- Why Choose Us ??
We provide services for travellers, including hotel booking, car renting, air ticket booking, and tour packages. Our strongest and most popular products are honeymoon vacations, hiking & cycling tours, and culture packages through various countries. We pay attention to a number of special services, such as romantically decorated honeymoon suite, sweet private honeymoon dinners, honeymoon packages, good location and local homestay for hiking trips. Thanks to the cooperation and support of our business partners and travel agents worldwide we are offering the best service to the international market.
For more than 15 years specializing in this field, Go-Indochine is proud to be one of the best tour operators and travel firms in Southeast Asia. We have established our credibility by the working culture of responding within 24 hours with the customized offers as well as operating tours efficiently and reliably.
It is our goal to introduce the images of Indochina to the worldwide travel lovers and travel agents with a variety of products so that the travellers can have meaningful and unforgettable experience while the firms in tourism can develop their own local business. Therefore, you are more than welcome by Go-Indochine when you have interests in travelling.
- Cambodia travel tips ?
There is an airport tax of US$ 20 upon departure. This tax is usually not included in the price of your airticket, so ensure that you have US$20 spare in cash and per person by the end of your trip which is payable at the airport.
We advise you to arrange an airport pick up with the hotel where you will be staying, if however you prefer to go local, then a taxi from Pochentong International Airport (Phnom Penh) will take roughly 15 minutes and cost approximately US$ 7, and from Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap City roughly 10 minutes and approx. US$ 5.
Banks are generally open from 8am to 4pmÂ weekdays and from 8am to 12pm on Saturdays.
Business Hours :
Generally speaking the official business hours are from 8am to 12 pm and 2pm to 5:30pm Monday to Friday, some businesses are open Saturdays for a half day from 8am to 12pm. Opening times of Government offices are different and they are open 7:30am to 11:30am and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Country Calling Code : 855
Credit Cards :
Some but not all banks in Cambodia accept major credit cards as do some of the hotels. We strongly advise you to check with the hotel where you will be staying at to see if they accept your preferred credit card or not and call your local credit card company for more information.
Local currency is Cambodia Riels. Denominations are 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000; 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500; 200; 100. The US$ are widely used and accepted and it is advisable to bring some with you. Foreign currencies (but we advise you to bring some US$ with you no matter where you are travelling from) can be changed at hotels, airports or markets. Commission is generally not charged at the market moneychangers so they tend to be cheaper, than the alternatives.
Voltage in Cambodia is 220 volts AC, 50HZ.Â
Khmer is the first language, and EnglishÂ the second, French seems to be fading fast as a language within Cambodia.Â
Photography in airports, railway stations and near any military installations is forbidden and discretion should be used when photographing people, especially monks.
The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, and roughly ninety percent of Khmers follow this religion.
Cambodians greet each other with a slight bow and a prayer like gesture called a Sompeah, with the younger or lower ranked person normally initiating the gesture. For foreigners and business handshakes are acceptable.
Applications for visas can be done on arrival (passport sized photos will be required). The visa on arrival is valid for a thirty day stay and issued to tourists at a cost of US$ 20 and for business visitors at US$ 25 at the Pochentong International Airport, Siem Reap Airport and also International border check points. Visas can also be obtained from certain Royal Cambodian Embassies or ConsulatesÂ around the world.
Do not drink tap water, only drink bottled water
Cambodia has a warm / hot tropical climate that is relatively calm and consistent throughout the year. The average temperature is 27 degrees centigrade. There are two seasons, the humid and rainy monsoon season which spans from June to October and the dry season which is from November to May. The coolest period tends to be from December to January.
- Cambodia, things to do?
TRAVEL TO CAMBODIA
Cambodia can be visited year-round. There are 2 seasons. The dry season run from November to March, and trips during this time book up early. During the monsoon season, from May to early October, it rain for short time in the afternoon, temple moats are full, the scenery is lush and green.
Thing to do and and see
1. Watch the sunâ€™sfirst rays hitting the incredible temple of Angkor.
2. Receive a water blessing from a Buddhist monk at the beautiful Tep Pranamm pagoda inside Angkor Thom.
3. Get off the tourist trail at Sambour Prei kuk, one of the blesser visited temple.
4. Stop at the local market on the way to Boeng Mealea to experience local life.
5. Cruise past the magnificent floating village lit by the warm glow of the evening sun on Tonle Sap lake.
6. Experience of contrasts of Phnom Penh at the Royal Palace, National Museum, Toul Sleng and the Killing fields.
7. Eat fresh seafood at Sihanoukville.
- Visa to Vietnam?
No matter which way of access you choose, a Vietnamese entry visa is required for all foreigners, except for citizens of countries having bilateral agreements on visa exemption with Vietnam.
â€¨Types of visa to Vietnam
Diplomatic and official visa:â€¨No fees unless otherwise agreed upon between Vietnam and applicantâ€™s country. On applying this visa, you must submit an official letter from the concerned agencies of local government, foreign embassies or consulates accredited to the country, international organizations, or other accredited organizations based in that country.
Business visa: â€¨On applying this visa, you should obtain an approval through your sponsor in Vietnam. Itâ€™s generally much easier to apply once in Vietnam. Multiple entry and stay of three-month or six-month is possible.
Tourist visa: (short staying time) Â It's what you need to enter Vietnam! â€¨Available one-month single-entry visa (maximum stay in Vietnam of one month). Tourist visa may be extended one time for 30 days after your arrival in Vietnam.â€¨If you plan to spend more than a month in Vietnam, or if you plan to exit Vietnam and re-enter from Cambodia, Laos or China, you will need a three-month multiple-entry visa with the approval from local agents.
â€¨How to apply visa to Vietnam
You can either apply yourself at Vietnamese embassies or consulates in your country or have a local travel agent (your sponsor) to do a part or full its procedure.
Required documentations:â€¨you have to submit: Â passport of six monthsâ€™ validity, Â visa application forms, and Â probably some others required by Vietnamese embassy or consulates in your country. Visa forms are available by getting directly or by mail with a stamped, self-addressed envelope addressed to their Visa section. Request by email is perhaps acceptable (in some cases).â€¨SeeÂ HYPERLINK "http://www.activetravelvietnam.com/resources/images/traveltips/vietnam_visa_application_form.gif"Visa application form Â andÂ list of Â HYPERLINK "http://www.activetravelvietnam.com/traveltips/vietnam_embassies_consulates_abroad.html"Vietnamese Embassies and Consulates abroad (also available Â HYPERLINK "http://www.activetravelvietnam.com/traveltips/foreign_embassies_consulates_in_vietnam.html"Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Vietnam).
