Useful information about Vietnam visa in 2018

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How to get to Vietnam from US

As you know, the time zone in Vietnam is GMT +7 and the time zone in US is GMT -7. The US is 8,429 miles/13 565 km far from Vietnam, according to Travel Math’s data.

Let’s find the answers for “How to get to Vietnam from US?” Or “How long will it take to fly from Vietnam to US?” in this article article.

How long will it take to fly from the US to Vietnam?

How long does it take to get to Vietnam from USA - Vietnam visa online
How long does it take to get to Vietnam from USA

In fact, the time of flying from the United States to Vietnam depends on many factors, including:

Where to transit? How many times of transit? and How long of transit?

Depending on which airline you choose, the transit point and transit time may vary. EVA Air, for example, is a Taiwanese airline that will transit in Taipei. Many flights have to transit to 2 or 3 points making the time to come to Vietnam quite long. Most US flights or flights from the United States to Vietnam are transited at major airports such as Taipei (TPE), Tokyo (NRT), Guangzhou (CAN), Seoul (ICN) or Singapore (SIN).

Departing point

The territory of the United States is quite large in more than 50 states and countless cities. Depending on where you depart from, the time of flying from the US to Vietnam may vary.

Weather and security

In summary, due to the factors mentioned above, the question “How many hours is it to fly from the US to Vietnam?” does not have the only answer that can fluctuate between 17 and 30 hours.

Here are some routes to Saigon (Vietnam) from a number of US cities with many tourists often choose to depart from. The transit point and flight time of each airline are listed in detail for your reference:

DepartAirlinesTransitFlight time
San JoseANATokyo19h 20m
HoustonEVA AirTaiwan21h 10m
San DiegoJALTokyo19h 35m
Santa AnaAlaska, ANASan Jose, Tokyo21h 35m
Los AngelesCathay PacificHongkong19h 15m
PhiladelphiaAmerican Airlines, Vietnam AirlinesLondon20h 30m
New YorkAir FranceParis19h 40m
SeattleKorean AirSeoul18h 40m
San FranciscoAsianaSeoul19h 40m
PortlandDelta, ANATokyo18h 50m
DallasAmerican Airlines, JALTokyo21h 10m
BostonCathay Pacific, Vietnam AirlinesHongkong20h 5m

The above table also partly answer the question “Where to transit if flying from the US to Vietnam?” and “How many times to transit?”. According to the data, the US passengers often choose to fly some familiar airlines such as EVA Air, China Airline or Vietnam Airlines because of the relatively short transit time, departure time, food, flight time, etc. with the habit of the majority of US tourists..

Which airline has the fastest flight from the US to Vietnam?

American Airlines passengers fly from Los Angeles to Vietnam with only one night on the plane. The transit time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes in Tokyo. The total time of flying including transit time is about 17 hours. So far, this is the fastest flight between the US and Vietnam.

How to get Vietnam visa for US citizens

How to get Vietnam visa for US citizens
How to get Vietnam visa for US citizens

To help you find the answer for the question: How to get Vietnam visa for US travelers, we analyze 3 following ways. Or you also can refer to Vietnam Visa for US citizens here.

♦ Apply at the Vietnamese embassy in the United States or a third country with a Vietnamese diplomatic mission: This is the most common way when the Vietnamese government has not applied the visa policy with technological solutions or where Vietnam has no diplomatic mission.

→ Advantages: You will be posted visa on the passport.

→ Disadvantages: The complex procedure, the highest cost, the high ability to refuse, the 7-day review period. If you have a urgent need during the day, it will be difficult to meet.

♦ Electronic visa application (e-visa): This is a new visa policy applied by the Vietnamese government for nationals of 40 countries from February 1, 2017 including the United States.

→ Advantages: convenient, just go to the website to enter information and wait for approval, the fee of 25 dollars (pretty cheap).

→ Disadvantages: Website interface is not user friendly, difficult to operate, only one entry and stay up to 30 days. In order to be granted an electronic visa, you must complete the information in accordance with each process, especially for long-term approval. You can try to apply for an electronic visa at this address: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt

♦ Visa on arrival: This is the policy for international travel companies, prestigious organizations in Vietnam which can guarantee customers, partners to Vietnam for a variety of purposes. Its full process is very simple, you ca see here: Vietnam visa on arrival.

→ Advantages: fast, meeting urgent needs within 1 hour, the simple implementation, cheap cost. There are many options of time, purpose, number of times.

→ Disadvantages: Another step is to stamp your visa at Vietnam airport. If you want to enter Vietnam by road, you will not be able to apply in this way.

We hope that this article helps you find the right answer to the question “How long does it take to fly from the US to Vietnam” and “how to get Vietnam visa for US citizens” as well? And choose the best airline for you!

Vietnam-visa.com to celebrate the 11th anniversary of establishment

We – Vietnam Discovery Travel, are celebrating an important milestone in our history: 11th Anniversary of the establishing Vietnam Visa Service Center and Vietnam-visa.com. To all our past and current clients and also to all our staff: THANK YOU for keeping us in business for 11 years.

Who are we- who behind Vietnam-visa.com?

11 years back, we decided to establish the Vietnam Visa Service Center when visa was likely a matter of concern for almost travelers to Vietnam. It was intended to be consultant and assistant for those in need of a visa to Vietnam. After 11 years, we are proud of serving up to 300,000 groups of travelers to Vietnam from over 200 countries around the world.

Of course, behind success of every business lies a secret. And our secret is our greatly experienced staff who have worked closely together to give you – our clients the most convenient experiences.

Perhaps unlike other VOA service provider, we are proud of being the single in the market with a great structure of personnel to assist you at every step of getting a visa on arrival for Vietnam, consisting of:

  1. Sales team: who directly work with you to satisfy your need.
  2. Operation team: who work with Vietnam Immigration Department to have your visa approval letter issued correctly and timely.
  3. Customer support team: who will take care of you after you get your visa approval letter to make sure you have no problem for entry into Vietnam;
  4. Marketing team: who work hard and check carefully to ensure you get right and updated information and guide about visa for Vietnam, and also make all efforts to ensure you get to Vietnam-visa.com – a reliable address to go with Vietnam visa.
  5. IT team: who work in technical aspects to ensure your smooth experience with Vietnam-visa.com; and

Together and with your support, we believe that we can do more and make our service better day by day.

What is for 11th anniversary of our Vietnam-visa establishment?

