Here is a discovery that will delight all cheese fans: cheese made in Vietnam. Indeed, an artisanal cheese factory has been created at the beginning of 2020. We were lucky to be able to meet the founders of Maison Béjo. These two Frenchmen had the idea of ​​making cheese in Vietnam. Here is our interview with its founders.

Jacky Travel : Where did you get the idea to make cheese in Vietnam?

Maison Béjo : Before moving to Vietnam, we already had a little experience in cheese making and we are real cheese fans. It is a product that is difficult to find in Vietnam. Imported cheese from France is often overpriced. However, cheese is widely consumed by expatriates and there is an increasing request for dairy products here in Vietnam. This is why, we decided to make some cheeses in Vietnam to test the market. We were surprised to see our few cheeses leave very quickly.

Jacky Travel : Is there enough milk in Vietnam to produce cheese?

Maison Béjo : Our cheeses are made with 100% Vietnamese milk. There are more and more milk producers in Vietnam and the demand for milk is growing. Some regions of Vietnam are known for their milk such as Ba Vi or Moc Chau. We do not risk shortage for the moment because our production remains very small and very artisanal.

Jacky Travel : Which products do you currently offer?

Maison Béjo : Today, we offer a two-month aged tomme and handmade “Fromage blanc” as well. We have chosen to work only with raw milk in order to produce cheeses with unique flavors. We are lucky to be able to source very fresh milk to ensure the quality of our cheeses. We only have two products today but we hope to be able to develop a bigger range very soon.

Jacky Travel : Which customers are you targeting?

Maison Béjo :Our dream is that cheese will becom a popular product in Vietnam. Today, the cheese is still little known by the Vietnamese. It is mainly consumed melted on pizzas. However, cheese is sometimes consumed by Vietnamese people who have already traveled to Europe and France in particular. Our customers are mainly expatriates in need of Western-style food.

Jacky Travel : Where can we buy your cheese made in Vietnam?

Maison Béjo : We sell through our website and social media. The products are delivered to your home. We are currently in discussions with various distributors in Hanoi to make it easier for our customers to access our products. We also hope to be able to sell our products in Ho Chi Minh City in the near future as this city has a large expatriate community.

 

Looking to stay connected in Vietnam? Buying a local SIM card is inexpensive, with good coverage and data speeds. Our local travel agency will provide you a good and cheap Sim Card with the best price.

The easiest way to get a Sim Card in Vietnam is to buy it at the airport. Most of the travellers buy a sim card at the airport when they arrive at Hanoi, Danang or Ho Chi Minh city. It is a fast and trustly way to buy a sim card in Vietnam.

However, at the airport the price of a Vietnam Sim Card is about 10 USD.

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You are looking for a cheap Sim Card in Vietnam. The Mobifone is a good choice if you want to stay connected with the cheapest Sim Card in Vietnam. You will have 9GB high speed data and low speed data after.

Data : Unlimited with 9GB high speed

Availibility : 2 weeks

Price : 4 USD

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If your looking for more data and you would like to stay connected with high speed internet during your whole trip, Vinaphone Sim Card is the best option. It is also a cheap sim card in Vietnam, cheaper than at the airport.

Data : Unlimited with 2GB high speed/day

Availibility : 2 weeks

Price : 6 USD

In general, the best time to visit Vietnam is from October to April. At this time, temperatures are not too hot on average throughout all Vietnam and the weather is generally dry. However, given that the country stretches over 1000 km from north to south, there is not really a better time to visit Vietnam, but different periods depending on the regions you want to visit. Indeed, Vietnam being divided into 3 parts (North, Central and South), all these regions have different climates.

The monsoon period in Vietnam is in summer with periods of different rainy seasons in Northern, Central and Southern Vietnam. Indeed, the monsoon in Northern Vietnam runs from July to September. The monsoon in Central Vietnam will begin later, from September to November. The rainy season begin in the month of July in the South and stop in September/October.

