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VIETNAM 16 Night 5* Premium Luxury Tour

AUG 23 – SEPT 08 2013: $ 3485 pp + Airfare SS $ 795

With Finesse Holidays

For further information: http://www.finessebridgeclub.com.au

director@finessebridge.com.au Ph: 02-9596 1423 or 0410 127 326

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TABLE OF CONTENTS: Page No

1: TRIP DOSSIER 2

2: FLIGHT DETAILS 2

3: HOTEL ADDRESSES & PHONE NUMBERS 3

4: ITINERARY & BRIDGE PROGRAM 4

5: MAJESTIC HOTEL 5* – HO CHI MINH CITY 5

6: MIA RESORT & SPA 5* - NGA TRANG 6

7: SUNRISE RESORT 5* – HOI AN 8

8: INDOCHINE PALACE 5* - HUE 9

9: HILTON OPERA 5* – HANOI 11

10: OPTIONAL EXTRA – BHAYA JUNK CRUISE 12

11: BRIDGE PROGRAM 13

1: TRIP DOSSIER

International Flight will be with Vietnam Airlines if travelling with your hosts. We will arrive in

Saigon at our hotel around 17:15 pm on 23 rd August 2013. There is an Optional Extra for a cruise on

Halong Bay for 2 nights at the completion of the holiday. Deposit of $ 200 required asap to secure

your position and full payment required by May 01 2013. Payable to Finesse Bridge Club @ 29

Poplar Pl Lugarno 2210 or telephone for Bpay.

2: RETURN FLIGHTS from Sydney to Saigon: Email for flights from other cities:

Holiday commences in Vienna and the following flights are recommended. If you deviate from these

times you may find you have additional transfer costs. Contact Greg before doing your flights.

Fri Aug 23 Vietnam Air VN 772 Depart Sydney Fri 23 Aug 2013 10:15 9 hrs

Arrive Saigon Fri 23 Aug 2013 16:15

Sun Sept 08/10 Vietnam Air VN 1155 Depart Hanoi Sun 08/10 Sept 2013 17:00 2 hr

Arrive Saigon Sun 08/10 Sept 2013 19:00

Sun Sept 08/10 Vietnam Air VN 773 Depart Saigon Sun 08/10 Sept 2013 20:45 8 hr 50 mins

Arrive Sydney Mon 09/11 Sept 2013 08:35

Inclusions: Saigon – Hanoi

� All tipping & gratuities � 16 nights finest accommodation

� 8 morning tours with Air-Conditioned coach � English speaking tour guides

� All dinners, all breakfasts & 4 Lunches � 3 Internal flights

� All transfers � Fully escorted tour

� All bridge fees including Pairs and Teams � Workshops & Lesson Material

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3: HOTEL ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS for EMERGENCIES:

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MAJESTIC HOTEL – HO CHI MINH CITY August 23-25

1 Dong Khoi Str., Dist. 1 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Tel: (84-8) 3829 5517 Email: majesticsaigon.com.vn

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MIA RESORT – NHA TRANG August 25 – 29

Address: Bai Dong, Cam Hai Dong, Cam Lam, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

(T) +84 (0) 583 989 666 (E) info@mianhatrang.com

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SUNRISE RESORT – HOI AN August 29 – September 03

Address: Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

Telephone: ++84 (0) 510 393 7777 Email: resa@sunrisehoian.vn

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INDOCHINE PALACE RESORT - HUE September 03-06

Address: 74 Tran Quang Khai street, Tan Dinh ward, District 1, 5/F, Ho Chi Minh City

Tel: +84 (0)8 3848 4924 Email: sm-hcm@bwp-indochinepalace.com

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HILTON HANOI OPERA HOTEL - HANOI August 06-08

Tele: (04) 3933 0500

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BHAYA JUNK CRUISE – HALONG BAY AUG 08 - 10

Tele: 84 4 3562 5225 sales@cruiseshalongbay.com

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3: TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Tipping: Everyone in Vietnam tips. Its customary to tip between 30 cents to a $ 1 for baggage

handling and daily room service. It is also customary to tip tour operators about 50 c - $ 1 each per day.

