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Travelbay's famous 10 Day Highlights Tour of Vietnam is a customer favourite with good reason. It is an absolutely wonderful holiday at a great price. From the vibrant cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to the charming Hoi An and spectacular Ha Long Bay – you get to enjoy the best of Vietnam at a relaxed pace.

This is a small group tour with a maximum of 10 people. If you would prefer a Private Tour contact us for a quote. Check out the reviews at the bottom of the page to see what our other customers experienced and why they loved it so much!


Itinerary

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Click on the headings below to see details for each day.

Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City  

On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City you will be met at the airport by your guide and driver and taken to your hotel.

If you arrive early in the day or the day before and would like Travelbay to arrange a day, half day or evening tour (for a small additional fee) please let us know. You can find some sample tours here.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City: Le Duy Hotel - Deluxe Room (3 Star); Harmony Saigon Hotel - Premier Deluxe Room (4 Star); Hotel Majestic Saigon - Colonial Deluxe Room (5 Star)

Day 2: Visit the Mekong Delta

Today you will be collected from your hotel and driven to the Ben Tre province, also known as land of Coconut, in the Mekong Delta. The drive is around 2 hours and on arrival in Ben Tre you can explore coconut workshops and the art of mat weaving in local houses. You can relax in the village or wander around observing the locals go about their daily life.

When it is time for lunch, board a Xu Loi - a kind of motorised rickshaw and be taken to a riverside restaurant.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - 10 Day Highlights of Vietnam Tour - Mekong Delta

After lunch you can either relax at the restaurant or take a bike ride around the lovely countryside. Then take a trip in a sampan through the canals and visit the local Ben Tre market before your transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City: Le Duy Hotel - Deluxe Room (3 Star); Harmony Saigon Hotel - Premier Deluxe Room (4 Star); Hotel Majestic Saigon - Colonial Deluxe Room (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: At leisure in HCMC, fly to Da Nang & transfer to Hoi An

Enjoy your morning at leisure in Ho Chi Minh before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Da Nang. In Da Nang you will be met on arrival by your guide and driver and taken to your hotel in Hoi An.

Hoi An is a gorgeous friendly town in Central Vietnam about a 50 minute drive from Da Nang. You will be here for four nights and could easily enjoy many more. Hoi An has a beach, river, great shopping in the old town, lots of lovely cafes and restaurants, literally hundreds of tailors – an excellent place to have clothes, shoes and prescription glasses made and there are many local attractions to visit.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - 10 Day Highlights of Vietnam Tour - Hoi An

We have included a mixture of tours and free time on the next days as it is fun and safe to wonder around Hoi An yourself. Please contact us if you require any more information or any additional tours.

Overnight in Hoi An: Kiman Hotel - Superior Room (3 Star); Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Resort & Spa - Deluxe Room with Balcony (4 Star); Royal Hoi An - Deluxe Room (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Hoi An Eco Tour and Cooking Class

Today is a day to experience the local life and cuisine of Hoi An.

Begin with a trip to the local markets - the morning time is when they are at their peak. Your guide can give you some bargaining tips as well as explain the ingredients that you will buy for your cooking class.

Next, head to the water and hop into a coracle - a traditional round boat where you can paddle on the canals of the Bay Mau Nipa Forest. This is a great fun!

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - 10 Day Highlights of Vietnam Tour - Cooking Class

Your guide will show you the folk game “bit mat dap nieu”. Then take a short break with local tea before your cooking class with the local chefs. The chefs will teach you how to cook Vietnamese food and after you can enjoy your self-made lunch.

Then relax on a sightseeing tour on the Thu Bon River by boat before being taken back to your hotel around 3pm.

Overnight in Hoi An: Kiman Hotel - Superior Room (3 Star); Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Resort & Spa - Deluxe Room with Balcony (4 Star); Royal Hoi An - Deluxe Room (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5: Explore Hoi An

Today is a free day. Hoi An offers something for everyone.

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - 10 Day Highlights of Vietnam Tour - Hoi An

You can relax at the beach, enjoy great shopping and discover the grace and history of this well preserved ancient town. It is a culinary mecca with a laid back nature. The old-town character and friendly openness of the locals of Hoi An is a delight.

Overnight in Hoi An: Kiman Hotel - Superior Room (3 Star); Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Resort & Spa - Deluxe Room with Balcony (4 Star); Royal Hoi An - Deluxe Room (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: A day at leisure in Hoi An

Enjoy another day relaxing as you wish in Hoi An. You may wish to pop back to the tailor if you are having clothes made or if you would like to do a day tour, these can easily be arranged.

