Vietnam Jungle and Junks

Family Adventure Holiday including the Mekong Delta & Halong Bay







From $1,780 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Homestay with the charming hill-tribes of Sapa & an easy day walk
  • Cruise Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat with your family
  • Explore the Mekong Delta backwaters with its floating market
  • Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and relaxation on the beach at PhanThiet

For a complete Vietnam experience for the family this adventure holiday explores the best and most fun parts of the country. We start with a cyclo ride (a 3-wheeled bicycle taxi) through the maze-like streets of Hanoi's old quarter before driving to the sensational Halong Bay, where we board a traditional Vietnamese junk for a two day cruise around the island limestone towers. Sleeping on board there will be opportunities to explore caves and do some kayaking in this very special scenery. Thereafter we catch the overnight sleeper train to the former French hill-station of Sapa, close to the Chinese border. Along the way we see thatched bamboo huts set in a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies, tended by women in conical hats. On arrival, we walk through bamboo forest and overnight in a homestay with a family from the Giay hill-tribe, joining in with their daily life and rituals. As we head south via Hoi An and Hue we enjoy some fun cultural highlights including a water puppet show, a Vietnamese cooking course and visiting the silkworm handicraft centre. We visit Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon and take a boat trip on the backwaters of the Mekong Delta and a candy factory! We also stop at the historically important Cu Chi Tunnels and museum. Our family adventure holiday Vietnam ends perfectly with 2 full days of relaxation at a comfortable beach hotel in the laid-back resort of Phan Thiet. Here we can all swim in the sea or the hotel pool, enjoy water sports or just chill with a well deserved glass of wine after exploring this fascinating country. Bliss.

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 6 yr old

This family adventure holiday in Vietnam is a mix of touring and sightseeing with activities such as walking, cycling and kayaking. On the 2 walking days the underfoot conditions are easy, following mainly inter-village trails. During the visit to Sapa in the north, we have a one night homestay and the opportunity to take part in local family and village life. This is a multi-area holiday and in order to see as much as possible of the country from north to south there is a lot of travelling to be done. We have balance the travelling with enough fun activities and included the important sightseeing to get the flavour of the country. Three nights of relaxation on the beach at the end with the opportunity for further optional activities should please Mums and Dads too. If you wish to take part in any of the cycling you must bring your own helmet. If you wish to take part in kayaking you do not require any experience, however you must be able to swim for 25m unaided. The junk boats are very pleasant with ensuite cabins. On the sleeper trains you will usually be in compartments of 4 people / bunks and in the homestay the sleeping arrangements vary from 1 to 2 families you are travelling with, being in the same room. Many of the other hotels have swimming pools.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Hanoi. A single transfer from Hanoi Airport is provided.
  • Drive to Halong Bay. Board junk boat and cruise in bay.
  • Morning cruise in Halong Bay, return to Hanoi, train to Lao Cai in Sapa.
  • Sapa hill tribe village walk to family home for overnight.
  • Walk through bamboo forest, return to Lao Cai. Overnight train to Hanoi.
  • Hanoi city tour and water puppet performance. Fly to Danang, drive to Hoi An.
  • Visit Hoi An's Tan Ky house and Fu Kien Temple. Handicraft workshop. Drive to Hue.
  • Hue sightseeing. Cycle tour around villages, Vietnamese cookery class, herbal foot bath!
  • Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Drive to the Mekong Delta. Boat cruise on the river.
  • Boat to candy factory! Walk tour of Phu Chau Pagoda. Drive to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Visit Cu Chi tunnels. Transfer to beach resort at Phan Thiet.
  • Day at leisure at the resort hotel and beach. Optional mountain bikes for rent.
  • A further day to enjoy the coast and relax.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport (Saigon) is provided.
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The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Hanoi Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Hanoi. A single transfer from Hanoi Airport is provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Hanoi. A single timed airport transfers is provided for preferred group flight. After settling in, we have time to stretch our legs with a stroll around the pretty lake of Hoan Kiemin in the middle of town with its flowering trees and the traditional wooden red bridge, and see the Ngoc Son Pagoda with its colourful gold, red and blue statues of animals. There are also many coffee/cake shops and ice cream parlours for a refreshment stop. KE land only package services begin with a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s ‘Old Quarter’. Here we sit on a three wheeler bicycle and enjoy the sights as the professional bicyclist gives us a tour through the bewildering maze of narrow streets telling the fascinating story of Hanoi where past meets present. This evening we have a welcome dinner in one of Hanoi’s traditional restaurants where we can sample typical North Vietnamese cuisine.

