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Central Highlands & Southern Adventure 14 Days

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Duration: 14 days

Destination: Danang / Hoi An / Buon Ma Thuot / Kontum / Pleiku / Dalat / Mui Ne / Ho Chi Minh City

US$ 1,069 US$ 889 per person

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For intrepid travelers with more time on their hands, this 14-day tour provides a fascinating insight into the history, culture, cuisine, and nature of Vietnam.

trip highlight

  • Discovery of the beauty of High Land Pleiku & Kontum
  • Visit Hoi An – An ancient beauty of Vietnam
  • Relaxing at Mui Ne – the prominent coastal resort town
  • Admire the daily life of the Mekong Delta people
  • Explore the dynamics of Ho Chi Minh City

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Day 1: Arrival Da Nang

Meal Provided: No meal

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Da Nang Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa, and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet a local Guide. From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel.
Stay overnight in Da Nang

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Day 2: Da Nang City Tour - Hoi An

Meal Provided: Breakfast.

This morning, visit Linh Ung Pagoda located in an area known locally as Bai But or Buddha’s Sanctuary on the Son Tra peninsula. It is rated as the most magnificent work of this kind in the central city of Da Nang, in terms of architectural and artistic value.

Our next stop is The Museum of Cham Sculpture. Prior to the establishment of the museum, the site was known as the “garden of sculptures” and many Cham sculptures that had been collected in Danang, Quang Nam, and elsewhere had been brought there over the preceding twenty years.

Stop at Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son ward, south of Danang city in Vietnam. The five ‘mountains’ are named after the five elements; Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). Head straight to Hoi An and check in at your hotel.
Stay overnight in Hoi An

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Day 3: Hoi An - Eco Tour - Ancient Town

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch.

You will be picked up by local tour guides at the hotel. You will be driven to Hoi An Market (around half an hour), you can feel the bustle of the morning market, and have an opportunity to have direct contact with sellers. You might also learn some tips for “bargaining” when going shopping Our tour guides will introduce to you the necessary ingredients for cooking classes. Then you will have a sightseeing tour along the Thu Bon River and Cua Dai beat by boat.

On the river, you have a chance to contemplate the river’s beauty in the countryside of Vietnam. Next, you can get some loveable handmade souvenirs made from nipa palm leaves such as hats, watches, and rings… When you do on bamboo basket boat. You will immerse natural beauty of the nipa palm forest. Then be welcome in our restaurant. At here, after you use welcome drinking, you paint on a bamboo Sieve by yourself At the end, participate in a cooking class with our chefs. Cooking classes will take place within 2 hours, the chef will teach you how to cook Vietnamese cultural cuisine. Then you can enjoy Vietnamese food made by yourself. Finally, you come back to the hotel by car.

Coming to Ancient Town, spending the left of afternoon for a walking tour around this enchanting port town of Hoi an, follow the narrow lanes lined with centuries-old houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures and visit its numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the Tan Ky old house, the local market,…
Stay overnight in Hoi An

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Day 4: Hoi An - Kon Tum - Pleiku

Meals Provided: Breakfast.

After breakfast, transfer to Kon Tum by our tour guide and driver (6.5 hrs driving). Make some stops during the way for short break.

Arrive in Kon Tum, check in your hotel and relax.

Stay overnight in Kon Tum

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Day 5: Pleiku - Kon Tum Sightseeing - Pleiku

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch.

Kontum province lies in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam and shares borders with Laos and Cambodia. This morning, take a coach trip to Kontum.
Enjoy a short visit to:

Wooden church: Kon Tum draws visitors’ attention right at first sight with the brown bell tower of a wooden church, which imposingly rises towards the blue sky. The Church is situated at the center of Kon Tum town, on a spacious area with many enclosed combining constructions: church – guest house – house displaying traditional and religious items – Rong house. Besides, stepping into the church campus, tourists will have a chance to visit other places such as the brocatelle sewing and weaving factory, joinery, and orphanage.

● Konktu village-a village of Bahnar people: Travel to this village via the Konklor suspension bridge, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Dakbla river. Upon arrival, the tourists will have a stroll around the village to meet friendly villagers, to explore the culture and customs of the oldest group of the minority who has been living in the Central Highland for some thousand years.
The tourists will have a chance to contemplate the Roong house, an imposing symbol of the Bahnar people that you have never ever seen at any other place in Vietnam. Then continue our trip to Dakto, 47 kilometers from Kon Tum. During the Vietnam War, it was viewed as a strategic area because of its proximity to a major branch of the Hochiminh trail, which Hanoi maintained through the neighboring country of Laos. It was the site of the Battle of Dakto.

