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February 18, 2019
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Everything You Should Know About Vietnam

Vietnam is no longer a strange name to the whole world. It is one of the oldest cultures in South East Asia. It has a complicated history starting from its native Dong Son culture and spanning more than thousands of years.  For anyone who has planned to come to Vietnam or simply want to learn about this country, this post will surely help.

WHY VIETNAM?

Vietnam is located in the eastern Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia with two most famous cities: Ho Chi Minh City is Viet Nam’s largest city while Ha Noi is known as the capital of this country. You can easily access Viet Nam by airplane, cruise/boat or even bus depends on where you start.

It has over 3000 km coastline with stunning beaches and fascinating landscapes that you will not regret when visit. From the North to the South, you can approach different types of nature and also culture.

The food in Viet Nam is also highly recommended by culinary expert. It not only has good taste but also has cheap price.

Furthermore, Vietnam is the destination that budget travellers might like. With reasonable cost, there is no reason for you to not visit this country.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VIST VIETNAM?

Viet Nam is a tropical country. That means the amazing time to visit Vietnam is spring (February to April) and autumn (September to November). Except some cities you can visit year-round like Ha Noi, Da Lat, Ho Chi Minh City. There are some recommend for you to choose the suitable city and time:

Sa Pa: If you want warm and dry weather: March and April is all for you. And if you want cooler climes and clear days: October and November is the best.

Hue & Da Nang: Wet season in Hue normally start from September to December so for those who want to enjoy the sun, you should avoid this period. January to August is dry season with a little rain though afternoon. The average temperature of this time is around mid-thirties.

Hue Citadel – Vietnam

Nha Trang, Vung Tau: The idea time to visit these cites is from Feb to August when there has a lot of sunny days for you to enjoy the beach.

HOW TO GET VIETNAM VISA

Visitors entering Vietnam usually need to have a passport or papers to replace valid passports and visas issued by the competent authorities of Vietnam.

But there are also some exceptions for some countries. Include: Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Laos for a period of up to 30 days; the Philippines for a period of up to 21 days; the UK, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Norway, Italy, Finland, Russia, South Korea and Japan for a period of up to 15 days; and Myanmar and Brunei for a period of up to 14 days. In this case, when you arrive at the airport you will need to fill in the Vietnam Entry and Exit forms, provide two passport-sized photos, show your passport at immigration and, in some cases, present your return flight ticket.

For those who need to make Viet Nam Visa, there have been two methods of applying for a visa: a Visa on Arrival (VOA) via online visa agents; or via a Vietnamese embassy or consulate.

one-month single entry visa to Vietnam

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

VOA is a common method for most travellers arriving by air. Online visa agencies email the VOA to you directly. You can use this visa only if you are flying into any of Vietnam’s six international airports, not at land crossings. The process is quite simple:

  1. Fill out an online application form and pay the agency fee.
  2. Receive by email the VOA approval letter signed by Vietnamese immigration
  3. Print out the letter and show on arrival, where you pay your visa stamping fee in US dollars, cash only. The single-entry stamping fee is 25 USD, a multiple-entry stamping fee is 50 USD.
  4. Receive visa and enter Vietnam.

E-Visa

E-visa is another way to get visa for travellers. It is more convenient than Visa on arrival because it can be used at airports, seaports or land-borders. However, only 46 countries are eligible to apply E-visa, and this type of visa is only used for single entry with 30 days maximum. The process is mostly the same with VOA:

  1. Fill out an online application form and pay E-visa fee
  2. Receive by email the E-visa signed by Vietnamese immigration (it is official visa, no need to get visa on arrival).
  3. Show this E-visa and enter Vietnam.

Visas via an Embassy or Consulate

Travellers can also get visas through Vietnamese embassies and consulates around the world, but fees are normally much higher than using a visa agent and (depending on the country). The process making visa via Embassy or Consulate can take more time as well.

WHAT FOOD YOU SHOULD TRY AT VIETNAM

Street food is the important thing that you should not miss when visiting Viet Nam. This country is a heaven for Food’s lover. From pho noodle soup, spring rolls, banh mi and sticky rice to seafood, Vietnamese food is always tasty, fresh and cheap.

Referring to Vietnam, we cannot fail to mention Pho. Pho is a great combination of rice noodles in a flavor soup with meat and various green onions.

pho bo – beef noodle

Banh mi is a perfect food when you’re in need of a quick meal. With the price from VND 15,000 to VND 25,000, Banh mi consists of a toasted baguette sandwich, a wide range of meat fillings, pickled vegetables, pate, butter, soy sauce, cilantro, and chilli, etc.

Getting to the North of Vietnam, you can try Com Tam (Broken rice). Com Tam is traditionally served with fried egg, diced green onions, and a variety of meats.

WHERE YOU SHOULD VISIT?

Every single city has its own beautiful. Each of the city will offer truly unique photo opportunities and experiences for the adventurous at heart.

Ha Noi – the capital of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh city – the most developed city and Da Nang – the awesome city are the third cities that you should think about when you visit Vietnam. They are three cities that most visitors visit when coming to Vietnam. There are many tourist attractions, good entertainments, good food and facilities there. Besides, there are a lot of places that are worth visiting in Vietnam:

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular travel destination in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bai Tu Long Bay to the northeast, and Cat Ba Island to the southwest. The best way to get to Ha Long Bay is by car, minibus or joining a day tour from Hanoi, located only 170km away.

Hue city is used to be a capital of Viet Nam at the Nguyen Dynasty. It has ancient landmarks such as the Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tu Hieu church, etc. The Complex of Hue Monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in the city of Hue in central Vietnam.

Da Lat is famous for its wide variety of flowers, vegetables and fruit from its surrounding farmlands as well as countless nature sites. Visiting Da Lat, you can visit Da Lat Flower Gardens, French Quarter and Crazy House, Da Lat market…

Mekong Delta also known as the Western Region. This is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. Mekong Delta is definitely worth a visit and it is not only about the floating market but its beautiful tropical scenery, interesting riverine culture

cai rang floating market – mekong delta

There are so much beautiful places at Viet Nam that you only can feel by seeing it directly. Hope this post will interest you and make Viet Nam becomes one in your wish-list destination to visit.

 

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