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Things to do in Vietnam

A trip to Vietnam offers many contrasting experiences from thriving cosmopolitan cities to serene natural landscapes, ancient landmarks and charming people. Wherever you go and however you travel, you'll find a variety of interesting things to see and do.

Take a culinary tour of Hanoi and explore the labyrinthine backstreets in search of regional delicacies. Head out into the green rice paddies in the north for a taste of traditional life or cruise around the towering limestone karsts of Halong Bay.

Meanwhile, in Saigon, climb on the back of a Vespa and discover the city’s most authentic dining spots and best live music with one of our carefully selected guides.

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Ideas for experiencing Vietnam

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Vietnam, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Halong Ginger Junk
    Halong Ginger,Halong City

    Halong Ginger Junk

    Halong Bay

    Halong Ginger Junk

    The Halong Ginger is one of the newer custom-designed junks in Halong Bay and combines classic elegance with modern comfort.

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  • Ninh Binh by bike and boat
    But Cave, Ninh Binh

    Ninh Binh by bike and boat

    Ninh Binh

    Ninh Binh by bike and boat

    Explore the area of rural landscape of Bai Dinh by bicycle and boat. See pagodas, visit a local village and have lunch and end your trip on board a traditional sampan to the But Cave complex.

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  • Ban Ho Valley Trek
    Sapa valley view, Vietnam

    Ban Ho Valley Trek

    Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps

    Ban Ho Valley Trek

    You start the walk on a small trail running downhill toward the Thanh Phu suspension bridge set over the beautiful Muong Bo River.

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  • Saigon After Dark
    Saigon, Vietnam

    Saigon After Dark

    Saigon

    Saigon After Dark

    This is a fun and authentic way of discovering Saigon, and although you will have your own driver, we ask that you are confident at riding pillion on a Vespa scooter.

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  • Pinhatt Mountain Trek
    View from Pinhatt. Dalat

    Pinhatt Mountain Trek

    Dalat

    Pinhatt Mountain Trek

    The first section of trail takes you along a gentle path through minority farms and pine forest, then continues through forest paths until you arrive the base of Pinhatt.

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  • Saigon's Secret Alleys
    Rifles left over in the weapons house

    Saigon's Secret Alleys

    Saigon

    Saigon's Secret Alleys

    This tour of Saigon’s alleys will give you an authentic insight into the daily lives of those that reside and work in this particular district of the city. It finishes at a previously covert location that was used during the war to store weapons.

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  • Hoi An Countryside Cycling Tour
    Local with bike, Hoi An

    Hoi An Countryside Cycling Tour

    Hoi An

    Hoi An Countryside Cycling Tour

    pick up your bikes and begin a leisurely ride through the beautiful countryside with your guide, stopping for photographs and refreshments as you please.

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  • Halong Violet Junk
    Dragon Suite, Halong Violet, Halong City

    Halong Violet Junk

    Halong Bay

    Halong Violet Junk

    The junk then sets sail into the bay area and you can enjoy the stunning scenery from the sundeck or the balcony of your private cabin.

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  • Short city tour of Kon Tum
    The Catholic Seminary, Kon Tum, Vietnam

    Short city tour of Kon Tum

    Kon Tum

    Short city tour of Kon Tum

    Visit the impressive 'Wooden Church' originally built by the French missionaries in 1913 and drop in on the Vinh Son orphanage located directly behind the church.

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  • Hoi An Walking Tour
    Hoi An, Vietnam

    Hoi An Walking Tour

    Hoi An

    Hoi An Walking Tour

    Hoi An's main sights of interest are all within the UNESCO protected area adjacent to the river and your guide will escort you around the narrow winding streets on foot as cars are not allowed.

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  • Cai Rang Floating Market
    Floating market near Can Tho

    Cai Rang Floating Market

    Mekong Delta

    Cai Rang Floating Market

    Board the Victoria hotel’s 'junk' for a luxurious breakfast cruising down the Mekong to the Cai Rang floating market where a mass of boats converge to trade.

