AN INSPIRED SUMMER OF 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS AT PHU QUOC Shake things up this summer with some of the amazing activities waiting for you at Phu Quoc. Let’s enjoy the simple pleasures of the Pearl Island and indulge yourself in a number of interesting things for all family members in your 3 day-2 night stay at Phu Quoc. 1. Embark On A Family Safari It’s always a great family day out with the added fun of animal-themed activities such as feeding the fluffy cygnets, giggling at the gorillas or taking a photo of a glorious peacock for the little ones to burn off some energy. There’s plenty of exciting adventures in Phu Quoc Vinpearl Safari Park to keep the kids occupied this summer. For something totally unique this summer holiday, why not take a friendly costal walk around the breath-taking island and explore the Very Important Kid Summer Program at La Veranda for those under 12. Search for shells along the white sand beaches, follow a pirate on a treasure hunt, enjoy the giant lawn games, and explore another island for the day. Be ready to take a fresh selection of luxurious holiday experiences exclusively crafted for family weekend break in 2017. 2. Discover The Wellness Summer Set in tropical gardens on a beautiful stretch of beach, La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc boasts a style reminiscent of a French seaside mansion where you will find your body at ease, your mind at peace during the three day visit by participating in the Escape to Wellness program. Designed to re-connect you with the nature and wonders of your body thanks to the principles of Movement + Relaxation, Escape to Wellness luxuriates your stay with complimentary activities such as Daily Yoga and Meditation, a one-on-one Neuro-muscular Balancing Analysis consultation session, Touch Therapy Couples Workshop: Art of Vietnamese Massage to restore your balance and get you back to a wonderful sense of wellbeing. 3. Find Romantic Weekend By The Seaside Charm In The Gulf of Thailand It’s tempting to relax on the beach all day, watching fishing boats sail in and out from the horizon. This summer, let’s grab an ice cream, take a sip on your coconut and walk along the splendid promenade to enjoy the sunset at the picturesque Bai Sao. The white powdery sand beach stretches for more than 7 km and is full of quintessentially Vietnamese seaside experiences, gorgeous sea views and delicious seafood. There’s much more to enjoy in this seaside town as you get set for a sizzling summer romantic getaways. From Candle Light Dinner On The Beach to Sunset Champagne, La Veranda has it all for you to share the ultimate romantic experience with your loved one.
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Things to do in Phu Quoc
In addition to the pretty Phu Quoc beaches, a wonderful combination of history, culture, and nature await on the island of Phu Quoc. History buffs will enjoy visiting the French-built “Coconut Prison” in the south of the island, near the port of An Thoi, which also housed political prisoners of the South Vietnamese government in the 1960s and 1970s. Several structures have been rebuilt including jail cells, a kitchen, watchtower and escape tunnel. There is also a gallery on-site with original artifacts and graphic recreations of prison life. Nature lovers will want to head south along Long Beach to visit the Pearl Museum and various pearl farms to see how oysters are seeded with pearls and turned into exquisite jewelry or stroll through the many pepper plantations to see one of the island’s most famous products. North of the island is the expansive Phu Quoc National