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01:  Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)  
 Arrival for most.  We can take possession of our rooms in the afternoon.
 Spend most of the afternoon shaking off Jet Lag and touring local Saigon Markets. 
 Celebrate with a welcome dinner and enjoy Saigon nightlife.
 Hotel:  Ho Chi Minh Majestic Hotel - 4 Star.  French colonial architecture. 
 Located in heart of city overlooking Saigon River.
D02:  Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
 Tour Saigon.  See Tunnels north of Saigon that villagers dug to escape Vietnamese War.Tour and shoot local Markets.
D03:   Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Tra Vinh (Mekong Delta)
 Leave Saigon in the morning. 
 We arrive in Ben Tre and shoot the vibrant market.
 Ride the ferry before driving  into the Province
 NOTE:  If anyone likes, motorbikes can be rented here for a slight extra cost proper, paid  on the day.
 We will ride through the countryside dotted with tiny villages on gravel and clay tracks.
 Just before Tra Vinh, we will cross a narrow canal on a local sampan, before finishing at  the main ferry for a boat trip across the Co Chien River.
 Transfer to Hotel by Xe Loi (rickshaw -pulled wagon by moped).
 Hotel:   Cuu Long Hotel.
 3-star.  Recently reconstructed, it is the best of what we can choose from as
 Tra Vinh offers little in good accommodations.
D04:   Tra Vinh  - Cau Ke - Can Tho (Mekong Delta)
 In the morning we will leave early to visit traditional Khmer villages and markets.
 There will be many small Khmer villages and temples to explore along the road.
 Lunch on the road.  In the early afternoon, arrive in Can Tho and tour markets along the Colonial waterside. 
 Over night in Can Tho.
 Hotel:    Victoria Can Tho Hotel ~ 4 Star. 
 Built in classic colonial style, the Victoria Can Tho has a total of 100 tastefully/
 furnished guest  rooms. All rooms have views over the Hau River.   The
 restaurant serves a good selection  of international and local cuisine.  Facilities
 include a  swimming pool and tennis courts.
D05:  Mekong Delta (Can Tho) - Hanoi
 An early wake-up tol explore the canals and rice fields of the area.
 We can also explore the Can Tho's famed Cai Rang floating markets.
 After lunch we leave for Saigon to transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport.
 Fly Saigon to Hanoi. Dinner and explore French Quarter of Hanoi.
 Hotel:  Hoa Binh Hotel - 3 star.   in French Colonial style.
 A renovated colonial hotel built in 1926 with 88 guest rooms and 3 restaurants
 serving  French and Vietnamese cuisine. The hotel is situated in the centre of
 Hanoi just a few  blocks away from Hoan Kiem Lake.
D06:   Hanoi - Victoria Train
 All morning we will explore Old Hanoi.
 Explore museums and markets of Hanoi back alleys.
 In the evening transfer to the Hanoi Railways Station to catch the the once a week
 Victoria Friday train to Lao Cai. The Victoria Train is an overnighter that is the only way to access the rugged and beautiful Northern Highlands. We pass into the lands of the Hill Tribes - the Hmong, the Muong, the Dao...
Victoria Train:  First-Class Superior Cabin Soft Sleeper.  9-10 hours overnight.
D07:  Arrive Can Cau - Bac Ha
We arrive early in the morning and head to the Can Cau Market (In order to get to market, asmall boxed breakfast will be served in the cars).
The Can Cau market is off the beaten tourist path and attracts a wide range of traders.
Many Chinese traders cross the border for the Market and is known for its dog and water buffalo markets. In the late morning, after the market is finished, we head to Bac Ha.  Check-in and lunch at hotel. In the afternoon,  a short walking tour to visit the house of H'Mong King (or Meo Minority King) built  by the French as well as a light trekking tour to visit some surrounded villages of Bac Ha (Dao, H'Mong..).
Over night in Bac Ha.
Hotel:  Sao Mai Hotel
D08: Bac Ha - SaPa
Early morning wake-up for opportunity to explore the famous Montagnard Bac Ha Market. Expect to see the hill tribes coming down to the market with their wares for sale (pigs, horses, rice etc...) Hill tribe members travel to this once a week to this market to trade. Fantastic colors and people who rarely see westerners attend. Lunch in a local restaurant.  After lunch, drive to the Chay River for a boat trip to Coc Ly. En route we will stop to visit a Dao Village and a H'Mong Village. Arrive in Coc Ly and transfer to Sapa. Over night in SaPa.
