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Asia and the Pacific

Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. It covers 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area (or 30% of its land area) and with approximately 4.3 billion people, it hosts 60% of the world's current human population. During the 20th century Asia's population nearly quadrupled.

Asia is usually defined as comprising the eastwards four-fifths of Eurasia. It is located to the east of the Suez Canal and the Ural Mountains, and south of the Caucasus Mountains (or the Kuma-Manych Depression) and the Caspian and Black Seas. It is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Indian Ocean and on the north by the Arctic Ocean.

Given its size and diversity, Asia – a toponym dating back to classical antiquity – "is more a cultural concept" incorporating diverse regions and peoples than a homogeneous physical entity. Asia differs very widely among and within its regions with regard to ethnic groups, cultures, environments, economics, historical ties and government systems.

Territory
Different sources give different estimates of the area enclosed by the imaginary border of Asia. The New York Times Atlas of the World gives 43,608,000 km2 (16,837,000 sq mi).[1] Chambers World Gazetteer rounds off to 44,000,000 km2 (17,000,000 sq mi),[2] while the Concise Columbia Encyclopedia gives 44,390,000 km2 (17,140,000 sq mi).[3] The 2011 Pearson's has 44,030,000 km2 (17,000,000 sq mi).[4] The methods of obtaining these figures and exactly what areas they include have not been divulged.

The map surface of mainland Asia is entirely contained within a Geodetic quadrangle formed from segments of latitude going through its north and south extremes and segments of longitude passing through the east and west extremes. Cape Chelyuskin is at 77° 43' N; Cape Piai in the Malay Peninsula is at 1° 16' N; Cape Baba in Turkey is at 26° 4' E; Cape Dezhnyov is at 169° 40' W; that is, mainland Asia ranges through about 77° of latitude and 195° of longitude,[5] distances of about 8,560 km (5,320 mi) long by 9,600 km (6,000 mi) wide according to Chambers, or 8,700 km (5,400 mi) long by 9,700 km (6,000 mi) wide according to Pearson's.

Indonesia to the southeast, a nation consisting of thousands of islands, adds a significant amount of territory to mainland Asia and extends the extreme Asian latitude further south. The geographic nature of the country raises such questions as whether the sea and the seabed count as Asia. The Australia–Indonesia border is still being negotiated. Currently a 1997 treaty remains unratified. As there are questions of fishing rights in the waters and mineral rights in the seabed, two different boundaries are being negotiated, one for the water column and one for the seabed. The southernmost seabed boundary is 10° 50' S, the latitude of Point A3, the Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea common tripoint. The southernmost water column boundary is still further south at Point Z88, 13° 56' 31.7".

Vietnam

Background

Even though Vietnam is known for war by some western countries, we still have to take a look in reality that Vietnam possesses a very fascinating beauty and peaceful cultural living. Its Natural milieus are among the finest, and its cuisine is very possibly the most delicious you will ever discover.

History
Vietnam's identity has been shaped by long-running conflicts, both internally and with foreign forces. In 111 BC, China's Han dynasty conquered northern Vietnam's Red River Delta and the ancestors of today's Vietnamese. Chinese dynasties ruled Vietnam for the next 1,000 years, inculcating it with Confucian ideas and political culture, but also leaving a tradition of resistance to foreign occupation.

Language
The official national language of Vietnam is Vietnamese, a tonal monosyllabic Mon–Khmer language which is spoken by the majority of the population. In its early history, Vietnamese writing used Chinese characters.

Religion
For much of Vietnamese history, Mahayana Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism have been the dominant religions, strongly influencing the national culture. About 85% of Vietnamese identify with Buddhism, though not all practice on a regular basis.

Culture
Vietnam's culture has developed over the centuries from indigenous ancient Dong Son culture with wet rice agriculture as its economic base. To some extent, the national culture can be seen as part of the Sinosphere, drawing on elements of Confucianism and Laoism in its traditional political system and philosophy.

