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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.

  • Sapa valley view, Vietnam

    Ban Ho Valley Trek

    Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps

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

  • Halong Ginger,Halong City

    Halong Ginger Junk

    Halong Bay

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

  • View from summit of Pinhatt, Dalat

    Pinhatt Mountain Trek

    Dalat

    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.

  • But Cave, Ninh Binh

    Ninh Binh by bike and boat

    Ninh Binh

    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.

  • Saigon, Vietnam

    Saigon After Dark

    Saigon

    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.

  • Rifles left over in the weapons house

    Saigon's Secret Alleys

    Saigon

    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.

  • Hoi An, Vietnam

    Hoi An Countryside Cycling Tour

    Hoi An

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

  • The Catholic Seminary, Kon Tum, Vietnam

    Short city tour of Kon Tum

    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.

  • Dragon Suite, Halong Violet, Halong City

    Halong Violet Junk

    Halong Bay

    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.

  • Hoi An, Vietnam

    Hoi An Walking Tour

    Hoi An

    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.

  • Floating market near Can Tho

    Cai Rang Floating Market

    Mekong Delta

    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.

  • Dalat Railway Station

    Tour of Dalat's highlights

    Dalat

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

  • My Son ruins, near Hoi An

    My Son Ruins

    Hoi An

    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.

  • Lake surrounding tomb, Hue

    Perfume River Journey

    Hue

    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.

  • Traditional Junk Boats in Halong Bay

    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.

  • Bassac Boat, Saigon

    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.

  • Bho Hoong Bungalows, Bho Hoong

    Bho Hoong village experience

    Bho Hoong

    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.

  • Hanoi, Vietnam

    Vietnamese Water Puppet Show

    Hanoi

    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.

  • West Lake, Hanoi

    Hanoi City Tour

    Hanoi

    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.

  • Conical hat making, Vietnam

    Museum of Ethnology

    Hanoi

    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.

  • Tropical island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam

    Cua Can River Adventure

    Phu Quoc

    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.

  • Delta scene

    The Delta by Bike

    Mekong Delta

    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.

  • Sea Lake Pleiku, near Kon Tum, Vietnam

    Full Day Exploring Kon Tum Villages

    Kon Tum

    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.

  • Learning about traditional music in Hanoi

    Educational Talks

    Hanoi

    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.

  • Deluxe Twin Cabin on the 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.

  • Reunification Palace, Saigon

    Retracing the Past

    Saigon

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

  • Tunnel entrance, Cu Chi, Saigon

    Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion

    Saigon

    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.

  • Street Food Tour

    Hanoi street food tour

    Hanoi

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

  • The majestic architecture of the Citadel, Hue

    Citadel Visit

    Hue

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

  • Central Highlands, Vietnam

    Rock climbing in Dalat

    Dalat

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

  • Y Thao Garden Restaurant, Hue

    Y Thao Garden Restaurant Cookery Course

    Hue

    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.

  • River Life, Mekong Delta

    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.

  • Halong Jasmine

    Halong Jasmine Junk

    Halong Bay

    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.

  • Bananas off to market in Saigon, Vietnam

    Saigon City Tour

    Saigon

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Planting the rice

    Hands-on Rice Growing Tour

    Hoi An

    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.