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    VIETNAM VISA AT EMBASSY AND VIETNAM VISA ON ARRIVAL – ALL INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Since the immigration law has recently changed and getting visa and extensions is becoming harder and more expensive, we believe the Vietnam visa application for the visa on arrival is much easier and cheaper at the moment. Searching through internet, you will easily find that there are two ways for you to obtain a visa for Vietnam: Getting a visa at a local Vietnam embassy; Getting a Vietnam visa on arrival. And after successfully getting a visa to Vietnam, we would like to introduce here a brief comparison between these two ways for visa application. I. SIMILARITIES 1.1 Both are legitimate. Both are issued by government authorities of Vietnam (visa at embassy is…

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    MONEY ABROAD: HOW TO DEAL WITH EXCHANGES AND WITHDRAWALS

    Our tips on how to deal with money exchange, withdrawals, ATMs, foreign currencies, etc., when travelling abroad. HOW TO DEAL WITH MONEY ABROAD Before travelling abroad, one important matter you will have to take into consideration is how to deal with money in every single country you are going to visit. The more countries you are going to touch, the more currencies you will see and handle, and your mind will be getting closer to blow after all the rate exchange conversions! First of all, don’t forget to inform your bank you are going to use your card in determinate countries, in order to avoid to get it blocked; second…

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    BARNEY’S DANANG BACKPACKERS HOSTEL

    Tips, photos, advice and review to get your best stay at amazing Barney’s Hostel in the beautiful city of Da Nang, Vietnam. Danang is fastly becoming the perfect half way spot between the Northern capital Hanoi and the opposite far end Ho Chi Minh. This city has several tourist attractions, both natural and artificial. Barney’s Danang Backpackers Hostel (www.barneyhostel.com) rises on the right bank of Han river, right in the middle of all these points of interest. Danang International Airport is well linked to the two main Vietnamese cities with everyday flights, and is currently developing its International destinations, that now include direct flights from Hong-Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Macau,…

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    FROM HA GIANG TO SAPA, NORTHERN VIETNAM

    Our journey continues immersed in the mountains, going west to Sapa, very popular touristy town in northern Vietnam. We leave the beautiful province of Ha Giang late in the morning on a bus to Lao Cai, important junction on the Chinese border, where we arrive around 5.30 pm. HOW TO REACH SAPA? Most of backpackers reach Sapa from Hanoi, stopping over at the Chinese border city of Lao Cai. If you are not driving yourself by motorbike, you have 2 valid cheap alternatives: by train, preferably a sleeper train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, about 6-hour long, followed by a 1-hour bus ride to Sapa. You can easily book your…

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    HA GIANG TO DONG VAN AND BACK, THE HIGHPOINT OF VIETNAM

    Here we go exploring Vietnam’s north end, Ha Giang province, last tourism frontier in growing evolution. HA GIANG The city of Ha Giang, about 70,000 inhabitants, develops along the banks of river Lo. As told in our previous post, the bus from Cao Bang and Bao Lam dropped us south to the city, so we opted for a random guesthouse in the suburbs, as only things we need from this place are a motorcycle and a bed. Powered by 12Go Asia system We plan our next days and as always we are rushing, wanting to see the most possible. We walk out of our place at 7 am, booking another night and leaving our backpacks…

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    STORY OF A WHOLE DAY ON A MINIBUS: FROM CAO BANG TO HA GIANG

    Today we have to travel from Cao Bang to Ha Giang, northern Vietnam, for 235 km by minibus, which in normal conditions would take 3-4 hours, but in abnormal conditions like ours will extend up to 12 hours! CAO BANG Sweet wake up at 4.45 am and we head walking to Cao Bang bus station. Our question is “will there be a direct bus to Ha Giang?”, answer of course is no. We will have to take 3 different minibuses, and will reach our destination at 5.30 pm, for totally 12 hours to cover the immense distance of 235 km. What a life. If you want to travel from Hanoi to…

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    CAO BANG AND BAN GIOC WATERFALLS, VIETNAM

    In this brief one-day-trip we explore the northeastern province of Cao Bang, with Ban Gioc-Detian Waterfalls as final destination on the border with China. SLEEPER BUS FROM HANOI TO CAO BANG We just left charming Hanoi and are heading north now. After an unusual night on the sleeper bus from Hanoi, we step off at Cao Bang bus station at dawn, 5.30 am. Sleeper buses from Hanoi leave every night after 9.30 pm from My Dinh bus station, and reach Cao Bang about 6-7 hours later. Still half asleep, we walk through locals who press us asking where we want to go, and we sneak away quickly. CAO BANG PROVINCE Cao…

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    HA LONG BAY CRUISE, VIETNAM

    Here we are finally at one of the highlights of our Vietnam jorney: Ha Long Bay! With almost 2000 islands, this archipelago part of the Unesco World Heritage is a must see in Vietnam. HOW TO REACH HA LONG BAY Ha Long Bay is commonly reached from Hanoi, the easiest way is to book a cruise with some agency or hotel in Hanoi and then be transferred by bus for a 4-hour trip. Alternatively, some people prefer to go by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba, and then opt for either a cruise from there or spending some nights on Cat Ba Island. There is also a third way, now…

  • HANOI, VIETNAM

    We arrive in Hanoi late in the afternoon after 5 hours by bus from Ha Long. Before reaching Hanoi city center, we pass by the most peripheral neighborhoods where huge residential villages are being built, true islands detached from the world around. We arrive in the Old Quarter, the most famous and tourist area in Hanoi. There are lots of accommodation in the Old Quarter, one we recommend is the elegant Hanoian Hotel, a beautiful hotel with very nice interiors and lovely city view rooms. We enjoy our night walking among the stands of the night market, which takes place in one of the main roads of the Old Quarter…