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Luxurious Vietnam in Style 10 days

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A luxury experience in Vietnam for 10 days

>> Essence of Northern Vietnam 8 days

Overview

Set out on an enriching, in-depth journey to Vietnam, visiting must-see sites that include the Cu Chi Tunnels in high-energy Ho Chi Minh City; Hanoi, known for its French colonial architecture;  tranquil Ha Long Bay, where you cruise overnight and partake in a Vietnamese cooking lesson and Hoi An – a Graceful, historic and  Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. 

10 days / 9 nights

Small group, Private tour

Departure: Daily from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh

Theme: Nature/Soft Adventure, Traditional culture

Highlights

Ho Chi Minh city’s city hall @ City Pass Guide
  • Experience the best of Vietnam from north to south, including its major cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as the tranquility of central Vietnam
  • Enjoy an overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Wander the winding streets of Hoi An, observing local artisans’ handicrafts firsthand
  • Delve into Vietnam’s complex history, descending into the Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City
  • Touring the orchards, paddy fields and swamplands of the Mekong Delta

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Day 2: Hanoi City tour Half day

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Fly to Hue

Day 5: Hue city tour half day. Transfer Hue – Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An Walking half day in the morning

Day 7: Hoi An – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

Day 8: Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh Sightseeing Tour

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Ho Chi Minh City

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Departure

Important Notes:

  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.
  • If you have any specific food requirement (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies, etc.) please inform us in advance, we will provide notices to our restaurants, tour guides and partners so they would be able to serve you the best.
  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
Hoi An city @ Tourbooking.com.vn


Meals

9 Breakfast, 4 Lunch, 1 Brunch, 1 Dinner

Transportation

Airplane, Car, Cruise

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights), On-board an overnight cruise in Halong Bay (1 night)

Price Includes

  • Overnight in shared Twin/ Double room with air-condition (AC) at hotel.
  • Overnight on local train at a shared compartment with 4 soft berths (if any)
  • Overnight at local homestay in a shared room, private blanket and mosquito net (if any)
  • All transport in tour – transfer by new modern vehicle
  • Domestic flight tickets in tour: Hanoi – Hue; Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh (20 kg luggage inclusion)
  • Fine dinning with traditional local food as indicated in the program
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Fast track service at airport upon arrival

Price Excludes

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights (arrival and departure) with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Cancellation by Customer

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the total package rate
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged

Children Policy

  • 50% discount for child under 6 years accompany with 2 full paying clients, staying in same room with parents
  • 75% charged for child from 6-11 years accompany with 2 full paying clients, staying on extra bed
  • The above children rates are applicable for booking made with 2 adults and a maximum of 2 children occupancy in a room.
  • Child age of 12 years up is subject to adult rate

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Essence of Northern Vietnam 8 days

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Explore Northern Vietnam for only 8 days in this wonderful tour.

>> Orchid Cruise 2 days

Overview

This itinerary is an in-depth exploration of the culture, people and landscapes of northern Vietnam. Leaving the graceful boulevards of Hanoi behind, we explore rural Mai Chau and the amazing limestone landscape of Tam Coc, by bike and by boat. We continue to Sapa and take a step back in time to visit remote hill tribe villages surrounded by rolling green hills and mountain streams overlooked by dramatic limestone karsts. The trip’s grand finale is at Halong Bay. We’ll stay overnight on a comfortable junk boat, with island visits, delicious food, swimming, sunbathing and kayaking. A perfect end to our showcase of the cultural and scenic charms of northern Vietnam!

8 days / 7 nights

Group tour, Small group, Private tour

Departure: Daily from Hanoi

Theme: Nature/Soft Adventure

Suitable: Travel with friends, Active traveler, Solo traveler

Highlights

Sapa @ IDP Travel
  • Trek through the rolling rice terraces, waterfalls, mountains and lush green hills of Sapa and get in touch with people from ethnic minority groups .
  • Cast away on a traditional junk boat and set sail through hundreds of limestone karsts that rise dramatically from the emerald waters of Halong Bay.
  • Experience Mai Chau on 2 wheels, cycle around the valley; enjoy the stunning lush landscape and Thai culture by visiting the nearby villages. Get a glimpse of life in countryside in Vietnam, enjoy the peace with endless rice paddy fields and fresh air.

