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VIETNAM TOURS & HOLIDAYS

Vietnam is a traveller's favourite - put simply, it's exotic. Who can go past the food, it's some of the tastiest food in South East Asia - every morsel is a delight! Daily life is an experience - overloaded scooters carrying balloons, animals and more family members you'd think could fit on a scooter, to crossing the street in the tsunami of such scooters and morning exercises along the lakeside in Hanoi. Cruise amongst the limestone islands of Ha Long Bay, wander the streets of the Old Town in Hoi An, meet rice farmers in the hills of Pu Luong...our tours will take you the very best Vietnam offers.


Small Group Tours

Minimum of 2 maximum of 10 people. Choose from a selection of Ready-Made Tours.

Ready-Made Private Tours

Just you and your family / friends.
Choose from a range of Tours and Holidays or design your own.

Tailor Made Private Tours

Design your own Tour with our expert support.
Tailor make your next holiday.


Travelbay India ToursThank you all for organising our wonderful holiday to Vietnam. We had a fabulous time. Everything went clockwork from the tours, guides, hotels, flights & meals we could not fault anything. We would have no hesitation in recommending Travelbay to our family & friends. Thank you we really enjoyed Vietnam - beautiful country & people.

Robyn & Gary H



“Everything was perfect and we all had a wonderful time. Every tour, hotel, meal, tour guide and transfer was so organised and professional and polite. From the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi to the calm of Hoi An and the Mekong Delta we all learnt so much about this wonderful country and met so many friendly and interesting people. I have already spread the word to friends and family about your tour company and this great value holiday”

~ Fiona



You planned the holiday to perfection...

You planned the holiday to perfection. I just want to thank you for such an amazing journey. All we had to do was turn up in the hotel lobby, everything else was taken care of. Travelbay team you are magnificent, you have great caring people providing top notch service. I cannot recommend you highly enough.”

~ Marion Raftery




Small Group Tours

We use a private air-conditioned minivan for Small Group Tours (max of 10 people).

For day tours and when you arrive in Vietnam you will have a driver and guide. For transfers you will have a driver only.

Private Tours

Depending on the size of your private group you will either have a private car or minivan.

For day tours and when you arrive in Vietnam you will have a driver and guide. For transfers you will have a driver only.

Overnight sleeper train

On tours that include an overnight train ride, we will book you a 4 berth shared cabin.

If you are travelling in a group of less than 4 people and would like to have the cabin to yourself, you can pay extra to book the additional berths making it a private cabin.  

Local transport

On your free days or in the evenings, you may wish to use local transport. You can choose from taxis, tuk tuks and in some cases cyclos (a three-wheel bicycle taxi).


Choose your accommodation style:

3 Star - 4 Star - 5 Star

Usually your hotel will be centrally located.

We provide pricing options for each star rating.


Vietnam Facts

Capital City: Hanoi

Population: 96.5 million

Language: Vietnamese

Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Time Zone: (GMT + 7) Indochina time

Dialling code: +84


Climate

Vietnam is a destination that you can visit year round.

Below we have attempted to give you an idea of what you might expect in different areas at different times of the year. Of course nobody can truly predict the weather – weather is weather and often has its own ideas. However, with all that in mind late February to May and September seem to have the best odds weather wise!

Winter: Winter in Vietnam is from December through to early February. In the North (Hanoi – Ha Long Bay area) it can be cool and Sapa in the hills North of Hanoi can sometimes see snow. In Central Vietnam (Hoi An area) it can be cool-ish and not such great beach weather. In the South (Ho Chi Minh City area) the weather is still warm.

Spring: March – May is a wonderful time to visit Vietnam and the weather will be getting hotter as you head towards the summer months.

Summer: Summer is from June through to August. At this time of year it can be hot, particularly in the South.

Autumn: September – November the temperature is milder but it can rain substantially in the Central parts (around Hoi An) in October and November, particularly November which is the wettest month.

Rainy season: Different parts of the country see rains at different times. In the North the rains come from April to September, in the Central area in October and November and in the South, from May to September.

We have visited Vietnam at many different times of the year and always loved it!


How to get there

Flights from Australia to Vietnam are approximately $900-$1100 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw!

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and we would be happy to provide you with a quote and organise your flights. We charge a $50 booking fee for this service.


Why people love Vietnam

There is so much to love about Vietnam. To get an inside look why not read some of the Travelbay Vietnam Customer Reviews


Visa information

Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to Vietnam.

You need to apply for and receive your visa before you leave Australia. This can be done up to 6 months in advance.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have obtained a valid visa prior to travel.

To find out the visa requirements for Vietnam, you can check here with Visalink.

If a visa is required you can use the services on the same link, or you may wish to apply directly yourself.

In addition to the above link, we have provided some more information on visas for Vietnam here: Visa Information page.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.


Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

In response to some customers questions here are a few guidelines:

It is usual to tip the guides, drivers, porters and waiters.

Tipping is not necessary for taxis or for cheaper restaurants. Remember, it’s a good idea to check if service charges are included in your restaurant bill. If not, a tip of 10% of the total bill is normal.

Below are a few general guidelines to support you with tipping, however please be aware that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.

  • Guides: USD 3-5 per person per day
  • Drivers: USD 2-3 per person per day

You may wish to check if you will have the same guide and driver for the duration of your time in one location and tip them on your last day with them.

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping.


Currency

The currency used in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong.

What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines readily available in Vietnam. Occasionally the older ATM's do not accept Australian debit cards and you may need to try a different ATM.

From our personal experience we found the best exchange rate was on taking AUD into a bank and exchanging for dong. Please keep in mind that banks are closed on weekends.

Bank fees are around $10 each time you withdraw cash at an ATM and the maximum you can withdraw at any one time is 3,000,000 dong (approximately $175 as at March 2018). It is likely you would need to withdraw a few times over your holiday depending on your needs.

