About This Trip
This remarkable 13-day Vietnam tour is designed for those who wish to learn about the history of the Vietnam War. Explore the Ba Den battlefield sites in Ho Chi Minh City, visit the Son My Memorial, tour the old Demilitarized Zone in Hue, and chat with a former Vietnamese pilot in Hanoi. Except for the war-related visits, you will bask in a walking tour around the Hoi An Ancient Town, and revel in the various untouched karst landscapes when cruising on the superb Halong Bay.
- 1 - 3Ho Chi Minh CityCu Chi Tunnels, Ba Den Battlefield Site, War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, Old Saigon Post Office
- 4 - 5Hoi AnHoi An Old Town, Son My Memorial, Chien Dan Cham
- 6 - 8HueImperial Citadel, Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Dong Ba Market
- 9 - 10HanoiHo Chi Minh Mausoleum, A Former Vietnamese Pilot Visit, Hoa Lo Prison, Sites Related the Christmas Bombings
- 11 - 12Halong Bay CruiseTai Chi Demonstration, Hidden Cave Exploration
Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City
Your tour starts from Saigon, where the Vietnam War ended on April 30th, 1975. In 1976, this turbulent city was formally renamed Ho Chi Minh City to salute the great leader who led the Viet Cong into victory.
Meet your guide after touching down at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and then take the comfortable transfer to your downtown hotel.Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2: Old Saigon and War Remnants
Get a general understanding of the colonial Saigon by browsing some of its most graceful historical buildings, including the Opera House, Continental Hotel, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, and the Reunification Palace. Focus the rest of today on the War Remnants Museum, where you will see massive photos of the Vietnam War, personal items of American soldiers, and some military equipment of the U.S. Army - a shocking reminder of the brutal war!B L Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3: Cu Chi Tunnels & Ba Den Battlefield Site
Drive about two hours to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast subsurface network used by the Viet Cong as hiding places, supply line, and communication route. Crawl through sections of the original tunnels to see what living conditions were like in the narrow tunnels and how they were intelligently designed to defend and attack the enemy.
In the afternoon, moving on to the northwest for about 1.5 hours, you will arrive at the Ba Den battlefield site. Being the end of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, it was an active area with lots of battles during the Vietnam War. There is a chance to take a cable car to the summit of Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin Mountain) for impressive views of the surroundings.
Afterward, drive about three hours back to Ho Chi Minh City for the night.B L Ho Chi Minh City
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang - Hoi An, Hoi An old Town
Bid farewell to Saigon and fly to Danang, and then proceed with a half-hour land journey to your hotel in Hoi An.
Late afternoon, get out with your guide to take in the eastern classic captivation of Hoi An Old Town. Stroll through the quaint alleys lined with all kinds of cafes and shops, and spot some of its time-honored buildings, such as the Japanese Bridge, Chinese Temple, and traditional Vietnamese merchant's house.B L Hoi An
Day 5: Son My Memorial
March 16, 1968, in Son My and several nearby villages, a hideous massacre happened, and at least 504 Vietnamese, including children and women, were killed by U.S. soldiers. This incident, referred to as the Son My massacre in Vietnamese media and the My Lai Massacre in American media, stirred up the antiwar passions in America and hastened the end of the Vietnam War.
Today, drive about 140 km to Son My to recall these dark days and victims slain on this soil. On the way, stop to see Chien Dan Cham, a group of three Champa towers that have witnessed history over a thousand years.B L Hoi An
Day 6: Leisure Morning & Land Journey to Hue in the afternoon
Have a leisure morning to break from the brutal war memories, enjoying the idyllic countryside or the nearby beach of Hoi An.
In the afternoon, a three hours' scenic drive will take you to Hue, the capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty.B L Hue
Day 7: Legacy of Nguyen dynasty & Local Market
Discover the legacy of the Nguyen dynasty from the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, the longest-reigning ruler of this dynasty. Next, explore Hue's Imperial Citadel, which was the nation's power seat and religious hub. Built upon the lines of the Forbidden City in Beijing, this hundreds-of-years-old complex was destroyed in the Battle of Hue in 1968 and is now still with a lot of broken walls telling vicissitudes of history.
Later on, after a stroll through the bustling Dong Ba Market, return to your hotel for a leisure afternoon. Or you may prefer to hop on a bicycle to discover the surrounding countryside with your guide.B L Hue
Day 8: Day Tour to the old Demilitarized Zone
Head northwest from Hue, after about two hours, you will be in the region that once divided North and South Vietnam and hosted some significant battles at the end of the Vietnam War. Here, you will see the Rockpile - a former US Marine outpost and the Hien Luong Bridge bisected between the opposed parties from 1954 to 1976. The tour also includes the Ho Chi Minh Trail used to transport supplies by North Vietnam, the bullet-riddled citadel at Quang Tri, and Camp Carroll - the artillery base of the U.S. Marine Corps and the ground forces of South Vietnam.B L Hue
Day 9: Hue - Hanoi, The Old Quarter & Visit to a former Vietnamese pilot
Take a private transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi this morning.
On arrival, be welcomed by your local guide and escorted to visit a former Vietnamese pilot and hear the involver telling some unknown stories in the war. Afterward, get on a rickshaw and sightsee around the Old Quarter of Hanoi.B L Hanoi
Day 10: The Historical Hanoi
After breakfast in your hotel, you will pay a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and then have a glimpse of the quaint stilted house as well as the nearby One Pillar Pagoda.
Next, you will explore North Vietnam's General Command Headquarters beneath the ancient palace walls of the Tang Long Citadel. Following it is the Hoa Lo Prison, nicked named Hanoi Hilton and used to jail American pilots. Today's tour also includes several sites related to the horrifying Christmas Bombings in 1972: the Kham Thien Street, the B-52 Memorial Lake, and the Downed Aircraft Memorial.B L Hanoi
Day 11: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Looking back at war is always heavy. Now is the time for some relaxation. After breakfast, a three-hour drive will take you to Halong Bay, a UNESCO-listed World Natural Heritage, where a relaxing cruise will take you to spot its stunning beauty.
Enjoy it the way you like, sunning yourself on the deck, discovering untouched scenery by kayaking, or refreshing yourself in mineral seawater.B L D Halong Bay
Day 12: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Start a new day in dreamlike surroundings. The early birds may like to join in the Tai Chi demonstration on the sun deck. Explore a well-hidden cave before checking out and brunch, and then meet your private guide for a road transfer back to Hanoi.
The rest time is yours to discover more in the city and seek souvenirs for your families and friends.B Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi - Departure
Meet your guide and driver at the appointed time for the private transfer to the airport. Say goodbye to Vietnam and board your homebound flight.B
- Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City
- War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
- Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City
- Halong Bay Cruise
- Hoi An Old Town
- Forbidden City, Hue
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi
- Hanoi Old Quarter
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