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“What can I say about this tour operator, but FANTASTIC!! From the time it took us to decide where and when to tour up until the actual tour Ms. Phuong kept us so well informed with great suggestions and quick responses to all questions mailed to her (and there were many). Nothing was too much trouble...”
“I wanted to praise JTA Tours for they commendable services. From trip planning to services on the our Vietnam holiday, it was meticulously planned. A show of appreciation to Ms Nhung for your outstanding service, I really appreciated all your hard work as the trip turned out really really well. It was...”
“We are returning from a journey for 17 days in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam which we had entrusted the organization, JTA Tours. Knowing that we wanted to avoid the places invaded by too many tourists, they have prepared a dream itinerary with very good hotels and very competent guides. We were well...”
“With 3 weeks to discover Vietnam, everyone was surprised that we had seen so much. No double thanks to the travel agency that had organized everything from the smallest detail. The price was very reasonable. During the trip, we would have revised some routes, days to take the time for visit other...”
“Quite frankly, we were bowled over from start to finish, the itinerary is jam-packed but it was an entirely stress free trip. JTA Tours ensured all airport meetings and transfers were seamless, private travel arrangements and guides were of a high standard. We began our trip in Siem Reap, and travelled...”
“We corresponded extensively before booking the trip and were given lots of suggestions and alternatives to this tailor made holiday. We started in Hanoi where we were met at the airport and taken to our Hotel as a tour guide. The guides have a good grasp of English and extensive knowledge of their country....”
“Hello Nguyen, Yes we are all settled back home in Australia now. Thank you so much for organising this tour for us. We were very well looked after. While all the accommodation in Vietnam was really good, I wouldn’t recommend the Juliana hotel in Phnom Penh, it was too far away to walk to...”
“We have had great experience with JTA Tours. When we had private tour: Highlights Of Vietnam Tour - 11 Day arranged by Ms. Phuong. We had a long e-mail correspondence prior to it with her, she being highly professional and helpful. The tour itself was exactly what we wanted, hotels were to our satisfaction,...”
“Booked this tour in Myanmar through internet. Must admit when first booked we were a little worried, but from the moment we arrived in Yangon everything ran smoothly with JTA Tours. Tour guides in all areas were very helpful and informative especially "Khin Thet Mar" our guide in Bagan. All hotels...”
“Our family of 4 people just finished a 2 weeks holiday from vietnam to cambodia, we honestly highly valuate the professional organization & meticulous cares of JTA Tours. From the beginning, we emailed to them to customize a suitable trip with a combination between sightseeing & beach relaxation...”
“We had an absolutely amazing time in Myanmar, thanks to JTA Tours and our Guide Aung Aung, the sites we saw were incredible. We want to thank Aung Aung for being so good to us and making this trip worth every minute we were on it. For his expertise in Myanmar history and for always doing his best in...”
“The tour was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the walking routes each day, with the mountain from Sapa, the walk at Lao Chai & Ta Van, and the day walk at Hoian/trip to Halong bay my personal highlights. The first nights meal at the winery, and the last 2 at the family at Mekong were amazing. Our...”
“This agency was recommended by my friend - Mr Jito and they really provide good service. Mr Thang helped us all the way from the moment we touch down the airport until the last day we go home, he never disappoint us and we really enjoy very much. all the itinerary they planed for us never go wrong. this...”
“Many thanks Jito for your kind support! My and husband's dream to visit Ha Long Bay was finally fulfilled. Tham from JTA Tours provided a good deal and clear itinerary during for visit Ha Long Bay. It was a last minute deal since we were already arrived in Hanoi and seems most good cruise was no longer...”
“Hi Suharjito, we are now fine in Indinesia. Thanks so much for amazing trip to the north of Vietnam including Hanoi, Halong& Ninh Binh also. Excellent experience and very high-level service. JTA Tours took amazing care of us from the moment we landed. Were very open for changes and for every...”
