Travel Insurance should not be disregarded


There is a fact that, most of Vietnam visitors do not have the habit to buy travel insurance, even they come to unsafe places. If they order tours from Vietnam travel agency, they entrust completely with the operators. And when something goes wrong, tourists will always be disadvantaged …


Do not buy because … do not care


Travel insurance can be considered as a ticket to ensure that tourists will have a comfortable and safe holiday. According to Tourism Law in 2005, Vietnam travel agencies have to buy travel insurance for clients if they book tour. If clients travel inside country, it is not compulsory to buy travel insurance unless guests request. Therefore, tourists nearly don’t pay attention to buy travel insurance because they think that it’s costly or unnecessary.

There are many insurance companies such as Bao Viet, Bao Minh, AAA, HSBC, ACE, Liberty… with different kinds of insurance. At the moment, the lowest  travel insurance rate for domestic tourists is only 1.500 VND / person / day and the maximum compensation tourists can get is 10 million dong in case of accident (unexpected circumstances such as death, disability due to accident or sudden illness during the trip). If tourists want, they can buy insurance at higher level from 3.000  to 4.500 VND / person / day. However, according to Vietnam travel agencies, their clients don’t always request to buy travel insurance or buy themselves, even though they join in adventure tours.


Do not know about the rights


Some countries require that travel insurance will be compulsory if you want to apply visa to their countries. A lot of tourists following tours from Vietnam travel agencies usually entrust completely in them. Then, they don’t know exactly about their travel insurance condition (about the expense, what they could get in bad cases).


For example, some insurance companies will support clients in case they meet unexpected situation such as persecution or serious insecurity during the trip. However, many airlines or travel agencies don’t give these situation in the list of being freely supported, so, tourists always lost more money for flight cancelation or changing flight.


Some Vietnam travel agencies do not always mention clear information relating insurance in the tour program. So, when something wrong happens to the clients, none wants to take the responsibility


So, whenever you start a trip, you’d better find a reputable insurance company, verify the benefits, clarify the compensation to ensure for a safe tour.


A backpacker Pham Ngoc Linh shared in a forum that: “When you buy a tour, you should learn in details about how to use travel insurance. Giving out hypothesis: If any case happens, how will the insurance company solve? What is their responsibility? These seldom consulted in a tour. You should determine that buying travel insurance is because of you, not due to compulsory. And above all, do not buy if you do not know your purpose”.

A chat about Thailand cuisine

Thailand is famous for gorgeous temples, pagodas, and noisy cities, and centre malls. However, Thailand has many interesting things for you to explore. For example, cuisine.

Thai food is famous for spice, and mixture of many different additions. Some people who can eat spicy dishes still are shocked at the first time they try Thai food. In Vietnam, spice is only made of peppers. However, dishes are made more spicy by many additions, not only peppers.

It is interesting that waiters will ask if you can eat spicy dishes or not if you are a foreigner. If you say you can, they will serve you an extremely spicy portion. If you say you can’t, they will serve you a quite spicy portion. If it is not spicy, it is not a dish of Thailand.

Strange mixture of raw fish and vegetables

Thailand is famous for “som tam”, or mixture of papaya and dried shrimps. To have “som tam”, they put papay and some carrot in a mortor, with sugar, lemon, salt, … all things are mixed together. They can add peanuts, or tomatos. Thai people get this with sticky rice, roasted chickens.

A chat about Thailand cuisine

A chat about Thailand cuisine

In Thailand, there are tens of kinds of mixture of raw fish and vegeatables. You can not help trying them all.


“tom yam”, especially a “tomyam” cooked with shrimps, is a famous dish of Thailand. “tom yam kung”.”tom yam” soup, which is called Thai hot pot, is also a spicy dish. It is mixed with peppers, garlic, …

If they are too hot for you to try, you can try some nor mal dish such as chicken, roasted pork, … Pad Thai, which is called Thai fried noodle. You can get it when walking on streets. Many vendors sell them. They are quite delicious, and suitable for Vietnamese.

Don’t forget to try desserts we serve. It is fried sticky rice. It is made with sugar water, coconut, and have with mangos.

A day is not enough for Thai cuisine. Plan a trip to Thai to explore its culture, and dishes.

