VIETNAM TRAVEL NEWSLETTER 2012

NEWSLETTERFROM EVIVA TOUR VIETNAMWWW.EVIVATOUR.COM

MERRY XMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012

Dear our valued partners,

We would like to launch a newsletter from EVIVA TOUR  VIETNAM from this December 2011 to update you all  about new hotels, new resorts, newly recognized  heritage sites, new policies for travelling, tips  for tourists, special products and the weather in  Vietnam and Indochina. Any feedback is welcomed to  improve the quality of information for our  newsletter.

On this occasion, we wish you, your company and  family a merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

On behalf of EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM,

Duong Nguyen Thuy

Vice Director – EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM
t. +84 (0)4 39426585, ext. 201 e.
sales@tourvietnam.vn

TUR 2012 IN SWEDEN

EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM will take part in TUR, 22-25  March 2012 as an exhibitor at A03:31. For meetings,  please confirm your appointment slot with our Vice  Director, Mrs. Nguyen Thuy Duong at sales@tourvietnam.vn or skype and yahoo id  at duongnguyenthuy1980 or via her mobile phone +84 9  1230 4000.

WEATHER

Although the weather of Viet Nam from October to  late March or early April is generally affected by  the southeast monsoon, the detail weather of each  part of the country is different. The north  experiences cool, damp winters with temperatures in  Ha Noi falling to around 15°C, extremely in  mountainous north Highland areas, snow sometimes  falls.February and March can be  damp with drizzling rain and sometimes overcast sky.In contrast, the south tends to be very dry on this  season. Temperatures average of this area is around  25-30°C all year with the hottest and most humid  period from the end of February to May. Due to  central location, the Central Part of Vietnam  experiences something in between the weather  patterns of the north and south with the rainy  season in summer. The central coast area is usually  quite wet from December to February. Highland areas  can experience freezing conditions in winter. In  conclusion, weather in Viet Nam from December to  April is ideal to make a trip to Vietnam, especially  the south and Central Highland region.

Go tohttp://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/1581130for more  information about the 5 coming days’ weather.

FESTIVALS

Vietnam  has many festivals during the year, especially in  Spring, during the Tet New Year period – the first  month of the Lunar year (Chinese calendar). Should  you want to organize tours to Vietnam during these  special events, please contact us very soon to well  plan before to keep the best hotels, cars and the  best rates.

Ba Be Lake Spring Festival (01 - 02/02/2012 & 19 – 20/02/2013)

10th day of the 1st lunar month – The Ba Be Lake  Spring Festival takes place in the village of Nam  Mau Commune, Ba Be District. In the festival, the  ethnic identities of the local are portrayed through  numerous traditional games and competitions, such as  wrestling, racing and dancing. The festival is a  religious one that worships the super natural powers  and prays for bumper crops and good weather.

Chua Huong or Perfume Pagoda Festival (28/01 – 20/4/2012 & 15/02  – 09/05/2013)

This is the biggest as well as longest festival in  Vietnam. Chua Huong in Vietnamese or Perfume Pagoda  Festival in Vietnam takes place in three months,  starting from January to March every year. More than  a million visitors from all over Vietnam attend Chua  Huong or Perfume Pagoda Festival every year. The  principal day is the 15th of the 2nd lunar month.  During the Perfume Pagoda Festival, tens of  thousands of tourists and pilgrims come to admire  the beautiful landscapes and to pray for good luck,  wealth and happiness in the several pagodas  scattered throughout this mountainous area.

Dong Da Festival (27/01/2012 & 14/02/2013)

Dong Da hillock festival takes place annually on the  5th of Lunar New Year. This festival is organized in  memory of the King Quang Trung's great merit - the  hero in national history of anti - invaders. Two  centuries ago, Dong Da was a battlefield where Quang  Trung (Nguyen Hue), a Tay Son farmer who later  became a National Hero defeated more than 200,000  soldiers of the Qing invading army. Dong Da Hill  became a glorious historical site of the Vietnamese  nation. In the early morning of the 5th day, a  procession for the historical event's celebration  commences at Khuong Thuong and ends at Dong Da Hill.  The procession includes flags, a processional  parasol, palanquins with a variety of colours, and  the sounds of gongs and drums. In the festival there  are a lot of games representing martial spirit.  Among them, the procession of Thang Long dragon is  most original.

