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Vietnam has now become so popular a destination in Asia. Let’s travel to Vietnam to visit such a interesting culture, friendly people and wonderful landscapes.
Have fun and happy travelling in our beautiful country!
Ha Long Bay in northeastern Vietnam is a complex of offshore islands being one of the most typical examples of marine-invaded tower karsts. The Bay consists of more than 1.600 islands and islets hiding inside many spectacular caves and grottoes with stalactites and stalagmites. The bay’s sublime & magnificent beauty sets it apart from other sites and is drawing millions of cruisers every year.
It is said that the perfect way to discover and enjoy the world natural wonder is to jump onto a traditional junk sailing to the far-most corners where there are hidden lagoons, unexploited beaches with pure emerald water and exotic grottos that can be found nowhere else in the world.
Has anyone recently got a Vietnamese visa in either Phnom Penh, or Sihanoukville?
Just wanting to know the cost & time frame for a single-entry visa.
Vung Tau is an old port and the first Vietnamese area to be visited by vacationers and people seeking health treatment.
Vung Tau is situated in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, 125km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.Vung Tau, with an average temperature of 28ºC, has 20km of coastline with famous soft-sand beaches and calm waters.
Vung Tau has five beaches scattered over the peninsula. Bai Truoc, also called Front Beach, is located on the western side of Vung Tau and stands between Nho and Lon Mountains. Restaurants, kiosks, and hotels are close to the beach. Vong Nguyet, also called O Quan Beach, is a peaceful cove with good wind. Surfers particularly enjoy this area.
Bai Dua or Dua Beach is located approximately 2km from the center of the city. People who do not like crowded beaches particularly enjoy this quiet beach. Bai Sau, also called Back Beach, is the longest stretch of sand on the peninsula. It is located approximately 2km from town on the southeastern side of Vung Tau. It is exposed to East Sea wind and surfing there is excellent. Finally, Bai Dau Beach is located at the foot of Lon Mountain. It is a small quiet beach, 3km west of Vung Tau.
Beside beautiful beaches, Vung Tau also has many unique architectural achievements as: Jesus Christ’s Statue, White Villa, Sakyamuni Pagoda, Thang Tam’s Local Gods.
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well don’t go through a travel agent, just book your flghts, an take some money an then youcan do what you want when you want!
You could obtain a visa upon arrival in Vietnam, but it could end up being a hassle that is resolved by paying off the officer approving your entry into the country (that recently happened to some friends of mine).
A) Single Entry (transit) Us $ 25.
B) Multiple Entries Visa
– Valid Less Than One Month Us $ 40
– Valid Less Than Six Months Us $ 70
– Valid From Six Months To One Year
Us $ 100
Sapa, nestling in a beautiful valley on the border with China, is northwest Vietnam’s most colorful destination.
Vivid green rice terraces are sculpted into the mountain sides while in the fields H’mong and Dao women work dressed in colorful traditional clothes.
At the end of the week the H’mong, Dao and other ethnic minorities trek into town from the surrounding countryside to trade goods at the weekend markets in Sapa, Bac Ha and other small towns. Here they sell silver jewellery, traditional embroidered fabrics and authentic articles of hill tribe clothing at the markets.
Sapa and its environs has some of the best trekking in Vietnam and there are many ethnic minority villages that can be reached in day treks from Sapa or for a real hill tribe experience it is possible to stay overnight in local villages along the way. The scenery is spectacular, especially in spring and autumn when the skies are clear and blue, and the people are welcoming. Dominating the Sapa skyline is the peak of Vietnam’s highest mountain, Mount Fan Si Pan, rising to 3,143m above sea level.
Hill-tribe markets in Sapa area
Nothing can prepare you for the riot of color and activity at the regional minority markets that can be found dotted around the Sapa region. Make sure you’ve brought enough film or your camera’s batteries are fully charged, as they are a photographer’s delight!
The legend of Hạ Long has it that, “Once upon a time, soon after the Việt people established their country, invaders came. The Jade Emperor sent Mother Dragon and her Child Dragons down to earth to help the Việt people fight against their enemy. Right at the time invaders’ boats were rushing to the shore, the dragons landed down on earth. The dragons immediately sent out from their mouths a lot of pearls, which then turned into thousands of stone islands emerging in the sea like great walls challenging the invaders’ boats. The fast boats couldn’t manage to stop and crashed into the islands and into each other and broke into pieces.
After the victory, Mother Dragon and Child Dragons didn’t return Heaven but stayed on earth at the place where the battle had occurred. The location Mother Dragon landed is nowadays Hạ Long Bay and where Child Dragons descended is now Bái Tử Long. The dragons’ tails waving the water created Long Vĩ (present Trà Cổ peninsula) and formed a fine sand beach over ten kilometers long”.
Hạ Long Bay is located in the northeastern part of Vietnam and constitutes part of the western bank of Bắc Bộ Gulf, including the sea area of Hạ Long City and Cẩm Phả Town and part of Vân Ðồn island district. It abuts Cát Bà Island in the southwest. Toward the west is the shore with a 120 km-long coastline. It is located within 106o58’-107o22’ east longitude and within 20o45’- 20o50’ north latitude. The site is 1553 sq. km with 1969 islands of various sizes, of which 989 have been named.
Most definitely on the tourist trail, Ben Thanh Market is a landmark at the big roundabout where Le Loi, Tran Hung Dao and Ham Nghi meet. The central island of the roundabout, alive with bright yellow flowers, is a good vantage point from where to photograph the energetic market. It is also interesting to watch the traffic go by!
Ben Thanh supplies everything and more… From fresh vegetables to stationary and power tools! For those who suffer claustrophobia it may be a bit daunting squeezing down narrow aisles past product displays and bustling patrons.
Vietnamese versions of western food halls are very informal. Small stools line the many stalls, most of them occupied by hungry locals. Food preparation occurs in the open right in front of you. It is therefore easy to decide on a tasty-looking dish. Pull over a stool and tuck in!