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Why Vietnam?

Stunning scenery, combined with high-level customer service and charming local culture, make Vietnam an ideal travel destination for all traveler profiles. From the northern mountains and the laid-back central coastline, down to the exotic flood plains of the southern provinces, Vietnam’s variety is one of its unique selling points. A year-round destination, the geography of Vietnam ensures it’s always a good time to travel, no matter what time of year.

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Phan Rang

Located in Ninh Thuan province, the city itself – two cities actually. Phan Rang to the east has fused with the town of Thap Cham in the west to become the provincial capital.

Phan Rang is favorite sibling of the sister cities and you may want to stay here if your sole interest are the Cham towers, but we’d recommend staying seven kilometers to the east on Ninh Chu Beach. The short commute is absolutely worth it, as the long stretch of beach is easily accessible and has a few good value accommodation options that are accustomed to foreign travelers. A peaceful and authentic way of life, cheap cost of living, fascinating local culture, and near perfect water sports conditions; it’s no wonder Phan Rang is looking set to become one of Southeast Asia’s top outdoor adventure destinations.

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Travel Types
Beach stay, Family Travel, Honeymoon
Best time to visit
November to April
Transportation
By car, train
Suggest activities
Sightseeing , water-sports, snorkeling, kite surfing

Buon Ma Thuot

Buon Ma Thuot is the main city of Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, an area which is relatively untouched, and where a few ethnic minorities still remain, such as the Donons or Ede. During the French colonial era, the city developed well, thanks to the coffee, tea, rubber, and hardwood industries, which all flourish very easily among the red, fertile soil of the region. Coffee, naturally, still remains the backbone of the local economy, as it does in many parts of Vietnam.

The surroundings of the town allow one to experience the ancient ways of life that the ethnic minorities still uphold, and by taking an easy trek through the rice fields, visitors can even discover hidden waterfalls in the heart of the massive tropical forest.

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Best time to visit
September to May
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture
Nearest Airport
Buon Ma Thuot Airport
Suggest activities
Exploring nature, meeting local minority people

Meo Vac

Meo Vac is a small but charming district capital hemmed in by steep karst mountains and, like many towns in the northwest, it is steadily being settled by Vietnamese from elsewhere. The journey here along the spectacular Mai Pi Leng Pass, which winds for 22km from Dong Van, is the main attraction. Moreover, the unique cultural color of ethnic people here. Such as Vu Mong, Khau Vai love market, Phong Luu market.

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Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel, Sustainable
Best time to visit
From mid-September to November and From March to May
Transportation
By car, motorbike
Suggest activities
Sightseeing , explore nature

Cao Bang

The province of Cao Bang, close to the Chinese border, is wildly magnificent, and still relatively untouched by tourism. Located on the high, northern plateaus, a 6-hour drive From Hanoi will really bring you into the heart of Vietnam’s naturl world. The region is doubtlessly one of the most beautiful in Vietnam, and boasts too many natural treasures to count, like the Ban Gioc Waterfalls or Thang Hen Lake in Tra Linh. The road that climbs up to the town of Cao Bang offers a splendid view over of the age-old mountains and the sun-drenched valleys, dotted with small villages. Although the town itself is not particularly bustling, the back country is full of picturesque villages such as Quang Hoa that can’t be missed. Travelers will be able to go mountain-biking, motorbike treks, or even kayak down the rivers.

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Best time to visit
From mid-September to mid-December and March to mid-May
Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel, Sustainable
Regional Ethnic Minorities
Tay (41%), Nung (31.1%), H'Mong (10.1%)
Suggest activities
Exploring nature, meeting local minority people

Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi is a pleasantly untouristed port and seaside town. It enjoys an attractive location, clinging to the banks of the Nhat Le River, and has beaches to the north and south. However, for many years the capital of Quang Binh province, Dong Hoi, flew completely under the tourist radar. That has all changed in the last few years with the discovery of one of the world’s largest caves, Son Doong, in the nearby Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The city of Dong Hoi itself is a small, sleepy place and the main draw is the fine, white sand beach that lies just 2km away.

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Beach stay, Wellness
Best time to visit
From November to March
Transportation
By car, motorbike, airway
Nearest Airport
Dong Hoi Airport (VDH)

Pleiku

Pleiku, the unremarkable capital of Gia Lai province, which is located in the central highland region of Vietnam. Pleiku is a historically relevant town, specifically in relation to the Vietnam War. The town was the end of the military supply logistics avenue which extended to the west along Route 19 and also the main centre of defence for the highland region.

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Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel, Sustainable
Best time to visit
May to October and November to April
Transportation
By car, motorbike
Suggest activities
Sightseeing , explore nature

Ba Be

The region of Ba Be, “the Three Bays,” is located approximately 230 kilometers north-east of Hanoi, and is famous mostly for its national park and lakes – three interconnected lakes, measuring an impressive total of 7 kilometers in length and approximately 400 meters in width. These lakes are surrounded by a well-preserved tropical forest, which is inhabited by bears, monkeys, countless species of birds, as well as beautiful, delicate butterflies. In order to protect this fauna and the local ecosystem, villagers are given grants to ensure that they do not need to cut down the trees in the reserve, and hunting is prohibited – only the village inhabitants are permitted to fish in the lake, as well, cutting down on overfishing.

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Sustainable
Best time to visit
From mid-September to mid-December and March to mid-May
Transportation
By motorbike, bus
Suggest activities
Hiking, kayaking, biking

Con Dao Island

The archipelago of Con Dao, just a 45 minute flight From Saigon, is made up of 16 paradisaical islands – the main one, Con Son, hosts the city of Con Dao, a local airport, and a few hotels, along with some interesting cultural sites. One such site is the jail of Poulo Condor, built by the French in 1862, and formerly used to imprison opponents to colonization for almost 100 years. Today, the island of Con Dao is, above all, a holiday resort that boasts very beautiful, yet still-undiscovered beaches, such as Dat Doc, Bai Canh, and Dam Trau.
Con Dao is a haven of peace, where travelers will be able to take to the seas: scuba-diving, snorkeling, fishing, sea canoeing are all available, and you may even catch sight of one of the many marine species of the region, like dolphins, manta rays or green turtles

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Best time to visit
October to June
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Beach stay, Wellness
Transportation

By Car, By Motobike

Nearest Airport
Con Dao Airport

Mu Cang Chai

Every year, around the grain season, tourists and photographers flock to Northern Vietnam’s mountains, where the lush rice terrace explode with beauty and vibrancy. Mu Cang Chai, in Yen Bai province, is one of most attractive locales to enjoy stunning harvest scenes.
The Mu Cang Chai Market is one of the main attractions during the local, week-long celebration, the Rice Fields Festival. This celebration is rapidly becoming an indispensable and extremely important cultural activity in the life of the Mu Cang Chai people. In addition to the purpose of trading, markets are also a place of cultural exchange of ethnic people here, and they work to keep both their livilhoods and culture healthy and safe for future generations.

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Best time to visit
September to October
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Sustainable
Reason to visit
Beautiful landscapes, colorful culture, diverse ethnic groups
Transportation
By car, motobike

Bac Ha

Bac Ha is mostly famous for its market, which takes place on Sundays, and slightly less so for its traditional distillery industry that specializes in unique rice and manioc liqueur and maize liqueur. Bac Ha’s market is the most famous and the largest ethnic market in Northern Vietnam, as well, so this is a must-see for culture-lovers. Around ten local ethnic groups attend the market, including the Hmong, the Thais, and the Dao. During a visit to Bac Ha’s market, travelers will see that people don’t just come to the market to do business – they chat with faraway neighbors, meet new people, or even have a few glasses of rice liqueur among friends. It’s a convivial atmosphere – one that we heartily recommend. Around 35 kilometers From Bac Ha, travelers will find Can Cau’s market, which is smaller, and more focused on cattle trade, but definitely a sight worth seeing.

