Our rates do not include your international flight from/to your country. It is up to you to find the best flights based on your budget and your dates of stay. Once you arrive in our country, Authentik Travel will take care of visas, itineraries, transportation, local flights, tour guides, and accommodation etc.
- How to book your international flights?
Nowadays, it is easy to find the best flights on the internet. Here are some suggestions:
+ Comparison of flights from: Ebookers.com, Flights.com,farecomfare.com
+ Local ticketing offices.
Some International terminals for your reference:
In Vietnam: Noi Bai airport, Tan Son Nhat Airport, Da Nang Airport
In Cambodia: Phnom Penh airport, SiemReap airport
In Laos: Vientiane Airport, Luang Prabang airport, Pakse airport.
In Myanmar: Yangon airport, Mandalay airport,
The airfare may change every day. It may increase depending on the availability. The earlier you book, the better rate you may get.
To plan for your trip, we suggest booking your international flight first. It will then be easier for us to adjust the program accordingly to match your flight schedule.
Our high season is from October to the end of April. Avoiding traveling during this period is often synonymous with saving your budget.
Do not hesitate to use fare comparison websites to choose the cheapest airlines according to your travel dates.
Check directly on Airlines’ website if they do not make any promotions on your destinations.
Check several departure airports. It may be cheaper from one airport than others.
+ We are a local travel company so we can get these flights with a better rate.
+ We can be flexible with these flights and our itineraries.
All these flights are included in the trip. You do not need to book them on your own
Vietnam is a tropical country with the typical climate is hot and humid. Its dragon shape stretches 1650 km from north to south. In addition, with over 3000 km of coastline along the East Sea, the climate can be very different in different regions.
September through December:
January to April:
From May - August:
For beach vacations, all the best beaches are in the south, where it is always warm and sunny.
Cambodia's climate is the same as other tropical countries in that it has two distinct seasons depending on precipitation. The monsoon season is from May to October while the dry season is from November to March but the temperature is about 30 degrees all year round. Due to rainfall in the early morning and late afternoon ( the sweltering ones in April and May), it feels cooler in the monsoon season. On the other hand, the dry season is suitable for outings but also note the strong sun at noon.
Hanoi and surrounding region from Halong to Ninh Binh (Tam Coc, Hoa Lu, Van Long): around 5 - 7 days.
Hanoi and Sapa: around 3 – 5 days.
Northern Mountain traveling: Around 5 – 10 days to visit more or less the region of the ethic villages in the north. In this area, you can enjoy hiking, trekking, homestay…
Central Vietnam: Hue and Hoian: about 3 - 5 days to visit the world heritage sites in Vietnam such as Hue citadel, Nguyen Emperors’ tombs, the ancient town in Hoian or enjoy the beach in Hoian.
Southern Vietnam: Saigon and the Mekong delta: 3 – 7 days to visit the most vibrant metropolis city in Vietnam and the rest of the time to discover the Mekong delta.
Vietnam beach break: Vietnam is a tropical country and it has a long coastline, therefore, it is a great idea to enjoy a beach break in some the best beaches in the world such as: My Khe, Hoian, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Phan Thien and Phu Quoc. They are dream destinations. If you start your trip from the north, you can end the trip with the stunning beaches in the south. For more information about your plan, please contact our travel consultant.
We give you some ideas on how to organize your time to visit Cambodia.
1. Most important classic sites
Phnom Penh: 1-2 days
Siem Reap: 2-5 days
2. Rural area to discover more about local life
Battambang: 1-2 days
Kampong Cham - Kratie - Kampong Thom: 2-3 days
Kampot: 1-2 days
3. Trips to the mountain area
Modulkiri - Rattanakiri: 3-5 days
4. Beach stay
Sihanoukville: the coastline, Koh Rong island, Koh Rong island Saloem
If you travel in high season from October to the end of April, we advise you to book as soon as possible.
For your information, around half of tourists travelling in the high season have booked from 3- 6 months in advance.
It is possible to book at the last minute however, be aware that there will be less choice for accommodation and the airfares are likely to be more expensive. Furthermore, it is difficult to find competent tour guides for a dozen travel days, especially in the high season.
Outside of the high season, it is less important to book the trip so early in advance. Services are more available except on national holidays.
Whatever season, we strongly recommend booking the services as soon as possible. You always save more, especially on air tickets.
Your passport must be valid for 6 months and there must be at least 1 blank page for visa stamp.
Yes, a Vietnamese visa is required for almost nationalities. To check the most detailed information about your nationaly, kindly click here
These are the ways to get Vietnam visas:
- Obtain a visa at the Vietnamese embassy in your country.
