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November 29, 2014

Vietnam Vacations FriendsTravel JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Vietnam

Day 1 Arrival Hanoi

Arrive Hanoi, meet and greet by guide. Then take your private car transfer to Hotel La Dolce Vita Remainder of afternoon free at your leisure.

Day 2 Hanoi (B/L)

Hanoi morning city tour-see Hanoi Hilton Prison, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum – lunch – PM Museum of Ethnicity Dinner- followed by evening Water puppet show

Day 3 Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Morning city drive to Halong Bay (by cruise shuttle bus), board and cruise Halong bay INDOCHINA SAILS junk at Lunchtime. Relax in the afternoon onboard deck, followed by a cooking class if you wish in the galley as they prepare the gourmet Vietnamese style dinner in the ship’s dining room. Spend the evening on deck with moonlight over Halong Bay

Day 4 Halong Bay – NoiBa – Hue (B)

Halong – Hanoi by shuttle bus, hotel check in, 18:00 for your short 1-hr flight to Hue. Airport Pick up and transfer to Saigon Morin Hotel and the remainder of the day and evening are yours at your leisure.

Day 5 Hue – Perfume River to Thien Mu – Citadel (B/L/D)

FFull-day Hue Sightseeing includes a dragon boat ride to Thien Mu Pagoda, returning by car to visit the historical Citadel, followed by other historical sites in the city to include a stop at the once embattled Hue Cathedral. Dinner will be at one of Hue’s finest restaurants.

Day 6 Hue – Danang – NhaTrang (B/L)

Go by car on a 3-hr drive to DaNang, Lunch, then visit Cham Museum, and the Marble Mountain. Fly by 1-hr late afternoon flight to NhaTrang. Meet your guide on arrival and transfer to Ana Mandara Hotel where the remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

Day 7 NhaTrang (B)

Free day of leisure at Vietnam’s most beautiful tropical white sand beach

Day 8 Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh (B)

Late morning pick up and transfer to airport, transfer flight to Saigon. Upon arrival in Saigon, do a sightseeing transfer to Hotel Duxton of Saigon. The remainder of the day and evening are your to explore the city on your own.

Day 9 Ho Chi Minh (B/L)

Today’s full-day sightseeing includes a visit to the CHU CHI TUNNELS, a network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong as a hideout during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and visit the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM and the REUNIFICATION PALACE. The evening is at your leisure to explore this lively city

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh departure (B)

After breakfast this morning, transfer to airport for returning flight home or onward destinations

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November 28, 2014

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Vacations FriendsTravel JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand 14 Days / 13 Nights

Day 1

Arrival Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Meet and transfer to hotel for rest.

you’ll board your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, your base for exploring the temples of Angkor. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples are unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins.

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

Today’s full day sightseeing includes a visit to the CHU CHI TUNNELS, a network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong as a hideout during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and visit the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM and the REUNIFICATION PALACE. The evening is at your leisure to explore this lively city.

Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City (B)

A free day to explore the city and surrounding area on your own.

Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi (B/L/D)

Today fly to Hanoi, the nation’s capital and one of Southeast Asia’s most engaging cities. Upon arrival in Hanoi, tour the city by sightseeing transfer, with stops in the Old Quarter and French quarter. Visit the museum of Ethnicities. Check into the hotel and refresh then head out to dinner at a restaurant on the lakeside, followed by a water puppet show.

Day 5 Hanoi (B/L)

This morning’s sightseeing focuses on Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam. First, visit the MAUSOLEUM and the humble cottage from which “Uncle Ho” ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next on the agenda: the ONE PILLAR PAGODA, the HO CHI MINH MUSEUM, and the PRESIDENTAL PALACE. Also visit the ancient TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, over 900 years old and Hanoi’s first university.
Day 6 Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Today depart Hanoi early morning for Halong Bay where you board a traditional Vietnamese Junk for an exhilarating cruise.

Day 7 Halong Bay – Noi Bai – Siem Reap (B)

After breakfast, leave the boat and drive to Noi Ba where

you’ll board your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, your base for exploring the temples of Angkor. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples are unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins.

Day 8 Siem Reap (B/L)

Your sightseeing starts at the best preserved of all the temples – ANGKOR WAT, which honors the Hindu god Vishna. Next stop is ANGKOR THOM to see BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 9 Siem Reap (B/L)

This morning, visit striking TA PROHM, which has been left relatively untouched, unlike many other temples. Here, the jungle surrounds you and tree roots grow over and through the ruins. Next, visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique small temple built from red sandstone and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 10 Siem Reap – Bangkok (B)

Fly to Bangkok, Thailand today. Upon arrival in Bangkok, meet and transfer to hotel for rest.

