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With its numerous national parks, white sand beaches, colourful villages, pagodas and ancient monuments, forests and islands, Vietnam is a land of often surprising beauty, offering cultural depth and history, increasingly combined with tourism-friendly areas offering all the facilities a modern traveller could wish for.

Vietnam’s people are its greatest asset: gregarious, friendly and eager to meet visitors. In the bustling cities, the often chaotic streets contrast ox carts with limousines, ancient rituals with sophisticated technology, and are ruled by the ubiquitous moped.

Our strength is in translating these opportunities into detailed, practical itineraries. We do luxury travel and event planning, as well as a wide range of beach, family, honeymoon, adventure, golf, veteran and cultural tours.

There is no better way to experience a destination than through the perspective of the local people. At Water Puppet Tours, this key element of local insight drives every step of our process of tour design and delivery. We provide tailor-made tours individually crafted for each client, achieving this by emphasizing the direct working relationship between the client and the tour designer and operator.


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Best Golf Courses 14 days

Vietnam is fast becoming one of the most scenic and fascinating golf destinations in Asia and this short tour will allow you to discover the diversity of Vietnam in terms of culture, landscape and history, while devoting time to your favorite hobby, golf.   There are currently 14 golf courses in Vietnam, with more to come. Golfers can travel across the country to play golf at sites such as the Paradise Marina Club in Vung Tau.  This two week tour will give you appreciation for the links in Asia and have you planning a return trip to Vietnam.

In addition to golf, you have a chance to visit the famous spots like:

Hanoi Vietnam – The charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside. Hanoi may have shrugged off several former names, including Thang Long, or “ascending dragon”, but it hasn’t forgotten its past, as sites such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison attest. Lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city, which is easily explored. Showcasing sweeping boulevards, tree-fringed lakes and ancient pagodas, Hanoi is Asia’s most atmospheric capital. Just don’t expect a sleepy ambience. It’s an energetic city on the move, and Hanoi’s ambitious citizens are determined to make up for lost time.

Halong Bay Vietnam was recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site by Unesco, Imagine 2000 or more islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty. Halong translates as ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’, and legend claims the islands of Halong Bay were created by a great dragon from the mountains. As it charged towards the coast, its flailing tail gouged out valleys and crevasses. When it finally plunged into the sea, the area filled with water, leaving only the pinnacles visible.

Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam’s bustling largest city sets the cultural and economic pace for the country. The former Saigon boasts charming French colonial architecture and wide boulevards, usually thronged and choked with traffic. Taxis are an option for seeing the sprawling city. The War Remnants Museum shows the Vietnam War through Vietnamese eyes. Don’t miss the impressive Jade Emperor Pagoda. Go to the frenetic Ben Thanh Market for food, flowers or frogs or tour through the Mekong Delta, past rice paddies and houseboats.

The Mekong Delta – The area is both riparian and deeply rural, but it’s also one of Vietnam’s most densely populated regions, with nearly every hectare intensively farmed. Visitors can dwell on southern charm in little-visited riverside cities, sample fruits traded in the colourful floating markets, or feast on home-cooked delicacies before overnighting as a homestay guest. Mangrove forests, sacred Khmer pagodas and off-the-beaten-track attractions round out the picture.

Dalat Vietnam ‘Le Petit Paris’, ‘City of Eternal Spring’, ‘the Jewel of the Central Highlands'; call it what you will – Dalat is very pleasant place to spend a few days cooling down and enjoying a very different side of Vietnam. Dalat, and its surrounding central highlands, are famous throughout Vietnam for pine forests, waterfalls, flowers and vegetables. Dalat itself is also known as the the honeymoon destination of choice for Vietnamese newlyweds. The town itself was originally established at the end of the 19th century as a hill station for Ho Chi Minh City’s European population thanks to the a French doctor, Dr Alexandre Yersin, who first suggested establishing a health resort here in 1893. The therapeutic properties of the temperate climate and the surrounding countryside (with its seemingly endless supply of tiger, elephant and deer) would allow visitors to escape from the heat of the plains and also to indulge the popular colonial past time of big-game hunting. Whilst the game may now be long gone there is still plenty to see in Dalat; a fine collection of French colonial architecture including timber-framed farmhouses and villas, several restored Colonial-era hotels, a cathedral, and a fine Art Deco railway station. In the surrounding central highlands there are many minority hill-tribe groups and, whilst they are perhaps not as colourful as those found in the northern mountains, they are diverse and maintain a range of fascinating cultural traditions.

