Mrs. Tennakoon Mahesika - Canada

  • Group: 2 person
  • Impression: Vietnam with hidden charm
  • Date: 05/07 - 29/7/2015
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Hi Ms Linh,

Thank you for the photo. We did enjoy our trips in Vietnam and will definitely contact you when we come to Vietnam again. It was very nice of you to come and see us before we left Vietnam.

Our trip  to MAi Chau was excellent. It is a beautifull area and we enjoyed our stay at Eco Lodge. Our guide Mr. Tang was very good. He was very informative as I had lots of questions.  

We enjoyed our City Tour of Hanoi. As there was a very long line up we at the Ho Chi Min Masoleum, we opted not to go inside. But we did walk around outside and see the place where he lived. Mr. Tanh was as usual excellent. 








Day 01 - 5 July Hanoi – Halong – L, D
08h00, pick-up from your hotel by our driver. Đ/c: Số 9 Hồ Ba Mẫu, Nếu đi từ phía ga HN Lê Duẩn xuống thì rẽ phải qua đg tàu 50m thấy 1 building to nhìn mặt hồ. ĐT khách 0981.050.526 
You start your three-hour drive through the Red River Delta to Halong, situated 180km southeast of Hanoi. There will be various photo stops and coffee breaks en route before arriving at Halong’s pier. 
You then embark a refurbished wooden sailing junk for a cruise past the limestone cliffs emerging from the emerald waters of Halong Bay. Take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. On board you will be served a sumptuous fresh, local seafood lunch followed by a swim and exploration of some of the limestone caves in this area. At sunset we will anchor for the night nearby a remote island. Dinner on board. Overnight on junk.
Day 02- 6 July Halong – Hanoi – B 
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. You 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 you will return to the main harbor. Then return to Hanoi at about 16h00.
Day 03- 12 July Hanoi - Mai Chau– L, D
Depart from Hanoi to Mai Chau – an idyllic valley home to many hill tribes including the Dzao, Muong and Thai. Arrive in Mai Chau around noon, check in your room and enjoy lunch. 
In the afternoon, cycle to explore Mai Chau beautiful ethnic villages including Na Thia, Nhot, Pom Coong, Lac and Chieng Chau villages. Be welcomed by the friendly local people, talk with them and discover their traditional culture. Total cycling time is around 2 – 3 hours on flat village paths. Take it all in: the spectacular scenery of Mai Chau and the relaxed rhythm of local life. 
Back to Mai Chau Ecolodge for dinner. For evening enjoyment, you may choose to take part in a traditional dance show with Ruou Can (a local wine), a cooking class, a weaving class or all. Overnight at Mai Chau Ecolodge. 
Day 04- 13 July Mai Chau – Hanoi - B
After breakfast, spend full morning to relax with the comfort of your room or unwind at our swimming pool & massage centre (massage fee at your charge). Check –out and return to Hanoi.
Day 05- 19 July Hanoi visit 
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. . 
In the afternoon, we will visit the Museum of Ethnology, which offers informative and well-documented displays of the country’s 54 ethnic groups, including elaborate and colorful hill tribe costumes. The display continues in the museum’s garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses of numerous minority groups, from the Kinhs to the ethnic groups of the Central Highlands. We then head to Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple dates back to the 13th century, and the lake itself is the picturesque heart of Hanoi, frequented by tourists and locals alike. 
In the evening you enjoy the water puppet show. Overnight at your appartment in Hanoi (Booked by you)
Day 06- 26 July Hanoi – flight to Hue  
12h00, you will be taken Noi Bai airport for the flight to Hue VN 1543 14:10 15:20 
. This poetic city was once the capital of the Nguyen dynasty. Arrive in the city around noon. Check-in at hotel.
In the afternoon, you will cycle to Hue Imperial City, the last vestige of Vietnam’s royal era. The tour includes: Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Forbidden Purple City or “Tu Cam Thanh”.  Overnight at hotel.
Day 07- 27 July Hue – B, L
Our driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hue at 8:00am for a boat trip on the poetic Perfume River. Stop en route to visit the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda also known as “Heavenly Lady Pagoda”, the symbol of Hue, 
Then go to Thuy Bieu eco- village, an ancient village situated on the bank of the Perfume River. Lunch at the village
The afternoon will be spent cycling through the village’s tranquil setting, passing several communal houses, ancient temples and most importantly the garden house, a unique feature of Hue countryside. After a full day of walking and cycling, relax with a medical herb water treatment for your feet and an excellent blind massage. In the afternoon you will visit Minh Mang Mausoleum, one of Hue's finest royal tombs. An architectural complex compromised of 40 buildings (palaces, temples, pavilions, etc.). Back to the hotel for the night.
Day 08- 28 July Hue - Hoi An – B 
After breakfast at the hotel, our guide will pick you up at 08:00 am for the trip to Hoi An. You will travel over the Hai Van Pass and stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum and handicraft village at the foot of Marble Mountain before arriving in Hoi An. Once in Hoi An, you will check into your hotel. In the afternoon we will explore the sights of Hoi An: the Japanese Covered Bridge - the symbol of Hoi An, Chinese Street with its stunning Phuc Kien Hall and old Phung Hung houses typical of Hoi An’s original architecture. We then visit Hoi An’s vibrant market and ancient port to explore the rhythm of daily local life and savor exotic colors, flavors and tastes. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An 
Day 09- 29 July Hoi An - Danang – flight to – Hanoi
09h20, tranfert to Danang Airport for the flight to Hanoi VN 164 11:20 12:40 .
Pick-up by the driver and transfert to your hotel in Hanoi. 
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