Vietnam vacation, off the beaten track

“A two week tailor made trip to Vietnam run by a small local company, experts in the real rural Vietnam. With plenty of hikes and then overnights far off the beaten track.”

Highlights

Hanoi | Mai Chau | Pu Luong | Accommodation in traditional stilt houses | Sampan trip on Ma River | Guided hikes to traditional villages | Cam Thuy’s ‘Sacred Fish Stream’ | Domestic flight to Pleiku | Ja Rai village of Phun | DakBla River rafting | Kontum | Buon Ma Thuot | Canoe trip on Lak Lake | Ho Chi Minh | Domestic flight to Con Dao | Hon Bay Canh Island | Turtle watching

Departure information

We offer a complete tailor made service and this suggested sampled itinerary can be tailor made to suit your requirements
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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 vacation, off the beaten track

Wherever possible, we generate income for people living in poor areas by using local materials, transport, food and guides and paying directly to the individuals concerned rather than intermediaries. Our members of staff visit the destinations from time to time to look for new opportunities to benefit families and communities. We contract local indigenous suppliers and assist them to improve the quality of their services.

By booking this tour, you’ll be helping us to support Vietnamese service providers, small businesses, boat owners, national park rangers and other poor people in communities throughout the three destinations.

We use local freelance guides with wide experience and knowledge of local traditions and the natural environment as well as an ability to interpret the cultural heritage of the people in the places visited. For this tour, you’ll have several different guides from the provinces you’ll visit. Each will be an expert in each area.

We also work closely with small projects in Vietnam. For example, we assisted Fauna and Flora International (FFI – a highly regarded international conservation organisation) in setting up the Pu Luong trails. At present, we’re trying to help an important project to save a critically endangered species of large primate, now reduced to less than sixty individuals worldwide. We are working on plans to encourage our clients to help us by offering to match their donations.

This tour fits our philosophy admirably. It’s a means of alleviating poverty, conserving our indigenous culture, protecting the natural environment and, at the same time, providing our customers with an unforgettable vacation.

Reviews of Vietnam vacation, off the beaten track

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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 17 Feb 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Meeting the people of Vietnam's central highlands, including our guides.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be friendly!! We notice that Europeans especially seem to be wary of encountering the very people they've come to meet. Talk to them, say please and thank you, and SMILE!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We came from Vietnam's central highlands with an understanding of their great needs and the great help we can provide.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent in all ways. Ms. Thanh Ha of the operator’s Saigon office provided detailed information and reminders, and she met us in Saigon to make sure everything was as we hoped.

Reviewed on 12 May 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Eating and experiencing the beauty of Vietnam.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Trust the operator to organise everything. They really looked after me & my requests.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


It definitely benefited locals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant. Wouldn't hesitate in doing it again and recommending to anyone wanting some happy healing vacation happenings.

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