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Hong Kong and Scenic Vietnam with Air

Duration
19 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,159

Combine an epic journey through Vietnam with a few days in Hong Kong for the ultimate Southeast Asian vacation. In Hong Kong, you’ll get a taste of the city’s world-famous culture before heading to Vietnam to explore the country from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, taking in Halong Bay and Hue along the way.


This 19-day Southeast Asian vacation takes you from Hong Kong to Vietnam to explore the country from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. It features first-class accommodations, international airfare, shared tours, and is a great introduction to Southeast Asia.

Your journey begins with a flight across the Pacific Ocean on route to Hong Kong, Asia’s World City. Hong Kong is among the world’s most beloved cities, famous for its towering skyscrapers, celebrated food and shopping, and 24/7 bustle. Whether sightseeing, shopping, or eating, you’ll never run out of things to do in Hong Kong. One day, head on a sightseeing tour that foregoes the ordinary in order to show you the living culture of Hong Kong. Discover hidden gems in the company of a local guide as you head from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade to Hong Kong Island and along the Heritage Route. You’ll have another day at leisure to see whatever sights you missed out on, from the observation platforms atop Victoria Peak to the street food and souvenirs of Temple Street Night Market.

From Hong Kong, fly to Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital and a compact city with a surprisingly robust population. Hanoi is a fascinating blend of French colonial homes, Communist governmental buildings, and holdovers from Vietnam’s imperial past. After a welcome meeting on your first evening that introduces you to the city’s unique culture of roadside food stalls and hidden alleyways, you’ll explore the city. A full-day tour starts at the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to saving poor children from human trafficking, and ends with a water puppet show, stopping off at One Pillar Pagoda and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum along the way.

While in the north, you’ll head out to the Da Bac region for an overnight homestay. Experience rural hospitality and gain insight into the lives of the Dzao people, who reside along the country’s northern borders. On the way back to Hanoi, explore the landscape from Sung Village to Da Bia, meeting Muong tribe members and taking a boat trip along the reservoir to Thung Nai. Spend the evening exploring the Old Quarter of Hanoi, discovering tiny bars hidden in rustic alleyways. Head northeast and connect to Halong Bay. Board a junk and overnight on the vessel, cruising along one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Marvel at the limestone karsts rising out of the ocean and explore some of the bay’s caves and beaches.

Connect back to Hanoi and board the train for Hue, spending the night riding the rails towards Central Vietnam. Just after sunrise, you’ll arrive in Hue, the former imperial capital and one of Vietnam’s greatest historical treasures. In the afternoon, get introduced to Vietnam’s imperial history with visits to the Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Ancestral Altars. The next day, hop on the back of a motorbike as you explore the Imperial Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City, and the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc

Venture out of town and explore the coastal rice paddies before riding the picturesque Hai Van Pass to Hoi An, one of the most popular tourist towns in the country. A walking tour will introduce you to this colonial port and showcase the pedestrian-free streets and landmarks like the Japanese Covered Bridge. You’ll have two full days at leisure in Hoi An to take advantage of its many attractions. Consider hiring a bike to tour the surrounding countryside or heading on an excursion to the UNESCO-listed temples of My Son Cham. Stroll through the Central Market and enjoy the sandy beaches and warm waters of the coastline.

Connect to Danang and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, the final stop on your journey through Vietnam. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a fast-paced, ever-growing world city with remnants of pre-Communist Vietnam. A city tour will showcase some important sites, from the Reunification Palace to the stunning Opera House and the War Remnants Museum. While in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll also take a day to explore the Mekong Delta to the south, riding a tuk-tuk through a remote village, paddling along canals, and overnighting in a guesthouse in the rice bowl of Vietnam. You’ll then have one more day in Ho Chi Minh City to go shopping in Ben Thanh or sample a bit of its electric nightlife.

At the end of your stay, fly back to North America.


