VIETNAM TRAVEL NEWSLETTER 2016 - QUARTER I

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NEWS

Viet Nam among six safe holiday destinations

The UK newspaper “The Independent” has named Viet Nam among six once-dangerous countries which become now safe holiday destinations. Forty years after the anti-American resistance war, Vietnam sees strong development, attracting more and more foreign holiday-makers.

According to The Independent, the War Remnants Museum –the top attraction in Ho Chi Minh City – has been through a few name changes in its time. It began as the Gallery of American Crime, then became the War Crimes of Aggression Gallery.

Twenty years ago, to broaden its appeal to US visitors, it was rebranded as the War Remnants Museum.

Vietnam welcomed over 7.94 million foreign arrivals in 2015. The country is working hard to build its image as a safe and friendly tourism destination. (Source: The Independent)

Hue Festival 2016 coming in April

Hue Festival 2016 will take place from 29 April to 04 May with various cultural, sport and art activities.

The festival will celebrate 710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa - Phu Xuan (now Thua Thien-Hue Province). It will also highlight the central province's cultural heritage in the development and integration process. The festival will gather artists from 20 countries, domestic arts companies and street arts troupes. Besides, the festival is also a combination of traditional culture, art and tourism activities. The festival will include several exhibitions featuring cultural icons, traditional games, and local specialties across Viet Nam. Besides attending the festival in the city, tourists can choose to enjoy sightseeing tours and eco-tours to discover local destinations such as Lang Co Beach, A Luoi mountainous region and Tam Giang Lagoon. (Source: VNA)

Y Ty listed among best mystical destinations in Asia

Y Ty is a remote village in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai. Thrillist described Y Ty as a landscape “sitting atop Viet Nam’s highest plateau, offering spectacular views of cloud-reaching mountains and yellow rice patty fields”.

Tourists should get to know locals at Y Ty’s market, where surrounding ethnic tribes sell traditional crafts and agricultural goods.

“If you want to experience rural Viet Nam without straying far from the tourist center of Sa Pa, this is your spot,” the website stressed. (Source: Thrillist)

Flower festival in Saigon to welcome Lunar New Year

Saigon’s annual spring flower festival will be held at Tao Dan Park and on Cong Truong Quoc Te Street, from 03 to 14 February 2016 along with many other activities. Apart from various kinds of bonsai, flowers and rock sculptures on display, the festival, themed “Ho Chi Minh City – peace, prosperity, development”, also has many events including art performances, folk games and an exhibition of calligraphy. Along with the festival, three major flower markets will be opened at the September 23, Gia Dinh and Le Van Tam parks, while 128 flower markets will meet in districts across the city from 01 to 07 February 2016. (Source: VNA)


UPCOMING FESTIVALS

Elephant Racing Festival

The festival takes place in Don village, renowned for highly skilled wild elephant M'nong trainers living in dense forests near Srepok river.

The event begins with the sounding of tu va, a Vietnamese musical instrument made from animal horns. The elephants are controlled by two jockeys; one to steer and the other to manage the speed, which can reach an incredible 25 miles per hour. Another blow from the tu va and the race begins. The elephants are encouraged by the loud drumming of gongs. After the race, the elephants keep competing with each other in other games: swimming, tug-of-wars, playing footballs. The winning elephant is offered a laurel wreath, sugar cane and bananas and all ten contestants are rewarded with a refreshing swim across Serepok River. (Source: Holidays Vietnam)

Giong Festival

The festival is held annually in outlying districts of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam to commemorate the mythical hero, god and saint, Thanh Giong who defended the country from foreign enemies. In addition, Thanh Giong is also worshipped as the god of the harvest, national peace and family prosperity.

The festival has been recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of mankind. It was held in Phu Dong Temple (where Thanh Giong was born) and Soc Temple (where he ascended to heaven). The Giong festival at Phu Dong temple takes place in the fourth lunar month in the village of his birth. It describes the battle between Saint Thanh Giong and the enemy.  (Source: Holidays Vietnam)

Perfume Pagoda Festival

Located in My Duc district, about 70 km away from Ha Noi to the south, Perfume Pagoda is one of the largest religious sites in Viet Nam. Together with Bai Dinh and Yen Tu Pagoda Festival, Huong Pagoda Festival is among the greatest Buddhist festival in northern Viet Nam.

The festival is divided into two parts: ceremonies and entertaining activities. Ceremonial rituals consist of incense offering procession and Zen ceremony in which monks and Buddhists offer incense, flowers, candles and fruits. Meanwhile, tourists will enjoy boat cruise along Yen stream, watching picturesque scenery, climbing mountain and exploring holy caves. Tourists have chance to taste three famous delicacies: bamboo shoot, Sang vegetables and grinding roots. The festival lasts for three months from the first to the third lunar month. The official opening day for the festival is on the sixth day of the first lunar month.  (Source: Holidays Vietnam)

SPECIAL TOURS

Viet Nam Northern Loop Adventure Tour

  

Located at the highest latitude in Viet Nam and 300 km away from Ha Noi, Ha Giang gives you unique experience from breath-taking scenery to colorful traditional handmade clothes of different ethnic minority groups. Along the road, you will enjoy natural landscape with relaxing weather through terrace fields, tea plantation, and great mountains. Northern Loop Adventure Tour surely impresses your holidays in Viet Nam.