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  • Drive to Halong Bay. Board junk boat and cruise in bay.

    After breakfast we set off early, driving through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, watching scenes of everyday Vietnamese village life, figures in conical hats tending rice fields and water buffalo. After approximately 3½ hours we arrive at Halong Bay, where we board a traditional wooden junk boat for a cruise among the 3,000 spectacular limestone islands that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The captain and crew welcome us on board as we excitedly find our cabins (en-suite). We set sail and enjoy a delicious lunch which usually consists of fresh seafood. It is very relaxing onboard and we can fully recover from our long journey whilst lying on the loungers on the sun deck and watching the specular scenery and daily life go by. For those with some energy the boat carries several kayaks and we can do some paddling. It’s very peaceful to be on the water line and enjoy an easy paddle past caves and islets some named for the shapes they resemble such as ‘Tortoise’, and ‘Man's Head’. A scrumptious dinner is served as the sun sets on the horizon and the skies turn golden reds. Finally we are gently rocked to sleep on the calm waters of the bay in our comfortable cabins.

    • Accommodation Boat

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  • Morning cruise in Halong Bay, return to Hanoi, train to Lao Cai in Sapa.

    As the sun comes up the bay is beautiful in its still quiet before the bustle of the day starts. After breakfast and possibly an early morning swim, we continue our boat journey passing the rock formations which tower out of the bay. We sail to Bai Tu Long Bay and around Bai Tho Mountain before heading back to Halong City where we began. Dependent on the boat we have lunch on board before we say farewell to the crew and captain in his hat and start the drive back to Hanoi. If we have not had lunch on board we will stop en route for some food. We arrive back in Hanoi and have some time to freshen up before we have dinner and transfer to the railway station for our next adventure! The overnight sleeper train to Lao Cai is very exciting and our guide leads us through the bustling passengers to our compartment. These compartments usually have 4 bunks separated from the corridor with a door. At the end of the carriage there is a simple wash room. There is a buffet coach on the train which serves noodles, snacks and drinks, but we advise you to purchase drinks and snacks before boarding the train. As we climb into our bunks the train sets off north and we are rocked to sleep.

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  • Sapa hill tribe village walk to family home for overnight.

    As we awake and peep through the carriage curtains to see the dawn rise we arrive in Lao Cai in Sapa. We transfer to a local hotel for a shower, a rest and breakfast. After breakfast, we set out on our walk by firstly passing through the bustling market and then leaving the town behind following a road going downhill to Cat Cat village (approx. 3km). Cat Cat village is an old village of ethnic groups, mostly from the Black H’Mong people, and many of the traditional handicrafts such as twisting flax and weaving fabrics are still practised. The H’Mong people where black tunics which stop above the knee with long black leg warmers. They then usually have a splash of colour, red or pinks on their arms or heads – they are very photogenic. We stop to watch and maybe take part in some of the activities or buying some souvenirs before continuing our walk on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces and then through forest following the river to another Black H’Mong village of Y Linh Ho. Here the paddy fields are vivid green and the mountains are super lush. We pass the wooden and bamboo houses on stilts and enjoy a picnic lunch by the river. Continuing we walk through the Muong Hoa valley and onto Tavan, a village of the Giay Hilltribe. Here the traditional clothing is very colourful red, pink, green and orange strips, with long drapes of material and headdress – it’s very beautiful. We spend the night in a local house enjoying these proud peoples hospitality. Our luggage is transferred to the village by moped/motorbike. Depending on the family home that we stay with the rooming arrangements will vary, but normally there will be at least your own family and maybe other family that you are travelling with in the same room. The facilities will be simple. The family will cook us a traditional dinner and we gain a real insight to life in the mountains. It is certainly worth the effort to get here!

