Vietnam is most known for its turbulent wartime history, delicious food, and hyped-up Ha Long Bay.
It is also home to some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in Southeast Asia, and charming heritage sites that are worth a peek.
1 US Dollar = 21,475 Vietnamese Dong (as of the time of writing). To be a millionaire in Vietnam, you only need to have USD47!
Try checking your ATM card balance to get a good shock from all the digits. Purchasing power considered, your money still goes a long way in Vietnam.
This country is a great start (or end) to the Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand Indochina banana pancake trail.
Blue Skies in Ha Long BayCruise boats, in Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
Notre-Dame BasilicaNotre-Dame Basilica in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) , Vietnam
Ben Thanh MarketBen Thanh Market Area in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Ha Long Bay SunriseSunrise, in Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay CruiseCruise boats, in Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
Hoan Kiem Lake Night ShotHoan Kiem Lake at Night in Hanoi, Vietnam
Main cascade with the mistly mountainMain cascade with the mistly mountain, in Ban Gioc, Cao Bang, Vietnam, on September 2015
Mua Caves ViewpointMua Caves Viewpoint in Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Paradise Cave formationsParadise Cave, in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh, Vietnam
Hua Lu Ancient CitadelDinh Tien Hoang Temple at Hua Lu Ancient Citadel, in Hua Lu Ancient Citadel, Ninh Binh, Vietnam, on September 2015
One of the best views in Ninh Binh, overlooking Tam Coc, from Mua Caves viewpointOne of the best views in Ninh Binh, overlooking Tam Coc, from Mua Caves viewpoint, in Vietnam, on September 2015
Paradise Cave huge cavernHuge cavern of Paradise Cave, in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh, Vietnam, on September 2015
Hue Imperial CitySide view of Cua Ngo Mon (gate), the main tourist entrance, at the south side of the Imperial City in Hue, Vietnam, on September 2015
Roadside view of Thiem Mu TempleRoadside view of Thiem Mu Temple, along the Perfume River, in Hue, Vietnam, on September 2015
Cathedral-like Huyen Khong CaveCathedral-like Huyen Khong Cave, Marble Mountains in Da Nang, Vietnam
Colorfully Lit Shophouses at Hoi An at DuskCorful and well lit shophouses along the riverside in Hoi An Ancient Town, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Japanese Covered Bridge at SunsetJapanese Covered Bridge under the sunset twilight in Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam
Hanoi Night MarketNight Market at the Mid-Autumn Festival, in Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnamese tourists in traditional outfitVietnamese tourists in traditional outfit at Chua Thien Mu (temple), along the Perfume River, in Hue, Vietnam, on September 2015
Old French-colonial Building along Da Nang RiversideOld French-colonial Building along the riverside in Da Nang, Vietnam
Locals Enjoying a Night View of the Dragon BridgeLocals sitting on small stools, enjoying a view of the Dragon Bridge along the Han River, at night, in Da Nang, Vietnam
Sublime sunset with the dragon on the peakSublime sunset with the dragon on the peak, in Ninh Binh, Vietnam, on September 2015
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How to go to Vietnam?
Travelers either arrive at Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) in South Vietnam or Hanoi in North Vietnam. Da Nang in Central Vietnam is also a good option as it caters to a growing number of direct international flights.
Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi are well-connected by flight (2 hours) as well as by train (33 hours with no stops), and overnight buses.
From the Philippines
Fly directly to Ho Chi Minh from Manila on Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. Cebu Pacific also operates a direct route from Manila to Hanoi.
You can also consider taking a connecting flight via Singapore, Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur.
How to find cheap flights to Vietnam?
The easy way is to search on airfare comparison sites that can show you the lowest fares on many airlines in one go.
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How to book Vietnam promo fares?
Check Vietnam promo alerts several weeks or months ahead of your trip if you are planning your trip early. The cheapest promos are sold up to a year in advance of the travel/flight departure date & are often only available if you book directly with the airline.
Where should I book a hotel/hostel?
Go to Agoda to check room rates & discounts. Book as soon as you have finalized your travel dates because hotel/hostel prices rarely go down the closer you are on your trip. Make sure to filter your search based on your budget and sort the results by guest review rating.
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Do I need a visa to visit Vietnam?
Tourists from over 23 nationalities do not need to apply for a visa or entry permit to travel in Vietnam. If you are a citizen of one of these nations, you may be able to visit Vietnam visa-free for a maximum stay of 14 days, to up to 30 days depending on the passport provided.
Go to the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to check if you need to apply for a visa before going on your trip. The visa policy for each country is listed on the “Exemption of entry visa to Vietnam” page.
If you are from a country that is not listed under the visa exception scheme, see if you are eligible to apply for a Visa on Arrival (VoA).
Travelers can enter Vietnam through immigration checkpoints found in various airports and land border crossings.
Always remember that all countries have the right to refuse entry to any person. Even if you are eligible for the free tourist visa or already have one in hand at the border.
Make sure that you are able to provide the following:
Passport not expiring within 6 months.
Evidence that you are visiting for travel or holiday purposes only.
Evidence that you are able to fund your stay for the entire duration of your visit.
Have confirmed flight tickets back to your home country or an onward destination that you are allowed to enter.
Do Filipinos need a visa to travel to Vietnam?
Philippines nationals with ordinary passports can enjoy visa-free travel in Vietnam, for up to 21 days.
Filipino citizens (Philippine passport holders) do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in Vietnam granted that the purpose of the visit is for tourism or transit only.
Simply show up at the immigration checkpoint and get your passport stamped. Filipinos usually get a maximum stay of 21 days.
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