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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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The Crash Site 14 Days

This Vietnam military tour was designed for Mr. Maury and Tom who returned to Vietnam in April 2007.

Tom Gooch and Maury were both helicopter pilots way back then. They have a number of places to see but their PRIORITY REQUEST is to visit the crash site where MAURY’S brother died in 1969. His brother was MIA until 1989 when Vietnamese government returned his remains and a location for the crash site which is near Bong Son close to a village North East of LZ BIRD.

Like most of our battlefield tours for veterans, this is an itinerary which has been customized for our clients. If you would like to have a special itinerary just for you, your family and friends, please contact us.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival (Dinner, Guide)

Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your journey before a Welcome dinner. You will then 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. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: 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 3: Ho Chi Minh – Nha Trang (Breakfast, Guide)

After breakfast, you will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport to board the noon flight to Nha Trang. On arrival, you’ll find a car and driver waiting to take you to your hotel. You’ll have a chance to visit the place which used to be the 8th field hospital en-route. You’ll spend the night in Nha Trang.

Day 4 to day 5: Nha Trang beach free (Breakfast)

Your time will be your own!

Day 6: Nha Trang – Tuy Hoa – Quy Nhon (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast, at 08.30 am, your car and driver will arrive to take you to Tuy Hoa then Quy Nhon. On the way, you will visit the place which used to be the 91st Evacuation hospital and the Phu Hiep village. You’ll spend the night at Resort Hoang Anh Quy Nhon.

Day 7: Quy Nhon - Tam Quan - Quy Nhon (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

Your guide will meet you in the morning and drive you to northern Binh Dinh to visit the area of Tam Quan in Hoai Nhon District. The day involves stops at the LZ English and LZ North English sites, and a view of Phu Nong area where the 173rd Airborne was stationed. You'll walk to surrounding local villages to get a taste of what life is like here today. Returning to your hotel, you’ll spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Alternatively, your guide could show you some other former military sites along National Highway 1 and 19, or around Quy Nhon City. Your overnight accommodation will be in Quy Nhon.

Day 8: Quy Nhon free (Breakfast)

Your time will be your own!

Day 9: Quy Nhon – Danang (Breakfast, Guide)

Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to Phu Cat airport to board the noon flight to Danang. When you arrive, a private car will be waiting to take you to your hotel.

Day 10: Danang – Ashau – Hue (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast, your car will take you to visit FSB Cunningham in Ashau valley via route 14 and then Aluoi to visit FSB Airborne. In the late afternoon, you’ll drive to Hue via route 49 (old name is 547) for hotel accommodation.

Day 11: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast, Guide)

You’ll take a morning drive to visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue before you board a noon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll have a chance to visit the Camp Eagle en-route. When you arrive, a private car will be waiting to take you to your hotel in the city center. After checking in, you’ll be free for a preliminary wander around District 1. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Loc Ninh - An Loc - Dau Tieng - Tay Ninh (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast, you’ll drive on Highway No. 13 to Loc Ninh to visit Loc Ninh Airfield (the airfield is now a Vietnamese Military Base, therefore entry and photography are not allowed). Then, you’ll return to An Loc (formerly called Hon Quan) to visit the former airfields and continue your journey to Quan Loi Airfield (or former LZ Andy). You’ll then drive to Tay Ninh via Dau Tieng Base Camp. You’ll arrive in Tay Ninh in the late afternoon and spend the night there.

Day 13: Tay Ninh - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

In the morning, you’ll be taken to Black Virgin Mountain for a cable car ride to the top. Then, you’ll drive back toward Ho Chi Minh City. En route, you’ll pause to visit the former Tay Ninh airfield which is now a rubber plantation. You’ll then drive further to Cu Chi and view from afar the former Cu Chi base camp, the Headquarters of the 25th Infantry Division. The camp is now a Vietnamese Military Base, therefore entry and photography are not allowed. You’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon and spend the night there.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City departure (Breakfast, Driver pickup)

Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight.

Inclusive

  • Free Vietnam Visa invitation 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: Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang, Quy Nhon – Danang, Hue – Ho Chi Minh City, including domestic airport taxes.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • 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.
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