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Vietnam

From Saigon palaces to ancient Hanoi culture
Overnight stay on a boat in Halong Bay
Excellent value including two internal flights

 
 
 
 
 
 

Experience Vietnam’s highlights

Vietnam's verdant landscapes, striking history and delicate cuisine offer an exciting destination for an Oak Hall tour. Come and join us for a gripping journey through this South East Asian land by road, air and sea!

We start by exploring Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south of the country. Two internal flights help to reduce the amount of travelling. The first flight takes us to see the highlights of the central region around Hoian and Hue. A second flight takes us north to explore Hanoi and the remarkable Halong Bay. We meet each evening during the tour to hear a helpful Bible talk.

 

Majestic Saigon

In Ho Chi Minh City, grand palaces contrast with humble markets and busy backstreets. We also head out of the city to the Mekong delta to explore this area, which is rich in agriculture and criss-crossed by sparkling waterways. At Cuchi we can explore the tunnels used during the Vietnam War, as well as learning more about this painful part of the country’s history at the War Remnants Museum in Saigon.
"The whole trip was exceptionally well organised and enabled us to explore and experience the different areas of Vietnam "
Michelle, August 2019
 

New option - Golden Hand Bridge

At Hoian we learn how to cook some local cuisine in Tra Que village and take a boat trip on the tranquil river. We also witness the skills of the local people as we take our seats at an impressive acrobatic show. We enjoy a free day on Hoian's beautiful beaches, or explore the atmospheric riverside town with its rich, cultural heritage.

New for this year, there is an optional day trip to the Golden Hand Bridge, payable locally, on the Hoian free day. This is a striking new bridge that has been built in the mountains above Da Nang where two giant hands appear to hold the golden bridge in mid air.

The City of Hue radiates the glory of a traditional former capital with the “Perfume River” and Tombs of the Kings. Exploring the Forbidden City, we again breathe the atmosphere of an ancient land before enjoying dinner in a garden-house restaurant. 

 

The atmospheric capital city

The sights and sounds of Hanoi’s Old Quarter form the backdrop to the next stop on our expedition as we explore these historic streets. 

Viewing ancient Buddhist architecture, such as the Lotus-inspired “One Pillar Pagoda” or “The Temple of Literature” built in 1070, we glimpse something of Vietnam’s distant past. By way of contrast, we visit the Ba Dinh Complex associated with Ho Chi Minh and his declaration of independence. Hanoi is also famous for its attractive lakes.

 

Heading east to Halong Bay

The grand finale of our journey through Vietnam takes us to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The road glides by the Red River Delta, passing green paddy fields and rural villages dotted with farmers using buffalo for ploughing.


Halong means “Descending Dragon”, an evocative name for this magnificent bay with its limestone rocks and grottoes. We stay overnight on a comfortable boat amidst the emerald waters. Dining on fresh seafood and stopping to swim or kayak, our cruise is a wonderful highlight of the tour.

 
 
 
 

Itinerary

Day #1
Depart UK. The letters in brackets below indicate B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
Day #2
Arrive in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Rest at hotel before our city tour, including the Reunification Palace, the colonial-styled Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh (B/-/D)
Day #3
Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, a monument to the Vietnam War. You can even crawl a part of the tunnel if you'd like to. On our return, we stop off at the War Remnants Museum Overnight in Ho Chi Minh (B/-/D)
Day #4
We head south, visiting Vinh Trang pagoda en route, and take a small boat on the Mekong Delta. We pass gardens and rural houses, stopping to visit the families producing coconut candy, keeping bees for honey, or growing juicy fruits. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh (B/-/D)
Day #5
Flight from Saigon to Da Nang. Visit Cham Museum, which holds a number of cultural exhibits from the Cham people, an ethnic group in Vietnam. Continue to Hoian, a tranquil ancient seaport developed during the 17th – 19th centuries. Overnight in Hoian (B/-/D)
Day #6
Visit Tra Que village, where we will learn how to cook some traditional, delicious foods. Back in Hoian, we take a boat trip on the Thu Bon river before taking our seats at an impressive acrobatic show. Overnight in Hoian (B/L/-)
Day #7
Free day. Hoian is known for its excellent beaches so you can spend the day enjoying these. New for this year, there is an optional excursion to the Golden Hand Bridge (payable locally). Overnight in Hoian (B/-/D)
Day #8
We drive from Hoian to Hue over the spectacular Hai Van pass. Hue is recognized by UNESCO due to its royal architecture and traditional Vietnamese lifestyle. Overnight in Hue. (B/-/D)
Day #9
A tour of Hue will help us discover the charm of the Royal Citadel and the Forbidden City. We continue to Thien Mu pagoda and visit the Tombs of King Minh Mang. Dinner in a Hue garden-house restaurant. Overnight in Hue. (B/-/D)
Day #10
Flight from Hue to Hanoi. A “green car” tour of the capital will include the Old Quarter of Hanoi. In the late afternoon we will enjoy a unique show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art. Overnight in Hanoi. (B/-/D)
Day #11
If you wake up early and walk to the lake, you can witness hundreds of locals doing their morning exercises and classical dance. We head to Halong Bay, a Natural World Heritage site as designated by UNESCO. Our trip will include stops to visit caves, or to swim and enjoy the sunset. Dinner with fresh seafood! Overnight onboard. (B/L/D)
Day #12
Enjoy breakfast whilst our boat continues between the Halong islets. Return to the Ha Long Wharf at midday and continue to our hotel in Hanoi. At leisure for the rest of the day. Overnight in Hanoi. (B/L/-)
Day #13
In Hanoi, we visit the Ho Chi Minh complex with its simple house on stilts, the one Pillar pagoda, and the Temple of Literature, the ancient home of Vietnamese scholars. Afternoon free to explore Hanoi before returning to the UK. (B/-/D)
Day #14
Arrive back in the UK. Please note that the above itinerary is provisional

Dates/Prices

The cost includes direct flights from London Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), returning from Hanoi. It also includes airport taxes and charges, all transport within the country (including two internal flights), three-star hotel accommodation in en-suite rooms for two, breakfast each day plus lunch or dinner, boat trip, entrance fees, and guide services. Tips of £30 are included for the guides and drivers. The leader will give guidance on additional tips for restaurant staff etc.

British Citizens do not require a visa. For other nationalities or statuses, please check with the Vietnamese embassy.

The deposit for this tour is £150 if booking more than two months in advance (plus single room supplement, if applicable).

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