Cuisine
Vietnamese cuisine uses very little oil and many vegetables. The main dishes are often based on rice and soy sauce. Sugar, serrano peppers, lime and nuoc mam (fish sauce) are among the most common flavorings, as are mint and basil.

  Tourist Spots

130-year old house in the Western Southland
It deals with an ancient house in Binh Thuy. The owner is respected Mr. Duong Minh Hien, an old sentimental man, by chance, remaining in the XX century.

A Fairy Land
With renowned landscapes, such as Tam Dao, Tay Thien, Dai Lai, Dam Vac and Thac Bac, Vinh Phuc Province has become a wonderland with innumerable marvels that have left unforgettable impressions on every visitor.

Am Chua Temple
According to the legend, this was place where the Goddess descended on earth. The temple was restored many times, and today it looks nicely. Every year, on the first, the second and the third day of the third lunar month, the festival is organized at the temple which is attracting many Cham and Viet people to attend.

An Binh-Binh Hoa Phuoc River Island
Mr. Sau Giao’s Flower Garden in Hoa Ninh, with hundreds of various ornamental plants: yellow apricots, chieu thuy plums and jasmine.

An Sinh Temple and Tran Tombs
They were built in the period of Tran Dynasty and restored many times under the following Le and Nguyen Dynasties.

An Son Temple
In 1783, Nguyen Anh was defeated by Tay Son and ran away to Con Dao Island. Together with fishermen, Lord Nguyen Anh founded three villages: An Hai, An Hoi, and Co Ong.

Ba Danh Pagoda
The Ba Danh Pagoda can be found in the Kim Bang District of Ha Nam Province, about 10km from the town of Phu Ly.

Ba Vi National Park
Along with Cuc Phuong National Forest, Ba Vi National Park is thought of as the natural “air - conditioner” or “green lungs” of the northern delta and the city of Hanoi within.

Ba Ho Stream
Ba Ho stream is 25 km from Nha Trang to the north. This is a stream originating from the top of Hon Son (over 660m), flowing between the two sides of the rocky mountains into the fields of Phu Huu hamlet, Ninh Ich village, Ninh Hoa district, then pours into Nha Phu swamp.

Ba Den Mountain
Ba Den Mountain is located 11 km NorthEast of Tay Ninh and 106 km from Ho Chi Minh City. It is an historical and beautiful site covering an area of more than 24 km2.

Nha Trang
Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most popular seaside resort town located along the second most beautiful bays in the country. It features beautiful beaches with fine and clean sand and clear ocean water with mild temperatures.

Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located about 40 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during the Vietnam War, and were the base of operations for the T?t Offensive in 1968.

Mekong River (Mekong Delta)
The Mekong Delta is the region in southern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea. It is a very rich and lush area, covered with rice fields, that produces about half of the total of Vietnam’s agricultural output.

Mui Ne
Mui Ne has seen some serious development in the last 15 years. Due to strong sea breezes it is a popular destination in Vietnam for kite- and windsurfing. No trip to Mui Ne is complete without a trip to the famous sand dunes located a short distance north of the town.

Sa Pa Terraces
Sa Pa is a town in northwest Vietnam not far from the Chinese border. Rice terraces can be found in the Muong Hoa valley between Sa Pa town and the Fansipan Mountain, on a backdrop of thick bamboo woodlands.

Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam. Phu Quoc is what Phuket would be if it hadn’t been overrun by development. The island features pristine tropical forests, undamaged coral reefs and great beaches.

Hoi An
This fishing-village-turned-tourist-attraction is situated on the coast of the South China Sea. Hoi An has been an international port from the 16th century although the serious shipping business has long since moved to the city of Da Nang.

Hoan Kiem Lake (Hanoi)
HKiem Lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as the locals’ favorite leisure spot. Hoan Kiem means “returned sword”, and the name comes from a legend in which King Le Loi was given a magical sword by the gods, which he used to drive out the invading Chinese.

Thien Mu Pagoda (Hue)
The Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue is the tallest pagoda in Vietnam. The pagoda overlooks the Perfume River and is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital.

