Transport: Car, flight
City & around
Saigon - Vung tau - Nui Dat long Tan - Cu chi tunnels - mekong delta - Danang - Hoi An - Hue - lang Co ebach - Hanoi - halong Bay - Tam coc - Ninh Binh - Hanoi departure
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Day 1 Saigon Arrival (D)
You are met at the airport and transferred to your central city hotel. After freshening up you are taken on an orientation tour of this vibrant city. This evening there is a group welcome dinner.
Day 2 Saigon City Tour (B L) Commencing your tour of this historical city you visit many landmarks, including the Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, former Presidential Palace, War Remnants Museum, Cholon and the Ben Thanh markets, where your bartering skills will be tested. Tonight you may wish to visit the night markets. Lunch is included for this day for which you will be delighted with the food as well as the presentation. Day 3 Saigon - Vung Tau (B L) This morning you travel south by hydrofoil to the sea side resort of Vung Tau. After booking into your hotel you visit the White Villa, the fishing village located behind the hills and the former area known as “Flags”. After lunch at the hotel you visit back beach, although nothing remains of the Peter Badcoe Club or 1 ALSG you can visit the beach opposite, now a Vietnamese favourite, and take a dip or swim in the South China Sea. You will also visit the massive VC Memorial located where 1 ALSG HQ once was. (Your major belongings may be left with the Rex Hotel and a smaller bag for the 3 nights can be carried with you)
Day 4 Vung Tau – Long Tan – Nui Dat – Long Phuoc (B L) This morning’s travels take you to the Long Tan Battlefield passing what is left of the Horseshoe on the way. (The Horseshoe was mined several years ago and entry is no longer permitted). You visit the former Task Force Base Nui Dat and the township of Hoa Long. A boxed lunch is provided at Long Phuoc and you return to Vung Tau mid-afternoon. Day 5 Vung Tau - Baria - Dat Do - Long Hai’s - Binh Ba - Saigon (B L) After breakfast you travel northeast to visit the township of Ba Ria, the town of Dat Do, Cao Dai monastery where you have tea with the monks, the Long Hai’s and the Minh Dam Secret Zone for a Commemorative Service commencing at 11.00am. A boxed lunch is provided on a private beach with rest rooms, covering from the sun and relaxing beach chairs. After lunch you make your way back to Saigon via the village of Binh Ba. A refreshment stop is made and you should be back in the city of Saigon by late afternoon. After booking into your hotel the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 6 Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels (B L) You travel northwest to this former underground VC village, stopping en route to watch rice paper being made.
For those fit and daring enough you can craw along some of the original tunnels. After viewing the tunnel systems you may wish to visit the rifle range where for approximately $1.00 US per round you can fire a variety of weapons including an AK47 or M16 assault rifle. After lunch on the picturesque river you return to Saigon, arriving back mid afternoon. (As this is a fun day expect to get a little red soil on your clothes, and to the ladies may we suggest shorts or slacks)
Day 7 Saigon - Mekong Delta (B L) After breakfast you take a scenic drive south to the Mekong Delta and on arrival board your private motorized boat and travel the tributaries of the Mekong Delta. You see coconut candy being made, taste and purchase as much as you like (you can even bring it back to Australia) and then sit down to a traditional morning tea with seasonal fruits, tea and traditional music. Afterwards you re-board your boat where you are taken to another Island for lunch. Day 8 Saigon Free Day (B) Today has been set aside as a free day to allow you to recharge the batteries. You may wish to laze by the pool, continue your sightseeing or visit the shops and markets for the many bargains on offer.
Day 9 Saigon – Da Nang – Hoi An (B L) This morning bid farewell to Saigon and take the 08.30 flight to Da Nang. You are met at the airport and driven the short distance south to the former trading port of Hoi An. After booking into your hotel you lunch and then take a Cyclo tour along the narrow streets and cross the 400 year old Japanese covered bridge and visit ancient houses, galleries and a silk tailor shop, Hoi An retains the feel of centuries past. Mid-afternoon you can relax by the swimming pool or start you’re shopping for clothes, shoes, bags etc.
Day 10 Hoi An – Free Day (B) Today is a free day to laze by the pool, visit the beach, continue your sightseeing, or visit the silk tailor shops and galleries for gifts. For those who wish to do a cooking course this can be arranged in a family owned restaurant.
