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[ 13 days] Treasures Vietnam & Cambodia

Start the journey in in Hanoi where much of Vietnam history will be revealed. A short excursion to the old aged ceramic village Bat Trang will show you how local villagers keep their traditional business successful til today. Discover beautiful Halong Bay, where you spend an overnight cruising its emerald waters. Relax in Hoi An, where it can satisfy any visitors' holiday taste of river, beach, villages, mountain, markets, and the UNESCO ranked ancient town settings. A scenic ride between Hoian and Hue will leave you a pleasant memoir. Explore Hue’s imperial treasures including royal tombs, beautiful gardens, small bridges, citadel  along the poetic Perfume River. A tour to Vietnam would not be complete without a visit HCMC( formerly Saigon) a charming and dynamic city of the country. Trip ends in Cambodia’s world famous Siemreap -a home to some of the most amazing temples complex.Amust go and must see trip once you  visits Indochina…
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Vietnamese Cuisine - A unique blend of cultural influence has created food with its own distinct personality

At the heart of Vietnamese cuisine, with its hearty kick and unique aroma, is the salty, pale brown fermented fish sauce known as “Nước Mắm”. The cuisines of Cambodia, Thailand and Burma use a similar sauce; however the Vietnamese variety seems to have a more pungent flavour.
Mandatory in Vietnamese cooking, “Nước Mắm” is made by layering fresh anchovies with salt in huge wooden barrels. This process takes about six months and involves pouring the liquid which drips from the barrel back over the layers of anchovies. The grading of “Nước Mắm” is as sophisticated as the grading of fine olive oils. Arguably, the best “Nước Mắm” comes from theisland of Phu Quoc, close to the Cambodian border. A bowl of steaming rice topped with this fragrant sauce is culinary treat in itself.
“Nước Mắm” in its purest form has a strong smell and incredibly salty flavour which renders it an acquired taste for non-Vietnamese. It is certainly stronger than Thai nam pla and is used in marinades and sauces, for dressing salads and in cooking. Vietnamese rarely expect a foreigner to enjoy the taste, but are delighted when one does. Easier on the unaccustomed palate is “Nước Mắm Chấm”, which is ubiquitous dip made of “Nước Mắm” diluted with lime juice, vinegar, water, crushed garlic and fresh red chilies. “Nước Mắm” cham is used as a dipping sauce on the table, served with dishes like “Chả Giò” (spring rolls) and “Chạo Tôm” (sugar cane prawns), or simply as a dip for pieces of fish or meat.
What also sets the cuisine apart form that of other Southeast Asian countries is the pervasive use of fresh leaves and herbs, which come in as many as a dozen different varieties? The use of dill in Chả Cá, Hanoi’s famous fish dish served at the popular Chả Cá Lã Vọng restaurant in the city’s Old Quarter, and also in fish congee, is likely borrowed form the French; however the extensive use of a variety of raw herbs nevertheless seems uniquely Vietnamese.
While Vietnamese restaurants in other regions of the world rarely manage to other more than one kind of mint, basil or coriander, markets throughoutVietnam sell a remarkable variety of herbs. Several varieties of the mint and basil family do not grow outside the country, and there are also some unusual, full flavoured leaves, like the deep-red, spicy perilla leaf, tia to, and the pungent saw-leaf herb or long coriander that are specific to the cuisine as well.
Every PHỞ shop has huge plate of raw herbs set on each table, and a large plate also appears with an array of dishes, from grilled, marinated beef to cha dum (a type of pate). But what do you do with the herbs. Sometimes as in the case of PHỞ, they are stirred into the streaming soup: with other dished they are used as wrappers, together with rice papers or lettuces, and they’re also featured in Vietnamese prawn and chicken salads. The herbs are also served with Bánh Xèo, a kind of crepe enclosing prawns, pork, mung beans and bean sprouts. Certainly the use of these fresh herbs and leafy green vegetables is part of the appeal of Vietnamese food, providing fresh flavours, beautiful aromas and many interesting textual variations.
Other factors which contribute to the subtlety and uniqueness of Vietnamese food are the refined cooking techniques, the often unusual serving of varying dishes and the combination of flavours.

