Sightseeings: Siem Reap-HCMC-Cu Chi-Hue-Hoi An-Hanoi-Halong Bay
Trip starting: From Siem Reap to Hanoi or vice versa on request.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel / 5-star hotel
Departure: Daily departure at clients’ date
The Luxury trip of Cambodia and Vietnam is starting from Siem Reap where you can explore one of the most famous heritages site in the world – the Angkor Complex with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, the great wonders of the world Angkor Wat and a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake. A short flight will bring you to Vietnam where its beauty and diversity are always far beyond your imagination. There are the long list of must see in this firendly country as Cu Chi tunnels, the criss-cross waterways of the Mekong Delta, the road of World Heritages Sites in the Central as Hoi An Ancient town, My Son Ruins, Hue Citadel. The North of Vietnam offers you its legendary world of Halong Bay, Red River Delta. Especially, you will enjoy a wonderful vacation in Nha Trang with white sandy beaches, tranquil bays and vivid coral reefs. Last but not least, all hotels and room for this trip is luxurios in style and carefully selected and personal checked by us to make sure that you get more than expected. You will have opportunities to taste and enjoy our local special dishes in the selected restaurants. Our experienced, professional guide will enrich you with our unique culture, history and traditions.
Day 1: Welcome to Siem Reap | Meal: B - D | Overnight: Sieam Reap
Warm welcome upon your arrival in Siem Reap, one of the major tourist hub in Cambodia and the gateway to the world famous temples of Angkor. Meet your local guide for transfer to hotel. Free time to relax, then you explore the city by Tuk Tuk riding around the suburb of Siem Reap followed by a blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks for happiness, prosperity and safety. Tonight you enjoy dinner with Apsara Dance show at the local restaurant.
Day 2: Angkor Wat Sunrise & Angkor Complex | Meal: B - L | Overnight: Sieam Reap
Early wake up in the morning to enjoy the sunrise over the Angkor Temple then you discover the Angkor Wat, a temple complex built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. Continue to explore the ruins including the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the Preah Khan temple. In the afternoon you explore the fabulous Ta Prohm temple which embraced by fig and silk-cotton trees puncture the roofs of Ta Prohm’s towers. End of the day you enjoy the sunset at the Preah Rup temple.
Day 3: Fly to Ho Chi Minh city | Meal: B - D | Overnight: HCMC
In the morning you have a drive to the Phnom Kulen Mountain. Climb up the hill to visit the Srah Damrey, Damreay Krab and Ang Prochiev temple followed by a nice trail of Kulen mountain to reach a special stream with thousands lingas in the water. Short break before transfer to Siem Reap airport for flight to HCMC. Your guide will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the downtown. After check in you will have free time to relax, then your guide see you again for a welcome dinner at the river cruises on the Saigon river.
Day 4: HCMC Free Choice: Sightseeing - Street Food - Dinning | Overnight: HCMC
HCMC is a city full of surprises. The city’s core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings and offers plenty of reasons to visit, from its blend of historic, attractions to vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife. You have a whole day to explore the HCMC. Do not forget to add your favourit street food to the list and the dining option to taste and experience the HCMC and South Vietnam cuisine.
HCMC Free Choice Offers. All included. No extra cost 1. Free Choice Sightseeing + Option 1: HCMC Full-day ( Maximum 6 places ) + Option 2: HCMC Half-day ( Maximum 4 places ) & China Town & Thien Hau pagoda.
HCMC Sightseeings 1. Reunification Palace 2. Municipal Theatre – City Post Office – Notre-Dame Cathedral 3. War Remnants Museum 4. Vinh Nghiem pagoda 5. Hoang De pagoda 6. Ben Thanh market
Half-day China town & Thien Hau pagoda: The western part of the city is dominated by Cholon (Chinatown), a thickly settled district rife with teahouses and pagodas and the famous Binh Tay Market. Visit the Thien Hau pagoda which features interesting Chinese-Buddhist style architecture and interiors with pagodas, courtyards, altars and paintings. Chinatown is also home to the Cholon Mosque and Cha Tam, a small Catholic cathedral.