Co Loa Festival (28/01- 07/02/2012 & 06 – 25/02/2013)

Annually held after Tet Holiday, Co Loa Festival  pays homage to King An Duong Vuong who built the Au  Lac Kingdom and the Co Loa Citadel to fight the  battle against enemies in III B.C. Visiting Co Loa  on the 6th of the 1st lunar month, you will have the  opportunity to take part in Co Loa Festival  organized by the 12 hamlets of the village. Taking  place from the 6th to the 16th day of the Lunar New  Year at An Duong Vuong temple in Dong Anh District,  on the outskirts of Hanoi, Co Loa Festival based on  the legend of An Duong King of Au Lac and his magic  crossbow.

Yen Tu Festival (31/01/2012 – 30/04/2012 & 18/02/2013 –  30/04/2013)

Located in the Yen Tu mountain under the Yen Thuong  communes, Uong Bi town, Quang Ninh province.  Yen Tu  Pagoda is the center of Buddhism in Vietnam. Yen Tu  Festival commences annually on the 10th day of the  first lunar month and lasts three months. Tens of  thousands of pilgrims begin their journey after a  solemn ritual held at the base of Yen Tu Mountain.  The complex of historical sites and beauty spots in  Yen Tu features various pagodas, shrines or stupas  now appearing now disappearing under the thick  foliage of the primary show their belief, or doing  away with all sorrow and sadness.

Long Tong festival (27/01 – 06/02/2012 & 14 – 24/02/2013)

Time: Early in Spring, often from the 5th to the  15th day of the first lunar month. Long Tong  Festival is the most important festival of New Year,  associated with agriculture, held in the village to  pray for the peace and prosperity. The festival was  originated since many years ago. It is passed from  generations to generations. Long Tong festival is  annually held in Vinh Loc town, Chiem Hoa district,  Tuyen Quang province on the 8th lunar January. The  festival is held outdoor in a large field. Before  the festival, families clean their houses, prepare  food to welcome visitors. In the festival, each  family prepares a tray as their possibilities. A  bowl of water, a plate of red sticky rice, a plate  of yellow sticky rice, a boiled chicken, grilled  fish, etc are placed on the altar. Long Tong  Festival is really a festival of charming cultural  traits of Tay ethnic group. It is a chance for  people to meet and exchange traditional cultural  identity.

WEDDING STYLE

Organizing weddings and special honeymoon in  Vietnam? Please go to our websitehttp://www.wedinstyle.net/to see the most  recently special wedding on the luxury cruise in the  middle of thousands of mountains on the sea – one of  the seven wonders of the world voted in December  2011 – Ha Long Bay.http://www.new7wonders.com/archives/wonder/halong-bay

HOTEL PROMOTION

Contact us atthuyduong@tourvietnam.vn.vn, you will be applied  the bellowed special offers:

DA LAT

Da Lat Edensee Lake resort

www.dalatedensee.com

  • Bonus nights:  01/12/2011 - 30/11/2012:
    • Applied for consecutive nights and FIT
    • Stay 2 nights get 1 dinner for 2
    • Stay 3 nights get 2 dinners & foot massage  for 2
    • Stay 4 nights pay 3 get 2 dinners for 2
    • Stay 5 nights pay 4 get 2 dinners & body  massage for 2
  • X'mas promotion:  23/12/2011 - 26/12/2011 (Applied for booking  made until 20/12/2011 with stay period from  23/12/2011 to 26/12/2011, not combined with  other promotions)
    • 20%  discount
    • For  bookings with min.2-night stay discount 25%  from contract rate
    • Discount 30% for Gala dinner on 24/12/2011.
    • Remove surcharge room rate on 24/12/2011 &  25/12/2011

