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15 days in Vietnam – Where to go

A long journey from the North to the South of Vietnam to discover the beauty of Vietnamese nature, culture, history and people is something that many backpackers want to experience.

The route of a trip across Vietnam depends on the preferences and conditions of each visitor. Hopefully, with the following suggested itinerary, the visitors will have the opportunity to discover the beauty of the Cuu Long River, some famous tourist cities such as Da Lat, Nha Trang, Hue, and Hanoi – the capital with the thousand years of civilization.

During your trip, you should spend one night staying in each city in order to both rest and explore the beauty of each land in Vietnam.

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The first 4 days: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Thanh Hoa – Vinh tour

In Hanoi, do not forget the places such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi Ancient Citadel, Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum, Uncle Ho’s stilt house, and Hanoi Old Quarter. Besides, try to taste delicious dishes such as beef noodle soup, Ho Tay shrimp cake, Ngu Xa rolled Pho, La Vong fried fish, and Thanh Tri rolled cake.

Stopping in Ninh Binh, you can visit some famous places such as Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Bai Dinh Pagoda – the complex of a large pagoda with many Asian records, the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, and Trang An. This place is also well-known thanks to goat meat, Yen Mac fermented pork, Nho Quan and Lai Thanh wine.

After that, you will visit Thanh Hoa, the land with many talented people, the home of the famous Nem Chua (the fermented pork) or the beautiful beaches such as Sam Son and Hai Hoa.

In addition to enjoying the specialties such as eel porridge, rice cakes, oranges, you cannot ignore some Vinh’s attractions such as Lam River, Phao Bridge, Hoang Son communal house, and Ben Thuy bridge.

The next 3 days: Quang Binh – Hue – Da Nang tour

Referring to Hue, the tourists often think about the ancient capital with golden palaces, temples, magnificent shrines, majestic mausoleums, ancient places of worship. the poetic beach, the ancient architectural complex of the citadel, and mausoleum. They are always attractive to visitors when traveling to Hue.

Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province, is located on Nhat Le river. In addition to dozens of kilometers of romantic beaches with peaceful beaches, green water, there are many historical sites attracting visitors as Tam Toa church, Nhat Le beach, Quang Binh Quan, and Dong Hoi ancient citadel. Besides, Quang Binh is famous for Phong Nha – Ke Bang tourist area and majestic Son Doong cave.

Let’s move to Da Nang in the next day.

The next 3 days: Da Nang – Quang Ngai – Quy Nhon trip

The next 3 days of the journey include the beautiful coastal cities in Vietnam, of which most prominent are Quy Nhon and Da Nang.

Da Nang has long been famous for its scenic beauty, friendly people and the most beautiful green city in Vietnam. Stopping in Da Nang, you will have the opportunity to admire Han River bridge, Thuan Phuoc, Dragon Bridge, Tran Thi Ly Bridge and have fun moments with the Sun Wheels.

Quang Ngai is a coastal province located in the South Central Coast, an ideal destination for an intimate experience with the famous landscapes.

Blue beaches, long sandy beaches, and steep rocky cliffs are also the attractions for visitors to Quy Nhon. In the city of Quy Nhon, do not forget to visit the Cham Tower, one of the remnants of Cham history, the Twin Towers, Thi Nai bridge – the longest crossing of the sea in Quy Nhon city, Phuong Mai Peninsula, and Han Mac Tu Tomb.

The last 5 days: Tuy Hoa – Nha Trang – Phan Rang – Phan Thiet – Vung Tau – Saigon tour

All in this router are the coastal cities which are famous for tourism, so you can easily find a place to stay in each one. Especially, exploring places and landmarks in each region. and enjoying the specialties are the activities everyone loves.

When stopping in Vung Tau, you should not miss the opportunity to swim in Bai Truoc or Bai Sau beach, visit the statue of Buddha, the statue of Lord Buddha, and White Palace…

Stopping in Phan Thiet, you remember to visit Duc Thanh School, Van Thuy Tu Palace, Rang beach, Mui Ne, and Lagi…, all of which are beautiful places. In addition, in Nha Trang, there are some famous tourist places such as Dam market, Institute of Oceanography, Bao Dai Palace, … and in Tuy Hoa are Nhan Tower, Monument in Phu Yen soldiers, and Chop Chai.

In Phan Rang, Ninh Thuan, do not forget to discover the beauty of Cham culture through places such as Poklongarai tower, Bau Truc pottery village, My Nghiep brocade village, Ba Moi garden (collecting grapes) and Vinh Hy (seeing the sea and coral).