Free Choice Street Food Lunch Break – Authentic experiences 1. “ Banh mi” 2. “ Hu tieu Saigon 3. “ Banh canh ” 4. “ Banh xeo ” 5. “ Com tam” All street food is followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea at street-side pub
Free Choice Dining: 1. Vegetarian set-menu at local restaurant 2. Vietnamese set-menu at French building restaurant 3. South Vietnamese buffet at local restaurant
Day 5: Free Choice HCMC Surroundings | Meal: B | Overnight: HCMC
You have a whole day today to learn more about HCMC and the Southern Vietnam. Below is the Free Choice HCMC Surroundings:
1. Half-day Cu Chi tunnels Around 70 kilometers northwest of HCMC, Cu Chi Tunnel is right near the so-called “Iron Triangle” of Southern Vietnam. This underground complex is a must-see when you are in HCMC. You are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system or try a shooting range where you can fire a number of assault rifles, such as the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60.
2. Full-day Cao Dai Holysee temple & Cu Chi tunnels In the morning you drive to visit Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh and observe the midday service. This temple is the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion and home of the Divine Eye, the official symbol of this unique religion. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha. On the way back you stop to visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Very famous in the wartime with its smart and complicated system including underground meeting room, kitchen, food, weapon caches, hospital. This underground complex is a must-see when you are in HCMC. You are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system or try a shooting range where you can fire a number of assault rifles, such as the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60. Back to HCMC. Rest of the day is your free time.
Day 6: HCMC – My Tho – Can Tho | Meal: B-L-D | Overnight: Can Tho
Today you leave HCMC for the Mekong Delta. Surrounded by thousands of crisscrossed canals, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, most of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road. Upon arrival you take a motor-boat to explore the Thoi Son islet. Following a village path passing local houses to visit some family-run coconut candy mills then you take a horse-cart from village to village. Enjoy lunch with local special dishes followed by the “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, a very common art activity in the Mekong Delta performed by local people. Rejoin your car for a drive to Can Tho.
Early wake up today to join in the Cai Rang floating market, one of the most exciting activities you should do when you are in this area. Take a motorized boat to join the market and experience how people exchange goods, fruit and many other commodities on their vessels. You also find floating restaurants, floating bars, floating gas stations, and many other floating shops. Back to the shore and take a bike cycling from village to village on path, over monkey bridges, get in touch with local people. Lunch is at local restaurant before driving back to HCMC.
Day 8: Fly to Nha Trang | Meal: B | Overnight: Nha Trang
Today you leave HCMC for Nha Trang. Voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Nha Trang boasts a six-mile stretch of fine white sand, quiet and warm waters, and stunning archipelagos. Have free time until transfer to airport for flight to Nha Trang to start your beach vacations.
Day 9 - 10: Nha Trang - Free & Easy | Meal: B | Overnight: Nha Trang
Your free time for relax and enjoy the facilities offered by the resort. Try some water sports like snorkeling or diving among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters, hike nature trails, cool off in your private plunge pool, indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views before retiring for the evening.
Day 11: Fly to Danang - Hoi An | Meal: B-D | Overnight: Hoi An
Enjoy your free time until transfer to airport for flight to Danang. Your guide and driver will meet you at the Danang airport for a transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. Hoi An used to be an international trade center by sea on the east area in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was the busiest trading port during the reign of Nguyen as merchants from Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, Holland stopped over to exchange and purchase commodities. At leisure then you enjoy dinner at local restaurant.
Day 12: Hoi An Free Choice: Sightseeing - Street Food - Dining | Overnight: Hoi An
Your stay in the Hoi An Ancient town will be full of interesting. Please select the Free Choice Offers to start your wonderful time in Hoi An.
Free Choice Offers 1. Hoi An Sightseeings + Half-day Walking in Hoi An Ancient town + Half-day Tra Que Vegetable village by bicycle + Half-day Kim Bong Carpentry village by boat + Half-day My Son Sanctuary 2. Free Choice Hoi An Street Food Lunch Break – Authentic experiences. 3. Free Choice dining
Feel free to personalize and enrich your visit
Hoi An Sightseeings 1. Half-day Walking in Hoi An Ancient town Walking tour to explore the town with old houses, narrow streets and stop to visit the lantern makers, Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, Handicraft workshop.
2. Half-day Tra Que Vegetable village by bicycle Where you can join with gardening activities as preparing the land and fertilizing with seaweed from the local lake, prepare food and join lunch with a local family. It is also good time to relax and learn more about the Vietnamese village.
3. Half-day Kim Bong Carpentry village by boat Formed in the 15 th century by Vietnameses from the Northern Vietnam, Kim Bong carpentry developed vigorously and the occupational village was established with three groups: Ancient architectural construction, civil wooden furniture and shipbuilding. Many carpenters from this village worlked to build Hue Citadel
4. Half-day My Son Sanctuary My Son Sanctuary dates from the 4th to the 13th centuries. It was a unique culture on the coast of contemporary Vietnam, owing its spiritual origins to the Hinduism of India. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower temples in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. The My Son Sanctuary is a remarkable architectural ensemble that developed over a period of ten centuries. It presents a vivid picture of spiritual and political life in an important phase of the history of South-East Asia.
