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SoICT 2010 on:

   30 June 2011    20 July 2011

   20 August 2011

    20 Sep 2011   10 September 2011

   20 Sep 2011   10 September 2011

   13-14 October 2011

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Visa Assistance

Travelers to Vietnam are required to hold a passport valid for at least six (06) months beyond the completion of their visit and must contain a valid visa except for citizens of countries having bilateral agreements on visa exemption with Vietnam such as most Asean countries, Korea, Japan and Scandinavian countries. According to requirement from the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam, the participants of SoICT 2011 must hold visa for conference purpose. Therefore, for a visa issue please contact us for a formal invitation letter.

Hotel Information

Here is the list of the hotels that offer special prices to the participants of SoICT 2011. All the hotels are located in the “Old Quarter” of Hanoi’s downtown. If you are interested in any hotel in the list, please send your request for reservation to the conference secretariat at least two weeks before the conference's dates.
Some remarks:

  • The reservation email should include: name of participant, hotel, type of room, check-in date, number of nights, number of people and special requests (if any).
  • On conference days, the participants of SoICT 2011 altogether will be offered one round trip between Arriva MS Salute Hotel and the Conference Venue by a shuttle bus.
  • In the list, “Distance” means the distance from a hotel to the Conference Venue

Hotel: Ariva MS Salute

Address: No. 54-56 Hang Duong str

Distance: 3.4 km

Rate: 50 USD/Single or Double Deluxe/night


Note: On conference days, the conference’s shuttle bus will transport participants between this hotel to the Conference Venue (one round trip per day for all participants together).


Hotel: Sunway Hotel

Address: 19 Pham Dinh Ho str

Distance: 2.9 km

Rate: 85USD/single/double Superior/night


Hotel: Prestige Hotel

Address: 17 Pham Dinh Ho str

Distance: 2.9 km

Rate: 85USD/single/double Superior/night



Hotel: HoaBinh Palace Hotel

Address: 27 Hang Be str

Distance: 4.4 km

Rate: 50USD/Single Superior/night & 55USD/Double Superior/night



Hotel: GiaBao Grand Hotel

Address: 23 Lo Su str

Distance: 4.5 km

Rate: 50USD/Single Superior/night & 55USD/Double Superior/night



Hotel:Thang Long Opera Hotel

Address: 1C Tong Dan str

Distance: 4.3 km

Rate: 55USD/Single/Double Innova Superior/night



Tours to Ha Long Bay - World Heritage Site

The following are two options for visiting Ha Long bay, one of the most spectacular World Heritage, with special offers to SoICT 2011’s participants. If you are interested in any tour, please contact the conference secretariat for booking. The email should include: name of participant, chosen tour (1 or 2), expected date, number of people, special requests.

Introduction to Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is located in the northeast corner of Viet Nam, 165 km from Ha Noi. Ha Long Bay covers an area of 1,553 km2 with 1,969 islands, of which 90% are limestone islands. The islands in Hạ Long Bay are mainly limestone and schist islands most lying in the two main areas: the southeastern part of Bái Tử Long Bay and southwestern part of Hạ Long Bay. These islands represent the most ancient images of a geographical site having a tectonic age of from 250 million to 280 million years. They are the result of many times of rising and lowering processes of the continent to form a karst. The process of nearly full erosion and weathering of the karst created the unique Hạ Long Bay in the world. In a not very large area, thousands of islands with different forms look like glittering emeralds attached to the blue scarf of a virgin.

Historical research surveys have shown the presence of prehistorical human beings in this area tens of thousands years ago. The successive ancient cultures are the Soi Nhụ culture around 18,000-7000 BC, the Cái Bèo culture 7000-5000 BC and the Hạ Long culture 5,000-3,500 years ago. Hạ Long Bay also marked important events in the history of Vietnam with many artifacts found in Bài Thơ Mout, Đầu Gỗ Cave, Bãi Cháy.

Hạ Long Bay was first listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, in recognition of its outstanding, universal aesthetic value. In 2000 the World Heritage Committee additionally recognized Hạ Long Bay for its outstanding geological and geomorphological value, and its World Heritage Listing was updated.

In 2009, the New 7 Wonders Foundation, which runs the New Seven Wonders of the World program, included Halong Bay on its list of nominations as one the World's 7 Natural Wonders.

