Vietnam Hidden Gem

Vietnam is a country full of wonders, whose rich history, fascinating cultural traditions and spectacular scenery as well as the astonishing variety of its cuisine with unfailing warmth and hospitality of its people.
 
Explore the beautiful north of Vietnam with a stroll around the small alleys and well-preserved colonial architecture buildings in the Old Quarters. A hike in the mist-shrouded tribal valleys of Sapa or witness the limestone karsts rearing out of the water in Ha Long Bay.
 
Centrally, you will find the Imperial city – Hue, sail out onto the picturesque Perfume River as age-old landscapes unfold before you—women wearing traditional conical hats and children running along the banks. Cycling through the ancient riverside town and its lush rice paddies and take a bite of the world’s most delicious sandwich – Banh Mi.
 

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World Heritage Sites

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Vietnam Highlights

Vietnam Highlights

Explore our Vietnam sample itineraries to inspire your travel planning. The itineraries can be easily customised and adapted to your personal interests and preferences.

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The Vietnamese trace their beginnings to legendary kings that ruled nearly 5000 years ago, making the Vietnamese culture one of the oldest distinct cultures on Southeast Asia. Over thousands of years, this distinct culture has been influenced by neighbouring and ruling cultures as well, including the Chinese, Cham, Khmer and French, among others. Visitors to Vietnam can see an overall unifying Vietnamese culture throughout the country, with regional unique features in different areas.

Some of the most interesting Vietnamese festivals are unique to small localities. When planning to travel to Vietnam, contact your travel consultant to see if any local festivals will occur during your itinerary. Some of the larger festivals in Vietnam are celebrated nationwide:
+ Tet: Also known as the Lunar New Year, Tet usually falls between mid-January and mid-February. This is the largest and most important Vietnamese holiday when people travel to their hometowns and many businesses close for several days. There is a special festive atmosphere in the air during Tet.
+ Vu Lan: This festival is when Vietnamese people honour their parents, especially their mothers, whether living or deceased. The date is on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month.
+ Mid-Autumn Festival: The hallmarks of this festival, called Tet Trung Thu in Vietnam, are colourful paper lanterns, mooncakes and lion dancing. With such exciting activities, children especially enjoy this holiday. It falls in the middle of the 8th lunar month, and is also a time for families to spend time together drinking tea and eating sweet mooncakes.

In general, there are no serious health or safety risks when traveling in Vietnam. However, it never hurts to take precautions. Please consult your healthcare provider to see if they recommend any vaccinations or other medications when traveling.
In large cities and other crowded areas, be mindful of your belongings such as cameras, mobile phones and wallets/purses.

The Vietnamese Dong (VND) is pegged to the US Dollar and the current exchange rate is 1 US Dollar = 23,200 VND (as of February 2020). ATMs are widely available in all cities and many of them work with overseas ATM cards. Some larger hotels and shops accept credit cards, and this method of payment is becoming more common. Keep in mind that some merchants may charge small fee and that international transaction fees may apply.

The Vietnamese postal system can mail letters and postcards worldwide for less than $2 US. International shipping companies such as FedEx, UPS and DHL are available in Vietnam as well if there is a need to ship something quickly.
SIM cards for mobile phones are cheap and widely available. Short term data packages for mobile phones are very inexpensive and easy to set up. Get in touch with your travel consultant to arrange a SIM if you wish to use your mobile phone upon arrival.

When traveling to Vietnam, remember to be flexible and keep an open mind. Many traveler frustrations begin with differing expectations and miscommunication. If there is an issue, try to stay pleasant, smile and enjoy the experience. Vietnamese people are very proud of their country and culture and are proud to showcase their nation to international visitors.

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With 10 years of experiences, Realistic Asia is confident to insist that our premium services, local experts and unique experience will be the best companion to your trips.
 
100% Tailor-made itinerary 
Luxury Vietnam Tours mean seeing the world exactly how you want to see it, on an itinerary customized for you by the best local travel experts. When traveling with us, the travel consultants will work closely with you to create a tailor-made journey of a lifetime, optimized to make sure you get the most out of every moment. No matter what you like, admiring Halong Bay from a private helicopter or experiencing the farmer life in Hoi An, we can arrange for you. We provide the knowledge, the access, and the guidance to show you the best that Vietnam offers.
 
24/7 Personal support
We take into consideration every little detail such as mobility issues or dietary restrictions and choose the most appropriate accommodation for every type of travelers. We will acknowledge every inquiry within 12 hours and provide a quote for your Vietnam Cambodia itinerary within 24 hours.  You will have 24/7 support on the ground and a dedicated staff member from arrival to departure. In addition, we have a 24-hour dedicated hotline for our clients in every country. Therefore, your trips to Vietnam and Cambodia will be assured of safety, comfort, and excellence.
 
