Journey To Vietnam's Unesco World Heritages

HanoiBa Be LakeDong Van TownThanh HoaHuePhong Nha Ke BangHo Chi Minh City
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Trip code: VN19B

Departure Point: Hanoi, Vietnam

Travel Styles: Classic Journeys

Duration: 19 days / 18 nights

Trip overview

Snaking sinuously down from the high mountains on the border with China in the north to the steamy Mekong Delta in the south, Vietnam is a land of many contrasts. Perhaps it is fitting that its array of UNESCO World Heritage sites are so varied. From the dramatic karst-studded seascape of Halong Bay to ancient ruins at Hue’s citadel and at the once mighty Cham city of My Son, the country is a treasure trove of natural and heritage wonders.
This epic journey takes an all-encompassing approach to the nation and its highlights. The adventure starts in Hanoi, the 1000-year old capital, which boasts the world-heritage listed Thang Long Imperial Citadel and provides an easy launching pad for Halong Bay. As the journey heads south, guests will witness heart stopping nature at Ninh Binh and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and thrilling and dramatic history at Hue and Hoi An before ending the journey in Ho Chi Minh City, the nation’s charismatic southern hub.

Trip Inclusions

    • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
    • Private Vihicles and Drivers
    • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
    • All domestic flights
    • Airport Taxes and Fuel charges
    • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
    • Service Charge & Government Taxes

Trip Exclusions

    • Your International Flights and Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
    • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
    • Any bank fees or charges at your end
    • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
    • Personal Travel Insurance
    • Tips for guides and drivers

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    Tour itinerary

    Day 1 Hanoi Arrival (N/A)

    Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel in town (note that hotel check-in time is 2pm).

    The rest of day is at your leisure.


    Overnight in Hanoi.

    Distances and journey time:

    From Noi Bai International Airport to your hotel in Hanoi down center (35km): 60mins

    Day 2 Hanoi City Tour (B/L)

    Depart the hotel to visit the Temple of Literature, or Quoc Tu Giam. Built in 1076, The Temple of Literature was Vietnam's first university and was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

    Especially, here we have chance to get closer to an inscription of the UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme – Bia Tien Si or Stone stele records of imperial examinations of the Le and Mac dynasties. This is a collection of 82 stone steles that contain the names and related information of doctoral laureates who passed the imperial examinations during the reign of the Le and Mac dynasties from 1442 to 1779. The 82 stele were made from stone in the form of tortoise-mounted tablet since tortoise was traditionally considered a symbol of longevity and everlastingness in Vietnamese culture. Preserved in good condition in the Temple of Literature, the collection was recognized by UNESCO in 2010.


    Next we visit Hanoi’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. The Citadel was constructed on a Chinese fortress dating back from the 7th century and re-built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty. The historical site and remains reflect a unique South-East Asian culture between influences from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south.

    We also visit The One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam’s smallest but most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary (Viewed from the outside; closed Mondays & Fridays and from Oct.-Nov.)


    After lunch we continue to Hanoi’s picturesque West Lake area and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) 700 meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism.

    Next, visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’ area. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around.


    Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely North Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.  


    Overnight in Hanoi.

    Distances and journey time:

    Routes can change subject to client’s interest.

    Day 3 Hanoi - Ba Be National Park (B/L/D)

    8:00 AM - Departure from your hotel. We exit Hanoi on a highway and get on nicer winding roads after Thai Nguyen town. We have lunch at a small local restaurant on the way and then keep heading North to get closer to Ba Be recognized by UNESCO as the third Ramsar site in Vietnam, an important wetland of the world in 2011.

    The lake itself is actually three small lakes joined together – Pe Lam, Pe Lu and Pe Leng. The lake bed is made up of limestone with millions of crags and crevasses that are ideal for a large variety of marine life - there are over a hundred of species of freshwater fish in the lakes.

    The sceneries get more and more beautiful as we dive into a remote region of the national park’s buffer zone. We should enter the national park in the mid-afternoon. Our vehicle drops us at the home of our hosts in a small hamlet that nicely developed in tourism and hospitality.

