VIETNAM TRAVEL NEWSLETTER 2015 - QUARTER III

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

Viet Nam jumps five grades in tourism competitive edge

Viet Nam ranked the 75th out of 141 countries in the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), five grades higher than 2013. The WEF issues the TTCI report biennially basing on four factors: environment, policy, infrastructure, and natural and cultural resources.

Viet Nam’s tourism environment (security, health care, sanitation) reaches 4.6 out of 7 points, policy (3.7 points), and natural and cultural resources (2.9 points). Infrastructure is evaluated at the lowest level among four criteria.

Although the country has not made many breakthroughs, it has jumped in the TTCI ranking in recent years from 89th/140 countries in 2009 to 80th in 2011 and 2013.(Source: VOV)

Ban Gioc among world’s top 15 amazing waterfalls

Ban Gioc Waterfall in Viet Nam’s northern Cao Bang province has been listed among top 15 most amazing waterfalls in the world, according to Thrillist - a leading US food, drink and travel website.

“Trickling majestically down the rocks, Ban Gioc waterfall only drops a measly 98ft, but is super awesome looking, so size doesn't really matter” said the Thrillist.

Surrounded by picturesque karst peaks, water from Quy Xuan River falling down on the stone creates water droplets columns that can be seen from a distance. The scenery changes according to the seasons. In spring, the flame-red blossoms are in full bloom, whereas it turns golden-yellow in autumn. Its waters become stronger and more violent in summer and during winter the fall’s clear water drops tenderly. At the foot of the waterfall is a large river, as calm as glass, surrounded by many precious kinds of flowers. (Source: Thrillist)

3 destinations out of top 27 amazing natural wonders

Smarter Travel, one of the largest online travel resources of the US, has revealed the world’s top 27 amazing natural wonders in Asia, including 3 destinations in Viet Nam.

Accordingly, Ha Long Bay triumphed the first place in the list. The online travel website suggests that visitors should take one of the overnight cruises offered within the bay and watch the sunset over its tranquil waters.

Son Doong, the world's largest cave, located in central Vietnam took the 19th place. The cave is more than 5.5 miles long and has its own jungle and river. Still, it wasn't even discovered until 1991, or fully explored until 2009.

Can Gio Mangrove Forest is also named in the list. “The Can Gio wetlands support not only thousands of mangroves, but also around 200 different species of wildlife and 150 species of flora”, says the website. (Source: Smarter Travel)

Son Doong Cave tops world’s incredible beauties

Son Doong Cave in Viet Nam’s central Quang Binh ranked first in the list of the top 10 incredible beauties hidden in caves selected by a US travel advisory website.

The website www.placestoseeinyourlifetime.com wrote that Son Doong “is indeed very impressive – there is an entire underworld with the jungle and river, waterfalls, unknown plants and fossils. Cave pearls – calcite crystals – are another unique and interesting feature”.

Son Doong Cave, which scientists believe was formed 2-5 million years ago, was later made public in 2009 by a group of British scientists from the British Cave Research Association after they extensively surveyed the area.

Son Doong has a length of at least 6.5 kilometers and is estimated to be 200 meters in width and at least 150 meters in height (its largest chamber reaches an incredible 250 meters in height, enough space to accommodate a 40-storey skyscraper). (Source: VNA)

UPCOMING FESTIVALS

Mid-Autumn Festival (27 Sep 2015)

Location: Across Vietnam

What to see: A burst of vivid colors such as red, yellow and orange coming from the beautiful star and flower lanterns, lion dances and savoring Moon cake, both of which symbolize the wishes of luck, happiness, health and wealth.

Ok Om Bok Festival (26 Nov 2015)

Location: Soc Trang and Tra Vinh

What to see: A series of cultural and social activities offer a closer look into local cuisines and cultural characteristics and better connection with friendly local people.

Ox racing Festival (11-13 Oct 2015)

Location: An Giang Province

What to see: Bull racing in a flooded rice field of about 200m by 100m wide. The competition consists of two rounds, selection round and real contest.

SPECIAL TOURS AND DESTINATIONS

Sapa in Northern Vietnam

  

From July to August, Sapa is an ideal destination for visitors to avoid the hot summer in the Red River Delta. The temperature, which is 21.0°C on average, will help you to fully enjoy your vacation. Moreover, harvest time comes in September. A yellow color stretched on rice paddies would be the highlight of this trip as they were taken in many photos. Discovered by the French in the early decades of the 20th century, Sapa is a typical and lovely hill station in the northwest of Vietnam, home to the Dao, H'mong, Tay and Giay ethnic minority groups. Its naturally gifted beauty lies in shadows of mountain tops, casts of dense forest to great terraces and deep-green valleys. It is a perfect place from which to trek and explore the stunning mountainous scenes, with Fansipan, known as the ‘Roof of Indochina' not far away. September and summer time in Vietnam during weekday are the low season when you can enjoy also great promotions from different hotels.

