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Itinerary

Destination Vietnam - Golf, Cuisine, and Ancient Culture

6th - 16th March 2020
Hosted by Teed Up's Chrissy Hordern
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Vietnam is home to some of the best golf courses in Asia. In March 2020 our exclusive tour to central and southern Vietnam will include six rounds of golf at our favourite courses, selected for their captivating scenery and depth of challenge for golfers of all abilities. Our base for the first leg of the journey will be the ancient town of Hoi An where we will stay on the banks of the Thu Bon River in wonderful boutique accommodation followed by two nights at the luxurious Vedana Lagoon Resort before heading on to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

 

Hosted by Teed Up’s Chrissy Hordern and Indochina Tourism Services’ (ITS) Australian representative, Kerry Newsome, this Tour promises to be a fabulous mix of golf, Vietnamese cuisine and ancient culture.

Friday
6th March

Arrival: Arrive Hoi An
Check In: Little Riverside Luxury 5* Boutique Hotel & Spa (In: 6 March / Out: 10 March – 4 nights)

On arrival into Danang you will be met and transferred to the ancient town of Hoi An. Often referred to as the “Venice of Indochina” Hoi An nestles on the banks of the Thu Bon River a few kilometres inland from the coast. For several centuries this charming old town was a flourishing trading port and an important centre of cultural exchange between East & West. Today much of Hoi An has been restored as something of a historical showpiece and the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Little Riverside Hotel is Ideally situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River in the heart of Hoi An. The traditional architecture and design is distinctly Hoianese, exuding a charming warmth that will make your stay all the more memorable.

Tonight meet your hosts Chrissy & Kerry for Welcome Drinks & Refreshments.

Saturday
7th March

Rest Day: Explore the Ancient City of Hoi An

Today you are free to familiarize yourself with Hoi An and Kerry will have lots of ideas as to places that you might like to visit. With the Old Town right at the doorstep you will have tickets to explore the museums & assembly halls that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site (included). And you will be free to wander the old streets which are bursting with Vietnamese coffee and tea houses, visit the best & cheapest tailors in Vietnam (who can easily copy your favourite shirt or dress or make garments to measure) or get a massage or foot spa to help fix your tired feet.

Back at the Little Riverside Hotel, enjoy the rooftop bar sunset and happy hour from 4.30 – 6.30pm.

Evening: Dinner & Cultural Show

Tonight a special evening dinner has been arranged at a 200 year old restaurant Little Faifo which is famous for its authentic Vietnamese dishes alongside Asian fusion delights. Following the dinner, we will escort you to an island on the Thu Bon River to watch the spectacular Impression Show where 500 performers take to the stage in their tradi-tional Ao Dai costumes to tell the story and history of Hoi An.

Sunday
8th March

Golf at Montgomerie Links (including Cart & Caddy)

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.

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.

Evening: Sunset Dinner Cruise

This evening we will step out of the Hotel and straight onto the Little Riverside’s private wooden boat to enjoy a 3 course sunset dinner cruise on the Thu Bon River. As the vista of the town reveals the most beautiful sunsets you will get to see locals and tourists sending good fortune wishes in paper lanterns down the river making the spectacle both colourful and enchanting.

Monday
9th March

Golf at BRG Danang – The Dunes (including Cart & Caddy)

Designed by Australian golf legend and former World No 1 Greg Norman, BRG Danang – The Dunes Course

opened in 2010 and immediately was recognized as one of the best new courses by USA Golf Magazine.

The Dunes course was designed in the true spirit of the game – blown out bunkers, firm & fast fairways that bleed gently into the seaside vegetation, rugged waste areas, swales & hollows – and offers breathtaking views of the Marble Mountains, East Sea & Cham Islands. Certainly Mother Nature had a gigantic hand in the formation of a layout that evokes an experience often found in seaside courses in the British Isles and southeastern Australia. But make no mistake: This is Vietnam. One look at the stunning Par 3 16th hole, back-dropped as it is by traditional, long tail fishing boats that troll the warm waters of the East sea – is all it takes.

Evening: Own arrangements. Kerry & Chrissy will be happy to make suggestions & dinner reservations.

Tuesday
10th March

Golf at Ba Na Hills – (including Cart & Caddy)

Set amongst one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the region, the multi award winning Ba Na hills Golf course provides a balance of challenge, enjoyment and excitement to golfers of all levels and abilities.

Voted World’s Best New Course in 2016 upon opening, followed by the awards for Asia’s & Vietnams Best Golf Course in 2017 & 2018, the Luke Donald designed course stretches over 7,800 yards from the championship tees — making it the longest layout in Vietnam — and comprising a non-stop succession of undulating greens. Every hole and vantage point is framed by a beautiful backdrop of local native forest.

Transfer to Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa

After golf we will make our way to Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa (approximately 1 hour).

Check In: Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa (In: 10 March. Out: 12 March – 2 nights)

Vedan? Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene lagoon, with stunning views across one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia. It lies between the world heritage sites of Hue and Hoi An on 27 hectares of undulating land with picturesque landscape. The resort is as warm, calm and inviting as it is fresh and full of vision. The villas and bungalows are beautifully appointed and have their own private sundeck, and a balcony that leads out onto the immense lagoon or into a private garden. After several days in the hussle & bustle of Hoi An, this is your opportunity to relax, unwind & simply read a book on your deck or by the pool, ride a bike or enjoy a Spa & Wellness experience (the Spa Menu is extensive).

