Vietnam Golf and Non-Golfers Adventures - August 2021
For every golf lover and more , experience the unique terrain and excellence of the Vietnamese top golf courses in this enticing golf lovers experience led by avid golfer Vincent George .
Complete with top class caddies these courses are amongst some of the leading names in golf. Beyond 5 pleasurable days of golf the itinerary brings our entire group together to experience the Hidden Charms of Vietnam.
Not a golfer but want to saturate your senses with the sights, sounds and cuisine of Vietnam? We have everything a non golfer could want in this tour co-led by Vietnam expert Rosann Connolly-George. Returning to her favourite place in Asia Rosann has hosted Vietnam groups for almost a decade, join her to celebrate her 15th tour to Vietnam. Whilst the golfers are occupied the itinerary for non golfers is full to brim with exciting fun filled days before re grouping daily with our golfing buddies to share the day’s events together over a cool beverage and unforgettable Vietnam cuisine.
Day 1: 01 Aug (D) DUNEDIN-AUCKLAND-SINGAPORE-HANOI
We will depart from Dunedin on 01 Aug for our 2:50pm flight to Auckland connecting through to Hanoi via Singapore.
Day 2: 02 Aug (D)
Arrive Hanoi on flight SQ 176 arriving at 11:40am.
We will be met at the airport in Hanoi & transferred to our hotel to freshen up and relax before our afternoon orientation walk and cyclo ride through the Old Quarter.
Dinner at Rue Lamblot restaurant.
Our accommodation in Hanoi is at the Tirant Hotel (Deluxe) x 3 Nights
Day 3: 03 Aug (B) Hanoi Full Day City Tour for a whole group
Take a full day tour to explore Hanoi’s illustrious history. In the morning, visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda.
Lunch at Koto Restaurant (by own account)
You will then explore the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature, which is imbued with the profound philosophies of Confucianism. In the afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple. The tour includes a stop at an ancient Vietnamese "long house."
Day 4: 04 Aug: (B) Golf day at Kings’ Island Golf Resort, Street food Vietnam cooking center for non golfers
After breakfast, transfer to Golf Resort one round of Golf.
Tee time: 09:00.
Kings’ Island Golf Resort of 36 holes including the Lakeside and Mountainview courses, is situated on 350 hectares of land and 1500 hectares of waterfront, very familiar and well-known among golfers, with the interesting history of 20 years of operation and development.
Lakeside course of 18 holes - par 72 - 6,516 yards, was designed in 1993 by a famous American architect, Mr. Mc Farland.
Mountain view course of 18 holes - par 72 - 7,100 yards, was designed in 2004 by Pacific Coast Design, a well-known Australian company in the field of golf course design, especially in South East Asia.
Rest of the day is free at leisure
Street food Vietnam cooking center [B/L]
9.00am Meet at Hanoi Cooking Centre.
9.10am. Go across road to enjoy Pho- one of favorite food of Hanoian for breakfast. You can try with Pho Bo (beef noodle soup) or Pho Ga (chicken soup) to warm your stomach.
Take a pleasant stroll from to Truc Bach Lake for your first tasting .
10am. Next stop Chau Long Market, for a tour of the market highlighting the ‘wet’ / unusual fruits / livestock / frogs.
10.30am. Next stop Hang Ga. We will take taxi to Banh Cuon Thanh Van to sample steamed rice noodle filled with pork and mushroom (banh cuon)
Next stop Tay Ho. We will take taxi to West Lake shrimp restaurants to sample West Lake’s most famous dish.
11am. Take a short walk from Hang Ga to Ngo Cho Dong Xuan to try the best Bun Cha stalls in Hanoi, and also Bun Oc (snail soup) and Banh Tom (prawn cake)
Back into the taxi and off to Xuan Dieu for one of the best Bun Cha stalls in Ha Noi
*enjoy Bun Cha, grilled pork patties and pork belly with sticky rice noodles.
12.30pm. On our way back we stop at Yen Phu to visit a traditional Ha Noi café, established in 1936.
* enjoy specialties of the café, black sticky rice or green rice with yoghurt. Coffee with yoghurt or great passionfruit with yoghurt
Day 5: 05 Aug: (B) Hanoi- Ha Long Bay
Pick up and transfer to Halong – Tuan Chau pier.
12.15: Guests are transferred by tender from Indochina Sails’s Tuan Chau Pier to Indochine Cruise - enjoy welcome drink, listen cruise briefing and safety instructions.
13.15 - 14.00:Passengers enjoy the Buffet Lunch
Massage service is available after lunch and throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with your Cruise Manager.
14.45 - 16.30: We arrive at a quiet corner of Cat Ba Island and take the quick drive to Viet Hai village. Here we will take a stroll around the idyllic enclave and see the fabulously rustic homes of the locals. We then take our bicycles onto village paths and head into some of the lush greenery for which Cat Ba Island is known.
16.45: Guests are transferred to the Ba Trai Dao beach (Three Peaches Islets) where unspoiled and natural white sand beaches will bring guests the most relaxation.
