Vietnam Tour BundleVietnam
LADY HAU DINNER CRUISE Glide along the Saigon River on-board a beautifully restored rice barge from the Mekong Delta. Originally used to ferry goods to and from floating markets, today the Lady Hau offers a unique dining experience. This 3 hour dinner cruise is the perfect way to finish a hectic day in the city and enjoy the unique flavours of Vietnamese cuisine at its best. SAIGON STREET EATS Eat like the locals do in Ho Chi Minh City on a 2.5-hour walking tour with an in-the-know guide. Sample culinary delights that have made Southern Vietnamese cuisine famous, from 'banh mi' sandwiches to popular rice dishes - enough for dinner and dessert. Taste Saigonese coffee, beer and street food from local vendors as you explore markets and caf�s while the sun goes down. STORY OF SAIGON Discover the story of Saigon, from a city of conflict to a modern metropolis on this fascinating half-day tour. You'll visit key locations such as the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum, to learn about the city's transition from war-torn Saigon to urban Ho Chi Minh City, and end your day with a sunset speedboat ride along the Saigon River. HANOI STREET EATS With food stalls on every corner, Hanoi is famous for its street food cuisine. This local street eats walking tour has been designed to enable you to enjoy some of the very best of Vietnam's street food. You'll be guided through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter stopping along the way to sample some of the many local delicacies on offer. HANOI HIGHLIGHTS MORNING TOUR See the very best of Hanoi's cultural highlights on a guided morning tour. Visit the incredible Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, explore the One Pillar Pagoda and the iconic Presidential Palace before heading to the ancient Temple of Literature, learning about the stories of Hanoi's incredible 1,000 year history along the way. HANOI AFTERNOON WALKING TOUR Discover the heart and soul of historic Hanoi on a walking tour to the city's top sights and exclusive visits to Hanoi's hidden destinations. Kick back on a cyclo and wander on foot to the central Citadel, Cua Bac Church, Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda while taking time to explore the Old Quarter's lesser known market streets and cultures along the way. Learn about the ancient history and modern charm of this bustling urban hub at a pace perfect for cultural discovery. WATER PUPPET SHOW Visit Hanoi's central Water Puppet Theatre, where the artists have been performing for many years. This North Vietnamese art was created quite by accident, when rural North Vietnam became flooded during performances. As a consequence, this unique art has been practiced for generations. The show lasts in 1 hour.
Travel Dates: from 1 April - 31 December 2015
Quick Vietnam Motorcycle Adventure, 6 DaysVietnam
HIGHLIGHTS: Self-guided package - Ho Chi Minh City - Dalat - Motorcyle Tour - Lak Lake - Buon Ma Thuot - Nha Trang This is a self Guided package that includes all accommodation, transportation and activities as detailed in itinerary. Embark on an action-packed trip looping around Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dalat nestled in the highlands, the seaside town of Nha Trang and back to Saigon. Hop on a 3 Day/2 Night motorcycle tour with an experienced guide to see the beautiful countryside of Vietnam and peek into the lives of the local K'ho villagers. Relax in Nha Trang, take an optional snorkel tour or simply a free day to wander around town. Your exciting trip will come to an end back in Saigon. Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Dalat. Depart Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and make your way to Dalat, located in the Langbian Highlands at 1,500 metres. This city spreads across a series of pine-covered hills, offering some lovely scenery quite different from the rest of Vietnam. Get some free time to explore Dalat at night. Overnight in Dalat. Day 2: Dalat to Lak Lake (Easy Riders 3 Day/2 NightMotorcycle Tour). The next day, embark on an action-packed 2-day motorcycle tour to Nha Trang with the Easy Riders for an in-depth exploration of rural Vietnam with beautiful countryside scenery and a peek into local villager's daily life. Today's Easy Rider adventure will take you to visit Crazy House, an abstract creation resembling a giant tree, incorporating sculpted designs representing animals, mushrooms, spider webs and caves. Stop by Dragon Pagoda, visit flower farms, tea and coffee plantations and a mushroom farm. Taste Vietnamese weasel coffee at a Chon Cafe for a quick pick-me-up. Continue to Elephant waterfall and eccentric Linh An Pagoda with its many-armed statues and giant smiling Buddha. See how Vietnamese silk is made at a factory and visit the Jun Minority Village to peek into the lives of local villagers. Make your way to Lak Lake for a good night's rest. Overnight in Lak Lake. Day 3: Lak Lake to Buon Ma Thuot (Easy Riders 3 Day/2 Night Motorcycle Tour). Continue your leisurely motorcycle trip to Buon Me Thuot passing through the serene forest surrounded by beautiful nature. Take photos of local people farming and fishing. Trek to the top of Elephant Rock Mountain. Take the Ho Chi Minh Trail to visit Dray Sap and Dray Nu Falls. Swim in a fairy pool and let the water massage you as it crashes down. Get a good night's rest in Buon Ma Thuot. Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot. Day 4: Buon Me Thuot to Nha Trang (Easy Riders 3 Day/2 Night Motorcycle Tour). Depart from Buon Me Thuot to Nha Trang today on your last motorcycle leg of the trip. Stop to enjoy the best coffee in Vietnam, visit rubber, cashew and black pepper plantations. Stop through an Ede minority village on the way and see the local way of life. Travel through the historic Phoenix pass (affected by Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Stop through a fishing village, see Cham Tower, home of the Champa people. Finish your day in Nha Trang around 5:00 pm. Day 5: Nha Trang Free Day, Vietnamese Meal with a Local Family and Night Bus (D). Enjoy a free day of relaxing in Nha Trang after your long journey. Go to the beach, take an optional snorkel tour or walk around town. Then, meet a real Vietnamese host and dine in their own house, you'll experience the daily local food. What to expect? Think gourd and shrimp soup, fried fish with fish sauce or caramel pork with a healthy side of steamed vegetables and so much more All our hosts can personalize their menu to meet your preferences, what are you waiting for? Pack up your belongings and in the evening you will take a 9-hour night bus back to Saigon. Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) this morning, your trip will come to an end with unforgettable memories of an incredible journey.
