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Summer Vacations for All


By: Minh Adada Le Tuan   
Date Added : July 25, 2011 Views : 243


First-class tours

As an annual tradition, Saigontourist Travel Service Company provides a variety of tours from HCM City for customers to enjoy a summer vacation.

These tours are chosen by many people thanks to their diverse itineraries, convenient starting dates and acceptable service quality. On these tours, customers will stay at luxury seaside resorts and hotels. These tours last two to three days and cost from VND3.9-8 million (US$185-381) a guest.

Apart from package tours, the company also has Free & Easy tours. People taking this service are not provided with a tour guide and do not have to follow fixed itineraries but can enjoy such services as room and air ticket booking, and airport pickup. Since early June, many people have enjoyed tours to Vinpearl Nha Trang, Vinpearl Danang and Hon Tam Resort. The Vinpearl Nha Trang tour includes two nights’ stay in villa rooms at the five-star Vinpearl Resort, visits to the theme park and the aquarium, and free use of across-the-sea cable cars or speedboats.

The Hon Tam Resort tour lets people spend two nights in a bungalow, enjoy two meals at the five-star resort and free massage service at its healthcare center. These tours take three days and are priced at VND13.6-17.6 million each.

This summer, Saigontourist Travel Service is also launching cost-saving IKO Travel tours. From Hanoi, on July 24 or July 27, people can take a tour of the southern region. They can choose a tour to visit Can Tho, Chau Doc and Ha Tien, or Can Tho and Con Dao. On these tours, when arriving in Can Tho, tourists can study the lifestyle of people in Can Tho as well as the Mekong Delta by visiting Cai Rang Floating Market, orchards and ancient houses, and enjoying a traditional southern music show. These tours last four days and cost each tourist about VND7.3-9.5 million. A tour of this kind helps each save VND2-2.4 million.

Saigontourist also has IKO Travel tours in the central region and the Central Highlands. These tours start on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday every week. The tour of Danang-Hoi An-Hue lasts four days and costs a customer roughly VND3.6 million, excluding the air ticket. Other tours include the two-day tour of Phan Thiet, the four-day tour of Dalat, or the three-day tour of Nha Trang. These tours cost a customer from at least VND1.8 million and can save more than VND500,000.

Discovering central, northern regions with Fiditour

Fiditour has launched summer tours of the central and northern regions. The tours start in HCM City every week. In addition, customers in Can Tho City can also take a tour but will have to transit in HCM City.

To visit the central region, people can take a tour of Danang-Ba Na-Hoi An, or a tour of Danang-Ba Na-Hoi An-Hue, or a tour of Danang-Hoi An-Ba Na-Hue-Phong Nha. These tours last three to five days and cost each customer from VND6-8.4 million.

For visiting the northern region, there are tours of Hanoi-Bac Ninh-Halong-Tuan Chau-Yen Tu, Hanoi-Bai Dinh-Trang An-Halong-Tuan Chau-Yen Tu, or Hanoi-Sapa-Bac Ninh-Yen Tu-Halong. These tours last three to six days and cost a customer about VND8.8-10.8 million.

Taking a central region tour, tourists will visit scenic spots and world heritage sites such as the ancient town of Hoi An, My Son Relic, the ancient capital of Hue and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Arriving in Danang, tourists will discover Son Tra Peninsula, Da Spring and But Beach. In Hoi An, tourists will visit ancient houses and family temples and eat cao lu (rice noodle with pork and vegetables).

When in Hue, tourists will visit the ancient citadel with the royal court of the 13 kings of the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945), enjoy a royal music show and take a scenic boat trip on theHuong River. They can also enjoy Hue folk music performed live on the boat by local artists and release lanterns on the river for good luck.

Crossing Latitude 17, which once divided Vietnam into two regions for two different political regimes, tourists will head for Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, one of the world’s two biggest limestone mountains, where they can visit magnificent caves.

In the tour of the northern region, Hanoi is an attractive destination with Sword Lake, 35 ancient streets and Temple of Literature. From Hanoi, tourists will go east to visit Ha Long Bay, a world natural heritage site with thousands of islands and illets. Other well-known destinations are Yen Tu, where King Tran Nhan Ton (1258-1308) practiced Buddhism in his old age, and Sapa, a tourist town in the mist.

Pilgrimage tours with Lotus

Lotus Tours has launched pilgrimage tours from June onward to meet increasing demands of clients. There are two kinds of tours: the Long Thanh (Dong Nai)-Ba Ria (Ba Ria-Vung Tau) tour and the Long An-My Tho tour. Each tour lasts one day.

Taking the Long Thanh-Ba Ria tour, tourists will have a vegetarian breakfast at Di Lac Pagoda, then visit Minh Duc Meditation Monastery, a famous tourist site at Dinh Mountain, Ngoc Son Dinh Pagoda and Ngoc Thanh Pagoda. They will take lunch at Van Phat Quang Dai Tong Lam, one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in Vietnam, and continue visiting Thien Hoa, Pho Chieu and Hue Chieu monasteries.

On the Long An-My Tho tour, guests will have a vegetarian breakfast at Thien Khanh Pagoda, and then visit Vinh Trang and Pho Duc ancient pagodas, which give free medical exams and treatment to the poor. They will take a vegetarian lunch at Thien Phuoc Pagoda before visiting Ngoc Lam Monastery and Kim Cang Pagoda, where Buddhist scripts carved in wood and age-old statues are preserved.

The Long Thanh-Ba Ria tour costs one person VND369,000 and the Long An-My Tho tour costs VND339,000. They start on July 23, July 30 and August 13.


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