Mr. James Joseph Parker - England

  • Group: 6 persons
  • Impression: Vietnam at a glance
  • Date: 12-17/10/2015
 

Dear Mrs. Linda,

Mr. Parker and his friends had a wonderful time touring Vietnam and Cambodia!  They were especially impressed with Halong Bay.  Please see his comments below.  Will be glad to send you any pictures he shares with me.

Thank you for all your teams work on this trip!  It turned out very nicely and everyone enjoyed themselves!!

Best regards,

Denise

P/S:

"We did receive the very nice gifts! Please express our sincere thanks! The float plane was awesome, allowing us to see Halong Bay in one relaxing day and avoid the long, difficult drive from Hanoi. In addition, the views from the plane were spectacular! When we return to Viet Nam, we will certainly use the sea plane service again! "

 

 
 
DETAILED PROGRAM
 
 
Day 01. 12th Oct 2015 : Saigon arrival (No guide)
Arrival in Tan Son Nhat airport at 17h55 Cathay Pacific 765, you will be picked up then transferred to the hotel in city center. Free time for your own discovery. Overnight at the hotel.
 
 
Day 02. 13th Oct 2015 : Saigon- Ben Tre - An Hoa- My Tho- Cho Lach (B,L,D) (No guide from Saigon)
Pick-up at 08am at your hotel Sofitel Plaza in Saigon by our driver, and then we will drive to Ben Tre.
Upon arrival, you will board your Mango cruise boat (Lily May) at Hung Vuong Pier, and head to An Hoa canals.  Upon boarding your private sampan, your luggage will be brought to your cabin, while you enjoy a refreshing welcome cocktail on the deck while meeting your crewmembers and enjoying the scenery and fresh air from the water.  
The cruise will take you to Phong Nam village in Giong Trom, where you will take a rowing sampan boat through the small canals, which are covered green by the water coconut plants.
Stop at a local house to taste the tropical fruits and chat with the farmer. Visit the rice noodle factory before starting your bike trip around the village. Then return to your boat to enjoy the lunch before continuing to cruise to Thoi Loc village, Cho Lach District. On the way we will stop for a visit at the floating fish farm and experience the local river culture.
In the evening relax and enjoy your cruise then prepare for your cooking demonstration while enjoying your dinner. Overnight on board on the Upper River at Thoi Loc village.
Note:
- There will be English-speaking guide who will assist all guests on board.
- The excursion program is the subject to being changed from the junk.
Mango Private Cruise (Lily May, 4-cabin private boat)
 
 
Day 03. 14th Oct 2015 : Thoi Loc- Cai Be floating market- Saigon- Flight to Siem Reap (B,L) 
Breakfast will be served onboard while cruising towards the town of Cai Be. Upon arrival you will be transferred to a smaller boat to explore the lively floating market and its bustling township.
Enjoy the houses on stilts along the River bank and local businesses. 
Get back to your boat and prepare for to check out. Time to say good bye to the cruise staff and you will be meeting your driver on land for your return towards Saigon.
Transfer directly to the airport for the evening flight Saigon/Siem Reap VN 3821 15h55/16h55. You will be picked up by the driver in Siem Reap and transferred to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
 
Confirmed table reservation only at: 
- Le Grand Restaurant at 20h00 on 14th Oct 2015
 

Day 04. 15th Oct 2015 : Siem Reap- Angkor Thom- Angkor Wat- Flight to Hanoi (B)
Pick up at 08h00 by our guide and driver, then visit Angkor Thom (Great City) starting with the South portal, the famous Bayon of 12 & 13th century, Baphuon (11th century) dedicated to Brahmanism, the Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of Leper King, Phimean Akas (Heavenly Palace). The afternoon is spent exploring the amazing World Heritage “Angkor Wat”, the world’s largest religious building, and Phnom Bakheng on Bakheng Hill the first major temple to be constructed in the Angkor era, marking the move of the Khmer empire’s capital from Roluos to Angkor in the late 9th century AD. Transfer to the airport to take your evening flight from Siem Reap to Hanoi (VN 836 18h05/19h45). Transfer by our driver to the hotel in Hanoi for overnight.
 
Confirmed with table reservation only at: 
- Kroya Restaurant at 12h00 on 15th Oct 
 
 
Day 05. 16th Oct 2015 : Hanoi- Flight to Halong- Cruise- Flight to Hanoi (B,L) (No guide from Hanoi)
At 08h30, pick up at your hotel and transfer to Noi Bai Airport. Note : 10kg luggage/person maximum for this day.
 
09h30: Welcome and assistance at the airport for check in. Enjoy one hour flight and see Halong Bay from the sky before landing (45 minutes flight + 15 minutes scenic tour). 
10h00: Landing at Tuan Chau Marina in Halong Bay, you are welcome and transferred by tender to the cruise. 
10h15: Boarding private excursion boat and have the private cruise for your own. Refresh yourself with welcome cocktails. Start the cruise tour. 
11h00: Visit Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay thanks to its exceptional size and shapes which have been created by millions of years of erosion. 
12h00: Savor a delicious set menu lunch on board. Along the cruise, you will witness the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck. You also can take beautiful photos of tiny islands dotted with rock arches, sheer cliffs. These limestone islands have fanciful names: Incense Burner, Stone Dog and Fighting Cocks (the symbol of Halong Bay). Time for kayaking. 
15h00: End of Halong cruising tour, disembark at Tuan Chau Marina, say good bye to the cruise team. 15h30: Board the seaplane for a 45 minutes flight back to Hanoi. 
16h15: Arrive in Noi Bai Airport. 
Pick up by our driver then transfer to the hotel in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi. 
 
Note: 
- Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. 
- In case of flight delay or cancellation by supplier, we will arrange the tour by car and refund the flight ticket. 
- The tour package is the combination of seaplane and cruise in Halong Bay. When the flight is cancelled and you don’t travel to Halong by car, you will get the flight refund but not the cruise. 
 
Day 06. 17th Oct 2015 : Hanoi departure (B) (No guide)
Free time. Pick up at hotel at 07h30 then transfer to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight from Hanoi Vietnam Air 661 at 10h40.
 
 
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