Vietnam

Journeys Within offers customized independent tours in Vietnam – a country often described as a series of postcards in motion.

Step back in time to see boys herding their ducks, men lounging on water buffalo, and women in conical hats bent double in rice fields. A diverse and varied culture, Vietnam has something for everyone.

From water puppets in Hanoi to the DMZ near Hue, from the Mekong Delta to the Sapa Hills, Vietnam has sights, history, and people that will shock, amaze, and amuse you.


Highlights

Visit Hanoi and stay in the Old Quarter where you can explore Shoe Street, Steel Street and even Button Street. See a water puppet performance, tour the city in a cyclo or watch the world motor by from a sidewalk cafe.

Just hours from Hanoi you’ll find Halong Bay where you can spend the night on a luxurious Junk boat and get up-close-and-personal with the famous limestone islands and caves that have made this a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Take day trips to Perfume Pagoda and Tam Coc and let paddlers take you out to the temples.

For a more sobering day take a DMZ tour and see such sights at Hamburger Hill, Khe Sanh and the Vinh Moc Tunnels, where an entire village lived and worked underground. Hear the Vietnamese perspective on what they call the “American War.”

Stay a while in Hoi An, a beach city with a village feel. Try the local food and get an entire wardrobe made-to-order.

Visit the Mekong Delta and be amazed at all that can happen on water.

Visit the countless museums in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, an interesting mix of history and propaganda.

Best Time to Visit

Weather varies from region to region, making it possible to visit some part of Vietnam at any time of the year. The best time in Vietnam depends on where you want to go.

One reason to decide to stay home or go is the Tet New Year around the end of January/beginning of February. Though a fascinating festival, it does mean that the country’s transportation and infrastructure comes to a partying halt.

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Caving in Vietnam

Backstage Pass to Vietnam Tour

Country: Vietnam

16 Days | $6,910

Journeys Within Founder and CEO, Andrea Ross, recently returned from an inspection tour of Vietnam inspired to create a new itinerary that offers special access to Vietnam’s best sights and experiences with luxurious accommodations along the way. The new 16-day “Backstage Pass to Vietnam” tour begins in Saigon, exploring the cultural and culinary heritage of the city. Clients will continue their exploration of southern Vietnam with a trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, where guerilla fighters constructed an amazing underground …

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Family-friendly tour in Vietnam

Classic Family Vietnam Tour

Country: Vietnam

14 Days | $10,700

Spend two weeks exploring the wonders of Vietnam. You kids will love taking a boat ride in Halong Bay, meeting students their age in Hanoi, playing on the beach and crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnels. You'll be amazed at the history, beauty and culture of this amazing country.

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Saigon Vietnam tour

Classic Saigon Tour

Country: Vietnam

4 Days | $1,090

Saigon, the city on the river, is more than just the modern day city it appears to be. It is filled with history, beauty and culture. This four day tour allows you to experience the Saigon many people miss through all the hustle and bustle. Allow yourself to relax and go out and see a new side of this incredible city.

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Halong Bay boat tour in Vietnam

Classic Vietnam Tour

Country: Vietnam

11 Days | $2,950

This 10-day tour takes you down the length of Vietnam seeing the highlights as you go. From Hanoi with it’s busy streets and unique Old Quarter to Central Vietnam with historical Hue, well known Danang and charming Hoi An to the South with fascinating Saigon. Vietnam is truly an amazing country with so much to see and do, and with this 10-day tour you’ll see the highlights as well as some of the more out of the way places.

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Vietnam

Custom Vietnam Spring Special

Country: Vietnam

10 Days | $2,845

While you can travel in Vietnam year-round, the best time of year to visit is the Spring. As the rest of Southeast Asia passes through their hot season, Vietnam enjoys comfortably warm temperatures, sea-breezes and sunshine. On this 10 day journey you will begin in Hanoi, Vietnam's fascinating and historic capital. Take in the stunning geography of Halong Bay before heading south to Hue in beautiful central Vietnam. Hue is home to Vietnam's Imperial City. Spend some time getting to know the locals before heading to Saigon and the Mekong Delta. Come see this amazing and varied country for yourself!

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Boat on the Mekong River

Discover Indochina Tour

Countries: CambodiaVietnam

14 Days | $3,840

This 14-day tour will give you excellent insight into both Cambodia and Vietnam, letting you get to know the many facets of each country. While you will see the highlights there are some amazing off the beaten track moments like visiting some of the more remote Angkor Wat temples and traveling from Cambodia to Vietnam on the Mekong River.

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Southeast Asia family journey

Epic Family Journey Tour

Countries: CambodiaThailandVietnamLaos

28 Days | $24,300

Many people talk about taking the adventure of a lifetime with their family, and this is the tour for those who want to make it happen! This tour was designed for families with children old enough to go out, have fun and explore. Bike, quad and trek your way through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia together, experiencing the Southeast Asia cultures first hand by getting out of the normal tourist spots and into the homes of locals, and out into nature.

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LUxury tour of Vietnam and Cambodia

Luxury Indochina: A Journey Through Vietnam and Cambodia

Countries: CambodiaVietnam

21 Days | $22,750

Spend three weeks immersing yourself in the history, culture and beauty of Indochina as you travel in style through Vietnam and Cambodia. This trip hits the highlights of these unique nations — from Vietnam’s ancient cities and bustling backs streets to Cambodia’s Angkorian-era temples and breath-taking landscapes.