 

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Duration
19 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,159

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart North America today for your flight to Hong Kong

Day 2

Arrive Hong Kong

Today you will be picked up from the airport and transfered to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Regal Kowloon Hotel

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    Regal Kowloon Hotel



    Providing easy access to different directions of Hong Kong and Mainland China via major transportation systems, the hotel is within minutes of walking distance from East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hung Hom and Tsimshatsui MTR stations, Pier for Hydrofoil to Central, Star Ferry, and just 45-minute ...

    Providing easy access to different directions of Hong Kong and Mainland China via major transportation systems, the hotel is within minutes of walking distance from East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hung Hom and Tsimshatsui MTR stations, Pier for Hydrofoil to Central, Star Ferry, and just 45-minute driving distance from the Hong Kong International Airport. Regal Kowloon Hotel is very close to some of the popular tourist attractions of Hong Kong, e.g. Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, DFS Galleria, Granville Road, etc. The convenient location of the hotel makes your sight-seeing and shopping itineraries with so easy.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Nightclub/Disco
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Hong Kong Living Culture Experience Tour

Not a fan of the traditional sightseeing tour? We have something new for you. "Hong Kong Living Culture Experience" is a small group, guided walking tour that lets you explore the hidden gems of Hong Kong with our experienced local guide.
Take a wander through the streets of Hong Kong to discover its amazing history, culture and people. The tour begins with hotel pick up, and the first stop will be at the colonial-era Clock Tower and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (perfect for photo taking opportunity). Afterwards, take a Star Ferry ride to Hong Kong Island - The National Geographic rates the ferry crossing as one of 50 'places of a lifetime'. Your gaze will continue be drawn by the stunning views of the spectacular Victoria Harbour while riding on the 60m-high Hong Kong Observation Wheel.
Then, you will be taken back in time and ride the Rickshaw Open Top bus through the Heritage Route, passing by many different areas of Central and Sheung Wan before arriving at Tai Kwun for a visit. Tai Kwun is the latest revitalized Central Police station now consists of Three Declared Monuments: the former Central Police Station, the Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison.
After the visit to Tai Kwun, tour will proceed to ride the Tram (Ding Ding) - another signature transportation of Hong Kong from Central to Wan Chai. Today, Wan Chai area has developed into a fashionable charm, but there are still a number of well-preserved historical Chinese architecture be seen. The tour concludes with a deluxe Hong Kong and Chinese Style High Tea set at a Kee Wah Bakery - a traditional Chinese bakery store in Hong Kong since 1938 - where you will get to taste the famous egg tart, "pineapple bun", as well as other traditional Chinese pastries and "Hong Kong Style" silk milk tea.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

At Leisure in Hong Kong

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Hong Kong to Hanoi

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival you will transfered to your hotel 

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet you tour leader and fellow travellers. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. In free time, step out onto the streets to explore the chaotic capital of Vietnam. Hanoi is an alluring city of contrasts, best discovered on foot. Tonight perhaps get to know your new travel buddies over a glass of fresh bia hoi. This is a foamy, light beer made fresh each day and served in basic, open-walled 'brew halls'. Take up a brightly coloured plastic chair and sip your tasty brew. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive in time for today's welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 6

Hanoi

Enjoy breakfast at the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, a community project dedicated to helping underprivileged children and victims of trafficking. Afterwards, head out on a city tour where you’ll see the city’s diverse past reflected in a mix of South East Asian, Chinese and French-influenced architecture. Stop by the aptly-named One Pillar Pagoda, the country’s most famous stilt house (former residence of Ho Chi Minh), Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature. In the evening, be entertained by a traditional water puppet show.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Da Bac

After breakfast, set out on a four-hour drive to the Da Bac region. Stop for an included lunch before arriving at your accommodation for tonight, a quaint homestay with the Dzao 'Tien' people in Sung Village. Get acquainted with your homestay hosts over a local dinner. Tonight's homestay is shared accommodation, usually with the whole group in a single room together. There are separate beds with clean linen, blankets and mosquito nets provided.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 8