Day 11 Hoi An – Free Day (B) Today is a free day to laze by the pool, visit the beach, continue your sightseeing, or visit the silk tailor shops and galleries for gifts.
Day 12 Hoi An –Lang Co Beach – Hue (B L) After breakfast you farewell Hoi An and travel by road to Hue. On the way we visit China Beach and the unique Marble Mountain. Providing the weather and your fitness allows you can at your pace make the climb to the top and enter Huyen Khong cave. You will be rewarded with magnificent views of Da Nang and views inside the cave. For those not wishing to climb the mountain you visit the marble factory to learn how statues are made. We then head north across the stunning Hai Van Pass, stopping at Lang Co Beach for lunch. After a relaxing stop in this scenic area, you continue your drive to Hue and on arrival book into your hotel.
Day 13 Hue (B) After breakfast (8.00am to avoid the crowds and heat) you visit the magnificent Royal Citadel, surrounded by a moat, the defensive wall is 10 kilometres long and encompassed within is the Imperial Closure and the Forbidden Purple City. Then attend a culture show at the Citadel. Later you are taken to Thien Mu Pagoda to see the car of Thich Quang Duc (the Monk whom Scarified himself in 1963). You then take a cruise on a Dragon boat along the scenic Perfume River to the hotel. After arriving at your hotel (around 1.00pm) your afternoon and evening are free.
Day 14 Hue – Ha Noi (B) Today you make your way to the airport for your midmorning flight to the capital of Viet Nam Ha Noi. After booking into your hotel the rest of the afternoon is free to relax by the pool until you depart for the world popular water puppet show.
Day 15 Hanoi City Tour (B) Today you take a walking tour around this historic city with its blend of French, Chinese and Vietnamese architecture. You will visit the bustling Old Quarter with its 36 streets which were formally named after the products sold and where for centuries peddlers have traded their wares. Early afternoon you return to your hotel, to relax by the pool or continue your sightseeing and shopping. Day 16 Ha Noi (B) Today you visit several landmarks, including, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the former Presidential Palace, the modest stilt house of President Ho Chi Minh, One Pillar Pagoda built in 1049, Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) the Army Museum and former POW Prison “the Hanoi Hilton”. (For today’s tour men will need to wear long trousers, covered footwear and shirt with collar and short sleeves. Ladies will need slacks, or dress that coverers the knees covered footwear and a top that has a collar and sleeves)
Day 17 Ha Noi – Ninh Binh – Tam Coc – Hoalu (B L) This morning you drive south to Ninh Binh and Tam Coc, which is also known as Dry Ha Long Bay. It is an exciting day highlighted by a 2 hour rowing boat ride. The scenery is spectacular; you are surrounded by rice paddies, fish farms and towering limestone mountain peaks, and pass through 3 caves. After lunch at a local restaurant you make a short trip down a peaceful country road to Hoa Lu, Viet Nam’s ancient capital eleven centuries ago. Here there are two temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the founders of the ancient capital during the 10th Century. Day 18 Hanoi – Ha Long City – Ha Long Bay (B L D) After breakfast you depart for Ha Long City, stopping en route at the Bat Trang Pottery Village. On arrival in Ha Long City you board your private boat for an overnight stay on Ha Long Bay. After cruising among the rocky limestone Islands of nature’s wonder you disembark to visit the Thien Cung Cave which is one of the more spectacular grottoes. Bring your swimming gear; the boat will anchor in the calm waters of this scenic wonderland allowing you to swim in safety and privacy. Tonight you will dine in one of the caves which have been made into a restaurant. May we suggest an overnight bag for the trip to Ha Long City; your other belongings can be left safely at your hotel in Hanoi
Day 19 Ha Long City – Hanoi (B D) After breakfast you disembark from the boat and board the bus for your return journey to Hanoi, stopping en route for a refreshment stop. After booking into your hotel your day is at leisure to relax shop or continue your sightseeing of this historic city. The Temple of Literature is worth a visit. Tonight you attend a group farewell dinner.
Day 20 Hanoi – Australia (B) Late morning you transfer to the airport for your flights to Singapore where you board your overnight flights to your home states.