If you would like to arrange an additional tour, click here for information on Hoi An day tours.

Overnight in Hoi An: Kiman Hotel - Superior Room (3 Star); Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Resort & Spa - Deluxe Room with Balcony (4 Star); Royal Hoi An - Deluxe Room (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Fly to Hanoi and enjoy an evening street food tour

This morning you will be transferred to Da Nang airport for your 1 hour flight to Hanoi.

Spend the afternoon at leisure in Hanoi, known as the cultural capital of Vietnam. Set on the banks of the Red River, with many of the buildings being built during the French occupation, there is a distinct charm to Hanoi.

At around 4.00pm, you will be collected from your hotel and your guide will take you on a walking street food tour in the Old Quarter.

Gain an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular Northern dishes. Eat as you go, walking through the maze of bustling streets, trying seasonal fruit and sampling tasty French-inspired snacks from a street cart. Try the famed Hanoi dishes such as Bun Cha Ta (a grilled pork and noodle dish) and Banh Cuon at a local eatery and watch as the skilled chefs demonstrate how this tasty dish is put together.

Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago - a hint at why it is called the "Old Quarter".

The next two snack stops are at outdoor BBQ stalls. Sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. It’s now time for dessert!

Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets - Banh My Hanoi - a hidden street food restaurant where you can taste the top street food in Hanoi including Vietnamese Rice Wine and the famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi.

Please note: If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know so that we can accommodate your needs and wishes.

Overnight in Hanoi: Gondola Hotel - Deluxe Room (3 Star); Hanoi Pearl - Deluxe Room (4 Star); Melia Hanoi Hotel - Deluxe Room (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8: Overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay

This morning the cruise company shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel for your transfer to Ha Long Bay.

Board you cruise boat for an exploration of the wondrous Ha Long Bay (translated as “where the dragon descends into the sea”) and enjoy one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights.

Enjoy the picturesque scenery and some 3,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters as you cruise through the bay. Amongst the limestone karst are beaches, grottoes and caves. Along the way, anchor for a swim in a secluded cove and visit one of the caves.

Drop anchor for the evening in the Bay and have dinner on board.

Note: Please bring an overnight bag with you, because you will not be able to (or want to) take all your luggage with you on the Ha Long Bay excursion and cruise. There would not be enough room to accommodate everyone’s luggage gracefully. You will be leaving from and returning to the same hotel in Hanoi where you can safely store your remaining luggage.

Overnight in Ha Long Bay: Oriental Sails - Deluxe cabin or Lavender Cruise – Deluxe cabin (3 Star); Huong Hai Sealife - Suite (4 Star); Athena Luxury Cruise - Athena Executive Suite (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

* Your pick up and cruise in Ha Long Bay is managed by the cruise company and will include more than 10 people.

Day 9: A leisurely morning in Ha Long Bay, travel back to Hanoi

Wake to the gorgeous sights in the bay. After breakfast, relax on board as you cruise back through the Bay to the pier. After brunch return to Hanoi by shuttle bus.

Spend the evening in Hanoi at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi: Gondola Hotel - Deluxe Room (3 Star); Hanoi Pearl - Deluxe Room (4 Star); Melia Hanoi Hotel - Deluxe Room (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and brunch

Day 10: Time to go home or onto your next adventure

Today is a day free at leisure in Hanoi before your departure. You will be collected 3 hours prior to your flight and taken to the airport by your driver.

Meals included: Breakfast

Additional details

*All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.

We like to leave a little bit of space in the itinerary for leisure and for people to do their own thing. However, if you would like to participate in more tours or excursions during your leisure time, you can find some examples of day tours here. Please note you will need to pay for any additional tours you choose to book that are not part of the existing itinerary. We can provide you with a quote.

Travelbay Tip: You may like to extend your holiday with 3 Days in Sapa or with one of our Cambodia Tours or Laos Tours.


Dates, Availability & Pricing

We have regular start dates throughout the year and can usually start the tour on any date - please check with us for availability.
If you would like to book online please select your date from the dropdown menu box in the above pricing section.

