really enjoy this part of the process – it’s creative and
challenging. The aim is to supply you with a perfect itinerary
– one that fits your requirements precisely. Here's how
we do it, and how we work out the price.
step: we design the programme – there are three elements to
places you want to visit
We start with your preferences, and add our local knowledge
about routes, infrastructure and local conditions to build
them into an itinerary that balances value for money with
the minimum of wasted time. If you don't have particular locations
in mind, we’ll make suggestions for you to consider and change
as you wish – there's plenty of information on our web site,
and we have a large database of destinations and local knowledge
to help you to choose.
type of hotels you prefer
Although Vietnam isn't a developed country, there's a good
range of accommodation ranging from the sumptuous luxury of
Hanoi's Metropole and Danang's Furama Resort, to a humble
family stilt house with an ‘al fresco’ toilet and a communal
sleeping room. Many of our customers like to combine ‘roughing
it’ in homestays and out-of-the-way places with a couple of
nights in a comfortable city hotel or a luxury resort hotel
on a beach.
We don't have
‘special deals' that favour some hotels in particular. You
can select whatever you want – we’ll always book the best
room available at the level you choose.
transport that you would like
We work hard to ensure not only value for money, but also
value for time!
This is where
the tour designer’s skill comes to the fore. The transport
Vietnam is comparatively limited. International-standard roads
are rare, and the railway is single track. For many places,
travel by road is the only practical way of getting around.
is an itinerary that minimizes travel time and maximizes interesting
attractions. We’ll provide you with the standard and type
of transport you prefer, and the best route, and are usually
able to offer options.
Of course, some
things are beyond our control - domestic flight times, accommodation
availability, or the prevailing weather, for example.
step: we work out the price - another three elements
number of people travelling.
Generally speaking, the more people, the lower the price.
However, for our tours, the differential is less than those
of other companies, because our profit margins are much lower
than average. Whether the numbers of travellers is odd and
even makes a difference: there is hardly any single accommodation
in Vietnam, so individuals usually have to pay for a double
room. Some hotels offer ‘family’ rooms or provide a third
bed for a supplement, but this is by no means universal.
How long you want to stay
Obviously, the more days, the higher the cost. However, our
tour designers are skilled at avoiding additional costs arising
from early ‘check-ins’ and late departures from hotels wherever
possible, and juggling tour components and means of transport
to maximize the use of the time available and the value of
level of accommodation you prefer
As in many countries, the hotel classification criteria in
Vietnam are based on facilities rather than intangible factors
such as service and ambiance. The most stars and/or highest
price does not automatically guarantee the best accommodation
for your needs.
We have our own
grading system based on a combination of occasional inspections
and feedback from visitors. We use a ‘value for money’ criteria:
it’s very subjective, of course – we’ll make suggestions,
but the choice is yours.
Third step: the total cost
We count all the costs and add a maximum of 15% to the total.
This is our profit margin. The industry average is considerably
higher, but you'll find it difficult to compare because very
few companies disclose the amount they add on – try asking
The figure we
quote is always firm – we don't inflate it for negotiating,
and we don't haggle.
We’ll do all this within 24 hours
and send you a draft itinerary to consider
step is up to you!