Park, ideal for leisurely hikes and walks. On the water, Phu Quoc snorkeling, diving, kayaking and island hopping tours are easily booked through your hotel or local travel agencies. Cheap day trips combining bus transport to the port of An Thoi in the island’s south with boat trips for snorkeling, lunch, a visit to a pearl farm and picturesque Bai Sao (Star Beach) which many consider the best beach in Phu Quoc, are especially popular. More exclusive boat trips can be arranged, visiting some of the pristine islands in the An Thoi archipelago to the south or the remote islands to the north, along with fishing, snorkeling and picnics on the beach. Diving in Phu Quoc is also good during the dry season. To get off the beaten path, visitors can head up to the island’s north shore and visit the sleepy fishing village of Ganh Dau where racks of silvery fish can be seen drying in the sun while the womenfolk mend fishing nets. You can also arrange to see other Phu Quoc specialties including a small factory that makes sim wine from the fruit of the rose myrtle tree, or a camp for Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs, native to the island, where they are trained to race and climb fences.Read more
Visa to Vietnam
1. Customs regulations Thanks to the government’s policies to promote tourism, customs regulations are becoming far simpler. However, it is still necessary to pay attention to the basic information about essential documentation and things that you can and cannot bring along when arriving or leaving the country. Travelers can bring the maximum amount of the followings; if exceeding, you will have to declare your stuff and pay import taxes: – Cigarettes: 400 – Cigars: 100 – Tobacco: 100 gram – Liquor: 1.5 liters – Perfume and jewelries for personal use – Souvenirs and gift items valued under $ 300. There is no restriction on the amount of money, gold, or precious materials; however, large sums of foreign currency (US$5000 and greater) or gold (more than 300 gram) must be declared. Bear in your mind that you are not allowed to bring along the followings: – Weapon, ammunition, explosives and inflammable objects – Military technical equipment; drugs, opium and other narcotics – Anti-government literature; pornographic literature, etc. 2. Passports Passport must be valid for 6 months upon arrival in Vietnam. 3. Visas Getting visas in advance is required for some nationalities, but some don’t. Travelers with tourist visas can stay for 30 days. The standard length for people from visa-exempt countries (Norway, Finland, Japan, Korea, and ASEAN members) is 15 days. The validity of visas is short; hence, check your plans before applying for single or multiple visas. A single-entry visa (30 days of validity) costs , while a multiple-entry visa (90 days of validity) costs . (Modafinil) It is also easy to extend the visa in Vietnam. Types of Visas Visa on Arrival (VOA) It is the most preferred method for travelers coming by plane, as it is much cheaper, faster, and more convenient. The VOA is only available if you are heading to one of Vietnam’s five international airports (Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Da Nang, Hai Phong, and Can Tho). The procedure is very simple: fill in an online application form and pay the agency fee (about $20), then you will get a Visa on Arrival approval letter signed by Vietnamese Immigration via email. You need to print it out, show it on arrival in a separate queue at customs, and pay your visa stamping fee in US dollars. The costs for single-entry and multiple-entry stampings are $25 and $50. Visa via the Embassy or Consulate Visa can also be obtained via Vietnam’s Embassies and Consulates in other countries, but the process may be slower. It takes about a week to get a Vietnamese Visa in European countries. E-visas Since 2017, travelers are enabled to apply for visa online via the Vietnam Immigration Department. 