Thứ Sáu, 30 tháng 11, 2012

Myanmar Visa
MYANMAR VISA INFORMATION

Tourist visa
A valid Passport with Entry Visa is required of all visitors. A Tourist Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible for an additional 14 days.
Overland entry is permitted for Thai tourists with border pass and for third party tourists with visa at Tachileik, Three Pagoda Pass, Myawaddy and Kawthaung check points along Myanmar-Thai Border; and for Chinese tourists with border pass and for third party tourists with visa at Lweje, Nam Kham, Muse , Kyukoke, Kwanlong, Mont Lar along Myanmar-China Border.

Business Visa
A valid passport with Entry visa is required for all businessmen, applicable at Myanmar Embassies and Consulate General Offices abroad. A Business Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible up to 12 months on a case-by-case basis. Visa on Arrival is granted on prior arrangement with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Visa On Arrival
1. Myanmar Visa VOA (visa on arrival) is for tourists.
2. Tour itinerary must be mentioned. Tentative tour program and more importantly hotels must be mentioned and authority concerned will check if hotel booking is genuine. There are official hotels with their rates are mentioned at the bottom of this page for convenience.
3. Visa application can also be submitted at Myanmar Embassy nearest to your location. Officials at the embassies are more than happy to proceed your tourist visa. Please see a complete list of Myanmar Embassy and Consular offices at the bottom.
4. It is necessary to send us your photo by email, fax or by post.
5. Rates for Tourist Visa is 50 US$ per person (including Government Visa Fee & services) and to pay on arrival, plus Company Service Charges + Documentation Fees.
6. The information of the clients as follows is necessary:
         1. Clients full name and Passport numbers:
         2. Date of issue and place of issue:
         3. Date of expire:
         4. Father’s name:
         5. Date of Birth and place of birth:
         6. Occupation:
         7. Home address:
         8. Nationality:
         9. 2 passport pictures:
         10. Countries for passport valid:

Visa-on-arrival takes about 10 working days but sometimes it will be taken 3 days.

* How to Apply Visa for entering Myanmar: After receiving your personal information mentioned above, we will proceed submitting to the Immigrant Department to issue the Visa Approval Letter. On receiving the approval letter, We will send you this through email. Your task is to print out & keep it along to board on plane to Myanmar Last but not the least, you must pay us all before getting this letter.

Visa Extension
1. Fill in the Extension form.
2. If you are sure you will be need Visa Extension before you arrive, you can give us the form, your original passport and 2 photos and USD 80 for 2 weeks of extension.
3. If you are not sure, print out this form and call us at 204020 when you are in Yangon. We will collect Recommendation for your hotel the form, passport, 2 photos and 80 USD for 2 weeks of extension.
4. For Visa 1st one must obtain a letter of endorsement from Ministry of Hotel & Tourism and then submit to Ministry of Immigration. It will take at least 2 days and max 5 days to get Tourist Visa extended.
5. If you home any Further Question Please refer to our FAQ section or send us an e-mail.
For further information, you can also visit:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.mofa.gov.mm
The Union of Myanmar Travel Association http://www.umtanet.com
Please send us an email for visa arrangement at: sales@huongviettravel.com or contact via Visa Booking Form


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Thứ Năm, 29 tháng 11, 2012

Myanmar ToursDay 1 - Heho - Kalaw (Cycling) (L,D)
Arrival at Heho Airport, the cycling journey to former British hill station of Kalaw begins (approx. 50 km). Along the way; you can observe pleasurably the cool mountain air; pine forests and beautiful colonial houses before the pleasant city to stay overnight.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Dinner and overnight Dream Villa

Day 2 - Kalaw - Pindaya (Trekking) (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to trekking point by Open pick-up truck to start the for 4-6 hours trek up to the beautiful mountains surrounding Pindaya. The Palaung are animist and are thought to be the earliest inhabitants of Myanmar. They still follow the same traditional lifestyle and earn a living by cultivating seasonal crops as well as growing the leaves used to produce the ubiquitous Burmese cigar and the cheroot.
Stop by several traditional tribe villages on the way for an interesting introduction into the ancestral traditions and way of life of these proud people.
Lunch at local village on the way (lunch box)
Dinner & Overnight at monastery. (mattress, bed sheets and blanket provided by Exo). Accommodation is basic but it is a unique experience.

Myyanmar ToursDay 3 - To pindaya and Surrounding (Trekking) (B,L,D)
After breakfast, commence your trekking journey to Pindaya. Stop by several traditional tribe villages on the way for an interesting introduction into the ancestral traditions and way of life of these proud people.
Lunch at local village on the way (lunch box)
Dinner & Overnight at monastery or local house. (mattress, bed sheets and blanket provided by Exo). Accommodation is basic but it is a unique experience.

Day 4 - To Pindaya and Surrounding (Trekking) (B,L,D) After breakfast, commence your trekking journey to Pindaya. Stop by several traditional tribe villages on the way for an interesting introduction into the ancestral traditions and way of life of these proud people.
Lunch at local village on the way (lunch box)
Dinner & Overnight at monastery or local house. (mattress, bed sheets and blanket provided by Exo). Accommodation is basic but it is a unique experience.

Day 5 - To Pindaya and Surrounding (Trekking) (B,L,D)
After breakfast, trek in the different routing passing through different villages.
After lunch, continue trekking back to Pindaya. On arrival Pindaya, transfer to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight Golden Cave

Day 6 - Pindaya - Inle (Cycling) (B,L,D)
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to Inle, a small village on the side of the Inle Lake, one of Myanmar's best-known sights. (105 km)
The Intha people, a tribe of Mon descent, mostly inhabit the lakeshores and floating villages. Upon arrival at Inle, transfer to your hotel for check in.
Dinner and overnight Paradise Nyang Shwe

Day 7 - Inle (B,L) Myyanmar Tours
After breakfast, visits on the lake by private boat. The sightseeing tour of Inle Lake including a chance to see the leg-rowing fishermen.
Continue to see the floating gardens, built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. There are also floating villages like Ywama, the lake' downtown, where a floating market is held every 5 days. And also continue your visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and the jumping cat monastery.
In the afternoon, finish the visit and continue your plan

