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About ERA

We are ERA (Explore Real Asia)

About Us

Founded in 2006, Explore Real Asia (ERA) provides a full service Destination Management Company (DMC), based in Hanoi. For over 15 years, we continue to work with passion and attention to details to serve leisure travelers and group tours seeking memorable experiences. We design customized and tailor-made services in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India and Iran with our selected and trusted partners based in each destination. Visitors to our magical country and region are sure to have a wonderful time experiencing Vietnam and Asia destinations. So come! Join us. Let’s make great memories together in Vietnam and Explore Real Asia.
 
 

Fast Facts

  • +8000Customers coming around the world
    We welcome thousands of happy and satisfied visitors coming around the world since 2006.
  • +30Cities listed with ERA
    We work with over 30 cities in our creative programs.
  • +6Destinations to discover with ERA
    We offer 6 destinations to explore in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India and Iran

Our Commiment

It is the working motto of Explore Real Asia to ensure to our visitors A Complete Customer Satisfaction and Best Value for Money. The emphasis at Explore Real Asia is on high quality. We want to bring the best travel experience to our customers and we are committed to providing the highest quality to our travelers, even a single service, within an affordable budget.

Our guiding principles are:
• Be demanding of ourselves
• Strive for Efficiency
• Give Originality
• Offer unrivalled local expertise and contacts
• Provide Quality and integrity

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide creative programs for:
• Leisure travelers and groups
• Independent visitors
• Special interest tours
• Adventure tours
• Incentive programs

We spare no effort to ensure that everything runs perfectly, right down to the smallest details. After all, each tour is unique and needs to be warmly remembered. That is something we never forget. If unforeseen problems do ever arise, we are on the spot to help and resolve them.

Explore Real Asia clearly defines its mission To Be The Local Travel Expert and the closest friend for travelers.” Explore Real Asia will share travel experiences, support local standardized services, solve all difficulties that our customers may encounter when they are travelling in Vietnam and in our Asia destinations.

“ERA (Explore Real Asia) specializes in satisfying discerning clients in specific markets.”

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We are a strong team

Testimonial

Ms Barati

Iran

Everything was very good.


Mr. ABOLFAZL

Iran

All service are  Good. We enjoy tour in Vietnam very much


Mr Hoang

Hungary

All service are excellent . We enjoy our stay in Vietnam.


Mr Jose and Mrs Blossom

India

Guide Bui Van Quy  was very knowledgeable and kept us safe and made Our Trip memorable. Service to other 100%


Mrs Allison

United States

Kevin was an exceptional guide, Mr Sau was a very frendly driver. Love it


Mrs Jones and Ms Anne

Norway

All service are excellent . We enjoy our stay in Vietnam and Cambodia very much!


Mr Radoul

France

All service are excellent . French speaking guide ( Mr. Thắng is number one)


Mrs Raedel

Germany

All service are Good and Excellent- We enjoy our stay in Vietnam very much!


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General Information

  • Why Book With Us ?

    Welcome to Explore Real Asia’s world !

    There are 10 reasons to book with Explore Real Asia:
    Our meticulous planning, in-depth knowledge, honest advice and financial protection
    all ensure that you will enjoy the most memorable holiday experience.

    1. Our central objective is: The Customer Complete Satisfaction!
    Explore Real Asia offers:
    - Real value for money
    - No hidden costs
    - Full disclosure of information including detailed flight information on the itinerary
    - Fairness and equity to customers, staff and suppliers.
    We believe that our high quality and value for money tours are unique in Vietnam and Asia.
    The quality comes as a result of our commitment to dealing honestly with our clients as well as our employees and other agents.

    2. Our Expertise
    Explore Real Asia has been operating as a full service tour operator in Vietnam since 2006 under International Tour Operator License Number 01-092-GPLHQT. We have also been in the tourism field for over 15 years of service. Thousands of clients around the world have put their trust in Explore Real Asia over the years to provide memorable tours in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India and Iran, tailored to their specific interests and requirements. We are based in Vietnam and work closely with our region. We only deal with local trusted people whose own businesses fully meet our customers’ requirements. 

    3. We only recommend tours and places we’d be happy to select for ourselves
    Explore Real Asia was founded by Ms. Mai following her 25 year experience working in the travel industry; she has travelled far and wide to hand-select hotels, services and properties for Explore Real Asia, and will only recommend places that reach her demanding standards.

    4. We are honest. Integrity First and Foremost.
    We believe that our tours are top quality, excellent value for money, and unique in Vietnam and Asia. The quality is based on our commitment to honesty with our clients, employees, suppliers and other agents.

    5. We offer a best price guarantee
    As we work directly with the owners of our properties so that you get a truly competitive reasonable price. This way, we are not only cutting out the middleman for you but you also get the security and peace of mind of booking with a trusted company.

