Tour along the Ho Chi Minh Trail

24 days inclusive tour with airfares/taxes departing Melbourne, most meals, all accommodation, touring with guides and entrance fees, visa fees, tipping (paid locally)

Limited departures from 22 April 2017 to 17 Nov 2017, and prices from $6480 p/p twin share.

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This tour is a discovery tour and takes you to a number of off the beaten track places in both Vietnam and Laos along the Ho Chi Minh trail which was used by the Nth Vietnamese and the Viet Cong as a means of evading their enemies. Hike Sapa’s Rice terraces and the Secret Route, and explore the Plain of Jars and a number of remote mountain locations in Laos.

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Full Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi for your overnight stay. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. (D)

Days 2-3: Cruise Halong Bay
Drive to Halong Bay and cruise around the spectacular limestone karst formations, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, take a rowboat to discover some of the bay’s many caves and partake in a traditional Vietnamese cooking demonstration back on board. (B,L,D) The next day rise early and practice Tai Chi as the sun rises. Transfer back to Hanoi. (B,D)

Day 4: Discover Hanoi
Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature before weaving through a labyrinth of back alleys well off the tourist trail. Later enjoy a traditional Water Puppet show before taking a culinary adventure to sample street food in the Old Quarter. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Hanoi to Sapa
Today tour the Army Museum, Hoa Lo Prison and B52 Victory Museum. Enjoy a talk by a local historian before dinner. Transfer to the railway station for your overnight train to Sapa. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Sapa Minority Villages
Arrive this morning in Sapa. Walk to the busy villages of Cat Cat and Lao Chai, where you can learn the art of batik painting. The beautiful textiles of the Black H’mong are famous around the world. This afternoon head to a local home-stay, where you will spend the night. Watch as the sun sets over the rice terraces and tuck into a delicious H’mong-style dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Sapa
This morning set out along the Muong Hoa Valley towards Ta Van Village. Trek along the high road and take in the superb views. Arrive in the village of the Giay ethnic people. Transfer back to Sapa. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Dien Bien
Drive to Dien Bien and enjoy the photo opportunities of this remote area. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Dien Bien war sites
Visit the war sites of A1 Hill, the French Tunnel and Dien Bien Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Dien Bien to Nong Khiaw
Farewell Vietnam and journey into Laos to Nong Khiaw via Tay Trang for an overnight stay. This town is beautifully rustic and positioned on the banks of the Nam Ou River, surrounded by limestone mountains. (B,L,D)

Days 11-12: Xam Neua
This morning drive to Xam Neua for a two-night stay. Visit the Standing Stones which are presumed to be related to burial rituals. The next day, transfer to Viengxay and explore the headquarters of Communist Pathet Lao, who were forced into the caves during their struggle with the Lao Royal Family in the time of the Vietnam-American War. (B,L,D)

Days 13-14: Phonsavan
Today will involve a full day of driving to Phonsavan, visiting Tam Cave en route (B,L,D) In the morning take a trip to contemplate the mysteries of the Plain of Jars before visiting MAG, an organisation that was created to reduce the number of casualties caused by the unexploded ordinance (UXO) that still lie in much of Laos’ land. (B)

Day 15: Phonsavan to Vinh
Today pass through Nong Het border reaching Nam Can border in Vinh, Vietnam. (B,L,D)

Day 16: Vinh to Dong Hoi
Visit the home of Uncle Ho then drive along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Visit Dong Loc site and Truong Son Cemetery and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 17: Phong Nha trekking
In the morning transfer to a trekking point in Phong Nha. Trek the ‘Secret Route’, a track used by soldiers that was hidden from the Americans. Enjoy a BBQ lunch before trekking back to the start via a different route. (B,L,D)

Day 18: Dong Hoi to Hue
Journey to Hue. Stop en route to visit Vinh Moc Tunnels and Khe Sanh Combat Base. Arrive in Hue in the late afternoon where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 19: Hue
In the morning visit the Imperial Citadel and the Imperial Tombs on the banks of the Perfume River, before taking a boat trip along the river. In the afternoon visit Thien Mu Pagoda. (B,L,D)

Days 20-22: Hoi An
Drive south to Hoi An over the scenic Hai Van Pass. (B,L,D) The next two days are at leisure to explore Hoi An. (B)

Day 23: Depart Hoi An
Transfer to Danang airport for your overnight flight home. (B)

Day 24: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

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