Best Golf Courses 14 days

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (Dinner, Guide pickup)

Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel, the capital city of Vietnam, is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with tranquil Restored Sword Lake at its heart. North of the lake are the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, each street named after the trade that used to take place there. Much of the city was transformed by the French when it became a French protectorate in the 1880s and there are wide boulevards and large colonial buildings which are now home to government departments and foreign embassies. You will have time to relax before enjoy a water puppet show, an art form in which puppets are suspended over water, directed by puppet masters who must sit semi-submerged for hours at a time. The tradition of water puppetry is at least 1,000 years old, originating with peasants in the Red River Delta of the north. The puppets, which the French used to call “the souls of the Vietnamese rice fields,” are made of the water-resistant wood of the fig tree and depict villagers, farm animals, dragons, and more.

In the evening, you’ll have a ‘Welcome’ dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant in a restored French colonial building. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi - Golfing King's Island Golf Resort (Breakfast, Guide)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kings Island. This is the first golf course ever built in northern Vietnam. This golf course is located on the shores of the Dong Ho reservoir in Ha Tay province in the shadow of Ba Vi Mountain, 45km outside of Hanoi. The 350 hectare Kings Island Golf Resort & Country Club is one of the most scenic golf destinations. After the golf course, you will return to your hotel to stay overnight.

Kings’ Island Golf Resort of 36 holes including the Lakeside and Mountain view courses is situated on 350 hectares of land and 1500 hectares of waterfront, very familiar and well-known among golfers, with the interesting history of 20 years of operation and development.

Lakeside course of 18 holes - par 72 - 6,516 yards, was designed in 1993 by a famous American architect, Mr. Mc Farland.

Mountain View course of 18 holes - par 72 - 7,100 yards, was designed in 2004 by Pacific Coast Design, a well-known Australian company in the field of golf course design, especially in South East Asia.

Day 3: Hanoi Orientation – Halong Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historical presidential relics and then the Temple of Literature nearby. Afterwards you will head to Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake. The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake and dates back to the 13th century. The lake itself is a picturesque focal point of Hanoi, frequented by tourists and locals alike.

After lunch, you will set off for Halong Bay - the Emerald Bay of Vietnam - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Some of the roads to the bay are rough, but the journey offers quiet views of the flat green countryside dotted with rice paddies and small villages. You arrive in the late afternoon. You will spend the night in Halong City.

Alternative for Day 3: Hanoi - Chi Linh Golf course – Halong Bay (Breakfast, Guide)

After breakfast, you’ll be driven CHI LINH GOLF COURSE, which is 70km from Hanoi. Located on a magnificent valley nestling beside a large lake and surrounded by rolling forest hills proudly sits the premier golf club of Vietnam “The Chi Linh Star Golf and Country Club”. The club house expands 325ha on the top of a hill, capturing a panoramic view of the picturesque facility, boasting remarkable landscapes. The course features a 36-hole golfing challenge, with every hole constructed and designed to international standards. The golf course with the immaculately conditioned fairways, fast greens, strategic bunkers and a large lake will ensure your golfing experience at Chi Linh Star challenging, enjoyable and unforgettable. After the course you will be transferred to Halong City. You will spend the night in Halong.

Day 4: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast, you’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you’ll board a traditional-style boat for four-hour cruise on the bay to visit some of the popular grottoes and caves. You’ll be served a seafood lunch on the boat. In the late afternoon, you’ll be driven to the airport for the flight to Danang. You will send the night in Danang.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City orientation (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast, your guide will arrive to show you around Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll visit the History Museum where there is a special exhibition of the 5th century ‘Oc Eo’ civilisation. (Alternatively, you’ll visit the Fito Museum (First Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine) is host to a large collection of relics, including traditional Vietnamese medicinal implements, and chronicles the history of medical practice in Vietnam from 2000 BC). The Museum of War Remnants provides a very partial, but riveting, perspective of the ‘American War’: not for the squeamish! The Binh Tay market and the China Town are worth a stroll to explore the local daily life and the culture mix.

