Vietnam vacations, tailor made

“This tour has a lot of substance and a lot of style too; you'll see a complete overview of Vietnam, traveling, eating and sleeping well with everything organised for you.”

Highlights

Hanoi | Ethnology Museum | Hoan Kiem Lake | Hanoi Old Quarter | Halong Bay | Overnight on a traditional wooden junk boat | Hue | Imperial Citadel of Hue | Perfume River cruise | Da Nang | Hoi An | Ho Chi Minh City | Museum of War Remnants | Cai Rang Floating Market | Mekong Delta

Departure information

For these Vietnam vacations we offer a complete tailor made service and this suggested sampled itinerary can be tailor made to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Organise additional tours locally for a real taste of everyday Vietnamese life.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
12 nights comfortable hotel, 1 night floating hotel.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, domestic flights, transport, guides.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Traveling with a local operator

This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your vacation to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Vietnam vacations, tailor made

We have built strong links with local communities, craftspeople, artists, singers and musicians who are maintaining threatened traditions. During our tailor made Vietnam vacations 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.

On these Vietnam vacations you'll also meet local people and enjoy a meal in a 'garden house' in Hue. In Ho Chi Minh City, you'll see the complicated process of making traditional lacquerware in a local workshop. At Vinh Long in the Mekong Delta, the local people will welcome an opportunity to perform their traditional Tai Tu music for you.

Wherever possible, we contract local indigenous suppliers for these Vietnam vacations 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 and an ability to interpret the cultural heritage of the people in the places visited. For these Vietnam vacations, you'll have about four different guides from various provinces of Vietnam.

We are working closely with a small project in Vietnam trying save a critically endangered species of large primate, now reduced to less than sixty individuals world-wide. We're seeking financial assistance to supplement the meagre resources currently available to the project director while we help her to develop her own web site.

We are also collaborating with an international non-governmental organisation in setting up an ecology based village homestay network in the same area to widen awareness of the urgency of the situation amongst visitors.

Reviews of Vietnam vacations, tailor made

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2016 by

There were so many highlights, the Vespa food tour of Saigon, the hiking in the mountains near Sapa, the boat trip on Halong Bay, the exquisite hotel, Shinta Mani, in Siem Reap. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 May 2016 by

Our guides were second to none and the tour company had everything well organised and went the extra mile for us. Couldn't fault them. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2016 by

We were well taken care of. There were many local tour guides who would need to meet us and orient us, and every single one was on time, pleasant and professional. We were very impressed with how well organized this was. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2014 by

Halong Bay and Siem Reap were amazing, but there were lots of other lovely places and people. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Dec 2013 by

It was excellent- thank you for providing us with the introduction....The whole vacation was really good and I don't think one particular part was more memorable than all of them. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2013 by

I would recommed this trip very highly. The best part was the vietnamese people. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2012 by

The most memorable parts were the Cu Chi tunnels and learning more in depth and hands on about the most recent Vietnam war (The American War as they call it). Really well preserved site and the history is all very fresh and astounding to see close up and personal. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2011 by

Overall - amazing. We had a great time, and it was organised well... Halong Bay - stunning, beautiful scenery. Hoi An - lovely old city, on the coast too. Vietnam in general - interesting to hear the history from a Vietnamese perspective. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 May 2011 by

The ethnic markets, the train trips, the hotels and staff, our guides, the high quality, safe, late model 4 wheel drives and excellent drivers (since we went on some steep and slippery roads), meeting local people and seeing the beautiful country, people and amazing Hanoi were all memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 May 2011 by

Not one but many memories - Vietnam is a wonderful destination to go to. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2011 by

Pretty good once we'd accepted that we were not in fact responsible travelers, or only slightly so. We greatly enjoyed Both Vietnam and Laos but especially Laos, which could, just, develop green tourism if it had the will. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2010 by

Quite honestly, the best vacation of my life (so far) - and there have been many. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2010 by

Excellent trip and really interesting. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2010 by

The stay in Hoi An, excellent hotel, superb tour with local guide, sea, river, exquisite food (as per local guide's recommendations). Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2009 by