Time:â€¨processing tourist visa application typically takes four or five working days.
Cost:â€¨fees vary from embassy to embassy; about $50 in Bangkok and $85 in Washington, for example.
By local agent:
Provide two types of visa services: Visa Application letter and Full-packaged service (on-arrival visa).
- How do I book my tours with your company??
1. How do I reserve my tours with you?
Making an online reservation with www.naciholidays.com is easy.
Choose the tours you want to book and select your date, fill in all information and click BOOK TOUR and following steps to get your invoice and voucher confirmation
Or Just complete and send the reservation form making sure that you have given us your e-mail address and a valid credit card number.
As soon as we receive your request we will contact your chosen hotel to confirm the reservation. It is our policy to reply to all requests within 24 hours.
Making a reservation through www.naciholidays.com requires payment with a credit card.
Please read our Deposit and Cancellation policy before making payment
2. Do you have tours available at a "XXX" dates ?
Almost our tours are daily departure.To make a booking, you must submit a reservation form and provide your credits card details. Then we process the booking and revert to you within 24 hours.
3. I don't want to make a reservation online, what can I do ?
You can reserve by phone or by fax : You can call our 24/7 call center hotline at ++ 84.913 037 818 or ++ 84.4.3726 3509 or send us a fax using our form at ++84.4.3726 3508.
4. Can I make a reservation through the Tour Opeator or Travel Agent ?
Yes, of course if you would like to make a reservation directly with the tour operator or travel agent you will need to contact them directly.
We are in good position to make the offer, make the booking and run the trip as we are a local tour operator.
5. What if the preferred hotel is not available?
You will be notified via an e-mail (within 24 hours after placing your order) and we will do our best to suggest you or book an alternative similar hotel according to our experiences.
6. What is the latest time that I can make my reservation ?
Even if we accept all bookings that are made on the travel date, we can only guarantee bookings made at least 3-working days for days trip and excursions only (not including Sun & Public holidays) before the departure date. Any the earlier you book, the better chance you have to get a confirmed reservation.
7. How far ahead can I book?
You can book say 24 months in advance, but please ensure you remember you have made the reservation. We will charge only 100 US$ non refundable deposit and require full payment 30 days before departure.
You expect to receive the invoice before that to remind you the trip made.
8. How do I make a reservation for someone else?
To complete a reservation for someone else, simply type in his or her name instead of yours for guest name. Use the billing address for the credit card you are using as the address. Don't forget to use your email address to receive your confirmation information.
9. What happens to my tour booking if my flight is delayed ?
Please inform us and the hotel immediately as any additional or no charge will only depend on the hotel policy. We try our best to offer you the similar ground services.
10. It's reliable to book online?
We make your online reservation extremely satisfying, comfortable and without apprehension over your security, privacy and concern about online reservations. Making an online reservation is easy. Just complete the reservations form online security SSL (128bit), making sure that you give us your e-mail address and sending it to us. As soon as we receive your request we will reply within 24 hours.
- Vietnamese is the official language. <br>- Almost tourist guides speak languages: English, Chinese, Italian, French, Russian and Japanese.<br>
Vietnamese dong (VND) is the official currency in Vietnam.<br>- Paper notes include: VND 500,000; 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000; 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500; 200 and 100. Coins include VND 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500 and 200. <br>Cheques with value as Vietnamese dong include: VND 1,000,000 and 500,000. <br>- Foreign currencies and tourist cheques can be exchanged into Vietnamese Dong at banks or foreign exchange agencies. <br>- Credit cards are popularly used, especially in cities and big tourist centers. <br>Before leave Vietnam, Vietnamese dong can be changed into foreign currencies at the airport.
US dollar is widely accepted while most major currencies can be exchanged at leading banks in Vietnam (Vietcombank, ANZ, ACB, VIB Bankâ€¦) or some hotels and jewelry shops. The official rate of exchange is approximately VND19,500 to US$1. With the relatively low value of Dong, you are recommended to carry US dollar in small notes; it will help you to change easily.
ATMs can be a choice as itâ€™s very popular in most of tourist destinations now. Vietcombank (VCB) has the best network in the country. Withdrawals are issued Â in Dong (50,000d and 100,000d only). There is a Â limit of 2,000,000d (about US$125) for each withdrawal and a daily limit of 20,000,000d. Fee is 50,000d (US$3) each time.
Visa, Â MasterCard and Â JCB cards are widely accepted. Some merchants also accept Â Amex. A Â 4%-commission charge on every transaction (3% for other cards) is pretty common, due to bankâ€™s policy. Getting cash in advance from cards is possible at Vietcombank and some foreign banks in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Travelers Cheques are accepted at most of hotels, restaurants but in major cities. If you only have travellers cheques, stock up on US dollars at a bank, which usually charge anywhere from Â 1.25% to 3% commission to change them into cash. VCB charges no commission to changing travellers cheques for Dong. If your travellers cheques are in currencies other than US dollars, they may be useless beyond the major cities. Hefty commissions are the norm it they can be exchanged at all.
- Working hours?
- Governmental agencies work 8 hours/day from 7.30am to 4.30pm (excluding one-hour lunch). Saturday and Sunday are close
- Banks are open from 7.30am or 8am to 11.30am and from 1pm to 4pm. Saturday and Sunday are close.
- Private shops are open from 8am or 8.30am to 9pm or 10pm.
January 1st: New Year's Day, (one day holiday)
April 30th: Saigon Liberation Day, (one day holiday)
May 1st: International Labour Day, (one day holiday)
September 2nd: National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, (one day holiday)
VietnamTraditional Lunar New Year Festival - Tet Nguyen Dan:(Four day holiday). Tet holiday usually falls at the end of January or middle of February by solar calendar. The holiday begins on the last day of the last lunar month and lasts through the first three days of the Lunar New Year (Tet Nguyen Dan)
Vietnam's elongated shape stretching from the tropics to the subtropics zone accounts for the varied climate in the country. Vietnam is an year round destination, when one part of Vietnam is cloudy and rainy, there are other parts of the country that can be sunny and warm
North Vietnam enjoys 4 seasons, meanwhile Central and South have 2, rain and dry seasons. Heat and humidity are typical weather of Vietnam.
Weather is often a determinant factor in travel planning. Since Vietnam covers several climatic zones, the weather can change significantly traveling north to south. The chart below provides average daily minimum/maximum temperatures in degrees Celsius and average rainfall in millimeters. Please refer to this chart and our suggested packing list later in this document when deciding what to pack for your trip.
- Food/Cuisine and Drinks?
