CRNA - Vietnam
November 03 to 18, 2017
Visit Vietnam; from historical Hanoi to the vibrant metropolis of Saigon, Vietnam’s cities teem with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the summit of traditional and modern life. The sprawling and densely packed Cholon District (Chinatown) constantly bustles with activity and retains a traditional feeling, unlike the more modern Saigon city center.
An intriguing mix of ancient and modern, profoundly Buddhist, Thailand politely boasts of some of the world’s most gorgeous national parks and beaches, enchanting architectural masterpieces, serene river cruises and superb hotels. We take in Thailand’s glories, from Bangkok, a swirling bustle graced by extravagant temples, to the World Heritage Site of Sukhothai, from Chiang Mai’s night market to the storied Mekong. We trek by elephant, visit isolated hill tribe villages and savor deliciously spiced cuisine.
The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture lies in Cambodia: Angkor Wat. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, it impresses visitors by its sheer scale and the delicate artistry of its carvings. Visit magnificent monuments, temples and palaces as you travel through both the ancient and modern places that comprise today’s Southeast Asia.
Topic: Current Issues in CRNA Practice.
Expiration Date: November 19, 2017
CRNA registration fees: $300.00 for alumni of STS & $500.00 for new participant
Tour Escort: Lisa Mileto, CRNA, DNP
Tour cost per person in double occupancy (Air & Land from LAX or SFO): $4,995.00
Single Supplement: $595.00
Airfare credit for doing your own air: $800.00
For group size Min 8 and Max 14
This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20;
Code Number: 1033819;
- International airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) & inter-Asia flights.
- All accommodations in First Class (4*) hotels and some Deluxe hotels (5*).
- All transfers and land transportation by A/C coach.
- Local English-speaking guide.
- All entrance fees as per the itinerary.
- Full-Board: all meals as mentioned (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner).
- On touring days on bus mineral water.
- Two days/1 night cruise in Ha-Long Bay.
- Local VAT tax.
Tour Does Not Include:
- Airport taxes and security fees and fuel surcharges (approx. $480.00) which will be added to your invoice.
- Vietnam visa fee (Currently $70.00), subject to change and Vietnam immigration stamp.
- Tips to drivers and guides (suggested $150.00 per person for the whole trip) and Porterage at the airports.
- Expenses of a personal nature: alcoholic beverages, camera fees at museums, telephone, email, laundry bills, etc.
- Dayroom or extra hotel nights necessitated by airline flight schedule changes.
- Travel Protection Insurance (highly recommended).
View Tour Itinerary
Friday, Nov 03
US to Bangkok
Depart the US to Bangkok arriving the next day in Bangkok.
Saturday, Nov 04
Arrive in Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi, meet your guide/driver and transfer to Silk Path Hotel or similar for check in. dinner and overnight. (D)
Sunday, Nov 05
After breakfast, enjoy your full day city tour where you will visit attractions such as Ba Dinh Square with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh’s House of Stilt. Then, visit Temple of Literature (the 1st National University of Vietnam), Sword Lake and Al-Noor Masjid Mosque Hanoi. Proceed for shopping at the Old Quarter (36 ancient wards & streets). Afterwards return to your hotel for your overnight. (B,L,D)
Monday, Nov 06
Hanoi - Halong
After breakfast, transfer to Halong Bay where you will board your cruise ship, through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. Observe everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work at the rice fields. Check-in at Huong Hai Sealife Cruise. A welcome drink is served on arrival before enjoying lunch on board with fresh seafood. Enjoy a fantastic cruise in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, passing through many amazing islets such as Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island and Sail Island. Enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just relax on board. Towards the end of the day, the boat will set anchor for the night among the karst formations. Have fresh seafood for dinner. After dinner, try squid fishing or just relax and enjoy your evening. Overnight on board. (B,L,D)
Tuesday, Nov 07
Halong – Hanoi – Hue
A light breakfast (tea, coffee, fruits and cakes) is served on board. Begin your day with a Tai Chi exercise on deck while watching the sunrise. A wholesome brunch is served while the vessel cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city. Disembark and drive back to Hanoi. Then transfer directly to the airport for taking flight to Hue. Our guide will meet at the airport and transfer to Huong Hai hotel for check-in. Overnight in Hue. (B,L,D)
Wednesday, Nov 08
Start your day with visiting two of the most beautiful royal tombs of Nguyen Dynasty Kings: Khai Dinh and Minh Mang tombs. After lunch visit the Imperial Citadel – the grand complex of palaces built by Nguyen Dynasty (the last Dynasty of Vietnam feudalism). Afterwards transfer to visit Thien Mu Pagoda – the symbol of Hue tourism. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Thursday, Nov 09
Hue – Hoi An