    People there are from the Tay ethnic minority, very hospitable and warm-hearted. We meet the family and let our luggage, time for a little leg-stretching. Follow the guide on a stroll around the hamlet. Interact with the villagers; get a drink or an ice cream in a local shop and/or go to refresh in the river passing by in front of the house. Dinner and overnight at the homestay.

    With ‘Homestay’ experience, your overnight accommodation is provided by a local family in their traditional house-on-silts. There’s no private room and you’ll sleep on the floor in a large communal area. The sleeping corner is set up with a single mattress (thin, but adequate), blankets (ditto) and pillow. The restroom is at international standard and a few steps from the main house.

    Accommodation: homestay in a traditional house-on-silts

    Distances and journey time:

    Hanoi to Ba Be (211km): 4 hrs

    Day 4 Ba Be National Park - Venture on the Lake VENTURE ON THE LAKE (B/L/D)

    After a greedy breakfast, we’ll get a quick transfer to the main wharfs of the lake for a venture on the biggest natural lake of Vietnam. We journey across it from South to North seizing the natural splendor of the spot.

    At the Northern edge, we veer off on the Gam River and slide it up to the remote jungle village of Dau Dang. We should be there by lunchtime, warmly welcomed at the house of Mr. Hien and Mrs. Thom, owners of the regionally recognized “best restaurant” of the province.

    After lunch and probably few shots of corn liquor, we get back on the boat and slide down the river a

    ll the way to Puong cave. We pass across and follow gently the current to the point where we can meet a road again for a transfer back to Pac Ngoi. Time for shower before another dinner and night at the homestay.

    Accommodation: homestay in a traditional house-on-silts

    Day 5 Ba Be - Meo Vac (B/L/D)

    Farewell to our friendly hosts, we leave the park after breakfast. The drive is quite long today but across beautiful sceneries. We journey through three different provinces, Bac Kan, Cao Bang and Ha Giang.

    The last part from Bao Lac to Meo Vac is breathtaking, on a ridge road with the Sino-Vietnamese mountain ranges all around. We get a lunch on the way and arrive at Meo Vac mountain lodge in the afternoon.

    Meo Vac Mountain lodge (aka Chung Pua lodge) is old ancestral Hmong house built in the 1930’s under the French domination over the Tonkin.

    Originally the house was designed as a fortified farm with four blocks of buildings surrounding a central patio; following an architecture model common in the south of China Han. After renovation, the lodge opened to travelers in 2013 and offers a unique accommodation experience in a true H’mong atmosphere.


    Accommodation: Meo Vac Mountain lodge – private room

    Distances and journey time:

    Ba Be to Meo Vac (198km): 6.42hrs

    Day 6 Meo Vac - Dong Van - Lung Tam - Nam Dam (B/L/D)

    You’ll have to admit it, it has rarely been so nice to sit in a car and watch the scenery passing by. Today, we drive the probably most scenic road of the whole country, right at the heart of the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark (recognized by UNESCO in 2010), 77th member of the Global Geopark Network, became the first global Geopark in Viet Nam, the second in Southeast Asia.

    The karst plateau is created by at least 80 percent limestone and many fossils of ancient creatures species from 400 - 600 million years ago. Its average elevation is 1400 -1600 meters above sea level. If we are on a market day, we will go the extra mile not to miss such colorful event. Especially, the cultural of community 17 ethnic groups on Dong Van karst plateau Geopark, traditional beauty need preserving and promoting.

    We arrive for lunch in Lung Tam village, where women cultivated and weaved hemp for generations. We will have a look around at their workshop and eat in a local home.

    After lunch, two options. Driving the last kilometers, or taking a 2-hour scenic hike on trails, to our destination.

    We stay overnight in Nam Dam, a Dzao village that has been supported by the NGO Caritas to develop simple hospitality services. Great people, great atmosphere. A true homestay as we like them.

    Accommodation: homestay at a traditional Dzao house

    Distances and journey time:

    Meo Vac to Dong Van (40,5km): 1.30hrs

    Dong Van to Lung Tam (78km): 2.30 hrs

    Lung Tam to Nam Dam (86km): 3hrs

    Day 7 Nam Dam - Hanoi (B/L)

    We depart around 9am to be in Tuyen Quang for lunch.  Arrival in Hanoi in the mid afternoon.

