Vietnam

Så dukkede der endnu en fantastisk pris på Qatar Airways Business Class op, denne gang fra….. (trommehvirvel)… Warzawa! 🙂

Det gjorde jo kun turen mere interessant (synes jeg) 🙂

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Som altid, skal vi have et kort med

… Jeg er dog ikke sikker på mine rejsefæller synes det samme 🙂

Afsted til Warzawa i frisk trav… Ingen billeder fra den tur, det blev jo først interessant da vi var kommet udenom lounge dragen som tydeligvis ikke havde regnet med at vi skulle sidde forrest i flyet 🙂

Indgangen til Bolero lounge som Qatar benytter i Warzawa
Indgangen til Bolero lounge som Qatar benytter i Warzawa

Ikke så meget at sige om loungen, den var ok, men langt fra den bedste lounge jeg har besøgt… Specielt servicen lod noget tilbage at ønske.
men ok, det er selvfølgelig rarere at sidde der end at vandre hvileløst rundt i teminalerne 🙂

Business Class på Qatar Airways Airbus A320 som benyttes på de kortere ruter:

Qatar A320 Business Class
Qatar Airways A320 Business Class
Servering fra vognen
Servering fra vognen
Lige et billede mere :-)
Lige et billede mere 🙂

Det er endnu ikke lykkes mig at ankomme til en gate i Doha, og sådan skulle det heller ikke være denne gang… Det er nærmest en bus lufthavn 🙂
Efterfølgende er Qatar Airways flyttet til Hamad International Airport – Denne har jeg endnu ikke besøgt.

Turen fra Doha til Hanoi (med stop i Bangkok) foregik med en 777-300. På sådan en, ser Business Class således ud:

Lidt ældre business class på 777
Lidt ældre business class på 777
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Fin plads 🙂

Det famøse stop i Bangkok var dog ikke noget den yngste gæst i selskabet lod sig mærke med 🙂

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Bangkok siger du? Jeg er da ligeglad om flyet skal gøres rent!
2 forskellige farver champagne siger du?
2 forskellige farver Bollinger champagne siger du?
Ikke helt skidt!
Ikke helt skidt!

Kudos til Qatar Airways… Deres Business Class er virkelig god… Faktisk bedre end Emirates.

Vel ankommet til Hanoi, blev vi mødt af den lokale guide som jeg havde booket hjemmefra – Faktisk havde jeg booket et program for hele turen. Da vi ankom til hotellet blev vi opgraderet til Presidential Suite… Det er alligevel første gang jeg har prøvet det!

I modsætning til mine andre indlæg, har jeg bestemt mig for bare at vise de bedste billeder… Husk at du kan se billederne i større format ved at klikke på dem.

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, your family will be welcomed by our English speaking guide and be transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at leisure
Overnight in Hanoi

Ret godt billede hvis jeg selv skal sige det :-)
Ret godt billede hvis jeg selv skal sige det 🙂

Day 2: Hanoi

Depart the hotel at 8.30 for the Temple of Literature. In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam – Vietnam’s first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 will be visited next. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov; possibility to visit without supplement before 11.00. Order of the visit may be changed to realize this cost saving) and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. Visit his former home, which illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary.

Continue to picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda.

In the afternoon visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed on Mondays), which is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. As an alternative to the Ethnology Museum, visit the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum (closed on Mondays). The museum is located near Hoan Kiem Lake and offers wonderful insight into the lives of Vietnamese women. Displays highlight Vietnam’s vast cultural diversity and educate on the significant role Vietnamese women play in Vietnamese society.  Learn historic and modern-day traditions centered around births, weddings, motherhood, spirituality and more.

At the end of the afternoon visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around.

Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.
Overnight in Hanoi

Pletskud!
Pletskud!
Frisk kød?
Frisk kød?
Klassebillede?
Klassebillede?
Mjooo...
Mjooo…
Der males på æggeskaller
Der males på æggeskaller

Hanoi er som de fleste andre asiatiske storbyer, bare med flere scootere 🙂

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay

After breakfast, depart for the 3.5-hour drive to Halong Bay. Journey there through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, observe everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice fields, take pigs to the market on motorbikes and plough the fields with their water buffaloes. Arrive from Hanoi late morning for a welcome at the pier of your chosen boat. Complete check-in procedures and transfer to your boat for the overnight journey into the Bay. Lunch is served on board as you cruise into Halong Bay. Cruise by rock formations with such names as Sail, Dog and Dinh Huong (incense pot). Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night as the sun sets followed by dinner.
Overnight on Halong Bay

Det stolte skib
Det stolte skib
Besætningen siger velkommen
Besætningen siger velkommen
Fint værelse
Fint værelse
Rejsens yngste deltager var meget populær!
Rejsens yngste deltager var meget populær!

En sejltur på Halong Bay er en fantastisk oplevelse som jeg varmt kan anbefale til alle der besøger Vietnam.

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Nha Trang

On your return towards Halong City enjoy a wholesome breakfast (brunch on some boats) as your boat weaves through the magnificent rock formations. Upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the transfer to Hanoi airport for late afternoon flight to Nha Trang.

Upon arrival, you will meet your guide and be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Free at leisure
Overnight in Nha Trang

Udsigten fra pool terrassen
Udsigten fra pool terrassen

Day 5: Nha Trang

Full day free at leisure or enjoy the beach (no car & no guide)
Overnight in Nha Trang

Poolen (det blæste en anelse da vi var der)
Poolen (det blæste en anelse da vi var der)

Day 6: Nha Trang

Full day free at leisure or enjoy the beach (no car & no guide)
Overnight in Nha Trang

Fantastisk morgenbuffet
Fantastisk morgenbuffet

Day 7: Nha Trang

Full day free at leisure or enjoy the beach (no car & no guide)
Overnight in Nha Trang

Mere morgenbuffet
Mere morgenbuffet

Day 8: Nha Trang

Full day free at leisure or enjoy the beach (no car & no guide)
Overnight in Nha Trang

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Day 9: Nha Trang

Full day free at leisure or enjoy the beach (no car & no guide)
Overnight in Nha Trang

Planter om morgenen?!
Planter om morgenen?!

Sheraton Nha Trang overraskede positivt på alle punkter – Fantastisk mad og service.

Day 10: Nha Trang – Dalat

After breakfast, check out hotel at 09:00 am for a 4 hour drive to Dalat. Drive pass the coastal plains of Central Vietnam and on a panoramic route up a lush mountain. The highland crops of coffee, tea and vegetables are replaced with that of tobacco, grapes and rice as the road descends into a dry climate.

Upon arrival, check in hotel and free at leisure.
Overnight in Dalat

Poolen på Ana Mandara Da Lat
Poolen på Ana Mandara Dalat
Værelset
Værelset
Meget fint til prisen
Meget fint til prisen
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Glimrende
Hej med jer
Hej med jer
Der var travlt på markedet
Der var travlt på markedet
Bestilling pr telefon?
Bestilling pr. telefon?
Uhhhmmm
Uhhhmmm

Day 11: Dalat – Ho Chi Minh

Morning, you will embark on a half day city tour. It includes:
Linh Phuoc Pagoda:  9km East from the center, the most colorful decorated temple of Dalat, caved with tens of thousands of beer bottles and broken china. Well worth a visit!
Admire the giant statues in Linh An Pagoda.
Robin hill: (1650m), full view of Dalat, ride the 2.3 km cable car to Tuyen Lam Lake and an Elephant ride through the Tuyen Lam Lake.
Truc Lam Zen Monastery: the largest Zen Monastery of Vietnam.
Bao Dai’ Summer Palace: where the last Emperor of Vietnam – Bao Dai (1913-1997) stayed and ruled his Vietnam from 1949 to 1954. Crazy house where art, architecture, feeling and imagination are well blended

After the tour finishes, drive to Dalat airport for evening flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival, you will meet your guide and be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Free at leisure
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Det regnede... Hele tiden
Det regnede… Hele tiden
... Og så var det tåget
… Og så var det tåget
Koncentration
Koncentration
Dalat kaldes Vietnams grønne hjerte
Dalat kaldes Vietnams grønne hjerte

