ANZAC Tour in Vietnam

Experience Vietnam’s rich culture and learn about its history as you tour the cities and sites of Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau, Hue, DMZ, Hoian, Hanoi, Mai Chau and Halong. Enjoy different foods, smells and sights that are all unique to Vietnam.

Day 1: Saigon Arrival (D)
Arrive Sagion, you will be met and transferred to hotel for check – in. If time permits, you will take a walking orientation tour of Saigon. Dinner and overnight in Saigon.

Saigon

Day 2: Saigon City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will take a half day tour of Saigon visiting Reunification Hall, War Remnant Museum, Post Office and Cathedral. Then continue your road trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height the tunnel system stretched over 200km, from Saigon to the Cambodian border and is three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels are a major tourist attraction, giving to the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the American war must have been. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit. Return to HCMC late in the afternoon for your overnight stay. Overnight in Saigon.

Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 3: Saigon – My Tho Known as Mekong (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will take a car ride through rice field scenery along National Highway 1 to the beautiful rural district of Trung Luong. On arrival at My Tho, after visiting Vinh Trang pagoda, take a motor boat to enter My Tho city through Bao Dinh natural canal. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to view the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands. Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, then visit the coconut candy mill and take an amazing rowing boat trip along the small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by locals. Return to Saigon late in the afternoon for your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Saigon  – Long Tan Cross (B, L, D)
This morning, you will depart for Long Tan Corss, located in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province approximately 110 km east of Ho Chi Minh City, marking the site of the Battle of Long Tan. This battle took place on 18 August 1966 and was Australia’s single most costly engagement of the Vietnam War, with the loss of 18 Australian soldiers. A cross was first erected on the site in 1969 when the 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, which fought in the Battle, was on its second tour of duty. The original cross was later removed by the Vietnamese. A replica now stands on the same site. On arrival, you will stop to get your travel permit to visit Long Tan Cross (Due to sensitivities regarding the memorial and because it is located on relatively isolated, non-public land so the permission should be given by the local authorities). Continue to visit Horseshoe and Long Phuoc Tunnels. After lunch, continue to visit the site of the former SAS Hill Task Force Base and Orphanage prior to returning to Saigon for your dinner and overnight stay.

Long Tan Cross

Day 5: Saigon – Hue (B, L, D)
Hue s well known for magnificent architectures, pagodas and royal tombs. Today a full day tour of Hue includes taking boat trip on Pefume River, visiting the Royal Tombs, Ancient Citadel, Purple Forbidden City and Dong Ba Market. Overnight in Hue.

Day 6: Hue – DMZ – Vinh Moc Tunnels (B, L, D)
North of Hue is the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, and Quang Tri Province, where much of the fighting occurred. This area still bears the scars of the massive bombardments that took place – the few remains of the many camps and combat bases, ground pockmarked with craters, and the tens of thousands of graves in the National Cemetery are solemn reminders of war.

Vinh Moc Tunnels

After breakfast, drive to Quang Tri, stop at Highway 01 to visit Quang Tri Ancient Citadel, Ai Tu Airfield. Check in at hotel in Dong Ha Town. After lunch, head north to visit the Hien Luong Bridge over the Ben Hai river at the middle of the DMZ ( Demilitarized Zone ), the river that was the only true physical demarcation between North and South Vietnam . After lunch, continue to visit Vinh Moc Tunnels and its museum, the haven of some 400 north Vietnamese inhabitants during the bombing operation “ Rolling Thunder “. Proceed to visit Con Tien, one of the famous battlefield in 1967. Return to Hue for your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: Hue – Hoian (B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer to Danang via Lang Co Beach. Stop at Hai Van Pass to view panoramic picture of Danang. Then get transferred to Hoi An – little charming township with its old houses and temples. Enjoy the walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the old town, visit Fuc Kien assembly hall, the 200 year Old Tan Ky House, Japanese Cover Bridge, Hoi An Museum, and handcraft workshops. Rest of the day is free at your own pace. Overnight in Hoian