Hotel:  Victoria SaPa - 4 Star.  The only luxury hotel in the area. 
Located above the town centre with views of the surrounding mountains, the Victoria's 
alpine chalet-style architecture blends perfectly with the stunning scenery. There are
76 attractively furnished guest rooms, a restaurant featuring Asian and European dishes, a business centre, gym and swimming pool.
D09:  SaPa (Full Day Trek)
In the early morning we will drive and then trek out to a number of villages of different hill  tribes. Each Village is a different Hill-Tribe with a different language, culture and dress.We will trek all day long in the high mountains (5000 feet) returning in the evening for dinner. NOTE: We must trek into some  places as there are no roads suitable to drive on.  And of  course, the further we trek, the more unspoiled the village.
SO, START WORKING OUT NOW.. (if you need a mix cd for your treadmill workout let me know...)  If you feel unable to trek, the Victoria SaPa Hotel has great amenities and the village of  SaPa itself is worth a visit.
D10:  SaPa (Full Day Trek) - Victoria Train (Overnight)
Another FULL DAY of trekking. 
Again we will travel to see remote and unique Hill-Tribe Villages.
Transfer to Lao Cai Railways Station for catching the Victoria night train down from the
mountains back to Hanoi (depart 6:45pm).
Overnight on Victoria Train.
D11: Arrive Hanoi - Halong Bay
In the morning we arrive back in Hanoi (around 04:45 - 05:00am) but we can sleep on train till 07:00am. Board our vans and enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenic rice fields and water buffalo of the countryside.  Arrive in Halong and board the Huong Hai  traditional sailing junk. We will begin cruising the bay and its islands with a fresh seafood lunch. We will visit to the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next  island see the yawning chasm  mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go 
Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy  a swim in the emerald magical waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you enjoy wish  visit.  (yeah, I didn't write this stuff, but I liked it and it made me laugh so I left it...)  Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.  Overnight on Halong Junk Boat.
NOTE: This part of the trip may be subject to change depending on weather conditions...
D12:   Halong Bay - Hanoi
In the morning we again explore the islands of Halong Bay.
Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City.  En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons  from fighting cocks to dragons and even General de Gaulle's nose! (Those French  certainly made an impression on this country, perhaps even more lasting than we  Americans.  I have yet to read any guidebook describing any rocks shaped like  McNamara's beady eyes or even a sack of rice that looks like Nixon's jowls...) After another fresh seafood lunch on board disembark at the dock at Halong City. After lunch we head back to Hanoi. 
In the late afternoon we explore Hanoi and have dinner in the French Quarter.
Hotel:   Hotel:  Hoa Binh Hotel.
NOTE: This part of the trip may be subject to change depending on weather conditions...
D13:  Hanoi
Explore Hanoi all day long.
All of the books and my agents in Vietnam say how Hanoi is a sleepy Communist Capitalwith a LOT of colonial charm. We will spend the entire day walking back alleys and visiting markets and museums.
D14:  Hanoi, Trip Ends...

We can explore Hanoi all morning and then at lunch, some turn to pumpkins and must

Trip  includes
Ø      All accommodation on double /twin basis with daily breakfast
Land transportation by air-conditioning vehicle and driver.
Ø       All transfers/ transport
Domestic Airfare
Tours packages with experience English speaking guide, transfers
Superior cabin on overnight Victoria Train (4- bed shared berths)
Boat trips in the Mekong Delta and on the Chay River, in Halong bay
Ø       Vietnam visa authorization letter (not include the stamping fees in Vietnam Embassy in abroad)
Ø       Tax & service charges


Trip excludes

Ø       International airfares & airport taxes
Ø      Pre/post trip arrangement
Ø      Visa and visa arrangement
Ø      Travel insurance
Ø      Meals not indicated
Ø      Other personal expenses
Ø       Tips and gratuities

Trip price: in USD and per person
US$1155 per person,
Single supplement: US$485

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