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					                       Amazing Vietnam Tour - 16Days
TOURIST NUMBER
ITINERARY                         ( Hanoi – Maichau – Son La – Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau – Tam
                                           Duong – Sapa – Hoalu Tamcoc - Halong bay )
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL            February 22, 2010 – at 09:35 ( Vietnam)
INTERNATIONAL                    March 09, 2010 – at 20:45 ( Vietnam)
DEPARTURE

CITY                                                                              STATUS
HANOI                 La Belle Vie Hotel City Deluxe Room                         OK
HA LONG               Halong Pearl Hotel Deluxe Room with Bay View                OK
MAI CHAU              Homestay: Lac Village                                       OK
SON LA                Trade Union Hotel Deluxe Room                               OK
DIEN BIEN PHU         Him Lam Vip Room with Lake View                             OK
TAM DUONG             Muong Thanh II Deluxe Room                                  OK
SAPA                  Sapa Royal View Deluxe Room                                 OK

SERVICE               MEALS AS ITINERARY                                          STATUS
                      ( B = Beakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
GUIDE                 ENGLISH SPEAKING: Mr. Tu Nguyen, Cellphone:                 OK
                      +84.912024500 or +84.988660505
BUS                   PRIVATE VAN with A/C                                        OK
BOAT                  PRIVATE CRUISE SUNSHINE IN HALONG BAY                       OK



Day 1:    Arrival :




          Throughout thousands of years of its eventful history, marked by destruction, wars and
          natural calamities, Hanoi still preserves many ancient architectural works including the Old
          Quarter and over 600 pagodas and temples. Famous sites include the One Pillar Pagoda
          (built in 1042), the Temple of Literature (built in 1070), Hanoi Citadel, Hanoi Opera House,
          Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum...
          Hanoi also characteristically contains 18 beautiful lakes such as Hoan Kiem Lake, West
          Lake, and Truc Bach Lake which are the lungs of the city with their surrounding gardens
          and trees providing a vital source of energy.

          Upon your arrival, you will be picked up at the air port for a transfer to our hotel in the
          old quarter of Hanoi. Check-in. Walk amongst the maze of Hanoi's old quarter to get an
          insight into the local life. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
          ( Diner included)

          Hanoi La Belle View hotel

Day 2:    Hanoi city Tour – Mai Chau:




          Despite the rough roads the Northern Loop tour has become a bit of a classic. This is on
          account of the overwhelming scenery and the popular hill town of Sapa, an old hill station
          (elevation 1,700 meters) close to the Chinese border. The region is home to numerous
          colourful ethnic minority groups. The trip also includes a visit to the historic battlefield of
          Dien Bien Phu. On this northern loop tour, you have the chance to stay in a traditional long
          house on stilts, get closer to daily life of Tai ethnic minority people at Mai Chau, Hoa Binh
          and encounter a number of hill tribes, picturesque landscape & the wildlife of Tay Bac
          (North West). You will discover the undiscovered part of Vietnam.

          AM: Sightseeing tour of Hanoi includes Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (except Monday &
          Friday), One Pillar Pagoda, theTemple of Literature - Vietnam's 1st university, Ngoc Son
          Temple by the Hoan Kiem Lake.
          Pm: Drive westward to Mai Chau (Hoa Binh province). Visit a White Tai minority
          village. Overnight at stilt-house in Mai Chau.
          (Breakfast, lunch and diner included)

          Mai Chau Village homestay

Day 3 :   MaiChau – Son La:
          Am: Following breakfast we take a 2-3 hour hike through verdant villages of White Tai,
          and H'Mong hill tribe peoples.
          Pm: Drive to Son La. Son La is located in a scenic valley, inhabited by Tai, Muong and
          H'mong minority people. This area is historically important for its involvement in the
          Vietnamese struggle for independence from France during the first half of the 20th
          century. Overnight at hotel in Son La.(Breakfast, lunch and diner included)

          Trade Union Hotel

Day 4 :   SonLa – Dien Bien:




