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ASIA: Uncle Hồ’s Vietnam Itinerary

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the ITINERARY

VIETNAM

a 8D/7N trip

hanoi urban colors graffiti sketch 2

Illustration by Hanoi Urban Colours

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Day 1
off to HANOI

Flight Air Asia AK870 | KUL 6:30 am  HAN 8:50 am

around HANOI  

Hoan Kiem District

Old Quarter

French Quarter

Water Puppet Show

Day 2

HA LONG Bay

and environs

Day 3

Ha Long Bay (return)
around HANOI
Ba Dinh District

off to HUE (688km from Hanoi) 
Train Vietnam Unification Express SE3  | HAN 11:00 pm  HUE 10:39 am +1day

USD 28 (private 4 berth air-conditioning coach)

(stops at Vinh at 0407+1, Dong Hoi at 0745+1, Hue at 1039+1, Danang at 1303+1, Dieu Tri at 1813+1, Nha Trang at 2142+1 and Saigon at 0430+2)

trainticketdeliver@gmail.com

Luxury option that features private 4 berth air-conditioning sleeping carriage with a bar, toilets, LCD TV, private music system in each cabin,  etc… with free drinks, fruits, confectionery, newspapers,toothbrush, toothpaste, magazines, comb, slippers… go with Livitrans.

HAN 7:00pm HUE 8:15am +1 day

USD 43 (private 4 berth air-conditioning coach)

Day 4

arrive @ HUE 

HUE – DMZ – HUE

Information on DMZ HERE

I’ve not been personally but was told the Vinh Moc Tunnels are way more authentic and ‘the real deal’ than the Chu Chi tunnels out of Ho Chi Minh. Other than that Khe Sanh Marine Base is the only thing worth visiting in the DMZ area. So, you decide if the drive is worth your while. HERE‘s a blog on a traveler account to DMZ who tool the 1-day organised tour to DMZ from Hue @ USD 9 per pax.

Personally, I would have opted for Dan Keith choice; take the local train from HUE and hook up with a reliable guide in Dong Ha, if I were ‘roughing’ it out a little. Sandra Brite’s is do-able for a bigger group and with people of diverse age group and fitness level; i.e call Mr. Trung @ 0905376140 ornguyenvantrungdmz@yahoo.com | 38 tran cao van street. Either option provides you the feasibility of customising your DMZ itinerary, thereby packing in sites you would want to see and spend more time in DMZ. Also cuts down overall travel time.

Day 5 HUE

 The Citadel and Imperial Palace
Thien Mu Pagoda
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Tu Duc Tomb
Khai Dinh Tomb
Minh Mang Tomb

 Day 6

off to HO CHI MINH / SAIGON (1038km from Hue)
Vietnam Airlines

VN251 HUI 09:15 – SGN 10:35

VN253 HUI 17:10 – SGN 18:30

VN255 HUI 20:10 – SGN 22:00

USD 73 one way

OR (more cost effectively)

Train Vietnam Unification Express SE1  | HUE 08:06 am  HCM 04:10 am +1day
Train Vietnam Unification Express SE3  | HUE 10:44 am  HCM 04:30 am +1day
Train Vietnam Unification Express SE5  | HUE 01:07 am  HCM 20:00 pm 
Train Vietnam Unification Express SE7  | HUE 19:58 pm  HCM 16:48 pm +1day

 Day 6 & 7 (if by flight) | Day 7 & 8 (if by train) 
 around SAIGON 
Giac Lam Pagoda
Chinatown – Binh Te Market (Cholon District 5 – historical area)
Ben Thanh Market
Reunification Hall
Notre Dame Cathedral
Post Office
War Museum

other useful TRAVEL VIETNAM links

Vietnam Tourism

{official website}

Asia Travel Forum (Vietnam)

{everything you need to know – sort off}

đường sắt Việt Nam

{Vietnam Railways official site}

trainticketdeliver@gmail.com

Train Ticket Delivery

{Vietnam Train Tickets Bookings}

Vietnam Airways

{Vietnam Airline Tickets Bookings}

DMZ Tour :
Personal Account & Forum Members Suggestions

DMZ Information

{Tour to Demilitarized Zone}

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Featured Image by Dutch architect Carel Weeber who has built a hospital in Vietnam during the 1970s. He cooperated with the Delft University of Technology and the Medical Committee Netherlands – Vietnam (MCNV). In 1975 Carel Weeber travelled from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and visited the construction site in Dong Ha in Quang Tri province.

Source: Barbieri, U., de Heer, J. and Oldewarris, H., Carel Weeber ‘ex’ architect, Rotterdam, Uitgeverij 010, 2003, pp.59.

© NAi / Carel Weeber

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