Hi I'm going to Thailand for the summer and want to take a cheap air Asia flight to vietnam as I haven't been there before and flying will save me time with regards to travelling overland etc.
I wanted to know about visa for vietnam, I'm finding I can apply online and take letter to then get visa upon arrival when landing in vietnam. Is this simple enough as it sounds or are there alternatives?
Secondly I wanted to clear up leaving Thailand and then returning to Thailand. I'm only going for 30 days in total therefore not getting a 60 day visa for Thailand just one on arrival. Am I right in thinking I can re enter Thailand via air travel and receive another 30 days? Not that I will need them.
Lastly, the main reason for my post is to ask what you would do if you had 5/6 days in vietnam? I appreciate it isn't long and I don't expect to see masses of the country but would like to experience a bit of vietnam. Was thinking of flying in and out of ho minh chi city and see south of vietnam only. Not sure of backpacker areas or if there are close by beaches to see etc? Or do I see north and visit Hanoi and halong bay etc. finding it difficult to decide as both look nice but not aware of disadvantages or advantages for either so any advice, experience etc would be very much appreciated.
Easy ones first. Yes, getting a VN visa on arrival is the way to go. My blog covers my visa on arrival experience. Yes, you will get another free 30 day entry permit when flying back into BKK.
Now what to do with 6 days in VN. Both HCMC and HaNoi have their fans. The only beach outside of HCM that makes sense is Vung Tao and I vote 'don't bother'. If you choose HCM, you will basically have time for seeing the city, Cu Chi tunnels, couple day delta tour. If you choose HAN, you have time for city, HaLong Bay and perhaps Perfume Pagoda or a different day trip outside of HaNoi. I am going to vote you visit HaNoi. I think it is a more interesting city than HCM.
Good luck with your planning.
Your a star. Thanks a lot will bare that in mind and try to do some further research.
You can spend few days in Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta and Cu Chi. After that heading to Mui Ne (3-4 hours from HCMC, nice beach and some sandy hills to play). Then you can go to Dalat city (mountain area and cool weather). I think 5-6 days are enough to cover this route.
Firstly, it is very easy for you to get a visa on arrival to Vietnam. There are many travel agencies for choosing, one of them is-snip-. My friend's family used to use it and they will use again on the next occasion visiting us.
Secondly, if you would like to lying on beautiful beaches, you can visit Nha Trang, Vung Tau (Ho Chi Minh) and if you wish to explore culture in Vietnam, Hanoi and Hoi An is perfect. Hope this is helpful for you.
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You won't see much in only 5/6 days, but I encourage you to start in Hanoi (in my opinion, far more interesting than Saigon)
Air Asia is the way to get there
If you have several weeks lead time, you should reserve a free tour with Hanoikids - email to hanoikidsvn at gmail dot com
Vietnam will be quite the shock after the bright lights of Bangkok - I find the Vietnamese far friendlier/outgoing, but you have to remember than VN is not quite as advanced (getting very close now!)
If you only have 5-6 days in Vietnam I think you have some opt:
- HCMC: 1 day HCM city tour included Cu Chi Tunnel, travel Mekong delta Ben Tre My Tho 1day, third day come back HCMC go to Nha Trang explore Beach city== next day to Da Lat - Thousand flower city in the central highlands of VietNam==. /==or from Nha Trang go to Da Nang, Hoi An in the Central Viet Nam==. The last day come back HCMC.
-Hanoi Capital: 1 day Hanoi city tour, 1 day Halong bay, come back Hanoi train to Lao Cai visit Sapa - 4 seasons city in the North West of Vietnam, 1day visit some pagoda: Bai Dinh in Ninh Binh province, Perfume,...end tour.
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[ Edit: Edited on 18-Apr-2013, at 01:23 by tranthithanhgia ]