Events of Thailand Open 2015
In this edition of Thailand Open 2015, we will have many more interesting events.
Also we expect a lot of Asian draughtsplayers from Mongolia, China and Uzbekistan, because of the Asian Cup for Blitz and Rapid during our tournament in Jomtien. That is why Thailand Open is now more interesting to participate than ever.The main events of Thailand Open 2015:
1-6 May 2015 6-days trip Dubai/Abu-Dhabi
8-17 May Thailand Open
13 May: Asian Cup Rapid
14 May: Asian Cup Blitz
15 May: Open Asian Cup Blitz
16 May: Open Asian Cup Rapid
18-28 May 11-days Roundtour North-Vietnam
The big roundtrip of next year will go to the beautiful North-Vietnam.
Everyone can participate in this very interesting trip.
Underneath you can find the itinerary and details of this trip:11 days Roundtrip North-Vietnam (18-28 May 2015)
Day 1> Monday 18 May 2015, Hanoi (-/-/D)
In the morning, transfer from Jomtien to Bangkok airport for the flight to Hanoi. At Hanoi airport we will meet our Vietnamese tourguide and he will bring us to our hotel.
The rest of the day you can have a rest and you can begin to explore Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam with 6,5 million inhabitants. In the evening there is a welcome dinner for the group
The Water Puppet Theatre
The exiting Cyclo-tourDay 2> Tuesday 19 May 2015 Hanoi (B/L/D)
Have breakfast, then enjoy sightseeing tour in Hanoi. We will visit the Ho Chi Minh complex (Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Stilt house and One Pillar Pagoda), after that visit the Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc pagoda with Ho Tay – the biggest lake in Hanoi. We will have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Ngoc Son temples and the atmospheric Old Quarter where it is a busy affair. Absolutely everything is sold here, from French baguettes to Chinese lanterns. Then enjoy an hour rickshaw ride through the Old Quarters in Hanoi with the spectacular Cyclo tour. Finally we go to a performance of the famous Water Puppet theater, a must if you are in Hanoi. We have dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
Ho Chi Minh mausoleum
Tran Quoc pagoda
A Two-days Deluxe cruise in the famous Halong BayDay 3> Wednesday 20 May 2015 Hanoi->Halong Bay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we leave Hanoi through the scenic countryside for a two-day cruise through Halong Bay, undoubtedly one of the highlights of this trip. The legendary Halong Bay is truly one of the most impressive scenic sights of Vietnam and is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting five hour cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. After dinner you can enjoy the peace under the stars and we continue to stay and overnight on our traditional Junk Cruise.
Halong Bay, one of the seven Nature wonders of the world!Day 4> Thursday 21 May 2015, Halong Bay ->Ninh Binh (B/L/D)
Waking up and having breakfast served onboard. Continue cruising around the bay. Take sampan to visit Luon Cave and come back to the boat for lunch. After lunch disembarking and transit to the beautifully situated Ninh Binh, known for its beautiful high limestone mountains that rise above the many rice fields and beautiful streams. Have dinner & overnight in hotel.
Beautiful scenic nature in Ninh Binh
The Bai Dinh Pagoda Day 5>Friday 22 May 2015, Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Bai Dinh - Cuc Phuong (B/L/D)
Have breakfast, then transfer to visit the Cuc Phuong National Park, stop enroute to visit ancient capital Vietnam Hoa Lu. In the Ancient Capital we will visit the old citadel and explore 2 temples which built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. Then we will go to visit the beautiful Bai Dinh pagoda. After that we will go to Cuc Phuong National Park. Upon arrival, have lunch at local restaurant, after lunch visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre to learn about the important work being done to help protect the endangered species of the park. And trek throught rainforest visiting ancient tree for 1 hour, transfer back hotel in Ninh Binh, have dinner & overnight in hotel.
Cuc Phuong National ParkDay 6> Saturday 23 May 2015, Ninh Binh - >Vinh (B/L/D)
After breakfast we drive to the beautiful nature reserve of Tam Coc, also called the native Halong Bay. We will board small sampans and let us slip through the rice fields, the karst mountains and beautiful caves. It's two hours to enjoy the impressive landscape of Tam Coc. We will then visit the Phat Diem stone cathedral. We have lunch in a local restaurant, after which we continue our journey heading south to Vinh, where we will have out dinner and spend the night.
Sampan boat tour in Tam Coc Nature Day 7> Sunday 24 May 2015, Vinh – Dong Hoi (B/L/-)
After breakfast, we drive through a scenic route along the coast to the seaside town of Dong Hoi. This is a resort town, which is mainly visited by the Vietnamese itself. We will be there to relax in a quiet resort, located directly at the sea. It stands in stark contrast to the hectic city millions of Hanoi, where we will spend the last days. Along the way we will have lunch in a local restaurant. On arrival, check in at the resort. The rest of the day at leisure. For example, relaxing on the beach or at the beautiful resort pool or you can go explore the town. Overnight at resort.
Phat Diem, a stone cathedralDay 8> Monday 25 May 2015, - Dong Hoi (B/-/-
Day at leisure to relax and enjoy our resort, or explore the town, where many good (seafood) restaurants are to be found. Overnight in resort.
