SET DEPARTURE TOURS 2010

We are pleased to introduce the following Set Departure and  Join In tours:

1. Impressions of Vietnam

2. Amazing Vietnam & Cambodia

3. Vietnam Highlights

4. Vietnam True Experience

Please scroll down the page for the four tours. 

IMPRESSION OF VIETNAM

Prices subject to confirmation on enquiry or booking

Start date
  • 5 – 18 Mar, 2010
  • 15- 28 May, 2010
  • 2-15 July, 2010
  • 11 – 24 Sept, 2010
  • 6 – 19 Nov, 2010
Type of tourJoined SET Departure group
Group sizeFrom 04 persons onwards
RouteHa Noi – Ha Long – Sa Pa – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta.
Duration14 days/ 13 nights
Price per person in US dollarsUS$ 836.00
Additional Airfares in US dollars per personUS$ 144.00
The above airfares are subject to change withour prior notice
Single Supplement *US$ 322.00

PLUS – £200 per person Acceptance Payment – Payable on booking.
* Single Supplement is per person in US dollars for Single room occupancy

Vietnam - Mekong Traffic on the river (1)
Vietnam - Ancient Village near Hanoi (2)
Vietnam - Hoi An - traditional Dress
Vietnam - Hue - House in Emporors Garden (1)

Itinerary:
Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh city arrival
On arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport , our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Free time to discover the city & have dinner on your own. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnel – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
In the morning, transfer to Cu Chi to explore the remarkable underground tunnel network and former Viet Cong stronghold, 30 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. Cu Chi Tunnels consist of a network of more than 200 km of underground tunnels used by resistance fighters during the U.S./Vietnam War. Drive back to HCMC.
In the afternoon, free to visit Ho Chi Minh City with Reunification Palace , Notre Dame Cathedral and the former US Embassy. Shopping at Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City .
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city- My Tho – Can Tho (B, L)
8:00 AM Pick up at your hotel in HCMC. Depart for My tho. Take the boat ride through the Bao Dinh natural canal; view the stilt houses and the fruit plantation along the river sides. Visit the My Tho wholesale fruit market. Proceed to the Tortoise island. Lunch served in the heart of the orchard. Enjoy the nice boat ride through the Tan Thach natural canal in Ben Tre, cruise under the shadow of the water coconut trees. Visit the family where you can experience the agricultural lifestyle. Trekking through the fruit plantation in Thoi Son Island , enjoy the rowing boat ride along the creeks before returning to My Tho by motorized boat. Proceed to Can Tho. Have dinner on your own and overnight at hotel in Can Tho. (Local home stay will be arranged on request).
Day 4: Cai Rang – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
7:00 AM After breakfast, take the morning boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating market with the busy scene right at the time. Keep cruising through the small channels system; visit the rice noodles making village. Experience the ” Monkey Bridge ” in the Delta. Break time for lunch. Return to Ho Chi Minh city via Vinh Long to visit the local snake market.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang – Hoi An (B)
Free at your leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight at noon to Da Nang, the third biggest city. Stop in Da Nang to visit the Cham Museum containing the most extensive collection of Cham art worldwide.
You explore the old merchant town on your own –  the colorful blend of Chinese Assembly Halls, beautiful Japanese-covered Bridge, narrow winding streets and ancestral family homes. Be tempted by its art galleries, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, lanterns, embroidery and tailor shops where an entire wardrobe can be made overnight

Day 6: Hoi An – My Son – Tra Kieu – Hoi An (B, L)
We will start a full day tour to My Son, 40km southwest of Hoi An, which flourished from the late 400s to the mid 1200s, and which was an important Holy Land of the Champa people. The My Son Sanctuary is an exceptional example of cultural interchange, with the introduction the Hindu architecture of the Indian sub-continent into South-East Asia . Back to Hoi An in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An – Hue (B)
Drive from Hoi An to Hue . Stop en route at the Marble Mountains , famed for its stonecutters and for being a “Viet Cong” guerilla hideout during the Vietnam War. Keep driving to Hue , passing over a spectacular mountain pass and by a seaside fishing village. Upon arrival in Hue visit the Imperial Citadel. Drive to the outskirts of Hue to visit the elaborate tomb of Emperor Tu Duc.