    Overnight in Hanoi.

    Distances and journey time:

    Nam Dam to Tuyen Quang (107km): 3.15hrs

    Tuyen Quang to Hanoi (219km): 3.5hrs

    Day 8 Hanoi - Ninh Binh (B/L)

    Depart your hotel this morning at 0800 for the 2.5-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers.

    After visiting Hoa Lu if time and energy levels permit, you may choose to take a half-hour walk up one of the surrounding limestone karst hills, the climb is rewarding with spectacular views.

    In the late morning depart for Tam Coc Town for a Vietnamese lunch, along the way stop where you wish to take pictures of local villages and the stunning landscape.

    After lunch, you will visit Trang An Landscape Complex which was listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2014. Take a relaxing boat ride on a peaceful river passing through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs.

    As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to other name, ‘Halong on Land’. An ‘eco-tourism’ area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal clear river.

    Transfer to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

    Overnight in Ninh Binh.

    Distances and journey time

    Hanoi to Hoa Lu (100km): 2.5hrs.

    Day 9 Ninh Binh - Ho Royal Citadel - Ninh Binh (B/L)

    Following breakfast depart to visit the remote and less visited Ho Citadel, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011, situated in nearby Thanh Hoa Province. Ho Citadel remains consist of the Inner Citadel, La Thanh Outer Wall and the Nam Giao Altar, which are designed for a centralized imperial city in order to show a concept of royal power, based on the adoption of the Chinese Confucian philosophy. The use of large stone walls with traditional Feng shui principles are the main characters that represent the almost intact Ho Citadel.

    Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch after the visit then transfer back to your hotel along the way stop where you wish to take pictures of local villages and the stunning landscape.

    Enjoy the remainder of the day at your own leisure. You may choose to either relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel, to take a walk or bicycle ride through the rice paddy fields that surround your hotel to soak up the beauty of the country side, or if time permits make an optional trip to Cuc Phuong National Park (surcharge payable) – Vietnam’s first national park that was established in 1962.

    Overnight in Ninh Binh.

    Distances and journey time

    Ninh Binh to Ho Citadel (70km): 2hrs

    Day 10 Ninh Binh - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

    Following an early breakfast leave Ninh Binh for a 4-hour (approximately) drive to Halong Bay, perhaps Vietnam’s most famous and most popular UNESCO World Heritage site! The name ‘Ha Long’ means the dragon descending into the sea and owes its origins to a Vietnamese myth.

    The towering limestone karsts represent the dragon’s back, surrounded by jade green water creating an unforgettable site. There are more than 1600 limestone islands and islets with different shapes jutting out from the sea. Most of them are still intact from human activities thanks to their uninhabited and uncultivated characters.

    12:00' - 12:30': Arrive at At Tuan Chau International Marina in Halong Bay, a tender boat will take you to our Halong Phoenix Cruiser. A refreshing welcome drink is served and you can check into your cabin.

    13:00': When you are putting all of your stuffs into your cabin, our boat starts gliding out to the centre of the World Heritage Site. Your lunch, at the boat’s restaurant, is would be served with fresh local seafood, but vegetable menu is always available at your request. From the marina area, our cruiser passes by Dog Head and Swan Islands, Ba Hang Floating villages (with floating houses), Incense Burner then Thumb Islands before reaching to Luon cave area for kayaking.

    14:30' - 15:00': we have time to gear up for one hour kayaking around Luon cave area .Our guide will show you some basic safety guidelines and techniques to paddle before helping you to sit on our brand new sit-on-top kayaks.After that our boat will help you visit the Titop Island one hour for swimming, sun-bathing or getting a panoramic view on island peak.

    17:00': As the sun sets over the bay, we head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink while our boat cruises to the night’s anchorage area.

    19:00': Dinner will be served with local seafood. After dinner you may choose to enjoy drinks from the bar or top deck or experience squid fishing before retiring.

    Overnight on board the boat in Halong Bay (private cabin on-board the join-in boat cruise).

    Distances and journey time:

    Ninh Binh to Halong Bay (200km): 4.5hrs

    Day 11 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An (B/L)

    07:00' - 07:45': Enjoy the morning view of the beautiful landscape with a cup of coffee or tea. Have breakfast in the fresh air.