The cuisine of Vietnam is excellante. Rice and noodle dishes are the staple of Vietnamese food and are garnished with aromatic lemon grass and/or fresh coriander. Fish, chicken, and/or pork dishes along with cooked vegetables and rice form a typical meal.
Asian and European food are available throughout the country.
Drinking tap water or ice is not recommended. Bottled water is readily available but remember to check the seal for possible tampering. You should be drinking a minimum of 1.5 liters of water per day. This should increase as the temperature increases or you are engaging in physical activities.
Vietnamese coffee is usually very strong and has a punctuated mockup aroma and flavors. It is usually served in a small glass or cup with a drip filter and additional hot water in a thermos. As the filter empties you top it up from the thermos until you have the required amount of coffee. Condensed milk is added as a whitener and sweetener as it is usually not possible to find fresh milk away for the main cities.
Beer is available just about everywhere. Most places stock a selection of local and some imported brands. Draught beer comes in two varieties, Beer Hoi or Beer Tuoi. Beer Hoi is draught beer found on the street stalls and poured straight from the keg. Vietnamese quite often add ice to their beer when drinking. Beer Tuoi is found in the bars and restaurants and is chilled and served under pressure from the keg in a more conventional method.
- Entry Visa?
1. Do I need a visa to visit Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos?<br><br>Visitors must obtain visa prior to entry. A tourist visa for Vietnam can be obtained from any Vietnam Embassy or consulate office world wide. Visas are valid for 30 days and can be extended through our head office in Vietnam. <br><br>For Cambodia Visa, you get it on arrival without pre-arrangement, you need 20 USD and 2 pictures each person and expect 15 minutes for processing it at the airport. Easy and recommended.<br><br>For Laos Visa, you get it on arrival without pre-arrangement, you need 30 USD and 2 pictures each person and expect 15 minutes for processing it at the airport. Easy and recommended.<br><br>2.Can I Get Visa Upon on Arrival for FREE?<br>You must obtain a Vietnamese visa prior to entry. A tourist visa for Vietnam can be obtained from any Vietnam Embassy or consulate office world wide. Visas are valid for 30 days and can be extended through our head office in Vietnam.<br><br>For a Cambodia visa, you can get it upon arrival without pre-arrangements; you need 20 USD and 2 pictures per person. Expect 15 minutes for processing it at the airport. <br><br>For Laos visa, you get it upon arrival without pre-arrangement; you need 30 USD and 2 pictures per person. Expect 15 minutes for processing it at the airport. <br><br>Getting Visa On Arrival to Vietnam is difficult for you but it is easy for us at Naciholidays. <br><br>I can arrange for your visa upon arrival to Vietnam. I can apply for you to get a visa upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, at Danang airport or Noi Bai international airport, Hanoi. The visa is processed by us. An urgent visa upon arrival (3 days before arrival) costs $75 USD and a normal one, $50. Both require two passport sized photos. <br><br>Please provide the following information for me to apply for your visa. <br><br>1) Full name on passport <br>2) Passport number <br>3) Date of birth 4) Nationality <br>5) Date of arrival<br>6) Flight number and time <br>7) Fax number where we can fax you or your email address. <br><br>If I receive the above information, I will process the visa within 3 working days. Upon receiving the pre-approved visa, I will send it to you right away. Kindly print it out and show it when needed. <br>Upon arrival at Vietnam's airport, expect to fill out a simple form. Kindly prepare two photos, $25 for stamp fees per person and 15 minutes waiting time.<br>Be advised that we process visa on arrival for our in house guests only. Do not contact us if you only desire visa service.<br><br>Please make sure that you have your passport and your passport is still valid for six months and contains two white pages. If you book services with Naciholidays, I offer you this complimentary Visa Approved Letter for picking up visa on arrival for all Naciholidayâ€™s in house guests. Kindly contact our travel advisor if want this free visa service upon your booking has been confirmed
- Phones and Internet?
Communication fees in Vietnam are quite high but impeccable. You can use pre-paid card phone services for your hand phone, the sim card costs around 15 US$. Prepaid card costs 100,000, 300.000 and 500.000 VND.
The best International rates are from the post offices that have a pay per call service and a fax service. The central post offices in Hanoi , Saigon and Hue also accept calling cards from various international telecommunications companies. It is not possible to make collect calls from Vietnam .
For lower cost, dial 171+00+ number you want.
Internet and e-mail services are readily available in most major places throughout the country. Some hotels will have this service available and there are many Internet cafes in the major areas. The speed of your connection will vary however depending on the time of day. Average charge for Internet usage is around 4.000 VND per hour in cyber cafe internet.
Several hotels for business travelers in Hanoi and Saigon are equipped internet with high speed access in business center and in room guest.
The national electricity system is 220 volts. Connections are either a round two-pin plug or a flat two-pin plug. Beware if you are using electrical appliances and laptop computers, as there are power surges and frequent power cuts.
- Air access?
This is the most convenient way to enter Vietnam. Formalities at Vietnamâ€™s international airports are generally smoother than at land borders, as volume of traffic is greater.
Network of Airports in Vietnam
â€¢ For both International and Domestic flights: Noi Bai (35km northwest of Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat (in Ho Chi Minh City), Danang (in Danang city).â€¨â€¢ For Domestic flights only (North to South): Muong Thanh (in Dien Bien), Son La (in Son La), Cat Bi (in Hai Phong), Vinh (in Nghe An), Phu Bai (in Hue), Pleiku (in Pleiku), Buon Ma Thuot (in Buon Ma Thuot), Cam Ranh (in Nha Trang), Dalat (in Dalat), Can Tho (in Can Tho) and Phu Quoc (in Phu Quoc island).
For international flights
Cities having direct flights to Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airport includes: Bangkok, Beijing, Franfurt, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming, Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Osaka, Paris, Phnom Penh, Pusan, Seoul, Siem Reap, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Vientiane. â€¨If entering through Danang airport, you can only fly from Bangkok.
If thereâ€™s just few direct flights to Vietnam, the best way is taking a flight to Bangkok or Hong Kong and gets a connecting flight on arrival. You can either stay there several days for leisure (recommended for shopping) before flight to Vietnam. As they are two greatest hubs of Southeast Asia (many flights daily), you can depart at flexible time and have significant savings on ticket prices.
Vietnamese people are very gracious, polite and generous and will make every effort to have foreign guests feel comfortable. Most cafes and restaurants will have knives and forks as well as chopsticks for example. In the city's and country towns alike do not be surprised to be invited home to meet someone's family you have just met, these are the experiences that will enrich your visit to Vietnam.
From the workers simple outfits in the rice fields to western style business suits in the city, the Vietnamese are conservative in their dress. Visitors wearing shorts are tolerated, unless you enter a culturally sensitive area such as a temple or pagoda. Keep in mind that, although tolerant, people may be judgmental.