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau

Day 4: Mai Chau – Hanoi – train to Lao Cai

Day 5: Lao Cai – Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van

Day 6: Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai – Lao Cai – Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Important Notes:

  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.
  • If you have any specific food requirement (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies, etc.) please inform us in advance, we will provide notices to our restaurants, tour guides and partners so they would be able to serve you the best.
Mai Chau @ Mai Chau Trek


Meals

7 Breakfast, 5 Lunch, 1 Brunch, 1 Picnic Lunch, 3 Dinner

Transportation

Car, Train, Cruise, Trekking

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Communal stilt house or Valley View Bungalow in Mai Chau (1 night), Overnight on train (1 night), Cruise in Halong Bay (1 night)

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in TWN/ DBL sharing accommodation at hotel, except overnight on train and homestay (if any)
  • All transport and transfer (including airport pick up & see off), as per itinerary
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Overnight train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai (4 soft berth sharing cabin with air conditon)
  • Entrance fees for Vietnam attractions, as per itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the program

Price Excludes

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights to or from Vietnam with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Cancellation by Customer

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the deposit amount
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged

Children Policy

  • Please contact our travel consultants for more details.

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Orchid Cruise 2 days

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A two days trip to Halong Bay and explore one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam.

>> Glory Legend Cruise 2 days

Overview

Joining the two days trip on Orchid Cruise, you will earn unforgettable experiences and memories while enjoying modest comforts provided by friendly staffs and the bay’s natural beauty. It’s the time for you to experience a night amidst the emerald waters and islands of Lan Ha Bay including interesting activities such as kayaking, fishing, exploring less-traveled areas of the bay, getting closer to the life in fishing villages, swimming, tai-chi exercising, cooking class… Let’s get on board with us!

2 days / 1 night

Group tour

Departure: Daily from Hanoi Old Quarter

Suitable: Best for honeymoon couple, Suitable for family

Highlights

Lan Ha Bay
  • Only 1.5 hours on a brand new highway from Hanoi to Hai Phong city – Very fast & comfortable.
  • Explore an unique and less touristy route in Lan Ha Bay – Off the beaten track!
  • Enjoy super fun activities likes a lesson on how to fish using nets, kayak around the bay, and take a boat to explore caves.
  • Stay in luxury amenities with a comfortable bed and big private balcony.
  • Enjoy a wide sundeck offers a ton of light & incredible views.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Brunch, 1 Dinner

Transportation

Shuttle Bus

Accommodation

Orchid Cruise (1 night)

Price Includes

  • VAT
  • English speaking tour guide on boat
  • Luxury Cruise through Halong bay – Lan Ha Bay ( apply for 2 days 1 night) and Bai Tu Long Bay ( apply for 3 days 2 nights)
  • All meals aboard as mentioned in the itineraries, ( 02 lunches, 01 dinner, 01 breakfast) for 2 days 1 night, ( 03 lunches, 02 dinners, 02 breakfast) for 3 days 2 nights
  • Kayaking, Cooking class, Tai chi exercise, Bamboo boat, Swimming (if the weather permits), Fish fishing, Movies, Squid fishing, Music entertainment
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Luxury cabin with A/C
  • Day boat, Exploring Sung Sot cave, Vung Vieng village, kayaking and tour guide for the 2nd day of 3 days/2 nights package
  • Welcome drink, cold handkerchief, fresh flowers and fresh fruits basket, two bottle of mineral water in each cabin
Viet Hai Village @ Catba Open Bus

Price Excludes

  • Shuttle bus Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi
  • Airfare, visa arrangements
  • Beauty Spa Services & Massage
  • Beverages, tips, gratuities and other personal expenses
  • All other sevices NOT clearly mentioned above