There are many other interesting tours to Asia. Let’s take a look at some of them: Vietnam vacation packagesMyanmar tour package and Cambodia Laos Vietnam tour

Vietnam: A destination with many options

With the prevailing trend of world tourism in 2016, one can see that Vietnam has sufficient potential elements to satisfy the needs of tourists in all types of travelling. Single travelers can be assured to be safe as Vietnam is always in the list of stable and safety nation selected by famous sites and newspapers such as Business Insider, Diplomat …

Vietnam attracts tourists who like adventure because of varied topography, pristine and wild natural beauty. Many Vietnam travel agency offer adventure tours to meet the clients’ demand. A lot of tourists want to explore the spectacular caves in Quang Binh province such as Son Doong Cave, En Cave, Tu Lan Cave, Dark Cave… And in order to join in this special kind of tourism, Vietnam travel agencies require participants to be physically and mentally well. These trips will surely bring tourists great and unforgettable experience. Furthermore, some other adventure activities offered by Vietnam travel agencies are kayaking in Ha Long Bay, surfing in Mui Ne, snorkeling in Phu Quoc, biking across Hai Van mountain pass … attract many tourists when they visit Vietnam. Vietnam also has river and tributary system stretching from the North to the South, a long coastline, numerous islands and archipelagos which are good for the development of the tour on rivers and seas

For those who are interested in community tourism and cultural understanding, Vietnam travel agencies guide them to visit the families in the old quarter of Hanoi, in Ho Chi Minh City; call to villages of Thai and Mong ethnic people in the Northwest; Tay and Dao tribe in the Northeast; Co Tu, Ede, Ba Na  people in the Highlands …, to witness and enjoy the elite cuisine, local folk dance, traditional handicrafts as well as the friendliness and hospitality of local people here. In Hoi An (Quang Nam), the type of homestay tourism (stay with local people) has been highly appreciated. And in the Mekong Delta, many garden houses are built in the rice paddy fields or in the fruit gardens which bring fresh and friendly feelings to the guests.

According to many travel experts and Vietnam travel agencies, to improve the quality of this type of tourism, local people need the support from tourism department and local government organization in order to be trained about services, foreign language and diverse tourism products. The other factors should be done to attract more customers and enhance competitiveness are raising public awareness, traditional identity preservation, environmental protection

Notably, in 2016 Vietnam is expected to be named to the list of attractive tourist destinations appearing on films. In 2015, the stunning footage made in En cave (Quang Binh), Ha Long Bay (Quang Ninh) and Trang An tourist site (Ninh Binh) impressed in a film of Hollywood (US) which cost the fee up to 150 million USD, that’s “Pan and Neverland”. However, unfortunately, there was no action from tourism department or Vietnam travel agencies to take advantage of this event to create tours or make advertisement accordingly. Meanwhile, we can see a fact that after the success of each famous film, filming locations immediately became an attractive tourist destination, souvenirs related on film were made following. Some countries such as Sweden, Ireland, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand and Cambodia had good and professional strategy, who make good use of the opportunity to promote tourism through the screen. Therefore, the “Kong: Kull Island” – a blockbuster of the world leading filmmakers chose Vietnam as a field to make their film is a good signal, however, we also need to learn from experience to co-operate and promote effectively, contributing to tourism development.


Three “hot” tourism trends in Vietnam in 2016

Rent a private jet

Previously, only foreign travel agencies dare to charter one plane for international visitors to visit Vietnam, but today, we could see that many Vietnam travel agencies could offer the private jet for both domestic and international markets.

We can see in the media, advertising for a tour with a private plane is getting more popular. Some travel agencies reserve one flight and share the seats with other companies or fulfill the seats by themselves. Traveling by air has become a tourism style with affordable and convenient flight times for customers.

According to several agents, working together codeshare on flights, reserving one flight and even opening flight routes have brought the huge benefits for businesses in the initiative on transport, flight time and competition on the airfares. Besides, good price factors, new forms of experience in private jet is the plus point that attracting more and more tourists to this new type of tourism.

Volunteer Travel

Travelling in combination with activities to help the community is volunteer tourism model attracting the attention of many visitors, especially the young people recently. This is a save type of travelling but has social meanings.