Evening: Own arrangements. Kerry & Chrissy will be happy to make suggestions & dinner reservations.

Wednesday
11th March

Rest Day

Optional Half Day Trip: The ancient imperial city of Hue (not included)

Today you are free to relax and enjoy the Resort. Spa bookings are essential.

However, those who are up for some sight-seeing can join Kerry on a day trip to the ancient imperial city of Hue.

Located near the north central coast of Vietnam, by the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue is the cultural, religious and historical heart of the country. It became the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty, when Vietnam unified after 300 years of Chinese influence in 1802. The imperial citadel was erected as a ‘forbidden city’ which inner enclosure was exclusive to the royal family. Hue remained the capital until 1945 when emperor Bao Dai abdicated.

Because of its strategic location near the north and South Vietnam border, the town suffered particularly during the war’s TET offensive in 1968. Considerable efforts have been made to restore its many historical landmarks.

Evening: Own arrangements.

Thursday
12th March

Golf at Laguna Lang Co (including Cart & Caddy)

This morning we check out early and play golf at Laguna Lang Co before heading to Danang Airport and on to Ho Chi Minh City.

Set directly adjacent the secluded waters of Chan May Bay in central Vietnam, the Sir Nick Faldo designed Laguna Golf course is one of the sternest tests in all of Asia. Laguna is essentially arranged in a large loop with holes set across sandy scrublands, along winding streams and through heavily vegetated forested areas. Although the 9th hole gets nearest the ocean, and plays alongside its beach, mostly the golf here is built away from the water, but none the poorer for it. In fact, Laguna is one of several courses in Vietnam with the potential to be the country’s undisputed top track, and that’s largely because the routing doesn’t double back on itself nor squeeze through any significant residential development. It’s an intimate arrangement with inward and outward holes often in close proximity, yet blessed with a real sense of privacy. The routing provides for the principal appeal of the course, which is undoubtedly the variety of holes and the variety of landforms and outlooks.

Transfer to Danang Airport – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Check In: Nikko Hotel 5*, Saigon (In: 12th March Out:16th March 4 nights)

Located within the CBD (District 1) of Ho Chi Minh City, Hotel Nikko Saigon is in close proximity to Saigon’s most popular attractions including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh market and the City’s Opera House. The Nikko Hotel will be a perfect base for our stay in Saigon and offers 5* service and amenities.

Evening: Own arrangements. Relax after a long day and dine at the Hotel or you are welcome to join Chrissy & Kerry for a night tour of the city and drink or two at one of the famous rooftop bars overlooking the lights of Saigon.

Friday
13th March

Golf at Twin Doves (including Cart & Caddy)

Twin Doves Golf Club offers a 27-hole international standard championship members golf course. Located approximately 1 hour outside Saigon, the Twin Doves Golf Club woodland and lake styled course is broken into 3 9’s named Luna, Mare, and Sole.

With the views of the rural Vietnam scenery the Luna Course is characterized by many small hills and neighbouring forests. This course has combined all the natural shapes of the land which are utilized as challenging hazards. Five of the holes are connected by rolling hills and the rest are separated by tree-lined fairways.

The Mare Course is more natural with all holes flanked by creeks and trees. However, don’t let the natural feeling fool you into a sense of complacency. 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.

Evening: Your evening is free to explore Saigon’s famous ‘Walking street”, Café building, and local street food, restaurants and bars.

Saturday
14th March

Rest Day

Today we explore the bustling city of Saigon. Our English speaking guide will take us through this historically significant city; sites will include Binh Tay markets, Notre Dam Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, Opera House, and finish with a refreshing cool drink at The Eon Heli Bar on the 52nd floor of the 68 floor Bitexco building.

Optional Day Tour: Cu Chi Tunnels (not included)

The Cu Chi tunnel complex was initially constructed in 1948 to protect the Viet cong guerillas from the French air & ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, storage facilities for food & weapons cache’s as well as hospitals & living quarters for guerilla fighters throughout the American War. A visit to the underground villages will provide a better understanding of the tunnels history, the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during the combat.

Sunday
15th March

Golf at Long Thanh Golf Club (including Cart & Caddy)

Long Thanh Golf Club offers 36 holes of golf in the former rice paddies and scenic countryside surrounding Saigon. Featuring rolling fairways and large undulating greens, with many high lipped bunkers and water hazards on almost every hole to catch errant shots; the Long Thanh Golf Club is the epitome of golf in Vietnam. Fairways are palm and pine tree lined to ensure green conditions throughout both the dray and wetter periods. Fairways and tees are constructed from Paspalum grass and greens use the latest variety of Bermuda grass. All 36 holes at this wonderful Vietnam golf course have their own distinct character and this wide variety makes for good challenges for both high handicappers and professional golfers alike.

Evening: Farewell Dinner at “The Dining Room”

Monday
16th March

Breakfast & Check Out.