Vietnam Travel Newsletter in February 2020

HOT NEWS

Google Names Da Nang as 2020’s Top Trending Travel Destination

The central coastal city experienced the biggest increase in travel searches, according to Google analytics.

The top 10 list was released this week as part of a newly expanded Google travel service that helps people find hotels and the best times to fly. It was compiled by comparing Google searches for travel destinations for 2020 compared with last year. Because it looks at rising interest, perennial vacation spots like Paris and New York did not make the list.

Vietnam’s Da Nang came out on top as the travel destination tourists are interested in the most in 2020. The rest of the top 10, in order, were: São Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Marseille, Vienna, Bangkok, Dubai and Perth.

(Source: https://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/18176-google-names-da-nang-as-2020-s-top-trending-travel-destination )

Viet Nam named World’s Leading Heritage Destination 2019

Viet Nam has been honoured with “The World’s Leading Heritage Destination 2019” by the 26th World Travel Awards (WTA) at a recently held awards ceremony in Oman, according to the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism.

Launched in 1993, the WTA has become one the quality measures of the tourism industry and are considered as the Oscars of tourism by The Wall Street Journal. It acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourist and hospitality industries.

Viet Nam welcomed a total of nearly 16.3 million international tourists in the first 11 months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 15.4%.

Viet Nam’s tourism sector aims to receive 17.5 – 18 million foreign tourists and serve 85 million domestic visitors in 2019, raking in total revenue of VND700 trillion (US$30.17 billion).

(Source: http://vietnamtourism.gov.vn/english/index.php/items/14444)

Vietnam bans all flights to and from China over coronavirus

Vietnam declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus epidemic on Saturday and said it would halt all flights to and from China.

All permits granted for flights between Vietnam and China, including Hong Kong and Macau as well as self-ruled Taiwan which China claims as its territory, have been revoked until further notice, the government said in a statement.

Visited our website for updated information about Coronavirus and how to be safe when traveling to Vietnam.

(Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-vietnam-flights/vietnam-bans-all-flights-to-and-from-china-over-coronavirus-idUSKBN1ZW03X)

Whale Island in central Vietnam among best destinations for diving: Forbes

U.S. magazine Forbes has listed Whale Island in the central province of Khanh Hoa among 10 must-visit diving destinations this year.

“Whale Island specifically, with an average water temperature that hovers around a beautiful 82 degree Fahrenheit (28 degree Celsius), is particularly known for its macro gems hidden among the lush soft corals, which makes drift diving here that much more exciting,” it said.

Located in Van Phong Bay, around 100 kilometers from the beach town of Nha Trang, Whale Island, also called Hon Ong, is one of the top destinations for scuba diving, kayaking and snorkeling in Vietnam.

(Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/breannawilson/2020/02/05/10-must-dive-destinations-for-2020/)

UP COMING EVENTS

F1 VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix
Time: April 3rd – 5th
Place: Hanoi capital, Vietnam
About: The world’s biggest annual sporting series has finally arrived in Vietnam!

F1 Hanoi Racetrack has officially attended the F1 World Championship from 2020 onwards, joining celebrated circuits such as Silverstone, Monaco, Spa & Monza in hosting an F1 race weekend. It also becomes the second ASEAN representative, after Singapore, on the F1 calendar.

The epic F1 race weekend set to take place on the streets of Hanoi is a great opportunity to meet for all the sport and entertainment fans. Come for the pulsating, adrenaline fuelled action on the track.

Ironman 70.3 Vietnam
Time: May 10th
Place: Da Nang city, Vietnam
About: Held in the beautiful beach city of Danang, Ironman 70.3 is Vietnam’s premier triathlon event. Danang’s mix of cultural attractions, delicious cuisine, and warm weather makes it the perfect destination to host the summer event.

Participants will be treated to a fast and scenic course, beginning with a 1.9–km ocean swim, followed by a two–loop 90–km bike course on smooth, paved coastal roads, and finishing with a 21–km flat run course before ending with a beachfront finish. The Ironman weekend will also include an IRONKIDS event, open to children ages 6 to 14 years old.

EXHIBITION

Asia Expo Ho Chi Minh City
Time: March 8th
Place: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
About: “International Educational & Professional Training Institutes Exhibition”

The Asia Expo Ho Chi Minh City is an event for educational industries. It is one of the most unrivalled exhibitions that is dedicated to the field of education and training industry. The main motive of the show is to promote their business in the global market who is associated with the respective field. This event shows products like Adult Games, Playing Cards, Art Paintings, Artificial Flowers, Belts & Buckles, Boutique Items, Brassware, Candles, Christmas Decorations, Clocks, Cosmetics etc. in the Education & Training industry.

