International Flights

How to book an international flight from/to your country?

Our rates are not included your international flight from/to your country. It is up to you to find the best flights based on your budget and your dates of stay. Once you arrive in our country, Authentik Travel will take care of Visas, itineraries, transportations, local flights, tour guides, and accommodations etc.

How to book your international flights?
Nowadays, we can easily find the best flights on internet. Here are some suggestions:
+Comparison of flights from: Ebookers.com, Flights.com, farecomfare.com
+Local ticketing offices.

Some International terminals for your reference:
In Vietnam: Noi Bai airport, Tan Son Nhat Airport, Da nang Airport

In Cambodia: Phnom Penh airport, SiemReap airport
In Laos: Vientiane Airport, Luang Prabang airport, Pakse airport.
In Myanmar: Yangon airport, Mandalay airport.

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Some tips to book the best rate flights

The airfare may change every days. It may increase, depending on the availability. The earlier you book, the better rate you may get.

To plan for your trip, we suggest you should book your international flight first. It will be then easier for us to adjust the program accordingly to match with your flight schedule.
Our high season is from October to the end of April. Avoid traveling this period is often synonymous with saving your budget.

Do not hesitate to use fare comparison to choose the cheapest airlines according to your travel dates.

Check directly on Airlines’ website if they do not make any promotions on your destinations.
Check some departure airports. It may be cheaper from one airport to others.

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How is about your domestic flights and international flights between Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar?

All these flights are included in the trip. You do not need to book them on your own:
+ We are local travel company so we could get these flights with a better rate.
+ We could be flexible these flights with our itineraries.

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Visas and Passports

How long should your passports be valid to travel?

Your passport must be valid 6 months and there is at least 1 blank page for visa stamp

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Do you need Vietnam visa to enter Vietnam?

Yes, Vietnam Visa is required. There are 2 ways to get Vietnam visas:
-Obtain Visa at Vietnam embassies in your countries.
- Get Visa on arrival at airport in Vietnam (Authentik Travel will offer free Visa approval letter)
Vietnam visa is excepted for 5 nationalities: French, Italian, English and German. They are excepted single entry Visa for 15 days stay in Vietnam. You just only need to show the return tickets or travel plan to board the plane.

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How to get Vietnam Visa on arrival?

Authentik Travel will take care of your Vietnam visa approval letter so you can get visa on arrival easily at airport. We will require you only your copied passports. We will send you the Vietnam visa approval letter via email.
-You will print this Visa letter, one letter for one person.
-Prepare 2 passport sized photos.
-You can get it once you land at airport.
-Present your Visa letter when you are boarding.
-Upon arrival at airport, you will see the immigration office and the Visa on arrival counter. Please show your copied passports and visa letters at Visa on arrival counter. Fill in the visa application form and get the visa stamp on your passports. The stamp fee is 25 USD for single entry and 45 USD for multi entry. It will take 30 – 45 minutes to process this.

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How to get Laos Visa?

Passport must be valid at least 6 months on your arrival date.
Most nationalities could be obtained on arrival without any documents in advance including: EU citizens, North Americans and Australians.
Some African and Middle Eastern Nationalities must obtain Laos Visa BEFORE on arrival.
You need: one passport sized photo and cash 30 – 42 USD for Visa processing fee.

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How to get Cambodia visa?

Passport must be valid at least 6 months on your arrival date 1 blank page left.
Most nationalities could be obtained on arrival without any documents in advance including: EU citizens, North Americans and Australians. The processing visa fee at airport is at 30 USD.

The second way: you could obtain E visa on your own at official website of government: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/ The E-visa fee is 35 USD.

Some African and Middle Eastern Nationalities (Algeria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Sri Langka, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Pakistan, Kenya, Nigeria, Yamen)must obtain Laos Visa BEFORE on arrival and they must have 2000 USD cash on hand on arrival, tour itinerary and return ticket).

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How to get Myanmar visa?