Travel Dates: 18 February 2015 -30 March 2016.
Vietnam in a Banana Leaf, 15 DaysVietnam
HIGHLIGHTS: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay. DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY. Accommodation: Saigon Royal Hotel or similar, Ho Chi Minh City. Xin chao Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds, and is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. The huge number of people rushing about their daily lives in Vietnam's largest city gives it a dynamic atmosphere and the French influence is evident in the excellent baguettes and coffee on offer. Much of city life takes place on the busy streets lined with shops, stalls and vendors, who have their wares spread out on the footpath and sell everything from soup to sophisticated electronics. If you arrive early, this city has a vast array of sights and sounds to explore: ancient pagodas and cathedrals sit squarely up against the former Presidential Palace, historic Dong Khoi Street (the Rue Catinat from Graham Greene's novel, The Quiet American) and the bustling markets of Ben Thanh and Cholon (Chinatown). DAY 2-3: MEKONG DELTA - OVERNIGHT TRAIN. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. Accommodation: Mekong Delta homestay, Mekong Delta. Head down to the Mekong Delta and visit unexplored Ben Tre where coconut is everything and anything. The fertile delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits and flowers as well as boating along the canals. On arrival, we board our private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways to visit some local cottage industries. Then head to our overnight homestay along the water. We'll be sleeping on simple camp beds in dorm-style rooms with all meals included. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Shared toilet and bathroom facilities are basic. Rising early to the sounds of the delta coming alive, we enjoy a simple breakfast before boarding our boat, and catching a bus back to Ho Chi Minh City. Board an overnight train to Nha Trang (approx 11 hours). Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are all part of the experience and the best way to travel long distances with the locals. Sleeper trains typically have four berth compartments (occasionally six berth depending on seasonal variations and group configuration), which have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be occasions where you'll be sharing with local travellers or travellers who are not part of your group. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but some travellers take the opportunity to stock up on fresh bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure. DAY 4-5: NHA TRANG - OVERNIGHT TRAIN. Accommodation: Cuong Long hotel Nha Trang or similar , Nha Trang. Arrive in Nha Trang at approx. 5am and transfer to your hotel. Once referred to as the 'Cannes of the Orient', Nha Trang's sandy palm-lined beach and island-dotted bay still make an idyllic picture, and a cosmopolitan feel prevails in the town itself. Spend your days here soaking up the sun on a lovely beach, exploring the local markets or checking out the ancient Cham Towers nearby. Make sure you try some of the excellent seafood restaurants. Board an overnight train bound for Danang (approx. 8 hours) late evening on day 5. DAY 6-8: HOI AN. Accommodation: Hai Yen hotel or similar, Hoi An. Arrive in Danang and travel by minibus to Hoi An (approx 1 hr). Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South-East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago and it retains the feel of centuries past, making it the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it. It's also a shopping mecca - with much to browse and buy. Choose from original paintings, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, embroidery, lanterns and more. Hoi An has also become famous for its tailoring, with a great variety of fabrics and tailors to choose from. Bring your favourite piece of clothing or even just a picture, and you'll be able to have it copied. There's no better way to explore the peaceful countryside of Hoi An than by bike. Your leader will take you to places few tourists get the chance to see, past green rice paddies and small creeks, this is a true insight into country living in Vietnam. DAY 9-11: HUE - OVERNIGHT TRAIN. Accommodation: Victory Hotel Hue or similar, Hue Departing Hoi An, we can stop at China Beach (known officially as My Khe Beach) before crossing the dramatic Hai Van Pass to the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. After a quick stop, continue on to Hue (approx 5 hrs including stops). As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. You have a free day to explore. The Dong Ba market, which sells everything imaginable, is a great place to spend some time. Visit the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost totally destroyed during the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, but the foliage-covered ruins are still atmospheric and the gaping holes left by bombs give an idea of the destruction wreaked upon the country during the war. Enjoy a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River, and a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. It's an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of the most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk who, in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. We also visit one of the royal tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc, with its central lake set amid a grove of frangipani and pine trees. Board an overnight train bound for Hanoi (approx. 