Vietnam Travel Newsletter 2018 – Quarter 1



Vietnam named in top 15 most Instagrammed global cruise destinations

The world famous Ha Long Bay is also among the most mentioned on the photo sharing network, according to a survey.
Taking a cruise is an extravagant experience that most people want to make their friends jealous about, and trip to Vietnam is no exception, according to a survey by SeaHub.

The cruise travel site studied nearly 1.8 million Instagram posts tagged on various ships and ports around the world and came up with a list of the 25 top destinations, which treats cities and countries as equals and thus includes London and Hawaii as well as Canada, Japan and Russia.

Vietnam made the top 15 with Instagram mentions ranging between 20,001 and 40,000, while the world famous Halong Bay earned between 400 and 10,000.
Vietnam has one of the fastest growing tourism markets in the world, drawing nearly 13 million foreign visitors in 2017, up almost 30 percent from the previous year.

The country’s long coastline and beautiful beaches are certainly some of the main attractions.

Viet Nam water puppetry broadcast on US National Geographic Channel

The US National Geographic Channel has broadcast a short video clip of Vietnamese water puppetry.

Water puppetry is a typical form of Vietnamese art, which has existed for more than 1,000 years.

Seeing a show at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre near Hoan Kiem lake is one of the classic highlights of Ha Noi, an absolute must-do. The show lasts 45 minutes and runs several times throughout the day.

Water puppetry shows the intelligence and creativeness of people, and is a specialty of Vietnamese wet-rice civilization. Water puppetry includes two basic components: puppets and water.

Its themes are various, including everyday life activities of Vietnamese people; healthy and useful entertainments; setting examples of national heroes; and traditional opera plays.

Quang Ninh province to host ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019

The Northern province of Quang Ninh will host the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) and the ASEAN Travel Expo (TRAVEX) in January next year.

Hosting the event will offer valuable opportunities for the country to popularise its people and popular attractive tourist destinations.
Around 1,500 delegates from ASEAN and dialogue partners (China, India Japan, the Republic of Korea and Russia), including tourism ministers, leaders from national travel agencies, representatives from travel agents, hotels and luxury resorts, and news agencies in and outside the region, will gather in the most important forum in the framework of ASEAN tourism cooperation.

There are some main activities such as official meetings of tourism ministers, opening and closing ceremonies, tourism conferences, TRAVEX tourism fair and visiting famous landscapes.

A source from Quang Ninh province said that it has invested in building a fair and exhibition palace designed to accommodate 300 indoor standard booths and 300 outdoor ones, 1,000 seat convention space and Tuan Chau multi-functional stage with 5,000 seat capacity.

Apart from major attractions and facilities that are being developed such as parks, golf courses and 4 and 5-star hotels, Van Don airport (scheduled to be in operation in the first quarter of 2018) together with Hai Phong city’s Cat Bi airport, will also facilitate the attendance of visitors and delegates to the events.


EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM is participating TITE Tehran, 23-26 Jan 2018 at Booth 4, Hall 40, Chamran Highway- Tehran International Permanent Fairground, Tehran, Iran. For appointments, please contact our Vice Director, Ms. Nguyen Bach Duong (Jessica) at her email at or skype at whitechocolatea or mobile phone, viber, whatsapp and telegram numbers at +84 9 1350 1984.


Wooden Stamp Crafting Workshop

Maybe you do not know that there are little shops in the Old Quarters of Hanoi where the delicate wooden blocks were born. The workshop will help you have hands-on experiences and incredible moments while crafting wooden stamps for yourself and friends which are entirely unique. The stamps will be extraordinary gifts from Vietnam when going back home. Popular wooden stamp shops are located on Hang Quat and To Tich street.

Hoi An Cooking Classes

You are in love with Vietnamese papaya salad but do not know how to make? Just take a look at more than 50 cooking classes in Hoi An. Joining those classes is going to be a great idea for the ones who are interested in picking fresh herbs and vegetables from the local market and discover the art of Vietnamese cuisine by themselves. In that way, you will have another helpful skill and step closer to Vietnamese culture.



  • Explore the endless energy of “The Pearl of the Far East” Saigon
  • Discover the unique tunnel in the world at Cu Chi
  • Experience floating life on Mekong River
  • Be appealed by the ancient beauty of Hoi An Town
  • Electric car trip around the center of Hanoi – Old Quarters
  • Visit Trang An – an ecological tourist site with many amazingly nature-blessed caves
  • Set sail on Ha Long Bay – an UNESCO World Heritage Site

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

Vietnam is rapidly developing but holds onto the charming traditions and culture which make it such a fascinating holiday destination. Saigon in the south is the modern metropolis where the distant charm of the French colonial empire seems still hidden behind the many old city mansions and in the tree–lined avenues. The Mekong Delta is blessed with lush fertile land where villagers in traditional conical hats work in vibrant green rice paddies and traditional boats with dragons’ eyes ply the murky waters. Wartime past is eye-witnessed and experienced Cu Chi tunnels. In the central, the UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An uniquely well-preserved and its streets are lined with old shop houses, ancient temples, chic bars and fashionable restaurants. In the north, the capital city Hanoi bears the traces of centuries of change in its wide Parisian boulevards and colorful Vietnamese temples. The seascape of Ha Long Bay is a magical sight; breathtaking rock pinnacles rise dramatically from the sea and floating villages sit languidly in the bay.

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