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Hanoi approves new tourism decree

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Hanoi approves new tourism decree
Hanoi approves new tourism decree

Hanoi targets welcoming 30 million tourists by 2020, including 5.7 million international arrivals, for an annual increase of 8 to 10 per cent, according to Resolution No. 6 on developing the capital’s tourism in the 2016-2020 period signed by Mr. Hoang Trung Hai, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee.

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Hanoi approves new tourism decree

Total revenue from tourism in 2020 is to be VND120 trillion ($5.3 billion), increasing by 15 to 17 per cent each year. Occupancy rates at hotels are expected to average 60 to 65 per cent.

All staff at tourism agencies are to undergo full training.

To achieve its target Hanoi will select strategic investors for tourism projects in West Lake, along the new road to Noi Bai International Airport, Ba Vi National Park and Suoi Hai Lake, and Huong Son – Quan Son Lake in My Duc district.

Hanoi approves new tourism decree
Hanoi approves new tourism decree

The decree also noted the results of the tourism development plan for Hanoi in the 2007-2015 period.

Tourist numbers to the city have often represented one-third of those to Vietnam and increased by about 10 per cent each year.

Travel website TripAdvisor reported in July that Hanoi was the least expensive international destination to visit.

Its study showed that lunch for two in the capital is $28, dinner $55, taxi travel (a two-mile round-trip) and tours/activities $2, and hotels $79. The total average cost of a three-day summer trip for two comes to about $497.

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The current condition

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), international tourist arrivals to Hanoi in July were estimated at about 192,000, a 12.4 per cent increase compared to June and up 8.8 per cent year-on-year.

Arrivals by air were 172,000, up 12.6 per cent compared to June, while those arriving by water or road totaled 20,000, up 11.1 per cent.

Domestic tourists visiting Hanoi numbered 770,000, a 1.1 per cent increase against June and up 5.4 per cent year-on-year.

Revenue from tourism in July was estimated at VND4.585 trillion ($205 million), a 0.1 per cent increase compared to June and 13.4 per cent higher year-on-year.

Hanoi approves new tourism decree
Hanoi approves new tourism decree

In the first seven months arrivals to Hanoi from some countries increased dramatically, such as China (up 96.9 per cent year-on-year), South Korea (33.6 per cent), Thailand (33.1 per cent), and Germany (35 per cent).

In the first half, total tourist arrivals to the capital stood at 11.015 million. International arrivals were 2.04 million, up 33 per cent year-on-year, and domestic arrivals 8.97 million, up 6 per cent year-on-year.

Total revenue from tourism was VND31.306 trillion ($1.4 billion), an increase of 24 per cent year-on-year.

In 2016 Hanoi has targeted welcoming 21.165 million tourists, including 3.8 international tourists, and to earn revenue of VND60 trillion ($2.69 billion).

Visiting Chuong conical hat village

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Visiting Chuong conical hat village
Visiting Chuong conical hat village

Located in Phuong Trung commune, Thanh Oai District, Hanoi, Chuong village is well-known for its iconic product “non”, which was recognised long ago in a saying: “Whoever wants a beautiful conical hat can come to Chuong village”.

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Visiting Chuong conical hat village

Elders in the village said the craft has been handed down through generations in the village for hundreds of years. However, in the early 20th century, the techniques of making the conical hat faced the threat of falling into oblivion.

Visiting Chuong conical hat village
Visiting Chuong conical hat village

Hai Cat, a village artisan, went to the ancient imperial city of Hue to learn how to make Hue conical hats. At the Ha Dong fair in 1930, Hai Cat’s products were highly appreciated by visitors, earning him a certificate from the authorities.

After being recognised for his skill, he returned to his birthplace to provide vocational training to his fellow villagers and revive the hat-making industry.

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About the village

Materials for making conical harts are gathered from many areas across the country: silk thread from Trieu Khuc village in Hanoi, bamboo to make a wooden frame for the hats from Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa province, palm leaves from Quang Binh province.

Visiting Chuong conical hat village
Visiting Chuong conical hat village

The small village is crowded with people who not only come here to place orders but also witness the process of making conical hats.

Phuong Trung commune now has a population of roughly 17,000; over 2,000 of them earn their living by making conical hats with around 8,000 conical hats being produced per day.

‘Hanoi Emotion’ – tour explores Hanoi’s cultural value

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‘Hanoi Emotion’ – tour explores Hanoi’s cultural value
‘Hanoi Emotion’ – tour explores Hanoi’s cultural value

Launching in June, 2016, a tour named ‘Hanoi Emotion’ has received interest from many tourism companies across the country. As the name ‘Hanoi Emotion’ suggests, the tour promotes Hanoi’s thousand-year history.

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‘Hanoi Emotion’ – tour explores Hanoi’s cultural value

With rich culture, a long history and beautiful landscapes, Hanoi is considered a city with rich natural and cultural travel resources.

The ‘Hanoi Emotion’ tour explores Hanoi’s unique tangible and intangible values, including natural landscapes, religious works and beliefs, revolutionary historical sites, arts, old houses, ancient streets and villages, traditional craft villages, and unique folk arts.

‘Hanoi Emotion’ is based on existing tourism strengths of the capital city. Visitors have an opportunity to not only enjoy the beauty of the scenery but also experience Hanoians’ daily life.

The program takes visitors to some of the top destinations in Hanoi such as the longest mosaic wall in the world at a length of about 3,850m, the more than 100 year-old Long Bien Bridge, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Bat Trang Pottery Village, Van Phuc Silk Village, Imperial Citadel of Thang Long , Temple of Literature and Ba Vi National Park.

