VIETNAM TRAVEL NEWSLETTER 2014 - QUARTER III

NEWSLETTER FROM EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM

Dear our valued partners,

To welcome the high season for tourism to Indochina, EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM would like to bring you a look inside Vietnam this season with our newsletter of quarter III 2014.

TTG IN RIMINI, ITALY AND WTM IN LONDON, ENGLAND

EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM will have its own booth at Booth 012 Hall C3, TTG Rimini, 9-11 October 2014 and AS385, WTM London, 3-6 November 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

Traditional craft village tourism festival to open in Hanoi

The Hanoi Traditional Craft Village Tourism Festival 2014 will be held at the Palace Horse Sports Apparel, from October 9th to 12th, said the municipal People’s Committee.

Under the theme “Convergence of Quintessence”, the festival will feature nearly 400 booths including some major areas: craft village exhibition, travel agencies, airlines, food, folk games and entertainment.

There will be 143 booths to display products from Hanoi’s traditional craft village.

Visitors of the event will have a great chance to enjoy folk games water puppetry, calligraphy performance and catru (ceremonial singing), and also to try some of the special dishes of the capital city or other localities nationwide.

This year, the event hopes to promote Hanoi’s tourism in particular and the country in general.

(Source: VOV – The Voice of Vietnam)

“Gold Tourism Month” to be launched in Hue

The “Gold Tourism Month” is the name of a special tourism promotion program in the central province of ThuaThien – Hue from September 2nd to 30th on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of National Day (September 2nd).

This also aims to celebrate the 20th anniversary of recognition of the Hue Monuments by the UNESCO, and 10th years since the Royal Court Music of Vietnam was recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Since the tourism sector has improved its quality of service and the tourism environment while also managing to implement promotional packages, during this month, visitors will enjoy entrance tickets discount to relics and transit service via electric buses such as on the Royal Palace – Artefact Museum route.

50% of discount in nhanhac or royal court music performances will be applied and others services will have a great deal of 10-20% off such as royal costume wear and drinks.

(Source: Vietnam Breaking News)

Vietnam to host first-ever Asia-Europe music festival

More than 200 musicians from 30 countries and territories around the world have registered to send their works to the Asia-Europe Festival 2014 to be held in Vietnam for the first time from October 8th to 12th, in Hanoi and Ha Long city in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

According to New Music World, the first “Asia-Europe” New Music Festival 2014 in Vietnam is a significant international music festival initiated by Vietnam Musicians Association to continue the success of International New Music Festival: “Europe-Asia” founded by Ministry of Culture, Union of Composers of Russian Federation and Union of Composers of Tatarstan in 1993.

The festival will feature music of different genres ranging from symphony, concert, folk and national music and opera to chorus and new songs. Many well-known Vietnamese musicians and composers will also perform at the festival, including violinist Bui Cong Duy and conductors Le Phi Phi and Vu Nhat Tan, who all have great reputation not only in Vietnam but also in international stages.

(Source: TuoiTreNews.vn)

Chef Bobby Chinn named Vietnam’s tourism ambassador

The Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has appointed the World-famous chef Bobby Chinn as tourism ambassador for Vietnam in Europe from July 2014 to July 2017, at a recent ceremony held by the ministry and the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK.

Bobby Chinn is a hugely popular culinary figure throughout Asia, and also well-known for his two restaurant in Vietnam: Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi (since 2001) and Bobby Chinn Saigon (since 2011), which have been compared to Rick’s Café of Casablanca. Spending most of the time in Vietnam since 1996, Bobby has a true adventure through every corner of Vietnamese cuisine to create more unusual food and recipes.

In 2013, he opened his new restaurant named “The House of Ho” in the heart of Soho, London, to introduce the Vietnamese typical dishes to foreign friends during the 2014 “Taste of London” festival in June.

With this honor, Bobby Chinn is expected to help popularize Vietnam as a safe and hospitable destination for visitors all around the world.

(Source: Vietnam News)

UPCOMING FESTIVALS

Ngo Boat Festival

Ngo boat race festival, as well as festivals Ok-Om-Bok (Moon Offering Ceremony), a traditional festival of the Khmer people, took place on October 13th to 15th lunar year.

This festival is the most vibrant and exciting, the most widely anticipated in the Mekong Delta. Hoi ngo boat race takes place on the large rivers in TP.Soc moon and from 2013 has become "Ngo Boat Race Festival Khmer Mekong Delta".