Source: The Food of Vietnam Book
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Airlines List

Passengers are recommended to book flights to and from Vietnam in advance.Hanoi( HAN), Danang(DAD)and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) are three major international gateways. Below are airlines which have operated flights to/from Vietnam. Of which, Vietnam Airlines, Viet Jet Air and Jetstar Pacific Airlines are three carriers offering domestic flights in the country. Vietnam Airlines is national airlines. You can book with them online or through local air ticketing agencies for better market deals. The number of direct routes is limited and most flights departing from these regions to Vietnam involve a transit stop. This will likely change in 2020 when Long Thanh International Airport opens in the outskirts of HCMC 
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Cambodian Angkor Air-
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Japan Airlines – &
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Hongkong Airlines-
China Southern Airlines-
Emirates Airlines-
Qantas Airways-
Russian Airlines Aeroflot-
German Lufthansa Airlines-
British Airways-
Cebu Airlines-
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Overland to Vietnam

Vietnam shares land borders with Cambodia, Laos and China. There  are several border crossings opened legally so far. However, it does NOT mean that all type of passport holders can arrive Vietnam from land border( please check before your  trip plan). 
The most popular overland border crossing to Cambodia is the Bavet / Moc Bai crossing. To Laos the Nam Phao / Cau Treo crossing is the most popular. While travel to China passes through both the Dong Dang / Ping Xian and Lao Cai / Hekou crossings. All depends on where in China you're headed.
Vietnam/Cambodia borders
Bavet / Moc Bai
This was the first crossing between Vietnam and Cambodia to open to foreign travellers and it remains easily the most popular. Daily buses regularly ply the Saigon - Phnom Penh route and the service is both fast and affordable. Cambodian visa on arrival is available here, Vietnamese visas must be arranged in advance.
Kaam Samnor / Vinh Xuong
This very popular rive crossing links Phnom Penh in Cambodia with the Vietnamese town of Chau Doc. Both slow and fast boat services are available. When you arrive at the border, a fixer will generally gather up all the passports and head into the immigration office to do all the paperwork -- you're welcome to accompany them, but it's not essential.
Phnom Den / Tinh Bien
Midway between Ha Tien and Chau Doc, this crossing is open to foreign travellers and Cambodian visa on arrival are available. The closest town on the Khmer side is Kampot or Takeo -- but both are a couple of hours away. There are buses from Ha Tien to the border, though a motorbike ride is far faster. On the Cambodian side, transport is a bit sparse and travellers have reported paying upto $55 for a taxi from the border town of Phnom Den to Kampot.
Prek Chak / Xa Xia
The Cambodia/Vietnam coastal border crossing is open and travellers with a valid Vietnamese visa can enter Vietnam at the Prek Chak / Xa Xia crossing a twenty minute motorbike ride from Kep. A moto to the border from Kep costs around US$7 and onwards transport to Ha Tien in Cambodia is available. Cambodian visa on arrival are available.
Le Thanh / O Yadao crossing
This remote crossing links Ban Lung in northeast Cambodia to Pleiku in Vietnam, with a through trip between the two taking about six hours. From the Vietnamese side, buses run from Pleiku to Duc Co, from where you'll need to grab a xe-om for the last 20km to the border. From the border to Ban Lung is a trip of about 70km -- expect to pay US$15-20 to charter a car for the run, $10-15 by moto.
Vietnam / Laos borders
Sop Hun / Tay Trang
This border has finally opened to international travellers. To get into Vietnam, a bus leaves three times a week from Muang Khua on the Lao side for Dien Bien Phu on the Vietnamese side. The bus leaves at 07:00, and costs 50,000 kip (plus 2,000 kip to cross the river). We suggest getting to the bus departure point (on the Vietnamese side of the Nam Ou) by 06:30 as seats are limited and allocated on a first come first serve basis. If the bus is full you will be left behind! Tickets cannot be pre-purchased. At the border, Lao immigration staff demand a 4,000 kip 'processing fee'. You cannot get a Vietnamese visa on arrival, so arrange this beforehand. In the opposite direction buses leave three times a week from Dien Bien Phu to Muang Khua at 05:30. Lao visa on arrival is available at the border.
Na Maew / Nam Xoi
For those coming from Vietnam, this crossing offers convenient access into the bookdocks of Laos' Hua Phan province. It is a short ride from the border to Sam Neau. Through buses run from Sam Neua to Thanh Hoa in Vietnam taking 10-12 hours.
NamCan / Nam Khan
Convenient to the Lao town of Phonsavan and the large Vietnamese city of Vinh, this border is the crossing of choice for most overland travellers. Coming from Vinh there are buses to Phonsavan departing at 6:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, costing 142,000 VND (100,000 Laos kip). The trip is 403 km and should take about 12 hours. Through buses to Luang Prabang leave at 06:00 as well, on Wednesdays and Sundays only. The 690 km journey costs 325,000 VND (216,000 Laos kip). Vietnamese passengers pay less (but then again, they pay taxes and you don't!) Lao visas on arrival are available.
Nam Phao / Cau Treo
Convenient to the Lao town of Lak Xao and the large Vietnamese city of Vinh, this border is the crossing of choice for most overland travellers. Coming from Laos, the border is 34 km east of Lak Xao -- you can catch a bus to the border and then walk across to the other side, 500m away, and after entering Vietnam, find a connection to Vinh, about 100km away on the Vietnamese eastern coast, and from there to your city of choice in Vietnam. You'll need to have your Vietnamese visa in advance, of course.
Dansavanh / Lao Bao
This was the first land border between Laos and Vietnam to open for international travellers, it was for a long time the most popular, but many now opt for the more northern crossing near Lak Xao instead. This crossing is convenient for Hue in Vietnam and Savannakhet in Laos. Lao visas are available and through buses from Savannakhet to Hue run daily.
Bo Y / Ngoc Hoi
Convenient to Attapeu and Laos and Kontum in Vietnam, the border at Bo Y is wide open to foreigners, and now provides an interesting, if somewhat challenging, way to enter Vietnam. Of course, as ever, you'll need to have obtained a valid Vietnamese visa before hitting the border. In Attapeu, mini-buses for Bo Y leave in the morning -- the first departure is at 07:00, running through to about 10:00. The price to Bo Y is 80,000 kip. It's 119km from Attapeu to Bo Y. Once everyone is processed the vans continue on to the town of Ngoc Hoi, 18km on the other side of the border. The entire process from Attapeu takes about three hours. Transport options are available from in Ngoc Hoi to just about anywhere you want to go. The nearest spot on the tourist trail is Kon Tum, 68km east of Ngoc Hoi.
Vietnam / China borders
Mong Cai / Dong Hung
Mong Cai Border Gate is in the northeast of Quang Ninh Province, 176km from Halong City, 327km from Hanoi. From Halong City, along the highway 18 to Mong Cai Town, and then across the Mong Cai Border Gate to China.
Dong Dang/Ping Xian
A taxi to Ping Xian costs 30RMB and a bus to Nanning 50RMB. Once in Nanning you can get a local bus for 2RMB into the city and there are plenty of ATMs/banks/moneychangers etc. So get a minimum of 100RMB per person at the border if you're heading for Nanning. Coming the other way getting to Hanoi is likely to cost you about 100,000 dong. Shared taxis run from the border to Lang Son where you can pick up a variety of buses or the train to Hanoi.
Lao Cai / Hekou border
The closest border crossing to Sapa and Kunming, some nationalities, including Australians and some Europeans, can buy one-month Chinese visas on the spot on the Vietnamese side of the Lao Cai / Hekou border for US$45 -- processing takes an hour. Be sure to check with the Chinese embassy before you arrive at the border, and it probably makes sense to arrive with a visa in your passport in any case. Going the other way, of course, no visa on arrival is available. The number for the visa office at the border is: (0913) 388 890.
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Vietnamese Cuisine

