Vietnam is a fascinating, modern yet ancient country. Unfortunately too many group tours feature it only as one of several countryies they visit. Mostly it is a three day stay. Ok for a brief look, but not near enough time to experience this beautiful country that was once referred to as Indochina.

But why not plan a private tour of what you want to see, not what the tour operator thinks you should see. If your interest is ancient history be awe-struck by 2000-year old temples deep in the jungle, or explore the tombs of kings and emporers that are palaces rather than tombs and be fascinated by the elaborate mansions of of the Indochina era, the sights of modern day Vietnam or the remnants of the Vietnamese War.

If you are a foody there is no better country that offers a more varied cuisine than Vietnam and especially Saigon. From traditional dishes to upscale French cuisine, and do indulge in vegetarian cuisine, a special niche that is important to Vietnamese cuisine as the majority of of the population is Buddhist. You will return home not only with great food memories and recipies, but also with bottles of sauces and jars spices to recreate the dishes you have tasted at home.

And don’t forget tea, growin the cool mountain climates in central and northern Vietnam. In fact, if you are a tea lover we can put togeter a tea tour to the incredibly scening mountain areas of central and northern Vietnam. In any case, load up on it before you go home, it is very reasonably priced in comparison what you pay for it in tea shops back home.

If you love animals or are a birdwatcher spend a few days in a luxurious safary tent in Cat Tien National Park. Or travel to neighboring Cambodia to experience the elephants of Mondulkiri, a sactuary that shelters elephants who once were work animals or carried tourists on their backs. There is absolutely no riding of elephants at all, either by visitors or staff. The protictive jungle around the sanctuary provides space for the elephants to feed, bathe, wander and play. Another destination you can combine with Vietnam is Thailand where the Wildlife Friends Foundation has established a wonderful home for elephants and other animals that were rescued from abuse and injuries. A very special visit in Thailand, that is available only by private arramgment, is the breeding center of the Clouded Leopards, a highly endangered animal, a cat that is the ancester of all cats, wild or domesticated. A minimum of four months is needed to arrange a visit.

And don’t overlook a cruise in Halong Bay, not an overnight one, a longer one, three or four days or even longer if you want to visit the more remote ares of the Bay that was once the bottom of the sea. Great food and great accommodation aboard luxurious small ships, seven to forteen passengers, where you can lounge on the deck or in your stateroom to watch the incredible scenery of a giant forest of sugarloaf towers, some overgrown with shrubs other sheer cliffs, pass by like a land in a dream.

For those who want to see it all give yourself two or three weeks to experience all of Vietnam.

For more information drop us a note to: contact@poshjourneys.com We will get in contact with you to design an unforgettable trip for not much more thanone would pay an ordinary group tour.