Unfortunately you can not expect hospitality at every turn and you may still experience some problems with petty theft and pick pockets. This is more prevalent in Ho Chi Minh City ( Saigon ) and Nha Trang. In other areas, especially in the north, reports of these activities are extremely minimal. It is not something to be paranoid about but be aware of your surroundings. Below is a list of do's and don'ts to help you avoid some of the social taboos during your visit. Take heed of these pointers and you will be rewarded with a culturally and socially enriching experience.
- Vietnam custom regulations?
Arriving in Vietnam, all visitors must fill in Â declaration forms and show their luggage to Customs Officials upon request. There are no limited amounts of foreign currency, objects made of gold, silver, precious metals and gemstones or plated with silver or gold but visitors must declare these in detail on the customs forms.
Luggage of Prohibited and Restricted carriage
Following materials are prohibited accompanying baggage: corrosive, gas, explosive, toxic, oxygen, radioactive, flammable...
Following materials are not permitted accompanying baggage: knife, scissors, gun, cartridge, wheelchair with battery;
Passenger should not put money, jewel, document, important samples... in your baggage. Baggage should be covered and locked carefully;
Passenger should not put breakable materials such as china, electronic, bottle, jar... inside your baggage;
Following goods are prohibited carrying in flight: fish sauce, durian...
Tourists are authorized to bring in the following items duty-free: Cigarettes: 400 pieces; Cigars: 50-100; Tobacco: 100 gram; Liquor: 1.5l.
Personal effects of a reasonable quantity
Small gift items valued at not more than US$500.
You are expected to declare:
Cameras, camcorders and other electric equipments not for personal useâ€¨Jewelry not for personal use;
Currency over US$7,000 (There is no limit to the amounts of cash, precious metals and gems people can bring in, but amounts of over US$7,000 must be declared);
Video tapes (they may be kept few days and screened).
Goods of commercial nature and articles of high value require export permits issued by the Customs Office.
Antiques, some precious stones and animals listed in Vietnam's red-book may not be brought out of the country.
Money: below US$3,000 of cash.Â
1. I Am a Foreigner/Vietnamese Man, Can I Share a Room with a Vietnamese Lady/Ladies?
Sorry No, Vietnamese Law Requires a Marriage Cetificate if man/s stay overnight with Vietnamese Ladies. We recommend you to mentione this if it is your case for appropriate advices when make the booking with us.
2. Who is my guide ?
We currently have 25 luxury travel oriented guides that have all been carefully selected and trained. They are open-minded, well-educated and enthusiastic young people who can provide the traveler with first-hand knowledge of Vietnamese culture and history. They are also curious about foreign cultures and are eager to engage in a cultural exchange with visitors. Our guides speak Chinese, Vietnamese, English, French and German. Many of them speak multi languages.
We have guides in the major regions of the Indochina (Hanoi, Danang/Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Seam Reap, Vientiane and Luang Phrabang). Upon arrival at the airport, a local guide will meet you and be your escort for the duration of your stay in that particular city.
However, you have the option of hiring a guide or a tour leader who will accompany you through your entire journey.
3. What are the different room categories ?
Unless stated otherwise we use run of house room for all our trips. Generally hotels tend to place their bedrooms within four different category :
The actual differences between the bedrooms varies from one hotel to another, with executive being the highest standard of room.
A single room is designed to accommodate one person only. The room contains one single bed or twin bed.
A double room is designed to accommodate two people only. The room contains one queen bed or king size bed or if not available a twin bed.
A twin room is also designed to accommodate two people only. The room contains two single beds or if not available a king size bed.
Family Rooms There are two main types of family rooms, as follows :
A triple room is designed to accommodate three people only. The room will contain either :
One queen and one single bed
Three single beds
Please specify which option you require when sending your reservation form.
A quad room is designed to accommodate four people only. The room will contain either :
Two queen beds
One queen and two single beds
Four single beds
"Run Of House" is abbreviated as "ROH" includes the most common or standard type of room category in the hotel with basic amenities. Your room will be determined by the hotel, based on the availability at the time of check-in.
Please specify which option you require when sending your reservation form. We can also assist you in seeking accommodation that can accommodate more than four people in a room. Please specify the number of people in your party when completing your reservation request form.
4. What are the check in and check out times ?
Normal policy of hotels is for check in time from 14:00 hours and the check out time before Noon (12:00 hrs.).
Early check-in or late check out available upon room's availability depending on your staying hotel. Extra charge may be applied.
5. What does it mean the Rack Rate?
Every hotel has what is known in the hotelier industry as "rack rate", also known as full rate, published rate or just plain sucker rate. These are the top rates a hotel charges their guests.
While few guests actually "pay rack", hoteliers use these rates as a basis for discounting. Most hotels routinely offer discounts ranging from 10-30% simply for the asking.
Many business hotels offer bigger discounts on weekends when few business people travel. Likewise, resort hotels often discount their rates during the week and slash their rates during the off-season. Obtaining these discounted rates is often simply a matter of requesting the "corporate rate", "weekend package", or "low-season discount".
Since we, Naciholidays, book a thousand rooms with hotels/resorts in Vietnam and Indochina and we get the whole sales contract and we pass this saving on to you. You save up sometimes to 75% off rack rates. Book Online With Us Today!
6. What meal is included ? What is the restaurant like?
The breakfast are included in the hotel. Others meals are included as stated in the program.
We use local restaurants for all our trips, we select restaurants by our experiences, clients satisfaction, locations and food.
7. Can I have vegetarian food ?
yes, of course, you just select your preference on the special request part of the reservation form.
8. Is it safe to travel in Vietnam ? Can I travel solo?
Traveling in Vietnam is generally safe. You can travel solo. Women and independent travellers have found it relatively hassle-free and easy to travel throughout the country. However, when traveling anywhere in the country, travelers should exercise caution and use common sense to avoid incidences of personal misfortune.
9. Do you recommend a Travel Insurance ?
We strongly recommend that all clients take our travel comprehensive insurance when making a booking.
We recommend that insurance covers loss of deposit and other monies through cancellation, loss or damage to personal baggage and loss of money, medical expenses, and additional expenses to cover hotel accommodation and repatriation costs should any services need to be extended or curtailed due to illness or other insurance risk.
10. Where can I find information about the destination and country I want to stay ?
Do not travel until you check our website, ever thing you can find within our best tourism site in Vietnam, just check our Travel Information on our website at http://www.naciholidays.com
11. How do I get around?
Today's visitors can choose from the following means of travel depending on their time constraints and budget..
