Vietnam - The Changing Face of Southeast Asia

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Highlights

• Overnight boat trip on Halong Bay
• Explore Cuc Phuong National Park
• Visit the Phong Nha Cave - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• See China Beach and the Hanoi Hilton
• Discover My Son World Heritage Site
• Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta

Fact File

• 21 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Hanoi, finish in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
• All meals included
• Includes 1 internal flight
• Activity Level: 2

 

Rice paddies tended by farmers in conical hats, a two-thousand-mile coastline with sandy beaches and mountains covered in the vibrant greens of lush tropical vegetation. Welcome to Vietnam, one of Southeast Asia's most beautiful countries.

We begin in Hanoi, amidst shaded streets, French colonial architecture and the surrounding lakes of the downtown core. At Halong Bay, we travel on turquoise waters amid spectacular, cliff-faced islands and warm water. We spend the night on the bay and enjoy incredible seafood feasts before returning to Hanoi for a famous water-puppet show.

Heading south, we visit the first national park in Vietnam, Cuc Phuong. We explore Hue, the former ancient capital modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. We visit the Citadel, Vietnam's Forbidden City and the local Dong Bay market. Traveling over the spectacular Hai Van Pass, we stop at China Beach before arriving in Hoi An. In Hoi An, a restored open-air museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site, we savor the international character of the region's history.

We learn about the Cham people at My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before flying south to Dala, known as the "City of Flowers". Visit a silkworm workshop and see Dalat's "Crazy House", the former palace of the emperor Bao Dai. Explore the famous Cu Chi tunnel complex and the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a riverboat trip on the Tein River.

Our adventure concludes in the bustling city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

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DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY

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Accommodations

Comfortable hotel/lodges with private bathrooms. Features 1 night on a boat on Halong Bay.

Comfort notes

Some long drives and travel on traditional boats.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour by Cyclo
Day 3: To Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong Bay, Return to Hanoi
Day 5: Traditional Village Visit
Day 6: Cuc Phuong National Park
Day 7: To Ha Tinh Along the Ho Chi Minh Trail
Day 8: Phong Nha Cave
Day 9: Dong Hoi to Hue via Hien Luong & Thach Han Bridges (The DMZ)
Day 10: Hue Sightseeing
Day 11: Hai Van Pass, China Beach and Hoi An Sightseeing
Day 12: My Son World Heritage Site
Day 13: Hoi An Boat Trip, Vietnamese Cooking Demonstration
Day 14: Fly to Dalat
Day 15: Dalat City Sights
Day 16: Scenic Drive to Saigon
Day 17: Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 18: Cai Be, Tien Riverboat Trip, Mekong Delta
Day 19: Return to Saigon, Floating Market
Day 20: Saigon City Sites
Day 21: Depart Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

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