Don't make any Vietnam travel plans until you've secured a Vietnam Visa. Without one, you will not be doing any Vietnam Travel.
Not all Nationalities are required to purchase a visa.
There are only 2 ways of getting a Visa for entry into Vietnam. You either purchase one online, or you get one on arrival at an International Airports in Vietnam.
There are only 4 International Airports in Vietnam. Those airports are in Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nha Trang.
If you are European or North American, and plan on doing some Vietnam travel or Tours, then you'd better get your Vietnam Tourist Visa Online before coming.
Unless you'll be arriving at one of Vietnam's international airports
This is the law as of May, 2020, so don't let anyone tell you any differently.
Most tourists fly into Thailand, visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia, then head over to complete the trip with some Vietnam travel.
Some tourists enter Vietnam through Hanoi, but the vast majority start their Vietnam Travel in the Southern City of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
Saigon City has the facilities to accommodate so many tourists. 90% book their Accommodation at or near the Pham Ngu Lao area of Saigon, which is conveniently located in the Central part of the City.
Browse our picks for the best hotels in Central Saigon.
Central Saigon (Pham Ngu Lao) is the only area equipped to handle the massive volume of tourists that visit each year.
Learn what you need know about Ho Chi Minh City here.
If you are looking to relax and sit by the beach while the birds chirp their pattered love songs, then spend as little time as you can in Saigon or Hanoi.
Vietnam is extremely diverse. The differences in Climate and most Culture are large when you compare Saigon to Hanoi City in the North of Vietnam.
Even the Central Highlands of Vietnam is unique and Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam is famous for its stunning and unique beauty.
Rent a decent Motorbike and drive along the Eastern Coastline from Saigon to Đồng Hới City.
It is an unforgettable adventure and you'll marvel at the pristine, deserted beaches that line the Southern Coast along the way.
Have a look our adventure to find the The Best Vietnam Beaches, spanning from the tip of Southern Vietnam, right to the Chinese border in Norther Vietnam.
I wrote up a Vietnam Travel itinerary before leaving home. I thought I had modest goals, but I never saw half of what I intended on seeing.
I stayed in Vietnam for the next 3 years, working during the week, and hitting that next destination whenever my holidays allowed it.
I had 2 months of vacation time per year. That's 6 months over 3 years, and I never saw all that I wanted to see.
Just seeing the highlight of Vietnam can take 3 months, because it is a 2 pronged adventure.
There is Northern Vietnam, Central Vietnam, and Southern Vietnam, each with must see attractions that shouldn't be missed.
This Northern Capital city sits among tree-lined streets, with 24 different lakes inter-spaced throughout.
You can see the Chinese influenced architecture from the last millennium and the French stamp obvious in the buildings from our own century.
Most Vietnam travel excursions from China or Laos begin here.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a freaky sight. They keep his body in a sealed glass cage that rises from the floor into the chilled air of a sealed room.
That memory Still gives me the creeps to this day but it is a must see.
Find out more about Hanoi City Here.
Danang city is exactly halfway between Ho Chi Minh city to the South and Hanoi city to the North of Vietnam.
It is a more industrial type city but is becoming a hot-spot for tourists.
Find out more about Danang City Here.
Nha Trang is an all beach city in Vietnam. It is home to the longest stretch of fine sandy beach I've ever seen.
The waters are usually too rough to swim in, but there is an excellent part of The Nha Trang area that is perfect for water sports, snorkeling and swimming.
Its called Doc Let Beach, but it's nearly 41km South from Nha Trang.
You can find very nice seafood in Nha Trang and the Sailor's Club Restaurant on the beach is a magical place at night.
It may be a beach town, but everything closes very early at night. It is not a party town.
Find out more about Nha Trang here.
Any Vietnam travel must include a visit to Hue City.
Places of interest are Da Noi (Palaces of the old Kings and Queens), Thien Mu Pagoda and at night, the Trang Tien Bridge.
There are also the Dong Phong Nha Caves. They are a 2 hour drive from Hue City but worth the time if you have it.
Also, there is the famous and very beautiful Thuan An Beach just outside of Hue City.
Do a Private, all day tour of Hue for about $50USD and visit everything I have mentioned above, at half the price.
Find out more about Hue City Here.
Hoi An city is often referred to as the "Venice of Vietnam" because of the narrow canals meander through Hoi An.
Locals often use the waterways for small boat transportation.
Hoi An was originally founded by Japanese traders in the 16th century. It has since become Central Vietnam's most important port and trading center.
I consider Hoi An to be one of the most beautiful, and important places to visit in Vietnam.
Learn more about Hoi An City Here.
About 300 km from Saigon is the ever-cool mountain-top city of Dalat. Temperatures in Dalat are always 10 to 15 degrees cooler than in Saigon.
If you are going to take the road up to Dalat, do stop at Cat Tien National Park along the way.
Dalat City is a very popular place for the Vietnamese people. It is considered the perfect place to get married or spend your honeymoon.
Few Hotels have rooms available on arrival, because wedding parties go on all year round.
I recommend you secure a room online before going. There is no charge until you check in anyways.
Find out more about Dalat City.
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is bustling with loud, honking motorbikes that thicken the air with a massive amount of both air and noise pollution.
Just crossing the road in this abrasive city is an exercise in caution, but Saigon serves up a powerful taste of Vietnam travel.
You will see a never boring array of life that is in constant motion in Saigon City (Ho Chi Minh City).
Find out more about Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
The Mekong Delta is a flat agricultural area in the far south of Vietnam. It is honey-combed with waterways that locals use to get around on their tiny boats.
The Mekong Delta is the place to see the jungles, canals and luxurious greenery of a well preserved Eco-System.
Book a 2 day adventure through the Mekong Delta with TripAdvisor's Tour Company.
Phu Quoc Island sits in the gorgeous waters in the Gilf of Thailand. It's a 50 Km boat ride from the mainland, but takes under an hour to fly there.
The best part is that you don't need a Vietnam Visa to visit Phu Quoc. You get 30 days free no matter where you come from and even if you fly out of the Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
The best time to go is between November and March, but get there as soon as you can.
Scuba diving, snorkeling, and eating fresh seafood is what I do. There is plenty of excitement in the early evenings, depending on which area you choose to book your Phu Quoc Hotel.
Phu Quoc is becoming more crowded everyday and I fear that it will become a tourist trap one day.
Learn more about Phu Quoc Island Here.
Most people I've met felt that their trip to Vietnam was a waste of time. They thought that the time would be better spent in Thailand, Laos or Cambodia.
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