If you are active travelers, it is great to cycle in and around Hanoi, Hue, Hoian, Nha Trang and Mekong delta.
All motor vehicles used for overland trips are modern and air-conditioned ranging from a car to a 45-seater coach, depending on the size of the group. In Vietnam, motor vehicle rentals are accompanied with a driver as tourists are prohibited from renting cars and driving on their own. Considering the chaotic traffic, one will come to understand why it is better to leave the driving to the expert local drivers!
Mini bus (26 seater): 10-16 passengers
Mini van (16 seater): 3-9 passengers
Car (4 seater): 1 or 2 passengers
Boats and/or Hydrofoil.
Local 12-24 seater boats are used for cruising in Ha Long Bay and smaller wooden passenger boats are used on the Mekong River. Hydrofoil services have recently become available and, depending on the distance traveled, can reduce total travel time by up to one third. Currently, there are daily services from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau; Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho; and Ho Chi Minh City to Chau Doc, from Rach Gia to Phu quoc Island and vice versa. In the north, there is daily hydrofoil service from Hai Phong to Cat Ba Island and vice versa..
Planes and departure taxes.
Vietnam Airlines and Parcific Airlines are 2 national carriers all domestic routes within the country. Currently, it's fleet includes newly leased Boeing 777-200, 767-300, Airbus A320s, ATR 72s, and Fokker 70 aircraft. Long distance routes are often flown by contracted foreign pilots, mostly British, Australian or French.
Expect delays or even cancellations during the rainy season due to bad weather conditions. No Domestic departure taxe, an international departure tax is charged for international flight 14 US$ at Tan Son Nhat, Danang International Airports and 14 USS at Noi Bai.
The Reunification Express is the single railway track that links Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City covering a distance of 1726 km. There are several departures daily to the 2 major cities. The entire trip can take between 30 and 42 hours, but can of course be broken up by stops en route. Most of the carriages, with the exception of the new SE, S, E train, have not been upgraded since the 80s though. They are usually equipped with fans and one basic toilet facility per carriage. Air conditioned soft sleepers are a new addition to the rolling stock and have four berths per compartment. There is a choice between soft-cushioned seats and sleeping berths, the latter being recommended for overnight journeys. Train travel might not be the most comfortable or most efficient way to get around, but it does give you the opportunity to interact with the people and see the country from the perspective of the Vietnamese themselves. If you approach your trip with an open and flexible mind, it can be one of the highlights of your trip.
Vietnam has now 5 star train service on Hanoi to Sapa and Hanoi to Danang with Victoria Express Train and luxury train from Saigon to Nha Trang and vice Versa. www.victoriahotels-asia.com and www.5starexpress.com.vn
12. Are you reliable travel agency? Can I have your some referrers?
Absolutely YES, we have been profestionals in tourism industry for more than 6 years. We are a multi winning award company, member of Ministry of Tourism, Hanoi Department of Tourism, PATA, ASTA... and our company has been most nominated as a best luxury tour company in Vietnam by the Readers of Vietnam Economic Times.
International Trading Name in English: NAM CUONG TOURISM SERVICES COMPANY LIMITED
Company Name in Vietnamese: Cong Ty TNHH Dich vu Du lich Lu hanh Nam Cuong
Company Licence: issued by The Hanoi Department of Planning and Investements.
Tax Idifidentication Number: 0101630512 issued by The General Taxes Department of Vietnam.
International Luxury Tour Operator Licence: 0387/2005/TCDL-GPLHQT issued by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.
Naciholidays is our branding name, registered by the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam.
Our former satisfied clients are happy to share their unique experiences with you upon request.
13. Who Can I contact if I need the immediate help from Naciholidays?
If traveling with your tour guide, please contact with him first. If not the case, you can contact our Customer Service Manager by English and Vietnamese on 24/7: ++84.913037818 - Mr Lan.
14. Is there someone pick up me at airport?
Mostly our tour package is airport to airport so check if your airport transfer included or not on our services voucher.
15. Can I use my reward points from Accor, Mariott, Starwood, Hilton etc. on your site?
No. Only reservations made directly with the participated hotels can use reward points. Howerver if you are a Golden Lotus Member of Vietnam Airlines, you can accumulate points with the selected and signed hotels with Vietnam Airlines.
16. Do you have e-tickets in Vietnam?
Vietnam Airlines, among very few airlines companies, offers electronic ticket. If an electronic ticket is available, we will issue an electronic ticket instead of a paper ticket, unless a paper ticket is specifically requested by the customer. Electronic tickets will be emailed or faxed to the customer.
17. How can I receive delivery of a paper airline ticket?
The method and cost of delivery of ticket will depend on your location and your preferences.
For customers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, we offer free delivery of your tickets to your local residence or office address.
For customers in Vietnam but outside of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, tickets will be delivered by EMS at the customerâ€™s expense.
For customers outside Vietnam, tickets can be purchased in advance and held for delivery later to a hotel or resort or can be shipped internationally at the time of purchase. International shipping is available by Federal Express, DHL or a local provider within Vietnam at the customerâ€™s choice, and all shipping fees will be paid by the customer.
For international flights to Vietnam (Saigon, Danang or Saigon) we recommend you to purchase at home for a better deal and we take care for the rest with land arrangment.
18. Can I change the travel dates after issuing the tickets and hotel vouchers?
Packages usually have certain booking terms and restrictions and date change may be subject to charges or even not permitted.
19. How Do I Know Naciholidays Is Qualified?
You will have your own personal tour operator available every minute of every day to make sure that everything goes smoothly. From this email on, you make arrangements with me, the same specialist from start to finish with the 24/7 support by the Headquarter in Hanoi
Naciholidays is a 100% fully registered and privately-owned Vietnamese company. The companyâ€™s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill client expectations.
Naciholidays is a fully licensed international tour company affiliated to the Vietnam Tourism Association www.vita.vn (VITA), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA - Vietnam Chapter, and the American Society of Travel Agents . Our company is a fully-licensed and accredited full service travel agency, and inbound and outbound luxury tour operator by the Vietnam National Authority for Tourism (VNAT) www.vietnamtourism.com
Naciholidays is recognized internationally as reliable local tour operators and has been highly recommended in a number of luxury travel magazines and famous travel guides such as Luxury City Guides, Footprints, Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Petit FutÃ©, AAA Guide Booksâ€¦
Naciholidays has a good reputation in tourism industry in Vietnam and won numerous travel awards.