“Dear Thang, we have now returned back to Australia and the chores of work! – We have very pleasant memories of the sights, sounds, food and people of Vietnam….. We shall treasure for a lifetime I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of our group to say we had a wonderful time – the...”
“Hi Thang, I do apologize that it has take me so long to email you and thank you for yet another super lot of organization on your part which helped to make our time in Vietnam so enjoyable. We really do appreciate so much your professional and reliable services which make our job in taking our small...”
““Our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia was superbly organised by JTA Tours. We were met promptly and efficiently by very friendly and helpful guides at each stage of our holiday. Our hotel in Seam Reap, Hoian & Hanoi was lovely. The trips were well organised and in formative. The floating villages were...”
““We wanted to write to you personally to let you know how much we enjoyed our holiday in Myanmar and to thank you for organizing this memorable trip. We had such an amazing time discovering your diverse and beautiful country, it's people and of course the strange food. We found your tour was...”
“Hi Mr. Thang, “BEST SELLING VIETNAM FAMILY TOUR - 17 DAYS" with JTA Tours, just a quick note to say thank you for an amazing experience! Our participants commented on how wonderfully it was organized and we received lots of positive feedback (along with a few suggestions but it was overwhelmingly...”
“I search into Goggle for Vietnam & Cambodia tours, I contacted approximately 5 different companies, it was my contact with Ms Na Na that made me select your agency. She was superb in every way and a pleasure to work with, she had excellent suggestion for myself and three Granddaughters. She is truly...”
“Hi, thank you for your note. I would also like to make special mention of two of your staff – Mr Thang who prepared the tour for us and the second tour guide that we had, who I only knew as Phuong (he was our guide in both Dalat and Nha Trang). The service we received from both of these people was...”
“Hi Mr. Thang, We are doing fine. We want to let you know that our guide Mr Nam was excellent. He saw to all of our needs and had us back to our hotel on time for our dinner with or tour group. I would highly recommend Mr Nam to anyone that needed a private guide while visiting Vietnam. And, thank...”
Vietnam TRAVEL GUIDE
Have you come up with the idea of traveling to Vietnam , but don’t know how to plan it? The following travel guide may help your idea to go a bit further.
Many destinations proclaim they are unique in scenery, historical relics, or charming beaches. On the contrary, Vietnam is not so unique in scenery, and has less historic sites than China, fewer beaches than Thailand and Indonesia, and less convenient transportation than Singapore and many other SE Asian countries. So why visit Vietnam?
The answer is that it is a “safe, good-value option”. Without spending too much money, you will be paid back with guaranteed good experiences, such as tasting nice Vietnam cuisine, relaxing on beaches, meeting the friendly locals, and getting a glimpse of Vietnamese culture. All of these will ensure that every penny and every day spent will count.
Although Vietnam does not boast about being unique, it does boast of encompassing everything. Here are six points to convince you:
- Vietnam is absolutely safe to travel for all kinds of travelers. The country has never been the victim of a terrorist attack. Actually, Vietnam is indexed as safer than 140 countries for terrorism. The political situation is stable and, crime is relatively low (though the GDP of Vietnam is low, the rich/poor gap is relatively small). The fact that most Vietnamese are Buddhists also contributes to the high “Gross Domestic Product” of happiness.
- Good value. It only costs USD 100–150 per day for a private tour (Guide + Car…).
- Excellent travel experience. Thanks to the strong support from the government, Vietnam provides friendly travel surroundings. The tourism sector is also a very popular career choice for the Vietnamese. Many people in the country have a strong desire to learn a second language. Free tours are even offered in Hanoi by some students wishing to practice their English.
- Various charming beaches. Vietnam’s 3,260-kilometer coastline has several great beaches, such as Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, and Danang. In recent years, the Vietnam Tourism Bureau has advertised Vietnam travel by highlighting its charming islands.
- Cool cultural experience. Vietnam has six World Cultural Heritage Sites ranging from well-preserved Hoi An Ancient Town to the thousands of limestone karsts and isles of Ha Long Bay.