Hoi An Cooking Tours & Ancient Town

  

Used to be mentioned as “kitchen of the world” by Philip Kotler, father of the world marketing, Vietnamese cuisine is famous for not only their wonderful tastes, high nutrition, but also its attractive well-decoration.

Hoi An – the ancient town from 16th century – was one of the busy port among Viet Nam, Japan, and China. As a result, there are thousands of old architects and foods showing mixed culture are still existed today despite two severe wars in Viet Nam.

Participate in a full-day tour, you will have chance to learn how to prepare a meal: go to the local market, choose the ingredients, and interact with local sellers. After that, you will learn how to cook Vietnamese traditional foods and then, enjoy your own success.

Con Dao Beach Break

  

Sun-drenched white sandy beaches and delicious seafood; it is hard to imagine that Con Dao used to be one of the most severe prisons known as “Tiger Cage”. It was built under French colonial regime and used by both French and South Viet Nam regimes on the island. It is still remained till now and opened for public visit.

A unique island where both history and breath-taking landscapes co-exist, is definitely an excellent choice for this period of time to Viet Nam.

HOTEL PROMOTION

EMERALDA RESORT NINH BINH (4*)

From VND3,500,000/room/night

Booking period: From now to 15 Feb 2016

Staying period: From 01 Feb to 15 Feb 2016 (except 10, 11, 12 Feb 2016)

GREEN WORLD HOTEL NHA TRANG (4*)

From VND2,060,000 Senior Deluxe room/night

Booking period: Immediate effect

Staying period: From 15 Jan 2016 to 31 Mar 2016 (except 9 – 13 Feb 2016)

NOVOTEL SAIGON CENTER HO CHI MINH CITY (4*)

From VND2,989,000 Executive room/night

Booking period: From now to 15 Feb 2016

Staying period: From 22 Jan 2016 to 21 Feb 2016


TRAVEL TIPS

Weather

February is amongst the best months to travel in Vietnam. Every part of the country gets drier. It makes perfect time to go to magnificent beaches and enjoy sunshine, especially from Da Nang to the south. In the north, the sky becomes clearer with just a little rain. Trekking seems to be the best choice in mountainous regions of Sa Pa, Ha Giang and Moc Chau. Still in the spring time, March is ranked among best time to visit Viet Nam. Consequently, this time is the rush season for travelers. Conditions are at their very best along the whole country. The climate of the north is brighter but still cool. Meanwhile in the central and the south, people are enjoying hot weather with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine. March is also the perfect time for those who want to take part in trekking or adventure activities.

Book in advance

You should obviously book everything in advance if you wish to visit Viet Nam during the peak season, at least about one month before your arrival date. Transportation means is an important matter. Reserve your airplane tickets, trains or buses should be done quickly as soon as you come here. If you wish to book with us, we are always ready to make your dream vacation come true. Especially you should apply for a visa as soon as possible because Vietnamese governmental bodies are officially closed from 06 to 14 February 2016. Therefore, it is necessary to apply for a visa as soon as you can if you intend to travel to Viet Nam at this time of year. For further information, please contact us and we will help you to get Vietnam visa on arrival smoothly and quickly.

Be careful with high prices

Be prepared that everything will be surcharged during Tet, especially in three first days of Tet from 08 to 10 February 2016. This is because people have to go to work extras. As a result, businesses will have to charge you approximately 10% based on your receipt. Accept that as a part of your holiday to avoid unnecessary stress and fully enjoy your holidays.

Experience a homestay with local people

Take your chance to explore a traditional Tet in a Vietnamese family. It brings you a great insight into local culture. For example, every day of the first three days will be for showing gratitude to Vietnamese fathers (on the first day of the first lunar month), mothers (on the second day of the first lunar month) and teachers (on the third day of the first lunar month). More interestingly, treat your tongue with a plentiful of delicious traditional foods during Tet.

TRAVEL POLICIES

Vietnam reduces its stamping fee by 50%

Starting 23 November 2015, the single-entry visa will go down US$25 instead of the current US$45, whereas the fee for multiple-entry visas valid for up to 3 months will reduce from US$95 to US$50, according to Circular 157 by the Ministry of Finance. The multiple-entry visa valid for above three and up to six months remains US$95 per person, and US$135 per person for between six months and a year.

For those who are exempted for Vietnam visa, if they wish to re-enter Vietnam within 30 days of their departure, they will pay only US$5 instead of US$45 as currently charged, the official added. In fact, many tourists first visit Vietnam then they travel to Laos and Cambodia and come back to Vietnam to return to their home countries because Vietnam is now connected to more international flights than the other two countries.

Starting 01 July 2015, According to the new Vietnam Government Decree, citizens of Belarus, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom will no longer need a visa to visit Vietnam for stays up to 15 days. Please note that you still need a visa to enter Vietnam for periods of 15 days and longer and if you wish to re-enter Vietnam within 30 days of their departure.

 
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