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‘War does not determine who is right, only who is left’ - Bertrand Russel
A remarkable Vietnam tour for veterans or those who wish to learn more about the history of the Vietnam war. Our tour will take you back to the destinations where some of the most devastating battles took place. Here, you will understand more than ever a saying ‘No soldier ever really survives a war’ of Audie Murphy who was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. Of course, old battlefields are not everything you visit on the tour. You will also witness the charms of nature and culture making this small country one of Southeast Asia’s most popular destinations.
Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide and travel by car to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the laid-back old streets and explore Hanoi on your own. In the evening, have dinner with Mr. Chuck Searcy, a veteran of the Vietnam War. He is now a representative of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, co-chair of the NGO Agent Orange Working Group in Vietnam. You'll have time to ask questions and hear about his experiences.
Start your day by a visit to the John McCain Monument on Truc Bach Lake and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Our tour continues to Huu Tiep Lake which is home to the wreckage of a B-52 bomber shot down on 27th December 1972, shortly before the war ended, and Hoa Lo Prison where Mr. McCain spent 5.5 years in captivity as a POW in North Vietnam.
In the afternoon, you will have 2-hour meeting with a veteran to have a deeper look into the war. Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
Drive to the countryside to meet up with a Vietnamese veteran and visit his tea plantation. Take a walk or ride your bike around the village in the afternoon to explore local culture, talk to locals, learn to pick tea, make a conical hat and unshell the rice by a simple machine. Relax with a fresh mint lemon juice while soaking your feet in warm water with herb after your cycling session.
End up your day with a boat trip on the Da River to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and explore the local life along the riverside before returning to Hanoi.
Travel to Ha Long Bay and embark on one of the most luxurious cruises on the Bay. There, you can witness more than 1,900 rock islands emerging from the beautiful water to know why it is declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the local life on the water, join a cooking class with the chief, and enjoy excellent meals with fresh seafood caught from the Bay.
Early in the morning and depending on the season, you will wake up to enjoy sunrise over the aquamarine waters of the bay. Then the cruise will tour around the bay until you disembark at the end of the morning. After that, you will then return to Hanoi You will disembark at the end of the morning and head back to the airport for the flight to Quang Binh.
In the morning, you'll be picked up from your hotel to travel to 20 Victoria Road (20 Quyet Thang Road) where a mystery typical lod line of Truong Son Road system was. We'll visit Tra Ang Bridge. Tra Ang Stream, Tam Co cave where we'll burn incense to pay a tribute to eight young ladies who permanently left this life at young age. During the American War, the area was a target of fierce aerial bombardments of the American to stop the northern reinforcement to the southern front-line and marked the terrible bloodshed of the volunteer youth during their attempt to keep the transport route clear. We will continue to explore the majestic Paradise Cave before having lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, follow our day to Chay Lap Village and Xa Phong Cave. Embark the boat trip to go along 2 kilometers on Chay river to get to Tram Me village and Ruou cave. We'll also pass historical places that were heavily devastated by bombardments such as Phong Nha Cave, Nguyen Van Troi pier, and Xuan Son pier.
In the morning, we will be picked up by the local tour guide and head to the demilitarized zone (DMZ). We will stop on road to see some of the famous DMZ sights, such as the Vinh Moc tunnel, a strategic site that was the target of endless bombing during the Vietnam War. We will descend into this underground village, which was dug by the population who occupied it for two years, to explore a system of three-floor tunnels consisting of small cells, kitchens, toilets, wells, and a hospital where seventeen children were born. We will then visit the famous Hien Luong Bridge, Doc Mieu Base, Quang Tri Citadel, and Khe Sanh Combat Base. Drive to Hue where is the next destination in our journey.
Today you have our down time day to relax.
Today we visit Hue city. We will drive to a peaceful village to see the tile-roofed Thanh Toan Bridge. Spend some time winding around the local market nearby before we head to the majestic Imperial Citadel of Hue. After that, you will attend one paper-flower workshop to learn how to make flowers from paper. Have lunch here then continue our journey to Minh Mang Tomb. This construction began in 1840 during the reign of Minh Mang and was completed by Emperor Thieu Tri, who succeeded him on the throne. Walk on the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda that is unofficial symbol of the city.