Vietnam is a country on the rise. An almost palpable sense of optimism hangs in the balmy air. The Vietnam War (known here as the “American War”) has not been forgotten, nor have the years of oppression and foreign rule, but the country is moving on. The effects of Đổi Mới, economic reform policy allowing small-scale private enterprise. Introduce by the communist government in 1986, are becoming more and more evident. The accumulation of personal wealth is now encouraged, joint ventures with overseas companies are welcomed, and many Vietnamese are returning to their country to start businesses after years abroad.
The fancy new restaurants that are restoring life to old colonial buildings, and the modern hotels steadily creeping into the skyline, are just two of the many signs signaling Vietnam’s renaissance. And one needn’t go farther than a few steps onto any street to experience the thriving culinary scene that is so much a part of this new vitality.
On the streets of Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi in the early morning, food stalls appear on the side walks in front of old shop houses. Clusters of tiny chairs and tables surround a steaming hot cauldron of soup set on an open flame; soon the chairs will be filled with people huddled over their morning bowl of Phở, a tasty beef broth served with rice noodles and fresh herbs. At another street side restaurant, a team of female chefs is busy making open-faced omelets in blackened pans over small charcoal grills. Vendors with carts full of baguettes, cheese and sausages are making sandwiches and serving a refreshing beverage of young coconut. Another vendor is wrapping sticky rice in a banana leaf, and handling it to a young schoolboy who is waiting impatiently with his mother.
The markets are a hive of activity as well, literally overflowing with fresh goods trucked in from the nearby villages, the bountiful coastal waters, and the central highlands. Throughout the day, crowds of people fill their baskets from the rows of fresh vegetables and tropical fruits, live fish and game, pickled meats and vegetables, candied fruit, dried and packaged goods, rice and bottles of the pungent “Nước Mắm” or fish sauce.
There is a renewed vitality in Vietnam which revolves around food. At night, a seemingly endless stream of vehicles parades through the streets. Handsome young men, elegantly dressed women, young couples, and entire families speed about on motorbikes, stopping only to have a beer, talk with friends or have a meal at the literally hundreds of street side restaurants or at fancy cafes, then race back out to join the nightly procession.

