Entree & Main)

Day 2 - Saigon

Wake up early this morning and start our day like a real Saigonese does. Our guide will show you things that make Saigon so different compared to other parts of Vietnam; from the crowded street coffee places to the lively local outdoor markets where people shop for their daily needs. Our first stop is a Vietnamese bread stall which is believed to be the first bread stall in Saigon. We will sit down together with local people inside a small alley to enjoy this simple, yet delicious breakfast. 

After breakfast, we zig zag through the alleys and stop at a market for a cup of tea or coffee in Saigon’s oldest café. This coffee shop, now in its 78th year of operation, is something of a Saigon landmark. Meet the owner for a talk to learn how she makes coffee with a special traditional method, a kind of “stocking coffee” which was originally the method of Chinese coffee vendors and involved a long, stocking-like fabric filter, a charcoal stove and traditional clay pots. Continue to wind our way through nearby street markets to see how people bargain for fresh vegetables, seafood and other local food. Carry on to the “flower alleys” - the biggest flower market in Saigon. Take the opportunity to see the colourful blossoms, and interact with the sellers. Stop at some vendors to try some favourite Saigonese snacks and desserts such as sponge cakes and sweet soups before heading back to your hotel.  
Start time: approx 07.00am.
Duration: approx 3 hours. 

We will have lunch at local restaurant. 

This afternoon, we depart for a City Highlights tour. We visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires constructed from materials imported from France (entrance is only permitted when no services are being performed). We then head across the square to the Central Post Office, completed in 1891. A short drive away is the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American War. We continue to the War Remnants Museum for a vivid perspective of the American War through the eyes of the Vietnamese. (Please note that some of the displays are very graphic.) Then, experience Saigon’s famed street coffee culture while our guide provides a brief language lesson as well as insights into daily life of a Saigonese before returning to our hotel.
Start time: approx 13.00pm.
Duration: approx 4 hours. 

After this, anyone that still has the energy (!) and the want (!), can be dropped off at The Social Club Rooftop bar for a nightcap. This place has fabulous views! (Drinks and return to hotel by your own arrangement) 

Overnight Liberty Central Saigon  (B / L)

Day 3 - Mekong Delta

This morning we depart from Ho Chi Minh City for a scenic two-hour drive to Cho Gao situated in the Mekong River Delta. 

Upon arrival, we board a wooden boat for a fascinating river excursion to 'off the beaten tracks' parts of the Mekong Delta.
Crossing two branches of the Mekong River, 30 km away from the Eastern Sea, we arrive at Long Thanh Village for a stop at a local factory to understand the traditional methods used to make coal from the coconut hard-shell.

After, we change vehicles - for a bicycle! - for a relaxing ride through the peaceful village to observe the rustic lifestyle. We ride among fruit plantations and friendly locals. We stop to visit an ancient house and a communal temple of the village. We then cross the ferry to Tam Hiep Island where we will enjoy a leisurely walk to a local farmer’s house for a lunch of Mekong Delta specialties.

After lunch, we wander on the rural village path to a honey bee farm to observe how to make honey straight from the source. We continue our cycling trip around the village and stop at a local farmer’s garden with a specialty of the region called “lá sâm.” The host will take us around his lush garden to pick some leaves and show us how to make a special herbal jelly.

We board a sampan for a ride along the narrow canals of the Mekong Delta before getting back on the ferry to cross the river and return to Ho Chi Minh City. 
Start time: approx 08.00am.
Duration: approx 7-8 hours. 
NOTE: 
The cycling distance can be 5 km, depending on your physical ability and length you desire. The exploration can be done on foot, horse cart or tri-motorcycle instead of the cycling.

This evening is free at leisure. 
Overnight Liberty Central Saigon (B / L)

Day 4 - Saigon - Danang - Hoi An

Our morning is free for last minute market shopping, or simply to to reat and relax at the hotel.

We transfer from our hotel to the airport (with guide). Current flight details: 14.30pm| 15.50pm. This is an Economy Class flight. 

Upon arrival at Danang Airport, our guide will meet us and transfer us to our hotel in Hoi An.

Rest, relax and have a spa maybe at our gorgeous hotel. 