    6. You can trust us
    - We have a long-term commitment to growing our business.
    - Our teams are dedicated travel professionals.
    - We know the hotels, the suppliers, as well as the local guides and drivers.
    - Our stability, local experience, and knowledge are your guarantee of quality.
    - Our local team is Thoughtful, Dedicated, Qualified, Responsible and Professional.
    The considerate service, respect for each customer, of every member of the company, brings confidence and absolute peace of mind for travelers on every journey with us.

    7. We offer a huge choice of creative programs for our diverse range of customers:
    Leisure travelers and groups, Independent travelers, Special interest tours and Incentive programs. We spare no effort to ensure that everything runs perfectly, down to the smallest detail. After all, each tour is unique to our customers and to us. That is something we never forget.
    - We offer Freedom and Flexibility. "Discover Your Way" is our motto and it is something that we are passionate about. We express this passion by giving our clients the tools to discover Vietnam and Asia in the way that suits them best.
    - This allows you to focus on your interests and needs, not others who just happened to have booked the same tour. You do what you want, when you want.
    - We specialize in tailor-made and customized travel because today many people prefer to travel independently and create their own unique itinerary. We will take your tour ideas and fill in the details to help you avoid problems only detailed local knowledge can avoid.

    8. We are excellent for groups
    Booking and organizing services for large groups can often be a problem. Not with Explore Real Asia. So whatever you need, we can assist you.

    9. We provide easy online booking: just click, search, select and save: the fastest way to book your trip.

    10. We stay at your service
    At Explore Real Asia, we operate a 24/7 hour customer care service. We provide to our clients Telephone numbers for assistance if the unexpected happens - not an anonymous "call center", but someone who knows the locality and can offer immediate assistance. We’re happy to arrange everything you need for a perfect holiday. Get in touch with our team.

  • Terms & Conditions

    Welcome to the website of Explore Real Asia !
    Please review the following general conditions that govern your visit to our website and your purchase of our services to understand our practices.

    Please contact us for further information:
    Explore Real Asia (ERA)
    Website : www.ExploreRealAsia.com
    Email : Contact@ExploreRealAsia.com
    Hotline/WhatsApp/Zalo/Viber : +84-90341-1916
    Address : 34, Lot 7, Den Lu 1, Hoang Mai Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam

    PRICES
    The price is net including tax, service charge on our website.
    For Travel Agent, Tour Operator or OTAs and for big groups, please kindly contact us.

    BOOKING AND CONFIRMATION
    No booking shall be deemed to be binding and valid until Explore Real Asia has received:
    - The confirmation by the Customer; and
    - The required deposit or full payment paid for the booking.
    After receiving your booking request, we will proceed and get back to you within 24 hours.
    After successfully checking your booking, a confirmation letter and payment notification will be sent to your registered email, please check your email regularly to complete the payment to ensure your booking.
    Final Tour Confirmation and all vouchers will be sent to you at least 2 week before departure date.
    Optional excursions and additional services could be provided further to your request for which we will charge additionally. You must be aged 18 years or over to book with us.

    VISA TO VIETNAM & TRAVEL INSURANCE
    The customers may obtain the Vietnam entry visa by themselves at Vietnam Embassies in their country.
    If you need our assistance, please feel free to contact Explore Real Asia. We will provide you the authorized documents such as The Letter of Invitation to get the Visa to enter Vietnam - Upon Arrival at the airport. Make sure that all participants have their valid travel insurance card while traveling throughout Vietnam.

    HOTELS
    Check-in time: 14h00 and Check-out time: 12h00 in all hotels.
    Early check-in / late check-out are always subject to availability.

    IMPORTANT:
    1. Kindly note that names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels and it is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey such confirmation to you. In the event of accommodation not becoming available at any of the above mentioned hotels we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.
    2. Our offer is based on usage of base category rooms at the mentioned hotels (unless specified otherwise) and if this category of rooms is not available we shall try to confirm accommodation in the next available higher category of rooms and shall advise supplementary cost involved while conveying the status.
    3. Rates are not valid incase tour will fall in between black out period, events, exhibitions and any other similar related issues.
    4. Unforeseen escalation in fuel prices, new taxes/levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with reasonable prior notice.


    CHILD POLICY:

    A/ 0-4 years old: For land tour (except air ticket): Free of charge for one child who is under the age of four years old when accompanied by at least two full paying adults and share the same room with adults. For the air ticket: depends on each airline policy. There will be charged 75%-90%-100% if any usage of airfare on tour.

    B/ 4-less 6 years old (no extra bed): For land tour (except air ticket): A tour price of 50% of full paying adult will be charged for one child from 4 to 6 year old when accompanied by at least two full paying adults and stays in the same room. For the air ticket: depends on each airline policy. There will be charged 90-100% if any usage of airfare on tour.

