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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

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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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    [ 13 days] Treasures Vietnam & Cambodia

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      From VND 32,068,000 / per person (group of 2 privately)

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      Start the journey in in Hanoi where much of Vietnam history will be revealed. A short excursion to the old aged ceramic village Bat Trang will show you how local villagers keep their traditional business successful til today. Discover beautiful Halong Bay, where you spend an overnight cruising its emerald waters. Relax in Hoi An, where it can satisfy any visitors' holiday taste of river, beach, villages, mountain, markets, and the UNESCO ranked ancient town settings. 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. A tour to Vietnam would not be complete without a visit HCMC( formerly Saigon) a charming and dynamic city of the country. Trip ends in Cambodia’s world famous Siemreap -a home to some of the most amazing temples complex.Amust go and must see trip once you  visits Indochina…


    Day 1:  Half day Bat Trang village

    Drive to Bat Trang Ceramic Village by the Red River bank. Here you can wander freely into any of the workshops or showrooms inside the village. Records show that Bat Trang was an important centre for ceramic production in Vietnam and the region as far back as the 15th century. The style of the ceramics being made has changed little and the same traditional motifs are still being used. 

    Day 2: Hanoi city tour

    Start the day at Ho Chi Minh mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam. Next is to his temporary residence from 1954 - 1969 a wooden ethnic minority style house, surrounded by quiet and peaceful gardens.

    The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. The design resembles a lotus flower and offers serene surroundings in Hanoi's bustling streets. Drive to the Temple of Literature, which has the distinction of being Vietnams first university founded in 1070, this charming building is one of the most renowned in Hanoi. Lunch will be served in one of the cities finest restaurants. One of city’s museum will be visited next.

    Tip: Why not try a cyclo ride through the buzzing streets of the Old Quarter.  Every street sells specialised type of goods of which the street gets its name. 

    Day 3: Hanoi-Halong

    Morning scenic three hour drive from Hanoi to HalongBay.

    12.00 Check-in at Tuan Chau Marina, TuanChauIsland. Embark on Bhaya Classic for a Welcome drink followed by a cruise briefing.

    13.00 Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay

    15.30 Visit the fishing village by local rowing boat (1 hour) then return to the vessel for free time at your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Kayak into the floating village or swim near the Bhaya;

    17.00 Bhaya Classic cruises through the Bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien. Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck.

    19.30 Sumptuous set-menu seafood dinner onboard.

    21.00 Take in the movie on the Lounge Deck or retire to your cabin. Overnight onboard Bhaya Classic.

    Day 4: Halong-Hanoi fly to Danang

    06.30 AM Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee are served.

    07.00 Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc.

    08.30 Explore Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave.

    09.30 Return to Bhaya Classic. Buffet brunch is served onboard. The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor. 11:00 Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina. Return to airport for late flight Hanoi – Danang. Car transfer Danang to Hoian

    Day 5: Hoian- My Son

    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 JapaneseCovered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colourful market. Lunch in Hoi An then head for My Son, which was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999. The sanctuary is situated in an impressive location surrounded by hills, around 35 km inland from the coast at Hoi An. Whilst not as spectacular as the great Angkor complexes in Cambodia, the remaining structures are atmospheric enough to conjure images of the majesty of the Champa Kingdom. 

    Day 6: Hoian - Hue

    Car transfer from Hoian to Hue via ChamMuseum, Ngu Hanh Son, Hai Van pass

    (with lunch)

    Day 7: Hue

    At 08.00 AM Take a leisurely boat trip on the PerfumeRiver to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, and then continue on to Minh Mang’s tomb by car. Khai Dinh tomb will be visited next; the drive there is scenic as you pass through the woods and villages.  
    For lunch, try some renowned Hue cuisine before we arrive The Imperial Citadel. At the end of the day, have a stop in Dong Ba market for a glimpse of local life & trade before transferring back to your hotel.

    Day  8: Hue- HCMC( formely Saigon)

    Morning fly Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC as short).Half day city sightseeing. At 13.00PM after having lunch at local restaurant ,departure to visit city center which offers some of the finest colonial buildings in South East Asia. See the The Reunification Palace, left much the same as it was when it was overrun by advancing North Vietnamese forces in April 1975, a truly fascinating place to visit. WarMuseum is the next. Visit Binh Tay Market (or Ben Thanh market), see the incredible display of fresh produce that is offered and simply stroll through the market seeing and enjoying the variety of goods for sale. 

    Day 9: Mekong Delta- HCMC

    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.

    Day 10: HCMC-Cu Chi- SiemReap

    Visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels. This network of tunnels, which stretched for over 200km, became legendary during the 1960s. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life during the war must have been like. Lunch then airport transfer for flight to Siem Reap. Arrival Siem Reap, pick up by car to hotel for overnight.

    Day 11: Siemreap

    08:00AM: transfer to visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, famous Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Phimean Akas, Terrace of Leper King. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, transfer to visit the famous World Heritage “Angkor Wat” then climb up the Bakheng Hill to watch beautiful sunset from the top of the mountain. Back to the hotel. Dinner with Apsara traditional dance show. Overnight in Siem Reap.

    Day 12: Siemreap 

    Morning half day visit to Tonle Sap Lake see  floating village, farms and fisherman life, then back to visit Chantie Ecole-Artisan D’Angkor. Lunch at local restaurant.  Afternoon visit the Angkor National Museum a profound cultural landmark in Siem Reap placing in the area of 20,000 Sq.m.The lifestyle landmark providing completed facilities and recreation services for both tourists and local community.

    Day 13: Siemreap departure

    Enjoy your free leisure until airport transfer for your flight connection back home. End of services.

     


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    Inclusions

    VIETNAM SECTION:

    -         Accommodation in twin sharing room with daily breakfast at hotels mentioned

    -         Overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay / twin sharing cabin

    -         Private  air conditioned vehicle ( 4 seats) as itinerary

    -         English speaking station guide 

    -         Entrance fees where mentioned

    -         Lunch (set menu) where mentioned

    -         Cyclo tour of the quarter ( Hanoi city tour)

    -         Boat trip(Hoian tour) + (Mekong Delta tour)

    CAMBODIA SECTION:

    • Accommodation in twin sharing room with daily breakfast at hotels mentioned
    • English speaking guide as itinerary
    • Transfer services in a private air-conditioned as itinerary
    • Entrance fees as itinerary 
    • Set Meal: 2 lunches and 1 dinner at local restaurant
    • Boat cruise on Tonle Sap

    Exclusions

    Vietnam Exclusions:

    -         Luggage van, porter tip

    -         Any personal expenses( phone, laundry, souvenir, photos)

    -         Tips for guide

    -         Air ticket( domestic and international segments in Vietnam/Cambodia) and tax

    -         Entry visa (Vietnam)

    Cambodia Exclusions:

    • International flights
    • Cambodia Visa fees
    • Tips, personal expenses,other drinks, extras
    • All Vietnam related services or anything unclear mentioned  

    Travel Info

    ( 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.

    ( HANOI). Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: to be closed all Mondays/Fridays & from September to November yearly for maintenance ( exterior visit permitted only).

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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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