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Images of South Vietnam

19 days from £3655 per person

From soaring highlands populated by remote tribes and characterised by grand colonial towns, to small coastal trading ports and the cosmopolitan conurbation of Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam is a region of extraordinary diversity. After exploring the winding cobbled streets of quaint Hoi An, head inland to highlands that form the country’s spine to visit the Bahnar villages outside of Kon Tum and Kon Ko Tu. Continuing south, visit Buon Ma Thuot and the French colonial hill station of Dalat, before heading to Ho Chi Minh City and the wonderful beaches on Phu Quoc Island.

Route: Hoi An – Kon Tum – Kon Ko Tu – Buon Ma Thuot – Dalat – Ho Chi Minh City – Phu Quoc

Itinerary Highlights

Buon Ma Thuot is the largest city in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. The region is famous for coffee and ethnic villages. Much of the fighting during the Vietnam War was in this area.

Dalat was developed by the French as a hill resort to escape the summer heat of the city. With a golf course, villas and boulevards the town exudes an alpine charm.

Located off the southern tip of Vietnam close to the Cambodian border, the tropical island of Phu Quoc offers white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and some excellent hotels.

Itinerary: Images of South Vietnam

Today depart the UK on the Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore. (N)
Arrive into Singapore and connect onto a Silk Air flight to Danang. On arrival continue south towards Hoi An and stay for three nights at a resort on China Beach close to the town. On arrival in Danang it is also possible to visit the Cham Museum which houses the largest collection of Cham art in the world. (N)
Accommodation in Hoi An: Boutique Hoi An Resort (or similar)
Upgrade option: Victoria Hoi An Resort and Spa
Alternative upgrade option: The Nam Hai, Hoi An
This morning visit Hoi An – a quaint, picturesque town of winding cobbled streets, pretty wooden merchant houses, pagodas and silk merchants. Around two-hundred years ago Hoi An was a bustling little port home to Chinese traders and a strong commercial link to Japan which, over time, influenced the town’s architecture and design. Spending time in the town, spend the rest of the day relaxing on China Beach. Visits can also be made to one or two of the local fishing villages outside of Hoi An. (B)
Accommodation in Hoi An: Boutique Hoi An Resort (or similar)
Upgrade option: Victoria Hoi An Resort and Spa
Alternative upgrade option: The Nam Hai, Hoi An
At leisure to relax and enjoy the beach and hotel. The majority of resorts provide a free shuttle service into the old town of Hoi An should you wish to return. A day trip to the ancient Cham city of My Son can also be arranged as can a cookery class in the town. (B)
Accommodation in Hoi An: Boutique Hoi An Resort (or similar)
Upgrade option: Victoria Hoi An Resort and Spa
Alternative upgrade option: The Nam Hai, Hoi An
After breakfast leave Hoi An and travel south by road to Kon Tum where you will stay overnight. Later visit some of the hill-tribe Bahnar villages which surround the town. Mainly matriarchal societies, each village has a communal house called a rong built on stilts and characterised by a tall, steeply pitched thatched roof. Generally located in a prominent central location, visit the rong and gain an understanding into central highland village life. (B)
Accommodation in Kon Tum: Indochine Hotel Kon Tum (or similar)
Today visit the villages of Kon Ray and Kon Bil then travel on to Kon Du which is renowned for its hand weaving. In the early afternoon continue to Kon Ko Tu for an overnight stay in a local homestay. In this tiny hamlet of bamboo homes and mud dwellings life remains largely untainted by the modern world. Meet the villagers or follow the river through fields of crops and ploughing buffalo. (B)
Accommodation in Kon Ko Tu: Local homestay (or similar)
Returning to Kon Tum, this morning visit the town’s century old French-built wooden church then spend time with the animist hill-tribes of Pleitenghia and Kanhnogokotu. Leaving Kon Tum, drive south through coffee, rubber and pepper plantations to Buon Ma Thuot for a three night stay. Later visit the main market and spend the remainder of the afternoon in a local coffee shop watching the world pass by. (B)
Accommodation in Buon Ma Thuot: Dakruco Buon Ma Thuot (or similar)
Following breakfast, this morning drive to Buon Don. Over the centuries the inhabitants of Buon Don garnered a reputation for excelling in the taming of elephants. Crossing the Srepok River using the large suspension bridge, explore the area then return to Buon Don in the afternoon stopping en-route to visit the local market at Trung Nguyen which is famous for its coffee. (B)
