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13 Days Halong - Sapa - Ha Giang - Ba Be

posted Jul 6, 2012, 1:55 AM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 1:55 AM ]

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Day 01: Hanoi Arrival
Day 02: Hanoi / Halong Bay
Day 03: Halong Bay / Hanoi
Day 04: Hanoi / Lao Cai - night train
Day 05: Lao Cai / Sapa
Day 06: Sapa / Bac Ha
Day 07: Bac Ha / Ha Giang
Day 08: Ha Giang / Dong Van
Day 09: Dong Van / Cao Bang
Day 10: Cao Bang / Ba Be National Park
Day 11: Ba Be National Park
Day 12: Ba Be National Park / Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi Departure



DAY 1: ARRIVE HANOI

Arrival in the administrative and political capital of Vietnam, located on the Red River Delta. Orientation tour: Hoan Kiem Lake, or Lake of the Restored Sword, Ngoc Son Pagoda the (The Temple of the Jade Mountain), dedicated to the genius of letters, which stands on an island in the middle of the lake. Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda built in the 6th, the temple dedicated to Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Vu genius. Lunch. Check-in at hotel. Water Puppet show. Dinner.


DAY 2: HANOI / HALONG BAY

Departure by road to Halong registered with world heritage by Unesco since 1994. Take a cruise through the idyllic bay on the emerald waters. Lunch on board with seafood. Cruise in one of the most beautiful bays in the world including a stop at the beautiful cave of Surprise. Night aboard a junk.


DAY 3: HALONG BAY / HANOI

Landing around noon and return to Hanoi. On the way, visit the most beautiful pagoda in Vietnam, But Thap pagoda. Arrive in Ha Noi. Dinner and overnight.


DAY 4: HANOI / LAO CAI
Visit the house on stilts of Uncle Ho, the One Pillar Pagoda. Then the old French Concession: Avenue de l'Opera, the Museum of Fine Arts. Visit the Museum of Ethnography (objects of everyday life of the 54 ethnic groups). Departure by night train to Lao Cai.


DAY 5: LAO CAI / SA PA
Early arrival and departure to Lao Cai to Sa Pa by minibus through a mountain road.Upon arrival, visit the market and visit the villages of Ta Van (where you can see petroglyphs) and Lao Chai. My stop in the village of Red Dao Tra populated. Walk and met with families who live in wooden houses.


DAY 6: SAPA / BAC HA

Drive to Bac Ha, dotted with villages mainly inhabited by Kinh. Then the market mountain. Back to Bac Ha and visit the village of Ban Pho.


DAY 7: BAC HA / HA GIANG
Visit Bac Ha Sunday market. Drive to Ha Giang, majestic natural setting, with traditional cultural activities. Viet ethnic groups live here with Tay, Hmong, lolo, Dao, Chinese. Many stops will have on the way for photos.


DAY 8: HA GIANG / DONG VAN

Drive to Dong Van. Visit Hmong villages along the road.


DAY 9: DONG VAN / CAO BANG

Visit Van Dong: the old district of Dong Van, composed of old mud house mixed with straw, the beautiful market in Dong Van. Proceed to Meo Vac, taking the beautiful and spectacular Ma Pi Leng Pass, World geological heritage recognized by UNESCO in November 2010. (Geological Park of Dong Van Plateau). Road to Cao Bang, small town in a beautiful setting.


DAY 10: CAO BANG / NATIONAL PARK, BA BE

Mountain road where you can explore the worlds of Tay, Nung, Hmong and Dao. Ba Be Lake "the Three Lakes" home to the Tay, Nung, Dao and Thai mostly in their houses on stilts. Embarking on small boats to visit the village of Pac Ngoi.


DAY 11: THE BA BE NATIONAL PARK
Continuation isits BaBe Lake


DAY 12: THE NATIONAL PARK OF BA BE / HANOI
Undulating road from where we see the last villages dai houses on stilts wearing a huge thatched roof. Passage through Thai Nguyen and visit the cultural museum of Ethnics of Vietnam. Arriving at night in Hanoi.


DAY 13: HANOI / DEPART
End visits Hanoi visit the Temple of Literature built in the 11th century, the first university of Vietnam. Rickshaw ride in old neighborhoods. Lunch. Free time. Transfer to the airport and fly to depart.

9 Days Fragrances of Vietnam

posted Jul 6, 2012, 1:55 AM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 1:55 AM ]

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Day 01: Hanoi Arrival
Day 02: Hanoi / Halong
Day 03: Halong / Hanoi
Day 04: Hanoi / Ninh Binh / Hanoi / Hue
Day 05: Hue
Day 06: Hue / Danang / Hoian
Day 07: Hoian / Danang / Saigon
Day 08: Saigon / Ben Tre / Saigon
Day 09: Saigon Departure




DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN HANOI

Arrival in Hanoi – transfer to your hotel. Orientation tour: The Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ngoc Son Pagoda, dedicated to the genius of Literature. Visit the Quan Thanh Pagoda, dedicated to the Tran Vu genius. Strolling in the old quarters of 36 corporations, the heart of the Old Hanoi. Visit of the temple of Literature. Dinner, back to your hotel.


