Fred Bowen

    The overall trip was excellent. Especially pleased by the hotel in Hoian- SUPER! Thank you so much-


    W F Bowen




    "Thanks to you, we enjoyed our trip very much.

    Vangvieng has splendid view and is like an Utopia for us, and the hotel we stayed is very good, too.

    We also enjoyed two days' Mekong cruise in Luang Prabang.

    Anyway, Thank you very much for everything !!"



    N. Tsukahara

    Osaka, Japan




    "We are delighted to recommend Lai Phuong and Vietnam Explorer Travel. She has assisted us with dozens of travel details and travel itineraries for nearly a decade to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, USA, and all around Asia. Phuong provides truly first class service from A to Z. She is also a true expert on travel routes and accommodations throughout Vietnam. We give her our highest recommendation, 5 + stars!"


    Roger H. Ford, Ph. D.

    South China Sea Development Company, Limited (BVI)



    Ann Smith

    Dear Ms Phuong,

    Thank you. 

    We had a wonderful time in Myanmar.

    The hotels were all very good, especially the Governor's residence in Yangon.

    The guides were excellent and had good language skills and very good local knowledge.

    There was so much to see our heads were spinning!!

    We had many flights and airport connections and they all went without a single problem.

    We also had a great time in Vietnam as usual! It almost feels like home. 

    Kind regards,

    Anne & Ian Smith


    Ann Smith
    Sydney, Australia
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    [ 5 days] See Three Unesco Sites

    From $695 -

      From VND 14,358,000 / per person (group of 2 privately)

      Price can be adjusted without prior notice.

      Two day one night cruise to untouched Bai Tu Long Bay is ideal for you to discover natural beauty and local life.  This trip takes you deep into natural wonder and experience a memorable night in the majestic bay. You will get to visit cave, go kayaking and visit a floating village. Fly to Danang where Forbes magazine once voted its beach as one of the 10 best beaches in the world. Relax in Hoi An, where you can wander among the colourful buildings.  A scenic ride between Hoian and Hue will leave you a pleasant memoir. Explore Hue’s imperial treasures including royal tombs, beautiful gardens, small bridges, citadel  along the poetic Perfume River.

    Day 1: HANOI- HALONG

    08.00am: Depart for HalongBay (a UNESCO ranked natural heritage).The ride is three hours and a half with a 20 minutes break in between. Arrival Halong bay, welcome on board with private cabin and now you really start another discovery on one of our luxurious junk fleet. Let's rest in your cozy cabin, or enjoy sunbath on the deck. All included in one price ( one cabin, three meals, entrance fees, welcome drink, insurance on board, kayak). Overnight on Junk.

    Day 2: HALONG- HUE

    All activities will be arranged either on first day or second day of cruise to visit our famous grotto, kayak if nice weather, sampan ride to a fishing village). Check out cruise between 10.30 -11.00. Back to the mainland before 12.00 noon. Direct transfer to Hanoi airport for evening flight to Hue. Our driver will pick up you at the airport to transfer to hotel .Check in. Rest & Relax.

    Day 3: HUE- HOIAN

    08.00am:Our guide will pick up you at the hotel for Hue city tour (highlight: two royal tombs, imperial citadel, Dong Ba market, Thien Mu pagoda). Then our driver will transfer you to Hoi An. Hotel check in. Rest & Relax.

    Day 4: HOIAN

    After having breakfast at hotel , our guide will pick up you for trip to My Son holly land & Hoi An  ancient town.

    Day 5: HOIAN-DANANG departure

    Visiting Cham museum & Ngu Hanh Son Marble Mountain, then transfer to Da Nang Airport. Tour ends.

    Book now


    -         Private car  4 seats with A/C for Hanoi –Ha Long – Hanoi – Airport.

    -         Private car 4 seats with A/C for airport transfers in Hue & Danang

    -         Private car 4 seats with A/C for Hue to Hoi An

    -         Luxury bed room on Dragon Pearl with AC and individual Bath room (included: Welcome drink, Entrance fee, All set meals on boat for 1 night itinerary, On board English speaking guide, Kayak, Insurance on boat)

    -         1 night at Park View Hotel Hue with breakfast/ twin sharing room

    -         2 nights at Hoi An Riverside with breakfast/ twin sharing room

    -         Hue city tour, Trip to My Son holly land & Hoi An  ancient town, Cham museum & NguHanhSonMarbleMountain (included : Transfer, English speaking guide, Entrance fees where mentioned, Set lunch at the local restaurant)


    -         Dinner, drinks, tips and extras.

    -         Domestic & International flight

    -         Any service not clearly mentioned in the program.

    Travel Info

    PRE-BOARDING WARNINGS: To ensure about the customers’ safety during their stay on board, Indochina Junk would like to give some pre-boarding warnings to the customers who are not suitable with our itineraries as below:

    1          Customers who have diseases such as: sleepwalking, hallucinations, epilepsy, syndrome detention, sickness which must be treated with drugs stored under special conditions, if not will cause danger to life.

