VIETNAM TRAVEL NEWSLETTER 2014 - QUARTER II

NEWSLETTER FROM EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM

On the occassion of Liberation Day (30 April) and International Labour Day (1 May), EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM would like to wish you all the best. We are delighted to publish our newsletter of quarter II-2014.

TTG IN ITALY

EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM will have its own booth at TTG Rimini, 9-11 October 2014 as an exhibitor. For appointments, please contact our Vice Director, Ms. Duong Nguyen Thuy at sales@tourvietnam.vn or via mobile phone +84 9 1230 4000.

HOT NEWS

Hanoi - top 10 best worldwide travel destinations

TripAdvisor has examined millions of travelers’ reviews to come up with the top worldwide travel destinations for the year, citing Hanoi as the eighth top choice, which was selected as the top Southeast Asian destination followed by Siem Reap of Cambodia, and Shanghai of China.

According to a post on the website, Hanoi is described as a charming city, with a well preserved Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside, such as Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison attest. Lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city, which is easily explored, the post concludes. (Source: VOV – The Voice of Vietnam)

Festival honours Lang Co as world beautiful bay

The central province of Thua Thien Hue will organise a festival on April 24-25 to introduce its Lang Co Bay as one of the most beautiful bays of the world.

Lying between Hue and Da Nang cities, Lang Co is one of the major tourist destinations in the central region, with luxury seaside resorts, crystal-clear water, and a diversified and rich ecosystem. Lang Co was recognised as the 30th member of the “World’s Most Beautiful Bays” club (World bays Club) in 2009, and it is Vietnam’s third bay after Ha Long and Nha Trang admitted to the club.

The festival will include activities to promote cultural values of Lang Co Bay, as well as its tourism potential. (Source: VOV – The Voice of Vietnam)


Sa Pa Culture Tourism Week 2014

From April 29 to May 4, Lao Cai province will host numerous activities for Sapa Culture and Tourism Week 2014.

There will be traditional music performances and folk games of Sapa ethnic minority groups from the Ham Rong mountain eco-tourism site. And, the minority Culture Festival and a flower, decorative plants, and local products exhibition will be held during the Sapa Culture and Tourism Week.

The provincial People’s Committee has launched a Lao Cai enhances the propagation and promotion of the cultural week on the mass media to attract more tourists to Sapa. (Source: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism)


Plentiful activities to mark Dien Bien Phu Victory

From now to May 31, Dien Bien province will host numerous activities to mark the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory ended French colonial rule in Vietnam.

The national-level ceremony will have an incense offering ceremony, a parade with the participation of 15,000 people and a special art program in praise of the Party, President Ho Chi Minh, General Vo Nguyen Giap and the significance of the victory. In addition, there will be ceremonies honoring organizations and individuals who donated victory-related artifacts and documents and the naming of a road after General Vo Nguyen Giap.

A requiem for martyrs at the Hill A1 martyrs’ cemetery, a live TV program linking Dien Bien and Ho Chi Minh City, and a photo exhibition on the victory will also be held. (Source: Vietnam News)

UPCOMING FESTIVALS

Summer Solstice Day

This is a mid-year festival to enhance the prevention of evils and illnesses, and the memory of the ancestors. Literally, Tet refers to festival, Doan means the start, Ngo is the seventh animal of the Chinese zodiac- the horse. Ngo is also noon and Doan Ngo means to eat at noon. The name “Tet sau bo” (Parasite-Killing Festival) derives from the fact that farmers, on this day, get rid of all pests to start growing their crops for the new season. Therefore, creatures and people must become stronger in both their health and their souls to overcome this. On this occasion, the whole family have to get up early and eat fermented sticky and fruits. . (Source: Vietnam Tourism)

Nghinh Ong Festival

This is an occasion for the people in My Long coastal village to express their gratitude to the heaven, the earth and the ocean, as well as the gentle predecessors who made great contribution to the village and nation, and pray for a fishing season with timely rains and favourable weather, cloudless sky and peaceful sea, and abundant crops of shrimp and fish. The official rituals of My Long’s Nghinh Ong festival includes: Welcoming the Whale (procession on the sea), Main Ceremony (in the Local Goddess’ Shrine), Displaying Worshipping Offerings (in the Local Goddess’ Shrine), Welcoming Five Directions (procession marching everywhere in the town), and Driving away the Evil Spirit (procession on the sea) etc. (Source: Vietnam News)