Cost in US$ per person in the party (valid 30 Sep'09)
BIKE & TREK THE SHAN HILLS
Standard
2 pax
725
3 - 4 pax
605
5 - 6 pax
569
7 - 10 pax
526
11 - 15 pax
439
Single supplement
35

NOTE: Easy to moderate. Basic accommodation. Subject to authorization. Itinerary might have to be adapted to weather and local conditions. Domestic flight NOT included

Our Services Include:
* 6 nights accommodation on half twin basis at selected hotel/ at local village monastery (mattress, bed sheets and blanket provided by Exo)
* Meals as indicated in the program
* Entrance fee for the visit mentioned in the program
* All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles
* Supporting van/bus (with space for bikes) during the biking trip
* English-speaking local guide for biking & trekking
* Private boat for visits on Inle Lake
* Bike rental
* Porters throughout trekking trip

Our Services do not Include:
* Other meals not indicated in the program
* Entrance fees for the sites not mentioned in the program
* Flight to/from Heho
* Other transfer for visits
* Tips & porters at the hotels
* Drinks and Personal expenses
* Any other items not mentioned in the included services

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the constant fluctuations of the world oil prices, local suppliers are liable to raise their contract rates without notice due to fuel increases. We always do everything we can to absorb such increases, however in some cases it can be impossible for us to operate the file without incurring a loss. In such cases we reserve the right to increase our price if necessary. This will always be with a minimum advance notice of 30 days.

We apologize for any inconvenience that may arise from these conditions. However we hope your clients understand that in this increasingly uncertain world, such measures are necessary and that by guaranteeing the price with full payment in advance, they at least have some control over the cost of their holiday. 

HUONG VIET TRAVEL – MEMBER OF PATA, ASTA, IATA
Add: 20 Nguyen Truong To Str, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel : (84-4) 37162149    Fax: (84-4) 37161738
E–mail address: sales@huongviettravel.com
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Thứ Tư, 28 tháng 11, 2012

Day 1: HANOI — DUONG LAM VILLAGE - MAI CHAU (-/L/D)
In the morning, we start from Hanoi to Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. It will be your unique experience as you walk along tiny ancient alleys; visit Mong Phu Communal House in Mong Phu hamlet - the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, dedicated to national heroes. Have the opportunity to bike in the village and have some talks with the locals in their ancient houses by visiting the ancient houses of Mr Lam, Mr Ha and Mr Huyen. After that, we continue walking to visit Mia Pagoda (other hamlet in Duong Lam village), is built in 15 th century and admire 287 statues of all sizes, among with are famous sculpture such as the statue of Buddha in the Himalayas and the statues of the Eight Vajra Deities. Then visit Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple, places dedicated to two national heroes Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung.

duong-lam-sontay

Lastly, we will go back a local family to enjoy your special lunch with Vietnamese foods in an ancient house.
At around 14:00, we will keep heading to Mai Chau valley & view sunset behind the hills.
At night, you will have chance to enjoy a very unique traditional dances, folk songs displayed by Thai maidens. Lastly, you will have a small & simple farewell by a jar of mild herbal wine (Ruou Can) drunk throughout pipes. Dinner at village.
O/N at Mai Chau Lodge

Day 2: TREKKING IN MAI CHAU (B/L/D)
Option 1 (hard trek): MAI CHAU - XAM KHOE - MAI CHAU
After breakfast, transfer by car to the valley center. We start t to trek mountainsides to Xam Khoe Village. The trekking is difficult at times with some steep uphill and downhill walking, but the views are incredible however some physical preparation will enable you to fully appreciate today's trek. Picnic lunch in a family.
Get back to Pom Coong Village in the afternoon for a shortly leisure walking before going back to Mai Chau Lodge.
Dinner & O/N at Mai Chau Lodge.

Option 2 (soft trek): MAI CHAU - XA LINH - MAI CHAU
After breakfast, transfer by car 30km on the destination to Moc Chau. Today we have the opportunities for trekking through Hmong Villages with chance to contact local people.
Picnic lunch en route. Transfer back to Mai Chau Valley.
Dinner & O/N at Mai Chau Lodge.

mai-chau-hoa-binh
MaiChau

Day 3: MAI CHAU - HANOI (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we have a cycling tour around the valley before transfer back to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi in the afternoon.
Tour price in US$ will be valid until 30-Sep-2011

1 pax
2 pax
3 - 6 pax
7 - 10 Pax
11 - 14 pax
15 - 19 Pax
20-Upwards
720
418
377
326
310
307
294

* Services included: Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle; accommodation at Mai Chau Lodge; English speaking guide; entrance fees to indicated sights; 2 lunches + 2 dinners + 2 breakfasts.

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Thứ Ba, 27 tháng 11, 2012


Bago
Day 1 - Yangon - Bago - Kyaikhto (L,D) After breakfast, depart for Bago (1.30 hours drive), it is an ancient capital known as Ramadesa. En-route visit at Shawnyaung Bin Nat Shrine to appeal for a safe journey and allied war memorial at Htauk Kyant. After that, proceed to Bago, visit Kyaik Pun; built by King Dhamazedi, it consist of four 30 m high Buddha images, Shwemawdaw Pagoda- is said to be over 1000 years old and originally built by the Mon King. Then, visit Shwethalyaung Buddha- it is huge reclining Buddha image and longer than Buddha image at Wat Pho in Bangkok.

After lunch, commence your trip to Kyaikhto (approx. 2.30 hours drive). Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy your day leisurely and freely with some activities like swimming or soothe your skin and muscle with traditional massage.
Dinner and overnight stay at Sane Le' Tin Garden Hotel. 

Golden Rock
Day 2 - Kyaikhto - Golden Rock (B,L,D)
After early breakfast, drive to Saung Daing Gyi village; it is like a base camp and situated at the foot of the mountains range. You will be welcome by local area expert and porters who are travelling together with you to Golden Rock. Porters will carry your luggage, foods and necessary materials for you to be comfort and easy trek to Golden Rock. Then, follow the foot path of the hunters in the untouched and unspoiled natural dense forest; you need to cross over Dhanyin Mountain, Inner and Outer Mya Seinn Mountains and Ye Thea' Mountain before Golden Rock. (Approx. 7-8 hours trek) Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and enjoy the magnificent over the mountain ranges.
Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Top Hotel. 

