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Boating on the Mekong  Biking in Hoi An Vietnam

Vietnam is one of our favorite Outback Destinations. It is easy to travel as an individual or a family throughout Vietnam entirely on public transportation.The country is changing rapidly. Hanoi maintains its charm, and is definitely worth a visit. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has fallen under the spell of the West, and International Hotel Chains are rapdily changing the landscape of the city. We recommend a brief visit to these cities and on spending the rest of your holiday touring the Vietnamese countryside. 

A trip to the seaside resort of Nha Trang, a popular destination for scuba diving, is definitely worth a few days, but plan on visiting the smaller cities that still retain the charm of the country. We traveled throughout the country by train, starting from Hanoi in the North to Hue et Hoi An, then continuing down to Danang with a final stop in Ho Chi Minh City before flying back home. We recommend using the resources found on trip advisor to book smaller hotels throughout Vietnam. We have done this each time we have visited, and have always been pleased with our choices. You'll enjoy the experience, and the staff is kind and helpful. 

Outback Travel through Vietnam

If you are more adventurous and interested in experiencing the Vietnam countryside away from the regular tourist circuits, we recommend booking a tour with  Heaven and Earth Bicycle Tours  Hoi An Vietnam. Its a great experience for individuals and families. Their tours take you to the heart of the "real" Vietnam in the countryside around the charming village of Hoi An. They have cycling tours for all levels, with English and French speaking guides. Visit their website for more details.




 A visit to the Mekong Delta should be on your list, but stay away from the tour companys whose tours take you to the tourist traps and not to the real countryside. Consider a stay in a bed & breakfast in the Mekong. You will be warmly welcomed, well-fed and see the real Mekong Delta villages. We highly recommend Daniel Delacroix's bed & breakfast in My Tho. He will arrange for you to tour the countryside on bicycle or motorbike, take you to a shrimp farm, pineapple plantation, and through villages that maintain their charm. See one of his many videos on youtube.com

Ecotourism is defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." (TIES, 1990)

We follow these ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
  • Raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate.





Mekong responsible Tourism