    C/ 4-less 11 years old (with extra bed): For land tour (except air ticket): A tour price of 75% of full paying adult will be charged for one child from 4 to 11 year old when accompanied by at least two full paying adults and stays in the same room. An extra bed is provided without any payment. For the air ticket: depends on each airline policy. There will be charged 90-100% if any usage of airfare on tour.

    D/ 12 years above: For land tour (except air ticket): Children at the age of twelve or older will be charged as an adult: 100% of full paying adult.

    Note: Please be prepared to show appropriate identification clearly stating the date of birth when confirming the services.

    CANCELLATION POLICY:
    Please be informed that to hold rooms on a definite basis, we have to forward vouchers or advance payments to hoteliers 30 days prior to the date of arrival with a final name/rooming list. Hence all lists should reach us not later than 30 days prior to the date of departure.

    + Once the vouchers are sent, any cancellation of rooms: 1 night retention would be charged for the number of rooms cancelled.
    + Cancellation received from 15-20 Days in advance from the date of operation: 50% of the whole tour will be the charges as cancellation fee.
    + Cancellation received from 10–14 Days in advance from the date of operation: 75% of the whole tour will be the charges as cancellation fee.
    + Last minute cancellation (less than 10 days) or NO SHOW: Full Retention would be charged.
    + In regard to Airfare, please note any cancellation once air tickets issued till 8 days prior to arrival, would be 50% of the total airfare ; however there will be Full cancellation charge per person if cancelled 07 days prior to arrival of the group. This policy is subject to change by the airlines without any prior notice. This cancellation policy is as of now and may change in near future. You are requested to please make a note of the same accordingly.

    SPECIAL REQUESTS
    The Customer must communicate special requests (e.g. ground floor accommodation, etc.) in writing to Explore Real Asia at the time the booking is made. We shall endeavor, if at all possible, to fulfill such requests, however, special requests cannot be guaranteed and do not form part of this Contract. Explore Real Asia will not be liable for failure to comply with a special request.

    REFUND & SURCHARGE
    If participants buy additional services which are not included in their program, the service fee will be charged on spot. If participants cancel some services and / or portions of the tour program at their will during the trip, reimbursements shall not be made for these unused services and /or portions.
    If in the course of the trip, an illness or mishap befalls a tour participant that entails extra services and /or medical attention arranged by Explore Real Asia, all the related additional costs shall be defrayed by the participant himself or herself on the spot.

    RESPONSIBILITIES
    1- The Customer is responsible for checking his/her travel documentation to ensure that:
    - the dates are correct and notify Explore Real Asia immediately of any errors or omissions.
    - his/her personal travel documents, e.g. passports and visas, are valid as per the regulations.
    2- If the Customer does not arrive for the Tour on the agreed date without notifying Explore Real Asia, we are entitled to treat the Tour as having been cancelled by the Customer and all conditions for Customer cancellations will apply.
    3- The Customer agrees to abide by the instructions given by our staff and agrees to indemnify Explore Real Asia against any loss or injury suffered as a result of failing to comply with said instructions.
    4- The Customer agrees to conduct himself in an appropriate manner so as to not to cause disturbance or offence to other members of the tour, Explore Real Asia’s staff or associates. The Customer agrees to not damage accommodation used during the Tour. Should such damage occur, the Customer agrees to pay the owner of the accommodation the price for replacing the damaged property with the same, or repairing it to its original condition as of the time the Customer damaged it.
    5- If the behavior, conduct, and/or actions of the Customer cause any damage to the accommodation in which the Customer is staying, or causes the delay or diversion of any means of transportation and/or the Tour, the Customer agrees to fully indemnify Explore Real Asia against any claim (including legal costs) made against Explore Real Asia by or on behalf of any relevant third

    SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITH PRIOR NOTICE OR TERMINATION
    Either party may notice this contract changed or terminate any time by serving 60 days written notice.
    Explore Real Asia reserves the right to terminate the Contract if the Customer's behavior, conduct, manner and/or actions, either prior to or during the Tour, is likely to cause offence to other customers, or endanger the safety, well-being, property and/or benefits of other customers, Company staff and associates, or the Customer himself/herself. In such cases, full cancellation charges shall apply and Explore Real Asia shall have no further liability toward the Customer.

    ALTERNATIVES
    All tours are conducted with utmost care, we reserve the right to switch around the itineraries where actual circumstances demand. Furthermore, we may have to change a certain program due to the external causes lying beyond its control but shall replace the services cancelled with those of similar or better value with the supervision/agreement of the tour leader.

