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  • Nombre del viaje: Emotion Vietnam
  • Fecha: Hacía el viaje desde 14-27/5/2010
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We absolutely love your beautiful country and we are in love with the calm nature of the Vietnamese people and the food is delicious- we wish  we can bring a vietnamese chef to south africa to cook vietnamese food for us every day!!! We also enjoyed shopping- I love the hanbags, coffee, clothes in Hoi An and so on.

Thank you for booking the hotels I suggest to you - we were very happy with all of them especially “Ha An in Hoi An” and “Orchid in Hue”. You can book them again for your clients with certainly that your clients will be happy with the choice.

We are more than happy with the transport and drivers provided by Asiatica as well as the tour guides- all of them were knowledgeable about Vietnam- we especially liked Mr. Da Lat in Ho Chi Minh city and I can’t remember his name but the man in Sapa was well liked by all of us.

I would have liked to have at least 1 more day in Hanoi and also we must say that Sapa and Halong Bay and Hoi Ai were the highlights of our trip.

I will definitely recommend your company and yourself very highly to all travellers to Vienam.

Phuong has been a warm and positive experience from beginning to end.

Hope to see you soon. I will contact you soon with regards our planned trip to Cambodia and Laos in November.



Day 01. Friday, 14 May 2010 : Hanoi arrival
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to your hotel. Hanoi is one of Asia's most charming cities, with romantic boulevards and colonial houses. In the evening you can enjoy a performance of the traditional Water Puppet show. Overnight in hotel.

Day 02. Saturday, 15 May 2010 : Free in Hanoi - Night train to Lao Cai
All day free at leisure. Check out time: 12h00. In the evening we catch train to Lao Cai. Overnight in air-conditioned wagon (Share cabin – 4 pax/cabin).
> Meal : Breakfast included

Day 03. Sunday, 16 May 2010 : Lao Cai – Bac Ha Market (Sunday market) – Sapa
Train arrives at Lao Cai Railway Station at 06.00 am, have breakfast at local restaurant before we set off on our scenic drive through the border town of Lao Cai to the colourful Sunday Market, Bac Ha (100km - 3h on route) where you can meet all the minorities groups: Flower Hmong, Tay, Thai, Dzao, Xapho…This is amazing market is also well known for its various handicraft. After lunch, we leave Bac Ha for Trung Do village. This is also residential area of Tay ethnic group. Then we embark on boat on Chay River to Bao Nhai Bridge, after stroll on boat turn back to the car for transfer to Sapa. Upon arrival Sapa, check in at the hotel. Free time to relax. Overnight in hotel.
> Meal : Breakfast included

Day 04. Monday, 17 May 2010 : Sapa – Mini Trekking – Sapa – Night train to Hanoi
Transfer 6 km by jeep then walk on 2 km down to Lao Chai village, and close Ta Van village of the Dzay minority. Here you can enjoy the beautiful and interesting scenery of these villages. This is your chance to visit the H'mong people living in their wooden and bamboo houses. Continue after through bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai village of the red Dzao, visit a wonderful waterfall & a suspension rattan bridge on the way to the main road for a jeep to return to Sapa. In the evening transfer to Lao Cai Station to catch train to Hanoi. Overnight in air-conditioned wagon (4 pax/cabin). 
> Meal : Breakfast included

Day 05. Tuesday, 18 May 2010 : Hanoi – Halong Bay
Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning, about 5.30 a.m. Welcome and transfer to local restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast we departure to Halong, 170 km from Hanoi. Arrival in Hon Gai Wharf around noon, the junk crews welcome guests on board, enjoy welcome drinks, check in Deluxe cabin and then discover this spectacular site with numerous islands and lime-stones rising from the emerald water. You’ll have traditional Vietnamese lunch with fresh local seafood prepared by our cooks and served on board while start cruising through extraordinary shaped-islands and getting to Vong Vieng area after 2 hours. Start exploring Vong Vieng fishing village and the hidden lagoons in Bai Tu Long Bay by kayak. It is also an ideal opportunity to enjoy the sea, explore white sand beaches, relaxing, swimming on the beach and mixing yourself with the beauty of the nature. Dinner and overnight on board nearby Vong Vieng village (or Trinh Nu cave).
> Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 06. Wednesday, 19 May 2010 : Explore the tranquil scenery in Bai Tu Long Bay  – Hanoi - Flight to Da Nang
Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet breath- taking beauty of Bay’s landscape. From 7.30 to 10.30, Serve Ala carte (guests can order any dishes in the menu whenever they want). Around 8.00, start discovering Ba Cua beach where the guests enjoy swimming, sunbathing or relaxing. Back to junk, arrange luggage and check out cabin while cruising back. Around noon, about 11.30, return to the port where we disembark and drive back to Hanoi. Transfer direct to Hanoi airport for the flight to Da Nang in the evening. Transfer and overnight in Hoi An.
> Meals : Breakfast and Lunch included