The distance from Vung Tau to Phan Thiet, from Phan Thiet to Phan Rang or from Nha Trang to Tuy Hoa are all beautiful sea lanes, with blue sea water and the white sand beach.

We hope that the suggested itinerary above for 15 days in Vietnam will be useful for you. Have a nice trip!

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5 days in Saigon – Where to go

Ho Chi Minh City has many places to visit, many delicious dishes to enjoy, many tourist destinations to experience. Discovering Saigon and the famous tourist attractions around the city will definitely bring you a lot of exciting experiences. Here are some places you should explore in 5 days in Saigon trip.

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Day 1: Saigon city tour

In the morning: Notre Dame Cathedral – City Post Office – “Bet” Coffee

These are the destinations in the city center where any visitors who come to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time also visit. Notre Dame Cathedral is considered the architectural masterpiece, located in the middle of the square, with beautiful views from all sides.

The Ho Chi Minh City Central Post Office is located on the left side of the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1886 and 1891 under the design of architect Villedieu and assistant Foulhoux, bringing the beauty of the interweaving of European and Asian architecture.

The April 30th park is called a “bet” coffee shop because there is no table or chair here. The salesman will just give you the newspaper to spread out on the ground. Enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the pace of life here.

In the afternoon: Ngoc Hoang Pagoda – Nhieu Loc Canal – Ben Thanh Market

More than 100 years old, Ngoc Hoang temple retains the ancient architecture with yin-yang tile. In the past, the pagoda was a famous place for prosperity, peace, and merit. In 1984, the temple was renamed Phuoc Hai Tu and was recognized as a national architectural heritage in 1994. In May 2016, the temple was also visited by President Barack Obama on the occasion of his visit to Vietnam.

Not far from Ngoc Hoang Pagoda, Nhieu Loc canal with boat tour helps you better understand the daily life of the local people along two river banks, through the story of the formation and development of the Nhieu Loc canal as well as the history of Saigon. There are also famous temples on the banks of the river. There are 2 boat stations in District 1 and District 3, the boat runs from 8h to 20h, according to the route, depending on the weather and tide.

Ben Thanh market with the oldest architecture, is considered one of the most attractive tourist attractions in Saigon. In addition to shopping specialties and souvenirs from many regions, you can explore Saigon cuisine with a lot of delicious food stalls, selling salad rolls, noodles, pancakes…

In the evening: Nguyen Hue Walking Street – Western Quarter

Walking Street is a popular destination for young people in Ho Chi Minh City every night. As a tourist, you will feel the vibrant and colorful life here with weekly music shows or cafes looking up from the street.

The endpoint for a one-day trip in Ho Chi Minh city is the “no sleep” street, home to many local and foreign visitors. Every corner of Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, De Tham streets are crowded. You can choose a wooden chair in the small shop or sitting in a bar to enjoy vibrant music.

The next 2 days: Mekong delta tour

Day 1: Saigon – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho

In the morning, the scenery of the bustling city is replaced by paddy fields and rural villages in My Tho. Taking a boat in Ben Tre, you will go through the impressive floating islet, called Long, Lan, Quy, Phung which have many lush gardens, fruit gardens of the local families. You can stop at a bee farm to sample honey tea and Kumquat, as well as listen to Don ca tai tu. All are planned into ecotourism to better serve tourists.

Have lunch. After that, you will come to Can Tho city. You can see a typical Vietnamese house, with a spacious room and outdoor kitchen area. The local people are always welcome with the hospitality. Overnight at 4 * hotel in Can Tho.

Day 2: Can Tho – Saigon trip

In Can Tho, take a boat to visit the colorful Cai Rang floating market. Main goods are fruits and vegetables. Each boat has a tree to hang the type of goods they sell. The waterway becomes a maze with hundreds of ships selling mangos, bananas, papayas, pineapples and even floating houses offering noodles. You also visit the rice milling facility before returning to the hotel. At a local restaurant, you will taste the Mekong specialties before continuing to explore the most beautiful and peaceful of the Mekong Delta. Along the way, take a chance to admire the scenery and daily life of local people in the village.

You will have lunch at a restaurant in the eco-tourism area.

After a traditional Mekong-style lunch, you continue to go straight to Binh Thuy ancient house or Binh Thuy orchid garden in the style of French architecture. Then, you will return to Saigon. Again, passing through the landscape of Vietnamese countryside with rice fields and villages in the area creates a great background to take nice photos.

