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  • Date: from 9/4/2018 to 25/4/2018
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Hi Helen. 

Josh and I cannot put into words how fantastic our trip was. Everything was planned perfectly from the activities, the accommodation and the guides. I have already told josh we are coming back to Vietnam to do all the central cities ! I will definitely be planning our trip through yourself and Asiatica again. 
Thankyou so much Helen
Day 01 . Mon 09 April 2018 : Hanoi arrival AK516 Kuala Lumpur Hanoi AK516 6:35 8:50 (-) |  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 own exploration and shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Note: Tour guide Mr Phu. Mobile phone + 84 906201044
Accommodation: Gondola Ha Noi*** - Deluxe
Day 02 . Tue 10 April 2018 : Hanoi city & street food tour- night train to Sapa. (B) |  Guide and driver 
You will be picked up at the hotel at 8:30am. 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. ( Lunch will be paid by client)
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) before transfer to Cosiana hotel for relax some hour. 9:00 Pm, tour guide will come and bring to the train for night train to Sapa.Overnight on the train.
Accommodation: Et Pumkin - Ha Noi - Lao Cai
Ha Noi Emotion Hotel*** - Day-use room
Day 03 . Wed 11 April 2018 : Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van homestay (B, L, D) |  Guide and driver 
 Breakfast at hotel, before starting our trek through the beautiful Muong Hoa valley in Sapa. After following the road for 2km, we reach Y Linh Ho village home to Black H'mong ethnic people. We continue our walk to Lao Chai village and enjoy beautiful views of terraced rice fields along the way. The guide will prepare a simple picnic style lunch for you. After lunch, we will visit a Catholic church and explore local traditions and customs. In the afternoon, we will reach the heart of the Sapa valley, the Ta Van village home to Dzay ethnic people. Dinner and overnight at a Dzay ethnic house.
(Note: During May (rice planting month) and September (rice ripening month), the golden terraced fields are especially spectacular and you can learn about methods of harvesting or planting).
Accommodation: Ban Ta Van - Mr Ken
Day 04 . Thu 12 April 2018 : Ta Van- Giang Ta Chai- Night train to Hanoi (B) |  Guide and driver 
After having breakfast in the homestay, continue your walking through lush paddy fields and bamboo forests. You can admire a beautiful waterfall. Visit Giang Ta Chai village by Red Dao and Black H’mong. Transfer to Lao Cai, stopping on the way to Ma Tra village inhabited by Black H’mong people. Upon arrival to Lao Cai station, take the night train to Hanoi. Overnight on board of a four-berth airconditioned sharing cabin.
Accommodation: Et Pumkin - Lao Cai - Ha Noi
Day 05 . Fri 13 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 2 star hotel to freshen up and have breakfast. After breakfast depart to Halong Bay vby 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
Accommodation: Ha Noi Emotion Hotel*** - Day-use room
Swan Cruise - Deluxe
Day 06 . Sat 14 April 2018 : Halong - Hanoi - flight to Da Nang VN0185 depart at 18:30 19:45 (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. A 3-hour drive will take you back to  hotel in Hanoi. Then our private car will pick you up and transfer you to the airporrt for departure flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to Hoi An. Check in hotel then free time to relax. 
Tour guide: Mr Bao. Mobile phone +84 909 730 267
Accommodation: Hoi An Silk Luxury Hotel & Spa*** - Superior Balcony
Day 07 . Sun 15 April 2018 : Hoi An - Cam thanh village- Tra Que. (B, L) |  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, continue to take a bicycle to Tra Que village. Have lunch and join in the daily activities in the afternoon  with local farmer there. Back to your hotel by bicycle in the late afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.
Tour guide: Mr Bao. Mobile phone +84 909 730 267
Day 08 . Mon 16 April 2018 : Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Ho Chi Minh V10131 16:45- 18:10 . (B) |  Guide and driver 
Breakfast at hotel. 9:00 Am, You will be taken on a half-day walking tour through the narrow, winding streets of Hoi An’s ancient town, Chinese assembly halls, the 200- year old Tan Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Following the tour you can explore the town and go shopping on your own before flying to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, check into hotel. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Tour guide: Mr Bao. Mobile phone +84 909 730 267
Accommodation: Cititel Central Sai Gon Hotel*** - Deluxe City View
Day 09 . Tue 17 April 2018 : Saigon- Cu Chi- Saigon (B) |  Guide and driver 
8:30 Am morning drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, situated 70km from Saigon. The Cu Chi Tunnel system was created around 1948 to assist the Viet Minh in their combat against French occupiers.  Construction and enlargement continued during American bombings and they were turned into an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapon factories and field hospitals. The Cu Chi Tunnels could house up to 10,000 people who lived underground for years, getting married and raising children. During the Vietnam - American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated as a fire free zone yet was heavily bombarded. Since 1988, two sections of the tunnels are open for visitors
Have lunch at the local restaurant.
