Da Nang to host Japan-Viet Nam show

August 20 th 2015


Japanese singer Yuji Mori, the all-girl Japanese rock band, Prizmm, drum group from Otawara, calligraphy artist Sakamoto Koichi, art troupes and performers from Mitsuke, Nagasaki, Sakai will all take part in the annual Viet Nam-Japan Culture Exchange at central Da Nang city’s Administrative Centre Park on August 28-30. 


Vice Director of the city’s Foreign Affairs Department Mai Dang Hieu said the event aims to boost the relationship between Japanese cities and Da Nang as well as Viet Nam-Japan friendship.



Art troupe from Sakai city will debut at the event with tea ceremony demonstration with cuisine pavilions and street dance performances on August 28.



The opening ceremony will see performance by Otawara artists along with demonstrations of Aikido, Sumo, Japanese sword, Sumo and traditional wrestling.



Tourists will also be able to avail of a chance to taste Japanese cuisines at the event, including Udon, Chanpon, Ramen, fresh fish, Kasutera, and Wagyu (Beef) from Nagasaki.



Participants can even try on kimono, yukata, Cosplay, and paper folding Kirigami, Origami.



According to the organisers, the first Japanese Sword Championship will be also organised with the participation of Vietnamese players on August 29.



An investment and tourism promotion conference will be held during the three-day cultural event by the Japan External Trade Organization and the Japanese Business Association in Da Nang.


Source: vietnamtourism.com


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Woman travellers

Advice for woman travellers

Below are some advices for women travellers we have collected on the Internet.


Personal safety and security


  •     When travelling, particularly alone, leave an itinerary of your trip with a responsible person contacting them at pre-arranged times and dates. Ostentatious displays of money, jewellery, luggage and dress can encourage the wrong type of attention. When travelling be aware of where your luggage, particularly hand bags, are at all times. Do not leave them unattended or hanging on the back of chairs in restaurants.
  •     Choose your accommodation carefully:

                         try and pick accommodation which is in a safe area;
                         request a room near the lift or stair well, not on the ground floor;
                         inspect the door locks and window fasteners;
                         never open the door to your room until you have identified the caller;
                         do not identify yourself on the telephone until the caller has done so;
                         keep your money and valuables close by you at night.

  •     Be alert, listen to the advice of locals and fellow travellers, develop a street sense, try not to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  •     In a confrontational situation a woman traveller is rarely a physical match for a man. So, the following rules can help:

                         Don”t turn a scary situation into a dangerous one if you can help it (e.g. it would be unwise to

                           launch into

                           a physical attack if the man confronting you just want your money – hand it over and avoid finding

                           out  what he may do if provoked);
                         Don”t panic or show fear or let the person confronting you to get the upper hand, try to gain

                          psychological advantage throwing him off his balance i.e. compliance;
                         If you do find yourself in physical danger, try to anticipate the aggressor’s next move and plan

                          ahead for it.  As the innocent party in the confrontation you have the advantage of surprise, if you

                          are forced to strike  back physically, make sure it is a crippling blow that gives you a chance to

                         If you are worried about your ability to gauge dangerous situations and to defend yourself then

                         consider  joining a women”s self defense course before travelling.


Personal safety when travelling alone


  •     Insist on inspecting your accommodation before agreeing to stay. If unhappy with the room request a change or where possible move to different accommodation.
  •     The lone woman traveller will often be flouting convention simply by her presence. Unfortunately women in the developing world don”t have the independence that their western counterparts take for granted. For this reason, their presence, especially unaccompanied, will generate interest within local people of both genders.
  •     How you dress is an easy method of self-preservation and the most immediate symbol of respect. Dress codes differ greatly from country to country and to get them wrong would put you at an immediate disadvantage. A culture”s standard of dress has nbso a lot to do with what parts of the body are considered to be sensuous or provocative. As a general rule tight and skimpy clothes are inappropriate for most countries outside of Europe and North America. Clothing should be conservative and presentable, loose fitting and comfortable. Arms and legs should be covered, especially when visiting places of worship and national monuments.
  •     When travelling, try to be inconspicuous yet confident avoiding confrontational challenging situations with men by adopting an assertive, dismissive manner.
  •     Remember many men can see eye contact as a “come-on”. The use of dark sunglasses will limit this problem.
  •     Be prepared to answer questions about yourself particularly if single and travelling alone. The often-asked questions of your marital status and family, are ones of genuine interest. To avoid the unwanted attention of some men, the use of a few white lies about “your husband” and a fake wedding ring are a useful pretence.