The last 2 days: Tan Lap floating village

When deciding to choose Tan Lap floating village, you will have many interesting things to explore. The ticket prices vary depending on the type of boat you choose. The entrance fee is 55,000 VND/person. At a very cheap price, you will be able to wander through the corners of this resort.

The pathway here bends through the creeping trees of high altitude. All make a very special and impressive path. Like a mysterious labyrinth, it urges you to explore and discover.

Melaleuca forests are more than 30 meters high, so moving in this area, you will feel very cool and comfortable. There is also a bird sanctuary and reserve. You can follow directions to discover all the beauty of this place.

If you come here at the time of the lotus blossom season, you will admire the beautiful scenery of blossom lotus everywhere. Also, you must conquer the tower as high as 38 meters in this Tan Lap floating village. Standing on this and looking down will help you see the panoramic view of all natural scenery here. You will understand how beautiful and attractive this place is.

However, there is one point you should note that the food service here has not been developed. Therefore, preparing snacks to bring along on their journey is very necessary. At the resort, the food to serve visitors will be the specialty of the South West.

Hope that the above itinerary will be useful. Have a nice trip in Saigon!

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3 days in Vietnam – Where to go

Hanoi is a city with shady streets, hundreds of small alleys next to the ancient temples with many historical stories. Modern life mixed with ancient features is an attraction of the capital city. And if you have 3 days staying in Hanoi, we highly recommend you this itinerary.

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Day 1: Hanoi city tour

In case you reach Hanoi in morning, after landing and complete the immigration procedure at the  airport, you should move to the city center by bus or taxi.

You come and check in hotel. After that, you leave the hotel and go to visit Trang Tien Street. Located to the east of the Opera House and to the west of Hoan Kiem Lake, Trang Tien Street features Parisian-style buildings, bookstores, galleries, and cafes. The most famous specialty here is Trang Tien ice cream.

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Trang Tien Street – A highlight of Hanoi

After that, you should move to Ngoc Son Temple which was built in the middle of Hoan Kiem lake, where many visitors come to visit and take photos. The red The Huc bridge across the lake to the Turtle Tower is the highlight of this iconic image of the capital.

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Ngoc Son temple in Hanoi

You then can come to visit Hanoi Cathedral, which is located at 40 Nha Chung Street, Hoan Kiem District. At the front door of the Cathedral are the cafeteria and lemon tea shop which is very crowded, in addition to a lot of restaurants and bars for you to choose from. You are highly recommended to go around the church to look for a noodle shop to enjoy the most famous specialty of the capital. Going to the capital without eating Pho is a big mistake.

Next, Hoa Lo Prison – which is ranked in the top 5 most thrilling places in Southeast Asia – is a place you should not miss when traveling to Hanoi. Built in 1886, this was the place where French colonialists hold political prisoners and patriots.

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Hoa Lo prison

Take a rest for a while and then head to the heart of the city – the old quarter which was recognized by UNESCO. This is a “labyrinth” dating back to the 13th century, used to be a busy marketplace with all kinds of goods such as herbal medicines, flowers, jewelry, cotton, silk, bamboo, hats, and leather bronze.

The Old Quarter is bustle and vibrant in the evening with many food shops. You can look up City View Cafe at 1 Dinh Tien Hoang Street to watch the whole scene of the Old Town or walk to any street to enjoy a glass of beer with many kinds of street food.

Day 2: Further 1 day in Hanoi to complete your Hanoi trip

You can skip breakfast in the hotel and instead, go out to buy a Vietnamese bread and then go to a street cafe, sip a cup of coffee while watching the streets.

From Trang Tien street to the west,  you visit the Museum of Fine Arts at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc street- where folk art is preserved with the theme of communism, patriotism, and struggles of Vietnamese people.

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Museum of Fine Arts – Hanoi

Crossing Lenin Park, the visitor will go to the Museum of Military History at 28A Dien Bien Phu street. In addition to the museum grounds, there are exhibits of tanks that have participated in the battles of Vietnamese people, B-52 bombs, and Russian jets. Inside, there are three large rooms for recreations of the battle over a period of more than a thousand years against the Chinese, the French colonialists and American imperialists of the Vietnamese people.

Move on to Ba Dinh Square, which is one of the largest green space in Hanoi. In 1945, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence to establish the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. In 1969, the Vietnamese built the Ba Dinh Tomb to save the body of Uncle Ho.

