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Vietnam Adventure Tours

From Southern to Highland Tour 12 days

Tour Code: AGT-SGN1203
Destination: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Cao Dai - Mekong Delta - Can Tho - Vinh Long - Dalat - Buon Ma Thuot - Pleiku - Kon Tum - My Son - Hoian - Danang - Hue
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights

Vietnam - the country of river and ocean. Vietnam is crisscrossed by thousands of streams and rivers. There is a river discharging every 20 kilometers along Vietnam's coastline. The waterways are a very convenient means of transport with major rivers like the Red River in the north and the Mekong River in the south.

Summary

the Central Highlands is a series of flat plateaux, mainly inhabited by various ethnic groups. Apart from Dalat, the tourist guide books are somewhat dismissive of the area. Many remarkable sights and attractions are not even mentioned, probably because they are too far off the regular tourist routes.
The three main highland towns, Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku and Kon Tum are bisected by the single road that runs the length of the plateaux area. They have a few interesting features, but the main attractions lie outside in the scenery, wildlife and ethnic diversity. All three are associated with events occurring during the American War.

Gia Long Waterfall near Buon Ma Thuot City. Some of the scenery is stunning. Forests, waterfalls, lakes and rivers are accessible for hiking and trekking, and there’s plenty to see. To the south, Nam Cat Tien National Park is one of the most biologically diverse locations in Indochina.
Tourism infrastructure in the area is very limited. Both Buon Ma Thuot and Pleiku have small local airports with regular flights connecting with Ho Chi Minh City and Danang.
The only international hotels are in Dalat – the rest are what we regard as ‘local’ standard. Nevertheless, several offer comfortable accommodation and acceptable service.

Long house near Buon Ma Thuot. More attractive to many of our prospective customers are the possibilities for homestay accommodation and opportunities to get close to the communities in the area. In general, the people you encounter will be very friendly. They have a gentle, relaxed lifestyle, and are remarkably welcoming and hospitable despite the poverty in the area. A singular feature is the lack of beggars and the gangs of children who normally materialise as soon as you appear anywhere else in Vietnam.

The Central Highlands is one of the most fascinating areas in the country, but to enjoy it at its best, it helps to have a phlegmatic approach to any inconveniences that occur. For example, it’s not unknown for the police to suddenly decide that you’d be happier in a hotel than homestay. A sunny smile, a glass of local rice wine, and some gentle persuasion by your guide can usually solve the problem – if not, we’re only a ‘phone call away.

Detail itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival  (B)
You are welcome by our guide at Tan Son Nhat airport and then be transferred to your hotel in the center of city. Time to visit Ben Thanh market. Having a welcome dinner at a French colony style restaurant and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B)
AM: Breakfast at the hotel. Start your sightseeing tour at the Cho Lon market, explore Chinatown, Thien Hau and Quan Am pagodas then you come back the center to join your luch at beautiful restaurant
PM: visiting Reunification palace which was the residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of the war in April 1975. Continue seeing some impressive French colonial structures including Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. After visiting the City Hall, take a break-time at Ben Thanh market where anything and everything is for sales. Return to District 1. Back to your Hotel

Day 3: Cao Dai – Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
AM: Cao Dai Temple
The Great Holy See Temple, built in 1926, is considered one of the most striking structures in all of south-east Asia. It is the centre of Caodaism, a religion that blends Buddhism, Christianity and Confucianism. Explore this fascinating site and attend the colorful noon-day mass held by the Cao Dai followers. It is an experience not to be missed. After lunch, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.
PM: Cu Chi Tunnels
The peacefully rural rice paddy scenery contains ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers alongside the road. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destructions, damage and defoliation all over the area, caused by bombing and mines, When Cu Chi was " A Free Target Zone ". The remnants visitors will see, show Cu Chi still has her evidence to prove the fierce battleground that took place there and visitors will see the remnants.
Transfer to Vinh Long. Overnight at

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B)
In the morning, set off by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market, a typical and cultural lifestyle of Southern region, watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charm of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made.
Followed continue to Binh Hoa Phuoc islet, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, through the lush green vegetation of canals to the orchards where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a lunch of fresh river food & tropical fruit served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Take a delightful walk through the bonsai garden. Back to HCMC.

