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  • Vietnamese street vendor in Hanoi
  • Ancient temple in Hanoi
  • Buddha statue on Lan Tau Island, Po Lin monastery
  • Hong Kong City Skyline

Below is a sample itinerary of a past Goway Group. It is provided to give you an idea of what we have already done & what you might also consider doing.

However, because of timing, your own group's special interests and budget, we expect to custom make a program just for you. Contact your favorite travel agent click on "Inquire about this Trip" to fill out request for a group quotation.

Day 1

Depart Hometown For Hanoi

  • Fly Hometown to New York
  • Fly New York to Hong Kong
  • Fly Hong Kong to Hanoi
Day 2

Day lost crossing the International Dateline

Day 3

Arrive Hanoi

On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Visit Truong Chinh water puppet theatre and workshop. Water puppetry is a unique traditional form of entertainment from rural northern Vietnam, after seeing the workshop witness the colourful show. Dinner tonight at the hotel.

Hanoi is without question one of SE Asia's most fascinating cities. None other can compare in terms of the concentration of quality architecture, built during the Chinese and French colonial era.

Accommodation: Metropole Hotel (3 nights)

A French colonial-style property built-in 1901, this hotel boasts a rich history and a century-long tradition of hospitality for ambassadors and writers, statesmen and entrepreneurs. Following extensive refurbishment in the early 1900s, visitors today enjoy the charm of an impeccably restored turn-of-the-century hotel. The Hotel Sofitel Metropole is located right in the heart of the capital, within walking distance of the administrative business and retail centers and close to the prestigious Opera House and the most beautiful lake in Hanoi city. Restaurants, art galleries and handicraft shops can be found within easy reach.

Day 4

Sightseeing Tour Of Hanoi

A morning city tour of Vietnam's capital city. The city tour includes the Fine Arts Museum, the Temple of Literature, and the Lake of the Restored Sword and the bustling streets of the Old Quarter. In the afternoon visit Apricot and Mai Hien Gallery. Also visit The Art Gallery Museum where pax will be surprised by the most beautiful silk paintings of Vietnam. BD

Day 5

Fly Hanoi To Hue

Transfer to the airport for the short morning flight to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Transfer to hotel. In the afternoon visit the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Emperors once ruled Vietnam and the elaborate mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. In the evening take part in a Royal Dinner at the Peace Palace within the Citadel enclosure. B

Accommodation: Morin Hotel (Dlx)

Day 6

Sightseeing Tour And Coach To Hoi An

After breakfast travel by boat on the romantically named Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower. Visit the studio of Buu Chi, one of Hue's best-known artists, famous for his oil paintings. After lunch leave Hue by road for Danang, passing over the dramatic Pass of Mountain Clouds. Once over the mountain pass the road drops down to Danang City. Stop off at Danang to visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham architecture in the world. Arrive in historic Hoi An late afternoon. Dinner this evening at your hotel or a local restaurant. BD

Accommodation: Hoi An (2 nights)

Day 7

Sightseeing Tour Hoi An

A morning walking tour of the ancient town centre takes in former merchants' houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market. There are many small art galleries, antiques shops and silk shops to browse through in this compact little town. An afternoon boat trip on the Thu Bon River visits a boat building village and a village where ceramics are produced. BD

Day 8

Fly Hoi An To Saigon

Transfer the 25 km to Danang Airport for the morning flight to Saigon. On arrival in Saigon transfer to your hotel.

After lunch, a city tour of dynamic Saigon officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after 1975, takes in the former Presidential Palace, the Old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and Dong Khoi Street. Dong Khoi Street, once Saigon's most elegant street Rue Catinat, has many interesting art galleries and curio shops. Drive to visit the Lacquerware Factory before being back to Hotel.

Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.

Ho Chi Minh City is the main commercial centre of the southern part of Vietnam. French colonial influences are still present with cafes and shops, which add to the ever-changing city. Ho Chi Minh City is famous for colourful Chinese Temples and sculptures depicting local deities. Trading from clothing to food can all be seen and experienced at the Ben Thanh Market. BLD

Accommodation: Renaissance Hotel (2 nights)

Day 9

Sightseeing Tour Of Tay Ninh And Cu Chi

Drive to Tay Ninh with visit noodle workshop and pottery enroute. On arrival, observing the extraordinary noon service of the Cao Dai religious sect at their impressive and elaborate temple. Afternoon, continue to Cu Chi to visit the impressive tunnel system. Back to Ho Chi Minh City with stops en route. B

Day 10

Fly Saigon To Hong Kong

You will be transferred to the Tan Son Nhat Airport for your flight. On arrival in Hong Kong you will be met by our representatives and transferred to your hotel.

A proverbial melting pot where Chinese from many regions mix with people from every corner of the globe, Hong Kong is everything: new, familiar, exotic. Tall high-rise buildings are a backdrop for the traditional junks in the harbour. After dark, the city glitters with entertainment spots, restaurants, theatres and nightclubs. (B)

Accommodation: New World Renaissance Hotel (2 nights) Or Park Hotel (2 nights)

Formerly known as the New World Hotel, and located in Tsimshatsui's shopping district, close to the famed Victoria Harbor, the cross-harbor tunnel, and the Star Ferry, the New World Renaissance Hotel offers traditional hospitality & spacious, comfortable, & stylishly modern accommodation within easy reach of the business, commercial & entertainment areas of Hong Kong. A good range of facilities, including a large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by 40,000 sq. ft of beautiful tropical greenery & a fully equipped gymnasium, are available.

Day 11

Sightseeing Tour In Hong Kong

The tour begins with a tram ride up to Victoria Peak (1503 ft) for a breathtaking view of the city and its harbour. Continue to Stanley where the market features food, arts, and crafts. The picturesque sands of Repulse Bay, overlooking the South China Sea. Visit Aberdeen, home of thousands of fishing folk living on boats. B

Day 12

Fly Hong Kong To Hometown

Transfer to the airport for departure flight. B

Vietnam Practical information

Passports & Visas: All visitors to Vietnam must have a valid passport and visa irrespective of nationality.

Health: All visitors should have inoculations for the following diseases: Cholera, Typhoid, Hepatitis A/B, Malaria, and Tuberculosis. It is advised to drink boiled or bottled water.

Customs: Tourists are permitted to import the following items duty free: One individual pack of cigarettes; 2 bottles of alcoholic beverages; a reasonable quantity of perfume. Personal effects of a reasonable quantity. All cash must be declared. Cash taken out of Vietnam must be less than the cash brought in.

Currency: The official currency is the Dong although US dollars are widely accepted.

Departure Tax: Airport tax is D$15,000 for international flights only. The tax is payable at the airport upon departure.

Population & Language: Vietnam has about 75 million residents: 85% are ethnic-Vietnamese and 2% are ethnic Chinese. The official language is Vietnamese.

Telephones: Telephones can be found in all major hotels. Long distance telephone calls are very expensive. It is advisable to make collect calls or have people call you in Vietnam.

Travellers' Cheques: Travellers cheques can be cashed at certain banks. VISA and MasterCard are accepted at the bigger hotels and restaurants. Cash advances can be made in local currency.

Working Hours: Offices, Museums, etc. are usually open from 7 or 8 am to 11 or 11:30 am and from 1 or 2 pm to 4 or 5 pm. Most museums are closed on Monday.

Clothing: Northern weather is cool from Dec. to Apr. bring clothes such as light sweaters and wind breakers. The rest of the year is hot, so light cotton clothing is suggested. In the South, only light summer clothes and sunwear are required. Short shorts and revealing tops are unacceptable unless on the beaches. During the rainy season, bring raingear.

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