20. You Are Tour Company, When I Purchase a Standard Tour Package From You, Can I Expect the best services?
Yes, We Sell the Tour Packages Are Mentioned Clearly: Standard (3 star hotel), Superior (4 star) and Deluxe (5 star or more) based mostly on the accommodation and Style of The Package. You Expect You Pay for What You Get in Return. Overall Whatever the Standard or Luxury, You Enjoy Our High Quality of Service for Each Tour Package Caterogy You Purchase. Our Team Ensure You The Best Value For Money and Our Local Travel Experts Are Available Around The Clook For Your Support. We Are Here To Ensure A Worry and Hassle Free Holiday in Our Country.
21. What is the difference between adjoining room and connecting room?
Both of them are appropriate for family and a couple of friends who want staying together and near each others. Connecting room means there are 2 separate rooms connected by a door. Adjoining room which includes 2 rooms connected by a door has only one entrance main door.
22. I would like to pay USD cash on arrival and are happy to provide my credit card details as a guarantee the booking . It is possible?
At Naciholidays, we accept the method of payment which is the most convenient to our guests. You can pay us in cash on arrival and credit card is just to guarantee your booking. However any cancellation at last minute will be automatically charged in full from your given credit card in conform with our booking conditions.
23. Which Airlines Company Flies To Vietnam ? Can You Refer Me to Their Website to Book Online?
There are many airlines companies which fly to Vietnam every day. From Europe , you can fly with Airfrance ( http://www.airfrance.com ), British Airway ( http://www.britishairways.com ), Lufthansa ( http://www.lufthansa.com ), Eva air ( http://www.evaair.com ), Vietnam Airlines ( www.vietnamairlines.com )...
From Asia, Thai Airway ( http://www.thaiairways.com ) , Japan Airlines ( http://www.jal.com/en ) , Malaysia Airlines ( http://www.malaysiaairlines.com ), Singapore Airlines ( http://www.singaporeair.com ) ... Tiger Airway ( www.tigerairways.com ), Air Asia ( www.Airasia.com ), Pacific Airlines ( www.pacificairlines.com.vn ), Siemreap Airway ( http://www.siemreapairways.com )â€¦
If you are from the USA , Vietnam Airlines ( www.vietnamairlines.com ) and American Airlines (http://www.aa.com/index_us.jhtml ) are the best choice
This website is recommended for searching all flights you want http://www.airline-network.co.uk/index.asp
24. We have our international tickets to and from Vietnam . We have booked a tour package using regional and domestic flights. Could you please advise what will be happening with our internal airline tickets for travel within Vietnam , how will we be given these?
When you receive our service voucher confirmation, all services you have booked with us including domestic flights, hotels and other logistic services which have been already confirmed. We issue your airtickets in Vietnam for your convenience with lost tickets w orr y free. Our tour guide and/or our colleagues will deliver them to you in person or at your hotel in Vietnam . You enjoy the peace of mind, we care for you and your domestic flights for smoth and hassle free holiday.
25. You have a wonderful website, I want to order your tour packages, service and want to know if the interesting rate is still valid?
This rates on our website is valid until 31 Dec and subject to confirmation from Naciholidays. Service is thus subject to availability.
26. Why Should I Book Private Tours or Set itineraries With Scheduled Departure Dates?
While most companies present a number of set itineraries with scheduled departure dates, thus forcing you to fit within their framework, we take a very different approach. At Naciholidays, we offer private luxury vacations in South East Asia.
Awarded luxury tour operator, we offer private vacation itineraries that are personalized and tailor-made to perfectly fit your interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you are traveling as a couple, a family, a group of friends, an organization, or some combination thereof, we will put together a trip that fits everybodyâ€™s desires and departs when you want!
The real beauty of private travel is having flexibility during your vacation. Because you have your own expert guides with private vehicles, you are free to make changes on a whim. Then by all means, please do this and more! There is no bus to catch, no rigid schedule to follow, and no large group with competing demands. This is your vacation with your own private guides who are there each step of the way to ensure you have the perfect experience.
Private luxury travel is also about receiving the best service available, which includes incredible attention to detail, help with every facet of your vacation, and unsurpassed expertise. We deliver all this and more.
Our travel advisors and guides are some of the best in the industry and we all follow one simple rule: you are our most important priority. We will do absolutely whatever it takes to ensure you have the easiest, most satisfying vacation experience to date.
- Advice for disable travelers?
Vietnam is not the easiest of places for disable travelers. Typical problems include the crazy traffic, a lack of pedestrian footpaths, a lack of lifts in smaller hotels and the ubiquitous squat toilets.
You should find a Â reliable company to make travel arrangements and donâ€™t be afraid to Â double-check things with hotels and restaurants yourself. In the major cities, many three to five-star hotels (two-star one in some case) have lifts and disable access is improving. Bus and train travel is not really geared up for disable travellers, but a private vehicle with a driver can let you go almost anywhere.
Remember that anything is possible. Â Vietnamese are always willing to help you.
- Things to do or not to do in Vietnam â€¨?
Store your cash, credit cards, airline tickets and other valuables in a safe place. Most 4-star hotels have in-room safes, otherwise ask the reception to keep your valuable things in their deposit facility.
Take a hotel business card from the reception desk before venturing out from your hotel. This will make your return to the hotel in a taxi or cyclo much easier.
Carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack on long excursions from your base hotel. You never know when you might need it!
Dress appropriately. Not only for the prevailing weather, but also not to cause offence to the local people. Vietnamese have conservative dress codes, and it is only in larger cities that these codes are a little more relaxed. Do not wear revealing clothing.
If invited into a home, always remove your shoes at the front door when entering.
Ask for permission when taking a photograph of someone. If they indicate that they do not want you to, then abide by their wishes. DO NOT offer money or push the issue.
Drink plenty of bottled water. During the summer months you should be drinking a minimum of two liters per day. If you drink tea, coffee & alcohol you should increase you water intake accordingly as these will help to dehydrate you. Â Â
Never carry more money than you need when walking around the streets. Do not wear large amounts of jewelry. There are two reasons for not doing this: â€¨(1) It is considered impolite to flaunt wealth in public; â€¨(2) It is more likely that you may become a victim of a pickpocket or drive-by bag snatcher.
Don't be paranoid about your security, just be aware of your surroundings.
Don't wear singlets, shorts, dresses or skirts, or tops with low-neck lines and bare shoulders to Temples and Pagodas. To do this is considered extremely rude and offensive.
Avoid giving empty water bottles, sweets and candies or pens to the local people when trekking through ethnic minority villages. You cannot guarantee that the empty bottles will be disposed of in a correct manner, and the people have no access to dental health. If you want to give pens, ask your guide to introduce you to the local teacher and donate them to the whole community.
Never sleep or sit with the soles of your feet pointing towards the family altar when in someoneâ€™s house.