Passport must be valid at list 6 months on your arrival date and 1 blank page left.
There are two ways to obtain Myanmar visa:
The easiest way is E visa. It is very easy to get E Visa at official Immigration’s website:
https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/

The E visa fee is 50 USD and you can get stamp on your passport on arrival (no more fees).
Please ready carefully the notes before you apply the E Visa https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/NoticetoTourists.aspx

The second way: you could go to Myanmar embassy in nearby your city to submit the form and obtain Visa after some working days.

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Best time to travel?

What is the best time to travel to Laos?

This is a tropical and subtropical climate country with 2 great seasons:
The dry season: From October to April. The average temperature is 21 degree celsius. During November to February, it is 25oC. However, it may be 40oC in the plains from mid-March to late April.
The rainy season: It lasts from May to September. Warm and humid winds from the south will bring the monsoon. During this season, it is difficult to move around. The temperature in Vientiane is 30oC and the precipitation is around 300mm. Sometimes, the thermometer shows up to 45oC but it is not often. Therefore, during this season, we recommend you to visit the northern part.

 

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What is the best time to travel to Cambodia?

It is the same as other tropical countries. Cambodia has 2 seasons: Winter is from November to March. Summer is from May to October, this is Monsoon reason.
The first one is relative to dry season (temperature is from 25oC – 30oC. The second one is very hot ( up to 35oC), specially, it is humid ( violent short rain at the end of the day). April and May are two particularly stifling month.

 

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What is the best time to travel to Myanmar
It is the same as Cambodia. Myanmar has 2 different seasons: Dry and wet.
 
The dry season last from October to May and wet season is from June to September, it also a monsoon reason. All the beaches are affected strongly. Most of them are closed during this season. Even though, you can easily to visit other area such as Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake without any problem.
 
Rain is often at night and early morning. In daytime, it is heavy and short rain. 
The great thing is that you will get good deals for traveling during this season.
 
The hottest months are from April to June. The temperature usually can reach the astronomical high.
 
The cold months are from November to February. This is the best time to travel to Myanmar. However, it is also a high season for travelling. The limited hotel suppliers may be a problem during this period.
In general, the best time to travel to Myanmar to get good deals or promotion is from May to September. And the best time to traveling in great climate in Myanmar is from October to the end of March. We recommend you to avoid April as it is water festival and New Year. (For those who are keen on festivals only).
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All questions about the Trips | Authentik Travel

What is the best time to travel to Vietnam?

Vietnam is a tropical country. It is hot and humid. Its dragon shape stretches over 1650km from the north to the south. Over 3000km of coastline along the East Sea, the climate can be very different depending on the area in which it is located.

Temperature: It is hot in the south around the year. While “winter” is only in the north. The temperatures can drop 100C. These” Cold” periods are not periodic as in other countries in Europe, America or Australia. It depends on cold air currents from China. In general, it does not last over 15 days. Basically, the coldest period is in the end of December.

Precipitation: In the north of Vietnam (Hanoi), the rainy season lasts 5 months, from mid of May to September. In the center of Vietnam, it occurs later and ends in November. Its precipitation is even more abundant in the north.

Storm: Vietnam is one of the most prone countries in Southeast Asia with storms and flooding. Only the northern Vietnam and center parts are really affected by storms which happen from August to September.
There is not really a bad reason to visit Vietnam. As it may be bad in some regions but you can experience a radiant time in other regions.
From October to November:
This is the best time( Spring) to visit Northern Vietnam. It is cool, no rain and sunny.  The center of Vietnam is known as the end of the rainy season. There is no rain and hot in the southern Vietnam.

From December to the end of February:
At this period, Northern Vietnam is winter with mist, drizzle, humidity and the temperatures often reach close to 100C. The center is better with higher temperatures. However, it is the best time to visit the South which is temperature climate and it is very pleasant.
For the beach break holidays, all the most beautiful beaches are in the south where it is always hot and sunny.

