Vietnam Revisited (21n/22d)

War Atrocities Museum

War Atrocities Museum

Day 1  Meet and greet by our partners in Hanoi and transfer to our hotel at Boa Binh , north west of Hanoi . Dinner at hotel .

Day 2  Breakfast at hotel . Depart for Son La. Visit Mai Chau Village. Lunch enroute. Dinner at hotel.Hotel.

Day 3  Breakfast at hotel. Depart for Dien Bien Phu with spectacular landscape scenery along the way. Visit the Dien Bien Phu Battlefields where the French were defeated in 1954, just 20 kms from Laos. Lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 4  Breakfast at hotel. Visit Dien Bien Phu, then on to Lai Chau where you’ll visit some hill tribe villages along the road. Lunch enroute . Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 5  Breakfast at hotel. Depart Tam Duong for the mountain town of Sapa. Enjoy the drive through the heights of the north west mountains. Full day tour of Sapa, Dao, H’mong Villages and local tourist sights. Lunch , dinner and overnight at Hotel in Sapa.

Day 6 Breakfast at hotel. Depart down mountain highway to Hanoi. Lunch enroute . This is a full day,s journey ,arriving at Hanoi late afternoon / early evening. Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 7 Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing of the capital, Hanoi. From Ho Chi Minh’s Square and Mausoleum to the Governor’s Palace, Ho’s home built in its grounds, the temples and beautiful tree-lined streets. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.

Day 8 Breakfast at Hotel. Sightseeing enroute to Halong Bay via Haiphong – a chance to marvel at the beauty of Halong Bay, its rocky fingers rising from the sea. Dinner and overnight Halong Bay Hotel.

Day 9 Breakfast at hotel, then return to Hanoi. Lunch enroute. Direct transfer to Hanoi Airport to connect your flight home or flight to Saigon.

Day 10 On arrival Tan Son Nhat Airport, and having cleared Customs & Immigration, meet & greet by local liaison.  Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Hotel. Remainder of the day is free to explore the streets and night life of this exceptional city.

Day 11 Breakfast in hotel. Full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City which includes Reunification Hall, Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, former US Embassy, War Crimes Museum and ending up with a little window shopping in the city centre. (Opportunity to catch up with some Australian Vets, now living in HCM City for a lunch at a good local restaurant). Dinner on the Saigon River boat cruise, a relaxing finish to the day.

Day 12 Breakfast .Full day tour of Tay Ninh and Cu Chi underground tunnels . Make sure you bring along some real old and “grotty” clothes, if not, you’ll be suitably dirty on the completion of the crawl through the tunnel complex. Also, a visit to Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh. Late afternoon return to HCM City.

Day 13 Breakfast in hotel . Morning stroll with carry bags to the hydrofoil wharf at the end of our hotel street for our hour- long run down the Saigon river across to Vung Tau. (All our baggage will leave early AM by road – the long way – and be waiting for us upon arrival at our hotel). On arrival Vung Tau wharf, transfer to our beach-side hotel, located next to what was once the swimming pool for the troops when this was our main Logistics Centre Vietnam. After retrieving your baggage, lunch can be taken across on the beach at one of the restaurants/bars which stretch in front of the hotel .

Day 14 Breakfast in hotel. Full day visit to both the Australian and New Zealand operations zones, including Nui Dat.  There will be time to walk down the airstrip, view SAS Hill and maybe even get drenched with an afternoon downpour that is typical of this area .Walk through the rubber plantations which surround the area and participate in a brief on this area, the Task Force Base, Vietnam. Visit Long Phuoc underground tunnels and meet with the former NVA-VC soldiers who operated in this area against our Forces. PM return to Vung Tau. Dinner in hotel . Overnight in Vung Tau.

Day 15 After breakfast in hotel, depart for AVVRC (Australian Vietnam Veterans Reconstruction Group) Orphanage at Ba Ria. Proceed on to Long Tan where a memorial service will be undertaken by all at the Long Tan Cross. Continue on to Long Hai hills with a stop enroute to what was a 4FSB “Horseshoe” – visit the VC stronghold at Minh Dam Base high up in the Long Hai Hills. Return to Vung Tau, dinner at hotel.

Day 16 After breakfast in hotel, depart by road to Ho Chi Minh City via Bien Hoa,visit War Museum and view relics of the Vietnam War and the original Long Tan Cross that was misplaced for many years. Return to HCM City where the afternoon will be free to shop or explore. Dinner at hotel.

Day 17 Breakfast at hotel, after which we “saddle up” for a full day tour of Song Be (Binh Duong) Province to Ben Cat Village and the “Iron Triangle”. Visit the site of Bau Bang War Memorial, then proceed back down the road to Tan Uyen to visit the “Coral” battle site – it was a credit to its defenders to have survived the concentrated onslaught of the then enemy NVA/VC day after day. Dinner in hotel, overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 18 Breakfast at hotel, morning departure to Tan Son Nhat Airport for our flight to the ancient capital of Hue. On arrival, meet & greet then break for lunch (own expense). Afternoon tour of Hue City, which also includes the imperial City (The Citadel) which was devastated in the two battles to take Hue by the US Forces. The Citadel was HQ to the NVA Area Command and the battles raged. The result you can see today – a terrible loss of irreplaceable cultural heritage. Boat trip to visit the Heavenly Lady Pagoda. Dinner at Hotel

Day 19 Breakfast at hotel, after which you depart for a visit of the Tu Duc Tomb (emperor of Old Vietnam) then drive south to Danang, with a stop enroute for lunch and swim at Lang Co Beach – miles of yellow sands and beautiful temperate waters. Even a chance to crack a few waves if the surf is up. After lunch by the beach (own expense) we continue south, over the mountain pass which separates Hue (in the North) with Danang, America’s largest base during the conflict (in the South). You’ll stop at the top of the pass for a photo opportunity before descending the winding roads to the city below. Through Danang and on to our stop at Hoian (30kms further south) for a late walking tour of this ancient town influenced by the Japanese and French in its checkered past. Tim Tam restaurant- opposite the Old House – is a good example of the French Colonial Vietnam era, it also serves cold beer on tap, and good tucker!
Dinner tonight will be at Ngoc Ttiv’et Restaurant – excellent food and, again, cold refreshments just a ten minute walk from our hotel.

Day 20 Breakfast at hotel. This is your day for Cgu Lai, further south of Hoian on the coast, to visit Kyhoa US Navy and Airforce Base. Then head further south to My Lai, the site of the massacre of Vietnamese civilians by Lt. William Calley, US Forces. Calley was court-martialled and sent to the stockade on his return to the US for his efforts. Visit local museum. Dinner locally at Quang Nhai.

Day 21 After breakfast, depart for Danang, with a visit to China Beach (swim opportunity), Marble Mountain and the Cham Museum. PM Dinner at the hotel, overnight at Danang.

Day 22 Breakfast at hotel, transfer out to Danang airport for flight back to Ho Chi Minh City to connect with your outbound flight.

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