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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.

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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Afternoon Street Food tour with local foodie

Eating on the street is a very typical activity for Hanoians and makes up an important part of the city’s unique culture. Depart hotel at 15:30 for a leisurely walk with our foodie expert to the Old Quarter. Make your first stop to taste the national dish of Vietnamese, phở gà (chicken noodle soup). Then wander around a local market to enjoy the sights, the sounds and the aroma from hundreds of kinds of food on offer. Then sit down at a tiny Bánh Đúc Shop to try a bit of bánh đúc, cooked rice powder with Vietnamese spices. Banh Duc will be served hot or cool, depends on weather. Your next stop is a little shop selling many different types of traditional Northern cakes such as Cốm (young rice) which is considered to be a part of every Hanoians’ childhood. Follow your foodie to a small alley to get an idea of a typical “tube houses” of Hanoi. You will stop at Bánh Mỹ Lãn Ông and try their famous bread with Pâté. After the bánh mỳ, you can enjoy some Vietnamese desserts called chè (sweet soup). Then cap off your trip by tasting a cup of Vietnamese egg coffee before returning back to your hotel

 

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Suggested time: 15:30
Duration: approx. 4 hours
Total walking distance: 4 km

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Hanoi Portrait of the Countryside @ Tho Ha Village

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a 45-minute drive to the rural outskirts of Hanoi. A small ferry takes you across the peaceful Cau River to Tho Ha village, a picturesque place that has remained unaffected by modern development. Most families in this village make a living by producing rice paper and raising pigs. Please don’t be alarmed with the hygiene standards here. This trip gives you an authentic portrait of a typical Vietnamese village. Stop by at Tho Ha pagoda and temple, and find out more about the village through the eyes of a resident. We will then take you back to your hotel after the visit.

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Availability: Morning, Afternoon
Suggested Times: 09:00, 14:00
Duration: 4 hours

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Bukchon Hanok Village with Activity Enhancements

Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to "northern village," came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture.

Enhancements for this program is a short information session on how to make a traditional gilded book mark.

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S.E.A. Aquarium

Explore the marine animals of over 800 species, across into 49 different habitats. No other place brings you closer to a more diverse collection of marine life than the Open Ocean experience. Let your imagination swim as a panoramic marine vista engulfs you. This magical realm is home to gentle giants of the sea including the leopard shark, goliath grouper, saw fish, mahi mahi and a never-before-seen squadron of magnificent manta rays. Watch poetry in motion as glittering schools of scads, fusiliers and rainbow runners create a continuous dance in perfect unison.

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CHJIMES
Chijmes, where the wedding scene in Crazy Rich Asians was filmed.  It is a former church that is now part of a small shopping and restaurant area. Take some video of yourself walking down the aisle as a keepsake! Get to know more of the history and check out the capitals at the top of each chapel column—each one bears a unique impression of tropical flora or birds.The complex also used to house an orphanage. Look out for The Gate of Hope, which still stands on Victoria Street, where unwanted babies were left for the nuns to take care of. Despite the exciting dining and nightlife options it houses today, CHIJMES retains a sense of tranquillity and harmony, making it a peaceful oasis amid the bustle of the city.
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Palawan Beach, Singapore

With a suspension bridge linking beach-goers to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia (and also Asia's closest point to the Equator), Palawan Beach, Singapore's happiest family beach, boasts interesting shops and eateries that are a favourite with adults and children alike.

Whatever you decide to do, you are bound to have fun at this family-friendly beach.

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Adventure Cove, Singapore

Thrilling slides and encounters with marine life – all in one place. At Adventure Cove Waterpark, you can take high-speed water slides, laze the day away drifting on a lazy river, snorkel with 20,000 tropical fish over a colourful reef, wade among rays and even come face to face with sharks! Come have fun today with us at Resorts World Sentosa! Where the water's full of life.

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3 Days 2 Nights Danum Valley Field Centre

Explore Danum Valley and be surrounded my nature and serenity as you experience pristine ambiance of the rainforest. Trek through the Ancient rainforest rich in flora and fauna and search for Borneo's nocturnal animal and watch the sunrise over the valley on your last morning. 

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Day Tour - A Glimpse of Kuala Lumpur

A must for first time visitors to Kuala Lumpur. An interesting tour which unveils the beauty and charm of the old and new Kuala Lumpur. Garden City of Lights. See the contrast of the magnificent skyscrapers and the building of the colonial days.

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Half Day Crazy Rich Asian Half-Day Walking Tour

Inspired by the popular movie - Crazy Rich Asians, embark on an immersive journey to learn about Singapore's transformation from a humble trading port to a first-world country in a short span of 50+ years.  On this 4-hour guided walking tour, you'll visit the movie's famous filming locations such as Chijmes, Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands and Supertree grove at Gardens by the Bay. Hear the forgotten tales of Singapore's past and learn about the city's development as we visit other iconic landmarks and monuments built in the 20th century. Finally, experience the cultural diversity of modern Singapore as you interact with the local community, taste local snacks and even learn what is Singlish!

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5 days 4 nights Singapore's Uniqueness

Being a "rojak" country with many different people of different races and cultures, understand each of their identity but yet living harmoniously for almost 50 years as we count down to our country's golden jubilee. Embark on a journey with us as we bring you to each of their cultural sites and know its revolution throughout many decades. 
 

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8 Days 7 Nights Northern Bali Exploration

In this package, you will be taken into the journey to the North of Bali, Included in it are local Balinese Experiences thorough home stay, cooking classes, visits to Bali's sacred places. The journey will start from Ubud to Batukaru, Munduk, Lovina and back to Ubud.

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15 Days 14 Nights Singapore to Malaysia Roadtrip

Spend two weeks exploring Singapore and Malaysia. Start your adventure from Singapore and drive up to Penang stopping by all the must-see points of interests in Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands and finally Penang.

 

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Beijing Stopover - Glimpse of the Great Wall

Get a glimpse of one of the wonders of the world: The Great Wall of China. Take a drive from the airport to see this wonder and check it off your bucket list. Whether just a short view from the bottom or climb up the wall, you will be mesmerized by this great structure for sure. The amount of time spent on location depends on the amount of layover time between your connecting flights.

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3 Nights Formula One Basic Package

The first and only night-race in Grand Prix history is back in Singapore once again! With its signature mix of lights, glamour, and non-stop action, returns to the heart of the city at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Witness the F1 history, The ONLY Formula One Night Race! Claim your seats and catch the action live at the Formula One Grand Prix Singapore!

This basic package includes hotel accommodation, return airport transfers, half day cultural tour and 3 days Pit Grandstand tickets.
 

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3 Days 2 Nights Glimpse of Beijing

In this package, you will be transported to all the must see sights that Beijing has to offer. Starting from one of the wonders of the world to the Imperial places in Beijing. You will leave knowing that bucket lists have been checked and you might even leave with a longing to come back for more.

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3 Days 2 Nights Batang Ai Luxury Safari

Spend 3 days exploring and learning the culture of Sawarak and meet the Orang Utans at the Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre. Learn more about the Iban longhouse communities and experience some of the activities at the longhouse.  

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