    2          Disabled customers: who are not able to walk by their-selves or blind

    3          Customers who are over 80 years old

    4          Customers who are over 100kg

    5          Customers who are higher than 2 meter

    For the cases 2 and 3, if the customers can be certain about their health and agree not to join Kayaking, cave and fishing village visiting…we  will charge 25USD for 2D1N cruise or 50USD for 3D2N cruise to have their own waiter ( the exact  fee will be informed our guests at time of booking as it may be changed  by cruise company policy)

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    Vietnam stretches south from the Chinese border along the east coast of the Indochina Peninsula. The country has a complex geography with soaring mountains, fertile delta plains, winding rivers and long sandy tropical beaches. In reality Vietnam is a country of outstanding natural beauty; some of the best beaches in Southeast Asia can be found along the coastline of Vietnam.

    Area:331,210 km2 
            128,565 sq mi

    Capital: Hanoi

    Official language: Vietnamese

    Calling code: +84

    National Airlines: Vietnam Airlines ( wwww.vietnamairlines.com)

    National Flowers: Lotus

    National Dress: " Áo Dài"  

    National Flag: red background with yellow star at the center

    National (Main) Religion: Buddhism 

    National Day: 2nd September 

    Ethnic minority Groups: 54

    Country Population: 91,949,482 citizents ( statistic 2014)

    Biggest City: Ho Chi Minh City ( formerly known as Saigon)

    Three biggest telephone service providers: MOBIFONE, VINAPHONE,VIETEL

    International Airports:  TanSonNhatAirport (Ho Chi Minh City), NoiBaiAirport (Hanoi) and DanangAirport( Danang)


    To enter Vietnam you will require a passport (with at least 7 months remaining validity after trip completion) and a tourist visa for most foreigners arrival the country except certain visa exemption cases thanks to state agreements. Obtaining a single entry or multiple entries visa for 30-day validity is easy. (Please inform us at the start if you wish a longer stay and multiple entries.)
    Visa extensions can usually be obtained once in Vietnam. Please scan or show us your original visa page. Rates vary, as does the official policy regarding extensions. Before you travel, check your passport to ensure that there is room for a visa and entry/exit stamps (at least three pages). Please check Service section for visa information.


    It makes sense that the healthier you are, the more you will enjoy your holiday in general. A reasonably good level of fitness is required for almost of our classic packages and you should be in good health. Any physical preparation will always be to your advantage. Please seek advice from a travel clinic at least 6 weeks before departure on your holiday regarding the relevant vaccinations and jabs required.  Anyone with respiratory or cardiac problems, or over the age of 70, should fully consult their medical adviser prior to booking and we may require full medical clearance/insurance plan. There is a sufficient standard of health care in the cities for treating minor injuries but more complicated treatment may require evacuation to another, nearby countries like Thailand or Singapore. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance  and accessible funds to over the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. 

    It is also important to note that brand names of various medicines vary from country to country and some products, which may be readily available back home, may not be in Vietnam. Please include the basic first aid kit pack: plasters, dressings or bandages, calamine or after-sun lotion, oral dehydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhea and dehydration), insect repellent and sting relief, antiseptic cream and antiseptic wet-wipes. Better safe than nothing!


    The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND) which is in notes. Currently, about 21,000 VND is equal to 1 USD. All foreigners can exchange foreign currency into Dong, but not vice versa. Credit cards ( visa, master, amex, JCB…) are accepted in most three star hotels up and some restaurants. Please bear in mind that a surcharge usually applies for credit card purchases. Visa/Master and JCB have same 3% as bank center charge but a higher fee for holders of American Express. Banks are open Monday to Friday and some open on Saturday morning. Most ATMs have an English language version.

    Vietnam can be visited year-round. Average temperatures year round range from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius. In southern Vietnam tropical conditions prevail, and there are two seasons – the wet season lasts from May to November and the dry season from December to April. Central Vietnam is usually dry from May to October and wet from December to February. October and November may experience unstable weather conditions and flooding. Northern Vietnam also experiences two seasons though conditions can change dramatically throughout the day. The winter months from November to April are usually cold and humid. The months of December and January can be particularly cool with temperatures as low as 8 degrees Celsius. Temperatures can drop to 0 degrees Celsius in Sapa (in the highlands near the Chinese border) in winter. Summer, from May to October, can be quite hot and wet with regular downpours and occasional typhoons. The hottest months are June and July in Hanoi. 


    Vietnam is still quite a conservative country. In rural areas and especially temples, overly-revealing clothing may be considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you on the bike to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples, shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knees. Singlet or sleeveless shirts are not acceptable in temples.


    Vietnam’s network is GSM compatible and will work with most carriers. In the cities, you will be able to access email, phone, fax and post offices. In big cities, most hotels from 2 star category can offer Internet cable service. Elsewhere out in the countryside, there may have Internet limitation access and the main communication will be phone. Cheap sim cards of local mobile  service providers ( Viettel, Vinafone, Mobilefone ) are readily available in the cities and pay-as-you-go recharge cards and call rates are cheap. Plus 3G service is easily available in the metropolitan centers and prepaid data package rates are affordable and reasonable. Ask our staff about getting a local phone card and number. 






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