Vietnam Footwear Summit
Time: March 11th – March 13th
Place: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
About: “High-level dialogue with representatives from industry major enterprises and authorities”

Vietnam Footwear Summit aims to share the development opportunities of the Vietnam footwear industry under the new trade environment. Government organizations, industry associations, international footwear companies, manufacturing companies and footwear retail brands will share their insights and expertise on the ongoing opportunities and challenges presented to the footwear industry in Vietnam. Analysis of the footwear supply chain, labor management and manufacturing technology will be presented to help the attendees gain a better understanding of Vietnam’s footwear industry development.

Vietnam International Furniture & Home Accessories Fair
Time: March 11th – March 14th
Place: Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
About: “Discover the Fascination of Vietnam’s Furniture & Handicraft”

Vietnam International Furniture & Home Accessories Fair aims to become the best-specialized fair for promoting and exporting furniture, home decor products and handicraft from Vietnam. It will be the meeting points for all international furniture manufacturers and buyers, as well as the launcher for Vietnamese furniture manufacturers to promote products into the World.

HOT DESTINATIONS

Cha Loi Cave – The “tunnel of love”

Cha Loi Cave is located in the central province’s Ngan Thuy Commune, Le Thuy District, about 40 km southwest from the center of Dong Hoi Town.The cave only opened for tourism at the beginning of 2019. On the way to the cave, visitors can meet and interact with Van Kieu ethnic minority people who call it the Dai Tuong (General) Cave. The cave has a narrow entrance area of about four square meters that leads to a large and flat space. The cave’s heart-shaped tunnel adds a romantic touch for visitors. Locals refer to it as the “tunnel of love.” The stalactites of the cave carry lots of silicon dioxide, commonly found in quartz, making them glow in the light.

Ca Mau offers respite for the weary soul

If you love nature, favour adventure trips, and are interested in Vietnam’s history, then Ca Mau province in the Mekong Delta region is the place for you.Often described as the “southernmost point of Vietnam”, the province is far more than just a reference point on a map.

Besides its great food, pristine air, and wetlands filled with birds, it’s the only place in Vietnam where you can see the sun rise over the East Sea and set over the West Sea.A place where humans and nature coexist in harmony, Ca Mau is dotted with bird parks, wetlands, canals and forests.

The Nam Can Forest area and U Minh National Park are two areas worth visiting.

Da Nang

Danang is a developing coastal city in the central part of Vietnam and is known as one of the largest cities alongside Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. Visiting Da Nang, you will be astounded by the amazing natural landscape, the friendly locals and a countless number of great attractions around the city.

Da Nang’s atmosphere is not as vibrant as other famous places like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, but it has some great things that make the city unique in its own right. Not only because of the pristine beach, but also the magnificent mountains, and many heritage sites.

HOT TOURS

SAIGON – HANOI
NATURE-BLESSED VIETNAM: SOUTH TO NORTH 8D7N

Overview

Vietnam is rapidly developing but holds onto the charming traditions and culture which make it such a fascinating holiday destination. History has left its mark on Vietnam by way of Chinese, French and American influence. To meet the nature loving ethnic minorities of the highlands, to experience the quiet inside of pagodas, or to breathe the vivid noise of Vietnam’s historic metropolis Saigon that is once again starting to become “Paris of the East” is an experience of its own. The picturesque landscapes of the Mekong Delta in the south and the marvelous Halong Bay in the north are waiting to be discovered. And in some cities, especially in Saigon and Hanoi, the distant charm of the French colonial empire seems still hidden behind the many old city mansions and in the tree–lined avenues.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Explore the culture, history and the colorful Old Quarters
  • Set sail on Ha Long Bay – an UNESCO World Heritage Site

SAIGON – DANANG – HANOI
THE ULTIMATE VIETNAM TOUR 10D9N

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Explore Saigon – a modern metropolis with heavy influence of French architecture from the colonial time
  • Discover the unique tunnel in the world at Cu Chi
  • Set sail on Ha Long Bay – an UNESCO World Heritage Site Cyclo or electric car trip around the center of Hanoi – Old Quarters
  • Be appealed by the ancient beauty of Hoi An Town
  • Experience floating life on Mekong river

SOUTHERN ESSENTIALS – 10D9N

Overview

“This tour is reserved for those who want to discover the South of Vietnam only with long time for beach relaxing. Visit the Reunification Palace and wander back in time to marvel at the beautiful French architecture of the Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Grab a bargain at the markets and travel into the Mekong Delta to explore the rural river life. Goodbye Ho Chi Minh City, you take a break with a difference in Phu Quoc island, just a one-hour flight from the busy city.”