DA NANG

Furama resort

www.furamavietnam.com

  • Special offer  (for Australian, New Zealand & European) for FIT
    • Honeymoon & Wedding Anniversary: Welcome  drink, bottle of wine on arrival, daily  fruits, flower in room, honeymoon  decoration, honeymoon cake, upgrading to  higher room category
    • Early booking: Booking made 60 days before  C/I (based on datesthe booking made): FOC upgrade to higher  category
  • Bonus nights  offer for FIT (Australian & New Zealand market)
    • Stay 4 nights consecutively: Pay for 3  nights (3 + 1)
    • Stay 7N consecutively: Pay 5N (5 + 2), 1  bottle of wine on arrival
    • Stay 10N consecutively: Pay 7N (7 + 3), 1  bottle of wine on arrival
  • Bonus nights  offer for FIT (European market)
    • Stay 4N consecutively: 1 bottle of wine on  arrival & foot massage
    • Stay 6N pay 5N (5+1): 1 bottle of wine on  arrival & foot massage
    • Stay 11N pay 9N (9+2): 1 bottle of wine on  arrival & foot massage

The Ocean Villas

www.theoceanvillas.com.vn

  • Bonus night  special offer: 01/05/2012 - 30/09/2012: Stay 4  pay 3 base on contract rate for all villa types
  • Bonus night  special offer: 28/10/2011 - 15/12/2011: Stay 3  pay 2 base on contract rate for all villa types

Mercure Da Nang Hotel

www.accorhotels.com

  • Promotion:  01/11/2011 - 31/03/2012: Stay 4 pay 3

Crowne Plaza Da Nang hotel and resort

www.crowneplaza.com/danang

  • Promotion:  26/09/2011 - 31/12/2011 only applied for Premier  & Premier Ocean view room:
    • Stay 2 nights and 2nd night half price
    • Pay  2 nights and get 3rd night free

HA NOI

Sofitel Hanoi Plaza Hotel

www.so fitel.com/3553

  • 01/12/2011 - 29/02/2012: Booking early bird  discount of 10% for bookings received 30 days  before C/I & applied for German, French,  Belgium, Austria markets only
  • 01/04/2012 - 30/09/2012: Booking early bird  discount of 10% for bookings received 30 days  before C/I & applied for Australian & New  Zealand markets only
  • 01/06/2012 - 30/09/2012: Stay 3 consecutive  nights pay 2 nights: Applied for Spanish,  Portugal & Italian markets only and Applied for  FIT, not combined with other  promotions

Sofitel  Metropole Hanoi

http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-1555-sofitel-legend-metropole-hanoi/room.shtml

  • 1/11/2011 – 30/10/2012: Rolling 10% early bird  discount for booking received 45 days before C/I

Crowne Plaza

www.crowneplaza.com

  • Bonus night: 01/04/2011 - 30/09/2011 &  01/04/2012 - 30/09/2012 (This promotion is  applicable for stay in Deluxe room only):
    • Stay 2 nights and 2nd night half price
    • Pay 2 nights and get 3rd night free
  • Honeymooner Bonus: Special room amenities & gift

HOI AN

The Nam Hai

www.ghmhotels.com

  • From 01/04/2011 to 31/03/2012 (Not applied from  20/12/2011 - 10/01/2012 & 01/04/2012 -  14/04/2012): Stay 7 pay 6 ; Stay 14 pay 12
  • Honeymooners special for Year Round: Half bottle  of champagne, Honeymoon cake
  • Promotion 11/01/11 - 20/12/11 (Black out dates:  18/04/11 - 03/05/11, Not applied from 20/12/2011  - 10/01/2012 & 01/04/2012 - 14/04/2012):  1-Bedroom villa: Stay 3 pay 2 ; Stay 4 + 1 Lunch  pay 3 nights
  • Pool Villa Club Benefits:
    • Butler service, daily afternoon tea withn  villa
    • FOC pre-dinner drinks with canape in villa  from 17:00 to 19:00, free laudry (excludes  dry-cleaning), free mini bar in villa  private car transfer to Hoian town & Danang,  free return airport transfer
  • Promotion: 11/01/2012 - 31/03/2012:
    • 1-bedroom villa: Stay 3 nights pay 2 nights,  Stay 4 nights pay 3N
    • 1 to 5 bedroom Pool villas: Stay 3 nights  pay 2 nights
    • 1 to 5 bedroom Pool villas: Stay 4 nights  pay 3 nights

