The Real Deal Vacation package to Vietnam includes airfare from L.A. on China Airlines; two nights at the New World Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City; two nights at the Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort in Hoi An; one night at the Halong Plaza Hotel in Halong Bay; two nights in the Nikko Hotel in Hanoi; all intra-country domestic flights and ground transportation; eight meals, including one lunch and daily buffet breakfast; an extensive touring program including entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking tour guide; guided tours of Ho Chi Minh City—including stops at Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Saigon Post Office, Thien Hau Pagoda, and Cho Lon's central market—a guided trip to China Beach, Marble Mountain, a five-hour cruise on Halong Bay with lunch, and a half-day guided tour of Hanoi with stops at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoa Lo Prison, and the Museum of Ethnology; from $1,699 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When May 12, 2014 ($1,699); add $100 for Nov. 18, 2013, Feb. 17, Mar. 3, Apr. 7, 2014; add $200 for Dec. 9, 2013.
Gateways L.A. ($1,699).
The Fine Print Package price does not include the $150 Vietnam visa fee. Air taxes and fees are included in the package price. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Sept. 24, 2013.
Contact Friendly Planet Travel, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip multicity airfare between L.A., Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi starts from $1,063 in mid-May (Vietnam Airlines). Add to that $193 per person including taxes for two nights at the New World Hotel, $144 per person including taxes for two nights at the Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort, $40 per person without taxes for one night at the Halong Plaza Hotel, and $139 per person including taxes for two nights at the Nikko Hotel, and you're already spending $1,579 on airfare and accommodation alone. You would also have to pay $223 per person for the flight between Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An, and $157 per person for the flight between Hoi An and Halong Bay, bringing your total to $1,959. For $260 less, this travel package gives you the same perks, plus all ground transportation and transfers, one lunch and daily buffet breakfast, an extensive touring program including entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking guide, several guided tours, and covers all hotel and air taxes and fees.
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