Mr. Andrew Hendropurnomo - Indonesia

  • Group: of 4 persons
  • Date: from 30/3/2018 to 14/4/2018
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So far so good Helen....everything went well....Transit in Ho Chi Minh city on the way to Sydney....Thank you Helen for helping to organize this memorable holidays to Vietnam and Siem Reap for us....bye bye...boarding now.
Day 01 . Fri 30 March 2018 : Hanoi arrival . VN 266 SAI GON- HANOI 8:21 PM (-) |  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. The day is free for your relaxing. Overnight in Hanoi.
Accommodation: Quoc Hoa Premier hotel*** - Deluxe City View
Day 02 . Sat 31 March 2018 : Hanoi - Bat Trang - city tour (B) |  Guide and driver 
This morning, 9:00 Am take the excursion to the Bat Trang ceramic village. Visit the craft factory of pottery where the production is still done by hand. Your children will be able to try the art of turning the clay & bring back the work done with their own hands. Return to Hanoi for lunch ( Lunch will be paid by client)
After lunch, transfer to visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is worth a thorough visit, for those who are keen to learn about the multiculturality of Vietnam and for those who would appreciate some green space. Tour end with a walk around the lake of Hoan Kiem (Sword restored) located in the heart of the capital.
Day 03 . Sun 01 April 2018 : Hanoi city & street food tour- night train to Sapa (B) |  Guide and driver 
You will be picked up at the hotel at 9:00am. 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 , then transfer to visit One pillar pagoda. 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.
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.
The tour ends with a stroll around the HoanKiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword). Finish trip, transfer to Cosiana hotel to have shower and relax some hour before leaving to Sapa by night train.
Accommodation: Et Pumkin - Ha Noi - Lao Cai
Ha Noi Emotion Hotel*** - Day-use room
Day 04 . Mon 02 April 2018 : Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B, L) |  Guide and driver 
Arrive in Lao Cai at 5;30 Am. Pick up and transfer to Sapa town. The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley. Start by road that descends in the wake of the street Cau May (6 km) En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van Giay. As you continue your trek along the Muong Hoa River you will cross a small suspension bridge, roughly 2km from the settlement. Here you can discover a fascinating collection of rock carvings. These engravings depict some beautiful images of man, stilt houses and some beautiful decorative patterns. We lunch in a home in the village. After lunch the walk back to Sapa town. Overnight night Sapa.
Approx: 1-hour driving/ 3 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch.
Accommodation: Sunny Mountain*** - Deluxe ROH
Day 05 . Tue 03 April 2018 : Sapa- Tram Ton - Love Waterfall (B) |  Guide and driver 
After breakfast, Free time to walk around the town in the morning. Check out hotel at noon, transfer for lunch ( Lunch will be paid by client), then  private transport will take you to Silver Waterfall, the highest in Vietnam with a 300m drop. An ascent to the base of the waterfall will enable you to explore the surrounding landscape. This is a famous spot and is regularly visited by monks to pray. After that, we are driven to Tram Ton Pass where we will trek 30 minutes through the forest. Along the way, you have chances to see wild flowers. Trekking along the Golden Stream, you will arrive at Love Waterfall. It is the best place for relax in Sapa, returning to Tram Ton Pass. Then we continue our drive uphill to the Heavens Gate, the highest stretch of road in Vietnam as well as the provincial border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces. Enjoy fantastic view over the valley.Overnight on the train
Accommodation: Et Pumkin - Lao Cai - Ha Noi
Day 06 . Wed 04 April 2018 : Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay (B, L, D) |  Guide and driver 
You will arrive at Hanoi train station early in the morning at 5.30am. You will be picked up from the station and brought to a Cosiana hotel to freshen up and have breakfast. After breakfast depart to Halong Bay at 8:00 Am ,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
Accommodation: Ha Noi Emotion Hotel*** - Day-use room
Swan Cruise - Deluxe
Day 07 . Thu 05 April 2018 : Halong - Hanoi - flight to Hue VN1545 HAN HUI 1915 2030 (B) |  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. Around midday we will return to the main harbor. After  3-hour drive will take you back to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Hue where you check into your hotel.Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Accommodation: Emm Hue*** - Deluxe
Day 08 . Fri 06 April 2018 : Hue- Thuy Bieu village (B, L) |  Guide and driver 
Start the day with a visit to Hue Imperial City at 9:00 Am, the remaining vestiges of Hue's citadel, including: Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Forbidden Purple City (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 then Tu Duc tomb. 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. Arrive in the village, and join our cooking class to prepare Hue’s signature dishes with our chef’s instruction, then enjoy your creations in the open air riverside restaurant surrounded by lush trees. The afternoon is reserved for cycling through the peaceful village, visiting several communal houses, ancient temples and the garden-house, a typical and unique feature of Hue. Soaking your feet in medicinal herb water followed by an excellent blind massage will refresh them after a day of sightseeing. Back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Day 09 . Sat 07 April 2018 : Hue- Danang- Hoian (B) |  Guide and driver 
After breakfast, 9:00 Am pick up and 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. Before arrive in Hoi An, stop in Da Nang to visit marble mountain. Arrive in Hoi An after about 3 hours, explore Hoi An ancient town, when visiting the Japanese Pagoda Bridge, Chinese streets, old Phung Hung houses, Hoi An’s market and ancient port. On the 1st and 15th of every lunar month, Hoi An’s ancient town is lit up by hundreds of colorful lanterns, giving it an extra portion of sparkle. Overnight in Hoi An. Overnight at hotel.
