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PROPOSAL

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TREASURES OF SOUTH VIETNAM – 12D11N

DEPARTURE

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01 Jan 2014 – 30 September 2014

NUMBER OF PAX

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TBA

PREPARED FOR

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TBA

VIETNAM DESTINATION

Vietnam is now firmly on the world stage, but only since the early 1990’s travellers started arriving. Today visitors from all over the world have the opportunity to discover the beauty of Vietnam. Brilliant green rice fields, bustling city streets, grand colonial buildings, colourful markets, temples and pagodas, deserted sandy beaches, glorious mountain scenery, colourful ethnic minorities, delicious cuisine, luxurious hotels and resorts, THIS IS VIETNAM TODAY. The country is divided into three distinct regions, the south, the centre and the north. The northern capital Hanoi, is the seat of government and home of the revered Ho Chi Minh. This is the artistic and cultural heart of the country, with Hoan Kiem lake at the centre. In the Old Quarter, at the Temple of Literature, in the colonial buildings and the museums the past comes to life. Saigon is the commercial powerhouse of the country, with international hotels, shiney malls, old markets, museums, China Town and café life. The city is truly multi-cultural. There are Seven World Heritage sites in Vietnam declared by UNESCO in 2011. The spectacular natural wonder of Ha Long Bay (1994), the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park (2003), the central sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Hanoi (2010), Citadel of the Ho Dynasty (2011), Complex of Hué Monuments (1993), Hoi An Ancient Town (1999), My Son Sanctuary (1999). Vietnam offers the ultimate in adventure and luxury travel


Day 1: HO CHI MINH CITY ARRIVAL

(-/-/-)

Welcome to Vietnam! Asia Destinations’ guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and take you into the city centre by private car. Hotel check in and free time to relax. In the afternoon, start your half-day city tour to see Saigon’s historic landmarks. The city, is the dynamic commercial centre of Vietnam. Despite the hustle and bustle, the city retains its connections to the past. A stroll down Rue Catinat (of Graham Greene's 'The Quiet American') will reveal more colonial classics; the Opera House, a three-story classical theatre (outside visit); the former Hotel de ville constructed in 1901, now The People's Committee building with no public access; the Notre Dame Cathedral, a stunningly massive red-brick edifice with twin spires (open only 3-4pm everyday otherwise just outside visit); the Central Post Office influenced by Renaissance architecture; and the former Presidential Palace headquarter of the Saigon government during the past conflicts.Return to your hotel and free time to discover more of the city on your own. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: CU CHI TUNNELS

(B/-/-)

After breakfast at hotel, your guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby to enjoy a 2-hour-drive north west of Saigon to Cu Chi tunnels, through urbanized areas and typically lush southern Vietnamese countryside. The tunnel complex was dug in 1948 for the guerrillas to hide from invaders. It also served as communication routes and for


food and weapon caches as well as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the French and American wars. Visit the underground villages to understand the tunnels’ history, life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese’s resilience during the conflicts. Return to Ho Chi Minh city with free time for the rest of the day to go shopping or relax at the hotel on your own. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: HO CHI MINH CITY - CAI BE

(B/L/D)

Today, after breakfast at the hotel, your driver will pick you at the hotel lobby and drive you by private car or coach to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta; known as the country’s ‘rice-basket’. Embark on a 3-hour drive with ever-changing views – from the rapidly developing Saigon city to the hectic delta. On arrival, board the cruise at noon with a welcome drink and an experienced crew to look after you. Check into the cabins and enjoy a delicious lunch on the upper deck while the boat sails leisurely towards canals on the Mekong River. Rest on the deck, or relax at the bar as the boat maneuvers through the mass of local boats. See the fruit drying facilities and traditional wooden shipbuilding yards on both sides. A village visit on the banks of Co Chien or Mang Thit is an opportunity to appreciate the local way of life of the Delta people and their hospitality. If you would like to explore, stop at an orchard or a nearby paddy field. Enjoy the sunset with a sundowner before dinner while cruising on Mekong River. Overnight on board in the delta

Day 4: CAN THO – CHAU DOC

(B/L/-)