Victoria Hoi  An resort

www.victoriahotels-asia.com

  • Summer Promotion: 05/05/2012 - 31/10/2012 (Not  combined with other promotions, Not applied for  extra bed & GIT): Every 3 consecutive nights get  1 night free (3 + 1)

Le Belhamy  Hoi An resort

www.belhamy.com

  • Promotion: 03/05/2012 - 31/09/2012: 15% discount  on room rate, not combined with other promotions

Ancient  House resort

www.hoianancienthouseresort.com

  • Promotion for FIT: 03/05/2012 - 30/09/2012:
    • 2 nights get 1 free Vietnamese set menu
    • 3 nights get 0.5 FOC room night
    • 4 or 5 nights get 1FOC room night
    • 6 or 7 nights get 1.5FOC room night
    • 8 nights up get 2FOC room nights

Imperial  hotel

www.imperial-hotel.com.vn

  • Summer Promotion 01/04/2012 - 30/09/2012:
    • 2 night-stay: 1 free dinner (1st night) for  maximum 2pax in one room
    • Free use of sauna, steam bath for booking  made in advance

HO CHI MINH CITY

Sofitel Saigon Plaza

www.sofitel.com

  • Rolling early bird discount 10% of all booking  received 60 days before C/I (1/11/2011 –  31/10/2012)

Kim Do Hotel

www.kimdohotel.com

  • Free "bufet Tet" dinner on 22/01/2012 for guest  in house

Movenpick Hotel Saigon

www.moevenpick-hotels.com

  • Early bird booking: 01/11/2011 – 31/10/2012: 10%  reduction for booking made at least 60 days  before C/I
  • Bonus night: Stay 5 consecutive nights pay 4
  • Benefits: Stay 4 consecutive nights get 1 free  airport pick up/ drop off
  • Honeymoon Package: Aminity set up with Sparkling  wine, chocolate-coated strawberries,medium-large flower arrangement
  • Rate Benefits: 5$ deducted from rate if both  Moevenpick Saigon & Moevenpick Hanoi will be  used for group or series. Or 5$ deducted from  rate ofMoevenpick Saigon for group or series on  weekends (Friday to Sunday)

HUE

La Residence

  • Festival package  for period 22/12/2011 – 31/1/2012

More information:http://www.la-residence-hue.com/e-ad/festive_package.htm

  • Promotion 1 – 20/12/2011 - This offer is not  applied for Suites:
    • Stay 2 nights and pay 1.5 nights
    • Stay 3 nights and pay 2 nights

PHAN THIET

Princess D’Annam resort

www.princessannam.com

  • Special offer: 01/11/2011 - 31/10/2012:
    • Stay min. 5 nights get FOC head & shoulder  massage at the spa & cocktail for 2pax at  the Lounge per stay
    • Stay min. 8 nights get FOC Vietnamese body  massage at the spa & cocktail for 2pax at  the Lounge per stay
    • Honeymooners inclusions: FOC bed decoration  with flowers on the day of arrival, fruit  basket, bottle of sparkling wine & chocolate  upon turn down
  • Bonus night Promotion: 01/04/2012 - 31/10/2012:
    • Min. stay 3 nights pay 2 nights - compulsory  ABF on free night
    • Min. stay 5 nights pay 3 nights - compulsory  ABF on free nights
    • Min. stay 8 nights pay 5 nights - compulsory  ABF on free nights
  • Winter Promotion: 01/11/2011 - 31/03/2012  (Black-out dates: 21/12/2011 - 16/01/2012; Not  valid for Empress Villa, not combined with other  promotion)
    • Min. stay 3 nights pay 2 nights - compulsory  ABF on free night
    • Min. stay 5 nights pay 3 nights - compulsory  ABF on free nights
    • Min. stay 8 nights pay 5 nights - compulsory  ABF on free nights
  • Additional benefits for LS: 01/04/2012 -  31/10/2012
    • Free daily Spa treatment (1 treatment per  day per pax over 16 years old, free BF on  bonus nights, free laundry (except drycleaning), free daily shuttle bus at fix  time to Phan Thiet city,and return (on availability), free  non-motorized water sport equipment  (condition applies), free usage of bicycles  This offer can be combined with "Stay pay"  promotion.