Day 8: Hue – Boat Cruise – Hanoi (B)
Morning boat cruise through the centre of Hue on the romantic Perfume River . Visit the seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda along the riverbank. Check out and transfer to airport for the flight to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi and take a rest. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 9: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
In the morning, we travel to the World Heritage site of Halong Bay where our boat and sumptuous seafood feast awaits us. Cruising amongst the limestone islets, you will have a chance to explore various caves including Dinh Huong Island , Fighting Cock Island , Dog Island , Sail Island , Cave of Surprise – the natural cave of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Enjoy swimming at Titov Beach . Passing across a fishing-floating house and bargain some fresh shrimps, crabs and fishes. Overnight on board.

Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Lao Cai (B, L)
After a night on board our deluxe junk, you will awake to see daylight filtering through the early morning mist and the towering rock formations, leaving you with unforgettable memory of your visit. Lunch on board.
Transfer to Hanoi in the afternoon. After dinner, you will be picked up to transfer to the railway station for the train to Lao Cai province. Overnight on train.

 Day 11: Lao Cai – Sapa (L)
Arrive in Lao Cai in early morning. Have breakfast in Lao Cai. Meet and transfer to “the town of fog” of Sapa by van. Check in and free time to visit Ham Rong Mountain with scenic spots: Gate of Heaven, Garden of Orchid, and the Silver Waterfall. In the afternoon, trekking tour to Cat Cat village, 3km south of Sapa which is a steep and very beautiful hike down like everywhere in this area. After dinner on your own, free time to discover typical “Love Market” and taste grilled eggs, sugarcanes, sweet potatoes … Overnight in Sapa.

Day 12: Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we drive to Lao Chai. It’s home to black H’mong and Dzay (or Nhang). Continue to visit Ta Van village, where Black H’mong lives. Have picnic lunch. Then the van picks you up and transfers to Lao Cai station for the night train to Hanoi. Have dinner at a local restaurant in Lao Cai. Overnight on train. 

Day 13: Hanoi city (B)
Pick up at Hanoi station and have breakfast before visiting the rich cultural and historical city with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple Of Literature , the Museum of Fine Arts …and shopping in the old quarter. Have lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Hanoi.   Please note that Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum is closed annually in September and October, during which, you’ll not be able to visit the inside. The surounding attractions include Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s houses, Ho Chi Minh’s museum, and One Pillar Pagoda are still opened.

Day 14: Hanoi departure (B)
Free for your leisure until transfer to airport for flight come back home. End of tour.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Overnight hotel accommodation in twin share room including breakfast, tax and service charge
  • Train from Ha Noi to Lao Cai and vice versa (soft sleeper shring four berth cabin with air conditioning)
  • Land transfer by air – conditioned vehicle for whole trip
  • Twin shared cabin on Huong Hai deluxe junk.
  • Boat trip in Can Tho and boat cruise on Perfume River in Hue
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as specified
  • All meals as indicated in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Special food requirement could be arranged with prior notice from guest.
  • English speaking guide.
  • A bottle of water per day

PRICE EXCLUDES:

    • International flights & airport taxes

Domestic air-tickets as indicated: Hochiminh – Danang (US$ 72.00/ ticket/way), Hue – Hanoi (US$ 72.00/ ticket/way).

  • Late check out, early check in and upgrade hotel class.
  • Drinks and tips
  • Visa handling & Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • High seasons surcharge (if any)
  • Others not mentioned

HOTEL LIST

CityHotel ListRoom typeWebsite
HanoiJasper HotelDeluxewww.jasperhotel.com.vn
SapaBamboo Sapa/ Royal View SapaSuperiorN/A
Ha LongHuong Hai JunkDeluxeN/A
HueGreen HotelSuperiorwww.greenhotel-hue.com
Hoi AnRiver Beach ResortDeluxewww.river-beachresort.com
Ho Chi Minh CityTan My Dinh II HotelSuperiorwww.tanmydinhhotel.com
Can ThoSaigon Cantho HotelSuperiorwww.saigoncantho.com.vn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our price is valid until April 30th, 2010. For other months, please contact us for detailed information.

AMAZING VIETNAM – CAMBODIA

Prices subject to confirmation on enquiry or time of booking

Start date
  • 06-19 Mar, 2010
  • 3-16 April, 2010
  • 13 – 26 Jun, 2010
  • 1-14 August, 2010
  • 9-22 Oct, 2010
  • 4 – 17 Dec, 2010
Type of tourJoined SET Departure group
Group sizeFrom 04 persons onwards
RouteHa Noi – Ha Long – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap.
Duration14 days/ 13 nights
Price per person in US dollarsUS$ 980.00
Additional Airfares in US dollars per personUS$ 214.00
The above airfares are subject to change withour prior notice
Single Supplement *US$ 410.00

PLUS – £200 per person Acceptance Payment – Payable on booking.