12 hours). DAY 12: HANOI. Accommodation: Van Mieu Hotel or similar, Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi very early (approx. 4am) and transfer to the hotel. The capital of Vietnam is a charming city with a population of over six million. Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and its thriving Old Quarter, which is an architectural museum piece with blocks of ochre buildings retaining the air of a 1930s provincial French town. As Vietnam develops to compete with other South-East Asian countries, the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake reflects the contrasts of modern office buildings, old Buddhist temples and the tangle of ancient streets in its still surface. Take a walking tour of the Old Quarter. You'll visit the Dong Xuan market, the biggest wholesale market in northern Vietnam, stroll through the ancient '36 streets' where you can discover an amazing selection of shops selling everything from souvenirs to exquisite silk clothing, beautifully embroidered tablecloths. Your leader will point out some of the unique architecture around Hoan Kiem Lake and the myths and legends of the lake. DAY 13: HALONG BAY. Meals included: 1 lunch. Accommodation: Entity Hotel or similar, Halong City. Drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay (approx 4 hrs), stopping en route for refreshments at a handicraft village run by disabled people. Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of Bac Bo Gulf. One of Vietnam's most scenic regions, this area of about 1,500 sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind. Board our boat and cruise the breathtaking bay with its limestone karsts rising from the clear emerald waters. We enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch on board, explore some of the limestone caves in the area and go swimming during the warmer months. Stay overnight in a hotel in Halong City (Bai Chay). DAY 14-15: HANOI. Accommodation: Van Mieu Hotel or similar, Hanoi. Take the ferry, followed by a bus back to Hanoi (approx. 3 hours) for some free time and a optional final group dinner. The trip ends in the morning on day 15. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
Travel Dates: 1 April - 31 December 2015.
The Best of the North Tour, 7 DaysHanoi
HIGHLIGHTS: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Lao Cai - Sapa - Ta Phin DAY 1 - HANOI. Airport transfer will take you to your hotel. DAY 2 - HANOI CITY TOUR (SMALL GROUP TOUR). The tour is split into a morning and afternoon schedule, with a delicious lunch at one of Hanoi's restaurants in between. The sights include visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Presidential Palace; the Temples of Literature; Museum of Ethnology and a Cyclo tour around Hanoi's old quarter. Also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the 36 streets names' was related to the products being sold there. This is an exciting way to see the old quarter. DAY 3 - HANOI - HALONG BAY. Drive to Halong bay about 4 hours on a shared van from Hanoi to begin an overnight cruise on a boat. Upon arrival at Ha Long Bay (approx.12 midday) we will have the chance to explore some of the limestone caves dotted around the bay. Then our captain will find a secluded spot for swimming and sun bathing before dinner. DAY 4 - HALONG - HANOI - LAO CAI. Rising to the lapping waters of the bay we have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. This morning we continue to cruise around the bay to find more secluded areas to swim or you may relax on deck with a book. At midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 4-hour journey back to Hanoi to continue the journey on the overnight train to Sapa. DAY 5 - SAPA TOUR. Arrive into Lao Cai early in the morning and travel by road for about 1 hour to reach Sapa. Nestled high among alpine scenery this former French hill station has few reminders of its heritage but still maintains its charm. Learn about the history of Sapa, its military past and the influence of the French with a visit to the museum, and see the large display of traditional costumes, handicrafts and tools used by the ethnic minority groups that live within the area. Take a short walking tour of the local market and then head to the village of Cat Cat and get off the beaten path with a 2 hour trek. At the half-way point, stop for a snack break at the river's edge and dip your toes in the refreshing cool water. Then continue on to Tien Sa waterfall for great photo opportunities. Please note: This is an easy walk with an average level of fitness required Day 6 - SAPA - TA PHIN - LAO CAI. This morning our exercise involves climbing up Ham Rong Mountain for a panoramic view of Sapa and its environs. After lunch time we drive out of town and commence an hour-long walk to Ta Phin, home to the distinctive Dao (pronounced Zao) community. From here we drive to Lao Cai station for the night train back to Hanoi. DAY 7 - HANOI. Transfer to airport for flight out of Vietnam. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