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  • Tour of Dalat's highlights
    Dalat Railway Station

    Tour of Dalat's highlights

    Dalat

    Tour of Dalat's highlights

    Your guide will take you to see the sites which make Dalat arguably the most kitsch town in Southeast Asia.

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  • My Son Ruins
    My Son ruins, near Hoi An

    My Son Ruins

    Hoi An

    My Son Ruins

    My Son is Vietnam’s most important Cham site. The Cham civilization dominated the area that is now south Vietnam for many centuries before being crushed by the Vietnamese.

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  • Perfume River Journey
    Working on the Perfume River

    Perfume River Journey

    Hue

    Perfume River Journey

    During a two-hour journey upriver you can first explore Thien Mu Pagoda, a serene and picturesque landmark which is also an important Buddhist site.

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  • Cruising the Mekong
    Bassac Boat, Saigon

    Cruising the Mekong

    Cruising the Mekong

    A beautifully crafted wooden boat, the R/V Bassac offers comfortable twin cabins with en suite bathrooms, a sun deck and a superb restaurant with bar.

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  • Princess Junk
    Views over the Gulf of Tonkin

    Princess Junk

    Princess Junk

    One of the smaller junks available for private hire in Halong Bay, the Princess consists of one en suite cabin which can sleep two people.

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  • Bho Hoong village experience
    War Vet playing bamboo instruments in Bho Hoong

    Bho Hoong village experience

    Bho Hoong

    Bho Hoong village experience

    The Bho Hoong village experience gives you the opportunity to interact with a traditional rural Vietnamese village. Visit a woodcarvers house, see dancing and enjoy a meal with the locals.

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  • Vietnamese Water Puppet Show
    Hanoi, Vietnam

    Vietnamese Water Puppet Show

    Hanoi

    Vietnamese Water Puppet Show

    Experience this unique Vietnamese cultural show where hidden puppeteers depict rural scenes with animated and delightful wooden puppets which, in the darkened auditorium, seem to literally walk on water.

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  • Museum of Ethnology
    Conical hat making, Vietnam

    Museum of Ethnology

    Hanoi

    Museum of Ethnology

    The museum of ethnology is a fascinating insight into the cultural diversity of Vietnam. It is a newly built, hands-on museum with displays of art and everyday objects from various tribes.

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  • Hanoi City Tour
    West Lake, Hanoi

    Hanoi City Tour

    Hanoi

    Hanoi City Tour

    The tour is flexible and you choose any other sites that you may wish to visit by discussing the options with your guide. Attractions include the Fine Arts Museum, the Old Quarter and the Army Museum as well as the vast West Lake.

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  • Cua Can River Adventure
    Tropical island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam

    Cua Can River Adventure

    Phu Quoc

    Cua Can River Adventure

    Cua Can River is well known as a historical river where the Ngo boat of Nguyen Trung Truc and his army was sunk in a battle with the French army. After many years of lying on the riverbed, the boat has been recovered and restored, and is now exposed at Duong Dong Traditional House.

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  • The Delta by Bike
    Tour of the Mekong Delta by bike, Can Tho

    The Delta by Bike

    Mekong Delta

    The Delta by Bike

    Riding mostly down narrow lanes along the river and away from the bustle of daily traffic, you experience real Vietnamese rural life, still unspoilt by modern day living - people working in the river, friendly waving children.

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  • Full Day Exploring Kon Tum Villages
    Sea Lake Pleiku, near Kon Tum, Vietnam

    Full Day Exploring Kon Tum Villages

    Kon Tum

    Full Day Exploring Kon Tum Villages

    This easy to medium trek is suitable for all abilities. The second part is a canoe trip; this is a great way to see local life, farms and friendly villagers.

