Vietnam Tours from Australia

If there is a country that can take you on a complete journey of the senses, Vietnam is it. Breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Vibrant cities filled with culture, custom, and character. Famed local cuisine, cooked to perfection on every street corner. A tour of Vietnam will delve into the history, culture, and beauty of this incredible country and offer a truly unique travel experience.

 

At My Adventure Travel, we have been enchanted by the charms of this stunning country and we want to make sure your Vietnamese tour leaves you with similar feelings. We have put together a range of Vietnam adventure tours and experiences that showcase the very best the country has to offer. Explore our Vietnam tours from Australia below and get in touch with one of our experienced consultants to start planning your dream Vietnam adventure tour today.

Things to do in Vietnam

  • 1Explore Hanoi's evocative Old Quarter
  • 2Cruise down the mighty Mekong River
  • 3Be enchanted by the beauty of Halong Bay
  • 4Discover the colonial elegance of Hue
  • 5Stay in a hill tribe stilt house

Vietnam Must-See

  • Visit the World-Heritage-listed My Son temple ruins near the beautiful town of Hoi An.
  • Cruise to the off-shore islands near Nha Trang and snorkel in the clear waters.
  • Take a hike in the lush highlands around the hilltown of Sapa.
  • Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels, a haunting insight into the realities of the Vietnam War.
  • Take an early morning run around Hoan Kiem Lake and watch the charming city of Hanoi wake up.

Experiences in Vietnam

Culture and history or outdoors and active? The best tours of Vietnam have an itinerary that focuses on your areas of interest. We have a huge range of Vietnamese tours offering different ways for you to explore this beautiful country.

If you'd like to immerse yourself in the country's culture and history, then venture to the Demilitarised Zone or climb down into the Viet Cong’s Cu Chi tunnels to get an insight into the bloody battles of wartime Vietnam. Take a train-based tour of Vietnam and ride the rails on the Reunification Express from one end of the country to the otherIf you're into food, Vietnamese cuisine is some of the world’s tastiest. Take a foodie-themed Vietnam tour and get stuck into sweet sticky rice, chow down on crusty banh mi or make a mess of your shirt front slurping down street-stall noodles.

If you’re keen to get active, our Vietnam adventure tours offer a great range of Vietnam's best hikes, kayaks and bike rides. Kayak amongst the limestone karsts of Halong Bay or take a stroll through the rice paddies and rural landscapes around Ninh Binh. Take the kids exploring in the mountains of Sapa or jump on a bike and cycle the length of the country.

Family Holidays

Take your family on a Vietnamese tour and meet super friendly locals, sample fantastic food, wander through temples and explore enchanting cities.

Cultural Tours

Explore the old town of Hanoi, the imperial city of Hue, the lantern-lit streets of Hoi An, the cool hilltown retreat of Dalat and the floating markets of the Mekong Delta. A cultural tour of Vietnam is overloaded with highlights.

Cruises

Many of our tours of Vietnam will take you on an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. In the south, the sights and sounds of the Mekong Delta's Cai Rang floating market are best experienced by boat.

Food Tours

Take a cuisine-themed Vietnam tour and shop the local markets, taste the street food, prepare a traditional meal with a local family or take Vietnamese cooking classes. Yum.

Cycling Tours

A cycling tour of Vietnam will have you pedalling a bicycle along the back roads to experience the charm of Vietnam up close, local style.

Day Tours

Hanoi's Old Quarter, the Cu Chi Tunnels, the Mekong Delta – day tours of Vietnam are a great way to cram more experiences into your trip.

Kayaking

An active tour of Vietnam might see you paddling your way around Halong Bay’s limestone karsts – a kayak will allow you to explore secret bays and find serenity in this magical place.

Tunnel Tours

Many of our Vietnamese tours will take you to the Cu Chi Tunnels, where you can crawl through a part of this remarkable war-time legacy of local ingenuity and determination.

Bike Tours

Hit the road on a bicycle or motorbike and make your way through some of Vietnam’s most spectacular countryside on a bike tour of Vietnam.

 

Cruise through the thousands of limestone monoliths of Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Before you travel to Vietnam

Before embarking on an overseas adventure to Vietnam, brushing up on your general knowledge will make your Vietnam tour a whole lot easier. From knowing what currency is used and what timezone you’re in, to the local customs and weather to expect, we’ve got you sorted below:

Vietnam facts for travellers

Currency

Vietnamese Dong

Money Exchange

Credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs for cash withdrawal are available in the cities. Clean, undamaged notes can be exchanged at banks.