This evening we have a table reservation at Morning Glory Restaurant. (Time TBC). Situated in an elegant traditional-style building in the heart of Hoi An’s old town, Morning Glory specializes in local Hoi An ‘street food’. (Payable direct)

Overnight La Siesta Resort and Spa (B)

Day 5 - Hoi An

A walking tour is the best way to see this marvellous town, so this morning after breakfast we enjoy a half day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, visiting the likes of: Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 year old Tam Ky ancestral house, the Japanese Bridge and Hoi An market.
Between the 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An then known as ‘Faifo’, was a prosperous trading port attracting Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish ships amongst others. Today, this World Heritage ancient town is recognised for its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets and distinctive local cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. 
Start time: approx 09.00am.
Duration: approx 2 hours. 
NOTE: 
The Hoi An entrance ticket is valid for entry to 5 sightseeing spots in Hoi An including merchant houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge, museums, pagodas and assembly halls for 24 hours. It also provides entry into Hoi An Ancient Town for as long as you are in Hoi An. Please keep the entrance ticket with you at all times should you independently visit Hoi An later in the evening or on another day.

Lunch will be on the run..
Free time to shop|relax|spa|get clothes made..

This evening we depart on a Hoi An Walking Night Food Safari....Hoi An by night is always busy with hundreds of food stalls and local restaurants. We take a walk around the town to discover the many vendors offering Hoi An specialties. This tour takes us off the beaten path to get a unique glimpse into the nightly life of this lovely ancient town and discover unforgettable street food. We meet our Guide and start zigzagging through the alleys to explore a popular snack – “white rose”. We find our way to a “banh mi” stand owned by an elderly woman and try a small piece of crispy baguette and crispy Fried Wonton “Hoanh Thanh Chien”. Next, we stroll to a hidden family restaurant serving barbecued pork which we combine with fresh greens and herbs to create our own fresh spring roll. The best to enjoy the roll is with cold beer! We walk further into the centre of the village for a look at the ancient  sweet soup “Che” before capping off the journey at the riverside to release floating lanterns for good luck.
Start time: approx 5.00pm.
Duration: approx 4 hours.

Overnight La Siesta Resort and Spa (B / Street Food)

Day 6 - Hoi An

This morning, after a lesiurely breakfast, we depart on our Hoi An Culinary Experience. We learn the secrets of preparing traditional Vietnamese cuisine with a market tour and cooking class. We set off to a local market with a chef from the Market Restaurant and Cooking School. Your chef will share shopping tips including how to select fresh eggs and ripe fruit and which herbs are used in Vietnamese cuisine. Continue to the school, an elegant old building with a French colonial-style exterior and traditional Hoi An interior. Then participate in an entertaining, hands-on cookery course held in one of three teaching areas with modern equipment for a truly immersive cooking experience. Chat with your chef to learn more about typical ingredients of Central Vietnamese cuisine then enjoy tasting what you have prepared. 
Start time: approx 9.00am.
Duration: approx 4 hours. 

Your afternoon and evening is free.

Overnight La Siesta Resort and Spa  (B / Lunch - Cooking Class)

Day 7 - Hoi An - Hai Van Pass - Hue

This morning after a lazy breakfast, we leave Hoi An for the three-hour drive to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. This scenic route passes through the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co after climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. 

Arrive in Hue. Check into hotel & relax a while.

This afternoon we have a City Cyclo-Tour from the Citadel to Thien Mu. Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm. We start our cyclo trip by crossing the Perfume River on the Trang Tien Bridge. We then ride along the famous Dong Ba Market and follow a branch of the Perfume River to an area surrounding the Citadel where local people have lived for generations in their old style houses. While sitting on the cyclo, all of the activities on the street, in the shops and in the houses, just happen around you, and you can feel like you are a part of it. After the cyclo ride, walking to the Imperial Citadel from the Noon Gate will provide great balance and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while our guide explains the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others which are being lovingly restored.

From here, our driver will pick us up and drive us to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-story tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold.
Start time: approx 2.00pm.
Duration: approx 3.5 hours.   

This evening is free at leisure. You can eat in the hotel restaurant. 

