Indochina Heritage Line 15 days

  • Duration: 15 days
  • Price from: $1,073 USD

Destinations: Luang Prabang icon-16 Pak Ou Caves icon-16 Kuang Si Waterfall icon-16 Hanoiicon-16 Halong Bay icon-16 Hue icon-16 Hoi An icon-16 Ho Chi Minh city icon-16 Cu Chi tunnel icon-16 Sieam Reap

Put your first steps in Luang Prabang which owns the city’s old-world romance of 33 gilded wats, saffron-clad monks, exquisite Gallic cuisine and faded Indochinese villas. Then you will cross over borders to be Hanoi-called by Paris of asia, admire what nature created in Halong Bay, immerse yourself in the outstanding palaces in Hue and the peacefull atmosphere of Hoi An. Take in to Ho Chi Minh to recharge your energy before exploring the foot steps of Vietnam war in Cu chi tunnels. Finish your Indochina tour packages discovery in Siem Reap- the doorsteps to immemorial civilization.

Highlights of Indochina Heritage Tour Package:

  • Contemplating an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Visiting the most unique historical and cultural vestiges in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
  • Experiencing local life of residents living along Mekong river.
  • Enjoying quite atmosphere and breathtaking beauty of Halong called by “Rock wonder in sky”.
  • Joining daily life of Cambodian.
  • Learning about the exclusive feature of Angkor complex.

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Full Indochina Heritage Travel Itinerary

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Luang Prabang – Arrival

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Luang Prabang welcomes: Luang Prabang means “city of the Golden Buddha Phra Bang”. It is one of the most popular destinations in Laos has most travelers use it as the first or last stop in the country.

On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel. The rest of the day is your own time at leisure.

Meals included: __/__/__

Parameter: Drive: 6 km/ 15 minutes

Free time idea(s):

  • Dine out on Traditional Lao Cuisine such as the buffalo noodles at Lao Lao Garden, Pizza Phan Luang– located across the Bamboo Bridge or try some of tasting platters at Tamarind Restaurant
  • Enjoy a Friendly Barter at the Night Market

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 2 : Luang Prabang – Pak ou caves

In the morning

  • At 08:30 a.m, after breakfast, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.
  • At 09:30 a.m, we then embark on a leisure cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside,
  • At 11:00 a.m, reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.

In the afternoon

  • 03:00 p.m, On arrival back in the city, we will visit magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.  16:00 Afterwards, we will visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday) to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures.
  • 05:00 p.m, we will transfer to visit Wat Prabath to admire the sunset; this is the really peaceful place to catch the last beauty of the day.
  • 07:00 p.m The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Meals included: Breakfast/__/__

Today useful note(s): wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites

Overnight in Luang Prabang

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Day 3 : Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall

In the morning

  • In the summer: 5:30 a.m / In the winter: 6:00 – 6:30 a.m, wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temple to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.
  • We will visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, to vegetable, to fish, or chicken.
  • At 8:30 a.m, after breakfast at the hotel, we visit Wat Visoun, dating back to 1513 during the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun), this is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was once home to the Prabang Buddhas.
  • At 9:30 a.m, we then transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls which is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals
  • At 11:00 a.m, we will also take a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers.

In the afternoon

  • 02:00 p.m, before returning to Luang Prabang, we stop to visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park (closed from 15 APR – 30 JUN; 01-14 SEP, & 01 JAN every year), whose mission is to create a research centre studying and publishing about Laos butterflies, host plants and preservation.
  • 04:00 – 04:30, the tour ends.

Meals included: Breakfast/__/__

Today useful note(s):

  • wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites
  • bring along sun cream/spray, umbrella, hat to protect your skin

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Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 4 : Hanoi city tour

In the morning

We then transfer out to the airport to take the flight to Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi: On your arrival in Noi Bai international airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide with pick-up sign board then immediately transferred to your hotel for check in. It is estimated to be 45-minute driving through beautiful rice filed to reach Hanoi center.

Lunch time: 12:30 – 01:30 p.m in a local restaurant

In the afternoon

After saving your energy with lunch, start your haft day tour to discover Hanoi city.

  • You will firstly leave for The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
  • It is estimated to be 2 hours at the museum then you will be transferred back to the old quarter and visit the Temple of Jade Mountain sitting on a small island in the northern part of Hoan Kiem Lake and dedicated to the King Tran Hung Dao
  • At 05:00 p.m, you will spend around 45 minutes in the theater enjoying the Water Puppet show – a traditional show of Vietnamese people.
  • Getting out of the theater, you will sit in front of Cyclo to move around the old quarter and experience the local life in 30 minutes. The cyclo tour will take you back to your hotel and the day tour finishes at around 6:00 p.m.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Today useful note(s):

  • wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites
  • bringing along sun cream, umbrella and hat

Overnight in Hanoi

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Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay

In the morning

  • 08:00 – 08:30 a.m: you will be transferred from your hotel in the Old Quarter in Hanoi to Halong by shuttle bus.
  • 12:00 – 12:30 a.m: You will embark the LaFairy Sails at Tuan Chau International harbor. Enjoy welcome drink, cruise briefing & start cruising.