Enjoy an early breakfast at approximately 06.30am, as the boat departs for Can Tho. Watch the sunrise on the river. Leisurely cruise up the Bassac river while passing the beautiful scenery. Here you will see the local floating market, where many boats laden with fruit, vegetables and fish jostle for trade. Sellers advertise their wares by crying out across the waters, or tie their goods to a tall pole so that buyers can see them from a distance. Upon arrival at Ninh Kieu wharf, disembark your cruise. Your local guide in Can Tho will pick you up and accompany you on the journey to Chau Doc. In the late afternoon, you will drive 30 Km from Chau Doc to Tra Su Cajuput forest. Here you will take a boat trip through Tra Su cajuput forest renowned for its untouched natural beauty and its sanctuary for flora and fauna. Return to Chau Doc in the evening. Overnight in Chau Doc

Day 5: CHAU DOC – HO CHI MINH CITY

(B/L/-)

After breakfast, we will visit the Chau Doc city attractions including: Chua Xu Temple, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, fishing farm, Cham mosque and Cham village – Cham is one of the ethnic minorities of Vietnam. Experience the local life in the Mekong Delta before returning to Ho Chi Minh City (about 7 hour driving). Arrive at Ho Chi Minh City and check in hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 6: HO CHI MINH CITY – NAM CAT TIEN NATIONAL PARK

(B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, your driver and your guide will pick you up to depart for a trekking day in Nam Cat Tien National Park (around 3-hour drive by private car). The 70,000 hectare park is home to various species of giant


trees and wild animals. A leisurely hike in the Ben Cu area of the park is available. Return to your guesthouse in the park and after dinner take a night ride by jeep deep into the Nui Tuong forest to look for nocturnal animals. Overnight at Cat Tien guesthouse

Day 7: NAM CAT TIEN NATIONAL PARK – LAK LAKE

(B/-/-)

In the early morning, take a jeep ride to Bau Sau, the staging point for the day’s trek (round trip 10km). Trek for three and a half hours deep into the forest then take a canoe around the lake. If lucky, you may see some unusual birds and mammals which live in the forest and wetlands. Then hike back to the jeep for the drive back to the guesthouse. Check out and continue to Dak Lak province (around 6-hour drive) which is a home to several ethnic minorities such as Ede, Mnong, Jarai. Hotel check in and enjoy a traditional ‘gong’ show and dance performance of the Mnong tribes. Overnight in Lak Resort

Day 8: LAK LAKE – BUON MA THUOT

(B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel then visit Lak lake that is considered the biggest natural lake in the Central Highlands surrounded by mountains and pretty villages of Jun and M’lieng ethic people. Stroll around the Jun village to discover the daily life of Mnong minority and enjoy an elephant ride (for one hour) to M’lieng village. Continue for one-hour by car to Buon Ma Thuot which is a large city in a coffee plantation region, and a provincial city of Daklak province. Upon arrival Buon Ma Thuot City, you will visit some local attractions including Khai Doan pagoda, Lac Giao temple and the Ethnographic Museum with good collection of artefacts of the local hilltribe people. Arrive at your hotel in Buon Ma Thuot for check –in and free time for relaxation. Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot.

Day 9: BUON MA THUOT – DA LAT

(B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, your driver and guide will drive you from Buon Ma Thuot to Da Lat by car (around 4 hour). Upon arrival in Da Lat, hotel check in and we take a stroll through the French Quarter with french architectural villas, especially Dalat Cathedral (also called Chicken Church) - one of the oldest and typical of the architecture constructions of Dalat. Return to your hotel for check in and free time for your rest in the evening.


Overnight in Da Lat.


Day 10: DALAT

(B/-/-)

