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Palm Garden Resort, Hoi An 4-Star + Half Day Cycling & Boat Making Village

Hoi An

Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa Set on 5 hectares of landscaped tropical garden in an enviable beach location, The Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa is a five star resort offering an exceptional green environment with over 400 species of palm trees and plants right along a 220-metre stretch of the famous Cua Dai beach in the UNESCO recognised World Heritage site of Hoi An Ancient Town. The travelling time from Danang International Airport to the resort is only 35 minutes. The Resort features 188 wooden-designed rooms and beachfront bungalows with 20 brand-new deluxe large rooms. A wireless internet access is free throughout the resort. Half Day Cycling & Boat Making Village This morning cycle 15 minutes out of Hoi An where you will board a small boat for a 35 minute cruise along the tranquil waterways of Quang Nam Province. Jump back onto the saddle and peddle your way through the green paddy fields and villages, stopping at traditional handicraft villages along the way where you can still see local craftsmen producing rice paper and sleeping mats. In the 16th Century Hoi An served as Vietnam's major trading hub, attracting merchants from around the world. Visit the local boat making village of Kim Bong and hear the story of traditional Vietnamese seamanship, before cycling back to Hoi An in the early afternoon. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates:2 - 19 May, 26 May - 30 June, 18 July - 20 December 2015

4 nights
FROM $539*
4 nights From $539*

The Best of the North Tour, 7 Days

Hanoi

DAY 1 - HANOI Airport transfer will take you to your hotel. DAY 2 - HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR (SMALL GROUP TOUR) The tour is split into a morning and afternoon schedule, with a delicious lunch at one of Hanoi's restaurants in between. The sights include visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Presidential Palace; the Temples of Literature; Museum of Ethnology and a Cyclo tour around Hanoi's old quarter. Also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the 36 streets names' was related to the products being sold there. This is an exciting way to see the old quarter. DAY 3 - HANOI - HALONG BAY Drive to Halong bay about 4 hours on a shared van from Hanoi to begin an overnight cruise on a boat. Upon arrival at Ha Long Bay (approx.12 midday) we will have the chance to explore some of the limestone caves dotted around the bay. Then our captain will find a secluded spot for swimming and sun bathing before dinner. DAY 4 - HALONG - HANOI - LAO CAI Rising to the lapping waters of the bay we have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. This morning we continue to cruise around the bay to find more secluded areas to swim or you may relax on deck with a book. At midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 4-hour journey back to Hanoi to continue the journey on the overnight train to Sapa. DAY 5 - SAPA TOUR Arrive into Lao Cai early in the morning and travel by road for about 1 hour to reach Sapa. Nestled high among alpine scenery this former French hill station has few reminders of its heritage but still maintains its charm. Learn about the history of Sapa, its military past and the influence of the French with a visit to the museum, and see the large display of traditional costumes, handicrafts and tools used by the ethnic minority groups that live within the area. Take a short walking tour of the local market and then head to the village of Cat Cat and get off the beaten path with a 2 hour trek. At the half-way point, stop for a snack break at the river's edge and dip your toes in the refreshing cool water. Then continue on to Tien Sa waterfall for great photo opportunities. Please note: This is an easy walk with an average level of fitness required DAY 6 - SAPA - TA PHIN - LAO CAI This morning our exercise involves climbing up Ham Rong Mountain for a panoramic view of Sapa and its environs. After lunch time we drive out of town and commence an hour-long walk to Ta Phin, home to the distinctive Dao (pronounced Zao) community. From here we drive to Lao Cai station for the night train back to Hanoi. DAY 7 - HANOI Transfer to airport for flight out of Vietnam. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates:15 April - 31 October 2015

