Some go for the food, some go for the French architecture, others go for the peace and beauty of the beaches.

Nature, culture and history – Vietnam has it all. Discover the beauty of places such as Ha Long Bay, an idyllic waterway of forest-drenched outcrops. Ho Chi Minh City shows Vietnam’s urban side, with attractions like the War Remnants Museum and French colonial buildings. The former imperial city of Hue is yet another of Vietnam’s wonders, with its sublime Forbidden Purple City and magnificent Thein Mu Pagoda. And while the world’s greatest cuisine is always contested, one thing’s for sure – Vietnam is certainly up there. 

Vietnam travel highlights

Our Vietnam trips

15 Days From £1,820

Uncover Vietnam from south to north – from homestays in the Mekong Delta to cruises on...

15 Days From £2,768

Experience the beautiful coast of Vietnam on a Peregrine small-ship adventure cruise to...

8 Days From £1,442

Travel the south coast of Vietnam on a Peregrine small-ship adventure cruise, visiting...

27 Days From £5,004

Witness hidden temples, dark historic sites and limitless natural beauty as you delve...

20 Days From £2,968

Discover the incredible diversity, delectable cuisines, dramatic histories and natural...

13 Days From £2,685

Be immersed in the rich historic and cultural heritage of Vietnam and Cambodia on this...

13 Days From £1,940

Travel through misty mountains and bustling cities as you visit Hanoi, Hoang Lien...

12 Days From £1,795

Salty, spicy, tangy, fresh – fire up the taste buds in delicious Vietnam on that takes...

22 Days From £3,708

Gather an insight into Indochina as you explore the history, tastes and temples of...

8 Days From £981

Join a short, small group adventure to Vietnam’s heart. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City...

8 Days From £1,925

Embark on a small-ship coastal cruise in Vietnam, visiting iconic Halong Bay, the cave...

8 Days From £2,060

Cruise Vietnam’s south coast on a small-ship Peregrine adventure, visiting Hoi An, Nha...

26 Days From £3,980

Experience Cambodia and Vietnam like never before as you travel through picturesque co...

15 Days From £2,768

Travel to Vietnam and embark on a small-ship adventure cruise to Nha Trang, Ha Long Bay...

8 Days From £1,925

Experience historic Hue, vibrant Hanoi and the limestone beauty of Halong Bay and Phong...

6 Days From £1,225

Journey to Sapa on a six-day adventure taking in Hanoi, the spectacular trekking trails...

14 Days From £3,380

Uncover the mysteries of incredible Angkor Wat. Travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap...

14 Days From £2,366

Uncover the mysteries of incredible Angkor Wat, fly between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap...

14 Days From £3,280

Uncover the mysteries of incredible Angkor Wat. Travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap...

21 Days From £3,650

Uncover the mysteries of incredible Angkor Wat. Travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap...

21 Days From £5,250

Uncover the mysteries of incredible Angkor Wat. Travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap...

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Journey to Sapa taking in Hanoi, the trekking trails in the Thanh Kim Valley, stay in...

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Vietnam travel FAQs

  • Australia: Yes - in advance
  • Belgium: Yes - in advance
  • Canada: Yes - in advance
  • Germany Yes - in advance over 15 days (Effective 1 July 2015 - Visa free up to 15 days)
  • Ireland: Yes - in advance
  • Netherlands: Yes - in advance
  • New Zealand: Yes - in advance
  • South Africa: Yes - in advance
  • Switzerland: Yes - in advance
  • United Kingdom: Yes - in advance over 15 days (Effective 1 July 2015 - Visa free up to 15 days)
  • USA: Yes - in advance

When obtaining your visa you should allow 3 weeks for processing, the cost is approximately US$60 to US$100. Check with your embassy or consulate for further details. 

Some nationalities are exempt from requiring a visa if their stay is less than 15 days, but if you are planning on staying in Vietnam for longer than 15 days you will need to obtain a visa extension in advance (please contact your relevant Consulate or Embassy). Effective from 1st July 2015 - 30 June 2016 exempt visa nationalities will also include British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes) for a period of up to 15 days, and on the basis of meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. 

Keep the customs and immigration form you receive on arrival, as you need it to complete exit formalities on departure.

If your visa application asks for a point of contact, please write: Intrepid Vietnam 57A Nguyen Khac Hieu St, Hanoi, Vietnam Ph +84 4 3715 0996.

Most nationalities do not require a letter of invitation for Vietnam but if you do need one, please contact your sales agent for more information.

Tipping isn’t common practice in Vietnam but if the service has been particularly good, feel free to leave extra chance. 

You’ll be able to access the internet easily in the main cities and touristy areas, but service is less common on Vietnam tours in rural and remote areas. 

You’ll have mobile phone service in most urban places in Vietnam, but remote and mountainous areas will have little to no coverage. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

While there are Western-style toilets at some hotels and restaurants, most toilets in Vietnam are squat toilets. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.

  • Quick city bus ride = 4,000 VND
  • Local-style coffee at a cafe = 15,000 VND
  • Bowl of pho from street stall = 20,000-30,000 VND
  • Dinner at a simple restaurant = 70,000-100,000 VND
  • Dinner at a up-market restaurant = 200,000+ VND

Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Vietnam. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you. 

You’ll be able to use your credit card in major shops, restaurants and hotels, however prepare to pay cash when making purchases form more local businesses.

You’ll have no trouble finding ATMs in Vietnam’s cities and major towns, but ATMs are less common in rural and remote areas. 

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their Vietnam tour. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

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Top Vietnam travel deals

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30 Nov 2018
Jewels of Indochina
20 £3,125
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5 Dec 2018
Vintage Vietnam
15 £1,945
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21 Dec 2018
Vietnam Snapshot
8 £1,155
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24 Mar 2019
Cambodia and South Vietnam by Land and Sea - Phnom Penh to Danang
14 £3,380
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24 Mar 2019
Cambodia and the Vietnam Coast by Land and Sea - Phnom Penh to Hanoi
21 £5,215
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30 Mar 2019
Cruising the Coast of Vietnam - South to North
15 £3,955
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30 Mar 2019
South Vietnam Coastal Cruising: Ho Chi Minh to Danang
8 £2,060
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11 Apr 2019
Cruising the Coast of Vietnam: North to South
15 £3,955
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