Travelling to Vietnam is incredibly rewarding in so many ways. A warm welcome awaits from your Vietnamese hosts keen to share their scenery, culture, history, food and stories unique to this corner of South East Asia. For the traveller looking for a real insight into this fascinating country we suggest stepping off the tour bus and trying one or more of these genuine travel experiences.
Walking through stunning country side
Exploring the hidden paths of Vietnam by foot is extremely rewarding. It’s not just the incredible scenery that will make this experience so special, by slowing down to walking pace you get to wander in a genuine Vietnam. Say hello to farmers working the paddy fields with their buffalo and even stop for a chat using your guide as translator. Stop at a rural village for a break and buy a cold drink from the local shack – a small donation to the local economy and a priceless memory for you.
Stay as a guest of a family in the Mekong Delta
After a 2700 mile journey through China, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand the waters of the Mekong River disperse through Vietnam’s Mekong Delta as they flow into the South China Sea. Rich in scenery, wildlife and culture Vietnam’s rice bowl offers so much reward for the traveller that wants experience a unique landscape. Staying in a local home as a guest of a family offers the best insight into life in the delta as well as experiencing the warm and welcoming hospitality of the Vietnamese and a genuine home cooked meal too!
Eat some of the world’s best street food
Discovering local foods and dishes is a big part of travelling in Vietnam and everyday will bring many new flavours to the enthusiastic palate. For the genuine and best value foody experiences head to the street in search of some of the world’s best vendors of deliciousness. Most Vietnamese street food stalls only specialise in one or two dishes and have honed these to perfection over many years of practice. Our guides will help you discover the best and most popular street restaurants where you can join the locals in feast of new experiences.
Learn to cook Vietnamese food
So it won’t long before you fall in love with Vietnamese food but what happens when you want to continue to eat this incredible cuisine when you get home? You may be lucky enough to have a good Vietnamese restaurant close by but nothing beats trying to replicate these flavours in your own kitchen. For the keen home chef a cooking lesson in Vietnam is essential. It not only gives you the skills and first hand knowledge taught by a master you will get the genuine experience of exploring food markets full of new and undiscovered fruits and vegetables to buy your ingredients.
Bike the Back Streets
Cycling is big in Vietnam, from the dusty rural paths in the countryside to the busiest highways in central Saigon you will see Vietnamese going about daily business on their bicycles. Why not join them by hiring a bicycle and hitting the back streets of Vietnam or explore one of the many UNESCO world heritage sites on two wheels? Your guide will join you and explain in full detail the sights and sounds you will experience. Not only will you get a genuine experience away from the tour bus it’s a great way to burn off the calories from all the food you have been eating on your travels!
We believe in investing in memories and that true value for money when travelling is found in the very best experiences that you never forget. That is why we will work with you and use our first hand knowledge to craft a holiday designed around you. Our Vietnamese Holidays are no exception, get in touch with us to start your journey, we will be happy to hear from you.