Hanoi

This morning, take the opportunity to explore this curious landscape on a 10-kilometre (6.2-mile) trek from Sung Village to Da Bia. Should the weather be unsuitable for trekking to Sung Village we will arrange an alternative itinerary including Mai Chau. Should you wish to skip the 10km (6.2mi) trek, a taxi can be arranged locally for approximately USD70. We climb from 500 metres and maintain a similar elevation for the first 4.5 kilometres of the route before descending over the next 2 kilometres to 120 metres. It can be quite slippery if there has been recent rain, so suitable footwear is highly recommended. Our homestay hosts can provide bamboo trekking poles on request. Keep an eye peeled for the monumental stone at the peak of Da Bia Mountain during the trek that takes us through the local villages, meeting people from the ethnic Muong tribe along the way. By the time the trek is done, you've likely worked up a hearty appetite -- fill up on lunch, then sit back and relax as you set out on a scenic 1.5 hour boat trip across the local reservoir to the village of Thung Nai. From there, board a bus and transfer back to Hanoi (about 2 hours) for a free evening. You may want to use this time to revisit the Temple of Literature and learn more about Vietnam's most respected scholars or see ancient Champ stone carvings at the Fine Arts Museum. Head to the Old Quarter for dinner where a slew of great cafes and restaurants are tucked within its atmospheric streets (though the number is closer to 70 rather than 36, as it's moniker '36 Old Streets' suggests).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Day 9

Halong Bay

After breakfast, board a bus heading north-east to Halong Bay (about 4 hours). You can leave your luggage behind at the Hanoi hotel and pack an overnight bag for staying on the boat. Crowned a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Halong Bay will take your breath away. The views of sailing junk boats navigating past thousands of limestone islands with rocky outcrops in Bac Bo Gulf are nothing short of spectacular. You'll visit a cave in the area and, in the warmer months, you can enjoy a swim from Ti Top Island Beach or kayaking. Spend a peaceful night on board, beneath a night sky alive with stars. Your boat will have a dining room and bar where you'll enjoy a sumptuous lunch, dinner and breakfast the following morning.

It is recommended to pack a smaller overnight bag to take to Halong Bay for ease of boarding and disembarking. You can store your main luggage in Hanoi for tonight.
Swimming and kayaking are limited to designated zones of the bay.

There are restrictions on the number of boats that are permitted to stay in the bay overnight, sometimes resulting in a shortage. To ensure all Intrepid travellers can enjoy the experience of a night on the water, occasionally you will stay on a larger boat (with approximately 12 cabins) and share your boat with another group. Or your group may be split across different vessels, in which case an Intrepid group leader will be present on each boat, and the route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 10

Hanoi to Hue

Wake to gorgeous views of emerald islands and waters. Enjoy brunch on board the boat as you sail back to port. Disembark and drive back to Hanoi, stopping at the Dong Trieu Factory on the way to see how locals make traditional ceramics. There will be free time to explore the city when you arrive back in Hanoi before boarding an overnight train bound for Hue around 10 pm. Shared hotel rooms will be available if you want to freshen up or organise your luggage. 
Otherwise, use this time to do some shopping on Hang Gai Street or seek out some delicious Hanoi street food. Meet back at the hotel lobby at 9 pm where you'll transfer with the group to the train station. Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are a rewarding experience in Vietnam. They are an efficient way to travel long distances and a great way to get a sense of the country.

There are shared hotel rooms available this afternoon if you would like to freshen up or organise your luggage.

Sleeper trains typically have four-berth compartments (occasionally six berths depending on the season), which have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided (although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but you may like to stock up on some food supplies before departure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 11

Hue

Arrive in Hue just after sunrise and proceed to the hotel to refresh. Hue is the hub of Vietnam’s historic past. This former imperial capital is an eclectic mix of busy streets and peaceful beauty. The rest of the morning is free for you to relax; perhaps pick up a classic Hue breakfast of bun bo Hue, a popular Vietnamese soup containing rice vermicelli (bun) and beef (bo). After lunch you will visit the Imperial Citadel, a sprawling complex of temples, pavilions, moats, gates, and walls. The Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace and the Ancestral Altars are still impressive, and the complex must have been awe-inspiring during its heyday in the 19th century. In your free time you might like to visit to Dong Ba Market, which offers locally made goods, fresh produce and tantalising street food. This is a good place to try the specialties enjoyed by Emperor Nguyen such as the banh khoai royal rice cake.

