When the world opens up again, Selective Asia won't just be my first port of call, they will be my only and I would urge anyone to support this superb, small and ethical company, From the time I first contacted Selective Asia, when I had a very useful conversation with Aaron about the type of trip we had in mind, to the very end of our holiday and return home, they provided excellent service.
Aaron worked hard to create an itinerary that would suit us, we were very happy with the hotels and tours they booked for us, and on the whole were more than satisfied with the local guides. We booked a holiday of a lifetime to Borneo, which was extremely well planned, accommodation was great and very much enjoyed it until the Malaysian government closed the country due to COVID-19 and we had 24 hours to leave the country.
Selective Asia were responsible for all travel while in Malaysia but I’d booked the flights to and from the country through BA. While Nick and his team were working at 1am in the morning to get us out the country, BA wouldn’t answer the phone and refused to get us home.
Once this was all confirmed we had access to a great app that had all the information required to make a stress-free trip. Quarantine Support: There was nothing that Nick or the team could have done about this it was simply the Viennese government being ultra cautious.
HOWEVER, whist most tour operators abandoned their quests Selective ensured we had a rep onsite at the facility who would bring us food and drink and even a pack of cards. Nick was always available day and night to answers questions and update us on what they were doing to support our early release.
Post Quarantine Support: Once back in the UK unlike many of the big tour operators Selective managed to refund a significant portion of our trip which meant insurance paid out on the rest quickly. Horrible experience as we lost our dream holiday to Vietnam but this wasn't Selective fault, and they did they best to help us.
The team have an excellent knowledge of each destination and do include unusual and interesting details to the itinerary which allows for a rich experience of the culture and daily life of the country in question. The team also pay attention to each customer’s budget and tailor make the holiday accordingly.
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They carefully listen to your requirements and needs, add a considerable amount of value with their experience and knowledge of the location, then craft you the perfect holiday. Frequent communication, listened to what we wanted to be offered advice when asked for.
The itinerary was perfect with plenty of time for thorough exploration of Angkor Was and other very interesting temples, great excursions to discover village and town life with local interaction in Said Reap and Phenom Pen. Lunch with a local village family following a ride on an oxen cart was particularly memorable.
The guides were knowledgeable and pleasant, the drivers courteous and careful, and the suggested itinerary suited us well. The partners in the countries are equally amazing making the whole adventure very special.
September to November sees cooler temperatures of around 25 degrees and sunny skies -- perfect for exploring the capital. Vietnam ’s Northern destinations such as Saga have a much cooler climate than the rest of the country, particularly from late December until March.
Hotels in the area are equipped with heated blankets and local spas offer herbal baths for you to soak in and warm up. Hue, home of Vietnam ’s last reigning dynasty, has a late rainy season, with storms and days that are wet and cool from September to February.
September – January: rainy, cool, cloudy February – August: warm to hot, sunny, clear skies HOI An is one of the country’s picture-perfect places, but starting in September, tropical storms hit Central Vietnam hard.
March is an excellent time to see HOI An when the fields, gardens and streets are awash in bright blossoms and soothing greens. In the late months of the year, from September to November, HOI An sees a lot of rain and even a few small floods.
September to December: cool, rainy, cloudy January – August: hot, sunny, clear skies Some monsoons hit between September and December, but in general NHA Trans has the shortest rainy season in Vietnam.
The mountains provide consistent cool temperatures and pleasant breeze, making it a great spot to escape the heat of the cities. The rest of the year is hot and dry, and PhD Quo is a sublime tropical escape in December and January.
Basing on the fact that Vietnam is in a long and narrow shape spreading over 2,000 miles of coastline, low-and-highland, that the weather may vary dramatically across the country (comprising the North, Central, and South as three primary regions). Generally, the South and Central often receives more rain and enjoys a tropical climate year-round, whereas the North (and farther) has cooler winters and severer summers, but the most pleasant springs and falls at intervals.
Northern Vietnam is generally warm and sunny from October to December, after which cold winter weather sets in, accompanied by fine persistent mists, which can last for several days. However, summer is also the rainy season, when heavy downpours render the low-lying delta area almost unbearably hot and sticky, and flooding is a regular hazard.
The northern mountains share the same basic regime, though temperatures are considerably cooler and higher regions see ground frosts, or even a rare snowfall, during the winter (Dec–Feb). The rains one and The Gang may last from September to February, so it pays to visit these two cities in the spring (Feb–May).
The Northern stretches of this coastal region experience a more extreme climate, with a shorter rainy season (peaking in Sept and Oct) and a hot dry summer. Average daytime temperatures in the region rarely drop below 30 °C, occasionally hitting 38 °C during the hottest months (March, April and May).
However, river travel in Mekong Delta tours is at its peak, while for the best beach weather we recommend heading to PhD Quo for guaranteed sunshine. Like March, April is peak time to travel to the country and you will notice more crowds, with great weather expected everywhere.
At this time Saga, Pu Long, Mu Can Chai, Nine Bin, and Ha Gang should be ideal places for trekking and camping. You may get the odd shower in the North and South of the country, however, Hanoi, Mai Chat and Along are likely to have clear blue skies for the majority of the time, and HOI An serves as a lovely beach destination.
Central Vietnam,including HOI An and Hue, remains at the top of the board, although the rest of the country is still worth visiting providing you don’t mind a few showers. The North and South are usually very wet at this time of the year, but hotels and flight are cheap due to low travel season.
The sun comes back to the North of the country and this is a great time to venture off the beaten track in Saga, Pu Long, Mu Can Chai, Nine Bin and Ha Gang. While this isn’t the best time for a beach holiday, you may otherwise consider the city tours in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, as the rainfalls come less often and the weather is milder.
The high season of river travel begins again in Mekong Delta, besides crowded Ho Chi Minh City tours many flocks of tourist try to hit Vietnam before the colder winter months in the North. Towards the end of the month, the whole country will generally be hot and dry, the exception being the Central region, which may experience a few showers.
There is still a chance of rain in the Central part of the country. However, beach season return sin PhD Quo while river travel in Mekong Delta lasts. For trekking, Saga, Pu Long and Mu Can Chai are recommendable because the dry season (yet cooler weather) is back within.