Source: The Food of Vietnam Book
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I. Visa Exemption
Following Passport Holders are exempted from visa to Vietnam per their approved length of stay: 

1. Singapore - 30 Days
2. Thailand - 30 Days
3. Malaysia - 30 Days
4. Laos - 30 Days
5. Indonesia - 30 Days
6. Philippine - 30 Days
7. Japan - 15 Days
8. Korea - 15 Days
9. Finland - 15 Days
10. Denmark - 15 Days
11. Norway - 15 Days
12. Sweden - 15 Days
13. Cambodia- 30 days ( with minimum 6 month validity on passport)
14. Russia- 15 days ( with minimum 3 month validity on passport)

Apart from this, if you have business relationship with some APEC country members & especially you are resident(s) of APEC countries you should apply for APEC travel card. APEC countries currently are VIETNAM, JAPAN, SINGAPORE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, INDONESIA, MEXICO, CANADA, SOUTH KOREA, THE PHILIPPINES, THAILAND, CHINA, HONGKONG, TAIWAN, RUSSIA, CHILE,PERU, BRUNEI .....etc. Holding a valid APEC Travel Card, you really save time each trip visiting APEC countries on approved length of stay. Easier travel plan, efficient business & leisure combined.
II. Visa Extension:
Visa extensions can usually be obtained once in Vietnam. Please scan or show us your original visa page. Rates vary, as does the official policy regarding extensions. Please watch your visa expiry date as you will pay penalty if it exceeds validity whilst you still remain within country. Visa Extension should be requested at least 7 days prior to its expiry. Some type of visa can not be extended whilst the other can be extended once or two more times. Once you agree with the fee, we will keep the original passports for at least 10-12 days to process.
Please contact us at or telephone us at (844) 3 -927 48 11/12 for details. Thank you!
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Visa on Arrival: means the visa that you can collect visa stamp upon arrival at our international airports. This is not for visitors who enter country through a land border. The advantages of Visa on Arrival are that you will not need to go anywhere to apply for the visa and cheaper the total cost. Please be noted that our Authorization Letter Service to obtain visa on arrival shall only be made for our clients who book travel services( tours, tickets, hotels..) with us but do not have enough time to go embassy to apply for visa. Our apologies for others.
- Can be single entry or multiple entries, validity of 01 month

Please send us via Internet :
- Passports details ( full name, sex, date of birth, nationality, job, passport number & validity)
- Entry date, and arrival flight number .

Per Immigration Department, normal visa application, we have to wait 2-3 working days. 
For Express Visa Service( except public holidays or weekend-day): we will send you the visa authorization letter within 24 -48 hours on working days after you send all sufficient personal information.

