Sunday, February 26, 2006

Photos from a previous trip

Scott Beveridge, who was on the 2004 Friends of Danang trip to Vietnam, has his photos posted here. We'll be visiting some of the same places on this trip.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Itinerary

Here's the information as I have it--we're only a week out now!
*all times are local!*

03 March:
3 p.m.:
Arrive at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to meet with out Pittsburgh-based travelers. (Several folks on the trip will be meeting us either in Los Angeles or in Ho Chi Minh City.)

6 p.m.:
Depart Pittsburgh on US Airways Flight 45 bound for Los Angeles (LAX).

8:16 p.m.:
Arrive at Los Angeles.

11:55 p.m.:
Depart Los Angeles on EVA Air 391 bound for Taipei (TPE).
(14 hour flight, crossing over the international dateline a day ahead)

05 March:

6:15 a.m.:
Arrive in Taipei.

9:05 a.m.
Depart Taipei on EVA Air 391 bound for Ho Chi Minh City (SGN).

11:35 a.m.
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City at Tan Son Nhut Airport.
Transfer to Hotel Majestic for check-in.
Light lunch and some open time (yay!); dinner
Overnight at Hotel Majestic

06 March:
Optional side trips--I might go on the one to the Mekong Delta
Overnight at Hotel Majestic

07 March:
Leave Ho Chi Minh before dawn to fly to Danang
Visit Foreign Affairs in Danang
Check in to the Furama Resort
Side trip--Hue/Hai Van Pass (or Marble Mountain/Hoi An?)
Overnight at Furama

08 March:
Visit Friends of Danang "Let Them Walk Again" project with World Vision
Visit school Friends of Danang built
Overnight at Furama

09 March:
Side trip south towards Chu Lai to Bac Tra My district, Quang Nam province
(near the site of where my dad's company was aumbushed)
Short memorial service
Afternoon--? I would really like to see Hoi An on this trip, but I might also feel like collapsing at this point
(The folks who don't go with us on this side trip may be spending the day in Hue)
Overnight at Furama

10 March:
Morning flight from Danang to Hanoi
Lunch at Hanoi/City Tour
2:30 p.m.--leave Hanoi to Halong on bus (three-hour trip)
Overnight at Saigon Halong Hotel

11 March:
Boat cruise on Ha Long Bay
Lunch on boat
p.m. -?
Back to Hanoi on bus (three-hour trip)
Overnight at Hanoi (I don't have hotel info at this point)

12 March:
8 a.m. ish: Depart Hanoi for a flight to Saigon
noonish: Depart Saigoin to Taipei on EVA Air
6:40 p.m.: Depart Taipei for Los Angeles (LAX) on EVA Flight 112
(cross international dateline a day back)
2:05 p.m.: Arrive in Los Angeles
3:30 p.m.: Hopefully will clear customs by this time
*Free time!!!!!***
11:00 p.m.: Depart Los Angeles bound for Charlotte (CLT) on US Airways Flight 622

13 March:
6:18 a.m.: Arrive in Charlotte
7:40 a.m.: Depart Charlotte bound for Pittsburgh (PIT) on US Airways Flight 258
9:01 a.m.: Arrive in Pittsburgh

Vietnam is 12 hours ahead of Pittsburgh (US Eastern time).