On this special occasion, we would like to present you:

► A RICE PAINTING if you apply for a business Vietnam visa & Airport Car Transfer in one application; or

► A PASSPORT COVER if you apply for a tourist Vietnam visa, Fast-track & Airport Car Transfer in one application.

Special offers for 11th anniversary of Vietnam-visa establishment
Special offers for 11th anniversary of Vietnam-visa establishment

To get it, you may choose to make immediate payment or later payment, but you need to apply for the visa and the other service(s) at the same time in your online booking step.

Our staff will deliver the passport cover to you and others having names on your same application (if any) in person at Vietnam airport when we assist you to get visa stamped with our Fast-track service.

No matter when you are traveling to Vietnam, just make your order today!

Get started

Hopefully you share the occasion with us and make it a special day!

Thank you so much for your trust in our service so far.

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Vietnam weather and where to visit in summer

Vietnam’s climate is characterized by four seasons. And in case you wish to visit Vietnam in Summer, you must know how it is during this time. Read this article for your information.

Vietnam weather in Summer

Although Vietnam’s territory is located in the tropics, Vietnam’s weather is divided into three distinct climatic zones. The North and North Central areas have the subtropical humid climate.

The North has 4 seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The Central and South Central areas have the tropical monsoon, and the southernmost central and the south areas have the characteristics of tropical savanna. At the same time, as it lies on the southeastern margin of the continental part of Asia, adjacent to the South China Sea (part of the Pacific Ocean), it is directly affected by the monsoon climate at the low latitude.

The South has two seasons: rainy season and dry season. It is necessary to distinguish that the tropical climates has four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and the tropical climate has only two seasons: dry and rainy seasons.

Best places in Vietnam to visit in Summer

1. Nha Trang – The heaven in summer days

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Nha Trang – The heaven in summer days

Nha Trang is the province of Central Vietnam which most visitors to choose every summer. Nha Trang is nice and beautiful with highlights such as Ponagar Tower, Thap Ba Hot Spring, and Vinpearl Land.

Especially, visitors to Nha Trang for summer vacation, in addition to the time to relax under the blue water and in the cool breath of the sea in Nha Trang, also have the opportunity to participate in fun games in Vinpearl Land. Guests will take the longest cable car crossing the sea and see the Vinpearl Land between clouds and sea water of Nha Trang.

For those who have the ability to dive, Nha Trang is the appropriate area to explore the beauty of the ocean. Those who can’t dive can also take a glass bottom boat to view the coral or marine life. A floating beach party will make your summer travel with your family and friends more complete

2. Sapa – The call of the windy green fields

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Sapa – The call of the windy green fields

Sapa misty city makes people immediately remind the beautiful terraced rice fields. Sapa is located in the Northwest Highlands, so it has cool weather all year round. Many tourists consider Sapa as a second Dalat in the North because of its cool climate.

Coming to Sapa in the summer, the tourists will have the opportunity to explore the unique culture of indigenous people and enjoy the delicious stream fish. Many visitors from the south to Sapa have been attracted by this land and want to come back here each summer. If this summer you do not know where to go, the legendary Sapa city is the ideal place you should consider.

3. Dalat – The green garden with giant fans

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Dalat – The green garden with giant fans

Dalat has a cool climate like a huge fan of wind throughout the year to bring the inhabitants of this land cool winds. Sometimes it is so cool that you wear a sweater and have a chance to feel the winter.

With huge pine forests, many lakes, rivers and streams, Dalat has an excellent climate. The atmosphere here is fresh, cool, different from the large cities such as Saigon and Hanoi.

Walking to the prominent destinations in Dalat such as City Flower Garden, Love Valley, and Mong Mo Hill, visitors are thinking that they are lost in the green garden with fresh flowers.

Dalat city is a wise choice for those who want to get away from the dust and noise of the city. And walking around Dalat night market or visiting Truc Lam Zen monastery will make visitors forget the heat of the summer.

Vietnam visa requirements

Updated on August 29, 2018: there are 24 countries have the exemption of entry visa to Vietnam with the ordinary Passport. See the list here: Those do not need Visa to Enter Vietnam. Check whether you need a Vietnam visa or not by accessing to https://www.visaonlinevietnam.com/.

For those needing a Vietnam visa, please keep in mind that there are up to 3 options to get a visa for Vietnam and requirements for each option are different as follows:

1. Requirements for Vietnam visa application at the Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam.

  • Passport must be valid for at least 06 months;
  • Passports are not torn or blurred.
  • The form is filled as instructed by the staff of the Embassy/Consulate of Vietnam
  • The visa fee at the Embassy/Consulate (varied by embassy).

Note: In some cases, a foreigner must have a letter of entry from the Vietnam Immigration Department that permits entry and visa issuance at the Vietnamese embassy or consulate abroad. The document on receipt of a visa to Vietnam is granted by the Immigration Department. This entry document must be faxed to the Vietnamese embassy/consulate abroad in the Ministry of Public Security.

2. Requirements for Vietnam visa on arrival

  • Passport of foreigner must be valid for at least 06 months.
  • Passports are not torn or blurred.
  • You must have a letter of entry issued by the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam that allows you to enter and receive a visa at an international airport in Vietnam. This is granted by the Immigration Department issued by an individual or organization. Here is the link to apply for the letter: Vietnam visa approval letter application form.

Note: In case of entry into Vietnam due to visa exemption does not require the entry document. Citizens of some countries are exempted from Vietnam visa such as Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Swedish…

3. Requirements for Vietnam electronic visa

  • Passport of foreigner must be valid for at least 06 months.
  • Passports are not torn or blurred.
  • You must apply online for the electronic visa, and once you get approved, you will receive a QR code to do the visa procedure at Vietnam entry points. You need soft copy of your passport and a photo in .jpg format to upload when applying online for the e-visa.

Have a nice trip in Vietnam!

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How to get to Vietnam from Cambodia

In term of geographic distance, Vietnam and Cambodia are quite close. The means to move between the two countries are also quite good and convenient. To Vietnam from Cambodia, you can travel by air, road and waterway. Please read through the following article!

How to get from Cambodia to Vietnam

By air

The flights from Cambodia come mostly to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Currently, two airlines flying to Vietnam from Cambodia are Vietnam Airlines and Cambodia Angkor Air.

