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Insight into Vietnamese countryside

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OUR DESTINATIONS

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Dear PARTNERS AND INDUSTRY COLLEAGUES, We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our company. We are Hanoi Eco Tour, the first travel company operating ecotourism in Hanoi and its rural environs. The tours/holiday packages we provide enable our clients to escape the busy, hectic schedule of their normal daily grind to the tranquility, peace and harmony of the Traditional Vietnamese rural life. We have established very working close relationships with the various indigenous cultures, enabling us to offer our clients a Home-stay experience where they live with a rural family and have the opportunity to participate in the traditional rural life style. This allows our clients/customers to experience first hand the authentic way of life of these indigenous cultures and for local villagers to share in the economic benefits tourism provides. Our research indicates that such Eco-tours to the Vietnamese countryside have a great deal of appeal to worldwide travelers who are environmentally aware and who are looking for a more authentic, organic experience. It is in this respect that we would like to extend our interest in forming a partnership with your company to further develop and promote Eco tours in Vietnam..

We believe that our services can well compliment your products in improving better market penetration on Eco tours. Thank you very much for considering our proposal and look forward to hearing from you . Yours sincerely, Hanoi Eco Tour

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ABOUT HANOI ECO-TOUR Who we are Hanoi Eco-tour is the first travel company operating ecotourism in Hanoi and its suburban areas. We are a group of tour guides who love our jobs and are keen on promoting green travel in Vietnam. We love to show tourists an insight into the Vietnamese countryside. Why Hanoi Eco-tour was born We are here to make a difference. Our main goal is to allow customers to experience the authentic way of life for the indigenous population an for local villagers to share in the economic benefits tourism provides. What we provide We are the experts in organizing eco-tours in and around Hanoi. We will provide you with the opportunity to retreat from the daily grind to the peace of the Vietnamese countryside. We do this by engaging the indigenous population who will provide you with a close-up and an intimate exposure to the countryside, show us how to farm, fish and cook, give you hands-on experiences. Our vision Our vision is to provide our guests with a once in a lifetime experience. We will have a positive impact on the environment conservation, help local communities to generate future employment and economic advantage for local people and promote Vietnamese culture.

Our mission Our mission is to promote sustainable tourism through the development and growth of Hanoi Eco-tour throughout the region. We are committed to recruiting villagers and other disadvantaged people to educate and train in hospitality, while at the same time respecting their cultural uniqueness. We will also implement good environmental practices in their daily tasks and provide a better quality of life for future generations.

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Ha Noi, the Indochina Old Dame, has a special appeal with exotic colors, sights, sounds and smells. The labyrinthine Old Quater streets lined with boutique shops, the cries of hawkers and the historic temples, all will leave you beautiful memory.

Situated on the bank of Red River, Hanoi is considered a pearl of Southeast Asia. With historic temples and pagodas, well-preserved colonial structures and exquisite cuisine, Hanoi becomes the epitome of Vietnamese culture.

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HA NOI

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OUR TOURS IN HANOI

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Picking up guest at hotel by car.

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This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of fishing communities.

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Meeting the local fisherman talking with them about their local fishing daily life, having a cup of tea with them at their house

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Listening to the tour guide introduce and explain about the process of using the net

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FISHING LIFE TOUR

Learn and try your hand at local traditional fishing techniques using lift nets and cast nets.

Highlights

Learn how to use local traditional fishing techniques using lift nets and cast nets

Jump into the muddy creek to catch fish by hand or traditional Vietnamese fish trap

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Learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese boats

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Scoop in a ditch and jump into the muddy creek to catch fish by hand or cell-type fish trap.

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Paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese boats

Insight into fishing life

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Back to a local family and enjoy lunch and cold beer or soft drink

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Cycle to a local farming village traveling along picturesque country roads

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Drive back to the hotel by car

“What a unique experience this was, never before had we had this much fun on a tour before” Anthony - United Kingdom

Fishing Life Tour gives you a close-up and an intimate exposure to fishing communities. Firstly, you will enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional fishing net. Moreover, you can experience how to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese boats. Especially, you will scoop in a ditch and jump into the muddy creek to catch fish which is an unique, once in a lifetime experience. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of fishing communities. Later, Accompanied by your tour guide, you commence the day leisurely cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand, discovering all manner of photo opportunities – taking a look at vegetable field. The photo opportunities are endless. As well you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. 06 HANOI ECO-TOUR