- Delightful food adventures. No matter whether it’s fresh seafood in Halong Bay or street food in the night markets of Hanoi, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s food deserves a try.
The period from November to February is the most comfortable to travel. As a long and narrow country north to south, with a long coast, the weather is accordingly milder all year round, with fewer extremes of temperature.
High Season (November–February) — Cool, Dry Season
This season is blessed with quite comfortable weather. You can also get the chance to take part in local holidays, such as Tet (Vietnamese New Year), during January or February. Prices are much higher though.
Shoulder Season (March - April) — Warm, Dry Season
This period is the best time to visit for those wishing to find the balance between the price and the weather. It is hotter than the high season but still comfortable, with a blue sky and fewer clouds.
Low Season (May–October) — Hot, Rainy Season (Monsoon)
The reason for visiting Vietnam during the low season is that the whole country offers much cheaper prices for hotels, restaurants, and transportation. However, bear in mind that it’s uncomfortably hot/humid with rainfall (normally shower in the afternoon).
Vietnam is a long and S-shaped country stretching 1,650 kilometers from north to south. Although the whole country belongs to the tropical monsoon climate, different areas still have distinct differences of temperature and humidity due to latitude and topography.
The North: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong…
This area has four distinct seasons. January has an average temperature of 15 °C (59 °F), and the hottest month is July with an average temperature of 29 °C (84.2 °F). In the northern highlands, the temperature can sometimes dip down to 0 °C in December and January. During January to March, drizzle will also affect this area.
North Central: Hoi An, Hue, Danang…
From September to February, influenced by the northeast monsoon, this area often has strong wind, large sea swells and rain, which make it a difficult time for travelers. Normally summer is hot and dry.
The South: Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Da Lat, Mekong Delta…
Southern Vietnam has two distinct seasons: dry season from November to April; rainy season from March to October. From April to May, the weather will be hot and dry. April is the hottest month with a temperature of 33°C (91.4 °F) or higher most days. Peak season to travel this area will be December to February when the weather will be cool and dry. Typhoon weather sometimes hits the coastal areas July to November.
Begin your trip in Hanoi and explore several unique UNESCO sites there. Cruise in Halong Bay, track back to the old imperial Hue, and immerse yourself in the timeless charm of Hoi An ancient town.
Discover the remnants of the Cu Chi Tunnels and visit floating markets in the Mekong Delta, before ending in Ho Chi Minh City.
It takes at least 9 days to take in all the highlights, as Vietnam is an ecologically and culturally diverse country with lush mountain valleys, scenic beaches, fertile deltas, distinctive ethnic minorities and a fascinating culture, suitable for all ages, especially family holidays and annual vacations for senior travelers.
1. Explore the Old Quarter
Hanoi - Recommended to Visit for a Half-Day to Full Day
Hanoi’s attractions are clustered in one key area — the Old Quarter — making it easy to explore the city’s charm by visiting sites like the elegant Bach Ma Temple and Dong Xuan Market, the oldest local market in the city.
Start from HoanKiem Lake, watching locals practicing tai chi and painters painting landmarks, before walking north to the bustling Old Quarter. Filled with a warren of shops, the Old Quarter is still vibrant 600 years after its inception.
Purchase souvenirs at the little shops, taste local food in some of the eateries, and even watch a water puppet show. With many interesting sights for the Western eye, you can get the real feel of Hanoi… as long as you don’t mind crossing roads filled with fast-moving motorbikes.
2. Local Street-Food Adventure
Hanoi/Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City - 2-3 hours at night
Vietnam has a rich tradition of street food. Vendors with their own recipes and cooking skills set up in the streets, with baskets of delicious snacks such as baguette sandwiches, spring rolls, fresh fruit, sugar cane juice and grilled meat wrapped in banana leaves.
Most snack foods can be found at a local market, where you will be able to taste the food and enjoy the atmosphere dining with locals, while sitting on plastic chairs.
