An Insider's Guide to Vietnam

14 Mar 2017

Local knowledge is the key to unlocking the secrets of a place. That’s why we’ve partnered with Buffalo Tours for our Asia Journeys. Meet Tuong, your Vietnamese guide...

Everyone should visit once

Vietnam’s diverse scenery, culture and food offer visitors completely different experiences. From stunning beaches along 2,000 miles of coastline, to UNESCO sites in Hoi An and Halong Bay, to remote hill tribes, to a new way of living along the Mekong River. First-time visitors should start in the north, where our history began.

Buffalo Tours guide Tuong

The food is out of this world

There are endless choices for dining in Vietnam, from traditional foods like fragrant pho to street food like bánh mi and rice-paper pizzas. Everywhere you visit, there are local foods to try – even pho will be different from the north to the south.

I love to travel

I’ve lived here my whole life, and there’s so much to uncover. From hill tribes in Ha Giang in the northeast, to Gia Lai in the central highlands, and the southern part near the Cambodian border, it’s easy to get off the beaten track and find authentic experiences.

We are happy, friendly people

Most people here are influenced by Buddhism. It teaches us to focus on our own happiness but also on the people around us, so in general we have a good balance between material and spiritual life. This is a family-oriented society where you can still find three generations living together.

Get an insight on local life

Through spending time with the locals, visitors can get more insights into their lifestyle. A one-day trip from Ho Chi Minh City allows you to explore Le Jarai by river. As you meander by boat through the heart of the Mekong Delta you’ll see first-hand how locals live.


All of our Vietnam Journeys include experiences operated by Buffalo Tours. Book it now on our Vietnam: Best of the North Journey, spend time on a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay’s emerald waters, meet ethnic minority groups in the mountains and visit the local rice paddies. Enjoy nine days from £1,649pp.


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