The ‘Emotion of Hanoi’ programme is considered a ‘push’ for the professionalization of special products in particular and the municipal tourism sector.

In the past years, the city’s tourism sector has continuously researched and provided many new products to serve tourists, promoting its typical products.

In addition to attracting international tourists, Hanoi has also focused on exploiting domestic passenger flow, especially in central and south Vietnam.

The Hanoi Department of Tourism co-operated with Vietnam Airlines and four travel agencies in Hanoi, – Hanoitourist, NewStar Tour, Anh Duong Tour and ITC Travel – to build the ‘Emotion of Hanoi’ programme.

‘Hanoi Emotion’ – tour explores Hanoi’s cultural value
‘Hanoi Emotion’ – tour explores Hanoi’s cultural value

Besides the key tourism sites in Hanoi, the ‘Hanoi Emotion’ tour incorporates other famous landmarks of the north.

For the 4 day and 3 night tour, the all-inclusive price from Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City is VND 4.98 million and VND 5.98 million respectively.

The tours have attracted the interest of tourism companies in Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

Director of Hanoitourist travel company Luu Duc Ke said that on the tour, visitors will learn about and experience the tangible and intangible values of Hanoi, as well as explore the famous scenic spots of the nation that have long been trademarks of the national tourism industry.

Chairman of Hanoi Tourism Association Nguyen Quang Lan believed that the tour would contribute to promote, motivate and refresh the image, reputation and brand of the municipal tourism capital.

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The purposes of the tour

‘Hanoi Emotion’ – tour explores Hanoi’s cultural value
‘Hanoi Emotion’ – tour explores Hanoi’s cultural value

The tour is a key tourism product of Hanoi, serving as grounds to develop other products for specific markets, he added.

Director of the Hanoi Tourism Department Do Dinh Hong said that in order to give visitors diversified and unique experiences, Hanoi will continue to build tours connecting to other domestic and foreign destinations.

The city is concerned with preferential policies to attract investments and has created favorable conditions for businesses as well as visitors to the capital.

TripAdvisor: Hanoi cheapest international destination

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Hanoi cheapest international destination
Hanoi cheapest international destination

Hanoi is the least expensive international destination to travel to according to the TripIndex Cities cost-comparison study released on July 19 by TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site.

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TripAdvisor: Hanoi cheapest international destination

There are four cities in Southeast Asia on the Top 10 most affordable cities worldwide: Hanoi (first), Kuala Lumpur (fourth), Bangkok (fifth) and Bali (seventh).

The study showed that lunch for two in Hanoi is $28, dinner $55, taxi travel (a two-mile round-trip) and tours/activities $2, and hotels $79. The total average cost of a three-day summer trip for two comes to about $497.

TripIndex Cities, conducted by independent research firm TNS, compares the cost of a three-night vacation during the summer travel period from June to September in 39 key tourism cities around the world, taking into account typical in-destination costs for two people.

Hanoi cheapest international destination
Hanoi cheapest international destination

These include a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to three attractions, lunch each day, an Uber or taxi to and from dinner each day, plus the cost of dinner itself.

In May the UK newspaper The Telegraph wrote that Hanoi was one of the world’s greatest cities for food after the US President Barack Obama and the famed chef Anthony Bourdain enjoyed a $6 “bun cha”; one of Vietnam’s most famous dishes, with grilled pork, rice noodles, spicy fish sauce, and vegetables.

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The current condition of Hanoi travel

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), international tourist arrivals to Hanoi in July were estimated at about 192,000, a 12.4 per cent increase compared to June and 8.8 per cent year-on-year.

Arrivals by air were 172,000, up 12.6 per cent compared to June, while those arriving by water or road totaled 20,000, up 11.1 per cent.

Domestic tourists visiting Hanoi numbered 770,000, a 1.1 per cent increase against June and 5.4 per cent year-on-year.

Revenue from tourism in July was estimated at VND4.585 trillion ($205 million), up 0.1 per cent compared to June and 13.4 per cent year-on-year.

In the first seven months, arrivals to Hanoi from some countries increased dramatically, such as China (up 96.9 per cent year-on-year), South Korea (33.6 per cent), Thailand (33.1 per cent), and Germany (35 per cent).

In the first half of the year total tourist arrivals to Hanoi were 11.015 million. International arrivals were 2.04 million, up 33 per cent year-on-year, and domestic arrivals 8.97 million, up 6 per cent year-on-year.

Total revenue from tourism was VND31.306 trillion ($1.4 billion), an increase of 24 per cent year-on-year.

Hanoi cheapest international destination
Hanoi cheapest international destination

Targets in the future

In 2016 Hanoi has targeted welcoming 21.165 million tourists, including 3.8 international tourists, and to earn revenue of VND60 trillion ($2.69 billion).

In 2020, the city targets welcoming 30 million tourists, 5.7 million of which will be international tourists, and to earn VND120 trillion ($5.38 billion) in revenue.

Annual growth in international tourist numbers to Hanoi by 2020 will be from 8 to 10 per cent and annual growth in tourism revenue will be from 15 to 17 per cent.

On average, occupancy rates in hotels will be from 60 to 65 per cent.

Sapa Hard Trekking 1

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Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai- Ta online pharmacy Van – Giang Ta Chai- ban Ho- Nam Toong.

Duration: 3 days/4 nights

Night 1: Hanoi- Lao Cai

8:00– Mini bus pick up from hotel and transfer to Tran Quy Cap train station.
9:00– Train depart and sleep the night on train. Travel time approx 9hrs.

