Cambodia and Vietnam 2015
Contents Cambodia Saigon Hoi An Hue Hanoi Mai Chau and Hanoi Sa Pa Hanoi 2 CatBa Tam Coc Finish 
Cambodia and Vietnam 2015

Henning has planned and the tour guides to Cambodia and Vietnam, 13. April - 19. Maj 2015 and uses contacts from previous visit to Cambodia /Vietnam. Participants are Elisabeth, Knud, Doris, Henning J., Lissi and Henning H.


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Cambodia and Vietnam 13 April to 19 May 2015
Monday, 4.13 - Copenhagen> aircraft> Bangkok.
Departure Copenhagen with Thai Airways TG0951 pm. 14:30 to Bangkok


Tuesday, 4.14 - Bangkok - Cambodia - PhnomPenh at approximately 08:00 and arrival at approximately 9:00.
Ratha picks us up at the airport and drive us to our hotel Royal Star, located close to the Ton Le Sap river and the royal palace. Kl. 11 we make a tour of Phnom Penh. First we visit Tocul Sleng Museum.
It was only a school - since prison where Pol Pot tortured and killed a large part of the 2 mill., he executed. Next stop is the large Russian market - Lunch - and Pagoda Wat Phrom middle of town. Later we visit the Royal Palace. Dinner in the city.


Wednesday, 4.15 - Phnom Penh.
Cambodian New Year.
We eat breakfast on top of the hotel overlooking the river - Departure at. 8.00. We go to the country to Sambaths and Rathas village. Sambaths younger brother is a lawyer and do not live in the village. After a short tour we go up on a small hill with a great view. Here is a pagoda, and living a part monks. We have lunch in the village and share clothes out. It is the eighth time we do it. We have a lot of clothes from Denmark. Ratha also bought something in Phnom Penh. Afterwards we drive back to Phnom Penh to relax and possibly get blind massage. Dinner in the city.


Thursday, 4.16 - Phnom Penh.
We take a Tuk Tuk to the bus station and ascends a luxury bus at. 7.00. It takes 4-5 hours to get to Siem Reap. Here we stay in a new hotel Popular Hotel. It is opposite the old hotel Mandaley Inn.
Kl. 16:15 the place to see the sunset over Angkor Wat. It costs $ 3 to taxi. We climb a small hill with good views. The first time I tried in 2000, about 200 people now 4000-5000. Kl. 18 the sun goes down and we drive back to Siem Reap and eat dinner.
We drive back to the hotel. We must try to sleep. We must be up very early the next day.


Friday, 4.17 - Cambodia - Siem Reap.
up early. We need to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat - again very popular. We drive from the hotel Popular o'clock. 5:00 tomorrow. In Angkor Wat, we sit and wait for the sun, which rises at. 06:00. Then we eat breakfast. We have breakfast near Angkor Wat. I pay half of the breakfast. Then we drive to our hotel. There is much to run, after the mother we drive in our tuk tuk to Angkor Thom. It is the royal city with the fine temples. First stop: We walk through the gateway to Angkor Thom. We drive to the bayonet temple. A temple with many faces. Then we head to the Royal Palace. We enter the back door, but before we see a very large Hindu temple that has been under restoration for 10 years - and there are at least 10 years to go before it is finished. Next stop is the Royal Palace, which is very dilapidated. We see King Kong park with 2 swimming pools and ends with the place where the big elephant fights took place. Now we find our tuk Tuk'er.
We go to Ta Phrom temple with the big trees, and we must have lunch at approaching noon. Last visit is the largest temple of Angkor Wat. Some historical stuff: Here in Angkor lived over 1 million people 1000 years ago, for comparison lived in Paris 20,000, it was the largest city in Europe. Angkor is the same size as the Imperial Palace in Beijing. There have been just as many stones as Cheops pyramid. The whole Angkor area is 25% Sturgeons than New York. We meet for dinner at. 20:00 at the hotel with our guide Chhiev and his family as well as my previous guide Sophal.


Saturday, 4.18 - Cambodia> aircraft> Saigon
depature, but first we experience many things. We drive from our hotel Popular 0800. First stop is a temple built to commemorate the victims of Pol Pot. It is called the Killing Fields Temple. Here are also boarding school. If there are students at home, we see their homes. Now we drive to Chhiev's home. We see his special pets, crocodiles. On the way back to our hotel, we visit Sophals home. We must now go sailing on Ton Le Sap lake. We sail to a restaurant where we get a refreshment. Then it goes back to Siem Reap. There is time for a bath, so we are ready for departure to Ho Chi Minh City "Saigon". Here awaits a taxi which takes us to the airport.