- Get a visa on arrival at the airport in Vietnam (IZITOUR.com offers a free visa-approval letter for some nationalities) or the official website of immigration department
Please click here to see the most detailed information about Vietnam Visa
Passport must be valid for at least 6 months on your arrival date with 1 blank page left.
Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival without preparing any documents in advance including: EU citizens, North Americans and Australians. The visa processing fee at the airport is 30 USD.
The second way: you can obtain an E visa on your own on the official government website: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/ The E-visa fee is 35 USD.
Here are some tips for choosing your insurance during your trip.
Bank card insurance: The insurance associates with your credit cards (Visa, Visa Premier, Master Card, Gold) are not enough. They offer different services depending on your banks.
Travel insurance: We advise you to purchase an International health insurance policy. The second insurance can cover all your healthcare costs.
IZITOUR.com – Managed by Authentik Vietnam Co, ltd is a Registered Travel Company by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.
The registration of the company is with a capital of 1.5 Billion VND or 70 000 USD.
International Tour Operation license requires a compulsory deposit of 25 000 USD in the National Bank. This is an obligation of a professional Tour Operator.
These are 2 MUST conditions for a travel company. Without them, we would not be allowed to organize any trips for foreign tourists.
These funds are useful for the following cases:
Reimbursement if the client(s) did not receive the services for which they paid. In the event of travel company’s closure.
Reimbursement if the client(s) has not received the services that were confirmed by agreement with a Travel Company.
In big cities, we select hotels of all comfort levels. In smaller cities or in remote areas, we find quality hotels.
IZITOUR.com chooses hotels for each trip following our client’s budget, desires, and their specific demands. We always select the most comfortable hotel possible. Our knowledge of the land and our commercial partners allow us the find hotels which offer the best value for money.
In the spirit of IZITOUR.com, all hotels are chosen according to the specific criteria below:
Excellent location in the city center to allow clients easy access to the restaurants and walking.
Hospitality and a friendly atmosphere are in each hotel. Big hotel buildings and big hotel chains are avoided.
Hotels are from at least 3 stars to ensure the comfort of our clients.
The hotels in the small towns or remote areas are basic quality with air conditioners and hot water.
Logically, the level of comfort is lower than that of hotel. However, you will get authentic experiences and you can experience the friendliness from the hosts. In the spirit of sharing and searching for authenticity, we recommend using this type of accommodation as much as possible.
IZITOUR.com creates programs that mix the type of accommodation; some nights in very comfortable hotels and some nights at a homestay will offer experiences closer to the authentic lifestyles of the locals.
Many adventure tours included the tours in the mountain of Northern Vietnam, this type of accommodation is the only choice. Please bear in mind that the equipment of the homestay is sometimes very basic. However, this is a part of the interest of the trip.
In all cases, the houses are equipped with mattresses and hot water and they must be sanitary.
Our experiences show that these kinds of experiences have always been highly appreciated by our travelers.
Normally, hair dryers are available in the hotel rooms from 3 star hotels and some 2 star hotels in the big cities.
However, it will be not popular in local hotels and homestays, especially in the small towns in the mountainous northern area.
ZITOUR.com is a tailor-made travel company. Our team can adapt to all our clients’ desires and wishes. Therefore, it is possible for our clients to book accommodation by themselves. IZITOUR.com will take care of the other services such as: transportation, tour guides, cruises, restaurants, domestic flights etc.
In these cases, clients should plan their itinerary with our travel consultants. They will then be able to find the best destination for their trip. They can receive all the best advice from our travel consultants while keeping the choice of accommodation their own.
If clients wish to stay in an accommodation which is not included in our list of services, please ensure to inform our travel consultant.
IZITOUR.com puts our clients’ health at the highest priority. Therefore, we are careful to ensure all the included meals are healthy and tasty. All dishes are prepared by our local talented cooks who take care of cooking based on the local fresh products and strictly follow the hygiene guidelines. We also ensure the balance between traditional local cuisine and western cuisine.
For people who have specific dietary requirements (Allergies, Diabetes…), meals can be adapted. Please notify IZITOUR.com beforehand.
Clients should be careful when using raw vegetables which may cause intestinal discomfort.
Feel free to stop in food shops during the journey.
There is a restaurant carriage on the night train.
IZITOUR.com offer all breakfast included in the accommodations for small group. For a large group, we will offer full board. Some meals will be included such as in cruise trips, remote areas… or wherever could not arrange meals on arrival or lack of restaurants.
Price for meal is variety. From traditional restaurants and “street food” to more chic restaurants, the price range is from 1.5 USD to 10 USD.
