Myself and my partner are planning a two week trip to Vietnam from the UK
As part of this we've contacted a bunch of tour companies for possible itinaries and quotes. (We're aware that doing it alone is possible, and are considering it, however it seems that the increased costs for having guides etc is not too bad if you book from the right places).
Some of these agents are British, where we know the drill - ensure that they are actually ATOL protected so if they go bust you still get something etc. My question is what are similar checks you should do with Vietnamese companies (beyond checking the Internet to see if people have actually been on a holiday as advertised). Are there licenses etc they are expected to hold? How can I check. Are there any unpleasant suprises (extra taxes etc applied on top of the final price) to be aware of. ETc.