Sunday, 4.19
Hold 2. Check in from Bangkok at about 6:00 on by plane about 8:00 am to Ho Chi Minh city with arrival at 9:15.
Accommodation at the hotel.
Hold 1 and 2. Tour at 14:00 to the old presidential palace now a museum. Dinner in the city.


Monday, 4.20 Saigon> train> Da Nang
All cases must be down to my room in the morning.
We drive from the hotel at. 07:00. First stop Chu Chi tunnels built by the Vietcong. It was started under the French, but greatly expanded during the American occupation. There are approximately 250 km tunnels. Next stop Cao Dai, a religious movement, which is a fusion of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. Lunch in Tay Ninh.
dinner with my Vietnamese friends. 22:00 taxi to the train station. The train leaves at 23:00 to Da Nang and we are promoting next day at 14:00.


Tirdag 4.21 Hoi An
Arrival Da Nang. The hotel will send taxi to pick us up and drive us to Hoi An. Accommodation. We order bicycles opposite the hotel. Bicycle landlord is also a washerwoman. Hotels have swimming-pool. At 17:45 we will ride to a restaurant by the harbor.


Wednesday, 4.22 Hoi An
We start from the hotel at. 8.00 and bicycles down to the harbor and rent a boat where we have bicycles on board. We have a Vietnamese help to show the way on the small islands. First stop is a woodcarving and then a brickyard. An exciting trip, where we meet other tourists. We are back in Hoi An approximately at 12:00 and get lunch at the harbor. Then we visit a clothing store and a silver and gold smith. After a trip to the beach. Dinner in the city.


Thursday, 4.23 Hoi An
A trip to Champ Island off Hoi An. Pick up the car at 7.30. Boat ride and swim to Champ Island. Price US $ 22 with lunch. We are back approximately at 16:00. Dinner in the city.


Friday, 4.24 Hoi An.
Trip to Da Nang, where there is a school for the deaf Village of Hope, disability-school with many hearing impaired. Departure at 9:00. We see education as well as how the children are accommodated. If you feel like we visit Champ Museum in Da Nang cost approximately 75000VD = 20 kr.
Afternoon trip to the beach. Dinner in the city.


Saturday, 4.25 Hoi An
tour of the city by bike. We visit Le Lay 41 and Mao rice cake factory. Lunch with Thao silver lady. Afternoon free. Celebration at Hai Yen at 20.00. It is the hotel we should on. Now we practice our voices.


Sunday, 4.26 Hoi An
We visit the large hotel Victoria Resort. It is the finest in Hoi An. We spend the morning there. Lunch in town. Afternoon is free. Dinner in the city.


Monday, 4.27 Hoi An> car> Hue
We say goodbye to Hai Yen and Hoi An. Departure by car at 7:00. We need to Hue. Our first stop will be at the Marble Mountain. I hope that the lift is in order. Pagodas were built by Emperor Minh Mang. We see his mausoleum in the morning in Hue.
His mausoleum we see in Hue. Accommodation at Hotel Riverview.
We bikes out and eat lunch and visit the royal palace Dai Noi and maybe the big market. Dinner in Hue.


Tuesday, 4.28 Hue> aircraft> Hanoi
breakfast at. 7.00 - then all the suitcases into my room. Departure from the hotel to the boat by bicycle. We're going to sail on the Perfume River Song Huong. First stop Thien Mu Pagoda. Became known all over the world, it was here a monk drove in his car to Saigon, drove up in front of the presidential palace, went out on site, poured gasoline over himself, lit fire to himself. The picture went around the world and it helped to end the war. Next stop Minh Mang mausoleum, a very beautiful mausoleum in a nice park. Minh Mang lived first in 1800, before the French perode. We board the boat and we sail the river. The bikes need of, we cycle about 3 km up to Khai Dinh mausoleum. He is the second last emperor of Vietnam about 1920. Here are many stairs.
back to the boat where frokoste is ready. We cycle the approximately 10 km back to Hue. We take a bath in turn and going out to eat before the flight to Hanoi. Wizard Khoa picks us up at the airport in Hanoi.