Upon arrival, visiting old battlefields such as Point 601: Seventeen km from Kon Tum along the road to Dak To is a monument by the side of the road. It’s known as ‘Skull Hill’ because of the large number of human remains unearthed here after the war. Dakto Victory Monument: a monument to the critical North Vietnamese victory on nearby Charlie Hill. The hill itself is difficult to access, and, in any case, there’s nothing there to see. Phoenix Airstrip: The biggest American airstrip in Kon Tum during wartime. When you get there, you’ll find two long, concrete airstrips that are now being used to dry manioc in preparation for use as chicken feed. Beyond the airstrip are some fortifications — mounds of bull-dozed dirt that still have foxholes dug into them. Back to Pleiku.
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Day 6: Pleiku - Buon Ma Thuot - Sight seeing

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch.

This morning, travel to Buon Ma Thuot, the capital city of Dak Lak. The city is the largest in Vietnam’s Central Highlands region and is famous as the regional “capital of coffee”.

Upon arrival, take a coach trip to Lak Lake which is about 56km to the South of Buon Ma Thuot city. It is the largest natural freshwater lake in Dak Lak and ranks behind Ba Be Lake (Bac Kan) of Vietnam.

Besides, Lak Lake is the shelter of numerous species of aquatic life, fish and shellfish which are major economic resources for local residents living in the area around the lake. By the side of Lak Lake is the sizeable M’nong Rlam village of Jun with over 30 long houses. Different from the M’nong Gar who live in on-ground houses, the M’nong Rlam live in longhouses which are built on stilts like the Edeh.” The village is named Jun because it juts out from green Lak Lake. Coming to Lak Lake, you may ride elephants around the village, row dugout canoes on the lake or enjoy the Gong show and drinking jar-wine with the villagers. Back to the town. Check in hotel.
Stay overnight in Buon Ma Thuot

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Day 7: Buon Ma Thuot - Dray Sap Waterfalls & Ban Don

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch.

After breakfast depart to visit some spotlights of Buon Ma Thuot city such as AkoDhong: village of the E-de people: long house-on-stilts; E-De shop with embroidery and the village chief’s house; Daklak Museum: Ethnography, bio-diversification, and history.

Depart to Draysap waterfall, guests will have nice pictures of mushrooms and long houses, learn about the flora in the forest along the way to the waterfall then visit the impressive waterfall of Draysap. Away 30km from Buon Ma Thuot City, Draysap as E-de language means the Misty waterfall. The misty is by its water falls from about 30m height, 100m length creating an amazing veil of mist. Walk along the path leading up to the fresh stream where guests can have swim.

Head to Ban Don for lunch then visit the bamboo suspension bridge over 250m on the Srepok river, the Ancient house of Laos about 120 years old, Jang Lanh village, and the cemetery. Back to Buon Ma Thuot, on the way drop into coffee plantations and pepper gardens, Khai Doan Pagoda. Drop off at your hotel.
Stay overnight in Buon Ma Thuot.

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Day 8: Buon Ma Thuot - Da Lat

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch.

After breakfast, meet our tour guide again and head to Dalat.

On arrival, have lunch at a local restaurant then check in at your hotel. Take a short rest before continuing to visit the Valley of Love, a picturesque valley of rolling hills with a lake as its centerpiece, serving as a romantic getaway for locals and tourists, and then the XQ Historical Village at City’s Flower garden. Drop off at your hotel.
Stay overnight in Buon Ma Thuot.

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Day 9: Da Lat city tour

Meal Provided: Breakfast.

This morning, enjoy your city tour day in Dalat by visiting:

● Bao Dai’s Summer Palace: Emperor Bao Dai had made three huge palaces in the city of Dalat. Among them, the most visited palace is called the Dinh 3 which was built in 1933. The entire structure of the palace was made in art deco fashion. It was set inside a pine grove near the Pasteur Institute, in the southwestern direction of the lake

● Dalat Railway Station, built in 1938, was designed in the art deco architectural style by French architects Moncet and Reveron, although it incorporates the high, pointed roofs characteristic of the Cao Nguyen communal buildings of Vietnam’s Central Highlands. The three roofs, said to represent the three peaks of Dalat’s iconic Lang Biang mountain, are also reminiscent of Normandy’s Trouville-Deauville Station.

● Crazy House: Described as a “fairy tale house”, its overall design resembles a giant banyan tree, incorporating sculptured design elements representing natural forms such as animals, mushrooms, spider webs, and caves. Its architecture, consisting of complex, organic, non-rectilinear shapes, has been described as expressionist. Its creator, Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga, who holds a Ph.D. in architecture from Moscow State University, has acknowledged the inspiration of Catalan Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi in the building’s design In the afternoon, take a cable car running from Robin Hill to the Truc Lam Temple. The ride covers 2.3 kilometers with 50 brightly painted cabins spanning the distance. The panoramic views of Dalat are worth the effort.

● Truc Lam Temple (Vietnamese: Thien Vien Truc Lam) is a Zen Buddhist temple outside the centre of Da Lat. The temple is located at a turnoff on the road from the city centre towards Prenn Hill, the temple is near the Tuyen Lam Lake, located on Phuong Hoang Hill. The entrance of the temple is somewhat isolated, so there is a direct entrance to the temple with 61 steps or climbing, or the person can go directly past Tuyen Lam Lake and then climb 222 steps past the triple gated entrance to enter the main courtyard in front of the temple.

