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Private Custom Travel is designed to take you only to the places you want to go, when you want to go and how you want to get there. We offer Fully guided and Partially guided tours All our Guides are licensed lifelong Local Experts in each destination, with language of request. All categories of accommodation are offered.

While we include time at leisure to relax or explore on your own a Custom Guided Tours offer Flexibility. Just let your guide know, if you want to sleep in a little today, or if you want to spend more time on the Mekong, less time at the temple, add a sundowner safari, and it can be rearranged quite easily with your guide and our agency.

We work directly with you to learn your needs and preferences, type of accommodation, interests, presenting you with a full proposal including a custom Itinerary and Quote, which we together can refine and weave together answering all your questions and suggesting options you may not even have considered


In the past five years, the art scene in Ho Chi Minh City.VIETNAM, has experienced a growth that has placed it amongst some of the most active emerging art scenes in the region. An increasing number of local artists are now participating in exhibitions in important institutions and events around the world.
Although the number of contemporary art spaces is still modest, their operations reach out to a greater audience. These art spaces are contributing to a better understanding of contemporary art in the country, nurturing local talent, cooperating with foreign institutions and attracting important art professionals from around the world.

When to visit and how to get around
Ho Chi Minh City has quite a homogenous temperature all year round, always warm enough to wear short sleeves, shorts and sandals. The winter months, roughly from November to the end of March, are the best period to visit to avoid suffering the effects of heat and humidity. Days are mostly sunny, with an average temperature of between 28 to 30 degrees Celsius and lower humidity, while evenings and nights can become chilly enough to wear a light jacket or long-sleeved top.
Beginning from early to mid-April, temperatures and humidity rise exponentially due to the approaching rainy season that can last from the end of May to September or October.
As Ho Chi Minh City doesnt yet have a regular festival or event for contemporary art, the only criteria that determines when to visit the city is your weather preference.
To get around, there are plenty of buses with regular time schedules, but if you prefer not to travel in a crowded, non-air conditioned means of transportation, there are taxis everywhere. Stick to the best known ones - Mai Linh and Vinasun - and make sure that they are the real thing by checking the metre, the uniform and the ID of the drivers.  Best Yet, book a licensed driver with Golden Fish Travels.

Where to see contemporary art
Museums and galleries
Ho Chi Minh City doesnt have a contemporary art museum yet as government sponsorship for culture is, unfortunately, not a top priority for the countrys development. There are plenty of galleries around town, but you should be careful to not get distracted by the commercial entities that mushroom around the central district. These usually sell highly commercial, decorative art that is often mass produced and is not representative of the contemporary art scene of the country.

Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum The Fine Arts Museum is worth a visit for its beautiful French colonial architecture. Although a bit run down, the exhibition rooms have a range of art that can give you a good look at the development of art through the ages in Vietnam. The museum also has a new wing that is rented out for privately organised exhibitions, so check if they have an exhibition on when you visit. Address: 97A Pho Duc Chinh, District 1.

Galerie Quynh The most professionally recognised, international standard gallery in the city, Galerie Quynh was founded in 2004 by Vietnamese-American Quynh Pham. The gallery represents Vietnamese emerging and established artists, as well as foreign artists. In addition to its regular exhibitions programme in its two spaces in District 1, the gallery also holds talks and lectures. Address: main gallery, 65 De Tham, District 1; downtown gallery, Level 2, 151/3 Dong Khoi, District 1.

Craig Thomas Gallery Founded in 2009 by American Craig Thomas who has been involved in the Vietnam art scene for over a decade, the gallery is tucked away in a small villa in District 1. The gallery exclusively shows local talent, from emerging to more established artists working with a wide range of media and styles. Address: 27i Tran Nhat Duat Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1. Bonus Tip: Be sure to not miss having a meal at the nearby Cuc Gach restaurant, with its artsy decor, to top off your art day in the area.

Tu Do Gallery One of the oldest standing galleries in the city, Tu Do also boasts a collection of important modern and contemporary artists. More on the classical side of the scene, Tu Do also holds regular exhibitions throughout the year. Like many local Vietnamese entities, Tu Do is not great at publicity, so swing by to see what is on or contact them before your trip. Address: 53 Ho Tung Mau, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

Eight Gallery Owned and run by a collector of Vietnamese modern and contemporary art, the small gallery holds exhibitions of contemporary artists throughout the year. It does not have a strong marketing network, so it is not easy to find out when an exhibition is on but visit their website and contact them for information. Address: 8 Phung Khac Khoan, District

Vin Gallery With two spaces, in District 1 and 2, this small gallery run by an Indonesian also holds workshops and art classes. The small exhibition space in District 2 holds exhibitions of Indonesian and foreign artists. Contact them to see what is on when you visit and to arrange to attend a class. Address: 6, Le Van Mien, Thao Dien, District 2; 95, Pasteur, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

Non-profit and experimental art spaces

San Art The most active nonprofit, artist-run initiative in Vietnam, San Art was founded by some of the most well known Vietnamese artists: Dinh Q. Le, Tiffany Chung and members of The Propeller Group. Housed in a small villa in Binh Thanh district, the space shares its home with The Propeller Group and their production studio. Regular exhibitions and educational programmes, a library room and the San Art Laboratory artist-in-residence are a must see. Arrange to speak with Curator and Director Zoe Butt and local curator Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran to have a better understanding of the spaces role and the state of contemporary art in Vietnam today. Address: 3 Me Linh, Binh Thanh District.