All flights departing from Cambodia to Vietnam are operated by Vietnam Airlines in cooperation with Cambodia Angkor Air. The round-trip price is as follows:

  • Phnom Penh – HCMC: from 237$ to 258$/ticket. Flight time: 40 – 50 minutes.
  • Siem Reap – HCMC: from 344$ to 430$/ticket. Flight time: 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • Phnom Penh – Hanoi: from 300$ to 517$/ticket. Flight time: 3 hours 15 minutes.
  • Siem Reap – Hanoi: from 388$ to 517$/ticket. Flight time: 2 hours.

(Note: All fares are round-trip, inclusive of tax.) Ticket prices may change from time to time).

Siem Reap Airport is about 6 km, 10 minutes away from the city center so you can take a taxi for 7$ or a motorbike taxi for 2$.

From Phnom Penh airport to the center of Phnom Penh, you can take a taxi at the price of from 8$ to 10$, motorbike taxi at the price of 5$, and tuk tuk at the price of 6$.

By road

Motorbike

Currently, if you want to drive a motorcycle from Cambodia to Vietnam, you need to register your vehicle in advance with the customs office (in your area of ​​residence) and must have a driver’s license acceptable in Vietnam.

Bus

The time to move from Phnom Penh to HCM City is 6 hours, and from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City is 10 -11 hours.

There are a number of carriers that serve these routes and here are some of the carriers that you can refer to:

SAPACO

  • Phnom Penh – HCM City
    • Price: 11 USD
    • Departure time: 06:00; 07:00; 8:00; 09:00; 10:00; 11:00; 13:00; 14:00
  • Siem Riep – HCM City
    • Price: 20 USD
    • Departure time: 06:00
  • Bus station in Phnom Penh:
    • 309 Preah Sihanouk Blvd, Sangkat Veal Vong, Khan 7 Makara.
    • Telephone: 023 210 300 – 023 210 324.
  • Bus station in Siem Reap:
    • 159 St 7 Svay Dangkom
    • Telephone: 012 42 66 88

MAILINH EXPRESS

  • Phnom Penh – HCM City
    • One way: 12 USD
    • Round trip: 23 USD
  • Siem Reap – HCM City
    • Price: $ 21 (including 1 breakfast rate)
    • Departure time: 07:00; 12:00
  • Bus station at Phnom Penh: 391 Sihanouk Blvd
    • Telephone: (855) 023 211 888

MEKONG EXPRESS LIMOUSINE BUS

  • Phnom Penh – HCM City
    • Price: 12 USD
    • Departure time: 07:00; 08:30; 13:00; 15:00
  • Siem Riep – HCM City
    • Price: 23 USD
    • Departure time: 07:00
  • Bus station in Phnom Penh:
    • 87Eo Sisowath Quay, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Dau Penh.
    • Telephone: 023 427 518 – 023 426 425 – 012 787 839
  • Bus station in Siem Reap:
    • 14A Siwatha Street, Phum Mondul 1.
    • Telephone: 063 963 662 – 012 31 58 58

By waterway

To get to Vietnam from Cambodia by waterway, there is only 1 route. Some companies are currently operating the Phnom Penh – Chau Doc route with fares ranging from 17$ to 35$ (depending on the interior and speed of the ship).

How to obtain Vietnam visa from Cambodia

As usual, Cambodian tourists to Vietnam are exempt from visa in 30 days. If staying here more than 30 days, there are 2 common methods for Cambodians to obtain Vietnam visa:

  • Applying at the Vietnamese embassy in Cambodia or a third country with a Vietnamese diplomatic mission: This is the most common way when the Vietnamese government has not adopted visa issuance policies through technology or where Vietnam has no diplomatic mission.
  • Vietnam visa on arrival: This is the most convenient way to get Vietnam visa. This is a policy reserved for international travel companies and reputable organizations in Vietnam that can guarantee their clients and partners to Vietnam for a variety of purposes.

In case you are just residing in the country but is not Cambodian citizen, check the visa requirement here: Visaonlinevietnam.com

Good luck and see you in Vietnam!

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How to identify a reliable Vietnam visa on arrival service provider

Vietnam visa on arrival (VOA) has long been popular among both tourists and business travelers to Vietnam thanks to its convenience, simplicity in application and time saving as well.

In the market today, there are plenty of providers offering VOA service. So, the issue is how to identify a reliable one to trust our money. Here, in this short article, we recommend you 5 criteria to test a VOA service provider.

1. Identify how long they have been operated in VOA service market

Identify experience of the Vietnam visa on arrival service provider
Identify experience of the VOA service provider

Experience plays a very important role in every aspect. It comes through experiments or doing things practically. And it also comes from how you settle the issues you face during your path.

Experience become extraordinarily significant for a VOA service provider as they work with clients from long distance in different countries around the world with different urgent situations. The longer the experience is, the better the service provider performs, for sure.

So, the first criteria to identify a reliable service provider is to identify how long they have been established and operated in the market.

2. Test whether their hotline works 24/7

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Test whether their hotline works 24/7

Almost service providers, including VOA service providers, have their own hotline to support clients. A lot of them publish that their hotline works 24 hours during 7 days per week. But is it true? Does it really work 24/7 to support you immediately when  you are in urgent need?

Make a test! Try calling them at night (their local time, Vietnam Time = GMT+7) and you will know the answer.  Of course, you should try twice or three times to make sure the hotline holder has time to wake up at night.

3. Read reviews of their clients

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Read reviews of their clients

Clients’ reviews are really a great source for your trust. What clients talks about the service providers always serves as the best evidence for quality of their services.

Try to find out the reviews of the provider you intend to use before entrusting  your money on them.

4. Check whether they have a clear address

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Check whether they have a clear address

Remember to always apply for your Vietnam visa online with a service provider with clear address. Otherwise, you cannot claim them on any media if you have problem with them without being settled by them.

Where to find their address: Check header, footer or the about/contact us sections in their website for their address.

Remember: Do not choose any agent having no clear address.s

5. Check whether delivery of visa approval letter is guaranteed with an exact time or just a planned time

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Check for their guarantee policy

As you may know, after googling Vietnam visa, the results will display numerous addresses for you to choose.

You may access to some, read their terms of use to know whether their processing time is clearly published, whether they commit to delivering the Vietnam visa approval letter to you at a certain time, and if not, what is expected to be provided to you as compensation by them. In case you do not wish to read the long terms of use, just make a call to them, inquire about their policies regarding service such as delivery times, guarantees, etc. They don’t have any policies? Do not choose.

These are 5 basic criteria to identify a reliable address on which you should entrust your money for a visa to Vietnam.

