The Best Of Vietnam For Veterants.

Day 1: Arrival Welcome. (D) 

You will be welcome at the airport by driver and guide then transfer to hotel in Hanoi. And Welcome Dinner.

Stay overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour. (B)

You will be pick up at 8am for Hanoi City your. You will visit Ba Dinh Square. Presidental Palace. Ho Chi Minh House. One-Pillar Temple. Wreckage of B52 and Hoa Lo Prison (known as Hanoi Hilton) where during the war, hundreds of American pilots and soldiers were detained including John McCain. We also visit AF-Air Defense Museum and Long Bien Bridge which was heavily bombarded during the war.

In the afternoon, enjoy the walk through the Old Quarter of Hanoi.

Old Town of Hanoi

End up the day at one of cafes which is overlook to St Josheph’s Cathedral Church.

If time permits we will visit Temple of Literature which was  founded 1706, considered as the first University of Vietnam.

Day 3: Hanoi-Halong Bay Overnight Cruise. (B,L,D) 

Today is a Non-Battlefield Day.

You will be met by your guide and driver and drive to Halong Bay. Halong Bay is UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Enjoy your lunch on board as you cruise leisurely through the islands and explore the their secrets.

After that you may choose to jump into the bay for swim or relax on the sun deck or head for happy hours at the bar. 

Halong Bay

Tonight enjoy your dinner with fresh seafood on board and spend your night aboard.

Day 4: Halong Bay-Hanoi-Hue. (B,L)

Start you day with a Tai-chi lesson up on the deck. Enjoy some tea or coffee and hearty breakfast before continue your journey and dead out to explore the bay in the area where the Light and Dark Cave lies on the beautiful Lan Ha Bay. You will explore by bamboo boats with local fishermen or swim or kayaking to enjoy the cold water to discover the hidden charm of the Lan Ha Bay with it quieter.

Enjoy your lunch on board while cruising through the bay.

Return to the quay side then you will be transfer to the airport for flight to Hue.

On the arrival, you will be pick up by the guide and driver to transfer to hotel in Hue city. Over night in Hue.

Day 5: Hue-DMZ. (B, L)

This morning you will visit Citadel which is on the North bank of Perfume River. The citadel was built in 1804 and took 30 years to build it. But it was heavily damaged during the Tet Offensive 1968.

Citadel Huế 1968

After citadel, you will travel north to Dong Hà City where you stay over night for DMZ tomorrow. Lunch will be at local restaurant along drive. In the afternoon, you will visit Vinh Moc Tunnel and Hien Luong Bridge which was once the border between North and South during the war.

Day 6: DMZ- Khe Sanh Combat Base. (B,L)

Today will be The Old Battlefield-Day.

Take Rout 9, Heading west of Dong Ha City, the first stop will be Camp Carrol, a US Marine Firebase. The camp was named after Navy Cross recipient Captain J.J. Carroll who was the commanding officer of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines. He was killed by friendly tank fire on October 5, 1966 during Operation Prairie. The camp was commissioned on November 10, 1966 and became home for the 3rd Marine Regiment. It was one of nine artillery bases constructed along the DMZ and had 80 artillery pieces including M107 175mm guns from the United States Army. From a tactical perspective, therefore, the 175mm self-propelled gun was the most important weapon at Camp Carroll. The 175mm guns put Camp Carroll on the map, particularly the tactical maps of the North Vietnamese forward observers. The most powerful American field artillery tube, the 175mm could fire a 150-pound projectile 32,690 meters and effectively return fire on any enemy gun that could hit it. spend your time to explore the area. The base was completely destroyed by bombarding from B52 after taken by NVA.

Camp Carrol

After Camp Carrol, a short drive to Rockpile, the Observation Base and Radio Station of US Marines. Just see  and take photos of it by high way, can not climb up there.

Then continue your drive to Con Thien CombatBaseCồn Thiên was known to local missionaries as “the Hill of Angels,” but to the occupying Marines, Con Thien was a little piece of hell. Just two miles south of the Demilitarized Zone (the DMZ dividing line between North and South Vietnam), it was a barren, bulldozed plateau of red dirt 160 meters high and ringed with barbed wire, studded with artillery revetments and crisscrossed with trenches and sand bag-covered bunkers.