Never lose your temper in public or when bargaining for a purchase. This is considered a serious loss of face for both parties. Always maintain a cool and happy demeanor and you will be reciprocated with the same.
Do not try to take photographs of military installations or anything to do with the military. This can be seen as a breach of national security.
Never take video cameras into the ethnic minority villages. They are considered to be too intrusive by the local people.
The above advice is meant to help you have a perfect trip to Vietnam. Do not be overly paranoid though. Generally, Vietnamese people are very appreciative if they see you trying to abide by the customs, and very forgiving if you get it wrong or forget. If you make the effort, you will be rewarded.
- DonÂ´t leave home without...?
Following advice is collected from LonelyPlanet Guidebook
Bring as little as possible, Vietnam has pretty much anything you can find back home.
Necessary documents: your Â passport and Â visa (with their copies); 2 photos (3cmx4cm), tour dossier (if any) and others (if needed).
Cash in US$5â€™s, US$10â€™s, US$20â€™s and US$100â€™s (US dollars are commonly acceptable)
All the soaps and smellies are cheap and plentiful, and clothing, shoes and backpacks are all manufactured in Vietnam and available at a fraction of the price in the West. Tampons are available in all major towns and cities, but not in more remote areas.
A Swiss-army knife or equivalent come in handy, but you donâ€™t need 27 separate functions, just one blade and an opener. A torch (flashlight) and compass are also useful.
Other handy things to bring are: name cards, as Vietnamese deal them out like a deck of cards; ear plugs to block the ever-present noise; a universal plug adaptor; a rain cover for the backpack; a sweater for the highlands and air-con bus trips; mosquito repellent to keep the bugs at bay; and a folding umbrella if you plan to visit during the rainy season (July and August are the wettest months).
Finally, the secret of successful packing: Â plastic bags â€“ not only do they keep things separate and clean, but also dry. That means a lot at the end of a long, wet day.
- Vietnamese typical food and drinks?
Eating in Vietnam ranges from cheap noodle soups on the street for about 25 cents to a banquet in one of the luxury hotels. Vietnamese restaurants offer a broad selection of international fare including French, Italian, American, Indian, Chinese and Japanese.
The most typical Vietnamese food is Â Pho, the noodle soup with meat in it. It is very cheap at around 10,000d per bowl and usually well spiced. The main types are: Pho Bo with beef, Pho Bo Tai with rare beef fillets and Pho Ga with chicken. Â Com â€“ steamed white rice is eaten for lunch and dinner. Â Nuoc Mam is the fermented fish sauce used to spice absolutely everything in Vietnam.
Seasonal fruits such as dragon fruit, rambutans and longans, fresh vegetables and local seafood are widely available, although supply can vary by region and season. All fruits and vegetables should be Â cooked or peeled before eaten.
Drinking water or ice is generally Â not recommended, even in the cities. Bottled water is cheap and readily available, so we recommend you don't take the risk.
Vietnam is a Â beer culture and Hanoi is the â€œbia hoiâ€ capital of Vietnam. Â Bia hoi (draught beer) is one of things you Â should not be missed. Itâ€™s the most popular beverage throughout the country and the Â cheapest beer in the world, 2,000d a glass. For the higher quality, there are plenty of local as well as imported brands, such as 333, Carlsberg, Hanoi, Tiger, Saigon, LaRue, San Miguel and Heineken.
Beside beer, Vietnam is also a place to enjoy Â tea (Thai Nguyen tea or â€œThai teaâ€), Â coffee (â€œTrung Nguyen coffeeâ€) or something heavier, Â wine (â€œNep Moiâ€ â€“ the Vietnamese whisky).
TIP: Â Tram phan tram! and Zho zho!â€¨Remember these words well as all over Vietnam, glasses of beer or wine are raised and emptied, cries of â€œ100%â€ or â€œbottoms upâ€ and â€œcheers!â€ echo around the table.
- Advice for gay and lesbian travelers?
Vietnam is splashed with color, from verdant rice fields, hot pink lanterns and day-glo boutiques, to the increasing visibility of gays and lesbians adding their own special hues to Vietnamâ€™s rainbow.
Vietnam is a place to have fun, but also a place to use your common sense since the gay world here is still largely in the shadows and, as a result, some prey on the vulnerability of gay tourists. Nevertheless, no one should miss a chance to encounter the amazingly friendly Vietnamese, to learn about their rich culture and enjoy their warm hospitality!
There have never been official laws against homosexual activity in Vietnam. However, in May, 2002, state-run media labeled declared that homosexuality was a "social evil" on par with drug use and prostitution and proposed laws to allow the arrest of gay couples. Police raided a gay sauna in Saigon in November, 2002, and arrested and harassed law-abiding adults there, requiring them to take re-education classes even though they had not broken any laws.
A report by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs said the number of gay couples is on the rise, though it offered no statistics. The government reported that homosexuals have infiltrated the tourism, restaurant and karaoke bar industries and that their "eccentric behavior" went hand in hand with prostitution, drug use and HIV/AIDS. However, hopeful signs are emerging as well: the Communist Youth Newspaper carried a story in November 2002 about homosexuality that stated "some people are born gay, just as some people are born left-handed".
Shamefully, authorities turn a blind eye to real crimes that target gay men and visitors such as organized rip-offs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Homosexuality is not a crime, but blackmail is, so do contact the police if you are being threatened by a scam artist.
- Vietnam travel health?
Travelers tend to worry about contracting infectious diseases when in the tropics, but infections are a rare cause of serious illness or death in travelers. Pre-existing medical conditions such as heart disease, and accidental injury (especially traffic accidents), account for most life-threatening problems. Becoming ill in some way, however, is a relatively common thing. Fortunately, most common illnesses can either be prevented with some common-sense behavior or be treated easily with a well-stocked travellerâ€™s medical kit.
Heath care in Vietnam
Health issues and the quality of medical facilities vary enormously depending on where and how you travel in Vietnam. Many of the major cities are now very well developed, although travel to rural areas can expose you to a variety of health risks and inadequate medical care.