17.45: Depart and sail to anchor overnight
18.30 - 19.00: Attend the Fruit and Vegetable Carving Lesson led by our Head Chef. During the lesson, the chef will conduct Fruit and Vegetable carving, showing the guests how we decorate and make some traditional Vietnamese food.
19.30: Set Menu Dinner is served.
20.45: Evening activities. Board games like cards or Parcheesi are available, as well as massage service (massage service is available throughout the cruise). Also, everyone can try their luck at Squid fishing on the boat with help from the crew.
Accommodation : Indochine cruise x 1 night Junior Suite
Day 6: 06 Aug (B) Ha Long Bay cruise – Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoian
6.30: Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
6.45: Enjoy Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck (lasting for about 30 minutes).
7.45 - 8.45: We sail over to Van Boi fishing village ; one of the few remaining floating communes in the whole Lan Ha area. Guests can experience the kayaking activities around this area or take this time to endore the impressive view of the bay.
9.00: Return to the Indochine Cruise. Guests will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please collect all of your belongings from the cabins and leave heavy luggage outside the cabins.
9.30: Enjoy the breakfast buffet in the dining room, consisting of both Vietnamese and international dishes. Bills are settled after breakfast.
11.15: Arrive at Indochina Sails’s Pier at Tuan Chau Port
Transfer to airport for flight to Danang. On arrival transfer to hotel in Hoian.
Overnight In Hoi An
Accommodation : Little Riverside Hoi An x5 Nights
Day 7: 07 Aug (B) (L) Montgomery Golf Club: Non Golfers Panorama Perfection Of Da Nang By Jeep Full day : Monkey Mountains & Hai Van Pass
Play one round at Montgomery Golf Club.
Tee time 08:00
Created by golfing legend Colin Montgomerie, Montgomerie Links Golf Course is truly an international 5-star championship links style course that tees up challenging and enjoyable play for all levels of golfers from around the world.
The traditional links style design features sandy soil, wind-blown dunes, existing native vegetation, strategically placed bunkers, generous and undulating greens and closely mown chipping areas. The course also hosts more water holes than most links courses, including lakes and streams that add further aesthetic appeal. Honored with prestigious awards through the years, the professionally maintained facility oﬀers golfers a full-service experience, including chipping and putting greens that mirror the exact condition of the course and a 30-bay undercover driving range.
7.30 AM - Your guide and jeep will meet you at your hotel. We depart Hoi An and indulge in the rich cultural and scenic diversity of this beautiful region along the way with a short stop to visit the beach at Man Thai in Da Nang. After that, our expedition then head further north to the famous Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass. It is the longest and highest mountain pass in Vietnam and on a clear day offers stunning views of Tien Sa Port, Danang, Son Tra and the Cham Islands and their endless white beaches and gorgeous green jungle foliage.
Returning to the Jeep to comeback Da Nang, we begin our ascent up Monkey Mountain. Here, we experience the lush tropical vistas of the peninsula, home to rare flora and fauna and maybe a monkey or two, rising 642 meters above the coastline. We also stop and visit a helipad that was used by the Americans in the Vietnam war. The panoramic views of Danang from the helipad are stunning.
Enjoy the wind in your hair as we make our way to the Linh Ung Pagoda. The pagoda was constructed to commemorate the development of Vietnamese Buddhism in the 21st century and is famous for its beautiful 67-meter-tall Goddess of Mercy statue standing on a lotus shaped platform.
Stop at local restaurant for lunch.
Leaving after lunch, we’ll make another way back to Hoi An with the last stop is at the Marble Mountains. Its five mountains are named after five elements: metal, fire, wood, earth and water. Then, spending your time to explore Hell's cave - a real underworld – well worth the visit.
Our trip ends at your hotel in Hoi An around 5.00 PM.
Day 8: 08 Aug (B) Half day walking tour and visiting the tailors
Take a walking tour in Hoi An where is home to the most picturesque ancient oriental streets and hundreds of clothing shops. With an overwhelming amount of shops to choose from, Hoi An adapted an identity for hand-made clothing.
Take a walking tour of this quaint town, visiting ancient merchants’ houses, a Hokkien temple, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the colourful riverside market.
Spend the rest of the day visiting the tailors of Hoi An.
Day 9: 09 Aug: (B) Golf day at Bana Hills, Non golfers: Day trip Ba Na Hills + Golden hand bridge
After breakfast, transfer to station to get cable to Ba Na Hills.
Ba Na Hills Golf Club : Tee time 08:00
Ba Na Hills Golf Club set amongst one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the region, the Championship golf course provides a balance of challenge, enjoyment and excitement to golfers of all levels and abilities.
Unlike the other courses in the region, Ba Na Hills Golf Club — which Luke Donald designed in conjunction with IMG — will play away from the coastline, at elevation, in a cooler setting typically void of wind.
After golf, free time at leisure to explore Ba Na Hills.
16:00 Take the cable car back and drive back to your hotel to pick up the luggage before transferring to your hotel in Hoi An.
Have breakfast at hotel
07:00 Picking up at the hotel and start to visit Ba Na Hills - King Mountain, also known as the second DaLat/ Sapa in Central.