Wine & Beer and Bottled Water: Buy your bottled water at nearby stands, not in the hotels.

Water will be supplied with your meals by your hosts. Best to buy wines duty free.

Illness: Some people get a little stomach illness and there will be Berberian tablets to take for this.

Variations from our Itinerary: Anyone choosing to alter from our itinerary by a) taking different

flights will incur their own transfer costs to hotels or airports b) taking alternate accommodation will be

at own expense and c) taking alternate tours or transportation are at own expense.

Liability: For events beyond our control, we do not accept liability whatsoever for injury, damage,

loss, delay, additional expenses or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by any events which are

beyond our control including, but not limited to war, civil disturbance, fire, floods, acts of God, acts of

Government or of any other authorities, accident to or failure of machinery or equipment.

Travel Insurance: This tour does not include travel insurance but we strongly recommend you

purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy after booking your holiday. We recommend ABF

Insurance Scheme for $ 100 per year.

Bridge Program: Program will consist of a 8 session B4Red Pairs Event (Best 5 of 6). A 3 session

B5Red Teams event. Additional Green Point sessions will be supplied at the request of customers. A

number of Lessons and workshops will be supplied.

Visa Requirements & Departure Taxes: To enter Vietnam you will require a passport (with at least 6

months remaining validity) and a tourist visa. The cost of the flight and Visa is approximately $ 1100.

This visa must be obtained prior to arrival. A combined entry/exit and baggage declaration form will be

issued to you prior to arrival and the yellow copy of this must be retained until your departure from

Vietnam. Please ensure this paper is kept in a safe place while you are in Vietnam. It is your

responsibility to ensure all visa and entry requirements are met prior to your arrival in Vietnam. Your

departure taxes are now included in your airfare.

Money: The official unit of currency in Vietnam is the dong. Approximate exchange rates at the

time of printing are: Although US$ are also acceptable.

� 1 AUD equals 20300 dong at time of printing

Just bring $A to Vietnam and exchange it at Saigon Airport or any money exchange. The % taken is o

ften less than 1%. Don’t exchange money in Australia especially at Kingsford Smith. They take 20+ %.

Climate: Vietnam spans several climatic zones, resulting in substantial weather condition variations

between the north and the south. Average temperatures year round range from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius

so there is no particularly good or bad time to visit Vietnam.

Central Vietnam is usually dry from May to October. Northern Vietnam also experiences two seasons

though conditions can change dramatically throughout the day. Summer, from May to October, can be

reasonably hot and wet with regular downpours and occasional typhoons.

There is no need for any winter clothing. Take your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen & your swimmers.

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2: TRIP DOSSIER VIETNAM 2013 – Aug 09- Aug 25.

Notes & Recommendation: Vietnam Airways now leaves Kingsford Smith at 10:15 am.

Note that one or two activities may still be interchanged due to some unforeseen alterations.

Arriving 4:00 pm local time. Breakfast is from 6 till 10 am. Times may alter slightly, a printout

will be supplied every 2 nd morning. L=Lunch.

DAY 1 Arrive at Vietnam’s No1 Hotel The Majestic at around 17:30. Have time to Settle in

before enjoying a beautiful dinner with a Vietnamese band.

DAY 2 10:00 am Half day tour to War Museum and other attractions. Return around 14:00.

Champagne Reception on the Ground floor bar at 18:00 before a 100m walk across

the road for dinner on board The Floating Restaurant.

DAY 3 Flight 12:20 VN1352 to Nha Trang arriving 13:15

16:00 Bridge Session 1 and dinner at 20:00.

DAY 4 9:30 Visit Trap Ba Hot Springs for rejuvenation.

15:00 Bridge Session 2 and dinner at 19:45

DAY 5 9:30 am Visit Nagar Temple and City tour.

14:00 Bridge Session 3 and dinner at 19:45.

DAY 6 9:30 am Bridge Workshop

14:00 Bridge Session 4 and dinner at 19:45.

