VIETNAM TRAVEL NEWSLETTER 2015 - QUARTER II

EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM is a local DMC in Vietnam with more than 10 years of experience and timeless passion for travel. In our latest newsletter, we would like to keep you up-to-date about new and hot destinations, colorful festivals, useful travel tips, new launched travel policies and weather in the upcoming holiday season in May and June in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Let’s get in touch and follow us on Trip Advisor, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

TTG INCONTRI AND WTM LONDON 2015

EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM will have our own booth at TTG Incontri, 8-10 October 2015 and WTM London, 2-5 November 2015 as an exhibitor. For appointments, please contact our Vice Director, Ms. Duong Nguyen Thuy at sales@tourvietnam.vn or via mobile phone and viber at +84 9 1230 4000.

HOT NEWS

Hanoi among top 10 world’s best places to visit

Trip Advisor, the world's largest travel site, has announced its 2015 travelers' choice for destinations.

Hanoi ranked 4th in the top 10 travelers' choice destinations thanks to its timeless beauty of the old quarters, monuments, French-style architecture while making room for modern developments alongside.

This year's awards honors 469 top travel destinations worldwide including lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, China, Middle East, Russia, South America, the South Pacific, the UK, and the US, based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from Trip Advisor travelers.

Rounding on the list of top 10 are Morocco’s Marrakech, Cambodia’s Siem Reap, Turkey’s Istanbul, the Czech Republic’s Prague, the UK’s London, Italy’s Rome, Argentina’s Buenos Aires, France’s Paris, South Africa’s Cape Town. (CNN)

Hoi An among top 10 romantic destinations

According to the US news station CNN, the ancient town of Hoi An in Vietnam has recently been honored in top 10 little-known spots which are equally dreamy. Visitors to Hoi An can touch the story of formation and development of the city through its buildings and religious architectural works.

Previously known as a popular trading port in South-East Asia dating from the 15th to the 19th century, the city’s buildings and streets today reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have contributed to this unique heritage site. Each old house and building tells visitors the story of formation and development of Hoi An.

Other destinations included in the list are Udaipur, India; Waiheke Island, New Zealand; Cafayate, Argentina; Quirimbas Islands, Mozambique; Middleburg, USA; Mostar, Bosnia; Herzegovina Peter Island, the British Virgin Islands; Vernazza, Italy, and Galle, Sri Lanka. (CNN)

Phu Quoc listed in top 10 best honeymoon spots

Rough Guides, the leading publisher of travel and reference information of United Kingdom, has chosen Phu Quoc island of Vietnam as one of ten best destinations for honeymoon in the world.

Phu Quoc placed 8th among 20 destinations around the world thanks to its primitive beach. With its gleaming sands, swaying palms, sparkling and limpid waters and glamorous coastal getaways, Phu Quoc is definitely a not-to-be-missed spot in Vietnam.

Other places included in the list are: Treasure of Jamaica, Santorini of Greece, Buenos Aires of Argentina, KwaZulu-Natal of South Africa, Venice of Italy, the Great Ocean Road of Australia, Kerala of India, New Orleans of the US, and Bagan of Myanmar. (Rough Guides)

Vietnam on 5 unique treks in Southeast Asia

Cao Bang, a province in the northern highlands of Vietnam has recently listed on top 5 destinations for trekking by Skyscanner website, the famous world’s travel search engine.

Cao Bang is every hiker’s dream with magnificent mountains, caves and lakes galore. Tourists could pick any trekking route; including the awe-inspiring Ban Gioc Waterfall.

Surrounded by verdant karst peaks, Ban Gioc’s water rushes down a three-tiered cliff and is separated into three falls by rocks and trees.

The sight in Ban Gioc Waterfall features a poetic, fresh, quiet beauty of water, forest and cloud area mixed with village atmosphere of mountainous ethnic minorities. (Skyscanner)

UPCOMING FESTIVALS

Khau Vai love market festival (May 14th - 15th, 2015)

It is held annually, from the late evening of the third lunar month's 26th day and lasts until the end of next day in Khau Vai Commune, Meo Vac District in Ha Giang. Unlike any other markets, Khau Vai Love Market is extraordinary and remarkable because the people coming here do not sell or buy any goods. Instead, it is the dating place for ex-lovers who fell in love but could not have a marriage.


Ba Chua Xu temple festival (June 9th – 13th, 2015)

The festival is held in Ba Chua Xu Temple, Chau Doc commune, An Giang province. The temple was constructed in 1820. According to folklore, in the early 1800s, local residents had found a female statue made of marble in the forest. The temple worships the local goddess with the hope that she would bring them greater crops as well as happier and wealthier lives.


Summer solstice day (June 20th, 2015)

Held on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, when offerings are made to the spirit world and to ward off pestilence and disease. Tet Doan Ngo is also called Parasite-Killing Festival. This is a mid-year festival to enhance the prevention of evils and illnesses, and the memory of the ancestors.



SPECIAL TOURS

A snapshot of Vietnam

Let’s join us on a journey to uncover all the highlights of Vietnam from the north to the south. You are overwhelmed by the busy city life in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, the breathtaking beauty of the world’s heritage site, Ha Long Bay and tropical sunny beach in Da Nang and the old charming city of Hoi An with its ancient monuments and exotic street food.