DAY 02: HANOI / HA LONG

Visit Hanoi before coach to Ha Long: Have a glance at the marble Mausoleum, the One Pillar pagoda. Proceeding to Ha Long, one of the World Heritage recognized by UNESCO since 1994. Cruising on a traditional junk, and visit Ha Long Bay through the wonderful sceneries. Lunch with a variety of seafood. Dinner and overnight on board.


DAY 03: HA LONG / HANOI

Landing after lunch. Get back to Hanoi. On the way, we visit the But Thap Pagoda. Water Puppet show in Hanoi, dinner in town and back to your hotel.


DAY 04: HANOI / NINH BINH / HANOI / HUE

Depart to Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh Province, the old capital of Vietnam. Go to the Thung Nang site. Boat trip through the peaceful landscapes: canals and rice fields to reach a magnificent cave. Lunch at Hoa Lu. Bicycle rides through the country side. Drive back to Hanoi. Transfer to the railway station to take the night train S1. Overnight on board.


DAY 05: HUE

Arrival in Hue the next morning. Transfer to your hotel to enjoy breakfast. We start to visit Hue, that still keeps the imperial charm. Boat trip on the Perfume River and visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. It is the oldest and most beautiful religious construction of Hue, the Imperial City, surrounded by large moats, with the South Gate, the palace of Supreme Harmony, the Forbidden City, where the Emperor used to live with his close family. In the afternoon, we visit Minh Mang’s Mausoleum. Dinner with local specialties.


DAY 06: HUE / DANANG/ HOI AN

Coach to Hoi An, passing through the “Pass of the clouds”, Arrive in Danang, visit to CHAM Museum, where gathers the most beautiful collection of CHAM sculptures. Our journey continues to Hoi An. Lunch, visit to Hoi An City, previously called Faifo, classified at the world heritage by UNESCO. HoiAn is a perfect example of Vietnamese classic architecture, with the covered bridge, the houses in precious wood, dating from the 17th century, the communal houses of the congregations of Canton and Phuc Kien, and the numerous silk shops; bicycle rides thru the cozy old little streets. Dinner in town. Overnight in our hotel.


DAY 07: HOI AN / DANANG /SAIGON

Proceed to Danang airport, to take the flight to Saigon, Pearl of Far East . HoChiMinh city or Saigon has numerous architectural works, worth of interest: The Central Post Office, colonial construction in 1886, the “Notre-Dame” Cathedral, with neo-roman inspiration, and red bricks imported from Marseille (France), the Reunification Palace, former residence of the General governor of Cochin China, the Municipal theatre, the lively Ben Thanh Market and the busy Chinese quarters with shop and stalls, selling all kinds of goods.


DAY 08: SAIGON / BEN TRE / SAIGON

Day excursion in the luxuriant scene of the Mekong delta. Boat trip in small yawl, through the riverside of the Mekong, its canals, villages, orchards. Short trip on horse cart. Tasting local products, tropical fruits and tea with honey and a small glass of “Happy Water” – rice alcohol style Vietnamese. Lunch on a typical island restaurant of the delta, back to Saigon.


DAY 09: SAIGON CITY

Free at leisure. Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

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16 Days Authentic Vietnam

posted Jul 6, 2012, 1:54 AM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 1:54 AM ]

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Day 01: Hanoi Arrival
Day 02: Hanoi /Mong Phu / Hanoi
Day 03: Hanoi / Halong
Day 04: Halong / Hanoi
Day 05: Hanoi / Ninh Binh
Day 06: Ninh Binh / Nghe An
Day 07: Nghe An / Quang Binh
Day 08: Quang Binh / Phuoc Tich / Hue
Day 09: Hue
Day 10: Hue / Danang / Hoian
Day 11: Hoian / Kontum
Day 12: Kontum
Day 13: Kontum / Pleiku / Buon Ma Thuot
Day 14: Buon Ma Thuot / Saigon
Day 15: Saigon / Ben Tre / Saigon
Day 16: Saigon Departure



DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN HANOI

Arrival in Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel. Orientation tour: The Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ngoc Son Pagoda, dedicated to the genius of Literature. Visit the Quan Thanh Pagoda, dedicated to the Tran Vu genius. Strolling in the old quarters of 36 corporations, the heart of the Old Hanoi. Visit the temple of Literature. Diner, back to your hotel.