          Am: Visit the former French Prison and then drive to the colorful market of Thuanchau
          with pleasant encounters with friendly tribal people at the market and villages along the
          way. Visit Blue H’mong village at Phadin pass. Lunch in Tuanchau before making our
          way to Dienbien Phu – you can see the former battlefield and the display of war
          scraps from battlefields. It was here that the French planned to lure the Viet Minh, led by
          Ho Chi Minh, into the valley by sending 16,000 French troops as bait. The French
          however did not count on the brilliant leadership of General Vo Nguyen Giap who
          somehow managed to place the Vietnamese artillery on the surrounding ridges.
          Overnight at hotel in Dienbienphu.
          (Breakfast, lunch and diner included)

          Him Lam hotel

Day 5 :   Dien Bien – Lai Chau – Tam Duong:
          After breakfast, depart for Lai Chau. You will have a long journey through fantastic
          mountainous scenery. On the way, we can visit ethnic villages of the Red H'Mong, Kho
          Mu & Zdao people. Overnight in Tam Duong.
          (Breakfast, lunch and diner included)

          Muong Thanh 2 hotel

Day 6 :   Tam Duong – Binh Lu – Sapa:




          Visit the colorful market of Tamduong and Binhlu market. Continue our way through
          scenic Binhlu pass where we have a bird’s eye view to the distant villages, rice field and
          mountains. Wind up terraced hillsides to Sa Pa. Upon arrival Sapa, check in and explore
          the Sapa town. Overnight at hotel in Sapa
          (Breakfast, lunch and diner included)

          Sapa Royal Mountain View hotel

Day 7:    Sapa:
          Sapa is located in the northern part of Vietnam near the Chinese border in the mountainous
          province of Lao Cai. It is home to many ethnic minority groups such as : Red Dzao, Black
          H’mong, Xa Pho and Dzay people…
          Elevated 1650 meters above the sea level, Sapa was built by the French in 1922 as a hill
          station for the relaxation of French expats during the French War in Vietnam.
          Sapa has now become a famous tourism site. Sapa offers the traveller a rare glimpse into the
          way of life that has all but vinished from the rest of Asia. Here you will find no welcome
          mats or rehearsed “ Cultural ” parades, just real people living real lives who greet visitors
          with genuine warmth and real smiles.
          Sapa serves as the region’s commercial center and hosts a colorful market each weekend.
          This is a major social event for minorities where members of various villages meet to eat and
          drink and pick up essential provisions.
          Visitors to Vietnam all agree that Sapa is the country’s crown jewel. The combination of
          fresh mountain air, relaxed ambience, sweeping panoramas and fascinating hill tribes make
          Sapa a most – wanted destination.
          Am: Free to wander through the busy market where Red Zdao, Black H'Mong, Giay and
          other hill-tribe people gather to sell their handicrafts and buy their provisions.
          Pm: Pleasant walk to visit nearby hill-tribe villages. Overnight at hotel in Sapa
          (Breakfast, lunch and diner included)

          Sapa Royal Mountain View hotel

Day 8:    Sapa – Hanoi:

          Following breakfast, we set out on our scenic drive along the Red river back to Hanoi.
          Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
          (Breakfast and lunch included)

          Hanoi La Belle Vie hotel

Day 9:    Hanoi – Hoa Lu Tamcoc:
02/ Mar




           Hoa Lu & Tam Coc is one of the most popular day tour starts from Hanoi. Its a
          combination of sightseeing excursion trip and historical visit. 80 km from Hanoi, HoaLu &
          Tamcoc located in Ninh Binh province.... where you can see the most typical rural scenery
          in Vietnam. Tour start and conclude in Hanoi.

          After Break fast, We will go to NinhBinh. It will take almost two hour to NinhBinh. Here,
          you can visit Hoa Lu the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th century. The capital is located
          in the center of the lime stone mountains.
          After Hoa Lu, our driver will drive you to Tam Coc, Halong on Land.
          Over here you can enjoy a lunch in the local restaurant in TamCoc.
          After the lunch, We will take 2, 5 hour boat trip on the Ngo Dong river to enjoy Halong
          on Land. We will go through three caves on the river and also enjoy rice fields and lime
          stone landscape a long the river. After the trip we will go back Hanoi.