DAY 7 Flight 12:15 VN1942 to Danang (Hoi An) arriving 13:30

17:30 Short Walking tour of Hoi An Old Town including Japanese Bridge

19:00 Dinner in Hoi An at the Brothers Reastaurant.

DAY 8 08:30 Morning tour of Marble Mountain, only the fit should walk the mountain.

14:00 Bridge Session 5 and dinner at 19:45.

DAY 9 09:00 Bridge Tutorial. Followed by Tra Que Vegetable Village Tour. (L)

Free afternoon or organise a tutorial with Greg. Dinner at 19:45.

DAY 10 09:30 Bridge Tutorial. Free time for shopping.

14:00 Bridge Session 6 and dinner at 19:45.

Day 11 09:00 Optional tour to Pottery Village via the river.

14:00 Bridge Session 7 and dinner at 19:45.

DAY 12 10:30 Transfer by coach over the spectacular Hai Van Pass. (L)

16:30 Walking tour of the Old Capital City and dinner at 19:45.

DAY 13 09:30 Tour of the Citadel.

14:00 Bridge Session 8 and dinner at 19:45.

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DAY 14 09:00 Bridge Tutorial before going on The Perfume River Cruise (L)

15:30 Bridge Session 9 and dinner at 20:00.

DAY 15 Flight 11:25 VN1510 to Hanoi arriving 12:35

16:30 Walking tour of the city followed by dinner at 19:45.

Day 16 09:30 Shopping tour of Hanoi and some highlights.

15:30 Walk-In Pairs (Greeen Points)

Day 17 Free Day before 13:45 transfer to Airport for flight home, otherwise

08:00 Collection to Halong Bay for 2 night cruise.

COMMON WORDS:

VIETNAMESE ENGLISH

sin chow Hello (or hi)

kwhere khom How are you?

toy kwhere, come ern I’m fine, thank you

come ern Thank you

ten la zee What is your name?

ten toy la My name is….

Bao new toy How old are you?

Toy … too-ee I am … years old

…Bao new How much is …?

Muk kwar Its too expensive!

Kom No

Ya(south), vang (north) Yes

Sin loy Excuse me / I’m sorry

Kom can No need

Voo-ee lum doong tay kung tum coo-ah toy Please do not change my bath towels

Tum bee-et Good bye!

Chook may mun Good luck!

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6: HO CHI MINH CITY & THE MAJESTIC HOTEL 5*:AUG 23 -25

History of Saigon: Like Shanghai or Bangkok, Saigon comes imbued with its own myth. You

have a vision in mind already. You’ve seen it on TV, you’ve seen it in the movies: the city of

war, the city of sin, the city of changing fortunes. Saigon is busy and brash, the commercial hub

of Vietnam, the industrial muscle of the nation. It’s a city of economic contrasts, too. At temple

festivals you will see women in shimmering silk float by filthy ragged beggars. As the Khmer

and Cham (original inhabitants) shrank, the Vietnamese advanced from the north. In the early

17 th century, on the condition they be allowed to settle the south, the Vietnamese agreed to help

the Khmers fight the Thais. Fully in control by 1680, the Vietnamese allowed 3,000 refugee

Chinese Ming soldiers to settle the area of Bien Hoa. A few years later the Chinese started a

market at Cholon. Eventually the Khmers were pushed back to the Mekong Delta.

A hotel of Tradition, Hospitality & Elegance: This hotel sits almost on the banks of the Saigon

River at Dong Khoi street in District One, just 7 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City's

international airport. The hotel is a true gem having been in operation since 1925 and boasting

classic French-colonial architecture. There is a very nice outdoor swimming pool here plus the

Areca Health Club with exercise equipment and sauna. In 2006 Hotel Majestic was awarded

Vietnam’s leading hotel.

MUST SEES:

a) War Crimes Museum: Documents American atrocities 1965-1975 period. Politics gets dirty.

b) Cu Chi Tunnels: Near the village of Ben Suc, about 75 km NorthWest of Saigon. These

tunnels were part of the underground network that zigzagged from The Ho Chi Minh trail near

the Cambodian border to the Saigon river. Most Vietcong tunnels in the Cu Chi area have been

sealed but a few passageways have been doubled in width and height to accommodate Western

tourist bodies.