    • Accommodation Homestay

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    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Walk through bamboo forest, return to Lao Cai. Overnight train to Hanoi.

    After breakfast with our hosts, we say our thanks and goodbyes, and continue our walk heading for Giang Ta Chai, a village of the Red Dao minority. Here the people have bright red headdresses and the young mums carry their perfectly beautiful swaddle babies on their backs and they smile, happily greet and chat to us as we walk through their community. We walk through an interesting bamboo forest, which is part of Hoang Lien National Park and stop as at a waterfall to enjoy our picnic lunch. Reaching the village of SuPan we finish our walk as we return to the road where we meet our vehicle before driving back to Sapa (approx. 1 hr). Once again we use a local hotel for a rest and to shower. We have dinner before transferring to Lao Cai railway station for the overnight train back to Hanoi. Now knowing the set up on the train we fall in happy sleep as we are transported back to Hanoi.

    • Accommodation Sleeper Train

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    • Time 3 hrs walking

  • Hanoi city tour and water puppet performance. Fly to Danang, drive to Hoi An.

    Arriving in Hanoi at approximately 5am we check into a hotel for breakfast before a day sightseeing in Hanoi. In the morning we visit President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, and his house, the President’s Palace (both viewed from outside), Tran Quoc (the most beautiful pagoda in Hanoi), and Quan Thanh temple (dedicated to the guardian genie of North Hanoi). The experienced guide will make this interesting for the children as there is always something colourful at every corner in Vietnam! We have lunch in a local restaurant and then visit the fascinating Museum of Ethnology. Here there are many traditional houses on display, which include wooden stilted houses with crazy angled thatched roofs. Later in the afternoon we watch a performance of Vietnam’s unique water puppetry. Water puppetry is an art, traditionally practiced by rice farmers in flooded paddy fields in the Red River Delta. The puppeteers are hidden behind a bamboo screen and depict Vietnamese folk tales, complete with special effects. A fun experience for all members of the family! In the early evening we transfer to the airport for the 1hr 15mins flight to Danang, from where we transfer (approx. 1 hr) to the group hotel in Hoi An.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Visit Hoi An's Tan Ky house and Fu Kien Temple. Handicraft workshop. Drive to Hue.

    After a leisurely breakfast, we will head out to see some of the wonderful relics in the surrounding area. We visit the 200 year old house of Tan Ky, the Tran family home and chapel, the central fish market and Hoi An’s traditional handicrafts centre where we can see live silkworms in all stages of their growth. We will also stop off to see other famous artefacts, such as the 'Japanese Bridge' and Fu Kien Temple. In the afternoon, we will take a boat trip to visit the village of Thanh Ha, famous for its ceramics, or Kim Bong, whose inhabitants are known for their excellent carpentry. In the afternoon, we transfer to Hue via Cloudy Pass (approx. 3hrs), on arrival we check in to our hotel in Hue.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Hue sightseeing. Cycle tour around villages, Vietnamese cookery class, herbal foot bath!

    Hue served as Vietnam’s political capital from 1802 to 1945 under the rule of the 13 Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Traditionally, the city has been one of Vietnam’s cultural, religious and educational centres and has recently been listed as a World Heritage Site, and is a beautiful city. Initially taking a bus from the hotel to the Imperial Citadel, we will explore the ruins of this wonderful monument and then continue to the on quiet backstreets to the banks of the Perfume River. Our route will take us to the Khai Dinh Mausoleum, and then on to Thuy Bieu Village. Thuy Bieu is an eco-village where we will visit a household producing incense for local temples, and meet the local farming people. We have a short cycle tour around the village on the quiet roads. Here we'll also take part in a Vietnamese cookery class making our own lunch before enjoying a traditional herbal foot bath. We transfer back to our hotel in Hue via the Khai Dinh Mausoleum.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Drive to the Mekong Delta. Boat cruise on the river.