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Best time to visit
September to mid-December and March to mid-May
Travel Types
Classic,Family Travel, Sustainable
Suggest activities
Exploring local markets, hiking
Transportation
By car

Ben Tre

With some 115,000 inhabitants, Ben Tre is one of the most prosperous and beautiful provinces in the Mekong Delta. Each section of land makes up the large islands, spread out over the river, and are invariably turned into huge orchards, which you will be able to visit while on your cruise of the Mekong Delta. The city of Ben Tre, located on the riverbank, is home to some beautiful sites, such as the Vien Minh pagoda, famous for its statue of the Goddess of Mercy. A little further afield, on the island of Pheni, travelers can discover something truly one-of-a-kind: the only temple devoted to Cocoterism, a religion combining Christianity and Buddhism. The region of Ben Tre also hosts a beautiful bird watching site: the ornithological reserve, San Chim Vam Ho. The views here, when thousands of birds – 38 different species in all – return to nest after a day of searching for food, is a humbling experience, demonstrating – delicately – the power and beauty of nature at work.

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Best time to visit
October to mid-May
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture
Suggest activities
Boat trip, cycling
Transportation
By car, motorbike

Cai Be

Cai Be is a town that isn’t quite a land-locked locale, but not entirely a riverside town, but rather holds the best of both. Cai Be as a whole is a district of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, where along the river, docks handle passengers, local goods, and especially fruit from local orchards. Here, nature is fertile and the local people are incredibly hospitable, welcoming you with open arms and hearts. Visitors will also have a chance to enjoy a boat trip on the mighty Mekong River for a dreamy and serene time in this wonderful locale.

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Best time to visit
October to mid-May
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Gastronomy, Sustainable, Cruise
Suggest activities
Sampan riding, biking, sightseeing
Transportation
Car, motobike

Can Tho

Located at the heart of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho essentially lives off the proceeds of the river’s activity and rice culture. It is a lively and dynamic city, featuring a large, colorful market right on the main street. Can Tho will probably be the starting point of your exploration of the Mekong River because of its strategic, central position. From there, travelers will be able to go on half-day excursions or two-day cruises and discover the mighty riverbank landscapes, delicate orchards, and the strong, lush rice fields. In addition, travelers will get the chance to see several typical and traditional industry and handicraft workshops, learning more about these arts in the region.

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Best time to visit
October to mid-May
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Gastronomy, Sustainable, Cruise
Suggest activities
River cruising, biking, workshop, cooking class, fishing.
Nearest Airport

Can Tho International Airport (VCA / VVCT)

Hai Phong

Renowned as the City of Phoenix Flower, Hai Phong is a peaceful city of wide boulevards dovetailed with organized tree rows. One of the important commercial and industrial hub in Northern Vietnam, Hai Phong has extensive infrastructure and offers premium facilities for tourists. Do Son, which has been a resort town since the French colonial period, boasts its beautiful white-sand beaches and luxurious hotels. Cat Ba Island, which is another tourist-magnet and very near to Lan Ha Bay, is also at the top of the list.

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Sustainable, Beach stay,
Best time to visit
From October to mid-December and March to mid-June
Suggest activities
Climbing, water sports, cruising, exploring nature
Nearest Airport
Cat Bi Airport (Hai Phong)

Chau Doc

Chau Doc is one of the main cities in the Mekong River Delta. Ideally located on the Cambodian border, it is a charming trading city, living mostly off the proceeds of the fisheries and the silk trade. The city is situated at the intersection of a tributary linking the Bassac and Mekong Rivers.

Chau Doc may be quite a small city, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in excitement, vibrancy, and, strangely, is probably the only place in the Delta region where pastel colors are chosen to beautify store fronts. Moreover, bring out the inner adventurer and climb Sam Mountain, visit all the pagodas and temples at the foot of the mountain, or simply enjoy the beauty of nature in the whimsical Tra Su Bird Sanctuary. Gaze in awe at the mighty Seven Mountain Range, which hem Chau Doc in with various interesting sights dotting their cliffs. Or, pay a visit to the moving monuments to some important events in Vietnamese history, like the Vietnamese killing fields in Ba Chuc or the ‘two million dollar mountain,’ Tuc Dup.

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Best time to visit
All year round
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture
Suggest activities
Visiting local villages, exploring culture, boat travel, water sports
Nearest Airport
Rach Gia Airport

Dalat

Dalat is located in the Southern part of Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, and sits at about 1500 meters above sea level. This destination has become very popular not only for Vietnamese, but also foreign tourists, and is rightly considered the most romantic place for honeymooners, due to its pleasant weather, its old, intimate parts of town, the natural beauty of the valleys, and the diverse flowers grown there. In fact, Dalat is often described as a cross between Vietnam and the French Alps, as most of its hotels and houses were built in a French chapeau style. The town spreads across a series of pine-covered hills, with a small, tranquil lake in the center, all surrounded by high peaks, creating some of the loveliest and most unique scenery in Vietnam.

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Best time to visit
All year round
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel
Suggest activities
Exploring nature and culture, sightseeing, agriculture, bird watching
Nearest Airport
Lien Khuong Airport

Ha Giang

Ha Giang is a stunning mountainous region, 350 kilometers north of Hanoi has something of last tourism frontier. Surrounded by Cao Bang, Tuyen Quang and Lao Cai, it shares a border with China to the north-east. The town itself has a few attractions, but the main reason for coming is to head on to Meo Vac and Dong Van, sharing a border with China, is known as the Dong Van Karst Plateau, both set in valleys surrounded by forbidding peaks and connected by a hair-raising road with spectacular views. Limestone ridged mountains rise up in pyramidal shapes before sinking to hundred-foot mounds and then climbing once more to 5,000-foot peaks. Rice terraces slice along precariously steep mountainsides, hanging over blue snaking rivers, beneath blood-curdling bends. Colorful farmland climbs to rocky, edged cliffs before rolling off to distant pine forests.

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Best time to visit
September to November and From March to May
Travel Types
Family Travel, Sustainable, Active
Suggest activities
Trekking, photographs, conquer the pass
Transportation

By car, motorbike

Hoi An

Peaceful and ancient, Hoi An is one of the most famous tourist destinations in all of Central Vietnam, one that attracts not only domestic tourists but also tourists all over the world. For many centuries, Hoi An was an obligatory stop-over for all the merchant ships From Europe and Asia passing through the region, much like Macao and Malacca. Hoi An thus experienced and soaked up multiple Chinese, Japanese and French architectural influences. Today, the town boasts over 800 listed historical buildings, and its town center is closed to traffic having been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to its historical interest and the charm of its small streets, the city is renowned for its culinary specialties, its large white sandy beach, and the opportunity to explore its numerous boutiques, such as tailoring, ancient ceramics, and lanterns shops.

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Best time to visit
February to May and July to mid-September
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Gastronomy, Sustainable
Suggest activities
Walking, cycling, sunbathing, tailor up, river cruise.
Nearest Airport

Da Nang International Airport (DAD / VVDN)

Hue

Leap back to ancient times in Hue, the archetypal Vietnamese imperial city. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city boasts an impressive, and frankly unbeatable cultural and historical richness: the imperial citadel, its scattered tombs and its walls surrounded by moats covered with lotus plants and water lilies all make for a sumptuous historical environment to explore. Hue is located in the central part of Vietnam, south of the 17th parallel. It was the capital city of Vietnam under the reign of the Nguyen dynasty, from the early 19th century right up to 1945. The famous Perfume River divides the city, separating the old city to the North from the modern city to the South.

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Best time to visit
March to May and July to mid-September
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Sustainable, Gastronomy
Suggest activities
Explore the landmarks, boat cruise, dining experience.
Nearest Airport

Phu Bai International Airport (HUI)

Kon Tum

Kontum Province lies in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam, and shares borders with Laos and Cambodia. It is home to 525,000 diverse inhabitants, and in Kontum city and the surrounding villages, people are so open and friendly, often inviting travelers to come to their house. Guests will have the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in the life of one of the eleven ethnic groups that inhabit this mountainous province. Among them, guests will learn about groups like the Sedang, Gia Rai and the Bahnar, who were the first to develop the skill of writing and, today, still practice different forms of crafts such as pottery making, weaving, metalworking, and wood carving.