Travel Dates: 1 May - 31 October 2015
Complete Vietnam Ways Pass, 16 DaysVietnam
HIGHLIGHTS: Self-guided package - Mekong Delta - Saigon - Dalat - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay Independent self guided travel pass: choose what you want to see, when you want to see it and where you want to stay. Your Trip manager organises and books everything for you so there are no hassles, you can just relax and enjoy the experience. Day 1 Mekong Delta Highlights Adventure 2 Day/1 Night (Multi Day Tour). Get to know the famous Mekong Delta and discover the traditional vietnamese way of life on an amazing 2-day trip. Begin your adventure from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and see bustling floating markets, riverside villages, beautiful landscapes. Highlights: Experience traditional life in the Mekong Delta, visit the colorful and busy Cai Rang floating market, cruise through narrow waterways and enjoy local food. Day 2. Mekong Delta Highlights Adventure. Day 3 Saigon & Cu Chi Tunnels Day Trip (Day Tour). Learn about the history of Vietnam as you visit Saigon and the Cu Chi Tunnels - an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam war. Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dalat (Public Bus). Today you will take a transfer from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dalat by Public Bus. Dalat looks like a cross between Vietnam and the French Alps, many of its hotels and buildings were built in a European/French style. At 1,475 meters, the city is dotted by pine forest and picturesque lakes. Day 5 Countryside Motorcycle Adventure (Day Tour). Take an exciting motorcycle tour around Dalat, passing by beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and lush forests. Drive through the countryside and discover the local culture. Day 6 Dalat to Nha Trang (Public Bus). Today you will take a transfer from Dalat to Nha Trang by Public Bus. Day 7 Vietnamese Meal with Local Family (Day Tour). Our local hosts from Nha Trang, Vietnam are eager to receive you in their homes and treat you with the local daily food Vietnamese people have every day - does it get more authentic than this? Day 8 Nha Trang to Hoi An (Public Bus). Today you will take a transfer from Nha Trang to Hoi An by Public Bus. If you want to soak up the flavors of old Vietnam, Hoi An is the place to be. It was an international trading post as far back as the 17th century and influences of Chinese, Japanese and European architecture are still remarkably well preserved. Day 9 Love of Life Bicycle Day Trip (Day Tour). Ride through the Vietnamese countryside just outside of Hoi An to see the true way of life for farmers tending to their rice fields, women watering their vegetable gardens, fishermen hanging their catch out to dry and local shopkeepers waiting for their next customers. Ride from Hoi An city center to the beach and take a boat ride back in time for a well-deserved authentic lunch. Day 10 Hoi An to Hue (Public Bus). Today you will take a transfer from Hoi An to Hue by Public Bus. Hue is Vietnams cultural, intellectual and spiritual capital where you can find tombs and temples, palaces and pagodas, delicious cuisine and fascinating history. Day 11 Tombs & Pagoda Day Trip (Day Tour). Go back in time by walking through the elaborate tomb complexes of venerated Vietnamese emperors and imagine what it must have been like to live here during the golden years of the dynasty. Don't miss out on a visit to the Forbidden Purple City, one of the largest and most well-preserved royal cities in Vietnam. Day 12 Hue to Hanoi (Public Bus). Today you will take a transfer from Hue to Hanoi by Public Bus. This is where exotic old Asia and modern Asia blend harmoniously. Hanoi is renowned for its old architectural style while evolving gracefully into a modern metropolis. Vietnams capital is a tangled web of little roads and hawkers plying their trade in colonial hats as they sip coffee. Day 13 Halong Bay Adventure 3 Day/2 Night (Multi Day Tour). Cruising through the tranquil waters in the Bay of Tonkin among 3,000 islands is an experience you cannot miss Visit the largest cave in Halong Bay, go kayaking through a floating fishing village, catch some sun aboard the boat and go for a swim with friends. Sleep peacefully aboard your boat and wake up early to catch the sunrise over the tranquil waters. Highlights: Spend 3 days cruising around the gorgeous Halong Bay, enjoy incredible sunsets over the bay's limestone cliffs, relax in the sun or take part in various water activities. Day 14 Halong Bay Adventure. Day 15 Halong Bay Adventure. Day 16 Hanoi. Enjoy your free day in Hanoi or add an optional extra activity.
Travel Dates: 18 February 2015 -30 March 2016.
Gain a deeper understanding of magical Vietnam with a more in depth journey through its historic cities, provincial culture and glistening coastline. Be enchanted by the smiling locals you meet throughout your journey, on the bustling streets of Hanoi and Saigon, or the tranquil farmhouses of the Mekong Delta. Be enriched by the relics and living history in Vietnam's ancient towns of Hoi An and Hue, and be enlivened by the sparkling beauty of Halong Bay.