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  • Educational Talks
    Learning about traditional music in Hanoi

    Educational Talks

    Hanoi

    Educational Talks

    We are pleased to be able to offer clients the opportunity during their stay in Hanoi to enjoy a short talk on one of a number of subjects relating to Vietnam, its history and its culture.

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  • Valentine Junk
    Deluxe Twin Cabin on the Valentine Junk

    Valentine Junk

    Valentine Junk

    The Valentine Junk is a smaller, luxury junk operating in Halong Bay. All cabins have air-conditioning, in-house phone, mini bar, slippers, hairdryer, bathroom amenities and bathrobe.

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  • Retracing the Past
    Reunification Palace

    Retracing the Past

    Saigon

    Retracing the Past

    Visit what were some of the most important places in Saigon during the Vietnam War.

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  • Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion
    Tunnel entrance, Cu Chi, Saigon

    Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion

    Saigon

    Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion

    Go underground into Cu Chi’s hidden network of Viet Cong tunnels, bunkers and field hospitals. Dug during the French-Indochina wars, they were expanded during later conflicts and proved to be a constant thorn in the side of the Saigon regime.

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  • Hanoi street food tour
     Street food tour, Hanoi

    Hanoi street food tour

    Hanoi

    Hanoi street food tour

    Set off on a street food tour of Hanoi's best culinary spots with a food blogger.

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  • The fishermen of Hoi An
    Fisherman, Hoi An

    The fishermen of Hoi An

    Hoi An

    The fishermen of Hoi An

    Explore a fishing village and learn about the fishermen and their daily lives.

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  • Rock climbing in Dalat
    View from the Cable Car, Dalat

    Rock climbing in Dalat

    Dalat

    Rock climbing in Dalat

    There are a variety of routes within 10 kilometers of Dalat that range from easy for total novices to extremely difficult.

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  • Citadel Visit
    The Citadel in Hue

    Citadel Visit

    Hue

    Citadel Visit

    Crossing to the north bank of the Perfume River, you will enter the imposing moated Citadel, built by Emperor Gia Long in 1804.

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  • Y Thao Garden Restaurant Cooking Course
    Y Thao Garden Restaurant, Hue

    Y Thao Garden Restaurant Cooking Course

    Hue

    Y Thao Garden Restaurant Cooking Course

    Located near the ancient citadel in a peaceful suburb of Hue the Y Thao cooking school is a truly unique way to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine and of course lend a hand in creating a culinary masterpiece.

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  • RV Mekong Cruise Boat
    River Life, Mekong Delta

    RV Mekong Cruise Boat

    RV Mekong Cruise Boat

    This fine replica of an original 1920s river steamer has teak-lined twin cabins, all with air-con, en-suite shower and bathroom.

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  • Halong Jasmine Junk
    Halong Jasmine

    Halong Jasmine Junk

    Halong Bay

    Halong Jasmine Junk

    All 24 cabins of the Halong Jasmine are beautifully furnished and spacious, with large picture windows offering panoramic views of Halong Bay’s spectacular limestone scenery.

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  • Saigon City Tour
    Bananas off to market in Saigon, Vietnam

    Saigon City Tour

    Saigon

    Saigon City Tour

    This half-day tour will take in the main sites of Saigon including Rue Catinat, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace and the Museum of War Remnants.

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  • Hands-on Rice Growing Tour
    Planting the rice

    Hands-on Rice Growing Tour

    Hoi An

    Hands-on Rice Growing Tour

    You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the farm. On arrival you will meet the farmers and enjoy tea before donning traditional Vietnamese clothing (a conical hat and overalls) to prepare for getting into the paddy field.

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  • Hang En Cave two day trekking experience
    Exploring Hang En cave at Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park,Vietnam

    Hang En Cave two day trekking experience

    Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

    Hang En Cave two day trekking experience

    You will be collected from your hotel this morning for the short drive to KM35 on the Ho Chi Minh trail. Here you will be provided with all the necessary equipment and given a brief introduction before setting out on your trek.

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