Kate Festival Festival

The first day is for the ritual of receiving Goddess Po Inu Nagar's costume at Po Inu Nagar Temple in Huu Duc Hamlet, Phuoc Huu Commune, Ninh Phuoc District. The second day (main festival day) is for Kate Festival at Po Inu Nagar Temple, Po Klong Garai Tower and Po Rome Tower. The festival takes place in three areas at the same time. The third day is for Kate Festival at Cham villages. Each Cham village worships its own God. The festival is also an occasion for the participants to enjoy traditional arts performances of Cham people such as Apsara dance, Ginang and Paranung drum-beat along with many cultural activities and games such as competitions of weaving, carrying water jar on one’s head, football, etc. (Source: Vietnam Tourism)

SPECIAL TOURS

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PHU QUOC ISLAND – THE SUNNY HEAVEN

Best time to visit: April - June and Late Oct can be a good time to visit Phu Quoc with less crowds, cheaper prices and fairly good odds of reasonable weather.

Phu Quoc is everything a tropical island should be. Surrounded by more than 40 kilometres of white beaches decorated with coconut palms, situated in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border, Phu Quoc is the largest island of Viet Nam. Its western coastline is sparsely populated while the interior is largely covered with jungle and mainly deserted.

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CON DAO BEACH BREAK

Best time to visit: From February to October. From May to October, turtles nest on beaches around the Islands. Moreover, during February - July, the waters around Con Dao are at their clearest for diving.

Con Dao Island once was a prison for political prisoners during the French colonial era. There, the Sai Gon regime imprisoned opponents of the regime in the infamous cells known as the "tiger cages". The old prison buildings still exist and are open to the public as a trace of the island's history. But most of all Con Dao island has plenty of sun, pristine white beaches and delicious fresh seafood.

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WEATHER (from May to August)

Weather in Vietnam

In May, the first month of the summer, the average temperature is around 24°C to 32°C. In the north, some parts start to experience rain, although dry days are still prevalent. The central of Vietnam still remains perfect for vacation with bright sunshine, clear sky and cool breeze. The south slowly begins to slip towards its wet season, the rain tends to fall in the afternoon often in short, heavy downpours. Therefore, heading to beaches is a good choice, especially the central beaches of Hoi An, Da Nang and Nha Trang.

In June and July weather is very similar. The temperature stays between 26°C and 33°C. The north experiences heavy rain and lots of thunderstorms. The northern mountains are very wet because of rain. The weather stays warm with bright sunshine in the central of Vietnam. In the central highlands and in Da Lat, rainfall is still on the increase though travel is still possible. The south also experiences lots of rain and high humidity. The showers will be slightly heavier than in previous months you can still expect plenty of dry and bright daylight hours. The central beaches still promise a great deal of sunshine and trekking is unadvisable for most regions.

In August, the weather is mixed with rain and dry in Vietnam. The temperature is around 25°C to 32°C. The north experiences lots of rain and hot weather. A heavy shower with lots of thunderstorms can be experienced in northern cities. The central of Vietnam remains hot and predominantly dry. Da Nang and other central cities experience hot weather with infrequent shower but increasing towards the end of month. The south is firmly into its wet season with daily showers to be expected. However, you can still expect plenty of dry and bright daylight hours.

Weather in Laos

May is the last of month of the hot and dry season. The average temperature is around 27°C to 35°C. The north remains hot; thus, the rain is usually short lived and quickly replaced by blue skies and brilliant sunshine. In the south, the rain can last longer and be more constant.

June, July and August are in the rainy season in Laos with relatively high humidity and a good chance of rain most days. On the other hand, the green vegetation enhances Laos’ considerable charms and the lack of tourists can make it a brilliant time to visit. Like most of South East Asia, the downpour usually lasts an hour or two of very heavy rain, rather than all day. High rainfall makes travel to the more remote region of the country difficult at times. Travel overland in the mountains during the rainy season can be slow and tricky. This period is not a good time to visit Laos.

Weather in Cambodia

In Cambodia, wet season runs from May to October courtesy of the southwest monsoon. The temperature is relatively high (average 30°C - 35°C). Wet season brings some three-quarters of Cambodia’s annual rainfall. July, August and September are the wettest months, it can rain every day. However, rainy days tend to have a few hours of heavy rain rather than being all-day downpours. At this time, floods are frequent in Cambodia. Therefore, travelling by road in these months meet many difficulties.