Our last stop is Dalat flower garden, sitting at the end of Xuan Huong Lake, around 2 kilometers from the city center, it covers 11 hectares. With its cool mountain climate, Dalat is perfect for growing a wide variety of flowers.
Stay overnight in Dalat

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Day 10: Da Lat - Mui Ne - Jeep Tour

Meal Provided: Breakfast.

Being picked up by our guide and driver for the transfer to Mui Ne.
On arrival, check in your hotel and relax. Afternoon activities will be: Visiting Fairy stream (Suoi Tien) where the small stream runs through the middle of the red sand dunes. It is like a mini version of Red Canyon Visiting Mui Ne fishing village, observing the daily lives of fishermen, the catch is hauled to shore and fishing boats are lining up Visiting White sand dunes.

At the top of the sand dune, catching the first sunrise of the day. Other activities can be taken: riding a quad bike over the white sand dunes and ostrich riding (at your own expense), sliding down sand dunes’ slopes with sand boarding. Continue with your jeep to visit Red sand dunes, the slopes are less steep than the White sand dunes, but a great opportunity for taking a photo as red color of the sand is a great contrast to background scenery and observing the spectacular sunset over the red sand dunes.

After seeing the sunset at the red dunes, get back to your hotel/resort.
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Day 11: Mui Ne Free at leisure

Meal Provided: Breakfast.

Free at leisure.
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Day 12: Mui Ne - Ho Chi Minh City - City Tour

Meal Provided: Breakfast.

Free time until being picked up by our private car for the return to Ho Chi Minh. Enjoy the sightseeing at Reunification Palace formerly known as Independence Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, a landmark in Hochiminh City.

Continue to visit the Central Post Office which was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. It has a neoclassical architectural style. It was designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in harmony with the surrounding area. Today, the building is a tourist attraction. Right nearby, you can see Notre Dame Cathedral, a magnificent building located in the heart of the city and be established by French colonists. This cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet).

Pay a visit at Ben Thanh market, one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and one of the symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, ao dai, and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.
Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch.

This morning we leave Ho Chi Minh behind and head to the Vietnamese rice basket of the Mekong Delta. We will pass through idyllic, rural scenes until we arrive at My Tho, a peaceful town on the bank of the Mekong River, where we will visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda.

Arrival, boarding the motorboat at a pier and cruising on the Mekong River. Here, overlooking 4 famous islands: Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Turtle Island. They pay a visit to My Tho fishing port and fishing farms along Tan Long island.

Continue to Thoi Son Island where you have chance visiting fruit orchard, seasonal tropical fruit can be tasted (included) while listening to Vietnamese traditional music Afterward, being on a small hand-rowing boat (the main mean of transportation in My Tho & Ben Tre) and slowly cruising through a small creek with beautiful overhanging coconut trees. Lives from both sides of the creek can be observed. Before heading to lunch, passing through the coconut candy workshop (sample of candies can be tasted), bee-keeping farm, and enjoy honey tea. Back to Ho Chi Minh in our private car.
Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

Meal Provided: Breakfast.

You are left free to stroll around till being transferred to the airport by our private car for the flight back home. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey!
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Please note: The tour program is flexible. Your guide will be more than happy to adjust the tour itinerary to suit you. You can skip one site or add another if you so wish. * This is a quote only and we have not made any booking for you. Prices offered are based on availability at the time of quoting. It may different at the time of actual reservation based on availability.

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Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on a travelling party of 4 adults, and sharing double or twin room.

** If you travel in group of 2, 3 and so on. Please feel free to contact us for specific offer.

** If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by using the Share Button above to invite your friends and family to book this tour with you.

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes



What's Included:

• 05 nights base in double/twin sharing rooms at centrally located & well selected Comfort hotels (3 star-hotel). 
[ Superior (4 star-hotel), Luxury (5- star hotel), High-end (best of the best hotel) properties are also available upon request] 
• 01 night on board cruise in Halong Bay 
• Daily buffet or set breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges. 
• Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary. 
• Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver as specified in the itinerary. 
• Sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary. 
• Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner. 
• Cyclo in Hanoi
• Entrance fees according the above program
• Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers 
• VAT and all taxes and service charge. 


What's Excluded:

• International flight tickets and Visas stamp 
• Domestic and regional flights in the tour
• Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls 
• Personal, travel and health insurance
• Early check in and late check out 
• Single room supplement if request 
• Drinks during meals
• Meals that are not specified
• Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff 
• Surcharge for peak season & compulsory dinner on X’mas and New Year’s Eve 


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 from US$ 250++ per room/ per night


3. Child policy: 

• Ages 0-2: free of charge for tour. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 2-5: 50% of adult price. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 6-10: 85% of adult price & airfare fully charges
• 11 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 ( with at least 3 vacats pagess and 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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We will send the visa approval letter via email to you after 7 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 3: 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 ($25 for single entry visa; $50 for 1 month 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.

  • For those who is applicable for E-visa, our travel experts will consult case by case.

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