40 nationalities are eligible to register. However, the E-visas are single-entry only, and cannot be extended. The cost is $25. You can check the latest conditions and apply at: https://immigration.gov.vn/ Visa exemption Citizens of certain countries which have exemption agreements with Vietnam may visit the country without visa for a period of time. Followings are the list of visa-exempted nations: Country Days Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia 30 Philippines 21 Japan, South Korea, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the UK 15 Myanmar, Brunei 14 4. Embassies and Consulates Regarding countries with no visa exemption agreements with Vietnam, travelers have to contact the Vietnam Embassies or Consulates in their countries to register or extend the visa. In case any problems occur, visitors should contact their country’s embassies and consulates in Vietnam to ask for support. There are 80 embassies in Hanoi, and 58 consulates and 3 representations in other cities. List of Embassies and Consulates EMBASSY & CONSULATE ADDRESSES CITY TELEPHONE WEBSITE Algerian Embassy 1 3 Phan Chu Trinh HN 84 4 38253865/39332151 American Embassy The American Center 1 st Floor, Rose Garden Tower, 170 Ngoc Khanh Street, HN 844-3850-5000 http://vietnam.usembassy.gov/ Argentinian Embassy 360 Kim Ma Street, Daeha Business Centre, BA Dinh District HN 84438315262 / 38315263 http://www.embargentina.org.vn Australian Consulate 5th Floor, The Landmark Building, 5B Ton Duc Thang, District 1 HCM 84-8 3521 8100 http://www.hcmc.vietnam.embassy.gov.au/ Australian Embassy 8 Dao Tan Street, Ba Dinh District HN 84-4 3774 0100 http://www.vietnam.embassy.gov.au/ Austrian Embassy Prime Center, 53 Quang Trung, 8. Floor, Hai Ba Trung District HN 84/4 3943 3050-3/3943 3051 http://www.aussenministerium.at/hanoi Bangladeshi Embassy Villa # D6B-05, Vuon Dao, Compound, Subway #675, Lac Long Quan Road, Tay Ho District HN 84-4-3771-6625,/3771-7829 Belarusian Embassy To Ngoc Van Road, 66, Tay Ho District, HN 84 4 37 19 29 74 http://www.vietnam.belembassy.org/ Belgian Embassy Ha Noi tower, 9th floor, 49 Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem District HN 84 4 3 934.61.77/7884 4 3 934.61.79/80/81 http://www.diplomatie.be/hanoi Brazilian Embassy 14, THUY KHUE STREET – villa D-6/7, Tay Ho District HN 844 843-0817/2544 British Embassy 31 Hai Ba Trung Street, Central Building HN 84 4 936050084 4 9360550 / 46 www.uk-vietnam.org/ Bulgarian Embassy 5 Nui Truc Str,Van Phuc, PO.Box 10 HN 84 4 38-45-29-08 Cambodian Consulate No. 41, Phung Khac Khoan, HCM 848 829 2751 Chinese Consulate General 39 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1 HCM 848-8292457 Chinese Embassy 46 Hoang Dieu Road HN 844 8453736 http://vn.china-embassy.org/eng/ Consulate General of Canada 9th Floor, The Metropolitan, 235 Dong Khoi Street, District 1 HCM 011 84 8 827-9899 https://www.international.gc.ca/ Consulate General of France 27 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, BP 307 – Q. 1 HCM  8 35 20 68 00 www.consulfrance-hcm.org/ Consulate General of Indonesia 1 8, Phung Khac Khoan Street, D 1 HCM 84-8 825-1888, 825-1889 Consulate General of Malaysia 1 208 Me Linh Point Tower, No. 2, Ngo Duc Ke Street, Distric 1 HCM 84-8-829 9023 www.kln.gov.my/perwakilan/hochiminh Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany 1 26 Nguyen Dinh Chieu – Q. 