This is some examples:
A good soup is around 1.5 USD
A bottle of water is ( 500ml) around 0.5 USD
One local beer is around 1 USD.
The average budget for meals will be from 5 – 15 USD/day.
In principle, it is possible to rent a car without a driver. However, it is very strongly discouraged. Firstly, foreign licenses are not valid in our country. In case of an accident, nothing will protect the foreign driver and other passengers in car. In case of dispute, the foreign driver will be subject to heavy fines or even prison sentences. Secondly, the road infrastructure and local traffic is extremely different from yours. This will greatly destabilize the driver.
Our quotations are not included the transportation vehicles during the free days. Our clients will be responsible for themselves. The free day will be showed “FREE & EASY” or “NO GUIDE, NO CAR”.
Depending on the group size, we arrange the different type of vehicles. For your reference:
Group of 1-2 persons: sedan 4 – 7 seat car: Toyota Vios, Altis, Innova, Fortuner…
Group of 3-6 persons: Minivan 16 seats: Ford transit, Mercedes Sprinter.
Group of 7- 14 persons: Minibus 29 seats.
Group of 15 – 18 persons: bus 35 seats.
Group from 18 – 30 persons: bus 45 seats.
These kinds of vehicles will offer the most comfort for you to enjoy the trip and have enough space to load all your luggage as well.
IZITOUR.com also organizes trips by bicycle or moped. This is the best way to discover rural areas as there is less traffic, and there are the beautiful landscapes.
Usually, depending on your riding ability, there are different levels:
Yes, it is possible to rent a motorcycle or a bike in most of the big cities. (Except Yangon city – Myanmar, bike and motorcycle are forbidden)
The railway in Vietnam is underdeveloped as the infrastructure has changed little from the colonial era. There is the major railway line that is about 2000km. It connects Saigon in the south to Hanoi and Lao Cai in the north. The average speed of the train is only 60 km/h.
There are two daily night trains that connect Hanoi and Lao Cai. One is equipped with basic 2 berths and the others are with more comfortable berths. IZITOUR.com recommends the trains for long 12 hour journeys such as Hanoi to Lao Cai, Hanoi to Hue, Nha Trang to Saigon or vice versa.
The trains in Vietnam are much different from the trains in Europe or America. They are much noisier and vibrant. IZITOUR.com selects top class sleeping cabins on train for our clients. They are 4 berth-sharing cabins with A/C. It is clean and quite comfortable.
If the group is less than 15 people, there will be a local station tour guide in each destination.
Our clients are autonomous in each flight or train. Our local tour guide will welcome you at the airport or train station in each destination.
If the group is more than 15 people, a tour guide will accompany you throughout the trip in each country. However, it also depends on your requirement to save your budget.
Yes, it is possible. Clients can travel with only our drivers. By the way, there is no guide on the private transfer from Hanoi to Halong, unless you request one.
It is important to note that our drivers are limited with English or French. The journey may lack of the interactions, since there is no interpreter between clients and locals.
Tourist guides play a very important role in the success of the trips. Beware of this predominant role, IZITOUR.com is particularly demanding in our tourist guide selections.
Here are some the criteria used to choose our tour guides:
Fluent in English or French.
International tourist guide license approved by the Administration of Tourism.
Excellent general knowledge.
Passion of Traveling.
Responsible and useful
Modification by clients:
Clients may require to modify the program at any time. If the new services cost extra, then pay the generated expenses directly to IZITOUR.com. IZITOUR.com will respond to this type of request at our most carefulness, within the availability of requested services.
Modification by IZITOUR.com:
IZITOUR.com has a right to modify the services included the final confirmation proposal in the following cases:
Force majeure ( war, natural disaster, terrorist…) in such a case, the modification may occur more or less cost to the clients. For less cost, IZITOUR.com will reimburse to clients.
Modification is necessary for clients’ safety and/or quality of the trip. In such cases, any additional costs will be charged to IZITOUR.com.
IZITOUR.com offers discount rate for children under 12 years old. Please contact us for more information.
Amazing destinations expand from Northern to Southern tip of Vietnam. Be among multiethnic countries, Vietnam has over fifty four distinct groups, which have formed the cultural characteristics. Each destination is featured with its own history, natural beauty, unique culture and traditional gastronomy, which are intertwined to form a charming picture.
45 Unmissable Places For Your Best Tours in Vietnam
Vietnam’s top destinations are sorted into 7 groups according the similarities of typography and geography: Hanoi & Vicinity, Hue - Danang – Hoi An and vicinity, Sapa and North West, Dalat and Central highland, Ha Giang& North East, Ho Chi Minh city & center, beaches. Taking a road trip from one destination to the others within a group or to a proximate group is so conveniently. Go specifically to each destination title to view its details.
