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Ho Chi Mihn Trail Tour – New for 2021 - 13 Days

Join us on a two week adventure in which you will be driven in a modern SUV, from Hanoi to Da Nang where you will take a flight to Saigon to enjoy the sights of this city. The tour will include the vehicle, full support and insurance, also a local guide will be on hand to give you information on the area you will be travelling through. This tour is at your own pace and no convoy driving, the route will take you through some of Vietnam’s most beautiful scenery. As well as stops at tourist hot spots, you will be driven through parts of Vietnam that many visitors never see, that’s an experience in itself.

The route will include 4 World Heritage Sites and of course Vietnam War Locations such as, Hamburger Hill and Khe Sanh, you will also visit the cities of Hanoi, Danang, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City. For many years it was not possible for non-residents to drive four wheeled vehicles in Vietnam, if you wish, this is an option. The route broadly follows the Ho Chi Min Trail, the secret supply route used by the North Vietnamese to supply their troops in the South during the war.

This tour is a must if you enjoy cars, scenery, history and Asia.

The tour starts in Hanoi with a tour of this City, then after collecting the cars and drivers, we will see the real Vietnam as we travel the highways and byways of the country, we end the tour in Ho Chi Mihn City.

Day 1
Arrival in Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi, you may need to depart one day early to arrive on day 1. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Included meals: None. Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: None.

Day 2
Hanoi City Tour

After breakfast we will be taking a tour of Hanoi, firstly we will visit the Ho Chi Mihn Mausoleum, then we take a tour of the Cities sights and onto the war remnants museum. During the afternoon, you are free to enjoy the Old Quarter, before returning to the hotel to freshen up.

Dinner tonight will be served in a local restaurant.

Included meals: Breakfast / Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: None.

Day 3
Hanoi - Mai Chau

After breakfast, we will depart the hotel and head to the outskirts of the city and visit the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum, here the vehicles will be waiting.

After visiting the museum, you are free to start the tour, you will soon find that you have left the city behind and are now viewing paddy fields. You will travel to Mai Chau, here is your hotel for the night. Arrival should be during the afternoon, as the drive is around 67 miles.

Included meals: Breakfast / Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: None.

Day 4
Mai Chau - Vihn

After breakfast, it’s time to depart, again at your leisure. It’s a longer day today, 208 miles, possible one of the longest as you travel towards Vinh. After traveling through Vietnams, first national park, Cuc Phuong, we eventually join the Ho Chi Minh Trail Driving due south and close to the Laos border. We will then head to Vinh and our hotel for the night. After checking in and time to freshen up, we will enjoy an al fresco dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast / Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: None.

Day 5
Vihn - Phong Nha

Having rested overnight, we will travel south along highway one, before turning inland towards the Laos border. After passing Dong Loc intersection, we will head into the remote countryside. Tonight after 133 miles of traveling, we will stop at Phong Nha, it’s a World Heritage Site and home to one of the world’s largest caves, here local civilians and military sheltered from the bombs that were dropped during the war. We will enjoy a boat ride into the caves, to see at first hand this natural sight. Dinner tonight will be in or close to the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast / Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: None.

Day 6
Phong Nha - Khe Sanh

Today, after obtaining special permission, we head deep into the jungle of the Ke Bang National Park, again this is a world heritage site, and here you will pass many war time locations, such as the remnants of the original Ho Chi Minh Trail. Traveling close to the Laos border we arrive at Khe Sanh, it’s a former US Marine base that underwent the famous siege in the prelude to the Tet Offensive in 1968, we will visit the site of this base.

Included meals: Breakfast / Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: None. Mileage: 137 miles

Day 7
Khe Sanh - Hue

After breakfast, we head east along Highway 9 and cross the former DMZ (demilitarised zone), then you will cross the famous Hien Luong Bridge (former demarcation line between North and South Vietnam). The idea is to reach the Vinh Moc tunnels before lunch, these tunnels are where hundreds of villagers lived underground during the course of the war. After lunch we will travel to Hue, this city lies on the banks of the perfume river.

Included meals: Breakfast / Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: None. Mileage: 135 miles

Day 8
Hue

Today is a leisure day. Hue is a fascinating city and is the former Imperial Capital of feudal Vietnam. This morning, our guide will take you on a morning tour of the perfume river. Lunch and Dinner is not included today.

Included meals: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: None.

Day 9
Hue - Hoi An

After checking out, we leave Hue and head up the Me Oi pass towards the site of Hamburger Hill. Again you will meet up with the Ho Chi Minh Trail and head further into the mountains. Passing very close to the Laos border, you will head back towards the coast. Tonight we will stay in Hoi An, a World Heritage Site and a major trading centre in SE Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Included meals: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: None. Mileage 175 miles

Day 10
Hoi An

Today has been left at leisure, Hoi An, has a lot to offer and our guide will again show us the sights of this wonderful town on a walking tour. The town has endless shopping and fantastic tailors, so you will never be short of anything to do.

Included meals: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: None.

Day 11
Hoi An - Ho Chi Mihn (Saigon)

Today is our last day of driving in the cars, so maybe a drive up a fabulous coastal path will be your thing. After lunch we will take an afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. (Saigon)

Included meals: Breakfast / Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: Car Drive. Mileage 60 miles

Day 12
Ho Chi Mihn City

Today we will take a guided tour of this city to see its many sights, the afternoon has been left for personal sightseeing and shopping.

This evening we will all meet together for a farewell dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast / Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: None.

Day 13
Departure to Airport

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. OR why not join a 3 day extension and enjoy a different type of transport as we enjoy a Vespa tour of the city.

Included meals: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel (or similar).

Activities: None.

What's Included

  • This holiday tour starts and ends in Vietnam
  • Airport Transfer from Hanoi Airport to Hotel on Day 1
  • Airport Transfer to Saigon Airport on Day 13
  • Internal flights as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in Vietnam
  • Experienced English speaking tour guide
  • All activities, visits and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of a Tour Director (Subject to minimum numbers).

What's NOT Included

  • Any Drinks or meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Extra items at hotel such as laundry, wines, etc. unless specified
  • Any charges hotel may make for use of facilities
  • Personal expenditure, gratuities and where applicable admission fees
  • Any transfers to/from Vietnam
  • Any optional excursions or entrance fees to non-stipulated attractions
  • Single room supplements
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or any travel / medical insurance
  • International Flights
  • Fuel if self-drive Jeep
  • Visas
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included price
  • Gratuities to drivers, guides, bellmen, restaurant staff, etc.

FAQ's

What time of the year is best to go

That’s up-to you, but we recommend October to April, better to go outside the rainy season.

Can i drive myself

The answer is yes, we can arrange that for you, including all the paperwork.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Ho Chi Mihn Trail Tour – New for 2021

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