Mr. Tsitsi Dhlamini - France

  • Group: 2 persons
  • Impression: Along the Mandarin Road
  • Date: Voyage du 13/07 au 21/07/2016
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Dear Linda and Linh


Apologies for not replying earlier.  It has been mad here with me packing and moving to the UK soon.


Thank you for a lovely holiday.  Both Kumbi and I had an amazing time that I have even forwarded your details to 2 friends of mine who would like to come and holiday in Vietnam.


Here is what we enjoyed:


1. The tour guides (Fong and Cha) were both amazing

2. The drivers were very professional

3. The hotels were lovely except for the two – the last one in Hoi An was way too small.  Too small for two people and the Emeralda Hotel roon was 

4. All the restaurants were amazing

5. The food was amazing

6. The organisation was exceptional


Thank you very much

Tsitsi Dhlamini



Detailed program

Day 01 13.juil Hanoi - arrival 
Upon arrival in Hanoi 09:35 on KA297 , you will be welcomed by our guide and driver and transferred to your hotel. The room is available at 14h00.
17:05 at HX0528 : Your husband arrive in Hanoi. Pick-up by our driver.   
 The day is free for your own exploration and shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 14.juil Hanoi – visit – B, L
You will be picked up at the hotel at 8:00am. Starting the day trip will be a visit of the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which compromises Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays), his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh Museum. We will then visit the Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 to worship Confucius, which served as the first Royal National University in Vietnam. The site also honors 82 Vietnamese doctorates who passed a number of rigid exams in the feudal ages. Their names, birthdays and birthplaces are engraved in 82 headstones perched on stone tortoises. It is widely believed that touching the heads of these tortoises will bring luck. Its peaceful green compound with its neatly maintained lawns, gardens and lotus ponds make it a tranquil hideaway from the city’s bustle and heat. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. 
In the afternoon, we will visit the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays, the alternative being the History Museum), which offers informative and well-documented displays of the country’s 54 ethnic groups, including elaborate and colorful hill tribe costumes. The display continues in the museum’s garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses of numerous minority groups, from the Kinhs to the ethnic groups of the Central Highlands. We then head to Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple dates back to the 13th century, and the lake itself is the picturesque heart of Hanoi, frequented by tourists and locals alike. 
Day 03 15.juil Hanoi - Mai Chau– B, L, D
Depart from Hanoi to Mai Chau, a picturesque valley, home to many hill tribes including the Dzao, Muong and Thai. Arrive in Mai Chau around noon. Lunch will be a typical Thai ethnic meal. In the afternoon, take a short walk around the village where you will be welcomed by friendly local people, communicate with them and get to know their traditional lifestyle. Enjoy a traditional dancing show in the evening with a taste of Ruou Can, the local rice wine. Overnight at Mai Chau Ecolodge.

Day 04 16.juil Mai Chau - Ninh Binh– B, L
Breakfast before transfer to Tam Coc in Ninh Binh. Upon arrival in Tam Coc literally translating to “three caves” adorned with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites of all shapes. Embark a small rowing boat to discover the outstanding karst waterscape on Ngo Dong River. From the boat, you will enjoy prime views of rice paddies dotted with limestone peaks along the river banks.  After that it is on to visit the ancient Dinh & Le king temples. Beautiful hibiscus gardens, lotus ponds and frangipani dispersing their delicate scent surround these temples. Overnight at hotel in Tam Coc.
Day 05 17.juil Ninh Binh – Halong– B, L, D
A delectable lunch is served shortly after boarding.
A first visit will take our guests by tender to the Tien Ong Cave.
The voyage continues with the arrival at the Cua Van Fishing Village. The village is explored via a pleasant boat ride (a maximum of four persons per boat).
Cooking class in the late afternoon.
At 07:30pm another delicious meal - dinner is served. After dinner the night is yours; kick back on a comfy pillowed chair or watch the stars from the sun deck and inhale the surreal beauty whilst sipping a glass of wine.
Itinerary can be changed with/without notice of the crew. Please update it here: 
Your guide will not embark with you because there is an English speaking guide on boat.
Day 06 18.juil Halong - Hanoi – Hue– B
For early risers complimentary tea, coffee and pastries are served in the restaurant followed by-if you so desire – a Tai Chi Class on the sun deck (07:00am).
Then it is time for an early morning swim - in the Bay. By tender boat we bring the guests to a natural white sandy stretch. Sporty ones can also climb up to a hill top to have a last view from above over Halong Bay before we return to the boat and cruise slowly back to Halong City, passing picturesque areas like the Tam Cung Cave and Poem Mountain.
During our trundle breakfast is served before we arrive at the shore at around 11:00am. The crew will bid you farewell and you disembark with our tender boat to Tuan Chau Marina.
Arrive at Tuan Chau port., relax inside the pier building while waiting for return transportation directly to Hanoi airport for your short flight to Hue VN7545 2035  2145 . On the way to the airport, take part to a Water Puppet Show at Yen Duc village.  
 Upon arrival at Phu Bai airport, you will be taken to your hotel for check-in. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 07 19.juil Hue– B, L
After having breakfast, visite Hue Imperial City, the last royal city of Vietnam with various beautiful structures including the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Forbidden Purple City or Tu Cam Thanh. Then, we will take a boat trip on poetic Perfume River. Stop to visit Thien Mu Pagoda (Celestial Lady Pagoda) built in 1601 - the symbol of Hue city. Cruise toward Thuy Bieu eco-village, an old laid back village situated on the bank of Perfume River known for its green tea fruit orchards. Lunch in the village. The afternoon spent for biking through the peaceful village, visiting several communal houses, ancient temples and especially the garden- house - a typical and unique feature of Hue. After a day of walking, your foot will be refreshed by soaking in the medicinal herb water with excellent blind massage. Then visit the Tu Hieu pagoda. Back to the hotel for overnight.

Day 08 20.juil Hue - Danang - Hoi An– B, L
After breakfast we commence our morning drive on the Mandarin road, a scenic journey from Hue to Hoi An, which allows you to see a picturesque Vietnam with stunning beaches and lush tropical forest. Take some photos en route before arriving in Hoi An’s ancient town. Upon arrival check into hotel and relax. In the afternoon,  explore Hoi An ancient town, once an important international trading port and now a charming riverside town. Hoi An features a fantastic combination of Chinese, Dutch, Japanese and Portuguese culture. 
Step back in time while strolling around its narrow streets decorted with colorful lanterns, and visit examples of Hoi An’ architecture, the Japanese Covered Bridge, and Chinese street, an old Phung Hung house, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall,  Hoi An market and Hoian ancient port.  Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 09 21.juil Hoi An - Danang - Hanoi – departure– B
12h, departing to the airport for the flight to Hanoi VN7174 1405  1525. Waiting at the airport for the flight to your country.
KA294 at 19h35 from Hanoi to Hong Kong.