          (Breakfast, lunch and diner included)

          Overnight in Hanoi La Belle Vie

Day 10:   Hanoi – Halong bay:
03/ Mar




          Situated in the Tonkin Golf, Halong bay is one of the world's natural wonders - a bay with
          more than 3,000 islands, which time, wind and waves have sculpted into fantastic shapes.
          The best way to appreciate this magical scene is from a boat, cruising between these karst
          cliffs, which loom like fairy-tale castles, complete with rocky spires and hidden caves. The
          bay is dotted with tiny islands, pristine sandbanks on the turquoise water providing an
          excellent backdrop for swimming or just lazing about on the junk boat.

          8.30 am pick up you at your hotel in Hanoi. Travel to Ha Long city for about 3 hours
          drive. Upon arrival, transfer to a junk for a cruise around Ha Long Bay with a delicious
          local seafood lunch served on board. Passing Dog Island, Incense Urn Island, Ga Choi
          Island, FInger Island, Hoa Cuong Island, and visit Surprise cave and short swim at Titov
          beach, kayak, if weather permitted. Have dinner on board. In the evening, enjoy the night
          fishing and later over night on board.
          (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

          Over night on board

Day 11:   Halong city:
04/ Mar
          In the morning, cruising to Bai Tu Long bay, Fire Island, Bo Nau Island, fishing village.
          Having lunch on boat and arrive at Ha long wharf about 12.00 noon. Check in the hotel
          and relax.
          (Breakfast and lunch included)

          Halong pearl hotel

Day 12:   Halong city:
05/ Mar
          Free and Easy
          (Breakfast included)

          Halong pearl hotel

Day 13:   Halong city:
06/ Mar

          Free and Easy
          (Breakfast included)

          Halong pearl hotel

Day 14:   Halong city:
07/ Mar

          Free and Easy
          (Breakfast included)

          Halong pearl hotel

Day 15:   Halong city:
08/ Mar

          Free and Easy
          (Breakfast included)
              Halong pearl hotel

Day 16:       Halong see off :
09/ Mar       Free and Easy until transferring to the airport ffor the flight at 20.45 back home.
              (Breakfast included)


      Trip includes:

               Private SLEEPING boat cruise on Halong bay.
               Hotels ( Double Rooms)
                   - Hanoi for 3 stars,
                   - Halong for 4 stars and spleeping junk on the bay
                   - Mai Chau home stay in Lac Village with the Thai People
                   - Son La : Trade Union hotel
                   - Dien Bien Phu: Him Lam hotel
                   - Tam Duong: Muong Thanh 2
                   - Sapa: Sapa Royal Mountain View.( 3stars)
               Meals - 17 main meals (9 lunches, 8 diners and 13 breakfasts).
               Private A.C comfortable Van or Car
               Entrance Fee to every tourist places in the program.
               Professional English speaking local guide.
               Drinking water: 02 bottle / per day.

      Trip excludes:

               Pre/post trip arrangement (can be arranged upon request)
               Travel insurance
               Visa Services
               Drinking
               Tip and other personal expenses.

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Description: Despite the rough roads the Northern Loop tour has become a bit of a classic. This is on account of the overwhelming scenery and the popular hill town of Sapa, an old hill station (elevation 1,700 meters) close to the Chinese border. The region is home to numerous colourful ethnic minority groups. The trip also includes a visit to the historic battlefield of Dien Bien Phu. On this northern loop tour, you have the chance to stay in a traditional long house on stilts, get closer to daily life of Tai ethnic minority people at Mai Chau, Hoa Binh and encounter a number of hill tribes, picturesque landscape & the wildlife of Tay Bac (North West). You will discover the undiscovered part of Vietnam. Worldmatetravel.com