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Viet nam overview
It’s been open to tourists for over 20 years now, but Vietnam remains shrouded in an air of mystery and danger. If you’re looking for an active destination that offers more than the pleasures of sun, sea and sand, this could be it. And, although coming to Vietnam and trying to avoid the war that decimated the country for almost 20 years up to the mid-70s would be crazy, there is a lot more here than battlefield memories.
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An inspirational 10 day journey through Vietnam from the North to the South. Enjoy the relaxing cruise and kayaking in Halong Bay. Explore Hanoi’s enchanting Old Quarter and the Imperial city of Hue. Experience life in the fast lane in Saigon and take time out in Hoi An. Explore the ingenious Cu Chi tunnels of the Viet Cong.
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Trip Code: IDT-LAMAO015
Trip Type: Comfort
Duration: 10 days
Departure: Ho Chi Minh
Arrival: Ha Noi

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Holiday Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi.
Transfer to hotel on arrival in Hanoi. After settling in take a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake perhaps stopping off to visit Ngoc Son Pagoda or one of the many coffee shops and ice cream parlours around the lake. Discover the unknown parts of Hanoi’s Old Quarter on foot. The bewildering maze of narrow streets tells a fascinating story of Hanoi where past meets present.  Sample typical North Vietnamese cuisine in the evening in one of Hanoi’s best restaurants. Overnight hotel 
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Golden Lotus Luxury- Deluxe
Day 2: Exploring Hanoi
Early morning exercises around Hoan Kiem Lake is a must for the more active. After breakfast, drive to the Museum of Ethnology. The Museum of Ethnology is one of Vietnam’s best with interactive displays and a wide collection of well preserved objects and documents. It is also a great place to learn about Vietnam’s 52 ethnic minority peoples.  From the Museum of Ethnology, drive back to the centre of town via Ho chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Enjoy a great buffet lunch at Brother’s café, a wonderful fusion of Vietnamese and European dishes, plus local street food made and served by Vietnamese women in traditional dress. After lunch enjoy a tailor made treasure hunt by cyclo through Hanoi’s old quarter. Overnight hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Golden Lotus Luxury- Deluxe
Day 3: Halong Bay cruise and kayaking
Arrive early. Depart early for Halong Bay and a cruise on board the luxurious Emeraude, a wonderful replica of a classic steamship for the ultimate Halong Bay experience. While cruising the emerald green waters of the bay perhaps try a traditional Vietnamese foot massage while other family members are kayaking. Stop off to explore many hidden grottoes and caves, or kayak out to one of the small-secluded beaches. Enjoy optional high tea in the late afternoon. A sunset cocktail is served on the sundeck followed by a buffet dinner. If a steam ship doesn't fit, cruise by private or shared wooden junk.  There will be traditional games available for evening entertainment and perhaps an informal Vietnamese language lesson. Overnight on board junk.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Victory Cruise
Day 4: Halong Bay- Hanoi
Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Tuan Chau quay. Early morning Tai Chi is an optional extra on the sundeck before breakfast. Transfer back to Hanoi in time for lunch. If traveling by junk return to port slightly later. En-route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even General de Gaulle’s nose! After another
wonderful fresh seafood lunch on board disembark at the dock at Halong City. Transfer back to Hanoi by road. There is a combination of activities for the afternoon in Hanoi. Explore the countryside surrounding Hanoi by bike or choose to sip coffee or shop in the Old Quarter. For museum lovers there is the Temple of Literature and Army Museum to visit as well as St Joseph’s Cathedral. Overnight in Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Golden Lotus Luxury- Deluxe
Day 5: Hanoi – Hue
The morning is at leisure until transfer to the airport for the mid morning flight to Hue. Check into hotel on arrival and freshen up. After lunch, visit the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945.  Hear the story of the Nguyen Emperors narrated in a child friendly way, learn about the contrasting personalities and deeds of past Imperial Emperors. Visit Hue’s best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. There will be quiz/crossword sheet available for children from 8 – 13 years old, and colour-in Emperor Identification kit for younger children. After dinner why not try Karaoke for some fun family singing. No trip to Vietnam is complete without a family Karaoke!! Overnight in hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Romance Hotel- Deluxe room
Day 6: Hue - Hoi An
Morning visit to Tu Duc and Khai Dinh mausoleums before taking classic drive along the coast of Vietnam passing by some beautiful beaches such as the well known Lang Co beach and lesser discovered Binh Anh beach to Hoi An. Enjoy lunch enroute stopping at several points of interest along the way. Overnight in Hoian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Vuon Trau Family resort
Day 7: Hoi An Highlights
Hoi An is a highlight of any visit to Vietnam. For the family, it is a relaxing little town, small enough to pedal around, but with a myriad of interesting things to do.  The morning is at leisure or take a guided stroll to visit a small cottage industry to witness the process of silk production, from larvae to caterpillars to cocoons and afterwards take a trip in a sampan along the Hoi An riverfront. There are many superb restaurants to select for lunch, whether by the waterfront or in town, a few even pride themselves on great western cuisine. Have lunch in one of the many family run restaurants serving Hoi An specialties such as Cao Lau, Hoang Thanh and White Rose. Cao Lau is a delicious soup made with noodles, pork and greens that can only found in Hoi An. The afternoon is free or enjoy an optional Vietnamese cooking class or a bike ride out to the beach exploring some tracks and trails into the paddy fields. Overnight in Hoian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Vuon Trau Family resort
Day 8: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City
After leisurely morning, drive to the airport in Danang for the one hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
On arrival at Ho Chi Minh City be met by our guide at the airport and drive to your hotel. Time permitting; spend the rest of the afternoon on a fascinating tour of the historical sites of downtown Saigon. Not to be missed is the War Remnants museum, a gruesome reminder of the effects of the war with America. There are old helicopters, aircraft, replica French gaols as well as a photographic display of the environmental and human consequences of Agent Orange.  (NOT appropriate for very young children) Visit the Presidential Palace, a fascinating building trapped in time - the architecture and décor is pure 60's kitsch. View the place where the last Americans departed Vietnam and explore below ground an air raid shelter where a sense of history still lingers in the air. Alternatively take a trip to China town with bustling markets and outdoor cafes. In the evening, dine on the Saigon River on the deck of an old passenger boat. Enjoy the glittering lights of downtown Saigon. Overnight in hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Northern Hotel- Deluxe room
Day 9:  Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnels
After breakfast, spend a half day exploring the famous Cu Chi Tunnels , which were more than 250 km long and three levels deep, were important for the Viet Cong victory over the Americans as they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area around Sai Gon. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience of what underground life in the American war was like. The district of Cu Chi was the most bombed shelled, gassed, defoliated, and generally devastated area in the history of warfare. It was declared a "free fire zone" which meant that artillery fire fell on it at night, and that bomber pilots were encouraged to drop unused explosives and napalm on the area before returning to base. In essence, anything that moved was considered a target and blown away.  While U.S. forces relied on artillery support from fixed "Fire Bases," the Vietnamese used their tunnel system to move their artillery around, making it difficult for the U.S. troops to locate them. In one tunnel complex in Cu Chi the U.S. found two 105 field pieces in perfect working condition. They would be stripped down outside, taken into the tunnels and assembled during the day for maintenance, stripped again, and then taken back through the tunnels to be reassembled in a new location outside and used the next night and in the afternoon celebrate the end of a great family holiday with a trip to Saigon’s waterpark, beloved by children and adults alike.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Northern Hotel- Deluxe room
 Day 10: Depart Ho Chi Minh City
At leisure until transfer to airport for onward flights.  (B)