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Best time to visit
December to March
Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel
Suggest Activities
Exploring the mountainous landscape, and historical relics
Nearest Airport
Pleiku Airport

Mai Chau

Recharge yourself in the lush green environment of Mai Chau Valley and experience the locals’ daily life in this picturesque valley region.
Located at the heart of Thai territory, about 160km from Hanoi,  Mai Chau is at the meeting point of the Red River Delta and the northern mountains, thus enjoying a staggeringly beautiful landscape, through which several rivers run. Travelers will feel as if they are in a totally new country, as one journeys across landscapes of tiered rice fields to find accommodation with the locals. Indeed, the best way to spend a night in Mai Chau is to stay with the villagers in a traditional stilt house. It’s the ideal opportunity to share some moments with a White Thai family – the local ethnic minority – and better understand their way of life.

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Best time to visit
September to mid-December and February to mid-May
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Sustainable
Ethnic minority groups
White & black Thai, Hmong, Zao, Muong, Tay people.
Suggest activities
Walking, Cycling, Trekking, Bird Watching.

Nha Trang

The bay of Nha Trang is rightly considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. There is a very long fine sandy beach opposite the city, with myriad islands in the distance, which can – and should absolutely be explored! Moreover, this seaside locale makes the Nha Trang famous among many other famous destinations in Vietnam – it boasts over 3,000 kilometers of beautiful seaside road country to be explored. Nha Trang Bay also boasts 19 islands, home to many famous attractions like Hon Mun Island, Hon Mieu Island, Hon Tam Island, Hon Tre Island – all of which are deserving of some attention from adventurers and explorers

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Best time to visit
Year-round, except from October to mid-December
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Sustainable
Nearest Airport
Cam Ranh International Airport
Reason to travel

Endless Beaches; Seafood Feasts; Mineral-rich Mud Baths; Island Adventures; Fascinating Cultural Sites

Ninh Binh

Commonly known as “Halong Bay On Land,” this region is quite famous for its multitude of sugar loaf mountains, towering over rice fields, which provide a surprising and unusual landscape for travelers.
In this other-worldy paradise, travelers will discover the charming little town of Hoa Lu, which used to be Vietnam’s capital city under the Dinh dynasty in the 10th century. There are now only two temples left, which were rebuilt in the 18th century: Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh, with the imposing Yen Ngua Mountain in the background.
In Tam Coc, guests and travelers will be able to navigate the Ngo Dong River on Sampans, propelled by friendly local paddlers. Alongside three impressive rocky peaks, travelers can even discover and pass through 3 caves, which gave the region its name (Tam Coc).

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Best time to visit
Septembert to mid-December and mid-February to May
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Sustainable
Suggest itinerary

Vietnam for River cruise-lovers

Transportation
By car, train, motorbike

Mui Ne

Mui Ne is a coastal resort town in Phan Thiet – the capital of Binh Thuan province, about 4 hours by bus from Ho Chi Minh City.  One of southern Vietnam’s popular beach destinations, Mui Ne is a 12-kilometre long sweeping bay that boasts beachfront resorts. Twenty years of development have transformed the once sleepy fishing town into a water sports mecca, most notably for kitesurfing. With Ho Chi Minh City a mere four hours away, it’s an attractive option for travellers looking to jump into a beach holiday from the city.

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Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel, Honeymoon, Beach Stay
Best time to visit
From August to April next year
Suggest activities
Explore culture, explore nature, sightseeing, water sports
Transportation
By car, bike

Phu Quoc Island

At the very south of Vietnam, just a 1-hour flight From Saigon, are some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, 45km from Vietnam and just 15km from Cambodia, a part of the Kien Giang Biophere Reserve, a protected World Heritage Site recognized UNESCO, the island is home to a growing number of luxury resorts and welcoming an increasing number of visitors, while retaining much of its sleepy rural charm. Although it is the largest island in Vietnam, the entire landmass itself can be traversed in just a day at most. However, it is the only destination in Asia that has internet-of-things connected infrastructure, a casino, open air safari, amusement and waterpark, record breaking aerial cable car, 28 holes golf course, WHO designated hospital, unique whale temples and an international cruise ship port & airport that connects the region with the world. Phu Quoc Island is also a unique island-city powered by the cloud when it’s free Wifi for all.

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Best time to visit
October to June
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Beach stay, Family Travel
Nearest Airport
Phu Quoc International Airport
Visa
30 Day Visa Exemption for all nationalities

Quy Nhon

300 kilometers south of Danang, Quy Nhon is a nearly-hidden, recently established holiday resorts, boasting miles of deserted beaches, natural creeks, a few islets, and a diverse range of beautiful inland landscapes. While the town of Quy Nhon was only founded in the 18th century, many signs suggest the area was already inhabited by people of the Champa culture as far back as the 11th century. It developed the growing town’s seaport of Thi Nai for both trade and military fortification.

Today the port is mainly used for trade and Quy Nhon is slowly being discovered as a great destination for a relaxing getaway thanks to its soft sandy beaches and the beautiful landscape around the city.

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Best time to go
February to May and July to mid-September
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Beach stay, Family Travel
Reasons To Travel
Anantara Villa Qui Nhon

Beach hopping to secluded beaches; Explore Champa architecture at Cham temples; Visit local fishing villages; Snorkel and swim around the islands

Nearest Airport
Phu Cat Airport

Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is the most populous, modern, and lively city in Vietnam. Truly the economic heart of the country, it easily attracts entrepreneurs of all kinds and each year, and new skyscrapers spring up on the skyline constantly
It is, above all, a city characterized by the various occupations of the colonial era, and many buildings in the city center are reminiscent of a French presence. Modern office skyscrapers, amidst Oriental style pagodas and food stalls along the street, create a dynamic urban area in a very special sense. It is not oddly tidy like Singapore, nor does it feature urban slums, as are unfortunately omnipresent in larger cities in the likes of India.
Because of its strategic position close to the Mekong Delta and at the meeting point between Cambodia and Laos, it has always been a very commercial city and aptly nicknamed “Vietnam’s shopping center.” Ho Chi Minh City is also characterized by its particularly varied cuisine – so be sure to chow down!

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Best time to visit
October to May
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family, Art & Culture, Gastronomy, Sustainable
Nearest Airport
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN / VVTS)
Suggest Actities
Exploring historical landmarks, nightlife, shopping, dining experiences.

Halong Bay

Halong is a beautiful, natural wonder in northern Vietnam, where approximately a three-hour drive east of Hanoi . The Bay is dotted with over 1,600 limestone islands and islets, and covers an area of over 1,500 square kilometers. Being a coastal city, it has unique potential for tourism, and as a seaport, due to the fact it lies along the extensive, 50 km shore, and is just 160 km to the north-east of Hanoi. The city is divided into two parts: Bai Chay is the tourist area with plenty of hotels and restaurants, and Hon Gai is the local area with businesses and markets. The two parts are connected by the enormous Bai Chay Bridge, and this entire, extraordinary area was a UNESCO World Heritage Site from 1994. For many tourists, this place is like something right out of a movie, and has, indeed, been featured in quite a few! The fact is that Halong Bay features a wide range of biodiversity, while the surrealistic scenery has indeed featured in endless movies, giving you a truly, mathematically beautiful experience.

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Best time to visit
September – November and March – May
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Cruise, Sustainable
Nearest Airport

Van Don International Airport (VDA)

Suggest Actities
Junk cruise, kayaking, visit fishing villages, cave discoveries.

Danang

Danang is Vietnam’s third largest city, the largest city in central Vietnam, and is located on the country’s east coast, midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Danang is truly an amazing combination of development and urbanity, but without the modernized atmosphere of Hanoi, nor the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City; this is a fascinating city that straddles the line between beach resort and cultural gem

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Best time to go
January to September
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Beach stay, Family Travel, Gastronomy
Nearest Airport

Da Nang International Airport

Reasons To Travel

Gateway to central Vietnam; Dig into delectable dishes; Non-stop entertainment; Top-notch amusement parks; The beach without trash

Vung Tau

Located in southern Vietnam, 125 kilometers From Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau is now considered a popular weekend escape From the hustle and bustle of Saigon. This is no surprise, since Vung Tau enjoys a spectacular location on a beautiful peninsula, surrounded by mountains and the city, and, to top it off, a perfectly cool climate throughout the year. There are not many other cultural monuments to speak of, but Vung Tau enjoys plenty of colorful and rich cultural festivals like the Dinh Co Festival, Nghing Ong Festival, Dinh Than Thang Festival, and The Blessed Virgin Mary celebration..

