The first, a 22-day trip called “Go Wild”, offers plenty of outdoor activities and visits to tourist attractions in Hanoi such as Hoa Lo Prison, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Temple of Literature as well than a traditional water puppet. which is unique in Vietnam.
It also takes tourists to Ninh Binh, about two hours from Hanoi, to see endangered Delacour langurs in Van Long Lagoon and explore the cave systems of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the province. central Quang Binh before kayaking down a winding river. past rice paddies and pagodas to Hoi An town.
Foreign tourists sit on a boat to catch endangered Delacour’s langurs in Van Long lagoon, Ninh Binh province. Photo by VnExpress/Le Bich
At the end of the tour, tourists will visit the Con Dao Archipelago, home to a historic war prison and long sandy beaches, to watch turtles lay their eggs during breeding season.
The tour, organized by British tour operator Wild Frontiers, costs $7,175, including selected meals and transfers.
The second tour, “Classic Mekong”, takes tourists from London to Cambodia for an exploration of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious complex and other tourist attractions in the capital Phnom Penh before boarding the Victoria Mekong , the first eco-cruise along the Mekong River, to Vietnam.
After visiting Ho Chi Minh City, tourists would spend a few days in Hoi An before flying to Hanoi.
Before ending the trip, they enjoy a cruise in Ha Long Bay, which offers breathtaking views of thousands of limestone karst mountains rising from the turquoise waters.
The 16-day tour organized by travel specialist Wendy Wu costs from £3,990 ($5,247), including flights, arrival transfers and chauffeured transfer to the Kingdom’s departure airport -Uni and free lounge access.
A true culinary adventure
Those with a fondness for food should not miss the 11-day “Vietnam Real Food Adventure”. The temperature advises its readers to try some of Vietnam’s signature dishes like “silky noodle soups, spicy meats, herb-infused tender fish, and more. ca phe sua da (coffee mixed with condensed milk and ice) and delicious ice cream.”
Two cups of iced black coffee (L) and iced coffee with condensed milk at a store in Phan Dinh Phung street in HCMC. Photo by VnExpress/Di Vy
This tour will take visitors through popular tourist centers such as Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, HCMC and the Mekong Delta, considered the center of food production in Vietnam.
In Hue, Vietnam’s former imperial capital, an immersion in tea tradition at a hidden tea house, a delicious vegetarian feast at Buddhist pagodas, and cooking classes are some of the treats awaiting you.
In HCMC, an exploration of the food stalls inside the iconic Ben Thanh Market will reveal hidden gems.
The culinary tour, organized by Intrepid Travel, costs from £1,430 ($1,878).
Family trip to Southeast Asia
The “Southeast Asia Family Trip” will take visitors to Hoa Lu, the former feudal capital of Vietnam and a boat cruise of Tam Coc-Bich Dong, which is part of the Trang An Landscape Complex, a site of the UNESCO heritage, before continuing to Hue and Hoi Un.
This trip also covers the Cu Chi Tunnels of HCMC, a symbol of Vietnamese resistance and bravery during the Vietnam War, before ending in Siem Reap Cambodia and the Ankor Wat complex.
This tour, offered by G Adventures, costs £2,149 ($2,823) per adult and £1,999 per child.
soul of the north
To explore the captivating northern mountainous region, which is home to different ethnic minority groups with their distinctive culture and customs, an ideal option is the tour called “Soul of Northern Vietnam”.
The 12-day tour winds around rice terraces that shimmer in golden hues in September and explores the traditional lands of the Hmong, Red Dao and Tay minorities through local markets and associated customs.
Children smile with flowers on their rattan baskets behind their backs in Ha Giang province. Photo of Pham Xuan Quy
A starting point for this tour is a sampling of Vietnamese cuisine in Hanoi, followed by a day hike through the Red Dao minority villages, rice terraces and tea plantations of Hoang Su Phi in the Ha Giang province.
Four days of northern travel, stops at ethnic minority villages, mountain treks and two lake cruises in Ba Be National Park are included in this Northern Vietnam package offered by Inside Asia.
The tour, which costs from £2,613 ($3,432), ends with a luxury cruise in Lan Ha Bay.
Cycling in Vietnam
Those looking to exercise their pedal power will love “Cycling Vietnam”, a 15-day trip from HCMC to Hue via Da Lat, a popular highland town famous for its year-round cool climate and French architectural heritage.
Cycling over the Hai Van pass with its difficult roads to reach Hue will be a highlight of this tour. After exploring the tourist attractions of the former imperial city by bicycle and boat, the journey continues on an overnight train to Hanoi.
This tour, organized by Exodus Travels, costs around £2,649 ($3,479).
“Ultimate Vietnam” takes tourists through “intriguing Hanoi” in vintage classic cars, followed by a street food tour with a top chef. Then, visitors can experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay on a private junk and admire its beauty from a bird’s eye view from a helicopter.
It also guides visitors through the traditional markets of HCMC on vintage Vespas and continues them with a boat trip through the Mekong Delta before heading to the Six Senses Con Dao resort on the Con Dao archipelago, in the south of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.
Con Dao Islands in the south of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. Photo by VnExpress/Meo Gia
The 14-day tour, organized by leading luxury travel agency Black Tomato, costs £7,950 ($10,407).
Vietnam, which closed inbound tourism in March 2020, is allowing quarantine-free entry from March 15 after nearly two years. It also resumed its visa-free policy for citizens of 24 countries, including Japan, South Korea and several European countries.