Highlights

  • Feel the metropolitan pulse of Ho Chi Minh City and experiencing its highlights
  • Squeezing through the famous Vietnam War-era tunnels at Cu Chi
  • Experience the slow rhythm of life in the Mekong Delta
  • Enjoy the white sandy beach, laid-back beach life Phu Quoc beach

NORTHERN ESSENTIALS – 12D11N

Overview

“Starting from Elegant Hanoi Old Quarter you will see all best of the North with different ethnic minorities in Mai Chau (remarkably The White Thai People) and beautiful waterways of Halong Bay before taking a flight to Phu Quoc to rest on the Paradise Island of Vietnam.”

Highlights

  • See the unique culture and ancient atmosphere of the legendary Hanoi
  • Learn about the hill tribe cultures
  • Spending time on a junk in romantic Halong Bay
  • Enjoy the white sandy beach, laid-back beach life Phu Quoc beach
HOTEL PROMOTION

Le Meridien SG

Situated on the banks of the Saigon River in District 1, Le Méridien Saigon offers panoramic views of the river and the bustling landscape of Ho Chi Minh City. Our Saigon hotel in Vietnam provides convenient access to prominent commercial and entertainment hubs, while the Tan Son Nhat International Airport is located just seven kilometers away.

Summer Promotion with EARLY BIRD:

  • Validity: from 01 May to 31 October, 2020 & for bookings received 60 days before arrival
  • Room rate from: 138 $/R/N

Liberty Central Saigon Central

Taking residence in the middle of Central District, Ho Chi Minh City’s most vibrant neighborhood, Liberty Central Saigon Centre features the ultimate in comfort and makes an ideal base from which to experience the city.

Summer Promotion:

  • Validity: from 01 May to 30 September, 2020
  • Room rate from: 65$/R/N

Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint

Embracing a fresh, urban design, with 171 modern rooms and suites, Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint is an exceptional city hotel that unites convenience and comfort for an unforgettable experience.

Summer Promotion:

  • Validity: from 01 May to 30 September, 2020
  • Room rate from: 102$/R/N

Saigon Prince

Located in the heart of Central District, Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel welcomes you to a place where comfort and convenience exist in a perfect balance, along with spectacular views of Saigon River.

Summer Promotion:

  • Validity: 01 April to 30 September, 2020
  • Room rate from: 79$/R/N
WEATHER

Amongst the best months to travel in Vietnam; conditions are at their very best with dry, bright weather expected along the entire length of the country. The beaches of the south and central regions are enjoying hot weather with blue skies and plenty of sunshine whilst in the north it’s bright but much cooler. In both the mountains and highlands you can expect excellent trekking and adventure-activity conditions.

For the overview of weather and festivals in Vietnam, you can find here.

Weather in Vietnam

NORTH VIETNAM

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai, Ninh Binh & Mai Chau

You can expect plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies, and whilst temperatures start to rise it remains cool with little if any rainfall (avg temp: 19 °C). Temperatures in the mountains are higher than earlier in the year with conditions for walking in Sapa, Mu Cang Chai and Ha Giang at their best.

CENTRAL VIETNAM

Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Dalat & Central Highlands

The beaches of Hoi An and Danang in central Vietnam are in full summer mode, basking in constant sunshine (avg temp: 28°C). Hue is also expected to be warm and dry and conditions in Dalat and the Central Highlands are excellent. Towards the south Nha Trang is also enjoying blue skies and higher temperatures.

SOUTH VIETNAM

Ho Chi Minh City, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Mekong Delta, Ho Tram & Long Hai, Con Dao & Phu Quoc

Temperatures in the south are starting to rise although the peak is not expected until later in the month or early April. The weather remains dry and the beaches within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh City – Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Ho Tram & Long Hai – as well as the southern islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc remain the best choices in the country (avg temp: 29 °C). Favourable diving conditions continue around the island of Con Dao in March, with visibility averaging 20-30 metres.

TRAVEL TIPS

10 AMAZING FRUITS OF VIETNAM

Like the friendly Vietnamese people, exotic fruits greets you in almost every corner of Vietnam. The country’s fertile deltas and tropical climate, as well as its more temperate plateaus, means that a whole lot of species, fruit-bearing ones would thrive here. In fact, Vietnam ranks among top bio-diverse countries regardless of its small land area.

Not only are fruits packed with a bunch of vitamins and flavors, but they also have very good prices here. What a better way to rehydrate yourself with this superb healthy snack? If you are looking for tropical fruits to try in Vietnam, look no further as this article is about the lush exotic world of Vietnam’s fruits!

(Source: Blog.evivatour.com)

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