Cancellation by Customer

  • More than 15 days prior to check-in: 10% of total rates
  • From 14 to 2 days prior to check-in: 50% of total rates
  • Less than 48 hours prior to check-in: 100% of total rates
  • No-Show: 100% of total rates

Cancellation due to bad weather

If the cancellation be announced by the Management Board of Halong Bay, depend on the timing of the cancellation, following policies will be applied:

  • Before departure from Hanoi to Halong Bay (none of the services has been used): 100% refund.
  • During the trip (some services have been used: transfer, lunch, day trip, hotel in Halong, etc.): used services will be charged, the rest will be refunded.
  • The trip be cut down from 2 nights to 1 night, tourists will be charged a 2 days/1 night trip, plus other used services, the rest will be refunded.
  • The final cost will be confirmed by your consultant via email. In all cases, please contact us directly for any urgent help. We are here to support you with all of our best!

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults on mattress.
  • Children from 05 – 12: Stay with parent 75% adult rate.
  • Children under 05: Stay with parent FOC
  • Only one (01) child under 4 years old sharing room with two (02) adults is allowed for FOC per cabin

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Orchid Cruise

Day 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Important Notes:

  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.
  • Please kindly provide us your passport information at least 01 week before the cruise date.
  • If you have any specific food request (vegetarian, allergic, non-seafood, etc.), feel free to let us know so we can serve your demands with the best.

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Glory Legend Cruise 2 days

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Discover some of the hottest attractions in Halong Bay right now through this cruise

Overview

Let’s spend two days to explore some most popular destinations on Halong Bay such as Luon Cave, Sung Sot Cave, Titop Island and enjoy various leisure activities. Glory Legend Cruise will take you closer to the life of local people, help you to find yourself relaing on a peaceful white sand beach or lead you to enjoy the calm and clear crystal water of the bay.

2 days / 1 night

Group tour

Departure: Daily from Hanoi Old Quarter

Desitnations : Hanoi – Halong Bay – Luon Cave – Titop Island – Sung Sot Cave

Highlights

Titop Island @ Crossing Travel
  • Indulge in feasts of the fresh seafood whilst admiring amazing view of Halong Bay
  • Discover Titop Island, climb on the top of island or relax and swim on the beach
  • Visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the most famous and largest caves of Halong Bay

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Brunch, 1 Dinner

Transportation

Shuttle Bus

Accommodation

Glory Legend Cruise (1 night)

Price Includes

  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions as itinerary
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • In-house English-speaking tour guide
  • Luxurious cabins and suites
  • Deluxe Vietnamese and international lunch and dinner
  • Vietnamese and international breakfast
  • Conference equipment (charter only)
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner, BR= Brunch)

Price Excludes

  • Transfer: Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi
  • Beverages, tips, gratuities and personal expenses
  • All other services not clearly mentioned above

Cancellation by Customer

  • More than 15 days prior to check-in: 10% of total rates
  • From 14 to 2 days prior to check-in: 50% of total rates
  • Less than 48 hours prior to check-in: 100% of total rates
  • No-Show: 100% of total rates

Cancellation due to bad weather

If the cancellation be announced by the Management Board of Halong Bay, depend on the timing of the cancellation, following policies will be applied:

  • Before departure from Hanoi to Halong Bay (none of the services has been used): 100% refund.
  • During the trip (some services have been used: transfer, lunch, day trip, hotel in Halong, etc.): used services will be charged, the rest will be refunded.
  • The trip be cut down from 2 nights to 1 night, tourists will be charged a 2 days/1 night trip, plus other used services, the rest will be refunded.
  • The final cost will be confirmed by your consultant via email. In all cases, please contact us directly for any urgent help. We are here to support you with all of our best!