DAY 02: HANOI / MONG PHU / HANOI

Heading to the Mong Phu Village, 60kms West of Hanoi. The Mong Phu hamlet, more than 400 years old, is classified as “cultural village”, due to its architecture of red stones and its old existence. A pedestrian walk (about 2 hours) in this nice scenery, will allow us to better understand the traditions, the custom and the belief of the inhabitants. All around Mong Phu, the fields are sprinkled with graves as many immutable vigils; The “Dinh“ or town hall, topped with curved roof panels, is being used as place for religious ritual as well as meeting space. Back to Hanoi, lunch and deeper visit of the Capital as well as discovery of the colonial and traditional atmosphere: The temple of Literature, built in 11th century, was Vietnam’s first University, the ethnographic museum, rickshaw tour through the old quarters. Water Puppet show. Dinner and back to the hotel.


DAY 03: HANOI / HA LONG

Road to Ha Long that was registered at the World Heritage by UNESCO since 1944. Boat excursion in Ha Long Bay. Sea food lunch on board – visit the marvelous caves. Dinner and overnight on board.


DAY 04: HA LONG / HANOI

Landing after lunch. Back to Hanoi - On the way, visit the beautiful But Thap Pagoda.


DAY 05: HANOI / NINH BINH

Departure to Hoa Lu, the old capital of Vietnam. Drive to visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, then have a boat trip tour through the peaceful landscapes: canals and rice fields, to reach magnificent caves in Trang An. Lunch at Hoa Lu. Bicycle rides through the country side. Dinner and night at Hoa Lu.


DAY 06: NINH BINH / NGHE AN

Drive to Nghe An, where we can find uncle’s Ho Village. This village is surrounded by ponds of lotus, also called Kim Lien or Golden Lotus. We visit the house, made of bamboo and wood, built in 1901; it is a gift from the villagers to the father of Ho Chi Minh.


DAY 07: NGHE AN / QUANG BINH

We leave Nghe An for Quang Binh, superb site, surrounded by mountains, forests and sea. In the afternoon, visit of a geological wonder: the Phong Nha Cave, also registered at the world heritage by UNESCO. Phong Nha Cave offers 40kms of underground galleries and rivers. Thousands of years have carved enormous stalactites. Overnight and dinner in Quang Binh.


DAY 08: QUANG BINH / Traditional village of PHUOC TICH / HUE

Heading to Hue, passing by the very old village of Phuoc Tich, who still keeps the serenity of a traditional village. We continue to Hue, old royal capital of Vietnam, also registered at the world heritage by UNESCO. Boat trip on the Perfume River and visit the Thien Mu Pagoda: it is the most beautiful religious construction of Hue, with its octagonal tower and seven levels, over viewing the river then we visit the Dong Ba Market.


DAY 09: HUE

Drive to the old village of Thanh Toan, 15kms from Hue, well-known for its covered bridge and its beautiful country sceneries. The people of this village made a living by baking roof tiles from clay. Back to Hue, we continue our visit: Hue still keeps his imperial charm of majesty. Visit of the Minh Mang Mausoleum, then the Imperial city, surrounded by large moats, with the South Gate, the palace of supreme Harmony, the purple Forbidden City, where the emperor used to live with his family. Dinner with local special dishes.


DAY 10: HUE / DANANG / HOI AN

Drive to Danang and visit of the CHAM Museum, gathering the best collection of CHAM sculpture. We keep go on to Hoi An. Lunch en route. Visit Hoi An, previously called Faifo, also registered at the world heritage by UNESCO. Hoi An is a perfect example of Vietnamese classic architecture, with its covered bridge, its houses of precious wood, the communal houses of the congregations of Canton and Phuc Kien and its numerous silk shops; bicycle trip through the city, dinner in town and accommodation.


DAY 11: HOI AN / KONTUM

Through the Ho Chi Minh trail, national road 14. Early morning departure through the national road 14, former Ho Chi Minh trail, testimony of the Vietnam war. This new road, called Transnational, should make more space to the national 1, famous coastal road; before people called it “Mandarin route“. We pass through Kham Duc, winding through primary forest and rapids. This is true jungle! Continuing the transnational road, by passing through the mountain pass of LOXO: nice minority villages are gathering along the road. Further, it is the boundaries of the 3 countries: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Visit of the DAKRIPENG village (Sedang minority) and the “Phoenix “airfield. Arrival at Kontum in late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation.


DAY 12: KONTUM

Heading to the village of KONKETU, crossing the hanging bridge of KONKLOR for a pedestrian visit of the Konjuri village. Trekking in the jungle to reach the village of KONBAH. Picnic lunch and bathing in the clear, unspoiled waters of the DAKBLA River. Back to Konteku village. Unforgettable experience in a pirogue trip on the river…! Show of Banar danses and songs, we will dance with the villagers around a big wood fire. Tasting rice alcohol from a big jar, with a long bamboo straw. Overnight in the village, in the communal house.