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be using your card in Vietnam to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.


Shopping

There is some wonderful shopping in Vietnam and you may wish to leave space in your luggage so you can fit your shopping in.

We personally recommend:

  • Visiting a tailor - especially in Hoi An. They make great copies of existing pieces so if you have a favourite, you can bring it with you and have the tailor copy it.
  • Scarf shopping - You can find the most wonderful silk and cashmere scarves in Vietnam. If you like scarves, Vietnam is a great place to build up your collection :)
  • Handicrafts - you'll find great markets and souvenir shops where you can get all sorts of things from jewellery to lacquerware, lanterns, leather goods and much more!


Where can I go?

Anywhere and everywhere. Here are some suggestions, but there is no limit - you can go virtually anywhere: Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, Sapa, Hue, Cat Ba, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Pu Long, Ninh Binh, Dong Hoi, Mekong Delta, Cu Chi Tunnels, Can Tho, Lang Co, Phan Thiet, Da Nang and more. We can also include other countries such as Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

When can I go?

You can pretty much choose any date (subject to availability) and we can usually accommodate everyone including short notice and long term bookings.

Is my departure guaranteed?

Once you have paid for your booking, your holiday is guaranteed on your chosen departure date - except in cases of major weather events and alike in which case we do our best to adjust your holiday accordingly.

 

Is my money safe?

 

All funds received from customers are paid into a Trust account and secured against holidays purchased. Travelbay is ATAS Accredited and a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents. We are also members of ACS, the AFTA chargeback insurance scheme.

Do I need any vaccinations?

 

We recommend you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels. Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information.

Do I need a visa?

It is your responsibility to ensure you have obtained a valid visa prior to travel. Vietnam has different requirements depending on the nationality of the passport you are travelling on.

To find out the visa requirements for Vietnam, you can check here with Visalink.

If a visa is required you can use the services on the same link, or you may wish to apply directly yourself.

In addition to the above link, we have provided some more information on visas for Vietnam here: Visa Information page.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.

Is tipping customary and how much do I tip?

Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

However, it is usual to tip the guides, drivers, porters and waiters.

Tipping is not necessary for taxis or for cheaper restaurants. Remember, it’s a good idea to check if service charges are included in your restaurant bill. If not, a tip of 10% of the total bill is normal.

Below are a few general guidelines to support you with tipping, however please be aware that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.

  • Guides: USD 3-5 per person per day
  • Drivers: USD 2-3 per person per day

You may wish to check if you will have the same guide and driver for the duration of your time in one location and tip them on your last day with them.

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping.

What type of adaptor plug do I need for Vietnam?

Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type C (European 2-pin).

A useful resource to find out what plug or adaptor you might need for any country can be found by clicking here: https://whatplug.info/to/ and then selecting the country or countries you are visiting.

Travel tip: Take a power board with multiple outlets. This way you can use the one adaptor and plug in multiple devices or electronics.

What is internet access like in Vietnam?

WIFI is common in many hotels in the main tourist areas and big cities as are internet cafes. Internet access is less frequent in the more rural and remote areas of Vietnam, including Ha Long Bay.

Can I use my mobile phone or should I get a local SIM card?

Mobile reception is good in the urban areas and big cities. Mountainous and more remote areas may not have network coverage.

You will need to check with your mobile carrier at home about roaming and charges and make sure global roaming is activated before you leave home.

You can also buy a local SIM when there and use the local network - both for phone calls and mobile data. (This is what we do and find it very easy).

Can I drink the water?

It is not recommended to drink the tap water in Vietnam.

Bottled water is readily available (we even use bottled water for brushing our teeth).

We personally recommend avoiding ice in cold drinks and to peel any fruit or vegetables.

What currency do they use and can I get money out of an ATM?

The currency used in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong.

What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines readily available in Vietnam. Occasionally the older ATM's do not accept Australian debit cards and you may need to try a different ATM.

From our personal experience we found the best exchange rate was on taking AUD into a bank and exchanging for dong. Please keep in mind that banks are closed on weekends.

ATMS can be found throughout Vietnam, although in the more rural parts they may be limited. Bank fees are around $10 each time you withdraw cash at an ATM and the maximum you can withdraw at any one time is 3,000,000 dong (approximately $175 as at March 2018). It is likely you would need to withdraw a few times over your holiday depending on your needs.

Major credit cards are accepted in larger shops, restaurants and hotels. At smaller family type restaurants, market stalls and in small towns, it's not likely you'll be able to use your credit card.

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be using your card in Vietnam to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

When is the best time to travel?

Vietnam is a popular destination all year round - you can visit anytime!

The peak seasons for travel where there are an increase in tourists are from November to March and July to August.

Weather wise, March to May is popular as it is between seasons meaning it won't be too hot in the South nor too cold in the North.

What is the weather like in Vietnam?

There is not one simple answer! We have prepared a more detailed reply on the climate and weather in Vietnam which you can find here.

Dry season: Generally December to March (with some regional variations).
Wet season: May to October (with some regional variations).

What clothing should I pack?

We recommend layers for Vietnam. In the summer time it is hot and humid in the South and in the winter time it can be cold in the North. So make sure you take clothes for the tropics as well as a fleece or jacket (as well as some warm socks to keep your feet warm 😊). Don't forget comfortable shoes for walking as well.

Is the traffic really scary?

There are lots of scooters in Vietnam and the roads in the main cities are very busy!

The road rules in Vietnam are very different to those in the Western World and because of this some people find it scary. In Vietnam it is more about flow and rhythm and all the traffic moving in the same flow, which then leads to order.

Here you can watch a video of Nikki and Nicola crossing the road in Hanoi.

In Vietnam they drive on the right side of the road.

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