Nothing of the base left but still a bunker. It is now a rubber tree plantation. Take a walk through it if you want. of 

Back on road, your lunch will be on the road at a local restaurant. After lunch,  you will head to Khe Sanh Combat Base. Stop a long the way to visit a Hill Tribe Village. At Khe Sanh Base spend your time to explore it. still there the relics of the runway, bunkers and tanks.

After that you take a short drive to the last stop for today, Lang Vei, a special forces camp, which was run over by NVA tanks PT-76 in 7/jan/1968.

Stay overnight in Khe Sanh Town. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7: Khe Sanh-A Shau Valley-Pass of Ocean Cloud-Da Nang. (B, L)

Check out hotel and drive south along Ho Chi Minh Trails to Da Nang, Stop at A Shau Airbase. Spend your time to explore around. There still a lots of bomb creators left. After that back on road and stop a long the way for lunch. After lunch you will drive over beautiful scenery pass, Ocean Cloud Pass. Make a stop on the top of the pass for the view.  You can see some of the bunkers left which were built by French and US Marines upgraded them for use during the war.

A-Shau Airfield

After the Pass you will arrive Da Nang, a beautiful city by the coast and well known during the war as the big base of US.

Dinner on your own. Stay over night in Da Nang.

Day 8: Da Nang City (B)

This morning you will visit Marble Mountains, You can choose to climb up by steps or take the lift up half way. On top there a big marble cave, which was used by VC as emergency hospital in 1968. A paranoma view on the top and a very old Budhist Temple as well.

After marble mountains, you will stop at the China Beach (the local people really hate the name because this is Viet Nam, not China. The name just for tourists. Local people call it My Khe Beach) which was used as R&R Beach for US soldiers and nurses before the battlefields during the war. Stop for a walk and photos. It is one of the most beautiful beaches over the world.

Sunrise over My Khe Beach

From China Beach, you will drive to Monkey Mountain and drive over it. Stop on the top at the old Chopper Airfield to explore it by yourselves before you head back to city for lunch.

After lunch you will visit a local market and Cham Museum before heading back hotel for rest. Dinner is on your own.

Stay overnight in Da Nang.

Day 9: Da Nang-Hoi An City Tour (B)

Today is a Non- Battlefield Day.

You will be pick up at hotel and drive to Hoi An Old Town for a walking tour. The town was once very busy business centre of South East Asia more than 400 years ago. You will visit colorful hustle bustle central market. A Chiness Temple. A 200 year merchant house and 400 year Japanese Bridge. After that you have free time to explore the town by yourselves or shopping before lunch.

Hoi An Old Town

After lunch you will be diven back to hotel. You are free in the afternoon to relax.

Dinner is on your own.

Stay overnight in Da Nang.

Day 10: Da Nang – An Hoa Combate Base- Chu Lai airbase. (B, L)

This morning you will drive south west of Da Nang for Hill 55An Hoa Combate Base. The base now is just a ruin but you still see the runway of the airfield. Take you time to explore it.

An Hoa Combatbase

After An Hoa Base, countinue south to Chu Lai Airbase. It takes 1.5hour to drive there so your lunch will be a long the way at a local restaurant. Chu Lai Airbase now half of it is a domestic airport to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi only. Spend your time to explore it before heading back to Da Nang for a last night in Central of Viet Nam.

Day 11: Da Nang- Ho Chi Minh City- City Tour (B,L)

You will be pick up at lobby of hotel to airport for morning flight to HCM City.

On arrival you will be pick up by guide and driver for city tour. You will visit Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh Market, Nortre Dame Church, War Remnants Museum. Lunch will be half way.

After tour, check in hotel and relax.

Dinner on your own. Stay overnight at Intercontinental Hotel.

Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels- Cao Dai Temple (B,L)

This morning you will drive to North West of HCM City to explore the immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City. Visit the various traps used during the war and enter and crawl through one of the tunnels . They started building the tunnels from 1946-1948 during the French War for hidding, storage weapons… Until 1965, the tunnels was about 200Km long with 3 storeys.

You will have a chance to crawl through the tunnels to see how the life of underground was.

After Cu Chi Tunnels, back on road to Cao Dai Temple. The temple was built in early 1930s. And it is considered as Holy Place for the Caodaiists. The main focal point is a Divine Eye symbolising God which has the Ying and Yang icon in its pupil. Ceremonies take place daily with two services, 6AM and 6PM, accompanied by musicians and a choir singing in English to traditional Vietnamese music.