* Single Supplement is per person in US dollars for Single room occupancy

Itinerary:
Day 1: Ha Noi arrival
On arrival at Noi Bai Airport , you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. Free  time for your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi . 

Day 2: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)
Leave Hanoi by road for Ha Long Bay. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Ha Long, boarding Huong Hai deluxe junk for departure. Welcome drink is served. Lunch is served while cruising through the Bay. Cruising to visit to exciting fishing village and Surprise cave (one of the most beautiful limestone cave in ). Continue to trekking or swimming at isolated island. Docking for overnight. Dinner is served on board. Fishing or relax and spending a night on board.

Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi ( B, L)
Wake up to fresh coffee or tea before cruising to visit splendid bay. Buffet brunch ( breakfast and lunch) while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier. Transfer back to Hanoi by road. Check in hotel and free at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi . 

Day 4: Ha Noi – Hue (B, L)
After your breakfast at hotel, start a city tour to President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and humble house on stilts, as well as the famous One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature (Viet Nam’s first University).  In the afternoon, visit Ethnology museum, then, transfer to the airport for flight to Hue . Transfer to your hotel in Hue . Overnight in Hue . Please note that Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum is closed annually in September and October, during which, you’ll not be able to visit the inside. The surounding attractions include Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s houses, Ho Chi Minh’s museum, and One Pillar Pagoda are still opened. 

Day 5: Hue city tour – Hoi An (B, L)
In the morning, take a boat cruise on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang tomb, the impressive tomb of Nguyen Emperors. After lunch at local restaurant, visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City . In the late afternoon, depart to Hoi An via Danang. Upon arrival Hoi An, check in hotel and overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6: Hoi an (B)
After breakfast, it is your free time to explore the old merchant town of Hoi An with Chinese Assembly Halls, beautiful Japanese-covered Bridge , narrow winding streets and ancestral family homes. Be tempted by its art galleries, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, lanterns, embroidery and tailor shops. You can spend your afternoon on the beach. Overnight in Hoi An. 

Day 7: Hoi An – Da Nang Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Free morning on Cua Dai beach. In the afternoon, transfer to Danang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh city . Pick up and transfer to hotel. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city . 

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi (B, L)
After breakfast, we venture beyond the city limits to the former Viet Cong stronghold at Cu Chi, where we explore this remarkable tunnel network. Return to Ho Chi Minh city at noon.
In the afternoon, free time to visit the dynamic energy of Ho Chi Minh City with Notre Dame Cathedral and the former US Embassy and shopping at Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city . 

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho – Can Tho (B, L, D)
After breakfast drive to My Tho the heart of the Mekong delta, famous for its vast rice fields and most beautiful landscapes. Visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda en route and stop by the bank of Tien Giang river. Take a boat trip on Mekong River to Phoenix Island where local handicrafts and sweets from coconut are being produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits and traditional music and song performance. A short ride on a horse carriage to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea. Proceed by small sampan boat through the small canals and side-arms of the river to observe the daily life along the river banks with a stop and short leisurely walk at the Turtle Island . Lunch at a local house with local specialties. Drive to Can Tho in the afternoon. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 10: Can Tho – Chau Doc (B, L)
In the morning, take a boat cruise to visit Cai rang floating market. The market is filled with small boats darting through the water as vendors buy and sell their wares. Cruise through small canals and stop at a fruit orchard to taste some of the succulent fruits of the Mekong Delta. After lunch at local restaurant, depart to Chau Doc to visit Ba Chua Xu Temple, Thoai Hau Ngoc tomb – Tay An pagoda. Shopping at Chau Doc market to buy local specialities. Lunch at the restaurant. Overnight in Chau Doc. 

Day 11: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh (B, L)
After early breakfast, transfer to the habour for high speed boat to Phnom Penh.
Arrival Phnom Penh at noontime, our car and guide will pick you up at the habour then transfer to hotel for check in. Have lunch at local restaurant. Visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Central Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh . 

Day 12: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B, L)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap.  Siem Reap Town is small gateway to ruins of Angkor, it is 250 northwest of Phnom Penh and 15 km north of Tonle Sap lake. Arrival in the city of World Heritage , Angkor Wat!  Our car and guide will pick you up at the boat port, and then transfer to check in hotel. Then free in your leisure in the afternoon. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Siem Reap. 