6 nights
FROM $1,139*
6 nights From $1,139*

Vietnam Food Safari Tour, 10 Days

Hanoi

DAY 1: HANOI Arrive into Hanoi and check into the five star hotel. Balance of day is at leisure until the transfer to take you to one of Hanoi best restaurant for welcome dinner. DAY 2: HANOI - Half Day City Tour & Street Eats Tour Hanoi small group street eat tour: Meeting point 5.30pm at Lobby of Silk Path Hotel at 195 - 199 Hang Bong Street, Hanoi. Tonight your guide will take you on a culinary adventure, sampling street food in the Old Quarter. It's a great opportunity to try all those weird and wonderful foods you see but just aren't sure what they are Start your Hanoi Street Eats tour at Bia Hoi corner to try the local brew, a draft beer that traces its roots to Eastern Europe. Do as the locals do and pull up a stool and enjoy a drink while watching the world go by. Continue through the old quarter's narrow streets as your guide points out a range of tasty noodles, breads and snacks. At night the sidewalks are packed with locals perched on stools, amongst sizzling woks and bubbling pots. These small pop up restaurants are a nightly feature that all but disappear during the day. Sit down and enjoy a flame grilled. Vietnamese barbecue of beef, chicken, tofu and vegetables on skewers. End the night with dessert from Hanoi's best-known ice-cream parlour. Please note: In case of rain, the itinerary may include a visit to a covered noodle stall. This group tour departs with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8. If there are not enough passengers to meet requirements, you will be notified 48 hours prior to departure and will be offered an alternative or full refund. DAY 3: HANOI - HUE Fly to the historic Imperial Town of Hue and check into your hotel. Balance of day is at leisure DAY 4: HUE 1 day cycling tour with lunch with Buddhist nuns. Take a leisurely ride out of Hue and discover the traditional rural life of central Vietnam. Cycle past emerald green paddy fields, water buffalos wallowing and crumbling shrines. After about 45 minutes arrive at the ancient Thanh Toan Bridge. Built in the 18th century this beautiful wooden bridge has stood the test of time and is a favourite spot for locals to sit and watch the world go by. Next pedal to a local museum for a quick look into the history of the area before cycling to the Tu Hieu pagoda arriving in time for the monks morning chanting. Then pop next door and receive a traditional blessing and enjoy a vegetarian lunch with the nuns. After lunch cycle back to your hotel arriving mid afternoon. DAY 5: HUE - HOI AN Drive through beautiful coastal scenery to the quaint, picturesque fishing village of Hoi An. Spend the afternoon on a walking tour of Hoi An town's streets, soaking up the Chinese, Japanese and French influenced architecture and tailor shops. Dine in one of Hoi An's fabulous restaurants for dinner DAY 6: HOI AN Soak up the atmosphere of Hoi An's riverside market before catching a boat to a lush villa for a fantastic cooking class. Enjoy a drink by the tranquil river with lunch made during the cooking class, then spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the town or relaxing on the beach. DAY 7: HOI AN Free day at leisure to enjoy all Hoi An has to offer or simply relax in your luxurious resort or on the beach. DAY 8: HOI AN - HO CHI MINH CITY Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and check into your hotel. Explore this metropolis on a private guided tour taking in the highlights of Saigon City, before relaxing on a dinner cruise on the Saigon River and see the bright lights of the city. DAY 9 HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA - LE JARAI BOAT Enjoy a relaxing day cruise around the luxuriant Mekong Delta by converted rice barge Le Jarai and small local boat. This 1 day seat in vehicle tour starting from Ho Chi Minh at 8.30am then travel for 2 hours to board a local boat at Ben Tre. From here, the cruise visits a local coconut processing enterprise where this vital fruit is treated in the age-old way to separate oil, flesh and husk to be used variously in coconut oil, coconut matting and coconut candy. After a further short journey through winding arroyos by local boat, take a short walking tour in the relaxing creekside setting of a local village and see traditional mat weaving by hand in a friendly local farmer's house. Then drive through the beautiful rice paddies of the Mekong countryside to a local pagoda and learn about the role of traditional communal temples in Vietnamese village culture. Board Le Jarai and continue the cruise in the shadow of water-coconut palms while enjoying a demonstration of traditional Vietnamese cooking before a sumptuous three course lunch including Mekong specialties onboard. Relax while cruising the pleasant waterways on the way back to Ben Tre and return to Ho Chi Minh City by road arriving around 4:30pm-5:00pm. DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY Free day before your departing flight. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates:Valid for select departures from 15 April - 30 September 2015.