The long, slim boats, often made from the hollowed-out trunk of a Sao tree, each hold about 50 men. Prior to the race, people place incense and candles on the boats and, accompanied by a traditional orchestra of gongs, perform various ceremonies to choose the boats' captain and crew. One man is chosen to sit on the prow, where he will pray to the gods and entertain the rowers. The races themselves are thrilling, as the rowers push themselves to the limit, encouraged by the jubilant cheers of the crowd.

(Source: Vietnam Tourism)

Mid-Autumn Festival

In Vietnam the Mid-Autumn Festival, known as TetTrung Thu in Vietnamese, is the country’s second most important holiday, after Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. TetTrung Thu usually takes place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.

The traditions surrounding this holiday date back thousands of years, and they place a huge emphasis on children. It is thought that the festival was originally celebrated to give parents time to catch up with their children after the summer harvest was completed.

Moon cakes are the specific cakes and are only on this festival. Moon cake, which is made from flavor, meat, egg, dried fruit, pumpkin’s seed, peanut, is so sweet and good tasting. Moon cakes symbolize Luck, Happiness, Health and Wealth on the Mid-Autumn day.

Besides that, the children are provided with many nice lanterns - star lanterns, flower lanterns and diverse funny masks such as clown mask, lion mask, prince or princess mask for the special performance in the evening of the full moon. Everywhere is fallen in the active and colorful air.

(Source: Holiday Asia)

Ox racing Festival in Mekong Delta

The ox racing is held in a large ground 60m wide and 170m long which is surrounded by high earthen rampart where spectators can stand. The racing lane is 100m long and 4m wide. Its two ends are marked with departure and destination poles. Each racing tournament involves 38 pairs of oxen selected from competition in commune level. The competition consists of two rounds. It can be considered that ‘hu’ is the selection round, and ‘tha’ the real contest, which displays the strength of the oxen and the skill of their controllers.

The racing oxen become the pride of the whole village. As such the controllers, the owners of the oxen and the oxen themselves all try hard to show their skill and strength. The prize-winning oxen are much loved for their efforts to bring about the honor for their owners. The ox racing in An Giang has an age old tradition. The men in the village take this community event as an opportunity to show their courage and dexterity.

(Source:Vietnam Travel Blog)

SPECIAL TOURS

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THE SECRET OF INDOCHINA

You are exploring lovers who always want to conquer the place where you are not familiar; so the trip to Indochina is a great option for you. EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM wants to be your partner by providing “The Secret of Indochina” tour. With this tour, you will discover the secrets, interesting things about life in countries of Indochina.

With 16-days journey, you will discover 3 countries with valuable culture, history and beautiful landscapes. The trip starts from SiemRiep and Phnom Penh from Cambodia. Then, you will go to Vietnam to visit Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hue, Hoi An, Ha Noi, Ha Long, NinhBinh and Mekong Delta. The trip ends at a beautiful country – Laos with the capital city of Vientiane and LuangPhrabang.

For tour details, please click here.

THE SPIRIT OF MEKONG DELTA AND HOMESTAY TOUR

If you are going to Saigon and wondering what there is to do there. We recommend to you the Mekong Delta as Saigon’s most visited site. This trip mixes sightseeing with cultural exchange. You will have a memorable time with the hospitable people of the Mekong Delta by staying overnight at a local homestay.

The 2-day trip offers a glimpse into the agrarian life of the vibrant southern Delta region as we wind our way through the tributaries of the Mekong River. From our boats, we are able to closely observe the daily rituals of river life and participate in the bustling commercial activities as we buy our fruits from the floating market. Along the way, we will visit an orchard farm, handicraft village, and a land market with an abundance of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables.

For tour details, please click here.

WEATHER (SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER)

Weather in Vietnam

In September, wet weather is popular in central regions where, towards the end of the month in particular, rain is expected to become more frequent.

In October, weather in the north will be improved with clearer skies, less rainfall and a break to the high humidity of recent months.In the far north the weather in mountains of Sapa and Ha Giang is dry and clear promising some of the best trekking conditions of the year.

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.

Come November the south welcomes back the summer in all its glory with some of the best weather of the year, thanks to clear skies and a drop in humidity (average temperature: 27°C). The beaches of Phu Quoc, Phan Thiet and Mui Ne are undoubtedly the pick of the bunch thanks to clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine, in direct contrast with the wet weather further north.