3 HCM 84 8 38 29 19 67 www.ho-chi-minh-stadt.diplo.de/ Consulate General of the Lao PDR 93 Pasteur St, District l HCM 84 8 829-7667or 829-9275 Consulate General of the Lao PDR 1 2 Tran Quy-Cap Danang 84 51 821-208 Consulate General of the Netherlands Saigon Tower, suite 901 , 29 Le Duan Boulevard,, District 1 HCM 84 8 8235932/33 www. mfa.nl/hcm-en Consulate General of the Philippines 40-5 Pham Viet Chanh St., Ward 1 9, Binh Thanh District HCM 84 8 3518 0045 Consulate General of the United States 4 Le Duan Blvd., District 1 HCM 84-8-3520-4200 http://hochiminh.usconsulate.gov/contact.html Consulate of Iceland 18 Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem District, HN HN 84 4 936 6868 Consulate of Iceland 80 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City HCM 84 8 38274 462 Consulate of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos 40 Quang Trung Street HN 84-4 8252588 Consulate-General of Japan 13-17 Nguyen Hue, District 1 HCM 84-88225314 www.hcmcgi.vn.emb-iapan.go.ip/ Cuban Consulate Phung Khac Khoan Q 1,° No. 45 HCM 848 08 829 7350 Embassy of Brunei Darussalam Villa No 8 and 9, Van Phuc Diplomatik Quarter, 44/8 and 44/9 Van Bao Street , Ba Dinh District HN +84 4 943 5249 / +84 4 943 5250 Embassy of Cambodia 71A,Tran Hung Dao St HN 844 942 4789 / 942 4788 Embassy of Canada 31 Hung Vuong Street HN 84 4 734 5000 http://www.international.gc.ca/vietnam Embassy of Chile Suite 1201-1203, 1 2 th floor, 2 Ngo Quyen Street, Tung Shing Square Building, Hoan Kiem HN 84 4 9351147/84 4 9351148 Embassy of Cuba 65 A Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem B.P 79 HN 844 942 4775/884 942 5070-71 Embassy of Egypt 63 To Ngec, Quang An Ward Tay Ho HN 844 8294999 – 8294996 Embassy of Finland 31 Hai Ba Trung, Central Building HN 84 4 826 6788 Embassy of France 57 Tran Hung Dao – Hanoi HN  4 944 57 00 www.ambafrance-vn.org/ Embassy of Greece 28 Thanh Nien Road , Ba Dinh, Hanoi HN 8443 7152254 Embassy of Hungary 360 Kim Ma Street, Daeha Business Center, 1 2th Floor HN 84 4-7715714 Embassy of Indonesia 50, Ngo Quyen Street HN 84-4 825-6316, 825-3353, 825-7969 /www.indonesia-hanoi.org.vn Embassy of Ireland Vincom City Towers [8F], 191 Ba Trieu Street,Hai Ba Trung District HN 84 4 3974 3291 www.em bassyofireland.vn Embassy of Israel 68 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District HN 84-4-8433140/1/2 hanoi.mfa.gov.il Embassy of Japan 27 Lieu Giai , Ba Dinh District HN 84 4 3846-3000 www.vn.emb-iapan.go.ip/ Embassy of Malysia 43 – 45 Dien Bien Phu Street, Ba Dinh District HN 84-4-734 38 36 / 84-4-734 38 49 www.kln.gov.my/perwakilan/hanoi Embassy of Mexico 14 Thuy Khue T-1 1, Hanoi, HN 844 847-0948 www.sre.gob.mx/acerca/directorio/embaiadas/vietnam Embassy of Mongolia Van Phuc Diplomatic Quarter, Villa 6 Hanoi, Vietnam HN 84-4-38453009 http:// mongembhanoi.com/ Embassy of Morocco Chu Van An, Ba Dinh District HN 84 47 34 55 86 / 84 47 34 55 87 Embassy of Myanmar A-3 101-104, Vanphuc Diplomatic Quarters, Kim MA St. HN 84-4 845 3369, 823 2056 Embassy of New Zealand Level 5 63 Ly Thai To Street HN 84 4 824 1481 Embassy of Pakistan Villa 44/2, Van Bao Street, Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound HN 84-4 37262251 www.mofa.gov.pk/vietnam/default.aspx Embassy of Romania 5 Le Hong Phong Street HN 84 4 8452014 Embassy of Russia 191, La Thanh street, Hanoi, Vietnam HN 84 4 833-6991, 833-6992 www.vietnam.mid.ru Embassy of Singapore No. 41 & 43 Tran Phu Street HN 84-4-38489168 Main line www. mfa.gov.sg/hanoi Embassy of Slovakia 6B Le Hong Phong Str. HN 84-4 845 4334-5 www.mzv.sk/HANOI Embassy of South Africa 3rd Floor, Central Building, 31 Hai Ba Trung Street