Language

Vietnamese. Other minority languages are also spoken and some French remains from the days of French colonisation. Vietnamese tour leaders and many people involved in the tourism industry speak English.

Time Zone

GMT +7

Electricity

Sockets are mostly 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Some sockets accept plugs with two round pins and some accept two flat pins. Sometimes you'll find three round pin sockets too.

Travel Immunisations

Check that your immunisations are up to date before travel. Many travellers get Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations before travelling to Vietnam. Check with your doctor or travellers' medical centre for specific advice for your Vietnamese tour.

Weather in Vietnam

Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. A southern monsoon blows from May to September while a northern monsoon affects weather from October to April. Because Vietnam is such a long country, the weather varies a lot between the north, the centre and the south – and there are mountains, highlands and coast with their own local weather patterns.

The best time to visit Vietnam

The best time to visit Vietnam depends on where you are going, but generally speaking, March and April offer the most reliable weather down the length of the country. More broadly, Spring (February to April) and Autumn (August to October) offer the mildest and most consistent weather if you are taking a Vietnam tour that travels throughout the country.

Weather in Hanoi – Average Temperature and Rainfall

November to April – mild and dry

  • Daily high temperature: between 19 and 26 degrees.
  • Days with rain a month: between 9 and 22 days (but low rainfall in mm).

May to October – hot and wet

  • Daily high temperature: between 28 and 32 degrees.
  • Days with rain a month: between 11 and 19 days.
Weather in Ho Chi Minh City – Average Temperature and Rainfall

November to April – hot and dry

  • Daily high temperature: between 31 and 34 degrees.
  • Days with rain a month: between 2 and 13 days (least rain Jan-Mar).

May to October – hot and wet

  • Daily high temperature: between 31 and 34 degrees.
  • Days with rain a month: between 17 and 23 days.

Vietnamese Food and Drinks

One of the highlights of any Vietnamese tour will be the food. It is sublime – complex broths, smoky meats and fresh greens. Nuoc Cham, the rich, salty fish sauce adds depth to many dishes, while chilis and fresh herbs give amazing vibrancy.

If food is your thing, consider taking a food tour of Vietnam, where you'll visit markets, find out about local ingredients and learn to cook traditional dishes. Classic Vietnamese dishes that you will no doubt sample on any tour of Vietnam include:

  • Pho – Vietnam's classic soup of rice noodles with meat and accompaniments in clear broth.
  • Ban Xeo – Vietnamese pancakes often filled with pork, shrimp and herbs.
  • Banh Mi – crusty baguette with tasty fillings like pork or omelette and herbs.
  • Bun Cha – a Hanoi dish of pork with rice noodles and side dishes.
  • Com Tam – broken rice served with grilled meat and egg.

Shopping in Vietnam

Browsing in local markets and shops is a great way to fill an afternoon on a Vietnamese tour. It gives you insight into the local way of life and gets you interacting with the local people. If you are interested in purchasing something at a market, bargaining is common practice. Bargaining should always be done in a cheerful way and once a price is agreed upon, you must buy the item.

Vietnam travel souvenirs and local handicrafts include:

  • Decorated lacquerware.
  • Silk fabric and embroidered cotton fabric.
  • Carvings, figurines, jewellery.
  • Tailored clothes – made to measure clothing in quality fabrics.
  • An Ao Dai – Vietnamese women's traditional outfit of pants and a long tunic.
  • A traditional conical hat.

Vietnamese Customs and Etiquette

When travelling to any country, it is important to respect local customs. As a general rule of thumb, if you are not sure what is appropriate, observe what locals are doing and modify your behaviour to suit.

In Vietnam, family are central to all aspects of life. Important concepts include showing respect for age and behaving with duty, loyalty and honour.  General guidelines for etiquette while you are on a tour of Vietnam include:

  • Do not touch a person on the head or shoulder.
  • Do not point or gesture with your finger – use your whole hand.
  • Pass things – such as food at the table – with both hands.
  • Dress conservatively, with knees and shoulders covered.
  • Avoid public displays of affection or touching someone of the opposite sex.

Read about our adventures to Vietnam

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