Travelbay provides 3, 4 and 5 Star pricing options, based on twin share (2 people per room).
If you would like a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOUR PREFERRED DATE IS NOT LISTED

This tour can commence on virtually any date

7 January 2020*

21 January 2020*

4 February 2020

18 February 2020

3 March 2020

17 March 2020

31 March 2020

14 April 2020

28 April 2020

12 May 2020

26 May 2020

9 June 2020

23 June 2020

7 July 2020

21 July 2020

4 August 2020

18 August 2020

1 September 2020

15 September 2020

29 September 2020

13 October 2020

27 October 2020

10 November 2020

24 November 2020

8 December 2020

22 December 2020*

* High season surcharge applies, please contact us for rates


Inclusions

15 x meals
9 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

2x domestic flights
Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang and Da Nang to Hanoi

Accommodation
8 nights accommodation in hotels, 1 night on overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay

Transport
All airport transfers, private air-conditioned mini-van

Tour guides
On arrival you will be met by your guide and in each location you will have a different guide.
Your guide will be with you for all day tours

Included activities
Day trip to Mekong Delta
Hoi An Eco Tour and cooking class, including coracle ride in Bay Mau Nipa Forest and boat ride on Thu Bon River
Evening street food tour in Hanoi
Overnight Ha Long Bay Cruise including cave visit


Hotel Information

All hotels are in central locations with 3, 4 and 5 Star options.
Click below to see names of the selected hotels.

Hotel details

Ho Chi Minh City

3 Star: Le Duy Hotel - Deluxe Room
4 Star: Harmony Saigon Hotel - Premier Deluxe Room
5 Star: Hotel Majestic - Colonial Deluxe Room

Hoi An

3 Star: Kiman Hotel - Superior Room
4 Star: Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Resort & Spa - Deluxe Room with Balcony
5 Star: Royal Hoi An - Deluxe Room

Hanoi

3 Star: Gondola Hotel - Deluxe Room
4 Star: Hanoi Pearl - Deluxe Room
5 Star: Melia Hanoi Hotel - Deluxe Room

Ha Long Bay

3 Star: Oriental Sails - Deluxe Cabin or Lavender Cruise - Deluxe Cabin
4 Star: Huong Hai Sealife Cruise - Suite
5 Star: Athena Luxury Cruise - Athena Executive Suite

*All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.


Terms & Conditions

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Click on the heading below to see full Terms and Conditions.

Terms - Full version

Booking Process:

Upon purchase of your tour online you will immediately receive a receipt and order confirmation. Travelbay will contact the tour operator to confirm availability for all accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation.

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as your accommodation preferences, dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request copies of the passport for each traveller so that we can organise and book all the flights that are listed as being included in the price of this tour.

Very Important:

It is extremely rare for any of these tours to not have availability (as we remove them when full) however, it is important to note that your dates are only confirmed once we have been in touch with you to confirm availability. Therefore, please wait on purchasing your international flights until you have received booking confirmation from us.

In the unlikely event that there is no availability on your chosen date we will offer you alternate dates. If these do not suit we will fully refund your payment.

Booking Information:

  • Quoted prices are per person.
  • Booking valid for selected and booked travel dates.
  • Please book at least 30 days prior to your desired date of travel.
  • Bookings are subject to availability.
  • Child prices:
    • Under age 5: 10% of adult price – if sharing a bed with parents.
    • Age 6 – 10 years: 50% of adult price – if sharing a bed with parents.
    • 100% of adult price if separate bed is requested.
    • Age 11 and over: adult price.
  • Minimum group size is 2.
  • Maximum group size is 10. Please contact us if your group is larger than 10 people.
  • If you would like single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us and we will provide you with a quote.
  • If you would like to arrive before the start of tour or leave later and require extra nights’ accommodation, please contact us and we can arrange it for you at very reasonable rates.
  • Prior to completion of your booking we take great care to go through all the details together with you until we get everything exactly as you would like it. At that point we confirm your booking and the details and you pay for it. If after payment, you decide to make further changes we will do what we can to accommodate them and will also need to charge an additional $50 administration fee.

Inclusions:

  • 9 nights' accommodation.
    • Check-in & check-out time: generally, check in is after 2 pm and check out before 12 pm. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to room availability and may generate additional full day room rate.
  • 15 meals as per itinerary.
  • 2 domestic flights: Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang, Da Nang – Hanoi - 20kg checked baggage, 7kg hand baggage.
  • Free wifi available at the hotel lobby.
  • English speaking guides (in each location you will have a different guide).
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • All airport transfers - by private car. When you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An and Hanoi you will be met by a guide and driver at the airport. When taken to the airport for departure from each city, you will be with your driver only (no guide).
  • Please note: There is one airport transfer on arrival and one airport transfer on departure for the group booked. If within your group you will be arriving separately, please contact us for a quote.
  • All transport as per itinerary.
  • Mineral water on tour days.
  • Taxes and service fees.

