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Vietnam Veterans Tour - 12 Days

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Tour code: ASW-ST-VT01

Duration: 12 days

Destination: Saigon / Vung Tau / Mekong Delta / Cu Chi / Hue / DMZ / Hoi An/ Kon Tum / Hanoi / Halong

US$ 1,794 per person

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Our Vietnam Veteran's Tour is a chance for veterans who had been in Vietnam in the war and now willing to come back to revisit old battlefields. This is also a great chance for you to know more about Vietnamese people, unique and authentic culture and beauties as well as the speedy changes of life in Vietnam.

trip highlight

  • Long Tan Battle Sites: Long Tan battle is considered the Australia Army’s most famous to participate in the Vietnam War
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta and Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Learn history at DMZ in Quang Tri, pay a solemn visit at National Cemetery and Ben Hai River
  • Enjoy your time with a Hoi An city tour. Get to witness the most mysterious ancient construction in Vietnam - My Son Sanctuary
  • Come to Dak To where Tan Canh battle field took place
    Visit Pleiku's Ham Rong Pass and Camp Enari - former headquarters of the US 4th Infantry Division
  • Enjoy a day cruise tour in Halong Bay to admire the most spectacular nature beauty in Vietnam

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Day 1: Arrive Saigon

Meal: Breakfast

Upon arrival at Saigon airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a tour of the city this afternoon, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Learn more about the American War in Vietnam with a visit to the emotional War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace. Dinner & Stay overnight in Saigon

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Day 2: Saigon - Vung Tau & Long Tan Battle Sites

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

After breakfast at the hotel, drive toVung Tau to visit Long Tan battle site.  Long Tan battle is considered the Australia Army’s most famous to participate in the Vietnam War, took place in two days 18 and 19/08/1966. This battle with the direct participation of the 6RAR Delta Detachment, made 18 Australian soldiers killed and 24 wounded.  The main attractions in Long Tan site is  Mountain Land (SAS hill) , Long Tan Cross , Long Phuoc Tunnels , Long Hai basis , Horseshoe Mountain and the Ba Ria Orphanage. Lunch at  local restaurant and transfer back to Saigon in the late afternoon. Stay overnigt in Saigon

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Day 3: Saigon - Mekong delta

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Enjoy a morning tour of the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the Mekong Delta. Here you will see the former base of the 9th US Division and Riverine Units. Visit Ap Bac Village and cruise along the Mekong River’s canals, stopping at tropical fruit orchards and craft villages along the way. After lunch return to Saigon for stay overnight.

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Day 4: Cu Chi Tunnel - Flight to Hue

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Morning, we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth. After lunch return to Saigon and transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. On arrival , pick up and transfer to Hue hotel to check in and free at leisure.

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Day 5: Hue - Quang Tri & DMZ

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

North of Hue is the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, and Quang Tri province, where much of the fighting occurred. This area still bears the scars of the massive bombardments that took place - the few remains of the many camps and combat bases, the barren ground pockmarked with craters, and the tens of thousands of graves in the National Cemetery, are solemn reminders of war. 

We visit the Rock Pile, Camp Carol, Tacon Airfi elds, Dakrong Bridge (now a suspension bridge) and Lang Vay Special Forces camp. After lunch, visit Truong Son Cemetery, the McNamara Wall and Ben Hai River before heading back to Hue for stay overnight.

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Day 6: Hue city tour - Drive to Hoian

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Embark on a tour around Hue this morning. Visit the Imperial Citadel and the Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh. Later, travel to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping at Camp Eagle and Marble Mountains en route. Stay overnight in Hoian. 

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Day 7: Hoian - My Son hollylan - Kham Duc

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

After breakfast, depart from Hoi An to My Son sanctuary, a World Heritage site since 1999.  Stop there to explore the Champa temples with their many architectural styles and sculptures representing every historical period of the Kingdom of Champa.

After lunch here, we travel along the Ho Chi Minh Trail to Kham Duc. Along the way we stop at a beautiful waterfall to take photos. Stay overnight  in Kham Duc.

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Day 8: Kham Duc - Dak To - Kon Tum

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today, we continue driving along Ho Chi Minh trail ( on Highway 14) to Dak To - Tan Canh battle field. On the way, visit some villages of Gie Trieng people, Phoenix airport, Charlie hill and DakChe waterfall.

Afternoon, we visit Dak To with Camp Holloway, helicopter base and overnight in Kon Tum.

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Day 9: Kon Tum - Pleiku - Flight to Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Morning, visit  Kon-Ktu village and their traditional Rong house and famous wooden church before drive to Pleiku city with a stop at Ham Rong pass and Camp Enari , the former headquarters of the US 4th Infantry Division. 

Lunch in Pleiku city and then transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, pick up and check in hotel for overnight.

Day 10: Hanoi

Meal: Breakfast
 

Morning is free at leisure.

Afternoon,  we start the tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature, first University of Vietnam & Hoa Lo Prison musuem before enjoy a cyclo tour around Hanoi Old Quarter and visit Ngoc Son Temple in the Sword Lake, which is considered the centre and the soul of the city. End the tour with a show of Water Puppetry, a unique stage art created by the Vietnamese peasants. Stay overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 11: Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
 

Morning departure for Halong Bay, a World Heritage with thousands of limestone and dolomite island and islets. On this tour, witness the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the decks of a traditional junk, complete with bat-winged sails. Gliding through the gin-clear waters of the bay, absorb one of the most magnificent natural splendors of the Far East. See tiny islands dotted with rock arches, sheer cliffs, innumerable white sand beaches and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names: Incense Burner, Stone Dog and Fighting Chickens (the symbol of Halong Bay). Stopping for visit the most beautiful caves named Thien Cung ( Heaven Caves). Lunch on board and drive back Hanoi in the late afternoon. Ovenright in Hanoi 

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Day 12: Depart Hanoi

Meal: Breakfast
 

Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to the airport for flight back home. 

It’s time to say goodbye, we thank you for travelling with us and warmly welcome you to come again. Services end.

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  • Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher.
  • The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price.
  • Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

What's Included:

  • 11 nights at hotel based on Twin/Double sharing room
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Airfare with local airlines (including 7kg hand luggage and 20 kg checked baggage) 02 routes:

* Ho Chi Minh City – Hue

* Pleiku – Hanoi

  • English speaking guide with legal license
  • Private car during the trip with experienced driver
  • All Meals, Entrance fees and Tour activities as dedicated in the program
  • Service charges and VAT
  • Bottled water & wet towel on van during trip

What's Excluded:

  • Tip for Tour guide and driver (recommended)
  • Bank fees for both sides
  • Laos Visa US$30/person
  • All International and Domestic airfares
  • Peak season surcharge (During Christmas and New Year)
  • Early Check-in (before 14.00) and late check-out (after 12.00)
  • Personal expenses

Remarks

  1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the “Tailor this trip" button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!
  2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:
  • Boutique & character hotels: from $50-$80 USD per room/ per night
  • Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night
  • Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night
  • Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night
  • High-end = Best of the best hotels fr om US$ 250++ per room/ per night
  1. Child policy: 
  • Ages 0-2 years at 5 % of adult price
  • Ages 2-5 years at 30% of adult price
  • Ages 6-11 at 70% of adult price
  • 12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult)

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

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  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

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Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.


  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

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Step 3: Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.

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