The Conference site (see map) is in:
Tel : (+84)4/8238888, Fax : (+84)4/8293888
The conference secretariat will be located in the Sofitel Plaza Hotel.
The opening hours are:
The registration desk will open at the Conference site on Sunday 6th August from 8:00 to 20:00.
We encourage the participants to register on Sunday 6th August in order to avoid congestion on the first morning of the Conference.
The conference fee for participants will be 350 US$ or 320 Euros. This covers a copy of the proceedings and the cost of standard social events. For the accompanying persons, the conference fee is 100 US$ or 90 Euros. It covers the standard social program.
Payment can be made either by interbank transfer (preferred method) or by cash at the conference site; we regret that credit card payment will not be possible for the conference fee. Depending on whether you are sending the fee in euros or in dollars, you should transfer the fee to one of the following two banks (and please remember to add 25 Euro or 30 $ to cover the bank charges):
If paying in Euros (please add 25 Euros for bank charges)
If paying in US dollars (please add 30 US$ for bank charges)
RENCONTRES DU VIETNAM
RENCONTRES DU VIETNAM
Account number : 0000079171H Key : 45
Account number :
The transfer should indicate clearly your name to identify the payee. Please inform the conference secretariat by fax or email that the transfer has been done. You should bring proof of payment, and hand it to the conference secretary when you register on arrival.
Participants from the Eurozone can also cover their registration fees
by personal check, in euros, to the order of "Rencontres du Vietnam",
sent to our secretariat in France:
Mrs Elizabeth Hautefeuille
Rencontres du Vietnam, BP 33
104, avenue du Général Leclerc
F-91192 GIF SUR YVETTE CEDEX , France
Payment of the fees before the conference will be much appreciated, since this will reduce congestion on arrival.
However, due to limited room availability, some participants may have to be lodged in neighbouring hotels, within a short (about 1km) taxi ride of the Sofitel Plaza hotel. Taxis in Hanoi are very cheap and easily available.
Nevertheless, all meals (lunch and dinner) will be taken together.
The cost per person (full board for 6 days) will amount to:
All rooms are air conditioned and have either a shower or a bath.
Payment for the board and lodging should be done at your arrival directly to the travel agency by cash (preferably), travellers' checks or credit card (the later will incur a small supplement).
Important note: Hotel reservations are made for the whole duration of the meeting, i.e. from Sunday 6th August afternoon to Saturday 12th August morning (lunch included). Please note that the total cost of the meeting cannot be reduced even in case of partial attendance.
If you intend to arrive before August 6tth and leave after August 12th, please let us know in advance, so that we can make the appropriate hotel reservation for you.
Please note also that if you arrive before midday, and wish your room to be made available immediately, you will be charged for an extra day; you must inform us, so that the hotel can prepare your room in advance.
If you are on a special diet or must avoid certain foods for medical reasons, please let us know as soon as possible about your health requirements, and we will try to come to an arrangement with the restaurant.
Those who have already sent in their visa application form will receive the visa authorization with which they can obtain a visa at the Vietnamese embassy.
If you have not yet sent off your visa
application to Elizabeth, it is now too late to do it from France.
You should apply for a tourist visa at the Embassy (mentioning the
hotel in Hanoi: Sofitel Plaza Hotel or Thang Loi Hotel) or send the
visa application form directly to:
Mr TRAN THANH LONG, International Relation Department, VAST, Hanoi
Fax: (00) 84 4 756 44 83 - Phone: (00) 84 836 17 79 - Email: [email protected]
with a copy to [email protected] and [email protected]; you must include your email and fax number so that Mr TRAN THANH LONG can send you the visa authorization directly.
Please note that persons accompanying participants also require a visa - do not forget to send off a form for each accompanying person.
It is hoped to make the talks available on the web; transparencies will be collected and scanned after each talk. To expedite the work, speakers are encouraged, whenever possible, to send their talk in advance, as an attached PDF, PPT or Postscript file to:
Although the deadline for submission of manuscripts is January 1st, 2007, early submission would be much appreciated. Reminders will not be sent before; it would also be particularly appreciated if there were no need to send reminders after the deadline!
Finally, keep in mind that the hotels have a large swimming pool; don't forget to bring your bathing costume!
ATM cash service for credit cards is not available in Vietnam. We recommend that participants bring US$ or Euro in cash (relatively small denominations) or travellers' checks and to exchange this currency to Vietnamese Dongs. It may be possible to obtain cash at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel with your credit card; be aware, however, that the exchange rate, while not ruinous, is unlikely to be very favourable.
There is a safe in each room, in which you should keep your valuables, spare cash etc.
Note that all the Tours (1, 2, 3,and 4) will be organized independantly of the number of participants.
If you are interested in participating in any of these tours, please fill in the online tour registration form. For certain parts of these tours, you are advised to bring a decent pair of walking shoes!
Note that Tour 1 and Tour 2 are compatible, i.e. Tour 2 will not leave until Tour 1 has returned!
Detailed description of Tours 1, 2, 3 and 4 are given below; click the thumbnail pictures to see larger versions.
