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East West understands that each client have different interests and preference. Listed below are tour and package selections that will help you in planning your itinerary. These items are grouped according to the type of experience you have selected.

Private Day Cruise along the Mekong - Ho Chi Minh Shore Excursion
Highlights:
•         Cruise from Cai Be to Vinh Long (heading towards Can Tho)
•         Lunch in a colonial-style villa
•         Explore narrow canals
•         Visit An Binh Church and orchards
•         Unique photo opportunities

8:00 – 9:00: Head out of Port in the morning and reach Cai Be Jetty around 10:00 where the crew will be ready to welcome you aboard with cold towels and a refreshing drink while the Luxurious Sampan sets off for its leisurely cruise on the busy waterways of the Mekong Delta. Observe from the comfort of your sampan life as it plays out on the riverbanks the people, the stunning landscapes while your attentive crew serves you tea and seasonal fruit. Visit an ancient house built in the 19th century. We’ll make stops along the way to explore local cottage industries including the making of coconut candy and puffed rice (the local equivalent of popcorn). Your cruise ends at Le Longanier Restaurant. Lunch is served in this exquisite colonial-style villa set in a lush tropical garden by the river and surrounded by fruit trees, giving you a sense of privileged life during Indochinese times. After lunch, re-board and continue your cruise towards Vinh Long, via the Dong Phu Canal, before arriving at Binh Hoa Phuoc and An Binh, small islands renowned for their fruit orchards. Stop on the way to visit historic An Binh Church. After crossing the Co Chien River, your sampan docks at Vinh Long Pier at around 16:30, where driver awaits for the ride back Ship Port.

*Note: Actual itinerary may vary depending upon river tide, arrival time or other conditions.

Inclusion: Private 7s Transfer pick up/ drop off, Expert English Speaking Guide, 3-hour Cruising, Lunch at Le Longanier Restaurant, Sightseeing Fees, Cold towels, seasonal fruit and hot tea, authorization to enter the port.

Exclusion: Beverage, Tips, Personal Expense, Others not mentioned above.

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Da Nang & Hoi An Shore Excursion

8:00 – 9:00am: Picked up at Chan May Port, begin the climb along the steep slopes of the Son Tra Peninsula, also known as Monkey Mountain. The ride provides great views of Da Nang, over the coast and at each switchback offers a new, breath-taking view. From here, My Khe, the Truong Son Mountains and even Hai Van Pass can be seen.  Stop often for photos from these remarkable viewpoints. At 696 meters high, stop for enjoying panoramic views of the area. Soak it all in – this is one incredible  spot! From here descend along the other side of the mountain to see Vietnam’s biggest Buddha statue and down toward the fishing villages where the colorful wooden boats are moored along the coast.

Lunch suggestion: La Maison Restaurant, which hosts a Michelin-starred chef, offering French fine-dining inside luxurious InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. The atmosphere in here is definitely a top notch feeling even compared to other high-end restaurants for the fact of attentiveness and setting.

*Meal at own cost, however, we will be able to help with the reservation

Leave Son Tra Peninsula to Hoi An Ancient Town – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival, follow the narrow lanes lined with centuries-old houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures and visit numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the local fish market… After your walking tour, if you have free time, you can do shopping at the old town.

16:00 – 16:30: Return to your jeep, transfer back cruise ship, at the end of memorable day.

Inclusion: Private Transfer by Jeep, Expert English Speaking Guide, Entrance Fees, mineral water, authorization to enter the port.

Exclusion: Lunch at La Maison 1988 Restaurant, Beverage, Tips, Personal Expense, Others not mentioned above.

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Private Halong Bay Cruise - Shore Excursion

Being listed as a world heritage with a mesmerizing beauty, Halong Bay is a must-see destination when you visit Vietnam. If you have a short time and would want to see maximum the legendary Halong Bay, Take part in an odyssey of morning in deep exploration through remote Halong Bay , discovering many hidden splendors of untouched natural wonders. Enjoy breath-taking scenery from river to the sea. This day cruise ensures you a memorable experience on this UNESCO World Heritage Site while being away from the busy crowd.

8:00 – 8:30 : Our guide will be waiting at Halong Port with a welcome board showing your name. Then transfer Tuan Chau Wharf, friendly and professional crew on cruise, will be supporting you during the day. With only one spacious cabin, which specially designed to provide an exclusive and very individual experience for couples. The butler service which means you can enjoy swimming and kayaking without any worries is the main highlight. Just you, your beloved one and the crew in the spectacular backdrop of the bay. Enjoy lunch with  Vietnamese style set menu with 4 courses and includes fruits, teas and coffee. If there is any special requirements for beverages, please advise us,  we are always feel free to prepare for you and your loved. Around 12:00, weigh anchor again and cruise on the final leg back to shore, and head to cruise ship port.

