Once part of French Indochina, Vietnam is a captivating and exciting country. It is steeped in history and tradition its array of ethnic people is as diverse as its landscapes.


The country has quickly become one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia with wide-ranging appeal. Whether you are seeking a luxurious honeymoon retreat with long, deserted, white sand beaches and turquoise waters or wish to trek with hill tribes, dive amongst coral reefs or experience a historical tour, Vietnam has something for everyone.


Below are a range of suggested tours, from tailor made journeys to group trips with multiple guaranteed departures throughout the year.

WHEN TO TRAVEL

October to March is when the temperature is most pleasant. However, Indochina is a year-round destination although conditions may vary. During May and June it can get particularly hot and July to September is the season of the south-western monsoon, and the wet conditions bring welcome respite from the heat. Whilst many people avoid the “off season”, there are plenty of good reasons to travel during this time, hotel rates are reduced and the attractions are thankfully less crowded.


VACCINATION INFO

You should consult your doctor on inoculations for travel to Indochina. Immunisation against polio, typhoid, hepatitis and malaria prophylactics are advised as precautions, the risk may well be greater in remote, off the beaten track regions. British Airways Travel Clinics offer free health advice to anyone going abroad. Visit www.britishairways.com/travelclinics for your nearest clinic. For general advice for your trip, please visit www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk.


INSURANCE

Please note that travel insurance (including adequate cancellation cover) is a condition of booking, we can help arrange this for you through one of our business partners or you must arrange cover independently and we require a signed declaration from you stating that you have adequate alternative insurance for your trip.


TRANSPORT

Air conditioned cars and drivers will be provided for all road journeys. Roads are generally good in most cities in Vietnam and are  improving with new roads being built all the time, although the deeper you venture into the countryside the conditions of the roads can deteriorate especially during the monsoon months. Although roads are improving, the volume of traffic is on the increase and a perpetual combination of mopeds. cars, trucks and bicycles ensure that the average speed between locations should not exceed 50km per hour. The driving times shown in our itineraries are estimates only.


PASSPORT / VISA INFO

All non-residents require visas for Vietnam. It is possible to acquire visas fon arrival at airports in major cities. Whilst this is also possible in Vietnam; a letter of visa authorisation is required from the Vietnamese authorities beforehand, which must be then presented on arrival in Vietnam. If travelling overland or arriving by river transportation it is recommended to acquire your visas in advance. We can help arrange all of these for you - just ask.


Tourist visas for British passport holders may vary in length depending on the country and the type of visa applied for. Passports must usually be valid for 6 months after return from the destination country. It is advisable to carry photocopies of passports, flight tickets, insurance cover notes and any other important documents. Should a document be lost, its replacement will be greatly facilitated by this precaution.


UK GOVERNMENT ADVICE

For up to the minute travel advice and tips, we recommend that you visit www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo.


AIRLINES

We recommend various airlines between London and Indochina and will advise on the most suitable airline for each itinerary. We currently recommend Vietnam Airlines, British Airways, Thai Airways, Jet Airways, Eva Air, Singapore Airlines and Emirates. Prices quoted exclude flights however we are happy to help arrange these for you.

Honeymoon Hideaways - Tailor Made Luxury Holiday

Perfect for honeymooners or those craving some special time away.  Cruise in style through the stunningly beautiful Halong Bay on a luxury junk ship, unwind & be pampered on golden sands overlooking turquoise waters and even enjoy a drink  whilst watching the sun go down over the ruins of Angkor Wat.


Whilst on your journey, take in some of the most beautiful sights that Vietnam & Cambodia have to offer, all the while staying in some of the finest hotels that each country has to offer.

Classic Vietnam - Tailor Made Luxury Holiday

This classic tour allows you to explore the fascinating cities and towns of Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Saigon. In addition, you will also be able to stay in a homestay and learn about traditional Vietnamese ways of life, from rural life to living on the Mekong. This relaxed tour is a well balanced mix of culture, exploration and relaxation, traveling through one of Asia’s most fascinating countries.

Guided Culinary Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia with Eurasia’s chef, Jo Lee

Visit local markets to source the freshest produce and learn to cook a range of regional specialities, from Vietnamese beef noodle soup to Cambodian Amoc (a tasty coconut fish curry). All the while, receive expert guidance from Jo Lee as well as talented local chefs along the way, helping you to improve your Asian culinary skills. Whether you wish to seriously improve your culinary skills or perhaps just want a once in a lifetime holiday to Asia’s most captivating destinations, then come and join us on our Vietnam & Cambodian epicurean adventure.

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Vietnam Insight group tour - multiple guaranteed departures!

Gain a deeper understanding of magical Vietnam with a more in depth journey through its historic cities, provincial culture and glistening coastline. Be enchanted by the smiling locals you meet throughout your journey, on the bustling streets of Hanoi and Saigon, or the tranquil farmhouses of the Mekong Delta. Be enriched by the relics and living history in Vietnam’s ancient towns of Hoi An and Hue, and be enlivened by the sparkling beauty of Halong Bay.