Overnight Pilgrimage Village (B)

Day 8 - Hue

This morning after breakfast we are taken to Uu Dam Orphanage Home. The orphanage was established in 2005 for more than 47 children from 1 to 17 years old who are without parents. Today we visit Uu Dam Orphanage Centre – 8km away from Hue downtown where we meet and talk with the center representative (Nun Phuoc Thien) for an insight of the daily activities as well as their effort to take care of more than 47 orphans. We can chat with some of the children to understand their life at school as well as their dreams, before joining them to re-paint their bedroom walls, windows or create some art on their wall. We roll up our sleeves and help the nuns prepare the ingredients and cook lunch for the children. Later, we bid farewell to the children and drive back to hotel.
Start time: approx 08.30am.
Duration: approx 3.5 hours.   

We return to the hotel for rest, relaxatin and maybe even a spa....

This evening we have a dinner reservation at Ancient Hue Restaurant.

Overnight Pilgrimage Village (B / Vegetarian Lunch / D)

Day 9 - Hue to Hanoi

This morning we are transferred from our accommodation to the Hue airport (with guide) for our flight to Hanoi.
*Flight VN1542 HUI HAN 10:30 – 11:45/ Economy Class. 

Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, our guide will meet us and transfer us to our hotel.

Early afternoon, we visit the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays) which houses an extensive collection of traditional costumes and artefacts from Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Next, we visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university built in the late 11th century. The picturesque temple is an example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture and is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese dong banknote.

We then drive back to central Hanoi for a cyclo tour through the famed Old Quarter known for its ‘36 streets of 36 wares’ - named after the original 36 artisan guilds that date as far back as the 13th century. We explore the fascinating maze of back streets, fronted by narrow houses known as “tunnel” or “tube houses”, built to avoid taxes based on the width of their frontage onto the street, a wonderfully eclectic glimpse into Hanoi street life.

We make a stop at a local coffee shop to try the local brew. We then walk a little further to taste some typical Hanoi snacks such as Pillow cake, fried sweet cakes. We stroll through the streets lined with many food vendors and make our way to a steaming bowl of Pho Ga (Vietnamese noodle soup with chicken). This is practically Vietnam’s national dish and is a dish enjoyed morning noon and night. Next, we move on to try Vietnam’s 2nd most popular food - the Banh Mi Pate or baguette sandwich with pate at Banh My Lan Ong, one of the most famous shops in Hanoi. Later, we head to Dong Xuan night market which is well known for all types of goods including souvenirs. Try your hand at bargaining for a good deal before heading off to Beer Corner in the old corner to try a cold glass of Bia Hoi (fresh draft beer) like a local.
Start time: approx 3.00pm.
Duration: approx 7 hours. 

Overnight Silk Path Boutique Hotel (B / Street Food)

Day 10 - To Lan Ha Bay

This morning we depart on a 2-hour drive to Hai Phong via the new highway and over the longest bridge in South East Asia. 

Our luxurious floating home, Ginger, sets sail around noontime. We enjoy a welcome drink upon boarding and become acquainted with the facilities on board during the welcome briefing. We then begin our unique journey exploring one of the new wonders of nature – Lan Ha Bay.

Enjoy lunch in Ginger’s light-flooded dining room, offering panoramic views of the passing scenery.

Along the way, we pass an ancient lighthouse, built by the French over 100 years ago. We head deeper and further south into the karst maze of Lan Ha Bay. Lan Ha Bay is actually a part of Halong Bay that recently opened to the public. Relax on the sun deck and soak in the aura of the fascinating scenery— a surreal seascape.

During the cruise, there is leisure time to enjoy our onboard activities. Take a plunge in the pool or let us pamper you with a selection of treatments and massages in the Lady Ginger spa. We disembark at Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island where we hop on bikes (electric car available) for a tour along small paved roads towards a quiet village nestled in a valley. Meet and greet local villagers and see their daily routines at homes, school, and work.

Back on board, our chef will lead an interactive cooking class in the open kitchen at the restaurant. Learn about delicious local ingredients and how to prepare traditional Vietnamese recipes you can imitate at home.

We then arrive at a tranquil anchor location for the night; a hidden place to reminisce about the day’s adventures and enjoy cocktails under the stars.