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults on mattress.
  • FOC for 1 child under 5 year old sharing bed & meals with parents.
  • Child from 5 – 11 year old sharing bed with parents: charge 75% of adults price; surcharge $15 USD if extra mattress require
  • Only one (01) child under 4 years old sharing room with two (02) adults is allowed for FOC per cabin

Itinerary

Sung Sot Cave @ Halong Luxury Tours

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Day 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Important Notes:

  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.
  • Please kindly provide us your passport information at least 01 week before the cruise date.
  • If you have any specific food request (vegetarian, allergic, non-seafood, etc.), feel free to let us know so we can serve your demands with the best.

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Jade Emperor Pagoda in Saigon: Amazing destination

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Jade Emperor Pagoda is a must-see destianation in Ho Chi Minh city.

>> Some of the greatest attractions in Saigon

Overview

The front gate @ Youtube

Built in 1909 in honour of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang), this is one of the most spectacularly atmospheric temples in Ho Chi Minh City, stuffed with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes. The pungent smoke of incense (huong) fills the air, obscuring the exquisite woodcarvings. Its roof is encrusted with elaborate tile work, and the temple’s statues, depicting characters from both Buddhist and Taoist lore, are made from reinforced papier mâché.

The inside of the pagoda

Inside the pagoda @ City Pass Guide

Inside the main building are two especially fierce and menacing Taoist figures. On the right (as you face the altar) is a 4m-high statue of the general who defeated the Green Dragon (depicted underfoot). On the left is the general who defeated the White Tiger, which is also being stepped on.

Worshippers mass before the ineffable Jade Emperor, who presides – draped in luxurious robes and shrouded in a dense fug of incense smoke – over the main sanctuary. He is flanked by his guardians, the Four Big Diamonds (Tu Dai Kim Cuong), so named because they are said to be as hard as diamonds.

Out the door on the left-hand side of the Jade Emperor’s chamber is another room. The semienclosed area to the right (as you enter) is presided over by Thanh Hoang, the Chief of Hell; to the left is his red horse. Other figures here represent the gods who dispense punishments for evil acts and rewards for good deeds. The room also contains the famous Hall of the Ten Hells, carved wooden panels illustrating the varied torments awaiting evil people in each of the Ten Regions of Hell. Women queue up at the seated effigy of the City God, who wears a hat inscribed with Chinese characters that announce ‘At one glance, money is given’. In a mesmerising ritual, worshippers first put money into a box, then rub a piece of red paper against his hand before circling it around a candle flame.

On the other side of the wall is a fascinating little room in which the ceramic figures of 12 women, overrun with children and wearing colourful clothes, sit in two rows of six. Each of the women exemplifies a human characteristic, either good or bad (as in the case of the woman drinking alcohol from a jug). Each figure represents a year in the 12-year Chinese astrological calendar. Presiding over the room is Kim Hoa Thanh Mau, the Chief of All Women. Upstairs is a hall to Quan Am, the Goddess of Mercy, opposite a portrait of Dat Ma, the bearded Indian founder of Zen Buddhism.

The multifaith nature of the temple is echoed in the shrine’s alternative name Phuoc Hai Tu (福海寺; Sea of Blessing Temple), whose message is clearly Buddhist. Similarly, the Chinese characters (佛光普照; Phat Quang Pho Chieu) in the main temple hall mean ‘The light of Buddha shines on all’.

Outside, a small pond seethes with turtles, some of which have shells marked with auspicious inscriptions.

Hope you enjoy your stay in Ho Chi Minh city!

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Some of the greatest attractions in Saigon

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Some of the most popular attractions in Ho Chi Minh city.

>> Amazing beaches in Phu Quoc (P1)

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum @ Wikimedia Commons

Formerly the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum is consistently popular with Western tourists. Few museums anywhere convey the brutal effects of war on its civilian victims so powerfully. Many of the atrocities documented here were well-publicised but rarely do Westerners hear the victims of US military action tell their own stories. While some displays are one-sided, many of the most disturbing photographs illustrating US atrocities are from US sources, including those of the infamous My Lai Massacre.

US armoured vehicles, artillery pieces, bombs and infantry weapons are on display outside. One corner of the grounds is devoted to the notorious French and South Vietnamese prisons on Phu Quoc and Con Son Islands. Artefacts include that most iconic of French appliances, the guillotine, and the notoriously inhumane ‘tiger cages’ used to house Viet Cong (Vietnamese Communists; VC) prisoners.