Wednesday, 4.29 Hanoi
We make a car tour of Hanoi and visit the first modern Hanoi and then runs to a 3000-year old temple. It has been restored many times. Before dinner, we must reach the ethnic museum. Here is both an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. It is now time for lunch. The afternoon is free. Dinner in the city.


Thursday, 4.30 Hanoi> We need to Mai Chau, visit White Thai in stilt houses in Mai Chaudalen. First stop is at a silk village on the outskirts of Hanoi. We start from the hotel at. 7.00. Khoa come and get us. We go with what we need for 2 nights. for rent in silk village, we see production, finished goods, ranging from larvae of silk thread and spinning. We are now running from Hoa Binh, on the outskirts we drive to the left to Son La, most of the road is now ascents. When we reach Mai Chaudalen in a T-junction, we drive to the left towards the village of Ban Lac. Hoa and her husband welcome us. We then assigned instead we should sleep. At this point, there are probably others who also live here. Kl. 12.00 we will have lunch. After lunch, I show you around the village. We will later make a bike ride. Khoa running first.


Friday, 05.01 Mai Chau
We run from the village pm. 8.00. We should have visited a school, but because of. The holidays, it is closed. We make another trip between the many small villages. We are back at. 11:00 and enjoy the tranquility, walks around the village. There are many things to buy. There are many houses we can visit. Lunch at. 12. Mid afternoon we make a bike ride.
Tonight we eat at. 19:00 There are Thai Dance in the evening on the first floor. It takes 45 minutes. We enjoy ourselves on the 1st floor or in the courtyard.


Saturday, 05.02 Mai Chau> We drive back to Hanoi at. 7.30. We must remember to settle with Hoa for drinks. I have paid our 2 lunches. $ 3 for each. We say goodbye to the village. First stop is a power plant in Hoa Binh. This stop is to the toilet and drink break, yes, and also to see the power plant outside. 25 years ago provided the power for the whole of North Vietnam. Now there are several power plants. There is many blackouts.
Now it goes to Hanoi. Khoa live on the outskirts of Hanoi. We make a little stop at his home, watching how he lives. Expect you not too much! We eat lunch near his home. After lunch we will be driven to our hotel - get rooms. It's tonight we must have party at Hotel Hanoi. We are about 40 people.


Sunday, 05.03 Hanoi> It's tonight, we need to Sa Pa. We bikes or take taxi to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. After the mausoleum we see the one-legged pagoda and Ho Chi Minh museum. Back to the hotel for lunch. Now it's time to look at the city. I will give you a time when we will meet at the hotel before we go to the water theater. Then dinner at the hotel.
But remember that after lunch, we leave our rooms. We should not stay overnight, so the suitcases to be down in the trunk space. Remember clothes for 2 nights in trains and 2 nights in Sa Pa. Khoa come and collect us. We go by taxi to the station. Now we have 10 hours of cozy / sleeping until we are in Lao Cai. We are promoting next day at. about 05 -06. Khoa has ordered a car that runs us the 38 km up to Sa Pa. The 38 km take about 1 hour.


Monday, 05.04 Sa Pa
I hope everyone slept well. Now awaits us three exciting days. It takes 1 hour and 5 minutes, to get to Sa Pa. If the weather is nice and clear, everyone can ask for photo stops on the way up. We should be up in about 1700 meters altitude. We will be staying at Hotel Lotus, we get our rooms. It is a family hotel with proud traditions. We get a little breakfast, so we are fresh for the big mountain hiking. We will start between 9 and 10. When we start, there will follow many Black Mong after us who will peddle their wares, but wait until we reach the lunch spot. If someone has helped, then buy from them. There are several routes down the mountain, so I speak with Khoa route we take. When we reach the lunch spot, we can buy from those who have helped us. After lunch about 2 hours to the site before we will go back to Sa Pa. When a suspension bridge we can get a refreshment. We are then driven back to Sa Pa. Again there is time for us to look at the city. Dinner in town at. 20:00


Tuesday, 05.05 Sa Pa> We visit a red Dzau village. It is located about 15km from Sa Pa, so we drive there at. about 9.00. I know many in this village. When we come to the rope, will meet us a festive sight. Many red Dzau welcome us. I know many here, we go through the city, in the rear cabin living there a red Dzau family that we must visit. Mai Phom - we get a cup of tea and perhaps a schnapps. The neighbor also tends to invite us inside.
Now the return journey, as we usually make over the rice fields. You may need a helping hand from red Dzauerne. We have sensible footwear, so we can go over the many small streams. If you need help, then raise your hand out. We drive back to Sa Pa - Lunch at the market. On the way back to the hotel, I will inform you about the city. The afternoon is free.
Dinner in town.