TOUR INCLUDE

Pick up and drop off at hotel

Car

English speaking tour guide

Plenty of photo opportunities

A local rice meal with a local family

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OUR TOURS IN HANOI

Itinerary 8.30am : You will be greeted at the hotel and travel the west of Hanoi to visit Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundredyear-old houses. . Next, spend a visit to a local house that is almost 400 years old, then have a bicycle ride around this

peaceful rural area to discover the daily life and farming works of

DUONG LAM VILLAGE TOUR

Vietnamese peasants. we continue riding to visit Mia pagoda, is

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with are famous sculpture such as the statue of Buddha in the

built in 15 th century and admire 287 statues of all sizes, among

Cycling in the countryside to experience village life, breath fresh air

Himalayas as and the statues of the Eight Vajra Deities. Enjoy

Visiting ancient houses is a great chance explore architecture of ancient houses while wandering along its narrow alleyways

In the afternoon, we walk around the village to learn more about

Visit Mia Pagoda was built during the Tran Dynasty before 1632 and still preserves many ancient artifacts.

along tiny ancient alleys where still preserve many hundred-year-

Walking around village to chat with locals to learn more about their local lifestyle as well as gain an insight into Vietnamese countryside

back to Hanoi around 4.00pm to finish unforgettable tour in

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authentic local food in an ancient house.

locals daily life. It will be your unique experience as you walk old houses. We say goodbye to Duong Lam village and drive Vietnam “The village is picturesque unspoilt and well worth a visit” Gary Yeomans - Australia

This tour is specially designed for people who like countryside with a particular focus on authentic culture experience of the origin of Vietnam. Duong Lam ancient village is on the outskirts of Hanoi and also known as a museum of laterite, home to many houses dating back up to 400 years. One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area. The village has also been described as the last stronghold of wet rice farming culture in northern Vietnam. The ancient houses are run by families who have lived on and worked the land for generations. Enjoy hands-on experiences with your guide such as walking tour, cycling, chatting with locals living in the ancient houses, great local foods supply in tours, visiting pagoda. You will be able to stay amongst the locals and see their daily routines surrounded by breathtaking scenery in a peaceful setting.

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TOUR INCLUDE 

Pick up and drop off at your hotel with modern car with air-conditioner

A bottle of water/tour/person

Bicycle

English speaking tour guide

Plenty of photo opportunities

Lunch at a local family

Entrance fees

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OUR TOURS IN HANOI

Itinerary - Picking up and dropping off guest at hotel by car. - Starting biking to the countryside throughout the rice paddle, enjoy the fresh air with the nature

- Meeting the local farmer, talking with them about their local farming daily life and having a cup of tea with them at their house

WET RICE GROWING TOUR Highlights

- Wearing farming clothes before getting into muddy rice field like:

Vietnamese authentic and traditional farmer clothes, conical hat, boost …

Join local farmers for working on the field

Cycling in the countryside to experience village life and breath fresh air

Photo shoting with cow

To be insight into Vietnam countryside

- Listening to the tour guide introduced and explained about the

process of the wet rice how to grow it. - Starting the farming works to learn how to grow wet rice with cow plough, use agricultural water system. - Transplanting baby wet rice at the rice paddle field

- Enjoy herding cow around the village.

OVERVIEW Rice is the staple diet in many Asian countries, especially in Vietnam. Perhaps, you have seen rice growing in most of Asian rice paddy fields. However, you do not know the sequence of rice cultivation in Vietnam. It is still secret know how for the western tourists. We would like to organize the wet rice growing tour for you. Through this tour, we instruct you how to cultivate rice in the fields and also help you experience the hardships of Vietnamese farmers. We are sure this tour will make your trip an extremely memorable experience in a lifetime. Moreover, You complete the day leisurely cycling along countryside road witnessing local Vietnamese life first hand with endless chance for photos. You can be sure that the short, easy bike ride will be an awesome soft adventure! 08 HANOI ECO-TOUR

- Back local family and enjoy lunch and cold beer or soft drink - Drive back to the hotel by car “Please thank the host family for their generosity; it was fantastic to share a day in their life” Melinda & Julie - Wagga Wagga, Australia