In the afternoon

  • 01:00 – 03:30 p.m: enjoy your sumptuous lunch while cruising into the magnificent Halong Bay with its thousands of extraordinarily shaped limestone islands, considered by the heaven on the Earth.
  • 03:30 – 05:00 p.m: You have a chance to explore Lờm Bò area and are charmed by this outstanding masterpiece of Mother Nature. Your next destination is Mê Cung Cave – one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and climb up to see the panoramic view of the bay from above.
  • 05:00 – 07:00 p.m: You are transferred return to the LaFairy Sails for a Sunset party to admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set. Let’s enjoy everyday promotion HAPPY HOUR – BUY 2 GET 1 FREE all beverages from 5 to 6pm.
  • 07:00 p.m: Savor a sparkling and dreamlike dinner on top deck under the light of a thousand stars in middle of the tranquil Bay with extremely delicious food and be awed by a fascinating fruit and vegetable carving show.
  • Delight in traditional music performances.
  • Afterwards, socialize with the artist, new friends and crew members, join squid fishing.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight on Lafairy Sails

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Day 6 : Halong Bay – Hue

In the morning

  • 06:30 – 07:00 a.m: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
  • 07:15 – 07:45 a.m: it’s time for you to have breakfast in the fresh air and peaceful beauty of the Bay.
  • 08:00 – 09:00 a.m: you will visit Titov Island for swimming in the emerald water. Then hike up to the top of the island to take the breathtaking panoramic view of the Bay.
  • 09:00 – 09:45 a.m: Enjoy kayaking through the hidden beauty of the bay.
  • 09:45 – 10:15 a.m: you pack your luggage and check out of the cabin while cruising towards the harbor.
  • 10:15 – 11:45 a.m: you will join a cooking demonstration before having an exceptional Buffet lunch.

In the afternoon

  • 12:30: After disembark the LaFairy Sails & Farewell, you will be transferred back to Hanoi airport for the flight to Hue city.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Flight information: VN 1547 Vietnam Airlines 19:00   20:10

Parameter:  Driving: Halong – Hanoi: 180km/ 4 hours
Airplane: 1.10 hours

Overnight in Hue  

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Day 7: Hue city tour/The city of History and Culture

Hue welcome: Hue is a city in central Vietnam that has a long interesting history as an imperial city. For approximately 400 years, Hue was the political and cultural center of the Feudal State of Viet Nam.

In the morning:

  • 00 a.m, our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel to start the exciting day tour by exploring Hue’s beauties:
  • Taking a leisure boat trip along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous Vietnamese landmarks.
  • We then take a short drive into a lush valley of the river where seven tombs were built for seven Nguyen Emperors. We will visit two of the tombs: Minh Mang Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb to help you understand more Royal’s Life and their architecture.

Lunch time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m in a local restaurant

In the afternoon

  • Continue our trip by visiting Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, created in the 19th century for the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty
  • Explore the local life by visiting Dong Ba market
  • If time permits, we can pass by “the Quốc Học of Huế” the famous school in Hue and see girls student in Ao dai traditional dress and hear the guide talk about this famous school.
  • Tour finishes around 17.00 at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Free time idea(s): Gastronomy in Hue is famous for diversity and cheap price. The best idea for this first night is to enjoy some of the best dishes such as “Bun Bo Hue”, “Bánh Bèo”, “Chè Huế” etc.

Today useful note(s): wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites

Overnight in Hue

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Day 8 : Hue – Hoi An

Hoi An Welcome: Hoi An, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site and river town, crammed with historic homes, tiny museums, cafes, and bustling silk and fish markets.

In the morning

At 8:00a.m, you will leave Hue for Hoi An and visit wonderful scenery on the way of Lang Co beach, Hai Van pass, Marble mountain etc.

  • Lang Co beach: the beautiful beach that you can see on the way.
  • Hai Van pass: is called the road “a deserted ribbon of perfection—one of the best coast roads in the world.”
  • Cham Museum: This fine museum has the world’s largest collection of Cham artefacts, housed in buildings marrying French-colonial architecture with Cham element.
  • Marble mountain: is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son ward, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam. The five ‘mountains’ are named after the five elements: metal, water, wood, fire and earth.

Lunch time: 12:00 – 1:00p.m in a local restaurant

In the afternoon:

After a break with delicious local food, you will start discovering Hoi An town – the World Heritage site.

