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18-Day Vietnam Holiday Adventure

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Overview

Embark on an 18-day Vietnam north to south tour provides you with the highlighted spots in the country. This trip is a great option for a family group.

Begin your trip in the dreamy clutches of Hanoi, a modern yet ancient city. Visit the hill tribal villages of Sapa and sail on amazing Halong Bay with over 3000 mountainous lush green islands jutting out the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Head to the Imperial city of Hue for your fix of grand temples, royal tombs and palaces.

For an equally enrapturing experience, you'll also visit Hoi An. Allow yourself to be seduced by the charm that oozes through the ancient city and get swept away in the fun-loving charisma of its inhabitants.

In Vietnam's south, you'll cruise the Mekong Delta and discover its colourful floating markets and remote islands. For a bit of beach time, try Phan Thiet with its broad stretch of sandy beach and plethora of bars and restaurants.

Vietnam truly is your holiday destination to experience the real food adventure, meet the friendly people, see the unique sights and hear the historical stories.
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Itinerary

Day 1

Begin Your Vietnam North to South Tour!

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Begin Your Vietnam North to South Tour!

On arrival at Hanoi international airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in and for a rest. Afterwards, you will visit St Joseph Cathedral, Hoan Kiem Lake, Jade Temple and Temple of Literature on a city tour with a guide. Later in the afternoon, you'll head out on an hour rickshaw tour around the Old Quarter called 36 ancient street. In the evening, you'll go to a famed Hanoi restaurant for some local food.

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    Accommodation

    Golden Lotus Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Hoan Kiem Lake

    Ngoc Son Temple

    St Joseph Cathedral

    Hanoi Opera House

    Temple of Literature

    Old Quarter Exploring By Cyclo

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    Restaurants

    Quan An Ngon Restaurant

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    Minivan from Noi Bai International Airport to Hanoi

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    Meals

    Dinner

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    Hanoi

    Hoàn Kiếm

Day 2

Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

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Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

After breakfast, you'll depart for Halong City, which is 175 km northeast of Hanoi and it takes about 4 hours to get there. Halong Bay is recognised as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. You'll arrive Halong wharf at noon and embark on the Golden Cruise - sit near the window or on the upper sundeck to admire the scenery whilst having lunch. In the afternoon, you'll visit the Surprise Cave and Soi Sim Beach before heading back to the junk for dinner and a spot of squid fishing.

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    Accommodation

    Bai Tho Junk

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    Activities

    Halong Bay Cruise

    Surprise Cave

    Soi Sim Beach

    Squid Fishing

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    Restaurants

    Bai Tho Junk

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Hanoi to Halong Bay

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Hanoi

    Quảng Ninh Province

    Haiphong

    Hạ Long

Day 3

Halong Bay Cruising and Hanoi

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Halong Bay Cruising and Hanoi

After a leisurely breakfast, you'll take a small bamboo boat or kayak to visit the Luon Caves. Passing through the entrance, you come across a tranquil lake surrounded by limestone mountain. You'll then head back to the junk to check out and have an early lunch before travelling to the mainland, where the bus will return you to Hanoi for your dinner in a local restaurant and an overnight stay.

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    Accommodation

    Golden Lotus Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Luon Cave Kayaking

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    Restaurants

    Bai Tho Junk

    Hanoi Old Quarter

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Halong Bay to Hanoi

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Hanoi

    Haiphong

    Quảng Ninh Province

Day 4

Journey to Sapa and Cat Cat Village

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Journey to Sapa and Cat Cat Village

After breakfast at the hotel, you will take the 300-kilometre road trip to Sapa in the north of Vietnam. After lunch at a local restaurant, you'll trek to Cat Cat Village, which is nestled in a beautiful valley about three kilometres from Sapa Town. Cat Cat -the old village of ethnic people- attracts tourists from all over the world for its distinctive customs and practices which have been lost apart from in these unique villages. In the evening, you'll enjoy Sapa's nightlife.

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    Accommodation

    Panorama Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Cat Cat Village

    Sapa NightlifeOptional Activity

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    Restaurants

    Antique Restaurant Sapa

    Red Dao House

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    Transfer to Sapa

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Hanoi

    Lào Cai

Day 5

Sapa Biking and Hike to Dragons Jaw

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Sapa Biking and Hike to Dragons Jaw

After breakfast, you'll hop on your bike to Y Linh Ho village and Lao Chai Village in the beautiful Sapa Valley. When you arrive, you will have the chance to meet and talk with the Black Hmong people wearing their clothes dyed navy. You'll get hands-on helping with preparing lunch at a local house and sharing with the family. After lunch, you'll continue biking to Ta Van to see the Ancient Stone Site before heading back to Sapa. End your adventurous day by hiking to Dragons Jaw.

