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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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    [13 days] Vietnam Highlights

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      From VND 24,764,000 / per person (group of 2 privately)
      Price is correct at time of website updates (August 2014) & can be adjusted without prior notice.

       

      Start the tour in Hanoi where much of Vietnam history will be revealed. 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.  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. Trip offers free leisure schedule in one of the best Vietnam beach- Mui Ne where river, beaches, villages  and town all meet.

       


    Day 1: HANOI

    Arrival in Hanoi, free day to relax, meet friends & enjoy local food.
    Overnight in Hanoi

    Day 2: HANOI

    08.00 AM Depart for the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam Ho Chi Minh. Then it’s on to his temporary residence from 1954 – 1969.
    After it’s a short drive to the Temple of Literature, which has the distinction of being Vietnams first university founded in 1070. Lunch will be had in one of the cities finest restaurants. The Army, History or National Fine Arts Museum will be visited next.Following, visit one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi, Chua Tran Quoc on West Lake and nearby Quan Thanh Taoist Temple which dates from the Ly Dynasty.
    Tip: Journey back downtown to take a Cyclo ride through the buzzing streets of the Old Quarter. Be enthralled as you weave through the narrow alleys that make up the 36 street systems. Every street sells specialised type of goods of which the street gets its name. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Day 3: HANOI- HALONG BAY

    Depart Hanoi at 8ham for Halong Bay. On arrival, ready for cruise embarkation, followed by a lunch while cruising in the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay at the same time admiring the fascinating rock formations in the Bay. Today activities are to visit Vung Vieng fishing village, then to Titov island for swimming or kaykaying dependings on weather conditions.

    Day 4: HALONG BAY- HANOI

    Be an early riser to enjoy the morning Tai Chi class on board. Time for Coffee, tea and pastries. Then tobe transferred by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up 100 steps to the entrance of the cave and tour around for approximately 45 minutes. Upon return to the boat, take time to freshen up and check out of the cabins.  Around 09.15 Enjoy brunch or set menu served in restaurant. Disembarkation at 11.00. Car transfer you back to Hanoi, arrival around 15.00pm.

    Day 5: HANOI- HUE

    Fly from Hanoi to Hue in the afternoon, free evening. Overnight in Hue

    Day 6: HUE sightseeing

    At 08.00 AM Departure from your hotel for your day’s tour of Hue. Start of by taking 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 (or Tu Duc 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 departing for the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and 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. Overnight in Hue.

    Day 7: HUE- HOIAN

    Car transfer to Hoi An, en route visit Cham museum, Langco Beach, Hai Van pass before arriving Hoian’s UNESCO town. Overnight in Hoian.

    Day 8: HOIAN- MY SON

    08.00 AM Depart from hotel. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colourful Hoian market.  
    Have lunch in Hoi An before visiting  temple complex of My Son, which was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999. End of services around 16.00 pm. Overnight in Hoian

    Day 9: HOIAN- HO CHI MINH CITY ( HCMC)- MUI NE 

    After having breakfast car transfer to Danang airport. Fly Danang to Saigon, then transfer from HCMC to Mui Ne by car. Overnight in Mui Ne.

    Day 10: FREE LEISURE 

    Day 11: FREE LEISURE 

    Day 12: FREE LEISURE 

    ( suggestions: Mui Ne Sand Dune, Hon Rom Red Canyon, Fishing Village, The Fairy Stream, Cham Towers, Taku Mountain, Ke Ga Light House)

    Day 13: DEPARTURE

    Car transfer Mui Ne-HCMC airport for your onwards flight connection to home country. Tour Ends.


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    Inclusions

    -         Accommodation in twin sharing room with daily breakfast at our selected hotels

    -         Overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay / twin sharing cabin

    -         Transfer by private  air conditioned vehicle ( 4 seats) as itinerary

    -         Station English speaking local guide as itinerary( except free leisure days)

    -         Entrance fees where mentioned

    -         Set menu meals where mentioned .

    -         Cyclo tour of the quarter (Hanoi city tour)

    -         Boat trip in Hue

    Exclusions

    -         Any personal expenses

    -         Tips

    -         All Air tickets

    -         Vietnam entry visa

    -         Personal Travel Insurance

    Travel Info

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum( Hanoi): to be closed all Mondays/Fridays & all months from September to November yearly for maintenance. Exterior visits allowed but not inside. 

     

    ( 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.

     

     

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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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