Duration2 Nights
Day 12

Hue

Today's adventure will be taken on the back of a motorbike. This motorbike activity has been assessed for safety and is closely monitored. To participate please ensure your travel insurance covers riding pillion on a motorbike. The motorbikes used are all less than 150cc, the majority are 110cc. If you prefer not to participate in the motorbike ride, please let your leader know and they will arrange car transportation between destinations (included).

You'll have your own driver who will take you first on a drive around the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost completely destroyed during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War, but its humble, foliage-covered ruins remain a testament to its proud history. Here you'll gain some insight into the horrific damage endured during the war. Then it's on to the Thien Mu Pagoda, the unofficial symbol of Hue. This site dates back to 1601 and is still an active Buddhist monastery. Here you'll also see the car left by a monk who set himself alight to protest the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. Hop off the motorbike for a bit and go on a boat cruise along the Perfume River. Boats along Perfume River may not be available during festival season. During these times, you'll be transported by land to reach the activities.

After the 40-minute cruise get back on your motorbike and ride to a special lunch spot at a convent or Buddhist monastery. After lunch, drive to the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, set amid a lake, frangipani bushes and pine trees. This evening, perhaps ask your leader for the best place to try imperial street specialties.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 13

Hoi An

Travelling by bus, head south through coastal rice paddies before stopping in at Lang Co Beach. Then traverse the dramatic Hai Van Pass, a sometimes bumpy but incredibly scenic stretch of highway with views back to Lang Co Beach and beyond. The spectacular Marble Mountains will be your backdrop as you arrive at Hoi An (approximately 4 hours).

Declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South-East Asia's major international ports from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago and it retains the feel of times past, making it the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it. On arrival, a walking tour will take you around the major sites of Hoi An's charming Old Town, including an historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. You will notice a distinctly Chinese appearance to the pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. A sightseeing pass is included in your tour for you to visit a selection of the major sights as you wish.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Day 14

Hoi An

If you feel like getting active on your free day today, why not hire a bicycle and tour the surrounding countryside. This is one of the best ways to get an insight into rural Vietnam. Other optional activities include a day trip to My Son Cham (elaborate World Heritage-listed temples that reflect the rich cultural traditions of the Cham civilisation), a cruise along the Thu Bon River, and a trip to the nearby Cua Dai Beach. Your leader will be able to help with suggestions on activities in Hoi An.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 15

Hoi An

Enjoy another free day in the World Heritage-listed Hoi An. You may like to wander the Central Market and the street stalls selling paintings, woodwork, ceramics, lanterns and much more. Hoi An is also famous for its talented tailors who can make beautiful items to order within a few hours. Bring your favourite piece of clothing, or even just a picture, and you'll be able to have it copied. You might like to visit a local workshop to learn how to make your own rice paper, while a Vietnamese cooking class too is a great way to familiarise yourself with some age-old culinary techniques, not to mention being able to feast on the fruits of your own labour.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 16

Ho Chi Minh City

Transfer to Danang (approximately 45 minutes) for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. The huge number of people rushing about their daily lives in Vietnam's largest city gives it a dynamic atmosphere and the French influence is evident in the excellent baguettes and coffee on offer. Take a guided tour to get a feel for the city, going past the GPO, Reunification Palace, and the Opera house. Stop in at the War Remnants Museum and the Notre Dame Cathedral.