Exclusions:

  • International airfares to and from Vietnam.
  • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
  • Drinks for all meals.
  • Travel insurance. Please contact us if you would like a quote.
  • Vietnam Visa.
  • Compulsory dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec surcharge will be advised by the tour operator.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
  • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

Please Note:

  • Please bring an overnight bag with you, because you will not be able to (or want to) take all your luggage with you on the Ha Long Bay excursion and cruise. There would not be enough room to accommodate everyone’s luggage gracefully. You will be leaving from and returning to the same hotel in Hanoi where you can safely store your remaining luggage.

General Terms & Conditions:

  • Your contract with Travelbay commences upon us providing you with a booking confirmation (not upon payment).
  • By purchasing this tour you confirm that you have read, understood and agree to these terms and conditions.
  • All prices we list are in AUD unless otherwise stated and include GST where payable.
  • This package, including any unused portion, cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.
  • Some accommodation providers may require that you present a credit card or cash deposit upon check-in to cover any additional expenses that may be incurred during your stay, for example mini-bar. You are responsible for the payment of any such additional expenses.
  • Please check baggage allowance prior to travel. The allowance may vary according to the destination, airline, cruise or coach operator. You are responsible for any excess baggage fees.
  • Travelbay recommends travel insurance. We would be pleased to provide you with a quote and support you in your insurance needs. Please click here or contact us on 1800 020 020.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid visa, if required. Please click here for more information on visa requirements.
  • Passport and visa regulations can change and it is your responsibility to ensure that you possess the relevant travel documents before you travel. Delays can be experienced in obtaining a passport or visa, so you are advised to apply in plenty of time. We accept no responsibility in any regard in relation to customers who are denied entry to a country because they do not possess the correct travel documents.
  • It is also your responsibility to ensure that you hold a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your date of return. If you hold multiple passports, you may be required to present your passport of residence on departing that country. If you hold a passport for a country to which you are travelling, you may be obliged to produce that passport on entering the country. Accordingly, you could be obliged to carry more than one passport when travelling overseas. You should make your own enquiries in relation to your specific circumstances and requirements.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that all your details are recorded correctly. Any request for a name change after documents have been issued may incur amendment fees or result in the original booking being cancelled and in the case of airlines, the loss of a seat.
  • When purchasing flights, cruises and other carriage and travel services, the name on the passport must match the name on the ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. If, after purchasing products or services but before traveling, any member of your party changes their name you must notify the relevant carrier, or us, immediately so that the necessary changes can be made to your documentation. You may incur a fee.
  • Travelbay recommends 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. For those of you who have any medical conditions please also ensure you are fit to travel and have all the medication you need with you. Recommended inoculations for travel may change and you should consult your doctor for current recommendations before you depart. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet all health entry requirements, obtain recommended inoculations, take all recommended medication, and follow all medical advice in relation to your trip.
  • Many but not all suppliers have facilities for people who require assistance. If you have any disabilities or require special assistance, please let us know at the time of booking so we can check if suitable services are available.
  • It is your responsibility to review travel prohibitions, warnings, announcements and advisories issued by the relevant government agencies prior to booking travel or departing to international destinations. For Australian travellers, information on conditions in various countries and the level of risk associated with travel to particular international destinations can be found on the Australian Government's travel advisory and consular assistance service website currently located at http://www.smarttraveller.gov.au. For travellers from other countries we recommend you check the travel recommendations of your country.
  • By offering reservations for travel-related products or services in relation to particular international destinations, Travelbay does not represent or warrant that travel to such points is advisable or without risk, and Travelbay is not liable for damages or losses that may result from travel to such destinations.
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  • Whilst we take great care to provide clear and accurate information, there may be occasions where there are inaccuracies or errors. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Travelbay does not guarantee the accuracy of, and disclaims liability for, any errors or other inaccuracies relating to the information, descriptions and activities displayed on this website and in our promotional material.
  • All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.
  • Hotel ratings displayed on this Website and in our promotional material are intended only as general guidelines, and Travelbay does not guarantee the accuracy of the ratings. Hotel room images are representative only and the actual room occupied may vary in inclusions and décor.
  • In some circumstances, some specific products or services as contained on this website and promotional material may not be available due to circumstance beyond our control. In that situation, we will do our best to provide replacement products and / or services of a comparable nature and quality. Travelbay and our respective Suppliers make no guarantees about the availability of specific products and services.
  • Subject to relevant laws, if Travelbay merges, sells or otherwise changes control of our business or this Website, we reserve the right, without giving notice or seeking consent, to transfer or assign your Personal Information, content and rights that we have collected from you and any agreements we have made with you.
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If you have any questions please email us 24/7 or call us Monday to Friday on 1800 020 020 to speak with one of our friendly team.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book?  

You can book either online (click the Add to Cart button on this page), by calling us or emailing us.