    08:00' - 09:00': You will visit the impressive Cave of Halong Bay – Surprising Cave (Sửng Sốt) with your tour guide, a truly awesome and amazing cave to experience.

    10:00': Check out of your cabin and settle your bill as our boat begins cruising back to the harbor. Experience more views of Halong Bay such as Fighting Cocks Island (Symbol of Halong Bay), Incense Burner and Stone Dogs Islands.

    10:20': A cooking demonstration onboard shows you how to make authentic Vietnamese Spring rolls. You will learn about the recipes and techniques that create this popular dish of Vietnamese people.

    10:45': Lunch is served on board during cruising towards the harbor.

    11:20': Depart the Halong Phoenix Cruiser and travel by tender boat back to Tuan Chau International Marina where you then board the bus

    transfer to Hanoi Airport for the mid-late afternoon onward flight to Danang in Central Vietnam.

    On arrival in Danang transfer the short distance to nearby historic Hoi An town. Hoi An was a major Asian trading port from the 15th to the 19th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years making it traditionally a favorite destination for international visitors. The ‘Hoi An Ancient Town’ was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

    This evening is at leisure.

    Overnight in Hoi An.

    Distances and journey time:

    Halong Bay to Hanoi (180km): 3.5hours

    Danang to Hoi An (30km): 45 minutes

    Day 12 Hoi An Traditional Handicraft Villages (B/L)

    In the morning, a local tour guide pick up you at hotel lobby, go walking around Hoian ancient town to the port where guests embark on the boat. From the boat, you can enjoy that busy daily life of Hoian people.

    Continue to Thanh Ha pottery village where you can learn and enjoy the daily life of Thanh Ha people. Observing the steps of making a pottery product: vase pot, kettle, cooking pot,.. then embark on the boat to visit Kim Bong carpentry village, listen to the history of the village, come to visit the shipbuilding yards, and see the handicrafts and sculptures. Have lunch at a local restaurant in Hoian ancient town. Return to Hoian where your tours ends.

    The balance of the day, you can enjoy strolling around town or have some pieces of clothes tailor-made or simply immerse yourself in this enchanting ancient town lid up by thousands of lanterns at night by the sleepy river banks.

    The evening is at leisure.

    Overnight in Hoi An.

    Distances and journey time:

    Routes can change subject to client’s interest.

    Day 13 Hoi An Half Day Tour - Tra Que Herb Village - Hue (B/L)

    In the morning, pick up you at hotel lobby. Ride a bicycle to a local farm in Tra Que village. You will take a trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake.

    Continue doing some next steps such as: raking the ground, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and many more gardening activities. Then spend the rest of the morning working the land in the time honored way, before breaking to prepare lunch with a local family.

    Your lunch with consist of many local delicacies including”tam huu” spring roll, banh xeo or local pancake of people’s middle region. After your lunch and the exertions of the morning, take an even more traditional Vietnamese post-prandial nap before learning how to harvest and wrap the vegetables.

    Around 13:00, bid farewell to your host family before riding back to Hoi An, on the way back we will stop at Japanese tomb.

    After the tour, you will depart from Hoi An for a 3-hour drive through Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former citadel of the very last Nguyen Dynasty. Upon arrival in Hue, check in at your chosen hotel and take some time to relax.

    Overnight in Hue.

    Distances and journey time:

    Hoi An to Hue (150km): 3hrs

    Day 14 Hue City Tour (B/L)

    This morning after breakfast, depart from your hotel in Hue for a city tour to Start to visit a hat and incenses stick making village, learning the traditional job of people here and you can buy some for souvenirs…

    Next, drive to visit the Tu Duc tomb: Tu Duc designed the exquisitely harmonious tomb, which was constructed between 1864 and 1867, for use both before and after his death.

    Khai Dinh tomb: unlike Hue’s other tombs, being a synthesis of Vietnamese and European elements. Even the stone faces of the mandarin honor guards are endowed with a mixture of Vietnamese and European features.

    12h00: Back to the city to enjoy Vietnamese food.