Day 3 - Golden Rock - Kyaikhto (B,L,D)
Observe fantastic sunrise view at the hill top. After early breakfast, sight seeing around the Golden Rock and Street Market nearby. Then, your down hill trek begins and follow the route of old pilgrimage path to Kimpun Base Camp. Along the way, you can enjoy scenic beauties, natural forest, charming stream and water falls at Ye Myaung Gyi. (3-4 hours down hill trek)

Upon arrival, transfer to Kyaikhto for your stay at Sane Le' Tin Garden Hotel. Enjoy your day leisurely with the activities like swimming or soothe your skin and muscle with traditional massage. Moreover, there will be a special farewell dinner and overnight at Sane Le' Tin Garden Hotel. 

Day 4 - Kyaikhto- Yangon (B,L) After breakfast, enjoy the day freely at the hotel. After lunch, transfer back to Yangon. 

Cost in US$ per person in the party (valid 30 Sep'09)
MYANMAR GOLDEN ROCK TREK (UP-HILL)
Standard
2 pax
545
3 - 4 pax
493
5 - 6 pax
408
7 - 10 pax
405
11 - 15 pax
354
Single supplement
58

Our services include:
* 3 nights accommodation in half double/twin at selected hotel category with Abf
* Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
* English-speaking guide
* Porters
* Water and drinks during trek
* All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers except in Kyaikhtiyo where transfers by open non-air-conditioned vehicles
* Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
Our services do not include:
* Other meals not indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
* Entrance fees for the sites not mentioned in the program
* Drinks and Personal expenses
* Any other items not mentioned in the included services

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the constant fluctuations of the world oil prices, local suppliers are liable to raise their contract rates without notice due to fuel increases. We always do everything we can to absorb such increases, however in some cases it can be impossible for us to operate the file without incurring a loss. In such cases we reserve the right to increase our price if necessary. This will always be with a minimum advance notice of 30 days.

We apologize for any inconvenience that may arise from these conditions. However we hope your clients understand that in this increasingly uncertain world, such measures are necessary and that by guaranteeing the price with full payment in advance, they at least have some control over the cost of their holiday.

HUONG VIET TRAVEL – MEMBER OF PATA, ASTA, IATA
Add: 20 Nguyen Truong To Str, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel : (84-4) 37162149    Fax: (84-4) 37161738
E–mail address: sales@huongviettravel.com
Website: www.huongviettravel.com  | http://www.aseantravelandtours.com  | http://www.visavietnamonline.com  | http://www.huongvietjsc.com
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Thứ Hai, 26 tháng 11, 2012

Vietnam Travel PackagesDay 1: HO CHI MINH CITY – PHU QUOC ISLAND (-/-/-) 
Arrive at Phu Quoc Airport, you will be welcome then transferred to your resort on the island to have a check-in.
After your own lunch at local restaurant, the rest of the day will be spent totally enjoying beautiful beach, swimming pool and great facilities at your hotel or resort.
Overnight at hotel on Phu Quoc

Day 2: PHU QUOC – DUONG DONG TOWN (B/-/-)
Phu Quoc is also well-known for producing the best fish sauce and black pepper in Vietnam. Today, we will keep heading to discover unspoiled charms on this island by a visit to some local long-standing families processing fish-source traditionally. Later on, you can stop by some other families to see how they make local wine & of course, you can taste it freely. Finally, we will keep going straight to Duong Dong market to see all types of seafood products as well as specialities made in Phu Quoc.
The rest of your day, you could relax on beach.
Overnight at hotel on Phu Quoc

Vietnam Travel PackagesDay 3 : PHU QUOC – SNORKELING TOUR ( B/L/-)
After having breakfast at hotel.:
You will have a chance to take a tour with snorkeling activities nearby An Thoi port to visit the Australian pearl farm on the way to the Southern island. Upon arrival at An Thoi port, we will embark a fishing boat to see An Thoi archipelago & then anchor at a corner of quiet bay to take a snorkeling tour to hunt some kinds of aquatic creatures such as Garrupas, snappers,... Lunch with special barbecue seafood then sunbath on the boat. After all, we will get off the boat & drive to the Sao beach for your own relaxation on the hammocks then one more visit at the Ham Ninh fishing village before reaching to the hotel.
The rest of time, You might be free on your own by lazing on the beach to get sunburned.
Overnight at hotel on Phu Quoc

Day 4: PHU QUOC – FREE ON BEACH (B/-/-)
Today, you will be free on your own to laze on the sunny white-sand beach of this magnificent or enjoy some outstanding services provided at your hotel. (No any touring service)
Overnight at hotel on Phu Quoc

Day 5: PHU QUOC - HO CHI MINH CITY (B/-/-)
Morning will be free at leisure till your check out time to go to airport for the flight back to Saigon. End of the trip.

Cost in US$ per person in the party (valid 30 Sep'09)
PHU QUOC ISLAND: REST & RECREATION
Standard
First
Superior
2 pax
N/A
N/A
288
3 - 6 pax
N/A
N/A
273
7 -10 pax
N/A
N/A
267
11 - 14 pax
N/A
N/A
263
15 - 19 pax
N/A
N/A
261
20 pax & plus
N/A
N/A
209
Single supplement
N/A
N/A
192

Including: • Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Accommodation at hotel/resort (sharing double room)
• Meals: daily breakfast & 1 lunch
• Tours as discribed with English or French speaking guide
• Entrance fee to indicated sights

Excluding: • Flight Ho Chi Minh - Phu Quoc — Ho Chi Minh
• Other meals, tip, drinks, single room, personal expenses, insurance...