Nice beach in Dong Hoi
Our beach resortDay 9>Tuesday 26 May 2015, Dong Hoi – Phong Nha & Paradise cave – Hanoi (B/L/D).
By the end of the trip we have a day full of highlights! After breakfast we leave for Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. A beautiful area with lots of rainforest and the largest cave complex in the world and is on the list of the World Heritage site by UNESCO. It hosts the oldest karst mountains of Asia (400 million years old) and also the largest cave in the world: the Hang Song Doong, which was discovered in 1991, but only on the map since 2009. We will visit the most impressive Phong Nha caves. Explore by boat the water-filled caves and beautifully shaped mountains with names such as The Lion, Fairy Caves, Royal Court and Buddha ... The Vietnamese government invest in this area in order to make this area be one of the biggest attractions of Vietnam. We have lunch at a local restaurant. As if that were not enough, after lunch we will visit the perhaps most beautiful caves in the world: the Paradise Cave! It is the longest dry cave in Asia and only discovered in 2005! This paradisiacal caves are not yet discovered by many touroperators, and seldom offered in a tourprogram. Therefore, unique in our program and certainly one of the highlights of this trip !! In the late afternoon, we drive back to Dong Hoi and will dine at a local restaurant. Then we go to the station for the cozy trainjourney with the famous Reunification Express train to Hanoi. Overnight in the train.
Paradise caveDay 10> Wednesday 27 May, Hanoi(B/-/-)
Arrive early morning. Transfer to Hotel in Hanoi, Have breakfast & Free at leisure for relaxing or shopping by your own. Overnight in Hanoi.Day 11> Thursday 28 May 2015, Hanoi – Bangkok (B/-/-)
Have breakfast, Free at leisure until transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight back Bangkok. End of tour Vietnam
This tour costs 799 euro!Included are:
- Transfer Jomtien/Pattaya to Bangkok airport
- International flights Thailand-Vietnam vv
- Overnight in comfortable hotels, with breakfast included
- Comprehensive excursion package
- All transport as listed
- City Sightseeing Tour Hanoi with visit to:
- Ba Dinh Square
- Ho Chi Minh mausoleum
- Ho Chi Minh Stilt house
- One Thousand year old One pillar Pagoda
- Temple of Literature
- Ngoc Son temples
- Atmospheric Old Quarter
- Spectacular Cyclo-tour
- Water Puppet Theater
- Two days Deluxe cruise at Halong Bay, with overnight on the Junk Cruiseboat
- Visit the Luon Cave
- Visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam
- Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda
- Visit Cuc Phuong National Park with visit Endangered Primate Rescue Centre and a junglewalk
- Visit beautiful boattrip by sampan in the Tam Coc Nature
- Visit Phat Diem stone cathedral
- Visit Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park with the biggest Caves complex in the world and visit the most important Phong Nha caves
- Visit the longest dry caves of Asia, the Paradise cave
- Visit to beach resort Dong Hoi
- Train journey with the Reunification Express from Dong Hoi to Hanoi
- Application and care for "Invitation letter" for Visa on arrival
- Daily two bottles of water per person in the bus
- Private bus with its driver 18-05-2015/28-05-2015
- An experienced English-speaking guide 18-05-2015/28-05-2015
- An experienced Dutch-speaking tour guide 18-05-2015/28-05-2015 Not included:
- Entrance fees and meals (7 lunches and 6 dinners) according to program total to pay 125 euros on arrival in Hanoi
- Personal expenses, other meals, drinks, insurances and optional excursions
- Vietnam Visa Fees to pay at the airportNote:
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after leaving Vietnam.
You need: Application Form (provided by the organization), and one passport photo.
The Single supplement is 150 euro, for persons who travel alone and don't want to share the hotelroom.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
In 2011 we had a tour of South Vietnam and North Vietnam is now the turn. The lesser known North Vietnam is famous for its beautiful nature. Therefore this journey is a must for nature lovers. There are no less than three National Parks in the program and we also make an unforgettable two-day Deluxe Cruise in Halong Bay, which is not for nothing one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World!
We also visit the biggest cave complex in the world near Dong Hoi. Now that area is still relatively unknown, but in a few years will be that one of the biggest attractions to Vietnam.
Did you ever want to go to Vietnam already, then you should definitely go through this journey. For the price you do not have to leave it. A similar trip in addition costs in the Netherlands at least double, and you lose 2 precious days of your holiday if you would make this trip from Europe. Because you can’t travel nonstop from the Netherlands to Vietnam and therefore you will always need to travel with connected flights. This created the Vietnam trip often takes more than 20 hours, for waiting times at airports, while we make the journey from Bangkok and we are after a flight of one hour and three quarters already in Hanoi. The same also applies to the return journey.
To increase comfort during the journey, we have already booked as much as possible extra items. Especially with the meals we will have big advantage. If the Vietnamese touroperator ordered the meals months before we are going there, then he has to pay a lower price, than if we order the meals individually when we are on the spot. Than the price would have been much higher if we had to order and pay for each meal individually. Now we can pay the total amount at the beginning of the tour, at the same time with entrée fees. All this provides more comfort during the trip!
Our itinerary: Bangkok> Hanoi> Halong Bay> Ninh Binh> Vinh> Dong Hoi> Hanoi> Bangkok. The purple line is the Outbound Route and the blue line is the Back Route.
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