HN 84-4-9362000 /+84-4-9362003 Embassy of Spain 15th Fl. Dacha Business Center, 360 Kim Ma Str HN 84-4-771-5207 / +84-4-771-5209 Embassy of Sweden 2, Nui True Street, Khu Ba Dinh District HN 84 4 726 04 00 www.swedenabroad.com/hanoi Embassy of Thailand 63-65 Hoang Dieu Street HN 84-4 823-5092 to 93 Embassy of the Czech Republic 1 3 Chu Van An HN 84-4 38454131-2 http://www.mzv.cz/hanoi Embassy of the Lao PDR 22 Rue Tran Bing Trong HN 844 942 9746, 942 4576, 942 2735 Embassy of the Philippines 27-B Tran Hung Dao St. HN 844 943-7873/ 3849/ 4493 / 7948 / 9826 www.hanoipe.org Embassy of The Republic of Iraq HN 84 4 – 9424141 Embassy of The Republic of Korea 4 th Fl., Dae Ha Business Center,Kim Ma Street, Hanoi, HN 84-4 831 5111/6 Embassy of Turkey 4 Da Tuong Str., 4th Fl., North Star Bldg. HN 84-4 822-2460 Embassy of Ukraine 6, Le Hong Phong Street Ba Dinh District HN 84-4-37344484 /84-4-37344492 www.mfa.gov.ua/vietnam General Consulate of Singapore The Saigon Centre, Level 8, 65 Le Loi Boulevard, District 1 HCM 84-8 8225174 www. mfa.gov.sg/hochiminhcitv General Consulate of Ukraine 4/4 Hoang Viet Street, Tan Binh District HCM 84-8 8222490 German Embassy 29, Tran Phu HN www.hanoi.diplo.de/ Honorary Consulate General of Finland 203 Dong Khoi, Suite #206, 1 st District Ho Chi Minh City HCM 84 8 8272 029 Honorary Consulate General of India 55-Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street , District 3 HCM 84 8-38237047 Honorary Consulate of Sweden 8A/1 1 D1 Thai Van Lung, 5th Floor HCM 84 8 823 68 00-2 www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/5616/a/20794/l/en/pd/561 Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic 2 Pham Minh Duc, Ngo Quyen Dist., Hai Phong HaiPhong 8431/3836539 Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic 28 Mac Dinh Chi, Quan 1 HCM 848/38290585 Honoray Consulate of Chile 79/2/1 Phanke Binh, Dakao, Distrit. 1 HCM 84-8-9102108/84-8-9102903 Indian Embassy 58-60, Tran Hung Dao HN 84-4-8244989 Italian Embassy 9, Le Phung Hieu Street HN 84 4 825 6256 www.embitalyvietnam.org Palestine Embassy HN 840408522947 Polish Embassy in Vietnam 3 Chua Mot Cot HN 84.4.3845.2027 www.hanoi.polemb.net/ Royal Danish Consulate Genera 20 Phung Khac Khoan St. HCM 84.8.8228289 Royal Danish Embassy 19 Dien Bien Phu Street HN 84 4 8231888 http://www.ambhanoi.um.dk Royal Danish Embassy in Vietnam 19 Dien Bien Phu Street HN 84 4 823 18 88 Royal Netherlands Embassy Daeha Office Tower, 6th floor , 360 Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi HN 84 4 8315650 www.netherlands-embassy.org.vn/ Royal Norwegian Consulate 21-23 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Somerset Chancellor Court, 5th Floor HCM 84 8 3822 1696 www.norway.org.vn/Embassy/Consulate- HCMC/ Royal Norwegian Embassy 1 0th Floor, Block B, Vincom City Towers, 191 Ba Trieu Street HN 84 4 3974 8900 www.norway.org.vn/ Royal Thai Consulate-General 77 Tran Quoc Thao Street, District 3 HCM 848 932-7637-8 www.thaiconsulatehochiminh.com:8080/ Taipei Economic and Cultural Office 5th Floor HITC Building,239 Xuan Thuy Street, Cau Giay District HN 2-844-833-5501 www.teco.org.vn Taipei Economic and Cultural Office 336 Nguyen Tri Phuong St., Dist. 10 HCM 002-848 834-6264~7Read more
Phu Quoc Local Food & Products