DAY 13: KONTUM / PLEIKU / BAN ME THUOT

Continuing our visits of KONTUM: the wooden church, the very nice house of the archbishop, considered as a museum, then the village of PLEITONGHIA. Lunch at Pleiku, then continuing to Ban Me Thuot, visit of the ethnographic museum. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


DAY 14: BAN ME THUOT / SAIGON

You can find large coffee plantations in the central highland. Visit Ban Me Thuot: we go to the JUN village. Elephant ride, then we cross the river to visit another village called M’Lieng. Little walk to meet the villagers, lunch then back to Ban Me Thuot. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.


DAY 15: SAIGON / BEN TRE / SAIGON

From Saigon, we drive to Ben Tre. Visit the Turtle Islands. This island remains still original with its country houses, its little canals edged with water coconut trees. Cart trip, driven by a horse, tasting local tea with honey, and listening to typical folkloric songs of South Vietnam. Lunch at an orchard, taste the famous “Elephant Ear” fish cooking by the local people. Return to Saigon.


DAY 16: SAIGON / DEPARTURE

Visit Saigon city in the morning – the lively China town, the Binh Tay Market, full of all kind of consuming goods, the temple of the Heaven Lady Thien Hau, the Ben Thanh Market, lunch in the city – afternoon visit of the “Notre-Dame” Cathedral, the general Post Office building, the reunification Palace and finally transfer to the international airport.

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12 Days Vietnam Mosaics

posted Jul 6, 2012, 1:53 AM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 1:53 AM ]

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Day 01: Hanoi Arrival
Day 02: Hanoi / Lao Cai - night train
Day 03: Lao Cai / Sapa
Day 04: Sapa / Lao Cai / Hanoi - night train
Day 05: Hanoi / Halong
Day 06: Halong / Ninh Binh
Day 07: Ninh Binh / Hanoi / Hue
Day 08: Hue
Day 09: Hue / Danang / Hoian
Day 10: Hoian / Danang / Saigon
Day 11: Saigon / Ben Tre / Saigon
Day 12: Saigon Departure




DAY 01: HANOI ARRIVAL

Arrival in Hanoi. Welcome and transfer to your hotel. First contact with the capital, orientation tour: the Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ngoc Son pagoda, dedicated to the genius of Literature. We further visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, built in 6th century, then the Quan Thanh temple, dedicated to the Tran Vu genius. Strolling in the old quarter of the 36 corporations, real heart of the Old Hanoi, where all the street names starts with the word “Hang “ that reminds to the product or the job that people were practicing in the past. Dinner in town and overnight at your hotel.


DAY 02: HANOI, VISIT OF THE CITY / LAO CAI

Deeper visit of the Capital and discovery of its colonial and traditional atmosphere: The marble mausoleum, the One Pillar pagoda, erected by king Ly Thai Tong, the Ho Chi Minh house in stilts, the temple of literature built in 11th century, considered as the first University of Vietnam. We continue our visit in the afternoon: the ethnographic museum, rickshaw tour in the old quarter of the city. Water puppet show, then transfer to the railway station for Lao Cai. Overnight on board.


DAY 03: LAO CAI / SAPA

Early arrival at Lao Cai, transfer by road to SAPA. Check-in at your hotel, breakfast. Then visit of the Sapa market, pedestrian walk up to the H’mong Cat Cat Village. Lunch in town. In the afternoon, we visit the TaVan and Lao Chai villages. Overnight in Sapa.


DAY 04: SAPA / BAC HA / LAO CAI / HANOI

Drive to Bac Ha to visit a very colorful market. This day must be a Sunday. Lunch at Bac Ha, drive to Lao Cai to take night train back to Hanoi.


DAY 05: HANOI / HA LONG

Early arrival in Hanoi, transfer to our hotel to enjoy breakfast. Road to HA LONG, registered at world heritage by UNESCO in 1944. Cruising on a traditional junk through the wonderful sceneries. Sea food lunch on board. Visit the marvelous caves, dinner and overnight on board.


DAY 06: HA LONG / NINH BINH

Landing around noon time. Road to Hoa Lu - Ninh Binh, old capital of Vietnam. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.


DAY 07: NINH BINH / HANOI / HUE

Visit of the temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties, original and splendid architectural work, then the site of Trang An. Boat trip on flat bottom boats, through the peaceful sceneries. Then visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in northern Vietnam. Lunch at Hoa Lu. Bicycle rides or cart ride, driven by a buffalo, through the country side. Back to Hanoi. Transfer to the railway station to take the S1 train for Hue. Overnight on the train.


DAY 08: HUE

Arrival at Hue in the morning. Transfer to your hotel to enjoy breakfast. We start to visit HUE, that still keeps the imperial charm. Boat trip on the Perfume River and visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. It is the oldest and most beautiful religious construction of HUE, the Imperial City, surrounded by large moats, with the South Gate, the palace of Supreme Harmony, the Forbidden City, where the Emperor used to live with his close family. In the afternoon, we visit Minh Mang’s mausoleum. Dinner with local specialities.


