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This tour has been designed for those who are short of time; it aims to give you a wonderful introduction to the vibrant country of Vietnam.
Explore the capital, Hanoi, where you can discover the story behind Ho Chi Minh. A magical and relaxing moment for many will be the cruise on Halong Bay. Travel to Hoi An, a charming town where you will learn the secrets of preparing Vietnamese cuisine during a cooking class.
Saigon is the cultural heart and the industrial powerhouse of the nation. In this fast-paced city you will learn more about Vietnam’s turbulent war history. Further south, your camera will work overtime as you explore the fascinating Mekong Delta by boat.
This tour offers a glorious mix of sightseeing in a concise, yet impressive programme.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO HANOI
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi for a three night stay.
DAY 2: HANOI
Discover the city this morning, visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you pass by Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and tour Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Drive to the serene Temple of Literature and enjoy a walking tour of the bustling Old Quarter. This evening you will watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets.
DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY
Rise early and travel to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay. Board a junk boat for a relaxing cruise through the emerald waters and around the limestone islets of the Gulf of Tonkin. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you have lunch on board. After your cruise you will travel back to Hanoi.
DAY 4: HANOI TO HOI AN
Fly to Danang. Upon arrival transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping at Marble Mountains en route. This evening partake in a cooking class where you will learn how to cook several local dishes, which you will sample at dinner.
DAY 5: HOI AN
Tour the charming town of Hoi An on foot, visiting an old merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple. This afternoon is free at your leisure to soak up the atmosphere of Hoi An.
DAY 6: HOI AN TO SAIGON
This morning you will fly to the vibrant city of Saigon. Upon arrival you will explore the city with a visit to the French-style Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Learn about the American War in Vietnam with a visit to the Reunification Palace and the emotionally charged War Remnants Museum. End the day at the lively Ben Thanh Market where you can haggle for a bargain.
DAY 7: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA
This morning travel to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Life in the Mekong Delta mainly revolves around the river and many of the villages are only accessible via the canals. Explore the river by boat, passing stilt houses and fish farms. Paddle through palm-lined canals in sampans and walk through villages, where you can sample local tea and coconut candy. Return to Saigon.
DAY 8: CU CHI & TAY NINH – DEPART SAIGON
Explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which once housed entire underground villages during the American War in Vietnam. The tunnels were used by the Viet Cong guerrillas for concealment and storage as well as living quarters. You can even crawl through the tunnels if you are feeling brave! Later, travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the colourful head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion. Return to Saigon this afternoon where you will be transferred to Saigon airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. Note: Passengers flying with Singapore Airlines may miss touring on
Due to conflicting flight schedules. You may choose to stay an extra night in Saigon at your own expense to avoid this.
DAY 9: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"I loved the tour"Reviewed:
I loved the tour. We had a group of 9 and we all mixed in well. There were 3 other ladies who were travelling on their own and I was too, so that was great.
Our guide was outstanding, knowledgeable, helpful, considerate and organised. He helped to make each day enjoyable and interesting. I appreciated the guides’ assistance in getting off the bus when needed, getting on and off the sampans and climbing up and down the stone steps of Marble Mountain.
I particularly enjoyed the coach tours in the country, seeing the countryside and the people. The coaches and drivers were excellent.
I enjoyed the sampan and ferry rides in the Mekong Delta, and the seafood lunch on Turtle Island. This was a great way to see the countryside. The local guide was very friendly and hospitable.
I will be recommending this tour with Wendy Wu.
Travelled on: Vietnam Impressions
"Outstanding representative of your organisation"Reviewed:
Mr and Mrs McAlpine
We returned to Australia last Sunday morning 9th December, 2012, having travelled to Vietnam on a Wendy Wu 9 Day Impressions Tour.
Our National Escort was a young man by the name of Pham Quoc Cuong (John). John is the reason for our email.
This young man is an outstanding representative of your organisation!
His professionalism, punctuality, people skills & attention to detail were absolutely first rate from the moment he met us on day one of our holiday, during every single stage of our trip & up until he saw us safely & punctually delivered to the airport for our flight back to Australia.
John took care of every single detail & logistic of our trip with pin point precision. He was able to answer every single question asked of him. He took care of every need of a vastly different group of people from four other countries, including a medical emergency & ongoing special needs of one of our group & did so with a smile on his face. His local knowledge is outstanding, from the smallest facts about his homeland, to the largest & most sensitive issues of past & present times. This fine young man carries out every aspect of his job in such a way that our holiday was just that, a holiday.
He so impressed us that we would like to let yourselves know what an asset you have in Pham Quoc Cuong (John).
Travelled on: Vietnam Impressions
Dates & Prices
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Vietnam Airlines - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $456. Please note the Tipping amount of USD58 (AUD63) is payable on arrival in Vietnam.
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