Day 13: Siem Reap Angkor Temple (B, L, D)
Morning, after breakfast at the hotel, visit the famous old palace, Angkor Thom within Angkor Thom are  Bayon – Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Phemean Akas, Terrace of Leper king.  Afterwards visit Taprom Temple .  Have lunch at local restaurant.  Afternoon, transfer to visit the amazing Angkor Wat then continue to see the sunset from the top of Bakheng hill.  Dinner at local restaurant with buffet and traditional Apsara Show & overnight in Siem Reap 

Day 14: Siem Reap city – Departure (B)
After breakfast at hotel then transfer to visit Chantier Ecole-Artisan d’angkor. Free tour of the classes and workshops offer a glimpse into the unique skills training program, teaching young artists in the techniques and styles of classic Cambodian artistry before transfer for departure lunch at local restaurant in the town. Visit the old market for last minutes shopping until transfer to the airport for flight off.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Overnight at hotel accommodation in twin share room including breakfast, tax and service charges
  • Land transfer by air – conditioned vehicle for whole trip
  • Twin shared cabin in Huong Hai deluxe junk.
  • Boat trip in Mekong Delta and boat cruise on Perfume River in Hue
  • High speech boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as specified
  • All meals as indicated in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Special food requirement could be arranged with prior notice from guest.
  • English speaking guide.
  • A bottle of water per day

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flights & airport taxes
  • Domestic and in-country air-tickets as indicated: Hanoi – Hue (US$ 72.00/ ticket/way), Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (US$ 72.00/ ticket/way), and Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (US$ 70.00/ticket/way)
  • Late check out, early check in and upgrade hotel class.
  • Drinks and tips
  • Visa handling & Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • High seasons surcharge (if any)
  • Others not mentioned

HOTEL LIST

CityHotel ListRoom typeWebsite
HanoiJasper HotelDeluxewww.jasperhotel.com.vn
Ha LongHuong Hai JunkDeluxeN/A
HueGreen HotelSuperiorwww.greenhotel-hue.com
Hoi AnRiver Beach ResortDeluxewww.river-beachresort.com
Ho Chi Minh CityTan My Dinh II HotelSuperiorwww.tanmydinhhotel.com
Can ThoSaigon Cantho HotelSuperiorwww.saigoncantho.com.vn
Chau DocChau Pho HotelSuperiorwww.chauphohotel.com
Phnom PenhDiamond HotelStandardwww.diamondhotelpnh.com
Siem ReapAngkor Land HotelSuperiorwww.angkorland.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our price is valid until April 30th, 2010. For other months, please contact us for detailed information.

VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS

Prices subject to confirmation on enquiry or time of booking

Start date
  • 09 – 21 Jan, 2010
  • 5 – 17 Mar, 2010
  • 15- 27 May, 2010
  • 10-22 July, 2010
  • 17 – 29 Sept, 2010
  • 13-25 Nov, 2010
Type of tourJoined SET Departure group
Group sizeFrom 04 persons onwards
RouteHa Noi – Ha Long – Mai Chau – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta.
Duration13 days/ 12 nights
Price per person in US dollarsUS$ 885.00
Additional Airfares in US dollars per personUS$ 144.00
The above airfares are subject to change withour prior notice
Single Supplement *US$ 275.00

PLUS – £200 per person Acceptance Payment – Payable on booking.

* Single Supplement is per person in US dollars for Single room occupancy

Itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi arrival
On arrival at Noi Bai Airport in the afternoon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free for your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Breakfast, leave Hanoi by road for Ha Long Bay. Arrive in Ha Long and board our traditional sailing junk. While cruising the exquisite waters, sample the local fresh seafood. Start a fantastic cruise in Halong bay and sightseeing Dog Island, Incense Urn Island, Fighting Coq Island, Finger Island, Hoa Cuong Island and explore the mystery of Sung Sot Cave (Surprise Cave). Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay at any spot that you wish to visit. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board .
Day 3: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising to visit Man’s head island, Tortoise island, Bai Tu Long bay and take small bamboo boat to visit Luon cave. After another wonderful fresh seafood lunch on board, transfer back to Hanoi . Overnight in Hanoi .
Day 4: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B, L, D)

In the morning, pick up at your hotel and transfer by road to Hoa Binh province, 74km southwest of Hanoi. Enjoy your time to take snapshots of very beautiful single landscapes in North on the way. After arrival in Hoa Binh, we take a boat cruise on Hoa Binh lake for 3 hours to visit a village of the Muong ethnic minority. Return to Hoa Binh at noon and continue to our road trip to Mai Chau to visit Thai minority in Pom Coong village. In the evening, we will have chance to participate in the folklore festival with typical dances, songs, and taste “can” wine, an ethnic specialty. Overnight in a stilt house of Thai family’s in Lac village .

