Discover Asia - Vietnam Vacation
35+ - 40's - 50's and 60's Singles Vacations
Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi
July 17 - July 28, 2013
Vietnam is a country just waiting for those with a sense of adventure, exploration and discovery. Explore ancient temples, view green rice fields dotted with conical hats and hear the blaring of horns and chaos of motorbike traffic. Graceful lakes, slow river life, white sand beaches and traditional dishes will delight you. Join Best Single Travel on our Vietnam Singles Trip, a memorable journey of history and culture.
Vietnam Singles Vacation Itinerary
Vacation Day 1: - Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
The group from Cambodia will not arrive till tonight so no activities are planned for today but our local guide will be able to offer suggestions if you arrive early and join the group for an optional dinner.
Vacation Day 2: Ho Chi Minh
Today we spend the day in Ho Chi Minh, previously known as Saigon. Our guided tour takes us past the now-demolished wartime American Embassy on the way to the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office.
We visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, believed to be the "god of the heavens". Then visit the War Remanant Museum opened in 1975 as "The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government [of South Vietnam]".
In the afternoon, we are heading to the Cu Chi Tunnels, consisting of more than 200km of underground tunnels. The main tunnels have many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels.
When we return to Ho Chi Minh relax before our Welcome Dinner Cruise on the Saigon River
Vacation Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta
Today we travel to My Tho to take a boat ride on the Mekong river. Visit an orchard island where almost all the tropical fruits of southern Vietnam can be found and tasted, the 150 year old Vinh Trang pagoda, which combines Vietnamese, Khmer and French architectures, Dong Tam snake farm and the floating market. Lunch at pleasant restaurant inside the garden.
Tonight we visit and shop at the night market. Eating and drinking on the street is very popular in Vietnam, and night markets offer a great window into the life of the city.
Vacation Day 4: Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang -Hoi An
We arrive in Hoi An, the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century. Then the town became an important trading centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese, Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled.
We take a walking tour of the ancient town center to visit the former merchants homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market famous for it's clothing tailors. You will notice the architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years.
Vacation Day 5: Hoi An
Today is a day at leisure. Explore the ancient city of Hoi An... spend the day at the beach, visit the many historical sites or, have clothes, boots and shoes custom made. It is amazing everything is made, fitted and completed in one day!
Vacation Day 6: Hoi An - Hue
After breakfast our tour continues via the Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach and Danang to Hue, the ancient imperial capital of the 17th century. Located in central Vietnam, it is the capital of Thua Thien province lying on the banks of Huong River (Perfume River) and looks like a massive open-air museum with hundreds of temples, pagodas, palaces and tombs.
Upon arrival, we stop at the tombs of Emperors, located along the Perfume River and mostly dating from the 19th to 20th Century. The finest of these tombs are Tomb of Tu Duc, Tomb of Minh Mang and Tomb of Khai Dinh.
Vacation Day 7: Hue - Hanoi
Our afternoon city tour of Hanoi includes a visit to the Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam, Ba Dinh square, the President palace, a house on stilts, the one pillar Pagoda, the old pagoda Tran Quoc and the Ngoc Son Temple at Hoan Kiem Lake.
Vacation Day 8: Hanoi
Today we continue exploring Hanoi. Visit Ho Chi Min's Mausoleum and his living quarter. Despite Ho Chi Min's request to be cremated, like communist leaders before him, he was embalmed and put on display. A visit to his mausoleum is a somber experience. Next we visit The Hanoi Hilton (The Hoax Lo Prison) used by the North Vietnamese Army to house, torture and interrogate captured servicemen, mostly American pilots shot down during bombing raids. Today it is a museum.
The highlight of the day will be our Cyclo tour around Hanoi's Old Quarter. Sit back and relax on your cyclo while the driver peddles you through the narrow streets.
Vacation Day 9: Hanoi to Halong Bay
In the morning we travel to Ha Long Bay, a world natural heritage site. On the way we stop at the Hong Ngoc handicraft village for shopping. Then we continue on to Halong port where our Crew welcomes us onto the Junk.
Enjoy a welcome drink, check into our cabins and have lunch as the junk cruises into Halong Bay. Float along and view the amazing karsts: Mat Qui islet, But Moc islet, Cap De islet, Trong cave, Trinh Nu cave, to a Floating Fishing village.
We disembark at Sung Sot cave (Cave of Surprises), the largest cave in Halong Bay. Many stalactites hang from the high ceiling creating numerous forms and shapes Of course there will be time for swimming and sun bathing. Enjoy a great sunset dinner and relax before retiring to the comfort of your cabin.
Vacation Day 10: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Enjoy the beauty of a Halong Bay sunrise and a morning view of the Bay's landscapes with a cup of tea or coffee. Breakfast is served while we begin cruising the bay to visit Man's head Island, Tortoise Island and the Luzon Cave. Contine on our cruise through Bain Tug Long Bay passing Toad Island and Bain Thor mountain.
We begin to head back to Halong wharf enjoying the scenic route while we are served with lunch. After arriving back at the wharf we drive back to Hanoi in time to relax before we enjoy our Water puppet show. A tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century, thepuppets are made out of wood and then lacquered and performed in a waist-deep pool. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides background music during the show.
Vacation Day 11: Hanoi
Tonight we gather for our Farewell Dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant.
Vacation Day 12: Disover Asia Singles Vacation ends in Hanoi, Vietnam
Time to say goodbye to Southeast Asia and all our new single travel friends as we transfer to the airport for our flights home.
|Ho Chi Minh - Majestic Hotel||Hoi An - Life Heritage Resort||Hue - Imperial Hotel|
|Hanoi - Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel||Halong Bay - Indochina Sails|
Vietnam Singles Tour
July 17 - July 28, 2013
- * 10 Nights Hotel Accommodations
- * 1 Night onboard a Junk
- * Air flights within Vietnam
- * Breakfast Daily
- * 6-Lunches 4 Dinners
- * Guided Tours per itinerary
- * Best Single Travel Hostess
- * Airport/Hotel Transfers on Day 1 and Day 12
- * Admissions and Transportation as stated above
- * All Taxes and Surcharges
- *The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides roommate matching on our singles vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $890
- * International Airfare
- * Airport Taxes
- * Tips $100 collected on day 1