This Vietnam veteran’s tour has been designed for Ted O’Connell and anyone who is interested in tours for veterans. He would like to visit interior Vietnam, including out of the way mountainous places on the Vietnam/Laos border and other remote areas of Vietnam that are both historic and unique.
The tour focused to areas in the North where the PAVN embarked down the Ho Chi Minh Trail (American name) and remnants of the trail in remote areas.
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$1,241/per Person – Price is based on minimum of two persons traveling together, twin share or double bedded room at 3 Star hotel. Itinerary may change, depending on flight schedule, road and weather conditions. Domestic flights are NOT included.
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, G = Guide, DP = Driver Pickup)
Day 1: Hanoi (G)
In the morning, you will be driven to Son Tay to visit the school compound where the American Special Forces mistakenly thought there were POWs. Next, your guide will take you to the International Friendship Village for Vietnamese veterans and Orange Agent victims. In the afternoon, visits to the Army Museum will present a Vietnamese perspective of the years of conflict. You’ll overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Vinh (B, G)
In the morning, you’ll visit the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum in anticipation of your trip to Ho Chi Minh Trail before you board the train to Vinh. On arriving at Vinh station, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll spend the night in Vinh.
Day 3: Vinh – Dong Loc – Phong Nha – Dong Hoi (B, L, G)
In the morning, you’ll be driven to Dong Loc intersection which is widely regarded in Vietnamese eyes as the beginning of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. You’ll then pass through remote back country, closer to the border, as the scenery steadily becomes dominated by karst limestone rock formations. You’ll pass two famous intersections where until 1972 most of the Trail’s traffic passed over into Lao. Arriving Phong Nha in the afternoon, you’ll take a boat trip up to Phong Nha caves. It is probably the most beautiful with many fascinating rock formations with imaginative names such as Fairy Caves, Royal Court and Buddha. Phong Nha also boasts underground rivers, large caverns and passageways and broad pristine sandbanks. You’ll spend the night in Dong Hoi.
Day 4: Dong Hoi – DMZ – Khe Sanh (B, L, D, G)
In the morning, your car and guide will take you northwards to Quang Tri province to tour the wartime ‘De-militarised Zone’, better known as the DMZ. On the way, you’ll visit the Vinh Moc Tunnels, Hien Luong bridge, the Ben Hai river battle sites. Your car will take to what was once the Con Tien firebase. You’ll spend the night in Khe Sanh town.
Day 5: Khe Sanh – DMZ – A Luoi – Kham Duc (B, L, D, G)
In the morning, you’ll visit the Khe Sanh combat base, Lang Vay Special Forces Camp and the Laos/Vietnam border. You’ll then drive to Kham Duc via A Luoi for an overnight stay. You’ll spend the night in Kham Duc.
Day 6: Kham Duc – Kon Tum (B, L, D, G)
In the morning, you drive to Kontum. On arrival, you’ll visit the charming Wooden Church and, if convenient, drop in at a nearby orphanage. You’ll then travel to Konkotu village for dinner and a well-earned night’s sleep in the village Rong house.
Day 7: Kontum – Pleiku (B, L, G)
In the morning, you hike through the forest to Jolong village and the source of the DakBla River, crossing the KonBa hanging bridge en-route. Next, you’ll climb into an inflatable dingy to ‘raft’ down the DakBla River, stopping on the way for a riverside picnic lunch. You’ll be met and driven to Pleiku. You’ll spend the night in Pleiku.
Day 8: Pleiku – Buon Ma Thuot (B, L, G)
In the morning, your vehicle will take you to Buon Ma Thuot. After checking in, you’ll visit the local Ethnology Museum and A Co Thon village, home of many Ede ethnic minority people. You’ll spend the night in Buon Ma Thuot.
Day 9: Buon Ma Thuot (B, L, G)
After breakfast, your car will arrive to take you to Buon Don Village for an elephant ride and you’ll have hike through the forest. You’ll stay overnight in Buon Ma Thuot.
Day 10: Buon Me Thuot – Da Lat (B, DP)
In the morning, you’ll drive to Da Lat. The remainder of the day is free. Overnight will be in Da Lat.
Day 12: Nha Trang (B, DP)
Time on your own.
Day 13: Nha Trang/Hanoi departure (B, DP)
In the morning, your private car arrives to take you to Cam Ranh airport for your flight to Hanoi in good time to connect with your departure flight.
Prices vary depending on level of accommodation, group size and dates of travel.
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- Accommodation sharing a twin or double room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above
- Boat cruise as program
- One way train ticket: Hanoi – Vinh four berth cabin on Reunification carriage
- Elephant riding 1 hour in Buon Ma Thuot
- Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver
- The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
- Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the program
- Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available
- VAT and other taxes
- International flight tickets and airport tax
- Visas (we can help you on this)
- Dinners, except as specified above
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
- Tips for guide and drivers
- Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
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