  • The Japanese Covered Bridge is an invaluable property and has officially been established as the symbol of Hoi An. No trip to Hoi An would be completely without visiting Japanese Covered bridge.
  • The Fukian Assembly Hall, which is a great example of the Chinese architecture, is believed to be built by Chinese merchants of the Fukian Province.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Hue – Hoi An: 130 km/3 hours/way

Free-time Idea(s):

  • Walking around Hoi An town to feel peaceful local life.
  • Enjoying local food on street or tasting local coffee.
  • If it is the first day or the 14th day of month, you will have a chance to see and join colored lantern festival
  • Suites and dresses are very famous and cheap in Hoi An. The tailors can make them in one day for you.

Overnight in Hoi An

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Day 9: Hoi An Cooking Class/To be a Master Chief

In the morning

  • At 8:00 a.m, you take a walk to the meeting point in the town and enjoy the welcome drink.
  • At 8:30 a.m, you start visiting Hoi An’s colourful market and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. You have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.
  • You then board the boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.
  • On arrival, you explore the cooking school’s herb garden before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the chefs first demonstrate each dish before you prepare the same dish yourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration).
  • After the lesson, you sit down and eat what you have cooked

Lunch time: 12:30 – 1:00 p.m in the class with your own prepared food

In the afternoon

After lunch, you will be transferred to your hotel and free time on your own afterward.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Hoi An

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Day 10 :Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh Welcome: Ho Chi Minh has been commonly known as Saigon. It is located in southern Vietnam. It’s also known for its French colonial landmarks.

In the morning

  • On your arrival in Tan Son Nhat airport, our guide and driver will welcome and take you to your hotel in the city center.

Lunch time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m in a local restaurant

In the afternoon

  • Start our trip by visiting the Reunification Palace. It has stayed in the mind of many generations, not only Vietnamese but also foreigners. It is known as the famous historical witness which passed through the two fierce wars against the French and American colonials.
  • You will also visit the Central Post Office which is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh. It fascinates tourists by its typical colonial French features from exterior to interior decorations.
  • Your trip is continued by visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is considered the symbol of this dynamic city.
  • Ben Thanh Local market: Being a bustling market in the daytime and a social center after sunset, Ben Thanh Market is absolutely a must-see attraction of the most dynamic city of Vietnam.
  • Tour finishes around 17.00 at your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Flight information:

Parameter: Airplane: 1.15 hour

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

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Day 11 : HCMC – My Tho – HCMC/Taste of Mekong River

In the morning

At 8.30 a.m, you will be met up by our guide and driver at your hotel and leave the hustle Saigon heading to My Tho, the closet delta town to Ho Chi Minh city. It will be a 90-minute driving through the small villages in the western region.

  • You will start your delta trip with a visit to Vinh Trang Pagoda, the most beautiful and ancient pagoda in Mekong Delta.
  • After that, you continue to the boat quay, enjoying a scenic cruise, crossing Tien River to Thoi Son 5 Island. Here, you will visit fruit orchards, listen to the traditional music performance, “cai luong” by local people & and enjoy fruits.
  • Then you will get in horse cart on nice road the next Thao Nguyen orchid flower gardens and have a great chance to while tasting tea – honey bees.
  • Leaving Thoi Son, you continue your boat trip to fishing villages around the Phoenix Island. You can visit houseboats and learn how the locals feed Red Tilapias fish.
  • Ankhanh Canal & Mrs. Ut Phím’s house in Ben Tre is our next destination where you can communicate with the locals-taste the coconut candy- special products of Ben Tre province.
  • After a walk on a village path, we take a wooden rowing boat along narrow channels under the shadow of water coconut trees for deep look into the Mekong river life.

Lunch time: 13:00 – 14:30 in southern style at Mien Tay riverside restaurant (or Vuondau- depend on time), which is famous for Elephant Fish as well as other delicious local specialties

In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you will get back to the mainland where your priavte car is waiting and go back to Ho Chi Minh city.
  • At around 17:00, you will reach your hotel in Ho Chi Minh and the tour will come to the end with your own free time afterwards.

Parameter: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho: 70 km/Driving: 1.5 hour

Today useful note(s):

  • Wearing clothes covering your shoulder and knees to visit the pagoda but comfortable to do the boat trip and walking
  • Sun cream must be prepared to avoid the sun

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh 

 

 

Day 12 : Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Siem Reap/Remains of the War

In the morning 

  • At 8:00 a.m, you will be met up by our guide then transferred to Cu Chi tunnels, famed for its 200-kilometre-long tunnels, an incredible underground network built by Vietcong during the Vietnam war.