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    Accommodation

    Panorama Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Y Linh Ho Village

    Lao Chai

    Ta Van Village

    Dragon’s Jaw

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    Transportations

    Bicycle from Sa Pa to Sa Pa

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Lào Cai

Day 6

Fansipan Peak Cable Car and Back to Hanoi

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Fansipan Peak Cable Car and Back to Hanoi

After breakfast, a driver will take you to the cable car at Fansipan Peak, the tallest mountain in Vietnam. With an altitude of 3,143 metres above sea level, the mountain is located in the centre of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. The flora is relatively diverse in Fansipan; the mountain is to be approved as one of the very few eco-tourist spots in Vietnam. Have lunch at a local restaurant before taking a private car transfer back to Hanoi where you will enjoy a lovely dinner.

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    Accommodation

    Golden Lotus Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Cable Car to Fansipan Peak

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    Restaurants

    Anh Hoa Restaurant

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Fansipan to Hanoi

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Lào Cai

    Hanoi

Day 7

Fly to Danang and Drive to Hoi An

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Fly to Danang and Drive to Hoi An

This morning, you'll enjoy some shopping before transferring to the airport for a short flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, your driver will pick you up at Da Nang airport and take you to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. You'll then drive to the Marble Mountains, named after the five elements: Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). Afterwards, you'll transfer to Hoi An to your luxury hotel and the rest of the day will be free for you to enjoy however you wish.

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    Accommodation

    Osaka Villa3 star

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    Activities

    Hanoi Old QuarterOptional Activity

    Marble Mountains

    Free Time in Hoi AnOptional Activity

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    Restaurants

    Apsara Restaurant

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel to Noi Bai International Airport

    Plane from Noi Bai International Airport to Da Nang International Airport

    Private Driver from Da Nang to Apsara Restaurant

    Private Driver from The Marble Mountains to Hội An

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Hanoi

    Da Nang

    Quang Nam Province

    Hội An

Day 8

My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Tour

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My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Tour

After breakfast, you'll visit My Son Sanctuary, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed by the Kings of Champa. You'll then have lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant, followed by a visit to Quan Cong Temple, the Old House of Tan Ky, the Japanese Covered Bridge and then you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. After dinner, you can take in the nightlife of the vibrant ancient town admiring the boats on the river and the lanterns all around.

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    Accommodation

    Osaka Villa3 star

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    Activities

    My Son Sanctuary

    Phuc Kien Assembly Hall

    Hoi An Museum of Folk Culture

    Old House of Tan Ky

    Japanese Covered Bridge

    Free Time in Hoi AnOptional Activity

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    Restaurants

    Little Faifo Restaurant

    Lantern Town Restaurant

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Osaka Villa to My Son Sanctuary

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Quang Nam Province

    Hội An

Day 9

Explore the Cham Islands

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Explore the Cham Islands

After breakfast, you'll transfer to the wharf for a boat cruise to Cu Lao Cham island. The small group of 8 islands was recognised by UNESCO as a biosphere area. Upon arrival, you'll explore the village and market and get ready to snorkel the clear waters with its diverse undersea world. A seafood lunch will be served followed by more time for water activities or you can choose to relax on the beach. You'll return to Hoi An for swimming at Cua Dai Beach or you can head into town for a stroll.

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    Accommodation

    Osaka Villa3 star

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    Activities

    Boat Cruise to Cham Islands

    Cham Islands

    Cu Lao Cham Snorkeling

    Chong Beach

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    Restaurants

    Secret Garden

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    Transportations

    Boat from Chàm Islands to Cửa Đại

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Quang Nam Province

    Hội An

Day 10

Visit a Local Farm and Travel to Hue

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Visit a Local Farm and Travel to Hue

Continue your Vietnam north to south tour today by cycling to a local farm in the charming little village of Tra Que. Here, you'll talk to the farmers, join in preparing the land and fertilising it with seaweed from the local lake. You'll enjoy a hands-on experience helping to prepare some local dishes with your local chef and enjoy the very "efforts" that you have cooked straight after. Afterwards, you'll leave Hoi An and head to Hue, your next destination.

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    Accommodation

    Asia Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Biking to Tra Que Village

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    Restaurants

    Tra Que Village

    Ancient Hue Restaurant

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Hội An to Hue

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Quang Nam Province

    Hội An

    Thua Thien Hue

Day 11

Sightseeing in Hue

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Sightseeing in Hue

Today, you will be taken on a full day tour of Hue to take in the main sights. An important centre for Vietnam and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Imperial city of Hue has plenty to explore, from amazing citadels to royal tombs such as Minh Mang and Tu Duc. After lunch, you'll take a boat cruise on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Lunch and dinner will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a walk through the night market.

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    Accommodation

    Asia Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Hue Imperial City

    Tomb of Minh Mang

    Boat Trip on Perfume River

    Thien Mu Pagoda

    Tu Duc Tomb

    Hue Walking StreetOptional Activity

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Thua Thien Hue

    Hương Trà

Day 12

Explore Hue and Fly to Saigon

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Explore Hue and Fly to Saigon

Today, you learn about the vanished Vietnamese feudal empire and visit the tomb of Khai Dinh and the Nam Giao Esplanade. After lunch at a local restaurant, you'll take a gentle stroll around the Hue Garden Houses and maybe do some souvenir shopping at Dong Ba Market before taking a short flight to Saigon. Upon arriving in Saigon, you'll check into your hotel in the city centre before enjoying an authentic dinner at a local restaurant.