Other Local Attractions within 2kms: Central Post Office, Opera House, History Museum,

Reunification Palace, History Museum & The Saigon River.

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7: NHA TRANG & THE MIA RESORT 5*: AUG 25-29

Nha Trang city has a metropolitan area of 251 km² and population of about 500,000. It borders

Ninh Hòa town by the north, Cam Ranh city by the south, Diên Khánh town by the west and the

South China Sea to the east. The city is located on a beautiful bay, the Nha Trang Bay, which

was chosen by Travel and Leisure in two succeeding years as one of 29 most beautiful bays in

the world. Nha Trang is surrounded on all three sides by mountains and a large island on the

fourth side (in the ocean directly in front of the city's main area) that blocks major storms from

potentially damaging the city.

Mia THE RESORT

Nestled in a quiet bay, on the mountain pass between Cam Ranh Airport and Nha Trang city, Mia

Resort is a haven of tranquillity for couples and families. Set on the slopes of the Nha Trang

Mountains, sheltered by jungle, and with its own private beach, it is unequalled in its beauty,

hospitality, and quality.

The resort was designed and built for those who demand nothing less than the very best. With

only 50 villas in total, set amongst manicured gardens, it is the perfect place to find peace,

relaxation and comfort.

All the senses are satisfied at Mia. As well as being a breathtakingly beautiful resort, the sound of

water is everywhere, to help relax you; the scents of plants and of the sea mix in the air to refresh

you; your taste buds are dazzled in our world-class restaurants; and the Xanh Spa offers a range

of top class services to ease weary muscles, and to re-balance your energy.

Our resort was built and designed on eco-friendly principles and designed to harmonise with the

local environment; it boasts rooftops of manicured grass and shrubs that blend in with the

picturesque landscape; in fact natural products are used throughout the resort, within the

buildings, the spa, and the food. There really is nowhere to rival Mia for its unique, boutique

experience.

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Situated close to the sea, these condos are away from the other villas, with a breath-taking view

of the ocean from the terrace, and are perfect if you love the sound and smells of the ocean. A

quick walk across the beach takes you to the main restaurant and swimming pool area, so you are

never far from the action. Room Size 40 sqm.

Tours Included:

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Trap Ba Hot Springs:

Mud baths have been known for a long time

in the world and it’s also realized as one of

the best measures for caring health and skin.

In Viet Nam, Thap Ba Hot Spring Center

honourably took initiative in developing

mud bath and hot mineral water soak,

creating a wonderful gift for Human beings,

diversifying tour services, and contributing

to tourism development of Nha Trang city,

Po Nagar Temple + City Tour &

shopping:

Nha Trang was called Kauthara, a

principality of the ancient Champa Kingdom.

The population of the kingdom was the

Cham who followed mainly Hinduism and

Muslim. The Cham community at Kauthara

followed Hinduism and they built temples to

worship their kings, queens, gods and

goddesses. Po Nagar was believed to be the

Goddess that taught the local people

civilization, taught them to do agricultural

work and protected their life.


7: HOI AN & SUNRISE RESORT 5*: AUG 29 – SEPT 03

In the middle of the 16th century, when Hoi An was a busy center of the south, Danang was only

a small port for goods in transit and ship repair. It gradually developed into a commercial port

replacing Hoi An in the early 18th century, when European shipbuilding was improved and large

deep draught vessels could easily enter Danang Bay.

