Mrs. Hong Kao - United States of America (USA)

  • Group: 5 people
  • Impression: Family holiday in Vietnam
  • Date: Traveled from 23 Nov 2013 to 29 Nov 2013

Hi Mrs Thanh,

We were back to US last week, but busy with our work. We are vey pleased with your travel services, the good choice of hotels and cruise that Asiatica suggested, and the services provided by your knowledgeable and helpful guides. Our trip in the center is just right. Thao spoke good English and she was very entertaining. We took a scenic drive on our way to Danang airport for the flight to Saigon. It was beautiful the scenery. Your guides recommended us good restaurants. The only thing is the travel by train was not comfortable. My daughter found roach crawling on her soft bed. Other than that, every thing is excellent. Your company provided excellent services. We appreciate your thoughtfulness for upgrading our cruise, for meeting us in person, and thank you for the beautiful lacque paintings. Thanks again, we will definitely use your services again when we travel to Vietnam in the future.
Best Regards,
The Kao's family





Day 01. 23 November 2013: Hanoi arrival

VN417 at 1h30p.m
Our guide driver will pick up Mr & Mrs Hong Kao at 12h30 at Golden Cyclo for a transfert to airport. Joint with 3 other people and transfer to Hanoi.
Hanoi is one of Asia's most charming cities, with romantic boulevards and colonial houses. The rest of the day is free time for your own shopping and exploration.
From 23/11: 1 Twin + 1 Triple at Golden Cyclo hotel - Deluxe

Day 02. 24 November 2013: Hanoi - city tour  (B,L)

A full day spent for visiting Hanoi – the politic, economic and cultural capital of Vietnam. Starting with Museum of Ethnology (closed on Monday), which offers informative and well-documented display on the country’s 54 ethnic groups, include elaborate and colorful hill-tribal costumes,. The display continues on to the outside garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses from the Kinh’s to the ones of the ethnic groups in Central Highlands. After that, we come to visit the Temple of Literature- a complex of the Confucius Temple built in 1070 and the first Royal National university in Vietnam built in 1076. This temple and its beautiful garden provide an opportunity to learn more about madarin education in Vietnam since 1000 years ago and to relax in tranquility. In the afternoon, walk around the alleys of  Hanoi Old Quater, visit Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple or Jade Mountain temple situated in the heart of Hanoi. An interesting Water puppet show will wrap our day with delight. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03. 25 November 2013: Hanoi - Halong Bay  (B,L,D)

After breakfast, depart to Ha Long bay, passing beautiful scenery along way with lush rice fields and winding rivers, typical in Red River Delta. Arrive in Ha Long tourist Wharf around noon. Embark the wooden junk. Lunch will be served as the boat gently cruises to visit numerous islands and limestone structures rising from emerald water of the bay. It is also an ideal opportunity to enjoy the sea breeze and refresh your soul. Dinner with fresh seafood served by  experienced chef.  A peaceful night on board in your private cabin.

Day 04. 26 November 2013: Halong Bay  - Hanoi - Night train to Hue (B)

Enjoy the breakfast and savor a magnificent sunrise as the boat cruises to visit Luon Cave, or Halong floating fishing village then back to the habour. Our car will transfer you to Hanoi then Hanoi station for night train to Hue. Overnight on the train.

Day 05. 27 November 2013: Hue arrival -  Thuy Bieu eco village   (B,L)

Arrival Hue about 8h30. Start our trip visiting Hue Imperial City - the architectural complex inlcuding : Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace & Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh).
Cruise along Perfume River, on route visit Thien Mu pagoda ( Heavenly Lady Pagoda), then drop in Thuy Bieu – Eco- village, an ancient village situated on the bank of Perfume River. Lunch in the village
The afternoon spent for biking through the village tranquil settings, passing several communal houses, ancient temples and especially the gardenhouse - a unique feature of Hue countryside. After a full day of walking & biking, relax with medical herb water treatment for your foot and excellent blind massage. Back to the hotel for overnight.

Day 06. 28 November 2013: Hue - Danang - Hoian (B,L)

Drive on the Mandarin road – a scenic journey from Hue to Hoi An, which allows you to see a picturesque Vietnam with stunning beachs and lust tropical forest. Take some shots on route before visiting the Museum of Cham Sculpture - with many precious antique artifacts of the former Cham Kingdom on display. Transfer to Hoi An ancient town, once an important international trading port and now a charming riverside town.  Exploring Hoi An ancient town which used to be a busy international trading port from 9th to 15th century. Visit all must see attractions in Hoi An: Japanese Pagoda Bridge, Chinese street, Phung Hung old house,  Hoi An market and ancient port. Finally, we visit Phuc Thanh pagoda – the oldest pagoda of Hoi An built with Chinese bonze (1454). Overnight in the hotel.

Day 07. 29 November 2013: Hoian - Danang - Flight to Saigon   (B)

Morning transfer to Danang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly named Saigon or "Pearl of the Far East"). End of service.