Travel Dates: 18/07/2015
Discover Vietnam, 15 DaysVietnam
HIGHLIGHTS: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta Day 1: Hanoi. Your trip starts today with your arrival in Hanoi. No activities are planned until your evening group meeting, so you may arrive at any time. Please check the welcome board or reception desk, located on the ground floor of the hotel, for information on your upcoming tour. This will advise you of your tour leader's name, telephone number and the time and location of your group's Welcome Meeting. Normally, the meeting is at 6pm. Until your meeting we encourage you to get out and discover the delights that Vietnam has to offer. Make sure that you take a hotel business card so that you will be able to find your way back to the hotel. Please note that your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details at the meeting, so please bring them with you. The meeting is followed by a Welcome Dinner at one of Hanoi's many fantastic eating spots. Day 2: Hanoi. Hanoi is one of Asia's most enchanting cities. The northern capital is a quiet contradiction to its southern counterpart. Its relaxed ambience is a joy, and exploration by foot or bicycle is recommended. The shopping is fun and the many lakes and parks provide enjoyable escapes from the city. You will take a guided half-day tour of Hanoi, visiting the major sights, including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, and paying a homage to Vietnam's most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. In the evening you get to enjoy a performance of the unique Water Puppets. Day 3: Halong Bay. You can leave your luggage behind at the Hanoi hotel and pack an overnight bag. It is a three-hour drive to famous Ha Long Bay, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders. The views of sailing junks navigating past over 3000 limestone islands with rocky outcrops are nothing short of spectacular. You will travel to Bai Chay (Halong City West) where you will board a boat for an exploration of the bay, enjoying a seafood lunch and dinner (non-seafood also available), as well as spending a night onboard. We visit one cave in the area and, in the warmer months, you can enjoy a swim. Conditions may be somewhat more communal compared to the usual hotel setting, but spending a night on the bay is such a wonderful experience. If the weather is obliging, the views at sunset are especially incredible. There are only limited numbers of cabins on each boat, so the Single Supplement does not apply on the Halong Bay cruise, as all accommodation here is on a twin-share basis. All boats used by Peregrine have twin-share cabins with en suite facilities and air-conditioning. You may also have the chance to do some kayaking (optional and extra cost involved) while on Halong Bay. Day 4: Hanoi - overnight train. In the morning you will sail back to the port, where you will disembark and drive back to Hanoi. Arriving back in the capital, you will have free time to wander around and enjoy some of the city's other attractions. Perhaps some shopping on Hang Gai Street or afternoon tea at the Metropole Hotel? Tonight you catch an overnight train bound for Hue. Day 5-6: Hue. Hue is the hub of Vietnam's historic past. The former imperial capital, Hue is an eclectic mix of busy streets and peaceful beauty. You will visit the Imperial Citadel here, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter of these was almost completely destroyed during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War - but its humble, foliage-covered ruins remain a testament to its proud history, and offer a little insight into the horrific damage endured during the war. You will take a boat cruise on the Perfume River next, before visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda - the unofficial symbol of Hue. The pagoda is an active Buddhist monastery that dates back to 1601. You will also have the opportunity to visit the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, with its beautiful lake, frangipani and pine trees. While you are in Hue, you will also enjoy lunch at a local nunnery or monastery - this not only allows you to sample some of Hue's famed vegetarian food, but also offers an insight into Vietnamese Buddhism. This is also presents an opportunity for you to help keep these institutions alive through donations. Day 7-9: Hoi An. Drive to beautiful town of Hoi An, stopping at China Beach (known locally as My Khe Beach) and passing through the beautiful Hai Van Pass - a scenic, mountainous stretch of highway with views across Lang Co beach. Hoi An was originally a Cham port town, but has been influenced by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There is a distinctly Chinese appearance with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. Hoi An was once a bustling port in centuries gone by, before the river silted up. Today it is a delightful backwater town with an air of liveliness about it. The tranquillity and charm of Hoi An, coupled with its low tiled houses, makes it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. It is a consistent favourite among travellers and staff alike. A tour will take you to an historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. You will enjoy a free afternoon to make the most of delightful Hoi An and its surrounding areas. The market is a good place to buy silk that can be made up into fine garments, all within a day. Close to town there is a nice beach, which can be reached easily by bicycle. Day 10-11: Nha Trang. Transfer to Danang Airport for a flight to Nha Trang. Spend the day exploring this idyllic seaside town. With palm trees, white sandy beaches and a hip cosmopolitan atmosphere, Nha Trang is often referred to as the Cannes of the Orient. You will venture out on a boat to explore the nearby islands, as well as a fishing village. You will also have the chance to snorkel in the pristine water, feast on a fresh seafood buffet and enjoy soaking up some sunshine on the deck of the boat. Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam and the nation's economic capital. Partake in a short city tour that will take you to the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral, and will allow you to admire the many beautiful French colonial buildings, such as the main post office and the former Hotel de Ville (city hall). Day 13: Mekong Delta. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a buffet breakfast at KOTO restaurant today. This restaurant is designed to give street children an education in hospitality. After breakfast you will drive south to Cai Be for a boat cruise along the intricate and beautiful waterways of the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta is renowned for its fertile land - rich in tropical fruits, flowers and rice. For this reason, it is often referred to as the rice bowl of Vietnam. You will visit an orchard in your cruise, where you will have the chance to taste some tropical fruits, before moving on to visit some local cottage industries. As the sun starts to drop you will continue to your homestay, where you will be sleeping for the night. Here you will enjoy a beautiful home cooked meal of local specialties. You will be sleeping in a dorm style room, with single camp beds. The beds will be fitted with bedding and mosquito nets. Keep in mind that the bathrooms and toilets are very simple, and will only have cold water available to them. This is very much in keeping with the spirit of adventurous travel that you have undertaken to partake in! Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). You will return to Ho Chi Minh City today via Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi is actually the name of the district that covers an extensive underground network (approximately 200 kilometres) of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilised as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon. The 1968 Tet Offensive was launched from Cu Chi with surprising effect. A section of the tunnels has been widened to allow tourists to get a feel for what the life underground must have been like (please note that this will be hot and sweaty and also a bit claustrophobic!). Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner together. Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Your trip comes to an end in Ho Chin Minh City this morning after breakfast. There are no activities planned, so you can leave at any time. 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Travel Dates: 7 April 2015 - 30 April 2016
Very Vietnam, 10 DaysVietnam
Day 1 Hanoi. Saturday. Welcome to Hanoi, perhaps the most graceful, atmospheric and exotic capital city in Asia. Airport to hotel arrival transfer. The remains of the day offer free time for you to explore the wide tree lined avenues, beautiful lakes, ancient pagoda's and thriving, historic old city, all easily navigated on foot. Day 2 Halong Bay. Hanoi - Halong Bay. This morning a scenic drive leads us to the stunningly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Boarding our traditional wooden junk boat we cruise the emerald waters soaking up the panoramic vista of the thousand or so karst limestone islands that stud the bay. Later opt for a refreshing swim in one of the many sheltered coves before taking row boats to the floating fishing village of Vong Vieng. Tonight, there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served. Day 3 Halong Bay. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional massage. After exploring a lofty grotto hidden beneath towering cliffs, we sail back to port. Arriving to Hanoi mid afternoon an hour or so is spent exploring the quixotic web of streets, known as the '36 streets of the old quarter'. The motorbike swarming narrow lanes are each named after various guilds of the city's artisan who established themselves here centuries ago. There is Silver Street, Silk Street, Comb Street, Paper Street and more. The maze of rambling streets are framed by narrow front tube houses and we may have a chance to sample the exotic fruits, sizzling noodle dishes and delightfully sticky snacks being offers by he pavement vendors. Our tour of the area is undertaken by a quintessentially Vietnamese experience from aboard a cyclo (rickshaw). A little time will be given to freshen up before boarding the our train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on he 'Reunification Express' railway line to Hue. Day 4 Hue. Upon arrival to Hue we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the 19th-century Nguyen empire capital. We visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city, whose 21m high tower has become something of a symbol for Hue and the citadel. Within the citadel is the Imperial Purple Palace, an exact copy of the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its impressive ramparts, formal moats and imperial palaces, some of which lay in ruin. In the countryside lies the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings, here we'll view the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. As the sun sets opt for a cruise in a long boat along the gentle Perfume River, beautifully illuminated at night. Day 5 Hoi An. Hue - Road of the Ocean Clouds - Hoi An. Today we take the scenic Hai Van Pass (Road of the Ocean Clouds), which offers magnificent views of beaches to one side and lush hills to the other. En route we stop for a walk along China beach, featured in Francis Ford Coppola's movie 'Apocalypse Now'. Perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea before continuing our journey south along the coast to Hoi An. The charming, old-world trading port of Hoi An with it cobbled streets, traditional homes and tiny shop houses is a perfect place to lose yourself in a by gone era. Boutique restaurants, hip cafes along the waterfront, delightful craft shops and artisans including some of Asia's best bespoke tailors (whose services come at a nominal price), all can be found here. On a short walking tour of the enchanting historical town, we'll visit the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house, former merchants' homes and the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. Day 