Lotus Mui Ne Beach resort

www.lotusmuineresort.com

  • Long  stay offers: 03/05/2012 - 31/10/2012 except  Public holidays:
    • Full board on every 7th day (incl.  breakfast, set lunch & dinner)
    • Daily 1 set of laundry on 8th day onwards  (not for dry cleaning)
    • 01FOC for 11 rooms staying for 2 weeks  continuously

Amaryllis resort

www.amaryllisresort.com

  • Promotion: 01/11/2011 - 18/12/2011 & 01/03/2012  - 01/05/2012: Stay 11 nights get 01 night free  (11 = 10)
  • Promotion: 02/05/2012 - 31/10/2012: Stay 7  nights get 01 night free (7 = 6)
  • Benefits for guest in house: 01/11/2011 -  31/10/2012:
    • Stay 5-9 nites offer FOC cocktail, nail  service, internet in room
    • Stay 10 nites up offer FOC cocktail, 30'  foot massage and fast food lunch with 1 soft  drink, internet
    • Not  applied for pax sharing room althought pay  surcharge EB

Hotel Novotel Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes and Golf resort

www.PhanThietResorts.com

Bonus night promotion: 01/04/2012 - 31/10/2012 (Close-out dates:  23/01/12 - 27/01/12, 31/03/12 - 01/04/12 and  Close-out dates: 30/04/12 - 02/05/12, 01/09/12 -  03/09/12): Stay 3 pay 2 nights

Victoria Phan Thiet

www.victoriahotels-asia.com

Summer Promotion: 05/05/2012 - 31/10/2012: Every 3 consecutive  nights get 1 night free (3 + 1) (Not combined with  other promotions and Not applied for extra bed & GIT)

Pandanus resort

www.pandanusresort.com

Long Stay Promotion: 01/04/2012 - 31/10/2012: Stay 7 pay 6; Stay 14  pay 11; Stay 21 pay 17; Stay 28 pay 22

PHU QUOC

Sai Gon Phu Quoc

www.sgphuquocresort.com.vn

5% Discount rate for German and Russian from  01/01/2012 to 30/06/2012

La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

http://laverandaresort.com/

  • Bonus night:  01/05/2012 - 30/09/2012: Stay 3 pay 2 and  multiple of it (3 = 2, 6 = 4,…). Bonus night is  applicable for extra bed, except lunch & dinner.  Double promotion is not valid on the same  booking.
  • Special  promotion: 01/05/2012 - 30/09/2012: Stay 2  nights pay 1 and 1/2 (multiples do not apply),  Valid for all room categories, based on contract  rate, Valid for all markets, for room & ABF  only, for FIT

Chez Carole

http://www.chezcarole.com.vn/

Long Stay Benefits: Low Season: Stay 3 nights pay 2  nights; High Season: Stay 10 nights pay 9 nights

Mango Bay resort

www.mangobayphuquoc.com

Summer Promotion: 05/05/2012 - 30/09/2012: Stay 3  pay 2

VUNG TAU

Sanctuary – A resort community – Ho Tram

www.sanctuary.com.vn

Discount 15% for bookings on weekdays, except for  peak seasons.

Ho Tram Beach resort and spa

www.hotramresort.com

  • Special  Concession for FIT: 01/11/2011 – 30/04/2012:  Minimum 14 nights pay 12 nights, Minimum 21  nights pay 18 nights
  • Special  Concession for FIT: 01/05/2012 – 31/10/2012:  Minimum 6 nights pay 5 nights, Minimum 10 nights  pay 8 nights
  • Bonus night for  FIT: 01/11/2011 – 31/10/2012 for Russia,  Scandinavia, Australia, Spain, Asia (must shows  in booking forms): Min. 6 nights pay 5 nights ;  Min. 10 nights pay 8 nights

NEW HOTELS

Mia  resort Nha Trang
http://www.mianhatrang.com/

Nestled in the mountain pass between Cam Ranh  Airport and Nha Trang, on the slopes surrounded by  pristine aquamarine waters, lies the beautiful Mia  Nha Trang resort.