Unlike the regular tour, volunteer tourism in the mountainous regions where local are often poor and difficult in economic but has the potential for tourism development. Participants in this tour are tourists, but also being a volunteer. Perhaps because Vietnam travel agencies give reasonable prices and tourists have many opportunities to experience in social work, so this type of tourism has attracted the attention of young people.

Tourism combined Team building

One more type of tourism that is becoming the trend of young people, especially those who are working in the company is traveling combined with team building. Team building can be understood simply building activities based on the establishment of the team or group.

Teamwork can be applied in many fields in which work is split for each group. Team building is a simulation of this principle through games. Thus, recently, many Vietnam Travel agencies have given out tours combined team building.

This type of travel is a combination of relaxation and group activities through games to help all members learn how to work together effectively.

There is no specific charges for team building as it’s included in the package tours that each Vietnam travel agency has their own way of organization. The expense will be different depending on games’ level (difficult or easy, simple or complicated), objects and ideas of each game.

Vietnam with many interesting places which are very suitable for travelling combined team building. As the result, Vietnam travel agencies can develop this kind of tourism


Optional – Vietnam Travel deals

You are given a Vietnam Travel deal whose value is to discover the beauty of Vietnam in 5 days 4 nights. What should you do? It is one of the most popular questions resulted from an annual report of Gia Linh Travel. It individually means a lot for travelers who intend visiting Vietnam.

Though it sounds as a piece of cake as it only takes two minutes online to search with a phrase “Vietnam Travel deals”, you are literally swamped with hundreds of results. NO right decision is made right that time. This multi-part article is about Vietnam Travel, which mainly shows you typical destinations in Vietnam that NONE of travel companies leaves them out of their Vietnam tours, especially when you are in Vietnam around 5 days.


I proudly call that place where I come from as a legendary land. Geographically, Vietnam has more than 50 provinces in which each place has its own beauty. Why I call Ninh Binh as a legendary land? In spite of most appearing in tour packages of Vietnam travel companies, it is not my answer! It is that Ninh Binh, where all the best things in Vietnam come together, has full of values of history, religion, captivating and nature.

Generally, it takes only two hours to get Ninh Binh province from Hanoi, a part of the Red River delta, whose terrains include limestone caves & grottos, the delta raised by Red River where the first capital of Vietnam was born there over 1000 years ago and an 18-kilometer coastline. In addition to these incredible sites, Ninh Binh also attracts many researchers by Cuc Phuong national park known as the first and largest natural reserve of Vietnam. I have not mentioned to cuisine and religion of Ninh Binh, which is introduced by many travel deals in Vietnam, because it deserves a separated article shared fully.

Visiting Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam since 968, you instantly understand why we used to choose there in order to build a strong dynasty. Thank to majestic mountain ranges and gentle rivers rounded, the capital looked impressive and unbreakable. Nowadays, its greatness has not changed with time, though the capital was faded away partially. You must gasp of admiration about that imposing scene and my TIP for you, which your travel agent are unlikely to NOTE in Vietnam travel deals, is “ready your camera and extra SD card to keep beautiful moments to yourself”.

At this moment, a memory that I visited Tam Coc, Ninh Binh at the first time is all coming back. That day that was extremely nice gave me a beautiful moment. I was same as others and pretty excited to visit Tam Coc, which is said as the Halong Bay on land. My friend and I also rented a bamboo boat (I think that the service may includes in all of Vietnam travel deals) drove by a local, which is advised as the best choice to discover Tam Coc on a river rounded by rice fields with full of yellow. It was lively and colorful to drift along the river about two hours slowly. Perhaps, Tam Coc is always the first site in Ninh Binh in every Vietnam travel deal. Because it truly helps you separate yourself and cool down your soul while melting all into a picture made by water, limestone mountains covered up full of yellow rice fields. A tiring two-hour road trip from Hanoi gradually disappears. I felt high by that romantic view and crazy to take photos continually until I met a girl whose eyes are big and blue. I got a big crush on her at first sight. The scenery got better than it had ever been and her smile to me did soften the shine and made Tam Coc an unforgettable destination of mine until now. I am a romantic man indeed and a gentle gesture is enough to make my heart flutter. Tam Coc is beautiful and her eyes are too.