Afterthat you will dive 100km back to HCM City. Relax and Dinner on your own.

Day 13: Mekong Fullday. Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)

You will be pick up at hotel at 8AM and drive 1.5 hour to south to explore the life on water and have a chance to interact with the local people. Your lunch will be at a local restaurant with special locasl food like Elephent Ear Fish ( deepfried and roll in ricepaper with vegetable and then you deep into the sweet and sour fish sauce with chilli and garlic).

Back to hotel mid afternoon and then you are free until Farewell Dinner.

Day 14: Flight back Home. Tour End.

This morning you will be pick up at hotel to stransfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your flight home.

Goodbye Vietnam> Home Sweet  Home>Tour End.

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Danang-Happy Valley-Hill 55-An Hoa Combat Base: Fullday

Danang-Happy Valley-Hill 55-An Hoa Combat Base: Fullday (L).

At 8am, you will be met by our guide at the lobby to drive to Happy Valley, This area was an ancient hiding place for annamites when Chinese invaded from north in ancient times. Was NVA stronghold used for staging attacks on Da Nang, usually with 122mm rockets.  The valley was actually named the Suoi Ca valley for the stream which ran the length of the valley but no one could pronounce the name so everyone referred to it as Happy Valley.

The NVA and VC made this place a very unhappy for ARVN and US Forces. Initially a Marine AO, it later was patrolled by elements of the Americal Division. Spend your time to explore the erea by yourselves.

After Happy Valley, we will drive to Hill 55 known as Camp Muir, The base was named Camp Muir after LTC Joseph Muir, commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines who was killed by a booby-trap on 11 September 1965. As the hill was the dominant terrain feature in the area, the 7th Marines, supported by mine-clearing LVTE-1s of the 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion and engineers from the 3rd Engineer Battalion took control of the hill, demined it and established a base there in late January/early February 1966.

After Camp Muir, we will drive across the New Liberty Bridge (near the old Liberty Bridge) to An Hoa Combat Base.

The Liberty Bridge was constructed in 1966 and located in Dai Loc District, Quang Nam Province. It was built to enable the Marines to move men and material across the Song Thu Bon south to An Hoa Combat Base or to a jump off point for Operations to be conducted on Go Noi Island.

The bridge was constantly under attack and was destroyed several times, either by VC or nature. It underwent several changes but was finally destroyed when the North Vietnamese were victorious over the South. The only thing that remains of this structure are several pilons that project out of the water.

We will have lunch along the way before heading to An Hoa.

An Hoa Combat Base was first used by the Marines in January 1966 during Operation Mallard when the 1st Battalion, 12th Marines established a firebase there while the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and a Company from the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines swept the surrounding area. 20 April 1966 the Marines returned to An Hoa on Operation Georgia, the 12th Marines reestablished a firebase while the 3rd Battalion 9th Marines provided security, the base would become permanent at this time as the Marines sought to pacify the area.

The base is now just a ruin but you still the runway is still there.

Spend  your freetime to walk around the base before we head back to Danang. On the way back we will stop at Marble Mountain Airfield Facility, China Beach and US Naval Hospital.

Back to your hotel late afternoon.

 

 

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Hoian-Danang-Ashau Valley- Hamburger Hill: Fullday

Hoian-Danang-Ashau Valley-Hamburger Hill: Fullday (L)

At 7am, You will be met our guide to drive to Danang. Quick stop for photo at Marble Mountain Airfield Facility and My Khe Beach known as China Beach or R&R Beach for GIs and Nurses relaxed before battlefields .Then we drive north west of Danang to Route 14 or Ho Chi Minh Trails about 160km to ALuoi. We will first visit Ashau Valley.

A Shau Valley is in the northernmost part of South Vietnam. The mile-wide, 25-mile-long bottomland running north-south along the Laotian border was a conduit for the Ho Chi Minh Trail as it bypassed the Demilitarized Zone. Containing an estimated 20,000 NVA troops by 1967 and a massive store of war supplies, A Shau was a painful thorn in the side of South Vietnam. The NVA used the steep mountainous terrain surrounding the valley to launch battles against every major allied position in the south during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

One of the first significant actions in the A Shau Valley was the 1966 battle for the Ashau Special Forces Camp at the south end of the valley just five miles from the border with Laos.   This outpost stood astride the invasion route to Hué and Danang and was a stumbling block to the NVA offensive strategy.   The NVA struck the camp in March 1966.   The defending U.S. Special Forces and Vietnamese irregular soldiers were supported by U.S. airpower and put up a heroic two-day defense.   Bad weather limited the effectiveness of air support, and the numerically superiority NVA forces eventually overran the camp.   The action resulted in the award of the Medal of Honor to Air Force A-1 pilot Major Bernie Fisher for the rescue of his wing man, Major Jump Myers, from the runway at A Shau.