    We have an early breakfast and transfer to Hue airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) city. We drive directly out to the magnificent Mekong Delta, formed by nine tributaries of the Mekong River and often referred to as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. Arriving in Cai Be, we board a boat and cruise on the river towards An Hoa Village. The scenery here is completely different from that we’ve encountered further north. We explore the orchards here in the afternoon and then have a quick visit of the Ba Kiet house. We also enjoy some exotic fruit sampling, which is great fun as we experience the different tastes and textures of these tropical delights! This evening we’ll spend the night in a lodge on the Delta. These are comfortable bungalows, set in beautiful gardens, right on the side of the river.

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  • Boat to candy factory! Walk tour of Phu Chau Pagoda. Drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

    After an early breakfast, we check out of the Mekong Lodge and board a boat and pass the once colourful Cai Be floating market as we continue to a nearby candy (sweetie) factory! Here we watch as they make the candy, and of course there is some for tasting and purchase! We then have a short walking tour of the nearby Phu Chau Pagoda. In the afternoon we drive into Saigon and have a short sightseeing tour including the Ben Thanh market, the impressive central post office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Overnight in Saigon.

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  • Visit Cu Chi tunnels. Transfer to beach resort at Phan Thiet.

    After breakfast we visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels. During the Vietnam War these tunnels enabled the Viet Cong to withstand American bombing raids and control a large rural area around Ho Chi Minh City. The Cu Chi complex consisted of more than 250 km of tunnels on three levels. Some of the tunnels have been left in their original condition while others have been excavated to allow easy public access. There is also an interesting museum dedicated to the conflict. After a picnic lunch we say goodbye to our guide and begin the drive to our beach resort at Phan Thiet. The drive takes 5 - 6 hours and we should arrive in the late afternoon.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool & sea

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Day at leisure at the resort hotel and beach. Optional mountain bikes for rent.

    This comfortable resort is just a few yards from the beach and has a large freshwater swimming pool and a smaller children’s pool. It also has a tennis court and a spa including sauna. Mountain bikes and jeeps are available for rent. The hotel has a restaurant, snack bar and in the evening, a poolside cocktail bar. We have two full days to enjoy the beach and spa resort.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool & sea

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • A further day to enjoy the coast and relax.

    A second day at the beach resort to relax after the busy holiday.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Departure day. A single transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport (Saigon) is provided.

    The early morning is free until the transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport (Saigon) where KE Land Only package services end.

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Holiday Information

  • Experienced English speaking local guides (from day 1 to day 11)
  • Internal flights
  • Single timed group airport transfers
  • All accommodation as detailed in the trip dossier
  • Meals outlined in the meal plan
  • Ferries and cruise boats and all land transport

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Meals outlined in the Meal Plan Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single timed transfer from Hanoi Airport to the group hotel on arrival is included in the Land Only trip price. This transfer will normally depart from the airport at approximately 12.30 pm. on day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. Clients arriving on later flights or considerably earlier will need to arrange their own transfer or book an independent transfer through KE at an additional cost. At the end of the tour, a single timed transfer will depart in the afternoon from Phan Thiet to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for departure flights. Please contact the KE office if you intend to make your own transfer arrangements. Full details of your meeting arrangements and of the group hotel, together with emergency contact numbers are provided with your booking confirmation.