A delightful dinner is served in the dining room. After, guests are invited to enjoy time at the bar or pay a visit to the evening cinema for a movie. Nighttime is also the best time of the day for squid fishing. Join the Ginger crew for squid fishing before retiring to your room for the evening.

Overnight Ginger Luxury Junk: (B / L / D)

Day 11 - Lan Ha Bay to Hanoi

Wake up early and join a Tai Chi session on the sundeck to ease mind and body into the day as the first rays of the sun touch the water. Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries wait in the dining room to start the new day.

Ginger begins cruising towards Tra Bau, a secluded spot that is perfect for our morning excursion. In kayaks or bamboo boats, we drift along the waters of the bay for a closer look at the serene surroundings. Paddling through the dreamlike landscape with tree-topped islands, you will feel a sense of freedom and harmony with nature that you have never experienced before.

Back on board, a hearty breakfast is served in the dining room (or on request served to your room) before we start our journey back to the pier. Savour the last moments of this unique journey by relaxing on comfy sun beds on the terrace deck. 

We are then transferred back to Hanoi, to our hotel for our final evening. 

We have a farewell dinner reserved this evening at Home Restaurant

Overnight Silk Path Boutique Hotel (B / Farewell Dinner)

Day 12 - Depart Vietnam

Farewell Vietnam....

This morning you are transferred from your accommodation to the airport (with guide) OR you will continue on into Indochina...

About this tour

Liberty Central Saigon, Saigon - Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel is a 4-star hotel within a 15-minute walk from Saigon Square and near to Ben Thanh Market The hotel has been hosting guests since 2010 in an 11-story art deco building. The hotel is in District 1, known for Temples, the palace and the Opera House. Rooms feature a mini bar, wi-fi, safety box, daily mineral water and deluxe bathroom amenities. There is a roof top swimming pool and several dining options. The on-site spa facilities include a spa lounge, a steam room, a gym and a Jacuzzi. 

La Siesta, Hoi An - La Siesta Boutique Resort is located in Thanh Ha village, a peaceful area famous for its ceramics – and is just a short 5-10 minute walk from the shophouses, temples, colonial buildings and iconic Vietnamese tube houses that characterise central Hoi An. It is a peaceful sanctuary with exceptional five-star facilities. Among the highlights you’ll find a freshwater pool lined by cabanas and loungers, plus a soothing saltwater alternative, a must-visit spa and two relaxed restaurants. Guests can borrow red Japanese postman-style bicycles to cycle about in the local village lanes and in Hoi An. The resort also runs a scheduled shuttle service to the golden An Bang beach, where there’s a section reserved for guests. There is also an on-site Confucian temple dating back to the 15th Century, which will be used in future for special event dinners and traditional lantern festivals. 

Pilgrimage Village, Hue - Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside in rustic village setting surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks. The resort embodies the subtle connection of traditional stylish and modern art concept. The Resort offers the harmony of soothing natural environment and local culture. Delicious meals, sound sleep, and the peaceful life of our quiet countryside combine to refresh your spirits and help to forget the troubles of life. It is also a place where skillful artists carve, polish and weave to create authentic works that are beautiful remembrances reflecting the traditional culture of Hue. Delight in specialties of Hue in Junrei restaurant and enjoy drinks in the Candle Bar, Peanut Bar or Slope Lounge. The Vedan? spa blends ancient traditional healing wisdom from the east with therapies from the west. Meditation, Jacuzzi, sauna & steam bath, tai chi or yoga classes help you find balance and peace in your mind and soul.

Silk Path Boutique Hotel, Hanoi - Located by Hoan Kiem lake, diamond position of Hanoi city center and Old Quarter, the Silk Path Boutique Hotel is just few minutes walk to famous destinations and local shops of handcrafted products, silks or local street food of all kinds surrounded. Silk Path Boutique Hanoi’s rooms boast a quintessentially quirky fusion of traditional French design and contemporary facilities. Yet it’s the handicraft touch of carpenters that gives this Hanoi Old Quarter accommodation its special charm, creating a signature style that strikes the perfect balance between clasicism and modernity.