Here is a summary of the best time to visit Vietnam in each part of the country:
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Best time to visit Northern Vietnam

Best time to visit Sapa

  • From October to April: the weather is dry and not too hot. It is the best time to visit Northern Vietnam and it is also the peak tourist season. In December and January, the temperature in the north may be between 15 and 17 ° C. Note that in the mountains of Vietnam such as Sapa or Ha Giang, the temperature can drop below 5 ° C in December and January.
  • From May to June: The weather is dry at this time but it is the hottest time in the Northern Vietnam with temperatures of up to 38 ° C for several days
  • From July to September: This is the monsoon season (rainy season) in Northern Vietnam. This is not the best time to visit Northern Vietnam. It does not rain every day but the risk is showers is high.

Note: In the mountains of Northern Vietnam, rice is planted in June and harvested in September. It is therefore in summer that the rice terraces are the most beautiful but this period also corresponds to the monsoon period. From October to May, rice fields are fallow and fog is common in Sapa.

Best time to visit Central Vietnam

Best time to visit Hoi An

  • From January to April: the weather is dry in Central Vietnam. This is the best time to visit Central Vietnam. Note that it is always hot in Central Vietnam at this time with temperatures are between 27 and 33 ° C.
  • From May to August: It’s summer in Central Vietnam. It can be very hot. Note that during this period, many Vietnamese enjoy school holidays to go to the beach. The beaches are therefore often crowded.
  • From September to December: This is the monsoon season (rainy season) in Central Vietnam. This is not the best time to visit Central Vietnam.

Best time to visit Southern Vietnam

  • From October to April: This is the dry season during this period in Southern Vietnam. It is hot all year round in Southern Vietnam (30-33 ° C).
  • From May to October: It is rainy season with an intensification of the rains in the months of July and August.

Visa Vietnam : How to get a visa ?

Most travelers wishing to visit or travel to Vietnam will need a visa to enter the country. Only Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Brunei, Myanmar, Japan, South Korea, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy and France passport holders are visa-exempt for Vietnam provided that their travel or stay in Vietnam is part of a short-term tourist trip of less than 15 days. Similarly, citizens of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Kyrgyzstan can enter Vietnam without a visa for any tourist stay of up to 30 days. Citizens of the Philippines are exempt from visa for stays of less than 21 days. Beyond this period of stay, a visa is required for these nationalities. (Vietnam travel: How to obtain a Vietnam visa)

There are 2 ways to get a Vietnam visa:

– The first is to apply to the Vietnam Embassy in your country of residence.

– The second solution is to obtain Visa Vietnam on arrival at the immigration post, you will need invitation letter (commonly called “approval letter”).

In any case, before taking the steps to obtain a Vietnam visa, the traveler must be in possession of a valid passport (the passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of return), non-biometric passports are accepted.

A Vietnam tourist visa is automatically a single entry visa (unless you apply for a multiple entry visa), which means that if you leave Vietnam (for example for a combined trip with Cambodia , Thailand or Laos), you will need a new visa to return (or apply for a multiple entry visa) unless you are in transit at the airport, of course.

Note:

It is necessary to wait at least 30 days after leaving Vietnam to enjoy a new visa exemption. It is quite possible to enter Vietnam with a visa and take advantage of the visa exemption later provided you leave the country and re-enter Vietnam. Vietnamese immigration will then stamp your 15-day visa exemption on your passport.

There are 2 ways to get a Vietnam visa:

– The first is to apply to the Vietnam Embassy in your country of residence. (at the Vietnam Embassy in Paris if you live in France)

– The second solution is to obtain Visa Vietnam on arrival at the immigration post, you will need a letter of invitation (commonly called “approval letter”).

In any case, before taking steps to obtain a Vietnam visa, the traveler must be in possession of a valid passport (the passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of return), non-biometric passports are accepted.

