The Best Of Vietnam For Veterants.

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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