Journeys Within Ground Operations offers customized independent tours in Vietnam – a country often described as a series of postcards in motion.
Give your guests the chance to 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 everyone.
Guests can visit Hanoi and stay in the Old Quarter where they 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 guests 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.
Heading north, travelers will get lost in the magical mountains and rice paddies of Sapa and Huang Su Phi.
For a more sobering day guests can visit the DMZ 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, where you can try the local food and get an entire wardrobe made-to-order. Stop over in the historical city of Hue where you can explore the Citadel and pagodas that are dotted around this fascinating city.
Take part in what has to be one of the most exciting adventures Vietnam has to offer by exploring one of the biggest cave systems in the world in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
Visit the Mekong Delta and be amazed at all that can happen on water. This can be done over a few days or as a day trip from the culturally rich ”Pearl of the Orient” – Saigon.
We have put together an extensive Vietnam Country Guide to help you advise and prepare your guests in the lead up to their trip. This is available to anyone partnered with JWGO in Vietnam, and includes detailed information on the following –
- Top Ten Tips
- Passport & Visa Requirements
- Currencies and Money Matters
- Toilet Facilities
- Regional Airline Maximum Weight Restrictions
- Suggested Packing List
- Health (Inoculation Requirements, Medical Facilities, Water and Food)
- Etiquette in Southeast Asia
- Responsible Travel
- Recommended Books, Movies and Travel Apps
- Travel Insurance Advice
- A Typical Day On Tour
- JWGO Management Team
- Journeys Within Local Office Contact Details
Here is a selection of the kind of unique tours we can create in Vietnam. Please CONTACT US for more information on detailed itinerary options.
Tour Style: Classic Journey
Tour Name: Classic Vietnam Tour (11 days)
Countries Visited: Vietnam
Brief Description: This 11-day tour takes you down the length of Vietnam seeing the highlights as you go – from Hanoi with its 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 11-day tour guests will see the highlights as well as some of the more out of the way places.
Must-See Sites Include: Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Halong Bay, historical Hue, Hoi An and the beach, Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels
Exceptional Experiences Include: Water puppet show, kayaking around the mystical bays of Halong Bay, meeting local tailors in magical Hoi An, having dinner with a veteran of the war and learning about life before, during and after the war
Tour Style: Family Focus
Tour Name: Classic Family Vietnam Tour (14 days)
Countries Visited: Vietnam
Brief Description: Spend two weeks exploring the wonders of Vietnam. The kids will love taking a boat ride in Halong Bay, playing on the beach and crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnels. Guests will be amazed at the history, beauty and culture of this amazing country that caters to all interests and ages.
Must-See Sites Include: Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Halong Bay, Hoi An and the beach, Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta
Exceptional Experiences Include: Water puppet show, exploring Hanoi’s outskirts, kayaking around the mystical bays of Halong Bay, pristine white beaches of Hoi An, having dinner with a veteran of the war and learning about life before, during and after the war, staying in a local homestay, exploring the backwaters of the Mekong Delta by bicycle and boat
Tour Style: Real Romance
Tour Name: Backstage Pass to Vietnam Tour (16 days)
Countries Visited: Vietnam
Brief Description: 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. Guests will continue their exploration of southern Vietnam with a trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, where guerilla fighters constructed an amazing underground base and village during the French Resistance and Vietnam War, followed by dinner in the home of a veteran of the Vietnamese-American war.
Leaving Saigon, guests will fly to the historic port city of Hoi An in central Vietnam to wander through the Ancient Town and ride bicycles around Cam Kim Island where families still produce traditional crafts such as ornate furniture, coracle basket boats and sleeping mats by hand. A beautiful drive through the countryside of central Vietnam brings guests to Hue where they can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hue’s Imperial City and Citadel, and enjoy dinner in the home of former Nguyen Dynasty princess Ngoc Son – now occupied and preserved by a multi-generational family of Vietnamese historians and feng shui experts.
Leaving Hue, guests will pass through the infamous DMZ on the way to Phong Nha where a three-day underground caving adventure in the mountainous region awaits. In Hanoi, guests will get an intimate back-door look at the city via bicycle tour along the banks of the Red River, stopping along the way to learn about local village life, traditional handicrafts, and agriculture in the area.
Finally, guests will board a private seaplane for an overnight trip to Halong Bay – another UNESCO World Heritage site. Views of the bay from the air are truly breathtaking, and overnight accommodations aboard a private junk boat sailing amidst the limestone islands jutting out of the bay is the perfect way to end this insider’s look at the highlights of Vietnam.
Must-See Sites Include: Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, Hoi An ancient town, historical Hue, DMZ, Phong Nha caves, Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Halong Bay by private junk
Exceptional Experiences Include: VIP treatment at some of the world’s top hotels, private backstage tour of the Saigon Opera House, Saigon’s culinary delights by motorbike, private musical performance, dinner with a war veteran, learning about life before, during and after the war, exploring the backwaters of the Mekong Delta, bike ride around the countryside, lunch with Buddhist nuns, water puppet show, exploring Hanoi’s outskirts by bicycle, flying by seaplane to Halong Bay!
Tour Style: Activity and Adventure
Tour Name: Vietnam Adventure Tour (14 days)
Countries Visited: Vietnam
Brief Description: We think that Vietnam makes a wonderful destination for those imbued with wanderlust and adventure, as it is home to fascinating culture, rich history and astounding natural wonders. With this tour, guests will begin in southern Vietnam and will work their 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.
Must-See Sites Include: Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, Hoi An’s ancient town, DMZ, historical Hue, Phong Nha caves, Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Halong Bay,
Exceptional Experiences Include: Saigon’s culinary delights by motorbike, dinner with war veteran, learning about life before, during and after the war, cycling hidden paths in the countryside, spending the night in one of the biggest caves in the world, water puppet show