Day 1: Sapa- Y Linh Ho- Lao Chai- Ta Van ( B, L, D)

6:00 AM – Arrive at Lao Cai station. Change to mini bus for transfer to Sapa hotel. Travel time approx 1 hrs.

7-8:00 AM – Breakfast and a shower in the hotel.

9:30 AM – Begin trekking from Sapa towards Muong Hoa valley where we can admire magnificent landscapes.

12:00 PM – Trek through Y Linh Ho village with Black H’mong tribe.

1:00 PM – Break for delicious lunch in the local house near by Muong Hoa stream where we can have a nice swim.

2:00 PM – Keep trekking through lush rice-terraces towards Lao Chai village to experience Black H’mong people’s daily life and traditional cuture.

3:30 PM – Arrive into Ta Van village inhabited by Zay minorities exhibiting strong Chinese culture where we have dinner cooked on a wood fire enjoying the company and hospitality of our Zay family and homestay overnight.

Day 2: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pa – Ban Ho ( B,L,D)

8:00 AM – Breakfast at homestay.

9:00 AM – Trek through bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai waterfall, bridge and village inhabited by Red Zao minority for a short break to enjoy stunning view surrounding.

12.00 – Keep trekking into the village of the Red Zao minority.

1:00 PM – Continue trekking to Supan of Black H’mong people.

2:00 PM – Break for lunch.

2:30 PM – Continue trekking down to Ban Ho village with Tay tribes living on stilt houses in the bottom of the valley where we will stay overnight.

Day 3: Ban Ho- Nam toong- Sapa ( B,L,D)

8:00 AM – Breakfast at homestay. Explore their villages, a beautiful waterfall, hot Spring.

9:30 AM – Begin trek to the remote, village called Nam Toong, inhabited by Red Zao tribe, enjoy spectacular view surrounding.

12:00 – Return to Ban Ho for lunch.

12:30 PM – Keep trekking uphill to Ban Den village for bus pick up and transfer to Sapa.

2:00 PM – Free time in Sapa for shower and dinner.

5:30 PM – Bus transfer back to Lao Cai train station for the night train bank to Hanoi.

Night 4: Lao Cai- Hanoi

5:00 AM – Arrive at Tran Quy Cap Train Station.Tour ends.

Quantity  2+  4+  6+  8+
Price/pax  $272.0  $238.0  $222.0  $196.0

Included:

  • Train tickets Hanoi/ Lao Cai for 2 ways.( soft sleeper with A/C,King Express,Livitran Train,Hatraco Train,Tulico Train,…).
  • All meals as mentioned in the tour program ( B, L, D)
  • Transport as tour program…
  • English speaking tour guide.
  •  All accommodation, entrance fees, security permits.

Excluded:

  • Insurance.
  • Drinks, phone calls, other private expenses.

NOTES : Please bring along a good pair of walking shoes, raincoats, jackets, insect repellent and Sunscreen.

Sapa – Bac Ha

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Duration: 3 days/4 nights

Night 1 : Hanoi – Lao Cai

8:00 PM – Mini bus pick up from hotel and transfer to Tran Quy Cap train station.
9:00 PM – Train departs and sleep the night train.Travel time approx 9 hrs.

Day 1 : Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van ( B-L-D ).

6:00 AM – Arrive Lao Cai train station.Change to mini bus for transfer to Sapa Hotel.

7:00 to 8:00 order viagra online AM – Breakfast and shower in hotel.

9:30 AM – Begin trekking from Sapa towards Muong Hoa valley where we can admire magnificent landscapes.

12:00 AM – Trek through Y Linh Ho village with Black Hmong tribe.

1:00 PM – Break for delicious lunch in the local house near by Muong Hoa stream where you can have a nice swim.

2:00 PM – Keep trekking through lush rice-terraces towards Lao Chao village to experience Black H`mong people`s daily life and traditional culture.

3:30 PM – Arrive into Ta Van village inhabited by Zay minorities exhibiting strong Chinese culture where we have dinner cooked on a wood fire enjoying the company and hospitality of our Zay family and homestay overnight.

Day 2 : Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Supan – Sapa (B-L-D).

8:30 AM – Breakfast at homestay.

9:00 to 9:30 AM – Trek through bamboo forests to Giang Ta Chai waterfall,bridge and village inhabited by Red Zao minorities for a short break to enjoy stunning view surrounding.

12:00 PM – Break for lunch.

12:45 PM – Keep trekking into village of Red Zao minorities,visit their houses to explore their rich culture.

1:30 PM – Continue trekking down to Supan of Black H`mong people for bus pick up and transfer to Sapa.

3:00 PM – Free time in Sapa for shower and Dinner

Day 3 : Sapa – Bac Ha Market ( B-L-D ).

7:00 AM – Check out hotel and depart to Bac Ha Market.

9:30 AM – Arrive at Bac Ha Market.

Free time for visiting one of the most colourful market in

the world.This big market in North West Vietnam filled with many different hill-trible peoples such as Flower H`mong,Dzay,Tay people,…At the market,you have chance to enjoy Bac Ha people`s simple but unique kinds of food with special wines made from rice,cassavas,corn and different sorts of fruits such as plumps,apples,peaches,…talking to the monorities through the guides interpretation.

After lunch,leave the market for visiting the H`mong Kings House ( King Hoang A Tuong ) built by French colonists ad the Chinese in 1920,short walking to see Ban Pho village where is homeland of Flower Hmong.