How to travel from Thailand to Vietnam

Vietnam is increasingly becoming an ideal destination in Southeast Asia for tourists all over the world. Every year, the number of tourists from Thailand to Vietnam is quite large, so how to travel from Thailand to Vietnam is often in concern of so many travelers. To know the answer, read the following article.

There are two ways to move from Thailand to Vietnam. Those are by air and road.

Travel from Thailand to Vietnam by road

From Thailand to Vietnam, you have to go through the third country. There are two routes for you.

  • Thailand – Laos – Vietnam
  • Thailand – Cambodia – Vietnam

You will move through Moc Bai border gate in Tay Ninh or Cau Treo border gate in Ha Tinh. These two border gates are developed in terms of tourism with the wide and quite safe asphalt roads. You can go by bike, motorbike or bus.

  • If you go by bike, like walking, do not need to get any papers, drive to the gate, stamp on the passport and then continue the journey.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, you need to register your vehicle. The documents to be prepared include:
    • The original vehicle registration certificate (available in English, no translation required)
    • Driving license: If your driving license is available in English, it is so good. Otherwise, you can bring a certified translation in English.
    • Vehicle Insurance or International Circulation Permit (ICP)
  • If you go by bus:

From Thailand from Hanoi

  • The straight bus tickets of Thailand – Vietnam: The fare is very expensive and changed constantly depending on the bus and the number of passengers.
  • The transit bus ticket of Thailand – Laos and Laos – Vietnam: The fare is 24$ to 26$. The tickets from Laos to Thailand (Bangkok) range from $ 18 to $ 20 depending on the bus company.

From Thailand to Saigon:

  • The straight bus tickets of Thailand – Vietnam: The price ranges over 50$. There are trips every day.
  • The transit bus ticket of Thailand – Cambodia and Cambodia – Vietnam: The tickets from Cambodia to Vietnam is 10$, from Thailand to Cambodia is 20$ to 22$.

Travel from Thailand to Vietnam by air

In Vietnam, there are two international airports: Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) and Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City), operating flights between Thailand and Vietnam including Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airways, Vietjet Air, Air Asia, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar Pacific.

How long will it take from Thailand to Vietnam by air?

With the departure from the destination of Bangkok – Thailand, each airline will have the specific flying time:

  • Vietnam Airlines has the shortest flying time (1h20’).
  • VIetjet Air, Jetstar Pacific or some other airline has the similar flying time from Bangkok to Hanoi (or Ho Chi Minh).
  • Singapore Airlines has a relatively long flying time due to the transit in Singapore. It takes about 7 hours from Bangkok to Hanoi and 6.5 hours from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City.

How to obtain Vietnam visa corresponding to the above ways

Vietnam visa exemption

At the moment, Vietnamese government has eased its Vietnam visa policy to welcome more and more travelers to the country. As such, citizens of up to 24 countries may visit Vietnam without a visa. See the list of Vietnam visa exemption and conditions here.

Vietnam visa on arrival

Vietnam visa on arrival has become a trend for travelers to get a Vietnam visa thanks for its convenience and simplicity.

What makes Vietnam visa on arrival become a trend
What makes Vietnam visa on arrival become a trend

This method is applied for the tourists traveling to Vietnam by air. First of all, the tourist has to fill out the online Vietnam visa form. After that, the supplier will send the approval letter (often in 2 working days), after receiving the service fee. The tourist takes this letter when making entry procedures at Vietnam airport. After paying the stamping fee, the visa will be stamp on the passport. It is done!

Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy in Thailand

If Thailand people do not want to enter Vietnam for visa exemption with no more than 30 days but want to apply for a longer-term visa in Vietnam, they can apply for a visa at Vietnam diplomatic mission in Thailand.

In order to carry out the procedures for applying for visa, the tourist has to visit Vietnam embassy in Thailand to submit the application documents and then picked up the passport with visa stamp.

Consulate General of Vietnam in Khon Kaen, Thailand

  • Address: 65/6 Chatapadung, Khonkaen 40000.
  • Phone: (66-4) 324 2190 Fax: (66-4) 324 1154

Have a nice trip in Vietnam!

Vietnam e-visa for US citizens

Vietnam is famous for its many scenic spots. That is why this S-shaped country is increasingly attracting many foreign visitors, especially US tourists. All US citizens need a visa to enter Vietnam. So how to get a Vietnam visa for US citizens? Let’s find out through the following article!

In the past, US travelers have only two options to get a Vietnam visa: To go directly to the embassy to complete all procedures or to get Vietnam visa on arrival. However, to help travelers feel more convenient, the Vietnamese government has issued e-visas. This is the latest application form to apply for Vietnam visa.

What is Vietnam e-visa?

Vietnam e-visa for US citizens is a type of visa issued by the Immigration Department to foreigners through the electronic transaction system. Vietnam e-visas are valid for one entry of no more than 30 days with tourism purpose, not business purpose.

Foreigners who are overseas and wish to enter Vietnam may directly request the issuance of an electronic visa or through an invitation or guarantee agency/organization.

Electronic visa fees are paid via the electronic payment gate provided by the Immigration Department. Electronic visa fees and electronic payment fees are not refundable in cases where the applicant is not granted a visa.

Conditions for obtaining a Vietnam e-visa for US citizens

  • Living abroad;
  • Having a passport valid for at least 6 months following arrival date to Vietnam;
  • Not belonging to the cases not yet permitted for entry under Article 21 of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam.

The procedure for applying for a Vietnam e-visa for US citizens is as follows:

  • Step 1: Enter the electronic visa application information: Load passport photo and portrait (portrait face, no glasses); After this step, the applicant will be granted the electronic file code system;
  • Step 2: Pay the fee ($25);
  • Step 3: Use the electronic file code to check results, if approved, print e-visa to enter/exit Vietnam.

* Note for applying for Vietnam e-visa:

If your file is missing or contains the inaccurate information, your application will not be accepted.

Other issues regarding Vietnam e-visa for US travelers

  • A foreigner, who is granted an electronic visa, after entry into Vietnam by an agency, organization or individual in the country, shall be considered by the Immigration Department to issue a new visa, according to the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam.
  • Foreigners entering Vietnam must abide by the provisions of Vietnamese law.
  • The invitation or guarantee of foreigners carrying out the procedures at the exit and entry management agency under the provisions of Clause 1, Article 16 of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam may be submitted through the electronic transaction system.