    COMPLAINTS
    If the Customer wishes to file a complaint in relation to the Tour, he/she should inform Explore Real Asia’s representative at the location where the complaint arose to allow us a reasonable opportunity to rectify matters. Notwithstanding the above, the Customer can notify Explore Real Asia in writing via the feedback form no later than 30 days after their return to their port of departure. We will not entertain any complaint received after this period. The Customer may also email Explore Real Asia’s Director at any time: Contact@ExploreRealAsia.com 

    LIABILITY AND TOUR PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT
    Explore Real Asia or its agents shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof. Tour participants waive any claim against Explore Real Asia for any such loss, damage, injury, or death. Tour Participants are solely responsible for being in sufficient health to undertake the tour and for taking all appropriate medical precautions. We strongly advise participants to obtain medical/trip and cancellation insurance.

    FORCE MAJEURE: Neither party shall be liable for failure to perform its obligation due to (including but not limited to) acts of God, climate change, natural disasters, epidemic, pandemic, quarantine, war, terrorism, sickness, strikes, labor disputes, civil disturbances, theft or any other causes beyond their control.
    Under these circumstances, both parties will do their utmost to work out best solutions to these predicaments to limit the damages of both parties to a minimum.

    ARBITRATION
    Disputes over the contract and its annexes are to be settled by negotiation and mutual understanding. Failing agreement any disputes of difference arising out of or in the connection with the construction meaning or effect of this contract which cannot be settled amicably shall upon 30 days written notice being given by either party to the other be submitted to an arbitration agreed by both parties. Such arbitration shall be held in Vietnam. Decision of Arbitration shall be mutually binding and final.

    APPLICABLE LAW
    This contract shall be governed and construed in accordance with the Laws of Vietnam.
    Tour participants, customers, tour leaders must abide hotel regulations, the laws, and regulations of Vietnam

  • Payment Conditions

    DEPOSIT & FINAL PAYMENT:

    In order to book any tour, choose your preferred tour and click on “Book This Tour”.

    1- As per our policy, if the booking value is less than -500 USD (total amount of all participants), you need to sign the booking voucher sent by us as your confirmation for the reservation, the balance of the total package will be paid 14 days ahead of your departure date.
    2- In case, the booking value exceeds +500 USD, a deposit ranging from 30% is required depending on the time the booking is confirmed ahead of your departure.
    3- For any cases, the balance of the tour package must be fully paid ahead of your departure.
    4- A deposit of at least 50 USD per person is required upon a confirmation of your booking.
    After we receive your deposit or full payment, we will issue our service voucher and send it to you by email together with our invoice or receipt of your payment. A non-refundable deposit which is equal to 30% of the total tour cost is required upon our confirmation of booking.
    5- The full or final payment is required 30 days before the tour commences.
    Should the tour be booked within 30 days before the tour commences, full payment is required.
    - Full payment must be made in US Dollars by Bank telegraphic transfer to bank account (details as in the invoice). Or Payment online method OnePAY or Cash upon arrival.
    - All banking charges and fees, if any, imposed by each party’s bank will be borne by the party accordingly.

    PAYMENT METHOD:

    For your security, we accept payment methods as below:
    I. Bank Transfer/ Telegraphic Transfer:
    - For large payments, we recommend Bank Transfers as the most secure transactions with the lowest fees. Please note: ERA does not cover any transaction fees applied by your bank.
    - Sender must cover all International bank transmission charges. It may include the correspondent bank's fees as well.
    - All Bank Transfers should be made to our bank accounts (details as in the invoice).
    - Important Notes for those who make the payment through wire transfer:
    After the transfer, please email us the transaction receipt issued by the bank. Once we have received your payment, we will begin securing your bookings.

    II. Visa or MasterCard secure online CREDIT/DEBIT CARD payment via OnePay
    - OnePay is a leading online payment company in Vietnam. Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted. You will be charged a 3.3% processing fee for Visa/ MasterCard, on the total amount paid, when using this service.
    - We securely connect with OnePay Payment Gateway to accept Online Card Payments. All of your card information is processed through SSL protocol with international card security standards. Your card information will not be stored at our system (Merchant).
    - After you have received our Invoice Payment link via email, please check all information therein. If all the information is correct, please read to Agree with the Terms and Conditions and check, and then click Submit.
    - You will then be directed to OnePAY Payment Gateway to pay us online with Visa and MasterCard credit card with following steps: Fill in your Card information:
    The URL (Uniform Resource Locator) will begin with https://onepay.vn
    To make the payment fill in the information requested,
    Click “I agree the terms and Conditions” then the next click "pay"
    - Please note: If either OnePay or Explore Real Asia has reason to believe that the payment you made was fraudulent, we reserve the right to hold your bookings and request another method of payment.

