Mrs. Carol Anne Fernandes - South Africa

  • Group: of 2 persons
  • Date: from 8/3/2018 to 15/3/2018
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My apologies for not answering your very friendly email - we had a few busy days in Singapore then flew home and went straight back to work! 

We loved our holiday and were so impressed with Asiatica, with you and with all our guides.
I am not sure we have any negative things but we will think hard about it later today and send you some more detailed feedback as well as photos. 
We will also rate Asiatica on Trip Advisor.
I will just writing now so that you know I haven't forgotten! 
Day 01 . Thu 08 March 2018 : Hanoi arrival - city tour (-) |  Guide and driver 
Arrival in Noi Bai airport , you will be picked up then transferred to the hotel in city center. The check-in is available at 2 pm. In the afternoon, discover the Old Quarter, also known as the “36 Streets & Corporations”. It is a veritable labyrinth of lanes where each of them is specialized in a trade or art. The best way to explore and discover this district full of life is by foot. Designed to capture all aspects of local life, the course will cover all the elements of the daily life of the inhabitants in an original way: crafts, Buddhism, temple, gastronomy, local market, visit of traditional house-tube (Vietnamese particularity), medicine…Discover the capital through food, as a local, a real experience and a highlight of the journey. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 02 . Fri 09 March 2018 : Hanoi city flight to Da Nang. (B) |  Guide and driver 
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. Finish trip in Hanoi, transfer ahead to the airport for departure flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hoi An. 
Day 03 . Sat 10 March 2018 : Hoi An walking tour & surrounding villages (B) |  Guide and driver 
08:00 Guide pick guests up at hotel, take bicycles along De Vong River to Cam An wharf. Embark on the boat to Cua Dai sand dune, enjoy casting net show and learn how to cast net by local fisher man. Continue to Cam Thanh Water coconut village, have a brief introduction to the history there. Take on the basket boat along the water coconut river. Fisherman will teach you how to catch the crabs (02 paxs/ boat). Divide group into 2 teams for basket boat racing and catching crabs. There will be a lovely present for winner.
Embark on the boat, enjoy the folk songs show by local people and learn how to make funny tools by water coconut leaf. Then get on board to Cam An wharf,transfer to tra Que village and join in the daily activities with local farmer there. Back to your hotel by bicycle.
Return to Hoi An town. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a half-day walking tour through the narrow, winding streets of Hoi An’s ancient town, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese assembly halls, the 200- year old Tan Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 04 . Sun 11 March 2018 : Hoi An- Da Nang- Hue (B) |  Guide and driver 
After breakfast, 11:00 Am, check out hotel. drive on the Mandarin road, a scenic journey from Hoi An to Hue, which allows you to see a picturesque Vietnam with stunning beaches and lush tropical forest. Take some photos en route,  visit Marble Mountain, Cham Museam before arriving to Hue. Arrive in Hue in the afternoon. Check in hotel. Then free time. 
Day 05 . Mon 12 March 2018 : Hue city tour- Flight to Hanoi. (B) |  Guide and driver 
Breafkast in hotel, 11:00 Am, check out hotel. Our driver and tour guide will come to pick you up for Hue city tour.  We will visit Minh Mang Mausoleum, one of Hue's finest royal tombs, an architectural complex compromised of 40 buildings (palaces, temples, pavilions, etc.). We will continue  be spent visiting 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. We then visit the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, which was built between 1864 and 1867 by 3000 soldiers and workers. It includes 50 monuments surrounded by a 1500m long wall and covers an area of 12 hectare. Finish trip, and take the departure flight to Hanoi in the evening at 21:15 Pm. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi. 
Day 06 . Tue 13 March 2018 : Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay (B, L, D) |  Guide and driver 
After breakfast depart to Halong Bay by cruise shuttle bus, passing a peaceful countryside typical of Red River Delta with endless rice fields and winding rivers. We will arrive at Halong’s tourist wharf around noon and embark an elegant wooden junk. Lunch will be served while the boat gently cruises past numerous islands and limestone structures rising from the emerald water. A fresh seafood dinner will be prepared by an experienced chef and served on deck. A peaceful night on board in your private cabin.
Please note the program may be little varied upon the cruise you choose & weather condition on that day
Transfer: by shuttle bus. 
Tour guide: On cruise.
Day 07 . Wed 14 March 2018 : Halong - Hanoi (B, L) |  Guide and driver 
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay you have time for an early morning dip while the sun rises, followed by breakfast on board. We will continue to sail through the bay during the morning to explore more secluded areas. The junk will stay close at all times serving as a backup vessel for those that require it. Arrive in Hanoi at about 17:00 Pm. Overnight in Hanoi.
Transfer: by shuttle bus. 
Tour guide: On cruise
Day 08 . Thu 15 March 2018 : Hanoi departure. (B) |  Driver 
Free time until transfer to the airport for departure.  Finish trip. Thanks for your travelling with us.