Getting stuck at one of Malaysian airports, waiting for Vietnam visa approval letter will be the most stressed and exhausted time for any travellers. The services for your trip in Vietnam have been reserved and well-organised itinerary has been scheduled which seem to be broken due to your Vietnam visa missing.
Monthly Archives: June 2013
Top 10 tips for women travelling alone
1. Read as much as you can before travelling. Some forums such as tripadvisor or lonelyplanet is really useful.
2. Do as the locals do: Study at what local women are wearing. Do they have their shoulders covered? Are they sunbathing? Avoid drawing unwelcome attention to yourself.
3. Plan your itinerary each day and make sure you know how to get there and back.
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Where can I get the cheapest Vietnam visa?
Vietnam visa procedures, as you know, has been improved to simplify the customer’s entry. The applicants might have 2 options to get a Vietnam visa now:
1. Apply for a visa at the Vietnam Embassy or Consulates around the world, or
2. Apply for e-visa (visa on arrival) to get your visa at arrival airport Continue reading
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Immigrating to Vietnam from South Africa with visa on arrival services
According to a recent survey, there are 20 percent of South Africans were planning to move to another country or were seriously considering it. The idea of travelling overseas was most popular with young people aged 18 to 44 years of age. For these individuals, Vietnam can provide a very attractive destination.
Indeed, many South Africans have already made the move to Vietnam for both business and leisure purposes. The number of South African visitors coming to Vietnam is increasing rapidly since Vietnam government has simplified the immigration procedures including e-visa for South Africans arriving Vietnam by airlines. Continue reading
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Vietnam visa guide for Chinese living in Russia
Vietnam immigration policy regulated that all Chinese citizens do need a visa to enter Vietnam for leisure or business purposes. From Russia, Chinese applicants may have 2 options to get a visa to Vietnam: get Vietnam visa at the embassy in Russia or apply for an online visa. Vietnam online visa (e-visa or visa on arrival) seems to be the easiest way for Chinese citizens to get visa if they want to avoid the complicated procedures and bureaucracy.
There are about 998,000 overseas Chinese citizens who is living in Russia nowadays. Many of them make a choice to depart for Vietnam from Russia directly for leisure and business purposes. However, in order to enter Vietnam they are obliged to apply for a Vietnam visa. From Russia, Chinese applicants might choose to visit the Vietnam Embassy to apply for a visa in person as follow:
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Cheapest cities in the world: Summer 2013
Based on hotel accommodation, taxi trip, cocktails and dinner for two, the cheapest cities in the world have just been revealed by the third annual TripIndex survey from travel giant TripAdvisor. And the cheapest destinations for summer 2013 in order are;
1. Sofia in Bulgaria
The cosmopolitan city of Sofia is capital of this Eastern European gem, which has attracted budget-conscious travellers for years. Bulgaria is better known for its beautiful beaches and superb skiing facilities, but following the revelation that it’s the cheapest city in the world right now, I predict Sofia city breaks to really take off! The compact city is home to the UNESCO listed Boyana Church which dates back to the 10th century. Then there’s the nature and adventure capital of Bulgaria; Mount Vitosha where keen hikers, climbers and skiiers will be in their element. And then there’s the superb Sofia Art Gallery which showcases unique Bulgarian art. Continue reading
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Is 650EAD for 3 months tourist visa quoted by Vietnam Embassy expensive?
We are UK citizens having a plan to travel Vietnam for 3 months and we were quoted by the Vietnam embassy in Abu Dhabi (UAE) the cost for 3 months single entry visa of 650EAD (177USD or 113 pounds in conversion).
We were planning to travel to Vietnam overland but it might be cheaper if we fly into Vietnam using visa on arrival.
We would be interesting to hear the price from your agency www.e-vietnamvisa.com.
Dear Mr Chris,
Recently, there are some changes in the Vietnam visa fee regulated by the government. The stamping fee for 3 months single entry visa is 45USD now, instead of 25USD as before.
However, even to subject to nearly doubled processing fee, the visa fee that offered by the Vietnam Embassy in Abu Dhabi (UAE) is too expensive. If you apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival through www.e-vietnamvisa.com, it would be from 70USD – 77USD total. 117USD is far outweighs the price you pay for visa on arrival.
Looking forwards to hearing from you soon.
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Vietnam travel firm wants visa waiver for Russians extended
Vietnam’s tourism authorities should extend the visa waiver program for Russian tourists from 15 days to one month, a travel company’s representative told a conference on Sunday.
Longer free stays will attract more tourists, especially the elderly who want to avoid the winter in Russia for long periods and people who want to spend summer vacations with their children, said Mikhail Simonov, director general of Anh Duong Travel Company.
Simonov made the statement at a meeting on Vietnamese central coastal provinces’ tourism organized in Khanh Hoa Province, the Thoi bao kinh te Sai Gon (Saigon Times) reported.
According to Simonov, Russians consider Vietnam’s beautiful coastline an ideal destination for long vacations, as their home country is situated in the temperate zone.