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E–mail address: sales@huongviettravel.com
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Thứ Sáu, 23 tháng 11, 2012

We travel to experience something different, to go places our friends haven’t been and regale them with our backpacking tales of far off countries when we get back, but these days everyone seems to be on the same trail. If you’re looking to get off the beaten track this year then maybe you should try one of these countries.
Whether it’s due to geographical location or a turbulent history, the following countries have amazing sights and cultures to offer but have stayed under the radar. This isn’t an exhaustive list and they aren’t necessarily the least visited in the world (otherwise you’d be left with a list of tiny islands and Liechtenstein) but they certainly might inspire you!

North Korea

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North Korea is one of the most secretive societies and one of the few countries that are still under communist rule, so if you want to see the ‘last bastion’ of communism, now is the time to go. North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has maintained its isolated position from the rest of the world and the country is governed by the ‘Juche’ principal of self reliance, handed down by the Kim Dynasty.

Almost untouched by tourism, North Korea lets in very few westerners each year and you enter strictly on the government’s terms with an approved tour guide. Tour guides will tend to stick to their one-sided version of history and will want to stick to the main sites, but if you’re prepared for that then it’s worth doing. The only main transport hub to North Korea is through Beijing, where you can catch a train or a flight to the capital, Pyongyang.  North Korea attracts people for its backwardness and this country is certainly off the beaten track.

Myanmar

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Otherwise known as Burma, but officially called the ‘Union of Myanmar’ these days, Myanmar is the authentic Asia. The country borders with Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Laos, China and the Bay of Bengal and stretches from the ocean to the Eastern Himalayan mountain range. Myanmar is ruled by a military junta which wields absolute power, suppresses dissent and is accused of gross human rights abuses. Myanmar is isolated by the international community and so many travelers don’t go there, but the gentle, hospitable inhabitants aren’t anything like the tyrannical regime.

This mysterious and undiscovered nation will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time; it’s a breathtaking country with plenty of charm, but still very much behind the modern world.  Myanmar offers amazing beaches, snow-capped mountains, jungle, ancient cities and Buddhist monuments.

Marshall Islands

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The Republic of the Marshall Islands is a string of narrow islands and coral atolls in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and attained independence in 1986. The US tested nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands after World War II and claims are still going on between the two countries. The islands were first settled by the Micronesians, were visited by the Spanish and British, colonized by the Germans and occupied by the Japanese, but  after several battles during World War II, the U.S. seized them from Japan and in 1947, the UN made the island group a U.S. trust territory.

The capital atoll is Majuro, which houses the central government, most of the country’s businesses, and an estimated 50% of the country’s population.  The Marshallese have adapted to the ocean environment and are expert fishermen.

Bhutan

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Bhutan “The Land of the Thunder Dragon” is a landlocked country up in the Himalayas and has borders with Tibet, China, Nepal, India and Bangladesh. Living on “the roof of the world” the Bhutanese have kept themselves to themselves for hundreds of years, and only recently discovered cyberspace. Bhutan is a hiker’s paradise; a land of soaring snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows and densely forested hills and ravines with exotic flora and fauna.

Until the early 60s Bhutan was only accessible on foot through Tibet or India, so its no wonder Bhutan is a country less visited. Not only this, but independent travel to Bhutan is prohibited, so all tourists must travel on a pre-planned, pre-paid, guided package tour which becomes very expensive.  With a $200 per day minimum spending per person requirement, this country is not for the budget traveler.

Nicaragua

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Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, with the Pacific Ocean on the West and the Caribbean Ocean on the east. Nicaragua has two big lakes and one of them, Lake Nicaragua, houses the only fresh water sharks in the world. It’s a country of action and adventure, where you can surf the beach breaks, climb the volcano, trek the rainforest and explore the colonial city of Granada.

Two small islands in the Atlantic Ocean called the Corn Islands offer a Caribbean vibe with white beaches, tropical blue waters, and magnificent coral reefs. But this amazing country has remained under the radar when it comes to tourism, probably because of the country’s instability; a cruel dictatorship, civil war, earthquakes and hurricane Mitch. But after decades of turmoil Nicaragua is now getting back on its feet and is one of the safest countries in the Americas. You may want to get there soon because its cheapness makes it a budget traveler’s heaven and tourism is steadily growing.

Bolivia

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Bolivia is a well-kept secret- while many backpackers head to South America, not so many visit Bolivia. This landlocked country in South America is one of the most remote countries in the western hemisphere and is sometimes known as the “Tibet of the Americas”.

It is the poorest country in South America but rich in natural resources.  Most tourists flock to its neighbor Peru, but Bolivia offers an authentic Latin American cultural experience and you could say it is the most “South American”, with two thirds of the population being indigenous in origin. You may have seen photos of their distinctive dress; petticoats, ponchos and bowler hats.  Bolivia boasts the highest capital city, the highest lake in the world and the largest salt flats.

Algeria

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Algeria, in North Africa, is the largest country on the Mediterranean sea and the second largest country on the African continent. Most of Algeria is covered by the spectacular Sahara desert, with the population concentrated in medieval towns in the oases.   Most Algerians live on the coastlands and live on 12% of the land.

Algeria was originally inhabited by the Berbers until the Arabs conquered North Africa in the seventh century. Staying mainly in the mountainous regions, the Berbers resisted the spreading Arab influence, managing to preserve much of their language and culture until the present day. Independent travel is very difficult, however, and visits by foreigners low, as a bitter civil war broke out in 1992, which ended up in the death of more than 150,000 people.  The situation has improved but there are still odd violent attacks, so backpacking without a vehicle is almost impossible.

Lebanon

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Lebanon is a small charming country in the Middle East on the Mediterranean Sea, with cities that were major seaports and outposts in Phoenican and Roman times. Years of military upheavals, civil unrest and a ban on travel from the US until 1997 have meant that Lebanon remains off the beaten track.

For those into winter sports, Lebanon is great for skiing and snowboarding between December and March. Lebanon is also a great place for sun-seekers who want to hit the golden Mediterranean beaches in summer, nature lovers and those interested in architecture and history. The ancient yet cosmopolitan capital city of  Beirut is known as ‘the Paris of the East’ and has great bars, restaurants and clubs, but if you want to see the ‘real’ Lebanon you will have to venture outside the city.