Free Choice Street Food – Authentic experiences 1. “ Rice & Chicken” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 2. “ Banh Xeo Hoi An “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 3. “ Cao Lau Hoi An” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 4. “ Mi Quang ” followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink
Free Choice Dining: 1. Hoi An cuisine set-menu at local restaurant. 2. Dinner on the beach at local restaurant. 3. BBQ fresh seafood on the beach at local restaurant. 4. Relaxing Dinner Cruise on the Hoai river and the Thu Bon river
Day 13: Hoin An Free Choice Activities | Meal: B | Overnight: Hoi An
More offer today for a truly authentic experience when you are in Hoi An. 1. Red Bridge Cooking Class (Joined group) Begins with a with a drink at Hai Scout Café followed by a visit the Hoi An colorful market. It is time to get in touch with local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients for your own cooking lesson. Boat trip cruising along the Hoi An river to the cooking school. On arrival, you explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden. Learn about some of Hoi An and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The 2-hour cooking lesson includes a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving. Try some dishes yourselves. Lunch is served included what you have cooked.
2. Hoi An ” Fish & Farm” You take a bike along country roads to experience Vietnamese rural life and get in touch with local farmers and enjoy a sampan sailing on the Thu Bon River to meet local fishermen, try their traditional net fishing, experience paddling the bamboo basket boat. Biking back to the town to relax at a local pub, do some shopping or visit the local tailors who make quality clothes in a flash.
Free Choice Dining 1. Hoi An cuisine set-menu at local restaurant. 2. Dinner on the beach at local restaurant. 3. BBQ fresh seafood on the beach at local restaurant. 4. Relaxing Dinner Cruise on the Hoai river and the Thu Bon river
Day 14: Hoi An – Free & Easy | Meal: B | Overnight: Hoi An
Today you have a free day for relaxation at the resort , water sports, diving, snorkeling, sunset watching or take a bicycle to discover the other sides of Hoi An, visiting some handicraft village nearby or experience the bespoke clothing tailoring or relax with a cup of coffee in a local street pub are worth to try.
Day 15: Hoi An – Hue | Meal : B - D | Overnight: Hue
Today you leave Hoi An for Hue. Located in central Vietnam, the World Cultural Heritage Site Hue used to be the Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945. Journey to Hue is travelling over the Hai Van pass where you have a stop for a panoramic view over the Lang Co beach. Evening meeting with your guide again for a Hue Royal style dinner, taste some Royal cuisines at local restaurant.
Day 16: Hue Free Choice: Sightseeing - Street Food - Dinning | Overnight: Hue
Besides Hue citadel and tombs, Hue still has a lot to offer you. Hue Sightseeing Freedom of Choices and Meal options will satisfy you. All you have to do is to select one of the Hue city options and one of the Hue Surroundings to explore Hue by your own way.
Hue Free Choice Offers. All included. No extra cost 1. Free Choice Sightseeing + Option 1: Hue Full-day ( Maximum 7 places ) + Option 2: Hue Half-day ( Maximum 4 places ) & One of Hue Surroundings
Feel free to personalize and enrich your visit Hue Sightseeings 1. Dragon boat trip to visit the Thien Mu pagoda 2. King Minh Mang’s tomb ; 3. King Tu Duc’s tomb 4. King Khai Dinh’s tomb ; 5. King Gia Long’s tomb 5. Hue Citadel Complex ; 6. Notre Dame Cathedral | Tu Hieu pagoda 7. Dong Ba market – a paradise for snapshots of daily activities.
Hue Surroundings 1. Phuoc Tich ancient village: Located on the bank of leisurely O Lau River, about 30 kilometers from center of Hue city, Phuoc Tich village, built in 1470, is the symbol of architecture of the central region and famous for traditional pottery. Trip to Phuoc Tich village offers you a view of Centre Vietnam countryside, too.
2. Thanh Toan village: This is one of the most beautiful villages in Hue. The village, 8km east of Hue, is famous for its beautiful roads, peaceful rural landscape, particularly the tile-roofed bridge, communal houses, clan worshiping houses, traditional festivals, farming practices and local people’s daily activities. You also can join in the village market and taste some local culinary specialties like Hen rice, fish-pancakes, and a wide variety of rice noodles.