Day 5: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B, L)

In the morning, we will visit Xa Linh village, 30km from Mai Chau, home to the H’mong minority. There is a local market here every Sunday morning. Stopover on the way to take photos at a beautiful forest. For visitors who would like more adventure, a trek to Hang Kia village to discover the daily life of local inhabitants is also worthwhile. Transfer back to Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi – Hue (B, L)
In the morning, transfer to Ba Dinh Square. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, which was built in the 11th century in the shape of a lotus according to the legend of the King’s dream. Tour continued with the Temple Of Literature, the first university in Vietnam, dedicated to Confucius and Vietnamese most successful scholars. Study about Vietnamese craft at Craftlink. Proceed to visit the Museum of History. Back to hotel. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for flight to Hue. Transfer to hotel for check in. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Hue. Please note that Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum is closed annually in September and October, during which, you’ll not be able to visit the inside. The surounding attractions include Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s houses, Ho Chi Minh’s museum, and One Pillar Pagoda are still opened.

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An (B, L)
In the morning, take a boat cruise on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang tomb, the impressive tomb of Nguyen Emperors. After lunch at local restaurant, visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. In the late afternoon, depart to Hoi An via Danang. Upon arrival Hoi An, check in hotel and overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An (B)
Free time to discover Hoi An ancient town: visit its network of Heritage streets, Chinese assembly halls, cultural museum, old shop houses and the famous Japanese Bridge, the art galleries, hand crafted woodwork, ceramics, lanterns, embroidery and tailor shops. Overnight in resort.

Day 9: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh city (B)
Free morning at your leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to Danang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Pick up and transfer to hotel. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 10: Cu Chi tunnels (B, L)
After breakfast, we venture beyond the city limits to the former Viet Cong stronghold at Cu Chi, where we explore this remarkable tunnel network. Return to Ho Chi Minh city for lunch.
In the afternoon, free time to visit the dynamic energy of Ho Chi Minh City with Notre Dame Cathedral and the former US Embassy and shopping at Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh city – My Tho – Can Tho (B, L,D)
the morning, you will depart for My Tho Town in the Mekong Delta, 70km from Ho Chi Minh City. Stop to visit Ben Luc Temple which belongs to local Cao Dai Religion. After arrival in My Tho, you will take the motorized boat through the natural canal, view the fish market and islets of Dragon, Phoenix, Tortoise and Unicorn. Lunch at a local house on the island with local specialties. Transfer to a sampan row boat along the natural canal. Visit fruit plantation farm, bee farm, coconut candy factory & enjoy taking a horse-cart ride. Back to My Tho wharf by boat and visit Dong Tam snake farm if time permits. unch at a local house with local specialties. Drive to Can Tho in the afternoon. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 12: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh city (B, L)
In the morning, take a boat cruise to visit Cai rang floating market. The market is filled with small boats darting through the water as vendors buy and sell their wares. Cruise through small canals and stop at a fruit orchard to taste some of the succulent fruits of the Mekong Delta. After lunch at local restaurant, drive back to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 13: Departure (B)
A good opportunity to do some last minute shopping before your transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for your ongoing flight.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Overnight at hotel accommodation in twin share room including breakfast, tax and service charges
  • 1 night twin shared cabin on Huong Hai deluxe junk.
  • Land transfer by air – conditioned vehicle for whole trip.
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as specified
  • Boat trip in Hoa Binh, Halong bay, Hue & Mekong Delta
  • Meals as indicated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Special food requirement could be arranged with prior notice from guest.
  • English speaking guide
  • A bottle of water per day

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flights & airport taxes
  • Domestic and in-country air-tickets as indicated: Hanoi – Hue (US$ 72.00/ ticket/way), Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (US$ 72.00/ ticket/way).
  • Late check out, early check in and upgrade hotel class.
  • Drinks and tips
  • Visa handling & Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • High seasons surcharge (if any)
  • Others not mentioned

HOTEL LIST

CityHotel ListRoom typeWebsite
HanoiJasper HotelDeluxewww.jasperhotel.com.vn
Ha LongHuong Hai JunkDeluxeN/A
Mai ChauHomestay at a local house in the villageN/AN/A
HueGreen HotelSuperiorwww.greenhotel-hue.com
Hoi AnRiver Beach ResortDeluxewww.river-beachresort.com
Ho Chi Minh CityTan My Dinh II HotelSuperiorwww.tanmydinhhotel.com
Can ThoSaigon Cantho HotelSuperiorwww.saigoncantho.com.vn

Or  price is valid until April 30th, 2010. For other months, please contact us for detailed information.