This ancient land, which features in the Old Testament and the writings of Homer, offers golden beaches, alpine mountains and green agricultural valleys.

Madagascar

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Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and lies off the south east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean.  Around 80% of the animals and plants on Madagascar are unique to the island and the diversity is staggering; there are over 70 different species just of lemur!

If you’ve seen the movie with the same name, you’ll know Madagascar is all about the animals and the animals are weird; see the world’s smallest and largest chameleons and the elephant bird, the biggest bird in the world. Look out for the carnivorous pitcher plant and marvel at the baobabs as you walk down Avenue de Baobab. The sugared coastline has great snorkeling, is littered with shipwrecks and has some cool pirate history.

Slovakia

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Slovakia, or “Slovensko” in the native language of Slovak, isn’t amongst one of the most well-known destinations, but it is definitely worth paying attention to.  This central European country has everything from alpine peaks, skiing, national parks, forests and rivers to gothic and baroque towns, more castles and chateaus than you can ever imagine, and old-town cafés in Bratislava.

Now that Slovakia has joined the EU, emerged from the communist era and the capital Bratislava is served with a bunch of low cost airlines including Ryanair, Slovakia is becoming a great option for traveling. Although prices have gone up it remains relatively cheap compared to the rest of Europe.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bosnia and Herzegovina still bears the scars of the Yugaslav wars in the Balkan region in the 1990s and in some regions the countryside is still riddled with mines.  But travelers are starting to put Bosnia and Herzegovina into their itineraries as they realize it has stunning mountain landscapes, a lively café scene in Sarajevo, historic fortresses, old mosques, monasteries and Catholic shrines.

Bosnia and Herzegovina bears evidence of the cultural and architectural influence of two great empires; the country was first dominated by the Turks for 500 years and then briefly by the Austria-Hungarians. The old bridge in the city of Mostar is a highlight, and many people are drawn to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the adventure sports such as river kayaking, rafting, mountain hiking and climbing.

Rwanda

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The ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ is a lush country in Africa with a relatively cool climate because of its high altitude, rolling hills, grassy uplands, mountains, abundant wildlife, lakeshore beaches and stunning natural beauty. The main attraction for travelers is that its dense jungle contains some of the world’s last mountain gorillas, and Rwanda is the best place to view them at close quarters. Rwanda became best known from the movie “Gorillas in the Mist” and the mountain gorillas are a major source of tourism.

Other attractions include the savannah and plains wildlife in Akagera National Park, the biodiversity of Nyungwe rainforest and the beautiful lakeshore beaches around Lake Kivu. Rwanda is unfortunately usually remembered for one of the worst mass genocides in history in 1994 but don’t let that put you off.  Visitors tend to avoid traveling to Rwanda given its tumultuous history, but these days the country has taken leaps and bounds towards recovery.

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Thứ Năm, 22 tháng 11, 2012

Traveling around Vietnam can be extremely cheap. Extremely expensive. Or anywhere in between. Budget, bare-bones backpackers can probably get around on $10-$15USD per day or less. If you want to pamper yourself by staying in 5-star hotels and eating at the finest restaurants, you can blow through $150USD per day. Then there’s everything in between.

We chose the $30 per person, per day number after personal experience and research. This budget will allow travelers to stay in private rooms all the time (usually in hostels/guesthouses), typically with air con and often with cable television (cable is often just a byproduct of the private, a/c rooms). This budget assumes you will take buses and trains from the north to the south (or vice versa).

Street food is a great way to save on the budget, but don’t just eat there to save a buck.  Do it because it is delicious. $30US per day will afford you the opportunity to eat out often and drink some beers and cocktails as well, which always makes that budget number soar, even in a country like Vietnam. As far as activities, when we there in 2008, we didn’t say “No” to anything because of cost – we pretty much did what we wanted on our $30/person/day budget. Following is a breakdown of how you, too, can travel around Vietnam on $30 per day, and we’ll offer tips, advice, and practical information for those of you who want to do it on less and more than that.

Transportation

Vietnam Travel Packages

Getting in and around Vietnam is pretty easy, but you are in for some interesting times if you decide to overland it through Vietnam.
Getting in
You can enter Vietnam by several different methods:
  • Plane: If you fly into Vietnam, you’ll most likely be flying into either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). If coming from another country in the region, check out AirAsia for the cheapest flights.
  • Bus: If you are in Southeast Asia and traveling around the region, you may enter Vietnam by bus from China, Laos, or Cambodia. Make sure you know what you’re getting into before boarding a bus in another country as many journeys are long, uncomfortable, and unpleasant, especially if it involves an overnight trip.  These journeys, though often frustrating, can also be quite memorable with the people you meet and the stories you’ll have to tell.
  • Boat:  You can travel to and from Vietnam to Cambodia via boat, and it’s an excellent way to cross the border.  Slow, relaxed, not nearly as cramped as a bus, and floating down the banks of the infamous Mekong is just a unique way to travel.
  • Train: There are a few train crossings to and from China, including the long journey all the way from Beijing to Hanoi. Another interesting way to cross the border if you’re looking for something a little different than a bus or plane.
Note: Remember when entering Vietnam, make sure you have your visa situation all squared away before leaving. They don’t offer visas upon arrival, so take care of it at home or at an embassy before coming. If you are in the region before coming to Vietnam, Bangkok is a good place to get your visa, just be aware that you’ll have to part with your passport for a few days.