Day 12:  Ho Chi Minh

Morning, after breakfast, free at leusure (no car & no guide)

Afternoon, head to Cholon, the city’s Chinatown district, discover the markets and shops of the area, and also the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda – dedicated to the goddess of the sea. Next, visit the FITO Museum, Vietnam’s first traditional medicine museum displaying an amazing collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine, implements used to prepare indigenous herbs, objects commonly found in traditional pharmacies as well as ancient books and documents on traditional Vietnamese medicine
Continue visiting the War Remnants or History Museum (choose which one you would most like to see) and the former Presidential Palace, from there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. At the end of the afternoon head back to your hotel
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

I HCMC havde vi booket Duxton hotel... Det var et dårligt valg!
I HCMC havde vi booket Duxton hotel… Det var et dårligt valg!
Det blev hurtigt lavet om til Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Det blev hurtigt lavet om til Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Udsigten
Udsigten
Meget bedre
Meget bedre
Stuen
Stuen

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh –  Cai Be

At 08:00 depart for the 2-hour drive to Cai Be, deep in the Mekong Delta. The tour begins with a visit of the small but quaint Cai Be floating market, followed by a visit to some home factories that produce rice paste, rice popcorn and coconut candy. Proceed to evergreen islands among the Mekong River through a large network of meandering tributaries, crisscrossed with countless arroyos. Following take a 10-minute walk through a local village and fruit gardens before coming to a preserved ‘Mandarin’ house. Built centuries ago, at least four generations of the same family have lived here. Mrs. Kiet, the owner of the house will serve you an appetising Vietnamese lunch. Take a stroll through the family’s fruit orchard before continuing to Tan Phong Island where you will take a local rowing boat through the canals before returning to Cai Be. Following head back to Ho ChI Minh for the night. Free at leisure
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Afsted på (privat) sejltur
Afsted på (privat) sejltur
Forfriskninger
Forfriskninger
Leg
Leg
Poppede ris
Poppede ris
Livet på floden
Livet på floden
Smil!
Smil!

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh

Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08:00 in the morning for the drive to Cu Chi district. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47’s on display.

Afternoon free at leisure or enjoy your own activities (no car & no guide)
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Introduktion
Introduktion
Adgang til tunnel
Adgang til tunnel
Man må sno sig
Man må sno sig
En fælde fra Vietnam krigen
En fælde fra Vietnam krigen
Soldat
Soldat
Flere fælder
Flere fælder

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh Departure

After breakfast, free at leisure until take a guided transfer to Ho Chi Minh airport for your departure flight

Den sidste dag blev brugt på afslapning ved poolen inden afgang til lufthavnen.

Poolen
Poolen

Afsted til lufthavnen (med en datter der havde skoldkopper)…

En anelse baggage
En anelse baggage
Den utroligt kedelige Vietnam Airlines business lounge
Den utroligt kedelige Vietnam Airlines business lounge… Med UTROLIGT sure ansatte!
Business Class
Business Class
Mad
Mad
Business Class loungen i Saigon
Business Class loungen i Saigon… Med travlt personale 🙂
Så er vi klar :-)
Så er vi klar 🙂
Bedre
Bedre
MEGET bedre!
MEGET bedre!
Fin plads
Fin plads
Der er noget specielt ved lyn set fra luften
Der er noget specielt ved lyn set fra luften

Efter endnu et stop i Bangkok, ankom vi til Doha og skyndte os afsted til Premium terminalen.

Business Class lounge i Doha
Business Class lounge i Doha
Servering fra vogn
Servering fra vogn

Lige et stop mere i Warzawa, og så endelig hjemme!

Tak for en fantastisk tur!
Tak for en fantastisk tur!

Vietnam var på alle måder fantastisk, men man skal holde lidt øje med hvilken årstid man besøger landet på… Se billederne fra Dalat 🙂

Blom – Stadig med en smag af koriander i munden 🙂

 

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