TIPS FOR BEACH SEASON

Transportation

Naturally, summer is the peak season when domestic travel volume soars, hence, air and train tickets are sold out well in advance. This is one big concern that seems to occur to most holiday travellers. Therefore, EVIVA strongly recommend that you book everything as early as possible..

Accommodation

Most accommodation service may raise the price significantly or even was sold out for a consecutive stay, attributing the "hot season" occasion. Our suggestion is booking accommodations advance.

Besides, you had better know how you’re going to get to your reserved accommodation before departing to the hotels in case your phone dies (or is stolen). Save the address and know your route options.

Miscellaneous Needs

Don’t forget such things as UV cream, sunglasses, medications, a conveniently accessible wallet for travel documents, camera, film, small binoculars, important addresses/phone numbers, a small notebook, etc…

Safety

Personal safety is considerable issue in Vietnam. There are some incidents of petty theft hence, travellers should probably be watchful of handbags. Traveling in groups can become inconvenient, but it may be a safer way.

NEW HOTELS AND RESORTS

ALACARTE DANANG BEACH (5 star) www.alacarteliving.com

Opening in April 25, 2014, with modern design, casual service and surprising “A La Carte” concept, A La Carte Da Nang is the first of its kind in Vietnam – an extended stay hotel providing all services as optional add-ons..

A La Carte Da Nang has an unmistakable beach inspired design that links the hotel with the local culture and surroundings. The philosophy of the hotel is based on an innovative lifestyle concept

Access: The property is 900 metres from My Khe Beach and 3 km from Han Market. It is within 8 km of Marble Mountains and Non Nuoc Beach. Da Nang International Airport is 6 km away.

PREMIER VILLAGE DANANG RESORT (5 star) www.accorhotels.com

Opening in April 30, 2014, Premier Village Danang Resort Managed by Accor is a luxurious accommodation nestled in the heart of Da Nang. A memorable experience awaits you at the Resort. Guests can relax by the beach, explore the nearby ancient town of Hoi An or discover the traditional Han market.

The resort features 79 exclusive pool villas with spacious bedrooms, aprivate plunge pool, dining and living areas and fully equipped kitchen. Recreational facilities include two swimming pools, a spa and wellness centre and a range of water sport activities, making it an ideal for adults and children alike.

Access: Just 6 km from Da Nang International Airport, the property is also 4.4 km from the picturesque Marble Mountains and 21 km from the ancient town of Hoi An.

HOT PACKAGE FROM AN LAM NINH VAN BAY (5 Star)

From VND 8,889,000/room/night

Valid from 5th May – 31 October 2014 (Black out: 29 April – 04 May 2014)

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FAMILY AT GETAWAY PARADISE ( 5 Star)

From VND 6,899,000++/room/night

Valid from 1 March – 20 December 2014

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TRAVEL POLICIES

PROCEDURES FOR VIETNAM VISA EXTENSION AT IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT

For foreigners staying in Vietnam, they can extend their visas for one to three months in their temporarily resident province or city.

Foreigners eligible for Vietnam visa extension

  • Foreigners entering Vietnam for tourism purposes
  • Foreigners entering Vietnam for the purpose of trade and investment
  • Foreigners entering Vietnam to visit relatives
  • Foreigners entering Vietnam to marry a Vietnamese
  • Foreign investors to Vietnam
  • Head of the representative office of non-governmental organizations located in Vietnam
  • Attorney was licensed to practice by Vietnam Ministry of Justice
  • Foreign workers were granted work permits

Foreigners eligible for Vietnam visa extension

  • Legal documents of their business, organizational guarantee for outsiders including copy of business registration, a copy of the certificate of seal, a copy of the tax code registration, registration form signed and sealed;
  • Passport of foreigners must be a minimum period of six months;
  • Work permit (In the case of foreign workers who want to apply for a visa for a period of 03 months or more, investors, project head office, non-governmental organizations, foreign lawyers are granted license in Vietnam do not have to apply for a work permit)
  • Form of the request for Vietnam visa extension. Notice: This form is confirmed by the company or organization in Vietnam if it is guaranteed by that company and organization in Viet Nam. This form was confirmed by police commune, ward if it is guaranteed by the Vietnamese person. (Commune or ward Vietnam who have permanent residence).
  • Other documents as required by the specific agency of the Immigration office (As the lease, the list of foreign workers, etc.)

For further information on Vietnam visa extension, please contact sales@tourvietnam.vn  or hotline +84 9 3600 9908.

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