The ground floor of the museum is devoted to a collection of posters and photographs showing support for the antiwar movement internationally. This somewhat upbeat display provides a counterbalance to the horrors upstairs.

Even those who supported the war are likely to be horrified by the photos of children affected by US bombing and napalming. You’ll also have the rare chance to see some of the experimental weapons used in the war, which were at one time military secrets, such as the flechette, an artillery shell filled with thousands of tiny darts.

Upstairs, look out for the Requiem Exhibition. Compiled by legendary war photographer Tim Page, this striking collection documents the work of photographers killed during the course of the conflict, on both sides, and includes works by Larry Burrows and Robert Capa.

The War Remnants Museum is in the former US Information Service building. Captions are in Vietnamese and English.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral @ Wikipedia

Built between 1877 and 1883, Notre Dame Cathedral enlivens the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s government quarter, facing Ð Dong Khoi. A brick, neo-Romanesque church with 40m-high square towers tipped with iron spires, the Catholic cathedral is named after the Virgin Mary. Interior walls are inlaid with devotional tablets and some stained glass survives. English-speaking staff dispense tourist information from 9am to 11am Monday to Saturday. Mass is 9.30am Sunday. If the front gates are locked, try the door on the side facing the Reunification Palace.

Giac Lam Pagoda

Giac Lam pagoda @ Vietnam tourism

Believed to be the oldest temple in HCMC (1744), Giac Lam is a fantastically atmospheric place set in peaceful, gardenlike grounds. The Chinese characters that constitute the temple’s name (覚林寺) mean ‘Feel the Woods Temple’ and the looming Bodhi tree (a native fig tree, sacred to Buddhists) in the front garden was the gift of a Sri Lankan monk in 1953. Prayers are held daily from 4am to 5am, 11am to noon, 4pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm.

Next to the tree stands a gleaming white statue of compassionate Quan The Am Bo Tat (also known as the Goddess of Mercy) on a lotus blossom, a symbol of purity.

As at many Vietnamese Buddhist temples, aspects of both Taoism and Confucianism can be found here. For the sick and elderly, the pagoda is a minor pilgrimage sight, as it contains a bronze bell that, when rung, is believed to answer the prayers posted by petitioners.

The main sanctuary lies in the next room, filled with countless gilded figures. On the dais in the centre of the back row sits the A Di Da Buddha, easily spotted by his colourful halo. The fat laughing fellow, seated with five children climbing all over him, is Ameda, the Buddha of Enlightenment, Compassion and Wisdom.

About 3km from Cholon, Giac Lam Pagoda is best reached by taxi or xe om (motorbike taxi).

Hope you enjoy your stay in Ho Chi Minh city!

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Amazing beaches in Phu Quoc (Part 2)

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Some of good beaches in Phu Quoc

>> Amazing beaches in Phu Quoc (Part 1)

Bai Ganh Dau

Bai Ganh Dau @ Du-lich.net

Bai Ganh Dau (Ganh Dau Beach) on the northwest corner is a wonderful surprise. The clear turquoise waters sparkle like a jewel as it gently laps onto blonde sand. We spent an hour on a sun-lounger underneath a palm tree without seeing another visitor. There are a couple of seafood restaurants where you can quench your thirst or appetite. This is a fantastic under-the-radar spot.

Prepare your backside for a bumpy ride. Head east for a fun, pretty 19-kilometre journey through the jungle on dirt track.

Bai Rach Vem

Bai Rach Vem @ Bai Thom Beach Resort

Fourteen kilometres in, it’s possible to stop at Bai Rach Vem which has a fishing village, a shipbuilding yard and rubbish-strewn white sand beach. Look for the small sign “Rach Vem” and turn left. We didn’t get a great feeling here and didn’t linger.

Eventually the dirt road ends and you’ll meet a nicely paved arterial road that runs north-south down the centre. You have a few options from this junction.