Accommodation in Buon Ma Thuot: Dakruco Buon Ma Thuot (or similar)
The region around Buon Ma Thuot is rightly thought by many to be the gem of the central highlands and today travel outside of the town to Lak Lake. The area surrounding Lak Lake supports numerous hill-tribe villages – including those of the M’Nong, Jun and Le – and time will be spent exploring them. Later take an elephant ride, then take to the lake in a local canoe boat before arriving in a village for a local gong music performance which ends with a rice wine drinking ceremony. (B)
Accommodation in Buon Ma Thuot: Dakruco Buon Ma Thuot (or similar)
This morning leave Buon Ma Thuot and drive to Lak Lake to visit the minority village of Jun where traditional fishing techniques and water farming practices remain in operation. From here continue through the central highlands to the charming French colonial hill station of Dalat for a two night stay. Developed during the early 1900s as a summer escape from the heat of the lowland cities, much of Dalat’s colonial heritage has remained. (B)
Accommodation in Dalat: Ana Mandara Villas (or similar)
Today explore Dalat with your guide. There is much to see, starting at the colourful central market which, aside from the usual commodities, has a popular flower section with gladioli, rose, marigold and chrysanthemum in abundance. Leaving the market, explore the town’s colonial past. Much French architecture remains however highlights include the Art Deco Summer Palace, Cathedral, Pasteur Institute and fine Railway Station as well as the numerous pastel yellow villas that dot the town. (B)
Accommodation in Dalat: Ana Mandara Villas (or similar)
After breakfast transfer to Dalat Airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City where you will stay for the next three nights. Renamed at the conclusion of the Vietnam War, the city is still known to many as Saigon. Growing from a small 15th century Khmer trading port, today Ho Chi Minh City is the modern face of Vietnam – a bustling dynamic metropolis of crumbling colonial buildings, chaotic streets, colourful markets and informal pavement cafes. (B)
Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City: Majestic Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Caravelle Hotel
Alternative upgrade option: Park Hyatt Saigon
This morning explore Ho Chi Minh City with your guide. Places of interest include the former Presidential Palace, now Reunification Hall, famously occupied by the army of North Vietnam in 1975, the city’s colonial centre including Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office and colourful Chinatown with its historic pagodas. In the afternoon take a walking tour through the busy side-streets ending at a small shop, formerly the secret weapon storage of the Viet Cong that was used during the Tet Offensive of 1968. (B)
Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City: Majestic Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Caravelle Hotel
Alternative upgrade option: Park Hyatt Saigon
Leaving the city, today drive south to the Mekong Delta and Cai Be to board the Cai Be Princess, a traditional riverboat made of bamboo, wood and rattan, for a private cruise. Still used to reach many of the delta’s isolated river communities, the cruise starts with a visit to Cai Be’s famous floating market where vendors come from around the region to sell their fruits and vegetables. For the remainder of the day cruise the canals, stopping to visits villages and villas on the way, returning to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon. (B/L)
Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City: Majestic Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Caravelle Hotel
Alternative upgrade option: Park Hyatt Saigon
After breakfast transfer to Danang Airport and fly via Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc Island for a three night stay. Alternatively, fly to tropical Con Dao Island and stay at the luxurious Six Senses Con Dao. Located at the southern tip of Vietnam, the largely undeveloped Phu Quoc offers calm crystal-clear waters and soft sandy beaches ideal for swimming and snorkelling. (B)
Accommodation on Phu Quoc: Fusion Resort (or similar)
Upgrade option: La Veranda Resort
Accommodation on Con Dao: Six Senses Con Dao
At leisure to relax and enjoy your hotel. (B)
Accommodation on Phu Quoc: Fusion Resort (or similar)
Upgrade option: La Veranda Resort
Accommodation on Con Dao: Six Senses Con Dao
Today transfer to Phu Quoc Airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival catch the onward flight to Singapore and connect onto the Singapore Airlines flight non-stop to the UK. (B)
In the morning arrive back into the UK. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

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