Say good bye to Back Ha Market and get back to Lao Cai station.Having dinner before getting on night train back Hanoi.

Night 4 : Lao Cai – Hanoi.

5:00 AM – Arrive at Tran Quy Cap Train Station. Tour ends

Quantity  8+  6+  4+  2+
Price/pax  $229.0  $248.0  $279.0  $359.0

Included :

  • Train tickets Hanoi/Lao Cai return.( soft sleeper with A/C,King Express,Livitran Train,Hatraco Train,Tulico Train,…).
  • All meals as mentioned in the tour program.
  • Transport as tour program.
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • All accommodation : Boutique Hotel,Goldsea Hotel,Royal View Hotel,Bamboo Hotel,…).
  • Entrance fees,security permits.

Excluded :

  • Insurance.
  • Drinks,phone calls,other private expenses.

NOTE :
Please bring along a good pair of walking shoes,rain coats,jackets.insect repellent and sunscreen.

Ethnic colorful markets

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Night 1: Hanoi Boutique Hotel staff escorts you to the railway station for boarding on a 4 – AC – soft sleeper – cabin to travel up Lao Cai city.

Day 1: Lao Cai – Ethic market – Sa Pa (B/L/)

5:00 Arrive at Lao Cai Train station in the early morning, you are welcomed by our local guide. Enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant. After that, we will visit one of the colorful tribal markets. The tour is subject to your visiting date:
Tuesday   : Coc Ly Market ( 56km from Lao Cai )
Wednesday : Cao Son Market ( 81km from Lao Cai )
Thursday  : Lung Khau Nhin Market (65km from Lao Cai )
Saturday  : Can Cau Market ( 87km

from Lao Cai )
Sunday    : Bac Ha Market ( 67km from Lao Cai )

Lunch in town then transfer to Sapa for staying overnight.
Night 2: Overnight at hotel in Sapa

Day 2:  Sapa – Hill Tribe villages – Homestay (B/D)

After breakfast in the hotel, At 8:30 trek down to Cat Cat village of Black H’mong people to see their daily life activities, such as: rice cultivating, clothes weaving, brocade embroidering and indigo colour dyeing. Later on back Sapa town. Start the tour in the afternoon at 14:00, downhill trekking to Lao Chai Village – home of  Black H’mong minority, trek through Muong Hoa Valley with many beautiful sceneries along the river then reach Ta Van village where you can pay a visit to a Dzay minority peole family. Dinner & homestay here..

Night 3: Homestay at Dzay family

Day 3: Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa – Lao Cai station (B)

Wake up with the locals in the sound of pigs, chickens and the family dogs. The family is already on their feet preparing your breakfast. After breakfast, say good bye to the locals and trek through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai – home of Red Dzao people.  Meet and talk with people to learn more about their daily life, customs and traditions. Pass over the Cau May (Rattan) Bridge then at 12:00 get back to Sapa Town by car. Free afternoon to discover Sa Pa town or shopping in the local market.

Leave the town for Lao Cai train station at around 16:00 pm for boarding the night train back to Hanoi.

Night 4 : Night train back to Hanoi

Day 4: Hanoi

The train arrives at Hanoi in the early morning, Hanoi Elegance Hotel staff will pick you up, and escort you back to the hotel (optional).

For guests who await to check-in, we highly recommend you to order the extra package including All-you-can-eat breakfast and Spa coupon @USD 20 per person. This will rejuvenate your body after the tiresome return journey from Sapa by train in early morning.

Tour ends.

Prices (US$)

Private group Standard Superior (Chau Long Hotel)
1 person 295 / person 355 / person
2 persons 230 / person 260 / person
3 persons 220 / person 250 / person
4 persons 210 / person 240 / person

Note: Join-in group is not available. Please contact us if you need further information

Included: Private transfers, Ac soft sleeper train, E.S. guide, admission fees, meals as specified, homestay, hotel and market tour.

Excluded: Insurance, drinks, other personal expenses. Tips are welcome!

What to bring: Passport, comfortable footwear for trekking, insect repellent, rain gears, hat, sun cream, warm clothing.

Topas Ecolodge

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Option 1: Topas Ecolodge – 3 days

This is a 3 day trip to the north with accommodation at Topas Ecolodge.

The newly developed Topas Ecolodge is located 18 km from Sapa, deep in the Hoang Lien Mountains. The 25 lodges overlook the entire valley with the ethnic minority villages of Ban Ho and Than Phu 400 altitude meters below you.

Your journey will start from Hanoi with the soft sleeper night train to Lao Cai. Once in Lao Cai the next morning your driver will take you to the mountain town of Sapa (1550 m) and then straight to Topas Ecolodge. All together a journey of 2 hours.

At Topas Ecolodge breakfast will be ready for you in the restaurant and your private bungalow will be available for you.

This package has been carefully designed to give you the best opportunity to enjoy the best possible in the north of Vietnam – to explore the deep valleys,

breathtaking mountains and ethnic communities of this unspoiled corner of Vietnam.

Day to day program overview:

Day 1: On board the train Hanoi – Lao Cai (-,-,-)

Depart from Hanoi with Ratraco/ TSC night train.

Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa – Topas Ecolodge (B,-,D)

Arrive Lao Cai. Transfer to Sapa and on to Topas Ecolodge. Over night in Topas Ecolodge.

