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Vietnam, Air, Tours, 6 Nights, From $1,899

See both ends of the country with this guided Vietnam vacation package, which takes you to bustling Ho Chi Minh City and historic Hanoi.

Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi, Vietnam

Get to know Vietnam with this travel deal to two of its most memorable cities—Hanoi (above) and Ho Chi Minh City.

(Courtesy reneev67/myBudgetTravel)

The Real Deal Vacation package to Vietnam includes airfare from Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), with a return flight from Hanoi; a regional flight between the two cities; three nights at the New World Saigon Hotel; three nights at the Hotel Nikko Hanoi; daily breakfast; a comprehensive touring program, including ground transportation, entrance fees, and excursions to sights like Saigon's central Binh Tay Market and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum in Hanoi; and all taxes and fees, from $1,899 per person.

When Mar. 17, Apr. 14, 2013 ($1,899); Feb. 24, 2013 ($1,999); Nov. 18, 2012 ($2,019).

Gateways Los Angeles (from $1,899).

The Fine Print All air and hotel taxes and fees are included in the package price. A $115 Vietnam visa fee is not included in the price and must be paid separately. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is $375. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By Aug. 22, 2012; add $300 for bookings made after Aug. 22.

Contact Friendly Planet, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com.

Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search found that airfare from Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh City, with a regional flight between Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi and a return flight from Hanoi to Los Angeles, starts at $1,360 in mid-March (China Southern). Add to that $238 per person for three nights at the New World Saigon Hotel and $217 per person for three nights at the Nikko Hotel, and you're looking at $1,815 per person just for airfare and accommodation, including taxes and fees. For only $84 more, this package gets you the international and regional airfare, six nights in Vietnam, and all taxes and fees, plus daily breakfast and a comprehensive touring program including transportation and entrance fees.

More Additional nights are available at both the New World Hotel and Nikko Hotel ($70 per person, per night at each). Friendly Planet also offers numerous optional excursions and extensions. For $300 additional per person, you can add a tour package that includes trips to the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh, the Mekong Delta, and Halong Bay, as well as a pedicab tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Add another $170 additional per person for a deluxe overnight cruise on Halong Bay on board the Emeraude, a colonial steamship replica. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided; the single supplement for the cruise is $130. (If booked without the optional tour package, the Halong Bay cruise is $300 per person with a single supplement of $130.) Extend your vacation with a three-night stopover in Bangkok, including three nights at the Dusit Thani hotel, daily breakfast, and all taxes and fees, at $499 additional per person (single supplement is $199; additional nights are available from $60 per person, per night).

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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