Fred Bowen

    The overall trip was excellent. Especially pleased by the hotel in Hoian- SUPER! Thank you so much-


    W F Bowen




    "Thanks to you, we enjoyed our trip very much.

    Vangvieng has splendid view and is like an Utopia for us, and the hotel we stayed is very good, too.

    We also enjoyed two days' Mekong cruise in Luang Prabang.

    Anyway, Thank you very much for everything !!"



    N. Tsukahara

    Osaka, Japan




    "We are delighted to recommend Lai Phuong and Vietnam Explorer Travel. She has assisted us with dozens of travel details and travel itineraries for nearly a decade to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, USA, and all around Asia. Phuong provides truly first class service from A to Z. She is also a true expert on travel routes and accommodations throughout Vietnam. We give her our highest recommendation, 5 + stars!"


    Roger H. Ford, Ph. D.

    South China Sea Development Company, Limited (BVI)



    Ann Smith

    Dear Ms Phuong,

    Thank you. 

    We had a wonderful time in Myanmar.

    The hotels were all very good, especially the Governor's residence in Yangon.

    The guides were excellent and had good language skills and very good local knowledge.

    There was so much to see our heads were spinning!!

    We had many flights and airport connections and they all went without a single problem.

    We also had a great time in Vietnam as usual! It almost feels like home. 

    Kind regards,

    Anne & Ian Smith


    Ann Smith
    Sydney, Australia
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    [ 13 days] Vietnam Trails

    From $1,275 -

      From VND 26,740,000/ per person (group of 2 privately)

      Price can be adjusted without prior notice.


      Start the journey in HCMC( formerly Saigon) a charming and dynamic city of the country. Fly to Nha Trang- Vietnam’s best known seaside resort town, is home to beautiful bays and beaches with fine clean sand and clear water with mild temperatures all year round. Relax in Hoi An, where you can wander among the colourful buildings.  A scenic ride between Hoian and Hue will leave you a pleasant memoir. Explore Hue’s imperial treasures including royal tombs, beautiful gardens, small bridges, citadel  along the poetic Perfume River. A tour to Vietnam would not be complete without a visit to beautiful Halong Bay, where you spend an overnight cruising its emerald waters. Trip ends in Hanoi where much of Vietnam history will be revealed.

    Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City ( HCMC) arrival

    HCMC( formerly SaiGon) airport pick up.Hotel check in. Rest & Relax.

    Day 2: HCMC Half Day Tour

    08.00 AM pick up at your hotel.Visit Opera House, Northdame Catheral, City Post Office. The next is to visit ReunificationPalace or War remnant museum, the choice is yours. Finish the tour by taking a Cyclo ride weaving through the bustling streets and catch a glimpse of Ho Chi Minh City’s everyday life. End of service by 12.00.

    Day 3: Mekong Delta 

    07.30 AM pick up at your hotel. Enjoy a two hour car ride thru rural Vietnam from Saigon toward Mekong Delta. On arrival Cai Be, board the boat cruise & time to watch the floating market, monkey bridge & local people trading their products right on their home boat. A lunch will be served at Anh Kiet ancient house. Around 15.00, return to the boat dock, and car transfer back Saigon. End of services by 16.30(or a bit later depending traffic jam back Saigon).

    Day 4: HCMC- Nha Trang

    Fly Saigon(HCMC)- Nha Trang. Half day Nha Trang City Tour in afternoon.

    14.00 PM: Pick up at your hotel. Departure to visit Long Son temple, holly Ponagar temple and go to Dam market for buying specialties of Nha Trang. End of services at around 17.30 PM.

    Day 5: Nha Trang free day

    Day 6: Nha Trang- Danang

    Fly Nha Trang – Da nang. Transfer to Hoi An. 

    Day 7: Hoian Sightseeing

    08.00 AM Depart from hotel. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old JapaneseCovered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colorful Hoian market.  
    Have lunch in Hoi An before visiting  temple complex of My Son, which was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999. End of services around 16.00 pm.

    Day 8: Hoian- Hue

    Transfer Hoi an –Hue en route visit Cham Museum, Hai Van pass (include guide + lunch)

    Day 9: Hue Sightseeing

    08.00 AM departure from your hotel.
    Start of by taking a leisurely boat trip on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, and then continue on to Minh Mang’s Tomb. Khai Dinh tomb will be visited next. The drive is scenic as you pass through pine wood and some villages.  For lunch, try some renowned Hue cuisine. After lunch, visit Forbidden City, then back to your hotel. End of service around 16.30-17.00pm.

