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    Fred Bowen

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

     

    W F Bowen

    wfredb@yahoo.com

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    N.Tsukahara

    "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

    rmpdq010@ybb.ne.jp
    Osaka, Japan

     

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    R.Ford

    "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.

    ford@southchinaseadev.com
    South China Sea Development Company, Limited (BVI)

     

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    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
    fallsgall@pnc.com.au
    Sydney, Australia
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    [ 11 days] Classical Vietnam

    From $1,390 -

      From  VND 25,250,000/ per person( group of 2 privately)

      Price can be adjusted without prior notice. 

      If you desire a holiday where you can relax, yet also experience a culture, cuisine and diverse scenery so unlike your own, then this is the tour for you. Discover Hanoi, a charming city renowned for its wide boulevards lined with trees and magnificent French villas. A tour to Vietnam would not be complete without a visit to beautiful Halong Bay, where you spend an overnight cruising its emerald waters. Relax in Hoi An, where you can wander among the colourful buildings.  Drive to Mekong Delta for a day trip to learn about the river life. Trip ends in HCMC (formerly Saigon) where much of Vietnam history will be revealed.


    Day 1: Hanoi

    08H00am:  Tour the city this morning, visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you will see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed Sep-Dec), House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Drive to the serene Temple of Literature, then a city museum and later enjoy a walking tour of the bustling Old Quarter. 

    Day 2: Halong Bay

    08h00am: depart for HalongBay ( a UNESCO ranked natural heritage).The ride is 3.5 hours with a 20 min 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 ( 1 cabin, 3 meals, entrance fees, welcome drink, insurance on board, kayak). Overnight on Junk.

    Day 3: Hanoi

    All activities will be arranged either on first day or second day of cruise (visit our famous grotto, kayaking and sampan ride to a fishing village). Check out cruise between 10H30-11H00. Back to the mainland before 12H00 noon. Car transfer back to Hanoi, arrival around 16H30pm.

     

    Day 4: Hoian 

    Fly to Danang. Upon arrival transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An Rest & relax.

     

    Day 5: Hoian

    AM TraQueVegetableVillage: This charming little village locates just a few KM from Hoi An. Learn about life as a Vietnamese farmer on a relaxed bike tour of Tra Que village.  You will have chances to discover and share in the daily work life of local farmers, maybe hoeing in the fields or harvesting the crops and riding a water buffalo. Visitors will be presented how to dig, plant, water and fertilize vegetables. Guests will enjoy dishes made from Tra Que green vegetables and "memorable delicacies" such as dam cookies of Quang Nam, cauldron cakes, mussels mixing, shrimp, Quang noodles, Hoi An noodles.PM: Marble Mountain & Cham Museum.  Founded by the French in 1915, Cham museum is dedicated to preserving the unique Champa sculptural heritage. 25km from Hoian, the Marble Mountains are majestic peaks. Visitors can discover a maze of cave temples, hidden within five sacred marble hillocks. Climbing 157 stone steps to have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Danang sea.

     

    Day 6: Hoian

    Hoi An was a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries and its architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colourful market.  Lunch in Hoi An then depart for the temple complex of My Son, which is an Unesco World Heritage status in 1999. The tower-temples were the seat of ChampaKingdom for the majority of its existence between the 4th and 13th centuries.

    Day 7: Hoian

    Free Leisure yourself

     

    Day 8: HCMC (formerly Saigon)

    Car transfer Hoian - Danang for flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Afternoon, half day Cu chi tunnel.This network of tunnels, which stretched for over 200km, became legendary during the 1960s. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a feeling of what underground life during the war must have been like. Tour ends.

    Day 9: Mekong Delta

    Morning drive to Vinh Long. Board onto the boat which will take you through the lush green vegetation of the canals to and orchard. Be treated to a delicious lunch completed with tropical fruits. Enjoy the cozy town of Vinh Long. Before journeying back to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Day 10: HCMC (formerly Saigon)

    8H00AM depart to the French-style Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Learn about the American War in Vietnam with a visit to the Reunification Palace and the emotionally-charged War Remnants Museum. Ending the day at the lively Ben Thanh Market where you can enjoy some shopping. 

    Day 11: HCMC out

    Relax until airport transfer for your departure flight ( your own taxi).

     


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    Inclusions

    • All set meals as mentioned in itinerary
    • Entrance & sightseeing fees as mentioned in itinerary
    • English speaking station guide along the tour
    • Shared shuttle bus round trip Hanoi –Halong-Hanoi( cruise trip)
    • Private car ( 4 seat) with A/C for tour days only
    • Private air conditioned luxury cabin on board (Halong cruise)
    • Twin shared room at mentioned hotels/ resorts ( or similar) with daily breakfast
    • Ingredients for Tra Que village cooking class
    • Boat trip in Mekong Delta
    • Airport transfers ( only where mentioned).

    Exclusions

    • Other meals, drinks, tips, personal expenses and extras
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program.
    • International tickets to/from Vietnam
    • Domestic flights ( Hanoi-Danang-HCMC)/Economy Class
    • Vietnam visa authorization letter & fee ( agency can assist with visa letter)

    Travel Info

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum( Hanoi): to be closed all Mondays/Fridays & from September to November yearly for maintenance.

    PRIVATE TRANSFER ( Hanoi-Halong/ return) can be arranged upon request at extra cost. Please inform our staff at time of your request.

    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)

    PASSPORT & VISA

    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.

     

    FITNESS
    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!

    CURRENCY

    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.

    CLIMATE
    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. 


    DRESS

    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.

    COMMUNICATION

    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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