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Saigon, Vietnam to Saigon, Vietnam
$2699 per person
Welcome to Vietnam – a land of untouched nature, primeval forests and dusty roads!
Upon arrival in the airport, meet up our guide and transfer for breakfast (check in after 14.00)
Overnight in Saigon
Morning, transfer to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network
constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French. And it was continuing built over 25 years later. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years…. getting married, giving birth. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a free fire zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors.
Get back to City centre in the afternoon, explore the secret basement in a hundred-year-old building in Saigon, located in Ho Chi Minh Museum (Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1).
Go on to discover the Weapons Tunnel of the Saigon Rangers (Saigon Special Forces) which located at 287/70, Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City used to be the hiding place of weapons, containing nearly 2 tons of weapons to prepare for the Tet Offensive 1969. After the battle, the house fell into the hands of the United States, but the United States did not know there was a weapons vault underneath. Transfer to a coffee shop right at the historical relic Secret Box and tunnel of the Saigon Rangers. In here, you can just drink coffee, just explore the traces of the forces of the ‘legend’ in the past. Overnight in Saigon
In the morning, travel from Saigon to Mekong delta. Upon arrival in Ben Tre, take a boat on river. Stop at brickwork to see how to make bricks in handy traditional method – soil brick is molded from clay, arranged inside kiln and became brown after baking. Visit coconut processing workshops located along the canal. Go on natural scissors creeks where they look narrower to the village. Take a short walk to family workshop run by women making sleep mats and enjoying some fruits and tea and chatting with local people to know about their rural life. Take a motor cart (xe lôi) or biking on shady road, pass by rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from Peasants. Lunch at a local restaurant in Ben Tre. In the afternoon, take rowing boat along water palm creek. Transfer back to Saigon in the late afternoon Overnight in Saigon
We’ll discover Saigon’s historic landmarks including the Independence Palace, also known as Reunification Palace, this was home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the American War until the Fall of Saigon Government on April 30, 1975, when a Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates. Move on to War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City first opened to the public in 1975. Once known as the ‘Museum of American War Crimes’, it’s a shocking reminder of the long and brutal Vietnam War. Graphic photographs and American military equipment are on display. There’s a helicopter with rocket launchers, a tank, a fighter plane, a single-seater attack aircraft. You can also see a conventional bomb that weighs at 6,800kg. American troops had used these weapons against the Vietnamese between 1945 and 1975. Then, we will visit Cholon (China Town). Explore the highlights of this fascinating area at Thien Hau Pagoda, build by the Cantonese congregation and dedicated to the heavenly goddess. Shopping at Ben Thanh Market
Overnight in Saigon
Transfer to Airport to take morning flight to Hue, upon arrival we travel up the route No 9 to Khe Sanh Combat Base – was a United States Marine Corps outpost south of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) used during the Vietnam War. Khe Sanh is the site of the most famous siege of the American War, the USA’s Khe Sanh Combat Base was never overrun, but saw the bloodiest battle of the war. About 500 Americans, 10,000 North Vietnamese troops and uncounted civilian bystanders died around this remote highland base. It’s eerily peaceful today, but in 1968 the hillsides trembled with the impact of 1000kg bombs, white phosphorus shells, napalm, mortars and endless artillery rounds, as desperate American forces sought to repel the NVA. On arrival at Khe Sanh Base we have time to stroll around to visit some of the many battle sites and military camps. There were all but partly cleared by villagers. Move on to Khe Sanh Combat Base Museum, visit the
once iconic Ta Con Airport, now the, contains a boneyard of several captured U.S. tanks and aircraft
destroyed during the Battle of Khe Sanh. According to the official accounts provided by the museum, 197 U.S. planes were shot down or captured during the 170-day battle.
Overnight in Dong Ha
This morning, we transfer to The Vinh Moc Tunnels is a steel fortress helped North Vietnam army to fight against the Americans during the Vietnam War and helped the civilian population to protect themselves from the American bombing (period of 1965 – 1972) Visit the Hien Luong Bridge over Ben Hai River, Truong Son National Martyrs cemetery and the tunnels and museum of Vinh Moc
Visit Quang Tri citadel on the bank of river Thach Han was the site of fierce battles during the US war in Vietnam. The site became the tomb of tens of thousands of Vietnamese soldiers who sacrificed their lives for national liberation. The site now attracts many foreign and Vietnamese tourists. Visit some other military bases, which today is jungle and war machine abandoned, e.g. military bases Con Tien, Doc Mieu, and camp Carroll. Then, transfer back to Hue.