With free time this evening perhaps drop by one of Vietnam's most pulsing markets, Ben Thanh. This is the perfect place to pick up any last-minute snacks, cooking utensils, ingredients, or presents for friends and family before you return home. Perhaps enjoy some of the market fare for dinner as you shop.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 17

Mekong Delta

Today you'll travel south by private bus (approximately 3 hours) to explore the Mekong Delta. When you arrive, you'll board a boat and explore the intricate waterways of the Mekong Delta. Often referred to as 'the rice bowl' of Vietnam, the fertile delta is where rice, tropical fruit and flowers are grown for the whole country. Disembark at Ben Tre and visit a local cottage industry and sample the candy that the region is famous for. You'll have the opportunity to take a tuk-tuk around this remote village and make a stop to sample tropical fruit, see a honey farm, and learn more about rural life. For lunch, go to a restaurant in the heart of the delta and try regional specialities such as the famous elephant-ear fish. After lunch, board sampans (small rowing boats) and paddle along the canals under the shade of lush water coconut trees.

Stay overnight at a guesthouse in the Delta. The accommodation is fairly basic with shared bathroom facilities and dormitory style rooms, but the sounds of nature thrumming softly in the night makes for a memorable experience.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 18

Ho Chi Minh City

Take the bus back to Ho Chi Minh City. Maybe spend the final night of your Vietnam adventure with a few glasses of street-side beer hoi.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 19

Depart Vietnam

Your Vietnam adventure ends after breakfast today. There are no activities included, so you are free to depart at any time.  Please make your way to the airport for your flight back to North America.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Selected Sundays and Wednesdays

From Vancouver CAD
Travel Dates 2019

Price

2  – 14 August  $3,959
15 August – 31 October &
5 Jan - 31 Mar 2020
$3,659
11 – 23 December  $4,669

For departures from:
Victoria – add $100
Kamloops / Kelowna – add $150
Calgary / Edmonton – add $200
Winnipeg / Regina / Saskatoon – add $250

From Toronto CAD
Travel Dates 2019

Price

2 – 14 August  $4,209
15 August – 31 October &
5 Jan - 31 Mar 2020
$3,799
11 – 23 December  $4,869

For departures from:
Montreal / Ottawa – add $120
Quebec / Thunder Bay / Halifax– add $250
St Johns – add $320

From New York USD
Travel Dates 2019

Price

2 July – 14 August  $3,449
15 August – 31 October &
5 Jan - 31 Mar 2020
$3,229
11 – 23 December  $4,279

For departures from:
Boston / Chicago – add $180
Miami – add $320

From Los Angeles USD
Travel Dates 2019

Price

2  – 14 August  $3,379
15 August – 31 October &
5 Jan - 31 Mar 2020
$3,159
11 – 23 December  $4,069

For departures from:
Seattle – add $150
Dallas – add $350
San Francisco – add $100

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip airfare and taxes from North America to Asia
  • All the transfers and sightseeing tours as per the itinerary
  • 3 nights accommodation in first class hotel in Hong Kong
  • 14 nights Vietnam Escorted Coach Tour (accommodation in Hotels, homestay, boat, sleeper train and guest house)
  • English speaking guide
  • Touring as per itinerary
  • Breakfast daily plus 5 lunches and dinners on coach tour

VALUE ADDS: 

For any guests travelling until the 15 December 2019, you will also receive a 3 offer bundle to the value of $130 and exclusive to Goway guests, the bundle includes;
  • Entrance to Ocean Park
  • Duckling Cruise
  • Entrance plus food and beverage credit to the Hong Kong Jockey Club
Please chat with your Asia Expert / Travel agent when you make a booking to get your entrance tickets included on your travel documents, as we have to register your details to obtain the documentation.  

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities not mentioned

OTHER INFORMATION:

Book by 30 September 2019.

Airfares
Airfares used in the above pricing is subject to availability, and they have to be purchased by a certain date. As they are the cheapest airfares, they do include restrictions that include but not limited to; no pre-seating, luggage costs at time of check in and will not present the best flying time or routing. Please inquire for full details on above and chat with our experts on all available airfare options.

Travel style:

Hong Kong
The nights spent in Hong Kong are independent and can be modified if you so wish, you will not be with the same guests during these 3 nights. Accommodation style is 4 star hotel.

Vietnam
Here you will join a small group tour and you will be with the same group for the duration. The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline for Vietnam. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

Accommodation on the Vietnam portion is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite. Occasionally these itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and research. Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so being flexible is key. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seats, subject to availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


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