This cool retreat, in the central highlands was discovered by the French during their time in Vietnam. Dalat was developed as an escape from the intense heat of the lowlands. Here the French buit villas and planted flowers and alpine shrubs. The town is set amongst forests and lakes and is now a major tourist venue. It is an ideal location for hikers and mountain bike enthusiasts. After breakfast, start your day with a tour of Da Lat City and its surroundings. 6km south west of Dalat is Datanla Waterfall which is not so imposing or tumultuous as some others in Dalat but it exerts an extraordinary attraction to adventurers. Continue to Thien Vien Truc Lam pagoda located on Phoenix Mountain and next to Tuyen Lam lake. Every year, from all over the world, hundreds of Zen followers come here to practice meditation. We will visit Da Lat’s Flower Garden considered a natural museum that houses a fine collection of native and exotic flowers In the afternoon, drive up the hill to the Summer Palace of the last Emperor of Viet Nam – Bao Dai, and visit his residence giving you an insight to how royalty would have lived in the 1930s with its wonderful location Visit Crazy House, with its unusual architecture with strange shapes with unsual roofs and rooms. This guesthouse and art gallery was designed by the daughter of a former Vietnamese President. Each room is decorated with a specific theme, such as Ant Room, Bamboo Room, the Eagle Room, etc. Drive up the hill to the French-built rail station opened in 1928. The old steam engine is still there, but replicas have replaced the old cars. Take a back-in-time train ride 7km to Trai Mat, passing vegetable and flower gardens. Hard seat, open air, loud machine, all part of the experience! Visit Linh Phuoc pagoda built from old pieces of glass, pottery bowls and porcelain between 1949 and 1952. Return to your hotel by private car and relax. Overnight in Da Lat


Day 11: DALAT – MUI NE/ NHA TRANG / HO CHI MINH CITY

(B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will return directly back to Ho Chi Minh City by car or your driver will drive you to Mui Ne or Nha Trang for a beach extension (surcharge for the accommodation in Mui Ne/Nha Trang). Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE

(B/-/-)

Free time for shopping or discover more of the city on your own until the transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

“where journeys begin”


TOUR COST : NET PRICE IN USD Valid 01 Oct 13 – 31 Dec 13 Categories/ Group size

1 pax

2 pax

3-4 pax

5-6 pax

7-10pax

Single Supplement

Standard Category

2,703.00 1,466.00 1,174.00

925.00

869.00

291.00

Superior Category

3,112.00 1,661.00 1,374.00

1,125.00

1,069.00

499.00

Deluxe Category

3,528.00 1,865.00 1,579.00

1,330.00

1,274.00

709.00

All rates are net, quoted per person in U.S.$ in half twin room. Please add the single supplement if you book a single room (Except on 1 Pax). Valid 01 Jan 14 – 30 Apr 14 Categories/ Group size

1 pax

2 pax

3-4 pax

5-6 pax

7-10pax

Single Supplement

Standard Category

2,826.00 1,526.00 1,227.00

966.00

908.00

303.00

Superior Category

3,254.00 1,736.00 1,437.00

1,176.00

1,020.00

522.00

Deluxe Category

3,687.00 1,950.00 1,650.00

1,390.00

1,331.00

741.00

All rates are net, quoted per person in U.S.$ in half twin room. Please add the single supplement if you book a single room (Except on 1 Pax). Valid 01 May 14 – 30 Sep 14 Categories/ Group size

3-4 pax

5-6 pax

7-10pax

Single Supplement

Standard Category

2,817.00 1,521.00 1,222.00

962.00

903.00

299.00

Superior Category

3,23.00

1,720.00 1,421.00

1,161.00

1,102.00

506.00

3,653.00 1,932.00 1,663.00

1,373.00

1,314.00

724.00

Deluxe Category

1 pax

2 pax

All rates are net, quoted per person in U.S.$ in half twin room. Please add the single supplement if you book a single room (Except on 1 Pax). Surcharge 50 USD per group per day for any booking falling on 30th,, 31st January, 01st ,02nd February 2014 (Lunar New Year in Vietnam) Surcharge 30 USD per room at Cat Tien Forest Floor Lodge during Peak Season (21December 2013 -6 January 2014) & National Holidays LIST OF HOTEL USAGES: Standard Category HO CHI MINH CITY