The group will spend 9 nights in tourist class hotels (approx 3 star), 1 night in village 'homestay' accommodation, 2 nights on a sleeper train and 1 night on board a junk boat (converted rice boats) in Halong Bay. The junk boats are very comfortable with en-suite cabins. On the overnight train the compartments usually have 4 bunks and are separated from the corridor with a door. At the end of the carriage there is a simple wash room. Sheets and bedding is provided on the train, however you may wish to use your sleeping bag lining as well. At the home stay accommodation the number of beds in the rooms varies. It could be that 1 family is in a single room, or that the whole group is in one room together. Facilities are shared. Again bedding and blankets are provided but it is always good to take a sleeping bag liner to sleep in.

On 6 nights our hotels have swimming pools. On the Mekong Delta we will stay at the Mekong Lodge, in comfortable bungalows, set in beautiful gardens, right on the side of the river.

In the hotels children of 11yrs and under will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3 or a double with an extendable couch for a family of 4. Children over 12 yrs will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or have 2 rooms for a family of 4. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation. Additional nights are available at the beginning and end of the holiday. Details of your first night's hotel together with an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Vietnamese food varies from region to region. Almost 500 traditional dishes have been recorded! Rice and noodles are staple foods, served with nearly all meals. Typical dishes are nema rn (spring rolls), and bn thang (noodles with sliced pork, eggs, shredded chicken and shrimp). Among common ingredients used are: shark fin, duck, pork, fish, spices, fruits, vegetables, crab meat, lobster and oysters. With the exception of the homestay it will also be possible to eat more familiar international cuisine on most days of the trip. Seafood will be a major feature while on the junk. In Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City, there are many excellent restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets.

All breakfasts are included, as are 9 lunches and 4 dinners. There is a wide choice of dining options on each of the days when you are expected to pay directly for meals. Food is not expensive in Vietnam and you should budget £3 - £5 per meal for each family member.

Approximately £400-£500 per family (Mum, Dad and two kids) should be allowed for miscellaneous personal expenses. This amount should be sufficient to cover the above non-included meals plus snacks, drinks etc, and should also cover tips and airport taxes. There is no need to purchase local currency (Vietnamese Dong) prior to travelling, and changing money with US dollars is easy. We suggest that you change your spending money into local currency in stages otherwise you will end up carrying a large number of small denomination notes. US dollars are easily exchanged in all of the major towns visited in this itinerary and you can pay directly in US dollars for some goods and services such as airport departure tax. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of US dollars cash as this is most easily exchanged. Sterling is not so readily accepted though it can be exchanged in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. A supply of US$1, US$5 and US$10 is useful and we recommend that you do not bring 100 dollar bills as due to a large number of counterfeit notes in circulation, these are quite often not accepted for exchange. Credit and bank cards can be used to withdraw cash at ATMs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. Also, if you expect to buy considerable quantities of soft drinks or beer, you should make an allowance for this.

The group will be accompanied by local English-speaking professional guides for all the activity periods of the holiday from day 1 to day 11. Note that there will be 3 different leaders for each section of the trip - north, central and south. During the free time spent at the resort at Phan Thiet from day 12 to day 14 the group will not be accompanied by a guide. Escorted transfers will be provided to and from Phan Thiet. Optional activities are available at extra cost for these days and can easily be arranged through the resort staff.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. We suggest a tip to your tour leaders the equivalent of £15 to £20 per family member (with perhaps a little more for small groups of five or less).

When you overnight at the homestay your luggage will be transferred by moped/motobike to the village. There is no specific limit other than you international airline carrier (usually around 20kg), but we recommend you try to pack lighter than this as there are a few internal flights and overnight train journeys involved in the itinerary and it would be good to be able to easily carry your baggage. We do ask you to keep your baggage to one main bag and one small daypack per family member.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

Nationals of some EU countries, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Switzerland require visas. Visas must be obtained from the embassy of Vietnam in your home country prior to travel.

UK Passport Holders

As of 1 July 2015, British passport holders travelling for tourism or business will be able to enter Vietnam for up to 15 days without a visa.

You’ll still need a visa to enter Vietnam for periods of 15 days and longer and if you wish to re-enter Vietnam within 30 days of your departure. Make sure you get the correct visa for the purpose and destination of your trip.

