SAIGON – HOI AN – QUAY NHON – Private Destination journey with luxury day train

Introducing another selection in our Private Destination Journeys of Vietnam – Saigon – Hoi An – Quay Nhon. We have chosen some of our favourite hotels and combined them with experiences to enhance your stay in the central region of Saigon.

SAIGON – HOI AN – QUAY NHON – 10 night Vietnam Independent Journey

Day 1: Arrival Hoi Chi Minh City

Arrival to Tan Son Nhat International Airport; meet and greet with our English-speaking guide and transfer to your hotel for check in (check in time)

Free time at leisure.

Dinner on your own. Overnight in Sai Gon at Caravelle Hotel – Deluxe room

Formerly known as Saigon, this bustling bright and lively city stands as a proud reminder of the determination of the Vietnamese. Now thrusting its way into the 21st century, this delightful city of tree lined boulevards, Chinese shop houses and dramatic colonial architecture is truly enchanting.

An ideal city to explore on foot the mixture of old and new blends harmoniously. Its people are proud and its youth energetic, as they begin to embrace ever more the popular sounds of pop music and coffee culture as the city comes alive by night

Dinner own arrangements.

Overnight Sai Gon at Caravelle Hotel – Deluxe room

Day 2: Sai Gon Morning city Tour – B,D

In the morning our guide with pick up from hotel and visit most attractive destinations in Ho Chi Minh city.

‘Discover the hidden gems of Saigon’

Experience the excitement of modern day Ho Chi Minh City riding pillion on our vintage Vespas. Get off the crowded tourist trail to visit some fascinating places and sites than you could never find on your own.

Description: Starting from a Cafe in central Saigon, we ride the busy city streets, first stopping at the unique Bird Club in the park (morning only) before visiting the famous and thought invoking Burning Monk Memorial Statue. Our adventurous mix of historic landmarks and hidden treasures continues as we soak up the local culture at a fresh flower market and then a bright and vibrant fabric market.

We weave through Saigon traffic on the back of our comfortable Vespas to the captivating Chinese district, visiting a traditional medicine shop, an ancient Buddhist temple and a hidden Chinese pagoda. Our final ride takes us into the heart of Saigon to see some classic city landmarks. Firstly, see the French architectural influences of the famous Saigon Post Office and beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral (outside only), before we end with a short history lesson outside the striking Independence Palace. Let our local guides show you their city, their Saigon. Lunch at “Banh xeo” local restaurant. Tour ends at your hotel or at the shopping area in Saigon downtown.

A free afternoon followed by a special dinner in the dark at Noir restaurant

Of the five senses, sight dominates. Take away sight, and our other senses emerge to interpret the world from another perspective. Smell becomes more subtle. Taste becomes more acute . Hearing becomes more sensitive. Touch becomes more delicate. Experience a culinary journey through taste, smell, touch and sound. This is not simply dining, but rather a uniquely mind-altering experience where smell, taste, touch and hearing unite to bring you a completely new journey of the senses. We invite you to experience NOIR dining in the dark

Overnight Sai Gon at Caravelle Hotel – Deluxe room

Day 3 – morning your choice slection – Free afternoon at leisure (B,L)

Today you have a choice of activities for the morning, either an excursion by speed boat to Cu Chu tunnels or a morning market walk and hands on cooking class

Your choice Selection A or B

SELECTION A: Cu Chi by speed boat * Join-In*

Travel to Cu Chi as a VIP on one of our modern speedboats arriving hours before the large tour groups.  Your English-speaking guide will explain the life along the banks of the Saigon River as your boat gracefully slaloms through the water hyacinths. After the scenic one-hour boat trip our guide will take you through the historic Cu Chi Tunnels.  A light breakfast will be served on the way to Cu Chi and a traditional Vietnamese lunch will be served after visiting the tunnels.  This tour is all-inclusive and hassle free.

07:00 – Pick-up at the customers’ hotel and transfer to our pier. 

07:15 – Light breakfast on the boat/Departure to Cu Chi 

08 :40 – Arrive in Cu Chi

09: 00 – Begin Cu Chi Tunnels tour

11:00 – Finish Tour/ Lunch at local riverside 

11:45 – Begin Trip to Ho Chi Minh City

13:00 – Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City

SELCTION B: Market tour & cooking class * Join-In *

Market visit from 9am till 9:50am
Follow our Chef through the vibrant Ben Thanh market to purchase a selection of ingredients for your cooking lesson. At 9:50 am our Chef will bring you back by Taxi to our cooking class.

Hands-on Cooking Class from 10am till 1pm
Take place around our large cooking station to follow our Chef step by step with your own material and ingredients for a good understanding of cooking techniques.
You will discover Vietnamese kitchenware to cook and enjoy a tasty 3 courses meal. MSG, Knorr powder and enhance flavours are of course forbidden!

Early evening you will walk across the street to the A O show at the Opera house Saigon.

The name ‘A O’ derives from ‘Lang Pho’, which means ‘village and city’. The show depicts the charming beauty and cultural richness of Vietnamese life in the countryside, in contrast with the nation’s racing urbanization. The show is a unique mix of bamboo circus, acrobatic acts, dance, and theatrical visual art. The live music echoes Vietnamese Southern work songs. All in all, this beautiful blend of genres creates a unique stage language, which well captures the essence of Vietnam’s fascinating culture.