Bai Thom

Bai Thom @ Youtube

If time allows, you can take a side trip to the northeast corner to Bai Thom. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to make it but we spoke to a few people who did. The consensus was that the beach was small and mediocre but you could cross a land bridge to tiny Hon Mot island for a look.

Bai Rach Tram

Bai Rach Tram @ Flynow

Venturing further, from Bai Thom travel another 12 kilometres west along dirt track to reach remote Bai Rach Tram (Rach Tram beach). And while it may be tempting to continue south from Bai Thom along the east coast, this route is very challenging and only for experienced riders. Otherwise, head back to the junction in the centre.

To head back to Duong Dong, it’s an easy paved journey south on Nguyen Trung Truc, or go west, passing pepper and bee farms to join Cua Can Road.

Southern Route
There are less notable beaches in the skinny southern tail of the island but you’ll still want to give yourself the whole day. From Duong Dong, take a road leading southeast to Ham Ninh, perhaps stopping for a dip at Suoi Tranh stream along the way (only flowing May to November). At Rach Ham town (which is a great place to eat giant crabs) turn left/head north for seven kilometres to Kiki Coconut Homestay on Cay Sao. The road will give you a taste of what Phu Quoc was like 10 years ago.

You’ll be rewarded with an isolated slice of coast. It’s easy enough to park the bike and follow footpaths to the water. The sand has natural debris but is deserted and pristine. For a meticulously clean patch of sand, Kiki Coconut Homestay is a tranquil breezy place to have a drink, enjoy a splash in the ocean and relax. Their palm-lined beach also has a view of the islands to the east.

Bai Sao Beach

Bai Sao Beach @ Youtube

Travel back south and take the sweet, smooth Highway 46 leading straight down the centre to An Thoi at the tip. Along this way is the road to Bai Sao beach. With photogenic white sand and turquoise water, Bai Sao is often considered Phu Quoc’s best beach – but as its popularity continues to increase, so does the rubbish.

For now it has just a handful of places to stay so Bai Sao is a popular spot for day-trippers. From the main road, it’s another two kilometres east on bumpy dirt track. Follow the signs to My Lan Resort to get to The Beach House, a chilled spot to relax and chow on some grub. My Lan itself is a chaotic hive of activity and Vietnamese style feasting. But there’s plenty of coast to escape the crowds and you should allot plenty of time to enjoy.

Hope you enjoy your vacation in Phu Quoc.

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Amazing beaches in Phu Quoc (P1)

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The nature of Phu Quoc offers the island multiple beautiful beaches in the area. All of them are unique in their own way, but in a short trip, you cannot hope to experience all of them. Here are some of the more popular beaches in Phu Quoc so you can decide where to go for your convenience.

>> Ganh Dau Cape amazing attraction in Phu Quoc

Bai Truong / Long Beach

Bai Truong @ Panoramio
The vast bulk of Phu Quoc’s hotels (and the vast bulk of construction sites) is on Bai Truong, also known as Long Beach, a 20-plus kilometers stretch of yellow sand that runs down the central west coast of the island.Inwetseasonthe seas here are rough and not great for swimming, but in the dry season, it’s a placid pool with gentle waves. It’s the liveliest beach on the island, the entire length offering accommodation and spots to play, lazy and eat seafood with your feet in the sand. It’s the type of place where you can get a massage on the beach and women sell you fresh fruit, cutting a whole pineapple to order.

The northern part of the beach closest to Duong Dong town is the busiest. The further south you go, the more breathing room you get. It’s all easily accessed. Phu Quoc is a very laid back place and we had no problems walking through any of the resorts, be it cheap or high end, to get to the beach. A popular route from Tran Hung Dao is through Lane 118, a busy way lined with guesthouses and restaurants which deposit you close to La Veranda Resort and Rory’s Bar.