08.00 You will admire the high by the most modem cable car system in Southeast Asia. You will visit Dream Stream Cable car Station.
11:00 Visit and play game at the Fantasy Park
12:00 Have a lunch and rest at the restaurant
13:00 Explore King Peak at an altitude 1.487m, you can see panorama view of the Hana Hills and Quang Nam - Da Nang on high. On the top of mountain have Linh Tu Pagoda that is a special temple construction. The Golden bridge
16:00 Take the cable car back and drive back to your hotel to pick up the luggage before transferring to your hotel in Hoi An.
Day 10: 10 Aug (B) (L) Half day Red Bridge cooking class whole group
Experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of the Hoi An Market on a personally-guided tour with the chef of the Red Bridge Restaurant. Interact with the stall holders and purchase fresh ingredients for the day's meals. After completing the shopping, take a boat cruise along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Learn about Vietnamese herbs and spices, local ingredients, and the art of food decoration. The chef will demonstrate how to prepare some of Vietnam's most delicious dishes. Guests then have an opportunity to prepare their own meals under the Chef's guidance. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal of Vietnamese and Hoi An specialties.
Day 11: 11 Aug (B) (L) Danang Golf day at BRG Golf Resort , Fly to Hochiminh for a whole group
Play one round at BRG Golf Resort
Tee time 08:00
BRG Da Nang Golf Resort’s Dunes Course is the first true links style course in Southeast Asia. Its tapestry of Old-World features is reminiscent of the traditional links courses of the UK, while its indigenous surroundings call to mind the acclaimed courses of Australia’s Sandbelt region.
The Dunes course is situated on the fledgling central coast of Vietnam amid 150 hectares of dunes cape similar to what the world’s first golf courses were carved from. Its chief feature is a 7,160-yard, 18-hole, links-style layout that was designed in the true spirit of the game — blown-out bunkers, firm and fast fairways that bleed gently into wild seaside vegetation, rugged waste areas, swales and hollows — by Australian golf legend and former world No. 1 Greg Norman. It lies in close proximity to two of Vietnam’s most historic destinations — UNESCO World Heritage sites Hoi An and Hue — and offers breathtaking views of the Marble Mountains, East Sea and Cham Islands
Day free at leisure for non golfers before transferring to airport for flight to Saigon.
After golf, transfer to airport for flight to Saigon. Transfer to hotel.
Accommodation: Grand 10 ROH Deluxe x4 Nights
Day 12: 12 Aug (B) Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels + Sightseeing whole group
Drive to the extraordinary Cu Chi tunnels, just outside Ho Chi Minh City. During the war for independence, Viet Cong guerillas built the labyrinth of narrow tunnels virtually underneath U.S. bases, using them to hide during bombing raids and to stage surprise attacks. The visit War Remnant Museum in the afternoon.
Rest of the day to spend your time at Ben Thanh Market.
Day 13: 13 Aug (B) Golf day at Twin Doves – Free day for Non golfers
Play one round at Twin Doves
Tee time 09:00
The Twin Doves Golf Club located 1.5 hours from Saigon, the Twin Doves parkland course is broken into three nines named Luna, Mare, and Sole.
With the views of rural Vietnam, the Luna Course comprises many small hills, fruit orchards, and neighboring forests. The mounding and land shapes combine to form challenging hazards.
The Mare Course is more natural with all holes flanked by creeks and trees. Fairways are narrow, and accurate shot making is critical to score well. Most of the greens are multi-tiered and guarded by water hazards, making shot accuracy once again paramount to a good score. The Mare Course is the most exciting of the 3 nines.
The Sole Course features island green, beach bunkers, and plays around a blue lake. This makes the nine both visually appealing and challenging. Also unique to this nine is the presence of seven par-4’s and only one each, par-3 and par-5 Most golfers prefer to avoid the Sole Curse for this unconventional routing. In any case, this nine is still attractive with a series of natural water hazards and challenges.
After golf, rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 14: 14 Aug (B) Ben Tre boat trip for a whole group
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart Ho Chi Minh City for a scenic drive through the Mekong Delta. On the way stop lacquer factory for visit. At My Tho take a boat to an island with orchard gardens. Take tricycle cart to Quoi Son to visit a bee farm and enjoy tea and candies. Float on a sampan through the narrow, tree-lined canals of the Mekong Delta. Continue by boat to a family-run enterprise making coconut candy. After lunch return by boat to My Tho and the Vinh Trang pagoda if time permits. Return to Ho Chi Minh City by late afternoon.
Day 15: 15 Aug (B) Depart Saigon
Free at leisure until we go to the airport for our flight SQ177 to Singapore at 12:30pm
Day 16: 16 Aug (B)
Arrive back into Dunedin on flight NZ5749 an 12:40pm
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner
Non-golfers from $5290 per person share twin
Single supplement $1250
Exclusions: Entry Visa’s, Tipping Kitty, Travel Insurance
Maximum 20 travellers subject to change
Minimum numbers required
For travel 1 Aug 2021 - 16 Aug 2021
*per person share twin