Then, in Ho Chi Minh Museum, you can see the old red bicycle that Uncle Ho used to go 1,782 km from Hanoi to Saigon at the age of 60.

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Ho Chi Minh Museum – Hanoi

From Ba Dinh Square, after 20 minutes you will go to West Lake – the biggest lake in Hanoi. Around the lake are the gardens, restaurants, amusements and the million-dollar villas.

Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Vietnam, was built in the sixth century in the East of West Lake. To the south, the 800-year-old Quan Thanh Temple, which houses a four-ton Buddhist statue, is one of the most representative works of bronze casting.

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Tran Quoc Pagoda – A religious highlight of Hanoi

Enjoy the most famous fish dish in Hanoi. There is only one dish on the menu, but the aromatic fried fish dish together with the rice noodles, herbs, shrimp sauce will certainly make you satisfied.

At the end of the day, you can buy some gifts such as dried fruits on Hang Duong street, lotus tea on West Lake, and green sticky rice in Vong village.

Day 3: Ninh Binh – for a perfect extension for  your Hanoi trip

On the third day, you can continue to visit Ninh Binh.

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Ninh Binh – a perfect escape from Hanoi

Ninh Binh with many beautiful natural landscapes is not too far away from Hanoi. It is an ideal destination for families or groups of young people on the weekend.

If you want to explore Ninh Binh for a day, you can refer to the schedule below: Temple of King Dinh Le – Thung Nham – Thien Ha Cave – Dong Chuong Lake.

Hoa Lu ancient capital is a popular destination for many visitors to Ninh Binh. According to this schedule, the ancient capital of Hoa Lu will be the first destination. You can visit the Temple of King Dinh – Le, then depart to Thung Nham bird garden (Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district). Normally, to go to Thung Nham, you can go along Tam Coc – Binh Dong, through Thung Nang. Therefore, if you do not ride a motorbike, you can take a boat trip to Thung Nham to discover the fascinating caves of Tam Coc – Bich Dong.

Coming to Thung Nham, you can go along the streams of evergreen forest, explore Tien Ca cave, visit the garden, and watch the rare birds. This is the camping site which is ideal for a picnic, having lunch with local specialties.

Thung Nham is a place where you can see many kinds of birds. After lunch, you go to Thien Ha Cave – the wall of the fort protecting the ancient capital of Hoa Lu in the 10th century. Then you can move forward to Dong Chuong Lake. This is a wildlife destination and is in the process of exploitation, so it is very quiet, suitable for you to rest and relax after walking to discover the Thien Ha cave. You can choose to sail around the lake, go fishing or take part in some indoor games before separating Ninh Binh to Hanoi.

At 5 p.m, you will come back to Hanoi.

This itinerary is just an option. You may have many more for an interesting experience in Hanoi. In case you need any support for this, please feel free to chat with us or call us at +84.946.583.583.

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Vietnam visa is always the first thing to consider for your every trip to Vietnam. But for some reasons, including, but not limited to:

  1. urgent travel,
  2. no attention to visa before the trip or
  3. also no awareness of travel visa,

many travelers encounter problems with visa when their departure time for Vietnam is almost reached.

What if you have no visa while your flight to Vietnam is just few hours ahead
What if you have no visa while your flight to Vietnam is just few hours ahead

What if your flight is just few hours ahead and you have no Vietnam visa when it is required

Imagine what if you have no Vietnam visa and you cannot enter Vietnam. All things you have reserved for a Vietnam trip, including air tickets, hotels, tours, etc. will be cancelled, and all your money will be lost.

What can Vietnam-visa.com do for you in this case?

With over 11 years uninterruptedly serving over 300,000 groups of travelers to Vietnam from over 200 countries around the world, we – Vietnam-visa.com have thousands of times successfully assisting travelers who have no visa even when their departure is just a few hours, or even 30 minutes ahead.

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Now, let’s learn how quick we can assist you to get the Vietnam visa approval letter

Although it is highly recommended that you apply for the visa to Vietnam at least 2 working days, we – Vietnam-visa can assist you to get the visa approval letter within 4 working hours, 2 working hours or even 1 working hour,  get it at weekend as well.

It is called super-urgent service

How to request the Vietnam visa super-urgent service

There are several ways to request a super-urgent visa approval letter with Vietnam-visa.com, including complete the online visa application form here: https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/. After receiving your information, our consultant shall contact you for further processing.