TOUR 1: Huong Hai Junks Itinerary / 2 days 1 night

Day 1: Hanoi - Halong (L, D)

  • 8.00am - 8.45am: Huong Hai shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel (hotel located in Old Quarter Street area unless pick up client in the front of Hanoi Opera), on the way to Halong city you will enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields (harvest time: 5th month and 10th month of Lunar New Year), water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.
  • 12.15pm: Arrive in Halong, board Huong Hai Junks. Lunch is served with a welcome drink while the boat cruises the bay to enjoy the beautiful limestone seascape.
  • 1.30pm: A fantastic cruise in Halong Bay, visit Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi - Fighting Cock island, Dog island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot - Amazing Cave,  and a swim at Soi Sim beach or TiTov beach.
  • 7.30pm: Enjoy dinner on board
  • 9.00pm: Fishing or relax and spending a night on board.

    Day 2: Halong - Hanoi. (Breakfast and brunch)

  • 7.00am: Sunrise breakfast with tea, coffee, milk, cake, etc.
  • 8.00am: Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat, then cruise to pass so that tourists can have a look Man's head island, Tortoise island from the Junks.
  • 9.00am:  Arrange luggage and check-out
  • 9.30am:  Set brunch (breakfast and lunch) before back to Halong dock and have a short break.
  • 11.45am: Arrive Halong pier. Trip ends.
    Transfer option by shuttle bus or private car: Arrive Hanoi city at around 4.00pm

    NET TOUR COST PER PERSON: US$161 for single cabin (for 01 pax) & US$114 for twin sharing cabin (for 02 pax)

    Tour Prices Include: 

  • Cruise Itinerary and Program        
  • Shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong and vice versa
  • Two bottle of Lavie mineral water on Huong Hai shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong and vice versa per pax
  • Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
  • One welcome drink per passenger on board.
  • Complimentary Lavie mineral water in room
  • Lunch and dinner as itinerary
  • Morning tea, coffee and cake
  • Farewell brunch in the last day of itinerary
  • In-house English or French speaking Tour Guide (reserved in advanced and subject to availability)
  • Accommodation on Huong Hai Junk with A/C (base on twin sharing), private bathroom with hot water and shower
  • Insurance, Taxes and Service Charge

    Tour Prices Exclude:

  • Airfares
  • Kayak (2 days 1 night itinerary & on the 1st day of 3 days 2 nights itinerary)
  • Visa Arrangements   
               Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
               All other services not clearly mentioned above
  • Cruise Itinerary and Program may be subject to change at anytime without prior notice.
  • Advanced reservation is required by providing full passenger details in prescribed standard format, including Full Name, Date of Birth, Nationality, Passport Number, Visa Expiry Date etc.
  • A valid passport or ID card is required upon check-in onboard.
    What to bring:
  • Original passport or ID, swimming suites, sun glasses & sun cream, insect repellent and your personal cosmetic, special shampoo, body shower and body lotion.


                                    TOUR 2:  BHAYA CRUIS / 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT

    See Halong Bay in style on board Bhaya - a newly built wooden junk featuring twenty luxurious cabins furnished in classic Eastern style. A truly memorable experience awaits you as you cruise this delightful Bay, reveling in its tranquility as you escape the bustling tourist sights. Start your day with calming Tai Chi, dine on fresh seafood on the deck, then retire to your own plush cabin - just some of the highlights of Bhaya’s exceptional Halong Bay cruise.

    Day 1:

  • 08.00 Take a 3-hour scenic drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay 
  • 12.30 Enjoy a Welcome cocktail upon embarking Bhaya 
  • 13.00 Savour a delicious luncheon as your cruise begins 
  • 14.30 Spend the afternoon cruising amongst the limestone islands
                 Explore the Cave of Surprise (Sung Sot Cave)
                 Swim or kayak at Hang Doi (weather permitting)
                 Visit Van Gia fishing village (in summer only)
              Enjoy optional onboard activities: e.g. sunbathing, traditional massage, cooking demonstrations
  • 17.00 Swim or kayak at Ho Dong Tien anchorage (weather permitting)
  • 19.00 Feast as a luxury dinner is served
  • 21.00 Relax at leisure 
     Overnight aboard Bhaya 

    Day 2:
  • 06.15 Practise Tai Chi on the Sundeck 
  • 07.00 Start your day with an International Buffet Breakfast 
  • 08.30 Continue cruising in Halong Bay 
  • 10.00 Disembark Bhaya, Transfer back to Hanoi 

    NET TOUR COST PER PERSON: US$350 for single cabin (for 01 pax) and US$188 for twin sharing cabin (for 02 pax)


  • Transportation from Hanoi - Halong – Hanoi by shuttle bus
  • Welcome cocktail, meals onboard
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Air-conditioned en-suite cabin
  • Tax and service charges
  • Insurance onboard

  • All airfares, hotels
  • Visa arrangement
  • Kayak and spa services
  • Beverages
  • All service non-clearly mentioned in the inclusions list

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