Vietnam - The Changing Face of Southeast Asia

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• Visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, China Beach and the Hanoi Hilton
• Discover My Son (UNESCO) and ancient Cham temples
• Explore the Mekong Delta by boat
• Visit the Phong Nha Cave (UNESCO)
• Explore the old capital of Hue (UNESCO) and stunning Hoi An (UNESCO)
• 3-day/2-night boat trip on spectacular Halong Bay

Fact File

• 21 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), finish in Hanoi
• 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 Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). Explore the famous Cu Chi Tunnel complex and the Mekong Delta, where we enjoy a riverboat trip on the Tein River. We drive to Dalat, known as the "City of Flowers". Visit a silkworm workshop and see Dalat's "Crazy House", the former palace of the emperor Bao Dai.

Traveling north to Hoi An, we explore this restored open-air museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. In My Son, we learn about the Cham people, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After stopping at My Khê (China beach), we travel over the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former ancient capital modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing. While exploring Hue, we use cyclos (bicycle taxis) to visit the Citadel, Vietnam's Forbidden City and the local Dong Bay market. Continuing north, we visit the first national park in Vietnam, Cuc Phuong, before visiting a unique traditional village, which is also an ecological reserve area.

Enjoy the sites of Hanoi, amidst shaded streets, French colonial architecture and the surrounding lakes of the downtown core. In Halong Bay, enjoy a 3-day/2-night cruise aboard our comfortable barge, navigating the turquoise waters amid spectacular cliff-faced islands while enjoying incredible seafood feasts before returning to Hanoi for our farewell dinner.

FROM: $6495 USD



Comfortable hotel/lodges with private bathrooms. Features 2 nights on a boat on Halong Bay.

Comfort notes

Some long drives and travel on traditional boats.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh Sites
Day 3: Mekong Delta
Day 4: Floating Market, Return to Ho Chi Minh
Day 5: Scenic Drive to Dalat
Day 6: Dalat Sites
Day 7: Fly to Da Nang, to Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An (UNESCO) - By Foot and By Boat
Day 9: My Son (UNESCO), Cham Towers
Day 10: To Hue via My Khê (China Beach), Perfume River Tombs by Boat, Thien Mu Pagoda by Cyclo
Day 11: Ancient Capital of Hue
Day 12: To DMZ, Hien Luong Bridge, Vinh Moc Underground Villiage
Day 13: Phong Nha Cave
Day 14: To Cuc Phuong via Ho Chi Minh Road
Day 15: Cuc Phuong National Park, to Hanoi
Day 16: Hanoi Sites, Old Quarter by Cyclo
Day 17: Traditional Vietnamese Village
Day 18: To Halong Bay - 3d/2n Boat Journey
Day 19: The Turquoise Waters and Limestone Islands of Halong Bay
Day 20: Halong Bay, to Hanoi
Day 21: Depart Hanoi
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