Our agency fee ( for visa authorization letter): 20.00$US/ per person. Other cases, it depends on normal or other type of passport holders.
Immigration's Stamping fee: Visitors are requested to pay "visa stamping fee" on their passport upon arrival airport, directly to Immigration Officer at landing airports in Vietnam.At any time if Immigration Department increases the fee, we will adjust this fee accordingly. Our agency service fee is Non-refundable in all cases once processing. 
USD 45/ per person/ 1 month single entry visa
USD 65/ per person/ 1 month multiple entries visa or 3 month single entry visa
USD 95/per person/ from 3 month multiple entries visa/


On arrival @ airport in Vietnam, visitors must show Immigration Officer: 
(1) Original Passport(s)
(2) 01 passport photo ( white background)
(3) Our Visa Authorization Letter


(1) “Working Days” per government rule .Date of receiving passport details will not be considered as the application date.
(2) On arrival, visitors must complete duplicate arrival forms. Please KEEP THE YELLOW COPY for departure as you will need it again. 
(3) You can obtain your visa in your own country at Vietnam Embassy.
(4) Before you travel, check your passport to ensure that there is page space for entry/exit stamps (at least three pages) and that it has at least six months validity remaining after your trip completion. 
Please contact us at or telephone us at (844) 3 -927 48 11/12 for details. Thank you!
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[ 2 days] Mai Chau- Pu Luong short stay

Mai Chau is a 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. Mai Chau valley attracts visitors with its nature and impressive wet- rice culture.
From the hustle of Hanoi, going to Mai Chau makes you ecstatic over the paddy fields and rural living and then transform into a real paradise. It’s a stunning area, and most of people here are ethnic Muong, ethnic Dao and ethnic White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China.
The Pu Luong Nature Reserve is an area of outstanding beauty, cultural interest and biodiversity. Stretch from Mai Chau in the North West to Cuc Phuong National Park in the south east. The region is blessed with rich forest, limestone panoramas, magnificent rice terraces and breathtaking scenery. On this trip you can experience the everyday life and culture of Thai and Muong people and stay in scenic villages with traditional homestay accommodation.

Depart from your Hanoi hotel at 7:00 AM transferring to Mai Chau. Daydream as we drive a safe route with spectacular views around every bend. Upon arrival at Poom Coom village in Mai Chau, we will take a short walk to visit the ethnic Thai people, and then lunch will be served at local home. By 1:00 PM take a short ride (15 minutes) to the Ma River.

We will take a short boat trip then start a 2 to 3 hour walk through beautiful hill side villages, magnificent rice paddies, seeing hand crafted bamboo water wheels. The highlight on this walk is experiencing the beauty of Pu Luong Nature Reserve, the everyday life and culture of the White Thai people. Become a part of local life when we are welcomed as honored guests at a traditional Thai home on stilts. Here in Hang village we will have a traditional dinner and stay the night. 
The daily life here starts early, it will be interesting for you to get up at the first sign of day light and take part in the activities in the morning, or take a stroll around Hang village before having breakfast with our new Thai friends.
At 8:00 AM start a trek inside the Pu Luong Nature Reserve (back on some of the same routes) then onto the main road, after a 3 hour walk, the driver will pick us up and transfer to the Poom Coong village for lunch. We should leave Mai Chau at 2:30 pm and return Hanoi by 6:00 PM. End of services
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[ 20 days] Around Vietnam

Discover Hanoi, a charming city renowned for its wide boulevards lined with trees and magnificent French villas. Travel to Sapa, famous worldwide for its cascading rice terraces and colourful hilltribe people. Admire the stunning landscape of Halong Bay where you spend a relaxing day cruising its emerald waters. The old town of Hoi An will charm you as you wander its cobbled streets. Take some time to relax and swim in Nha Trang, Vietnam’s premier beach destination. Experience  the similarities and differences of a mountainous highland city of Dalat further the South  with previous Sapa hilltribe town from the North. A short visit to Walt Disney fantasia of the East – another nick name of CaoDai temple will add your trip some leisure surprise. The trip ends  in HCMC ( formerly Saigon) and Cu Chi where you will learn about Vietnam’s turbulent history. This tour offers a glorious mix of sightseeing in a concise, yet impressive programme.
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[ 13 days] Vietnam Trails

Start the journey in HCMC( formerly Saigon) a charming and dynamic city of the country. Fly to Nha Trang- Vietnam’s best known seaside resort town, is home to beautiful bays and beaches with fine clean sand and clear water with mild temperatures all year round. Relax in Hoi An, where you can wander among the colourful buildings.  A scenic ride between Hoian and Hue will leave you a pleasant memoir. Explore Hue’s imperial treasures including royal tombs, beautiful gardens, small bridges, citadel  along the poetic Perfume River. A tour to Vietnam would not be complete without a visit to beautiful Halong Bay, where you spend an overnight cruising its emerald waters. Trip ends in Hanoi where much of Vietnam history will be revealed.
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