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is situated in North Vietnam round a 120 kilometer long coast line and is literally translated as “Bay of Descending Dragons”. The top tourist attraction in Vietnam, Ha Long Bay features thousands of islands, each topped with thick jungle vegetation, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars.

4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS HANOI - HALONG BAY (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE) LAND ARRANGEMENT

Price: For as low as 449 USD/PAX Twin Sharing

Validity: October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017

**Minimum 2 pax to go**

 

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1 ARRIVAL

Arrival Hanoi. Warmly welcome by guide at airport & transfer to Hotel. Free to explore local life. At leisure.

 

DAY 2 FULL DAY HA LONG BOAT TRIP (B/L/-)

Buffet breakfast at Hotel; Proceed to Ha Long Bay. Taking 4-hours boat trip on Ha Long Bay, stop on several islands (Dau Go, Thien Cung). Seafood Lunch on boat. In the afternoon return to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi

 

DAY 3 HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B/L/-)

Buffet breakfast at Hotel. Start visiting first place named Tran Quoc pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake. Continue to visiting Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father, walking along Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived and worked from 1958 to 1969. - (viewed from outside on Mondays, Fridays and afternoons due to closure), Visit One pillar pagoda – the one modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi city. And the colorful features of the 54 ethnic groups of Viet Nam in the Ethnology museum. Lunch at local restaurant Afternoon: visit Temples of Literature, the most famous temple situated in Hanoi, also functioned as Vietnam's first university. It was first constructed in 1070 under King Ly Nhan Tong and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. A vast structure that has existed to present day. Finally, Drive to legendary Hoan Kiem lake, visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Van Xuong saint and former general commander Tran Hung Dao for his struggle against Mongolians. You also see the beautiful Vietnamese and French architecture around the lake.

 

DAY 4 DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

Buffet breakfast at Hotel. Free at leisure till the time transfer to airport for departure. End of services.

 

*** ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE ***

 

HOTELS

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS IN USD / PERSON (TWIN SHARING)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT IN USD / PERSON

EXTRA NIGHT INCL BF IN USD/ROOM/NIGHT

2 – 3 PAX

4 – 8 PAX

9 – 15 PAX

CHURCH HOTEL – 49 LAN ONG 3*

449

319

249

95

65

CHALCEDONY HOTEL 4*

449

329

259

 

110

75

PULLMAN HANOI HOTEL 5*

589

469

399

215

145

 

INCLUSIONS:

  • 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation w/ Buffet Breakfast, Private Roundtrip Airport Transfer, Escort Guide & Meals as mention in the itinerary.

 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Air Ticket, Airport Tax, Visa Fees, Tipping for Tour Guide and Driver, Personal Expenses and Insurance.

 

REMARKS:

  • ALL RATES ARE QUOTED IN US DOLLARS. MINIMUM OF 2 PAX.
  • E/BED RATE IS THE SAME WITH TWIN SHARING RATE (SUBJ TO AVAILABILITY).
  • CHILD RATE:

                  UNDER 4 YEARS OLD – FOC BUT WITHOUT MEALS & BED

                  CHILD NO BED (4-11 YRS. OLD) – 75% OF ADULT FARE

                  CHILD WITH BED (4-11 YRS. OLD) – 90% OF ADULT FARE

  • RATES ARE NOT VALID ON PEAK SEASON, HOLIDAYS & CONVENTION PERIOD, SURCHARGE & COMPULSORY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR EVE DINNER IS APPLICABLE.
  • BLOCK OUT DATE: JAN 27 – 31, 2017 (ALL DATES INCLUSIVE)
  • COMPULSORY DINNER ON CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR EVE IS APPLICABLE, WILL ADVISE UPON BOOKING
  • SURCHARGE OF USD15/PAX/WAY (MIN. 2 PAX) IS APPLICABLE FOR MIDNIGHT FLIGHT FROM 2300 HRS TO 0600 HRS.
  • ROOMS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.
  • RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. 
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