Vietnam is getting more a popular became a destination for International tourist. With the high potential of tourism, rich culture, good food and friendly and nice people. But there is strong competition in the travel and tourism business in Vietnam. There are many reputable and ethical agencies, and there's the others. Please be advised that if an operator is offering a trip which seems amazingly cheap, then the difference will be collected some other way.
And also there are some kind of Travel companies claim them selves as a International Tour operator. But in fact they are not. They could not show you their International Tour Operator or Show you not the right one ( Or Show you one site of That which has no name in It). As a International tour Operator, we need to deposit the amount which it equivalent to 17,000 USS at a pointed bank by the Vietnam Administration of Tourism. And that amount guarantee that we have strong finance as well as qualified to be a tour operator. And that amount will be paid for our client in case we do not carry out our commitment to customer.
See Viet Vision Tour Operator License
There are also some kind of cafe: the name like Sinh Cafe... which is very popular in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. They offers very cheap price tours but no guarantee for their qualities. Please keep in your mind that: "If you through a pea nut, you will get a monkeys".
A good travel company, such as Vietnam Vision Travel , always pay their guides a fixed monthly salary, as well as their daily salary, they recognizes the fact that they are English graduates as well as expert guides ( who have tour guide licenses). These days the guides expect a good salary as more and more foreign businesses open in Vietnam, offering an attractive alternative, and a guide with a good standard of English can live fairly well with their salary in even expensive Cities like: Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
A good agency does not permit its guides takes their on endless shopping excursions to factory shops. VNVT allows it's guides to take it's customers to one "interesting” factory shop per day. This allows the guides to supplement their income through commissions. VNVT gets no commissions from these shops but the quality and authenticity of the products is guaranteed.
A good agency believes in delivering value for money, reliable quality, and clarity about what people will get for their money. It will charge a reasonable price, and pay its own staff and suppliers at a reasonable rate.
This, of course, raises the thorny issue of tipping. Vietnam has not previously had a "tipping culture" however the practice of tipping guides and drivers has become common practice.
Even though VNVT pays our guides and drivers a fair salary, they still expect a tip if they provide good service. We provide a guide to the level of tips but in the end it is the decision of the traveler.