DAY 09: HUE / DANANG / HOIAN

Heading to Hoi An, passing through the “pass of he Clouds”, Arrive in Danang, visit of the CHAM museum, that gathers the most beautiful collection of CHAM sculptures. Our journey continues to Hoi An. Lunch, visit of Hoi An City, previously called Faifo, classified at the world heritage by UNESCO. HoiAn is a perfect example of Vietnamese classic architecture, with the covered bridge, the houses of precious wood, dating from the 17th century, the communal houses of the congregations of Canton and Phuc Kien, and the numerous silk shops; bicycle rides thru the cozy old little streets. Dinner in town. Overnight at hotel.


DAY 10: HOIAN / DANANG / SAIGON

Fly to Ho ChiMinh city or Saigon, the pearl of the Far East Orient. HoChiMinh city or Saigon has numerous architectural works, worth of interest: The Central Post Office, colonial construction in 1886, the “Notre-Dame” Cathedral, with neo-roman inspiration, and red bricks imported from Marseille (France), the Reunification Palace, former residence of the general governor of Cochin China, the municipal theatre, the lively Ben Thanh Market, and the busy Chinese quarters with shop and stalls, selling all kind of goods.


DAY 11: SAIGON / BEN TRE / SAIGON

Day excursion on the luxuriant environment of the Mekong Delta. Boat trip through the branches of the river, the canals, the typical villages, the orchards. Short drive with horse driven carts, tasting of local products, tropical fruits and tea with honey. Lunch and return to Saigon.


DAY 12: SAIGON / DEPARTURE

Free at leisure till departure. End of our tour services.

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18 Days The Wonder of Indochina Tour

posted Jul 6, 2012, 1:53 AM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 1:53 AM ]

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Day 01: Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon Arrival
Day 02: Saigon / Ben Tre / Saigon
Day 03: Saigon / Danang / Hoian
Day 04: Hoian / Danang / Hue
Day 05: Hue / Hanoi
Day 06: Hanoi / Halong
Day 07: Halong / Hoa Lu
Day 08: Hoa Lu / Hanoi
Day 09: Hanoi / Luang Pra Bang
Day 10: Luang Pra Bang / Kuong Xi Waterfall / Pak Ou Cave
Day 11: Luang Pra Bang
Day 12: Luang Pra Bang / Vientiane
Day 13: Vientiane / Pakse
Day 14: Pakse
Day 15: Pakse / Siem Reap
Day 16: Siem Reap
Day 17: Siem Reap
Day 18: Siem Reap Departure




DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT HO CHI MINH CITY / SAIGON

Saigon, the pearl of the Far East Orient, Ho Chi Minh city or Saigon has numerous architectural works, worth of interest: The Central Post Office, colonial construction in 1886, the “Notre-Dame” Cathedral, with neo-roman inspiration, and red bricks imported from Marseille (France), the Reunification Palace, former residence of the general governor of Cochin China, the municipal theatre, the lively Ben Thanh Market, and the busy Chinese quarters with shop and stalls, selling all kind of goods.

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DAY 02: SAIGON/BEN TRE / SAIGON

Day excursion on the luxuriant scene of the Mekong Delta. Boat trip in small yawl, through the riverside of the Mekong, its canals, villages, orchards. Short trip on horse cart. Tasting local products, tropical fruits and tea with honey. Lunch on a typical island restaurant of the Delta, back to Saigon.


DAY 03: SAIGON / DANANG / HOIAN

Fly to Danang, visit the CHAM museum, that gathers the most beautiful collection of CHAM sculptures. Our journey continues to Hoi An. Hoi An City, previously called Faifo, is also classified at world heritage by UNESCO. Hoi An is a perfect example of Vietnamese classic architecture, with the covered bridge, the houses of precious wood, dating from the 17th century, the communal houses of the congregations of Canton and Phuc Kien, and the numerous silk shops; bicycle rides thru the cozy old little streets. Dinner in town. Overnight in our hotel.


DAY 04: HOIAN / DANANG / HUE

Heading to Hue, the old royal capital of Vietnam, also registered at the world heritage by UNESCO. Boat trip on the Perfume River and visit of the Thien Mu Pagoda: it is the most beautiful religious construction of Hue, with its octagonal tower and 7 levels, over viewing the river. Then we visit the Tu Duc’s mausoleum and the village of the manufacturers of typical conical hats of Vietnam. Visit of the Dong Ba Market. Dinner with local special dishes.


DAY 05: HUE / HANOI

Visit of the Minh Mang’s Mausoleum, then the Imperial City, surrounded by large moats, with the South Gate, the palace of supreme Harmony, the purple Forbidden City, where the emperor used to live with his family. Fly to Hanoi.