Day 3: Topas Ecolodge – Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi (B,-,-)

Transfer from Topas Ecolodge to Sapa. In the late afternoon transfer to Lao Cai for the night train to Hanoi

Price: 188 US$/person

  • The price is based on twin shared room
  • Supplement cost for single room is 41 US$/ room
  • Extra charge for staying in weekend in Topas Ecolodge: 15US$ per person;

INCLUDED:

  • 01 night in Topas Ecolodge (twin shared room)
  • Transfer by Shuttle Bus Lao Cai – Sapa – Topas Ecolodge – Sapa – Lao Cai
  • All indicated meals
  • Return soft sleeper in 4-berth cabin on Ratraco or TSC train

NOTE: The prices for HE2A Package are valid in 2010

1. Meals not mentioned above are surcharged as per policy of Topas and/or Victoria Hotel where guest(s) stay.

2. Cancellation:

2.1. Cancellations are not accepted without confirmation by fax or e-mail by Hanoi Elegance hotels.

2.2. Cancellation or changes made 3 full days prior to arrival date will not be charged; after 3 full days prior to arrival date will be charged 50% of the total amount; within 24 hours or no show will be charged 100 % of the total amount;

3. For guests who await to check-in, we highly recommend you to order the extra package including All-you-can-eat breakfast and Spa coupon @USD20 per person. This will rejuvenate your body after the tiresome return journey from Sapa by train in early morning.

Option 2: Topas Ecolodge – 4 days

Day to day program overview:

Day 1: On board the train Hanoi – Lao Cai (-,-,-)

Depart from Hanoi with Ratraco/ TSC night train.

Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa – Topas Ecolodge (B,-,D)

Arrive Lao Cai. Transfer to Sapa and on to Topas Ecolodge. Over night in Topas Ecolodge.

Day 3: Topas Ecolodge (B,-,D)

Today is at your leisure at Topas Ecolodge. Should you would like to take a half day or full day excursion to the below valley, where the friendly Ethnic Minorities people live, the Lodge`s staff can assist you with tours and information.

Day 4: Topas Ecolodge – Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi (B,-,-)

Transfer from Topas Ecolodge to Sapa. In the late afternoon transfer to Lao Cai for the night train to Hanoi

Price: 249 US$/person

  • The price is based on twin shared room
  • Supplement cost for single room is USD82/room
  • Extra charge for staying in weekend in Topas Ecolodge: 15US$ per person;

INCLUDED:

  • 02 nights in Topas Ecolodge (twin shared room)
  • Transfer by Shuttle Bus Lao Cai – Sapa – Topas Ecolodge – Sapa – Lao Cai
  • All indicated meals
  • Return soft sleeper in 4-berth cabin on Ratraco or TSC train

NOTE: The prices for HE3A Package are valid in 2010

1. Meals not mentioned above are surcharged as per policy of Topas and/or Victoria Hotel where guest(s) stay.

2. Cancellation:

2.1. Cancellations are not accepted without confirmation by fax or e-mail by Hanoi Elegance hotels.

2.2. Cancellation or changes made 3 full days prior to arrival date will not be charged; after 3 full days prior to arrival date will be charged 50% of the total amount; within 24 hours or no show will be charged 100 % of the total amount;

3. For guests who await to check-in, we highly recommend you to order the extra package including All-you-can-eat breakfast and Spa coupon @USD20 per person. This will rejuvenate your body after the tiresome return journey from Sapa by train in early morning.

Option 3: Topas Ecolodge & Victoria Sapa – 4 days

Choose the best of the north. With the four star Victoria Sapa Hotel in combination with Topas Ecolodge you will have the chance to experience the Sapa highlands in the best possible way.

Victoria Sapa Hotel offers you luxury and comfort while at the same time you can explore the old hill station, Sapa. There are ethnic minority markets in the streets and the option of visiting the near by villages. Topas Ecolodge is located 18 km. from Sapa, deep in the Hoang Lien mountains. Here you will once again experience the comfort of quality accommodation while a the same time enjoy pure nature, peace and unique views over the mountains.

Day to day program overview:

Day 1: On board the train Hanoi – Lao Cai (-,-,-)

Depart from Hanoi by  Ratraco or TSC night train. (Optional for upgrading to the luxurious Victoria Express.)

Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa. Overnight in Victoria Sapa hotel (-,-,-)

Arrive in Lao Cai early in the morning. Your driver will then pick you up at the train station and transfer you straight to Victoria Sapa Hotel. The day is free to explore the area around Sapa. The Topas Travel Shop in Victoria Sapa Hotel can assist you with tours and information.

Day 3: Sapa – Topas Ecolodge (B,-,D)

After breakfast you depart from Victoria Sapa to Topas Ecolodge. The transfer takes approximately 1 hour. Upon arrival you will check in to your private bungalow.

Day 4: Topas Ecolodge – Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi (B,-,-)

Check out from Topas Ecolodge and transport to Sapa. You can enjoy a few hours in Sapa before departure to the train in Lao Cai that will take you to Hanoi.

Price: 264 US$/person

  • The price is based on twin shared room
  • Supplement cost for single room is USD116/room
  • Extra charge for staying in weekend in Topas Ecolodge & Victoria Sapa hotel: 15US$ per person;

INCLUDED:

  • 01 night in Victoria Sapa hotel (twin shared Superior room)
  • 01 night in Topas Ecolodge (twin shared Deluxe room)
  • Transfer by Shuttle Bus Lao Cai – Sapa – Topas Ecolodge – Sapa – Lao Cai
  • All indicated meals
  • Return soft sleeper in 4-berth cabin on Ratraco or TSC train

EXCLUDED:

  • Personal pocket money
  • Insurance
  • All services not indicated above

Paradise Cruise

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The Paradise Cruises experience are an immersion in culture, heritage and natural beauty of one of the most enchanting destinations in the world. Follow us on a journey rich in local color, luxurious surroundings, gracious services  and discover the art of Paradise Cruises. Natural wonders and unique cultural experiences lie every turn during this – your most memorable – Vietnam vacation.

