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Conference, Meeting & Sightseeing in Vietnam

11 Days, 10 Nights, Scheduled for March 16th - 26th, 2018

Starts: Saigon; Ends: Da Nang

Details on Workshop Sessions and Fulbright University Briefing

 

Note:

  • At all properties booked, buffet breakfast venue will open from 6:30 to 9:30. Upon checking in, the receptionist at the properties will brief everyone on their property’s breakfast location and timing, available facilities and services for their in-house guests.
  • A hard copy of updated activities and timing for the following day will be handed out each night at dinner.

Day 1- March 16th: Arrive in Saigon – Welcome dinner & Tour induction (D)

  • Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhut airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Please look out for the Welcome Sign with your full name which will be held by our guide.
  • 18:00: please gather at the lobby of your hotel and walk to Mandarin Restaurant (10 minutes) for our Welcome Dinner
  • A brief induction of your whole itinerary will be conducted at the end of your dinner.
  • Walk back to your hotel (10 minutes)
  • A hard copy of updated activities and timing for the following day will be handed out each night at dinner.

Lodging:  Hotel Continental Saigon, 4-star, the first hotel in Vietnam, 20 Opera Rooms and City View Rooms

 

Day 2- March 17th: Ben Duoc Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L/D)

  • 9:00: from the lobby of your hotel, kick start our tour to Cu Chi Tunnels with a pleasant 85km drive through the beautiful country dotted with paddy fields and rubber plantations. You are going to visit a massive underground network located near by the area once called "Iron Triangle" and was the termination of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The tunnels were designed by local guerrillas as a “springboard for attacking Saigon.” The area was used for infiltrating Saigon-intelligence agents, part cadres, and sabotage teams. The Tết Offensive of 1968 was prepared and the necessary troops and supplies assembled in the Củ Chi tunnels. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. The role of the tunnel systems was so important to the Viet Cong in resisting American operations and protracting the war, and eventually persuading the weary Americans into withdrawal. Some tunnels have been made larger to accommodate the larger sized western tourists, while low-power lights have been installed in several of them to make traveling through them easier and booby traps have been clearly marked.
  • We will spend around 2 hours at the tunnels for a short war documentary film (very strong anti-American language!!!), seeing other relevant displays, and getting through some short stages of the tunnels (optional).
  • 12:30: pay a short visit to Ben Duoc war monument
  • 13:00: from the monument we just walk (5 minutes) down to a riverside restaurant for lunch with local dishes.
  • 14:00: from the restaurant, we will head off for Saigon (2-hour drive).
  • 16:00: get back to your hotel.
  • 18:00:  from the lobby of your hotel, you will be transferred (20 minutes) to Cuc Gach Restaurant for dinner.
  • Transferred back your hotel after dinner.
  • A hard copy of updated activities and timing for the following day will be handed out.

Lodging:  Hotel Continental Saigon, 4-star

 

Day 3- March 18th: Fulbright University – Saigon highlights (B/L/D)

  • 7:30: from the lobby of your hotel, you will be transferred to FUV (20 minutes) for your agenda and activities, starting at 8:00please refer to Eddy’s FUV Briefing paper for further details and timing.
  • 13:15: from the front gate of FUV, you will be transferred to Pho Hoa for lunch (speakers may join)
  • 15:15: from Pho Hoa, we will start our afternoon sightseeing trip to visit some of the city’s iconic buildings and enjoy a quick drive to Cho Lon (known as China town), the most bustling part of Saigon!
  • 17:30: get back to your hotel for freshening up.
  • 18:30: from the lobby of your hotel, you will be transferred to Nha Rong Port (10 minutes)
  • 19:00 – 21:00: savor our dinner on the Bonsai Cruise with delicious food and fantastic onboard entertainments.
  • Transferred back your hotel after dinner.
  • A hard copy of updated activities and timing for the following day will be handed out.