Overnight Sai Gon at Caravelle Hotel – Deluxe room

 day4: saigon to hoi an (B)

In the morning, our driver will pick you up and transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for flight to Danang. Arrival at Danang international airport to be added to our international flights. meet & greet by your English speaking guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. (Check in time: 14:00 onward).

Free at leisure for your own discovery.

Overnight Hoi An Anantara resort Deluxe Balcony room

Day 5 – Hoian – Morning food tour hoi an (B,L)

Hoi An, located on the river only a few minutes drive to the coast of the Vietnam’s Central Sea.

With approximately 120,000 inhabitants, Hoi An is recognized as a World heritage site by Unesco. Hoian ancient town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

Morning Food walking tour

Pick up at the hotel, walking to “Cong Café” Hoian, tasting the coffee & other drinks here.

Waking visit of Hoian market

Walking to Hoian Market to eat “Cao Lau “, special dish of Hoian

Continue to visit Chua Ong (opposite of Hoi An market), Thien Hau temple, Tan Ky ancient house and the famous Japanese market.

Transfer by motorbike to Tra Que village for a Demonstration cooking show with “Tam Huu & Banh xeo”; lunch after the cooking show.

Visit Tra Que herb village

Back to your hotel & rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight Hoi An Anantara resort Deluxe Balcony room

Day 6 – Free time at leisure morning and afternoon Hoi An (B)

In the morning, free time at leisure for your own discovery.

In the afternoon, Sunset cruise on Thu Bon river with depart at around 15:00 and back to hotel at 18:00. You will be collected at your hotel lobby and transferred to Bach Dang dock. Take a wooden boat cruising along the major branch of the lower section of Thu Bon River. Enjoy the beautiful sightseeing, fishing nets and many boats bobbing on the waters. Keep cruising down to Cua Dai river mouth, then going up to Co Co River and heading for Bay Mau Nipa (water coconut tree) grove. Have snack and make sure your camera is handy. You will have a lot of beautiful pictures.

Overnight Hoi An Anantara resort Deluxe Balcony room

Day 7 – Free at leisure Hoi An (B)

Option: Bicycle tour 3hrs around Hoi An

Local guide will meet you at the hotel’s lobby and take you by bicycle through the tiny village lanes to the river where you can learn about the daily life of the local people. Keep cycling through the corn fields, rice fields, water coconut forest, the lakes of shrimp and crab farm. On the way, we will visit houses for worshipping ancestors and houses of handicraftsmen such as: blacksmiths, carpenters and masons where you can learn many unusual things about life in Hoi An. Ride back to your hotel. End the tour. Ask us for the bicycle tour cost.

Overnight Hoi An Anantara resort Deluxe Balcony room

Day 8 – Train Danang- Quy Nhon (B,L)

Transfer to Danang train station and check in on the Vietage train to Quy Nhon.

Embark on a luxurious railway adventure through the lush landscapes and spectacular coastlines of Central Vietnam aboard The Vietage. Make your Vietnam train to embrace the epic romance of rail travel on an exquisite journey that links the heritage charm of Hoi An and the sparkling shores of Quy Nhon. Lunch included on board the train.

Arrival to Quy Nhon, transfer to your hotel; check in and free time at leisure.

Overnight Quy Nhon – Avani resort Deluxe Studio

Day 9 – Quy Nhon (B)

Full day visit of Tradition village & Cham towers

08h00: Pick you up at your Hotel in Quy Nhon. Going to An Nhon town and enjoy a

handcraft villages day.

08h30: Arrive at Phu Gia Hat Making village.

09h30: Visiting Thap Thap ancient pagoda over 400 years.

10h00: Visting Duong Long Champa 3 towers – the tallest Champa Brick Tower in South East Asia appears.

11h30: Having Lunch with local food

14h00: Head to Banh It Champa Tower, Big tower was built on top of mountain, this is the most beautiful Champa tower system in Binh Dinh

15h30: Back to Quy Nhon city.

Overnight Quy Nhon – Avani resort Deluxe Studio

 Day 10 – Free day at Leisue Quy Nhon (B)

Today a free day at Avani. Avani is located on a private beach a perfect opportunity to relax on your final full day of your journey. Just to entice you more there is a delightful hill side spa complex to help your drift the day away…

Day 11 – Transfer to airport quay nhon (B)

Free time until your driver will pick you up at your resort for transfer to the airport for flight. Your Saigon – Hoi An – Quay Nhon journey ends.

COST:

23 September – 19 December 2022 – $3510 per person twin share

08 January – 27 April 2023 – $3553 per person twin share

Cost based on exchange rate as at 4 August 2022 and subject to the exchange rate on the date final payment is made.

AIRFARE:

You have a choice of travelling in Economy, Premium Economy or Business class on the international flights. You are able to also mix your travel – example one way Economy one way Premium Economy. Ask us for the best available airfares and class options with Vietnam Airlines.

Contact Glenn, Sonya or Lyn at The Travellers Hut for details on (02) 43 63 1699 or email travel@thetravellershut.com.au