Inclusion: Private 7s transfer in and out Port , Expert English Speaking Guide, Entrance Fees, mineral water, Vietnamese Lunch on boat, authorization to enter the port.

Exclusion: Beverage, Tips, Personal Expense, Others not mentioned above.

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Ho Chi Minh City on a Scooter with Cooking Class - Shore Excursion

Scooters in Saigon are magical. It is obviously that many visitors to Ho Chi Minh City wish to have an exploring experience in “an open air amongst the traffic” rather than by car, the very first time weaving through the streets with the feeling  so called “motorbike culture”. Also, get hands-on experience of Vietnamese cuisine through our half-day cooking program, inclusive visiting a local street market followed by a cooking session focusing on active participation and fun.

7:30 – 8:00:  Get picked up from Port and transfer to city central. The morning starts by visiting to a colorful market with Chef to approach to culinary aspect and the culture of  Vietnamese gastronomy. Explore Vietnamese ingredients, learn more about Vietnamese food and its spices before back to class with interesting activities. Finally, savoring your own creation. Enjoy this moment for sharing experience with Chef. Highlighted your performance by a "Certificate of Recognition" and you also win a book of recipes to renew your dishes with your beloved ones. Leave cooking class around 12:00.

Our guide will take you to enjoy Vietnamese coffee at truly local coffee shop before exploring bustle Saigon City by jumping on the back of a scooter. Explore highlights of a fast paced city with a unique mix of French colonial architecture, Chinese influences, a modern entrepreneurial spirit and numerous temples.

Highlights:
•         Notre Dame Cathedral
•         Central Post Office
•         Former American C.I.A Headquarter in Vietnam
•         The Reunification Palace (standing outside)
•         War Remnant Museum
•         Jade Emperor Pagoda
•         The Opera house
•         Walking Street
•         City Hall with a unique architecture.
•         Local Market

 Inclusion: Private 7s car port transfer in/out, English speaking guide, motorbike, helmet, rain poncho (in case), Cooking ingredient, lunch in cooking class, handbook with recipes, certificates, mineral water, authorization to enter the port.

Exclusion: Beverage, Tips, Personal Expense, Others not mentioned above.

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Halong Bay Day Trip

Depart for a 3 hour journey to Halong Bay. On arrival in Halong Bay. Upon arrival board your private boat and enjoy a seafood lunch onboard while cruising through Halong Bay which is dotted with limestone outcrops. Around 3,000 islets rise from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Bizarre rock sculptures jutting dramatically from the sea and numerous grottoes have created an enchanted, timeless world.  Return to the wharf and drive back to Hanoi arriving late this evening.

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Suggested time: 08:30
Duration: 10 hours

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Beautiful Mai Chau

Located in Hoa Binh Province, about 4-hour drive southwest of Hanoi, Mai Chau is home to many ethnic minority people. Take the windy roads through a splendid vista of mountainous scenery until you reach a valley surrounded by a lush landscape and stilt houses inhabited mainly by the White Thai ethnic group. Upon arrival, walk through typical villages to discover the rustic life of these mountainous people as well as learning about the traditional craft of brocade making. Mai Chau is very popular for its handmade woven scarves and fabrics. Enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant at hamlet and if you are game, a taste of the country’s finest rice wine with a local family. Our driver will transfer you back to Hanoi late evening.

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Suggested time: 07:00
Duration: 11 hours

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Hanoi Perfume Pagoda

The two-hour drive out of Hanoi brings you to the Perfume Pagoda complex, a cluster of shrines and pagodas located on the limestone rocks of Perfume Mountain. Unlike other temples in Vietnam, the only way to reach this sanctuary is by being rowed along a narrow yet poetic Yen Stream, a one hour boat trip each way. Rice paddy fields and a handful of houses are dotted along the riverbanks. Walk up the 1000 steep stairs to the cable car and enjoy a ride to the main pagoda set in a huge grotto containing a highly decorative shrine. Each stalactite and stalagmite inside is combined with a legend and associated with tales of past miracles. Walk down to visit the Kitchen of Heavens pagoda to learn about ancient Buddhist architecture during the Tran Dynasty. Transfer back to Hanoi with packed lunch en route. We are also able to offer the cable car option instead of walking. 

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Suggested time: 08:00
Duration: 9 hours

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Visit to Hoa Hu & Van Long

Enjoy 1 hour & 45 minute-drive to Ninh Binh Province then to Trang An Landscape Complex recognized as the World Heritage Site in June 2014. It is a spectacular landscape of limestone karts peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by vertical cliffs. Hoa Lu ancient capital was the first centralized feudal state in Vietnam at the end of the 10th century. The ravages of time have destroyed the ancient citadel but some vestiges including King Dinh and King Le worship temples still stand to this day among the rice paddies and are a worthwhile visit to get a glimpse of the ancient Vietnamese past. Lunch at a local restaurant in Ninh Binh then continue on to Van Long eco-tourism area, an astounding place of natural beauty. With an area of nearly 3000 ha it is the largest wetland reserve of Northern Vietnam and one of its most important protected areas. A two-hour boat trip along the river offers stunning scenery of local villages dotted among the limestone karsts and caves. Bring along binoculars as you might encounter some rare langur or bird species in their native environment.