However, in urgent cases, you may make errors in spelling upon completing the form. As such, we highly recommend you send us soft copy of your passport via whatsapp at +84.946.583.583, and telling us your type of visa. Our staff will complete the form on your behalf, get back to you with a payment link and process the visa approval letter for you as soon as possible.

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A Travel Guide to the main Districts of Ho Chi Minh City

In this guide we’ll discuss the main districts of Saigon.

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District 1

This is the largest district, the place where Saigon transformed from a settlement along a placid river to a present metropolis. District 1 has (roughly) the shape of an overturned  “L” where the backpacker neighborhood is located in the extreme southern section, while the historic part, the center and financial district are in the center, and to the north there’s a group of more characteristic and tranquil neighborhoods.

The area most popular for backpackers orbits around Bui Vien Road, and hosts hotels that offer different levels of price and comfort. This district is an ideal starting point for any type of tourist in terms of budgets and travel styles, as well as backpackers.

In this district, Bui Vien represents the center of the partying with its restaurants, inexpensive bars and crowded clubs, all oriented toward tourists.

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Bui Vien is known for being “party spot” even though, in recent years, the entire area has been “cleaned”. However, where you have many tourists, the money is to be found, and where you find money, you will also find people trying to scam you. Generally speaking, Bui Vien is a lively and usually safe place, but be aware of pickpockets, muggers and scammers. As is the case with the majority of places to visit, sites that publish online reviews are a good way to know whether to go or not.

For that reason, according to many, the backpacker part of town isn’t the best choice if you plan on spending a long time in there. Regardless of how long you lived there or if you speak the language and know the culture, in the locals’ opinion, you’ll always be considered a  tourist and, as you’ll soon realize, you’ll always be inundated with tourists.

At the center of the upside-down “L” there’s the city center, characterized by various tourist attractions among which is the magnificent  former French city hall, which currently goes by the name of the People’s Committee Building – as well as the long Nguyen Hue “walking street” that starts from there. A hotel located in this part of town makes it easy to reach all corners of District 1 and elsewhere. Prices in this area are somewhat higher than in the backpacker area, but are still cheap when compared to hotel prices in Europe or the United States, for example.

Le Thanh Ton, Pasteur, Dong Khoi,  Ly Tu Trong, and Hai Ba Trung are the main roads for tourists, and contain nightclubs, shops and restaurants. This part of District 1 is also where the most luxurious  stores in the city can be found, such as Chanel,  Ralph Lauren or Louis Vuitton. Obviously, this is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city in terms of real estate, but if you want to live downtown, here too you can also find opportunities.

To the far south along Ha Ba Trung Street, which is still in District 1, you’ll find the Dakao neighborhood, which is also called the consulate area (since you’ll find many foreign embassies and their facilities). Moreover, Dakao is developing as a rather fashionable area and boasts numerous restaurants and cafès that are worth a stop. After Dakao there’s Tan Dinh, characterized by its vast covered market facing Hai Ba Trung Street. If you want to check out fully active market in Saigon, make a stop in Ben Thanh.

District 2

As opposed to what many visitors might think, the system of numbers in use to indicate Saigon’s districts isn’t completely obvious. On the contrary, back in the 1970s, District 2, as you would expect, was effectively located beside District 1.  However, as the city increased in size and extent from the 1990’s onward, the “old” District 2 became a part of District 1 (which is how we got the “L” shape observable today), and the once swampland located on the other side of the Saigon River became the “new” District 2. Some  areas of this district are still developing, while the wet, green areas have slowly disappeared under cement, though the  far northern area of District 2 has stayed the same over the past decades.

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The Thao Dien region of District 2, which contains a river that curves right in the zone where there’s a link with the Hanoi highway, has become one of the best-known areas, and is where expatriate families have settled. Once a peaceful rural village, it has expanded into an area filled with restaurants, shopping centers, international academies and skyscrapers. Even if it lacks the vibrance of District 1, Thao Dien keeps its unique appeal, with streets flanking organic supermarkets, kiosks selling hamburgers, pubs and Starbucks mixing with traditional roads hosting street food vendors, banh mi and noisy grocery markets.

A large number of the foreigners who live in this district, some with pride, will say that it is rare that they cross the river over to District 1. Taking a taxi to the city center takes about 20-30 minutes and costs around VND 120,000 (5.50 USD), and it’s clear why Thao Dien has a reputation as an expatriate bubble. This doesn’t mean that you actually have to leave District 2. Over the past year many restaurants in the center have opened franchises in Thao Dien, as well as supermarkets, shopping centers, gyms, spas and movie theaters that have grown in proportion to the population that lives in the area.