Ginger Junk, Halong Bay - Ginger is one of the newest vessels cruising the Lan Ha Bay, which is a tranquil part of the famous Halong Bay in Vietnam. Ginger hosts only 12 suites, all naturally light-flooded and with well-sized balcony. Ginger has warm timber floors, marble bathrooms and distinguished design themes that interlace the long-lasting traditions of Northern Vietnam paired with contemporary accents. The terrace deck is a marvellous public area. An almost 360-degree light-flooded restaurant offering live cooking is framed by an outdoor alfresco area. An indoor bar corner invites you to relax before or after dinner. The most exclusive facility is Ginger’s pool on the terrace deck surrounded by comfortable shaded sun-beds. The views from the spa rooms in the stern of the ship are fabulous – one VIP spa room comes with steam bath. Combine relaxing spa treatments with dramatic outlooks through floor to ceiling glass windows on the bay.

Practicalities

Seasons Vietnam: There is not really a right or wrong time to visit Vietnam as during most months of the year you will experience both sunshine and rain in varying quantities. This is a country with 2000 odd miles of coastline and three different weather systems. The weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the countries length. 

Green Season (May - October) - May and June bring moisture laden air from the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Thailand, bringing greenery back to the region´s countryside. Don't be concerned by the season's showers; the rains form a predictable pattern - clear, sunny mornings and a 60% chance of showers in the mid to late afternoon-and bring green into the countryside. The early months of the wet season (May to July) remain hot and rainfall is often short lived, whilst in the latter months (late July until September) the rains become more constant and can be heavy at times.

Time: Vietnam is GMT + 7 and does not operate daylight-saving system.

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. It is recommended to bring a universal plug adaptor.

Health: No vaccinations are mandatory except for yellow fever if you are coming from an area where the disease is present. However visitors should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A & B, tetanus and polio. Malaria is present in most of the region and it is advisable to take precautions, especially if traveling off the beaten track. Medical facilities are limited and it is essential to take out a good medical insurance policy before traveling in case evacuation is needed. Consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial tablets and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Vietnam & Cambodia. Some vaccination courses may need time to be completed. If you plan to take anti-malarial tablets, you usually need to start one week before arrival. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses). 

NOTES - 
*We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
*Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
*If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.

The facts

Currency Vietnam:  The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). US Dollars and Euros are accepted in some hotels, restaurants and shops. 

**Note that even slightly torn US dollar bills will not be accepted. Visa & MasterCard are accepted in most hotels, and some restaurants.

ATMs are very common in every city and every big town for withrawing local currency. ATM's are available in major airports, hotels, towns and capitals of provinces throughout Vietnam Most ATMs have an English language version. 

Credit Cards: Most credit cards are accepted in Vietnam & Cambodia. VISA and MASTERCARD are the most widely accepted. JCB and AMERICAN EXPRESS are also accepted in some outlets. Not all hotels, commercial centers, shops and restaurants accept credit cards. Check with the cashier before making any purchases. Bear in mind that in some places a surcharge usually applies for credit card purchases: VISA and MasterCard approx 2.5%, JCB: 3% surcharge, American Express: 4% surcharge. NOTE: Surcharges can change without prior notice. Check the percentage charged before you pay.

Tipping:  Staff and guides appreciate that tipping varies greatly between cultures and countries.

Visas Vietnam: Citizens of New Zealand & Australia require a visa to visit Vietnam. You must organise your visa before departing your country of residence, unless you have gone through the official channels to obtain a visa on arrival service. You can arrange your visa up to six months before your scheduled arrival date into Vietnam. In addition, your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam. All Vietnam visas are SINGLE ENTRY unless you have specifically requested MULTIPLE ENTRY and this is stamped into your passport. If you are entering Vietnam twice or more you will need to ensure you have a MULTIPLE ENTRY visa before you leave home. The status of your tourist visa cannot be changed after you arrive in Vietnam.

Not Included:

  • International Airfares - PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE
  • Transfers unless stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Phone calls
  • Passport and visas
  • Laundry unless stated
  • Excess baggage
  • Travel insurance - PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specifically described. 
  • Optional excursions or activities that may be offered
Travel advice / FCO

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings.

At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any of the places visited on this tour.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns. You should be aware that any travel warnings or advisories may affect the validity of your travel insurance. Therefore, at the time of booking your tour it is essential you check any restrictions on cover with your insurance provider.