11 Days Highlights of Vietnam | 9-19 August 2019
From $2998* per person
Includes Return Airfares ex. Sydney/Melbourne
Provided by Travel with a Cause (TWAC).
Vietnam Airlines is your carrier and renown Insider Journeys, the trip organiser, you will have an incredible adventure
self-discovery and the joy of travelling
with an intimate group of like-minded people.
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From the boisterous energy of Saigon to the tranquil islands of Halong Bay, discover the contrasting regions of this diverse country. Hoi An's antiquated streets will thoroughly charm you, and provide insights into traditional Vietnamese life. The drive from Hue through the lush countryside and passing stunning coastal vistas are breathtaking. Appreciate the comfort and convenience of flights between major centres, leaving you more time to experience this joyous destination.
From a backstreet food tour of Hanoi to feasting on fresh seafood as you cruise throughout Halong Bay, eating your way through Vietnam is a delicious way to experience the country.
Gain a fascinating insight into the Vietnamese culture as you share a meal with a local family in Hue or visit colourful minority communities in the beautiful mountains surrounding.
Unique experiences are at every turn.
Create a souvenir from recycled
materials at the Spiral Foundation, take
a picturesque coastal train journey or
travel by speedboat to the Mekong Delta.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 FRIDAY - AUSTRALIA – SAIGON
On arrival into Saigon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this vibrant city.
DAY 2 SATURDAY - SAIGON
Day at leisure. Tonight meet your fellow travellers over welcome drinks while your Tour Leader explains some important details and logistics of the journey ahead. Please open your welcome pack as it contains details of tonight’s activities. After the tour briefing, join your Tour Leader and savour some tasty Vietnamese dishes at a local restaurant.
DAY 3 SUNDAY - CU CHI TUNNELS AND CITY TOUR
Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon as many locals still call it is a city of extraordinary energy; it is Vietnam’s largest city and the country’s commercial capital. Nowhere is Vietnam’s rush to modernise more visible than in Saigon, yet despite this, the city is a friendly and welcoming place whilst still containing many reminders of its recent turbulent past.
This morning drive out to the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnels. Established as a means of waging guerrilla war the tunnel network stretched over 250 kilometres (155 miles) and extended to three levels below ground and provides an insight into the method and determination of Communist forces during the war years. On returning to Saigon, enjoy the ubiquitous Pho at a traditional Vietnamese Pho noodle soup restaurant. After lunch, visit a few of central Saigon’s main landmarks and attractions including the moving War Remnants Museum, the impressive architecture of French-built Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral, Post Office, and Municipal Theatre. Stroll down Dong Khoi Street, walk past Ho Chi Minh Square and the famous Rex Hotel. As the sun sets, enjoy a cocktail, or drink at Saigon Saigon bar located on the rooftop of one of Saigon’s historic landmarks. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore. Breakfast, lunch included.
DAY 4 MONDAY MEKONG DELTA
This morning you will travel south from Saigon, to the Mekong Delta. Known as the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam, the Delta is the most fertile region in the country and the area is the main producer of rice and tropical fruits. On arrival board your boat to begin your exploration of the area and cruise along tributaries of the mighty Mekong River. Explore some of the regions narrow canals, and gain a real insight into the lives of the local people. Visit a brick factory where old-fashioned kiln techniques are used, stop at a riverside coconut processing factory and visit a local home where the family weave mats using local materials. Enjoy a delicious lunch featuring some local specialties, including Elephant Ear Fish. Return to Saigon stopping en route at an unusual & colourful Cao Dai pagoda, a uniquely Vietnamese sect that combines a mix of all the world’s great religions. Arrive back to your hotel late afternoon. Breakfast and lunch included.