"Forgiveness and Sorrow"
Custom Tours & Vietnam Travel Programs
We recommend a complete North to South itinerary to experience the distinctions, politically, culturally and socially.
From North to South, traveling historically, through each Dynasty, to French occupation, Liberation with Ho Chi Minh, to the Vietnam/American War, you will be enlightened towards an understanding of Vietnamese culture, history and people.
In Hanoi, the ideology of communism permeates daily life, yet it is proclaimed that any and all religions are acceptable. 54% have quietly retained Buddhism.
Today Hanoi is a vibrant city with cafes on every corner. Its people seem a little more cautious than in Saigon, yet all embrace the thriving entrepreneurial spirit.
While in Hanoi, we recommend either day trip or an overnight cruise to Halong Bay and given time, a train to the Hill Tribes of Sapa are very unique. There is a Victoria train and lodge which is the most comfortable way to travel to Sapa.
Dalat in central Vietnam, is certainly worthwhile for cooler weather and to learn about the 54 minority groups in Vietnam.
Southern Vietnam & the Mekong Delta
In Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City, or HCMC for short), a tour of the war museum and the Cu Chi tunnels is impressive if not horrific. For those wishing to escape the war history, it is impossible. Every person has a story of a relative or friend lost. And to not be informed would be to miss a very important aspect of Vietnamese culture.
A bit further south we offer eco lodges and Mekong river day jaunts.
The Vietnamese people have an incredible capacity to bear loss and offer forgiveness. Every visitor will come home enriched.
Americans thought they were fighting Communism when in fact, it was fighting Nationalism, in what the Vietnamese refer to as the American War.
Vietnam Photo GalleryClick on the photo below to see more photos
Vietnam Tours and Travel Packages
- Essential Vietnam — 10 days
Saigon, Danang & Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay
- Central Vietnam City extensions — Nha Trang, Dalat
- North Vietnam Hill tribe Extensions — Sapa and the northern highlands
All Vietnam tours can be extended into Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, for a complete coordinated South East Asia Grand tour package.
For a full itinerary of Vietnam tours, or to ask about our other travel options in Vietnam and the rest of travel in Asia, please contact us by phone or email.
photos courtesy of Eduardo Godoy
- The Sacred Willow, Duang Van Mai Elliot
- The Sorrow of War, Bao Ninh
- The Lover, Marguerite Duras
- The Quiet American, Graham Greene