Free Choice Hue Street Food Lunch Break – Authentic experiences 1. “ Bun bo Hue” 2. “ Banh khoai “ 3. “ Cơm Hến “ 4. “ Nem lụi Hue “ All street food is followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea at street-side pub
Free Choice Dining 1. Hue vegetarian food at local restaurant 2. Vietnamese set-menu at local restaurant 3. Dinner with Vietnamese traditional songs on the dragon boat.
Day 17: Fly to Hanoi | Meal: B-D | Overnight: Hanoi
Again you take a one-hour flight to Hanoi, the one-thousand-year old city and the capital of Vietnam. Your guide will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the downtown. Free time to relax, then your guide see you again for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Your first day in Hanoi is completed by a water puppet show – a unique art performance in Vietnam.
Day 18: Hanoi Free Choice: Sightseeing - Street Food - Dinning | Overnight: Hanoi
Widely acknowledged as one of the loveliest cities in Asia, this one-thousand-year old city offer you its unique images that totally different from other Asian cities. Hanoi still retains a small-town provincial charm and unique intermingle with a French legacy wide, tree-lined boulevards, parks, grand villas and an artistic, café society.
Different people, different interests and tastes. Hanoi Free Choice included Sightseeing – Street Food – Dinning offers you the best things that Hanoi has to offer and satisfy you with a personalize discovery and authentic experience. Please select one of the Hanoi city options and one of the Hanoi Surroundings to enjoy the day in Hanoi. Do not forget to add your favourit street food to the list and the dining option to taste and experience the Hanoi and North Vietnam cuisine.
Hanoi Free Choice Offers. All included. No extra cost 1. Free Choice Sightseeing + Option 1: Hanoi Full-day ( Maximum 7 places ) + Option 2: Hanoi Half-day ( Maximum 4 places ) & One of Hanoi Surroundings 2. Free Choice Street Food Lunch Break – Authentic experiences 3. Free Choice Dining
Feel free to personalize and enrich your visit Hanoi Sightseeings: 1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ( open in the morning) ; 2. One Pillar Pagoda 3. Quan Thanh Temple ; 4. Temple of Literature 5. Bach Ma Temple ; 6. Hanoi Ancient House 7. Tran Quoc pagoda ; 8. Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple 9. Vietnam Military History Museum ; 10. Vietnam National Museum of History 11. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ; 12. Vietnamese Women’s Museum
Hanoi Surroundings 1. Bat Trang pottery villages About 13 kilometers south east of Hanoi center, Bat Trang village, established in 14th or 15th century, is famous for ceramic and pottery products of high quality such as vases, bowls, dishes, and many other kinds of ceramic products which have been exported worldwide.
2. Van Phuc silk village: About 8 km southwest of Ha Noi, Van Phuc silk village is well known for its traditional sericulture, weaving, and silk products for a long-lasting history of more than two thousand years. The village makes more than 2 million meters of silk per year and is an ideal place for silk products & souvenirs
3. Duong Lam Ancient village: Duong Lam ancient village, some 60km to the west of Hanoi, has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area. The village also has its prestige as two of Vietnam’s kings, Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (896-944) were born in here.
4. Dong Ho painting village: Dong Ho painting village, 30 km to the East of Hanoi, or Vietnamese woodblock prints is a distinct Vietnamese folk art. Dong Ho paintings reflect people’s innermost feelings. Dong Ho paintings is made of of bark of a tree called “Dzo. Colors of the painting are refined from various kinds of tree leaves that people can easily find in Vietnam. Dong Ho paintings have about 300 years of history in the north of Vietnam. It is always considered a symbol of traditional culture and aesthetic value of Vietnam.
Free Choice Street Food Lunch Break – Authentic experiences 1. “ Pho Hanoi “ 2. “ Banh Cuon “ 3. “ Bun Cha Hanoi “ followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea/softdrink 4. “ Bo kho ” All street food is followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea at street-side pub.
Free Choice Dining : 1. “ Cha Ca Hanoi “ in Hanoi Old Quarter area at local restaurant. 2. Vegetarian set-menu at local restaurant 3. Vietnamese set-menu at French building restaurant 4. Vietnamese cuisine a-la-carte at Ngon restaurant 5. KOTO restaurant. Know One Teach One unique restaurant.