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Best time to go
From November to April
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Beach Stay, Family Travel
What do to
Fishing, exploring culture, surfing, golfing
Transportation
By car, motorbike

Pu Luong

Pu Luong is located on the cusp of the Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa provinces, about 160 kilometers southwest of Hanoi. This destination attracts many adventurous travelers with its significant features like sheer, limestone mountains and deep, fertile valleys characteristic of the region. Here, travelers can meet diverse ethnic groups by staying in local homestays, engaging with the people, and appreciating the landscapes that make Vietnam so special. However, due to limited road accessibility, the area has remained well off-the-beaten-track for most international travelers.

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Best time to go
From July to March
Travel Types
Classic, Family, Sustainable
What do to
Trekking, cycling, visit local villages
Transportation
By car, motorbike

Capital: Hanoi

Formerly Thang Long, the “City of the Rising Dragon,” Hanoi became Vietnam’s official capital city in 1954 with the signing of the Geneva agreement. The city later suffered tremendously from the destruction caused by the American bombardments during the Vietnam War, and the end of the conflict marked a long period of withdrawal from the outside world. Only From the 1990s and the commencement of the Doi Moi economic freedoms did Hanoi open up to the rest of the world once again. Today, Hanoi is a capital of irresistible charm, at the meeting point of traditions and legends, dotted with lakes, tree-lined avenues, and lush parks

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Best time to go
From February to May and July to mid-September
Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Gastronomy, Sustainable
Nearest Airport

Noibai International Airport (HAN)

Sapa

Sapa’s main attraction is not so much the city itself, which is truly lovely, but the fact that it sits above all the landscapes of the surrounding valley, its villages, its markets, and of course, the numerous ethnic communities living in the region, making it a very special place to truly “touch the sky.” Traditional costumes of amazing multi-colored fabrics, vibrant markets surrounded by high mountains, and majestic rice fields with seasonally-changing shades all combine to make the region of Sapa, undeniably, one of Vietnam’s jewels. In addition, Sapa offers travelers some wonderful treks or gentle walks in the mountains, local markets, bicycle rides through villages, and home-stays with locals. Sapa and its region instantly inspire the desire to discover Vietnam’s authentic culture and meet new, local people.

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Sustainable
Best time to go
September to December & March to mid-May
Transportation
By bus, train.
Ethnic minorities

There are four main ethnic groups residing in Sapa: the Hmong (52%), Red Dao (25%), Tay (5%) and Giay (2%)

Quick Facts

Neighboring countries: China to the north, Cambodia to the southwest, and Laos to the west. The South China Sea borders the country to the east.

 

Area: 331 041 km²

 

Population: 99.19 million (January 2024)

 

Capital: Hanoi

 

Time Zone: GMT+7 hours. Daylight saving time (DST) has not been implemented in Vietnam.

 

Religion: Buddhists (75 %), Catholics (7%), Caodaïstes (2 %), Hoa Hao (2%), Protestants (0.75%), Muslims (0.1%)

 

Language: Vietnamese

 

Currency: Vietnamese Dong VND ($1 = 25,300 VND – June 2024)

 

Electric plug used: 220 Volts at 50Hz. Plugs type A (two flat vertical pins), type C, and type F (two round pins) fit most Vietnam electrical outlets. If your power plug has three pins, you would need an adapter, as most electrical outlets here do not include grounding holes.

 

Last update: June 2024

Visa & Travel Permissions

Visa Exemptions
Twenty-five countries are exempted from the Vietnam visa, which can be applied at all official international border checkpoints.

  • Maximum 90 days: Chile
  • Maximum 45 days: United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, South Korea, Russia, Panama, Norway, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Finland, Denmark, Belarus
  • Maximum 30 days: Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Cambodia
    • Maximum 21 days: Philippines
    • Maximum 14 Days: Myanmar, Brunei

Conditions

  • A traveler’s passport must have at least six months of validity following the arrival date in Vietnam.
  • Travelers wishing to enter Vietnam using this visa exemption must show their return air ticket.
  • British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders are not eligible for the Vietnam visa exemption. So, they need to apply for a visa to visit Vietnam.
  • APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders with valid passports are exempt from Vietnam visa requirements for a stay of no longer than 60 days.
  • The visa-free stay period is counted from the date of entry.

 

Electronic Visa (e-Visa) – USD25-50

e-Visas are available to citizens from 199 countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. E-Visas are meant for travelers:

  • who do not belong to the list of visa-exempt countries.
  • who are from visa-exempt countries but wish to apply for a multi-entry visa.
  • Who from visa-exempt countries wishes to stay longer than the visa exemption allows.

E-Visas are accepted at any of Vietnam’s 13 international airports, 16 land border gates, and 13 sea border gates.

 

Vietnam E-visa is valid for a maximum of 90 days, single or multiple entry.

 

The visa fees are:

  • Single-entry: 25 USD
  • Multiple entries: 50 USD

 

WARNING: FRAUDULENT EVISA SITES EXIST. PLEASE PROVIDE THIS LINK TO YOUR TRAVELERS TO AVOID ANY ISSUES

 

The application can be processed through this website:
https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/

 

Last update: June 2024

Baggage Allowances

Both international and domestic flights usually include a baggage allowance of 20kg for checked luggage and 7kg for carry-on. However, baggage allowances vary depending on the airline travelers use

 

Please visit your airline’s website for information about baggage allowances and extra fees.

 

Last update: June 2024

Seasonality

North
Northern Vietnam experiences distinct seasons. From May to September, summers are hot and humid, with occasional rains. Winters, from December to February, are cool and dry, and this is the best time to explore the region’s mountainous landscapes. Spring and Autumn bring pleasant weather with blooming flowers in spring, making them ideal for outdoor activities and cultural festivals.

Center
Central Vietnam is characterized by a tropical monsoon climate. The region has a rainy season from September to December, with heavy rains and occasional typhoons. From January to August, the dry season is hot and sunny, making it the most popular time for beach vacations. However, it’s worth noting that the weather can vary between the northern and southern parts of Central Vietnam, so it’s advisable to check specific destinations for the best time to visit.

South
Weather in the South is generally more pleasant than other regions. From December to April, the dry season is marked by warm temperatures and minimal rainfall, making it an ideal time for exploring Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, and coastal areas. The wet season, from May to October, brings occasional heavy rains, especially from June to August, which can lead to flooding in some areas. Despite the rain, the wet season can also be a fascinating time to visit, as the Mekong Delta’s floating markets are at their liveliest.

View the detailed weather in Vietnam here.

 

Last update: June 2024

Access & Transportation

Flying into Vietnam
Over 70 international airlines operate in Vietnam, including major carriers such as Air France, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Lufthansa, United Airlines, and Swiss Air.

The main airports are:

Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi (HAN)

  • It is located 25km from the city center. The transfer from the city center to the airport takes around 45 minutes.

Phu Bai International Airport, Hue (HUI)

  • We are located 13km from the city center. The transfer from the city center to the airport takes around 30 minutes.

Danang International Airport, Danang (DAD)

  • Located 4km from the city center. The transfer from the city center to the airport takes 20 minutes.

Cam Ranh International Airport, Nha Trang (CXR)

  • It is located 30km from the city center. The transfer from the city center to the airport takes around 40 minutes.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)

  • Located 6km from the city center. The transfer from the city center to the airport takes around 30 minutes.

Phu Quoc International Airport, Kien Giang (PQC)

  • Located 10km from the city center. The transfer from the city center to the airport takes around 30 minutes.

Getting to Vietnam by Land – Border Crossings

Land borders China/Vietnam: Mong Cai, Huu Nghi, Dong Dang, Lao Cai

  • Note: you must have a visa before going through immigration and customs

Laos /Vietnam: Cau Treo, Cha Lo, Lao Bao, Tay Trang, Na Meo, Nam Can, Bo Y

  • Note: visas are available at most land borders

Land borders Cambodia /Vietnam: Moc Bai, Sa Mat, Vinh Xuong, Tinh Bien, Bo Nue, Thuong Phuoc, Xa Xia

  • Note: Visits are available at most land borders.