    III. Cash payments
    Cash payments can be made for the final amount directly to Explore Real Asia via our company Tour Guide or account staff upon arrival with the Receipt to sign each copy for each of us. Thereby avoiding additional fees, please contact us for details on when final payments in CASH are accepted.

  • Our Local Guide Team

    Our Local Guide Team is Thoughtful, Dedicated, Qualified, Responsible and Professional.
    The considerate service, the respect for each customer and every member of the company, bring confidence and absolute peace of mind for travelers on every journey with us.
    We have a long-term commitment to growing our business. Our stability, local experience, and knowledge are your guarantee of quality.

  • Weather & Climate

    Climate in Vietnam
    Vietnam’s unique geography creates a range of weather patterns, with both tropical and temperate zones.
    While March to May offers the best weather countrywide, there is no bad time to visit Vietnam, as there is always some part of the country with holiday skies. Below is a guide to the climate of Vietnam’s major regions and destinations, so you know what to expect during your trip.

    Northern Vietnam:

    Weather in Halong Bay
    December - March: cool to cold, misty, cloudy
    April - June: warm to hot, clear skies, sunny
    June - August: stormy, hot, humid
    September - November: mix of sun and clouds, warm to cool
    If you’re coming to Halong Bay, try to visit from April to June or September to November. You’ll have a better chance of enjoying sunny skies and pleasant temperatures. Other times of year, downpour or heavy mist is common, and tropical storms can sometimes cause cruise cancellations. However, if you’re on the water during this time you can experience a more mystical side of Halong Bay, with its famous karsts shrouded in mist. Temperatures in January can be frigid, so be sure to bring warm layers.

    Weather in Hanoi
    December - March: cool to cold, misty, cloudy
    April - June: warm to hot, clear skies, sunny
    June - August: hot, humid, rainy
    September - November: cool, clear skies, sunny
    The best time to visit Hanoi is usually from April to June or from September to December. From April, the days are normally hot, occasionally above 30 degrees with clear skies. September to November sees cooler temperatures of around 25 degrees and sunny skies -- perfect for exploring the capital.
    If you’re coming to Hanoi in June, expect soaring temperatures with humidity highs of 40 degrees, and the rainy season is in full swing (June to August). December is cool, misty and atmospheric, however from late December until March temperatures are surprisingly cold with lows of 10 degrees. You’ll want to bundle up.

    Weather in Sapa
    December - March: chilly, misty, cloudy
    April - June: warm, clear skies, sunny
    June - August: stormy, warm, humid
    September - November: cool, clear skies, dry
    Vietnam’s Northern destinations such as Sapa have a much cooler climate than the rest of the country, particularly from late December until March. Sapa sees the occasional snowfall in January, so be prepared. Hotels in the area are equipped with heated blankets and local spas offer herbal baths for you to soak in and warm up. Sapa is near-perfect in late April, as flowers bloom and skies are clear. Early October is also lovely, as its impressive tiered rice paddies turn golden just before harvest.


    Central Vietnam:


    Weather in Hue
    September-February: cool to cold, rainy, cloudy
    March-August: warm to hot, sunny, clear skies
    Hue, home of Vietnam’s last reigning dynasty, has a late rainy season, with storms and days that are wet and cool from September to February. Look out for occasional flooding from September to November. In the early months of the year, temperatures go down to 15 degrees, and January often sees a bit of mist. The rest of the year is dry, and in July you’ll have perfect beach weather, with highs of 35 degrees.

    Weather in Hoi An
    September - January: rainy, cool, cloudy
    February - August: warm to hot, sunny, clear skies
    Hoi An is one of the country’s picture-perfect places, but starting in September, tropical storms hit Central Vietnam hard. March is an excellent time to see Hoi An when the fields, gardens and streets are awash in bright blossoms and soothing greens. From May to August, the town can be hot, and you’ll want to head to the beach to cool off. From September to November, Hoi An sees a lot of rain and even a few small floods. The temperatures begin to dip and reach their coldest point in January, warming up just before the Vietnamese New Year.

    Weather in Nha Trang
    September to December: cool, rainy, cloudy
    January - August: hot, sunny, clear skies
    Nha Trang gets more than 300 days of sunshine per year, the most out of the whole country. Some monsoons hit between September and December, but in general Nha Trang has the shortest rainy season in Vietnam. Most of the year, the city has a pleasant temperature, with cooling sea breezes, although you should expect lots of sun and hot days from July until August.

    Weather in Da Lat
    April - October: rainy, warm to hot, cloudy
    November - May: cool to cold, dry, clear skies
    Nestled in the central highlands, this charming mountain city is appreciated for its temperate climate. The air in Dalat is always fresh and crisp. The mountains provide consistent cool temperatures and pleasant breeze, making it a great spot to escape the heat of the cities. Da Lat’s rainy season is from April until October. Temperatures are generally consistent with lows of 20 degrees in January and highs of 30 degrees in July.