TOUR INCLUDE 

Pick up and drop off at hotel

Car

English speaking tour guide

Push bike

Farming uniforms: Clothes, conical hat, boost, gloves 1 unit of soft drink

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Mai Chau is a truly tranquil and peaceful setting guaranteed to help you relax, slow down and connect with nature. The community gently embraces you and brings you into their fold. An explosion for all your senses beautiful scenery, fabulous exotic food, peaceful silence in the fields to sounds of laughter, dogs chickens, cows in the village, gorgeous aromas waft from the kitchen and there are the crisp fresh odors in the fields and after the rain.

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MAI CHAU

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OUR TOURS IN MAI CHAU

Itinerary Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau, Cycling (L,D)

HOME-STAY AND FARMING TOUR Highlights

Gardening with the local villagers eg, watering plants, planting vegetables, hoeing the soil with local farmers

Cycling around peaceful countryside of Vietnam

Herding water buffalo

Traditional music performance and enjoying “Ruou Can” with host family

Plenty of photo opportunities

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Mai Chau is a truly tranquil and peaceful setting guaranteed to help you relax, slow down and connect with nature. The community gently embraces you and brings you into their fold. An explosion for all your senses beautiful scenery, fabulous exotic food, peaceful silence in the fields to sounds of laughter, dogs chickens, cows in the village, gorgeous aromas waft from the kitchen and there are the crisp fresh odors in the fields and after the rain. This is one of the unique places in the world where you can come to recharge your soul The home-stay and farming tour provides you with a closeup and intimate introduction to both the local farming and local life. Your accommodation will be in a local home with a family from Lac village who will be your hosts with warm hospitality.

08h00: Pick up from your hotel and head west towards Hoa Binh. ( Refreshment stop on the way) 10h00: Leave Hoa Binh for Mai Chau Valley, about 2hrs away. 12h00: Arrive in Mai Chau and have lunch in a family house in the local village. 14h00: Bicycle around the surrounding villages of White Thai Ethnic people. On the way, we can visit Thai Museum to learn more about their lives and culture of the local people with your guide. 18h00: We will be introduced to traditional Vietnamese cuisine by helping to prepare the evening meal with the host family, learning about traditional food and ingredients including “ruou can” (traditional alcohol) and sharing the meal your new family. Sleeping arrangements are unique to this tour. Accommodation in the village is in a large communal room in a stilt house, which is the most interesting part of the trip. Stilt houses are unique to Mai Chau and you cannot find this experience on any other tour. Day 2 : Farming in Mai Chau (B,L,D) Morning : You will start your day by experiencing working with local farmers in their vegetable gardens. You will learn aspects of gardening such preparing the soil and planting vegetables. You will also learn how the land is prepared, fertilized and how the vegetables are cultivated as well as discovering how they are used in Vietnamese food. Other activities will include: raking, sowing, and watering etc… Afternoon : In the afternoon we will enjoy fishing nearby the local family house. We will show you how to prepare the bait and pick the right location. We will also have an opportunity to work with the farmer to herd the water buffalo to a different location for feeding. You can also have some free time to explore at your leisure or relax in the family home. Overnight in local family home-stay. Day 3: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B,L) 7h30: Breakfast in the village then walk to Mai Chau market, then climb to 1000 Step Cave. The cave is breathtaking and so is the view of the area from the entrance of the cave. 12h00: Have lunch in the village before getting on the bus back to Hanoi. 17h00: Back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi

“This is one of the unique places in the world where you can come to recharge your soul.” Alexander Taulelei - Samoa, New Zealand

TOUR INCLUDE

During the tour you will experience cycling leisurely through local villages, watching Thai traditional dance in the stilt house, gardening with the local villagers eg, watering plants, planting vegetables, hoeing the soil with local farmers and herding water buffalo. A highlight of the tour is to go fishing near the village to catch fish for dinner.

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The fresh and clean rural surroundings also have many interesting places to visit eg. The 1000 Step Cavewhere you will enjoy the magnificent view of the district.