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Need vaccine injection before leaving for the trip?

No vaccination is required to visit our destinations. In case, you are taking specific medical treatment, please aware of bring sufficient amount of medications during your trip.
In general, in each destination, there are many kind of medicines are available in Pharmacies. However, it would be better to bring your own ones. It is suggested to take: bandages, analgesic, antidiarrheal, anti-mosquitoes cream, sun cream and medicines against colds and angina.

We suggest you to protect yourself from malaria. For more information, please contact with your tropical medicine department of your hospital.
Travelling to off –the-beaten paths requires your good physical conditions. Especially, a long journey on damaged roads may be not good for your fragile back.

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Travel insurance?

Here are some tips for choosing your insurance during your trips.
Bank card insurance:
The insurance associates with your credit cards (Visa, Visa Premier, Master Card, Gold) are not enough. They offer the different services depend on your banks.
Travel insurance: we advise you to buy at least an International health insurance company. The second insurance can cover all your healthcare costs.

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How to protect yourself from mosquitoes?

During your stays, we recommend you to stay a good room from 3 star accommodations. Therefore, you will be away from this nuisance. In the inhabitants, you beds will be included the mosquito nets. In case you are going out after sunset, your mosquito repellent is a great choice.

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Compatibility of Electrical outlets

The voltage is 220V-50Hz and all the sockets are suitable for European electrical equipment.
Electric power may be cut without any notices, especially, in the remote areas. Therefore, do not forget to bring your power bank and flashlight.
Please see some kind of electrical outlets in the photos:
  

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Calendar and Vietnam Holiday in 2018

To make a better plan for your holiday in Vietnam, it is good idea to check out this 2018 holiday calendar in Vietnam.

Most of businesses, government offices, banks and stores will be closed on the following days:

  • Christmas and New year: The expats who live and work in Vietnam or neighboring countries will come to visit the southern Vietnam and Halong bay with a large number. Accommodation and other services are often booked well in advance. Therefore, we advise you to book your trip as soon as possible to ensure the great availabilities and choices in accommodations.
  • Lunar New Year: From 15 February to 19 February 2018: This is the most important festival in Vietnam. All the administrations (governments, bank offices…) are closed. The majority of Restaurants in the north stop their business during these days. Most of Vietnamese people will have days off to celebrate for this holiday. They will return their home towns.
    In addition, the trips 10 days before and after this period are very dense. Therefore, it is very difficult to book trains or domestic flight tickets.
    We advise you to avoid traveling this period for the following reasons:
    -The price is twice higher than usual.
    -Stop some activities: markets, tourist sites…
    -Services are no longer ensured: catering, tour guides, transportations, accommodations due to the lack of manpower.
  • Hung King’s temple festival: 25 April 2018. No disruption during this holiday.
  • Reunification and May Day: 30 April and 1 May 2018: It is also a beginning of summer, the high season for local tourists. They will take opportunities to enjoy the beach break. Therefore, we advise to avoid some beaches such as: Cat Ba, Hoian, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc Island…. These places are full of Vietnamese local tourists so it will be very difficult to find accommodation or domestic flights. This note is also for all weekends in the summer season for any beaches and Sapa.
  • Vietnam national day: 2 Sept 2018: This year, it will fall on Sunday so there is a compensation day. Therefore, the holiday will last at least 2- 3 days. Local people will take these opportunities to enjoy the beach break or Sapa. It is less busy than the beginning of summer. However, we still suggest you to book everything in advance to avoid the fully booked services.
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Tipping and gratuities

It is not compulsory. It depends on your satisfaction and your budget.
It is advisable not to give a too small tip. It is better to give nothing than give a small tip.
According to Vietnamese’s customs, tipping is usually given to tour guides, drivers, porters, rowers.
It is better to tip guides around 10 – 20 USD/day and less for drivers, if you are satisfied with their services.
Rowing boat or Rickshaw is 1 USD/person

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Jet Lag

The different time is normally 4-6 hours from Europe and 10 – 12 hours from America compare to Asia time.