The best part is that you can watch how the food is prepared in front of your eyes and wait just a few minutes to get it. Wash it down with iced drinks like local beer, coffee or fresh coconut-milk before heading to the next vendor.
We highly recommend that gastronomically-adventurous people or those interested in local food join a street-food tour, as doing so helps experience the culture. Spoiling your senses with Vietnam’s exotic flavors, when exploring Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, would be a nice way to spend the night.
3. Stay Overnight on a Junk to See Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay
Halong Bay&Lan Ha Bay - Recommended to Take a 2D1N Junk
Halong Bay is touristy, with some of the most impressive natural scenery in Southeast Asia. Actually, it is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, so describing it as an ‘other-worldly’ sight is not an overstatement. It hosts more than 2,000 pinnacle-shaped limestone peaks and some dramatic karst caves.
Explore the bay by taking a cruise for 2 days and 1 night. Cruise across the bay and enjoy the sunset after adventures on an island, exercising with water activities like swimming, kayaking or canoeing, and visiting a fishing village.
The western part of the bay is much more crowded, as many of the tourist attractions are here. It makes for a more relaxing trip to take a cruise around the less-visited areas of the shimmering bay.
We could help arrange cruises for 2 days and 1 night or 3 days and 2 nights, with selected cruise operators.
4. Track Back to the Last Emperor’s Life in Hue, the Imperial City
Hue - Recommended Trip: One Day
Hue is the former imperial city of Vietnam, well-known for being one of the country’s most significant cultural and historic centers. The city is celebrated for its traditions and imperial citadel, a good destination for history buffs.
Renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Imperial Hue Citadel was established in 1805 by Gia Long, the emperor who founded the Nguyen dynasty.
The citadel is an elegant complex consisting of three concentric enclosures and designed by application of Chinese geomancy. Visitors should spend at least half a day to see the complex and know more about its history.
Besides visiting the emperors’ tombs and Thien Mu Pagoda, it’s a good idea to hop on a motorbike to catch the beautiful sunset at Tam Giang Lagoon.
5. Take a Cooking Class in Hoi An
Hoi An - Recommended Tour: Half a Day
Boasting beaches nearby and an impressive cultural heritage, Hoi An is a mosaic of various cultures. In addition to Old Town, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its excellent roadside cafes, Hoi An provides fun hands-on cooking class opportunities.
Starting with a stroll around a local market, your guide will lead the way to shop for the necessary ingredients, such as fresh herbs, shrimp paste and meat. After arriving at the cooking school, you can walk through its herb garden and learn about the herbs that give Vietnamese cuisine its distinctive flavors.
During the class, the chef will reveal various culinary secrets. You will have a chance to learn how to prepare 3 to 5 typical delicacies, such as spring rolls, Hoi An pancakes and seafood salad, and make Vietnamese-style plate decorations with vegetable carving skills.
Finally sit down with your classmates and enjoy the food together!
6. Go Deep Into the Cu Chi Tunnels
Outside Ho Chi Minh City -Recommended Visit: Half a Day
To view and experience the legacy of the War in Vietnam from the perspective of Vietnamese people is another reason for Westerners to travel there.
The Cu Chi Tunnels are considered one of the most significant war-related sites, a remnant of the country’s war against the United States famous for their elaborate network.
There are two different tunnel systems — one at Ben Dinh village used by Vietcong during the war, the other at Ben Duoc better equipped for tourism. At both locations, you can experience history via a guided tour following an audio-visual presentation and observing booby traps.
7. Visit the Floating Markets
The Mekong Delta - 2 days
“Without doubt, no other river, over such a length, has a more singular or remarkable character,” gushed Francis Garnier, second-in-command of the French Mekong Expedition in the 1860s.
With a length of 4,909 kilometers, the Mekong River goes through six countries in total. China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam are all linked by the Mekong Delta.
When traveling to the Vietnamese part of the Mekong Delta, floating markets and a boat tour are the most popular ways to experience the local highlights. We recommend both Cai Rang and Cai Be floating markets, as each has its own charms.