Getting around
Vietnam Travel Packages

While not always the most comfortable or easy going, getting around Vietnam is really rather simple. Because of the small, narrow geography of the country, when most people travel around this country, they go either north to south or vice versa, starting in either Hanoi in the north or Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in the south.
  • Bus: When you arrive in either Hanoi or Saigon and start wandering around the tourist areas, you’ll notice that you have two options when it comes to bus tickets:
    • A plethora of travel agents will be selling open jaw bus tickets. With these, you choose which cities you want to visit and purchase a ticket in either Hanoi or Saigon. Your ticket will then be covered the rest of your time in Vietnam. You don’t have to schedule the dates up front – you can figure that out once you get to a new city. One cool thing about these are that you can choose sleeper seats and always have a bed for those overnight journeys. Sleep isn’t too easy though as the drivers are a bit crazy and the horn will always be blaring, no matter what time of day or night. Another negative of this is that you have to go with one company for all the bus trips, so if you find out after the first leg that the particular company you chose is no good, you’re stuck with them.  These are generally cheaper than just buying one-way tickets, but the cost isn’t that vast of a difference if you want to have the freedom and flexibility of buying as you go.
    • Buying one-ways as you go is as simple as it sounds.  It can be a bit more expensive, and those with open jaw tickets will have priority, so it may take a bit more planning or you may have to wait an extra day to leave.
  • Train: There are a few train journeys in Vietnam, but they are not as prevalent as buses and are more expensive. The comfort is better than a bus in most cases, and there are different classes of seats, each one going up in both comfort and price.
  • Air: Checking AirAsia when you in the region is always your best bet, but you many want to check Vietnam Airlines or Jetstar Pacific as well if you are short on time.
  • Motorbike:  For those with motorbike experience, a great way to see the country on your terms is to rent or buy a motorbike and take your own road trip. I wouldn’t recommend this for those who have never ridden one before or have limited experience, as the roads can be bad and the drivers worse. Exercise caution if choosing this method.
  • Boat: There are also a few boat journeys available, particularly in the south on the Mekong. It’s a great change of pace. If going to or coming from Cambodia, look into the border crossing by boat – it’s a pretty awesome experience.
Transport costs
  • Open jaw bus ticket:  They vary from company to company, but as an example, you can get a ticket from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) to Hanoi, with stops in Mui Ne, Da Lat, Nha Trang, and Hue for about $40USD/person (a sleeper ticket and more stops will add to the cost).
  • One-way bus ticket:  A one-way bus ticket typically costs a bit more.  You can do the above journey for around $60-$80/person and possibly lower, depending on your negotiating skills.
  • Train:  Trains on average cost about 1.5 to 2 times as much as a bus, but they are typically more comfortable, and you don’t have to worry about the poor road conditions.  Plus they have bathrooms.  And food on board and at stops.  Which can be huge on longer journeys.
  • Air:  Airfare is always changing, as we all know, but I did find several one-way flights from Hanoi to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) for around $65USD on Vietnam Airlines.

Accommodation

Vietnam Travel Packages

When traveling in Southeast Asia, the sky’s the limit as far as how much or little comfort you want and money you want to spend.  You can get a bed in a hostel or guesthouse for as little as $5USD/night or you can spend hundreds on a room at a 5-star hotel and resort.  Then there’s  everything else in between. When my wife and I spent a  month in Vietnam in 2009, we averaged right around $15-20 per night on accommodations.  But we always had a private room, had air conditioning the vast majority of the time, and even had cable television in many of our rooms.  Breakfast was often included as well.  We were extremely happy with our accommodation options. Obviously rooms and beds are more expensive in Hanoi and Saigon, but the further away you get from each and the smaller the town, the cheaper the sleeping arrangements. Here’s a price breakdown on what you can expect in Vietnam for accommodations:
  • $5USD:  A bed in a dorm room with a fan (hopefully).  Shared bathrooms  They might not be the cleanest, quietest, or brightest, but you get what you pay for.  Spending $5 a night on your sleeping will leave you a lot of money to play with if you are going with the $30/day budget.
  • $5-$10:  Spending just a bit more can often make a big difference.  Depending on the city, it may still be a dorm, but the bathroom should be private.  Rooms are often cleaner and nicer, and you may even get a/c if you get near the $10 range.
  • $10-$20:  This is pretty standard for those who don’t want to go bare-bone and will get you nice room, especially near the $20/night range.  Expect a private room, most with air con, and often with a cable tv.
  • $25+:  When you start getting above $25 and into the $40 and $50 range, you’re really stepping up.  Air con and cable are standard, as is internet (though we had internet most of the time in our $20-$25 rooms).  Everything should be spic and span, and you may even have amenities like a private balcony, large rooms, and even a pool.
  • $50+:  This is when you are getting into hotel territory, especially when you reach $75 and $100/night.  Nice hotels, some world class.  Expect everything you would in a $200+ room in most western countries.

Food

Vietnam Travel Packages

I have a soft spot in my heart for Vietnamese food. In our year-long trip around the world, Vietnam had my favorite cuisine. So fresh, so varied, so flavorful, and most of all, so cheap. There is nothing like a steaming bowl of pho first thing in the morning in a small, Hanoi alleyway. Or a super strong, super sweet Vietnamese iced coffee to cool down during a day of wandering. Or a glass of bia hoi (locally brewed beer) that you can get from a small roadside “bar” for the equivalent of 25 cents.

There are so many things I love about Vietnam and their food. The French influence is evident, and there are similarities to other Southeast Asian cuisines, but make no mistake about it, Vietnamese food stands alone on its own as some of the best in the world. If you’re on a tight budget, you can easily eat in Vietnam for $3-$5 USD per day by going the street-food only route.  It may be a little more difficult to find in the smaller towns, but it’s still around.  You may just have to ask the locals, which is a great idea whenever you’re looking for the most authentic meals. If you have a bit more to spend and up your food budget to $10-$15 per day, you’ll be eating well.  You can easily get a local restaurant meal for $5-$10, eat a street meal for the other two (a bowl of pho, for example, usually doesn’t cost more than $1), and have enough for a coffee or several beers.  If you have even more to spend, your options are limitless.

Highlights

Vietnam Travel Packages
  • Hanoi- A city that just celebrated its 1000th anniversary, Hanoi is absolutely bonkers at times.  Navigating its tiny, narrow streets without getting run over, and withstanding the touts and aggressiveness of the people can be challenging, but the city has a unique charm to it, and the food is downright spectacular.
  • Ha Long Bay- A top site not only in Southeast Asia but the entire world, Ha Long Bay is spectacular.  The choices for exploring Ha Long Bay are many and can be extremely confusing, so do your homework before booking a tour.  And while it may be tempting, don’t go with the cheapest option.  You will get what you paid for.
  • Hoi An- If you’ve come to Southeast Asia and you like shopping, then Hoi An is your place.  With over 400 tailors in this small little town, getting custom made clothing is the main reason tourists visit.  But there is more to Hoi An than the tailors.  The food is amazing, with dishes that are uniquely Hoi An, and beaches, temples, and mountains are a day trip away.
  • Dalat- This quirky little town located in the central highlands offers a respite from the balmy, humid weather of the rest of the Vietnam.  A popular honeymoon destination for locals, Dalat is a city that sees a lot fewer western tourists.
  • Mekong River- Exploring the Mekong River south of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is a wonderful way to see a different way of life that has you feeling like you’ve hopped in the Delorean to visit the past.  Floating river markets and homestays offer travelers a unique and interesting experience not offered in many other places in the world.