Hyatt  Regency Danang Resort and Spa
http://www.danang.regency.hyatt.com

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the  opening of Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa on  Vietnam’s central coast. (November, 2011).

Pullman Vung Tau 5-star Hotel
The combination of 5-star hotel Pullman and  International Exhibition and Conference Center in  Vung Tau city was built on the land with total area  of 3 ha, expected up to October 2011, this hotel  project will be completed.

Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi
http://www.hoteldelopera.com
Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi , an international standard  hotel, officially opened in the capital city on Nov.  11 after its trial operation from early this year.  Locating in Hanoi ’s inner district of Hoan Kiem,  the hotel accommodates 107 rooms styled by French  classical designs.

It is a joint investment project  between Dan Chu Tourism and Commercial Joint Stock  Company of Vietnam and Accor Group, the world’s  leading hotel manager.

NEW POLICIES

From August 4th2011,  foreigners entering Vietnam with a transit visa can  stay in Vietnam in a period of 15 days instead of 5  days as before.

Currently, Chinese passport holders  cannot apply for Visa on arrival in Vietnam if they  fly from the Chinese mainland or Hong Kong or  Macau.

New direct flight from London to  Vietnam, for more details, please go tohttp://www.vietnamair.co.uk/.

The National Carrier Vietnam Airlines  is aiming to open direct air routes to the US and  the UK for the last few months of the year 2011 and  will become the first air carrier in Vietnam which  offers the direct route to US and UK.

GENERAL TIPS FOR TRAVELLING IN VIETNAM

Visa to Vietnam can easily obtained at the nearest  Vietnamese Embassy or throughEVIVA TOUR VIETNAMfor visa on arrival with the  best price, the most convenient and time saving.  Only send us the passport details, you will get the  visa within 2 working days for normal process and 2  to 4 working hours for urgent process.

You have got an Iphone? Make sure it is an world  version not a firmware or you will have to get it  unlocked to be used in Vietnam. And if you are not  in luck with an Iphone firmware version, what to do  next? Google will help you with “How to unlock your  Iphone”. Good luck!

You can find Internet café everywhere in big cities.  All what you have to do is order something, sit down  and ask for the password to connect to the wireless  network.

Highly recommend to get your pictures developed in  any Photo Processing Shop in Vietnam at a  surprisingly low price.

Due to the variable temperature from the North to  the South of Vietnam during the winter, which gives  you memorable experiences travelling from the  freezing cold weather to the extremely humid hot,  remember to bring along some cotton stuffs for trips  in the South and warm clothes for trips in the North  but make sure that they are all light and  comfortable to wear. You can buy just about anything  you need in Ha Noi or in Ho Chi Minh city.

Invisible pocket: some vests or pants or skirts have  invisible pockets with a zipper to keep your money  safe but still easy for you to unzip and get out  your money. Let’s try once you are in abroad.

SPECIAL TOURS

Sustainable tours

Talk show with Maria Chiara Minciararoni

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmik4i_open-viet-nam-22-11-2011-viyt-nam-goc-nhin-cya-byn_tv

Talk show with Massimo

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmjlo5_open-viet-nam-23-11-2011-viyt-nam-goc-nhin-cya-byn_shortfilms

From 18 to 20 November 2011 at the lagoon (Tam  Giang-Cau Ha) EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM organized the  Sustainable Tour under the Project in collaboration  with The Embassy of Italy in Hanoi -  Follow in the  footsteps of the Italian Development Cooperation in  Vietnam.

The initiative has supported and saw the  participation of the Ambassador of Italy in Hanoi  H.E Lorenzo Angeloni, the Vice president of the  province of Hue and a large delegation of experts  from Italy.