Domestic Flights
Vietnam Airways, VietJet Air, and Jetstar provide frequent services between critical locations, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Getting around Vietnam by Bus

Long-distance buses are ubiquitous in Vietnam and connect most major cities. Please bear in mind that even though the bus network is quite well developed, roads are often in bad condition and buses have to go slowly sometimes and stop frequently to pick up and drop off passengers. Transfer times are usually counted in hours and not in kilometers. Vietnam’s rail network covers a lot of ground and can take travelers around the north, down the coast, and onto Ho Chi Minh. Popular lines are:

  • Hanoi to Lao Cai / Sapa
  • Hanoi to Hue/Hoi An (SE1/SE3)
  • Ho Chi Minh City to Hue/Hoi An (SE2/SE4)
  • Ho Chi Minh City To Hanoi (Reunification Railway)

The central region is easily accessible from either the north or the south. The SE1/SE3 trains are an excellent option for those traveling from the north. If your travelers are visiting the country south to north, then we usually recommend the SE2/SE4 train.

Since 2023, luxury trains (SE19 and SE20) have been launched, connecting Hanoi with Da NangVietnam’sVietnam’s most famous tourist destinations. From upgraded facilities to convenient resting spaces, the newly launched trains will impress international travelers.

Traveling the length of Vietnam is easy thanks to the Reunification Railway. The Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City train service has steadily improved with more trains and modern, comfortable carriages.

Note: Vietnamese trains have different comfort levels that range from basic hard seats to more luxurious slesleeperHere’sserHere’sbreakdown of the main classes available on Vietnamese trains:

  • Hard Seat: the most basic and economical option, featuring wooden or metal seats.
  • Soft Seat: soft seats are padded and generally more comfortable.
  • Hard Sleeper: this class offers bunk beds in open compartments of six beds each.
  • Soft Sleeper: a more comfortable overnight travel option with only four beds in open compartments and softer mattresses.
  • VIP Sleeper: On specific routes, VIP Sleeper cabins are the most luxurious option, often featuring two soft beds per compartment, more space, and sometimes additional amenities like personal TVs or private bathrooms.

Getting around Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh

Taxi’s & Moto-taxis

While taxis are available, moto-taxis are a prevalent means of getting around urban areas. We recommend travelers download the Grab mobile app to book moto-taxis and taxis. The app will allow them to pin their location and destination and indicate the price of the fair, avoiding the need to negotiate or the risk of getting scammed.

 

Last update: June 2024

Dos & Don’ts

Greetings & interactions with Vietnamese

  • For Vietnamese people, knowing their age before their job or even their wealth is essential, as it defines their status. Thus, being ‘old’ is a positive attribute in Vietnam, and asking people how old they are is common and well appreciated.

When out in public

  • Please ask permission from locals before taking a photo, particularly in the countryside or the highlands.
  • Keep smiling. Being rude to bargain/negotiate prices won’t help you. Traditionally, people in Vietnam (as in other Asian countries) are conditioned to control their emotions and keep calm to save face.
  • Any affectionate physical contact between men and women is not appropriate in public. It is better to avoid showing your affection in public.

When visiting a temple or a pagoda

  • Take off your shoes and socks before entering any religious place. Let them both at the entrance and walk barefoot in the temple or the pagoda.
  • Wear a tee shirt and shorts, hiding at least your shoulders and knees. Ideally, to avoid any problem, trousers should be worn.
  • Don’t wear hats or caps in the temples and pagodas.

When invited to someone’s home

  • Traditionally, when you want to offer something to someone or when you receive a gift/object from someone, you have to use both hands.
  • Never hammer (tap) your chopsticks into your food (rice). This gesture reminds people of a ritual performed during a funeral.

 

Follow Our Childsafe Policy here.

 

Last update: June 2024

Money & budget

National Currency

The money in Vietnam is the Vietnam Dong.

The official exchange rate is $1 = 24,676 VND (February 2024)

Currency exchange

Major currencies can be exchanged practically anywhere in Vietnam. Money can be easily exchanged in authorized shops and banks (Vietcombank, BIDV, Techcombank, etc.). Banks in major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will exchange foreign currencies and most travelers’ cheques.

BRING NEW NOTES. ANY DAMAGED OR DIRTY NOTES WILL BE CHARGED AN ADDITIONAL TWO PERCENT OF THE NOTE’S FACE VALUE.

ATM and Credit Cards

International credit/debit cards such as VISA and MASTERCARD are accepted in most ATMs and shops/stores that take card payments. With a foreign card, a small percentage of the amount withdrawn/paid will be charged.

The money withdrawn at ATMs is always in Vietnam Dong.

Traveler Cheques

Only banks in big cities such as (Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh) keep accepting traveler cheques. We recommend you have another means of payment.

Tips

Tips are not part of the tradition of Vietnam. However, tipping is becoming more popular in some situations. For example, you can tip your guide, luggage porters, and taxi drivers; however, it is unusual to tip a waitress/ waiter.

Temple Donations

When visiting temples or pagodas, travelers usually see donation boxes near the entrance/exit where they can place money. These donations are dedicated to the maintenance of the site. Vendors and other people within the venue may also invite you to pray with them with an incense stick, but if you accept, some of them will likely ask you for some money in exchange.

Bargaining

Bargaining is part of the Vietnamese tradition. Travelers must be careful, however, not to offend the vendor, to keep smiling, and to stay polite in any circumstance.

Also, travelers shouldn’t push too much and should not bargain in places with fixed prices.

 

Last update: June 2024

Foods

Vietnamese dishes travelers are likely to come across:

  • Coffee: Coffee is an integral part of Vietnamese culture, and there are many different kinds of coffee available, including coconut coffee, egg coffee, and coffee with condensed milk.
  • Banh Mi: a short baguette with a thin, crisp crust and a soft, airy texture. It is split lengthwise and filled with meat and savory ingredients such as eggs, pâté, and herbs.
  • Pho: one of Vietnam’s most famous dishes, Pho is a soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat (beef for chicken). Pho can be found everywhere at all hours of the day and in all types of restaurants.
  • Bun Cha: this dish consists of grilled fatty pork over a plate of white rice noodles and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce.
  • Banh Cuon: generally eaten for breakfast, Banh cuon is made from a thin, wide sheet of fermented rice batter filled with a mixture of cooked seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and minced shallots. Sides for this dish usually consist of pork sausage, sliced cucumber, and bean sprouts, and it is served with fish sauce for dipping.
  • Xoi: Xoi is a savory or sweet dish made from glutinous rice. Xoi is a common on-the-go breakfast item and a popular snack nationwide. Although it is often served as a breakfast or dessert, people also eat it at lunch or dinner as a main dish in many areas of Vietnam.
  • Bun Bo Hue: Bun Bo Hue is a rice noodle dish with sliced beef, pork sausage, and sometimes pork knuckles.
  • Banh Xeo: Banh Xeo is a crispy, stuffed rice pancake. It is a savory fried pancake made of rice flour, water, and turmeric powder.

 

Last update: June 2024

Import & Export Restrictions

Overview:

Travelers may freely import the following items into Vietnam without incurring customs duty.

1. For passengers 18 years of age and older:

a. tobacco products: 200 cigarettes, 20 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco;
b. alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages:

  • liquor at 20% volume and above 1,5 liters; or
  • liquor below 20% volume: 2 liters; or
  • other alcoholic beverages (excl. wines) and soft drinks: 3 liters;

c. tea, max. 5 kilograms; coffee, max. 3 kilograms;

2. A reasonable quantity of perfume and personal belongings;

3. For Other goods, the total value does not exceed ten million VND (Vietnamese Dong).

Banned imports

Prohibited imports include weapons, ammunition, explosives, military equipment, antiques, drugs, toxic chemicals, immoral products, firecrackers, more than 200 cigarettes, and raw gold.

Banned Exports

Prohibited exports include weapons, ammunition, explosives, military equipment, antiques, drugs, toxic chemicals, wild animals, endangered plants and animals, documents related to national security, and raw gold.