Weather in Laos

During September rainfall reaches peak levels throughout the country with temperatures dropping and the length and severity of rain showers increasing, even in LuangPrabang and Vientiane. Temperatures average in the low 20’s°C throughout the country.

In October, good weather returns to Laos with far less rain expected than the previous few months, especially as November approaches and with it the beginning of the dry season.Temperatures are close to their coolest for the entire year (LuangPrabang & Vientiane average temperature: 24°C, further south average temperature: 26°C).

In November, across the country the flora and fauna is lush and vibrant.The waterways of Laos are in full flow, promising some of the best conditions of the year for river journeys across the country.

Weather in Cambodia

Rainfall is high throughout September. Across the country the flora and fauna is in full bloom and the moats at the Angkor Temples are full of life (average temperature: 26°C). When it rains it is usually for a few hours rather than all-day downpours, although these can also happen.

On the south coast and in more rural regions, such as Ratanakiri, rainfall can be heavier and more prolonged although dry days are still expected. Due to the rain of the past few months, some more rural roads become difficult and therefore access to the more remote corners of the country can be a problem.

The temperature in November is also just about as ‘cool’ as Cambodia gets, making it a popular time to travel for those wishing to maximize their time at the Angkor Temples (average temperature: 25 °C).

(Source: Selective Asia)

TIPS FOR BEACH SEASON

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear

With lower costs than in your home country, most gear can be obtained in Vietnam easily but you have to check for the quality. For sophisticated gear such as driving computer etc. and to avoid handling problem, it’s always best to bring what you’re used to.

Shopping

In the festival season, it is an ideal choice to buy small and meaningful gifts before getting back. Speaking about shopping in Vietnam this season, you can choose from some spectacular traditional dress of the ethic markets, to small souvenirs, snack and even fried food to bring back home.

Photo Equipment

Bring as much as you can carry. A good DSLR plus lenses with a SD card from 16 to 32GB is essential. You do not want to go out of your memory card. Film available but may not always be fresh. Try to capture as much moment as possible when you are in Vietnam.

Be Polite

Vietnamese, like the Chinese and Japanese, strictly maintain clean floors and it is usual to remove shoes when entering somebody’s home. It’s rude to point the bottom of your feet towards other people. Never, ever point your feet towards anything sacred, such as Buddha image. Also, show your respect to elderly or other esteemed people, such as monks, by take off your hat and bow your head politely when addressing them.

NEW HOTELS AND RESORTS

VIETNAM

VICTORIA NUI SAM 3-STAR LODGE (AN GIANG)
http://www.victoriahotels.asia/en/our-hotels-in-viet-nam/nui-sam-lodge

Located on the side of Sam Mountain (Nui Sam in Vietnamese), the three star Victoria Nui Sam Lodge is the latest addition to the suite of Victoria Hotels and Resorts. The 26 stone bungalows and villas nestled on the side of this spiritual mountain, home to dozens of pagodas and temples, offer guests and visitors a unique experience in a truly magnificent location.


VICTORIA CHAU DOC 4-STAR HOTEL (AN GIANG)
http://victoriahotels.asia/en/our-hotels-in-viet-nam/chau-doc-hotel

Built in colonial style with low-rise French architectural design, the hotel blends perfectly with its natural surroundings. The hotel is located on the banks of the Bassac River crossing and is an ideal base to explore Chau Doc region. The hotel offers front seat views of the river habitat with its famous floating fish farming villages, floating markets and Cham villages.


VICTORIA CAN THO 4-STAR RESORT (CAN THO)
http://victoriahotels.asia/en/our-hotels-in-viet-nam/can-tho-resort

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. Come to enjoy the life of local people of the Mekong delta at Victoria Can Tho Resort


GOLF CAN THO 3-STAR HOTEL (CAN THO)
http://www.golfcanthohotel.vn

Located on the NinhKieu banks of the Hau river- one of the nine estuaries of the Mekong Delta- Golf Can Tho is a splendid modern style hotel set in the magnificent Can Tho city. The hotel featured 107 rooms, 8 of which are spacious suites, all has balcony with a half river view. Golf Can Tho provides guests with extensive international services and facilities benifitting one of Vietnam’s officially accredited four- star hotels.