Day 07. Thursday, 20 May 2010 : Hoi An, excursion with COOKING CLASS
In the morning, we meet our chef and take a short walking trip through the ancient town to the Market to buy all necessary materials for the dishes to be cooked. The market tour will give you an insight not just into the scents and flavour of Vietnamese herbs and spices but also market culture - how to bargain and where to buy your goods. The market place is the core of Vietnamese society. Then we go back to the restaurant, our chef will talk you through today's dishes then leading you through each dish, giving you plenty of opportunity to get involved and try your hand at reproducing the flavours. We’ll prepare our lunch by ourselves with the coaching given by our cook. Have lunch with dishes we have just cooked. Rest of day free. Overnight in Hoi An.
> Meals : Breakfast and Lunch included

Day 08. Friday, 21 May 2010 :  Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An
In the morning, take a private car from Hoi An Town to My Son Holy Land, a World Heritage, 50 km southwest of Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered to be in the same league as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7 to 13 centuries. Back to Hoi An, afternoon free. Overnight at hotel.
> Meal : Breakfast included

Day 09. Saturday, 22 May 2010 : Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue
Breakfast and check-out. Leaving Da Nang for the old capital of Hue. We’ll visit the Marble Mountains (Non Nuoc) which are made up of five limestone outcrops in isolation from the surrounding plains, each riddled with caves and grottoes, with some made into pagodas and shrines. Each mountain represents one of the five elements of the universe, being water, wood, fire, metal and earth. And then en route, photo stop at the top of Cloud - Ocean pass (Hai Van Pass) a mountainous highway offering splendid views over the Eastern Sea of Vietnam and Lang Co fishing village. Free time for personal exploration. Overnight in Hoi An.
> Meal : Breakfast included

Day 10. Sunday, 23 May 2010 : Hue, full day free (NO GUIDE & CAR)
> Meal : Breakfast included

Day 11. Monday, 24 May 2010 : Hue – Saigon (Pick up in Saigon NO GUIDE)
In the morning, transfer to the Hue's airport for the flight to Sai Gon or Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam and is located near the Mekong Delta. Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City on May 1st 1975. However, the old Saigon moniker is still very widely used by both Vietnamese and foreigners, especially when referring to the most central part of the city, to which most tourists flock.Day free in the city. Overnight in hotel.
> Meal : Breakfast included

Day 12. Tuesday, 25 May 2010 : Saigon – My Tho – Saigon
You will be picked up at your hotel in early morning. Upon arrival at Cai Be, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people being selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats. Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped producing process, etc… Lunch at a local house with their specialty «Elephant ear fish». After lunch cruising along river to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire marvelous natural setting of Mekong Delta region. About 3 p.m, the boat will arrive at Vinh Long Market, walking around to explore Vinh Long Market before driving back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.
> Meals : Breakfast and Lunch included

Day 13. Wednesday, 26 May 2010 : Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple - Saigon
In the early moring having breakfast and departure from Ho Chi Minh to Tay Ninh - the city is most famous for being the home of the Cao Daireligion, an indigenous Vietnamese faith that includes the teachings of the major world religions. The Cao Dai religion's Holy See, built between 1933 and 1955, is located around 5 km to the east of Tay Ninh's town centre. Then, departure to Cu Chi Tunnels, immense network of underground galleries and narrow bowels. Return to Saigon in the late afternoon. Overnight in Saigon.
> Meal : Breakfast included

Day 14. Thursday, 27 May 2010 : Saigon departure
Free time until your transfer to the airport for your flight home or next destination. Check out time: 12h00.
> Meal : Breakfast included

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