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    Accommodation

    Vien Dong Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Tomb of Khai Dinh

    Nam Giao Esplanade

    Hue Garden Houses

    Dong Ba Market

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    Restaurants

    Nam Viet Restaurant

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Hue to Phu Bai Airport

    Plane from Phu Bai Airport to Tan Son Nhat International Airport

    Private Driver from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Vien Dong Hotel

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Thua Thien Hue

    Ho Chi Minh

Day 13

Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon City Tour

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Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon City Tour

This morning, you will visit the tunnels of Cu Chi, which are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in South Vietnam. The tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam war. After lunch, you'll visit the Reunification Palace, the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, then to Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office, perhaps the grandest one in all of Southeast Asia.

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    Accommodation

    Vien Dong Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    Independence Palace

    Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

    Saigon Central Post Office

    Explore Saigon by NightOptional Activity

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    Restaurants

    Vien Dong Hotel

    Royal Saigon Restaurant

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Vien Dong Hotel to Cu Chi Tunnels

    Private Driver from Cu Chi Tunnels to Independence Palace

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

Day 14

Saigon Sightseeing

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Saigon Sightseeing

Today, you'll spend another day exploring Saigon. Head out after breakfast, you'll visit the main sights including the War Remnants Museum, Ben Thanh Market, the Saigon Opera House and District 5's Chinatown with its temple and buzzing atmosphere. In the late afternoon, you'll enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Show at the Golden Theatre. Throughout the day, lunch and dinner will be served in wonderful local restaurants.

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    Accommodation

    Vien Dong Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    War Remnants Museum

    Ba Thien Hau Temple

    Ben Thanh Market

    Saigon Opera House

    Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre

    Explore Saigon by NightOptional Activity

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    Restaurants

    Vien Dong Hotel

    Red Bean Restaurant

    Indochine Restaurant Ho Chi Minh City

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    Meals

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

Day 15

My Tho and Mekong Delta Boat Trip

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My Tho and Mekong Delta Boat Trip

After breakfast at your hotel, you will drive to My Tho, located near the Mekong Delta. Here, you'll take an interesting boat journey to Unicorn Island to visit a bee farm. Then, you'll change to smaller rowing boats to glide along the canals to the delicious smells of the coconut candy factory. For lunch, you'll try the local speciality "Tai Tuong". Back on the mainland, you'll visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, one of the best-known pagodas in the region before heading back to Saigon.

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    Accommodation

    Vien Dong Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Unicorn Island

    Bee Farm My Tho

    Mekong Delta Boat Ride

    Coconut Candy Village

    Vinh Trang Pagoda

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    Restaurants

    Vien Dong Hotel

    Quán Ngon 138

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Vien Dong Hotel to Mỹ Tho

    Boat from Mỹ Tho to Mỹ Tho

    Private Driver from Vinh Trang Pagoda to Ho Chi Minh City

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

    Ben Tre

    Vietnam

    Tien Giang

Day 16

Saigon and Phan Thiet Beach Vreak

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Saigon and Phan Thiet Beach Vreak

After breakfast, take a private car to Phan Thiet. On arrival check in at one of the most beautiful resorts in the area. This afternoon you can enjoy your free time at one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Phan Thiet is a resort town along the South China Sea. With a long, palm-lined stretch of sand, it has ideal conditions for windsurfing, kite-surfing, sailing and other water sports. Stay overnight in Phan Thiet.

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    Accommodation

    Ocean Dunes Resort4 star

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    Phan Thiet BeachOptional Activity

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    Restaurants

    Vien Dong Hotel

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet

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    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Ho Chi Minh

    Phan Thiet

    Bình Thuận Province

Day 17

Phan Thiet Beach and Free Time

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Phan Thiet Beach and Free Time

Today, you can put on your swimmers, sunscreen and relax at the beautiful and long Phan Thiet beach. If you're looking to be a little more active, there is also a motorbike option to visit the white or red sand dunes of Mui Ne as well as Poshanu Temple. Hiring a motorbike and driving yourself is one of the best ways to see these areas as it allows you to stop whenever you want and take pictures.

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    Accommodation

    Ocean Dunes Resort4 star

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    Activities

    Motorbike Tour to Sand Dunes

    Motorbike Tour to Poshanu Cham Tower

    Phan Thiet BeachOptional Activity

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    Breakfast

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    Phan Thiet

    Bình Thuận Province

Day 18

Drive to Saigon and Departure

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Drive to Saigon and Departure

Sadly, this is the last day of your Vietnam north to south tour. After breakfast, you can enjoy a swim or relax on the beach before you pack your bags and head directly Saigon airport for your flight home.

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Phan Thiet to Tan Son Nhat International Airport

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    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Phan Thiet

Included in Price

  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 53 activities
  • 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 15 dinners
  • Airport transfer
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transportation
  • Licensed English speaking guides

Not Included in Price

  • Alcohol beverages
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking permits

Notes

Please note:

- The hotels in this itinerary are subject to change at the same level without prior notice, depending on the hotel's availability upon request and confirmation.
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