Wednesday, 06.05 Sa Pa> After breakfast, we visit many black Mong villages. It is again hike. We walk through the market down the road. On the trip there is a great view, good photo motives. When we get to the check point "checkpoint" swings we left. Now we are off on stairs, we have the opportunity to visit the cottages. There are many stalls all the way down. When we get to a waterfall and a suspension bridge, we go a little to the left. Here we have a good view of the waterfall. Here is a room with entertainment.
Now we wander again - many stairs. When we reach a suspension bridge is the end. Now we are going by car or motorcycle (Khoa decide) back to Sa Pa.
Now we can have lunch in town. There is also time for last minute shopping. Late afternoon, we must have a car. We need to Lao Cai We have dinner at a hotel on the square by the railway station, unfortunately, very early.


Thursday, 07.05 Hanoi
We arrive early morning to Hanoi. I hope that we can get our rooms.
Cycle to Armymuseet, Literature Museum, the Art Museum. Lunch near the Literature Museum.
Afternoon free, dinner in town.


Friday, 05.08 Hanoi
A guided tour. Cycle West Lake around. A trip of about 15km. The card states West Lake - "The Vietnamese Two Tay". We make several stops along the way. We have a stop at a very visited pagoda. Here comes the many Vietnamese. Here are many stalls where people who visit and pray coming. There are most at festivals and celebrations. When we reach the top of the West Lake, there is a large water park. We cycle past - we are halfway. After returning Hotel Camelea 4, we take lunch.
Afternoon free. Dinner in the city.
next day Ha Long Bay. We will be picked up at. 7.00 in the morning. Breakfast at. 6.30. The suitcases outside the door. Luggage for one night on boat and a night at the Hotel on the island of Cat Ba.


Saturday, 05.09 Hanoi> We run 7:00 and we need to Ha Long Bay. We stop at a center that makes great pictures such as embroidered. You can also buy many finished products.
We continue further Ha Long Bay. We need to board our boat. We must have our cabins. The captain must have permission to sail. There is much control and security. We sail away after waiting one hour, maybe less. We must have a delicious lunch on board.
After lunch we see a stalactite cave. We now sailing to a beach where we can swim. The boat sailing to anchorage for the night. Here you can also swim from the boat if you like.
Again we get a delicious dinner and there is relaxation for us to sleep. There is bath in every room and toilet with wash basin.


Sunday, 5.10 Cat Ba
We sail to the island of Cat Ba. But before that, we had breakfast on the boat. When we reach Cat Ba waiting for a car that runs us across the island to the main town of Cat Ba. We will be accommodated at the hotel and head to the beach or a boat ride in the harbor. Dinner in town.


Monday, 5.11
Return we leave after breakfast the hotel and travel by car to our boat that sails us to Halong Bay.
If my friends have the time, we eat lunch at their home in Sa Do.
It is the same city as we did stop on the outward journey. The daughter named Oanh. It is the parents who make the lunch.
A pleasant visit. Oanh was married 2 years ago and has a daughter. Her husband is also deaf. We must return to Hanoi for repackaging of suitcase. We leave the hotel around 17.00 to the airport.
Khoa, along with our driver Ding. We must with Thai Airvays to Bangkok and after midnight to Copenhagen.
Those who are in Vietnam goodbye to our friends who take back to Denmark.


Tuesday, 5.12
We land in Copenhagen approximately 7:00.


Tuesday, 5.12
Day off. I will deliver a lecture at the university. Dinner in town.


Wednesday, 5.13
Tour of the city. Dinner in the city.


Thursday, 5.14 Hanoi car / bike Tam Coc
We have to go to Ninh Binh 7:00. We visit a fishing village Kinga. Here are many tourists. After a short boat trip of approximately 2 hours soiser we lunch. Continuation Hua Luu.
route visit Vietnam's largest pagoda. Hoa Luu was Vietnam's first capital. Here controlled Kong Lee in 800-900 century. Khoa tells about this king. It was he who moved the capital in October 1010 to Tang Long, later Hanoi.
For rent in Hoa Luu's bikes so we can ride the beautiful trip to Tam Coc. It is 11.8 km in a beautiful nature. We will be accommodated at Tang Long. Dinner at the hotel.