The advantage of e-visas is that visitors can apply online and receive them at 28 places (8 international airports, 13 international border gates, and 7 seaports across Vietnam).

However, the disadvantage of applying for Vietnam e-visa for US citizens is only applicable to tourists, within 30 days, and only for single entry. In case US travelers wish to visit Vietnam for more than 30 days or in multiple entries, read 2 others options to get long-term or multiple entry or business Vietnam visa for US travelers.

5 Undeniable Advantages of getting a Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Having been introduced since 2004, Vietnam visa on arrival (VOA) has become quickly popular among those traveling to Vietnam by air.

So, what makes it preferred among 3 options to get a valid visa for Vietnam? Let’s learn in details.

But before we go, let’s learn what VOA is.

What is Vietnam visa on arrival?

Vietnam visa on arrival is is a type of visa that is issued at any of 5 internationals airports of Vietnam (Noi Bai in Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, Cat Bi in Hai Phong, Da Nang in Da Nang and Cam Ranh in Khanh Hoa).

To be able to get the visa stamp at Vietnam airport, travelers need to make an online application to get visa approval letters beforehand. Upon arrival at departure airport, travelers need to show the letter to get on board, and then present the letter upon arrival at Vietnam airport to be checked and have visa stamped in their original passports.

Advantages of Vietnam visa on arrival

Nevertheless, since nothing is perfect, Vietnam visa on arrival still brings about many advantages as follows:

1. Convenience with Vietnam visa on arrival

When it is required to obtain a visa for Vietnam, people perhaps often think of Vietnam embassy. It will not become an issue of concern if they live just a few steps or kms from the embassy. But the issue will come out when your place is far from the embassy. They maybe feel a little hesitated.

However, Vietnam visa on arrival can settle all of these issues. Its application requires you no travel to embassy at all. You can apply for one right at home, in your office, or even on your way to home provided that you have an internet-connected device.

2. Simplicity with applying for Vietnam visa on arrival

A typical procedure to apply for a visa via Vietnam embassy covers:

  1. completing a written application with a lot of information, and
  2. bringing it together with your original passport, photos and other required documents to the embassy to apply for visa to Vietnam and pay for the visa fee, and
  3. then coming back home to wait for a few days, and
  4. traveling again to the embassy to pick up your full visa for Vietnam.

Do you find it a little bit complicated? You can completely avoid this complicity with Vietnam visa on arrival, in which you only need to:

  1. Access to https://visaonlinevietnam.com/apply-vietnam-visa-form and fill out the online form with a few details as following:
    1. Full name
    2. Date of birth
    3. Gender
    4. Passport number
    5. Passport expiry date
    6. Date of arrival
    7. Purpose of visit.
  2. Pay for service fee online, and then get visa approval letter via email within 1 or 2 working days.
  3. Get visa stamped onto passport upon arrival at Vietnam airport by showing the letter and paying for stamping fee in cash.

So, it requires you no travel for visa application at all.

3. Time saving with getting Vietnam visa online

As application for visa on arrival to Vietnam requires no travel at all, it absolutely saves you a lot of time for travel to the embassy, back home and then travel again.

4. Cost saving with visa on arrival for Vietnam

While application for Vietnam visa online can be completed at any time, even at night while application for visa at Vietnam embassy can be only made during working hours of the embassy, you need to spend your working day to travel to the embassy and therefore get no pay for that day, so it is obviously a big save of money if using visa on arrival.

Total cost of Vietnam visa on arrival may be higher or lower than cost of Vietnam embassy visa. But with no other fees (travelling cost, cost of days off working), Vietnam visa on arrival surely costs you less.

5. Last-minute visa with visa on arrival for Vietnam

Applying for Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy or e-visa will take your time, normally 3 working days. So, in case your flight is just a few hours ahead, you cannot get the visa in those ways and of course all your tickets will be cancelled, resulting in loss in a lot of money.

But with visa on arrival, you can get the visa approval letter in even just 2 working hours, saving your trip in risk of being ruined.

Here come 5 most outstanding advantages of getting a visa on arrival to Vietnam. Have you found any other, please share with us.

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5 Tips to book a cheap flight from Singapore to Vietnam

If you are wondering which airlines have flights from Singapore to Hanoi, how the airfare costs, whether Singaporean needs visa to Vietnam or not, as well as the tips for booking cheap ticket, let’s find the answer in the following article!

Airlines flying from Singapore to Vietnam

Currently, there are 5 airlines flying from Singapore to Vietnam: Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Tiger Airways, and Jetstar. Vietnam Airlines is one of the most popular airlines flying from Singapore to Vietnam. There are about 30 flights departing from Singapore (Changi Airport) to Hanoi (Noi Bai Airport) every week.

The distance from Vietnam (Noi Bai Airport) to Singapore (Changi) is about 2,220 km. The average time from Singapore to Vietnam is 3 hours 10 minutes.

Vietnam Airlines (VN)

  • Frequency: Daily flight from Singapore to Hanoi.
  • Time: Departing from Singapore at 15h50 and arriving in Hanoi at 18h15.

Vietnam Airlines is a national airline of Vietnam. It has a convenient flight time, not too early or too late. The highlights when moving by the national airline Vietnam is that passengers will be served food and be sent 20kg of luggage free. The downside is, the flight attendant is considered to be unfriendly to the tourists.

Singapore Airlines (SQ)

  • Frequency: There is a flight departing from Singapore to Hanoi.
  • Time: Departing from Singapore at 9h50 and arriving in Hanoi at 12h05.

Singapore Airlines also joins two airlines: Silkair and Vietnam Airlines, to send passengers from Singapore to Silkair or Vietnam Airlines on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, in addition to its main flight from Singapore at 9:50 am, it also combined with the two carriers to bring more customers to Hanoi in the afternoon. If you go in the afternoon, you will sit in the plane of the other two airlines.

The advantage of Singapore Airlines is the 5-star service in the world with the high quality service. However, the price is high and sometimes, it is equal to that of Vietnam Airlines.

Silkair (MI)

  • Frequency: There are 3 flights per week from Singapore Hanoi on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
  • Time: Departing from Singapore at 15h05 and arriving in Hanoi at 17h25.

Silkair is a Singapore Airlines with the quality service. The passengers will be provided the luggage allowance of 20kg. The flying time is also very convenient. The prices are not much higher than Vietnam Airlines.

