NORTHERN & SOUTHERN VIETNAM
Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ho Chi Minh City
We’ll meet you at the airport and transfer to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, via Thang Long Bridge that crosses the Red River, and check-in to your hotel.
Get to explore Vietnam’s capital city. We’ll start with the Temple of Literature, the ﬁrst university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, before dropping by Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed on Monday & Friday), his modest stilt house where he chose to live and work. Next stop is the “One Pillar Pagoda” which was built in 1049 under King Ly Thai Tong. After lunch, we’ll visit Tran Quoc Pagoda or Ngoc Son temple. Our ﬁnal stop is Hoan Kiem Lake. If you go on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you also have a chance to visit Bat Trang village, one of the oldest pottery villages in Asia.
After breakfast, we’ll leave the busy streets of Hanoi and make our way through the countryside to stunning Halong. You’ll take a wooden junk and sail leisurely and enjoy the breathtaking sight of this World Heritage site with its emerald water, grottoes and caves. Enjoy seafood lunch on board and observe the daily lives of people on the bay. If the weather permits, you may swim or even venture into some of the smaller caves in a sampan. Enjoy the magniﬁcent sunset on the bay and we’ll anchor for the night. (B / L / D)
In the morning, you’ll wake up and be enveloped by the bay’s mystical beauty. We continue to sail pass caves and grottoes, passing ﬂoating villages and ﬁshing boats. Upon disembarkation, we’ll head back to Hanoi where you are free to further explore the streets of this vibrant city. (B / L)
After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the airport for your domestic ﬂight to Ho Chi Minh City. Your afternoon is free. (B)
Immerse yourself in recent history at the War Remnants Museum and Reuniﬁ cation Palace and marvel at the French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Ofﬁce. We’ll also head to Cholon or Chinatown to experience ﬁrst-hand Chinese inﬂuence on Vietnamese society. Light some incense at the Thien Hau Pagoda, before ﬁtting in some all importance retail therapy at Binh Tay Market. After that, we will head for dinner at a local restaurant. (B / L / D)
This morning, we’ll transfer to Tay Ninh, a city that is most famous for being the home of the Cao Dai religion, an indigenous Vietnamese faith that includes the teachings of the major world religions. After lunch, enter the depths of the earth through the famous Cu Chi Tunnels - the secret underground system that stretched for hundreds of kilometers during the war. (B / L)
Free and easy. (B)
Another free day before we take to you to the airport for your ﬂight home. Do some last minute shopping. Eat up a storm. Book a complete spa package. Just enjoy. (B)
- Return international ecomomy airfares with taxes, ex Sydney/Melbourne
- Domestic connections with Vietnam Airlines
- Accommodation in 4 star hotels
- English speaking tour guides
- Air-conditioned vehicles
- All admission costs to itinerary attractions
- Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Vietnam visas
- Tipping & gratuities Recommend A$5/day/person
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
Tour Hotels (or similar)
- Hanoi: Sunway Hotel
- Halong Bay: Huong Hai Junks
- Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Central Hotel
Single supplement: $729p.p.
Cambodia - Siem Reap Extension:
Angkor Wat Getaway 4 Days/3 Nights from $699p.p.
Price Includes: Connections between Ho Chi Minh City & Siem Reap 3 nights accommodation & most meals 2 day tours with 1 hour traditional foot massage
* Price is based on twin share or double bedded room.