Friday, 5.15 Tam Coc
After breakfast, sail in small boats through 3 mountain caves hotel - 2 in each boat. 1 hour and 1 hour from home. Lunch at the hotel.
We make small cycling in the area.


Saturday, 5.16
Relaxation day, which is open.


Sunday, 5.17 Tam Coc car to Phu Cu Hanoi
After breakfast we drive to Ninh Binh. We must in Vietnam's largest church. It's Sunday, so there is morning service.
We should arrive after 10.00. After the exciting visit to the church, we drive towards Phu Cu with lunch en route.
We visit my adopted daughter Huy. She is a school teacher and has two sons. We drive to her childhood home, where we get a nice dinner. Her husband is in the military. After this dinner we drive back to Hanoi.


Monday, 5.18
This day is your departure from Hanoi to Denmark. It must be a shopping trip.
Departure for Denmark 17.00.


Tuesday, 5.19 Arrival Copenhagen

Viet Mans history - short:

French occupied Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos in 1854. In Laos and Cambodia, there were no major protests, but in Vietnam increased resistance around 1900. In 1920 stood Ho Chi Minh for resistance. It was highest in the northern provinces. The French took advantage of Vietnam's resources. They had no production in Vietnam, but sailed raw materials to France. When WW2 started occupied the Japanese Vietnam. They may, however, use twice as many troops as normal due the strong resistance. When the war ended in 1945, proclaiming Ho Chi Minh Vietnam as an independent state.
It kept brief, however, when the British now occupied the country. The British closed again French in, so freedom was short. Ho Chi Minh had thought that when he helped the Allies, he would have freedom - but that did not happen.
resistance grew and the French were more and more cornered. In northern Vietnam had the French fortress with modern guns, airfield and about 30,000 soldiers. They considered it to be impregnable. General Giap, one of the 20th century greatest strategists believe, however, that it could be done. He had no modern equipment, only faith in his case. He let all his guns disassembled and transported them as components through the difficult terrain in the mountains. It took a year. Then they were assembled and could cut the French by bombing their runway. The French had when they surrendered, lost half of the men. The French left Vietnam in 1954 - 100 years after they came.

At the peace conference in Geneva Vietnam was divided in two by a river at the 17th parallel. It is just north of Hue. North Vietnam's capital was Hanoi - South Vietnam was Saigon. The agreement was also that within four years was to be held free elections with the aim to re-unify the country. When the time came for the election, the US was nervous about the outcome, so they postponed it - and it was never held. USA was scared of Korea, which of course is still a powder keg. The threat from North Vietnam sympathizers grew. The result was more troops and more violence from both sides. A turning point was when a monk from Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue in 1963, drove to Saigon and in front of the presidential palace doused himself with gasoline and ignited it. The picture went around the world and public opinion turned against the war. President Diem had to resign and the United States introduced a general as president.
In 1969 dies Ho Chi Minh. US finds an excuse to bomb North Vietnam. The worst was orange napalm. That kills all growth. They had not reckoned with the affected people. This led, however, numerous abortions and also influenced the second generation. Chau Hoi An and Oanh in Hoi Duong is the result of this. Sale At that time, the 750,000 Allied soldiers in Vietnam. Companies The April 30, 1975 was the end when North Vietnamese forces took Saigon by driving a tank through the presidential palace wrought-iron gate.

Now the country rebuild. Pol Pot came to power in Cambodia. He thought he had an easy time in Vietnam, where many Cambodians. In 1979 the Vietnamese therefore into Cambodia and ran it over the end of 8 days, Deposed Pol Pot and inserted a new rule.
While the Vietnamese were engaged in the south, went the Chinese into the northern part of the country and burned many houses of. It took about the Vietnamese 2 months to drive the Chinese back.
The Vietnamese did get new congestion times since US was the world to boycott goods from Vietnam. There was great famine. It is from this period (1980-85), we got all the boat people. In 1992
Went to the market economy and since it has gone forward for Vietnam. Today they have a growth rate of more than 6% - in Denmark, we have approximately %.

Remember there are many cultural differences. The Vietnamese want to learn from us - not brought up by us.

Vietnam means: Viet - population + Nam - the country
population of over 80 million. - And has 54 ethnic groups
Vietnam has a coastline of 3260 km Sale At its widest point, the country is 600km - and 50 km at the narrowest