Overnight in Hue
After breakfast at hotel, enjoy a boat trip on the Huong River (Perfume River). Embark on a local boat and cruise down the Perfume River to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue’s most widely recognizable monument.
Then, visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. You will also stop to visit the Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City. Visit Royal Mausoleum`s of Minh Mang, Shopping at Dong Ba Market Visit the Royal Mausoleum’s of Tu Duc Emperor who ruled Hue more than 100 years ago,
Overnight in Hue
From Hue, transfer to Hoian over the Hai Van Pass & My Khe beach. Stop at Red Beach where the first U.S. combat marines landed in 1965. The Red Beach of Da Nang is now known as Xuan Thieu Beach. This is a historic landmark – in 1965, American Marine Corps landed here, beginning the US “Local War” strategy in Vietnam. Before 1975, this Xuan Thieu beach was reserved for US troops because it was a military zone, a field of airfields and US military warehouses and defense systems protecting the city of Danang from the north. US soldiers called Xuan Thieu beach “Red Beach” – perhaps because of the visual sense of sunrise and sunset, red water reflected in the sea. Then we visit Marble Mountain – a cluster of five marble and limestone hills.
Overnight in Danang
Explore the magnificent temples of My Son on this essential half-day private tour from Hoi An.
An important temple complex built by the Champa Kingdom over many centuries, My Son is located in a lush valley surrounded by high mountains – a spectacular sight! Your expert private guide leads you through the temple grounds and provides valuable information about their architectural, religious and cultural significance. While you walk, get out your camera for photographs of the temples with dramatic mountain backdrops, and listen as your guide explains the influence of India and Hinduism on the Champa people and points out the Hindu deities memorialized at My Son.
Transfer back to Danang, free at leisure.
Overnight in Danang
After breakfast, transfer to Tam Ky to visit Ky Anh Tunnels which played a vital role in the American war . Then, visit Statues of Vietnamese Heroic Mother – The statue, which stands 18.6m high and is 120m wide at its base, is the biggest statue of its kind built in Vietnam. The statue resembles “Heroic Mother” Nguyen Thi Thu, who was from Dien Thang Commune, Dien Ban District, in the province and whose 11 children and grandchildren all died in Vietnam’s liberation fight Then, visit Hoi An Ancient Town and followed-up you have a sightseeing tour of Hoi An, to gaze with veneration at the ancient architecture of the 15th century such as: the Japanese tile – roof bridge, Phuc Kien Temple (Assembly Hall of Cantonese Chinese Congregation), typical ancient houses, and local museum. In the evening you can take a time to linger on the quiet roads in ancient town and communicate with local people, so you will gradually feel Hoi An with its unique traditional characters and history.
Overnight in Hoian
Transfer from hotel to My Lai (Son My) Massacre Memorial (around 3 hours driving – 160km).
Take a look back at the darkest days of the Vietnam War with a tour to the village of Son My, site of the infamous My Lai Massacre. With a chance to meet with the village’s people, plus a visit to the museum dedicated to the event and its victims, you can see the stark legacy that the violence left behind. Your guide introduces you to the place that suffered one of the largest 20th-century massacres of civilians by United States soldiers in March 1968. With insightful commentary, you retrace the story of how a hunt for Viet Cong soldiers in the aftermath of the Tet Offensive devolved into the indiscriminate killing of more than 300 unarmed townspeople. Transfer to Chu Lai airport- is an airport in Quang Nam province, located in Chu Lai open economic zone . During the Vietnam War , this was the Chu Lai Air Base of the Republic of Vietnam Air Force and the United
States Air Force . On February 22, 2004, the passenger terminal was started construction. On March 22, 2005, the first commercial flight from Tan Son Nhat landed here. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in
Overnight in Saigon
Breakfast at the hotel – Free at own leisure until the time met and transfer to the airport for your departure flight (check out time 12:00 noon-excluded late check out)
Appealing to history and culture enthusiasts alike, this tour combines the key locations of the Vietnam war, with the stunning highlights of that country. Vietnam offers a rich culture and history, combined with delicious local cuisines. We continue our journey to the former DMZ, visiting the Citadel in Hue where some of the fiercest fighting took place during the 1968 Tet Offensive. Enjoy exploring the incredible Cu Chi tunnels and more!