Vessels

  • 41.5m Long
  • 9.0m Wide
  • 11.5m High

Cabin

Paradise I

  • 6 Superior (16.2m²)
  • 9 Deluxe (18.2m²)
  • 2 Suites (19.2m²)

Paradise II

  • 6 Superior (16.2m²)
  • 7 Deluxe (18.2m²)
  • 2 Suites   (23m²)
  • 2 Suites   (26m²)

Facilities

  • Luxurious Cabins
  • Central Air-
  • Conditioning
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Private Balconies
  • Dining Room and Bar
  • Beauty Spa and-
  • Massage
  • Conference Equipment
  • Sport Equipment
  • Cruise Program
  • Entertainment

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Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)

07.30 – 08.30 Pick up at hotels in Hanoi Old Quarters (included)
12.00 Arrive at Tuan Chau Island.
12.15 – 12.30 Transfer to cruise ship.
12.30 Welcome Cocktail, cruise briefing, safety instructions, check-in cabins.
12.45 Depart to Halong Bay, cruise and program commence.
13.00 – 14.30 Fusion Asian/International Lunch Buffet.
15.00 Arrive at Cua Van floating fishing Village. One of the largest floating villages in the bay – rowing around the village by local rowing boats – captures the daily life of the local fisherman.
16.00 Back to cruise ship, continue cruise through Halong Bay.
16.30 Enjoy the cooking demonstration and discover the Vietnamese cuisine.
17.00 – 18.00 Arrive at Tung Sau (pearl farm) Area – find out a full cycle of how the pearls are created or swimming, kayaking, enjoy massage service.
19.00 – 20.30 Elegant five courses set menu.
21.00 – 23.00 Evening activities: relax at leisure, enjoy movie night, board games, or beauty spa services.

Day 2: Halong Bay Cruise in different way (B)

06.30 Tai Chi session on sundeck.
06.00 – 08.00 Morning activities – swimming or kayaking, beauty spa services.
07.00 – 09.00 International breakfast buffet.
08.00 Surprise Cave (Hang Sung Sot) – explore most famous grotto in the entire Halong bay.
09.30 Check-out and settle bills.
10.45 Arrive at Tuan Chau Island. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi.

Price for group tour (USD/pax)

Cabin Twin/ double Single Supplement
Deluxe room $255/pax $125/pax
Deluxe Balcony $275/pax $160/pax
Paradise Suite $340/pax $200/pax
Tarrace Suite $340/pax $200/pax
Pick up & Drop off Included

Inclusions:

  • Shuttle bus Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi with A/C
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Cruise Itinerary and program
  • Entrance and sight seeing fees
  • In-house English-speaking tour guide
  • Luxury Cabins &Suites with A/C
  • Luxury en-suite Bathroom
  • Full board meals as mentioned on programs
  • Snorkeling equipment(subject to availability)
  • Meeting facilities  and equipment (charter only)
  • Tai Chi Session
  • Insurance, taxes and service charges

Exclusions:

  • Airfares and hotel accommodation
  • Visa arrangements
  • Beauty Spa Services and Massage
  • Beverages and Tobacco
  • Tips and other personal expenses
  • All other services not mentioned previously
  • Bank charge (for payment by credit card via Paypal, Bank transfer)

Notes:

  • Peak season surcharge 25% on December 24th and 31st and Lunar New Year Eve
  • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change upon weather and operating conditions

What to bring:

  • Sun block
  • Camera + Film
  • Insect repellent
  • Original Passport
  • Wide brim hat
  • Swimming clothes
  • Sun glasses

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Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L,D)

07.30 – 08.30 Pick up at hotels in Hanoi Old Quarters (included)
12.00 Arrive at Tuan Chau Island.
12.15 – 12.30 Transfer to cruise ship.
12.30 Welcome Cocktail, cruise briefing, safety instructions, check-in cabins.
12.45 Depart to Halong Bay, cruise and program commence.
13.00 – 14.30 Fusion Asian/International Lunch Buffet.
15.00 Arrive at Cua Van floating fishing Village. One of the largest floating villages in the bay – rowing around the village by local rowing boats – captures the daily life of the local fisherman.
16.00 Back to cruise ship – Continue cruise through Halong Bay.
16.30 Enjoy the cooking demonstration and discover the Vietnamese cuisine.
17.00 – 18.00 Arrive at Tung Sau (pearl farm) Area – find out a full

cycle of how the pearls are created or swimming, kayaking, enjoying massage service.
19.00 – 20.30 Elegant dinner with five courses set menu 1.
21.00 – 23.00 Relax at leisure. Evening activities: enjoy movie night, board games, or beauty spa services.