DAY 06: HANOI /HA LONG

Visit Hanoi before taking the road to Ha Long: exterior visit of the marble Mausoleum, the One Pillar pagoda. Heading to Ha Long that was registered at the World Heritage by UNESCO since 1994. Cruising on a traditional junk, and visit Ha Long Bay through the wonderful sceneries. Lunch with a variety of seafood. Diner and overnight on board.


AY 07: HA LONG / HOA LU

Landing after lunch. Drive to Hoa Lu, the old capital of Vietnam. Drive to the Thung Nang site. Boat trip through the peaceful landscapes: canals and rice fields to reach a magnificent cave. Lunch at Hoa Lu. Bicycle rides through the country side. Dinner and night at the hotel.


DAY 08: HOA LU / HANOI

Drive back to Hanoi. Arrive at Hanoi at noon. Lunch at local restaurant.Visit Hanoi: the Hoan Kiem Lake,the Ngoc Son temple, the Tran Quoc pagoda, the Quan Thanh temple. Strolling in the old Hanoi. Dinner and night.


DAY 09: HANOI / LUANG PRABANG

Breakfast at the hotel, free at leisure till departure to Luang Pra Bang, on arrival in Luang Prabang you will be picked up by our local driver and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will be taken on a brief orientation tour of the spiritual capital of Laos before climbing the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside. In the evening you will get the chance to stop at the night market. Your overnight stay will be in Luang Prabang.


DAY10: LUANG PRABANG / KUANGXI WATER FALL / PAK OU CAVE

After breakfast, enjoy a visit to Kuang Si Waterfall, south west of Luang Prabang with stops en-route to visit some ethnic minority villages. It is possible to walk to the top of the falls via a steep track and if the weather is good you can swim in the clear water at the foot of the falls. On the way, you can visit the bears rescued center. Return to Luang Prabang for lunch. After lunch, you will embark for a boat trip on the Mekong River to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves.


DAY 11: LUANG PRABANG

A very special (optional) dawn visit – highly recommended - before breakfast to witness the long line of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from Luang Prabang residents. Back to the hotel for breakfast. After that, you will visit the beautiful Wat Xieng Thong showing its best face in the morning sun, before heading to the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum and Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs. In the afternoon, you will continue the exploration of the cozy town with stops at Wat That, Wat Visun and Wat Aham. Road to the weaving village to see the very beautiful local products: traditional Lao textiles and Sa paper.


DAY 12: LUANG PRABANG / VIENTIANE

Arrive in Vientiane. Meet your guide at the airport, transfer to hotel for check in. In the afternoon, take a city tour. Visit That Luang Stupa. Pratuxai, Ho Prakeo, Wat Sisaket. Watch the sunset on the banks of Mekong River. Overnight at hotel.


DAY 13: VIENTIANE / PAKSE

Breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Pakse. Travel by vehicle to view khone Phapheng waterfalls (the biggest waterfalls in Se Asia on Mekong River). Boat to Done Khone. See Li Pi waterfalls and local boat cruise to see the fresh water dolphins. Overnight in Done Khone.


DAY 14. PAKSE

Breakfast. Local boat to the main land. Trabel by car see Wat Phou (ruins of preangkor temples). Continue the road to Bolaven Plateau to see Tad Fane (38km from Pakse) and coffee plantation. Overnight in Pakse.


DAY 15: PAKSE / SIEM REAP

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, gateway to the ancient city of Angkor. Upon arrival in Siem Reap you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon, begin your tour of the ancient city of Angkor. First, visit the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom - last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure, and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious and stunning Bayon Temple. Watch the sun set over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple. Dinner at local restaurant and over night in Siem Reap.


DAY 16: SIEM REAP

This morning visit the "crowning jewel" of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat. The largest temple in the world, this temple is the national symbol of Cambodia. Continue to Ta Prohm, a temple that has been left largely in its natural state since its "re-discovery" by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways is overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees, which envelop the stone like tentacles. Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Visit the Chantiers Ecoles (Aritsans d Angkor) vocational center which trains 650 apprentices each year including 160 in fine arts and crafts trades united in the "Artisan d Angkor" production network. Dinner at local restaurant.


DAY 17: SIEM REAP

In the morning process to visit the Roluos group of temples. These 3 monuments, which served as the capital during the reign of King Indravaraman I (877-889) are among the earliest large, permanent temples of the Khmer classical art period. Preah Ko, erected by Indavaraman I in the late 9th century was dedicated by the King to his ancestors. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Pre Rup temple, East Memon and then move to Neak Pean and Preah Khan. Dinner at local restaurant.


DAY 18: SIEM REAP / DEPART

The morning is at leisure. Transfer to Siem Reap airport for the flight to Bangkok.

