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January Intinerary

Mar 16, 2013   //   by David   //   Assignments, January  //  Comments Off

Hoi An

Sun 30 Dec, 2012 – Fri 04 Hoi An

Fri 04 Jan 8am Flight Danang – Ho Chi Min City. Jetstar. Flight BL591 from Da Nang 8am – 9:15am

 

Ho Chi Min City

Fri 04 Jan – Mon 07 Jan  Golden Central Hotel 140 Ly Tu Trong Str, Dist. 1, District 1 – Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Fri 4th Jan – Tour Independence Palace.  Try your hand at coconut vending.

Sun 6th Jan – Visit Cu Ci Tunnels

 

Mekong River

Mon 07 Jan – 11 Jan Mekong River Delta Cycle with Sinhbalo.com

 Day1: SaiGon – VinhLong. (L,D)

Minivan transfer 2 hrs to MyTho for our boat trip. Late morning drifting down the bustling branches of the Mekong and into the tranquil canals. Sightseeing on island: visit to a traditional mekong delta house & kitchen, have seasonal fruit taste with tea and honey, see local rice wine brewery, wine testing, paddling small sampan along arroyo. Lunch break. Leisurely afternoon bicycle ride 2 hours on small dirt road, walking bridges, local ferry crossing and onto to CaiBe. Boarding on boat for the floating market and cruise over the mighty mekong river (~ 1.5km wide) to BinhHoaPhuoc & AnBinh island. Great sunset view from the mekong. Dinner and overnight eco-guesthouse on island.

Day 2: VinhLong – CanTho. (B,L)

Cycling 1/2 hour under natural green canopy to the ferry crossing for VinhLong. Then we have much more ride to CanTho. Depends on group cycling ability, our guide will tailor a special route for this day : passing villages of brick kiln, terracotta and pottery kiln or riding on immense rice fields, cycling through numerous rural riverside villages. Lunch break at local place. Minivan pick up to Cantho city. Late afternoon free time for promenade along city quay or more cycling along Cantho river bank (if time permitting). O/N in CanTho.

Day 3: CanTho – ChauDoc. (B,L)

Early morning boat trip to CaiRang floating market & cruise in natural waterways before turning up a quiet canal and mounting our bikes for a ride 3 hrs along a country road, enjoying the beautiful Delta scenery and meeting the locals (many on bicycle too). Continue biking to OMon and the ThotNot Stork Sanctuary. Lunch break in LongXuyen. Afternoon we have around 80km nice road to Chaudoc, monkey bridges over canals, Khmer pagodas, Sam mountain, sun set from the summit etc…The highlight of this part is from TriTon to ChauDoc (40km). O/N in ChauDoc.

Day 4: ChauDoc (B,L).

Up early for a boat through the amazing riverside market with all its bustling activity and smorgasbord of sounds, colors and smells. Then we cruise through the fish-farm village producing tons and tons of fish beneath hundreds of floating homes. Discover the ethnic Cham village with its famous Mubarak Mosque and observe local women at their traditional weaving. Biking trip to the unbelievable Tra Su natural reserve.

 

Phnom Pehn

11 Jan – 16th Jan, 5 nights The Plantation Urban Resort and Spa , Agoda Booking ID number is 24726761

12 Jan – Shabbat bliss at Plantation

13th visit English school with Chourn

14th visit home industry (Textile) with Chourn

15th Betel Nut Trip to Zoo

16th visit James, deputy director, Friends International

16th – Circa 51 Hotel, Corner of Street 51 and Street 222. Booking ID number is 25836097, 25836213.

 

Siem Reap

17th Passaggio Boutique Hotel ,  Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

18th – 21st La Niche D’angkor Boutique Hotel , Booking ID number is 24813953. Cancel by 8 Jan ($15 fee)

18th – Tour Angkor Wat

19th – Shabbat

20th – Minigolf at miniangkor in sweltering heat, take 1 hr tuk tuk and tour Bahtishrei in afternoon

21st  - Massage for all. Lemongrass Spa.  (Fix Yannay’s computer)
 

Yangon, Myanmar

21st Jan – 25th Fight 8M 402  Jan, 4 nights, Trader’s Hotel.

22 Walkaround, buy SIM card, visit Moe – Gideon’s agent, Shwedagon

23 Guided Tour- Monastery, reclining Buddah, Scott Market, Street Market, Shul, Shwedagon.

24 Scott Market bought puppet t-shirts, $2 shirts, lunch, National Museum.

 

Mandalay to Hsipaw (tea-paw)

25 Jan: Fly to Mandalay and continue to Pyin oo lwin. 

In mandlay visit Temple, White Marble Cutting, Gold Leaf Pounding then head for Pyin U Lwin

Spend two night at Kandawgyi Hill Resort (Deluxe room). It’s an old Cape colonial style house. You can easily walk to the National Botanical Gardens

26 Jan: Shabbat

27 Jan: After breakfast drive to Hsipaw. Stop to watch road building by hand. Lunch at strawberry farm.

Spend 2 nights at Mr Charles Guest House Walk around. Play chess with the locals. Visit Market. Talk to People. Visit the Shan Princess.

29 Jan: Drive to Mandalay (probably takes about 5 hrs). Visit various craft workshops in the afternoon (puppet making).

30 Jan: After breakfast transfer to the jetty for the full day tourist ferry from Mandalay to Bagan. You’ll stay at the Kumudara Hotel.

 

Bagan

31 Jan: Full day visit to Bagan highlights with guide.