Wake up early and visit the floating market. It has retained its traditional way of doing business and you will be able to see standing boat rowers there. Then take a sampan through tree-shaded canals to visit the islets and get on a bike to ride around the orchards and enjoy the exotic fragrance of the plants. A 2-day trip is enough to explore the area, with a stay in the Can Tho area.
8. Unwind on the Beach of Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc Island - Recommended Visit: 2-3 Days
As the biggest island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc is blessed with many stunning beaches. Most Westerners tend to choose the island for its quiet environment and quality beaches. It is also renowned for producing very good fish sauce. You will have the opportunity to visit a fish sauce production factory.
Almost 70% of the main island is occupied by the National Park, covered with tropical forest, offering visitors a few hiking trails with scenic views. Lined by various hotels, Bai Truong beach is best known for its wonderful sunset views and swaying palms.
Hon DoiMoi, with a coral reef and a wide variety of marine life, is a great spot for snorkeling and diving. Visiting a fishing village to try the local seafood cuisine also generates much fun.
The island has its own airport, Duong Dong Airport, and is easy to access by plane from Ho Chi Minh City. It is big enough to justify taking 2 or 3 days to unwind on its beach.
9.Go Trekking in Tribal Mai Chau
Mai Chau Valley - 2 days
For hiking or trekking in the north, most travelers go to Sapa, which is known for its lush vegetation, cascading rice terraces and ethnic diversity.
Mai Chau has it all, but is less commercial. Its verdant mountain scenery and tribal culture are highlights of the area, along with its delightful trails, providing excellent trekking opportunities.
Visitors to Hanoi have a chance to see the charming and fertile Mai Chau valley, only 3½ hours' drive from Hanoi. Most of the inhabitants of Mai Chau are White Thai, known for their warm hospitality.
Families offer home-stay facilities in stilt huts made of bamboo and timber, providing visitors an authentic way of experiencing life in the hills. Locals built these houses on stilts to prevent water from getting into them and to shelter the animals.
Who need and who do not need a visa to Vietnam?
Nationals of certain countries may visit Vietnam without visa for a period of time, hereunder is the list of countries and regions that have visa exemption arrangements with Vietnam
Updates on 01-01-2018: Starting from 01/July/2018 to 31/12/2018, visitors from the following countries may not need a visa to Vietnam for less than 15 days: Germany, France, the UK, Italy, and Spain.
Term of residence
less than 30 days
less than 30 days
less than 30 days
less than 21 days
less than 30 days
less than 30 days
less than 15 days
less than 15 days
less than 15 days
less than 15 days
less than 15 days
less than 15 days
European (Until 31st Dec 2018)
less than 15 days
less than 15 days
less than 15 days
Italy and United Kingdom
less than 15 days
What is the visa on arrival?
Visa on arrival (VOA) is the most comfortable way to obtain Vietnam visa without wasting time. When applying for Vietnam visa upon arrival, your visa approval letter will be issued by Vietnam Immigration Department. So it's a legitimate document and fully supported by Vietnamese government. With Visa on arrival, tourists will get their Vietnam visa stamped at Vietnam Airports so it's applicable to air travellers only. However, you are free to exit at any port. The tourist visa is only for single entry and one month stay, but extendable after you enter Vietnam. For longer stay with once application, you should choose visa for business. All you need are: "CHECK VIETNAM VISA PRICE" on website and pay the service fee, get your "Visa approval letter" via email and pick up your visa at Vietnam airport upon arrival.
- Book Vietnam Visa Service: Link of visa service
Visa upon arrival
When applying for Vietnam visa upon arrival, tourists should make sure that all the informations filled in the online visa application is correct. Once the Visa approval letter is issued, no amendment can be made. And if you wish to make any change, you must apply for a new one. You can use visa-on-arrival at: NoiBai Airport (HAN - Hanoi), Da Nang Airport (DAD), Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN - Ho Chi Minh City).
Passport:Passport of at least 6 months valid
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