In the afternoon you will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. The Saigon city tour then continues along Dong Khoi Street, where the Opera House and the Peoples’ Committee building, built in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene, are situated. The 800 seat Opera House served as the home of the Lower House Assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. You will then visit The Reunification Palace, formerly known as Presidential Palace, which was the residence of the president of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Tour guide: Mr Phuoc Loan. Mobile phone + 84 909 494 036
Day 10 . Wed 18 April 2018 : Saigon - Ben Tre - Can Tho (B) |  Guide and driver 
8:30 Am, Leaving the bustling city of Saigon behind, you depart to the Mekong Delta considered Vietnam’s biggest rice basket. Arrive at Hung Vuong pier in Ben Tre and embark your boat to cruise along Bến Tre River, a tributary of the great Mekong, to explore the local lifestyle and the daily hustle and bustle. Stop at the brickfield belonging to Mr. Tu Lo to see how bricks are made by hand in Vietnam and a coconut candy home factory located along the canal to witness the process of making this local candy and other souvenirs. You will then have the opportunity to taste bee honey tea at a local honey farm and a variety of tropical fruit that grow amply in the orchards of the Mekong Delta. You can then walk or go by tuk-tuk through the coconut groves and green rice paddies to soak up and relax in the tranquil countryside atmosphere. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon you will take a trip on small rowing boats through a maze of waterways lined by two rows of palm tree. Cruise back to the pier and disembark. Drive to Can Tho for the night.
Tour guide: Mr Phuoc Loan. Mobile phone + 84 909 494 036
Accommodation: Iris Can Tho**** - Superior Premium
Day 11 . Thu 19 April 2018 : Can Tho – Chau Doc (B) |  Guide and driver 
We will rise at 5 a.m to take a boat trip through the winding waterways of Cai Rang floating market, the biggest and busiest floating market in the Mekong Delta. Here the waterways become a labyrinth of hundreds of motor sampans filled with fruit, vegetables, plants and food, all jostling for a space. This is an opportunity to take photos, communicate with the locals and taste delicious fresh fruit. After disembarking we will drive to Chau Doc, the closet town to the Vietnam Cambodian border in An Giang province. Here we will again take to the water to visit floating houses and fish farms where you can feed the fish and discover life on the river. We will end the day with a visit to a village of the Cham ethnic minority group. Overnight at Chau Doc.
Tour guide: Mr Phuoc Loan. Mobile phone + 84 909 494 036
Accommodation: Chau Pho Hotel** - Superior
Day 12 . Fri 20 April 2018 : Chau Doc - speedboat to Phnom Penh (B) |  Guide and driver 
 In the morning we will take a speed boat to Phnom Penh and arrive in the capital city of Cambodia around noon. Arrive in Phnom Penh at noon, our driver and tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for check in. Free time to relax. Overnight in Phnom Penh. 
Tour guide: Mr Phuoc Loan. Mobile phone + 84 909 494 036
Tour guide in Phnom Penh: Ms Shokunthy. Mobile phone number + 855 12 222 316
Accommodation: Cardamom Hotel*** - Deluxe
Day 13 . Sat 21 April 2018 : Phnom Penh city tour (B) |  Guide and driver 
Breakfast at hotel. Today 8:30 Am,  you will visit the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Then drive to visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison). This prison was a high school, and used as a prison by Pol Pot's security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Then visit to Killing Fields " Choeung Ek"15km southwest of Phnom Penh. This one is the site of brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during Pol Pot regime (from 1975–1979). The last site is Russian Markets where you can shop for souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, silver products. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Phnom Penh.
Tour guide in Phnom Penh: Ms Shokunthy. Mobile phone number + 855 12 222 316
Day 14 . Sun 22 April 2018 : Phnom Penh - Siemreap K60109 13:55 14:50 (B) |  Guide and driver 
Free time in the morning, Pick up and transfer to the airport for departure flight to Siemreap at 12:00 Pm . Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel in SIemreap. CHeck in hotel. Overnight in Siemreap.
Tour guide in Phnom Penh: Ms Shokunthy. Mobile phone number + 855 12 222 316
Tour guide in Siemreap: Mr Sen. Mobile phone + 855 12 621 100
Accommodation: Central Boutique Angkor*** - Deluxe
Day 15 . Mon 23 April 2018 : Siem Reap - Rolous Group - Angkor Wat - Siem Reap (B) |  Guide and driver 
 8:30 Am, We start our trip 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. Overnight at hotel.
Tour guide in Siemreap: Mr Sen. Mobile phone + 855 12 621 100
Day 16 . Tue 24 April 2018 : Siem Reap - Banteay Srei - Angkor Thom - Siem Reap (B) |  Guide and driver 
8:30 Am, 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.
Tour guide in Siemreap: Mr Sen. Mobile phone + 855 12 621 100
Day 17 . Wed 25 April 2018 : Siemreap - Bangkok PG 906 12:20 13:35 (B) |  Driver 
Free time until transfer to the airport at 9:30 Am  for departure to Bangkok. Arrival in Bangkok. Finish trip. Thanks for your travelling with us!