*** Dr. Nguyen Tien Nhan, Party Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City may join us at some stage

Lodging:  Hotel Continental Saigon, 4-star

 

Day 4- March 19th: Visit VISIP Binh Duong– Meet Becamex Corporation (B/D)

  • 8:30: from the lobby of your hotel, an-hour drive will take us to Thu Dau Mot City, Binh Duong Province.
  • 9:30: visit Vietnam & Singapore Industrial Park (VISIP1), home to many local and foreign factories, and believed to be the most successful of this kind in Vietnam!
  • 10:40: from the front gate of VISIP1, you will be transferred to Eastern International University Campus (20 minutes) .
  • 11:00: attend meeting at the university. 
  • 12:00: from the university, you will be transferred to your lunch venue (Became Hotel)
  • 12:15 – 13:15: enjoy your lunch
  • 13:15: from your lunch venue, you will be transferred to Becamex Corporation Headquarters for our meeting which will start at 13:30.
  • After the meeting, we will go on to visit the one-stop-shop of the new Headquarter of Binh Duong Government and then pay a visit to Binh Duong Government's Department of Planning and Investment in Thu Dau Mot New City.
  • 16:00: from the Department, we will head off for Saigon (1 hour drive) .
  • 17:00: get back to your hotel.
  • 17:50: please gather at the lobby of your hotel for Teh Dar Show at Saigon Opera House (only few steps from the lobby of your hotel). The show will finish at 19:10.
  • 19:15: please gather again at the lobby of your hotel for a short transfer (20 minutes) to Dong Pho Restaurant for dinner.
  • Transferred back your hotel after dinner
  • A hard copy of updated activities and timing for the following day will be handed out.

Lodging:  Hotel Continental Saigon, 4-star

 

Day 5- March 20th: Fly to Hanoi – Old Quarter guided walk (B/L/D)

  • 8:00: please be ready at the lobby of your hotel for the transfer (40 minutes) back to the airport for a two-hour flight to Hanoi – VN0230, scheduled at 10:00 – 12:05.
  • Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you will be greeted and transferred to Bun Cha Huong Lien Restaurant  (1 hour) for a fantastic lunch with one of Hanoians’ specialties (President Barack Obama had dinner here!).
  • 14:30: from the restaurant, you will be transferred (15 minutes) to THE most beautiful hotel in Vietnam!
  • 15:30 – 17:00: from the lobby of your hotel, enjoy a pleasant and guided walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and through the 36 legendary streets that made the Old Quarter of Hanoi centuries ago!
  • 18:30: please gather at the lobby of your hotel for our dinner at Madam Yen Restaurant. It takes 15 minutes to walk to the restaurant.
  • 20:00: from the restaurant you will be transferred (15 minutes) to Minh’s Jazz Club where we call the day. Please make your own way back to the hotel after the Club! Alternatively, you can just walk back to your hotel after dinner
  • A hard copy of updated activities and timing for the following day will be handed out.

Lodging: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel, 5-star, with 20 Grand Luxury Rooms

 

Day 6- March 21st: Meet Hanoi’s government officials– Water puppet show (B/L/D)

  • 10:30: from the lobby of your hotel, you will be transferred to the Office of Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue (16 Le Hong Phong Street, Ba Dinh District). Our meeting with him will start at 11:00 (to be double checked).
  • After the meeting, you will be transferred to KOTO Restaurant for lunch (both President Bill Clinton & President George W. Bush had dinner here!) .
  • 13:30: from the restaurant, you will be transferred (30 minutes) to US-AID Office at Tung Shing Building (5th floor) #2 Ngo Quyen Street where we will meet with Michael Trueblood. Our meeting with him will start at 14:00.
  • After the meeting, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
  • 17:00: from the lobby of your hotel, we will walk to Thang Long Theatre (10 minutes) where you will enjoy a stunning water puppet show, a unique form water entertainment originated from the Red River Delta which dates back to over one thousand years! The show will start at 17:20 and finish at 18:10.
  • 18:20: please gather at the front gate of the theatre where you will be transferred (20 minutes) to Ngon Villa Restaurant for dinner.
  • Transferred back your hotel after dinner.
  • A hard copy of updated activities and timing for the following day will be handed out.