6 Tra Que. A bicycle ride into the countryside, leads us to Tra Que village. Here, we discover age old farming practices and learn about traditional medicine. It's a hands on experience today where we'll assist with tending the fields and gardens and cooking lunch. Day 7 Hoi An. A free day for you relax or further sightsee. You may wish to take a relaxing rowboat journey along the river or spend the day lazing by the beach or hotel pool. It's also possible to take an optional excursion to the most holiest and evocative of Vietnam's Cham sites, My Son or to Quang Ngai, the site of the My Lai massacre memorial. The massacre was a significant turning point in the Vietnam War and the story is told through photo presentation on a walk through the village. Day 8 Mekong. Hoi An - Saigon. Early morning flight to Saigon. Drive to the Mekong Delta. Often referred to as the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam, the fertile Mekong Delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits, flowers and rice, as well as it fantastic views while boating along the canals. Taking our sampan from Vinh Long we'll cruise downstream from Cai Be through the maze of waterways watching the hubbub of daily life on the river. Passing colourful trading boats, house boats and children swimming we stop to visit some of the local cottage industries that produce popcorn, coco candies and paper along the way. Lunch is served today in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island. Day 9 Mekong to Saigon. Can Tho - Saigon. Early today we visit the ever lively Cai Rang floating market. Watch as melons, pineapples, fresh greens, sacks of rice and children's toys get tossed from one sampan to another at great heights and speed before driving back to Saigon. Once called the Pearl of the Orient, modern Saigon is a thriving metropolis on the move. Sleek sky scrapers, gourmet restaurants, designer malls and swanky bars and spas are scattered between ancient pagodas, colonial era landmarks and lively street markets. Our walking tour of Saigon includes visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post office and the sombering War Remnants Museum. Evening at leisure. Day 10 Saigon. Monday. Today is free for you to enjoy Saigon before your departure transfer to the airport. Opt for a relaxing foot massage, shop for souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market or visit the grand Independence Palace, with its secret bunker and military command centre beneath. You could also extend your stay and join us on a day trip to Cu Chi. Here you can go underground to explore the vast network of tunnels and hideouts used by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters, see booby traps, trap doors or test your skill with an AK 47 at the firing range. Breakfast View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
Travel Dates: 6 June - 5 December 2015
Note: Itinerary may be subject to change. DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO HANOIFly with Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi for a three night stay.DAY 2: HANOIDiscover the city this morning, visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you pass by Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and tour Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Drive to the serene Temple of Literature and enjoy a walking tour of the bustling Old Quarter. This evening you will watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets.DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAYRise early and travel to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam', Halong Bay. Board a junk boat for a relaxing cruise through the emerald waters and around the limestone islets of the Gulf of Tonkin. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you have lunch on board. After your cruise you will travel back to Hanoi.DAY 4: HANOI TO HOI ANFly to Danang. Upon arrival transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping at Marble Mountains en route. This evening partake in a cooking class where you will learn how to cook several local dishes, which you will sample at dinner.DAY 5: HOI ANTour the charming town of Hoi An on foot, visiting an old merchant's home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple. This afternoon is free at your leisure to soak up the atmosphere of Hoi An.DAY 6: HOI AN TO SAIGONThis morning you will fly to the vibrant city of Saigon. Upon arrival you will explore the city with a visit to the French-style Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Learn about the American War in Vietnam with a visit to the Reunification Palace and the emotionally charged War Remnants Museum. End the day at the lively Ben Thanh Market where you can haggle for a bargain.DAY 7: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTAThis morning travel to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Life in the Mekong Delta mainly revolves around the river and many of the villages are only accessible via the canals. Explore the river by boat, passing stilt houses and fish farms. Paddle through palm-lined canals in sampans and walk through villages, where you can sample local tea and coconut candy. Return to Saigon.DAY 8: CU CHI & TAY NINH – DEPART SAIGONExplore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which once housed entire underground villages during the American War in Vietnam. The tunnels were used by the Viet Cong guerrillas for concealment and storage as well as living quarters. You can even crawl through the tunnels if you are feeling brave! Later, travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the colourful head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion. Return to Saigon this afternoon where you will be transferred to Saigon airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. Note: Passengers flying with Singapore Airlines may miss touring onDAY 8Due to conflicting flight schedules. You may choose to stay an extra night in Saigon at your own expense to avoid this.DAY 9: ARRIVE AUSTRALIAArrive home today.
