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    Fred Bowen

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

     

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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!"

     

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    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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    [ 3 days] Cycling Mekong

    From $585 -

       

      From VND 12,000,00 / per person (group of 2 privately)

       

      Price  can be adjusted without prior notice.

      Route: Ho Chi Minh City-Cai Be- Vinh Long- Can Tho- Ho Chi Minh City

      The Mekong Delta is Vietnam South region. It is often referred to as the rice bowl of Vietnam as it produces three harvests per year. The fertile Mekong Delta is also famous for its lush back waterways, tropical fruit gardens, floating markets, monkey bridges, river people its tropical fruits,  flowers. The Delta area marks the end of a 4,500km journey made by the Mekong River after having traveled through six countries.

      Biking through the Mekong Delta on a 3 days adventure with us, through an area of fertile farming land, numerous canals, monkey bridges, tiny hamlets, floating markets and lush tropical orchards. An forgettable experience to discover Vietnam’s rural heartland.


    Day 1: HCMC- Cai Be- An Binh island

    08h00 depart from Ho Chi Minh City( HCMC) driving Southwest onwards to Cai Be. Upon arrival at Cai Be, taking local ferry to An Binh island. Cycling along village paths to look at: the rural activities of the local people including visit to Mr. Cai Cuong’s ancient house - landlord’s house in the past, farming tool display, rice planting line. The ride will mostly be cycling along back country roads and canals with a few ferry and sampan crossings. Then enjoy traditional music performance. The next is to visit a local bonsai garden. Your lunch will be served. After lunch, have a short break. Then time for cycling to your home stay. Strolling on the village paths. Check in and rest. Overnight in home stay style.

    Day 2: An Binh island- Vinh Long -Can Tho

    After breakfast, say goodbye to your host family, taking ferry to Vinh Long town. Cycling to Long Phuoc village ( Long Ho- Vinh Long) on the way to visit: Literature Temple, local cottage industries, Mr’s Tam Phan ancient house. Arrival at Long Hiep function( Long Ho ) , cycling through on Cai Ngang to Tam Binh, looking at the rural daily life of the local people, agricultural activities, an orange orchard, Tam Binh market. Lunch will be serviced en route. Cycling to Cai Ngang paths to Tra On. Visiting : floating market, Phuoc Hau pagoda, carpenter village. Cycling to Binh Minh. Visiting: Kh’mer village, incence making village. See off at Binh Minh district.

    Day 3: Can Tho - HCMC

    Morning boat trip to CaiRang Floating Market and up a quiet canal for more cruise on winding arroyos. Then bike backcountry roads 2 hrs to enjoy the beautiful Delta scenery and meet the locals (many on bicycle too). After lunch we head back to HCMC. End of tour.


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    Inclusions

    Local English speaking guide ( biking guide)

    02 night accommodations in standard class hotel (or local home stay)

    Daily breakfast

    3 lunches ( set menu) at local restaurant

    Boat trip in Mekong

    All land transportation in a private air conditioned vehicle

    Entrance Fee where mentioned (local ferry tickets where required)

    Well-maintained bikes

    2 bottles of mineral water / per day

    First aid kid provided 

    Exclusions

    International standard bike hike

    Personal expenses such as extra meals, drinks, tips etc.,

    Any services not clearly mentioned above 

    Personal travel insurance

    Travel Info

    Mekong is the world’s 10th longest and the Asia’s 7th longest river. Born in Tibet (on the heights of Himalaya), the river flows its way through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The Mekong splits in Cambodia into two main tributaries: the Bassac (Hau Giang) and the FirstRiver (Tien Giang), then continues in Vietnam into a complex network of 9 major arms before throwing itself into the Southeast AsiaSea. Thus, in Vietnamese it is called the River of Nine Dragons. Life on the Mekong revolves much around the river. 

     

    Rural Mekong Delta’s highlights

    Explore one of the most beautiful areas in the region, which is still left untouched by modernization and development. Here, you can live not as a tourist but as a local with daily life going on around: vibrant river, fantastic floating market and quaint villages. Here, pristine tropical sun and nature are waiting for you all year round.

     

    More about  floating markets…
    The floating markets are generally full of life. On these markets we buy and we sell any sorts of fruits and fishes of the delta. But we find there more especially fruits and vegetables in abundance. On every boat, a long perch, with in the rear a fruit or a vegetable, serves as a sign. These masts indicate the type of the goods which these boats sell (pineapple for one boat, orange for another, Salad or turnips, for the third). At the rhythm of the streams of the Mekong, teem fishing boats, dugouts in with paddles in X form, and with uncountable boats loaded with rice, fishes or fruits.

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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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