VIETNAM TRUE EXPERIENCE

Price subject to confirmation on enquiry or time of booking

Start date
  • 10-23 April, 2010
  • 5-18 June, 2010
  • 14-27 August, 2010
  • 16-29 Oct, 2010
Type of tourJoined SET Departure group
Group sizeFrom 04 persons onwards
RouteHa Noi – Ha Long – Sapa – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta.
Duration14 days/ 13 nights
Price per person in US dollarsUS$ 689.00
Additional Airfares in US dollars per personUS$ 72.00
The above airfares are subject to change withour prior notice
Single Supplement *US$ 248.00

PLUS – £200 per person Acceptance Payment – Payable on booking.

* Single Supplement is per person in US dollars for Single room occupancy

Itinerary:
Day 1 – Nov 07: Hanoi arrival
Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel.
You will spend the night in Hanoi.

Day 2- Nov 08: Hanoi city tour by bicycle and street food – Overnight train to Lao Cai (B, L)
You’ ll have the whole day to explore Vietnam’ s capital city by bicycle. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, and a popular attraction, as is Ho Chi Minh’ s Mausoleum, his simple stilt house where he lived and worked and the museum dedicated to his memory. After that, you’ ll visit the bustling Old Quarter with its eclectic mix of architectural styles – traditional ‘tube’  houses, religious buildings, colonial houses, vernacular dwellings and modern concrete edifices.
The day also includes a ‘Street Life’  experience. You’ ll spend a couple of hours wandering around the back streets in and nearby the Old Quarter. A street food brunch is included – take your pick from traditional Hanoi Pho (beef noodle soup), Nom (green papaya salad with seasoned beef), Banh Goi (pillow-shaped rice pastry with minced pork and mushroom), Banh Cuon (hot rice paper with pork and fried onion) or Bun Cha (fresh noodle with grilled pork). If you’re hungry, try two or three varieties – they’re snacks rather than a meal.
Later in the evening, you’ ll be driven to Hanoi Railway Station to board your overnight train to Lao Cai.
Hotel’ s check-out time is 12.00 noon. Late check-out until evening is not included.

Day 3 – Nov 09: Lao Cai – Sapa – Try the Tay’ s local lifestyle (L, D)
Arriving in Lao Cai in the early morning, you’ ll be met and taken up to Sapa. You’ ll have time to have breakfast (on your own account) and wonder around the town before start walking down the valley to Lao Chai, Ta Van, and Giang Ta Chai villages. After that you’ ll be picked up and driven to Ban Ho village – village of Tay people – for your overnight homestay.

Day 4- Nov 10: Sapa – Lao Cai – Overnight train to Hanoi (B)
After walking around Ban Ho village (if the weather permits, you can consider walking up to Nam Tong village – 3km from Ban Ho – as an alternative) and a refreshing splash-around in a clear mountain spring, you’ ll be picked up to return to Sapa and, the rest of the day will be free. Later in the evening, to Lao Cai station by jeep to catch the overnight train to Hanoi. Hotel for day use to refresh before the night train is included

Day 5- Nov 11: Hanoi – Ha Long (B, L, D)
Arriving in Hanoi in the early morning, you’ ll make your own way from Hanoi Railway Station to your hotel to refresh. After an early breakfast, you’ ll leave for Ha Long Bay. After lunch at a restaurant in Ha Long City, you’ ll board on the boat that takes you through Bai Tu Long Bay area. You’ ll then continue your cruise to a fishing village where you’ll have an opportunity explore the villages and hidden lagoons by rowing bamboo boat, you’ ll even learn how to catch and feed the fish. The route is designed to avoid the busy areas and includes a very quiet location for your overnight stay. You’ll stay overnight on a floating house in the village to have more chance to communicate with local fisherman to learn about their daily life and culture. Hotel for day use in Hanoi to refresh after the night train is included.