You’ll also call in at the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. You’ll then return your hotel for freshen up or wander around the huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City - Golf at Song Be Golf Resort (Breakfast, Guide)

After breakfast at hotel, you will drive to Song Be Golf Resort in Binh Duong province, 50 km away from hotel (50 minutes). You will then enjoy a round of 18 holes golf and after the course, you will be transferred back to hotel

Song Be Golf Resort first opened its doors in 1994 and is regarded as Vietnam's first International Standard Championship Golf Course. Golfers marvel at the beauty of the natural landscape as they attempt to tame the challenges presented by the 27 holes par 72 golf course. Measuring 6,272 metres, the blue tee presents a formidable challenge.

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Can Tho (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl, you’ll travel to Cai Be where a Mekong River cruise will take you to visit the fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and some long established cottage industries. Later, a rowing boat will carry you through the maze of the Mekong Delta’s myriad channels to connect with the real life of the local people, visiting a local house and listening to live music performed by local artists. You’ll then drive deeper into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho. Upon arrival you’ll call in at the Munir Ansay – an ancient Khmer style pagoda renowned for its unique structural decorations. You’ll then continue to your hotel in Can Tho where you’ll spend the night.

Munir Ansay Pagoda has many statues and pillars with sophisticated decoration; the main gate was built in the shape of the towers illustrative of Angkor architecture.

Day 8: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast and a boat cruise, you’ll arrive at Cai Rang floating market on the Mekong Delta. Both the journey and the market provide insights into the rural Mekong Delta lifestyle.  On your return to Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll stop by the beautiful and ancient Vinh Trang Pagoda, 3 km from My Tho centre.  You’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon with time to freshen up in your hotel before the evening.

Vinh Trang Pagoda is renowned for its architectural mixture of Chinese, Vietnamese and Angkor styles. Located on a 2 hectare block with 5 buildings, 2 ornamental yards, 178 pillars and many valuable statues (especially the 18 arahants, wooden statues carved in 1907), the pagoda will give you a deeper look into the relationship between Vietnamese art and Buddhist beliefs.

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City - Dalat (Breakfast, Driver pickup)

In the afternoon, you’ll fly to Dalat. On arrival, you’ll be met and driven to check into your hotel. After freshening up, you’ll then visit Dalat market nearby. You will spend the night in Dalat.

Day 10: Golfing Dalat Palace Golf Club (Breakfast)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Dalat Palace Golf Club. After the course, you will come back to your hotel to stay overnight in Dalat.

The Dalat Palace Golf Club is a masterpiece in design. Gently crafted into the rolling hills of Dalat and overlooking the majestic Xuan Huong Lake, the course weaves its way through stately pine trees to oversized and delicately manicured bent grass greens.

A French architect imagined this layout in 1922, but it took stimulation from the country's most prominent golf supporter (Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam) to spur its ultimate construction later in the decade

Today, it's the top-rated course in Vietnam - for its classic design chops, for the incredible rise and fall of its terrain and for its flawless bentgrass conditions. Indeed, Dalat Palace is one of the few bentgrass layouts in SE Asia, thanks to Dalat's cooler, 1,500m-high climate.

Day 11: Dalat - Phan Thiet (Breakfast, Driver Pickup)

Today, you will drive to Phan Thiet (160 km, 3 hours) where you will spend the night.

Day 12: Golfing Ocean Dunes Golf Resort (Breakfast)

Enjoy an early morning round of golf at the only and finest course designed by Nick Faldo. The Ocean Dunes Golf Club located in Phan Thiet features a 6,746-yard Par 72 golf course designed by Nick Faldo. It is an outstanding natural site with sea and windswept sand dunes, tropical costal breezes and fantastic ocean views. The rest of the day, you will relax and unwind on the best beach in Vietnam. You will spend the night in Phan Thiet.

Day 13: Phan Thiet free (Breakfast)

The day will be free for strolling in the town, lazing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy. You’ll spend the night in Phan Thiet.

Day 10: Airport transfer (Breakfast, Driver pickup)

After breakfast, you will be free until the driver arrives to transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City and then to the airport to take your departure flight onward.

Inclusive

  • Vietnam Visa invatation letter.
  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City - Dalat including domestic airport taxes.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Boat cruises as specified in the programme. All Ha Long Bay boats will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
  • Fee for golf-playing, including: 18-hole green fee, 01 caddie per round
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • Tissues and water on coach.
  • VAT and other taxes
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Exclusive

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Other services not mentioned above.
  • Golf cart and other equipments, shoes, and other golf services not mentioned above or surcharge for weekend or special days

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