A Vietnam tourist visa is automatically a single entry visa (unless you apply for a multiple entry visa), which means that if you leave Vietnam (for example for a combined trip with Cambodia , Thailand or Laos), you will need a new visa to return (or apply for a multiple entry visa) unless you are in transit at the airport, of course.

Visa Vietnam on arrival at the airport:

You can get a visa for Vietnam upon arrival if you arrive in Vietnam by one of these 3 airports (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Danang) through an invitation letter commonly called “approval letter”.

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The letter of invitation (approval letter) is a letter issued by the immigration authorities in order to authorize the obtaining of the visa for Vietnam on arrival.

Thanks to the letter of invitation issued by our travel agency, you will be able to obtain your Vietnam visa at the immigration counter of the airports mentioned above for the payment of the visa fees at the airport in cash and in dollars ($ 25 for a single entry one-month visa, $ 50 for a one-month multiple entry visa, $ 50 for a 3-month multiple entry visa)

Minors with their own passports will also have to pay visa fees. The time to obtain an approval letter or approval letter is usually between 3 and 5 business days. At the end of this period, our travel agency will send you the letter “approval letter” to print. The approval letter will be required at the time of check-in at the airport. Failing presentation of the visa authorization letter on arrival or a Vietnam visa, boarding your flight to Vietnam may be refused.

Note: The citizens of these countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Bissau Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tobago and Trinidad, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, Zimbabwe are not eligible for an approval letter.

Nationals of these countries must obtain a Vietnam visa at the Vietnamese Embassy before they can enter the Vietnamese territory. All letters of approval issued will be refused upon arrival.

How to get a visa on arrival

Simple and economic, obtaining the visa for Vietnam on arrival thanks to the letter of invitation (approval letter) will save you all the hassles of the administration. This system will prevent you from moving to the Vietnam Embassy or sending your passport. In addition, this solution will cost you less than the 85 euros of visa fees required at the Vietnam Embassy.

To obtain a visa on arrival at the international airport, here’s how:

– Please send us a photo of your passport to start the procedure and the exact date of arrival on Vietnamese soil

– We will then send you the invitation letter approved by the Vietnamese Government within 3 working days by email

– Print and bring on board the letter of invitation with two ID photos and 25 USD / person for a single entry visa or 50 USD / person for a multiple entry visa for stamping fees. You can also print and bring on the plane the enclosed form (if necessary, you can get this form on the spot at the airport)

– Upon arrival at the airport, in front of the customs, you can queue at the counter for “VISA ON ARRIVAL” – Give your two passport photos with the letter of invitation and the completed form and your passport

– Wait until your name appears on the screen. Receive your passport with a visa and pay 25 USD or 50 USD in cash.

– You can now go to the customs to pass the border control. Note: two photos in the official French format are enough (passport type or ID card), it is not necessary to have official Vietnamese format photos (4 * 6 cm) Here are our prices for obtaining the letter of invitation:

– 1 month visa with single entry: 10 USD / person

– 1 month multiple entry visa: 15 USD / person

– 3 months visa with single entry: 20 USD / person

– 3 month multiple entry visa: 25 USD / person

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Get your Visa at the embassy

You can get your Vietnam visa by going directly to the Vietnamese embassy of your country. To apply for a Vietnam visa at the Vietnamese Embassy, you must provide a Vietnam tourist visa application form duly completed in 2 copies, to which you must attach a photo ID on each copy, submit your passport (valid at least another 1 month after your return date from Vietnam) and payment of the visa fee in cash.

The deadline for obtaining a Vietnam visa at the embassy is at least 3 working days after receipt of the file. But count instead 1 week from the day of your application.

For Vietnam visa applications by correspondence, allow about 10 days.

One week after the visa application is submitted, the applicant must present himself with an ID at the counter of the Vietnamese Embassy to obtain the visa.

A third person can recover visas and passports provided that his name is specified at the time of filing the visa application. This third party will have to present his ID when withdrawing visas and passports. Allow about 5-10 minutes of waiting time to retrieve the passports.