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The secret of Indochina

Mysterious Indochina, a land of powerful dynasties, sacred temples and cultural transformation, has something for everyone. It promises to be a truly amazing spot in Asia. You love to explore old yet dynamic cities and discover its hidden beauty in 16 days. Its valuable culture, history and beautiful landscapes await you.

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DESTINATIONS

Mui Ne

  

Ranked two in the six top beaches of Southeast Asia, Mui Ne is a wonderful tropical beach. Described as the adrenalin capital of southern Vietnam, the warm weather is ideal for beach lovers for the whole year. The average temperature is 27oC and the climate is hot and dry.

Originally a fishing village, Mui Ne turned to be a resort destination with a string of resorts. Only few hours from Saigon, travelers come here to look for a relaxing day or a weekend retreat. Shaped as an isolated stretch of beach, strong sea breezes make it attractive for wind and kite surfers as well.

Earlier in the morning, there is a seafood market in Mui Ne. The scenery truthfully gives you a normal life of a real fishing village vividly. The fishermen sell their hauls to villagers and restaurants. That makes Mui Ne also a paradise for food lovers.

Sand dunes are also signature pot of Mui Ne. Visitors can take a day tour by motorbike or walking. Sand surfing is definitely a must-try activity here. There are stops at the Fairy Stream and Poshanu Towers, it will save your afternoon perfectly. And when the sun sets and the dawn came, you will be impressive by the nature wonder that the moment creates.

Tranquil Whale Island in Nha Trang

  

After two hours cruising from the coastal city of Nha Trang, Whale Island welcomes you with transparent water, coral and coconut trees underline the tropical exoticism. Its well-protected nature makes the island an ideal place for those who find a place to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy life. Enjoy every moment of the journey while engaging in beachside activities such as: snorkeling, kayaking, trekking around the island, or scuba diving. It is not exaggeration about the unspoiled beauty of the island and its surroundings. This unique place, combine an elegant, warmth atmosphere and offers an amazing setting of relaxation and conviviality.

Phu Quoc

  

Rugged jungle, squeaking white sands and sparkling cobalt waters are not enough to describe the pristine beauty of Phu Quoc.

Lying in the Gulf of Thailand, 45 km west of Ha Tien, Phu Quoc is the largest island of Vietnam (app. 573 sq km) - about the same size to Singapore. There are many appealing beaches from the north to the south. Turning from a sleepy island, Phu Quoc is developed robustly through projects as: a new international airport, a golf course, new roads and a casino eco-tourism resort project.

Visitors have to be surprised while visiting here, especially for sun seekers. There are many untouched sites which are excellent for those who love exploring activities. Snorkeling trip, or rent a motorbike will be good way to discover the island yourself. Together with many offered activities on the beach, Phu Quoc is a must-visit beach escape for travelers all around the world.

NEW HOTELS AND RESORTS

VIETNAM

APRICOT HOTEL (HANOI) www.apricothotels.com

As the first hotel in Vietnam to strike a delicate blend between locally renowned art and hospitality, Apricot Hotel 5 star hotel is Hanoi's new luxury boutique hotel. Located merely steps away from the city's iconic Hoan Kiem Lake, the hotel pays homage to Vietnam's finest artists by showcasing original artwork. Apricot is offering a special hot deal for this season just from US$120.00/room/night. Please contact us at toursales@tourvietnam.vn.vn for best price.

  

PARADISE CRUISES (HALONG) www.paradisecruises.vn

Paradise Luxury, the most luxury cruise on the wonderful world heritage Ha Long Bay, were built according to the traditional Vietnam cruise design and present a lavish outfit blending in subtle harmony with the natural environment of Ha Long Bay - Vietnam. The 04 Paradise Luxury cruises offer 68 luxurious cabins and suites as well as an exciting array of Ha Long activities to be enjoyed while experiencing the spectacular scenery of the "Bay of Descending Dragons" on one of the best Vietnam cruises. Paradise Luxury Cruises is offering a special hot deal for the Combo Hotels and Cruise from US$279.00/person. The package offers one night on-land accommodation at one of the best hotels in Hanoi and further extends the luxurious comfort to the following night with overnight cruise experiences on Ha Long Paradise Luxury. Please contact us at toursales@tourvietnam.vn.vn for best price.

  

INTERCONTINENTAL DANANG SUN PENINSULA RESORT (DANANG) danang.intercontinental.com

Enjoy the very best of Vietnam at the multi-award winning InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, a luxury hillside resort and spa overlooking a sparkling private bay. Famed architect Bill Bensley has reimagined Vietnamese design, history and myth with his characteristic whimsy, creating a magical retreat over four levels - Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea. From the moment you arrive, you will be pampered by the InterContinental’s personal service and unparalleled amenities.

  

ISALINDA PHU QUOC ISLAND RESORT AND SPA (PHU QUOC) www.salindaresort.com

Well-known for its stunning beaches, untouched natural environment, and easy going and relaxed atmosphere, Salinda Resort is the first 5-star resort on the pearl island of Asia, offering a true sense of luxury in exceptional surroundings.