Day 6- Nov 12: Ha Long – Hue (B, L)
After breakfast, you’ ll dock to visit one of the most famous caves in the Bay. You’ll return to the junk and cruise back to have lunch in Ha Long City before leaving for Hanoi. You should arrive in the late afternoon and be free until taking an overnight public open bus to Hue. Hotel for day use in Hanoi is not included.

Day 7- Nov 13: Hue
Arriving in Hue in the morning, you’ ll be free for the whole day to explore the hidden charm of Hue City. Your overnight accommodation will be in Hue. Hotel’’s check-in time is 14.00. Early check-in from morning arrival is not included.

Option 1 for Day 7: Hue City Tour (B, L)
Your morning will begin with a cruise along the Perfume River to visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda. From there, you’ ll drive to the Royal Tombs of Emperor Minh Mang and, in the afternoon, the Imperial Citadel. After that, you’ ll return to Hue to visit one of city’ s ‘garden houses’  and then return to your hotel to freshen-up. You’ ll spend the night in Hue.

Option 2 for Day 7: Cycling to get closer to Hue’ s lifestyle (B, L)
In the morning, your bicycles will be at your hotel ready for you to ride through Hue’ s rural villages towards the Thanh Toan Bridge (roofed in Chinese style). Nearby, a local market will provide you with views of daily life and local products. You’ll then return to Hue’ s city centre with en-route visit the Ngoc Son Princess ‘garden house’ . It has an attractive family altar and the owner is an expert on Hue’ s culture and history – he will be pleased to explain the geomantic principles underpinning the building and garden’ s construction. After lunch, your route will take you past the Imperial Citadel to visit some of the garden houses in Phu Mong Kim Long village, thence ride toward one of the handicraft villages in Hue’ s hinterland that specialises in a single product range of traditional cakes – ‘banh it’  and ‘banh phu the’  before looping back to your hotel for overnight accommodation.

Day 8- Nov 14: Hue – Hoi An (B)
In the morning, you’ ll take an open bus to Hoi An. On the way, you’ll cross the Hai Van mountain pass. The views from the top are excellent – you should be able to see Lang Co beach and village, and the lagoon far below, with Danang spread out before you to the south. Arriving in Hoi An, after checking in the hotel, you’ ll be free to visit the Ancient Town of Hoi An and spend the night in Hoi An.

Option for day 8: Hoi An tour half day In the afternoon, your guide will meet you to show you the Ancient Town and explain its considerable significance in the history of Vietnam. You’ ll be free after lunch. You’ ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Day 9- Nov 15: Hoi An rural life (B, L)
After breakfast, you’ ll ride a bicycle through the rural scenery of Hoi An to a small village located on the banks of the Tra Que lagoon, three kilometres northeast of the old town. You’ ll join local people in their daily work of planting and watering vegetables. Your lunch will be prepared by the family. Your afternoon will be free for strolling in the town, lazing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy. You’ ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Option for day 9: Half day tour to My Son After breakfast, you’ ll be driven to the World Heritage ‘My Son Sanctuary’ . Your guide will show you the remains of the remarkable towers constructed by the Cham builders, many centuries ago – their origins and purpose have yet to be fully explained. In the afternoon, you’ ll return to your hotel. When you return, the rest of the day will be free. You’ ll spend the night in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10- Nov 16: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
You’ ll be free in the morning until your car and driver arrive to take you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. When you arrive, a private car will be waiting to take you to your hotel in the city centre. After checking in, you’ ll be free for a preliminary wander around District 1. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11- Nov 17: Ho Chi Minh City free (B)
A free day in Ho Chi Minh City to spend as you wish.

Option 1 for Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City orientation (L, G)
After breakfast, your guide will arrive to show you around Ho Chi Minh City. You’ ll visit the History Museum where there is a special exhibition of the 5th century ‘Oc Eo’  civilisation. The Museum of War Remnants provides a very partial, but riveting, perspective of the ‘American War’ : not for the squeamish! The huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity. You’ ll also call in at the Jade Emperor Temple. It’ s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. You’ ll finish your day with a visit to a lacquer workshop to see the complex processes and meticulous workmanship involved in this traditional Vietnamese craft product. You’ ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Option 2 for Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi (L) A morning drive will take you to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Holy See in time to watch the mid-day ceremony. After lunch, you’ ll visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a Byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. You’ ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12- Nov 18: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long Homestay (B, L, D)
In the morning, you’ ll travel to Vinh Long. On the way you’ ll call in at the beautiful and ancient Vinh Trang pagoda, 3 km from My Tho center. You’ ll then travel to Vinh Long where a Mekong River cruise will take you to visit the fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and some long established cottage industries. You’ ll sleep in a family house in an orchard at the side of the canal.

