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Cultural Holidays in Vietnam
Cultural Holidays in Vietnam

Cultural Holidays in Vietnam

Vietnam Culture Holidays

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Vietnam Adventure

Cultural Holidays in Vietnam
14 Days from CAD 2,665

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Join an expert tour leader to explore Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the best of everything in between

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Trails of Vietnam

Cultural Holidays in Vietnam
14 Days from CAD 3,515

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On foot, in the saddle, with paddle – actively discover the length of Vietnam!

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Vietnam & Angkor- Premium Adventure

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Cultural Holidays in Vietnam
14 Days from CAD 5,775

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The best of Vietnam plus the Angkor temple of Cambodia

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Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights

Hoi An, Vietnam
12 Days from CAD 4,465

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Experience the highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

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Highlights of Vietnam

Cultural Holidays in Vietnam
10 Days from CAD 2,658
CAD 2,375

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Rural and cultural highlights of Vietnam 

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Hidden Vietnam: Sapa & Beyond

Cultural Holidays in Vietnam
13 Days from CAD 3,515

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From Sapa to Ho Chi Minh City; uncover the treasures of Vietnam

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Thai Indochina Explorer

Cultural Holidays in Vietnam
14 Days from CAD 3,608
CAD 3,325

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Travel from Vietnam's Saigon to Thailand's Bangkok

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Southeast Asia Express

Cultural Holidays in Vietnam
11 Days from CAD 2,848
CAD 2,660

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Discover South East Asia from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok

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RCGS: Highlights of Vietnam with Lynn Moorman

Cultural Holidays in Vietnam
10 Days from CAD 2,945

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17 November 2024: Explore imperial cities, majestic coastlines, idyllic countryside and more with RCGS fellow Lynn Moorman

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Best Cultural Experiences in Vietnam

Hanoi City Tour: Vietnam’s cultural capital and historic heart, Hanoi, blends ancient architecture with modern-day culture, and inside the vibrant Old Quarter you’ll see colonial influences that have shaped the city. Walk among the centuries-old buildings that line the narrow streets and see the historic temples and landmarks that are dotted around the city, from the Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison to the impressive Presidential Palace. Hoa Lo Prison once housed American prisoners of war during the Vietnam War but is now home to memorabilia and a French guillotine that tell of Vietnam’s struggles in the 1950s. As you explore the city further, your senses are awakened by the hum of scooters zipping through the streets, the sound of haggling market traders and the seductive aromas of Vietnamese street foods. 

Walking Tour of Hoi An: Formerly a major port for traders in the 16th-century, Hoi An is a significant town that takes you on a trip into Vietnam’s rich past. This fascinating outdoor museum lies along the river and its Old Town is brimming with centuries-old merchant’s houses, Chinese temples and laid-back bars. Immerse yourself in Hoi An’s intoxicating atmosphere as you wander though the riverside market where silk garments and large bowls of fragrant spices spill out from the stalls. The iconic Japanese bridge, Quan Thang House and colourful river boats make Hoi An one of the most photogenic destinations in Vietnam.

Cruise the Mekong Delta: Experience a much slower pace as you venture into the land of the Mekong Delta. Known as the ‘rice bowl’, the Mekong is the lifeblood and lungs of Vietnam with its network of canals, rivers and streams that meander between traditional towns and villages. As you cruise along its waterways, you’ll pass boats weighed down with fruits, sugar cane and coconuts and you might even spot a buffalo or two bathing in the rice paddies. If you want to experience authentic Vietnamese culture, head to Cai Rang floating market or stop off at one of the local cottage industries where you can watch coconut candy and rice paper being made.

Explore Ho Chi Minh City: Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the economic hub of Vietnam. Its imposing cityscape and pulsating streets fuse together ancient and modern cultures quite spectacularly. A scooter tour of the city is a fun way to explore and visit some of the main sights such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Opera House and the Central Post Office but if you want to delve deeper into the past, the War Remnants Museum lets you discover the darker side of Saigon. Walking through the city at night is undeniably atmospheric with its noisy markets and street food stalls which tempt you with local delicacies like bánh xèo (savour pancakes) and com tấm (broken rice).

This trip provided a very varied experience showcasing both the animals and the scenery of the countries we passed through. We weren’t sure what to expect from camping in Africa and the facilities on offer, although basic at times, surpassed our expectations. We did the trip from 16 June – 5 July, and benefitted from seeing Victoria Falls in full flow, uncrowded campsites and great weather (though a couple of nights and early mornings were cold until the sun was up). Not sure if we were just lucky, but we saw no rain until Cape Town. Every day provided a new adventure and made the early starts and long journeys on some days absolutely worth it. We couldn’t have asked for a better ‘introduction’ to Africa.

Katie Illingworth Victoria Falls to Cape Town – Camping

This was one of the best Exodus holidays I have been on…and I’ve been on a few! The guide really was excellent and made the trip fun, interesting and unforgettable. He really knows the region , both its history and the natural environment. The bus was very comfortable and spacious which made the journey undemanding. There were 16 of us in the group and we all enjoyed the trip .The hotels were good and we didn’t move on every day which was good. It’s a full on trip so not much time is spent in the hotel. Breakfasts were very good and the location of the hotels meant it was easy to go out on your own. The itinerary is varied… Sarajevo and Dubrovnik are great cities. Mostar ,although very busy, is a must see and the smaller places especially in the mountains were fascinating.

Vivienne Hodgins Bosnia & Beyond

This was a good adventure through three countries, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Starting with Thailand, the first day’s cycling had a mix of temples to see as well as cycling but I felt that day 2 and 3 we were just cycling to get out of Thailand with not much to see and was a bit boring. Cambodia was amazing with not just the amazing Angkor complex, but also the more sombre sights of Phnom Penh, S-21 and the Killing Fields, where our local guide’s personal stories really made you think. Vietnam was different again, with much better scenery for cycling and a lovely stay in the Mekong Delta. Saigon, you are left to explore on your own. I visited the War Remnants museum and the Independence Palace, which both were an interesting visit. The local teams who organised the cycling, were well organised with a special shout out to the Vietnam team, though their roads were the bumpiest.

Christopher Mather Cycle Indochina & Angkor