  

INTERCONTINENTAL NHA TRANG (NHA TRANG) nhatrang.intercontinental.com

The ultimate enriching urban retreat in beautifully designed surroundings, InterContinental Nha Trang is a luxurious modern beachfront hotel. Located in the heart of Nha Trang, a mere 40-minute scenic drive from Cam Ranh International Airport, we offer the perfect blend of local charm and seamless personalized service. Be inspired and entertained by our exciting array of tastes, venues and authentic dining experiences at our restaurants and bars.

  

AMAN RESORTS (NINH THUAN) www.amanresorts.com/amanoi

Amanoi, the most luxurious resort in Vietnam, is located in the middle of the national park. Named for the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and noi meaning ‘place’, Amanoi is a tranquil retreat situated on a beautiful white-sand beach overlooking spectacular Vinh Hy Bay.

  

LAOS

LAO GREEN PARK BOUTIQUE HOTEL (VIENTIANE) www.greenparkvientiane.com

Lao Green Park Boutique Hotel, Vientiane is capturing a Lao style orientation with a finest contemporary architecture of Laos. The elegance of the interiors, both historic and contemporary, and glorious settings are combined to create the most distinguished collection of stylish, luxury and relaxing hotel in Vientiane, the capital of Laos (Lao PDR).

  

LE BEL AIR BOUTIQUE RESORT (LUANG PRABANG) www.lebelairhotels.com

Enjoy a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary landscape, melding the offerings of thrilling outdoor recreation and renowned wooden bungalows, big rooms in a renovated building, a big garden with view on the Nam Khan River.

  

CAMBODIA

BELMOND LA RESIDENCE D’ANGKOR HOTEL (SIEM REAP) www.belmond.com

An intimate hotel on the banks of Siem Reap’s tree-lined river, Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor is built in natural woods in traditional Khmer style. Located close by Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered one of the man-made wonders of the world, it is ideally placed to explore this breathtaking complex of temples. Also near at hand are the town’s busy craft markets, restaurants and galleries as well as fascinating Tonle Sap Lake with its “floating village”. This delightful hotel’s quiet gardens, swimming pool and spa are the perfect place to relax at the end of a thrilling day.

  

KING GRAND BOUTIQUE HOTEL (PHNOM PENH) www.kinggrandboutiquehotel.com

King Grand Boutique Hotel is located perfectly – just five minute walk to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, a short distance to the National Museum, scenic riverside, shops, restaurants, and right across the big park in the center of Phnom Penh. It is close to all tourist hot spots of the busy city, but offers privacy and comfort. Being our guest, you will be greeted by our friendly staff with a smile, refresher towels and a cold drink.



TRAVEL POLICIES

Foreign shoppers can get tax refunds at Phu Quoc airport

The government has added Phu Quoc international airport to the list of airports allowed to refund the value added tax (VAT) on goods that foreigners and overseas Vietnamese buy in Vietnam and bring along with them when exiting the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh has assigned the Ministry of Finance and related agencies to deploy the government’s decision, according to the government’s portal chinhphu.vn. Previously, the ministry proposed the government permit Phu Quoc airport on the island of the same name off Kien Giang province to open counters to refund VAT for foreign passport holders as suggested by the provincial authorities.

Currently, VAT refund counters are available at four international airports – Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh city, Noi Bai in Hanoi, Cam Ranh in Khanh Hoa province, and Da Nang in Da Nang city, and three seaports: Khanh Hoi in Ho Chi Minh city, Da Nang in Da Nang and Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa province. (The Saigon Times Daily)

TRAVEL TIPS

Vietnam’s weather varies a lot from north to south and changes each season. Studies show that we are around the same weather with Bali, Indonesia, not Phuket, Thailand although it looks to be on the same equator. It is highly recommended to come to Vietnam from April to June when it is end of high season for foreign tourists, before peak holiday season for domestic tourism, when it is not too hot in the north and it is not the rainy season. Importantly, the price is much better during the low season. Here are some useful tips for travelers to Vietnam during this season.

Weather

One of the first questions asked by any traveler is to decide the best time to visit. You are advised to do a quick search or seek advice from travel experts. Check out our brief weather forecast below.

Clothes

The places you simply must see in Indochina are many but the highlights include cities, temples and beaches. Wear light clothes to let your skin breathe. Cotton is fine. A sensible packing list will include a T-shirt or vest, long-sleeved shirt or blouse, shorts or a skirt for day, and long pants or long skirt for night. Wide-brimmed hats are highly recommended, especially if you plan to visit Indochina for more than a week.

Footwear

Sandals or flip flops are popular in Southeast Asia. However, a pair of shoes is a smart choice as you not only visit deltas, beaches but also mountainous area. It keeps your feet safe and comfortable. Most of the hotels are clean, thus, you can walk on your barefoot or use their hotel slippers.

Medical

Medicines can be bought easily in pharmacy. However, it is important to bring your own or keep your doctor's prescription aside if you are in some special treatment.

 
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