9 nights
FROM $3,465*
9 nights From $3,465*

Hanoi & Halong Bay Experience

Hanoi

Day 1HanoiYou will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. The local representative will deliver you any corresponding vouchers, as well as any additional information required for the tour. There are no planned activities, have a look around the city and get used to the frenetic pace of Vietnam. Some suggestions include: Taking a walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter – a maze of streets, each one traditionally devoted to a different product or industry. In the evening attend a performance at the famous Water Puppet Theatre. Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) or Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Museum. The Mausoleum houses the remains of Ho Chi Minh, the founding father of the unified Vietnam (the mausoleum and museum are closed in October-November). Please note that most nationalities requires a visa to enter Vietnam, please double check this with your travel agent or local Vietnamese Embassy prior to your arrival. Your hotel is located in an Old Quarter. All rooms are double or twin share with air conditioning and en suite bathroom. Free wifi and a computer are available at the lobby.Day 2 Halong Bay (B,L,D)After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel for a bus journey through the countryside and industrial towns of the north, to the coast where you board the live-aboard Junk for our overnight cruise on stunning Halong Bay. During the cruise you shall be feasting on local seafood specialties, visiting one of the wondrous cave systems on the islands and also stopping off at a floating fishing village where we can experience the bay up close and personal in sea kayaks. All meals are included on board. The accommodation tonight is a truly special experience – sleeping on a boat surrounded by high limestone karsts. All cabins are double or twin share with air conditioning and en suite bathroom. There are sundecks and a full dining room on the boat as well. Please note that the transfer and boat is a shared service, there will be other like minded travellers with you. Legend has it that the emperor called upon the mother dragon to protect Vietnam from a seaborne invasion fleet. The dragon flew over the sea and spat jewels at the invaders destroying the fleet and the jewels became the magnificent limestone karst formations that speckle the bay in their hundreds. The dragon then settled on the coast and her tail curled around forming the shape of the bay. Halong Bay literally translates as "Descending Dragon Bay" Approx travel time: Hanoi to Halong Bay: 4 hours.Day 3 Hanoi (B,L)Your boat continues to cruise through the limstone karsts this morning, stopping by the islands of Man's Head and Turtle Island. You will have the option of visiting a cave by small bamboo boat, an opportunity to view Halong Bay from a completely different angle. Today your breakfast and lunch will also be included on the boat prepared by the staff. Enjoy your final seafood feast before disembarking making your way back to Ha Noi. The bus will transfer you back to your hotel, there are no planned activities in the afternoon. Take the opportunity to see more of Hanoi's sites and experience some North Vietnamese cuisine. Approx travel time: Halong Bay to Ho Noi: 4 hours.Day 4 Hanoi (B)You are free to depart at any time today. Please note that hotel check out time is 12pm.

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 31/12/2015

4 days
FROM $439*
4 days From $439*

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Wrap your taste buds around the flavours of Vietnam

Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, melds Asia and France. It's home to buzzing swarms of motorbikes and the slow rhythms of tai chi in the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and 'Hanoi Hilton' (Hoa Lo Prison) are worth a visiting here. In the south, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the Asian/French business heart of the country and underneath it lies the Cu Chi Tunnels.

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Beyond the metro bustle, rewards on your holiday in Vietnam could include: a cruise on Halong Bay with its 3,000 islands; a snooze in a beach chair at Nha Trang and an exploration of the bewitching Mekong Delta.

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