Tour price from $8,810 per person Twin Share

This 15 day Travel itinerary is a readers dream.

Embark on a journey to the sights that served as the inspiration for famous novels over the years, including The Quiet American.

Stay at the very same hotel where Graham Greene stayed when he was writing his iconic story, and discover the intrigue that lies in the streets of Vietnam while in the company of journalist and author, Jimmy Thomson.

Along with a local guide, Jimmy will introduce you to some of Vietnam’s most well-known destinations, including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Halong Bay as well as the lesser-known sites that only the locals know about. Walk in the footsteps of Australian soldiers and discover a hidden, romantic side to Vietnam in this exciting tour that is full of twists and turns, from beginning to end.


Join Jimmy Thomson journalist, author, TV scriptwriter, travel writer and frequently-heard voice on radio. He has written two non-fiction books about Australian Army Engineers in the Vietnam war (Tunnel Rats and A Sappers War) and among his more recent publications (of 15 books) is a racy crime thriller set in Saigon.

Jimmy created or co-created and wrote three TV dramas, including the highly acclaimed Rain Shadow which starred Rachel Ward and Gary Sweet.

His first two crime novels were published in 2018 to rave reviews with the second in the series, Tunnel Vision, set in Saigon. Jimmy has been a frequent visitor to Vietnam and has hosted three tours, including two related to his Tunnel Rats books.

Listeners to James Valentine’s Afternoons on ABC radio may recognise Jimmy’s voice from his segments on apartment living. Jimmy writes a weekly column on the topic for the Australian Financial Review and edits the related website

You can find out more about Jimmy on his personal website and explore his travel writing on

NB: Although Jimmy is hosting the tour, there will be local English-speaking guides at every stage.


Join Jimmy over drinks as he explains why Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American still holds such a strong attraction.
Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about its history and the inspiration for Jimmy's book Tunnel Rats.
Stay in the same hotel where Graham Greene stayed when he wrote the Quiet American.
Fly over Halong Bay, called 'Bay of Descending Dragons" in Vietnamese.

Tour Highlights

Tour with Jimmy

Be inspired by your host as he introduces you to the intrigue that lies in Vietnam

Cu Chi Tunnels

Infiltrate the complex network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong


Explore famous royal tombs and the illustrious examples of grand dynasties past, the garden houses.

Halong Bay

Take a scenic flight over the emerald waters of Vietnams most famous bay before taking to its waters.

15 Day The Romance and Intrigue of Vietnam: a Luxury Travel Reader Tour Tour Itinerary

Our The Romance and Intrigue of Vietnam: a Luxury Travel Reader Tour itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.

Dates & Prices

All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.

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