Travel Dates: 21/02/2015 - 25/09/2016
Vietnam Kindergarten, Vietnam, 10 DaysVietnam
HIGHLIGHTS: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Da Nang - Hoi An - Hi Chi Minh - Ben Tre Day 01: Arrive Hanoi Xin chao Welcome to Vietnam Group pick up at Noi Bai International Airport by local guide and transfer to hotel in Hanoi. The rest of the day is free at leisure, overnight in Hanoi. Day 02: Hanoi city tour In the morning visit the Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam built in 11th century, followed by President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. In the afternoon, visit National Museum of Vietnam History as well as take a 45-minute cycle ride around the Old Quarter to see daily life of Hanoians, followed by a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and visit to Ngoc Son Temple. Tonight, we'll enjoy a Hanoi icon - the unique Water Puppet show. Note: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum opens in the morning only and closes on Mondays and Fridays and closes for the whole months of October and November for annual maintenance. Most of Hanoi's museums also close on Mondays. Day 03: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay After breakfast, depart for Ha Long Bay, one of the most stunning natural wonders of Vietnam, a picturesque blend of harmonious transition between the mountains and the sea. On arrival, board a traditional junk and head out into the Gulf of Tonkin amongst the huge limestone outcrops and emerald waters. Lunch is served onboard while the junk cruises through scenic part of the bay. In the afternoon visit Surprise Cave. Back to the junk and free time for relaxing or swimming or optional activities. There will be a cooking demonstration onboard in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight onboard. Note: Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. Swimming or kayaking excursions may be cancelled due to poor weather. Unused services are not subject to a refund. Day 04: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Night train to Da Nang Enjoy tea or coffee before a morning visit to Tunnel Cave. Return to the junk and check out of our cabins then enjoy brunch while the junk cruises back to the wharf. Disembark before noon and board our bus for the drive back to Hanoi. The rest of the day is free at your leisure until we transfer to the Hanoi Railway Station for the overnight train to Da Nang - pack up on some snacks and games to make this a trip to remember Overnight on train. Day 05: Da Nang - Hoi An Upon arrival at Da Nang Railway Station, pick up and transfer to Hoi An. In the afternoon we'll take a walking tour in the Old Town of Hoi An, visiting the Japanese covered bridge, Chinese Assembly Hall, a typical hundred-year-old ancient house and the authentic local market. Tonight you are free to check out Hoi An and dine out where you wish. Overnight in Hoi An. Day 06: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh Sleep in this morning or check out more of Hoi An - it's your choice as the morning is free time. In the afternoon we transfer to Da Nang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Dinner tonight is on a Bonsai Cruise along Saigon River. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. Day 07: Cu Chi Tunnels & Ho Chi Minh city tour Morning visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed before seeing various mantraps, the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers. Spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels to see how the Viet Cong communists were able to survive in this underground network. Afternoon visit War Remnants Museum. Continue to the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. Today this building is a museum and venue for official receptions. The nearby Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 is one of the city's major landmarks. Neo-Romanesque in form, it's the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam. Next to the cathedral stands the Saigon Post Office. Finished in 1891, it's another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam's largest post office. Walk along Dong Khoi street, passing by French colonial architecture of Continental Hotel, Municipal Theatre, City Hall (see from outside only). Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. Day 08: Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Project work Transfer to the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival at My Tho boat pier, take the boat crossing Mekong River to homestay in Ben Tre. Check in, relax and have lunch. In the afternoon we will proceed to the project site and commence our project work at Tam Hiep Kindergarten Where: Tam Hiep Islet, Binh Dai, Ben Tre Day 09: Ben Tre - Project works Full day working at the project site. Afternoon finish the project works and handover to local teachers/people. Late afternoon back to homestay. Overnight in Ben Tre. Day 10: Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh departure Transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for departure flight. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Travel Dates: 27 November - 06 December 2015
Vietnam offers a fascinating blend of cosmopolitan cities and pristine beaches set against a backdrop of breathtaking scenic beauty. Explore the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City, lined with French-Colonial buildings and buzzing with thousands of motorcyclists, or gaze up at the mesmerising limestone rock formations while cruising through the World-Heritage-listed Halong Bay. No matter your style of travelling, consider taking a tour and let an experienced guide show you the best that this wonderful country has to offer.
Don't miss these Vietnam attractions
- Exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels
- Hoan Kiem Lake
- Cruising the Mekong Delta
- Halong Bay
- Surfing at Nha Trang
Explore the country
For a complete overview of Vietnam, join an extended tour that will take you across the length and breadth of the country. Start in Ho Chi Minh City and head north, or begin in the capital Hanoi and travel in a southerly direction along the coastline. Either way you're in for a treat as you explore the likes of Hue, Hoi An and the fabulous beachside town of Nha Trang.
Also on offer are a variety of shorter day trips and city tours. A Ho Chi Minh City tour showcases the city's major landmarks, including the Cu Chi Tunnels - an eerie Vietnam War-era network of underground tunnels. Bicycle tours and overnight boat tours, including some to the World Heritage-listed Halong Bay, are yet more great ways to explore Vietnam.
Cities and beaches
The World Heritage-listed city of Hoi An has been dubbed the ‘Venice of Vietnam’ and is renowned for its plethora of tailor shops. Explore the winding cobblestone lanes of Old Town on a private walking tour and admire the heritage architecture, Japanese-style bridges and historic canals. Of an evening you can wander along the lantern-lit riverside and sample authentic Vietnamese dishes in a cosy restaurant.
If soaking up the sun on the beach is more your style, be sure to visit the picturesque China Beach in Da Nang. The 30-kilometre stretch of beach is perfect for water sports including surfing, water-skiing and diving. Nha Trang is one of the most popular beaches and is gateway to island day trips, while Mui Ne is famous for its towering sand dunes.