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Vietnamese Dong-VND): no restrictions. Amounts exceeding VND 15,000,000.- must be declared on arrival.
Foreign currencies: no restrictions. Amounts exceeding USD 5,000.- (or equivalent) must be declared on arrival—amounts under USD 5,000.- (or equivalent) to be deposited in credit institutions and branches of foreign banks must also be declared on arrival.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Vietnamese Dong-VND): no restrictions. Amounts exceeding VND 15,000,000.- must be declared on departure.
Foreign currencies: no restrictions. Amounts exceeding USD 5,000.- (or equivalent) must be declared upon. Proof of expenses is required.

 

Last update: June 2024

Health

Vaccinations

Officially, no vaccinations are required to enter Vietnam apart from travelers from countries with yellow fever transmission risks. Travelers should ensure all vaccinations are current, including Tetanus, Polio, and Diphtheria. Other vaccines recommended include Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B (if in-country for over three months), Typhus, and Tuberculosis; vaccinations against rabies and Japanese encephalitis are also advised.

Health Advice

  • Drink plenty of fluids during the day (2 liters).
  • Do not drink tap water in Vietnam. Only bottled water is drinkable.
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid eating unpeeled fruit or raw vegetables and ice.
    • Most important: trust your gut feeling. If you don’t like your food, stop eating and double-check when eating from street vendors.

 

Last update: June 2024

Emergency contacts

Home embassies may be able to assist with advice during emergencies or serious problems. If possible, travelers may want to register before arriving so that their embassy staff will know where to reach them in case of an emergency at home.

If calling a Vietnam emergency number, travelers may have to ask for the aid of an English speaker because there might not be an English-speaking operator on the line:

  • Police: 113
  • Ambulance: 115
  • Fire department: 114

Vinmec International Hospital in Hanoi

Address: No. 458 Minh Khai, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
Contact: 0243 9743 556

FV Hospital in Hanoi

Address: No. 1 Phuong Mai, Dong Da District, Hanoi

Contact: 024 3577 1100

FV Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City
Address: A6 Nguyen Luong Bang St., Phu My Hung, Dist.7, HCM City
Contact: (028) 54 11 33 33
Accident & Emergency: (028) 54 11 35 00

CMI Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City
Address: 30 Pham Ngoc Thach, W. Vo Thi Sau, D.3, HCM City
Contact: 028 38 27 23 66

Raffles Medical in Ho Chi Minh City
Address: 285B Dien Bien Phu, Vo Thi Sau Ward, District 3, HCM City
Contact: 02838240777

 

Last update: June 2024

What to prepare?

Pre-departure Tasks

Your passport must be valid for at least six months before expiration. Don’t ignore trips, baggage, and medical insurance. For vaccinations and medicines, visit your doctor before you travel.

Clothes

  • Clothing should be lightweight and of the drip-dry variety. You will be in the sun often, so long sleeves and a broad hat would be more suitable.
  • Underwear should be synthetic and easily washable.
  • Sleepwear.
  • Shirts should be long-sleeved and lightweight with lots of closed pockets.
  • T-shirts, short-sleeved and again with pockets.
  • Cool evenings necessitate the need for pullovers or a lightweight jacket.
  • Long trousers made from a lightweight, quick-drying fabric should have multiple pockets for day trips. Long trousers that turn into shorts are ideal.
  • For trekking, lightweight, long shorts (for modesty purposes) are acceptable.
  • The bathing suits should be modest so as not to offend the locals.
  • Hat for protection from the sun. It should have a wide brim and a strap.
  • A sturdy poncho or parka will help to keep your gear dry in case of rain or waterfall spray.
  • Footwear: You need sturdy, comfortable boots for trekking or walking around. They will need to support your ankles and have a non-slip sole.
  • Waterproof sandals for those short trips and boating.
  • Some bright casual clothes for the evenings and visiting restaurants.

Pharmacy

  • Insect repellent
  • Antiseptic wipes for hand washing and emergency toilet paper
  • Personal First Aid Kit (bring in small amounts and in small containers)
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen, etc. (paracetamol is recommended – aspirin can be dangerous in case of dengue fever)
  • Cold-symptom relief tablets, antihistamines, cough drops
  • Adequate quantity of sweat-resistant sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 rating or higher and lip balm with sunscreen
  • Antibiotics
  • Prescription medicines in their original bottles. Acidophilus enzyme (available in capsules in health-food stores). This often helps your digestive system get in shape for “new” flora.
  • Immodium, Lomotil, or similar anti-diarrhea medicine. Pepto-Bismol tablets and liquid (in leak-proof bottle).
  • Medical prescriptions if you travel with prescription drugs.

 

Last update: June 2024

Nguyen Hue Flower Street Festival

21 Jan- 07 Feb 2024

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Take a stroll down Nguyen Hue street in Ho Chi Minh City during the Tet Holiday to admire the street’s annual flower festival. From January 22 to 28, this pedestrian boulevard will be transformed with elaborate flower displays, artwork, and LED lights. Themed installations will be set up along the 720-meter stretch, and visitors are welcome to take photos with the flower arrangements – a favorite part of the city’s Tet festivities.

Nguyen Hue Flower Street Festival

Tet Festival (Lunar New Year)

10-13 Feb 2024

Nationwide, Vietnam

This is the most significant national holiday and can be compared to Christmas in Europe. Most Vietnamese people will take a week off from work and gather with their family and friends in their hometown to celebrate. Based on the older Sino-Vietnamese calendar, Tet is the “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day.” Many Vietnamese people prepare for Tet by cooking exceptional cuisine and cleaning the house.

Tet Festival (Lunar New Year)

Roong Pooc Festival

13 March 2024

Sapa, Vietnam

Every year, after the 1st Dragon Day of the 1st lunar month, the Giay minority in Ta Van village, Sapa, will celebrate their Roóng Poọc Festival to pray for harvests, health, and weather. Right after the opening ritual finishes, traditional music heralds the start of exciting folk games which draw a huge crowd. The women actually “pretend” to lose the war, which should bring prosperous crops in the coming year.

Roong Pooc Festival

Giong Festival at Soc Temple

15-17 Feb 2024

Hanoi, Vietnam

Giong Festival is annually celebrated in springtime in several parts of Hanoi in order to commemorate Saint Giong, one of the “four immortals” of Vietnam. According to cultural experts, the festivals held in the Phu Dong (where Saint Giong was born) and Soc Temples (where he ascended to heaven) are the most meaningful and notable, recognized by UNESCO as pieces of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Giong Festival at Soc Temple

Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival

15 February 2024

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

The Bai Dinh pagoda complex is nestled in Bai Dinh Mountain, Ninh Binh. Bai Dinh holds many records in central Vietnam: the largest pagoda area of Vietnam at 107 hectares, the biggest bronze Buddha statues in Southeast Asia (36 and 27 tons), the most La Han statues in all of Vietnam (500, built from 2-meter slabs of marble). This makes it a very special place to honor both historical heroes and the Divine.

Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival

Perfume Pagoda Festival

Feb11th - April 12, 2024

Hanoi, Vietnam

The Perfume Pagoda, 69 kilometers outside Hanoi, is doubtlessly the most famous Buddhist pilgrimage site in northern Vietnam. Many pilgrims reach this sacred cave to pray for happiness and prosperity in the coming year. The Perfume Pagoda stands alongside a group of caves – an impressive architectural ensemble of human and natural creations. Several activities dominate the festival at its three venues: Huong Tich, Tuyet Son, and Long Van.

Perfume Pagoda Festival

Yen Tu Festival

20-25 Feb 2024

Yen Tu Mountain, Quang Ninh, Vietnam

The lofty Yen Tu pagoda complex used to be the center of Buddhism in Vietnam in the 11th century, and also boasts the origin of the Buddhist sect Truc Lam. Thousands of visitors come to Yen Tu after Lunar New Year to pray for luck and health in the New Year. They believe that if they can climb to the top of Yen Tu Mountain, they’ll gain even more good over the year.

Yen Tu Festival

Lim Festival

22-24 February 2024

Bac Ninh, Vietnam

The Lim Festival is held in Lim village, 18 kilometers outside Hanoi. Lim Village is the hometown (and performance grounds) of Quan Ho (/kwan hʌ/), a particular folk song and one of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Thousands of visitors come here to enjoy the “love dialogue” performances between Lien Anh (male singers) and Lien Chi (female singers), the country’s most skilled Quan Ho singers.