Zero Station An experimental art space founded by artist-curator Nguyen-Nhu-Huy. The space holds workshops, talks and lectures, as well as art projects with exhibitions, screenings and performances. Contact them to get more information on what is going on when you visit and to arrange a chat with the founder.

Goethe Intitut The Goethe Institute is very involved in the development of the contemporary art scene and supports and organizes contemporary art exhibitions by local artists, screenings of video and film, lectures and interactions between local and foreign artists. Check if they have anything going on when you visit the city.

Sao La Sao La A nonprofit art initiative supported and founded by Galerie Quynh, Sao La is based on the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Art Museums grounds. A new addition to the art scene, officially opening at the end of May 2014, the space will also have a library room with art books and will support emerging local talent, running a regular program of workshops, lectures and talks, screenings and exhibitions. Address: on the grounds of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum.

Asia - Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, Including Malaysia, Singapore and Bali

Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, Including Malaysia, Singapore and Bali

A private blessing from the monks in a temple in Laos, trying to cross the street in Ho Chi Minh City, sampling the street food in Bangkok, a nostalgic long tail boat along the Mekong, each captures the moment of your senses in an unforgettable way.

Halong Bay and the Sapa hill tribes are one of kind experience, Angkor Wat and Luang Prabang reign as favorite World Heritage Sites

Indo china promises, ancient pagodas and wats, deep spirituality and mythical histories and kind hospitality.

We have a branch office in Hua Hin seaside Thailand.

Japan - Each region in Japan is unique onto itself.

Each region in Japan is unique onto itself.

Travel the stunning mountain roads to the Japanese Alps, the Eastern Seaboard, or Winter play grounds Festivals of Music and Dance abound, some modern some traditional such as the Noh and Kabuki theatre. Images of Geisha tea houses are conjured up in the mind and then presented with Exotic cuisine.

Japan will absorb you.

Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Southern Africa and Rwanda

Kenya, Tanzania, Southern Africa and Rwanda

Think Africa, Think Safari. By land rover, canoe or elephant

Nature reigns with unexpected comfort to exotic destinations offering lodges, permanent tented accommodation or long stays in the Bush.

Be enthralled by the Great Migration, as hundreds of thousands of animals and predators cross the plains of the Serengeti with a visit to the Masai Mara tribe.

Try water safaris by canoe through Botswana's Okavango Delta, visit to spectacular Victoria Falls in Zambia, the sand dunes in Namibia and Mountain gorilla tracking in Rwanda, all thrill in a quietude and un self-consciousness that astounds.

India - Color, Sound, Movement, Taste

Color, Sound, Movement, Taste

India floods your senses from every direction, every minute, and every locale.

One guide and driver in India will stay with you through our the entire continent providing a continuity of historical and cultural perspectives.

We recommend for a first time visit a comparison of North and South India; the north is hustle and bustle and South is lay back with Ayurveda spas everywhere; highly recommended.

Himalayas - Ladakh, the  Greater Himalayan  Range, Bhutan, Tibet

Ladakh, the Greater Himalayan Range, Bhutan, Tibet

These regions are all above the tree line, expressing themselves in majestic mountains, trout filled streams, apple orchards at Spring, And some areas in Ladkh are imagined as moonlike in atmosphere and terrain.

You can experience the highest point on earth, in Ladakh, without climbing equipment. One minute it is sunny and the next a blizzard for another 10 minutes then sunny again.

The area is vast and we have traversed it all.


The sky is no longer the limit

Based in California, our partner company offers a trip to space, 45 min or 1 hour, 61 or 102 km up in the atmosphere and beyond ...

Here is a brief of the mission after three days of training

At take-off, the powerful thrust of the four rocket-powered engines will launch you almost straight up into space where you'll break the sound barrier and accelerate to Mach 3 - a rarity that not even F16 pilots experience. At an altitude of nearly 60km, the engines are switched off and the spacecraft will float travels to its maximum altitude of 103km where you will experience weightlessness for 4-6 minutes. You will have become a true Astronaut, and admiring the beauty of Earth from space is a life changing experience. From this amazing vantage point, you will begin to float back to Earth. As you rapidly glide back, the spaceship starts a pull out manoeuvre to lose speed. During this manoeuvre, you will experience 4.5 G's for 25 seconds. After one hour of flight time, You will safely land back at Spaceport leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

A triumphant return
Upon landing, you will attend a mission debriefing and award ceremony where you will receive a space award and start the celebrations.

Looking for the ultimate mission of weightlessness? Then go for it and just dare! Golden Fish can organize this for you


Successful travel to Asia, Africa and the Himalayas

Previously we have assisted return visits by Vietnam Vets, created weddings on Mt Fuji, photographic treks (including porters) in the wilderness, private meetings with Ministers of culture (Egypt), gorilla tracking and animal migrations in Africa.

Our satisfied clients come from around the world and from all walks of life. We have made arrangements for the private travel of Royal families, business and private travel for Executives, Federal judges, and Ambassadors, world-renowned Artists and Musicians, as well as for every discerning traveler, first time visits or return journeys to favourite destinations.

We can assist with almost any imaginable travel request. Plan and book your tours with confidence through Golden Fish Travels for unique travel experiences in Africa, Asia and the Himalayas.

We are experts at GOLDEN FISH TRAVELS in all these destinations having travelled to each several times. It is our pleasure to create for you a once in a lifetime experience.

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