    Southern Vietnam:

    Weather in HCMC & the Mekong Delta
    May to November: sporadic rainfall, hot, humid
    December to April: clear skies, hot, sunny
    Southern Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh city have consistent temperatures year-round. HCMC is either hot and dry or hot and rainy, although there are some pleasant fresh days early in the year, and some scorching days mid-year. Temperatures are normally around 30 degrees, with sunshine. From May to November, the wet season brings a dependable afternoon downpour, usually lasting a few hours.

    Weather in Phu Quoc
    July - September: stormy, hot, humid
    October - June: clear skies, hot, sunny
    The island of Phu Quoc has some of Vietnam’s best beaches and promises balmy weather year-round. However, you might want to avoid visiting in the rainy season, from July through September. During these months some storms roll through, making ferrying dangerous and the beaches less than ideal. The rest of the year is hot and dry, and Phu Quoc is a sublime tropical escape in December and January.

    (Source: Vietnam.travel)
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Below is a list of frequently asked questions by visitors while on tour.

    Is it better to use dollars or dong for daily expenses?
    For everyday expenses, we recommend you carry a mix of US Dollars cash and Vietnam Dong. For larger items or when the exchange rate works in your favors, use dollars. For taxi, local food stalls and small purchases, it’s best to use Vietnam Dong. In either case, make sure you always have a stock of small notes so that there is no need to worry about change.

    Where can I change money?
    You can change cash at big hotels or at authorized foreign exchange banks in main cities. Outside the main cities and tourist area, authorized foreign exchange banks are few and far between. So if heading off the beaten path, remember to stock up with enough cash (USD or VND) to the last trip.
    Wherever you travel to, you’ll always find someone willing to change dollars cash into VND, though rates will vary. When receiving dong, you’ll be presented with a huge pile of notes. Refuse any badly torn notes and ask for a mix of denominations so that you always have a few low-value notes in hand.

    What kind of currencies should you recommend?
    Vietnam Dong is the official currency in Vietnam, which you can’t purchase or find difficult to purchase outside of the country. Major Banks in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city can handle quite a lot of different currencies, however, USD and EURO are the most widely accepted. American Express and Visa are the most popular brands.

    Any recommendations for eating in Vietnam?
    As per our advice, you should try food in small local restaurants, that’s the best way for you to feel the local breath in terms of food culture. While choosing a place for eating, we strongly recommend you choose places which are busy and look well-scrubbed, a stick to fresh, thoroughly cooked food. Restaurants where you can see food cooked, e.g.: steaming bowls of noodle soup along a street, are often a good bet and are a lot of fun.

    How safe is Vietnam?
    Vietnam is considered as among the safest countries to visit, however, like anywhere else there are instances of theft: snatch thieves and pickpockets on motorcycles are the worst. So be vigilant all the time. You shouldn’t bring with your valuables such as expensive watches, jewelry, etc.

    What is the time difference?
    Vietnam is 12 hours ahead of New York, 7 hours ahead of London, 1 hour behind Perth and 3 hours behind Sydney.

    When is the best time to have a trip to Vietnam?
    The climate and temperature in Vietnam are quite changeable and different region by region. At a certain time of a year, the climate may be good in some regions while not so good in the others. You can tell us what your interests are so we can better advise you for suitable tours.

    How about transportation?
    We guarantee to provide you with the safest and the most comfortable means of transportation.

    Who is my guide?
    We offer a strong, professional and multilingual guide team nationwide. The guides are carefully selected for their experience, rich knowledge, excellent language and communication skills, commitment, professionalism, and personalities. They are not just purely guides but also your dedicated friends, trusted companions during and after the trip. Travelling with Explore Real Asia tour definitely offers you awesome opportunities to have wonderful new friends.

    Are there any hidden costs, which are not mentioned? Any tipping required?
    Under the booking page, all information related to your tour package is provided; all inclusions and exclusions are mentioned at our booking confirmation sent to you. Tipping is not compulsory. If you are satisfied with the service of our guides, drivers, a small gesture is an appropriate way to show your appreciation to them.

    How can I book a tour ?
    In order to book any tour, you just need to select your preferred tour(s), all tour-related information is available and sufficient by different tabs, and then click “Book this tour” on our website. Travel booking form template will automatically call the trip tour name, and you will be asked to fill in the existing fields. Once the form has been filled up, please click “Submit” to send you your inquiry to our team for your inputs to be processed. You may also “Reset” to cancel information you have just filled up. After your booking request has been received, all necessary arrangements will be made in accordance with your inquiry. Normally, we will respond to you within 1-2 business days. Confirmation message will be sent to you by email with all required details including payment terms & conditions.