LAOS

NAM OU RIVERSIDE 4-STAR RESORT (LUANGPRABANG)
http://www.namouriverside.com

Nam Ou Riverside Hotel & Resort sits on the bank of Nam Ou River with an area of 5.5 hectares in VangLae Village, Pak Ou District, LuangPrabang Province, the resort now has 7 Bungalows with Lao architectural design all with Nam Ou River views featuring 1 Standard, 2 Superior, 2 Deluxe, 1 Suite and 3 Grand Suite rooms. The newly completed hotel wing building features 6 Standard Garden View Rooms and 6 Superior Mountain View Rooms.


DOUANG CHAN PLAZA 3-STAR HOTEL (VIENTIANE)
http://www.douangchanplaza.com

Douang Chan Plaza hotel is approximately 15 minutes from the wattay international airport, and has 7 floors with 58 clean and comfortable guest rooms. Centrally located in the business center of Vientiane - the capital of Laos, the hotel is surrounded by famous restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacy, cafes, and spa which could be reached easily by few minutes walking.


CAMBODIA

GOYAVIER BOUTIQUE 4-STAR HOTEL (SIEM REAP)
http://www.goyavierboutique.com

Open on mid June 2014, Goyavier Boutique (former name NATAYA BOUTIQUE) offers 14 boutique decorated rooms. Conveniently connected to the airport in Siem Reap, Goyavier Boutique is within walking distance to WatKesararam, Angkor National Musuem, and Lucky Mall Super Market. Additional area attractions include Angkor Shopping Center and Angkor Temples. We would like to recommend this hotel for the clients who are looking for boutique 4-star hotel in quite downtown area in Siem Reap.


NEW HILL4-STAR RESORT & SPA (SIHANOUKVILLE)
http://www.newhillresort.com

Will be opened on beginning of October 2014 offers 120 spacious guest rooms in 7 difference rooms categories. Located in the historic heart of Sihanoukville and on the hill site which is the former residence of the governor in 1959, the resort provides an excellent view of a tranquil deep-sea harbor and port. We would like to recommend this hotel to the clients who are looking for four-star middle class accommodation in a quiet, tropical setting with breathtaking views of the Bay of Thailand.



TRAVEL POLICIES

CUSTOMS

Customs procedures in Vietnam are quick and simple. To enter and exit Vietnam, visitors are required to fulfill the entrance and exit procedures in the form (in Vietnamese or in English languages).

Luggage of people on entry (including clothes, personal belongings with reasonable quantity in service of the trip's purpose) must be declared in case as follow:

  • Luggage exceeds duty free concessions
  • Luggage sent before or after trips
  • Professional equipment temporarily imported and re-exported or vice versa;
  • Addictive medicines
  • Other medicines exceed 30 USD in value
  • Foreign currency exceeds 7,000 USD (seven thousand US dollars) or its equivalence other foreign currency, or over VND 15,000,000 (fifteen million Viet Nam Dong) in cash.

Goods prohibited to import: Weapons, ammunition, explosives, military technical equipment, drugs, toxic chemicals, debauched and reactionary products, firecrackers of all kinds, toys with negative impacts on the dignity education, social security and safety, cigarettes beyond the stipulated quantity, etc.

Goods prohibited to export: Weapons, ammunition, explosives, military technical equipment, antiques, drugs, toxic chemicals, wild animals, rare and precious animals and plants, documents related to the national security, etc. A quantity over 300g of gold must be declared and be permitted by the State Bank.

Duty free concessions for the baggage of arriving passengers:

  • For liquor: Liquor at 22o and above: 1.5 litres; Liquor below 22o: 2.0 litres; Alcoholic beverage: 3.0 litres.
  • For cigarettes and cigars: Cigarettes: 400 pieces; Cigar: 100 pieces; Tobacco: 500 g
  • For tea, coffee: Tea: 5kg; Coffee: 3kg
  • For clothes, personal belongings: With reasonable quantity in service of the trip's purpose
  • Articles other than those mentioned at items above (outside the list of goods banned from import or subject to conditional import): Total value not exceeds VND 5,000,000 (five million Viet Nam Dong).

Note: Foreigners on entry carry luggage, which exceeds the duty-free quotas, presents and gifts with the total value not exceeding VND 1,000,000 (one million Viet Nam Dong) shall be exempt from taxes.

(Source: Vietnam Tourism)


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