    Afterwards transfer ahead to explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Complex of Hue Monuments. Here we visit the tallest flag pole of Vietnam (37m-hight), Ngo Mon gate where Bao Dai ended Nguyen dynasty, Thai Hoa palace ( Palace of Supreme Harmony), Hall of the Mandarins, Forbidden Purple city…

    The Imperial Citadel is where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, this ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war) but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today and is an outstanding example of an eastern feudal capital. 

    Continue to visit Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River; constructed in 1601, the 21-meter tall tower is the centerpiece of the pagoda and represents seven reincarnations of Buddha. In the grounds of the pagoda is the Austin car made famous when in 1963, a resident monk drove the vehicle to what was then Saigon to protest against the southern regime, the photo of his self-immortalization was captured and was one of the most well-known images of the war.

    Lunch at a local restaurant for an authentic Hue style cuisine.

    Cruise the beautiful perfume river by dragon boat viewing daily life along the way. Visit some villages and do not miss viewing sunset on the river.

    The evening is at leisure.

    Overnight in Hue.

    Distances and journey time:

    Routes can change subject to client’s interest

    Day 15 Hue - DMZ - Vinh Moc Tunnels (B/L)

    This morning after breakfast you will transfer from Hue to Dong Hoi in Quang Tri Province and you will stop at a couple of historic sites and monuments to understand the past history and story of Vietnam War, such as  frame of a church - La Vang holly land. Dong Ha Town - was the location on a strategically important U.S. Marine Combat Base, out posted to provide surveillance of troops movements across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

    Continue up Highway 1 across the Hien Luong Bridge, known as the "Peace Bridge", a beam bridge built from steel by the French in 1950, and over the Ben Hai River which demarcated North and South Vietnam, an important landmark in the partition of the country into a northern and a southern zone along the 17th parallel by the Geneva Accords of 1954 and this area saw some of the heaviest fighting during the war.

    Doc Mieu Firebase, one part of an elaborate electronic system (McNamara’s wall) intended to prevent infiltration across the DMZ, which lies just north of here, played a pivotal role in the South's defense and for a while, this was the command post for calling in airstrikes along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

    The journey from here to Vinh Moc Tunnels is scenic after you leave the main highway, pass through quaint villages and skirt along Cua Tung Beach, the river flows from west to east just south of the 17th parallel and close to the northern border of Quang Tri Province.

    The village of Vinh Moc found itself tragically positioned in one of the most heavily bombed areas of Vietnam.  In order to escape this bombardment, the villagers constructed approximately 2.8 km of underground tunnels which they used as a refuge to survive the bombings. The complex of tunnel, located deep in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone, grew to include wells, kitchens, rooms for each family and spaces for healthcare. Have lunch in the local restaurant. Three hundred people lived intermittently in the tunnels from 1966 to 1971.  

    After lunch we continue to visit the Ethnic minority village of Ta Oi group to learn the lives of minority people then pass by Dakrong Bridge which is crossing the Dakrong river.

    Then the vans take you to Ho Chi Minh trail, once was a logistical system that ran from the North Vietnam to the South Vietnam through the neighboring kingdoms of Laos and Cambodia. The next site of the day is  Rock Pile, a base for American long – range artillery nearby. End of the tour is Khe Sanh combat base, a valley surrounded entirely by rolling mountains and forest. Was one of the most controversial battles – of the American War. 

    Towards the end of the afternoon drive back to Dong Hoi where you will arrive in the late afternoon.

    Later in the afternoon, you will check in at your hotel in Dong Hoi to relax and the rest of the day is free time at your own leisure.

    Overnight in Dong Hoi.

    Distances and journey time:

    Hue to Dong Hoi (180km):4hours

    Day 16 Phong Nha - Paradise Cave (B/L)

    This morning, after breakfast you will transfer from your hotel to the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. The National Park contains and protects over 104 km of caves and underground rivers making it one of the most outstanding limestone karst ecosystems in the world.

    The karst landscape is not only complex but also ancient (more than 400 million years ago), with high geo-diversity and geomorphic features of considerable significance in the world.

    07:30 - 08:00 Transfer from hotel to the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park by air-conditioned vehicles.