  •     Emotional upset, exhaustion and travelling through different time zones can all contribute to an upset in the menstrual pattern. Irregular menstruation is a very common problem affecting women travellers, excessive exercise and the stress of travel may cause infrequent periods, if this is the case it may lead to confusion over the timing of oral contraception and great anxiety of unplanned pregnancy. Dysmenorrhoea may also be aggravated by travel.
  •     Oral contraception can be used to suppress menstruation. This is achieved by taking the pill continuously, without the usual seven-day break in between packets. A reminder to take extra packets to allow for this should be stressed. However, this method is not advisable for women taking biphasic or triphasic pills because the dose in the first seven pills is too low to prevent possible breakthrough bleeding.
  •     Sanitary hygiene: Tampons and sanitary towels are widely available in larger cities but harder to find in remote and mountainous areas. Locally made menstrual supplies are usually available although the standard varies.


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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? It’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.


It’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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Telephone and fax

Telephone and fax network


Vietnam communication network


Fixed telephone and fax


  •     Provided by Vietnam Post and Telecommunication (VNPT) and Viettel;
  •     Phone number code:  Eight digits (for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City only) and  Seven digits (for other cities). Each city has its own code (city code), such as: 4 (Hanoi), 8 (Ho Chi Minh City), 54 (Hue) etc…


 Mobile phones


  •     Provided by VNPT, Viettel and some other state-owned companies, including:
  •     GSM: Vinaphone (code: 91,94,123,125,127,129); Mobiphone (code: 90,93,122,126,128,120,121); Viettel (code: 98,97,163,164,165,166,167,168,169);
  •     CDMA: S-phone (code: 95) and EVN-Telecom (code: 96)
  •     Using GSM 900/1800 with  standard SIM card which is compatible with most of Asia, Europe and Australia, but not with North America;
  •     Phone number code:  Network code +  seven digits (e.g: 098.1234567)


City phone (available in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City)


  •     Provided by VNPT, a mixture between mobile phone and fixed telephone, offers cheaper cost, mobility but limited usage (within the city only);
  •     Phone number code:  8 digits,  begins with ‘91’ (e.g: 9176613)



Charges are depended on the service providers.


  •     International calls cost around US$1 per minute but may be higher at hotels. A  cheaper alternative is to make these calls from the post office. Reserve charges or collect calls are possible to most, but not all, including: France, Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, Switzerland, the UK and the US.
  •     Another option is to use a suitable calling service, such as
  •     Rebtel that offers you the benefit of cheap international calls. Hence it
  •     gets more convenient to stay connected with your family and friends across
  •     the globe.
  •     In-city calls are cheap and usually  free at most of hotels and restaurants for tourists;
  •     Mobile-to-mobile calls cost around 1,200d to 1,400d per minute. Instant message (SMS) costs 290d to 350d for domestic and 2.500d for international one.


Make direct calls


International code:          00
Domestic code:               0
Vietnamese code:           84
To Vietnam:     00 + 84 + [city / network code] + [phone number]
From Vietnam:     00 + [destination-country code] + [phone number]
Within city:     [phone number]
To other city:     0 + [city code] + [phone number]
To city phone:     0 + [Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City’s code] + [phone number]
(dial phone number directly when you are in the same city)
To mobile phones:     0 + [network code] + [phone number]
From mobile phones:     0 + [city / network code] + [phone number]


Important phone numbers (available in every Vietnam cities)


113       Police
114       Fire Brigade
115       Ambulance
1080     Information about society, economy, culture (in Vietnamese, English, French)
101       Long Distance Domestic telephone service
102       Directory assistance for long distance domestic telephone service
103       Operator-assisted long distance domestic telephone service
110       International telephone service
112       International telephone service rate
113       International telephone service inquiries
116       Phone number inquiries
117       Time inquiries
118       Ring back test
119       Advice on telephone repairs
1088     Consultation in areas of health, law, informatics, psychology, living skills…

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Travel insurance

Vietnam travel insurance


Don’t travel without health insurance, even if you’re fit and healthy – accidents do happen.


