Vietnam, Air, 10 nights, From $1,749
From shopping in the Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City to enjoying traditional puppet theater in Hanoi, explore the rich culture and history of Vietnam.
The Real Deal Round-trip airfare on China Airlines from Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh City, then from Hanoi to Los Angeles; two nights at the Palace Hotel Saigon in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City; two nights at the Hoi An Pacific Hotel in Hoi An; two nights at the Huong Giang Hotel in Hue; two nights at the Saigon Halong Hotel in Halong City; two nights at the Sunway Hanoi Hotel in Hanoi; breakfast daily, one lunch, and one dinner; guided sightseeing, including tours of the Old Imperial City in Hue and the Hang Dau Go caves of Halong; all transfers and entrance fees; and an English-speaking tour guide; from $1,749 per person—plus up to $290 in airport taxes and fees.
When Oct. 13, 2011 ($1,749); May 10, 17, 2012; add from $50 for March 22, April 12, 26, 2012.
Gateways Los Angeles ($1,749); additional gateways available.
The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees cost up to $290 extra per person. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $409. Virgin Vacations prices are subject to change; call or check their website for details. U.S. citizens must obtain a visa to enter Vietnam, typically $20–$30 depending on the type of visa and length of stay. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
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Contact Virgin Vacations, 888/937-8474, virgin-vacations.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest multicity, round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi starts from $1,100 in mid-May (China Southern). Add to that $129 per person, plus taxes, for two nights at the Palace Saigon Hotel, $91 per person, including taxes, for two nights at the Hoi An Pacific Hotel; $110 per person, plus taxes, for two nights at the Huong Giang Hotel, $168 per person, plus taxes, for two nights at the Saigon Halong Hotel, and $97 per person, including taxes, for two nights at the Sunway Hanoi Hotel, and you're spending $1,695 for air and accommodation alone. For just $54 more than that, this package gives you airfare, 10 nights in first-class accommodations in five cities,12 meals, intercountry transportation and transfers, an English-speaking tour guide, and all taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are available, including a half-day tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels—a complex underground system originally built by the Vietcong during the Vietnam War—for $29 and a choice of full-day boat trips with lunch for $39.
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