In addition to the astonishing landscapes and the rich cultural history, Vietnam is also amongst the safest travel destinations in Southeast Asia, along with Singapore. Nowadays, more and more tourists are determined to add Vietnam to their bucket lists.
Along with the rise of travel demands, we have also witnessed a surge in supply of Vietnamese tour operators with 200 newly registered agencies every year, vying for your business. That got you thinking: Which tour operator to choose out of those 3,000 existing ones? That’s when a reliable Vietnamese Travel Agency comes on the scene!
Why should you choose a local travel agency
Choosing a Vietnamese travel agency, if done right, will save you tons of time, energy, and money when sorting through the vast array of Vietnamese tour operators.
It’s common sense that no one knows Vietnam better than better than the locals, especially if you’re looking to discover off-the-beaten-track places. Local travel agencies know what they’re doing and get paid for that. Just tell them your wish and they’ll have everything covered.
Living in a homestay in Vietnam (Source: Internet)
For example, accommodation is one of the biggest expenses for tourists, followed by transportation. Finding a nice, clean, and reasonable place to stay can be overwhelming for someone who has little to no experience and knowledge about the place. Even though it’s easy to book a room online, but images and reviews can be deceiving.
In terms of transportation, they know which ways are the most convenient and cost-effective to move around cities and which ways are to avoid. Not to mention they know all the delicious delicacies everywhere you turn.
Choosing a travel agency means you leave the task of managing the endless booking process in someone else’s hands. All you need to do is give them all the criteria and the agency will arrange your vacation accordingly.
Using Internet to search important information (Source: Internet)
Thanks to the development of the Internet, tourists who are interested in Vietnam no longer have to personally pay a visit to the travel agencies in their own countries. Most travel agencies now have an online presence where they provide a wide range of destinations and other criteria that help you narrow down a package that suits your individual needs the most. You can always find specific information such as itineraries and prices as well as insight information, which facilitates the comparison process by a ton!
One of the best things about hiring travel agencies is that, aside from finding you the most suitable Vietnamese tour operator, you can always get free consultation from knowledgeable people. They would be more than glad to keep you updated on news and services that they assume you might be interested in.
Explore Vietnamese cuisine with a local guide (Source: Internet)
You can also ask them to arrange a tailor-made package according to your own expectations: English speaking local tour guides, extra nights or people, etc.
Our advice is to always keep their contact information just in case you’re going to need someone to turn to later on.
Travel agencies, not only in Vietnam but also anywhere else in the world, have quite a bad reputation as far as this matter is concerned. But the rule of thumb is, there are two kinds of prices in the tourism industry: Agency prices and tourist prices.
As bigger buyers, agencies have more bargaining power compared to individual buyers, hence, they’re more capable of securing a better deal. Also, they have a wide business network with suppliers in various industries: logistics, hotels, and all the other travel services like trekking, kayaking, canyoning, boating, hiking, etc…
Also, many Vietnamese travel agencies are negotiable so I highly suggest that you do some negotiating before paying up.
Where to find Vietnamese travel agencies?
Well, first thing first, the most reliable source to find accredited Vietnamese travel agencies is via Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, a Government-attached agency. And of course, the one and only TripAdvisor too, preferably both. There are also Airbnb, Booking, Lonely Planet, Expedia, Price Line, etc.
These websites are loaded with helpful Vietnam travel guides and experiences from the perspectives of both local communities and visitors that can help you make the best out of your stay here.
However, watch out for touts (there are a lot of them, sadly) when looking through travel forums as these are ideal places for self-promoters and touters.
How to know if the travel agency is reliable?
- The first step to validating the agency’s trustworthiness and be sure it’s not a copycat is to do a background check: address, registration number, phone numbers, etc. The more information it’s willing to provide, the better.
- Check if they provide all sorts of information that you need. Don’t settle for anything less than specific. You need everything to be ready before sealing the deal: prices, inclusions, exclusions, cancellation policies, itineraries, etc. In case they don’t have it available on the website, don’t hesitate to ask. You have no idea how much the hidden fees can bump up the overall price of the travel package.
- Cross-check the information published on their websites using various prestigious travel websites.
- Is their customer service effective? Do they respond in a timely manner? Do they equip you with the information that you need?
Tips when choosing a travel agency
Skip the middleman: We all know that many hotels offer tour services. It’s obviously more convenient and possibly comes with better services to book through the hotel but is it advisable? The more parties involved, the higher the cost, and the more you will end up paying.
Customize your travel package: Not only does it give you lots of flexibility and control over your trip, but also a chance to avoid unnecessary travel expenses.
No one likes the idea of getting ripped off, but it’s a thousand times worse when traveling to a completely foreign country. So make a wise choice, choose the most reliable Vietnamese travel agency within your power. Travel with explorevietnam.net to get more information about Vietnam