Off the beaten path

Like Thailand, the tourist trail is pretty well trodden in Vietnam, but there are still some places to get away from the crowds.
  • If you are adept at riding a motorbike, rent one and explore the country yourself.  Make sure you have some experience, though, as Vietnamese drivers tend to be pretty crazy.
  • Western tourists head to the hill station of Sapa in the north, while Vietnamese tourists go to Mai Chau.
  • If you’re heading to Cambodia from Vietnam, then consider taking a river boat up the Mekong from Chau Doc.  An incredible experience.
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Thứ Tư, 21 tháng 11, 2012

Myanmar ToursDay 1 - Arrive Yangon (D) Arrive in Yangon. Meet your Exotissimo guide at the airport and transfer to hotel. Enjoy your day at leisure.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2 - Yangon - Mandalay (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to Airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival at Mandalay, welcome by English speaking guide and transfer to hotel for check in. (The bikes will be carried by car to the hotel.) Full day free at leisure with car and guide available for sightseeing.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 3 - Mandalay - Amarapura - Mandalay (B,L,D) After breakfast at the hotel, your guide joins you on bike to ride out of Manadalay. Heading to the south-west of Mandalay, 18th century capital, Amarapura and visit the U-Bien's bridge the longest teak bridge in the world (1.2km). Proceed to Mingun by bikes and explore there.
In the afternoon, leisurely back by boat to Mandalay. Continue biking among the ''hidden'' places in Mandalay including a gold leaves workshop, Mahamuni Pagoda and Mandalay Hill to observe the lifestyle and daily busy life of local people.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 4 - Mandalay - Sagaing - Monywa (B,L,D) After breakfast, your soft adventure biking trip to Monywa is begins, west of Mandalay via Sagaing. It is situated about 140 km to the west of Mandalay on the east bank of the Chindwin River is Moniwa, a typical Burmese town. Moniwa is the major trading centre for agricultural products from the surrounding Chindwin Valley. The Thanbokde Pagoda with its 6,000 Buddha images, the Boddhi-tataung Pagoda with its grove of 1,000 sacred banyan trees and the huge reclining Buddha are the main sights of Moniwa.
Overnight in Monywa

Myanmar ToursDay 5 - Monywa - Pakkoku - Bagan (B,L,D) After breakfast, riding to Pakkoku via Myitche, it is a small village famous for local industry as Burmese slippers, woven blankets and paper-mache animals. Nice to know about Myanmar's cottage industry. From Pakkoku, take the private boats (bikes go on the boat together) to Bagan .
Overnight in Bagan.

Day 6 - Bagan (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, full day of biking around the ancient temples. Morning sightseeing of Bagan features the colourful Nyaung Oo Market, the Shwezigon Pagoda and its magnificent golden stupa, Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. In the afternoon, observe the process of traditional lacquer ware, one of Myanmar's best-known handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan. Visit Ananda, an architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple with four impressive standing Buddha images, Ananda Okkyaung, one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period.
Overnight in Bagan.

Day 7 - Bagan - Mt. Popa - Bagan (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, ride a bike to Mount Popa passing small settlements where men climb up the palm trees to collect the juice of it to make jaggery or liquor. Mount Popa has played an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since the earliest times. Mt. Popa is likened to the Pathenon of Greece as it is the abode of Myanmar traditional Nats (Spirits). It is fascinating to study how ancient Myanmars believed in Nats: 37 kinds in number. Its shrine is dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. The view over the Myingyan Plain from the top of the Popa-Taung Kalat volcanic peak is simply breathtaking. Late afternoon, back to Bagan by bike or by car.
Overnight in Bagan.

Myanmar ToursDay 8 - Bagan - Yangon (B,L,D)
Continue biking tour in Bagan to the Myinkaba village and Minnanthu village. At Myinkaba village, observe the process of traditional lacquer ware, one of the best-known Myanmar handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan. Visit the monuments of Myinkaba village, Gubyaukkhi, an early period Pyu-style temple of Hindu influence with some of the oldest mural paintings in Bagan, Manuha and Nanpaya temples.
In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the countryside village of Minnanthu, the least visited temple area in Bagan. Observe the local farmers' way of life together with a visit to some of the most interesting temples such as Payathonzu, with its unusual architecture and Tantric Buddhism influence, Lemyethna and Nandamannya temples.In the evening, transfer to airport for the flight to Yangon.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 9 - Depart Yangon (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the day free at leisure till the transfer to the airport for the departure flight
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Cost in US$ per person in the party (valid 30 Sep'09)
MANDALAY TO BAGAN CYCLING
Standard
2 pax
1,356
3 - 4 pax
1,162
5 - 6 pax
1,145
7 - 10 pax
1,022
11 - 15 pax
859
Single supplement
9

Our Services Include:
* 8 nights accommodation in half double/twin at selected hotel category with Abf
* Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
* Entrance fee for the visit mentioned in the program
* 2 domestic flights RGN/MDL and NYU/RGN on Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways or Air Bagan including insurance surcharge & current fuel surcharge
* All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles
* Supporting van/bus (with space for bikes) during the biking trip
o 2 people: Town Ace van
o 3-4 people: Hice Ace van
o 5-6 people: 22 seater minibus
o 7-10 people: 29 seater minibus
o 11-12 people: 33 seater coach
* Transportation of the bicycles RGN - MDL and NYU - RGN
* English-speaking throughout biking guide from Mandalay - Bagan (who will bike with the grp together) and English-speaking station guide in Yangon
* Private boat from Pakkoku- Bagan

Our Services do not Include:
* Other meals not indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
* Entrance fees for the sites not mentioned in the program
* Bike rental (usd 70/person)
* International flights to/from Yangon
* Other transfer for visits
* International Airport departure Tax: 10 USD/person
* Visa fees
* Tips & porters at the hotels
* Drinks and Personal expenses
* Any other items not mentioned in the included services

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the constant fluctuations of the world oil prices, local suppliers are liable to raise their contract rates without notice due to fuel increases. We always do everything we can to absorb such increases, however in some cases it can be impossible for us to operate the file without incurring a loss. In such cases we reserve the right to increase our price if necessary. This will always be with a minimum advance notice of 30 days.