In fact, more and more Russians have been extending their stays in Vietnam, he was quoted as saying.
One of the major tour operators focused on the Russian market, Anh Duong now operates 10-15-day tours for Russians to coastal destinations like Nha Trang, Da Nang and Hoi An year around.
The company operates two flights from Russia to Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa province every day during the low season. The number of flights doubles during the peak season, which starts in October.
Official figures showed that last year over 174,000 Russian tourists visited Vietnam, up more than 71 percent compared to 2011.
Despite an overall decrease in international tourists to Vietnam over the first five months of this year, Russian tourism increased 57.8 percent over the same period last year, to nearly 137,000 tourists, the Saigon Times reported.
Focus on sea tourism
At the conference, Nguyen Van Tuan, general director of the Vietnam Administration of Tourism, urged central coastal provinces to focus on their beaches that have possibilities to develop high quality resorts and services,Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
He also advised them to develop island tours in combination with cruises.
According to Tuan, the provinces have become destinations among foreign tourists, but failed to offer unique experiences or apply effective marketing and management methods and thus, have not seen many tourists return for second visits.
Tran Du Lich, head of a consultancy group for the central coast area’s development and cooperation, agreed.
He said the area hosts beautiful and unique beaches, but considering their potential, the ways they are being used for tourism are not “remarkable.”
Most of the provinces offer a similar experience, so they failed to attract tourists, according to Lich.
Central coastal provinces need to invest and develop sea and island tourism to compete with other countries, said Tran Dinh Thien, director of the Vietnam Institute for Economics.
It was reported at the conference that the central coast tourism grew over 13 percent per year between 2008 and 2012.
Last year, the area attracted nearly 17 million tourists, including over four million foreigners, and earned over VND18 trillion (US$855 million) from tourism.
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Hanoi named the cheapest destination in Asia
The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi has just been named the cheapest city in Asia and the second cheapest city in the world!
The respected TripAdvisor TripIndex for Summer 2013 compares costs across 49 cities in Europe, Americas, Africa, Oceania and Asia. In the comparison are a 4 star hotel, taxi trip, cocktails and dinner, all based on two travellers.
In summer 2012 Hanoi was in number one spot with a total cost for the four items at 141.22 USD. This summer, the total cost is 176.14 USD, which is 35 USD more. Sofia in Bulgaria has overtaken Hanoi this year as the cheapest destination in the world overall with a total cost of 158.42 USD (just 18 USD less than Hanoi).
Overall Hanoi has the cheapest dinner for two people out of all 49 cities at 36.71 USD, thanks to a fantastic array of local restaurants in the city. There are a few international restaurants but the majority of the dining in Hanoi is focused around authentic Vietnamese cuisine, with street food remaining a popular option for food on the go.
Daily life in Hanoi proceeds at a frenetic pace and there’s always something going on. The Old Quarter district provides a fascinating insight into the former French colonial rule, with rich period architecture, narrow streets ad traditional shopfronts. The museums are a great way to while away a few hours, with the Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam Women’s Museum and the Fine Arts Museum my particular favourites. At the center of Hanoi is the serene Hoan Kiem Lake where you can (almost) forget the constant buzz of mopeds. And you can’t leave Hanoi without visiting the two key sites of the former leader Ho Chi Minh himself. His official residence is fascinating: with his books, furniture and cars on display. In fact he chose to live his last years in the modest wooden house on site rather than in the Presidential Palace. And the soviet-style Hi Chi Minh Mausoleum is a must-see where Uncle Ho lays embalmed whilst travellers and locals shuffle by.
If we’ve inspired you to explore Vietnam, check out our exciting tours, from day trips to 17 day experiences, from just £38/59 USD. All tours are run by local operators who know Hanoi and Vietnam like the back of their hand: giving you an authentic Vietnamese adventure!
After Hanoi, the next 3 cheapest cities in Asia are: Bangkok in Thailand (6th place), Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (7th place) and Mumbai in India (16th).
And with more direct flights than ever to Vietnam, it seems that summer 2013 is the perfect time to visit Hanoi.
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Is transit passenger allowed to leave the airport?
I am travelling from Singapore to Korea and vice versa. My transit will be at Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN) and at Hanoi Airport(HAN). So is transit passenger being allow to travel to the city at Ho Chi Minh City Airport and also at Hanoi Airport?
Vietnam is one of these countries, and does not require any transit visa, as long as you plan to stay inside the airport. However, if you expect to travel Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi during your flight transit awaiting, you need to make sure:
– You are Vietnam visa exempted citizens or not.
Some countries have visa exemption scheme with Vietnam including: Brunei (14 days); Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos (30 days); Philippines (21 days); Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia and Finland (15 days). Learn more about Vietnam visa exemption.
– If you are not in the list, please apply for Vietnam tourist visa on arrival which allow you to stay up to 30 days, at the cost of 10 – 17 USD per visa for processing fee and 45 USD per visa for stamping fee.