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Round trip transportation Bicycle and Fishing equipment English speaking tour guide Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) Homestay Traditional dance & Can wine

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OUR TOURS IN MAI CHAU

ITINERARY Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau, Cycling (L,D)

FISHING AND FARMING LIFE IN MAI CHAU Highlights 

Learn how to use local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets

Coming to a organic vegetable field, watering and planting vegetable, hoeing a soil with local farmer

Preparing meals with local family

Experience raft rowing on the stream (Only available in March, April, May, June)

OVERVIEW This tour is specially designed for people who like home/farm stays with a particular focus on traditional farming and fishing life of the „White Thai‟ ethnic families of the region. Mai Chau is a 139km trip from Hanoi through mountainous terrain, in a valley about 10km from the Song DaRiver and only 150 metres above sea level. The village of Ban Lac is in an idyllic and charming, rural valley which is nestled between two towering cliffs surrounded by emerald green paddies and is an enchanting sight as you wind down the cliff side. The „homestays‟ in a stilt house are run by families who have lived on and worked the land for generations. Enjoy hands-on experiences with your guide such as traditional net fishing, rowing on a traditional raft in the river and working in fields with the local farmers. You will be able to live amongst the locals and participate in their daily routines surrounded by breathtaking scenery in a peaceful setting.

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8.00 am : Pick up from your hotel and head w est tow ards Hoa Binh. Stop for refreshments. 10.00 am : Leave Hoa Binh for Mai Chau Valley, approximately 2hrs. 12.00 pm : Arrive in Mai Chau. Lunch in a family house in the local village. 2.00 pm : Cycling expedition around the surrounding villages of White Thai Ethnic people w ith your guide. Visit the Thai Cultural Museum on the w ay. 6.00 pm : Prepare and cook the evening meal w ith your host family, learning about family-style Vietnamese ingredients and cooking techniques and participating in the nightly group meals.

8.30 pm : Be entertained by Thai traditional dance in a stilt house, enjoying a taste of traditional alcohol (ruou can) w ith the community. Sleeping tonight in a traditional stilt house, unique to Mai Chau. Day 2 : Farm ing and Fishing in Mai Chau (B,L,D) Morning : You w ill start your day by experiencing a day of w orking w ith local farmers in a vegetable garden. We w ill take a short w alk around the garden and learn how to prepare the soil and plant some vegetables. Here w e w ill be introduced how to do cultivation of the vegetables as w ell as discovering the use of vegetables in Vietnamese food. We w ill take a trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it w ith seed in the garden. Other activities w ill include: raking, sow ing, and w atering etc… Afternoon : You w alk to the stream and listen to the tour guide introduce and explain about the process of using the net. You learn and try your hand at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets. You also have a chance to scoop fish out of w ater. it ‟s absolutely amazing to experience raft row ing on the stream. We enjoy fishing nearby local family house. We w ill show you how to prepare the baits and pick up the right location . More over, you can herd of w ater buffalo and a breath of fresh air around the village. You are at leisure. Overnight in local family homestay. Day 3: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B,L) 7h30: Breakfast in the village then w alk to Mai Chau market then climb to 1000 Step Cave. The cave is breathtaking and so is the view of the area from the entrance of the cave. 12h00: Have lunch in the village before getting on the bus back to Hanoi. 17h00: Back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi

“I met great people and did amazing things every day!” Joe - United States

TOUR INCLUDE 

Round trip transportation

Bicycle and raft on the stream

English speaking tour guide

Plenty of photo opportunities

Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Homestay

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Halong Bay The great natural wonder which is must see destination to all visitors coming to Vietnam is Halong Bay. Halong bay is the breathtaking beauty, a vision of more than 2000 incredible islands in many shapes rising from the emerald water of the Gulf of Tonkin. Cruising on this majestic and mysterious bay will make your trip unforgettable.