Unique Experience
We invest a lot in product development, and constantly keep you up to date on the latest tours and trendiest products available in the region. Each tour is designed to capture the crème de la crème of culture and food in each region, allowing travelers to really get a feel of the places they visit. We live in the countries that we serve and love Southeast Asia, which is why we strive to ensure that travelers experience the best of each country we specialize in.
 
Premium Services
We serve today’s most sophisticated travelers that seek the best of the best when traveling. We have long-established relationships with our local luxury suppliers … ensuring not only competitive prices but also a tested and approved quality service. To ensure the comfort of our travelers, we always use private transport when traveling by road.

Realistic Asia offers privately guided and fully bespoke holidays coupled with personalized customer service.

Authentic experience

Explore Stunning Natural Beauty (highlands & mountains), Admire Ancient Architecture like Hue, Hoian. Enjoy Floating Markets with Locals, Taste Superb Local Cuisine, Wander on Primitive Islands and Beaches, Be closer to Diversified Culture, Touch the World Heritages, what’s more?

Private & luxury transport:

When joining a trip, moving from one destination to other destinations is unavoidable. Especially on a long trip, you may spend many hours on your vehicle. Therefore, vehicle stick really sticks you on every trip, that is the reason why you should choose a suitable and comfortable vehicle. Usually, you cannot choose which kind of transportation you prefer using in a normal tourism agency. However, if you are on a luxury trip, you can consider and choose the most comfortable vehicle for your trip. For example, in Realistic Asia, we own a modern fleet of vehicles from standards car to luxury Mercedes Benz. Private jets, yacht, helicopter, and many luxury transportations are always willing to serve you!

Services – Incredible services for your luxury holiday

For over 15 years of tourism experiences, Realistic Asia is confident to insist that our knowledgeable staff will be one of the best companions to your trips. Our outstanding staff will recommend you in finding the most wonderful itineraries based on your tastes and demands. We – Realistic Asia attracts more and more high-end domestic and international tourists.

High-end accommodation

We have worked with almost all high-end and luxury hotels, resorts and cruises in Vietnam to ensure the most convenient and suitable accommodation for you. In the north, we have a well-established relationship with Intercontinental West Lake, Park Hyatt, Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Emperor Cruises Halong, etc In the central, we work closely with Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay Nha Trang, La Residence Hotel & Resort, Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa, Pilgrimage Village Resort Hue, Cendeluxe Tuy Hoa, etc. Anh the South, our partners are Palace Saigon Hotel, Pullman Saigon Centre, Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel, Six Senses Con Dao, Chen Sea Resort & Spa

Superb food

When coming to a country, not only the local people, places or experience but also the cuisine impresses tourists. Vietnam is divided into three regions, including the North, the Central and the South. Although there are common features in the dining style still have different characteristics in each region. It results from the differences in geography, culture, climate, and taste, but above all, it contributes to bringing richness and diversity to the cuisine of Vietnam. In luxury Vietnam tour package, you can enjoy most of the traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

Private tours give you freedom, independence, and flexibility to explore whatever you want and your wishlist.

Customized  Experience

It is time for real-life movie set to yourself after the busy life. As small countries lying on the east coast of the Pacific Ocean and possessing naturally favorable conditions, Vietnam is the perfect choice for a retreat with many different kinds of attractions and tours. Especially, naturally blessed with over 4,000 islands, it is no surprise when Vietnam has become such a hit with tourists wishing to spend their vacation on an isolated and peaceful island. Clear crystal blue water, white smooth sand beaches, charming scenes together with unique local life create an irresistible appeal to every tourist coming to these islands at the first sight. This is really a great chance to relax or just simply spend quality time enjoying a new place together away from the bustle and hustle of modern life.

Lower scams with local reviews, tips & tricks

Private guides will be your interpreters in case you cannot understand and communicate in the local language, which will minimize the culture barriers and embarrassments, especially in limited time. Moreover, local tour guides enable you to explore primitive landscapes and several spots unavailable on the Internet.

Luxury tour operators always strongly confident in their knowledgeable staff and local experts are one of the most outstanding staffs here. Local experts acknowledge impressively about all destination. Vietnam still exists many corners that even media has not approached. Therefore, local experts can bring you to go to every corner of Vietnam and find out the wonderful hiding places which are suitable the most with your demand.

Flexible timeline to explore off the beaten path places

Flexibility is for sure in private tours as you are the planner and it is yours. Whatever you want, adding or deleting some places or activities is up to you. Tours can often be extended or booked for consecutive days with the very same guide if you are tired after long distances among the cities or just wish to explore the culture and new places. On the contrary, large group tours with many people have scheduled a fixed plan for that day, there is no much time to stop and take pictures or access closer to the local culture and people. In larger groups, you must follow the tour guide and even run to catch up with them, in order not to be lost.