Northwest loop

Bai Ong Lang @ Youtube

Starting from Duong Dong town, head up the west coast on nicely paved Cua Can road seven kilometers to reach the quiet sweeping bay of Bai Ong Lang (Ong Lang Beach). There are a couple of magnificent nature-focused resorts (we highly recommend Mango Bay Resort for a sundowner). Ong Lang is quiet, relaxed and a pleasant spot to park your bum, and there are several dining options available. The access road is hard to miss; look for the corner with dozens of hotel signs pointing the way.

Bai Vung Bau (Vung Bau Beach) is the next one up from Ong Lang. It’s a small cove with only a few properties and it’s a low-key beach ideal for those who want peace. Look for the signs for Bamboo Cottages and Wild Beach Resort and turn left, following the dirt road for two kilometers. When we ventured there in December 2015, it looked like the road was being graded, which may be a sign it will be paved at some point. Resorts are pretty relaxed and since only a handful of day-trippers make it here, it should be okay to park the bike and walk through the hotel to the water. From the beach, you can see Fingernail Island off the coast, which has a good reef for snorkeling.

Bai Dai Beach

Bai Dai Beach @ ahomevietnam

With warm blue-green waters and a generous stretch of fine yellow sand, Bai Dai Beach is one of the prettiest beaches on the island, but unfortunately one of Vietnam’s most influential billionaire conglomerates has noticed. Bai Dai is now dominated by behemoth 750-key Vinpearl Resort along with Vinpearl Land amusement and water park, aquarium, golf course… One Phu Quoc resident told us that Vinpearl Land had brought in Penguins last year (they didn’t survive). We can only raise an eyebrow and wonder where and how they got a Bengal tiger, rhino, and lions for the newly opened safari park, which has a front gate reminiscent of the one in Jurassic Park and claims to have 200 rare animals. There’s a rumor that the resort has plans to build a bridge so guests can visit nearby Turtle Island, and that doesn’t bode well for its excellent coral reef.

One way to easily access Bai Dai is to fork over the 500,000 dong admission to Vinpearl Land. The only other obvious way to reach the beach is by continuing on the dirt road from Vung Bau beach up along the coast. The road is quite challenging, a hilly mix of dirt, loose gravel, rocks and sand. We tried to get to the beach via another dirt road north of the golf course but were stopped by a security guard.

To be continued…

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Ganh Dau Cape: Amazing attraction in Phu Quoc

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Ganh Dau Cape is one of the most popular attractions in Phu Quoc. The island is called Pearl Island is partly thanks to Ganh Dau Cape. Its stunning beauty has captured many people’s heart when they 1st came here, and will continue to leave a lonmg-lasting impression till very much later.

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Overview

A great view @ Youtube

Ganh Dau located in the northern section of Phu Quoc Island, which pristine forests, mountains, seas remain intact. From the town of Duong Dong (capital of Phu Quoc island district), you ride a motorbike back up the northern island. Just out of a bit crowded town you can see red dirt roads through many peaceful villages (this road runs up the North Island, through the Phu Quoc National Park).

Ganh Dau’s attractions

Natural scenery in Ganh Dau @ Phu Quoc For You

To Ganh Dau, you can be visit Nguyen Trung Truc Temple and breathtaking natural beauty is vast and beautiful. The deep blue sea, golden fine sand beaches in the Central is the good feeling when you can see right in front section of Ganh Dau.

Standing on Ganh Dau, you can see Ta Lon mountain of Cambodia. Ganh Dau has a lot of corals, rocks and other kinds of fish, particularly red grouper. Seafood here is cheap that caught by the fishermen and cooked on the spot to be ready for you to enjoy.

From Phu Quoc to Ganh Dau you can go two ways. A motorcycle is leased from the town of Duong Dong to run back up the North Island, past the forest of Phu Quoc and to the northwest direction to Ganh Dau beach, otherwise take the ship out of Phu Quoc, you can choose the western route, Rach Tram, Ganh Dau to enjoy the natural beauty.