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Security: Snatch!

This is rare. However, it is a rest of the world. Please be aware when walking in the very touristic sites.  Avoid carrying the jewelries, as it may create the temptations. It is better to leave your precious things in the safety box in your hotels.
In the recent years, there are some snatches from scooters in some big cities, especially in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Therefore, you have to be careful with your personal belongings when you are in big cities.

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Currency Exchange and what is the best payment method on spot?

Local currencies:
Vietnam: Vietnam Dong (VND). 1 USD = 22650 VND. 1 Euro = 27300 VND
Cambodia: Riel (KHR). 1 USD = 4000 KHR. 1 Euro = 4888 KHR
Laos: Kips (LAK). 1 USD = 8300LAK        . 1 Euro = 10 000 LAK
Myanmar: Kyat (MMK). 1 USD = 1355 MMK.    1 Euro = 1633 MMK

You can change it airport, banks, hotels or any currency exchange shops…

Credit cards:
It is accepted in most of hotels, big restaurants and modern stores. It is common to pay in cash.

In Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar. You would change to their local currency for your personal expenses.
In Cambodia, they accept both local currency and USD.

ATMs: you can withdraw local currencies at ATMs in the cities with limited amounts and exchange rate following their bank. Therefore, we do not recommend using this but the urgent cases.

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Internet access

Most of hotels, restaurants and homestays offer free internet access. Wi-Fi is more and more popular.
Do not hesitate to ask for the Wi-Fi password.

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Life culture: Respect is our rule of life

As all the other Asia countries, the main rule is patient.  Avoid raising your voice tone.

Respect the local cultures:
Do not kiss. Just handshaking is popular.
During the meals, do not put your chopsticks in the rice bowl vertically. It is a death sign as it looks like the same incense sticks in the funeral.

Use your suitable outfits. Avoid wearing too short or showing too much your skin.
Keeping your good attitude from your “face” is very important. Do not reveal your anger by raising your tone. You would lose face yourself and get no results. The discussions or contradictions must be done with gentleness, reciprocal respect and calm. The criticism must be solved by a humor attitude to avoid the confrontations. In case of worries, just ask our guides and drivers for helps.

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Telecommunications: how to make a call?

To make a call from your country to:
Vietnam: dial 00+84+city code and number ( country code: 0084)
Laos: dial 00+856+city code and number ( country code: 00856)
Cambodia: dial 00+855+city code and number ( country code:00855)
Myanmar: dial 00+95+city code and number( country code: 0095)
Note: make a call to cellphone number: just dial 00+country code + number ( No city code)

To make a call to your country:
Dial: 00 + your country code + city code and number

Most of the main destinations are well served the cellphone signals.
We advise you to stop the data roaming or data connection of your smartphones once you arrive in our country. Otherwise, the expensive roaming fee will be charged.
This does not mean you are not able to contact with someone in your country or lose of internet connections.
Here are the tips:
You could use our internet local data SIM card ( 3G)  with a very reasonable price or use our free Wi-Fi at accommodations, restaurants. Then you can use your apps such as: skype, Whatsapp, I-message, facetime, Facebook…

 

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Outfits for travelling

You are travelling to tropical countries. Only the northern Vietnam is cold (around 100C), misty and humid in the winter from November to February. Other destination is warm. So if you travel to the norther Vietnam in winter, please bring your light, warm, waterproof clothing.
The summer (from May to September) is hot every in these countries. You could wear shorts but it is necessary to make sure that you wear the suitable outfits while visiting the monuments or sacred places.

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Gift

In case you would like to bring some small gifts, please take some typical style of your country such as perfume, lipsticks, T-shirts, pens, your local traditional souvenirs…
Please note that the remote or poor places as ethnic minority villages, school equipment and clothing are more appreciated.

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