Day 8: Tra Que Vegetable Village (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will take bicycle to Tra Que farm village. You’ll take a stroll around the vegetable garden and then join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. You’ll learn about raking the ground, sowing, watering, and picking vegetables, as well as many other aspects of gardening. After working in the garden, you’ll have a short rest and enjoy a foot bath before getting ready to prepare lunch with a local family. Lunch will feature many local delicacies, such as Tam Huu spring rolls, Banh Xeo local pancakes, and others. You’ll have the opportunity to join in the food preparation.
Following your morning excursion and lunch, you’ll have time to take a traditional Vietnamese nap before returning to the garden and learning how to harvest and wrap the vegetables. At around 14:00, you’ll bid farewell to your host family before riding back to Hoi An. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Hoian.

Tra Que Vegetable Village

Day 9: Eco Tour – My Son Sanctuary (B, L, D)
This morning, you will be taken out in bamboo basket boats to navigate through the canals utilized by the Viet Cong during the war. With a lot of splashing and a few boats capsizing, it was a fun and enjoyable experience. You also get a chance to have a go at trying to catch some fish, learning to cast using traditional nets. After lunch, you will have an hour drive to visit My Son Holly Land featuring a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Vietnam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. Overnight in Hoian.

Hoian Eco Tour

Day 10: Hoian – Hanoi (B, L, D)
You will take a morning flight to Hanoi. On arrival, a Hanoi city tour will include Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Temple of Literature. After lunch time, you will continue to visit Ethnology Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Enjoy the Water Puppet Show in a theater near Hoan Kiem Lake. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi City

Day 11: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B)
After breakfast, depart Hanoi and head west towards Hoa Binh city where you stop for refreshments. Leave Hoa Binh for the Mai Chau valley. Enjoy the stunning views while enjoying a local lunch. Walk bike ride around the surrounding village afterwards. Learn about the community work. Our hosts for this evening will be the White Thai minority people. Tonight’s accommodation is in a stilt house and will probably be a little more rustic than you might be used to, but an amazing experience. Overnight in homestay.

Day 12, 13: Mai Chau Community Work (B, L, D)
Today will start with a full orientation of the community project. Now it’s time to get involved in community work. Overnight in Mai Chau Homestay.

Mai Chau Community Work

Day 14: Mai Chau – Halong Overnight Cruise (B, L, D)
Complete your community project today and say goodbye to villagers. Transfer to to Halong Bay, sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before  beginning cruise through the bay. Lunch served as cruising among hundreds of islets (Dinh Huong islet, Ga Choi – Fighting Cock islet, Dog islet, Finger islet, etc.) to discover unspoilt pockets of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot cave, one of the most imposing grottoes of the Bay. Swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach or a short trek to the top of Titov mountain for a magnificent panorama scenery. Enjoy dinner with fresh seafood on board. Relax or chatting with friends. Overnight on the boat.

Halong Bay

Day 15: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
For early risers complimentary tea, coffee, fruit and cake are served. Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat paddle by out crew staff and enjoy the quiet atmosphere enclosed by high islets and mountains. Be back to our your Junk. Sail past rock formations such as Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet, Butterfly cave, Lion islet, Bai Tho mountain, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city, etc.  Check out on boat at around 10.00 am. Enjoy lunch as boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations. Arrive back at Ha Long city around noon time for disembarkation, drive to directly Hanoi airport for your flight home.

Tour Price Includes
1/ Accommodation based on 3 star hotels and home stay with daily breakfast
2/ Private transfer as stated in the itinerary
3/ Regional English speaking guide
4/ Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
5/ Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
6/ Boat cruise where mentioned
7/ Mineral water

Tour price excludes
1/ Internal and external flights & taxes
2/ Vietnam visa approval letter and visa stamp fee
3/ Personal spending money and all other things are non-clearly mentioned in the itinerary
4/ Meals are not mentioned in the program
5/ Travel Insurance

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