Some international hospitals/clinics in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (American, French and German doctors on staff)
In Hanoi: (tel code: 84-4)
Hanoi French Hospitalâ€¨1 Phuong Mai Str.â€¨Tel: 577-1100, emergency: 574-1111
Family Medical Practice â€¨Unit 109-112, Van Phuc, Blog A1, Kim Ma Str.â€¨Tel: 843-0748 (24hours))
International SOS â€¨31 Hai Ba Trung Str.â€¨Tel: 934-0666, emergency: 934-0555
Vietnam-Korea Friendship Hospitalâ€¨12 Chu Van An Str. â€¨Tel: 843-7231
In Ho Chi Minh City: (tel code: 84-8)
International SOSâ€¨65, Nguyen Du Str.â€¨Tel: 829-8520, emergency: 829-8424
Saigon International Clinicâ€¨8 Alexandre de Rhodes Str., District 1â€¨Tel: 823-8888
Gia Dinh International Hospitalâ€¨1 Trang Long Str., Bin Thanh Districtâ€¨Tel: 803-0678
Franco Vietnamese Hospitalâ€¨6 Nguyen Luong Bang Str., District 7â€¨Tel: 411-3333
Resources of Health Advice for Travellers
Read the Â HYPERLINK "http://www.activetravelvietnam.com/resources/files/general_considerations_about_international_travel_and_health.pdf"General considerations about International Travel & Health, including these issues:
Medical consultation before travel
Medical kit and toilet items
Travellers with pre-existing medical conditions and special needs
Insurance for travellers
Role of travel industry professionals
Responsibility of the traveller
Medical examination after travel
(Source: World Health Organization (WHO) HYPERLINK "http://www.who.int/ith/en/"http://www.who.int/ith/en/)
- Internet access in Vietnam ?
Today the Internet is widely available throughout towns and cities in Vietnam, including Â dial-up (VNN1260 or VNN1269) and Â ADSL (MEGA VNN). ADSL services are using in most hotels, guesthouses and cyber cafÃ©s while dial-up services can be used through telephone line.
Hotels and guesthouses may apply varied charges on internet usage. Â Cyber cafÃ©s are a good choice with just 2,000 to 3,000d per hour. Many Â post offices also offer this service.
Itâ€™s easy to access internet with a personal notebook or laptop (with â€œstandardâ€ modem) as hotels offer several facilities in the room. You can buy Â prepaid cards to save cost, they are sold at most post offices. Remember that the Â power supply voltage may vary from that at home, risking damage to your equipment.
- Photograph and Video in Vietnam?
Colour print films are widely available. A roll of 36 print film costs about US$2.5. Slide film can be bought in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Â Back-and-white films are rapidly disappearing, so bring your own.
Photo-processing shops are located allover Vietnam and developing costs are about US$5 per roll depending on the print size selected.
Camera selection is limited as they are fairly expensive. But Â batteries and digital-camera Â memory cards are readily available in large cities.
- Vietnamese postal services?
Post Office ("Buu Dien" in Vietnamese) appears in every city, town, village and rural sub-district, opens from 6.30am to 9pm, including weekends and public holidays. International postal rates are similar to those in European countries.
Items mailed to international destinations: regular service takes a month, airmail service takes five to ten days, express-mail service (EMS) takes less than 5 days and everything is registered.
FedEx, DHL and UPS are reliable for small parcels or documents and available in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Postcards cost from 7,000d to 15,000d, depending on the destination.
Receiving even a small package from abroad can cause a headache, and large ones will produce a migraine. If the parcel contains books, documents, video tapes, computer disks or dangerous goods, itâ€™s possible that a lengthy inspection will be required, which could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
- National public holidays in Vietnam?
New Yearâ€™s Day (Tet Duong Lich)
January or February
Tet (Vietnamese New Year - Tet Am Lich)
Anniversary of the Founding of the Vietnamese Communist Party.
(Thanh lap Dang Cong San Vietnam - founded in 1930)
Liberation Day (Giai Phong Saigon - the day on which Saigon surrendered â€“ 1945)
International Labourâ€™s Day (Quoc te Lao Dong)
Ho Chi Minhâ€™s birthday (1890)
Eighth day of the fourth moon (usually in June)
Buddhaâ€™s birthday (Phat Dan)
National Day (1945)
- Shopping in Vietnam?
Vietnam has some fantastic shopping opportunities, so itâ€™s well worth setting aside half a day or so to properly peruse. Hotspots include Â Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, each of which has a temping selection of everything from avant-garde art to sumptuous silk suits.<br>Some of the best buys are as following:<br>Vietnamese Art & Antiques<br>There are several shops to hunt for art and antiques. Both traditional and modern paintings are a popular item. More sophisticated works are displayed in art galleries, while cheaper mass-produced stuff is touted in souvenir shops and by street vendors. A Vietnamese speciality is the â€œinstant antiqueâ€, such as a teapot or ceramic dinner plate, with a price tag of around US$2.<br>As Vietnam has strict regulations on the export of real antiques, be sure the items are allowed out of the country. Most reputable shops can provide the necessary paperwork.<br>Vietnamese Clothing<br>Vietnam is emerging as a regional design center and there are some extravagant creations in the boutiques of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.<br>Ao dai, the national dress for Vietnamese women, is a popular item to take home. Ready-made ao dai costs from US$ 10 to US$20, but custom numbers can cost a lot more. There are ao dai tailors nationwide, but those in the tourists centers are more familiar with foreigners.<br>Hill-tribe gear is winding its way to shops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Itâ€™s brightly patterned stuff, but you may need to set the dyes yourself so those colours donâ€™t bleed all over the rest of your clothes.<br>T-shirts are ever popular items with travellers, cost from US$1 to US$4.<br>Non (conical hats) are favorite items for women in both rainy and sunny times. The best quality ones can be found in the Hueâ€™s area.<br>Vietnamese Handicrafts<br>Hot items on the tourist market include lacquerware, boxes and wooden screens with mother-of-pearl inlay, ceramics, colourful embroidery, silk greeting cards, wood-block prints, oil paintings, watercolours, blinds made of hanging bamboo beads, reed mats, carpets, jewellery and leatherwork.<br>War Souvenirs<br>Itâ€™s easy to by what looks like equipment left over from the American War, but almost all of these items are reproductions and your chances of finding anything original are slim. The fake Zippo lighters engraved with platoon philosophy are still one of the hottest-selling items.<br>TIP:Â Bargaining<br>Bargaining should be good-natured, smile and donâ€™t get angry or argue. Once the money is accepted, the deal is done. Remember that in Asia, â€œsaving faceâ€ is very important. In some cases you will be able to get a 50% discount or more, at other times this may only be 10%
- Tipping and donation in Vietnam?
Tipping is not expected in Vietnam but it is enormously appreciated. You should consider tipping guides, drivers, and staffs at hotels or restaurants if they have done good jobs.
How much you should tip? Itâ€™s up to you and depended on the situation. A good guide normally receives US$10 or more per day. A good driver gets US$5-10 daily.
Itâ€™s considered proper to make a small donation at the end of visit to a pagoda, especially if a monk has shown you around; most pagodas have contribution boxes for this purpose.
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