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(*) All prices quoted on this website and in The Indochina Trekking Company are in American Dollar per person, land only and based on twin/double occupancy.

What is the single supplement?

The single supplement option is available if you are traveling solo and prefer the privacy of your own room. Please refer to the pricing section on the itinerary of your choice within our brochures, to see the supplement. A twin share option is also available, which means you can share a room with another guest of the same gender and therefore avoid paying the single supplement.
What's Included
  • Englishspeaking guide(s) as per itinerary
  • Private air-condition vehicle for transfer as itinerary
  • Cyclo treasure hunt /Swan pedalo tour in Hanoi
  • Cycling tours in Hue
  • Internal air ticket Hanoi- Hue & Da Nang- Saigon on coach class.
  • 2days /1 night on traditional Junk. Staying private twin cabin, but you will share the junk with some other travelers.
  • Kayak, paddles & life jacket in Halong bay during the cruise( double sit inside composite kayak)
  • Meal as mentioned ( B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Accommodations in twin sharing room in superior hotel with daily buffet breakfast
  • Cookery class where states in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing admission fees
  • Entrance fee to Saigon water park
  • Water puppet tickets
  • Local boat trip where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Surprise welcome gift
  • International flight reconfirmation
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We had great time in Indochina
On behalf of Kassie and myself, I want to thank you.  The trip was amazing!  The services were great.  You did a wonderful job.  No issues at all!  I would like to let you know that all of the guides were outstanding, but I do want to give Loan, our first guide in Vietnam a special outstanding recommendation.  She was knowledgeable, spoke awesome English, went out of her way for us, and was all around not only a great guide but a great person as well.  A+
I will recommend all my friends to use your services!

Thank you and please keep in touch.
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Hi Tuan, 

You have delivered everything as you promised. I will defiantly recommend you and Pioneer Asia Holidays as a go to provider in the future.

Again thank you for your professionalism and advice.we have enjoyed every aspect of your fantastic country.

Kind regards

Dave from UK