Day 2: Halong Bay – Cat Ba full day (B,L,D)

06.30 Tai Chi session on sundeck.
07.00 – 08.30 International breakfast buffet.
08.15 Transfer to Paradise Explorer, our day trip boat. Depart to Cat Ba Island.
10.00 – 11.00 Arrive at Viet Hai Jetty, take bicycle or motorbike trip through untouched forests and wildlife.
11.30 – 12.30 Enjoy village scenery or take steep hiking trip up to Navy Peak (Dao Hai Quan).
13.00 – 13.45   Return to Paradise Explorer and depart from Viet Hai Jetty. Vietnamese set lunch menu on day boat.
14.00 – 15.00 Arrive at Dark Cave and Light Cave area, relaxing, swimming or snorkeling.
15.15 – 15.30 Return to Paradise Explorer and transfer back to Paradise Luxury. Relax at leisure.
17.00 – 18.00 Arrive at Tung Sau Area – swimming, kayaking, enjoy spa services.
19.00 – 20.30 Five courses set menu 2.
21.00 – 23.00 Evening activities: enjoy movie night, board games, or beauty spa services.

Day 3: Cat Ba – Tuan Chau -Return Hanoi (B,L)

06.30 Tai Chi session on sundeck.
06.00 – 08.00 Morning activities – swimming or kayaking, beauty spa services.
06.00 – 08.00 International breakfast buffet.
08.00 – 9.00 Surprise Cave (Hang Sung Sot) – explore most famous grotto in the entire Halong bay.
09.30 Check-out and settle bills.
10.45 Arrive at Tuan Chau Island & disembark. Pick up and transfer to Hanoi, drop off at your hotel.

Price for group tour: (USD/pax)

Cabin

Twin/ double

Single Supplement

Deluxe room

$420/pax

$236/pax

Deluxe Balcony

$460/pax

$305/pax

Paradise Suite

$590/pax

$388/pax

Tarrace Suite

$590/pax

$388/pax

Pick up & Drop off

Included

Inclusions:

  • Shuttle bus Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi with A/C
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Cruise Itinerary and program
  • Entrance and sight seeing fees
  • In-house English-speaking tour guide
  • Luxury Cabins &Suites with A/C
  • Luxury en-suite Bathroom
  • Full board meals as mentioned on programs
  • Snorkeling equipment(subject to availability)
  • Kayaking equipment during 3d/2n program
  • Meeting facilities  and equipment (charter only)
  • Tai Chi Session
  • Insurance, taxes and service charges

Exclusions:

  • Airfares, car transfers and hotel accommodation
  • Visa arrangements
  • Beauty Spa Services and Massage
  • Beverages and Tobacco
  • Tips and other personal expenses
  • All other services not mentioned previously
  • Bank charge (for payment by credit card via Paypal, Bank transfer)

Notes:

  • Peak season surcharge 25% on December 24th and 31st and Lunar New Year Eve
  • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change upon weather and operating conditions

What to bring:

  • Sun block
  • Camera + Film
  • Insect repellent
  • Original Passport
  • Wide brim hat
  • Swimming clothes
  • Sun glasses


 

Elation Cruise

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Introduce about Elation cruise

Elation Cruise is a traditional vessel equipped with today’amenities. In order to maintain its meaningful traditional boat building, this 26,5 meter length, 6,5 meter width masterpiece is constructed of the finest quality material and produced by skillful artists. Added to this, our boat has GPS connection to ensure tourists’ safety. During your time on board the junk you will not only savour the ambience of a world of beauty, but will also be feel comfortable like at home. From moment you enter the boat, you will experience Elation Cruise’s delication to make your cruise with us one to remember.

Sun deck

On top is a spacious sun deck 100 square meter, with 10 comfortable lounge chairs for you to laze away the afternoon, enjoy a coffee or tea or an exotic cocktail and sighseeing panoramic view of the limestone karsts emerging from the emerald waters of Halong Bay.

The Restaurant

Our spacious restaurant 60 square meter provides Vietnamese cuisine at its finest. It has two big air-condition to serving you during summer and one complate Karaoke to make you become a singer. Beside that, it has a system security such as : 25 life jacket, 04 small fire extinguishers, 01 big fire extinguisher and automatic fire alarm system. The dinning room offers a pleasant indoor seating area over-looking the spectacular Bay. We offer a wide selection of wines, cocktails and other beverages at Elation Cruise.

The Cabins

Elation Cruise boat total 02 double deluxe, 04 twin deluxe and 01 suite Cabins. Every cabins has private bathroom with fulled set up :Bathtowel, face towel, toothbrush, Shampoo, bath soap, comb, cotton swats, cover head and hair-dryer. In each cabin also set up a system security such as : 02 life jackets, 01 small extinguisher, 01 torch, 01 hammer, 01 alarm bells, escape plan.

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Day 1: Hanoi – Halong (-/L/D)

In the morning:
7:30- 8:15am: Pick you up at the hotel and leave for Halong Bay. Short break en route in Hai Duong Province (20mins). Arrive in Halong Bay around 12:00am

In the afternoon:
Begin your cruise in Halong Bay where seafood lunch is served on the boat. Go on admiring the amazing kasts with different formations on the way to the cave. Visit to the Halong Bay’s largest cave of Sung Sot (Amazing Cave).

Afterwards, enjoy a kayaking trip (around 1 hour and a half) to explore Luon Cave and the amazing rock formations and islands on the bay.

Back to the cruise and free for swimming, sunbathing or snorkeling… Relax on the sundeck and enjoy free fruit and drink served by the crew. Join cooking demonstration to learn how to prepare some Vietnamese dishes with our professional chefs then sit down for dinner.

In the evening:
After dinner, free at your leisure: relaxing, enjoying music or fishing for squid and fish on the bay (equipment provided) then retiring to the comfort of your cabin.

Day 2: Halong – Hanoi (B/L/-)

In the morning:
Rising up for breakfast and cruising to admire the beautiful morning scenery of the World Heritage site.