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HALONG BAY

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Halong and Bai Tu Long cruise Hightlights

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A small group cruise with interesting flexible itineraries, friendly services Discover Bai Tu Long bay, cruise off the beaten track and visit Vung Vieng fishing village by kayaking. Enjoy kayaking through the hidden lagoons Swimming and mountain view on the beach Visit one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay Sung Sot (Amazing Cave) Fishing with local people

OVERVIEW This three days two nights cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay is absolutely unique and impressive with many activities. You will kayak to get closer to small limestone islands, fishing with local people, enjoy a BBQ lunch on board… Keeping you off the beaten track with 2 nights staying in the Bay, you will be guided to admire the spectacular nature and get into local life in the floating village. The crews follow you during the trip and dedicate to personal service. Inclusions  Welcome drink  Entrance and sightseeing fees  Luxurious Cabin and Suites with AC and ensuite bathroom.  Kayaking  Complimentary mineral water in room  Complimentary morning Tea & coffee  All meals on board( Breakfast : B, Lunch L: Dinner : D)  Fishing equipment  In-house English speaking guide

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Itinerary Day 1 : Hanoi – Halong Bay (L,D) 8.00 : You w ill be picked up at your hotel and have 4 hours drive through the peaceful scenery and farmlands in Red River delta. On the w ay, you w ill have a short break about 25 minutes to relax and unw ind. 12.30 : Upon arrival, you w ill be w elcomed by our crew members at cruise‟s office w here you can get some coffee and tea and prepare to check-in. You w ill be transferred to our cruise by a tender. After that, you w ill set out on a junk cruise on the bay w hile lunch is served. We sail through Bai Tu Long Bay enroute to magical Halong bay, w here thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the w aves like dragons‟ teeth. 15. 00 : : You w ill be transferred by a tender to visit one of the most beautiful and the largest limestone cave in Halong bay call Sung Sot Cave (Surprising Cave). You w ill be amazed . 16.30 : Early evening We get back on board, enjoy the sunset w ith evening cocktails and fresh fruit. 18.30 : It‟s a good chance to take part in Vietnamese cooking demonstration enjoying cooking class and eating class. 19.15. Dinner w ill be served w ith set menu. 20.30. We are at leisure to join the follow ing activities : Film entertainment, board games and playing cards. You might also try your luck at squid fishing from the boat. Day 2 : Kayaking – Fishing (B,L,D) 08.00 Enjoy the fresh air and gentle breezes of the bay in the morning w hilst having breakfast on board. 09.00 : Afterw ard, you reach Soi Sim island w here you are able to enjoy sw imming, relaxing on the beach as w ell as climbing up to top of the island and take spectacular view of Halong bay, you may feel lost in a mysterious land and don‟t forget to take as many photos as possible. 10.30 : We keep cruising to kayaking camp to discover Light Cave , the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay and bordering the Gulf of Tonkin. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon. Possibility of kayaking through an amazing tunnel under a karst mountain (time permitting). 12.30 : BBQ lunch is served on boat 14.00 : Cruise to Vung Vieng fishing village 15.00 : Fish w ith the local people and learn about local fishing techniques 16.30 : Cruise back to Cong Do and stay overnight. 19.00 : Have dinner on board. Day 3 : Cong Do – Vung Vieng Fishing Village – Hanoi (B,L) 07:30 Enjoy the morning on the bay w hilst having breakfast. 8.00 : Visit Vung Vieng fishing village. Disembark and travel on the sampans row ed by the local people. They w ill be your guides through their fishing village w here you can meet the locals, visit the school and pearl farms as w ell as learn how to row bamboo boat. See at first-hand w hat life is like living on the w ater. 9.15 : Upon return to the cruise, w e take half an hour to freshen up and finish packing. 10.00 : Please take all your belongings outside the cabin for checking out. You may leave your heavy luggage outside the cabin and our staff w ill bring it back to the habour. 10.45. You w ill enjoy a light brunch at the dinning room. After brunch, w e clear all bills. We may unw ind on a sundeck or in the dining room to enjoy bay view before disembarking at the pier. 11.45 -12.00. We w ill be transferred by a tender to Hon Gai Habour. You can hang out at the office to enjoy free tea or coffee as w ell as relax for return transportation. 17.00 – 17.15 : You w ill be back to your hotel. Say goodbye t0 unforgettable trip.

“It is an unique experience and something we will take back to Australia and tell our family and friends.” Alex – Australia -

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Contact us

Hanoi Eco-tour Add: No. 20 - Living Quater 49B, Yen Hoa Ward Cau Giay District, Hanoi,Vietnam. Tel: 84-4 6292 2679 - Fax: 84-4 6292 2675. Email: info@hanoiecotour.com Hotline 24/7: +84 974 313 104 - Mr. David Nguyen Website: www.hanoiecotour.com

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