It was a wonderful trip to Thailand and Vietnam. All the places were just awesome. The guides hired by un[travel] were genuinely knowledgeable and very supportive and caring. untravel has managed and booked all the things very well. We are very much pleased and satisfied with your trip, with your company. Thank you for such an unforgettable experience.
Things to do
Cuc Phuong National Park and Thanh Hoa - Leave for the Cuc Phuong National Park after breakfast and set off on a trek to discover the secrets of the region first hand. Gaze at the 1000 year old Wang Hsie trees, walk through a prehistoric cave comprising skeletons and tools used over 7000 years ago and get a whiff of the harsh reality at the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre.
Phu Quoc - The south is where you see the heart and soul of the island brimming with local culture and history. Apart from geographical proof, another difference this island carries from its Mekong Delta counterparts is in the fact that it is not buried in rice export like we would expect. Phu Quoc owes its economic boost to its booming export of pepper.
Vespa City Tour - How would you like to be tad adventurous and go through the narrow streets of the city on the back of a classy, vintage Vespa? Clutch on to your trusty rider as he takes you on a first hand tour of the city through even the narrow alleyways the big tourist buses can't get through.
People who've travelled with us
Nitish Anilkumar Dalal
Vietnam and Combodia
Our overall experience was very good and we definitely look forward to engaging with un[travel] again. We like the itinerary that was drawn up. It involved a good mix of heritage sites, arts and culture, food and leisure time. Prashant was in touch with us throughout the booking process and till we left for the trip. He was also available whenever I needed to get in touch with him during the trip. Apart from suggesting different options in the itinerary, he also helped in getting forex. Getting a sim card from Steve in Hanoi helped a lot. We also appreciate the changes to accommodate an extra night in Phnom Penh and redrawing of the itinerary in Siem Reap.The guides in all the places were excellent. While most of them didn't have the best English (which is understandable), they managed to communicate quite effectively. Steve in Hanoi and Mr. Buntha in Siem Reap had a lot of knowledge of customs, traditions, places, people, activities. Mr. Lap in Hue, Ms. Thu in Saigon and Mr. Borey in Phnom Penh were quite good too. All of them engaged a lot with out little daughter (particularly Ms. Thu who also gave her a Christmas gift) and she liked that a lot.
Best time to visit September - April
There never really is a good or bad time to visit Vietnam. While Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the country's length. January and March is characterized by cool and occasional light rain in the North, warm and dry in central and southern Vietnam.
Destinations like Hanoi and SaPa are perfect between September to December thanks to little rain and clear skies.
Most areas including Saigon and the Mekong Delta are enjoyable from November through to March. The islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao, in the far south, are all-year destinations sunny days throughout. The rainy season lasts from May until early November in this part of the country. Ha Long Bay is best visited in March and April, the stunning caves of Phong Nha between February and August.
How to reach
Vietnam has three main international airports: Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) and Da Nang International Airport (DAD). All main cities are well connected with domestic airports like the Dalat Airport, Nha Trang Airport and Dien Bien Phu Airport.
The Reunification Express is the popular way to get the best of Vietnam. The train runs the entire length of Vietnam's coast from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, with routes out of Hanoi to SaPa, Lang Son, and coastal Haiphong.
Cars are usually the safest way to hit the road in Vietnam. That being said, rules on the road and chaotic traffic could be fairly annoying. Self-driving is not recommended. Open Tours are privatised long-distance bus services targeting tourists that run the length of Vietnam with shuttles to and from Hanoi and Saigon. Small air-conditioned minivans are fairly better than local buses.
Motorbikes and cyclos can be the cheapest, and rather fun, way of exploring cities or the countryside.
Ha Long Bay can be best enjoyed on a boat around the limestone islands and caves. Snorkelling, fishing and lunch trips are available from Nha Trang, Hoi An, and Phu Quoc to nearby islands.
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