Tours Included:

a) Marble Mountain: Rows of marble shops sell gravestones to locals and souvenirs to

the tourists. The marble shops have some curious souvenirs-Uncle Ho images, engraved in flat

marble, depictions of Jesus Christ etc. The marble comes in a variety of colours and you can see

craftspeople at work in the shops lining the road to China beach. )

b) Japanese Covered Bridge on the west end of Tran Phu Street. Hoi An's best-known

landmark consists of a covered bridge and pagoda. The bridge was constructed in the early

1600's by the Japanese community, roughly 40 years before they left the city to return to Japan

under the strict policy of sakohu enforced by the Tokugawa Shogunate.

c) Tra Que Vegetable Village Tra Que vegetable village located in Cam Ha Commune,

Hoi An Town (Quang Nam). Tra Que vegetable were famous for a long time with many

vegetable products were grown on fertile soil, fertilized with seaweed from Co Co River so they

have own unique flavour.

Tra Que is not only a brand known for making high-quality fresh vegetables, but also as an

attractive destination for travelers inside and outside of the country. In warm spring weather, we

went to Tra Que village to enjoy aromatic floral aftertaste of vegetables and watch the local

people to organize tourism.

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7: HUE & THE INDOCHINE PALACE RESORT 5*: SEPT 03 - 06

Hai Van Pass: We take a 3 hour bus tour to arrive at our hotel in Hue via the scenic Hai Van

Pass. It usually looks like an overcast day at Hai Van pass, one of the most scenic hillside roads

in Vietnam. This is also a place where the cold front from China meets the warm front from

southern Vietnam.

Hue is one of places, which has many cultural heritages. Up to now, there is no places like Hue

remaining a lot of originally historical vestiges as in this ancient Capital City.

The BEST WESTERN PREMIER Indochine Palace is surrounded by lush green gardens that

make it an outstanding landmark in Hue, setting new standards of excellence that is difficult to

match by any hotel in Vietnam.

This world class hotel is designed to appeal to the affluent, up-market leisure and business

travellers; and offers excellent facilities for Mice events (meetings, incentives, conferences, and

exhibitions).

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It‘s luxuriously appointed rooms are spacious and start from 35sqm, highlighted by its 42-inch

plasma television and new a generation open bathroom concept. The cosmetics and toiletries

carry the exclusive Indochine Palace fragrance.

The graphics on every item in the room, from specially designed matchboxes to the In-room

Dining menu, reflect the attention to detail Indochine Palace has given the hotel. Most of them

are good keepsakes that are worth remembering the Indochine Palace by. Should any of these

items catch your fancy and you wish to keep them, please contact the Gift shop at L’Arcade for

assistance.

Tours Included:

1) The Citadel

2) The Perfume River Cruise and Lunch:

You wouldn’t imagine that the Royal City of Hue,

mid-way down the coast of Vietnam, bears the

slightest resemblance to Egypt. But think again. The

broad, aptly named Perfume River meanders through

this former Imperial City and beyond and its distant

scorched-baked hills could easily be mistaken for the

Egyptian Nile. Even more of a coincidence, along

these riverbanks are the tombs of former Vietnamese

emperors. With this in mind, as you cruise

downstream, with a little imagination you could be in

the heart of Egypt. Except, that is, for a whacking

great red flag with yellow star fluttering high in the

wind and the locals looking suspiciously Asian.

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The Forbidden Purple City was modelled

after the Imperial City in Beijing and

served as the residence of the Nguyen

Emperors. The impressive citadel was

nearly completely destroyed during the 25

days of Tet Offensive in 1968, but has

been partially restored and is once again

open to visitors. Outside the city, the main

attraction is a sampan cruise up the tranquil

Perfume River to the seven imperial tombs

(including Minh Mang, Tu Duc and Khai

Dinh) and the revered Thien Mu Pagoda.


7: HANOI & THE HILTON OPERA HOTEL 5*: SEPT 06 - 08

Although the history which most people associate with Hanoi is that related to the Vietnam War

and the relationship between Hanoi and the United States as a result of that conflict, but this

period should be remembered as bad governments not bad people. There is much history which

comes before this particular time period. Much of the prior history of Hanoi is related to

domination by other countries and cultures. It has only been in recent times that the city, along

with the rest of Vietnam, has fully developed as an autonomous area relatively free of conflict

with other areas.