Find out your insurance plan, declare any existing medical conditions you have to make clear which will cover you. You may require extra cover for adventure activities such as rock climbing. Check their payment plan (e.g.: directly to providers or reimburse you after Make sure you have the following information about your and your family before visiting Washington Healthplanfinder, your State’s official Health health insurance with dental Marketplace. you pay on the spot). It may decide which medical-expense option you have to pay, as well as documentation, policies required.


If you travel through a local agent, they normally supply insurance services of Bao Viet or Bao Minh (state-owned companies), with the highest assessment.

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Shopping in Vietnam


Vietnam has some fantastic shopping opportunities, so it’s well worth setting aside half a day or so to properly peruse. Hotspots include  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.


Some of the best buys are as following:


Vietnamese Art & Antiques


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 “instant antique”, such as a teapot or ceramic dinner plate, with a price tag of around US$2.


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.


Vietnamese Clothing


Vietnam is emerging as a regional design center and there are some extravagant creations in the boutiques of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.


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.


Hill-tribe gear is winding its way to shops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It’s brightly patterned stuff, but you may need to set the dyes yourself so those colours don’t bleed all over the rest of your clothes.


T-shirts are ever popular items with travellers, cost from US$1 to US$4.


Non (conical hats) are favorite items for In his first from-jail interview, youtube justin bieber addressed the controverisal decision to have an ice cream cone tattooed on his face. women in both rainy and sunny times. The best quality ones can be found in the Hue’s area.


Vietnamese Handicrafts


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.


War Souvenirs


It’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.


TIP:  Bargaining


Bargaining should be good-natured, smile and don’t get angry or argue. Once the money is accepted, the deal is done. Remember that in Asia, “saving face” 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%.

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Sea route

Sea route to Vietnam


Star Cruises, Royal Viking Lines, Crystal Cruises, Leo Star Cruises have weekly scheduled their water lines to Vietnam via some main casino spiele Vietnamese seaports such as Saigon, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Hai Phong.


To find more information about these cruises, please click on following links:

Star Cruises

Crystal Cruises

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Postal services

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, it’s possible that a lengthy inspection will be required, which could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

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Overland to Vietnam

Overland to Vietnam



Vietnam shares land borders with Cambodia, Laos and China and there’re several border crossings open to foreigners with each neighbour, a big improvement on a few years ago.


From Cambodia

    Bavet (or Moc Bai);
    Kaam Samnor (or casino Vinh Xuong);
    Phnom Den (or online casinos Tinh Bien).


From Laos

    Donsavanh (or Lao Bao);
    Nam Phao (or Cau Treo);
    Nam Can;
    Tay Trang.


From China

    Youyi Guan (or Huu Nghi Quan – English name is Friendship Pass);
    Hekou (or Lao Cai);
    Dongxing (or Mong Cai).

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Health Care

Vietnam travel health


Travellers tend to worry about contracting infectious diseases when in the tropics, but infections are a rare cause of serious illness or death in travellers. 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 behaviour or be treated easily with a well-stocked traveller’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 Hospital
        1 Phuong Mai Str.
        Tel: (84) 4-3577-1100, emergency: (0084) 4-3574-1111
    Family Medical Practice
        Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound 298I Kim Ma Street, Hanoi.
        Tel: (84) 4-3843-0748, emergency: (0084) 903-401-919 (24hours)
    International SOS
        51 Xuan Dieu Street Tay Ho District, Hanoi
        Tel: (84) 4-3934-0666
    Vietnam-Korea Friendship Hospital
        12 Chu Van An Str.
        Tel: (84) 4 843-7231


In Ho Chi Minh City: (tel code: 84-8)

    International SOS
        167A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St, D3 Ho Chi Minh City, S.R. Vietnam
        Tel: (84) 8 3823 6520, emergency: (84) 8 3829 8520
    Saigon International Clinic
        8 Alexandre de Rhodes Str., District 1
        Tel: (84) 8 3823 8455
    Gia Dinh International Hospital
        1 Trang Long Str., Bin Thanh District
        Tel: (84) 8 3803 0678
    Franco Vietnamese Hospital
        6 Nguyen Luong Bang Str., District 7
        Tel: (84) 8 5411 3333


Resources of Health Advice for Travellers


  •     Travel-related risks
  •     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) www.who.int/ith/en/)

Government’s travel-health websites:  AustraliaCanadaUKUS

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