The Vietnam golf season has begun and many are interested in golfing in the 2012 best golf destination in Asia-pacific this winter.
When arranging a Vietnam golf holiday, it is always wise to compare offerings from more than one tour operator. Unless getting quoted for exactly the same package, where upon the choice would purely be down to price, then care must be taken when evaluating the details of the trips being offered.
Tour operators offer packages consisting of golf, accommodation, and transportation. It is important to be clear what exactly is included.
For example, various category hotels may be mentioned to make one quote look like a particularly good deal, whereas the actual accommodation offered may be of a low standard. An example of this may the age of the hotel. With many new hotels in Vietnam catering for golfers, some longstanding favorite hotels now seem a bit tired and there is nothing worse than taking a Vietnam golf holiday and being disappointed with the resort.
Room styles can also have a big effect on price. In Vietnam, a superior room often is the lowest category, which can be misleading. Deluxe rooms are better, larger, and often have a balcony and sea view. Upgraded rooms can make a difference between an average Vietnam golf vacation and a great golf holiday.
Golf would seemingly be the most important point in any Vietnam golf trip. However, there are only a few golf courses in each Vietnam golf destination so usually this aspect of a golf tour is very similar from one package to the next. The only real factor is how far you are willing to drive between your hotel and each golf course. Normal commutes in Saigon are around one hour and Hanoi golf courses can be located up to two hours or longer from your hotel, depending on the traffic. The golf in Danang, Nha Trang, and Phan Thiet however is much different. Commutes in these seaside resorts are normally 30 minutes or less.
With regards to transportation, most companies provide private transfers using vehicles that accommodate 3-4 people. Try to clarify the exact type, age, and safety record of transport and driver that will be used. Vietnam golf tour operators will often use new mini-vans while generalist leisure companies may use sedans that have no space for golf clubs. Insist on getting the drivers telephone number ahead of time. This is important in the event of any transfer delays or when needing to return ahead of schedule.
Finally, make sure to inquire about the level of support available during the actual Vietnam golf holiday. When questions arise, it is always good to know who the contact person – morning, noon or night.
All of these points are relevant whilst evaluating a Vietnam golf tour offer. Cheaper is not always better. A golf package that provides the level of service to match preferences would be the best choice for most Vietnam golfers. A Vietnam golf holiday can be one of the best ever. Sticking to first principles, staying in top hotels, not traveling too far, using comfortable vehicles with easy to communicate with drivers is all that is needed to ensure a memorable golf vacation!