As far back as the ninth century, the area was dominated by strong countries. At that time, the

domination came from China. At the beginning of the eleventh century, it became the capital of

Vietnam and has been such ever since, although various conflicts have interrupted its activity as

a capital city. The first such issue was in the end of the fourteenth century, when the capital was

moved for a time to Thanh Hoa. Shortly after this time period, the Chinese again moved in and

dominated the area.

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Stretch out in a spacious 387 sq. ft. Guest Room with separate sleeping and working areas at the

Hilton Hanoi Opera hotel. Connecting rooms make a great option for groups and families.

Upgrade to an Executive Room to enjoy panoramic views of Hanoi Opera House over

complimentary buffet breakfast and evening canapés in the Clubroom. Hilton Hanoi Opera hotel

suites feature all the comforts of home, with 775 sq. ft. and an in-suite refrigerator, ideal for

entertaining. Relax and pick from an extensive range of cable TV channels on the 46-inch flatscreen

TV. Sample specialties from all the corners of Vietnam and beyond at Hilton Hanoi Opera

Hotel.

Tours Included:

Hoan Kiem Lake

Our walking tour on the afternoon of Day 14 will commence with a visit to the Ngoc Son pagoda

on the north end of the lake. Cross the red Bridge of the Rising Sun to reach the temple. From

this most prominent point in the city, follow the northern edge of the lake heading west and cross

over the busy traffic circle. This busy square is known as the Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square (the

Tonkin Free School Movement Sq.), named for the early-20th-century nationalist movement that

would eventually spawn grass-roots Communism in Vietnam.

Other Sites that may interest you:

1 Temple of Literature - ~1000 years old National University, very well known, all foreign

presidents visit Vietnam must see it first.

2 National Fine Arts Musem

3 Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & Ho Chi Minh museum

4 One Pillar Pagoda

5 Army Museum

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OPTIONAL EXTRA – 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS HALONG BAY CRUISE:

Cost = $ 485 pp Twin Share – All Inclusive – Single Supplement = $ 185

Must book early for this cruise as I cannot reserve rooms.

Halong Bay, a visually stunning archipelago of around 1600 islands and islets, was

inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1994. This amazing seascape of virtually

uninhabited limestone outcrops is an exhilarating destination to explore and experience on

every sensory level. Discover the splendors of the bay aboard a wooden junk that

combines classic beauty with modern comfort.

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Day 1:

Itinerary:

Enjoy a warm welcome aboard the Halong Jasmine, and sit back and drink in the spectacular

vista during our passage into this magical bay.

Once lunch has been served and taste buds and tummies thoroughly satisfied, we weigh anchor

near a secluded beach. Take a short trek to a nearby summit to enjoy the panoramic view of the

bay with Jasmine’s golden sails arcing elegantly against the skyline before splashing down for a

swim, or recline on Jasmine’s wicker sun loungers on our expansive wooden sundeck. Later that

afternoon, we visit a local fishing village where you have the opportunity to interact with some of

the more colorful locals who have lived and fished in the bay for almost three generations.

At sunset, slip into a kayak or board a bamboo row boat to explore water tunnels and discover

pristine coral reef in a scenic lagoon setting. Once back on board the ship, watch the shimmering

sun slip down the sky as you sip expertly-blended cocktails as an aperitif for Jasmine’s

extravagant evening meal.

Day 2:

After breakfast, transfer with a small private crew to our day-trip boat to cruise to the bay’s most

untouched areas. Enjoy swimming in deliciously cool, emerald-green water; basking on quiet

beaches; and exploring tunnels and caves cut into the rock. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere as we

cruise around fishing villages, or take in things at your own pace in a kayak. Lunch will be

served on board by your private chef before you return to the Jasmine for the night.

Day 3:

Greet the new day with some Tai Chi exercises as the sun rises once more over the bay. Enjoy an

elegant continental breakfast before we visit a beautiful limestone grotto to admire its many

unique rock formations. Then it’s back to the boat to form your final lasting impression of

Halong Bay’s awe-inspiring beauty as we cruise back to the dock.

Bridge will be played in the evenings after dinner.

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