Lodging: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel, 5-star

 

Day 7- March 22nd: PCI launch - Meet VCCI & local government officials (B/D)

  • 8:00: from the lobby of your hotel, you will be transferred Melia Hotel (30 minutes) to attend PCI launch which will start at 8:30 (to be double checked).
  • After the PCI launch, you will be transferred to your lunch venue (to be updated).
  • 13:30: from lunch venue, you will be transferred to VCCI Building (6th floor) #10, Dao Duy Anh Street to meet with VCCI Chairman Vu Tien Loc. The meeting will start at 14:00 (to be double checked).
  • After the meeting, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
  • 18:30: from the lobby of your hotel, you will be transferred (10 minutes) to Home Vietnamese Restaurant for dinner.
  • Transferred back your hotel after dinner.
  • A hard copy of updated activities and timing for the following day will be handed out. 

Lodging: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel, 5-star

 

Day 8- March 23rd: Fly to Da Nang – Da Nang city tour (B/L/D)

  • 8:15: please be ready at the lobby of your hotel for the transfer (45 minutes) back to Noi Bai airport for a short flight (just over 1 hour) to Da Nang – VN0165, scheduled at 10:30- 11:50.
  • Upon your arrival at Da Nang airport, you will be greeted & transferred to Lantern Restaurant for lunch.
  • After lunch: enjoy a short tour around the city’s landmarks and beautiful riverside streets. Known as the most livable city in Vietnam for several years in a row, Da Nang has set a great example for many other cities in Vietnam for its economy, infrastructure and environment improvement during the most recent decade!
  • 15:00: Check in your beautiful beachfront resort located at one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam!
  • 18:30: from the lobby of the resort, you will be transferred (15 minutes) to Waterfront Restaurant & Bar for our dinner.
  • Transferred back your resort after dinner. 
  • A hard copy of updated activities and timing for the following day will be handed out.

Lodging: Furama Resort, 5-star, with 20 Ocean Studio Suites

 

Day 9- March 24th: Full-day conference at Furama Resort (B/L/D)

  • 9:00: commence your full-day conference - please refer to Eddy’s paper of DaNangWorkShip for further details and timing.
  • 19:00: from the lobby of the resort, you will be transferred to Blue Whale Restaurant for a very fresh seafood dinner. You get to choose your own fish!
  • Transferred back your resort after dinner.
  • A hard copy of updated activities and timing for the following day will be handed out.

Lodging: Furama Resort, 5-star

 

Day 10- March 25th: Half-day conference at Furama Resort (B/L)

  • 10:00: your conference continues - please refer Eddy’s paper of DaNangWorkShip for further details and timing.
  • 18:15: please gather at the lobby of the resort for the transfer (30 minutes) to Field Restaurant in Hoi An for your dinner and post-dinner drinks.
  • Transferred back to your resort after dinner.
  • A hard copy of activities and timing for the following day will be handed out.

Lodging: Furama Resort, 5-star

 

Day 11- March 26th: Options: Hoi An Shopping or Jack Tran rice-farming tour (B/L)

  • 8:30: please gather at the lobby of the resort to commence;
  1.  Jack Tran rice-farming half-day tour (5.5 hours) with local lunch at local farmer’s home.
  2. OR the half-day shopping in Hoi An with lunch at Dao Tien Restaurant Hoi An at 12:30.  13:30: from the restaurant, you will be transferred back to your resort (30 minutes)

** Everyone's round-trip airport transfer will be attended.

*** Tap water at any hotels, resorts, and restaurants in Vietnam in NOT safe for drinking.

 

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