On the way to Ganh Dau is interesting, out of Duong Dong busy town you will be on the path of red soil along the peaceful villages. Along both sides of the road is the vast pepper garden stretching along the slopes of Statue Park belonging to Cua Duong, Cua Can commune. Beyond about 20 kilometeres long road, you will come to primeval forest in the territory of the Phu Quoc national park. It is considered as the precious forest of the southern with an extremely rich flora and fauna. With an area of more than 8700 hectares, here you’ll feel the majestic mountains, immense trees.

The most interesting thing when you visit Ganh Dau is just swimming and watching the borderland between Vietnam and Cambodia. If you like exploring you can rent boats to come two islands offshore: Hon Ban and Hon Thay Boi.. The shape of Phu Quoc Pearl Island is like a fish tail thrashed, swim to the north, the fish opened its mouth wide. That mouth is Ganh Dau, where primary forest is stopped before the white sand beaches and magnificent rock section opening the vast sky to the sea …

Marine specialties of Ganh Dau are very fresh and quite cheaply, after watching sightseeing, swimming, playing comfortably, you can ask to buy shrimp, fish, squid from the fishermen and ask them for the way to process. The local people are friendly, simple, good-natured. They will make you feel to love and miss when you return to land.

Hope you enjoy your stay in Ganh Dau!

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Reunification Palace, Saigon’s symbol of peace

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Reunification Palace of Ho Chi Minh city is one of the most iconic building in the city.

Overview

The front @ Dinh Doc Lap GOV

Surrounded by royal palm trees, the dissonant 1960s architecture of this government building and the eerie mood that accompanies a walk through its deserted halls make it an intriguing spectacle. The first Communist tanks to arrive in Saigon rumbled here on 30 April 1975 and it’s as if time has stood still since then. The building is deeply associated with the fall of the city in 1975, yet it’s the kitsch detailing and period motifs that steal the show. fter crashing through the wrought-iron gates – in a dramatic scene recorded by photojournalists and shown around the world – a soldier ran into the building and up the stairs to unfurl a VC flag from the balcony. In an ornate reception chamber, General Minh, who had become head of the South Vietnamese state only 43 hours before, waited with his improvised cabinet. According to the story, Minh said to the VC officer who entered the room ‘I have been waiting since early this morning to transfer power to you.’ ‘There is no question of your transferring power,’ replied the officer. ‘You cannot give up what you do not have.’

History

Room for visitors @ Vietnam Travel Deals

In 1868 a residence was built on this site for the French governor-general of Cochin-China and gradually it expanded to become Norodom Palace. When the French departed, the palace became home to the South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem. So unpopular was Diem that his own air force bombed the palace in 1962 in an unsuccessful attempt to kill him. The president ordered a new residence to be built on the same site, this time with a sizeable bomb shelter in the basement. Work was completed in 1966, but Diem did not get to see his dream house as he was killed by his own troops in 1963.

The new building was named Independence Palace and was home to the succeeding South Vietnamese president, Nguyen Van Thieu, until his hasty departure in 1975. Designed by Paris-trained Vietnamese architect Ngo Viet Thu, it is an outstanding example of 1960s architecture, with an airy and open atmosphere.

The ground floor is arranged with meeting rooms, while upstairs is a grand set of reception rooms, used for welcoming foreign and national dignitaries. In the back of the structure are the president’s living quarters; check out the model boats, horse tails and severed elephants’ feet. The 2nd floor contributes a shagadelic card-playing room, complete with a cheesy round leather banquette, a barrel-shaped bar, hubcap light fixtures and groovy three-legged chairs set around a flared-legged card table. There’s also a cinema and a rooftop nightclub, complete with helipad: James Bond/Austin Powers – eat your heart out.

Perhaps most fascinating of all is the basement with its telecommunications centre, war room and warren of tunnels, where hulking old fans chop the air and ancient radio transmitters sit impassively. Towards the end are rooms where videos appraise the palace and its history in Vietnamese, English, French, Chinese and Japanese. The national anthem is played at the end of the tape and you are expected to stand up – it would be rude not to.

Reunification Palace is open to visitors as long as official receptions or meetings aren’t taking place. English- and French-speaking guides are on duty during opening hours.

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