Things to know when booking a private tour to Vietnam

Vietnam has a lot to offer you, and booking a Vietnam private tour package with a company that specializes in helping travelers will make your vacation in Vietnam a time you will never want to forget.

The first thing to think about is what you want to see, and how much time you have to spend in Vietnam. Your Vietnam travel company will have a lot of options for you, so it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with all of the unique places you have to choose from.

Your Vietnam travel agent will be happy to work with you if you have your own plans, and act as a partner to make your desires become a reality, or, if you don't really know what you want to do, they will have a vast array of tour packages that are sure to appeal to you.

One of the most difficult things to do is to decide what you are going to see in Vietnam. There are so many places to go, and they are all very interesting in their own way. Making a decision can be pretty hard, but there are really no bad choices.

If you love the ocean, or want to get to the sea and do some surfing, Vietnam is going to blow you away with it's sandy beaches and near-perfect conditions.

If you look at a map, you are going to notice that Vietnam has a splendid coastline, and as you might imagine, there are awesome beaches all the way down it. When you are on vacation you are going to have to choose which beaches you see, and no matter your preference, there will be a place that is perfect for you.

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Nha Trang
If you are only in Vietnam for a week and you really have to budget your time, Nha Trang is a great option for you to consider if you want to see the ocean and get some sand in between your toes. Blessed with sapphire water and sandy beaches this ocean side town has countless things to offer any traveler.

One of the biggest perks about Nha Trang is the ease of access, and well established infrastructure. Your Vietnam tour operator can find the perfect hotel for you, and will be able to make all of the transportation in and around the coast as easy as possible.

The city of Nha Trang is set right beside a gorgeous bay that shares the same name, and is routinely commended internationally for its natural beauty. If you want to get out into Nha Trang Bay, there are many islands to explore, and going on a private boat tour would be an incredible way to spend an afternoon, or watch the sun set over the hills that surround the city.

There is are wonderful offerings if you want to try the local sea food, and much of what is offered in the restaurants is caught right off shore. You can't beat that kind of freshness. Nha Trang also boasts some of the best night life in Vietnam, ancient temples, as well as a modern amusement park, so no matter what you are looking for this resort will have something for everyone.

Phu Quoc
If you really want to get away from the fast paced world and want to be in a place of unspoiled beauty, the island of Phu Quoc will be a siren's song.

With a total area of just over 500 square kilometers, the endless white sand beaches and lush rain forests that cover the rest of the island will let you relax and find your center. If there ever was a place that you could let go of your life at home, and fall into a chilled-out island groove, Phu Quoc would be it.

Located close to Cambodia, and in the Mekong River delta, this island destination has been growing in popularity over the past few decades. It is easy to get to, and with a new international airport, the island of Phu Quoc is definitely worth talking to your tour company about.

In addition to the spectacular day and night markets that sell local crafts this island is revered for its production of fish-sauce, which is thought to be some of the best in the world. Your tour company will be happy to coordinate all of the flight, ground transportation and hospitality, so that your time on Phu Quoc is as relaxing and invigorating as possible.

Ha Long Bay
On the other end of the country, near the northern border with China, is a captivating place that will overwhelm you with its uniqueness and beauty. In English it would be called “descending dragon bay” and when you see the islands and limestone karsts rising out of the deep blue bay, you will know why it is a UNESCO world heritage site.

This striking region has been captivating people for centuries, and is a huge attraction to this day. The bay and surrounding coastline is home to a very distinct geology that combined with the tide and rain, has created a place that has to be seen to be understood.

There are thousands of islands with tropical vegetation, and a local population that live from the sea. Your private tour company can arrange any sort of experience you want to have in this magical bay, and spending some time out on the water is highly-recommend, as is the local sea food.

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The capitol city of Vietnam is Hanoi, it is beautiful, steeped in history and a must-see destination for anyone who is traveling in Vietnam. If you made the trip to see Ha Long Bay, then you can easily reach Hanoi in a day, and enjoy the bustle and culture of a rising Asian metropolis.