Day 13- Nov 19: Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
In the morning, a boat cruise along the Mekong Delta will take you to a bonsai garden, the old house and local houses making confectionery. You’ ll also meander through the Cai Be floating market where you’ ll hear music performed by the locals of the Mekong Delta. After lunch (on your own account), you’ ll return to Ho Chi Minh City where you’ ll spend the night.

Day 14- Nov 20: Ho Chi Minh City departure (B)
Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight.

Day Tours – Extra Cost

No of persons
(price per person)
02 persons03 – 04  persons05 – 06  persons07 – 10  persons
Hue City TourUS$ 72US$ 57US$ 42US$ 38
Cycling to get closer to Hue’s LifeUS$ 84US$ 65US$ 49US$ 43
Hoi An Tour ½ DayUS$ 45US$ 33US$ 26US$ 21
My Son ½ DayUS$ 49US$ 36US$ 27US$ 22
Ho Chi Minh City OrientationUS$ 63US$ 49US$ 38US$ 33
Ho Chi Minh City – Tay Ninh – Cu ChiUS$ 83US$ 67US$ 47US$ 44

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Hotels accommodation in twin shared room including tax and service charge
  • Homestay conditions as mentioned
  • 01 night in the traditional deluxe junk (twin-shared cabin) in Halong bay
  • Returned train ticket Hanoi- Lao Cai- Hanoi in superior sharing air-conditioned 4 berths cabin.
  • Land transfer by air – conditioned vehicle for whole trip
  • Boat trip in Hue and Mekong Delta
  • Bicycle in Hanoi and Hoi An as programmed
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as specified
  • All meals as indicated in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Special food requirement could be arranged with prior notice from guest.
  • English speaking guide.
  • A bottle of mineral water per day

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flight and airport taxes
  • Domestic flight: Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (US$ 72.00/ ticket/way)
  • Late check out, early check in and upgrade hotel class.
  • Optional tours
  • Drinks and tips
  • Visa handling & Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • High seasons surcharge (if any)
  • Others not mentioned

HOTEL LIST

  • Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City: standard 2* star Hotel, located in the city centre, ROH room
  • Sapa: homestay at a hill tribe family in the village
  • Ha Long Bay: homestay on a floating house in the fishing village
  • Vinh Long: homestay in a family beside the canal

Payment for ALL above Tours
1. On acceptance£200 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) by bank transfer or cheque payable to “S W & M Miller”. Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with ourPartner Company in Vietnam to whom payment for the tour is made.

2. You pay eight weeks prior to arrival in Vietnam, or on Acceptance – 50% of the total in US $, by Credit Card or International Bank Transfer.

3. On arrival in Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos– the balance of 50% is payable, in US $, by Credit Card or Cash.

Please Note:  A credit card charge may apply.

Cancellation Charges

35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable.
30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable.
25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 50% of the total amount will be applicable
Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount.
Acceptance Payment non refundable

Included in the Cost

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels mentioned above or equivalent – subject to availability.
  • Any single room subject to supplement shown.
  • Room and breakfast basis – or meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D)
  • Full board at Wildlife Park if applicable.
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicle where appropriate.
  • Services of an English speaking local guide (or a naturalist in National Parks)
  • Entrance fees at monuments and parks where applicable
  • Train journeys where applicable -Hanoi / Lao Cai / Hanoi (night train) & -Train ticket from Hanoi to Hue (night train)
  • Boat trip
  • Basic porterage at airports, rail stations and hotels (not tips).
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • Where US$ or Thai Baht are quoted,  the UK pounds price shown is for comparison only and is subject to change.
  • Excluded from the Cost
  • Expenses of a personal nature:  table drinks, laundry, telephone calls, Internet charges, mineral water, tips, shopping etc.
  • Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list.
  • Any international airfares to India and Asia
  • Supplement for flight from Danang to Saigon: DAN/SGN = $80.00/ person subject to change
  • Any airport taxes where applicable in each country
  • Any subsequent increase in airfares, fuel costs, monuments/sightseeing fees.
  • Any other taxes subsequently introduced by Government, State or Tourist Ministry.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fees, if applicable, in any country
  • Any Christmas, New Year and Gala Dinners

General note:
All elements included in this quotation are subject to availability until the booking is made.  The hotels/ services  as quoted may change when giving you the final confirmation, based on current availability.