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Classic Vietnam

10days

Tour description

Vietnam is most widely known for the American War which ran from 1955 to 1975. This conflict is still prevalent in the country today but Vietnam has so much more to offer with many places of natural beauty as well as two world heritage sights which we visit on this tour. Come and experience Vietnam with Thailand Uncovered.

Halong Bay, VietnamYour Vietnamese adventure begins in the ancient city of Hanoi where you’ll have two days of sightseeing to visit the main highlights. These include the Historical Museum, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and much more. You’ll also take a 1 hour Pedicab ride through the cities narrow streets. In the evening you’ll attend the world famous Water Puppet theatre.

After leaving Hanoi behind, you’ll travel 180km northeast to Halong Bay, which is listed as a World Heritage Area of Natural Beauty. You’ll board a traditional junk boat for a 2 day cruise around the hundreds of small islands – you’ll visit caves and have the option of swimming or kayaking. You’ll end your Halong Bay cruise in the afternoon of day 4 and return to Hanoi to take the overnight sleeper train south to Hue.

Asian lanterns, Hoi An, VietnamWhilst on the train you’ll share a cabin with 3 other passengers and toilets will be available at the end of each carriage. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase some food whilst on the train, but because choices will be limited we would recommend taking some snacks onboard with you. The train should arrive into Hue in the mid morning, but be sure to rise early as the views from the train as it follows the coastline are spectacular and shouldn’t be missed!!! .

Fishing boat in Hue, VietnamOnce you’ve arrived in Hue and met your guide you’ll begin your sightseeing tour with a boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River. The river divides the city and for hundreds of years has been an inspiration for artists and writers alike. Later in the day you’ll visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and other sites of interest.

On day 7 you will journey to the city of Danang. The drive will see you passing through the Hai Van Pass, where you should ensure you have your camera ready!!! Upon arriving in Danang you’ll visit the Cham Museum, Marble Mountain and the famous China Beach.

Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An, VietnamContinuing south along the coast your next stop will be at the ancient town of Hoi An. To early western traders Hoi An was known as Faifo and it was once one of South East Asia’s most important trading ports – today the town remains much of it old-worldly charm. Whilst here you will have a walking tour to visit such landmarks as the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Assembly Hall, Phuc Kien Temple and more. Hoi An really is a lovely place to spend some free time so be sure to have a wander around the Old Quarter or visit the nearby Cau Dai beach in your free time. .

The final leg of this adventure takes you to Saigon, or as it is known today – Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll have a full day of sightseeing here which includes the Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Central Post-Office, China Town, and Thien Hau Pagoda. During the day you will also make a stop to visit the War Crimes Museum which gives a real sense how of the war affected and still affects the country today.

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