I am probably to forget the purpose of this article instead of sharing myself too much. It is perhaps long enough for the first part of Vietnam Travel. Do not forget to bookmark this page for travel articles in Vietnam where you can find a Vietnam travel deal that fits your upcoming journey to my country. Thank you very much.


What about 12 hours in Hue?

Hue is one of the best destination in package holidays to Vietnam

I have dreamed of the time I can see the majesty of Hai Van pass which was considered as the mightiest one of the world, see the great architecture of Hue my mom has visited. Therefore, I was very excited when I finally got there. In 2 days and 1 night, I visited: the Citadel – The capital of the Nguyen Lords, Thien Mu pagoda, Dong Ba market, and tried many dishes such as: Hue’s steak noodles, rice mixed with mussel, mussel with dry pancake.


Trains to Hue:

From Saigon: Soft seats, with air-conditioner: 694.000 vnd (SE8: depart at 6:00), 711.000 vnd (SE2: depart at 19:30).

From Hanoi: Soft seats, with air-conditioner: 478.000 vnd (SE7: depart at 6:00), 491.000 vnd (SE1: depart at 19:30).


Means of transportation in Hue:

1st choice: You can ask hotels’ owners for hiring a motorbike. Besides, there are many stores of motorbikes for rent on Le Loi street, or in the center of the city.

2nd choice: Hail a pedicab to go sightseeing.

3rd choice: motorbike taxi, taxi. Taxis in Hue are very outstanding. They are pink, yellow, or red. However, they cost much more than 2 kinds above.


Cheap motels and hotels in Hue:

They are often located in Chu Van An, or Le Loi area. The price of a single room is 200.000 for hotel, and 150.000 for motel.


Dishes of Hue:

You should try: rice mixed with mussel, “beo” cake, “nam” cake, Hue’s steal noodles. You can drop in on Nguyen Hue, Nguyen Cong Tru, or Phan Boi Chau street,… to try Hue’s specialities.

There are many things in a bowl of rice mixed with mussel: rice, peanuts, carambola, and something else. If you come with many other people, order some dishes to get together first. Because it is a mixture of many things, you may not like it at the first time you try it.

You should try: rice mixed with mussel, “beo” cake, “nam” cake, Hue’s steal noodles

You should try: rice mixed with mussel, “beo” cake, “nam” cake, Hue’s steal noodles

Mussel with dry pancake is a delicious dish although it is quite sour. They are 15.000 – 20.000.


Tourist attraction site in Hue:

Thien Mu pagoda:

It is 5 km from the center of the city to the West. Who visits Hue all visits Thien Mu pagoda.

Thien Mu pagoda

Thien Mu pagoda

Dong Ba market:

It was on my bucket list when I visited Hue. Dong Ba market is famous for its connection with events under Gia Long King’s Emperor, or Dong Khanh King’s Emperor. Like other markets, it is a place for trade. However, because of its history, it become the “soul” of Hue.

Tourists visiting here often buy palm-leaf conical hats, or bracelets,…
The Citadel

It is also called as The capital of the Nguyen Lords.

It is the place of palaces, temples of the Nguyen’s ancestors. It is only for royal members. You will be totally surprised by its architecture when you come in.

The fee for keeping motorbikes at gate is 5.000 vnd per motorbike. Entrance fee is 120.000 vnd a turn. On 02 September – The Independence Day, it is free to enter the Citadel.

It is very large inside, so you can feel tired. They also let you hire a transport of them to go sightseeing.

If you can not hire a tour guide, join a group with tour guide to know more about kings, and their life at that time.

Sit on a boat, and listen to folk songs:

The ticket for a seat on a boat is about 120.000 vnd. You will have 1 hour on a boat, and directly listen to folk songs. It is an amazing experience.

You also can release flower garlands. However, you have to pay for them.

Trang Tien bridge is famous because it is sticked to many events of Hue. Its colour change continuously, which has made Huong river more attractive.

Above are all my impressions of Hue. Hue is not noisy, but peaceful. Everyone is gentle, and delicate.

A day is enough for exploring Hue, and its beauty.

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Explore Ghenh Ban, a wild beach in Danang

Ghenh Ban is located in Son Tra peninsula, Danang city. It is not widely known by many people, however it worth visiting in any all inclusive Vietnam vacation packages. There are natural coral reefs and the water is green jade color under the reflection of sunlight.