Destination landscapes diversity
Vietnam famous landscapes for natural mountainous scenery and eco-tourism includes: Mai Chau, NinhBinh, PuLuong, Sapa, Mu Cang Chai, Halong Bay, PhongNha, Dalat, Pleiku, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, etc … While Mai Chau’s lush green valley makes trekking the unforgettable experience, NinhBinh’s stunning countryside is best explored by bicycle and boat ride. Compared to Sapa, though PuLuong does not possess as many resorts and entertainment activities, it is authentic place to get back to nature. There will be omission if not including Mu Cang Chai rice terraces, magnificent PhongNha caves, Halong Bay, Da Lat cloudy hill, breathtaking Ha Giang loops and many graceful waterfalls.
Travelling to further to rustic South Vietnam landscape, the people life and immense delta appear more calm and peaceful with range of coconut trees, floating market, floating fishing villages, scissor-crossed rivers, etc… Those destinations cover Ben Tre, Cai Be, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Long Xuyen, Sa Dec, Ho Chi Minh city’s outskirt, etc … Ben Tre reveals the confidential part of Mekong river downstream and connecting with Cai Be, Can Tho by waterway. In the water season, duckweed and water plant covering a vast area of Chau Doc make it valuable chance to observe.
Best Vietnam Tours focus on the the top destinations for cultural heritages are located mainly in central and southern region, from Hanoi to Hue, Hoi An, My Son sanctuary. With their long history and used to be the royal capital of feudal dynasty, Champa Kingdom, they still preserve the vestiges, monuments, old temples. Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An are likely living museums showing the prosperous period resulted from the vibrant trading work in the past. Slowly wandering among the relics and get to know how important these constructions are, how skillful the hands of worker were and what happened to them during the colonial period.
Heaven for Vietnam beach holidays
Travellers coming to Vietnam love spending few days lazing on Vietnam beaches, of which the most favored are Con Dao Island, NhaTrang, Mui Ne, PhuQuoc Island, QuyNhon and Vung Tau. Con Dao is a group of island captivating by its pristine remote beach, eponymous national park, as beautiful as PhuQuoc Island. If seeking for water activities like parasailing, paddling, jet skiing, water skiing, come to NhaTrang and Mui Ne. Burn energy and indulge yourselves under sunlight and into the fresh seawater.
Somehow similar to the variety of the above Vietnam top destinations’ landscape, Vietnamese cuisine creates a map of tasty regional foods, changing from North to South. Thanks to this diversification, authentic Vietnamese cuisine can awaken your every taste bud more than one time. In general, the food is savory, however among regions there is the different appreciation for the yin and yang balance, the desirable presentation and street food. Joining in cooking class and roaming through street vendor will surprise eater with secret ingredients and recipes.
Hotels are available in almost destination, ranging from 3 stars to 5 stars in big city and less to select in some remote mountainous area. When visiting serene countryside, it is highly suggested to stay one or two nights at a homestay to sharing local experience with residents. A dream holiday will be fulfilled in style with some days at a seaside resorts at the end of the journey.
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No vaccination is required to visit our destinations. In case you are taking a specific medical treatment, please bring a sufficient amount of medication for the duration of your trip.
In general, in each destination, there are many kinds of medicine available in pharmacies; however, it would be better to bring your own ones. It is suggested to take: bandages, analgesic pills, antidiarrheal pills, anti-mosquitoes cream, sun cream and medicines against colds and angina.
We suggest you protect yourself from malaria. For more information, please contact the tropical medicine department of your hospital.
Traveling to off–the-beaten-track areas requires a good physical condition. For instance, a long journey on damaged roads may be not good for your fragile back.
The voltage is 220V-50Hz and all the sockets are suitable for European electrical equipment.
Electric power may be cut without any notice, especially in the remote areas. Therefore, do not forget to bring your power bank and flashlight.
Please see some kinds of electrical outlets in the photos:
In Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, we have GMT+7 time zone, depending on your GMT zone, you can know time in Vietnam.
April 29, 2023: Commemoration of King Hung Day
April 30, 2023: Reunification Day
May 1, 2023: International Labour Day
Sept 2, 2023: Independence Day
Jan 1, 2024: New Year
Feb 5 - 9, 2024: Days before the Lunar New Year
Feb 10 - 14, 2024: Lunar New Year's Days
Most hotels, restaurants and homestays offer free internet access. Wi-Fi is more and more popular.