    09:00 Visit Phong Nha Cave First is considered First wonders; Take a boat approx 5km along the Son River to tour the Phong Nha Cave (river cave). Yacht upstream Son river dreaming, enjoy charming natural scenery either side, you will see pictures of the girls, the children have fun on the waterfront and have the opportunity to experience the daily life of the neighborhood riverside village bearing the Vietnamese country soul.

    Conquering the Phong Nha Cave: The longest cave in Southeast Asia, enjoy the scenery spectacular limestone, underground river system and unique stalactite in the world. Caving Fairy & Imperial admire the beautiful stalactites blocks are created by nature over thousands of millennia.

    11:30 Return to the Xuan Son marina.

    12:00 Lunch at a restaurant with local specialties from the people here processing.

    13:00 Continue the journey to visit the Paradise Cave 13:30 Paradise Cave is first discovered in 2005 by the British Cave Research Association, It’s a largest and most beautiful cave in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang area by British spelunkers. It is said that the cave beauty is reminiscent of an imperial palace and very well resented with easy access, great walkways, and excellent feature lighting which made it extra special. You take the electrical car from the parking to the foothills of the cave (2km).

    Admire countless stalactites with different shapes: Thach Thien Cung, waterfall Thien Ha, Quan Tien converging, Thap Lien flower... Before your eyes the image of typical terraced rice civilization, Champa tower, Buddha Guanyin, Phuc Loc Tho, Rong House of Highlands Vietnam...

    16:00 - 16:30 Vehicle transfer you back to Dong Hoi City. 17:00 - 17:30 Go to the original starting point. Good bye, end program, see you again!.

    Overnight in Dong Hoi.

    Distances and journey time:

    Phong Nha National Park to Dong Hoi (50 km): 1.5hours

    Day 17 Dong Hoi - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

    This morning after breakfast transfer to Dong Hoi Airport for your Ho Chi Minh City bound flight. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, often referred to by the locals as Saigon, will meet your guide and transfer to your chosen hotel to check-in.

    In the afternoon, you will join a city tour to unveil the histories and stories behind this vibrant metropolis in Vietnam. Your program includes the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace it was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese tanks seized on the morning of April 30 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many.

    From there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall.

    After this historical visit continue to the War Remnants Museum where exhibition halls display imagery of both the French and ‘American’ wars. Continue to the Jade Emperor Pagoda located on the fringes of district 1.

    Dating from 1909 and built by Cantonese Buddhists this quiet oasis was designed using feng shui principals showcasing ornate statues and effigies. Afterwards return to your hotel and the rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Distances and journey time:

    Routes can change subject to client’s interest.

    Day 18 Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Holy See Temple (B/L)

    Our tour guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and bring to Tan Cang Pier where you will board a speedboat. Travel comfortably to observe the life on Saigon River and its banks, while enjoying a light breakfast. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, a small sample of the immense network of tunnels during the US-Vietnam conflict.

    Your guide will lead you through the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, dug by resourceful guerrilla fighters to provide communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters during numerous conflicts.

    Get on the minivan and head to Tay Ninh Province to visit the famous Cao Dai Holy See Temple, which is a fusion of Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism and a few other religions. Learn about the unique religion and the temple organization, and watch the noon mass.

    After having a traditional lunch, you will be brought by van back to the hotel.

     07:00 – Pick-up at the customers’ hotel and transfer to our pier.

     07:15 – Departure to Cu Chi by boat.

     08:40 – Arrive in Cu Chi.

     09:00 – Begin Cu Chi Tunnels tour.

     11:00 – Finish Tunnels, head to Cao Dai Temple by Les Rives van.

     12:00 – Visit the Cao Dai Holy See Temple ( Tay Ninh Province)

     01:30 – Lunch on the way to HCMC

     04:00 – Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City in front of your hotel.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Distances and journey time:

    Your chosen hotel to the pier (5km): 20mins

    Day 19 Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

    This morning is at leisure until time to transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your onward flight to your next destination. Note that  hotel check-out time is 12 noon, and check-in time for international flights is usually minimum two hours prior to departure.

    Distances and journey time:

    Your hotel in the City Centre to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (less than 10km):30mins

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    We provides the best transfer services for both individual travellers and meeting groups to Vietnam at a high standard and at very special...