We thoroughly enjoyed the vacation. The tour operator we used was excellent Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Dec 2009 by

It was all wonderful but the highlights for us were Ha Long Bay, the Mekong Delta (particularly the floating market at Cai Rang) and a last night dinner cruise on the Saigon River in HCMC. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2009 by

All of it was memorable but we particularly enjoyed Halong bay and the Mekong delta. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2009 by

Extremely good. It achieved all that we set out to achieve, it has given us an insight into Vietnam and I am sure we will return. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2008 by

Halong Bay and all the markets are the most memorable, but the overall country and people are fascinating. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2007 by

We loved everything but in particular Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta. If you travel with this operator, follow the guides’ advices. They made suggestions along the way to modify slightly our trip, and all of their advices turned out to be a great idea. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2007 by

So many memorable parts of the vacation. Here are a few: admiring the stunning beauty of Halong Bay, trying to cross the road in Hanoi without being mown down by a motorcycle and bartering for the excellent goods which can be purchased at the markets. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2007 by

The highlights were discovering Vietnamese history, society and culture at its best and local interaction with our guides. Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta were the best sights. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2007 by

The whole vacation was so fantastic it is difficult to pinpoint a specific memorable occasion. We really enjoyed our "rural" experience and meeting the local people in their home and making Hoi An Lanterns. The whole trip was unforgettable Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2007 by

The whole experience was memorable; the weather, the people, the food, the environment. Particular highlights were the cooking classes - we did three of them, Halong Bay and Mekong Delta. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2007 by

The most memorable part of our vacation was chartering our own boat for 5 nights and 4 days visiting Halong Bay area and staying at areas where there were no other boats. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2006 by

The travel company was excellent, local guides very knowledgable, country and culture fascinating, food superb and all this lead to a family vacation that is going to be exceptionally difficult to beat. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2006 by

Most memorable experience - the trip from the airport to our hotel, the chaos of the traffic in Saigon meant our mouths were open and we didn't hear a word our guide said as we tried to absorb the sights and sounds unlike anything we had experienced before. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2006 by

Cruising round Ha Long Bay, walking round My Son seeing the ruins of the Champa Kingdom (Thank you Uncle Sam), seeing the Citadel in Hue, haggling in Hoi An, the millions of motorbikes in Saigon and sailing through the floating market around the Mekong Delta were the most memorable! Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2006 by

Most memorable was Sapa and Bac Ha markets and Mekong Delta. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 May 2006 by

The fortnight was mostly marvellous and one of the best trips that I have had anywhere over a period of 40 years of overseas excursions. The tour organizers, the guides and the car drivers varied between good and excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2006 by

This operator is an excellent organisation which we have already recommended to friends. Highly efficient, knowledgeable and helpful staff at all levels, and very good organisers. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2006 by

Kayaking in Ha Long Bay and visiting the local people to celebrate Tet, Cu Chi Tunnels, Royal Tombs in Hue, getting our clothes made in Hoi An, and visiting the temples in Siem Riep including a balloon ride to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat (in Cambodia) were the highlights. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2005 by

Truly every single day was a new high - there were so many highlights from relaxing on the beach to hiking in the Tonkinese Alps to shopping in the busy city markets to cruising the Mekong Delta to... it's hard to finish the sentence. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2005 by

Ha Long bay overnight boat trip was the most memorable. Ha Long is deservedly a Unesco World heritage site indeed! Also the Cu Chi tunnels are well worth seeing and crawling around in to gain an insight into the 'American war'. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2005 by

Highlights of the scenery would have to be Halong Bay, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, Cuc Phuong National Park, Markets...We loved Indochina and we recommend it to everyone. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jul 2005 by

The most memorable - everything. If you ever go to Vietnam - use this operator to help with your planning. This tour operator did a great job and nothing went wrong. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2005 by

The most memorable part was probably time spent informally in the Mekong Delta. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2005 by

The whole trip was extremely memorable. They worked hard to ensure we enjoyed the historic sights, scenery, and shopping while staying in luxurious hotels. The people in Vietnam are extremely friendly and welcoming and our guides and this operator could not have done more for us. Read full review

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