Day 19: Hanoi - Halong Bay | Meal: B-L-D | Overnight: Traditional Junk
You leave Hanoi for HalongBay via the Red River Delta. Welcome on board and set out on a junk cruise on the bay while seafood lunch is served. After lunch there is a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay followed by swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Afternoon you take a bamboo boat rowing to visit a fishing village. You also take a kayak to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board to enjoy a peaceful sunset, join a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and later unwind at a restaurant.
Day 20: Halong Bay - Ninh Binh | Meal: Brunch - D | Overnight: Ninh Binh
Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some Paradise delights with a colourful buffet breakfast. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights on the way back to the shore. Rejoin your car for a private transfer to Ninh Binh. Rest of the day is at leisure.
In the morning you drive to visit Bai Dinh pagoda, the largest pagoda in Vietnam. From here you start cycling along the countryside road, headed to the ancient Hoa Lu Citadel and visit the temples of King Dinh and King Le. Continue riding through the limestone peaks to Tam Coc area, passing the rice paddies of Red River Delta. Enjoy lunch with some local dishes at local restaurant then you have a 3-hour sampan trip sailing along the Boi river to visit the Tam Coc caves. Continue biking to visit Bich Dong pagoda before rejoin car back to hotel.
Day 22: Ninh Binh - Hanoi departure | Meal: B
Today is the last day of your trip. Enjoy your free time at your hotel or you can do your last minute souvenir shopping before transfer from Ninh Binh to Hanoi airport for your flight home. Have a good journey and thanks for joining us.
Located in the heart of the city, 104 Siem Reap hotel rooms are encased in an elegant, contemporary, residential facade that dramatically rises above Siem Reap’s skyline, and secluded by manicured gardens from public view. Its suites are the finest in the city with distinctive attributes such as private gardens and/or swimming pools, separate living areas, extensive bedrooms and equally spacious bathrooms.
The best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City with the signature French-colonial. The hotel makes your stay as pleasant as possible including its romantic pathways and outdoor dining is now available amid lush landscaping and beautiful arches of flowering vines. The swimming pool has a handcrafted mosaic, lit at night by a dramatic lighting system.
The only luxury hotel in the centre of the Mekong Delta, the four star Victoria Can Tho Resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. Close to Can Tho town, this quiet retreat lies on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst gardens with a plethora of exotic plants.
Sits on a dramatic bay that gives the feeling of an island, with impressive rock formations overlooking the East Vietnam Sea. White sand beach and towering mountains add to the sense of being intimately at one with nature. The resort presents the reality of the destination, with an architectural style incorporating traditions of Vietnam.
Along a seemingly infinite stretch of sand, amidst Vietnam’s richest cultural heritage, a strand of sophisticated, visually striking villas lines the dramatic beachfront, the Nam Hai’s architecture and interior design present a dramatic play on wind and water inspired by ancient feng shui philosophy and the grandeur of the Tu Duc royal tombs of UNESCO Hue Citadel.
A member of the MGallery collection of memorable hotels by Accor, MGallery La Résidence Hue Hôtel & Spa is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the fabled Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Endowed with opulence, excellence and warmth, this former residence of the French Colonial Governor was painstakingly restored in 2005 and redeveloped as an exceptional design hotel.
Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoï’s French Quarter this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era. Surround yourself in heritage as you stroll stately corridors and explore a dramatic past. Behind its classical white façade green shutters original wrought iron details and stately wood paneling reside over a century of stories.
Offers a unique cruising experience in the World Heritage site, blending Vietnamese traditions and multi-faceted culture with the highest standards of hospitality worthy of world-class grand hotels and, thanks to visionary ideas and unequalled customer services, standing out among the four or five hundred boats sailing across the bay every day.
The resort sits on the edge of the Van Long Nature Reserve – a primeval tropical forest where as mentioned earlier can be reached approximately 90 minutes leisure drive from Hanoi. Styled with traditional Vietnamese elements in architecture and furnishings, wedded to cutting edge enhancements and guest comforts, Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh incorporates the environmental commitment evident throughout the resort.
Private sightseeing tour with English speaking guide
Private boat trip as per tour program
Hotel accommodation – Shared in double room
Meals as stated in the program
Water and tissues on coach
All entrance fees
All in-tour flights
24/7 hotline support
Guarantee 100% money back if not satisfied
Complimentary Vietnam visa on arrival pre-approved letter.
Tour duration less than 15 days, visitors from the following countries do not need a visa to Vietnam: Kingdom of Great Britain, Republic of France, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Italy Japan, Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Russia.
International flights & tax
Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
Compulsory Gala dinner on Christmas or New Year if any
Other services not mentioned above
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