Lim Festival

Tet Nguyen Tieu (Lantern Festival)

24 February 2024

Nationwide, Vietnam

After the Lunar New Year (Tet Nguyen Dan), the huge festival Tet Nguyen Tieu is held throughout the country. Tet Nguyen Tieu is considered a deeply traditional cultural festival, which is held to maintain and develop the national personality and presence of Vietnam’s Chinese community. Meanwhile, this festival contributes to an even more jubilant atmosphere during the New Year holidays, especially around large Chinese communities in Ho chi Minh City and Hoi An.

Tet Nguyen Tieu (Lantern Festival)

Phu Day Festival

20-29 April 2024

Nam Dinh, Vietnam

The Phu Day temple, located about 55 kilometers East of Hanoi, was built to pay tribute to Lieu Hanh, a princess who died at a young age in the 16th century and was later considered to be one of the mythical “four immortal gods” in Vietnamese culture, much like Saint Giong. Another piece of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, this festival is a center of belief for the worship of Mother Goddesses. Chanting, singing, and even spiritual trances make this an incredible sight.

Phu Day Festival

Thay Pagoda Festival

13-15 April 2024

Hanoi, Vietnam

The Thay Pagoda Festival, held just 18 miles from Hanoi, celebrates Tu Dao Hanh’s life with a procession of the monk’s worshiping tablet, borne by representatives from four villages. The area around the Thay Pagoda is well-known for its beautiful Long Trì Lake. The area also boasts two beautiful wooden bridges and many beautiful mountain caves. The festival is celebrated by locals from the four surrounding villages with many water puppetry performances.

Thay Pagoda Festival

Hung King Temple Festival

18 April 2024

Phu Tho, Vietnam

The Hung King Temple, located on Nghia Linh Mountain 85 kilometers from Hanoi, hosts a grand festival for the Hung Kings – instrumental figures in founding Vietnam – which lasts for three days. Banh Day Cakes (round sticky rice cakes) are served to remind people how the Hung Kings taught people to grow rice, and the Lang Lieu Legend is that of the 18th Hung King, who invented the cakes.

Hung King Temple Festival

Ba Chua Xu Festival

20 May - 3 Jun 2024

Ba Chua Xu Temple, Chau Doc, Vietnam

Sam Mountain, located 5 kilometers from Chau Doc town in An Giang province, is the center of a historical complex of the old Tay An Pagoda, Ba Chua Xu Shrine (Goddess of the region), Hang Pagoda, and the Imperial Tomb of Thoai Ngoc Hau (Thoai Ngoc Hau (1761–1829), a high-ranking mandarin served under Nguyen Dynasty and recognized by his faithful service).

Ba Chua Xu Festival

Hue Festival

Will be held throughout the year

Hue, Vietnam

On November 22nd, 2023, the Chairman of the People’s Committee of Thua Thien Hue province issued plan 386/KH-UBND regarding the Hue Festival 2024 plan. Accordingly, festivities will be held throughout the year to honor Hue culture and Vietnamese culture. The event was aimed to advertise places of interest, festivals, and spiritual tourism. It is also expected to attract visitors, contribute to local socio-economic development, and develop Thua Thien Hue into a festival city in Vietnam. View the detailed plan here.

Hue Festival

Danang International Fireworks Festival

June 8 to July 13

Danang, Vietnam

Danang International Fireworks Festival (DIFF), held for the first time in 2008, gradually became an annual and significant tourist attraction. Teams from all over the world, from Portugal to Poland, compete against each other and offer an incredible spectacle to locals and visitors. With intense preparation, each display is a masterpiece of sound and light and an artistic show, illustrating the competing countries’ world-class skills against the beautiful backdrop of Vietnam’s ‘Bridge City.’

Danang International Fireworks Festival

Doan Ngo Festival

10 June 2024

Nationwide, Vietnam

Tet Doan Ngo, also known as Chinese Duanwu, is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month – the “middle day of summer”. Traditional dumpling-eating, especially “ash-water” dumplings, extends from the belief that these dumplings cleanse one’s body of any unwanted “parasites” or “worms”, just like the land.

Doan Ngo Festival

Tra Co Festival

7-12 July 2024

Tra Co City, Vietnam

A few hours east of Halong Bay, the seaside city of Móng Cái celebrates the Trà Cổ Festival every summer. The festival commemorates the spiritual guardian of the community, whose shrine was built in 1511 during the Le Dynasty. This relic of Vietnam’s feudal era is honored with a colorful procession ending on the beach, followed by traditional games and activities. The local highlight is the pig competition, when the victor Ông Voi (Sir Elephant) is offered to the ancestors. Other activities include cooking and chess competitions. This year, the Trà Cổ Festival will be held from July 20 to 26.

Tra Co Festival

Hon Chen Temple Festival

6-8 August 2024

Hue, Vietnam

The Hon Chen Temple Festival is organized twice every year, on the 3rd day of March (during the spring festival) and July in Lunar calendar (during the autumn festival). The festivals take place at Hon Chen temple, 10 kilometers from Hue.

Hon Chen Temple Festival

Long Chu Festival

19 August 2024

Hoi An, Vietnam

On the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month, villagers on the beach in Hoi An staged a ritual to protect the area during the change of seasons. The boatmen in the area will carry a bamboo replica of the Long Chu dragon boat in a procession from the village to the river and the sea. The dragon boat is a royal symbol of divine strength to ward off epidemics and bad luck. Traditional singing and folk games are also part of the festivities.

Long Chu Festival

Ooc Om Boc Festival

November 15th, 2024

Soc Trang & Tra Vinh, Vietnam

Ooc Om Boc (or Ok Om Bok) is one of the three biggest festivals among the ethnic Khmer community, especially those in the Tra Vinh and Soc Trang provinces. Originally, the festival involved worshipping the moon, giving thanks for good harvests, and praying for abundant harvests in the future. Also, according to Khmer custom, the tenth Lunar month is considered the end of the year; hence, the festival’s purpose is to celebrate a new year in the Khmer calendar.

Ooc Om Boc Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival

17 September 2024

Nationwide, Vietnam

Also known as the Full Moon Festival, this event marks the moon at its roundest, brightest, and most beautiful during the year. On this day, many activities are organized specifically for children in their neighborhoods and communities. They enjoy lion dances, delicious moon cakes, fruits and presents from their parents. The streets come alive with professional and non-professional lion dances, lanterns, and excited laughter from children all over the country.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Dalat Flower Festival

November 1 to December 31 2024

Dalat, Vietnam

Dalat Flower Festival takes place every other year in Dalat and some smaller localities in Lam Dong province. Held for the purpose of exhibiting Dalat’s incredible flowers, vegetables, and ornamental plants, the festival welcomes produce and products from local, regional, and even international contributors. In addition to incredible produce and traditional products from around the region and world, residential areas put on splendid flower displays, and local fairs promote further trade and tourism.

Dalat Flower Festival

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Sales Team Leader - German Speaking Market

Since 2007, I have been working for the German market at Easia Travel. I am always happy knowing that, at Easia Travel, we have the opportunity to show our fascinating destinations to international guests. Foreign travelers are often surprised at how many places and landscapes in Vietnam are recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. One of my personal favorite places in the country is the island of Phu Quoc. White beaches, crystal-clear water and the many palm trees give me the chance to relax and escape the bustling city of Hanoi for a few days.

Vu Thuan Nguyen Nguyen

Sales Team Leader - UK Market

I’ve always loved being a country girl, coming from Thanh Hoa – a small city 150 km from Hanoi.
In 2012 I became a part of Easia Travel by chance, but have come to be passionate about what I am doing. I’m really lucky to have had the chance to visit places such as China, Cambodia, Shangri-la, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, and India. Top on my bucket list are Tibet, Mongolia, Iran, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Africa.

Besides traveling, I enjoy photography, listening to music, drawing, playing computer games or just going out for a trek up a mountain when time permits.

Thuy Linh Vu

Sales Team Leader - Italian Speaking Market

I was born and grew up in a small town in northern Vietnam.  
I joined Easia Travel in 2008. Working at Easia Travel has given me many opportunities to travel. Every destination has its own beauty, but my most memorable trip was to Hoi An in 2009. Here I learned what the Easia team is really about: we work hard but with strong team spirit and passion. 
I hope to return to Italy to visit the famous places that I didn’t get to see the last time I went. 