More details about trekking tours in Sapa, please click here.

Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam

  

Mekong Delta, the biggest Vietnam's rice bowl in the south of Ho Chi Minh City, is a marvelous landscape with many outstanding tourist attractions which will surely allure you once visiting here. It is a landscape of lush green fields and sleepy hamlets. Its region is crisscrossed by the brown canals and rivulets as a mighty waterway. A visit to the Mekong Delta brings you a unique blend of experience thanks to its diversity. The uniquely southern charm of the life along the river lies in quaint riverside towns; sample fruits bartered in the colorful floating markets or dine on home-cooked delicacies until midnight as a homestay guest. The locals here are very friendly, warmly hospitable and happy-go-lucky. They have long moiled on the life-sustaining river, with their hard work marked by the same cycles ruling the waterways. All rounds out the Mekong delta picture of off-the-beaten-track attractions.

More details about tours in Mekong Delta, please click here.

NEW HOTELS AND RESORTS

VIETNAM

Amiana Nha Trang (5*) www.amianaresort.com

Amiana is just a few minutes from the bright lights of Nha Trang City, but is a world away in terms of tranquility. Looking out over beautiful Nha Trang Bay from the terrace of your comfortable room, you will appreciate the stars, the pinpoint lights of the fishing boats on the horizon and the gentle tropical breeze.

Promotion: Amiana Nha Trang offers a romantic deal of “Just for two”: 3 days 2 nights stay at Deluxe Villa for USD 524++ or at Ocean Villa for USD 710++ with free daily breakfast and a surprised gift for the couple. Click here.

  

Grand Ho Tram Strip (5*)) www.thegrandhotram.com

The Grand, The Bluffs Golf Course and the Ho Tram Strip are developments in association with Asian Coast Development Limited (ACDL).

Promotion: This luxurious resort offers the Summer Escape Deal – a great way to celebrate the summer. Stay at Grand Ho Tram now through 30 Sep 2015 and enjoy rates from VND 2,888,000++ including a daily international buffet breakfast for two! Your Summer Escape includes:

  • Daily international buffet breakfast for two (2) at Ginger
  • Complimentary resort-wide Wi-Fi access
  • Complimentary mini-bar with select beverages
  • Free roundtrip transportation to The Grand from Ho Chi Minh City or Vung Tau
  • Access to summer fun including multiple resort pools, a swim up bar, fitness center, spa wet areas and more!
 

Amanoi Resort Ninh Thuan (5*) www.amanresorts.com/amanoi

After a scenic drive through Nui Chua National Park, guests ascend a broad bank of stairs to Amanoi’s Central Pavilion. On reaching the top, one experiences an unforgettable sense of arrival, as the panoramic views of the sea and coastline spread before one are simply breathtaking.

Promotion: Enjoy the deal of a three-night Amanoi hideaway that includes daily breakfast and à la carte dinner for two people (excluding beverages), and one different daily activity per stay. The deal offers a luxurious experience at Amanoi starting from USD2670 until 30 Nov 2015. Click here.

  

Bhaya Cruises (5*) www.bhayacruises.com

Bhaya Classic is proud to introduce the exclusive Premium Balcony Cabin in 3 newly launched boats in April 2015. With a total of 20 square meters, the Premium Balcony Cabin boasts a wide, open space with room for 3 guests improving on the previous standard of 2 guests. All cabins also feature a private balcony overlooking the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay. The spacious cabins, elegantly designed with luxury interiors, offer connecting rooms for families.

Promotion: The exclusive Premium Balcony Cabins are available for booking from 01 Apr 2015. Bhaya Cruise offers a special deal of a two-day Ha Long Bay Cruise and seaplane transport from Hanoi, with starting price from USD499. Click here.

 

LAOS

Riverside Vang Vieng Boutique Resort (4*) www.riversidevangvieng.com

Ideally located on the bank of the Nam Song River, this is a luxury hotel with charm and character. It is laid out around one of the most inviting swimming pools to be found in Laos, and offers stunning views of the surrounding lush landscapes and forest-clad limestone mountains.

Promotion: The exclusive Premium Balcony Cabins are available for booking from 01 Apr 2015. Bhaya Cruise offers a special deal of a two-day Ha Long Bay Cruise and seaplane transport from Hanoi, with starting price from USD499. Click here.