You can view our payment options here. On receipt of your booking we will send you a booking confirmation.

What are the dates of the tour?

We have regular start dates throughout the year and can usually start the tour on any date - please check with us for availability.

If you would like to book online please select your date from the dropdown menu box in the above pricing section.

How much is the tour? 

Travelbay provides 3, 4 and 5 Star pricing options, based on twin share (2 people per room). Please see the pricing at the top of the page.

If you would like a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.

Can I add extra nights?

Yes, of course. Just let us know how many extra nights you would like either before or after and we will arrange for you to stay at the same hotel and let you know the cost of the extra nights.

Arriving early or staying on won't affect your airport transfers - if you're staying at the same hotel and we book it for you, we'll collect you when you arrive and take you to the airport when it's time for your departure flight.

If you want to add on extra tours on your additional days, click here for a selection of Vietnam day tours.

Can I change the itinerary?

Yes, we can alter the itinerary for you so that you get exactly what you are after.

We can provide you with a quote for any changes you wish to make.

If you want to add on extra day tours to your free days, click here for a selection of Vietnam day tours.

Can I contact you?

You most certainly can.

Whilst our official office hours are Monday to Friday - 9am to 5.30pm AET (Sydney time) we are regularly in the office outside of these hours and at weekends.

Feel free to ring at any time before 7:30pm - 7 days a week - 365 days a year. If we are busy on other calls or not available please leave a message including your phone number and area code and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

You are also very welcome to email us on team@travelbay.com 24/7 - we check our emails regularly. We look forward to hearing from you.

Do you have single traveller pricing?

Yes, please contact us for a quote.

Can we do triple share?

Yes, triple share is available at all hotels.

What is the size of the tour group?

This tour is a Small Group Tour with a maximum of 10 people. Often the groups are smaller but there will be no more than 10 people.

The exception to this is your pick up and cruise in Ha Long Bay which is managed by the cruise company and will include more people.

I have a question about the tour...

Feel free to contact us by emailing team@travelbay.com or calling us on either 1800 020 020 or +61 2 6619 2020. You can also fill out the form and we'll get back to you with an answer

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Vietnam Holiday Information

Vietnam Facts

Capital City: Hanoi

Population: 96.5 million

Language: Vietnamese

Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Time Zone: (GMT + 7) Indochina time

Dialling code: +84

Religion: 81% of the population has no religion followed by 9% Buddhist


Vietnam weather

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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

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - 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.


Interesting facts on Vietnam

  • The Vietnamese language has six different tones. A change in tone changes the meaning of the word making the language somewhat difficult to learn (but English is widely spoken and the friendly locals are more than happy to help you with your Vietnamese pronunciation).
  • Vietnam is one of the world’s last surviving one-party Communist states.
  • Around 70% of the 93 million plus people that live in Vietnam, live in the countryside and over half the population are under 25.

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

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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 in Vietnam

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!

 


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J
J.a.P.
A tremendous time in Vietnam

Yes, we are back home now and would like to begin by saying that we had a tremendous time in Vietnam.
 
Everything was beyond our expectations. We were met and greeted most cordially at all the airports we landed in and sent on our way to the next punctually and without too much hassle. All the places we visited and hotels we stayed in were comfortable and clean. No complaints there. The buffet breakfast at Harmony Hotel was outstanding.
 
Of particular enjoyment to us was the Ha Long Bay overnight cruise which was superb and well organised including the sampan ride. All in all, it as a most enjoyable tour and not too strenuous for us seniors!
 
Thanks to everyone for your valuable advice right through. If we return to Vietnam it will be with Travelbay for sure!

R
R.a.G.H.
Thank you

Thank 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.

L
L.C.
We had a great time in Vietnam.

We had a great time in Vietnam. All our guides were helpful nice people. The highlight for me was Ha Long Bay - absolutely beautiful. Thanks for all your help organising our trip, it all went off without a hitch and we had a wonderful time.

S
S.C.
We had an amazing time.

Thanks Fiona. We had an amazing time. We especially loved Halong Bay and Hoi An.
Thanks again for organising everything for us.

F
F.C.
Stunning trip

Our trip to Vietnam was stunning from start to finish. There were 6 of us travelling together and we were the only guests on the tour. We were always met and taken everywhere on time by very friendly knowledgeable guides who spoke very good English. All the tours were interesting and fun and we saw a lot of Vietnam in a short time for an amazingly reasonable price. The accommodation was fabulous, the people always friendly and the food fantastic. All my dealings with Travelbay were professional, courteous and friendly and I would highly recommend them and the trip to anyone. We will definitely be going back. Thanks Fiona and the gang.