To reach the beach, you have to walk a mountain road of 100 meters. Unfortunately, the road is full of trash especially plastic bags.

Do not forget to bring drinks as the roads are rugged and your body will require a constant supply of water. Ghenh Ban beach is also ideal for camping. There are many sand bar where you can put up your tent. Especially, there is a sand bar which is 100 meters long.

Explore Ghenh Ban, a wild beach in Danang

Explore Ghenh Ban, a wild beach in Danang

If you want to go camping or snorkeling, you can hire camping gears and diving gears at website “Tent, gopro, motorbike and trekking gears for rent in Danang”

There is a family near the sand bar which offers parking space at the price of 10 thousand dong per day. The family has about 200 chickens. Besides, they also provide drinking water and spring water for bathing at reasonable price.  More importantly, they are very friendly and the kids are lovely, too.

Lastly, before saying goodbye to Ghenh Ban beach, do what you can to protect and preserve the beauty of nature.

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Have a nice trip!

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When you’re young, you should travel whenever possible

My father is a soldier. It means that he spends almost all of his life for serving in the army. He has come only some contries such as: Czech, Russia. Meanwhile, my mother is a business-woman. On our house’s walls, beside my father’s certificate, there are many pictures of my mother, which was captured in her Myanmar package tourtour Vietnam CambodiaVietnam Thailand Cambodia tour

Most popular questions I have received are about time, and decisions. People often think that if someone, at a fixed age, has a fixed job, a family to take care, they can not do what they want anymore.

Top ten attractions in Myanmar holiday packages: Taung Kalat

Top ten attractions in Myanmar holiday packages: Taung Kalat

It is totally not true.

My father has retired, and my mother takes him to travel. My father is 70, and my mother is 60. It means that if you want to do something, don’t hesitate to do it. Do everything when you are able to do. Get all hesitation out of your mind. Remember, “able” here only means “alive”.

I honour soldiers in the army. They sacrificed very much. They nearly can not go anywhere. However, we can, we should go as far as possible. Do you know the stories of couples travelling around the world? In fact, they had to wash toilets, or work and receive a low wage to pay for what they need. Don’t be jealous of them. What makes it important is that you are happy.

Therefore, eradicate all negative ideas. Set off only because you can. Watch this world no matter how much money you have is. Take nice pictures no matter you go alone or not.

A trip to Hanoi and the North of Vietnam

This is a post about our package holidays to Vietnam.

According to our plan, we visited historical sites such as Cu Chi, Khe Sanh and Dien Bien Phu by road. However, due to storm and flood, we had to travel by air. We got on Pacific airplane whose pilot seemed to be a foreigner. And it flied quite smoothly

We followed the team to get around Hanoi. We visited Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son temple, Truc Bach lake and Hoan Kiem lake. On the following day, we went boating on Yen stream and visted Huong pagoda and some caves. We also made for Ninh Binh to visit Dinh temple. We had chance to visit Yen Tu mountain and Halong Bay, Tuan Chau island. As we did not have much time, we could not stay in each place for a long time. But at least such places had reminded us of Vietnam’s history.

Hanoi travel packages

Hanoi travel packages

In the evening, the tour guide informed that Hochiminh mausoleum had opened and advised us to dress formally the following morning. We reached there early however, the mausoleum had been very crowded. A lot of foreigners wearing suits were queuing in line, waiting for their turn. This was the first time that I had ever visited Hochiminh mausoleum. It was the place where beloved uncle Ho who led Vietnam to fight for its independence was lying

Hanoi still maintained its antiquity. Hoan Kiem district with Sword lake, Ngoc Son temple and 36 old quarters. All were simple and so beautiful, making local people love their home village more. Hoan Kiem was impressive with its tall, big trees which were supposed to be hundred years old. A lot of foreigners flocked to Ngoc Son temple. We came across many of them, some old foreigners were jogging. On Sunday, we saw several policemen. They were responsible for keeping the place in order. If they see anyone parking in the park, he will say “ Parking is forbidden here”. If they see street vendors, he will say “ Vendors are not allowed to enter here”

36 quarters area looks like a big market where each house is a shop. However, there is no place for pedestrians as sidewalks are illegally occupied. Some pavements are used to sell goods or  are made into parking place. Many motorbikes are exceeding the limit speed and red lights are not obeyed. It is hard to cross the street. Besides, the number ò vehicles is growing and they are emitting toxic emissions into the air causing air pollution and health problems for local people.