Lunch time: 12:30 – 13:30 in a local restaurant

  • Depending on your flight time, our driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.
  • Arrival Siem Reap Airport, our tour guide and driver will pick you up then transfer you to hotel for check in. Free at your own leisure and overnight at hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Driving: 7 km/25 minutes

Today useful note(s): Check all your luggage and belongs before checking out and make sure you miss nothing.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 13 :  Temples of Angkor/ Treasure of Asia

In the morning

  • 08:00 – 08:30 a.m: enjoy your breakfast at hotel.
  • 08:30 – 10:30 a.m: Visit the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple.
  • 10:30 a.m – 12:00 a.m: Your next destination is the fortified city of Angkor Thom. Start at the Southern Gate, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side, followed by the Bayon and its beautifully crafted central towers. From here you visit Baphoun, Phimeanakas and the Elephant Terrace, used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Lunch time: 12:30 – 01:30 p.m at local restaurant

In the afternoon

  • 01:30 – 03:00 p.m: you will see Ta Prohm, undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor. Unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it has been left to be swallowed by the jungle.
  • 05:00 – 06:30 p.m: let’s watch the sunset over Angkor Wat.
  • 07:00 p.m: Enjoy dinner with Apsara Dance Performance

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Siem Reap 

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Day 14: Siem Reap

In the morning

  • 08:00 a.m: After an early breakfast, you will continue onto Main Shrine, where the local people usually worship, with its statue of Yeay Teap, Preah Ang Chek and Preah Ang Chorm.
  • Buying jasmine and lotus flowers to worship is very important for the Cambodians. We continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Chars, also called the “Old Market”, where anything and everything is for sale!
  • Then continue to Wat Bo, a large, highly respected pagoda, founded in the 18th Century. Like the Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, the vihear of Wat Bo contains unique wall paintings of the Reamker that are said to be late 19th Century. Look for the daily-life market scenes such as an opium smoking Chinese merchant, the colonial era French officer at the market and the French soldiers attending a traditional dance performance.
  • Also of interest is the large collection of Buddha statues located behind the main Buddha.

Lunch time: 12:30 – 01:30 p.m: at local restaurant

In the afternoon

This afternoon, you will continue your trip to explore Siem Reap

  • The next destination is the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonlé Sap, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the river.
  • You will take a local boat and visit charming village of Chong Khneas located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap.
  • You will have a chance to take part in the trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia.
  • 06:30 p.m Dinner at local restaurant

The rest of the day is spent at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Siem Reap

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Day 15 : Siem Reap departure

Siem Reap goodbye: your 15-day tour in Vietnam and Cambodia is coming to the end. You have free time on your own to walk down the street and pick up any great images to bring back to your country before being transferred to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

 

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What's Included & ExcludedPrice

Included:

  • Double/Twin rooms in the best recommended hotel/cruise Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program
  • Experienced English speaking guide Any unclarified flight tickets
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets Personal travel insurance
  • Delicious included meals as being clarified Any personal expenses
  • Door-to-door transportation as being clarified above Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide
  • 2 bottles of water each day Bank fee
  • Service charges
  • International flight tickets: Luang Prabang – Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Ciy – Siem Reap
  • Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Hue, Danang Ho Chi Minh City

Excluded:

  • Double/Twin rooms in the best recommended hotel/cruise Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program
  • Experienced English speaking guide Any unclarified flight tickets
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets Personal travel insurance
  • Delicious included meals as being clarified Any personal expenses
  • Door-to-door transportation as being clarified above Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide\
  • 2 bottles of water each day Bank fee

Notes:

  • All services are ensured to be available at this checking time only
  • Activities are subject to change without priority notice due to the weather condition
  • tated timetable for meals/activities will not strictly fixed, be flexible due to the real situation.
  • Different cruises in Halong bay follow different itineraries and the program in this proposal is conducted by Lafairy Sails

List Of Accommodation Recommended

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City Superior Class(3 star) Deluxe Class(4 star) Luxury Class(5 star)
Luang Prabang My Dream Resort
Classic Room
Belle Rive Boutique
Terrace Room
Victoria Xiengthong Palace
Palace Room
Hanoi La Dolce Vita Hotel
Superior room 
O’Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
Executive roomExecutive room
Apricot hotel
Sketch Room
Halong V’spirit CruiseDeluxe Room
Hue Romance Hue
Superior room
Eldora Hue
Deluxe room
Indochine Palace
Deluxe room
Hoi An Phu Thinh Boutique Resort & SpaDeluxe Room Ancient House Village Resort & Spa
Superior room
Palm Garden Resort
Superior room
Ho Chi Minh Alagon Central Hotel & Spa
Deluxe Room
Alagon hotel & Spa
Deluxe room
The Myst hotel
Dong Khoi room
Airline Vietnam Airline
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