Vietnam tourism visa application can be made up to one year before the date of your trip. The visa will be valid from the date you mention on the Vietnam visa form (desired date of stay).

Visa extension

Once in Vietnam, if you want to extend your stay but your visa comes to end, a visa extension is possible.

You can go through any local travel agency to obtain a visa extension. However, obtaining a visa extension is very expensive. It is therefore important to think carefully about the duration of your stay and your visa before arriving in Vietnam.

It is also possible to renew your visa as many times as you want thanks to the visa run technique.

In the past, tipping is not a part of South East Asia culture. However, as the time flies, many things have changed, tipping gradually has become a part of this area culture and Vietnam is not an exception. But how much should I tip in Vietnam ?

That’s an important question because with a tip, you want to give a reward for a service but the income of people is quite different in Vietnam than in other countries. So, how much should I tip in Vietnam to show my respect ?
Here are some recommendations in this article for tipping.

The root of this change is from the increase of a huge number of foreign tourists who come from Western countries and bring tipping culture here and nowadays, the tips is like a necessary part of the services employees’ income.

Because tipping does not belong to the authentic local culture, normally, it is not compulsory for you to tip for any services you used. However, as in Vietnam, the general income for most of people is quite low, therefore the tip from customers is very important for service staff.

How much should I tip the Tour Guide in Vietnam

Normally, with private tour guide, the tip should be from 5 – 8 USD per day. However, with the group about 5 – 8 people or more, you should tip 2-3 USD/person/day. As the tour guide have to serve you all day long (even when they have already comeback home) and this job need a lot experience, knowledge and health, the tip for them usually the highest among other service staffs in tourism industry.

how much should I tip the tour guide in Vietnam

How much should I tip the driver in Vietnam

You should tip a tour driver about 2-3 USD per day. On the other hand, with taxi drivers, if you feel totally comfortable with the car and they are so nice, you can just round up the total amount and let them keep the change.

how much should I tip the driver in Vietnam

How much should I tip in the Hotel (Bellman & Housekeeper)

The tips about 1-2 USD should be applied for the bellman, but if you have too much luggage, you may tip 1 USD per suitcase or bag.

Some people choose not to tip the housekeeper as clean the room is their duty. However, if you are totally happy with a clean and clear room with light aroma, you should leave few dollars on a table inside the room.

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How much should I tip at the Restaurant

Restaurants in Vietnam usually applied 5% of service fee into your bills, therefore, actually there is no need to tip in any restaurant here. However, as you are totally happy with any waiter/waitress, you can give he/she 1-3 USD directly.

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Spa

If you use the luxury spa service, there is no need for tipping because the fee is high enough and includes commission for the staffs inside. In contrast, with the lower-end service, as the service price has been really low already, therefore, you should tip 15-20% bill directly to the staff who serve you.

In general, although tipping is not a must-do in a South East Asia country like Vietnam. However, it now as a common way to say thank to service staffs whenever you get a totally satisfied service. Just remember, only tip when you are happy, no one can force you do that!

trip to Vietnam is more meaningful and memorable than ever by trying its fine and delicious cuisine with a wide range of dishes in different regions. After checking in many impressive attractions, enjoying specialties are indeed a good way to enjoy your life. Furthermore, it is also interesting to learn more about the culinary uniqueness, local life and culture of each region. So, are you ready to explore this beautiful S-shaped country and find out the best specialty foods in different parts of Vietnam ?

Specialties in Northern Vietnam

  • Green Sticky Rice (Côm Vòng) in Hanoi

“Côm” is indeed a specialty in Hanoi. And the most reliable address for you to enjoy the best green sticky rice is in Vong village located on the outskirts of the capital city. Although how “Cốm” is made is still kept as a secret, there is one thing for sure that the process of making this specialty is really complicated and requires much time. Young glutinous rice – the main ingredient here – should be carefully chosen when they are even in their blossom. Slowly chewing green sticky rice is what you should do to feel its subtle scents, softness and tastes.