Tour 1: Ha Long: 12-14 August (2 days )
13: 30 Departure for Halong
16:30 Check in at Hotel in Halong
18:30 Dinner at hotel
8: 00 Breakfast
8: 30 Boat trip to visit Halong Bay
12: 30 Seafood lunch on boat
14: 30 Return to hotel
15: 00 Return to Hanoi.
19: 00 Check in at Hotel in Hanoi
Aug 14 Breakfast
End of the tour
Note : This tour is compatible with Tour 2
|A view of Ha Long Bay|
Tour 2 : Ha Noi to Saigon : August 14 -24 (10 days)
Departure from Hanoi at 7 am sharp: drive to Ninh Binh region, to explore (in small rowing boats) the Tam Coc caves, a remarkable region geologically not unlike Halong Bay, but with rice paddies in place of the sea, from which emerge limestone rocks and hills eroded into strange shapes (see Tour 4 for a couple of pictures). The region is sometimes referred to as the "Inalnd Ha Long Bay". Lunch, followed by a visit to the Phat Diem Cathedral. Drive to Vinh. Overnight stay in Vinh.
Drive to Dong Hoi. Tour of the Phong Nha grotto, included by UNESCO in their list of World Heritage sites. Overnight stay at a beach hotel in Dong Hoi.
Tour of the town of Dong Hoi. Drive to Hue, the old Imperial Capital. Registration at a hotel in Hue.
Tour of the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady, followed by a boat trip along the Perfumed River. Guided tour of several Imperial sites, including Minh Mang and Tu Duc. Visit to the Children's Centre and the French bakery school at Thuy xuân. Hotel in Hue.
Guided tour of the Imperial Palace and the Citadel. Drive to Da Nang. Visit to the Cham Museum. Registration at the beach hotel in Hoi An.
Tour of My Son, a major archeological site of the ancient Champa Empire. Free time at Hoi An, a town famous for its artisans, formerly an active centre of commerce and meeting point of several civilisations. Hotel in Hoi An.
Flight from Da Nang to Nha Trang. Guided tour of the town. Overnight stay in Nha Trang.
Drive to Dalat. Visit of the Cham Towers at Poklong Garai, near to Phan Rang. Tour of the area around Dalat, formerly a health resort. Dalat features a remarkable and very active market, selling produce from the local agricultural communities (vegetables, flowers etc) but also from around the world. Visit of the SOS Children's Village of Dalat. Hotel in Dalat.
Visit of Dalat's botanical garden, in which thrive many rare and exotic plants. Drive from Dalat to Saigon. Registration at a hotel in Saigon.
Panoramic tour of Saigon, then of the old Cho lon district and its market. Visit of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, followed by a visit to the Central Post Office (unlike any post office you are likely to have seen!). Hotel in Saigon.
Morning: breakfast and end of tour
|Inside the Phong Nha grotto||Phat Diem stone cathedral||Entrance to the Citadel at Hue||A relic of the Cham civilization|
|A fishing village on a lake||Getting a haircut in Dalat||The central market in Dalat||One of Saigon's canals|
Tour 3 : Ha long Bay and Sapa : August 12 -18 (6 days)
13: 30 Departure for Halong
16:30 Check in Halong Hotel
18:30 Dinner at hotel
8: 00 Breakfast
8: 30 Boat trip on Halong Bay
12: 30 Lunch on boat
14: 30 End of boat tour
15: 00 Bus parture for Hanoi
19:00 Arrival in Hanoi. Dinner. Transfer to the railroad station
21:30 Night train to Lao Cai (4 berths per carriage).
5:00 Arrival in Lao Cai. Transfer to Sapa
14: 00 Dragon's Jaw Mountain, orchids, villages of ethnic minorities in the Sapa region; Cat Cat village of the H'mong people.
Departure from Sapa early in the morning to visit the Coc Ly market, an important meeting place for local tribespeople to sell and buy goods of all kinds. Short trek to the nearby Black Dao village, to get a feeling for the life of one of the minority tribes. Continue with a boat trip along the Chay River and visit the Flower H'Mong, Trung Do village and the town of Bao Nhai.
Visit Giang Ta Chai Village, appreciate the daily life of the Red Dzao people, via a trek along the paths that meander through the terraces and bamboo forests. Visit a waterfall and a ratan suspension bridge. Cross the river to visit a H'Mong village. On the return trip to Sapa, visit an ancient stone circle.
Aug. 17 Exploration of the mountainous region around Sapa, with its ethnic minorities, archeological curiosities and natural beauty.
Transfer to the Lao Cai train station (for night train to Hanoi).
Arrival in Hanoi at 5 am; breakfast and end of tour.
|A street vendor in Lao Cai||Children from an ethnic minority in the Sapa area||The traditional dress of an ethnic minority in the Sapa area||A view of rice paddies in the Sapa area|
|Market day in a village in the Sapa area|
Departure of the tour at 8:00 from the Hotel.
Visit to Dinh King and Le King Temples. Lunch at a local restaurant. Sampan ride along the river to visit the Tam Coc caves (sometimes referred to as the "Inland Ha Long Bay", a remarkable region geologically not unlike Halong Bay, but with rice paddies in place of the sea, from which emerge limestone rocks and hills eroded into strange shapes.
Return to Ha Noi at 18:00. End of the tour.
Views of the Ninh Binh region ("Inland Ha Long Bay")