Taking photos before cruising back to the harbor. On the way, witness the beauty of Dinh Huong Island (incense burner), Cho Da Island (stone dog), and Ga Choi Island (fighting cocks).

In the afternoon:
Disembark and take a bus to Halong city for lunch. Return to Hanoi with short break on the way. Arrive in Hanoi around 5:00 pm and say goodbye at your hotel.

Price for group tour: USD/pax (Promotion valid until 31 Dec 2012)

Cabin

Twin/ Double

Promotion

Single Supplement

Deluxe cabin

$116/pax

$104/pax

$30/pax

Pick up & Drop off

Included

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Day 1: Hanoi – Halong (-/L/D)

In the morning:
7:30- 8:15am: Pick you up at the hotel and leave for Halong Bay. Short break en route in Hai Duong Province (20mins). Arrive in Halong Bay around 12:00

In the afternoon:
Begin your cruise in Halong Bay while seafood lunch is served on the boat. Go on admiring the amazing kasts with different formations on the way to the cave. Visit to the Halong Bay’s largest cave of Sung Sot (Amazing Cave).

Next stop is Titop Island where you can spend the time climbing up to the top for a panoramic view of the bay or go down for swimming at the sandy beach.

Back to the cruise, free time for swimming, sunbathing or snorkeling…. Relax on the sundeck and enjoy free fruit and drink served by the crew. Join a cooking demonstration to learn how to prepare some Vietnamese dishes with our professional chefs then sit down for dinner.

In the evening:
After dinner, free at your leisure: relaxing, enjoying music or fishing for squid and fish on the bay (equipment provided ) then retiring to the comfort of your cabin.

Option 1: Panoramic Lan Ha Bay

Day 2: Halong Bay – Lan Ha bay (B/L/D)

In the morning:
After breakfast, transfer to the small boat to Lan Ha Bay. On the way, you can admire the beautiful morning scenery of the World Heritage site.  Stop over in Kiem Lam Wharf, then kayaking through many hidden caves and placid lagoons, frog islet, fishing farm…. Free time

for swimming and relaxing before savoring fresh seafood lunch on boat.

In the afternoon:
After lunch, take a boat trip further around the bay for relaxing and taking photos of the beautiful bay. Stop over at “Dong Tien” then continue kayaking to explore the bay. Paddle from Luon Cave toward islets in shape of Man’s head island.

Back to the cruise at the end of the day, free at your leisure: swimming or relaxing at sundeck and witnessing spectacular sunset on the bay. Overnight on board for the second romantic night after dinner.

Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L/-)

In the morning:
After breakfast, cruise around Halong Bay. Stop over for swimming, snorkeling (provided equipments) and taking photos before cruising back to the harbor. On the way, witness the beauty of Dinh Huong Island (incense burner), Cho Da Island (stone dog), and Ga Choi Island (fighting cocks).

In the afternoon:
Disembarking and take a bus to Halong City for lunch. Return to Hanoi with short break on the way. Arrive in Hanoi around 5:00 pm and say goodbye at your hotel.

Option 2: Cat Ba National Park – Cat Ba Resort

Day 2: Halong Bay – Cat Ba Island – Lan Ha Bay (B/L/D)

In the morning:

Have breakfast on boat while cruising toward Cat Ba Island. Stop at Van Gia Village along the way to transfer to the day boat and cruise toward to Viet Hai Wharf belonging to Cat Ba National Park. Taking a 5km ride to Viet Hai village to explore the lifestyle of local residents.

Back to the boat then enjoy another kayaking trip (around 1 hour and a half) to explore Tai Keo Lagoon and some sandy beaches.

In the afternoon:

Relax on the sundeck for awhile before lunch with sea food and Vietnamese specialties while cruising to Beo Wharf. Disembark and check in your hotel in Cat Ba Island. Free to explore Cat Ba town on your own activities.

Suggestions: taking a motor biking trip around the town or swimming in the beach. (exclude in tour price).

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cat Ba Island

Day 3: Cat Ba Island – Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L/-)

In the morning:
After breakfast, transfer to Beo Wharf. Get on the day trip boat and cruise along Lan Ha Bay then transfer to our awaiting cruise on the bay.

Cruise stops over for swimming, snorkeling (equipment provided) and taking photos before cruising back to the harbor. On the way, witness the beauty of Dinh Huong Island (incense burner), Cho Da Island (stone dog), and Ga Choi Island (fighting cocks).

In the afternoon:
Disembark and take a bus to Halong City for lunch. Return to Hanoi with short break on the way. Arrive in Hanoi around 5:00 pm and say goodbye at your hotel.

Price for group tour: (USD/pax)

Accommodation Twin/double Single Supplement
2 nites on boat $199/pax $40/pax
Boat + Hung Long Hotel $169/pax
$45/pax
Boat + Cat Ba Island Resort $222/pax $65/pax
Boat + Cat Ba Sunrise Resort $237/pax $75/pax
Pick up & drop off service Included N/A

Inclusions:

  • Shuttle bus Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi
  • Accommodations
  • Full board meals
  • Welcome drinks and complimentary fruits and wine (1st day)
  • Equipments for kayaking, snorkeling, fishing and cycling.
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions:

  • Travel insurance
  • Extra food and beverages
  • Phone and laundry, tips and personal expenses

Tour Notes:

  • Bring your passport to check in.
  • Air conditioner on boat turns on from 6:00 pm
  • Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
  • All customers should follow the guide’s instruction for the safety.
  • Weekend Surcharge at 20$/pax/night in Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa and Sunrise Cat Ba resort from Friday to Sunday