Superior Category HO CHI MINH CITY

Delxue Category HO CHI MINH CITY


Elios Hotel

Eden Saigon Hotel

Equatorial Hotel

Superior Room

Deluxe City View

Deluxe Room

Add: 233 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1

38 Bui Thi Xuan, Dist. 1

242 Tran Binh Trong, District 5

Tel: 084838385584

Tel:084862913371

Tel: 084838397777

Web: www.elioshotel.vn

Web: www.edensaigonhotel.com

Web: https://www.equatorial.com/hcm/

MEKONG DELTA

MEKONG DELTA

MEKONG DELTA

Le Cochinchine Cruise

Bassac Cruise

Bassac Cruise

Private cabin

Private cabin

Private cabin

Dong Hoa Hiep, Cai Be

144 Hai Ba Trung, Ninh Kieu, Can Tho

144 Hai Ba Trung, Ninh Kieu, Can Tho

Tel: 084838114863

Tel: 0847103829540

Tel: 0847103829540

Web:http://mekong-

Web: http://transmekong.com/

Web: http://transmekong.com/

CHAU DOC

CHAU DOC

CHAU DOC

Chau Pho Hotel

Victoria Chau Doc Hotel

Victoria Chau Doc Hotel

Superior

Superior Room

Deluxe Room

Trung Nu Vuong, Chau Doc

32 Le Loi, Chau Doc

32 Le Loi, Chau Doc

Tel: 084763564139

Tel: 084763865010

Tel: 084763865010

Web: www.chauphohotel.com

Web:

Web:

http://www.victoriahotels.asia/en/our-

http://www.victoriahotels.asia/en/our-

hotels-in-viet-nam/chau-doc-hotel

hotels-in-viet-nam/chau-doc-hotel

NAM CAT TIEN NATIONAL PARK

NAM CAT TIEN NATIONAL PARK

NAM CAT TIEN NATIONAL PARK

Cat Tien Guesthouse

Cat Tien Guesthouse

Forest Floor Lodge

JUN VILLAGE

JUN VILLAGE

JUN VILLAGE

Lak Resort

Lak Resort

Lak Resort

BUON MA THUOT

BUON MA THUOT

BUON MA THUOT

Dakruco Hotel

Dakruco Hotel

Saigon Ban Me Hotel

Superior Room

Deluxe Room

Suite Room

30 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Buon Ma Thuot

30 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Buon Ma Thuot

3 Phan Chau Trinh, Buon Ma Thuot

Tel: 08450039888

Tel: 08450039888

Tel 08450036856666

Web: http://www.dakrucohotels.com

Web: http://www.dakrucohotels.com

Web: www.saigonbanmehotel.com.vn

DALAT

DALAT

DALAT

Best Western Dalat Hotel

Saigon Dalat Hotel

Ana Mandara Dalat Hotel

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Superior

Deluxe

Villa Room

09 Le Dai Hanh, Da Lat

180 Duong 3/2, Da Lat

Le Lai, Da Lat

Tel: 084636252999

Tel: 084633556789

Tel: 084633555888

Web: www.dalatplazahotel.com.vn

Web: www.saigondalathotel.com

Web: www.anamandara-resort.com

INCLUDING: 

Accomodations based on twin share

Transportation: private car or coach and shared cabin on train

English-Speaking Guide applied for day-tour only

Meals as mentioned in the program (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

Entrance Fees

Boat Trip as mentioned in the program

EXCLUDING: 

International flight ticket to & out Vietnam

Domestic flight ticket (separate quotation)

Meals not mentioned

Visa letter and Visa stamp fee at the airport (around 45 USD/person)

Drinks and personal expenses

Optional tours

Tips and gratuities for tour guide and services

Any other items not mentioned

Compulsory Chrismas & New Year Gala Dinner

BOOKING PROCEDURE Booking will be confirmed on receipt of advance deposit only. Asia Destinations (ASD) requires 20% advance deposit to hold the booking. (2) Balance 80% must reach Asia Destinations (ASD)30 days prior to tour departure date. LIABILITY The prices are subject to amendment should the Transporters/ Hoteliers amend their rates prior to


commencement of the tour. REFUND After commencement of Travel, no refund in full or in part will be given for services included in the program, which are not utilized. HOTEL CHECK IN- CHECK OUT TIME Hotel Check in - Check out time is usually 12h00 am. Extended check in - check out time may be granted subject to availability and agreement by the participating hotels.

POLICY REGARDING CANCELLATION / NO SHOW / EARLY DEPARTURE . Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive advice in writing and cancellation charges would apply as follows: * Before 30 days - 10% of the total tour / service cost * From 15 days to 07 days - 15% of the total tour / service cost * From 07 days to 02 days - 25% of the total tour / service cost * From 02 days (48 hrs) to departure - 50% of the total tour / service cost

TRAVEL INSURANCE To travel around Asia Destinations (ASD)highly recommended that participants have travel insurance.

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