For tourists, and especially those for whom it’s their first trip to Vietnam, District 2 is perhaps too far from the main attractions. To get away from the chaotic city center, it’s worth taking a day trip over to Thao Dien. Start your visit at Thao Dien Village, a complex that includes a wellness center, hotel, restaurants, pool and gym, located on the refreshing shores of the water. Visits for the day are permitted, and a peaceful morning in the swimming pool is a great way to recover from the smog and chaos of District 1.

Its main street (also called Thao Dien), together to Xuan Thuy Street, which crosses it, contains a variety of bars and restaurants. For a taste of what expatriate life might offer you in District 2, go to Saigon Outcast, located in Nguyen Van Huong: this is a building that includes an open bar along with a restaurant and events hall. Whether it’s a live music event, street market, film showing or handcrafted beer festival, there are always spectacles worth watching here. There’s also a rock climbing wall and skateboarding bowl.

District 3

The third district of Saigon contains a large variety of lodging, places to eat, bars, cafès and attractions, yet given its apparent distance from District 1, lots of people just forget about it. Actually, the two districts are close to one another, and many areas in District 3 are the ideal place to start exploring the entire city. As it is just a little outside the tourist area, District 3 is also an ideal location to experience the “real” Saigon in action and get an idea of the life that goes on there like one of the locals.

To eat and drink, go to Ngo Thoi Nhiem St.: this is a long, straight street  which has restaurants with pleasant open courtyards, such as Khoi Thom,  which is one of the city’s top Mexican restaurants, or bars and funky music clubs like the Acoustic at 6E.

These two streets (Vo Van Tan and Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street) cross the whole district in the east-west direction, and bubble with noise, colors and activities. From commercial areas to religious temples, to markets, to restaurants, to cafès and buildings, you’ll find the flavors of local reality on two streets that run parallel to one another. The alleys that connect them may hold some surprises like, for example, a bunker full of secret weapons and luxury clothing boutiques.

District 4

Along the southeastern side of District 1 extends the triangle-shaped District 4, which occupies its little “island” that consists of the Saigon River on one bank and two canals that meet one another on the other side. Being surrounded by water, it’s not surprising that District 4 is famous for its abundant fresh fish, thanks to the many boats full of fish that first dock in this area.

As is the case with District 3, 4 too isn’t so distant from the city center so as to exclude you from the life that takes place here. Crossing one of those bridges, you’ll get to District 1, and  will then have everything at your fingertips. With lively nightlife and some of the top typical restaurants in Saigon, this district attracts a ton of people, but also tourists and foreigners looking to see the city from another angle.

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District 5

Up until the XX century, this part of Saigon consisted of a tiny village located outside the city limits, which could be accessed along a long straight road flanked by greenery and agriculture. The road and trees still remain, but the fields have now been replaced with urbanization. District 5 borders with the southeastern edge of District 1, and for people in the backpacker district, it is easily reached on public transport or by taxi, and is famous for its enormous Binh Tay indoor market, located in the central part of the district. Also known by the name of Cho Lon (which means “big market”),  District 5 is the Chinatown of Saigon, distinguished by a plethora of traditional Chinese shop-homes that connect in all directions and authentic kiosks and Chinese restaurants found everywhere that prepare street food.

District 5 is ideal for getting to know the Saigon of the past, while visiting the Chinese cultural heritage in Vietnam. If it’s your first time here, you should note that District 5 takes some getting used to, with lots of small streets and alleys offering more or less the same shops and homes. Nevertheless, some research and a map (or a walking tour) can help you discover many Chinese temples and meeting places, incredible restaurants and hidden markets.

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9 most frequently asked questions about Vietnam visa in Spain 2018

With 11 years of uninterrupted service in assisting travelers getting a visa on arrival to Vietnam, we receives hundreds of questions from travelers all over the world. And here are the 9 most frequently asked questions about Vietnam visa in Spain.

1. Do I need a visa for Vietnam?

This question relates to  your nationality, not the country you are in.

In case you are Spanish citizens, you do not need Vietnam visa for 15 days in the country at maximum if:

  1. You have never been in Vietnam before; OR
  2. In case you have been in Vietnam before with visa exemption, your arrival date this time must be at least 30 days following the exit date of your last stay in Vietnam with visa exemption.

You also do not need Vietnam visa if you directly travel to Phu Quoc Island of Vietnam, stay there for no more than 30 days and then leave it for a foreign territory or country outside Vietnam.