Tiger Airways (Singapore)

  • Frequency: There are 5 flights a week from Singapore to Hanoi on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. No flight on Monday and Wednesday.
  • Time: Departing from Singapore at 10:25 am and arriving in Hanoi at 12:55. On Saturday and Sunday,  departing at 13h00 and landing at 15h30.

The cheap airline Tiger Airways has the disadvantage that passengers must enter passport number when booking air tickets from Singapore to Hanoi. Tiger Airways is a cheap airline so when you eat on the plane you will have to pay. 20kg of luggage is also paid.

5 Tips for booking the cheap flight from Singapore to Vietnam

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5 tips for cheap flight to Vietnam from Singapore

1. A computer and a high-speed Internet

Surely a good computer, a high-speed Internet access will support you.

The promotion of airlines always attracts the huge amount of participants. In addition, the promotion time is only focused on several hours of the evening (due to the comments of many agencies, avoid staff distractions during working hours), leading to the same amount of access to the website at a very large and sudden increase.

2. Register to receive the promotion notification

This is a trick but extremely effective to “hunt” for the cheap airline tickets. It’s easy for you to sign up as a member of the airline website or forum. When you become a member, you will be one of the first to know the latest promotion information of the airline.

3. Always carry an international payment card

Visa and Master Cards are two most popular cards that the airline always applies for payment of promotional tickets. Always carry a valid international payment card to ensure you do not miss the golden opportunity from booking the cheap airfare. Visa Debit and Master Debit cards are now extremely fast and simple registration in banks.

4. Choose flexible fares

You should book as soon as possible. If you are traveling with a group of friends and you do not have the cheapest ticket, do not be disappointed.

5. Plan your Vietnam trip

If you have planned your holidays, please visit the website of the airlines regularly at least 3 months in advance. In addition, the night flights are often cheaper than the day flights, so you also pay attention to it on the international flights to make a reasonable choice.

Does Singaporean need visa to Vietnam?

Singaporean has Vietnam visa exemption in not more than 30 days under the bilateral visa exemption regime for Singaporean citizens. When entering Vietnam, Singapore tourists do not need to apply for a visa in advance. They only need a valid passport, a return ticket (such as airfare and train tickets) and not be prohibited to entry into Vietnam.

Otherwise, if Singaporeans want to stay in Vietnam more than 30 days, a valid Vietnam visa is absolutely required.

Wish you succeed in your booking for the cheap flight from Singapore to Vietnam.

A Perfect One Month Itinerary in Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the most bountiful countries and has been an extremely exciting tourist destination in Southeast Asia. You would easily fall in love with this amazing country, the land of ancient secrets with vibrant culture, hearty people. Furthermore, Vietnam has spectacular landscapes with the diverse ecosystem, exotic food and delightful traditions.

This country offers a lovely contrasting picture: chaotic cities and peaceful village, majestic mountains and tranquil beaches. Spending as long as possible in this country then you would find out there are so many things you want to learn about Vietnam. Absolutely, exploring Vietnam and you will never regret because you will have the most rewarding travel experiences ever in your life.

If you have a month in Vietnam, it is a reasonable amount of time to discover the country, you can experience from the North to the South and that could be your unforgettable trip ever.

In order to utilize your time, you should visit the places that can represent their regions and there are some vibrant places of the North, the Central and the South for you to visit: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Ho Chi Minh. However, something must be done, and you need to know before you travel to Vietnam.

Notes for obtaining a Vietnam visa

Check for Vietnam visa before your every trip to Vietnam
Check for Vietnam visa before your every trip to Vietnam

First things first, you always must check for Vietnam visa requirements and get one before landing in Vietnam if required. Nevertheless, the process of making visa is quite complicated, so it may discourage you but do not worry about that. There are few ways to a Vietnam visa depending on your condition, situation and place you are from.

According to the recent Vietnam Government decree regarding immigration (2/16/2017), the visitors from 46 countries can apply for Vietnam’s e-visa (electronic visa) during pilot period and the validity endures 30 days. You can find out the list of 46 countries in the list of nationals eligible for Vietnam e-visa.

Updated on July 20, 2018: there are 24 countries have the exemption of entry visa to Vietnam with the ordinary Passport

If your home country is not on the list of 46 countries or your nationality is included in the list but you wish to stay in Vietnam for more than 30 days or visit Vietnam on a business trip, and you are not the citizens of those 24 countries, so you can consider two ways to obtain a Vietnam visa. With the ordinary way, you have to go to the Vietnam Embassy in your home country then follow the procedure to apply for the visa. Another method is Visa on Arrival (VOA), this method has been the most popular in recent years because it is extremely convenient, affordable and can save your time and money.

How to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival

Firstly, with the Visa on Arrival, you can easily submit the application online by filling out the form online (https://visaonlinevietnam.com/apply-vietnam-visa-form) and it merely takes 5 minutes. Then after 2 working days, you will get the visa approval letter via email. Finally, when you arrive in Vietnam, you have to present these following documents (your passport, Visa Approval Letter, 2 passport photos, visa approval letter via email, stamping fee) to the Immigration Officer to receive the Visa stamped.

The visitors wishing to obtain a VOA should notice that you have to pay two fees for it including Stamping fee and Service fee. A single-entry visa costs 25$ USD for stamping fee and 50$ USD for multiple entry visa valid up to 3 months. In terms of service fee, you can find out more options through the table below or check out for your nationality at: Cost of Vietnam visa on arrival.

Vietnam visa on arrival cost
Vietnam visa on arrival cost

Weather in Vietnam

In general, Vietnam is typically hot and humid. The weather can vary among different regions based on the geographical position.

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Vietnam weather overview
  • Mountainous – high area of the North: this area is divided into two seasons; the dry season runs from October to March while wet season runs from April to September. It can get very cold and frosty in the dry season.
  • Northern Vietnam: has four seasons, but it has an enormous difference between winter and summer. It is hot wet in the summer and the degree could be up to 38°C. The winter is cold and dry, and it is pretty cold, the lowest degree is 5°C.
  • Central Vietnam: this part has hot and dry weather from January to late August, the temperature often reaches approximately 30°C. From October to November, the rainfall turns to strong and the typhoons could appear at this time.
  • Southern Vietnam: Typically, the South’s climate is hot throughout the year and divides into two seasons; dry and wet. The dry season begins in November until lately April and being hot and humid. From May to early November is the wet season

And now, let’s learn in details a sample itinerary for your 1 month in Vietnam.