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City - Dalat (B)
Take the private minibus to Dalat. Visit Dalat City.
1/ Tuyen Lam lake:
7 km South of Dalat, 320 ha, the nicest lake of the city.
+ Truc Lam Zen monastery:
Over look TuyenLamLake, at present is the biggest University in Vietnam. Please dress decently.
A boat trip on Tuyen Lam Lake to the fine forest
4/ Bao Dai’s Summer Palace:
3 km from Dalat’s center, where the last Emperor of Vietnam. Bao Dai stayed and ruled the country from 1914 to 1954
6/ Dalat Flower Garden + Xuan Huong Lake
7/Crazy House
Overnight in Dalat

Day 7: Dalat – Buon Ma Thuot (B)
Drive to Buon Ma Thuot, you’ll visit Yok Don national Park and take elephant riding 2 hours at there. Your overnight stay will be in Buon Ma Thuot.    

Day 8: Buon Ma Thuot – Pleiku (B)
In the morning, you’ll drive 200 km to Gia Lai, check in at your hotel and relax over lunch. In the afternoon, you visit the Banah villages to meet the people and learn about their everyday life and culture. Your overnight stay will be in Gia Lai.

Day 9: Pleiku – Kon Tum(B)
In the morning, you travel by car to Kon Tum, visiting Phun village (Ja Rai ethnic people) and the ‘Sea Lake’ (a mysterious lake in the crater of a dormant volcano - apparently its water level hardly varies even duting the most severe droughts). In the afternoon, you visit some of the many villages around Kon Tum, including Kon Tonghia village, Kon Robang and Kon Hngor village. Your overnight stay will be in Kon Tum.

Day 10: Kon Tum – My Son - Hoian (B)
Drive to Hoian, after 5 hours arrive Hoian, on the wat to visit My Son Holy Land, a World Heritage, 50 km southwest of Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered to be in the same league as some of Southeast Asia''s greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries was built from the 7 to 13 centuries.
check in Hotel and free time. Overnight in Hoian

Day 11: Hoian – Hue (B)
In the morning, we include these on a walking tour passing many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past. A perfect way to round off the day is a boat trip on the Thu Bon River, which also gives us a chance to admire the spectacular countryside and explore a handicraft ceramic village and boat building yards.
take a private car from Hoi An Town to Hue. stop in Danang for a visit to Cham Museum and handicraft villages on the foot of Marble Mountain before crossing the Hai Van Pass. Check in hotel in Hue, free time.

Day 12: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City – by flight  (B)
After breakfast, Visit Royal Citadel, which was constructed by Emperor Gia Long in the style of French military architect Vauban during the first decades of the 19th century. Transfer to the boat for a trip down the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda, majestic Tomb of Tu Duc, romantic Tomb of Khai Dinh.
Afternoon, take the flight to Hanoi at 14:20 via VN1542,

Quotation - Included/Excluded

Quotation: the cost depends on your hotel choice, number of people in your group and time of travel and Hotel Options (3*, 4* or 5* Class). Please contact us to customize this itinerary and price to meet your needs and budget.

Included:
- Private transfer for whole trip (29 seats van)
- Escort English speaking tour guide
- Sharing double/twin room at 3* hotel as program
- Daily breakfast
- Boat trip in Hue (on perfume River)
- Boat Trip in Cai Be Floating Village + Vinh Long
- Elephant riding 2 hours
- Flight ticket (economy class) Hue - Ho Chi Minh City or viceverse
- Entrance fees

Excludes:
-    All meals not mentioned above
-    Visa arrangement
-    International Flight tickets

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