A great place for anyone to start is the Old Quarter of Hanoi, this well-preserved district still has some of the architecture and design that was present more than 500 years ago and many of the streets feature great shopping against a backdrop of colonial era Vietnamese design.

Hanoi is a city of more than three million people, and the metro area has more than seven million inhabitants. It is an amazing mix of ancient and modern, and has been called “The Paris of the East” among other flattering things.

One of the positive things that came out of French colonialism was the architecture, and when you explore the streets of Hanoi you are sure to enjoy it. It is a city with rich in history and there are many temples and museums for you to choose from. Your Vietnam travel company will be invaluable in helping you choose how to spend your time, and making sure you can get around without any hassles.

If you want to experience Vietnamese gastronomy at its finest, Hanoi is the place to do it. There is no way you could visit Hanoi and leave hungry. Some of the most famous dishes in Vietnamese cuisine trace their roots to Hanoi, and you will have no trouble finding restaurants for ever taste and budget.

If you want to eat at high end restaurants, your Vietnam private tour company can make all of the reservations and transportation happen, but if you prefer to go out on the street and eat like a local, have your tour company hire a bilingual guide to take you on a locals only food tour.

Hanoi is on the short list of places to see and experience in Vietnam, and once you have spent a day or two there, you will understand why.

Ho Chi Minh City
The largest city in Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh city, but many still know it as Saigon. Located in the south of the country, this huge city has so much to offer any traveler.

Ho Chi Minh city as a wealth of history and has been an important population center for hundreds of years. No matter what you want to see, ancient, natural or modern, this sprawling urban area is filled with attractions.

This diverse city has changed hands, and names more than once in its illustrious history, and everyone who has passed through left their mark. There is still a prominent French influence, and some of the most important buildings are built in the classic colonial style.

There are a host of museums, and many options for day trips. If you want to see the remnants of Vietnam's heroic struggle for independence, there is a museum featuring a collection of equipment from the war to resist America, and also you can visit the Cu Chi tunnels, which are very close to Ho Chi Minh city.

If you would prefer to shop and eat, Ho Chi Minh city has a vast selection of markets and malls, both traditional and modern. Eating in the city is a pleasure, and your Vietnam travel company can arrange any kind of gastronomic indulgence you can imagine.

For nature lovers a day trip to the Mekong River Delta is perfect, which is just west of the city, and can be explored on small boats. The biodiversity in the delta is huge, and a day on the Mekong is sure to be memorable. Talk to your tour company about the many options that available to explore this wild, beautiful area.

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Before you go
It will not be easy to decide what to see in Vietnam, but remember, your Vietnam travel agent is there to help you. Taking advantage of their local knowledge, and ability to communicate with local hospitality providers will prove to be invaluable to you.

If you don't have a lot of time to spend in Vietnam, be sure to tell your Vietnam travel agent that you need to fit a lot of experiences into a short period, and have realistic expectations about what is possible.

The infrastructure in Vietnam is good, but if your time is limited, you may have to make some compromises when it comes to certain areas. Looking for areas that you can fly in and out of will be a lot faster and you will never lose lots of time driving, which will help you see more with less stress.

Think about connections
Remember that your Vietnam travel agent will have all Vietnam tour packages for you, if you really don't have any idea of what you want to see, and buying a package can be a very good way to save money, and use your company's connections to benefit you.

Ask about any offers that that may have currently, because many times a tour company will be offered special deals by the airlines and hotels that they deal with regularly, and they can often make arrangements for you at discounted prices that you would not be able to take advantage of otherwise.

Your Vietnam tour operator is a group of tourism professionals, and they want you to make the most of your time in Vietnam. All private tour companies are required to be registered federally, and in addition to helping you with your travel plans, they can streamline the visa process for you which is a huge help.

Above all, enjoy your time in Vietnam, it is an incredible country that you are sure to want to return to.

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