Cuisine is what makes a place much more appealing to visitors. You should not leave the beautiful island of Phu Quoc without trying Phu Quoc Cuisine once. Goi Ca Trich (Raw Herring Salad) Herring Salad is one of the must-tries in Phu Quoc Island. The unique flavour of the dish is from white meaty herring fish meticulously prepared and marinated to its perfection. “Goi Ca Trich” is made by mixing chopped filet herrings with onion, lime juice, chilies, and pepper. The dish is served with rolled rice paper, fresh lettuce and herbs, and dipping sauce. A herring salad roll which is dip into Phu Quoc special fish sauce is heavenly tasty. Local people in Phu Quoc often drink “Sim” wine (Rose myrtle wine) when eating herring salad to accelerate mouthful flavour of the salad and help better digestion. Ghe Ham Ninh (Ham Ninh Sea Crab) No one should leave out this delicacy when paying a visit to Ham Ninh Fishing Village. “Ghe” is a Vietnamese word for sea crab. Ham Ninh crabs are quite small, but firmer and tastier than other kinds of sea crabs. The price for 1 kilogram ranges from 200,000VND ($9) to 500,000VND ($25) depending on the size of crabs. You should choose the medium size (6-7 crabs/kg) as crabs in this size offer best tastes. Ask the fishermen to cook the crabs for you in their traditional way and savour the taste from the sea while sipping “Sim” wine to the best. Grilled “Coi Bien Mai” (Grilled Scallops) The dish is made from a kind of sea scallop that has a triangle-shaped shell and hides deeply under the ocean floor. Travelers can experience collecting scallops on their own after watching how fishermen do the job. “Coi bien mai” can be cooked into different delicious dishes, but the most recommended dish is the crunchy and chewy grilled one to sample. Tourist can try this specialty at any seafood shacks along the beaches in Phu Quoc. Fish Sauce Like champagne in France and olive oil in Greece, fish sauce is the prized staple of Vietnam, as it is a must-have ingredient that finds its way into almost every Vietnamese dish from spring rolls to noodles. The island of Phu Quoc has been famous for producing some of Vietnam’s finest fish sauce, a pungent liquid extracted from fermented and salted fish of the island. Phu Quoc fish sauce is world-renowned for its premium quality, thanks to the abundant seaweed and plankton around the island that feeds the anchovies needed for the dark golden colored sauce. In fact, fish sauce made elsewhere often falsely uses the Phu Quoc brand! That’s the reason why local producers have been working with the WTO to protect its appellation of origin. Phu Quoc attractions include visiting a fish sauce factory where you’ll find larger-than- life wooden vats up to 4 meters high containing up to 13 tons of deliciously pungent fish sauce. Tourists can visit the distillery but should not buy any bottles as carrying fish sauce on the airplane is not allowed. Some of famous fish sauce distilleries that allow visitors (with no fees) are Hung Thanh (Road 30/4, Duong Dong Town), Red Boat (11 Cau hung Vuong, Duong Dong Town), Thinh Phat (Road 30, Duong Dong Town) and Nam Huong (near Sao Beach, An Thoi Town). However, it is recommended for foreigners to hire a tour guide for better understanding of the product. Tours to fish sauce factories are available on any apps for travelers such as Tripadvisor and Airbnb with the price of about $50 for a half-day trip to 3 places including a fish sauce distillery. Sim Wine Also known as “Ruou Sim” in Vietnamese, Sim Wine is made from the Rose Myrtle, a local fruit. Fishermen often drink Sim Wine when eating seafood to get the best taste of the dishes. Vietnamese also believe that Sim Wine can help with fatigue, aide digestion and ease pain. Its taste is like a fermented blackcurrant alcoholic beverage mixed with a uniquely flowery scent that you can never find in any Western wine. Sim Wine can be the best alternative to French wine for parties on the beach so people cannot be hammered but a little bit tipsy to feel good.Read more