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Trip Tips and What to Pack For Your
Vietnam Singles Vacation

Country Information

Located on the eastern part of the Indochinese peninsula, Vietnam is shaped like the letter “S”. China borders it to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south.

With over 4,000-years of history, Vietnam has many valuable architectural monuments and there are more than 3,000 relics and landscapes classified national heritage. In addition there are over tens of millions of valuable antiques and national treasures being preserved and on display all over the country.

With over 4,000-years of history, Vietnam has many valuable architectural monuments and there are more than 3,000 relics and landscapes classified national heritage. In addition there are over tens of millions of valuable antiques and national treasures being preserved and on display all over the country.

The photo opportunities are endless as we travel past landscape dotted with rice paddies and water buffalo. Bicycles, mopeds and motorcycles fill the wide city avenues, which make crossing an experience. Expect to find bargains everywhere and anticipate tasting a new and unique cuisine. See daily rituals and traditions performed for hundreds of years.

Passport and Visas:

All travelers need a visa to visit Vietnam except citizens of certain Asian and Nordic countries.

You can get the visa by visiting a Vietnam Embassy and processing time is about 1 week. The easiest way to get your visa is the On Arrival / E-visa. You will need to fill out an "Online Application Form", pay a service fee and you should get your "Visa approval letter" within 2 working days, by either email or fax. Copies of the same document will be forwarded on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration checkpoints at the International Airports.

You can google Vietnam Visas or here are a few links - http://www.myvietnamvisa.com/  or http://www.getvisavietnam.com/ to get you started.

Take that letter along with at least 2 photos of standard passport size with you to either the Hanoi airport or Ho Chi Minh airport upon arrival. When you arrive in Vietnam, the Immigration officers will have those documents. The entire procedure should take about 15 minutes.

There will be two fees, one to the the visa agent and the stamping fee goes to the Vietnam embassy.

Visa Stamping Fee to be paid in Vietnam upon arrival

Note: This is the new stamping fee (2013) from the Vietnamese Immigration Department
45 USD/person for 1-3 month single entry visa.
65 USD/person for 1 month (29 days) multiple entries visa.
95 USD/person for 30 days to 3 months multiple entries visa.
135 USD/person for 6 months or more multiple entries.

Weather

Vietnam has 3 regions, the North, Center and South and each region has distinct climates.
* The north is hot and extremely humid and receives heavy rain from June – August. Winter is from November until March and is cool and damp.
* The center is warm throughout the year and the rainy season occurs from August or September until December. The center often receives storms during October and November.
* The south has 2 seasons, one dry and the other wet. The wet season last from June until October, but the summer storms rarely last more than a few hours.

Money

The official currency is the Vietnam dong (d), but the US dollar is pretty widely accepted. In tourist centers, most hotels will accept either, while other businesses may prefer dong.
 
1 USD = 208050.00 VND / 1 EUR = 27646.72 VND (as of 1/1/13)

Time

Vietnam Standard Time is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 12 hours ahead of EST / 15 hours ahead of PST

Electric Plugs

Most plugs in Vietnam are still the two-prong electric plug variety, so you will need to use a plug adapter to adapt three-prong electronics to two-prongs. The more modern hotels may use the British style three-prong plugs.

What to Pack for Your vietnam Vacation

Overall, attire is casual and comfortable. Given the above weather information, please consider the items you will bring with you to Vietnam. This list should be used as a guide only and is not an exhaustive list.

One suitcase and an overnight bag are allowed – please check with individual airlines for weight limits.

Please note: Domestic airlines do impose restrictions on checked baggage at approx 45lbs maximum, so travel lightly where possible. Also the boat cabins on Halong Bay have limited space so consider this when packing. Soft luggage is recommended and you can purchase an inexpensive extra bag in Vietnam for all your purchases.

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