Do not hesitate to ask for the Wi-Fi password
You are travelling to tropical countries. Only the north of Vietnam is cold (around 10°C), misty and humid in the winter from November to February. Other destinations are warm. So if you travel to Northern Vietnam in the winter, please bring your light, warm, and waterproof clothing.
The summer (from May to September) is hot in all of these countries. You can wear shorts but it is necessary to make sure that you wear suitable outfits while visiting monuments or sacred places.
Local currencies and the currency exchange (updated February 2023).
You can exchange money at airports, banks, hotels or exchange store with local license. You can reference the exchange rate on Vietcombank's official website.
Of course, it is possible. We advise you to take photos of the locals from afar when in the street or in the markets. If clients would like to take the portraits of locals at homes, villages, or elsewhere, please ask our tour guide for help to get their permission.
For better contact with local people, do not hesitate to say “Xin Chao”, HELLO in Vietnamese, with a big smile!
One of the highlights of the trip offered by IZITOUR.com is the flexibility and freedom for our clients to make stops en route to take great photos and meet the locals. Some pagodas, museums or historical sites, photography permit photograph.
Street restaurants are a great place for meeting people and enjoying the atmosphere. They are present on the sidewalks of all the cities and eating there will allow you to taste the traditional local foods, use chopsticks, and sit on a tiny chair in the middle of sidewalk.
”Xe Om” in Vietnam are motorbike taxis. They can take you anywhere (for a short distance) and are the perfect way to avoid the traffic jams while enjoying the scenery.
Do not hesitate to enjoy the lifestyle as locals. Foreign travelers often go to the same places as the local people. Also, do not hesitate to practice the local language. Hearing you try some local words will always put a smile on the face of the locals.
In temples, pagodas, churches: as in Italy, it is recommended that you dress well on the days that you make visits to sacred places with shirt that covers the shoulders, long pants. When entering these places, we recommend that you also remove your hair to show respect and take photos without flash.
Laos and Cambodia:
This is rare. However, it is the same as the rest of the world. Please be aware when walking in the very touristic sites. Avoid carrying jewelry, as it may make you a target. It is better to leave your precious belongings in the safety box in your hotels.
In recent years, there have been some bag snatches from scooters in some big cities, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Therefore, you have to be careful with your personal belongings when you are in big cities.
To make a call from your country to:
Vietnam: dial 00+84+city code and number ( country code: 0084)
Laos: dial 00+856+city code and number ( country code: 00856)
Cambodia: dial 00+855+city code and number ( country code:00855)
Myanmar: dial 00+95+city code and number( country code: 0095)
Note: make a call to cellphone number: just dial 00+country code + number ( No city code)
To make a call to your country:
Dial: 00 + your country code + city code and number
Most of the main destinations have strong cellphone signals.
We advise you to stop the data roaming or data connection of your smartphones once you arrive in our country. Otherwise, the expensive roaming fee will be charged.
This does not mean you are not able to contact someone in your country or lose internet connections.
Here are some tips:
You can use our local data SIM card (3G) for a very reasonable price or use free Wi-Fi at accommodations, restaurants etc. Then you can use your apps such as: skype, Whatsapp, I-message, facetime, Facebook…
During your stay, we recommend staying in good 3+ star accommodations. Therefore, you will be away from this nuisance. In the homestay, your accommodation will include mosquito nets. In case you are going out after sunset, your mosquito repellent is a great choice.
It is not compulsory. It depends on your satisfaction and your budget.
It is advisable not to give a too small tip. It is better to give nothing than give a small tip.
According to Vietnamese’s customs, tipping is usually given to tour guides, drivers, porters and rowers.
It is better to tip guides around 10 – 20 USD/day for tour guide and less for drivers, if you are satisfied with their services.
Rowing boat or Rickshaw is 1 USD/person
In case you would like to bring some small gifts from home, we advise bringing some typical styles of your country such as perfume, lipsticks, T-shirts, pens, and local traditional souvenirs…
Please note that the remote or poor places such as the ethnic minority villages, school equipment and clothing are much appreciated.
Here are some suggestions for souvenirs:
Green tea: Vietnam is well known for green tea from the northern region of the country. Nowadays, tea has become the daily drink for all Vietnamese.
Coffee: It is planted in the plateau of central Vietnam. Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee after Brazil.
Tea Mix: It is very famous in Myanmar and it also became the daily drink for all Burmese. Every morning, people will enjoy it with breakfast at teashops.
Vietnamese rice alcohol (Nep Moi brand), Myanmar, Laos local whisky…
Crafts: there are many handicraft products that you can find in the cities or even in the remote areas. Some suggestions are Lacquerware, Embroideries, brocades of ethnic groups, silks, ceramic products, heath tiger balm.