Vietnam – Travel
Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 94.6 million inhabitants as of 2016, it is the world's 14th-most-populous country, and the ninth-most-populous Asian country. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, Thailand across the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the east and southeast. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976, with Ho Chi Minh City as the most populous city.
Visitors with passports from the following countries do not require a visa for stays up to the days specified:
- 14 days - Brunei, Myanmar.
- 15 days - Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
- 21 days – Philippines
- 30 days - Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan
- 90 days - Chile
All other nationalities will require a visa in advance to visit Vietnam.
Visitors who are citizens of the following 40 countries can apply for an e-visa at Vietnam Immigration Department or Authorised Agents . The e-visa is valid for a single entry, tourist purpose and a maximum stay of 30 days. Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China (except e-passport holders), Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, East Timor, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Myanmar, Mongolia, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. Even citizens including of Pakistan, Srilanka, Turkey, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kenya, Iran, Iraq.
The cost of an e-visa is about 25 USD, with a lead time of 2-3 business days. Faster service will cost more. Also note that the office is closed on the weekends - which doesn't mean that service is impossible, but it will cost upwards of $100. Also finally, you will still need to pay 25 USD or equivalent on landing, which you should have with you in cash.
Boat Tours -
One of the most popular ways to explore the rock islands, hidden beaches, and scenic beauty of this area is with a hospitable cruise tours. Because there is so much to see, most people opt for one of the many popular 2-3 day boat tours with a private sleeping cabin; however, single day excursions are also available. Longer boat tours give you a chance to explore some of the famous floating island villages in the bay and several of the area’s celebrated caves. Adventure-seeking and active travelers enjoy hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, and spelunking.
Cat Ba Island -
Cat Ba Island is the largest of these limestone islands in the Ha Long Bay (Cat Ba Island is 354 sq km, or about 220 sq. mi). It is located roughly in the center of the bay and has hotels, restaurants, a national park, and many interesting tourist features. Cat Ba National Park is a lush park with mangrove forests, lakes, and coral along the shore. The park is most often explored by bike or by hiking (trekking), but there are a few roads and tour buses also available. It is home to the critically endangered Golden-Headed or Cat Ba langur, and Cat Ba island is the only known place where this primate is known to live in the wild. To get to Cat Ba island, you have three options: you can take a ferry from Tuan Chau Island, a group junk boat ride from Bai Chay, or embark on a group boat ride from Hanoi. Many boat tours in Ha Long Bay also stop at Cat Ba Island.