Return transfer back to Hanoi in the afternoon.

 

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Suggested time: 08:00
Duration: 9 hours

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Hanoi Full Day City Tour

Start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday & Friday, all afternoons and from early September until mid November).

After that, visit One Pillar Pagoda which is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples.  Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh's House. The simple house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked is made of wood and enjoys a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond. Ho Chi Minh’s belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom. Wind your way afterwards to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoian culture and appreciation for ancient Vietnamese architecture.

In the afternoon, visit the serene Museum of Ethnology, a 20-minute drive out of town that offers a fascinating insight into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups (Museum of Ethnology is closed on Mondays). Drive back to central Hanoi for an hour cyclo tour through the Old Quarter to enjoy the bustling local life, then cap off the day with a show at the water puppet theatre, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes of rural life and episodes of national history

 

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Suggested time: 08:00
Duration: 9 hours

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Hanoi Portrait of the Countryside Duong Lam Village

In the morning, depart for a 1.5-hour drive from Hanoi City to the ancient village of Duong Lam, a typical agricultural village in the north of the Red River Delta. Home to around 300 houses built three or four centuries ago, wander along Duong Lam’s narrow alleyways to explore rural life and Vietnam’s ancient architecture. The cultural and historical vestiges of Duong Lam include Mong Phu Communal House, Princess Mia Pagoda (built in the 15th century), and the Old Catholic church. The village well, the traditional feature of communal life, is also worth a look. Finish your tour at an ancient house owned by a couple where you can have a chat with the friendly owners and share their life experiences over a cup of tea.  Our driver will then drive you back to Hanoi.

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Suggested time: 09:00
Duration: 5 hours

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11 Days 10 Nights Vietnam and Cambodia

Embark on this wonderful journey where you will be exposed to the different cities of Vietnam and Cambodia. Immerse yourself in their local culture by visiting some of the markets and temples. 

Tour package includes:
-Vehicle on disposla
-English speaking guide
-10 Breakfast, 4 Lunch, 5 Dinner 
-Admission to places mentioned in the itinerary 

Tour package excludes:
-Any items not mentioned in the itinerary  

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Singapore - Bintan - Hanoi
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6 Days 5 Nights Ho Chi Min City and Mui Ne
Explore the majestic and rustic city of Ho Chi Mihn City and experience the culture and heritage she has to offer. Visit iconic places like the Cu Chi tunnels and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Spend the second half of your trip relaxing at the clean and beautiful beaches of Mui Ne. Watch the sun rise over the pristine white and yellow sad dunes that are carved by the winds in Saharaesque formation.  
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4 Days 3 Nights in Saigon
Explore Saigon, with more than 8 million in population, it is the country?s commercial centre. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, the city retains its connections to the past.Tour around Saigon and learn about their rich history of culture and heritage. 
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Day Tour - Mai Chau
Step out of the city and explore a scenic and  tranquil place of Mai Chau. Set in an idyllic valley, hemmed in by the hills, the Mai Chau area is a world away from Hanoi's hustle and bustle. Also visit Mai Chau's 1000 Step cave, and experience their local market. 
 
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4 Days 3 Nights Hanoi Discovery
A soft adventure experience taking you for a ride along the red river and through typical Vietnamese villages on the outskirts of Hanoi. Hanoi capital is located on the banks of the Red River and the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Explore the bustling streets of the Old Quarter where each street is named after the trade that used to take place there and see around great architectural areas on a cyclo ride. 
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6 Days 5 Nights Exploring Saigon and Mekong Delta
Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) and Mekong Delta as you see the beautiful blend between the French 19th century architecture and the Vietnamese lifestyle. Relax as you cruise down the Mekong Delta as you watch the hustle and bustle of the locals around you. 
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Day Tour - Hanoi Highlights
Experience the fascinating blend of the East and the West combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. It is largely unscathed from the decades of war, and is now going through a building boom, making it a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia.
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Pick Me Up - Hanoi
This service includes a standard car for the airport transfers.
Surcharge applies for arrival / departure transfer between 2300 - 0700 hrs
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4 Days 3 Nights Vietnam Highlights - Ho Chi Minh
Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before negotiating chic designer malls beneath sleek 21st-century skyscrapers. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but now the real beauty of the former Saigon?s urban collage is the seamless blending of these two worlds into one exciting mass.
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