It seems a big pity to skip a specialty in Ninh Binh, namely goat meat. Unlike goats in other areas, Ninh Binh goats likely grow on rock mountains. That’s why their meat is tougher, much more delicious and exotic than the ones raised on hills. Besides, the process of making goal meat dish becomes a secret of the locals. Traveling to Ninh Binh, you should not forget to enjoy various dishes cooked from goat meat, such as stir-fried goat meat, rare goat meat with lemon, steam goat meat, lemongrass and coconut goat, grilled goat brisket, etc.

  • Green Bean Cake in Hai Duong

Also named Bánh Đậu Xanh Hải Dương, “green bean cake” is a sweet rectangular cake whose ingredients include green bean, pork fat, sugar, and grapefruit oil. After opening the box, eaters can easily feel its sweetly attractive smell. A very soft and tasty flavor just melt in your mouth after you enjoy it! Don’t forget to buy this specialty cake as the unforgettable gifts for family members during a trip to Hai Duong, Vietnam.

  • Fermented Pork in Thanh Hoa

You only eat the best fermented pork in Thanh Hoa which is widely famous across the country, thanks to its delicious taste and unforgettable flavor. In fact, such specialty is made from fresh pork. That means the pork must immediately choose when the pig is slaughtered. Then, it is carefully minced and processed in a lot of steps. Another ingredient is pigskin. Once pork and pigskin are now processed, they will be then mixed with chili, salt, sugar, black pepper, fish sauce and “thính.” Next, the mix is wrapped in “dong” and banana leaves. In general, each packed roll may be eaten after 3 or 4 days.

Specialties in Central Vietnam

  • Vietnamese Conjugal Cake (Bánh Phu Thê) in Hue City

Hue is noticeable as the old kingdom of Nguyen Dynasty in the Center of the country. The city is peaceful and traditional with many attractions and foods. Here is where you can find it hard to leave without trying Conjugal Cake, or Bánh Phu Thê. As its name suggests, such cakes often do not come as individuals. Instead, you can see them being packed in pair. Basically, the stickiness of the cake represents the tie of the marriage, while the golden filling symbolizes the faithfulness and loyalty of the couple in a family.

  • Vietnamese Pancake in Phan Thiet

Unlike other turmeric-yellow pancakes in Saigon, pancakes in Phan Thiet are very small crispy crepes. However, these are chewer and more delicious than their cousins in Ho Chi Minh City. The fillings are usually made of pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts, etc. To eat, you should tear off chunks of the crepe, and then wrap them in the paper rice, herbs and vegetable. After that, the roll is deeply dipped into a sweet and sour fish sauce dip. What a yummy dish! Tuyen Quang Street is where you can find such specialty.

  • Cudo Candy in Ha Tinh

Cudo is a specialty of Ha Tinh. It is simply a kind of crispy candy in which many layers are made from dry cake, malt, peanuts, and sugar cane honey. Vietnamese have a tendency to eat Cudo while drinking green tea and leisurely have a conversation. What make the candy a culinary phenomenon of the region is its sweet, fatty, and spicy flavor. Foreigners can find it difficult to chew Cudo, because of its toughness. But, after trying several times, they instantly fall in love with this candy and also want to buy it to bring home and present to their family members and friends.

  • Grilled Rice Cake in Dalat

Along with being a romantic place to marvel at colorful flowers, Dalat also gets its name famous for top best foods. Grilled Rice Cake is one of the city’s specialties. At that time, rice paper and other yummy toppings (i.e. pork floss, dried tiny shrimp, mayonnaise, quail egg, and chili sauce) are grilled on charcoal. Wait until the rice paper turns yellow and become crispy. This exotic food is greatly enjoyed while it is still hot.