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14 Days Off The Beatern Tracks Tour

posted Jul 6, 2012, 1:52 AM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 1:52 AM ]

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi / Halong Bay
Day 3: Halong Bay / Hanoi / Lao Cai - night train
Day 4: Lao Cai / Fansipan Mt. 4 hours trekking
Day 5: Fansipan Mt. 8 hours trekking
Day 6: Fansipan Mt. 4 hours trekking / Lao Cai
Day 7: Lao Cai / Hanoi / Hue
Day 8: Hue / Danang / Hoian
Day 9: Hoian / Kontum
Day 10: Kontum
Day 11: Kontum / Pleiku / Buon Ma Thuot
Day 12: Buon Ma Thuot / Saigon
Day 13: Saigon / Ben Tre
Day 14: Saigon Departure




DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN HANOI

Arrival in Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel. Orientation tour: The Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ngoc Son Pagoda, dedicated to the genius of Literature. Visit the Quan Thanh Pagoda, dedicated to the Tran Vu genius. Strolling in the old quarters of 36 corporations, the heart of the Old Hanoi. Visit of the temple of Literature. Dinner, back to your hotel.


DAY 02: HANOI – HALONG BAY

Heading to Halong Bay that was registered at the World Heritage by UNESCO since 1944. Boat excursion in Halong Bay. Sea food lunch on board – visit of the marvelous caves. Dinner and overnight on board.


DAY 03: HALONG BAY / HANOI / LAO CAI

Landing after lunch. Back to Hanoi. Transfer to the railroad station for Lao Cai. Night on board.


DAY 04: LAO CAI / FANSIPAN MT. – 4 hours trekking

Picked up at Lao Cai Station by private bus to Sapa (round 8.30 AM). Breakfast and start the trip to conquer the roof of Vietnam and Indochina – Fansipan peak. At about 9h30 Am, take bus to the highest pass in Vietnam – TramTon Pass located at 2100m above the sea level (17 kms by bus). Visit Silver waterfall before reaching the pass. Spend your time enjoying marvelous nature and then start the strenuous trek to the peak. After roughly 4 hours through the primitive rain jungles, many small streams and bamboo forests… You will have managed to reach a top of 2200m and at this point, make tents, prepare for dinner and spend the first night in the mountain.


DAY 05: FANSIPAN Mt. – 8 hours trekking

Breakfast at the camp and then continue climbing to the summit by way of pine and yellow bamboo forests. After 4 hours, you will successfully conquer the roof of Vietnam. Spend 1/2 or 1 hour enjoying the splendid landscapes from around the mountain, at this virginal roof of Vietnam and Indochina is a specious chance for you to enjoy watching the surroundings: to the North-West is small village areas belonging to Lai Chau province, the splendid rolling mountains; to the North East is the overall picture of Sapa town which is only seen from here. Have lunch and then return down to the same point for 2nd night in the mountain. Dinner at the tents.

DAY 06: FANSIPAN / LAO CAI - 4 hours trekking

After the last breakfast in the mountain, take another way to go down to the foot of Mount where to visit and get understandings of the lifestyles, the traditional customs of the people in a village of the Black H’mong called SinChai, then take bus back to Sapa (18 km by bus). Tranfer to Lao Cai station night train to Hanoi.


DAY 07: LAO CAI / HANOI / HUE

Arrival at Hanoi in early morning. Transfer to the airport for the flight for Hue. Transfer to your hotel to enjoy breakfast. We start to visit HUE, that still keeps the imperial charm. Boat trip on the Perfume River and visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. It is the oldest and most beautiful religious construction of HUE, the Imperial City, surrounded by large moats, with the South Gate, the palace of Supreme Harmony, the Forbidden City, where the Emperor used to live with his close family. In the afternoon, we visit Minh Mang’s mausoleum. Dinner with local specialties.


DAY 08: HUE / DANANG / HOI AN

Heading to Hoi An, passing through’ the “pass of he clouds”, Arrive in Danang, visit the CHAM museum, that gathers the most beautiful collection of CHAM sculptures. Our journey continues to Hoi An. Lunch, visit of Hoi An City, previously called Faifo, classified at the world heritage by UNESCO. HoiAn is a perfect example of Vietnamese classic architecture, with the covered bridge, the houses of precious wood, dating from the 17th century, the communal houses of the congregations of Canton and Phuc Kien, and the numerous silk shops; bicycle rides through the cozy old little streets. Dinner in town. Overnight in our hotel.


DAY 09: HOIAN / KONTUM

Through the Ho Chi Minh trail, national road 14. Early morning departure through the national road 14, old Ho Chi Minh trail, testimony of the Vietnam war. This new road, called Transnational, should make more space to the national 1, famous coastal road, called “Mandarine Route“. We pass through Kham Duc, winding through primary forest and rapids. This is true jungle! Continuing the transnational road, by passing through the mountain pass of LOXO: nice minority villages are gathering along the road. Further, it is the boundaries of the 3 countries: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Visit of the DAKRIPENG village (Sedang minority) and the “Phoenix“ airfield. Arrival in Kontum in late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation.