Recommended Vietnam 1-month travel

Hanoi trip: 3 days in one of the most ancient capitals

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is over 1000 years old so there is no denying that Hanoi represents the most cultural and ancient cities in the World. It is a fascinating mix of the East and the West which is the vestiges and influences of the invasions in the past.

One thing is inevitable that if you visit Hanoi for the first time you would get culture shock a bit because of the chaotic city center, insane traffic, crazy drivers, and pollution. However, you will also be impressed by the fantastic street food, vibrant nightlife, lovely locals, unique architecture and wonderful tradition.

Things to do in Hanoi

#1 Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and visit Ngoc Son Temple

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Visit Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple in Hanoi

Hoan Kiem lake is located in the city centre and it is the most popular and attractive place to the locals and tourists. Ngoc Son temple locates on a small island in the centre of Hoan Kiem Lake linked by a unique bridge named “The Huc”. The fee to visit Ngoc Son temple is 20,000vnd ~ 1$ USD.

This site contains interesting historical stories and legends regarding the name of the lake. Now this place has become walking street every weekend with a lot of special activities regarding folklore and folk art.

#2 Visit Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

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Visit Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long became the UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010. The building represents ancient oriental architecture, and it was the political centre of 13 consecutive centuries as well as the capital of Vietnam until now.

Nearby, you can also visit the symbol of Hanoi, it is the central flag tower of the citadel stands 40 meters. Ticket’s price t for entrance to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is 30,000vnd ~1.32$ USD.

#3 Visit the Temple of Literature

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Visit the Temple of Literature

Temple of literature or “Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam” is the first national university of Vietnam. This charming complex temple is located to the south of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars.

It contains various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors who achieved the best in examinations. Visiting this place, you are able to learn more about Vietnamese history, especially Ly and Tran Dynasties. The entrance ticket is 10,000vnd.

#4 Wander and explore Hanoi Old Quarter

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Wander and explore Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter is an attractive area of the city where the visitors can experience the history of Hanoi, rich food culture, French-colonial architecture and even the manner of Hanoian. The Old Quarter is based in Hoan Kiem District, the important district of Hanoi.

This area is always crowded regardless of day or night because it is the residential and commercial centre. To Vietnamese, another common name of Old Quarter is “the 36 streets” related to the crafts special to each area gave their names to 36 streets of the quarter. This is a special and unique trait of this place.

At night, the Old Quarter turns extremely lively and bustle with plenty of things to do, especially at Ta Hien Street where the locals call “Foreigner Street”. At this location, the visitors can choose any restaurants and sit on tiny plastic chairs, drink cheap local beer and taste the great street foods ever. It is a really entertaining and most popular hangout spot with live music, pubs, bars and nightclubs.

#5 Other Hanoi Attractions

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Ho Chi Minh is the first Vietnamese communist leader and hero of national liberation. He is well-respected and has had a major influence on Vietnamese people.

Dong Xuan market: the largest market in Hanoi where you can find some souvenir stuff or handicrafts.

There are many Hanoi’s significant attractions you can consider as well such as Hanoi Opera House, National Museum of Vietnam, Ba Dinh Square, One Pillar Pagoda, etc.

What to eat in Hanoi

Absolutely, Hanoi is the paradise for foodies because the types of food are amazingly diverse, and the taste is extraordinary with the incredibly cheap price. It is sad you will not have enough time to try all the dishes

However, you should notice three most specific and must-eat dishes that are Pho, Bun Cha and Cha Ca

“Phở” is Vietnamese traditional dish and kind of rice noodle soup serves with few herbs and meat, primarily made with beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà). In Hanoi, you will be able to try “Northern-style Pho”. A bowl of Pho has price from 30,000vnd to 60,000vnd (1.3$ – 2.6$ USD).

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Remember to eat Hanoi Pho

Actually, there are plenty of Pho restaurants in Hanoi, so you would get a bowl of Pho at anywhere. Yet, if you want to find cleanliness, comfort and prestige place so you could go for some branded Pho restaurants such as Pho Bát Đàn, Pho 24, Pho Lý Quốc Sư, Pho Thìn, etc. Nevertheless, you should not underestimate the small restaurants with tiny plastic chairs because for the locals, those types of restaurants somehow are the best.

“Bún Chả” originated from Hanoi, it severs with grilled fatty port, rice noodle, lettuce and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce. No doubt, the incredible taste of Bun Cha made President Obama fell in love with.

It is same to Pho, you can find the Bun Cha everywhere in Hanoi. You also can try the most famous restaurant now where Obama got his first meal of Bun Cha called “Bún Chả Hương Liên”. This restaurant is located at 24 Le Van Huu Street and even now it has become more well-known, but the price has no change. You can have a meal of Bun Cha with 2$ USD, it is unbelievable!!

Ha Long Bay: 3 days in the world heritage site.

Ha Long is in the Northeast of Vietnam, 70 kilometres from Hanoi so you can go there by taking a coach or car. In recent years, Ha Long Bay has been one of the most iconic tourist destinations, it is the 7th Wonders of nature in the world.

Ha Long Bay is definitely unique, there is nowhere else like it in the world. Its spectacular beauty will take your breath away, 1500 rainforests topped limestone karsts different shapes and sizes rising out of emerald waters.

Things to do in Ha Long Bay

#1 Taking a boat cruise tour

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Explore Ha Long Bay

The visitors can choose a boat cruise tour, it could be 2 days 1 night depending on your budget. There is one problem that you need to be careful when choosing boat cruise tour because of the scams on the internet.

This type of tour is quite interesting, you will have time to watch the Bay, discover Sung Sot Cave and Dau Go Cave then kayaking around the cliffs.

#2 Visiting the fishing village

Another option that you can visit a fishing village named “Cửa Vạn”, it is a floating village with 400 households, approximately 1,700 people. You can stay here one night to experience the life of the fisherman. You will have a chance to enjoy the delicious seafood with fresh ingredients from the sea.

Hoi An: 7 days in the most charming city of Vietnam

Hoi An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast, and it is well-known for UNESCO well-preserved Ancient Town. Visiting Hoi An you will get lost in a land of fairy tales.

Just imagine…you are getting into a fanciful town with the cobbled lanes and around you are hundreds of colourful lanterns. The idyllic river flows through the town with the amazing bridges link both sides of the town. Wow! It is stunning scenery, you will not be able to resist and might think that is unreal.