Thi Anh Tho Luu

Incentive Sales Team Leader

I was born and grew up in Haiphong, a maritime city, in the North of Vietnam. I love my small city for its nice weather, airy atmosphere, slow lifestyle and delicious local street foods.
I joined Easia in 2009.

My most memorable trip for the moment is still Myanmar in May 2012 with my colleagues and friends. At that time, it is the first time that this beautiful country opened its door with the worldwide and Vietnam Airlines just launched the direct flight Hanoi – Yangon. I discovered amazing landscapes, nice and smiley people and especially an absolute peaceful moment at a stunning sunset on local boat in the Inle Lake that I have never had this experience before.

Next trip on my list: Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, to feel the authenticity in every corner of this

When I am not working or travelling, my favorite time is spent for reading, listening to music, cooking something at home or meeting with friends.

Ngoc Linh Nguyen

SIC Coordinator

I was born and raised in Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam. It’s difficult to specify what the most thing I like about my hometown because I love everything about it no matter how it changed speedily. But the drizzle during the rainy season leaves the deepest impression on me. It drizzles over the day, sometimes prolongs for a week. That makes the road slippery and dirty, the locals annoyed and the weather more humid. I recognize that the drizzle challenged my patience and built up my personality. As a result I know how to smile when it’s raining suddenly or for the whole day long even a week.

I’ve been working in Easia Travel for almost a year. The most memorable trip I had with Easia travel is the time we went to MAI CHAU for several reasons. Firstly ,this was the first time I took a trip with people from different countries : French , Italian and Vietnamese, interestingly we had a English speaking guide, as we know all the foreign languages we acquired, definitely have a strong influence on your mind. Therefore we had a row ‘bout waking or biking around the village luckily thank to the guide we all settled down with the decision of walking. Secondly the walking day was the best choice ever because the valley was filled up with lush vegetation, moreover we had a chance to observe the daily life of the locals.

Now I desire to go to antique citadel of Vietnam Hue because the Hue cuisine is well-known and I would love to taste some signature dishes, besides from Hue I can set off to Hoi An and Danang.

I want to promote our country’s image to the world.

Hong Phan

Sales Executive - German Speaking Market

I was born and raised in Ha Nam province. It is located on south of Red River Delta, southern gateway of Hanoi. It is not hustle and bustle as Hanoi, it is a peaceful countryside where containing my childhood memories. Although I have now moved to live and work in Hanoi, I still remember everything there. I will never forget the smile of the people here, bike ride in summer afternoon along the green rice field to breathe fresh air, play traditional games with friends or enjoy our local foods.
I started working for Easia Travel from December 2012 as Sales. I think that was the right decision, because I was doing my favorite job and learned a lot of things here from my managers, my colleagues and my clients.
Until now I still cannot forget my trip to Cambodia in 2013. It’s hard to describe in words about this trip: the friendliness of the people, the mystery of Angkor temples, unique culture and delicious food. It is really worth to visit this country.
I love travelling. I wish I can put my foot on all countries in the world. However, for this year Myanmar is at the top of my list for travelling. With beautiful countryside and spectacular, surreal temples and friendly, genuine local people, from the other worldly landscape of the 4000 sacred stupas scattered across the plains of Bagan to the impossibly golden glittering stupas of Shwedagon Pagoda. It is really excited when I think about it.
Apart from work and travel, cooking has always been my passion. That is the reason why I send almost my weekend time at the kitchen. It is extremely great when you can treat your family or friends the delicious food by yourself.

Minh Trang Nguyen

Sales Executive - German Speaking Market

I was born and I grew up in Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. Since I graduated Foreign Languages – National University Hanoi I have been working for Easia Travel. I would like to introduce as many people as possible our beautiful country. I personally travel much, as I can always experience new people, different cultures and customs. The most impressive in Vietnam is the Mekong Delta. The life there is so quiet, the people are exceptionally friendly and the landscape is very beautiful. It’s a perfect place to spend a relaxing holiday.

Huong Thi Vu

Sales Executive - French Speaking GIT Market

I was born in the province of Thai Binh in northern Vietnam. Different from the occupied cities, it is a calm province because the major activity is agricultural production. I often come back to my countryside for all my holiday.

I have been working at Easia since 2014. It is a chance for me to be able to work in this good environment.

I always remember my holiday in Cat Ba (about 120 km east of Hanoi) with my friends a few years ago. The atmosphere and beaches are beautiful. I like to go back there someday.

My next trips will be in Laos, a country of one million elephants and Cambodia, well known with magnificent temples of Angkor.
I hope that you could discover our country, our culture one day.

Quan Tran

Sales Executive - German Speaking Market

I was born and grew up in Hanoi. My favorite part of the city is the old quarter, where you can feel the heartbeat of the city and have chance to taste amazing street food around every corner.
I joined Easia Travel in February 2015.
My favorite city in Vietnam is Hue. I went there 2 times, the last time was with the entire Easia team for our annual motivation trip. This city was the capital of Vietnam during the last feudal dynasty. It always has some sort of “royal” atmosphere, as you can find a lot of historic monuments here. The city is peaceful, and the people here are extremely friendly.
It is not that easy to travel the world if you are from Vietnam. However, I hope that one day I can visit Istanbul, the city that connects Europe and Asia. Its cultural diversity always interests me. Dan Brown’s novel, and Doner Kebab, also inspire me as well.
In my free time, I’d love to play video games with my friends, read books/newspapers or play sport.

Nhung Nguyen

Sales Executive - German market

Originally coming from Hanoi, I have witnessed the city growing up with me. What I love most about Hanoi is its autumn which brings special atmosphere. Life seems slow down, people tends to relax to enjoy this period of the year and you can smell and feel Alstonia scholaris along the street.

I joined the team 5.5 years ago. My most memorable trip was first time going to Hoi An, 15 years ago. All my life before, we only went to beaches in North Vietnam so first time seeing Cua Dai beach, it is “Wow” moment for me. My eyes were wide open in front of the crystal blue sea which I saw in movie before

Next trip planned in my list: Con Dao island as I want to discover all the amazing beaches in Vietnam as beaches always brings relaxing feeling to me. During my free time, I love reading books, do shopping and hanging out with my friends.

 

Ngoc Vu

Sales Executive - French speaking FIT market

I was born and I grew up in Ha Nam, in the north of Viet Nam.

I love my city for its peaceful atmosphere. I love cycling through the rice fields when I come back home

I joined the Easia team 7 years ago.

My most memorable trip was for sure the Easia motivation trip in Hoian in 2013 with my colleagues, nice landscape and I had unforgettable moments with my colleagues: night on the common room, bike ride, team building game …

Next trip on my list: Mekong delta to enjoy the fruits, take the cruise, go cycling via yards.

When I am not working or travelling, I like reading the comics, cooking or walking!

Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao

Operation Manager - Ho Chi Minh Office

Huong Giang Vu

Operation Manager - Vietnam

I started working in the tourism field 18 years ago. “ Life is a trip” and I’m so happy to continue my trip with Easia Travel in August 2017. I would love to spread my passion to my colleagues and my clients. Our professionalism and devotion will make every client’s dream come true when they are travelling with us.

Tran Nhu My Van

Production Officer

I was born in Ninh Hoa, a small town in north of Nha Trang City. I joined Easia in 2006 as the first staff in Danang.

During the time here, I have treated Easia as my “second home”, where I have learnt a lot about the culture, people and hidden places of Vietnam after many memorable trips with my colleagues.

I love traveling and Myanmar is on the top of my travel list, and I’m also a fan of cooking and gardening.

Veronique Chappe

Product R&D Consultant

I was born in Versailles near Paris and I used to live in Paris and its region.
Paris is the most beautiful city in the world with its historical and cultural Heritage but too cold for me!
That is one of the reasons I have decided to move to Asia and to join the Easia Travel Team in June 2016.
I have two most memorable trips – Bhutan and Yemen. Amazing scenery, culture, architecture, people, a perfect balance. WOW moments in my life.
My passion apart from travel and work (or vice versa ! ) is to read, and what I like most , is a book with a cup of tea.