    Day 10: Hue-Hanoi

    Fly Hue –Hanoi in the evening. Transfer to hotel. Check in , Rest & Relax

    Day 11: Hanoi-Halong Bay

    08h00: Shuttle bus pick up at your hotel. Hanoi to Halong bay: arrive at noon, have lunch. In the afternoon, visit the bay & its caves, go kayaking, stay over night on boat. Overnight in Halong.

    Day 12: Halong-Hanoi

    Visit an island, check out, get back Hanoi at afternoon. On the return, you will have a short break at YenDucVillage – a typical Vietnamese agricultural village which is rich in culture and traditions. This is a great chance to visit the charming fields while wandering narrow alleyways in the odorous fresh air and enjoying the water puppet show there.Overnight in Hanoi

    Day 13: Hanoi Half Day

    8:00 AM: Depart for the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum( to be closed all Mondays/Fridays & from September to November for maintenance). Then it’s on to his House on Stilt, and the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. 

    Drive to the Temple of Literature, which has the distinction of being Vietnams first university founded in 1070. The Army, History or National Fine Arts Museum will be visited next, time will only allow for one museum .

    Take a Cyclo ride through the streets of the Old Quarter. Relax as you weave through the narrow alleys that make up the 36 street systems. Every street sells a specialized type of goods of which the street gets its name. Following transfer back to your hotel at 12.00. Tour ends.

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    -         Accommodation in twin sharing room with daily breakfast at hotels mentioned

    -         Overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay / twin sharing cabin with Shuttle bus & Water Puppet Show

    -         Transfer with Private  air conditioned vehicle ( 4 seats) as itinerary

    -         English speaking local guide as itinerary

    -         Entrance fees where mentioned

    -         Lunch (set menu) where mentioned

    -         Boat trip (Hoian tour) + (Mekong Delta tour)


    -         Any personal expenses( other meals,drinks..)

    -         Tips for guide

    -         Air ticket (domestic and international segments in Vietnam) and tax

    -         Entry visa Vietnam

    -         Any services unclearly mentioned above

    Travel Info

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum( Hanoi): to be closed all Mondays/Fridays & from September to November yearly for maintenance

    Nha Trang: If you are looking for activities such as golf, water sports or island hopping – all are available. Nha Trang Bay occupies an area of about 500km2. There are many wide sugar sand beaches inviting sun lovers to be mesmerized by cobalt sea and sky views, play water and beach sports, and enjoy the convenience of hawkers selling everything from iced drinks to novelties and maps. Do not miss a day cruise to see the bays four islets. There you can enjoy scuba diving among giant rocks partially submerged in clear blue waters. Feel the enchantment of this unique place as you observe the bay’s bright coral and dazzling tropical fish. Speedboat rides, parachute drops, or even hot air balloon rides (Hon Tam Resort) gives visitors more chance to see how lovely and legendary Nha Trang bay is from every aspect.  More significantly, Nha Trang Bay is an “area of highest national priority” for marine conservation and coastal tourism .

    PRIVATE TRANSFER ( Hanoi-Halong/ return) can be arranged upon request at extra cost. Please inform our staff at time of your request. 

    PRE-BOARDING WARNINGS( Halong): To ensure about the customers’ safety during their stay on board, Indochina Junk would like to give some pre-boarding warnings to the customers who are not suitable with our itineraries as below: 

    1          Customers who have diseases such as: sleepwalking, hallucinations, epilepsy, syndrome detention, sickness which must be treated with drugs stored under special conditions, if not will cause danger to life. 

    2          Disabled customers: who are not able to walk by their-selves or blind 

    3          Customers who are over 80 years old 

    4          Customers who are over 100kg 

    5          Customers who are higher than 2 meter 

    For the cases 2 and 3, if the customers can be certain about their health and agree not to join Kayaking, cave and fishing village visiting…we  will charge 25USD for 2D1N cruise or 50USD for 3D2N cruise to have their own waiter ( the exact  fee will be informed our guests at time of booking as it may be changed  by cruise company policy)


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    Vietnam stretches south from the Chinese border along the east coast of the Indochina Peninsula. The country has a complex geography with soaring mountains, fertile delta plains, winding rivers and long sandy tropical beaches. In reality Vietnam is a country of outstanding natural beauty; some of the best beaches in Southeast Asia can be found along the coastline of Vietnam.