Travelling by bus, head south through coastal rice paddies before traversing the dramatic Hai Van Pass, a sometimes bumpy but incredibly scenic stretch of highway with views of Lang Co Beach. The spectacular Marble Mountains will be your backdrop as you arrive at Hoi An (approximately 4 hours). Declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South-East Asia's major international ports from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago and it retains the feel of times past, making it the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it. Free on your own. Afterwards transfer to Hoi An Hotel for check in and overnight. . (B,L,D)
Friday, Nov 10
City tour in Hoi An: a walking tour will take you around the major sites of Hoi An’s charming Old Town, including an historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. You will notice a distinctly Chinese appearance to the pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. Also visit a selection of the major sights as you wish you may like to wander the Central Market and the street stalls selling paintings, woodwork, ceramics, lanterns and much more. Hoi An is also famous for its talented tailors who can make beautiful items to order within a few hours. Bring your favorite piece of clothing, or even just a picture, and you'll be able to have it copied. You might like to visit a local workshop to learn how to make your own rice paper, while a Vietnamese cooking class too is a great way to familiarize yourself with some age-old culinary techniques, not to mention being able to feast on the fruits of your own labor. Return to your hotel for your overnight. (B,L,D)
Saturday, Nov 11
Hoi An - Saigon
morning free at leisure, you can enjoy your morning on the beach then transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight to Saigon, upon arrival, meet and transfer to Eden Saigon Hotel or similar for check in, rest of the day free at leisure, dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Sunday, Nov 12
Morning trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. See what life was like for the guerrilla warriors who lived and fought underground during the American War when you crawl through 50m of the 200km tunnel complex below Cu Chi. Visit a rice paper workshop, see the rice paddy fields that stretch as the eye can see and enjoy the beautiful scenery in this part of the world. After lunch, a short city walking tour – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon); Vietnam's largest city and is the powerhouse driving the country's rapid economic development. Being the center for trade in Vietnam, Saigon fairly hums with energy from dawn to dusk, and life in the second city is fast-paced, dynamic, cosmopolitan and exciting. City tour sightseeing the Main Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Presidential Palace, War Remnant Museum, the city Hall. Return to your hotel in Saigon for overnight. (B,L,D)
Monday, Nov 13
Mekong – Can Tho
After breakfast pass TanAn to My Tho for visiting a snake farm. To Cai Be for the Floating Market. Stop on the way for some sightseeing. Lunch at fruit garden. Then enjoy a boat trip to Binh Hoa Phuoc island in Cai Be. Small boat along the canal, to see the day life of southern people. Afterwards transfer to your hotel in Can Tho for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Tuesday, Nov 14
Can Tho - Saigon
Early morning boat trip to Cai Rang floating markets, quiet canal cruise, country lane walk meet the locals. In the afternoon drive back to Saigon for overnight. (B,L,D)
Wednesday, Nov 15
Saigon – Siem Reap
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, upon arrival, meet and transfer for lunch. Afternoon visit Artisans Angkor Silk Farming which located at Puok District, 16km from Siem Reap town, a center of exhibition on silk processes and production. Located on an 8 hectare site, mulberry fields, silk worm breeding and silk weaving using traditional Khmer knowledge are highlights of the center. After diner break go to Night Market or City tour around. Then transfer to Tara Angkor Hotel for check in and overnight. (B,L,D)
Thursday, Nov 16
In the morning, visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk) the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) and visit Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphun temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King and visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees. Lunch will be at local restaurant. In the afternoon, Wat Thmei (New Wat) The wat contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield. Then continue to visit the 7th world heritage, Angkor Wat a unique and stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, an enduring example of man's devotion to his Gods. It is the largest and undoubtedly the most breath taking of the monuments of Angkor and it is widely believed that it is the largest religious structure in the world until sunset. After dinner return to your hotel for overnight. (B,L,D)
Friday, Nov 17
After breakfast visit The Angkor National Museum, presenting one of the most immense and prestigious collection of Buddha Statues and relics ever assembled just in one gallery. The Angkor Nation Museum in Siem Reap offer eight chronologically ordered galleries of Angkorian-era artifacts and multi-media presentations of Angkorian history and culture. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B,L,D)
Saturday, Nov 18
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home arriving the same day. (B)
“We (STS) reserve the right to change hotels, restaurants or the order of activities if/as needed”