In early December, 2007, during my trip in Hanoi, I usually went to high floor of the hotel to get the view of the whole city. However, due to layer of dust of fog and vehicle emissions, the sun is only seen after 10 am and before 3 pm. When the sun rises, the area beneath is covered with a layer of dust and sunlights make them have red colour.

According to a Chinese story named Xuan-Thu that I have read, an advisor after seeing the red sun had advised the king to move capital to another region. Maybe he could foresee the harm of red layer of dust. Nowadays, it is supported by science that such emissions are harmful and there should be solutions to prevent them. Most of emissions come from motorbikes so such vehicles should be equipped with smoke purification equipment. Besides, people should be banned from driving motorbikes on old quarters’ streets. Electric bicycles and walking should be encouraged among people. But the most important thing is giving back pavements for pedestrians.

On Monday morning, I witnessed a great change of streets. There was not traffic jam. Vehicles were moving in their lane. It was the first time that we could walk on pavements. Especially, the number of motorbikes was reduced and all of them were paying attention to red lights. When I reached Hang Dao- Cau Go street, I saw 2 traffic policemen. It turned out that thanks to policemen standing here, everything was in order. If only they could stand on the street everyday.

2 weeks eventually went by and we had to go to Noi Bai airport. We got there very early but when we looked at flight schedule, we just found the information of 2 JAL flights of fixed time. There was nothing related to our flight. In the end, we were told that one of 2 flights was our flight. We were instructed by our airport staff.

Tariff procedure, ticket and luggage checking were quickly handled. I put a lacquer in my luggage instead of bringing it with me on the plane. The flight attendant placed it in a separated place and luckily, there was no damage at all.

Over the past 30 years, Vietnam people still preserve their good qualities. However, it seems to me that young generations nowadays are more energetic and active. There are more vehicles and tall buildings.

Vietnamese people under the domination of French had to lead struggling lives. I still remember pictures in Museum which show skinny Vietnamese men pulling horse carriage for French colonialist or images of many people dying of hunger. However, with admirable resilience, Vietnam is now on way of developing and globalization. Nowadays, it is a famous destination for tourists all over the world.

Next time, I will book Vietnam Cambodia Laos tour and Cambodia Vietnam Laos Myanmar tour to have comprehensive view of Asia.

Tips for travelling in Dalat

I am sure that after reading these tips for travelling in Dalat shared by travellers, you will book Vietnam holiday packages.

With subtropical climate and being covered with romantic fog all year round, Dalat is an ideal destination for anyone. This claim is supported with travelling tips shared by travellers especially backpackers. They will help us learn more about such energetic and beautiful city. And you will want to visit it one time

Tips for travelling in Dalat

Tips for travelling in Dalat

We can place trust on travelling tips shared by backpackers. For those who plan to visit Dalat or just simply want to know more about this romantic city, those tips are truly a precious source of information. Such tips are useful instructions for those who visit Dalat the first time

Documents about Dalat include information about the most famous places. Backpackers compose the documents based on their experience and particularly, their feelings from their trips which make such documents different from travelling brochures published by travelling companies.

Travelling tips in summer

Dalat is said to have its own climate. This distinguishes Dalat tourism from other region’s tourism. Therefore, tourists flock to Dalat with the hope to get themselves fresh and different experiences. If you are tired of intense hot weather of your home village, making a trip to Dalat is a wonderful idea.

Dalat’s specialities are available throughout the year so tourists can visit Dalat at any time. However, being in Dalat just for several days in summer, you will feel the difference. More importantly, you will gather your own travelling tips.

From travelling tips shared by backpackers and your own experiences, you will find Dalat as a heaven which blows tiredness and stress away and gives you comfort and relaxation. Dalat is undoubtedly a city of romance and excitements.

You can come to Vietnam by multi-country tours such as Cambodia Vietnam Laos Myanmar tour or Vietnam Thailand Cambodia tour.