Otherwise, you will need to apply for a visa to Vietnam. Here is full guide to get Vietnam visa for Spanish citizens.

In case you are just Spanish residents, not citizens, you need to check out to know whether you need a visa for your travel to Vietnam or not. To check it, please refer to https://www.vietnam-visa.com.

2. How to apply for Vietnam visa for Spanish citizens?

At the moment, there are up to 3 ways to get a Vietnam visa for Spanish travelers, namely:

  1. Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy;
  2. Vietnam visa on arrival;
  3. Vietnam e-visa

– Vietnam evisa is for those traveling to Vietnam on tourist purpose with a stay of no more than 30 days in single entry. Soft copies of passport and photo are required for application online.

– Vietnam visa on arrival is for those traveling to Vietnam by AIR on both business and tourist purpose with short- or long-term stay in single/multiple entries. No document is required for application online. Its full process can be found here: Vietnam visa on arrival.

– Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy is for those traveling to Vietnam by ANY means of transport on both business and tourist purpose with short- or long-term stay in single/multiple entries. Its process, required documents may vary from embassy to embassy.

3. Can Spanish apply for Vietnam e-visa?

Yes. As a Spanish citizen, you are eligible for applying for Vietnam e-visa. The conditions are:

  1. Your stay in Vietnam is no more than 30 days;
  2. Your purpose of visit is tourism; AND
  3. Your entry is just single during your visa validity.

In case those conditions are not met, you can consider to apply for visa on arrival or visa at Vietnam embassy.

Here is full guide to get Vietnam visa in such ways: Vietnam visa for Spanish citizens.

4. Where to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival?

To get Vietnam visa on arrival, you need to apply online for the visa approval letter beforehand, and then get visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport.

To get this kind of visa, you need to submit the online form via a travel agent who then will work with the Vietnam Immigration to process your visa approval letter.

You can apply with us – Vietnam-visa.com – who have 11 years of experience, serve up to 300,000 groups of travelers from over 200 countries, or any travel agent you find reliable. In case you are not sure which one is considered reliable, read these 5 criteria to identify a reliable VOA service provider.

5. When to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival?

Unlike visa to many countries which becomes valid from the date of issue, Vietnam visa becomes valid from the arrival date granted to you. So, you can apply for Vietnam visa on arrival at any time as you wish. It can be 1 year, 1 month in advance, but should be at least 3 working days before your departure, so that you have time to check your information and also can save you a lot of cost.

6. Is there any change regarding Vietnam visa for Spanish citizens in 2018?

Yes. There is a significant change in policy for Vietnam visa for Spanish citizens which was announced in June 2018. Accordingly, the policy on 15-day free Vietnam visa for Spanish citizens is extended for further 3 years, until June 2021.

The conditions to get Vietnam visa exemption for Spanish remain unchanged, as follows:

  1. They have never been in Vietnam before; OR
  2. In case they have been in Vietnam before with visa exemption, their arrival date this time must be at least 30 days following the exit date of their last stay in Vietnam with visa exemption.

The ways to get Vietnam visa for Spanish citizens remain unchanged.

7. If I get my visa approval letter, do I need to provide it to the Vietnam embassy?

No.

The Vietnam visa approval letter is the document to get Vietnam visa on arrival. It is issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department via a local travel agent (such as Vietnam-visa.com) and has nothing related to the Vietnam embassy.

In case you get the letter, you just need to show it to your airlines upon departure to get on board and then show it to Immigration officer at Vietnam airport to get visa stamped upon landing there.

8. Can I apply for Vietnam visa on arrival for my land border crossing to Vietnam?

No.

In this case, you need to apply for Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy or Vietnam e-visa in case your stay in just 30 days at maximum in single entry and tourist purpose.

9. What if I change my arrival airport when I have already applied for my Vietnam visa online?

There is no problem at all.

As Vietnam visa on arrival can be picked up at any of 5 international airports of Vietnam (Noi Bai – Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat – Ho Chi Minh City, Cat Bi – Hai Phong, Cam Ranh – Khanh Hoa and Da nang – Da Nang city), you can switch among those 5 airports without any trouble or cost.

Here come the 9 questions most frequently asked by our travelers from Spain. In case your concern is not among them, feel free to contact us.

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5 best places in Vietnam for a perfect family holiday

It is always nice to spend time with your beloved ones, especially your family. Vietnam, with its long history, natural and cultural sites, exotic places, unique cuisine, is one of the most favorable destinations.