After Ashau Valley, lunch will be at a local restaurant in Aluoi town before Hamburger Hill.

Hamburger Hill or Đồi A Bia or Ap Bia Mountain or Hill 937 is a mountain on the Laotian border of South Vietnam in Thừa Thiên–Huế Province. Rising from the floor of the western A Shau Valley, it is a looming, solitary massif, unconnected to the ridges of the surrounding Annamite range. It dominates the northern valley, towering some 937 metres above sea level. Snaking down from its highest peak are a series of ridges and fingers, one of the largest extending southeast to a height of 900 metres, another reaching south to a 916-metre peak. The entire mountain is a rugged, uninviting wilderness blanketed in double- and triple-canopy jungle, dense thickets of bamboo, and waist-high elephant grass. Local Montagnard tribesmen call Ap Bia “the mountain of the crouching beast.”

We will step up about 700 steps to the top of the hill. Along the way we still see the vestiges of bunker, tunnel and LZs.

The hill is now covered with bushes and elephant grass.

A war memorial built on the top to commemorate the KIA of both sides.

Spend your time to visit around before going down to head back to Hoian.

 

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Hue-Ashau Valley-Hamburger Hill: Fullday

Hue-Ashau Valley-Hamburger Hill: Fullday (L)

At 7.30 you will be met our guide at the lobby and drive to Aluoi Town. We will drive along Route 49 about 60km west of Hue. It is pretty beautiful drive. Then we turn left into Ho Chi Minh Trails or Route 14 to  Ashau Valley. The A Shau Valley was one of the strategic focal points of the war in Vietnam.   The mile-wide, 25-mile-long bottomland running north-south along the Laotian border was a conduit for the Ho Chi Minh Trails as it bypassed the Demilitarized Zone. Containing an estimated 20,000 NVA troops by 1967 and a massive store of war supplies, A Shau was a painful thorn in the side of South Vietnam. The NVA used the steep mountainous terrain surrounding the valley to launch battles against every major allied position in the south during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

One of the first significant actions in the A Shau Valley was the 1966 battle for the Special Forces camp at the south end of the valley just five miles from the border with Laos.   This outpost stood astride the invasion route to Hué and Danang and was a stumbling block to the NVA offensive strategy.   The NVA struck the camp in March 1966.   The defending U.S. Special Forces and Vietnamese irregular soldiers were supported by U.S. airpower and put up a heroic two-day defense.   Bad weather limited the effectiveness of air support, and the numerically superiority NVA forces eventually overran the camp.   The action resulted in the award of the Medal of Honor to Air Force A-1 pilot Major Bernie Fisher for the rescue of his wing man, Major Jump Myers, from the runway at A Shau.   

The Ashau Special Force Base is now almost gone but you still the runway with dozens of bom creators left. Spend your time to explore the base by your selves before we head to Hamburger Hill.

Hamburger Hill or Đồi A Bia or Ap Bia Mountain or Hill 937 is a mountain on the Laotian border of South Vietnam in Thừa Thiên–Huế Province. Rising from the floor of the western A Shau Valley, it is a looming, solitary massif, unconnected to the ridges of the surrounding Annamite range. It dominates the northern valley, towering some 937 metres above sea level. Snaking down from its highest peak are a series of ridges and fingers, one of the largest extending southeast to a height of 900 metres, another reaching south to a 916-metre peak. The entire mountain is a rugged, uninviting wilderness blanketed in double- and triple-canopy jungle, dense thickets of bamboo, and waist-high elephant grass. Local Montagnard tribesmen call Ap Bia “the mountain of the crouching beast.”

We will step up about 700 steps to the top of the hill. Along the way we still see the vestiges of bunker, tunnel and LZs.

The hill is now covered with bushes and elephant grass.

A war memorial on the top to commemorate the KIA of both sides.

Spend your time to explore the hill.

Back to Hue late afternoon.

 

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