This Vietnam veteran’s tour has been designed for Ted O’Connell and anyone who is interested in tours for veterans. He would like to visit interior Vietnam, including out of the way mountainous places on the Vietnam/Laos border and other remote areas of Vietnam that are both historic and unique.
The tour focused to areas in the North where the PAVN embarked down the Ho Chi Minh Trail (American name) and remnants of the trail in remote areas.
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 (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
In the morning, you will be driven to Son Tay to visit the school compound where the American Special Forces mistakenly thought there were POWs. Next, your guide will take you to the International Friendship Village for Vietnamese veterans and Orange Agent victims. In the afternoon, visits to the Army Museum will present a Vietnamese perspective of the years of conflict. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi – Vinh (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
In the morning, you’ll visit the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum in anticipation of your trip to Ho Chi Minh Trail before you board the train to Vinh. On arriving at Vinh station, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll spend the night in Vinh.
Day 4: Vinh – Dong Loc – Phong Nha – Dong Hoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
In the morning, you’ll be driven to Dong Loc intersection which is widely regarded in Vietnamese eyes as the beginning of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. You’ll then pass through remote back country, closer to the border, as the scenery steadily becomes dominated by karst limestone rock formations. You’ll pass two famous intersections where until 1972 most of the Trail’s traffic passed over into Lao. Arriving Phong Nha in the afternoon, you’ll take a boat trip up to Phong Nha caves. It is probably the most beautiful with many fascinating rock formations with imaginative names such as Fairy Caves, Royal Court and Buddha. Phong Nha also boasts underground rivers, large caverns and passageways and broad pristine sandbanks. You’ll spend the night in Dong Hoi.
Day 5: Dong Hoi – DMZ – Khe Sanh (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)
In the morning, your car and guide will take you northwards to Quang Tri province to tour the wartime ‘De-militarised Zone’, better known as the DMZ. On the way, you’ll visit the Vinh Moc Tunnels, Hien Luong Bridge, the Ben Hai river battle sites. Your car will take to what was once the Con Tien firebase. You’ll spend the night in Khe Sanh town.
Day 6: Khe Sanh – DMZ – A Luoi – Kham Duc (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)
In the morning, you’ll visit the Khe Sanh combat base, Lang Vay Special Forces Camp and the Laos/Vietnam border. You’ll then drive to Kham Duc via A Luoi for an overnight stay. You’ll spend the night in Kham Duc.
Day 7: Kham Duc – Kon Tum (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)
In the morning, you drive to Kontum. On arrival, you’ll visit the charming Wooden Church and, if convenient, drop in at a nearby orphanage. You’ll then travel to Konkotu village for dinner and a well-earned night’s sleep in the village Rong house.
Day 8: Kontum – Pleiku (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)
In the morning, you hike through the forest to Jolong village and the source of the DakBla River, crossing the KonBa hanging bridge en-route. Next, you’ll climb into an inflatable dingy to ‘raft’ down the DakBla River, stopping on the way for a riverside picnic lunch. You’ll be met and driven to Pleiku. You’ll spend the night in Pleiku.
Day 9: Pleiku – Buon Ma Thuot (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
In the morning, your vehicle will take you to Buon Ma Thuot. After checking in, you’ll visit the local Ethnology Museum and A Co Thon village, home of many Ede ethnic minority people. You’ll spend the night in Buon Ma Thuot.
Day 10: Buon Ma Thuot (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
After breakfast, your car will arrive to take you to Buon Don Village for an elephant ride and you’ll have hike through the forest. You’ll stay overnight in Buon Ma Thuot.
Day 11: Buon Me Thuot – Da Lat (Breakfast, Driver Pickup)
In the morning, you’ll drive to Da Lat. The remainder of the day is free. Overnight will be in Da Lat.
Day 12: Dalat City tour from the back of a motorbike (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
Today will be devoted to Dalat and its surroundings. The city is quite compact, but its hinterland extends well beyond, so we suggest a tour on the back of a motorbike. You’ll visit the Linh Phuoc Pagoda and an embroidery workshop in an attractive garden setting. Alternatively, you could visit Dalat’s railway station instead of the embroidery workshop. After lunch, Emperor Bao Dai’s Summer Palace, the Crazy House and Dalat market are on the itinerary. The day will end at a café at about 4.00 p.m.
Day 13: Da Lat – Nha Trang (Breakfast, Driver Pickup)
After breakfast, you’ll drive to Nha Trang. You’ll have your own time to relax, lazing on the beach. You’ll spend the night in Nha Trang.
Day 14: Nha Trang (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 Nha Trang.
Day 15: Nha Trang - Hanoi departure (Breakfast, Driver Pickup)
In the morning, your private car arrives to take you to Cam Ranh airport for your flight to Hanoi in good time to connect with your departure flight.
- Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved 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: Dalat - Hanoi, including domestic airport taxes.
- Train tickets: Hanoi – Vinh (air-conditioned soft four-berth cabin, good local standard)
- 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
- 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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