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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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    [ 20 days] Around Vietnam

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      From  VND 35,900,000/ per person( group of 2 privately)

      Price can be adjusted without prior notice.

      Discover Hanoi, a charming city renowned for its wide boulevards lined with trees and magnificent French villas. Travel to Sapa, famous worldwide for its cascading rice terraces and colourful hilltribe people. Admire the stunning landscape of Halong Bay where you spend a relaxing day cruising its emerald waters. The old town of Hoi An will charm you as you wander its cobbled streets. Take some time to relax and swim in Nha Trang, Vietnam’s premier beach destination. Experience  the similarities and differences of a mountainous highland city of Dalat further the South  with previous Sapa hilltribe town from the North. A short visit to Walt Disney fantasia of the East – another nick name of CaoDai temple will add your trip some leisure surprise. The trip ends  in HCMC ( formerly Saigon) and Cu Chi where you will learn about Vietnam’s turbulent history. This tour offers a glorious mix of sightseeing in a concise, yet impressive programme.


    Day 1: Hanoi- Laocai

    08H00am:  Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed Sep-Dec), House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the serene Temple of Literature & next city museum. Later, enjoy an afternoon walking tour of Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter.

    This evening transfer to the Hanoi railway station for your overnight train to Lao Cai. Train leaves Hanoi at 20H30pm, soft sleeping train.

    Day 2: Laocai-Sapa

    Arrival Laocai station at 5H00am, private car pick up & breakfast in nearby local restaurant. Then Sapa town transfer ( 2 hrs ride), leave luggage at hotel reception, then half day village trek ( highlights: rice field terraces, ethnic people encounter, stream, valley, textile sample from street vendors..). Picnic lunch en route. Be back to hotel at 14H30PM or so. Check in & relax. Free leisure dinner

    Day 3: Sapa-Hanoi

    Morning free at hotel. Lunch at a local restaurant, then ready for Sapa town tour ( highlights: HamRong Mt.panoramic view, Sapa market, 100 year old Sapa Church, ethnic Cat Cat Village). At 16H30pm driver will drop off you at Laocai Railway Station  passing rice paddy fields and spectacular scenery along the way. ( dinner your style at your cost). Train leaves station at 19H00. Night train again!

    Day 4: Hanoi- Halong

    Arrival Hanoi Railway Station at 04H15am. Private car pick up, stop en route for breakfast, before either you join the sharing shuttle bus or keep same car departing at 8am for HalongBay ( a Unesco’s natural heritage. The ride is 3.5 hours with a break in between. Upon arrival, welcome on board with private cabin and now you really start another discovery on one of our luxurious cruise fleet. Let's rest in your cozy cabin, or enjoy sunbath on the deck top. All included in one price ( cabin, 3 meals, entrance fee, welcome drink, insurance on board). Overnight on cruise.

    Day 5: Halong- Hanoi

    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  fishing village). Check out cruise between 10H30-11H00. Back to the mainland before 12H noon. A 3.5 hours car ride to return Hanoi. Rest & relax.

    Day 6: Hanoi Free Leisure

    Day 7: Hanoi- Hoian

    Midday flight Hanoi to Danang & car ride Danang to Hoian’s UnescoTown. Check in & relax.

     

    Day 8: Hoian- My Son

    08H00am:   Enjoy a walking tour of the narrow and ancient streets, visiting an old merchant’s home, the traditional Hoi An market, a local Chinese temple and the JapaneseCovered Bridge.

    Day 9: Hoian half day

    ( options: either ceramic village, farming life, fishing village, water or coconut village, the choice is yours)

     

    Day 10: Hoian free leisure

    Side tour: cooking class or cyclo ride can be arranged upon request.

    Day 11: Hoian- Nha Trang

    Drive to Danang airport. Travel to the coastal town of Nha Trang by flight from Danang 

    Day 12: Leisure Day Nha Trang

    Day 13: Leisure Day Nha Trang

    Day 14: Nha Trang- Dalat

    Ride to the French hill station of Dalat . Evergreen forests with enchanting trails, romantic lakes, spectacular flowers and the best vegetables you will ever eat all highlights the town of Dalat.

    Day 15: Dalat

    08h00am: Morning visit Zen institution, famous XQ hand embroidery village. After lunch visit King Bao Dai’s SummerPalace.  End the day strolling through the Dalat Market.

    Day 16: Dalat Free Your Style

    Golf day ( 9 holes or 18 holes, the choice is yours). A really unique Vietnam finest golf greens in historical Dalat Golf Course since 1920's. Alternatively, enjoy your outdoor activities at  Datanla Fall with roller bob then  Valley of Love.

    Day 17: Dalat- HMCM ( formely Saigon)

    Fly Dalat to HCMC. Choice of (AM flight 09H50 depart, or PM flight 17H30 depart).

     

    Day 18: HCMC city tour

    08H00am:  Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and City Hall to view the French Colonial architecture. Continue to the Reunification Palace and WarRemnantsMuseum. End the day at the lively Ben Thanh Market.

     

    Day 19:Cu Chi tunnels & Cao Dai temple

    Today we explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which once housed entire underground villages during the American War in Vietnam. Lunch en route then drive to the extravagant temple where a hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism & Christianity are together worshipped in Tay Ninh.

    Day 20: HCMC depart

    Free leisure at hotel til airport transfer for your flight connection back home. Trip ends.


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    Inclusions

    • All set meals on boat ( cruise) or at local restaurants as mentioned
    • All entrance fees as itinerary
    • English speaking station guide
    • Kayaking
    • Cooking lesson/ demonstration on board
    • Sightseeing to Surprise Grotto, and fishing village ( cruise trip)
    • Shared or private transfers where mentioned
    • All set meals as mentioned in itinerary
    • Overnight train tickets Hanoi to Laocai/ 2 ways/ sharing compartment
    • A twin shared room at mentioned hotels or similar with breakfast
    • Private car transfers as 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 as mentioned per itinerary/ Economy Class ( Hanoi-Danang-Nhatrang-Dalat-Saigon)
    • Vietnam visa authorization letter & fee ( agency can assist)
    • Golf ticket ( entrance fee and caddie fee) @ Dalat Golf Club

    Travel Info

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

    CLIMATE: Southern Vietnam (Dry Season)  November til May. (Wet Season) June til October.Northern Vietnam: there are four seasons. Spring( February-April),summer( May-July),autum( August-October) & winter ( November-January).

    ( HALONG). PRE-BOARDING WARNINGS

    To ensure about the customers’ safety during their stay on board, we 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 visit…we will charge 30USD for 2D1N cruise or 60USD for 3D2N cruise to have their own waiter.

     

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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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