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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] Ba Be lake short stay

    From $384 -

      From VND 8,000,000/ per person( group of 2 privately)

      Price can be adjusted without prior notice.

      The Ba Be lakes locates 145 meters above sea level, are among the largest natural lakes in Vietnam with a total surface area of 500 hectares. The name itself is actually three small lakes joined together – Pe Lam, Pe Lu and Pe Leng.  Most of our guests enjoy this short trip as they like stunning peaceful scenery, traditional villages, minimal tourists and friendly hosts and locals.

      The area was established as a national preserved forest and tourist center in 1978. Besides, Ba Be National Park has been founded in 1992 in order to protect natural & biographical characters as well as to entertain people.

      Distance: Hanoi- Babe some 240km

      Time: about 6 hours by car( depending on traffic & lunch break  en route)


    Day 1: HANOI- BA BE

    08:00AM departure from your place drive to Ba Be lake. Stop for lunch at local restaurant in Thai Nguyen province; arrive in Ba Be lake at around 15:00PM.

    Check in to guest house, free on your own to explore the Pac NgoiVillage for the rest of the day.  Some cottages scattered Pac Ngoi village which also added to the splendid surrounding. Here visitors have a chance not only to admire old stilt houses but also to learn more about culture and lifestyle of Tay ethnic people. Dinner will be served by your host.

    Day 2: BA BE

    08:00AM: start the boat trip in Ba Be lake in 2 hours; come back for lunch in local restaurant in the village.

    13:00PM : Start the tour to explorer Ba Be national reserve. Come back to your guest house at around 17:00 PM then time to enjoy your dinner. 

    Day 3: BA BE - HANOI

    08:00AM: departure for the journey back to Hanoi. Stop for lunch in a local restaurant in Thai Nguyen Province; arrive in Hanoi at around 16:00 PM. End of services.

     


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    Inclusions

    • A private 7 seat car with A/C
    • Boat trip on Ba Be lake ( 2 hours)
    • 03 lunches + 2 dinners + 2 breakfasts as mentioned ( set menu, no drink)
    • English speaking guide
    • Entrance fee where mentioned
    • Basic home stay at local guest house ( common bathroom/ toilet)

    Exclusions

    • Other meals/ drinks/ tips
    • Personal expenses
    • Any unclearly mentioned services
    • Insurance      

    Travel Info

    Accommodation: Hotels in the region are very basic, so we have set up a number of excellent home stay,these give visitors the chance to fully experience the life of the local people. Some home stay can have private room & bathroom but most will offer common bathroom ( which means you will share with other guests).

    For those who are intersted in floral and fauna at Ba Be National Park: please inform us for trip extension. The park is founded since 1992.The Ba Be National Park Ecological Research Station (BBERS): was established in 2004 to further understanding of ecological aspects within the Ba Be National Park and the surrounding Buffer Zone, with a view to supporting conservation management, broadening the knowledge base, and helping Vietnamese researchers gain experience through practice. Ba Be Lake has is an extremely diversifying ecosystem, which is the habitat for many plant and animal species.

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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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