From a tourist point of view, the principal moment  was the boat trip around the lagoon at the factories  of local fishermen and farmers. From a technical  point of view, the international workshop on  sustainable tourism promoted in collaboration with  the FAO/IMOLA project held at the People of Hue and  commits was no doubt the heart of the programme.

The consensus in terms of participation in the  initiative gained prominence on the national and  local press, testify to the quality of the project  promoted by EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM.

The visit to the lagoon was the first of a series of  sustainable tours under the project. We are happy to  inform the coming sustainable event in March 2012  with the destination of the UNESCO recognized  archaeological site for the preservation of My Son.

Please contact our Business Development Manager, Mr.  Fabio Cappiello,fabio@tourvietnam.vn.vnor +84 12 3384 0802 for  more information.

DESTINATIONS

Moc Chau  : a district of Sonla

Square: 2025,1 km²

How to get there: Take a car or a local bus from  Hanoi to Son La

If you visit Vietnam from the middle of November  until February, don’t forget to come to Moc Chau  highland. That’s the best time for you to see all  the most beautiful of nature there; and I’m sure  you’ll never forget.

Moc Chau, a district of Son La province, is about  200km from Hanoi. It takes more than 4 hours drive  along National highway 6 with the dry winter that  attracted many tourists. Moc Chau has more than  14.000ha of grass field and half of them are used to  plant tea. All of the tea hills are side by side,  endless to the end of the horizon. The cool wind in  the late autumn make the tea fields become many  green tea waves around you. You not only can see,  but also can smell, can feel the real nature, the  pure weather in deep of your soul. When you walk  along the small road between each tea farm, you will  meet many friendly local farmers. Some of them are  H’Mong or Thai ethnic minorities. They will be very  happy to tell you the stories about planting tea and  teach you the way to collect tea’s leaves. After a  working day in tea farm you can enjoy a cup of tea,  the freshest tea that you’ve ever tasted. Moc Chau  is so peaceful.

But Moc Chau is not famous for tea. Milk is the most  well-known product in this plateau. The breeding of  dairy cows is the main job to improve economic  conditions in Moc Chau. More than 486 households  raise dairy cows, provide fresh milk, yoghurt and  many other milk product for every other countries.

From the middle of November, the tourist can see  more colour in Moc Chau fields. Speacially is the  yellow colour of the Mexican Sunflower. The wild  sunflowers stand on the roadside like small suns to  bring the warmth to everybody. Their beauty is so  beautiful that almost the young people must waiting  for the flower season to visit and take photos.

When the mexican sunflower season is nearly end, the  cabbage flowers are begin blooming. The small white  flowers stand with the yellow flowers make wonderful  lines to decorate the green fields. And in the trees  the light orange of ripen persimmons are the  highlights of the picture that you will miss  forever.

Arriving in Moc Chau in the spring, peach and plum  blossoms are out in full, creating magnificent photo  opportunities . Throughout the valleys, you can see  plum flowers blooming whitening the blue sky. That’s  the great background for all the H’Mong, Thai  women’s colourful dresses. Visit the village, you  will be amazed at the local culture. After the  dinner with local food like black-legged chicken  hotpot, you will have really interesting nights with  Xoe, Sap – ethnic group’s dances and the folk songs.

Not only is green field or impressed flowers, Moc  Chau has many worth visiting caves, waterfall and  brilliantly landscape. Dai Yem fall in the summer  with the height of 100m looks like a huge white  scarf from the sky to the ground. The Bat’s cave  with many other shapes of the stalacities : Money  tree, lion, tiger, eagle…. Stalactite structures was  created naturally make the tourist feel that they’re  in a different world.

Moc Chau Plateau is ideal choice, for those, who  love do discover beautiful untouched Vietnam nature.  It is also indeed a charming place full of character  and culture. Moc Chau – the secret land is waiting  for your discovery.


Ha Noi
83A Tran Quoc Toan, Hoan Kiem Dist.
t.+84 4 3942 6585
f.+84 4 3822 8008
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sales@tourvietnam.vn

Ho Chi Minh City
M1906 Central Garden, 225 Ben Chuong Duong,  Dist. 1
t.+84 8 3838 9567
f.+84 8 3838 9568
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