There can be found many tourists attractions in Vietnam that can satisfy any requirements of whatever purposes of travelers. Below are some suggested places which are most suitable for a trip with your family.

Just-in: Before going with 5 best destinations for a perfect family holiday in Vietnam, please remember that you need to check for Vietnam visa requirements to know whether you need a visa to Vietnam or not. Failure to do so may cost you much for urgent Vietnam visa. Here is the link to check: https://www.visaonlinevietnam/

1. Hanoi for a perfect family holiday in Vietnam

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hanoi – a perfect destination for family trip in Vietnam

The first suggested destination is Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. This is not a very big city but it represents the mixture of both modern and historical elements. Once coming to Hanoi, a must- come place is Hoan Kiem lake and the nearby street in the old corner. Hoan Kiem is a lake with a long history, and there are many places that you can stop by and take a look around the lake. The atmosphere there is also fresh and peaceful, and during the weekend, there is a walking street, only for walking around the lake. There are also many traditional games, the live music performance and other amusement activities around the lake.

If walking in the streets of the old corner, you can find many shops selling the country’s specialty and the popular street food. These dishes are widely enjoyed by people from different countries and of all ages.

There are also many other famous places in Hanoi that you and your family can visit. The Temple of Literature, the very first university in Vietnam, is now used as a place to display and encourage the willingness to overcome any difficulties to study of the Vietnamese people. Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and Vietnam museum of ethnology are also other famous destinations for families to visit in Hanoi.

Besides, there are also many of the entertainment centers, shopping centers and amusement parks, water parks for families, especially families with young kids to pay a visit and relax together.

2. Ho Chi Minh city – a must-include destination in a Vietnam family holiday

Saigon travel with kids - apply Vietnam visa
Saigon travel with kids

The second must visit place in Vietnam is Chi Minh City or previously known as Saigon. Located in the southern part of Vietnam, it is the biggest and most modern city of the whole country. This is the place where you can find many wonderful destinations which are suitable for anyone, from children to adults, from businessman to travelers. There are many different places that you can visit like Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Gia Long Palace, Saigon Opera House, Tao Dan Park and A O Show Saigon. The newly built Landmark 81 tower, which is the current tallest building in Vietnam, is also a famous destination for Vietnamese and also tourists coming to this country.

3. Nha Trang – Vietnam

Nha Trang - ideal for a family holiday in Vietnam - Vietnam visa
Nha Trang – ideal for a family holiday in Vietnam

If you and your family are in favor of some blue sea, golden sand, natural and man- made beauty and delicious sea food, it is time to visit Nhatrang, the most famous city in Vietnam for its beautiful beaches. The city is to the South of Truong Son mountain, therefore, it enjoys quite long dry season, usually from January to September. Tourist can come to Nhatrang at almost any time of the year. Here you can sunbath on the long beautiful beach, doing many water sports like water skiing, diving to discover the sea bed while your kids can enjoy running, building sand castle. The sea food in Nhatrang is also at a very reasonable price and always very fresh.

4. Da Nang – for a perfect Vietnam family trip

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Da nang for a perfect Vietnam family trip

The other very famous city in Vietnam is Danang city, with many beautiful beaches, cultural museums and serene pagodas. A family trip shouldn’t miss beautiful and famous places such as Dragon bridge, Champa museum, Linh Ung pagoda, My Khe beach, Non Nuoc beach and Han river bridge. Besides, Bana Hill and Asia Park als offer the greatest entertainment with many exotic places to enjoy and many outdoor activities for the whole family as well.

5. Hoi An – ideal destination for travel with  your kids

Hoi An - ideal destination for travel with your kids - Vietnam visa
Hoi An – ideal destination for travel with your kids

Next to Danang is Hoian. This city is famous for its picturesque place that you can visit. Every corner in this city is filled with Vietnamese beauty and the atmosphere is very unique. Family members can also enjoy the unique cuisine of this city while taking a boat around the river, forgetting about all the stress of life in this poem-like city.

In conclusion, there is a wide range of places that you can visit while coming to Vietnam. They are suitable for people of all ages, coming from different countries, not just Australia. However, it is advisable that you pay attention to the weather elements when coming to Vietnam as it enjoys the sub- tropical climate so in some times of the year, it can be too hot, or too rainy for you and your family to enjoy your trip. Choosing the appropriate time for your trip is one very important actor contributing to the success of the trip.