We apologize for any inconvenience that may arise from these conditions. However we hope your clients understand that in this increasingly uncertain world, such measures are necessary and that by guaranteeing the price with full payment in advance, they at least have some control over the cost of their holiday.

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Thứ Ba, 20 tháng 11, 2012

Itinerary in brief Day 1 : HCMC Arrival
Day 2: HCMC - Bien Hoa - Phan Thiet
Day 3: Phan Thiet - Nha Trang
Day 4: Nha Trang
Day 5: Nha Trang - Tuy Hoa - Quy Nhon
Day 6: Quy Nhon - Pleiku - Kon Tum
Day 7: Pleiku
Day 8: Pleiku -Da Nang- Hoi An
Day 9: Hoi An - Hue
Day 10: Hue- A Luoi
Day 11: A Luoi - Quang Tri - Hue
Day 12: Hue- HCMC
Day 13: HCMC Departure

Detail Itinerary
Vietnam Travel PackagesDay 1 : HO CHI MINH CITY - Arrival (D)
Transfer from Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC. City tour of HCMC (Saigon) including the Reunification Conference Hall (formerly the South Vietnamese Presidential Palace), US Embassy grounds and the War Remnants Museum. Overnight in HCMC.

Day 2: HCMC - Bien Hoa - Phan Thiet (B, L, D)
Early morning departure via National Road No.1 with first stop is Long Binh, by road to former base at Bien Hoa, head Northward to Xuan Loc for lunch. Afternoon visit former Phan Thiet air base. Overnight in Phan Thiet.

Day 3: Phan Thiet - Nha Trang (B, L, D)
Departure for Song Mao with stop over at the former MACV headquarters, continue to Song Mao and Tuy Phong, stop at former American adviser compound located. Arriving in Phan Rang, visit Poklong Cham Gia Rai Towers to get a view of the former 1st Brigade base camp and airbase. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 4: Nha Trang (B, L, D)
Enjoy boat trip to MunIsland, fishing village, swimming, city overlooking at Bao Dai Summer Palace. Balance of the day is free. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Vietnam Travel PackagesDay 5: Nha Trang - Tuy Hoa - Quy Nhon (B, L, D)
Depart for Tuy Hoa, visit both the airbase north and south of town, short road excursion into the rice paddies and travel up Hill 1283, proceed west on National Road No.1 to the areas of Tuy An, Trung Luong and Dong Tre. In Dong Tre, visit the airstrip and old bunker. Overnight in Qui Nhon.

Day 6: Quy Nhon - Pleiku - Kon Tum (B, L, D)
Travel north on Highway No.19 to Pleiku, stop in An Khe to visit the area of Camp Radcliff and the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters, lunch in Pleiku. By road to Kon Tum with a view at a former US DZ site where some French barracks located. Visit Kon Tum's old wooden church and the orphanage, B12 and B15. Overnight in Kon Tum.

Day 7: Pleiku (B, L, D)
Travel to Dak To and Tu Mo Rong which was the site of a major battle of the 1st Brigade in June 1966 on jeep or land over. Return to Pleiku and depart for Decop Village for an evening of traditional gong music, rice wine and dancing under the stars and around a bonfire with the Balmar Montagnards. Overnight in Pleiku.

Day 8: Pleiku - Da Nang- Hoi An (B, L, D)
Early morning hike to visit Dragon Mountain, flight to Da Nang in the afternoon, visit the Cham Sculpture Museum, Marble Mountain, balance of the day for My Khe beach, the original China beach for a couple of hours. Overnight in Hoi An.

Vietnam Travel PackagesDay 9: Hoi An - Hue (B, L, D)
Travel northward with stop over at Hai Van Pass, Lang Co beach, Phu Bai. Arriving Hue, city tour of Hueincluding Royal Citadel, Forbidden City, Royal Museum, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tu Duc Mausoleum, Dong Ba Market. Overnight in Hue.

Day 10: Hue - A Luoi (B, L, D)
Four wheel drive to explore Ashau and A Luoi Valley, Camp Eagle, Fire-base, Birmingham and Fire-base Bastogne. Continue visiting Hong Bac Village which is located at the base of a 770 m hill to have a view to Hamburger hill, following to A Shan valley. Overnight in A Luoi.

Day 11: A Luoi - Quang Tri - Hue (B, L, D)
Travel via Highway No.14 to Khe Sanh for a visit of the combat base, continue traveling by road with stop over at Rockpile, Camp Carrol, DMZ (Demilitarize Zone), the 17th parallel and the Vinh Moc Tunnel, Mc Namara electronic wall, return to Hue with stop at Quang Tri Citadel which is well known in summer 1972. Overnight in Hue.

Day 12: Hue - HO CHI MINH CITY (B, L, -)
Morning flight back to HCMC or Hanoi, handicraft shopping tour in the afternoon

Day 13: HO CHI MINH CITY - Departure (B)
Free shopping till departure time.

INCLUDING - Accommodation based on twin sharing
- Domestic Flight mention in program
- Air Conditioned transportation
- Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch & D = Dinner)
- All admission fees
- English speaking guide
- Boat Trips
- Bottled water on car

NOT INCLUDING
International air-tickets and airport departure tax, Meals not mentioned in the program (between 7 - 15 USD/meal/person) ,Drinks, phone calls and all personal expenses ,Travel insurance .
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