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August 2018 In-Depth Vietnam Tour

In-Depth Vietnam Tour – August 15-26, 2018

Tour dates with Cambodia extension included – August 15-29, 2018

You are off to Vietnam this coming August with Doug Peterson. Start in the north with Ha Long Bay and countryside villages. Ho Chi Minh in the south is the gateway to the Mekong Delta. The people in Vietnam are friendly, the food is delicious and the places you will visit are unforgettable.

Included is: round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, all hotel accommodations, sightseeing as outlined in itinerary, meals listed below, ground transportation via deluxe coaches, and excellent English speaking guides.


August 15 – Travel to Los Angeles and depart on a late night flight to Vietnam.

August 16 – Continue flight and cross International Date Line.

August 17 – Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam! You will be warmly welcomed by our tour guide at Noi Bai International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy some rest after a long trip. Tonight a welcome dinner and water puppet show will be waiting for you. (Dinner)

August 18 – Have breakfast at your hotel. Depart at 08.30am to Hoa Lu – The Ancient Capital. Visit the two remaining temples of Dinh King & Le King. Lunch in a tasty restaurant before continuing your drive to Phat Diem – the stone church. This cathedral is an architectural complex that combines the traditional pagoda architecture of Vietnam and the Gothic style of Christian architecture. Overnight in Ninh binh town. (Breakfast, Lunch)

August 19 – After breakfast, drive to Tam Coc which is considered “Halong Bay on land” and then take a sampan on winding streams where you are surrounded by rice fields and limestone rocks. Arrive to and visit the Tam Coc caves. After lunch, transfer to Halong Bay where a peaceful evening with incredible scenery welcome you. (Breakfast, Lunch)

August 20 – After breakfast, take a morning cruise around Halong Bay to take in the majestic beauty of this location. Stop and visit Thien Cung or Dau Go Cave, one of the largest and prettiest caves located in the bay. After lunch on the boat and some more cruising, transfer to Hanoi where you will overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)

August 21 – Sit back this morning for a drive to Sa Pa, Vietnam. This popular hiking destination is home to hill tribes, rice terraces, and stunning mountain vistas. After lunch, take a short trek to Cat Cat Village, the home of H’mong minority. Overnight in Sa Pa town. (Breakfast, Lunch)

August 22 – After breakfast at your hotel, take a short drive to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van Villages, home of H’mong and Day ethnic tribes. Here you will experience life in the countryside complete with rice fields, bamboo vallies and rustic villages. Following this visit, it is back to Hanoi where you will overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)

August 23 – After breakfast at your hotel, start a tour to Tran Quoc pagoda, Quan Thanh pagoda, West lake, Hoa Lo prison, and the Temple of Literature. After lunch, the tour continues with the Ethnology museum which contains thousands of pieces depicting all aspects of life, activities, customs, and habits of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Then, visit Van Phuc silk village for shopping. Overnight in Hanoi. (Breakfast, Lunch)

August 24 – This morning take a short flight to southern Vietnam into the Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City. Start with a tour of Cu Chi to learn about the history of the Vietnam war. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. (Breakfast, Lunch)

August 25 – Transfer over to My Tho to take a Mekong Delta day cruise. Sail to Phoenix Island and also to a quiet village in Ben Tre Province. Visit orchards and also a local bee farm where you can taste the fresh honey and also some fresh fruit. Also learn about coconut harvesting and taste from fresh coconut candy and pulp. Enjoy farewell dinner on board your ship before heading back to Ho Chi Minh to overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

August 26 – Take a short city tour of Ho Chi Minh this morning before your flight back to Los Angeles where you will arrive this same evening. Welcome home! (Breakfast)


Optional Cambodia/Angkor Wat Extension

August 26 – Take a short city tour of Ho Chi Minh this morning. In the afternoon, you will have a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia where you will overnight.

cambodia34August 27 –We visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon dedicated to visit the most famous & magnificent Angkor Wat temple. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. Discover galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water. We will enjoy the sunset at Prae Rup Temple. Overnight in Siem Reap. (Breakfast, Lunch)

August 28 – Morning visit to a selection of temples, including the Royal City of Preah Khan with impressive sculptures, Ta Som, East Mébon, and Ta Prohm temple.. Lunch at local restaurant

In the afternoon we will continue touring and isit Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art. Then continue your visit to Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries. Overnight in Siem Reap. (Breakfast, Lunch)

August 29 – A late morning flight will take you back to Los Angeles. Welcome home! (Breakfast) 


Doug PetersonYour Host: Doug Peterson

Doug recently retired from Staker Parsons Companies after 30 years of service. He served in Vietnam with the First Infantry Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade from 1969 to 1970. Doug has taken multiple groups to Southeast Asia including groups to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Doug loves to travel and has been to  Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico, Canada and 44 of the fifty states. He also loves to read and is a history buff.





Complete Tour with Airfare from Los Angeles – Double Occupancy – $1999 per person 

Optional Cambodia & Angkor Wat Extension with Airfare Included – Double/Triple Occupancy – $499 per person

Single Traveler Room Supplement – additional $500, for Cambodia – additional $100

Vietnam Visas – We have a visa agency you can work with

Airfare to and from Los Angeles – Call for assistance or set up your own

Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to final payment-pay by check to avoid it)

Deposit Required for Reservation – $1000 per person  


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*Passports are required
*Full payment due 90 days before departure.
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit is made
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