    Area:331,210 km2 
            128,565 sq mi

    Capital: Hanoi

    Official language: Vietnamese

    Calling code: +84

    National Airlines: Vietnam Airlines ( wwww.vietnamairlines.com)

    National Flowers: Lotus

    National Dress: " Áo Dài"  

    National Flag: red background with yellow star at the center

    National (Main) Religion: Buddhism 

    National Day: 2nd September 

    Ethnic minority Groups: 54

    Country Population: 91,949,482 citizents ( statistic 2014)

    Biggest City: Ho Chi Minh City ( formerly known as Saigon)

    Three biggest telephone service providers: MOBIFONE, VINAPHONE,VIETEL

    International Airports:  TanSonNhatAirport (Ho Chi Minh City), NoiBaiAirport (Hanoi) and DanangAirport( Danang)


    To enter Vietnam you will require a passport (with at least 7 months remaining validity after trip completion) and a tourist visa for most foreigners arrival the country except certain visa exemption cases thanks to state agreements. Obtaining a single entry or multiple entries visa for 30-day validity is easy. (Please inform us at the start if you wish a longer stay and multiple entries.)
    Visa extensions can usually be obtained once in Vietnam. Please scan or show us your original visa page. Rates vary, as does the official policy regarding extensions. Before you travel, check your passport to ensure that there is room for a visa and entry/exit stamps (at least three pages). Please check Service section for visa information.


    It makes sense that the healthier you are, the more you will enjoy your holiday in general. A reasonably good level of fitness is required for almost of our classic packages and you should be in good health. Any physical preparation will always be to your advantage. Please seek advice from a travel clinic at least 6 weeks before departure on your holiday regarding the relevant vaccinations and jabs required.  Anyone with respiratory or cardiac problems, or over the age of 70, should fully consult their medical adviser prior to booking and we may require full medical clearance/insurance plan. There is a sufficient standard of health care in the cities for treating minor injuries but more complicated treatment may require evacuation to another, nearby countries like Thailand or Singapore. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance  and accessible funds to over the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. 

    It is also important to note that brand names of various medicines vary from country to country and some products, which may be readily available back home, may not be in Vietnam. Please include the basic first aid kit pack: plasters, dressings or bandages, calamine or after-sun lotion, oral dehydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhea and dehydration), insect repellent and sting relief, antiseptic cream and antiseptic wet-wipes. Better safe than nothing!


    The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND) which is in notes. Currently, about 21,000 VND is equal to 1 USD. All foreigners can exchange foreign currency into Dong, but not vice versa. Credit cards ( visa, master, amex, JCB…) are accepted in most three star hotels up and some restaurants. Please bear in mind that a surcharge usually applies for credit card purchases. Visa/Master and JCB have same 3% as bank center charge but a higher fee for holders of American Express. Banks are open Monday to Friday and some open on Saturday morning. Most ATMs have an English language version.

    Vietnam can be visited year-round. Average temperatures year round range from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius. In southern Vietnam tropical conditions prevail, and there are two seasons – the wet season lasts from May to November and the dry season from December to April. Central Vietnam is usually dry from May to October and wet from December to February. October and November may experience unstable weather conditions and flooding. Northern Vietnam also experiences two seasons though conditions can change dramatically throughout the day. The winter months from November to April are usually cold and humid. The months of December and January can be particularly cool with temperatures as low as 8 degrees Celsius. Temperatures can drop to 0 degrees Celsius in Sapa (in the highlands near the Chinese border) in winter. Summer, from May to October, can be quite hot and wet with regular downpours and occasional typhoons. The hottest months are June and July in Hanoi. 


    Vietnam is still quite a conservative country. In rural areas and especially temples, overly-revealing clothing may be considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you on the bike to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples, shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knees. Singlet or sleeveless shirts are not acceptable in temples.


    Vietnam’s network is GSM compatible and will work with most carriers. In the cities, you will be able to access email, phone, fax and post offices. In big cities, most hotels from 2 star category can offer Internet cable service. Elsewhere out in the countryside, there may have Internet limitation access and the main communication will be phone. Cheap sim cards of local mobile  service providers ( Viettel, Vinafone, Mobilefone ) are readily available in the cities and pay-as-you-go recharge cards and call rates are cheap. Plus 3G service is easily available in the metropolitan centers and prepaid data package rates are affordable and reasonable. Ask our staff about getting a local phone card and number. 






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