Specialties in Southern Vietnam

  • Cu Chi Beef in Saigon

When visiting Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City – a place to learn more about Vietnam’s heart-breaking, heroic and resounding war against invaders, you should not ignore a chance to enjoy Cu Chi beef whose name has become a common specialty in many districts in Saigon. After browsing the menu, you can be enthralled by many various beef cooking styles. However, it is highly advisable to try boiled beef served with vegetables and forest leaves (Bò Tơ Hấp Cuốn Bánh Tráng Rau Rừng), beef served with vinegar soup (Bò Tơ Nhúng Giấm), stirred beef with saffron (Bò Xào Nghệ), etc. Gourmets may even feel the real taste of Cu Chi beef when it is cooked with no adding spices. Then, small slices of boiled beef should be wrapped in rice paper with herbs. Next, the roll is dipped into a wonderful fish sauce. How great it is!

  • Dish Made From Herring Fish And Vegetables (Gỏi Cá Trích) in Phu Quoc

To make this dish, the fresh herring fishes are carefully chosen and processed by fishermen. Then, these will be decorated with strange types of vegetables with various flavors. Of course, the sauce is usually prepared with good quality fish sauce in Phu Quoc. All of these ingredients are harmoniously combined to make an unforgettable and wonderful dish, namely “gỏi cá trích.” And you can find this dish nowhere else in Vietnam, but Phu Quoc only. Sweet, salty, aromatic, acidic, as well as different textures, it does leave a strong impression on both local and international eaters.

  • Noodle Soup (Hủ Tiếu) in My Tho

Although you can try a bowl of Hu Tieu in several street stalls at Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, Hu Tieu My Tho is quite different with its secret recipe only passing down from generations to generations. Instead of eating noodle soup with herbs and lettuce, guests are welcomed to try the flavor of lemon, chili, soybean, and soy sauce. To be sure, the most important contribution for an irresistible bowl of Hu Hieu is its broth cooked from pork, shinbone, squids, seasonings and additives. Enjoy one and feel the major differences right now!

 

Only the citizens of below countries are able to visit Vietnam without an entry visa:

– Most citizens of ASEAN member-countries as Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Laos do not need visa if they visit Vietnam within 30 days. The Philippine passport holders do not need a Vietnamese visa for 21 days and Myanmar do not need Visa within 14 days. The passport holders of Brunei are not required to get a visa to Vietnam for 15 days. They could apply for popular passport type with return tickets.

– From July, 1st 2018 to next June 2021, Vietnam Government exempts Visas for nationals of 5 Western European countries as: France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and Italy. They do not need visa if staying in Vietnam less than 15 days regardless of their purpose or type of visas.

– Citizens of and Timor-Leste is all required Visa Vietnam.

– The Passport Holders from Korea, Japan, Russia and the Scandinavian nations (as Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland) do not need visa to Vietnam if they intend to stay in the country within 15 days. They could also apply for popular passport type with return tickets.

All other citizens are required to get a Vietnam entry visa (issued prior to departure by local consulates or embassies) or a pre-approved letter for picking up an entry visa (issued on arrival at Vietnam’s International Airports) at the airport. Both are supplied before arrival in the country.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018 !

All the team of Jacky Vietnam Travel wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope to provide you for one more year the best service. Thanks to our lovely little guests in this video for there lovely message !

Is Vietnam safe ?

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That’s the first question of those who haven’t been to Vietnam. Vietnam is so famous for Vietnam’s war. It’s changing… Vietnam is safe now. Vietnam now is peaceful and opening to foreigner friends over the world !
Let’s make plan and explore the beauty and diversity of the Southeast Asia country ! I’m sure it will not make you disapointed !

You Happy, we Happy !

When you will arrive at the airport of Hanoi, we will pick you up and bring you to your hotel. We will take care of you like our family. We will stay in contact by Facebook, e-mail or phone at anytime. So, you will never lose your way and we will give you advices for everything you want to do. Make sure that you are in good hands with Jacky Vietnam Travel.

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