Flexibility, therefore, is the most favorable benefits of private tours – it all depends on what you want, just inform your tour guide if you want.

Dotted with the rich history for centuries, Vietnam remains its intact beauty, especially in rural areas. All kinds of tourist attractions are available, islands, beaches, highlands, cultural heritages, temples, architecture structures or just local life exploration and cuisine tour are waiting for you to experience. Moreover, as Vietnam is safe, solo travel to off-the-beaten-track places is also ideal and worth a try.

As a small country lying on the East coast of the Pacific Ocean and possessing naturally favorable conditions, Vietnam is a perfect choice for a family holiday. When traveling to Vietnam, visitors will have chances to experience many different kinds of attractions and tours, especially it is safe for kids.

Privacy

Vietnam is well-known for its peace. That’s also the reason why the president of The United States and North Korea chose Vietnam as their venue for their agreement. Many other conferences and competitions are also held in Vietnam due to its stable politics and society.

Vietnam ranks 9th in the safest countries to visit in Asia and ranks 44th safest country in the world in 2018, according to Touradar. And in fact, it is. The single-party regime in Vietnam makes its consensus politics and is able to prevent any internal or external threat. Vietnamese officials are on the same page when talking about national defense against terrorism. Terrorism has never happened in Vietnam.

There is no war or terrorism here, so you will feel really relaxing and peaceful – that’s extremely ideal for a family vacation, right?

Advice from local experts

Local reviews from our travelaholic team will definitely support your needs from transportation, hotels to tours with big discounts and vouchers.

Local tips and tricks to avoid travel scams or overcharging will be available as well.

24/24 personal support

Every time you call for support to luxury tour operators, they are always willing to help. In spite of time difference, luxury tour operators will never waste you a second, because in many cases, waiting is the first reason for hesitation and procrastination to book a trip. Therefore, the luxury tour operator ensures you to have 24/7 personalized support. Time is inestimable. Realistic Asia in particular and other luxury tour agents, in general, will try to acknowledge customer’s inquiry and provide a quote as soon as possible. Every client will receive 24/7 support from their arrival moment to departure.

Here is the information about Visa Requirement to Vietnam

The entry requirements

– Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond arrival date.

– Passport has 2 blank pages for visa stamp.

The available methods

– Visa at local embassy

Please contact the local embassy in the country where are residing.

– Visa on arrival

You can complete your visa application in just a few simple steps, receive the visa approval letter by email in 3-5 working days and print out the documents to pick up the visa upon arrival at Vietnam airport.

E-Visa:

In February 2017, Vietnam launched the e-Visa program to simplify the process to enter the country. Now citizens of 46 countries, can apply online and get their e-Visa electronically.

What do I need to apply for a Vietnam e-Visa?

You are required to have the following in order to submit your application:

– A Passport (Valid for at least 6 months after arrival to Vietnam)

– A Credit / Debit card / Paypal account

– Digital Passport Scan (main page)

– Digital ID/Passport image

How long does it take to obtain an e-Visa?

It depends on the method of processing time you choose. There are three options:

– Standard Processing: 5 business days.

– Rush Processing: 4 business days.

– Super Rush Processing: 3 business days.

How long is the Vietnam e-Visa valid for?

The Vietnam e-Visa is valid for 30 days after arrival and it is a single entry visa.

The visa cost for Vietnam e-Visa is 25 USD. Additionally, there is a service fee of 20 USD for standard processing. For rush processing and super rush processing the service fee is 30 USD and 60 USD, respectively.

Realistic Asia can arrange for you your visa on arrival to Vietnam by sending you the pre-approved letter.  With this letter you can get a Vietnam visa stamp upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, Danang airport or Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi. This letter is complimentary for our tour guests only.   Upon arrival at your airport, you can expect to fill out a simple form. Kindly prepare two passport sized photos for each traveler and a USD$25 stamp fee per person. Expect to wait about 15 minutes for processing.

Kindly contact a Realistic Asia advisor if you want us to arrange this visa on arrival pre-approved letter once your booking has been confirmed and provide us with the following information:

1) Full name on passport

2) Passport number

3) Date of birth

4) Nationality

5) Date of arrival

6) Flight number and time

7) Fax number or your email address.

*Special note:

Please make sure that you have your passport, that your passport is still valid for six months and contains two empty white pages.

Upon receiving the pre-approved visa, we will send it to you right away. Kindly print it out and show it when needed upon arrival at the airport in Vietnam.

Please feel free to contact us for Pre-approval letter for Vietnam Visa WITHOUT FEE for tourists from Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand or India.