Day 11 Bangkok (B/L)

Today, enjoy a morning sightseeing tour that includes a visit to the stunning GRAND PALACE featuring WAT PHRA KEO, which houses the Emerald Buddha. You will also visit WAT PHO, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok, featuring the massive Reclining Buddha. Lunch at local restaurant. The balance of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the sights and sounds of this fascinating city.

Day 12 Bangkok – Kachanaburi (B/L)

Full day tour to the River Kwai, visit Railway Museum, River Kwai Bridge, Tiger Temple and take a ride on historic railway train. Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 13 Kachanaburi – Bangkok (B/L)

After breakfast, visit to the Erawan Waterfalls located 25 minutes away from the property. With seven falls to explore and walk up, over and under, this is an experience of a lifetime. Lunch at local restaurant and return to Bangkok.

Day 14 Bangkok departure (B)

Transfer to airport for departure flight.

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Day 1 Arrival

Upon arrival, meet and greet at the airport and transfer to hotel for rest.

Day 2 Kuala Lumpur (B)

Discover the old and new, starting from where the city began, which is at the confluence of two rivers.
Visits include the King’s Palace, the National Museum, the National Monument and the superb buildings at
the Independence Square as well as the Moorish-style railway station. Observe the contrast between historical architecture and modern skyscrapers in an abundant setting of greenery. You will also get to visit local handicraft centre and the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers.

Day 3 Kuala Lumpur – Penang (B)

Breakfast at hotel then pick up and transfer to Penang by train. Meet and transfer at train station to Penang Island. Proceed to hotel for check in.

Day 4 Penang (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning half day beyond the city tour, join us on this excursion to the outskirts of Georgetown, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, where you will see the actual process of batik making among

other cottage industries. The tour then takes you on
a meandering drive around the island passing by
fruit orchards an quaint villages. We’ll stop at a fruit
stall where we’ll show you a variety of tropical fruits harvested locally. Finally, visit the island’s famous Snake

Temple. It is filled with the smoke of burning incense and a variety of pit vipers. Though they are believed to be rendered harmless by the incense, they have been de- venom just to be on the safe side.

Day 5 Penang – Singapore (B)

Transfer to airport for flight to Singapore. Arrive in Singapore, meet and transfer to hotel for rest.

Day 6 Singapore (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Today enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city that includes a visit to the NATIONAL ORCHID GARDEN. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for independent activities.

Day 7 Singapore (B)

Explore Singapore on your own.

Day 8 Singapore departure (B)

Transfer to airport for departure flight.

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Day 1 Arrival Yangon

Welcome to the Garden City Yangon. Arrive by either morning or afternoon flight to Yangon International Airport. Our representative will give welcome gifts including traditional Shan bag, postcard & Map of Myanmar. Transfer to your hotel, where the remainder of day and evening is free at your leisure.

Day 2 Yangon – Bagan by flight (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to airport for flight to Bagan. On arrival you’ll be taken to Shwezigon Pagoda a prototype of later Myanmar stupa. Then to Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi Temple with fine mural pain-tings of Jataka scenes. After that, transfer to Hotel for check-in. Afternoon sightseeing tour continues with visits to lacquer ware industry where you can study traditional Myanmar lacquer ware making, Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha images, a captive king’s impression of life in prison; Nanpaya, an Early-style temple with the finest stone carvings. Although it has spots lights installed, it would be safer to bring your own touch as electricity supply can

be shut-off from time to time. In the evening you will be visiting the Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross.

Day 3 Bagan – Mandalay by flight (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transfer to airport for flight to Mandalay. On arrival to Tada-Oo International Airport, you will visit the famous Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the most sacret Buddha Image in Mandalay. Then a short visit to Gold foil making cottage industry. Check-in at hotel and followed by afternoon sightseeing that begins

with Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite
wood carvings; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the World’s Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures.
Tour continues to Mandalay Hill, a vantage point for a panoramic view of the city and a spectacular sunset view.

Day 4 Mandalay – Yangon by flight (B)

Early morning transfer to airport for flight back to Yangon. Arrive at Yangon airport and transfer to hotel. Your exciting sightseeing tour of Yangon begins with Nagar Glass factory where you can experience old methods

of making glass figuring by experienced workers. Then to Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda, a colossal reclining Buddha. After that a short stop around the Sule pagoda city center to see buzaling rush hours and proceed to China town area for an evening stroll.

Day 5 Yangon Departure (B)

After breakfast, sightseeing in Yangon includes visits to some major highlights like Gaba Aye (World Peace) pagoda and Mahapasana Cave. Then transfer to airport for international departure.

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