You will meet your guide and drive toward Hoi An. On the way, we will stop at Happy Valley, NVA stronghold used for staging attacks on Da Nang, usually with 122mm rockets. Continue drive to Hill 55 known as Camp Muir. Our next stop is the New Liberty Bridge (near the old Liberty Bridge). The Liberty Bridge was built to enable the Marines to move men and material across the Song Thu Bon south to An Hoa Combat Base or to a jump off point for Operations to be conducted on Go Noi Island. The bridge was constantly under attack and was destroyed several times, either by VC or nature. The only thing that remains of this structure are several pylons that project out of the water. Our last stop is the An Hoa Combat Base. The base is now just a ruin but you still the runway is still there.
Today you have your own time at leisure to discover the gorgeous Hoi An.
This morning you are free at leisure. In the midafternoon, we will visit Hoian Old Quarter, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site for its well-preserved ancient streets and houses. The town features a harmony of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and French architecture elements, which can be seen from the famous Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple and Tan Ky trading house. Watch a folklore show in one of the old houses then drive toward Cam Thanh countryside where we will embark on a boat to cruise on Thu Bon River. Try a fun bamboo basket ride in to the mangrove forest and try to maneuver the boat yourself. Have lunch with local dishes that are carefully prepared by a fishermen at his house.
Free at leisure to explore the ancient town or enjoy the beach until the good time to transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.
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I recently returned from from my first solo vacation. Rose took my initial thoughts on what I was interested in doing in Vietnam and ran with it. I was very nervous about traveling by myself so far from home, but the team at EV was there with me every step of the way! EV made this trip so easy for me. From the moment Rose contacted me, every detail was taken care of. I didn't need to worry about anything. I felt very safe and taken care of. Their attention to detail is what made my trip so fantastic. If you have any interest in solo traveling, but are a little nervous about logistics, EV will put your mind at ease and give you a trip of a lifetime!READ MORE
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Annie (Yen) Hong helped me plan a 10 day Vietnam trip with my son during August 2019. Annie was very professional, had great ideas and recommendations, and was extremely attentive to our needs both before and during out trip. While no trip goes off perfect, she was able to adjust to various issues such as weather, and help make our trip great. I would definitely recommend using exotic voyages, and Annie in particular!READ MORE
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This is the second time I've used EV and they did not disappoint! Back in 2012 they organised my whole trip - hotels/drivers/flights/visas/guides etc. This time I used Air bnb for some of my trip and Annie helped me connect the dots. Annie was so helpful and understanding of my needs, she's very patient! She really will help you create the trip you really want, her inside knowledge is absolutely golden and she was always on hand if I had any problems. She provided a really efficient safe and trust worthy service. All the services Annie recommended were highly professional and we were shielded from a lot of stress and harassment that foreigners can sometimes experience. We had a great trip and plan to returning next year. Hopefully Annie can help us organise that!READ MORE
We normally don't use travel agencies and prefer to do our own planning, but we decided to use Exotic for this trip because of how unfamiliar we were with the country. It was a great decision. Tran Hoa helped us from the planning stage, to choosing individual activities, and modifying our itinerary ...
We normally don't use travel agencies and prefer to do our own planning, but we decided to use Exotic for this trip because of how unfamiliar we were with the country. It was a great decision. Tran Hoa helped us from the planning stage, to choosing individual activities, and modifying our itinerary several times. During the trip we were always met on time by excellent guides, everything was as expected, and the quality and standards were always up to par. I would use them again and recommend them wholeheartedly.READ MORE
I spent 12 days in Vietnam, planned by Exotic Voyages. Great communication from start to finish by Diep including a gift of coffee during my first day in Hanoi. As a first time visitor to Vietnam, I was pleased with the entire schedule and the people they use locally for guides and trips are first ...
I spent 12 days in Vietnam, planned by Exotic Voyages. Great communication from start to finish by Diep including a gift of coffee during my first day in Hanoi. As a first time visitor to Vietnam, I was pleased with the entire schedule and the people they use locally for guides and trips are first rate. The entire trip from Hanoi to HCMC was flawless. Having been introduced to Vietnam by Exotic Voyages, I will use their services again when I return to Vietnam for a more in depth exploration of the country.READ MORE
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