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Northern Vietnam rice paddies

Northern Vietnam Tour

Country: Vietnam

9 Days | $2,363

Northern Vietnam is an incredible area full of character, charm and bustle. Hanoi is a capital city celebrating its growth while still keeping its traditions - women in conical hats dodge motorbikes while selling noodle soup from shoulder baskets. In Halong Bay you will sail through the mists of time seeing a way of life dominated by water. Finally explore Sapa, where you can marvel at the beauty and see a unique way of life.

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Caravelle Hotel Bar

One-day itinerary: Backstage Pass to Saigon Culture and History

Country: Vietnam

1 Day

Take in two of Saigon’s iconic buildings with behind-the-scenes tours of the incredible AO Show at the old Saigon Opera House followed by a historical tour of the Caravelle Hotel where correspondents from NBC, CBS, ABC and many other foreign news organizations were based during the Vietnam War. Your special evening will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the lobby of the Caravelle Hotel in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City. The Caravelle’s General Manager Carl will be there to meet you and …

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Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam

One-day itinerary: Cu Chi Tunnels and Dinner with a Veteran

Country: Vietnam

1 Day

Take an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Here you will learn about, and be given the opportunity to descend into, the tunnels where the guerilla fighters constructed an amazing underground base and village network during the French Resistance and the Vietnam War.

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Vietnam market

One-day itinerary: Hanoi Beyond the City Limits – Dong Ngac Cultural Village

Country: Vietnam

1 Day

The Dong Ngac cultural village is an ancient village and a cultural heritage site in honor of its educated and heroic people recognized by the kings of Vietnam. Tour the local markets, schools and cobblestone streets of this unique heritage site, and enjoy a cooking class in which you get to prepare your own lunch.

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Exploring the Mekong Delta in Vietnam

One-day itinerary: Mekong Delta Exploration

Country: Vietnam

1 Day

Get to know the Mekong Delta from an insider's perspective. Tour the floating markets, enjoy traditional snacks and a delicious lunch, and end the day with a homestay in a local village, with your guide acting as translator so you can truly get a deeper understanding of life on the Mekong.

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Tour Saigon, Vietnam by motorbike

One-day itinerary: Saigon Culture and Culinary Experience by Motorbike

Country: Vietnam

1 Day

Saigon is a vibrant and bustling city. Relax as you sit behind your trusty motorbike driver for a journey where you can combine some of the classic historical highlights the city has to offer (Reunification Palace, museums, pagodas, Cho Lon, etc.) with getting a real insight into local life behind the main streets.

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Remembering the Vietnam War tour

Country: Vietnam

10 Days | $2,800

We’ve always been huge fans of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s documentaries. And given that the latest one – “The Vietnam War” – hits so close to home, we’re especially excited to see how this conflict is portrayed. Click here to watch the extended trailer for the mini-series. We’re also excited to be partnering with KNPB – our local PBS station in Reno, Nevada – to offer this special 10-day Vietnam tour for two which will take travelers through many of the …

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Villa Song Hotel

Spicy Southeast Asia Honeymoon for Foodies

Countries: CambodiaVietnamLaos

15 Days | $6,000

Newlyweds looking to keep things spicy after their wedding is over need look no further than a tour through the restaurants, markets and coffee shops of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. This tour pairs you up with acclaimed chefs, home cooks and expert guides as you experience the myriad flavors of Southeast Asia while staying in incredible accommodations.

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Luxury tour of Vietnam

The Great Vietnam Voyage Luxury Tour of Vietnam

Country: Vietnam

16 Days | $12,500

Spend 16 days heading from North to South, exploring Vietnam’s legendary vibrancy through its art, heritage and ancestry. Start by discovering the cultural hub of Hanoi, known as the City of Ascending Dragon. Afterwards, set sail into the mist through the picturesque waters of Halong Bay, then to Hue to learn about the power of Feng Shui from a descendant of the Mandarin royal family, before finishing up in Saigon's organized chaos.

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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel

The Romantic Side of Vietnam

Country: Vietnam

16 Days | $6,950

A honeymoon in Vietnam is perfect for couples looking for a mix of natural beauty, history, culinary adventures and beaches.

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Vietnam

Vietnam Adventure Tour – Locals’ Special

Country: Vietnam

14 Days | $4,110

We think that Vietnam makes a wonderful destination for those imbued with wanderlust, as it is home to fascinating culture, rich history and astounding natural wonders. With this tour, you will begin in Southern Vietnam and will work your way up to the capital of Hanoi in the North. This tour will take you through the villages and waterways of the Mekong Delta, trekking through the magnificent Hang En Cave, cycling through the outskirts of Hanoi and will finish in beautiful Halong Bay.

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Vietnam Spring Family Special

Country: Vietnam

10 Days | $8,500

Plan your family's spring break around seeing the highlights of Vietnam this year. This 10-day tour starts in the North with an immersion into Vietnamese culture and history, then takes participants out on the waters of UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay for an overnight cruise amongst the remarkable limestone formations. Next, the tour gets active in historic Hoi An where you will walk amongst the ancient town and ride bicycles on Cam Kim Island. Finally, spend your last days in Saigon exploring the cultural diversity of this amazing nation.

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