If you're looking for an adventure or a unique cultural experience, our Vietnam tours has something to offer every traveller.
Our Vietnam tours take you to a country full of contrasts, from the beautiful sandy beaches of the south to the esoteric beauty of Halong Bay. We'll also explore the fertile farmland around the Mekong Delta to the hill-tribe forests in the north.
The timeless temples and pagodas stand beside vibrant skylines in Saigon and Hanoi, whilst in cities such as Hue and Hoi An, time seems to have stood still.
The capital Hanoi is the centre of the arts in Vietnam and has world-class museums, theatres and cultural shows while Ho Chi Minh City in the south (which most people still refer to as Saigon) is the business hub of the country, though no less interesting.
The imperial city of Hue along with nearby Hoi An offer an insight into Vietnam's long and interesting past with lots of traditional architecture and much more relaxed feel.
Our carefully put together Vietnam tours guarantee to leave you with a longing to return to Vietnam and whilst our tours do visit the most popular tourist sites, there is lots more to see and do on a return trip!
If you're thinking about trying one of our Vietnam tours, have a look at our article titled the top 10 temples to visit in Vietnam for more inspiration about this fascinating destination.
Do you want to know more about Vietnam and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?
Contact the Vietnam tourism board for more information.
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The best time to visit Vietnam is spring (February to April) and autumn (August to October). During these seasons the temperatures are milder, and rainfall is much lighter.
The official currency of Vietnam is the Vietnam dong and because the dong is tied to the US dollar, you can use dollars at most hotels.
If you are visiting temples or religious sites, you should wear conservative clothing, otherwise there are no cultural concerns when it comes to inappropriate clothing.
The tap water is not safe to drink in Vietnam and you should only drink bottled, filtered or boiled water.
Planning a trip to Vietnam depends on your interests – where you’d like to go and what sites you’re most interested in seeing. At Encounters Travel we offer a selection of Vietnam tours which are suited to all types of travellers, ranging from six-day tours to 16-day tours.
Meal prices in Vietnam can vary as the cost of your meal depends not only on the type of meal but also where you’re planning on dining.
When dining out in Vietnam, an average meal costs around $3-5 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner, with street food costing as little as 1 USD per person.
Yes, Vietnam is a relatively safe country for travellers, with millions of tourists welcomed inside its borders each year. However, Vietnam sees high volumes of crowds of foreigners, resulting in a fair share of petty theft such as pickpockets.
The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese and this is the most widely spoken language. English is spoken in the areas which see high volumes of visitors and tourists, however many locals do not speak English in the rural areas. The older generation of Vietnam do not speak English but may be more prone to speak French.
The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Vietnam: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
A trip to Vietnam depends entirely on your interests and travel goals. However, we recommend budgeting roughly $40 per day for your accommodation, food and activities.
Vietnam is a fascinating country which boasts a wide range of cultural, historical and natural sights. From breath-taking rural scenery to the buzz of modern cities, Vietnam has something for everyone. We recommend a visit to Hanoi, as the country’s capital range of world-class museums, theatres and cultural shows.
To fully immerse yourself in the culture of Vietnam and explore the main attractions that this fascinating country has to offer, we recommend a minimum of eight days in Vietnam.
The best months to visit Vietnam are February and March as the temperatures are milder and there is less rainfall in comparison to other months of the year.
Vietnam is relatively affordable for travellers as food costs tend to range from 4-7 USD per person per day. Accommodation and activities are also quite affordable in Vietnam.
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Dial Code: +84
Area: 331,210 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Vietnam is the South China Sea 0m | The highest point in Vietnam is Fansipan 3,144m (10315 ft.)
Population: 96,491,146 (2018)
Government: Unitary state, Communist state, One-party state, Socialist state
Vietnam, officially known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula. It is the 15th-most populous country in the world and the ninth-most populous Asian country. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, Thailand across the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest and Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines across the South China Sea to the east and southeast.
The capital city of Vietnam is Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh is the most populous city. From 111 BC to 939, AD the northern part of Vietnam was part of Imperial China. It was only in 939 AD that Vietnam became an independent state. Vietnam's landscape is mostly mountainous and woodland. In the northern part of the country, the land is mainly highlands and the highest mountain in Vietnam, Phan Xi Ping, is found in the Lào Cai Province.
Two World Natural Heritage Sites are in Vietnam including Ha Long Bay and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The high level of biodiversity in Vietnam is seen as unique and it is ranked 16th worldwide in biological diversity, being home to approximately 16% of the world's species.
The official language spoken in Vietnam is Vietnamese, which is a tonal Mon-Khmer language spoken by most of the population. It has been noted that in its early history, Vietnamese was written using Chinese characters and only in the 13th century did the Vietnamese develop their own set of characters.
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