If you do require a visa the safest option is to get a visa from the Vietnamese Embassy before you travel. If you plan to leave Vietnam and re-enter from another country make sure you get a multiple visit visa.

Applying for your Vietnamese Visa by post

You will need the following:
Your passport (which must have longer validity than the visa by at least one month)
The completed application form, together with one passport photograph taken no more than one year ago.
The visa fee in the form of a POSTAL ORDER or CERTIFIED CHEQUE payable to "THE EMBASSY OF VIETNAM".
Unless you are collecting your passport in person you must add £6 to the visa fee and supply a self-addressed envelope.

Send (BY SPECIAL DELIVERY) to: Embassy of Vietnam, 12/14 Victoria Road, London W8 5RD

Visa Fees

Tourist Visa: single entry = £54, multiple entry = £85
An express service is available for a higher charge.
Please check the visa fee when you make your application, as this can change without warning.

Processing Schedule

Five working days are required to process normal visa applications or two working days for express service after the Embassy receives the applications. You should not make telephone inquiries prior to these time limits.

Alternatively you can apply for your visa in person at the above address. The opening hours of the visa section are 9am to 12.30pm Monday-Friday. Phone: 020 7937 1912, Fax: 020 7937 6108,

Important note: The Vietnamese government advises that a ‘Visa On Arrival’ service is offered at 4 Vietnamese international airports, including Hanoi and Saigon. We suggest that you DO NOTchoose to obtain your visa in this way. Many international airlines don’t recognise the Visa On Arrival system for Vietnam, and we have experienced situations where clients have been denied boarding because they do not have a visa stamped in their passport.

US Passport Holders

The cost for a one month single entry visa is $100 per person. This fee covers the visa stamping fee, visa approval arrangement free and processing fee.

What to submit:


Application form (to be filled online at

Fee in the form of a Money Order (one order per package), payable to the “Embassy of Vietnam”. Applicants applying together may submit the fee in one money order.

2x2 inch Passport photo (to be attached to printed form) (2 photos if applying for a loose leaf visa).

A pre paid return envelope if you want to have your visa mailed back to you. For the safety of your passport, please use a mailing services which provide tracking numbers (USPS Express Mail or FedEx). Please do not use any other mailing service. Applicants applying together may provide one envelope for visas to be returned to the same address.

Send your application to:

Consular Section

Embassy of Vietnam

1233 20th Street, NW

Suite 400

DC 20036

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots/sturdy shoes
  • Sandals or shoes that are comfortable when wet (for the kayaking)
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers/pants
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers/rain-pants
  • Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • Thermal baselayer shirts
  • Shirts and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat (with wide brim)
  • Eyewear-Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pints (x2)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Small towel (for the homestay)
  • Swimwear
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Wet wipes
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Daypack c.20 - 30 litres / 1200 - 1800 cubic inches (depending on how much of the family’s kit you want to carry)
  • Cycling helmet*
  • Basic First Aid Kit including : Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids), and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Camera, film / memory cards, batteries
  • Games, football, kit etc

Specialist equipment

  • Please note that all equipment required for the kayaking is provided.

*Cycling helmet

  • Note that if you wish to participate in the cycling tour in Thuy Bieu Village you MUST bring your own cycling helmet. Locally we cannot provide helmets.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The climate varies greatly from north to south. The north has a cool dry season from November to April when daytime temperatures are typically in the range 20 - 25ºC. The south is hot and humid all year round with daytime temperatures in the low thirties Celsius. The rainy season lasts from May to November. The central highlands has a similar climate to the south, but it is cooler and temperatures can even fall to freezing in winter. The official peak season for travel to Vietnam is from September to April.

Vietnam. Lonely Planet. Vietnam. Rough Guide. Your Child’s Health Abroad. (Bradt publications). Travel With Children. Maureen Wheeler (Lonely Planet).


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