  

Maison Dalabua Hotel Luang Prabang (3*) www.maison-dalabua.com

The name “Dalabua” means “Princess of Lotus” which perfectly describes the refreshing character of the hotel and the reaction of our guests upon arrival and throughout their stay with us. To stay at the Maison Dalabua is to embark on a memorable journey into the local culture for a total destination experience.

Promotion: 15% Promotion for Direct bookings

  • 15% promotion if you book in Direct with us from 01 Sep 2015 to 31 Sep 2015.
  • 5% discount the whole year if you book in direct with us
  • Terms & Condition: Book by email or directly on our website. Click here.

Thavonsouk Resort Vang Vieng (3*) www.thavonsouk.com

Located along Nam Song River, Thavonsouk Resort features cozy rooms with private balconies. Visitors can enjoy beautiful river view while dining at Thavonsouk Sunset Restaurant, which serves a variety of Lao, Thai and Western dishes.

Promotion: 3 Days 2 Nights Promotion Package with starting price of only 2,250,000 kip. Click here.

  

CAMBODIA

Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh www.raffles.com/phnom-penh

Located in the heart of vibrant Phnom Penh, Raffles hotel has been part of the history of the city and welcomes, as it has always done, a diverse clientele of entrepreneurs, writers, journalists, royalty and intrepid travelers from across the globe. Since 1929, Raffles Hotels & Resorts has been known for luxury, glamour, adventure.

Promotion: 25% off accommodation and complimentary breakfast for two to begin each day. Click here.

  

Borei Angkor Resort and Spa Siem Reap www.boreiangkor.com

Borei Angkor Resort & Spa is ideally situated within 7 km from the airport, 7 km form Angkor Wat, and within 5 minutes drive to the main shops center, Night Market, restaurants and bars – Pub Street and other town attractions in Siem Reap.

Promotion: A special deal of 50% Off – October Exclusive Sales (now until 30 Sep 2015) and attractive USD90/night for at least 2 night trip. Click here.



TRAVEL POLICIES

Vietnam waives visa for tourists from six European countries

According to the new Vietnam Government Decree, nationals of the UNITED KINGDOM, FRANCE, GERMANY, SPAIN and ITALY are given free (single) entry into Vietnam for 15 days, which is effective from 01 Jul 2015 to 30 Jun 2016 and then, the policy will be reviewed and renewed by Vietnam Government.

Nationals of BELARUS are given free (single) entry into Vietnam for 15 days, which is effective for five years from 01 Jul 2015 to 30 Jun 2020.

Currently, citizens of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries do not need a visa to enter Vietnam. The country also waives visa for single-entry visits of up to 15 days for Danish, Finnish, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, South Korean, and Swedish nationals starting this year until 2019.

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. Make sure you get the correct visa for the purpose and destination of your trip.

Visa extension of 15 days during the stay in Vietnam is permitted. If you wish to extend your visa after 15 days, please contact us at sales@tourvietnam.vn .

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. Visitors can try different activities in different seasons. 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.

Sightseeing

Be prepared for the grain season throughout the northeast and northwest of Vietnam. A trip to the mountainous region of Vietnam is offers you a fantastically marvellous look to the glamorous scene of rice terraces. Bac Ha rice terrace is a must. The “grain season” in Sapa, Lao Cai is from the end of August to the end of September. Lai Chau has an early “grain season” right from the end of August. The “grain season” in Ha Giang is a bit late, toward the end of October.

  

Savoring

Enjoying the Mid-Autumn Festival would be incomplete without tasting the traditional moon cakes, which offers a unique blend of lotus seeds, orange peels, and ground beans. They are rich in taste and available in round or square shapes. Typically, each moon cake has a bright-yellow salted egg-yolk in the center, representing the moon. Traditional Vietnamese Moon cakes are most popularly sold at “Bao Phuong” Store – 183 or 201 Thuy Khue Street, “Ninh Huong” Hang Dieu Street, “Phuong Soat” Hang Chieu Street or stores along Hang Can and Hang Duong Streets.

  

Shopping

The weaving villages of Cham people in An Giang province make a name as tourist hub as there are more and more visitors to study Cham culture. Visitors then can witness the dexterity and talents of Cham ladies who painstakingly weave on looms by the riverside. Many residents are willing to involve visitors to their community, which is a great opportunity for cultural exchanges. The villages are also ideal destinations for those who want to own some traditional costume without worries of fake products as they can see for themselves how their goods meticulously made. Come and enjoy the cozy atmosphere of Cham people while bringing back home some of the special gifts.



 
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