    Can I have a tailor-made tour ?
    We are offering about one hundred tours samples, however, in case none of them match your inquiry, please contact us and fill up all requested information so we can catch up what your plan is. Our team will process and create a trip matching your request with useful information.

    I have booked on-line. How do I get my confirmation ?
    You will receive a confirmation to your email address. Please print your voucher which contains your booking confirmation.

    Can I book special offers over the phone?
    Special offers are exclusive online offers and are unavailable over the phone. If you have any questions with regards to the tour/activity, our team will happily be able to assist you with these. Please contact us.


  • Legal Licence

    INTERNATIONAL TOUR OPERATOR LICENCE
    No.: 01-092/2014

    Enterprise’s name in foreign language: EXPLORE REAL ASIA COMPANY LIMITED
    Brief name: ERA CO., LTD

    Head Office: 34, Lot 7, Den Lu 1, Hoang Mai Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
    Tel: (024) 3622 7195
    Email: mai@explorerealasia.com
    Website: explorerealasia.com

    Travel Service boundaries: INBOUND and OUTBOUND

    Legal representative:
    Director: Mrs. Hoang Thi Mai






  • Privacy Policy

    Prohibited activities
    We are protected by Explore Real Asia. Explore Real Asia is a registered trade mark with the copyright of Explore Real Asia Company Ltd (ERA). Any copyright material used by any third party without permission is prohibited and illegal. The company reserves the right to prosecute any unauthorized use of our trade mark through the Vietnam legal system.

    Information
    Any information on our website is unique and was created by, and remains the property of, ourselves. Copying or editing of information contained in this website is not allowed without authorization, including any travel information updates from our company or the National Tourism Authority regarding all of the destinations we are promoting.

    Our photos
    Any images on our website were created by and remain the property of Explore Real Asia and are authorized for use by our Partners or Tourism Board for the exclusive use on this website. Copying or editing of any photos contained in this website is not authorized. Please contact us should you find any photograph/s on this website that has been used without your permission.

    Disclaimer and Limitations
    Our Company has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that this website is free of errors or viruses. However, we cannot guarantee that use of this website will be uninterrupted, error or virus free. Explore Real Asia website is provided solely to assist customers in gathering travel information, goods and other services for tourism purposes only. By using Explore Real Asia website and the information contained within it, you have accepted and agreed to the terms and conditions as stated above.
    We reserve the right to change or modify the agreements with prior notice clearly up-to-date. And it is your responsibility to check these terms and conditions regularly in case there is any change.
    Continuing to use the website after a change has been made is your acceptance of those changes.

    Privacy statement
    Explore Real Asia takes the protection of your personal data as the Data Controller very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentiality and in accordance with the provisions of data protection law. This privacy statement informs you about how, to what extent and for what purposes we process the personal data of customers using the Explore Real Asia website.

    I. SUBJECT OF DATA PROTECTION
    Subject of data protection is personal data. Data is personal if it can be assigned to an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes information such as names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers.

    II. COLLECTION, PROCESSING AND USE OF PERSONAL DATA ON REQUEST
    The use of our website is generally possible without providing personal data.
    We collect, process and use your personal data, which you have provided us with when booking or registering an account for our member area, to the extent necessary in each case for the following purposes:

    1. Registration and execution of the contract
    - Data that you provide when setting up an account, such as your name, email address, telephone number, mobile phone number, address and data which will be provided depending on the service you use.
    - We collect, process and use transaction data regarding your activities on the websites (e.g. purchases, content that you generate or that relates to your account)
    - Billing and other data you provide for the purchase.
    - Data collected in the context of reviews, chats and correspondence on the website or by email, fax and post.
    - Other personal data that we may ask you to provide for special purposes.
    - If you voluntarily provide us with additional personal data during registration, this data will also be used for the implementation of the usage relationship.

    2. Contact establishment
    If you provide us with personal data for the purpose of contacting us, this data will be used by us as this is necessary for the purpose of the respective communication.

    3. Marketing
    Explore Real Asia may process and use your personal data for marketing purposes, e.g. to send emails with general information or of an advertising nature (newsletter), on the basis of the declaration of consent you have given us.
    You can revoke the declarations of consent granted to us in this regard at any time with effect for the future. If you wish to opt-out of receiving these emails from us, please follow the instructions contained in an applicable email you receive from us, which will allow you to opt-out of receiving these types of email communications from us. In this case, you can email to the following address: info@eratour.vn

    4. Information you provide to Payment Processors
    All payments made are processed by payment processing service engaged by us whose verified and secured by SSL (these are payment card industry security standards). All information collected by these third-party providers for purposes of processing your payments is not available to us unless you have otherwise provided this in-formation to us in connection with your use of the Websites for our products and services.