Things to do in Hoi An

#1 Hit to the An Bang beach

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Hit to An Bang Beach – Hoi An

An Bang beach is about 5km from Hoi An city, so you can rent a motorbike to get there. When reaching the beach, you can find any restaurants to park your motorbike, but you have to buy a drink from them then the owners will watch your motorbike.

An bang is one of Vietnam’s most enjoyable beach, there’s a wonderful stretch of fine sand and an enormous horizon. It is ideal to relax at this tranquil beach.

#2 Go to Hai Van Pass

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Go to Hai Van Pass

Take a cruise to Hai Van Pass, one of the most scenic coastal highways in the world. At this spot, visitors just admire the majestic scenery and taking some great photos.

#3 Exploring the city at night

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Explore Hoi An by night

The town is so lively at night where fill up with food stalls, plastic chairs, colourful lanterns. Sit by the Thu Bon river and enjoy the peaceful Hoi An. If you want more fun, you can cross the river to find some good bars, pubs and nightclubs.

What to eat in Hoi An

Cao Lau is Hoi An noodle speciality has been eaten in the city since the 17th century. This dish consists of brown rice noodle goes with sliced pork, crunchy rice crackers, spicy, big handfuls of fresh herbs and tasty broth. The price of a bowl is just over $2 USD, you can try the Mrs Thu restaurant in Tran Phu Street or larger space and comfort go to Cơm Gà Hương which is located at Le Loi Street.

Banh mi is Vietnamese baguette sandwich and one of the tastiest street foods ever. In Hoi An, go to Banh My Phuong to try this dish. Banh My Phuong was also recommended by Anthony Bourdain in his show.

Da Lat: 3 days in the city of flowers

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Explore Da lat

Đà Lạt or Dalat is the capital of Lam Dong province in Vietnam. The city is located 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level on the Langbian Plateau in the southern parts of the Central Highlands region. In Vietnam, Da Lat is a popular tourist destination.

Da Lat’s specific sights are pine forest with twisting roads and tree marigold blossom in the winter. Da Lat has spring-like weather and people call it “City of Eternal Spring”

Things to do in Da Lat

#1 Cliff jumping and Canyoning

Da Lat is an ideal place to go canyoneering. If you are adventurous you should go cliff jumping, it can make you extremely exciting. Plus, you also have the opportunity to navigate your way down a canyon and waterfalls by abseiling

#2 Hike up to Liang Biang Mountain

#3 Visit wonderful waterfalls

Visitors can choose one of three famous waterfalls tours. The nearest waterfall is Dantanla waterfall, 5km from Da Lat. The second one is Elephant waterfall, 28km from Da Lat. Pongour Waterfall is farthest, 45km from Da Lat.

#4 Chillout at the Valley of Love

If you are a romantic and have visions of strolling hand in hand with your beloved, then the Valley of Love is the place

Nha Trang: 7 days in the beautiful coastal city

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Visit Nha Trang

Nha Trang is the capital of Khánh Hòa Province, on the South Central Coast of Vietnam. Nha Trang is well known for its beaches and scuba diving and has developed into a popular destination for international tourists, attracting large numbers of backpackers, as well as more affluent travellers on the south-east Asia circuit, it is already very popular with Vietnamese tourists, with Nha Trang Bay widely considered among the world’s most beautiful bays.

Things to do in Nha Trang

#1 Beaches

No doubt, Nha Trang’s beaches are the star attraction, with clean white sand, blue waters, swaying palms and a pleasant promenade. Tourists would have a great time at these clean and tranquil beaches

#2 Diving and snorkeling

#3 Touring Ba Ho waterfall

If you look for more interesting things to do, so go for an intense hike to Ba Ho. In order to get there, it’s a scenic 27-kilometer drive north along the coast, then a sweaty, challenging 25-minute hike up to the first of three falls that you can swim in

#4 Boat trip

A day for the boat trip on a packed boat is as cheap as $7 USD, including lunch, transport and stops for sunbathing at beaches and an aquarium but no admission fees

#5 Mud Bath

#6 Visit Po Nagar Cham Towers

#7 Visit Long Son Pagoda

Long Son Pagoda is a Buddhist temple in the city of Nha Trang. Long Son Pagoda was erected on another hill in 1886 under the abbotship of Thích Ngộ Chí (1856–1935), who hailed from the district of Vinh Xuong in Khánh Hòa Province. Before joining the sangha, he was a participant in anti-French resistance forces that attempted to regain Vietnamese independence

Ho Chi Minh City: 5 days in the largest city of Vietnam

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A trip to Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) aka Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam by population. This is a city of mixed culture from the classic French architecture to the modern skyscrapers. HCMC is also the business capital of Vietnam, it has a rich history and vestiges of war. It now has been growing rapidly.

Things to do in HCMC

#1 Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace or Independent Palace built on the site of the former Norodom Palace is a landmark in HCMC. It was designed by architect Ngô Viết Thụ and was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam war. It was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.

#2 Visit Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office

The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a glorious vestige of French colonial architecture. The building was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the late 19th century it first opened in 1891. The building still functions as the city’s main post office. The Central Post Office has unique Architecture and it counts with Gothic, Renaissance and French influences.

#3 Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral is a cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Established by French colonists who initially named it Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saigon, the cathedral was built between 1863 and 1880.

#4 Binh Tay Market

Binh Tay Market was constructed by the French in the 1880s and is located in the centre of Chinatown district in HCMC. This market mainly serves the local population with its extensive range of fresh fruits, vegetables, poultry, meat and seafood from regions across Vietnam

#5 The War Remnants Museum

What and where to eat

Like Hanoi, HCMC is very diverse in cuisine with typical Southern flavour. Tourist can try Pho with Southern-style to distinguish the difference of the flavour between two regions

Besides, do not forget to try the exotic street food in HCMC. Banh Beo is part of the cuisine from central Vietnam, Banh Beo (literally “water fern cake”) are small round discs of rice flour, formed to look like lily flower pads found in the estates surrounding the old imperial city of Hue.

You can try this dish at Nam Giao restaurant; 36 Le Thanh Ton Street, in an alleyway behind Ben Thanh market. District 1

Banh Canh noodles are Vietnam’s version of udon, a thicker noodle that can be made with either tapioca flour, rice flour, or a combination of the two. The cua in this soup is crab, and the result is a vicious crab soup with thick noodles — not for those who shrink from goopy foods. Try this dish at Kim Long; 80/68 Tran Quang Dieu Street, District 3.

After all the above things, so why not travel to Vietnam?