DAY 10: KONTUM

Heading to the village of KONKETU, crossing the hanging bridge KONKLOR for a pedestrian visit of the Konjuri village. Trekking in the jungle to reach the village of KONBAH. Picnic lunch and bathing in the clear, unspoiled waters of the DAKBLA river. Back to Konteku village. Unforgettable experience in a pirogue trip on the river…! Show of Banar danses and songs, we will dance with the villagers around a big wood fire. Tasting rice alcohol from a big jar, with a long bamboo straw. Overnight in the village, in the communal house.


DAY11: KONTUM / PLEIKU / BAN ME THUOT

Continuing our visits of KONTUM: the wooden church, the very nice house of the archbishop, considered as a museum, then the village of Pleitonghia. Lunch at Pleiku, then continuing to Ban Me Thuot, visit of the ethnographic museum. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.


DAY 12: BAN ME THUOT / SAIGON

We can find large coffee plantations in central highland. Visit of Ban Me Thuot by road, we go to the JUN village. Elephant ride, then we cross the river to visit another village called M’Lieng. Little walk to meet the villagers, lunch, then back to Ban Me Thuoc. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon /Ho chi Minh City.


DAY 13: SAIGON / BENTRE

From Saigon, we drive to Ben Tre. Visit of the Turtle island. This island remains still original with its country houses, its little canals edged with water coconut trees. Cart trip, driven by a horse, tasting local tea with honey, and listening to typical folkloric songs of South Vietnam. Lunch in an orchard, then return to Saigon. Visit the Binh Tay Market , full of all kind of consuming goods, the temple of the Heaven Lady Thien Hau.


DAY 14: SAIGON - DEPARTURE

Visit Saigon city in the morning: the “Notre-Dame” Cathedral, the Post Office building, transfer to the international airport, end of our services.


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9 Days North Eastern Vietnam Discovery

posted Jul 6, 2012, 1:51 AM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 1:51 AM ]

Travel Vietnam Blog
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi / Ba Be Lake
Day 3: Ba Be Lake
Day 4: Ba Be Lake / Bac Po / Cao Bang
Day 5: Cao Bang / Nguom Ngao Cave / Ban Gioc Waterfall
Day 6: Cao Bang / Lang Son
Day 7: Lang Son / Halong Bay
Day 8: Halong Bay / Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi Departure




DAY 1: HANOI – ARRIVAL

Meet at the airport and transfer to hotel to check in. In the afternoon, enjoy a half day city tour to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple, and a cyclo ride to visit the Old Quarter. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.


DAY 2: HANOI / BA BE LAKE

Visit the Ethnologic Museum in Thai Nguyen before continuing to Babe Lake – a wonderful drive offering beautiful vistas of the countryside. Overnight in the basic accommodation.


DAY 3: BA BE LAKE

Today, you will enjoy a tranquil boat ride on Nang river to Babe Lakes to discover Ba Be National Park with stops along the way to visit Puong Cave and Dang De Dau Waterfall. After a picnic lunch, continue your boat ride to Tay village. Visit the village and share the daily activities with the Tay people. Dinner and overnight in the village (basic accommodation).


DAY 4: BA BE LAKE / PAC BO / CAO BANG

Depart for Cao Bang. On the zigzag road, you can admire spectacular mountain landscape with terraced rice fields and minority ethnic villages dotting the hillsides. After lunch in Cao Bang, drive to Pac Bo to visit the grotto where President Ho Chi Minh once lived. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at Accommodation.


DAY 5: CAO BANG / NGUOM NGAO CAVE / BAN GIOC WATERFALL

Visit Nguom Ngao Cave, one of the best caves in the North-East of Vietnam, then continue onwards to Ban Gioc Waterfall on the Vietnam-China border. Picnic lunch, then return to Cao Bang. Dinner and accommodation.


DAY 6: CAO BANG / LANG SON

Breakfast, then drive to Lang Son to visit the Ky Lua Market as well as sites of local legend and the Tam Thanh and Nhi Thanh Pagodas situated in grottoes. Overnight at the hotel.


DAY 7: LANG SON / HALONG BAY

Depart for Halong Bay and experience an overnight trip on a traditional wooden junk. Enjoy the boat ride wending your way through the mystical limestone casts jutting from the sea. Lunch and dinner with fresh seafood on board. Swimming during Summer time. Overnight on board.


DAY 8: HALONG BAY / HANOI

After breakfast on board, the boat will continue to explore the bay. Take a few last breathtaking hours cruising this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark at around 1000 hrs and return to Hanoi. In the evening, enjoy a show of the traditional art of Water Puppetry. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.


DAY 9: HANOI – DEPARTURE

Morning at leisure until check out before 12:00 noon and transfer to the airport for departure flight.


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