    5. Aggregate Information
    We may share your information with affiliated or unaffiliated third parties on an anonymous, aggregate basis. While this information will not identify you personally, in some instances these third parties may be able to combine this aggregate information with other data they have about you, or that they receive from third parties, in a manner that allows them to identify you personally.

    III. DATA PROCESSING TO ENABLE THE USE OF THE WEBSITE
    When you visit our website, we collect the necessary data to enable you to use it (usage data). This includes your IP address and data about the start, end and subject of your use of the website as well as any identification data (e.g. your login data when you log into a secure area). This data is used to provide and design the service according to users’ preference. This data is always deleted as soon as it is no longer required and if there are no storage obligations. For information on the processing of pseudonymous usage profiles, see item VI.

    IV. DATA PROCESSING FOR MOBILE DEVICES
    When you download data or access one of our websites optimized for mobile devices, we may collect information about you and your mobile device as described above in this statement. This can include location data. We use this information to provide you with location-based services such as search results and other personalized content, if approved by you and your device. You can control or deactivate location services from the settings menu on most mobile devices. If you have questions about deactivating location services on your device, we recommend that you contact your mobile service provider or the manufacturer of your device.
    If we collect other personal data that is transferred as a result of your access to our website with a mobile device, we will obtain your express consent in advance.

    V. DATA COLLECTED FROM OTHER SOURCES
    We may obtain additional information about you from third parties to supplement our account information to the extent permitted by law. This includes demographic and navigation data, credit check data and other information from credit agencies, to the extent permitted by law.

    VI. PSEUDONYMOUS USAGE PROFILES FOR ADVERTISING AND MARKET RESEARCH (WEB TRACKING AND ANALYSIS)
    Explore Real Asia uses web tracking systems for advertising, market research and to make your use of our website as pleasant as possible. This allows us to further develop our website and tailor content to your needs. Explore Real Asia and third-party businesses may use the information collected through the Sites using web beacons, and other similar technologies to help manage online advertising programs. This information may enable us and our third-party advertising services and other third-party businesses to track the actions of users online over time and across different websites or platforms to measure statistics relating to marketing efforts, and to deliver electronic advertisements that may be more relevant to individual consumers and that will improve the consumer experience.

    VII. SOCIAL NETWORKS
    Our website contains links to social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn). These social networks are operated exclusively by third parties. If you follow the links, information may be transmitted to these third parties. We use the so-called 2-click solution. This means, in general, that no personal data will be passed on if you visit our site.

    VIII. TRANSMISSION TO THIRD PARTIES
    Your personal data will only be transmitted to third parties if this is legally permitted or if you have given your prior consent. In particular, we will not sell your data to third parties or market it in any other way. We will only disclose your data to government authorities as part of legal obligations or as a result of an official order or court decision. We have bound our employees and partners to secrecy and to comply with data protection regulations.

    IX. HOW WE SHARE YOUR PERSONAL DATA WITH THIRD PARTIES
    Except as set forth in this Privacy Statement or when specifically agreed to by you, we will not disclose personal information we gather from you to third parties unless we are required to share this information to complete your request or for legitimate business purposes. Explore Real Asia shares personal information in the following circumstances:
    We may share your information with vendors or third parties who deliver or provide goods and services or otherwise act on behalf of or at the direction of Explore Real Asia. These third parties may include, for example, our third-party (technology) providers, Suppliers and partners. These third-party service providers will only have access to the information needed to perform these limited functions on our behalf.

    X. DELETION OF DATA
    We retain data for the duration of your business relationship with us and otherwise as required under applicable law. Personal data will be kept for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which your personal data are processed. We will retain your personal data as long as you have a member account or require our services so that we can provide these services to you.

    XI. DATA SECURITY
    Explore Real Asia has taken the necessary technical and organizational measures to protect the personal data provided by you against loss, de-struction, manipulation and unauthorized access. Our employees and all persons involved in data processing are obliged to comply with the data protection laws and to treat personal data confidentiality. Our employees have been trained accordingly. Both internal and external audits ensure compliance with all data protection processes at Explore Real Asia.

    XII. NO AUTOMATED INDIVIDUAL DECISION
    We do not use your personal data for automated individual decisions.

    XIII. CHANGES TO THE PRIVACY STATEMENT
    From time to time, we may need to update or modify this Privacy Statement, to reflect changes in our business practices, data collection practices or organization. We reserve the right to amend this Privacy Statement at any time, for any reason, without notice to you. It is strongly recommended to check the Website often. If you continue using the Website or provide personal information after the modified Privacy Statement takes effect, you will be bound by the modified Privacy Statement.


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