Accommodation: Vinh Hung 2 Hotel*** - Superior Pool / City View
Day 10 . Sun 08 April 2018 : Hoian- My Son- Hoian (B) |  Guide and driver 
After having breakfast, our guide and car will pick you up at your hotel at 9:00 Am and take you to My Son Holy Land, once the capital city of the Champa Kingdom, between the 4th and 12th century. My Son is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works. They include temples and towers connecting to each other with complicated red brick designs.
Back to the city in the afternoon. Free time to relax. Overnight at hotel in Hoian.
Day 11 . Mon 09 April 2018 : Hoi An- Flight to Ho Chi Minh-Visit Cu Chi tunnel VN 113 DAD SGN 0845 1010 (B) |  Guide and driver 
Breakfast at hotel. transfer to the airport for departure flight to Ho Chi minh.  Upon arrival, pick up and then , transfer to visit  the Cu Chi Tunnels round 1 hour by Car . Arrive Cu Chi tunnels where firstly you are seeing the Document movies about Cu Chi War time, Special during the time from 1960 to 1972, the simple hoes to dig, the labor of the local people, then we will visit the main Gate to go to the tunnels, the different kind of trap from the tree to the ground. Trap was built round the main gate, the place to produce the weapon, the Rest area, meeting room, the hospital, the hole to get the fresh air for tunnels,  In Cu Chi, you will have opportunity to buy the bullet and try to fire off an AK47 or MK16 or machine guns at the nearby shooting range. Back to hotel in the late afternoon. Transfer to Notre Dame Cathedral to take picture and walking in Ben Thanh market before back to hotel for check in. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Night activities suggestion: Downtown in District 1, rooftop bars, high rolling casinos and smooth jazz bands are the choice forms of nightlife entertainment in Saigon. But move a few kilometers west into District 3 and the backpacker street of Pham Ngu Lao, with its boisterous street bars, cheap eats and good time vibe, is certainly the place to be when night falls.
Accommodation: Cititel Central Sai Gon Hotel*** - Deluxe City View
Day 12 . Tue 10 April 2018 : Saigon - Ben Tre - Saigon (B) |  Guide and driver 
You will be picked up at your hotel at 8:30am and driven to Ben Tre. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong pier you will embark a boat to cruise on Ben Tre River, one of the tributaries of the Mekong River. Enjoy the lively activities on the river like fishing and water transferring. You will stop at a brick-factory, to see how bricks are made by hand in a traditional way. Your next stop is one of numerous coconut processing workshops located along the canal.
Take a bicycle-cart along a village path and stop at a farmer’s house for lunch ( Lunch will be paid by client). You then talk a walk to a mat-weaving village before embarking small rowing-boats to travel along palm tree lined waterways back to Hung Vuong pier. You return to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping along the way to visit the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 13 . Wed 11 April 2018 : Ho Chi Minh- Siemreap VN3819 11APR SGN REP 0830 0935 (B) |  Guide and driver 
After breakfast, Our tour guide and driver will come to your hotel to pick you up and transfer to the airport for departure flight to Siemreap at 5:00 AM. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel. Afternoon, visit Angkor wat  with “Small Circuit” group of temples including Ta Prohm overgrown with the roots of enormous fig trees. Overnight in Siemreap
Accommodation: Central Boutique Angkor*** - Boutique
Day 14 . Thu 12 April 2018 : Siem Reap - Rolous Group - Angkor Wat - Siem Reap (B) |  Guide and driver 
 We start our trip at 9:00 Am  by visiting the Roluos Temple Group built between 877-889, situated 13km outside Siem Reap. They were constructed during the first Angkor settlement of the ancient Khmer. The group boasts three temples:
- Bakong is the most impressive of the three, much older than Angkor Wat it features beautiful carvings on its lintels that remain in good shape
- Preahko Temple is close to Bakong and consists of six elegant brick towers with exquisite decorations and statues of Nandi, Shiva's sacred bull.
- Lolei Temple constructed in 893, is an island temple dedicated to members of the royal family and the Hindu god Shiva.
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.
Late afternoon, transfer to enjoy sunset. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 . Fri 13 April 2018 : Siem Reap - Banteay Srei - Angkor Thom - Siem Reap (B) |  Guide and driver 
Early morning, pick up and transfer to enjoy Sunrise in Angkor wat. Back to hotel for breakfast, then we will continue our discovery of Angkor with a visit to Banteay Srei built when the Khmer Empire was gaining significant power. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It’s a masterpiece of Khmer Art with intricate sandstone construction and ornate design. We will then head back to visit Banteay Samre Temple built in the Angkor Wat style.
In the afternoon, we will visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, famous Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of Elephant, Phimean Akas and the Terrace of the Leper King. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 16 . Sat 14 April 2018 : Siem Reap – departure. VN 812 DEPART AT 6:20 PM (B) |  Guide and driver 
In the morning, Freetime until 15:30 Pm before transfer to the airport  for departure . Thanks for your travelling with us.